Mantel Decor: A Study in Metal and Greenery

Oh, how I love to decorate for Christmas! The mantel is always first.  It’s a difficult mantel to decorate because it’s very large and has to be flame resistant because we use our fireplace a lot during the winter.  And did I mention, it’s large?  No hanging stockings, no draping garland, and no sparkly tinsel […]

Monday Motivation: Dust your lightbulbs

                                                                                                           (source) I had to chuckle while writing this because I was imagining your response to this Monday Motivation!  “She’s nuts”.  “She has too much time on her hands”.  Or my favorite, “She’s just too tidy”.  Yes, all of these comments have been directed to me at one time or another.  Truth is, I have an […]

Perfectly Imperfect Holiday Table

I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner at our home.  I love celebrating with lots and lots of people.  We like to invite anyone who doesn’t have family in town to join with us.  Some years, we keep joining tables to our dining table to make sure everyone has a seat at the table.  I don’t wait […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Thanks, O God, for boundless mercy From thy gracious throne above; Thanks for every need provided From the fullness of Thy love. Thanks for daily toil and labor And for rest when shadows fall; Thanks for love of friend and neighbor And Thy goodness unto all. Thanks for thorns as well as roses, […]

Acorn Hostess Gift For Thanksgiving

Every year, on Thanksgiving Eve, our family drives across the water (Chesapeake Bay) to have a feast with my Dad’s side of the family.  Aunt Essie puts on quite a spread and doesn’t allow anyone to help.  Since our family consists of several large eaters, I always feel bad about not contributing to the meal […]

Monday Motivation: Practice having a Grateful Heart

                                                             (source) Whew!  It’s been a crazy few days but I made it through! First, thanks to those of you who came out for the Craft Stash Swap.  I think everyone was happy with what they took home. Second, you can’t tell by reading this post, but I’m typing on a new computer.  Our old computer woke up […]

Seeking an Organized Craft Room

When we moved into our home 5 years ago this room had pink shag carpet, fake birch paneling, and pink plastic mini-blinds. We ripped out the carpet and mini-blinds and painted the paneling.  I immediately filled it with our old computer desk and all manner of crafting supplies. This is how it looked most days […]

“Good For You” Pumpkin Pie

One of my readers, Tiffany, asked for a pumpkin pie recipe after reading my post about processing your Halloween pumpkin to make pumpkin puree.  I started to give her my old pumpkin pie recipe but realized that it really wasn’t as healthy a recipe as it could be.  So, I began to experiment.  Here’s my new […]

Drying Herbs

Out in my herb garden, I was able to harvest parsley, rosemary, and sage. I stripped the leaves off of the stems (laborious) and laid them on newspaper in the window of my guest room.  After a few weeks this is what they looked like. . . I threw the dried leaves into the food […]

The Little Table That Could

Once upon a time, there was a little coffee table.  It was small and inexpensive and it wasn’t particularly beautiful.  After many years of use, it found itself in the back of a pick-up truck, heading to the dump.  Along the way, the truck hit a bump in the road, and the little table bounced out […]