Marshmallow Salad

As many of you gather with family today to celebrate the new year with the traditional good luck meal of greens, black-eye peas, and pork (or maybe this is just a southern thing), consider adding this dessert to your meal. It is light and fresh and fruity and it immediately became one of my favorites when I tried it for the first time. It's interesting combination of ingredients surprised me the … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Art and My Powder Room

You know how sometimes your plans just don't turn out the way you intend them to? Well that was the case with my powder room. My favorite color is green and when I built my house I decided I wanted my powder room to be sage green, one of my favorite shades of green. So I picked the color Clary Sage from Sherwin Williams and painted it that color. But I never liked it. It looked too flat and … [Read more...]

Snowy Christmas Craft

What inspires you for Christmas? Are you a traditionalist with greens and reds? Or do you prefer more contemporary colors? I have seen a lot of white decorations this year and I love that winter wonderland feeling they invoke. Have you put out any Christmas decorations yet? Or have you possibly put out all of your Christmas decorations? I am trying to wait until after Thanksgiving but it … [Read more...]

Needlework Creations

Years ago many women filled their hours making embroidery and needlework creations for their homes. From samplers to pillowcases, napkins, and more, this art built wedding dowries and enhanced the beauty of homes. Some people are fortunate enough to have embroidered items that have been passed down through the years from previous generations. For others there are yard sales, estate sales, ebay, … [Read more...]

Fall Fun

Fall has always been one of my favorite times of the year. The crisp, cool air is always a refreshing change after one of Georgia’s hot summers. Some of our favorite activities happen in the fall. There are festivals and fairs, annual visits to Burt’s Pumpkin Patch, Trunk or Treating, and playing in the leaves. We love pulling out cool weather clothes and making the transition from shorts and … [Read more...]

Country Living Fair 2013

I visited the Country Living Fair this year for the first time and it was so much fun. The weather can be crazy in the south and the day I visited was no exception. I got there right as the fair was about to open and it was 30 degrees as I waited in line. Brrrrr. It was still a beautiful day in Stone Mountain, Georgia in spite of the cold. I love shopping at estate sales and the Country Living … [Read more...]

Joy Christmas Tray

While attending the Haven Conference this year with other DIY bloggers, I had the opportunity to decoupage this cute tray from Pier One at the Cottonelle booth. The papers they had to choose from were nice but none of them really went with my décor. I made one anyway with purple and gold patterned paper. This week I was walking through Hobby Lobby admiring the Christmas decorations when I came … [Read more...]

Fabric Bulletin Board

I have seen fabric covered bulletin boards many times and always thought they looked like they would be fun to make. So here is my version. First I started with this yard sale find. It was a very faded Monet print in a very pretty frame. I simply removed the print, matting, and glass. I chose this fun fabric for the bulletin board. Here are some of the materials I used. I probably … [Read more...]

Starbucks Berry Chai Tea (Almost)

About five years ago I met a lady at church and we were gradually becoming good friends. We both had a lot going on and never seemed to finish our conversations when we would see each other. One day she said to me, “Hey, let’s meet at Starbucks and we can talk about things there.” Now I don’t like coffee. I never have. I don’t like the way it tastes and I don’t like the way it smells. That’s … [Read more...]

Recovering a Sewing Chair

A couple of years ago I bought a sewing table, cutting table, and a rolling storage chair for my sewing room at my neighbor’s yard sale. I was so excited to get these pieces. I had recently gotten more interested in sewing and thought they would be the perfect addition to my sewing room. One problem though….I didn’t actually have a sewing room at the time. So they sat in my garage. For two … [Read more...]