Forcing Fall

According to the calendar summer is over and fall is upon us. Although Texas has cooled down a bit (thank goodness), it’s still summer here. It’s hot, everyone is in shorts and flip-flops, and I haven’t seen a single colorful leaf or consumed anything pumpkin flavored ....more

Building the Deck, Part II (and a giveaway)

I’m finally back with the second part of the deck post. Let’s just pick up where we left off last week, which was with a fully assembled deck frame. We used pine for the frame but decided to spring for cedar for the top, since it looks nice and it’s naturally moisture resistant (which means it’s less prone to twisting, cracking and swelling ....more

Building the Deck, Part I

First things first…let’s start with a before picture. So our backyard….it’s ugly. There’s not denying it ....more

Sassy Steals Giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway around here and today I have a great one for you. ...more


I’ve been less than honest with y’all lately. I know, you thought you could trust me…but the truth is I’ve been keeping a secret. A big secret, one that has taken over my life for the last few months ....more

Sewing a Euro Sham Pillow with Flanges

Today I have a simple tutorial to share… A couple of weeks ago I showed you the new bedding for my southwestern guest room, and today I’m going to show you how to make the euro sham pillows. (Those are the big orange ones in the back BTW, I know different people call them different things.) Euro shams are generally large square pillows, usually 26 x 26 or 28 x 28. They are really simple to make, and if your a beginner you can totally do this ....more

Behind the Scenes at Better Homes and Gardens

A few months ago I received an e-mail from Better Homes and Gardens asking if I wanted to join their new Live Better Network. I of course was like “heck yes!” (because BHG is amazing), and they were like, “great, are you available to fly to Iowa in August to tour the BHG headquarters?” And then I was bummed, because a flight to Iowa was totally not in the budget. Then they were like “oh no…the cost is on us”…and suddenly I felt like a rock star ....more

Nursery Sign Semi Success

So the saga of the nursery sign for my nephew continues. ...more

How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

When we bought our house it had zero storage. No garage, no basement, an attic that isn’t really usable, and no extra closets. We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam’s parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property ....more

Modern Southwestern Guest Room Bedding

For years now the guest room has been black, white, purple, and yellow. It’s the first room I decorated when we bought our house, and while it was fun to do I stopped liking it a few years ago. When we ripped out the carpet and swapped all the beds this summer, I decided to redo the bedroom ....more