Sewing Spaces Refreshed and Minimized

New Sewing Space

Welcome to February, the month of love!  I have something to share with you today that I’m loving right now – my project studio with painted desks for a refreshed feel. This was the arrangement of my sewing desks before the new year changes.  I moved one desk to another room, and scooted the shelf […]

Four Major Areas That Pack a Punch at Christmas

O Christmas Tree

We’ve had our pre-lit Martha Stewart Christmas tree for thirteen years.  The tree has been wonderful all these years…just remove three sections from the box, snap them together, plug in the light sections, and you’re good to go. Not so this year.  It must be the unlucky thirteen! I put our tree together the Monday […]

How Organizing Your Freezer Refreshes Your Entire Life

Organized Refrigerator/Freezer

Several weeks ago, we came home from a trip, and our refrigerator’s freezer unit was filled with powdery ice crystals. HH went to work to investigate, which involved unloading everything into coolers.  After he made repairs, everything was dumped back into the freezer.  Ugh!  What a massive pile of mish-mash. On closer inspection, I found […]

Working the Puzzle of Furniture Arrangement

Family Room "Before"

Did you enjoy your Easter weekend?  For us, it was a weekend filled with spiritual blessings.  I hope it was for you, too! Now that it’s Spring, and we’re venturing out of our “winter hideouts”, let’s take a moment to look back to our indoor surroundings.  As we dig in the dirt and sweep our […]

Old Apple Crate – Restore and Re-purpose!

Apple Crate Restored

It’s so nice to be home!  If you missed yesterday’s post about handling road snakes, you might not know we were gone for ten days.   As wonderful as it is to get out and see our beautiful country, it’s always great to come home, unpack, and resume a “normal” schedule again. I’ll share more […]

Landscape (and Garden) Journaling 101

Landscape and Garden Journaling 101

Yesterday, when I shared my DIY Gardening Notebook with you, there was another notebook sitting right beside it in my cabinet. What?  You didn’t notice it? Of all my gardening and landscaping resources, this is the most important one. The little blue (no flair) notebook. Of all my gardening tools in the tool rack, this […]

DIY Gardening Notebook

DIY Gardening Info Notebook

With our little warm spell this weekend, I started a little outside clean-up.  Our porch rockers need painting, so I sanded them to get them ready for primer and paint.  Their original finish lasted over seven years.  I’m thankful for every year I didn’t have to paint rocking chairs, since it’s not my favorite job. […]

CQ’s Helpful Tips

Many items that we use every day (and sometimes throw away) can be used for new purposes.  I’m no Helloise with Helpful Hints, but I have a few ideas to share – some favorites around my house. For months, I’d thrown these jewels in the trash.  Useful little plastic packages these are – free with […]

Craft Cave – Blank Wall Update

Surely you remember it.  A few weeks back, before Corner Office With View – Added Storage , before all the lamp updates from Lamp Week, before I talked about Ribbon Storage  and The Upside-Down Bookshelf. It was the Craft Cave.  Craft Cave Revived, y’all. Remember how I shared one final challenge with you at the […]

Corner Office With View – Added Storage

Not exactly the high-rise executive office with a spectacular view.  But it is a corner…with a horse pasture view. This little corner niche between the kitchen and family room was designed to be a sewing area, I think.  Mennonites built our home, and they always plan for an exclusive area for sewing.  Much of their […]

Ribbon Storage

The ribbon keeper idea isn’t mine.  Yes, I’m a copy-cat!  Since copying is the highest form of flattery, there are many others I’m complimenting here.  Found this several times in my internet search of organization ideas, and I shared it two days ago in Craft Cave Revived. The shelf was plain.  Unfinished, even.  So was […]

The Upside-Down Bookshelf

In moving the green antique bookshelf across to the opposite wall in my Craft Cave Revived post, I discovered something a little embarrassing. I’d hung it upside-down.  Do you have directional issues with shelving that has a curvy part at one end?  Never can decide about the curvy part, which I’ll call the “skirt” since […]

Craft Cave Revived

Did you miss the event going on late this afternoon?  Something happening to draw crowds for cheering, celebrating, high-fiving? Huh? What? Oh, you must be thinking about the Super Bowl! That’s not the big event, y’all.  Not the one I attended.  Crowds gathered around my Craft Cave, in awe. And there was cheering, clapping, and […]

Mod Podged Hat Box

I bought a “raw” hat box at Micheal’s a long, long time ago.  Had a coupon to burn. It sat in the Craft Cave.  Years, y’all!  Moved it with me from Georgia six years ago!  Empty.  Plain.  And brown. To keep this box for the big move proves I saw potential in it all along.  […]

Fabric, Anyone?

What did you do on Saturday?  Did you work on a project, or did you do something fun? You could say I did both.  Isn’t it fun to sort through things and discover items you forgot you had?  It’s like Christmas all over again. During a recent discussion of this computer cabinet we no longer […]

Bedroom Painted – Check

Fun Son's Painted Room

Woo-hoo!  I’m doing the happy dance, y’all.  So excited to have this painting project checked off my to-do list! Just in time, too, because Fun Son just came home from college for the weekend.  He was very surprised!  And he likes it very much.  (Bet he wishes he hadn’t discouraged me from this improvement all […]

Bow Keepers Made From Old Drawers

This little bow keeper had some very humble beginnings.  Remember my favorite salvage place? Pretty humble, huh?  That’s because this warehouse space is used to sell donated “rehab stuff” to raise money for The Learning Center (school for young children).   No need for fancy signage – rehab-ers don’t need a sign, ’cause they can sniff […]

Organize Your Sock Drawer

My former sock drawer looked like a mass of mess, y’all!  Does yours?  Or is it just me?  I had a mass collection of socks, and the ones on the bottom, I hadn’t seen in years.  It took a while every morning to find what I needed in all that mess! A few months ago, […]