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I finished a small project today.It’s one of those little projects that tickles me because I was able to repurpose something I already owned and make it “new.”Several years ago I purchased one of these 2-pocket embossed organizers from Ballard Designs……only mine has the optional embossed fleur-de-lis instead of the quilting pattern you see above.(Sorry, I tried to copy and paste the fleur-de-lis pattern from Ballard’s website,but it would not cooperate…)6 years ago when I purchased the organizer, my home was more Tuscan-style colors, lots of deep reds and yellows…so the copper was a beautiful complement.Now, though, in our new house, my decorating has taken a decidedly lighter, fresher turn.  Coating my main dining/kitchen/living room in Benjamin Moore’sBone White was a drastic change from the wall colors we used to know and love.So creamy, so warm, so inviting…so CLEAN.But as creamy and warm as the kitchen/dining/living area is, there was a small, very unclean problem…

My delightfully crafty sister, Jody, passed on a Whoopie Pie recipe to me around Christmas time. Can you believe I actually purchased Marshmallow Creme for the first time after reading through the ingredient list?  I wonder if southerners would be horrified:  One of my favorite bloggers, Shelley from House of Smiths, posted a recipe one day of her favorite comfort food: a Marshmallow Creme & Peanut Butter sandwich. (What?!?!?)  Apparently southern moms fix these sandwiches as a treat for their kids?!?  I had never heard of such a thing.  We northerners are certainly missing things we never even knew….Anyway, although I did not get to the very festive-looking Whoopie Pie recipe at Christmas time, I figured Valentine’s Day was the next best thing. So, after my WONDERFUL one and a half hour nap this Sunday afternoon, and a very yummy white chocolate latte afterward, I dug out the recipe and dove in.The batter…

Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re DYING to spend hours of uninterrupted time working on a home project?But then you look ahead at the next few days and realize that unless you stay up until 1am, those hours are simply not going to happen?….But then you find yourself seriously considering the 1am option??That’s me this week 🙂  I started painting my foyer hallway Sunday night after the kids went to bed.  My entry hallway is challenging in many ways.  It is actually two hallways ‘diverging’ from the front door (Robert Frost fans anyone? 🙂 and there is not a lot of natural light.  This is view #1 from the front door, with the walls painted what I like to call the “original cocoa color”:…and view #2:Definitely not a bad original color at all, right?But one of my goals in this house is to Lighten.  Things.  Up.  This…

The day has finally arrived and I find myself fighting off butterflies as I type my very first post.  Once I actually sat down to design my very elementary blog and to figure out the details of posting, I was pleasantly surprised how fun it was.  I posted several pictures up and down the sides to bring in more color and excitement until I become more “developed.” (Is that the right word??)  Good pictures are one component I absolutely love about the blogs I follow, and I would be remiss to not add good photos to my own.  Which brings me to an agenda item I need to address soon:I must learn how to better use my very nice Canon camera!  We bought it in 2009 before we left for Disneyland and I haven’t once opened the manual to figure it out.  I know how to put it on automatic, rotate the…