A Porch Refresh & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

Halloween door decorations

  My once welcoming porch no longer greeted my guests with a “come on in and stay awhile.” Instead it said, “I’m old” (which it is). And “I’m tired.” Oh, “and be careful on the fourth step from the bottom. It’s a doozy.”   It was just plain scary. And not in that intentional … [Continue reading...]

A New Work Space


Sources: Accordion Lamp; Wall-Mounted Bottle Drying Rack; Chalkboard Wall Office; Sawhorse Desk (discontinued Restoration Hardware); Tin boxes; Sawhorses; Swivel Stool; 3-Tier Drying Rack; Metal Shelf Carts I’m overwhelmed.   My office, craft room, and Etsy shop business is situated … [Continue reading...]

Comfort Foods & Comforts of Home

chicken pot pie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender's. All opinions are 100% mine. Comfort food season has settled into Chicago.   It was touch and go there for awhile. The weather forecast kept promising sunshine (which we've seen) and seventy degree … [Continue reading...]

My Great Big Clock. And A Question.

Large clock

I love clocks. I have one in every room of our house. In fact, in some rooms I have more than one … tick tock … tick tock. And when it comes to my the-more-the-merrier clock philosophy, I’ll add in one more requirement: the bigger the better.   Over the years, my clock purchases … [Continue reading...]

Industrial Look Table Lamps

industrial table lamp

I’m vignette challenged.   I like to pretend I prefer clean lines. Uncluttered table tops. It makes it easier to clean, I tell myself. Over and over again. But the truth is, I just don’t have what it takes to vignette ..  and, yes, I just used the word vignette as a verb. I admire – … [Continue reading...]

Halloween in Mason Jars

halloween craft spider mason jar

Tis the season for sponsored blog posts …   There. I said it. I put it out there. Because it’s true. And I’m not going to apologize for it.   This is the time of year consumer brands are looking for exposure. This quarter is crucial to their bottom line. And, quite honestly, it … [Continue reading...]

It All Started With TV


Once upon a time I was a young, eager public relations professional working at a big agency in New York. When I started out, my days revolved around the media. Putting together media lists. Pitching story ideas. Booking interviews. Fulfilling photo requests.   And then there were the … [Continue reading...]

Halloween Treat Ideas

cake pops for halloween

  Sometimes I have to stop …   and pinch myself.   Seriously. When I first started this blog, I had no idea what it would offer me. A sense of fulfillment. Accomplishment.   And amazing opportunities.   I had no idea brands would come knocking at … [Continue reading...]

The Family/Sun Room

sun room ideas

I’ve been holding out on you …   There’s a space in our home that is, hand’s down, my favorite space of all.   It’s a space we built ourselves. Okay, not with our own hands. Architects and contractors were involved. But I plotted and planned and designed this … [Continue reading...]