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If this is your first time visiting my blog, I am so honored you are here!  I hope in some small way you find encouragement, inspiration, and validation as a mommy, a wife, and a creative soul.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned about women in my decades of walking in the (sometimes) cute shoes of one, it’s that women long to know they’re not alone in their frustrations, their worries, their fears, their celebrations, and their milestones.  Let me assure you, dear reader: YOU ~ are not alone.  I am eager to share this blogging journey with you in authenticity, creativity, and homemaking. One of the things I love to do in our home is combine my faith and inspiration with decorating so that our walls and spaces truly reflect the virtues and personal character we value.  One way to do this is through painted wooden signs, an easy and inexpensive way to speak scripture, encouragement, and hope to all who…

Yay for 57 degrees in Fairbanks today!  This being our warmest day of the year (I know…it’s kinda sad really) we did what any good family would do: Dusted off our bikes and enjoyed an afternoon bike ride along the Chena River while simultaneously swinging by the ball fields to assess snow melting progress (baseball starts next week!), stopping to splash in some enormous puddles at Pioneer Park, and finally using our 5 year old Cold Stone gift card for ice cream.  Ahhhh…. I love spring.And now, while I should be freshening up for an evening at Book Club discussing “Killing Lincoln” and eating tenderloin, Artisan bread, and tiramisu (first time I’ve tried making this favorite myself), instead I’m taking a few moments to show you a darling table I painted green this week.Because it’s just a green kind of week around here ~I’ve been looking for something to ground the gallery wall I created last February, and I think this table…

After the hustle and busy-ness of Christmas, it felt so good to bask in the quiet of painting again.  I worked on the cutest little rolltop desk for a client this week and just finished it yesterday.Someone had already attempted to paint this desk with spray paint but didn’t do a full coverage job.  There were also several drips from applying the paint too thick, so I had to sand it down to wood in several places.Because I planned to paint the desk with cream as a base coat, I wasn’t too worried about leaving paint residue behind, but I wanted to make sure my surfaces were smooth and ready to accept new paint evenly.After a thorough sanding with my mouse sander and by hand, I mixed up a chalk paint using 1 1/2 cups latex paint (Sherwin Williams Creamy), 1/2 Calcium Carbonate, and 1/4 c water.  I applied two…

August is here.The month when you begin to look back and realize the summer is nearing the fall.  When you suddenly feel the pressure to do all those things you haven’t done yet.  The month when you begin to evaluate whether or not your summer has evolved suitably enough to meet your high expectations.I can honestly say that, for me, this summer has.  Exceeded expectations.  And not just because of what we’ve done or said or with whom we’ve spent time ~ although each has been important and meaningful.  But more because of how His plan has continued to unfold in our marriage and our home and our lives…..in spite of us.This August I want to thank Him because He loves us so much and never, ever throws in the towel over our stubbornness, pride, attitudes, and mistakes.  Waiting on Him is one of the most difficult things I will ever do,…

It is late afternoon and I have no energy left.  Lots of birthday partying, tackling home projects, entertaining, and late nighting have done me in over spring break this week.  So I’m sitting here in my “sitting” room, gazing at my new fireplace surround and mantle, sipping a delicious latte, and trying to convince myself it’s okay if I do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day.But of course, there is that mantle to think about.Although I’ve hardly had a minute to style it yet, I wanted to show you our finished product.  The light is not great due to that aforementioned late afternoon sun, but you can still appreciate what a vast improvement we have made in this room.This is what the surround looked like when I first picked it up at a local thrift store.  Mr. Wonderful designed a couple boxes to support the surround as it…

It’s spring break this week, and although I didn’t plan to spend so much time on projects, the first few days have turned out that way.I finally finished painting this dresser:I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s French Linen on the outside, and the drawer fronts are Sherwin Williams Creamy.  The hardware was purchased at a local hardware store.  I hated to spend money on eight drawer pulls, but I knew it would be worth it on this piece.And it was.Here is the original piece:I don’t know what it is about this style of furniture, but I’m drawn to the “Jetson” legs, modern vibe, and vintage look of this era.  I have a nightstand in the same style.Here’s a similar piece I saw last summer at Ozarks Antiques & Decor in Anchorage:Love how distressed this is….and the number 62 is just really cool.I’m planning to sell the dresser as I really don’t…

It’s official: My first Annie Sloan chalk paint furniture project is complete.First, a few pictures ~For the body of these bookcases, I used the color French Linen, which I absolutely love.  I’ve always been a fan of the Farrow & Ball paint colors due to their their almost muddy, gray undertones.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is every bit as muddy, chalky and yummy as they claim.I didn’t actually taste it.  I’m just sayin’ yummy to express how wonderful it is.  But you knew that.A bit unfortunate is that these bookcases are not your high-quality, all-wood pieces.  We purchased them at The Office Place probably 9 years ago and they have served us well ~ have looked quite handsome, actually ~ in many rooms over the years.  When we moved to our new house spring of 2010, I stuck them in the living room, haphazardly arranged some books & accessories on them, and let them…