Is It Over Already?

August 31, 2016

Summer Vacation At The Beach

While summer isn't officially over (trust me, I am hanging on to the very last drop), my summer vacation is drawing to a very rapid close. Fresh folders and new pencils are gathered in a corner, the first day of classes is on the horizon, and I don't like it. I am not a fan of routines, making lunches or early mornings, but like it or not, it's coming and I will make the best of it.

Shopping Made Easy With Groupon

August 22, 2016

Groupon Coupon Shopping
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Groupon, all opinions are my own. 

So if you have been following Exquisitely Unremarkable for any period of time, you know that I'm all about simple and inexpensive DIY. Well, actually, I try to run my whole life like matter what I'm doing, I want it to be easy to accomplish and I always want a great deal.

Getting Your Kids To Share The Details Of Their Day

August 19, 2016

Back To School Games

It’s back to school time in many parts of the country right now and for those of you heading back soon, especially those parents of young children, I wanted to share a great game that has kept our family connected even though we are not together all day. 

It's called “The Best Thing ~ Worst Thing Game” and we have played it for years with great results.

Gathering Summer

August 16, 2016

Gathering Summer

Summer is my favorite season, hands down, no competition, I love it. You will not hear me complaining about hazy, hot and humid conditions or having my kids home from school and underfoot all day. Nobody goes to camp, there are no lunches to pack, clocks to punch or snow storms to fight. It's all about fireflies, hot pavement on my bare feet, warm pool water, high tides and starlit nights.

And The Award Goes To...

August 11, 2016

Last year, right about this time, I received a mysterious email. It was from a person I did not know, but the subject line was intriguing. It simply stated, You Have Been Nominated. Probably spam, I know, but I couldn't resist.

I clicked.

A Vintage Player Piano Roll Dilemma

August 9, 2016

Antique Player Piano Rolls

When I was a little girl, every summer, my mom would pack us into our old Country Squire station wagon and take us on a road trip to visit my grandparents. They lived in the most glorious old home and even though it was 1975 on the outside, the inside had been frozen in time somewhere around 1945. Even as a child, I knew the house was something special. It had a large front porch, ornate wooden carvings, velvet drapes in the living room, a grand staircase, maids' quarters, fireplaces in the bedrooms, pull chain toilets, secret passageways, a true butler's pantry and an old fashioned player piano in the den.

It was a magical instrument.

Rustic Farmhouse Stenciled And Decoupaged Plates

August 4, 2016

How to stencil a plate

Whenever I tell people I have a website where I share easy crafts and DIY projects, I am generally met with skepticism. I know, easy can be a relative term. However, what most people don't understand is that I used to be a kindergarten teacher and more often than not, the ideas you see featured here, originated in the classroom. If five year olds can do it, anyone can. Today's project, stenciled and decoupaged glass plates, is no exception. 

My Thrift Store Stinks

July 30, 2016

Thrift Store Floral Painting

Hello friends! Well, the dog days of summer have finally arrived in my neck and of the woods and when temperatures and humidity soar, I head straight for the pool....and that's exactly where I've been hiding out for the past two weeks.

Floating, soaking and swimming.

As you can imagine, wet hands and computers do not make good company, so I have not been online a whole lot.


July 19, 2016

The sandwich generation managing it all

Ah, the joys of a lazy summer afternoon, you know, those days when you have nothing to do, nowhere to go and you just sit in the backyard listening to the rustle of the trees and the birds that fly by?


Uh huh. Me neither.