The Happiest Barn


Our barn was SO very happy this weekend! We finally hosted an event–my sister & singer songwriter Christa Wells had an all day writer’s circle gathering along with 42 lovely women. Here are a few of them.






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Our next event is Hope*ologie Live on November 15th, tickets are sold out.

We’ll continue to add more gatherings, I’m putting together a crafty day and as soon as I have that planned I’ll let you know!



31 days!

Can you believe that Wednesday is October 1st?!

That means it’s time for the 6th annual 31 Days Writing Challenge and it’s not too late to join in. This year 31 Days has its own website. Be sure to sign up here (look for a special email from us tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning with last-minute details). We also have a facebook group if you want to hang out and ask questions or get feedback on your buttons.

Want to join in but you aren’t sure what you’ll write about or how you’ll write for 31 days straight? This year Kate (the new host of Five Minute Fridays) has organized 31 Days worth of writing prompts, the challenge is to join in 31 days, but then using the writing prompts, write for just 5 minutes every day. Find out more here.

It’s Fall Time, The Barn is Ready, And I Want You to Come Here!

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Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn! I’m joining in with Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Co. for her fall tour. Lindsay’s home ALWAYS inspires me, and I had the joy of meeting her last year. Be sure to check out her fall photos! Today, instead of sharing our home, I want to share our […]

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The Office Gets a Tiny Kitchen


office kitchen by thenester featuring shelves furniture There’s a tiny little wall in my 400 square foot office/craft room/guest house/attached-to-the-barn-room. Here’s where the office started, here’s where it went for awhile, here’s what it looked like two weeks ago. As we were working on the barn, we realized it would be so great to have […]

Barn Update :: Let There Be Paint


Chad and I are pouring all of our energy into this barn, we eat, sleep and drink it. Every thing is barn barn barn. Finally, the walls are up and painted! I wrote a barn update 18 days ago, but so much has changed, and this is the fun part! You have to see it….

What Progress Really Looks Like


I’m putting this picture of two of our kittens in this post, in case you need to quickly scroll up and look at something cute after seeing all this mess… Once again, my office is the hardest working room. Can you imagine trying to store this mess inside our house? I’m so happy to have […]

Why it’s Worth it to Take One Microscopic Step Forward

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My office has been so neglected while we put all of our energy into the barn project. But every time I looked at it, it made me sad. I needed a little win. I threw dinner in the oven and ran out to my thrifted office door armed with a quart of pretty pink paint […]

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When the Dream Comes True But the Reality is Slow & Ugly

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Remember the World’s Worst Barn? It was one of the reasons we bought this property…because of the dream. It’s starting to look much better. Ish. And I wanted to show you what’s been done so far, grab your coffee, I’ve got a ton of photos. And if you are like me and spoiled by beautiful […]

How to Decorate for Any Party

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I’ve decorated for lots of events from weddings to book release parties to outdoor parties to blogger slumber parties, conferences and birthday parties. And I’ve noticed a trend. Here’s how I decorated for our last event, a Barn Gathering, and what I’ve learned… Pin It

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The World’s Worst Barn : Updated

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One of our goals before our big moving day was to clean out the World’s Worst Barn. The house we bought is about 1000 square feet smaller than our rental house. Plus, the basement and kitchen are both being renovated so we have stuff we need to store until we can use those rooms. Plus […]

The World’s Worst Barn, Why We Love it & an Invitation


When we found this house, the house wasn’t really the draw. It was the whole package. Because we had a dream along with our family, we were thrilled to find a property that was an old sawmill. It had a handful of open tin roof structures, room to roam and an old green metal shed […]

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