How to Make Rugged, Leather-Bottom Concrete Coasters

Every year for my Lumberjack’s birthday, I like to throw at least one handmade gift into the mix. ...more

What You Should Know About Painting Your Front Door Black

You remember my Purple Rain inspired front door, right? Here it is, before: and ... after: ...more
I love the added detail with the accessories. We have a new door which has never been painted as ...more

Spring Gifts: How to Make Seed Tape Strips

Last spring while perusing seed catalogs and my local garden centers, I came across seed tape strips. These thin strips of paper are dotted with perfectly spaced seeds, reducing the need to thin seedlings. Intrigued, I decided to make my own for a fraction of the cost. ...more
Absolute genius!more

Homemade Bird Feeders

This bird is enjoying his snack....more

The Easiest DIY Easter Egg Wreath

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a craft whiz.  However, while on a walk this morning with Annabelle, I found inspiration!  One of our neighbors had a festive Easter wreath on their front door.  I hang wreaths (store-bought usually…again, I’ve never been confident in my DIY abilities) for every occasion– Christmas, Halloween, etc., but I didn’t have one for Easter!...more

Sheriff’s office offers Home Security Tips

Here’s good advice from a sheriff’s office about how to protect your house.Burglars and home invaders don’t give a flying hoot if you keep thinking, “It can’t happen to me and this is a safe neighborhood.” In fact, the issue isn’t how safe your neighborhood is or how watchful your neighbors are. The issue is how easy it is to simply break into your home....more

Spring Mantle Makeover - Creating Balance

  It's beginning to look like spring outside here in Kentucky.  That brought me to the realization that the interior needed to start reflecting that....more

How To Prepare and Plant A Flower Bed

I love both flowering plants and cut flowers - seeing them in the garden or in a vase in the house makes my little heart patter in a very good way.  My garden is full of succulents, bromeliads and plants from the Mediterranean and Australia.  It certainly is not a riot of color but the interest from foliage, form and texture sure is there.  I have a few pots planted with annuals here and there and always have a vase or two of flowers inside thanks to our farmers market.  I would have been a great flower child in the 60's....more

Becoming a crazy bird lady

The sun is shining on a chilly spring day. A breeze cuts through tall grasses as 15-year-old me tromps through the wetlands on a school field trip. I am utterly miserable. We're searching for birds--the kind our sophomore biology teacher is requiring us to identify, categorize, memorize. And I just don't care....more

Outdoor Buffet and Grilling Station

I consider this old table a special piece. It belonged to my Grandfather who was a butcher and used this table to store his equipment. I have lots of memories of this table that sat outside the door entering their garage from the house. He built this table years ago with some 2x4 boards and a plywood top trimmed with quarter round. When my Grandparents house sold last year I was so happy my family let me have it. I saw the potential it had even though it was not in very good shape....more

Spring Wreath

  I've been wanting to make my own spring wreath for awhile now, but due to the cold weather of the past few months I had to put this project on hold. I was so excited this past week when the temperature was in the 70's!...more

DIY Reclaimed Wood Desktop Organizer

    I have another confession. I have a slight obsession with drawing and painting materials. I have a few must-haves that I will always keep in stock in the studio, but I'm always looking for new items to explore with....more

Seven Things I Learned From my Cleaning Lady

 When I was going through a long period of serious illness, we hired a cleaning lady. Some people feel guilty about hiring someone to clean for them, but not me. Cristina was heaven-sent and I would hire her back in a heartbeat if we could afford it....more