Making a Wipe Board from an Old Window

In 2001, we moved to Cullman, Alabama and renovated two houses ๐Ÿ˜(side by side built in the 1930s) in the historical part of town. We had a contractor renovate one of the houses ๐Ÿšfor our family to live in. ย Neal (and I as his trusty assistant ๐Ÿ˜‰), renovated the second ๐Ÿš. Both houses were ๐Ÿ’Žs in the rough. I was skeptical ๐Ÿคจ, but Neal saw the potential ๐Ÿค”.

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Festive, but Simple 4th of July Tablescape

July the 4th is one of many fun times to live on the lake as we celebrate Independence Day! We typically have family visit for several days, so we create great memories of swimming, boating, fishing, eating, telling family stories (that are more exaggerated each year), and a lot of laughter.

So back to my tablescape . . .

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Painting an American Flag on Our Dock Closet

Several years ago, Neal and I finished constructing the closet on our dock. Tradesman Company Docks on Logan Martin Lake built our dock in spring of 2013.ย Neal and I purchased treated lumber at Home Depot to construct our dock closet. It is always challenging to calculate how much lumber you need for these types of projects. We were almost finished with the closet . . . but then we ran out of lumber. ๐Ÿ˜ฌย It was hot and we were waaaay too tired to go get more lumber. We live about 17 miles from Home Depot. But we got an idea! ๐Ÿค”ย  We used some leftover thin pieces of treated wood to make an American flag. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย This is an example of making a negative a positive! ๐Ÿ‘

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Sewing Christmas Pillow Slipcovers

I saw this burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make Christmas pillow slipcovers for my front porch bench. ๐ŸŽ„ย I like making slipcovers for various seasons rather than having multiple pillows. It is much easier to store the slipcovers as compared to multiple sets of pillows and it is an excuse for me to sew!๐Ÿงตโœ‚๏ธ

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Bringing the Outside Inside for Christmas: Using Greenery on Our Table

I just love decorating for Christmas! The house becomes bright and festive. Neal and I enjoy the warm glow of the Christmas tree ๐ŸŽ„, hot cocoa โ˜•๏ธ, tasty treats ๐Ÿช, time with family, and celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ who is the reason for the season! ๐Ÿ™

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Fall Tablescape

I just love fall — the cooler nights, carving pumpkins, drinking warm cider, smelling freshly baked apple pies, wearing cozy sweaters, and oh the brilliant colors as the foliage explodes with shades of red and orange!

Until this last year, I was a school administrator and thus never had time to decorate for fall. Now that I am retired and doing education consultant work, I have more time and enjoy decorating our home for different seasons.

My father passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him, but know I will see him when I get to Heaven. Dad had several old cars and trucks. He loved to restore old vehicles. This container (oblong metal box in the photo above) is the toolbox (behind the driver’s seat) in one of three of trucks Dad had behind his barn. I believe the truck is from the 1940s.


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Chalk Painting Our Front Porch Bench

I really enjoy the transformational process that occurs when I chalk paint furniture. We purchased this bench from Grandinroad. It is the prefect size for our porch; however, we changed our minds about the color (black) and decided to chalk paint it so it blended better with our porch.

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Milk Cans Project

This was a milk can that I found in my Dad’s barn after he passed away. ๐Ÿ˜ขย He passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him every day, but I have several special items from his house that remind me of him.

This milk can was originally covered in rust and I had it sandblasted, but not powder coated because I sort of wanted to keep it natural. When I picked it up, Josh (sandblaster guy) highly suggested that I put a coat of polyurethane to protect it or it would rust more. ๐Ÿค”ย Well . . . I should have heeded this advice because it started to rust again! ๐Ÿ˜ซย So I took it back and Josh sandblasted it again and powder coated it for me.ย  Continue reading “Milk Cans Project”

The Making of a Craft Room

This is my HAPPY PLACE! I can get lost for hours working on a project in this space. Actually this closet/room is adjacent to my office in our loft, so I can really spread out.

Here is a before picture. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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