My Sewing Machine Hates Me

May 24, 2017

My Sewing Machine Hates Me

When I was a little girl, my mother told me that I was very mechanical, "You definitely take after your dad!" That was a huge compliment, since my dad could fix just about anything. Well, like most people, when he was motivated to do so. I remember admiring his tools in the garage on a regular basis, tiny drawers full of washers and screws, a peg wall that held hand saws and his favorite sign.

My brother and I would play for hours at that workbench, pretending and creating, making a mess more often than not.

To Blog Or Not To Blog, That Is My Question

May 18, 2017

To Blog Or Not To Blog?

Hello friends. If you have been a longtime reader of Exquisitely Unremarkable you know that when I write a piece, it's generally purposeful. It's usually a crafty DIY or a personal essay about a specific topic in my life that I think you may find relatable.

I try to entertain, educate and empower. But not today. Nope.

Today, I'm just sort of thinking out loud.

Cheap And Easy Curtain Ideas

May 11, 2017

One of the best ways to decorate a room and define its style is with the addition of curtains. Of course, window treatments are not cheap and finding the right ones can be tough. Years ago, I couldn't find the curtains I wanted so I asked a friend to make them. She told me no way, I will teach you. 

You can do it yourself.

Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy

May 2, 2017

The death of any loved parent is an incalculable blow. Because no one ever loves you again like that.

I lost my dad when I was twelve. He was fifty-five, way too young to die. I was shocked when he left us, completely unprepared for the inevitability. Although, now, as I look back, I realize that at twelve, I probably should've known better, should've seen it coming, but I didn't want to, I suppose.

Slightly South Of Simple Book Review

April 28, 2017

Slightly South Of Simple By Kristy Woodson Harvey
Kristy provided me with a copy of her book, but all opinions are my own.
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Ah, it's that time of year when my sleepy little coastal town comes to life again. Boats go in the water, the beaches reopen and I start to read. I have the best memories, of myself as a child, sitting under an umbrella at the ocean, on the swing under the old willow and in the pool floating for hours, just reading. Lost in a world of fairies and fantasy, it was much more fun to open a book when school was out and I got to choose the tales on my own.

The Best Way To Clean A Glass Stove Top

April 25, 2017

The Best Way To Clean A White Glass Cooktop

I grew up with a gas stove and was told that was the only way to really cook. My dad was in the gas business and my mom was an awesome chef, so I did not argue. Our first home came with a gas stove...and then we renovated. Moving the gas line to the other end of the house proved problematic, and since I'm a cheap and easy kind of gal (you know what I mean!), we went with an electric model.

My Never Fail Secret For Bargain Shopping Success

April 22, 2017

My Super Secret Bargain Shopping Trick

I love to shop for home decor. Decorating is my passion, but let's face it, without restraint it can be a very pricey hobby. That doesn't work for me. I was raised by depression era parents, being frugal is in my genes. I also live in a tiny cottage. Too much stuff makes me itch and twitch. Simplifying has been the name of my recent game.

That, however, does not mean I like to shop or decorate any less. I just have to be very discerning.

Setting A Fabulous Farmhouse Table

April 18, 2017

Set A Fabulous Farmhouse Table With A Few Key Elements

We're old movie buffs around here. Black and white, the 30's and 40's, film noir and campy musicals, we watch them all. While they may be new to my kids, I have seen most of these movies many, many times ~ enough times, in fact, to have memorized the scripts and quote them often, whenever I feel that a line pertains to our life. 

My kids are being raised on a steady diet of old movie quotes. 

Organizing Your Closet For Spring And Summer

April 10, 2017

How To Organize Your Closet For Spring and Summer

I always find myself giggling at those real estate shows where people declare that the walk in master bedroom closets are just too small. They couldn't possibly make that kind of space work. Seriously? These people have no clue.