Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I am finally getting around to taking some photos of the almost completed office.  

Since it is very much a working office, I seriously doubt that it will ever be done to perfection.  I would love to have it look like so many rooms I see that apparently nobody uses, but we run two businesses  in this space as well as sew, craft, iron, and put up guests. It is more important that this room be functional than photo-worthy. 
I am thrilled with the Ikea cubbies, especially the drawer and door inserts that allow me some hiding spaces.  I will not lie.  I did not thoroughly enjoy putting those big boys together; but I did it myself, so am quite proud of that accomplishment. I only needed help when it came time to screw in the last boards and then when standing them up.  That took more muscle than I could muster up.
The filing boxes allowed me to organize all of my junk good stuff. It has been nice to know exactly where I can find what I am looking for.  

The table usually has my latest creative project sprawled out on it or my husband's paperwork.  It is never cleared like in this once-in-a-lifetime photo.

Just like at the Little Cabin on the Trail, I have to be surrounded by things that make me smile--and there are plenty of those.  I will mention just  few.

Tessa's photography makes me smile.
My rolodex makes me smile.
The little birds make me smile.
Kelly's paper flower makes me smile.

The Ikea owl lamp makes me smile.
Photos of the family make  me smile.
Plants make me smile.
My kids' art work makes me smile.
 Reminders of the beach make me smile.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


I have been invited to guest post at Life{in}Grace today, so go check it out!  Edie will make you feel right at home.

Monday, March 17, 2014


I wanted to add some texture to a wall in my kitchen that was not in the best of shape.  I bought textured wallpaper from Amazon and cut it into pieces 2.75 by 7.75 inches.

cut bricks
I then dipped each "brick" into a pan of water and stuck it to the wall, making sure that it was level and evenly spaced.  Mine are spaced just a little over 1/4 inch.  Once painted, minor imperfections will not even be noticeable. 
bricks steps 2-3

bricks full wall
It is pretty hard to get a good picture of the faux brick.  The important thing to me is that I no longer notice the wall's imperfections.


I found the tutorial for this on Pinterest.  Where else?  I think it was genius!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


So, this may go down in history as the longest and most stressful redecorating project that I have ever attempted.  I wish I knew why.  I just could not make up my mind and kept second guessing every decision.  There are still a few things to do, but the worst is definitely over.  I could not be happier, and I love walking down the stairs in the morning and seeing the wall of nature prints by the artist, Maryjo Koch. 


nature vignette

As much as it pained me, I actually cut the pages from three different books by Maryjo Koch in order to achieve a very cohesive, symmetrical display.  The leaded glass doors  were from my mother's house in Ohio and have been out in the shed begging to come in for some time now.

All of the frames were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The curtains are from Ikea, and this is the fourth go-around with them.  You may remember seeing them in the camper.  You can read about the fireplace makeover here.



I bought this incredible light fixture at Bliss in Market Square in Knoxville just a few days ago.  I usually only get to shop for inspiration there, but this was actually surprisingly affordable!
The crocheted chain pull was also something I brought home from my mother's collection of junk good stuff.  It's just another little "happy" in my kitchen.
The faux brick wall was a fun project that I will write about in detail in my next post.  It is hard to see the effect here.  It is subtle, but I love the texture it adds to the room.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014


It was Thanksgiving, 1980.  I had a three-year-old and a six-week-old baby; and for some strange reason, I volunteered to host Thanksgiving for my husband's family.  Sleep deprived as I was, I don't remember stuffing the turkey.  I don't remember making the pies. However, I do remember going to the library to find a prayer to read before we ate.

I went to the library to find a prayer to read.

That still seems bizarre to me almost 34 years later. How could I not know that I could use my own words to talk to God.

Friday, January 31, 2014


I want to live an uncluttered life.

Physically     Emotionally     Spiritually

I have traveled around the world and back on this post.  It really has been so . . . emotional.  And what I now conclude is that cleaning out emotional clutter takes a fair amount of courage, a good bit of introspection--and, of course, the grace of God. 

And unlike physical clutter, there is no case to be made for holding a little bit back--just in case.  It is all or nothing. 


Just the idea of spending time alone used to frighten me.  Now I crave it.  Sometimes I just need to be alone to think, to plan, to pray, to listen for His still small voice, and to analyze things like emotional clutter.   

God speaks to me in the quiet, in the solitude.  He spoke to me about this. 

Before I get to the biggie, however, let me just state the obvious:  Not dealing with things sins like envy, greed, selfishness, discontent, hurt feelings, pride, unforgiveness, etc. is a great way to accumulate emotional clutter.  All those things come paired with serious feelings.  This stuff can't wait for spring cleaning.  It must be worked on every single day.

I wish I could say easy peasy  and be done with it, because I love to say easy peasy.  I don't get to say it often enough.

My revelation:  A lot of emotional clutter is accumulated through getting involved in activities or relationships that we should not be involved in.   

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


I want to live an uncluttered life.  

Physically     Emotionally     Spiritually

It is a lot harder than it sounds.  I don't really understand why making and keeping things simple is so complicated and challenging.  Simple should just be that:  simple. 

One thing I have realized about myself, an organized person who is schedule- and routine-resistant, is that an uncluttered life comes from having a plan, setting some boundaries, making some lists, having some accountability.  Although life with a fly-by-the-seater may be interesting; and I dare say, far more fun, sometimes I just have to re-group, slow down, and clean out the junk drawer.


I want to be surrounded by things I love, things that make me smile, things that serve a purpose, whether functional or emotional. 

I am drawn to and long for the blank canvas of white. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014


before after fireplace
I agonized over this project for a long time.  I am not sure why I care that some people are horrified at the thought of painting an antique since I am not one of them and do not reside with one of them.  Phantom opinions slowed me down.  And then there was the thought of all that work.  And then one day I was introduced to Amy Howard's One Step Paint.  You may remember that I used it to paint over cabinets at the cabin.