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On Saturday I planned ahead and “scheduled” a day of creativity.  Somehow, writing CREATE on my calendar granted me permission to do those things around my house that might otherwise be considered fluff. Let’s face it: A girl needs fluff on a regular basis. Among the little things I’ve been adding to my creative to-do list was to go back into the rooms I’d somewhat finished and add personalized details.  I read a quote in a design magazine the other day that said, “God is in the details.” I recognize that I often stop short in the accessorizing department (a fundamentally all-too-common error, one of my favorite designers Suzanne Kasler says).  It seems like by the time I’ve painted walls & furniture, selected fabrics, and arranged everything, I’m ready to move on.  It’s also because I still feel like such a baby in this area!  You’d laugh if you knew how long it took me…

I just tucked three amazing kids into bed on this last night of summer vacation. Tomorrow night will be the first school night of the new year. But my goodness, we are READY: Let’s see, 3 boxes of 24 count crayons, 2 boxes 48 count pencils, 3 Fiskars scissors, 14 glue sticks, 5 composition notebooks, two boxes 24 count colored pencils, 2 pink pearl erasers, 4 boxes tissues, 2 containers clorox handiwipes…. Wait. Does anyone else shake his/her head at these supply lists?  I still remember my mom purchasing notebooks, folders, and a brand spankin’ new 64 count crayola box with built-in sharpener, but tissues and clorox wipes?   What is going on here? Anyway, back to readiness.  Not only are we prepped with school supplies, honey.  We’ve got the SHOES: Ahhh, can you just for a moment relish in the remembrance of new school shoes!? ~7th grade, white leather Nikes,…

In June, our family travelled to Idaho to celebrate my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary.  What a memorable time.  I found myself ~ unsurprisingly ~ inspired by everything around me, from flowering trees to white fences to old barns to shaker roofs.  I probably drove the family crazy as I ooohed and aaahhed over things I usually only see in magazines and on blogs.  You must remember, I live in Alaska.  Gorgeous scenery?  Absolutely.  Architecture and quaintness?  Not so much.As they say, pictures speak a thousand words, so let me show you a few:Does the red of these barns look good with EVERYTHING, or was it just me??This little girl was perched on the rail awaiting the buching broncs in Eagle, ID.  Does this not capture the heart and soul of rodeo?This is Nash, the horse my in-laws pastured during our stay.  We rode him numerous times, each of us, and his patience was so greatly appreciated.  Thanks, Nash,…

My oh my, where does the time go?   Summer hits and the weeks fly by.  With three kids home from school each day, my energies are more diversified than usual.  It always takes me several days to adjust to three faces (sometimes four, if you count Mr. Wonderful) finding me around noon and wanting to know what’s for lunch.  Cooking in the middle of the day is very hard for me, primarily due to the fact that I’m usually in the middle of a cleaning or painting project and just….can’t….afford….to stop! I do love having everyone around though.  All three kids played Parcheesi sprawled on the living room floor this afternoon while it rained outside, Reo Speedwagon’s “I Don’t Want to Lose You”  playing in the background.  Great family time. I served leftover mac n’ cheese for lunch.  Teehee for me 🙂 Okay, so about home projects.  Upon our return from a family vacation in Idaho, the exterior…

You are going to think we are such hicks.But I’ll let you in on a secret.  We kinda are :-)With me being raised on a farm in Minnesota, and Mr. Wonderful growin’ up in a teeny weeny little town tucked into the mountains of Southeast Alaska, we were somewhat doomed when it came to high society, stylish upbringing.But we’re perfectly okay with that.  Our first mattress had tire tracks on it (yes, it was run over after flying out the back of our Toyota truck on a Montana highway~ one of the funniest stories ever), we’ve been known to use towel-draped cardboard boxes for tv stands, and for some reason we hold onto carpet remnants like they’re made of gold: “Surely we’ll find a use for one of these some day!”We’re kinda nuts.Which is why you won’t be completely surprised to see one of these should you walk into our bedroom right now:This is…

I tell ya, if you ever hit a dry spell of creativity and inspiration, 10-15 minutes perusing all the amazing blogs in the home design/decorating/refinishing community and you’ll practically bound away from the computer screen, eyes crazed, in pursuit of the nearest project not tied down. Which is what happened to me Wednesday after reading Little Miss Penny Wenny’s Chevron chair reupholstery project.  What a wonderful transformation!  I love the silvery wood color, the fabric is to-die-for, and I especially love how taut she was able to get the fabric all around her batting.  The finished product looks very professional ~ and I was completely inspired.  How hard could it be to reupholster a chair? I literally bounded into my living room, grabbed this chair I’ve been dying to upholster, and started tearing away at the piping. I got this far: Ummm, no one told me how extremely difficult it was going to be to rip out professionally stapled…

I’m very excited! I received a phone call from the shipping company this morning and they will be delivering our new king-size bedframe tomorrow!I’ve always been hesitant to commit to a king-size bed.  I told Mr. Wonderful I was afraid it would be too…….impersonal.  How far would I have to reach across the bed to know his warm body was beside me?  As it is now, on our queen-size bed, I bump into him all night long.  This, oddly enough, is a huge comfort to me.However, all the couples we’ve talked to who have a king-size bed say they wish they’d done it years earlier.  “You’ll never regret it” is the sentiment we hear over and over and over.We took the plunge when we were in Seattle a couple weeks ago.  They had this king-size bedframe on display, and it was marked 60% off because it was the floor model…

I am popping in to say hi.  After a week in Denver celebrating a dear friend’s 40th, I’ve had a difficult time reconnecting with All Mimsy.  Certainly not because I don’t miss it.  I do, very much.  I think it has more to do with nature.  Not my own, but the one outside.Since our return on Sunday, nature has been pulling me out..out…out…away from the walls of my rooms, away from my painted furniture, away from my projects, away from my interior creative focus.With the sun on my face and a spring breeze in the air, I have been raking, cleaning up fallen trees and branches around the yard, planning our landscaping for the summer, preparing my pots for bundles of colorful flowers.What a refreshing, much needed breath of fresh air.No worries, though, as I am already feeling a pull back to my blogging world.  I visited an enormous antique store in Denver and…

I gave a sneak peek in my last post of a painted sign I was creating….a project I’d never tried before but was eager to explore.  I’ve often heard of using what, to many now, are old fashioned projectors to ‘project’ a selected image on a wall or board and then trace around it prior to painting, but I’d yet to try it myself.  A couple weeks ago, during our church’s annual Mother/Daughter Tea, I happened to be visiting with one of our associate pastors and asked if the church happened to have a projector they’d be willing to sell or give away.  She said they did have a few in the building, but they really didn’t use them much any more, so she’d be happy to loan one out to me for as long as I needed it.Yippee!I knew exactly where I wanted to hang my first painted sign…..right in…