And just like that, one day I woke up to find summer was gone and fall arrived. By my birthday, which happens to be today, the leaves are turning and flowers have withered away. No doubt, autumn weather is here to stay while others are still in the throes of heat waves. Dealing with heat is crummy! You have my sympathies. Temps are in the 50’s at night and 60’s during the day and the rainy season has been upon us for a couple of weeks. I’m wearing sweaters again and the heat is back on. For thin-blooded, Lower 48’ers, this… View Post

Shouldn’t summer decorating be quick and easy? It’s said that summer is time for relaxing but for many the reality of the season means a lot of hustle and bustle to plan activities, events, and host summer parties. For some, hosting a summer gathering revolves around entertaining indoors due to extreme heat. This weeks’ featured bloggers are showing how they stylishly decorate and entertain for the summer season. Simple Wildflower Centerpiece Michelle from The Painted Hinge shared a simple tutorial for making a tray for her simple mason jar centerpiece. Wildflowers are full of country charm. Seeing this leaves me… View Post

Finally, warmer weather is here and I’m able to get some outdoor areas freshened up. Outdoor living areas are a wonderful way to soak up the sun and linger into the evening. Our bloggers brought some fantastic inspiration from their own homes and shared ideas for summer porch decor. A Texan Summer Patio Lisa from the Purple Hydrangea shared her covered patio all decked out for summer with a mix-and-match furniture, bright pops of color, and a handmade sitting bench. The headboard turned bench is quite striking against all the beautiful brick. Charming Handmade Herb Shelf Patti from Old Things… View Post

Styling A Sentimental Summer Mantel A few weeks ago I was missing my grandmother much more than usual. I pulled out a few pieces of her china to style a summer mantel montage using some of her favorite things- China, little birds, and green for color.  The little birds in the nest were from her collection of Christmas decor. Everything else, the silver sugar and cream dishes, vintage books, hats, and vintage glass bottles are items that I have collected throughout the years.  The green ribbon tied around the straw hat is similar to the accent color that she used… View Post

I can give you a few reasons how stripping is like the school bully. Stripping  is not my idea of a good time.  Not only is it a tedious job, but it is labor intensive. Being on my hands and knees, contorting into unnatural positions, while trying to maintain some sense of balance isn’t even the worst of it. The  hand and wrist pain that ensues from scraping, wiping, more scraping, scrubbing with steel wool coupled with awkward bending and leaning, cranking neck muscles to inspect nooks and crannies. Stripping is not for the faint of heart. It is back-breaking grueling work. I… View Post