Life is beautiful when it’s Monday morning, the sun is rising so that every tree you see is glowing pink, and your sister texts and asks if you’re up for a run.  How convenient that you already had your running clothes on so of course you say YES, and that is just the best way to start the week EVER.Today I’m going to show you the fruit of our weekend labor: the DIY Plank Top Work Table we made for the studio.  Already loving this table.  As matter of fact, it currently sports three drawers I’m painting and is proving quite the workhorse.Plus it’s quite handsome-)I painted this table white three years ago for our homeschool room.  (If I begin to recount all the work, play and creating that occurred on this table I may get emotional, so I’ll move on quickly.) I started the transformation by painting the apron…

The Studio is coming along and today I wanted to share more updates with you.  Fireman and I were chuckling over our lunch break (me more so than him, I’m afraid) that when you observe room transformations online and on tv, the time frame from the Before to the After always seems to go so quickly. Well, we’re here to testify that room transformations are, in reality, many hours of often-tedious work that makes you feel like you’re not moving forward very quickly at all!  But we’re pressing on.  Because in reality we’ve come SO far, and the little things that seem tedious are making are making a huge impact on our Studio space.The biggest news is that we finished the diamond-pattern floor yesterday.  I’m so tickled about it I honestly keep pinching myself.   However, if you follow me in Instagram, you know that my first attempt last Friday at…

I’m back today with Part 2 of A Studio for Mom.  Yesterday I shared the history of this former theater room in our house and the process we went through to finally decide to make this space a studio for my creative endeavors and future growth.  Although I am entering unfamiliar territory with this step, I am filled with anticipation as to where it may lead.Three hours ago I finished applying the final base coat on the concrete floor.  I’m now itching for it to dry so I can begin marking and painting the diamond pattern I’m eager to try (product recommends 4 hours drying time between coats.  I turned a box fan on to ensure thorough and efficient drying.)  But before I get too ahead of myself, I need to go back in time to the day this floor was a LONG way from paint-ready……back to Martin Luther King Jr.…

After shuffling three children out the door at three different times this morning, I spent 30-45 minutes walking through the house finally putting things away from last weekend.Take down the birthday banner?  Check.  Put away string, scotch tape and push pins used to hang banner (stuffed behind coffee pot ever since)? Check.  Re-shelve Chip Ingram curricula from Sunday’s Life Group meeting?  Check.  Go through mail and determine if I’ll really take the time to browse through PBTeen or should I round file it?  Check again, (and yet I did move the PB Teen to my nightstand where my chances of browsing its funky new ideas are greater.)I’ve been holding out on a big project we’re undertaking, primarily because Before pictures aren’t very inspiring.  Our family also celebrates numerous birthdays in January, making for a hectic time even without a big DIY project.  But today I thought I’d update you on…

I’m a little behind on the post-Christmas get-things-back-in-order agenda.Taking down the tree and re-storing our minimal decorations (we seem to have fewer each passing year) was the easy part.  The hard part has been disciplining myself to stop painting and focus on putting a few things back out so it doesn’t feel quite so barren.How this translates?  Move all the decor and accessories from our storage closet and place each and every one on the dining room table for consideration.Those accessories have been on the table since last week.  Bless.That’s my new favorite expression by the way.  Bless.  You really don’t need more than that.It suits a variety of situations.  Today I focused on the living room, beginning by simplifying the wooden shelves in the far corner.  You can read about how we made these shelves here.Using the dark wood/creamy combination I love, and the book page wreath I DIY’ed…

It’s official.  I’m a sucker for creamy antiqued white and dark wood tones.  Married.  Like peas and carrots.I really DO try to break away every now and then.  I TRY to sample new styles and designs with say, brighter colors or lighter wood tones.  Remember my hot pink bathroom scare?But my cheatin’ heart veers back around every time.I’m completely smitten, ya’ll.  Take this staircase gallery wall for instance.  One of my favorite home projects to date. All that creamy, dark-wood goodness welcoming me home every day?  Well now, it quite nearly makes me swoon.I’m not opposed to adding a little green and blue occasionally, but you’ll notice that even in our Hawaii gallery wall, the key ingredients are still, you guessed it, creamy whites and dark wood tones.Why is this observation of my creamy white/dark-wood-tone love so important to embrace?  Because if you love beautiful interior design as much as…

The other day I showed how I used a $10 paint dropcloth from Lowe’s for inexpensive curtain panels in my foyer.  Today I’ll show how you can take the same size dropcloth (6′ x 9′) and make 6 pillow covers following a super easy tutorial.I’m not a girl who buys shoes.  I buy pillows.  The problem is, pillow shopping in Alaska can be a journey of frustration since stores rarely carry patterns in my style, the covers often can’t be washed, and the cheap poly-fill inside clumps in no time at all.  I have started noticing more down-filled or down alternative pillows locally, but rarely do I find patterns or styles that work in my home.  In addition, to order pillow covers online can be $40 or more, and you still need to buy the actual pillow! Enter paint dropcloth and stencils: My inexpensive, personalized solution to pillows that match…

Way back in the dark, cold Alaskan winter of 1990, my then-fiance and I made what seemed like a very grown-up decision to become product distributors for a little multi-marketing business called Amway.Maybe you’ve heard of it? Terms like product pick-up, SA-8, Artistry and ‘going direct’ became part of our daily vocabulary as we joined hundreds and thousands of other hopefuls on a journey we believed would ultimately free us from the drudgery and mediocrity of what Amway referred to as the J-O-B.By April 1991, we were out.  With sighs of relief and our eyes opened wide, we determined there had to be a better way to succeed that didn’t involve awkward, manipulative presentations with trusting friends, surrender to up-line whose ‘Biblical’ standards were frighteningly similar to a cult, and the intense pressure to always be more, do more, dream more, sell more.We were 19 and 20 years old.  Truthfully? …

I thought I would pop on this afternoon to show a quick before and after of a desk I refinished a couple months back.  My son and I found this desk at the transfer site one day in poor shape, abandoned, and upside down.  My three kids stopped questioning long ago when I suddenly rubber neck, back up the car, and excitedly announce, “I need your help!” I like to think I’m implementing important life lessons in #budgetshopping, #usingwhatyouhave, #humbledumpsterdiving.The blessing is that my boys are becoming so tall and strong, I rarely have to move my own furniture anymore.  The bigger blessing is they do it with servants’ hearts.Most of the time.This piece is currently for sale and longing for a new home.  Check out my All Mimsy page on FB for more details!