The Book Deal

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The headline pretty much says it all, right?   Yes, there is a book deal. And no, it’s not for my YA fantasy fiction novel that I wrote seven years ago …   I wish.   It involves crafts using a particular glass vessel that some use for canning and preserving … [Continue reading...]

The Screen Porch

navy white fabric

Summer arrived in Chicago with a vengeance.   There was no save the date card sent out months in advance. There was no phone call announcing it’s arrival. There was no gentle knock on the door asking if it could come in for a visit …     Oh no.   Summer … [Continue reading...]

Weather Talk & Touches of Spring

blue green living room

I really don’t want to talk about the weather.   It’s so boring.   It’s hot in the summer. It’s cold in the winter. Surprise, surprise.   Summer can’t come soon enough. Summer can’t be over soon enough. Winter is too harsh. Winter is too mild. I wish it would snow on … [Continue reading...]

Cracked Marble Jewelry

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This blog post and cracked marble jewelry project  first appeared on Made From Pinterest. As a teenage girl growing up in Paramus, New Jersey I worked at the mall. As did many of my high school classmates. Paramus Park Mall was legendary in New Jersey. It may have even been one of the first … [Continue reading...]

How To Stencil A Wall

how to stencil

There are some diy projects that wait until my husband travels on business.   Please tell me I’m not alone.   I’m not worried he won’t like it. Okay, that’s not 100% true. I just don’t want him to see the project during the during. Because the during is not always pretty. The … [Continue reading...]

Paint This! Blue Bedrooms

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Sometimes I wonder …   I wonder if I would pick blue for our master bedroom if I was picking colors today. Or last month. Or last year, for that matter.   You see, the color choices for the master bedroom were made close to five years ago. With the deal of the century $1-a-yard … [Continue reading...]

It’s The Little Things | Take 2

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I was in the kitchen the other day making a snack when I spotted the 12-pack of caffeine free Diet Coke. Nestled in an awkward spot between the radiator cover and the refrigerator …   its designated resting place.   My husband picked up that 12-pack of caffeine free Diet Coke … [Continue reading...]

How To Paint Wrought Iron

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  Peer pressure. Or more like neighbor pressure. I try not to succumb. But it’s pretty hard to ignore when you live in a city where your next door neighbor is mere inches away.   And when your rusty and peeling wrought iron fence butts up against their newly painted and refreshed … [Continue reading...]

Master Bedroom Reveal

blue and brown bedroom

I never know what to say when revealing a room remodel.   Do I give all the details about what I did?   Um, paint. Sew a little. Buy a rug. Make the bed …   Do I embarrass myself with an admission about how long it took me to finish this project?   Five … [Continue reading...]