The Top Ten Stories of 2016

The Top Ten Stories of 2016


Somehow, inadvertently, this has turned into the week of 2016.

It kind of happened all on its own.

First, there were the top ten projects of 2016.

Then there were the top ten before and afters of 2016.

But as much as I love decorating a room or making wood slice banners or stamping silver or making bookshelf decorations out of twigs in my yard….

….my heart always has been and always will be with the stories.

I had forgotten about most of them.  That’s why I write the blog because this is where the stories find a home.

Here is my heart.

Here are my choices for the top ten stories of 2016.

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Boxwood Letter Mason Jar Centerpiece

Boxwood Letter Mason Jar Centerpiece

This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.


I’m not sure about this whole fall back thing.

The entire it-used-to-be-light-but-now-it’s-dark-and-what-happened-to-the-rest-of-the-day isn’t really for me.

I like sunlight.  And driving home before the sun sets.  And eating dinner when I can see the sky.

It gets dark here now about 4:30.

And by 6:15 I feel like it’s time to call it a night.

I need more hours.  I need more light.  I need more time to glue and craft and make boxwood letter mason jar centerpieces like this one.

Maybe I should just craft hibernate until spring. 🙂Continue reading

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover With the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year


I couldn’t decide which I was more excited about….Christmas morning….

…or this post.

Several months ago, Sherwin-Williams contacted me to see if I was interested in working with them to design a room around their color of the year.

Design a room?  Discover a new paint color?  Plan a new space?  Why, yes.  Yes, I would.

Especially when they told me what the color was.

SW 6039 Poised Taupe.

As soon as I saw the color, the room leapt into my mind.  Poised Taupe is a warm/gray brown with the slightest hint of purple.  It’s so rich and luxurious and I knew it needed wood and natural tones and a whisper of pull-up-a-seat-and-lets-have-coffee-and-talk.

Ready to meet my new dining room?

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Sign on the Dotted Line

Sign on the Dotted Line

How to Thanksgiving Table Ideas

No one warns you.

You’re just curling your hair and drinking coffee and trying to figure out if spaghetti squash is a thing when suddenly life lifts you up and spins you around and makes your heart flip because you discover that your kids are teenagers…

…and you haven’t buckled your seat belt.

Who knew?

You’re still filling sippy cups and replacing binkies and washing spit up out of your shirt.

And then one day you blink….

…and someone asks you for mascara.

I found this story in the archives when I was working on a project and I literally laughed out loud.

This one’s for the teenager in all of us. 🙂Continue reading

Eight Simple Wood Slice Projects

Eight Simple Wood Slice Projects

wood slice project

You guys.

You guys.

You guuuuuuuyyyyyssssss.  I cannot wait to show you the magazine when it comes out.  Like SERIOUSLY.  The team that’s here is incredible and amazing and awesome and they wrote the book on how to make a pumpkin look like a supermodel.

There are apples and leaves and things that sparkle and ideas and DIY’s and creative projects and wood slices.  I am so full of joy and creative inspiration right now I think my heart could sing in three-part harmony.

I can’t spill the coffee beans yet on the projects to go into the magazine, so I thought I would tide us all over with some fun wood slice projects.

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One Fall Hutch Decorated (Almost) Four Ways

One Fall Hutch Decorated (Almost) Four Ways


If I ever won an academy award, I’d thank this hutch.

It’s been with me through four houses, the birth of four children, the discovery of Pinterest and seven different shades of red lipstick.  I discovered it years ago in the back of a garage covered with tools and dripping paint and random bits of train track.

Good thing I speak abandoned hutch.

I thought it might be fun to decorate it (almost) four different ways with a little step by step on how I falled it up.

I’ll wait for you to grab refreshment.


Let’s go. 🙂Continue reading

I’m Not Sending Worry an Invitation

I’m Not Sending Worry an Invitation

Fall (5)

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.” ~ AJ Cronin

When I was pregnant with the twins I wished with all my heart that my tummy had a window on it.

A window with louvered blinds that I could open and shut whenever I wanted to check on the babies.

If only, I thought.

If only I could look and see what they were up to and see their tiny hands and watch their tiny feet kick…

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How to Make a Pinecone Acorn

How to Make a Pinecone Acorn

Acorn DIY Project How To

Can we still be friends if I tell you I’m scared?

I hope so.

I really need a friend right now.

Both twins are having surgery tomorrow.  Westleigh, the oldest twin, is having her tonsils out.  That was planned.  That was expected.  I was ready.  But we just found out tonight that the tiniest twin, Whitney, has a detached retina and she’s having emergency surgery tomorrow.  They are optimistic she will keep at least some of the sight in one eye.

I’m crying as I type this.

I’m crying because I’m a mom.

I’m crying because these are my babies.

I’m crying because I’m overwhelmed and underprepared and nervous and worried and my heart is heavy.

And when I’m done crying…

…I’ll start praying. 🙂Continue reading