Chalkboard Paint Ornament

chalkboard painted ornament

So, are you inspired yet? Motivated?   Feeling the Christmas spirit?   I’ve been humming Christmas carols to myself for the past two weeks as I’ve wrapped and glued and painted and created by my 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafts ...   … and that makes it sound like … [Continue reading...]

Red & White Ribbon Wrapped Ornaments

ribbon ornaments

Here we are on the 3rd Day of the 12 Days of Christmas event. And no, I’m not pulling my hair out.   Yet.   My sanity is still intact.   Thus far.   But creating and posting for 12 consecutive days in a row is a new one for me. So rest assured, there’s … [Continue reading...]

Embroidery Hoop Ornament

christmas ornament craft ideas

Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafting. It’s a 12 day event with 12 bloggers making 12 ornaments each and sharing for 12 consecutive days for a total of 144 handmade ornaments created in the end. Phew. We culminate with a multi-blog link party on November 23 where you can … [Continue reading...]

Sweater Wrapped Ornaments

sweater christmas ball

I owe you all an apology.   You see, I’m not just a contributor to the pre-Thanksgiving Christmas frenzy. I’m an instigator.   That’s right, I’m flame fanner.   Oh, who am I kidding. I’m not just fanning that flame, I’m throwing big heaping buckets of fuel on … [Continue reading...]

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 decorated for … [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...]