And The Winner Is...

February 21, 2017

And The Winner Is...

Hi friends! I'm just popping in quickly today to announce the winner of my Tidy Living Shelf Bundle Giveaway.

Organizing With Tidy Living

February 16, 2017

Tidy Living Oak Shelves

It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of stuff. Oh, I love my collections, my crafts and my clothes, but let's face it, the more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to manage and that's no fun. For the last two years, I have been systematically simplifying my home - purging, decluttering. Of course, I can't get rid of everything, but as long as it's neat and tidy, I'm a happy girl. So you imagine my smile when I discovered Tidy Living. They have the loveliest and most affordable supplies to help organize my home and, well, my stuff.

Love Songs And Lyrics

February 14, 2017

top love songs and their lyrics

Growing up, there was always, always music playing in our home. My mom was a classically trained vocalist, who performed on the stage at Radio City Music Hall and with The Ray Conniff Singers. She loved everything from torch song classics and Broadway show tunes to rock and roll and dance tracks. If it had a catchy beat and she could sing along, she was a fan.

When And Why Do You Redecorate?

February 10, 2017

How to decorate a cottage style bedroom

The other day I received a lovely email from a company who wanted to offer me some new bedding in exchange for a post. My initial thought was,"Wow! How exciting and what a wonderful surprise!" While I didn't really need new bedding, it's always nice to get new stuff, right? Of course, before I answered them, I checked out their site and starting thinking. 

A Real Life Hug Between Virtual Friends

February 3, 2017

real life versus virtual friendships

As a young child, I had a pen pal. Her name was Leonie and she lived in Australia. I don't remember exactly how old I was, third, maybe fourth grade? Our class had written letters to her class and then they wrote back to us. Our words traveled across oceans par avian and while Leonie and I never actually met, we formed quite a friendship and continued to correspond for several years.

Romantic Red Valentine Crafts

January 31, 2017

Romantic red home decor crafts for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one of my all time favorite holidays. While love is wonderful and should be celebrated, I have never been big on the whole dramatic romantic scene. The fact that I was married so close to the holiday had more to do with a bargain than it did with the date. No, for me, the Valentine's Day excitement is all about the fact that I get to decorate with RED ~ as if I needed an excuse!!

Simplify Your Decor ~ The Step By Step Guide

January 27, 2017

How to simplify your decor

Recently, I shared a few articles about simplifying my decor. They featured before and after shots of my home and were very well received. Most people remarked that they loved the pared down rooms, but the majority of comments and emails were from readers asking me exactly how to simplify the decor of a room and redecorate using subtraction.

Box Pleat Scrap Fabric Garland

January 24, 2017

how to make a scrap fabric garland for valentine's day

It's no secret that I'm kind of banner junkie. I think that they are super charming and an easy way to decorate for a season or holiday without spending a lot of time or money. They generally store flat and can be made out of anything you have laying around the house - the more whimsical, the better. Exhibit A, today's banner, a box pleat scrap fabric garland that I whipped up after I was inspired by a dream.

Yup. A dream. 

Weird right?

Very Superstitious

January 13, 2017

I used to be superstitious and scared on Friday the 13th

When I was a small child I was very, very superstitious. Very. I was brought up in a household where my grandmother would say a novena at the mention of bad news and my mother would say things like don't put shoes on the table, it's bad luck. Black cats, walking under ladders and broken mirrors were taboo. Of course, when I broke a thermometer on the bathroom floor and played with the balls of mercury for a half an hour, no one batted an eye, but shattered glass?

The horror! You'd better get the rosary or start knocking on wood.

And fast.