The Easiest Way to Sew a Pillow

easy sew pillows

It may have been my very first up-cycle.   It was back in college in the late 80's  and I was moving in to an apartment with a roommate and we didn't have much furniture. I don't think we had more than a chair or two but I distinctly remember the two large floor pillows that I brought in to the mix.  They were pink and green and … [Read more...]

Four Favorite Fall Recipes

slice of pecan pie

As soon as October rolls around, I get my baking on.  I absolutely adore turning the oven on, wearing my apron and getting my hands in some eggs and flour.  There is something just so comforting about baking. Today I want to share a four of my favorite fall recipes that is sure to be crowd pleasers in your family.   I've shared … [Read more...]

Collecting Beautiful Dishes Affordably

via My Sweet Savannah

I have a slight obsession for dishes.  I do own a few sets, but I am secretly wishing I could add a few more to my home. Can you relate?  Because I'm not independently wealthy and I don't have several china cabinets, I'm collecting dishes on Pinterest right now. Do you do that too? My current focus is on brown … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Wood Tool Box

fall table

I have long admired cute little wood tool boxes. So many bloggers have incorporated them in to their decor in such creative and beautiful ways.  I really wanted one for my own. If you saw my fall tablescape, then you saw my new little tool box: Can you believe I made it myself?! When I attended the Haven blog conference this past summer, … [Read more...]

Thrifty Fall Centerpiece

pumpkin in a cup

I looove saving money!  But, I also love buying new things for my home. That's why I'm a big fan of thrift stores. And, because so many thrift stores benefit worthy causes in my community, they make my shopping trip a win-win experience. I find something "new" for a great price while giving back to my community. That's why I'm, once … [Read more...]

Decorating with Pillows & A Giveaway

toile fabric pillow

When my husband and I announced our engagement to my parents over 15 years ago, my dad said to my husband, "Congratulations! Now, get ready for the explosion of pillows you'll have everywhere in your home. Whenever you want to sit or lie down, there will be a mountain of pillows you'll have to move first." Haha!  Yes, my dad knows me well. … [Read more...]

Living With Marble: Is It For You?

living with marble

Several weeks ago I revealed my kitchen remodel.  Since then, I have received so many positive comments and questions.  Thank you to all of you who have commented here on the blog and privately through email.   As with any big project reveal, I have gotten a lot of questions about my sources and choices.  I responded to … [Read more...]

Fall Mantle 2014

halloween bunting_2

The older I get, the more I like to keep things simple. Maybe it's because I've become a full-time taxi driver in the afternoons while simultaneously trying to get dinner on the table.   Maybe it's because I don't like putting things away after I take them out. Maybe it's because I don't have the kind of energy I had when I was in my … [Read more...]

5 Easy-to-Make Fall Wreaths

fall twiggy wreath

I guess I have a thing for making fall wreaths.  Something about this time of year inspires me to get crafting! Today I'm sharing 5 easy-to-make fall wreaths that I have shared here on the blog.   If you regularly read my blog, you'll notice that two of them I just made this year.  But for those of you who are new here, I … [Read more...]

This & That: Homecoming Mums

Homecoming mum via Etsy

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I'm not from around here.  I grew up in Minnesota, not Texas, but I have lived here for 20 years.   When I first moved to the great state of Texas I discovered all sorts of things that are different from where I was raised.  The Texas drawl and it's … [Read more...]

Natural Fall Tablescape

fall tablescape_3

I didn't grow up with a dining room in our home.   Our house was relatively small but we had a nice-sized breakfast area.  My mom would put the extra leaves in the table and then she would get busy decking it out for whatever the occasion.  I loved it when she did that. When my husband and I bought our current house I … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour 2014

fall home tour_3

I feel like the fall season is officially kicking off. Not just because it's now officially Autumn, but because today I'm sharing my Fall Home Tour! My thanks to Melissa from Daisy Mae Belle and Sonya from At Home with the Barkers for putting together this amazing tour.  Twenty bloggers are sharing their homes all week, and trust me, I am … [Read more...]

Recycled Cabinet Doors & The Best of DIY Link Party

recycled cabinet door chalk board

When we remodeled our kitchen this summer we were left with a few unusual "leftovers." As I mentioned, we didn't completely gut our kitchen, but we did re-configure a few cabinets.  As a result, I have four drawers and about 8 cabinet door/drawer fronts laying around.   My husband thought they were ready for the junk pile when they … [Read more...]

Fall Burlap Art

pumpkin final

This past spring, I discovered stretched burlap canvases.  They're just like a regular canvas that you paint on except that they're made of burlap.  They are great for all kinds of crafts.    Now that it's fall, I thought I'd try my hand at some fall burlap art: If you can draw or trace the shape of a pumpkin, you can … [Read more...]

Simmering Potpourri Recipe

simmering potpourri

One of the things I love best about fall is the scents of the season.  I love cinnamon, apple, cloves, cranberries...everything! I told you about the delicious fall candle I bought and love, but did you know you can make your own wonderful scents at home?   I do this every so often when I want something  yummy to make … [Read more...]