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 adventure I call All…

Are you ready for my first full room reveal?Yikes, am I?I was reading a favorite blog the other day in which the author was discussing the pressure she felt to complete projects around the house since beginning her blog.  She wondered if this pressure was healthy…if she should let it bother her…if perhaps the pressure was encroaching on her enjoyment of blogging.Interestingly, I am beginning to relate, albeit on a much smaller scale, to her feelings.  I am still very new to blogging, yet I happen to enjoy the heightened sense of –shall we say—-accountability each post brings.  I’m not fully convinced the pressure comes from other readers.  Perhaps it comes from within.  The power of the written word to inspire change, to discipline, or to invoke accountability is very real whether it be in a journal, a letter, or a blog.Writing in and of itself has always been a great reflective process for me.  Where have…

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 with them in my bathroom,…

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 a wonderful lesson for me.  In the…

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 in my mind: “Where, oh where,…

What a crazy weekend it’s been around here.Greg had surgery on Friday, which turned out well but stretched out 5 hours longer than anticipated.  After a long day, we were eager to get him home, tuck him into bed, and let him rest for the remainder of the day watching Netflix.Only, our internet service was out.  And not just ours, but the majority of our town’s.  So, off to Blockbuster I went.  I haven’t been to Blockbuster in a very long time.On Saturday I was cooking supper and ran out of gas browning ground beef on our range.  My resourceful, yet still very sick husband, rigged up the Coleman camping stove so I could finish cooking the meat.  Although we are on auto-fill for our gas, the vendor must have miscalculated our usage and not filled our tank in time.  So…. we will have no gas until Monday.  But that’s okay…we still…

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…