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

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

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

The After-Christmas Christmas Home Tour

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

Now I “Umber”stand – Mixing Custom Paint Colors

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?

Isn’t She A-door-able?

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