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Chalking it Up

Saturday afternoons are becoming my creative outlet time, and today was no exception.  After returning from an afternoon Christmas program rehearsal, I told the family I needed one hour to release a little stream of creative juice I'd been suppressing since early in the week. I even promised to ...

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Authenticity….or Not

Well, I missed day 9 and 10 of my 31-day posting challenge...but that's okay.  Life goes on around here, and most often it's the very joys of this life which keep me from my computer.  Which is perfectly fine by me ~ The line about life reminds me of one of many favorite Steel Magnolia quotes:  Life ...

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Cleaning a Little Girl’s Room

My goodness, I feel like I climbed Mt. McKinley today.Or am I supposed to call it Denali now?  See, I live in Alaska and still struggle with this.Either way, I've certainly accomplished great things in the span of one afternoon: Amaya and I cleaned her room.As mom to a darling little seven-year-old ...

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Burlap Bulletin Take #2

  It's amazing what a whispered prayer can do ~ I sat down today to post pictures of my Burlap Bulletin board project and all my pictures uploaded, no server error at all.  I'm thankful because I really wanted to show how simple this is. First, I started with a cheapy storebought bulletin board with ...

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A Bit of Burlap

I worked on this little burlap bulletin board project for our school room Saturday afternoon.  So many times when I conquer ideas like this, I basically achieve the look, yet inevitably end up sacrificing function.  Can you relate?You have this great idea, then you love how it turns out, but you ...

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A Walk on the Healthy Side

This blog was conceived from my love of furniture refinishing, decorating, and all things design.Oh, don't misunderstand me.  I still love those things...!  I can get downright giddy were you to come over this afternoon and talk furniture over a latte with me.  Matter of fact, whatcha doin' around ...

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Check…check…and Check!

Yesterday I posted about a planning system I use over and over to help organize my whirling mind and systematically schedule out my to-do's in order to get things done.  I pointed out that getting things done wasn't the best part of my plan (I claimed that having a plan was the most beneficial perk ...

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Summer Projects & Dining Chairs

What a blessed summer.Lots of BBQing, s'mores, volleyball with family, planting new grass, cutting trees, sitting around the campfire, boating.  A blessed summer.I've been squeezing in some projects here and there and thought I'd show you a few in progress.  As you know, we finished the surround on ...

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Styling A Mantle

It is late afternoon and I have no energy left.  Lots of birthday partying, tackling home projects, entertaining, and late nighting have done me in over spring break this week.  So I'm sitting here in my "sitting" room, gazing at my new fireplace surround and mantle, sipping a delicious latte, and ...

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Lazy Day

I started today with such high hopes.  So many tasks I needed to do, so many projects I wanted to do, and an entire day before me.I hardly knew where to start.  However, with piles of family laundry strewn throughout the house, starting here was a no-brainer:After washing and drying a couple loads, ...

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