Progress Update: Creating The Craft Room

I have always wanted to have a designated space to work on crafts sometimes alone and often with my sweet, creative grandchildren. Our dining room has served as the default crafting zone, but it’s pretty inconvenient because whenever a project is in the works, we have to put it on hold and pick everything up and move it when mealtimes arrive since the dining room is also our only designated eating space. So having an area that is specifically set aside for crafting has been a longtime goal. When we installed a storage building last summer, I requested that a portion of it be given over to me for this purpose.  Continue reading

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The Reasons I Won’t Buy Samsung Appliances Again

Why won’t I buy Samsung appliances? The reasons grow from my recent experiences, which make for a long, frustrating, sad tale. I don’t generally use my blog to cast aspersions, but perhaps my tale of woe will help another potential Samsung customer. As they say, “Buyer beware!” Continue reading

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Our Garden Visitors

I can’t believe it’s already August. This summer is flying by! This summer we’ve spent a lot of time working on our landscaping and the flowers we’ve planted are looking lovely now and the garden is filled with bees and butterflies. Continue reading

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Summer Master Bedroom Updates

Sometimes I surprise myself when it comes to home decor. I start out with a plan, but something takes me in a completely different direction. My recent master bedroom refresh took such a surprising turn.

I like to refresh our master bedroom seasonally by changing the duvet cover, pillow shams, and throw pillows. Continue reading

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Feeling the Summertime Blues

One of my favorite oldie goldies is the rockabilly hit, Summertime Blues, a silly little diddy in which a teenage boy complains about his summer job. A line in the song claims there “ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.”  Well, I’m feeling the summertime blues in a different way, and I don’t need a cure. I caught the blues while visiting Home Goods’ table linens department shopping for a tablecloth for our new picnic table. All it took was one look at the gorgeous blue and white ikat patterned table linens and I was in love. I knew I wanted to bring this look to my dining room so I purchased a runner and some napkins. Continue reading

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