Cluttered or Clustered? or The Minor Adjustment That Made Me Stop Hating My Winter Mantel

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Earlier this month I posted a peek of some clearance goodies I picked up to help with my winter decorating.  I finally got around to it...BUT, I wondered why I was getting an unsettling feeling every time I walked by my mantel.  I had mostly shopped the house and used items I love and use often...but something was just off.  After a few days I realized what it was.  It just looked too cluttered!  Continue Reading

The After-Christmas Christmas Home Tour

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I have heard from many people that they have cleaned up the Christmas decor to prepare for a fresh New Year’s start.  Since I decorate more for Christmas than most other times of the year I like to enjoy it as long as possible, so we usually start taking ours down January 2.  I decided to go ahead and post the pictures I took earlier this month and share our little cozy cottage with you just Continue Reading

Now I “Umber”stand – Mixing Custom Paint Colors

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Actually, I already knew this from waaaayyy back when I considered myself more of a “crafter”…but Burnt Umber is my new best friend!  I LOVE color…and I always feel happy when I see bright bold colors, but when it comes to the ones I surround myself with on a daily basis I want them a little more muted.   So, while working on recent projects and not finding the perfect colors the light bulb re-lit Continue Reading

Get Inspired and Take a Leap

If this is your idea of “living dangerously” then please, do it!!  Life is too short not to take a risk every now and then.  During our interview as a couple before husband was called to be Associate Pastor I think I made a statement similar to this: “If it’s not at least a little scary, it’s probably not worth doing”.  This drew a chuckle and a raised eyebrow or two…but I believe it! I can’t Continue Reading

Isn’t She A-door-able?

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Her name is Viviana, which apparently means “Lovely” in Italian.  But, don’t tell my husband I actually gave this project a name…because he’ll just shake his head in disbelief {he just doesn’t speak silly-mushy-girly}. Here’ is how she came to live on my wall {and how you might be able to have her cousin come live at your house}: Have a big empty wall {used to have a quilt hanging there Continue Reading