Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dorm Room Headboard Tutorial

Now that it is mid-July, dorm room decorating is in full swing.  Of every post I've ever written, my Dorm Room Headboard Tutorial gets the most views on a daily basis.

Here is the most recent headboard I covered for my daughter's sorority house dorm-style bed.....

She promised to clean up her room and make up her bed and get better pictures for me. 

Never happened.

Like, I am so surprised she didn't hope right on that for her mom's blog.

Back to real life - here is a link to the headboard tutorial (click the picture)....

headboard easy

It is super easy and is a great way to add some character.  

I also have some dorm room before and after photos here: Dorm Room #1

and here: Dorm Room #2

Plus a Pinterest Board chock full of dorm ideas here: Dorm Room Pinterest Board Ideas 

So fun!
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Saturday, June 28, 2014


We've had a busy summer, already. 

Lots of time at home.

We've picked blackberries....

I'm fortunate to have beautiful hydrangeas, again, this year...

Our pup is quite comfortable in our home....

She may be a bit TOO comfortable around here, actually.

We are in one of those seasons where we cannot travel, much, but found two nights to spend in the North Carolina mountains....

This visit, we hiked Pantertown Valley. It was late on a Monday, so we pretty much had the trails to ourselves, which we loved.

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Enjoy the little things!

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: his mercy endures for ever.  Psalms 107:1 - 

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Neutral Gallery Wall

This will be a quick post, as I've had no extra time for blogging, lately and this one will lack in detail. 

To start with - I always like to have a party because it makes me work on my house, a little bit. It also makes us clean.  (Not much will make this mom and teens pull out a scrub brush and the extra vacuum attachments around this place, let me tell you.)

Since my middle daughter was graduating from high school, we had an afternoon luncheon for her. Over sixty guests and it was a wonderful day. 

I always have to have one big decorating project - just before a party. Ask my husband about it. He hates this about me. A giant project that simply HAS to be done instead of the basic food prep and toilet cleaning. 

This year I decided that I simply could not have a party without a neutral gallery wall added to my dining room. 

And that is just the left side of the window.  Here is the entire dining room...

I snapped this photo after the party. I was too exhausted to move the white bucket or straighten the chairs. 
Two days before the party, with no food prepared, I hung those pictures. That is just how I roll.

I've been collecting inexpensive frames and neutral art for the past six months.  I am guessing the entire gallery wall cost me less than $200.00..... 

And, of course, a lot of the art I created, myself - so it was free to me.

Look for better photos and more detail regarding the created art and found pieces, soon.  Here are a few more pics of the room after the party....

I scavenged the local alleys and dirt roads for the oak leaf hydrangeas - they are natives here and are in bloom this week.

I also found the precious wild pink roses growing along a dirt road....

How lucky am I?

I love my new wall and so does the pup...

(She is searching for crumbs in this photo - that is my idea of a vacuum, btw).

Have a nice day!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Have a Nice Memorial Day

That is a Waterlogue of this pic of our house...

Have you tried the Waterlogue app? You can change an ipad or iphone pic into a watercolor, then save it to your computer and print. Well, you can print you creation IF you have purchased new print cartridges.  Which I haven't.  I followed this little tutorial by KariAnne.

Have a great day!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Amazing Bouquet and a Cheerleader

Aren't these flowers gorgeous?

Those are prom flowers from this past weekend.

They were perfect with her dress....

This is my middle daughter - she just turned 18 and is graduating from high school really, really soon. 

In this candid shot - the contrast between the flowers and her black dress is beautiful...

One last picture.....

Before I finish bragging, I want to mention that she is a college cheerleader.

Just made the team last weekend! 

She will be cheering for our alma mater....

(I cropped the other girl out because I don't know her - her mom might not want her plastered all over blogland!)

We are so very, very excited!

She has been cheering on our Yellow Jackets for a long time...

We have had a wonderful week.

Have a great day!
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Great is His Faithfulness

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I'm still here - but, just barely. (kidding, of course!)

My "real" work really kicked in this year and I have been traveling a bunch.  My mom is also very sick and lives nearby - so we we've been visiting doctors and scanning and chemo-ing, and radiating and all of the other medical words I have created. (Plus, when someone you love is very sick, you don't really feel much like blogging.) 

This week I had to drive through Florida for work and stopped by one of my favorite Florida towns that I really want you to see.

It was named for an Indian chief and is pronounced "mick-ah-No-pee", which I learned from a John Anderson song, years ago .

It is so close to I-75 that it is a MUST when you drive through the Gainesville area of Florida, during the daytime. It's the first exit after you cross Payne's Prairie, when headed south.

Cute Greek Revival home

The town is very old- early 1800's, and is still "old Florida." There are tourists, there, but only a few - and no McDonald's and no gas stations. 

After the rush of the interstate, the quiet in Micanopy is almost unbelievable. Maybe the Spanish moss softens the sounds. The town is only about 2 miles from the interstate, but you would never guess you are that close to civilization.

And, of course - I was able to find a little white church to photograph... 

Perfect, isn't it?

Do you see this little log cabin underneath a pole barn structure? .....

Right downtown on Main Street. 

I ran into a few of the antique shops and found this turkey plate for only $15.00 ....

Jackpot!  I am happy to add this turkey plate to my collection!  

Please don't tell my husband that I spent money this Spring on a plate for Thanksgiving.

Have a great day!

Oh, and here is that much dated John Anderson song and video....

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