It’s been a long and sometimes bumpy road…

….all those Sunday nights with our Masterpiece classics.

There was Poldark with his amazing hair and the ability to look like a romance novel standing on a cliff and his super poor choice making.

There was Selfridge with his ambition and his family and his random moustache and his incredible store-front windows.

There was every wonderful, amazing incredible season of Downton Abbey with the dresses and the earldom and the staff and Mr. Bates.

But now?

There’s a new show in town and it starts tomorrow.

It’s called Victoria and it chronicles the life of Queen Victoria, one of the youngest, most beloved and most beautiful queens ever to reign over England.

With one of the sweetest love stories ever told.

I am literally counting the minutes until it airs tomorrow, January 15 on PBS.  You can see the trailer here.

Here’s to Sunday nights with the Queen. 🙂Continue reading

A Little More Tour With That Fall

A Little More Tour With That Fall



Hello friend.

I’m so happy you are here.


You’ve made my entire week.

My friend Laura from Finding Home Farms put together a little fall tour today.

I’m throwing open the door to the farmhouse and showing off the kitchen and the family room and fluffing the pillows and picking the Captain Crunch up off the floor and filling the sweet tea glasses.

Let’s get this party started.Continue reading

How To Make a Wood Shim Flag

How To Make a Wood Shim Flag


This project was designed in cooperation with Elmer’s.

wood shim flag

This summer I’m in a country contest with my brothers and sisters and their families.

My mother hosts the competition and we all choose countries and whoever picks the country with the most gold medals wins cash.  You can’t choose USA and there’s other random awards for number of medals and guessing the exact amount of team scores and so on.

Somehow I slept through the country choosing.

By the time I figured out what was happening, China was gone.

Russia was gone.

Brazil was gone.

Australia and Japan and Hungary and South Korea and Canada were gone, too.

So I ended up with France.Continue reading

DIY Leather and Wood Bath Caddy

DIY Leather and Wood Bath Caddy

vintage bathroom (650x966)

It’s the last chapter in the handmade Christmas gift installment.

Good thing.

It’s almost February.

Of all the wonderful incredible handmade gifts I got like the leather mason jar mug or the star made of maps or the wood stereo speakers or the linen scrap house pillow….

….I think this one was my favorite.

Maybe because it’s the one I use everyday.

Maybe because the combination of wood and leather fits so perfectly on the tub.

Or maybe it’s because I saw it online for $168.

I think it’s because handmade is so much better every. single. time.Continue reading

How to Build a Giant Abacus

How to Build a Giant Abacus


how to build a giant abacus

This is a DIY project that has been years in the making.

I’ve wanted to build it ever since I saw it in the Pottery Barn catalog years ago.  I knew that I knew that I knew… would be perfect in the house.

If only I could figure out how to DIY it.

I could figure out the sides and I could figure out the metal corners and I could figure out the rods in the middle….but I couldn’t figure out how to make the beads that you used to count with.

Giant wooden discs?

Too flat.

Giant metal washers?

Too un-round.

Giant beads?

Too round.

And then one day I saw these.Continue reading

How To Paint Anything to Look Like Wood

How To Paint Anything to Look Like Wood



This is a tutorial on how to paint anything to look like wood.

Almost anything.

Maybe not your kitchen sink.

Or the Eiffel Tower.

But you know when you shop the scratch and dent aisle of Hobby Lobby and everything is marked 80% off and you find all those random pieces of plaster and poly resin and plastic and some material that they make from moon rock with a $3.97 price tag and it would fit perfectly onto your mantel or your bookshelf or your dining room hutch….

….if only it looked like an antique.

Now it can.

Here’s how you can make it look just like wood.Continue reading

Winter Decorating

Winter Decorating



I think I’ve discovered a secret to make Christmas decorating easier.

I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

Shhhh…’s just between us…..we don’t want it getting out and then everyone’s decorating starts getting easier and easier and then we all slow down and take a moment to breathe and enjoy the holidays.

Because that would be crazy.Continue reading

Barnwood Letter

Barnwood Letter

In case you haven’t noticed.

Just in case you have been out of the country on an exotic island or under a rock or twiddling your banjo-playing toes.

It’s true.

Barn wood is the current “IT girl.”  It’s everywhere and anywhere and all the wheres that where could ever be.

You could even say that……it’s the new silly bands for 2012.


Good thing I live in the country.

Good thing I live where there are plenty of cows and sheep and goats and horses and hay.

Good thing people build places for all of those animals to live in.

And good thing I know people who know people who know people who own….you guessed it….




I’ve seen barn wood wainscoting.

And barn wood tables.

And a super pricey, but awesomely cute barn wood platform beds.

And barn wood signs.

And absolutely-adorable-wish-I-would-have-thought-of-it-first barn wood headboards.

But today is not furniture-building-wainscot-sign-making-Monday.  Today, a group of my favorite bloggers and I are all posting our favorite “It’s a Cinch” for the month.

Easy.  Simple.  Uncomplicated.

I think today should be called….it’s a cinch….the second chapter.


Barn Wood Letter

1.  Start with your barn wood.  

If you get it right off the barn you will need to clean it….thouroughly.

If you know people who know people who will go and get the barn wood and clean it and leave it for you to pick up….count your blessings.

I am lucky.

I have two barn czars.

Daryl and Dale.

I’m adding them to my payroll….along with my arrow-creator and my vinyl-maker.

With all my peeps you can just call me the P Diddy of rural Kentucky.

 (2)  Draw out your letter on the barn wood.  

Typically barn wood is about 11″ wide.

This Z is 11″ wide and 14 3/4″ long.  The top and the bottom and diagonal lines are all 3″ wide.

Is this even making sense?  I think I really need Becca to write all my tutorials for me.

She speaks tutorial fluently.


(3)  Using a scroll saw, cut out the letter you traced in the barn wood and sand the edges to give it a worn look.

That’s it.





Then hang your barn letter in the playroom.

And take your barn czar out to dinner and…..

   ….tell him….now the barn doors are calling your name 🙂

PS  If you want to see more cinchy projects with much better tutorials, please visit each one of these incredible bloggers:

Or check out our joint “It’s A Cinch” pinterest board.

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PS  I am partying over at Today’s Creative Blog.