This morning, after a family breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and bananas, then sending Mr. Wonderful out the door to hockey with the kids…. …it felt so good to climb in a car all by myself (moms, I know you’re with me on this!) and head up to my own mom’s house to spend a few hours transforming her dining room table. This Thomasville table already has quite a history. My mom was walking through a warehouse 25 years ago and saw this table top, legs removed, lying upside on the warehouse floor.  Pulse quickening, she quickly scanned the area for the matching table legs, found all four, and nearly passed out when the man let her have the table for a song. Mom stripped the whole table and restained the top and legs in 1989, the year I graduated from high school.  I’ve always loved the legs and detail on…

Gabriel is my oldest son.  He is eleven. He also loves dinosaurs archaeology. (I say archaeology because Gabriel has struggled with the dilemma of his ongoing dinosaur fascination while in the 5th grade this year.  He wonders if he should be past it already.  Sweet boy that he is, I can’t bear to see his passions mocked, so I tell him to simply tell everyone he’s fascinated with archaeology…which, he very much is…and this semantic seems to keep other kids quieted down a bit 🙂 I really love this boy. When we were talking about how to decorate his room, Gabriel knew he wanted a dinosaur theme.  However, being that he is eleven, my desire was also to create a space which would grow with him—a space that could easily be changed down the road should another interest prevail. Gabriel and I agreed, naturally :-), that we would use nature-inspired…

Call it spring. Call it resolutely feminine. Whatever it is, this week finds me crazy about pretty plates. I remember seeing a picture of Bunny Williams’ dishes pantry in her wonderful book, “An Affair with a House.”  I think her description said something like, “…and I love dishes, so I had a separate pantry created to hold my collection.  Each shelf is lit so I can more readily see what I have…” You would not believe how large and extensive Ms. Williams’ collection is.  My first thought upon seeing her pantry was this: I don’t understand wanting (needing?) that many dishes. I really did not understand.  I wondered, am I missing something here? But this week, I think I’m beginning to understand. In 2001, my beloved grandma–my dad’s mom–passed away.  Having just had my second baby, I was unable to attend her funeral, something I deeply regret.  However, I am…

I have so missed All Mimsy this week. I spent last weekend in Anchorage with some very fun shopping buddies (my own little Amaya being one of them, since we celebrated her 6th birthday while there).  Although I had compiled quite a shopping list of items, clothing was unfortunately scooted to the bottom as I spent most of my budget on house items instead.  I was excited to find several things on my list, and acquired a few unexpecteds as well. Sadly, however, my  wardrobe is becoming more and more dated…a malady Mr. Wonderful and I have discussed often of late as we both officially entered our forties.  A major overhaul of our closet, however, will have to wait.  So many other fun things to do! Upon my return, however, my computer began hiccuping, then dying at unexpected (and quite inconvenient) times, and eventually ceased turning on altogether.  My dear…

What a beautiful weekend. Sister sleepover with pedicures Saturday night, pizza with family after church this afternoon, and a newly painted console table. Does it get any better? 🙂 My three kids spent the night with my sister Friday night, and with Mr. Wonderful away on a snowmachine trip, I didn’t have to think long about where I would spend my evening. At my favorite thrift store.  Of course 🙂 Have you been admiring all the pickled, whitewashed and driftwood-style furniture pieces we’ve been seeing everywhere for the last year or so?  I love this Durham collection of tables from Ballard Designs: The whitewash wood complements the dark metal beautifully. Traditional wood with a twist…a bit of metal for that modern edge. Here’s another coffee table.  I don’t remember where I found this picture, but it’s been in my inspiration folder for awhile now: And, of course I LOVE this chandelier which we finally received this month after…

I just wanted to pop in and say hi. And also to say that I’m excited about a couple things that happened this week. The most meaningful thing came in the form of you, my readers.  Three of you approached me this week and shared with me that All Mimsy has inspired you to dig out your own projects and create that ‘something special’ you’ve been putting off far too long. That makes me so happy 🙂  I would LOVE to see your finished projects, so please plan to share them with me when they are done.  I will even dedicate a post to showcase your project, as nothing would tickle me more than to see those around me excited about creating. Also, if you have not discovered Shaunna at Perfectly Imperfect, you must visit her blog when you get the chance.  Her blog is very much the inspiration that drove me toward beginning this…

I do so love me a good caramel latte. No, I am not talking about the coffee.  I am talking about paint. Oh, what a difference paint can make.  I spent some time Friday transforming a few pieces around the house with my new favorite color spray paint, Krylon’s Caramel Latte.  After four picture frames, one framed print, and a gilded mirror, I finally forced myself to sit down and calmly place the Caramel Latte on a shelf.  I was afraid I might start painting the car next 🙂 I purchased these picture frames one at a time at Michael’s several months back using one 40% off coupon after another.  They were a bit too spendy without the coupon, but I loved them and wanted to call them mine: No, that is not me and Mr. Wonderful pictured in the frame 🙂 My initial plan was to hang a collage…

Unlike I promised last post, this post will not be showing my bathroom re-do yet but I assure you it will come soon! 🙂 I’m back 🙂 Can you believe I’m still working on painting my hallway? Yes, it’s true.  With Mr. Wonderful’s surgery, a daughter with strep throat, wrapping up our Bible study, and 3 family birthdays over the last two weeks, I have found very little time to paint. A couple nights I even took the night off and laid down beside my husband to watch Netflix.  We started a BBC series called “Wives and Daughters” and are really enjoying it. I am on a lifelong journey about spending my time wisely. About prioritizing my God, my family, my projects, my ministries. About learning how to really rest.  And more importantly, when to really rest. So as I sit down to post this afternoon, I realize my unfinished hallway has been…

Hot pink has never been one of my favorite colors. I will concede it has its place, and a splash of pink here and there can make quite a statement.  After my daughter was born, our loads of laundry welcomed doses of hot pink to counteract all the blue, khaki, and green my boys so often wore.  It was a refreshing and happy change of pace. But really, when asked to name my favorite color, hot pink has never quite made the cut.  I’m always more apt to choose shades of blue and green. Last summer, however, House Beautiful did a spread on a lovely apartment which included these pictures: Something feminine and resolutely chic from deep down inside started to sing. I loved the hot pink wall color against all the white in the foyer, and then seeing it against the stained brown on the chairs made the inspiration wheels start turning…