How to Transform a Candle Holder With an Old Black Slip

Old Black Slip DIY

You’ve seen this biscuit jar filled with lemons used many times before, usually as a pillar candle holder. The lid was broken years ago by a child who was prone to such things.  (But, all forgiven of course.) With Halloween quickly approaching, a transformation was in store for this biscuit jar.  It involves an old […]

What is Life Without Panic?


Do you think of yourself as courageous?  Do you forge ahead through life without abandon, no matter what’s happening around you?  Or, do you sometimes panic?  What terrifies you? It’s hard to be strong every day, especially when life gets hard.  Ugly days come all too often.  Amen? I promise, y’all.  I was at this […]

Ruby Tuesday HACK! Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

While on our family reunion trip over Labor Day weekend, several of us ate out together after arriving that first night.  The fact that Ruby Tuesday was beside our motel made our dinner there a no-brainer. Have you ever eaten their cheddar biscuits?  I’ve eaten at a lot of Ruby Tuesday restaurants over the years […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #51 – How to Wake Up to the Loveliest Sound of Rain

Garden Mister

It’s true.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of the loveliest light misty rain.  Have you ever heard  misty rain?  I didn’t think so.  I’ll explain as we move through today’s pictures of what’s barely  blooming here in The Land of Making Do.  Hah! Did you notice my lack of What’s Blooming Wednesday […]

How to Make FALL PILLOWS from Thrift Store Shirts

Fall Pillows from Thrifted Shirts and Sweaters

If you were around the last two years, you saw fall home decor made from thrift store sweaters.  Click the images below for posts you’d like to review.     This includes front-button shirts, too. Several years ago, I pulled HH’s pin-point dress shirt from the stack that was headed for donation.  I made a […]

Why You’ll Want to Dive Into This Butternut Squash Soup


It’s true.  You’ll want to put your face in it.  Drink down its creamy, smooth texture and sweetness. Remember how I roasted the squash with brown sugar and butter and spices last week?  I’m sure using the roasted squash leftovers for this recipe had something to do with it.  But, there’s more… Isn’t everything better […]

Let’s Prep Our Benches for Fall

Fall Bench Decor Testing Area

Do you have a bench you’d like to prep for fall?  Want to do ours together? After outfitting Spunky Daughter and Fun Son with hello, fall decor on their apartment door,… …SD said she’d love a bench for their little covered entry.  Hmm…I have just the thing. You probably didn’t notice the painter’s bench over […]

He Delivers


When God takes longer than you expect to answer your prayers, do you doubt Him?  Or, do you relax, understanding that God works in His own timing? He answers prayers in ways we sometimes don’t quite understand.  And, hear this:  He gives us far better than what we asked.  (At least, that’s been my experience.) […]

How to Relish in the Day When Fall Falls…

Fall Porch Decor

We were all waiting for it…and, then when it happened, it happened suddenly.  Haha!  Does that sound like something eerie is about to happen? Maybe you did like me this year and went along with our southern temps, dragging ourselves into fall.  Thankfully, cool finally happened! HH and I were in Atlanta for the first […]

Thankfully, HE IS…So We Don’t Have To Be


Are you tired?  Do you feel like you constantly struggle through life? Patricia Neely-Dorsey Where do you go to find answers?  The Lord answers all questions. Because He is. Contemporary Christian music is my favorite music to listen to while driving, and Mark Schultz is a gifted artist I listen to often.  Some of his […]

True Food Confessions: Crazy for Caramel Brownies

My Favorite Caramel Brownies

Well, we’ve finally arrived at my final confession this week.  I am  crazy for caramel – especially with chocolate.  And, I’m not the only one! These brownies are my go-to whenever I need to take something easy for sharing with a crowd.  They’re great for all age groups, every occasion, and delicious in any season. […]

True Confessions: The Day My “Aah…” and “Aha!” Intersected

Why did I wait so long?  The panels hanging on the family room window when we moved here were exactly the right colors, but they needed to go.  They were off-center with the sofa and needed to hang higher on the wall.   But, I put off the project for over eight years!  Why? Within a […]

True Confessions: How THIS Time Organizer Changed My Life – Free For You Today


I made a big mistake when I started blogging.  Rather than treating it as a full-time job (which it soon became), I continued my usual commitments and worked blogging time around my life.  You probably know how that didn’t work! Soon, my time in the yard lessened, I cleaned house only when absolutely necessary, reading […]

True Confessions: The Dish Room

Dish Storage

Do you dream  of having a dish room? After moving my sewing studio into Spunky Daughters former bedroom, I suddenly had an empty room.  Granted, it’s a small space that’s larger than a big closet but smaller than the smallest bedroom you’ve ever seen in your life. Here’s a peak at the space as it […]

Launch Your Fall Decorating With a Quick Lunch on the Porch

Fall Porch Dining for Two

Has the late summer heat stalled your fall decorating? I’m coming clean with my admission of guilt here. Heat can be so oppressive, can’t it? Let’s not do that anymore. I’m calling time, blowing the whistle, ending the pretense that leaves aren’t falling somewhere other than in my tablescapes. Shall we begin thinking fall and […]

God’s Most Important Promise


The most important thing God promises is our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  We have eternal life – life with Him after we pass to our continued existence in Heaven. And, we have Him with us right now, as well! I cannot imagine life without Him.  Can you? Yes, Jesus is alive! Let’s praise […]

Savory Fig and Feta Surprise!


You know how I was nearly stung by a wasp while picking an over-ripe fig a couple of weeks ago?  (I mentioned it in my fruit harvest post.) I’ve been very careful since then.  While figs ripen only a few at a time, I’ve found ways to use just a few each day.  This “recipe” […]

How to Squash Your Fall Tablescape – with Butternut!

Butternut Squash Tablescape

Nothing says fall like butternut squash, so table it. And, fall is always special in the country! by Patricia Neely-Dorsey Yes, the colors of fall…red, yellow, orange, and gold. Along with squash and leaves, squirrels scurry all around.  Squirrel S&P’s nibble acorns. Davy the Squirrel stands ready for pecan-cracking action… …except our pecan trees have […]

Quick and Easy PINEAPPLE Cutting 101

Pineapple Cutting 101

Pineapple has such a rough coating to remove, doesn’t it?  And, once you get the coating off, the fruit is very slippery!  If you don’t create flat surfaces to cut against, it’s nearly impossible to hang onto. Just as with cutting watermelon (see that video here), I’m sure you have a technique you’ve used for […]

Only Good Apples on THIS Family Tree Tablescape

Table Top View

I hope you had a fun, restful, and blessed Labor Day weekend! What do you think of when pondering your family tree? Thank you, Patricia Neely-Dorsey! Last week, as I thought ahead to our Labor Day weekend family reunion in Tennessee, the right elements magically appeared for this family tree tablescape.  (It had  to be […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #50 – Fruit Harvest!


It was mid-afternoon yesterday when I checked on our plantings.  No rain ahead for many days, and with the intense heat, our plants need watering. We’ve been so blessed to have no fly problems at all this summer…until now. Butterflies are everywhere, too.  Things are overgrown, huge, and full. I love Cockscomb, but they can […]

How to Set a Bountiful Tablescape Harvest

Place Setting

If you have a cloth or remnant of fabric with seasonally correct coloring for summer, why not use it during early to mid summer? There’s a simple answer to that question…unless the print has pumpkins, squash, and otherwise fall-ish items included.  In that case, it’s only appropriate for lat summer/early fall. Today’s table looks summery […]

How Visiting a Show Home Brought a Resulting Decorating Angst


On one of our quick trips to visit my parents this summer, Painter Artist Mom (PAM) and I took a short opportunity to peruse a local decorator fabric shop that I love.  The store name is Swatches, but there’s way more in that store than swatches. Formerly, they had a front wall filled with five-dollar-per-yard […]

Go Ahead – Throw a Fit! God Can Take It

Proverbs 3.5

It sounds bold, doesn’t it?  Last Sunday, when we talked about standing by your man, I left that post as finished but continued by writing this one.  There’s so much more to be said here.  I’ve written this post several times in my mind over the last two years.  But, it wasn’t the right time.  […]

How to Capitalize on a Direct Sign to Relax


Spunky Daughter and I spent some time shopping Friday.  T. J. Maxx is usually a dangerous place for me.  (For HH, rather, since he handles the budget.  Wink.) This sign at TJM caught my eye…and set off an explosion of relaxation-mode inspiration. Gee…can’t a girl rest? Who can relax when we need to prepare pillows […]

How to Stand By Your Man

James 5.16b

Last Sunday (Behind Your Strong, Godly Man), we went over our number one role as a wife.  Tammy Wynette’s song Stand By Your Man  rang through my mind throughout that day.  Follow this link to see her performance from the 60’s. Standing by our man means supporting, encouraging, and loving him.  More than anything else, […]