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. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


When I first started blogging, I did not have a tagline for my blog.  Honestly, I did not even know what a tagline was.  Maybe you still don't know what a tagline is. 

A tagline is a brief description or recurring theme of a blog, typically found under the title.  Taglines have been used in marketing for years because catchy phrases stick with people.

I vaguely remember someone talking about taglines when I attended the first Blissdom way back in 2008. Who knew the importance of such things in the early days of online journaling?   Who knew that one day millions of people would be living vicariously through the lives of everyday people and developing friendships with folks that they most likely will never meet IRL (in real life)?  I sure didn't.

When I started blogging in 2006, I thought my title said it all:  Living Life Creatively.  It would be years before I realized what made my creative different from everybody else’s.  And when I did, I added a tagline. 

In today’s world of social media, where folks flit and fly around looking for a place to land, a tagline may very well be the hook that reels them in. I don't know about you, but I need to land or be reeled in from time to time.

I am sure that some popular blog writers have chosen their taglines carefully with marketing strategies in mind; but at least one may have picked the first thing that popped in her head.  (see below)

I truly am inspired by my fellow bloggers’ taglines; and just to prove it, I have set what I think are some pretty realistic goals based on them.

I would really be thrilled if someone could share her talent by setting my goals to music so that I could remember them when life gets crazy.  It would also make an awesome YouTube video. 

Taglines are a lot like commercial jingles.  Some just have the power to haunt.  You shouldn't underestimate their power.


Click here to read about how my family took a risk and bought a cabin to make a memory.

Click here to read about the vintage camper that we found in a field filled with hay.  No, no, no.  The camper was filled with hay, not the field.   

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

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.