The One Gift Always Worth Receiving

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Eleven years ago my boys were two, three and six years old. I joined a local group who wanted to celebrate Advent with our families and create handmade ornaments for our individual Jesse Trees. There were 25 of us well-meaning moms. Each assigned one day–one ornament, we agreed to make 25 identical ornaments so that […]

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The Easiest Bead & Tassel Craft

bead & tassel

We made a simple craft at The Barn last weekend. The challenge for making a craft as a group (we had 40 and no surfaces to lay our stuff out on) is to find something worth making–that doesn’t take too many supplies, doesn’t have to dry, that actually looks pretty and has somewhat of a […]

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Hospitality. But Not The Kind You Are Thinking Of.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about hospitality. But not the kind where I’m hospitable to others, I mean, wait… hold on, I need to back up. For awhile (I’m looking at you 2013 and 2014) I’ve been doing and doing like a crazed person. And even though having people over to our home is the best […]

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The Happiest Barn

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This? This is a picture of a happy barn full of beautiful, happy people. Amen. Our family had a Hope*ologie event here this past Saturday. It was pretty much the best day ever with 40 people, a talk on each of the *ologies (fam*ologie–our dad, quiet*ologie–my sister & her husband, home*ologie–me) a craft, music with […]

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On Doing & Being

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2014 is swiftly coming to a close.  I don’t even like writing that. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But there’s a tiny part of me–smaller than years past thankfully–but still there, that holds my breath as the season approaches. So. Much. To. Do. And all I want to do is slow it all down. To […]

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Warm & Cozy Weekend Links

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  Nail & String Feather Art // Design Curiosities boho cheat // a 10 minute DIY Macrame // Make + Haus Free Thankful Printable // Ella Claire  Three years ago we all linked up our fantastic wreaths made from all sorts of items (shells, nuts, thumbtacks, wood) we had over 300 fun wreaths shared and […]

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Because Sometimes You Need to Listen to your Walls

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Have you seen the new Lindsay Letters Holiday Collection?!  Every year she reveals her new holiday line and it takes me back to being an eight year old when my grandma would hand me the JC Penney Christmas Catalog. It’s a grown-up delight to see all the beauties she’s been working on creatively photographed. I […]

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Dashes, Risk and Imperfection

master bedroom wall diy

I put dashes on our bedroom wall. If you’ve been around here for long you know I’ve been in a white phase. After having all sorts of pretty colored walls, and patterned drapes and hanging out on pinterest I just needed a break and white seemed like a logical answer. So I painted lots of […]

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Weekend Links

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Shannon writes about all sorts of things, but I especially love it when she writes about her house.   When the wait is over …but it isn’t // Gracelaced   Apple Pancake // Love & Lemons “The most revolutionary thing we can do is choose to see the good instead of the lack.” – Leeana […]

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Vignette With Opposites

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I’m slowly putting things up on the walls of The Barn. I feel like our house can finally settle into whatever it needs to be for our family, because I’ve got this fun barn that’s kind of a grown up playhouse where I get to make even more holes in the walls and hang whatever […]

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