Chalkboard Fireplace Surround :: A Year Later

chalkboard fireplace

This corner fireplace has been a challenge to deal with. Here’s how it looked when we moved in.  It has a yellowy fake marble surround and a tiny piece of weak, glued on scroll work. I had that carved wooden piece for years, I bought it from TJ Maxx for $13 so I nailed it […]

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The Cottage


It had to be done.  Within days of coming back from the cottage two months ago, I contacted Angela, a friend, Nesting Place board member {did you know there was a board?} and sponsor, to see when we could go  back with my parents.  I wanted them to enjoy the stillness and beauty that is […]

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Nesting Place Headquarters

nesting place

This is where I write and try to stay somewhat organized.  That table is rarely clean like that. It looks like this right now but, not for long, I’m trying a new organizing system for my precious scraps of paper and ripped out magazine pages. Part of my problem is that I’m not using this […]

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31 Days of Change

31 birds

this year It’s that wonderful time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about cool crisp nights and pumpkins and apple picking, I’m talking about my yearly October series where I write at you for 31 days straight with no let up.  I know you’ve all started your paper chains in anticipation. last year Last […]

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Bowls for Decoration

I’ve been in a bowling kind of mood since the last post.  Here are a few unique bowls I found on etsy.  My thoughts? Big wide bowls are expensive, add shipping and you get even more expensive.  I’m going to keep an eye out for large bowls around my area.

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Pottery Barn Hacks for Fall

how to decorate like pottery barn

I admit, I love getting my Pottery Barn catalog in the mail.  I never fail to find inspiration and sometimes some laughs. Here are some random things I noticed in the current issue. Big bowls.  Yep, big bowls filled with plants, flowers… and other stuff.  I think we all would agree that large accessories have […]

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