How to Farmhouse Style Your July Fourth Table

Plate Stack

Now that it’s so hot outside, we’re eating our meals indoors.  We had a nice long spring of extended cool weather this year, but that’s over now. Over the weekend, I set a table for breakfast with July 4th in mind. What’s on the menu?  You got it.  Biscuits and blueberry syrup.  It’s fun to […]

Dollar Tree Paper Clip Balloon Shade TRICK

Dollar Tree Paper Clips

While visiting Dollar Tree recently, I noticed these cute paper clips. They also have stars, which I wound up getting, too. My wheels started turning as I thought of the empire balloon valances I was making for my friend. Remember the treatments with Butterfly Pleats?  Here’s the treatment before collecting the ring “columns” together on […]

You Are Beautiful

1 Timothy 2:10

You may not think so, but you are beautiful.  All women are beautiful. Do you sometimes doubt it?  Does Satan whisper in your ear that you’re not good enough…not talented enough…not smart enough…not pretty enough…not strong enough…? Yes, you are beautiful.  You display a packaging of what’s inside and out.  As the inside shines the […]

How to Make Butterfly Pleats

Making Butterfly Pleats

If you read my Magnolias on Pink and Gold tablescape post, you saw this fabric used as a table-cloth before starting this project for my friend’s grand-daughter’s bedroom. I hope to get pictures of the treatments after they are hung in the room.  I can’t guarantee that, though. This special friend wanted a set of […]

Curtain Header Buckram Strips in 3 Simple Steps

Two-Finger Euro Pleats

I don’t know about you, but I’ve suddenly realized that it’s nearly impossible to purchase four-inch buckram by the yard.  A couple of years ago, I ran across a partial roll on clearance at Wal-Mart for pennies per yard.  I bought all on the roll and wondered why such a thing would be on deep […]

How To “Do” Shrewd

Matthew 10:16

Last Monday morning began with a phone call from one of our kids.  They are both in college and share an apartment together.  This one visited a friend the night before – watching movies on TV – and was surprised by a masked intruder claiming he had a gun…and would kill them “if”. Yes, it […]

White-Cheeked Gibbon Video at the Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

I know what you may be thinking…that the video is probably of our nutty kids acting like grown monkeys.  Close.  But not it. Yes, our two fun and sometimes monkey-like kids were with us at the Nashville Zoo, but we didn’t video them.  We caught the real monkeys in action!  We’ll get to that later. […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #44 at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Andrew Jackson's Hermetage Plantation

We quickly bounded up the highway to Nashville last week for a couple of days with our two kids (who are in college).  With all our schedules for work, school, and blogging, we fit as much fun as possible into our time of under 40 hours. And. It. Was. Great. (!) Our first stop was […]

How’s Your Attitude of Gratitude?


On the day of inspiration, Folliot Sanford Pierpoint was strolling in the countryside on a beautiful spring day.  I can so relate to that!  Can you?  Do you sometimes take a walk and receive a flood of inspiration?  (It happens to me on motorcycle trips, too.) The old hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, […]

Pink Velvet Whoopie Pies

Pink Velvet Whoopie Pies

After setting our dining room table with my friend’s luscious pink and gold fabric (Magnolias on Pink and Gold) for the table-cloth, my brain was in a complete think pink mode.  I had a pink velvet cake mix in my pantry that I bought to use at Easter but never got to it. So…these equally-luscious […]