Sunday, January 17, 2016

Demo Day! 

The Destruction of the Kitchen


My hubby loves a good demo and boy, did he get one over the summer.  We tore up carpet through out the downstairs, we took out tile, we tore down a wall and moved pipes and air ducts.

It was back breaking and tiring.

And when the day was done we would go down to the lake and jump in to refresh ourselves for the next day of demo.

There was a mishap with a pot light hole cutter and my husband's ankles. He was grounded for 2 days because he was cutting something in bare feet!

Then my parents came to take care of our kids for a few days and my dad so graciously mudded and taped all the new walls.  It was a glorious gift that we truly appreciate.

Here is a little video of some of the process....it is more interesting that way.

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Cheers!













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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Project 365 {Week 2}




I have to say....remembering to take a picture {or set of pictures in order to get the perfect one} each day is tricky.  Between work and sleep and homework and hugs and snuggles, well you get the point.

But I did it. A second week of one picture per day.

I hope you like them.


These books are amazing. Truly. I am in love with them.

Sunday, January 10, 2016




The Little Kitchen that Couldn't {A Before Story}


A little kitchen in the Adirondacks was employed about a house for such work as it was built for, making chicken nuggets and gourmet peanut butter and jelly. 

One morning it was waiting to make its next meal when the woman of the house asked it to hold more than one person while putting away the groceries.

"I can't; that is too many people for me", said the great little kitchen built for hard work. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

 Project 365


Dear Friends,

Please forgive me?

I have been lost for far too long.

There was laundry to do and bills to pay.

There were broken arms and polar plunges on New Year's Day.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gallery Wall Featuring Kid's Art

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Kid's Art Gallery Wall
When my oldest son was in Kindergarten I didn't see one piece of art work all year. Then in June he brought home a folder bigger than him full of all the art he had created that year. I was overjoyed looking through it.

I wasn't sure what to do with it, so we hung it in his closet at first. Then he finished 1st grade and brought home an even bigger folder of art. So we took down the art in his closet and hung the new pieces.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Vanity Makeover


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Hello! Sometimes you have a regular old maple vanity in the bathroom and it works. It does the job of holding your toothpaste and hairbrush and razor. Then you realize that something may be missing, besides the mascara or toothbrush.

It's missing a real personality. 

I lived with that lackluster-no personality-did its job only-vanity for 11 years.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Birthday Present from Magnolia Market

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Usually, birthdays are amazing, exciting moments for me. Last month my boys made me beautiful cards and put them on my pillow so that I would see them when I woke up. My parents and in-laws sent my mad money to buy something special. My hubby asked and asked and asked what I wanted for my birthday dinner.

However; this year I had no clue. In fact, I really wasn't hungry.

I'm not sure what it was, but this year, I really wasn't into the whole birthday celebration.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Serving Tray Makeover using 2 Colors of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan®



Do you think that Chip and Joanna Gaines ever argue? I don't mean a little bickering. I'm talking about voice raised-red faced-teeth clenched shouting? They live together. They work together. They raise 4 kids together. That is a lot of....together.

I would never wish this on anyone. Truly.

They just seem too good to be true...a fairy tale for sure.

I am definitely not complaining. HGTV's Fixer Upper is my favorite decorating show.
FAV. OR. ITE.

In my mind, they can do no wrong.

Just like this tray I had.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Country Living Fair 2015 - Rhinebeck, NY {A Milk Glass Tale}



A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to go to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY with my friend, Carol.

What a glorious day it was! 

The whole drive down, I knew just what I wanted....milk glass. I was bound and determined to hunt it down.

And wouldn't you know it after about the first tent of vendors I stumbled upon the most perfect nubby milk glass lamp! And it was only $15. And the owner of the shop was a doll.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chicken Wire Photo Frame


My husband recently built us a raised vegetable garden in our front yard.

He up-cycled old pieces of wood, our wonderful neighbors gave us some dirt that was left over from their front yard project, and we bought some chicken wire to keep the deer out. Then we all went and picked out the fresh, organic veggies....beans, watermelon, strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers.

{Oh, I can't wait to have strawberries and lettuce!}

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