‘HOME’ Printable

Yesterday I was feeling zapped of energy and starting to get a sore throat so I spent alot of time surfing the web. I came across this fun free printable to download and place in a frame. I will share the web link with you :http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/05/filler-print.html so you can have your own copy.

So cute and you can choose from a variety of different font colors. You can either print it off on your home printer or download and save to have Costco print for you.

Thanks Ladies at www.eighteen25.blogspot.com .



New Fountain

I am eager to start getting my flower beds in order, raised garden beds built and seeds started in the greenhouse, but it is still freezing some nights here in the Pacific Northwest. On a sunny day we get our hopes up that it will be safe to begin the process but then we get hit the next day with a blast of Artic air and everything freezes.

Case in point, in my eagerness to get the outside Spring-ified I purchased a water fountain this last week from Costco. I had been wanting something to fill this space by the front door where I have hydrageas, lavendar,boxwood and usually add a few annuals for color once it gets warm enough. I thought the fountain went well with the style of the house seemed simple enough to assemble.

After getting the ground level I put it together and added the needed amount of water to see how it worked. Viola ! It bubbled over and the little LED light came on and I was pleased. I am sure the space will look better when the hydrageas get their leaves and the other flowers are added, but it is a start.

I would love a waterfeature for our back yard someday, but I’d like that to be more of the pondless waterfall type. Dreaming big on that one as it will be alot more expensive and not a one day project. Still I think it would be amazing.

Here are other waterfeatures and fountains to inspire you ( and me).

Pinned Image

My dream waterfeature:

Pinned Image

I am not giving up on the idea of the waterfall feature and hope to make it happen at somepoint but in the meantime I will enjoy my little bubbling Costco fountain.

Sun is shining today and has revealed my window are needing to be washed. I see toddler handprints from the weekend of kids here. Tempting to just enjoy their little prints on the glass, but the clean freak in will be removing them.

Have a great day!



While I was out yesterday shopping for a client’s office accessories I found few little things for myself as well. Isn’t that the way it goes, think you have a list and specific things in mind and you see something unexpected and “BAM” it’s in your cart. Yeah, well at least the items were under $10 each so no budget busted. However since I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while the whole shopping trip was a lot more fun. Thanks Katie so fun seeing you.

Here are the little treasures I found:

I have been spending sometime this morning trying to use some of these things on my dining table, since the tulips that were there died and petals are falling all over the table.

So here is phase 1:

Phase 2:

Added some moss balls (barrowed from outside, so now I need to make or get more to replace those.. it never ends) Candles too high, too many things at the same height…

Phase 3:

Getting better:

And this is how it looks until I add real flowers.

The little flower pot ended up here:

I want to get some mini iris or daffodils to replace the while faux tulips, but that is what I had to use to get an idea of how it would look.

I’m sure I will make a few changes as we get closer to Easter, but for now it looks ‘Spring-ified’ too.

Have a great weekend!


Guest Room ‘Spring-ified’

I am making my way through each room getting it Spring-ified and today I will share the guest bedroom update.

To begin with I found the bed frame at World Market on clearance a few years ago for about $150 and it is solid and very well made.

The end table also are World Market items. Lamps are from Target, but they may get replaced soon as I have my eye on some that would look better. Target has great lamps for the money and rival the same “Pottery Barn” look for less quite often. I am sure Pottery Barn hates that but that is a fact that suits me just fine when trying not to blow the budget and get the look for less. All that to say , I am a Pottery Barn fan and have many an item purchased from that beautiful store.

My winter look for the room is a Pottery Barn duvet and shams also purchased a few years ago. Love it for Fall and Winter but when Spring arrives I like to refresh it with Spring green.

Fall/ Winter:


I was ready for a change and I picked up the new quilt and sheets at Marshall’s . Got to love Marshall’s when you find a deal.

The bright little rug added for a pop of color was from Pier 1.

I love it when you have good bones for a room (ie: the furnishing and neutral walls) and can mix it up into something new in an afternoon. Speaks to my need to change things up every season.

Come on get Spring-ified!


Books in Home Decor

I love to use books in decorating. I use them to add height to an object, texture or color to a space and interest on a coffee table.

I am particularly fond of old books. Love the history in the way the pages turn yellow and their covers age.

Here are a few examples in my home:

Other examples:

Check out the bird cage.


In baskets:Sawyer Console Table

Avery Drop-Leaf Console Table

Metropolitan Long Console Table

Books aren’t just for reading they can be a great enhancement to your home decorating scheme.

Prop It Up — Stack three books on a side table to use as a raised display area. Set a lamp, sculpture, urn, or plant (in a waterproof cache pot) on top of the books. This is a great way to raise another accessory that may be too short as well as create some interest in a display.

Sometimes the books you use give a little peak into your own personal interest and travels. Sometime I buy books at the Goodwill just because I like the color of the cover and need to tuck a little pop of it in a certain area. They are inexpensive and useful. So get those books out of storage and find a place to stack them in your home to add a little history or color.

Happy Decorating!



Chalkboards are everywhere lately, Pinterest, home decor stores and at my house.

Finished making the ones I had started last Saturday and got them in the frames today. I think I am addicted to chalkboard-ifing everything.

I started with an old picture frame and a mirror frame that the mirror broke out of. That’s a long story, let’s just say it has something to do with an earth quake and my husband trying to get the mirror back into the frame, it didn’t turn out so well. So I saved the silver frame and now have a new use for it.

Here is what I used:

Spray primer

Spray chalkboard paint








Massonite cut to fit the frames I had. Home Depot and Lowe’s are happy to cut it for you if you know the size you need. They will even cut it whatever size so you can get it in your car and you can cut it more exact later.










Chalk of course. I used regular old crayola school chalk to season the board after it has been painted.

And a frame to finish it off.

Here are a few pictures of the process.

2 coats of primer . I had issues with this particular primer could have been operator error , but I would use a different one next time.






 2 coats of chalboard paint ( could do 3), apply in a well ventilated area, garage or outside.







After they are dry you must season the surface by going over the whole board with chalk and then wiping it off.

Place in the frames and you are done!





Now I want to make all kinds of things into chalkboards.

courage #inspiration #courage 

Since I was in the chalkboard mood I redid my mantel already. I think that’s enough for today 🙂

Spring Decor

I am starting to refresh my home and lighten it up for Spring. It usually takes me a few days of moving things around and putting winter accessories away before it all comes together. I have started though and it feels good to get the lighter fabrics out and change the pillows, throws, my mantel and centerpieces.

I made some moss letters with reindeer moss from Michaels, wooden letters and a hot glue gun. So easy and Springy!

Mantel (phase 1)

Front door entry.

Some more moss accessories. When you live where we do moss is in great supply and so nice and green, so you may as well decorate with it.

Front door entry left side.

I will be adding other touches of Spring as we get into March and approach Easter. Can’t wait to add some flowers to the entry as soon as it’s a bit warmer.

As for the interior here’s the beginning stages of the Spring transformation.

The living room at the moment.

Entry  ( not sure if the Flower Market picture will be staying there , but for now..)

My friend Lynnette’s home is beautifully decorated for Spring. She has given me permission to share some sneak peeks into her warm and inviting home. Enjoy!

We like alot of the same things but put them together in different ways that reflect our personality and style. She” loves clutter” so she told me yesterday and I don’t. It’s fun to see what the same idea or item looks like in someone elses home and their interpretation of how it should be displayed.

So there is the beginning of Spring around my home. Chalkboards are painted and about to be inserted in their frames. I will let you know how that all turns out. I seem to be spraying everything with chalkboard paint lately. It however is very volatile in fumes and I needed to let the boards dry and air out well before bringing them inside.

I actually think I see a a ray of sunshine.. WhooHoo!

Have a great day!


First Sign of Spring

I know Spring doesn’t arrive until next month, March 20 to be precise, however I noticed an early sign of it today.

Didn’t even know that they were close to blooming. What a wonderful suprise after all that snow last month.

They were entangled in my lemon thyme which smells wonderful by the way. I love it that herbs like thyme and oregano are so hardy and make it through the winter here. There isn’t much else blooming or getting new tender green leaves but I’ll enjoy each little change as new life starts to emerge from the cold winter ground.

Maybe I can even start the Spring makeover inside too. I have some pillows and pictures I am eager to get out in anticipation of the next season. I’ve been holding out until after Valentine’s Day to start anything new or afresh. Starting to get antsy now to lighten things up.

I did print off this little sign I found on Pinterest . Last year I saw it on a linen pillow at Pottery Barn. Feel free to copy and print for your own personal use as well.

Hope you are able to copy and print this. I haven’t included printables before so let me know if this works please so I can continue to post in this manner if it works. I think you can just click on the image and copy and print. At least I hope so.

So as we emerge from the darkness of winter and look to brighter days of Spring let’s stop and take notice of the little gifts God gives us in this next season. I am so glad for the change of seasons we have here in the Pacific Northwest. Each one has it’s purpose and lasts just long enough so that we are ready for the next one.

I will keep you posted as my house gets it’s Spring makeover. I have some little projects I want to share and hope to inspire you to bring a little Spring to your home decor as well.

Have a great day… I am heading out to see if pussy willows are ready yet.



Today I am up early and heading to Seattle to go to Children’s Hospital with Brianna for Teagen’s echocardiogram. I hope to post about that tomorrow. Your prayers are greatly appreciated for our little Teagen.

This week we are still cleaning up after the ice storm of a few weeks ago. Branches and trees are down everywhere and it looks like tornado went through in some areas. With that said I kept thinking ‘What a waste to let some of these graceful branches end up in a burn pile or shredder”. So I got to thinking….

I love birch trees. I am drawn to their white bark and texture of the branches. I found some that had broken off in the storm and Larry hauled them to our deck for me so I could try and use them as interior accents. I admire the ones I have seen in Pottery Barn, Ethan Allan and other home interior stores and have always wanted to try and bring some of that indoors in my own home.

So I went to work trimming the branches of the small twigs and cutting them down so I could get them inside my house.

Before :



Still deciding but think I like them.

Ethan Allan

I think I will live with them for a few days before I make a final decision. They may end up in a different room or I may decide to find some more. That’s how I roll.

Make it a great day!


Lamps Shades and Tulips

After posting about my need to have my bed made daily and how my bedroom has transformed over time, I am already considering a minor change.

I have been loving the look of burlap lamps shades I have seen lately. They have a current but cottage-like feel and seem to really go well with a formal lamp base such as mercury glass or crystal. I like mixing the formal or traditional with casual relaxed style.

Pottery Barn has some great ones and I have been tempted to purchase.Burlap Tapered Drum Lamp Shade

However I have a tendency to love the look but think I can do it for less money.

Yesterday I stopped by World Market and in my wandering through the store noticed they had some burlap shades as well for less than half the price. Not quite as well made as Pottery Barn but since I was using them in my bedroom and I just wanted the ‘look’, I brought them home to try. Now I am trying to decide but I think I like them and they lighten up the look for Spring. Only thing I don’t like is that at night you can see the light bulb when the lamp is on. Since that only happens when we are reading in bed I think I can live with that. The plastic is still on the shade until I make my final decision but at $19 vs $49 I think I just might keep them. What do you think?

   Burlap Shade                                                                                    Brown Silk Shade

I love tulips and since Spring is few months away they aren’t blooming in my yard yet. However they are everywhere in the grocery stores and this makes me so happy. I think they brighten a room and add a pop of color. I love them in red, white, yellow, pink, I love them all! So my house has them tucked here and there and they just give me joy. For $6.99 that’s a cheap mood booster.

Have a blessed Wednesday!