Simple Centerpieces
50th Anniversary Dinner
Favorite Desserts - Fruit Pizza

DIY Faux Barn Wood Doors

How to create faux barn wood doors

   I love old barn wood…..especially old doors; but sometimes even if you can find them they are not in good enough shape to use as doors…especially exterior doors that need to be strong and sturdy. We used this technique for the inside of our kitchen door…..you can find the tutorial HERE. We used the same technique for the doors on Handsome's new workshop. I can't Continue Reading

It’s Not About Barbecues ……


   Today is not about barbecues. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to ALL of you that have served and defend my families freedom. {The above pictures are from the American Memorial outside of Florence, Italy. I had the privilege to visit this special spot while there last autumn.} Most grateful~ Continue Reading

Simple Centerpieces

Simple Centerpieces

   I love beautiful centerpieces….but sometimes it's easy to get carried away or to feel like they have to be monstrous concoctions if you're having something special. My favorite are the very simple ones. When I need to put a centerpiece together for an event that we're having here or just for us I always begin with looking around our home to see what I can pull together……and Continue Reading

The Night We Celebrated 50 Years ……..

50th Anniversary Dinner

If you've been around here for a while you know that we LOVE to celebrate! It's our favorite. Celebrating is so very powerful……when you celebrate something you are expressing the highest gratitude. Art is a celebration in every sense…..and so it only makes it obvious that any celebration…..whether birthday, anniversary, or anything else….is done with creativity and passion. We Continue Reading

Fruit Pizza Recipe ::: Awesome Summer Desserts

Favorite Desserts - Fruit Pizza

We've begun winding down the school year and thinking ahead to summer days.  We love to have friends over for cookouts….and one of our favorite summer desserts {other than ice cream, of course!} is Fruit Pizza! I know I've shared this recipe on the blog before…..but it's surely worth sharing again….just in case you missed it! ;) FRUIT PIZZA 1 roll of sugar cookie dough Continue Reading

Bringing Back Bath Time


   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling. All opinions are 100% mine. I've often told people that life gets crazier the older your children get older. When my children were smaller I actually had more 'me' time. How is that?? I used to set aside every Friday night as a 'me' night. Handsome had to work on Friday nights, and after I put everyone to Continue Reading

DIY Summer Essentials

Essential Oils for Summer

Summer is almost here, you guys! I'm hoping for a laid-back, nice one. We've been getting ready to wrap up the school year and dusting off our summer and beach stuff….and getting the medicine cabinet ready, too. We love to be outside….at the beach, in the garden, on the porch, at the park, in the woods……anywhere outside. I get a lot of questions from people that know that we Continue Reading

DIY Outdoor Pennants

Ikat oilcloth pennant for outside

We've been trying to get the yard and garden ready for summer….cleaned up and spruced up. =) I love making these pennants for outside. They are so easy and last all season anywhere you put them. Here's the how-to that I shared a few years ago……….. ++++++++++++++++++++++ We wanted to put some fun pennants outside in the garden for the summer......these quick and easy oilcloth Continue Reading

Italy Recap – Assisi {Part 2}


I haven't been to on top of it with sharing my Italy recaps! I'll try to get it together over the next few weeks. =) It's been a while since I shared about my time in Italy…….so, here's No. 2! On the way to the hilltop village of Assisi we stopped at a little roadside store to grab a snack. What did I see on the wall of this little Italian store in Perugia? A plaque with the Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Gift Idea ……

Mother's Day Special

   Good morning! I just wanted to pop in quickly with a fun gift idea for Mother's Day. If you've been struggling with a great idea of what to get your Mom…..and would love to get her something special and different and super useful…..here's an idea: A Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit with a special gift from me! The items will not arrive in the mail by Continue Reading

Hidden Trash


   Last week when we moved all the furniture for the Big Cottage Switch in the living room........THIS is what was behind and under the sofa: What in the world!? I told Handsome right then, "The maid HAS GOT TO GO!!!  She's horrible!" {The maid is me!} I see things in this pile like---popsicle wrappers {popsicles aren't even supposed to BE in the living room. hhhmmmmm.}, Continue Reading

DIY Chalkboard Lidded Jars

Chalkboard Lidded Jars

I just love little jars....and fun ways to store things or give as gifts. If I have a jar that is a neat shape and I know I can get the label off easily, I always save it. {A great way to get labels off easily is to wash the jars in the dishwasher...whatever doesn't automatically come off will come off easily when it comes out of the dishwasher.} My favorite little jars Continue Reading