Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving dinner …


Please visit the following blogs:

November Fourteenth:

Printables -

Worthing Court

Mom 4 Real

Decor -

Just Paint It 

Broadcasting Sunny

Making Lemonade


The Everyday Home

Designer’s Sweet Spot

Stone Gable

Table Decor and Ideas - 

Creating This Life

My Soulful Home

Major Hoff Takes a Wife

Drinks -

Southern Color 

Deja Vue Designs

Appetizers -

Our Southern Home 

Sweet Pea

November Fifteenth:

Soups - 

Town and Country Living

Just Us Four

Salads -

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Fresh Idea Studio

Main Dishes -

Designed by BH

First Home Love Life

Side Dishes -

All Things Heart and Home

Sweet Songbird

Desserts - 

Domestically Speaking

Lilacs and Longhorns

Parting Gifts -

House on the Way

Dukes and Duchesses


Time Change


Don’t forget!!!! Have an amazing Autumn weekend

Happy Halloween!


I am not a Halloween girl but I do love to look at all the creative costumes. I remember being a ghost made from an old sheet with two eyes cut out. (That one nearly killed me from tripping on the length as I ran or stepped up on a curb) or dressing as a hobo, using my dad’s old clothes rubbed with charcoal. Imagination and being poor meant free candy if you could get to lots of homes before your curfew. Moms and Dads didn’t go with you but your older siblings were told to watch over you. They never did. I spent most of my evening running to stay up with my 3 older siblings. Before we could eat any of our bounty we had to take it to urgent care and X-ray it to make sure there were no “tricks” inside. Growing up in Cali was not always the greatest. Once we had the all clear that there were no razor blades or other harmful paraphernalia, we were allowed to dig in.

It is no wonder I am not a Halloween girl! I AM a Fall girl … Here is my fall pumpkin in honor of all of you who love this holiday.

Be safe!!!!

An Autumn porch … Welcome Fall!

Wow …

How did ‘Fall’ get here so quickly?!

Our household is so busy right now, but I took a few minutes to take down the summer decor and get my ‘fall’ on.

September is almost gone and October is just around the corner.

My Fall chore list is L.O.N.G!

Is yours?

Mums, my favorite autumn flower, is a staple of my decor this time of year!

Every day, until cold weather hits, we will be working on our list.

Hugs and Happy Autumn,

Personalizing and making a simple DIY shelf



Most of the time,

I see things that I store in my mind for future use.

Something that I like,

and I say to myself … ”I can make that!”.

It comes in handy when I need an idea for an upcoming wedding.

One for a co worker who loves Pinterest and making things herself.

Who doesn’t love something with your new last name on it?!

Ideas in my head get written down on whatever is handy.

In this case it was a scrap piece of paper.

List of supplies

2 ft 1×4 (top of shelf)

2 ft 1×6 (back of shelf)

2 – 2 ft 1×1 (for spacer pieces)

2 ft trim piece

2 ft molding

‘Power Grab’ (to adhere each piece before nailing)

Thin hardboard that I cut into squares for name





Ok, this seems like quite a list, but for DIYers most of these things, you have on hand around the house anyway!

I first tried two 1x4s but knew that wouldn’t work. It would not give me enough room to make the letters big enough.

Hence, a 1×6 for the back piece.

Next I cut the 1×1′s and laid them on the top and bottom of the 1×6.

(I did not permanently adhere them yet)

Next, I cut and placed the wood trim on top, of the top spacer.

(This is what will hold the letters in place)

The only thing left, to finish the shelf, is to pick the molding.

I happened to have 2 types left over from previous projects.

The first one I tried … looked to ornate for the look I am going for.

Her wedding is a bit country and she likes the whitewashed look.

The next one was just right!

Now the fun part of putting it all together!

Have you noticed my work space is once again outside?

Ok, focus! ;)

I used a small amount of Power Grab on each piece and then used my finishing nail gun to put it all together.

It goes together VERY quickly!!!

I sanded all the rough edges and sprayed a coat of primer on it.

Paint a coat of whatever shade of paint you want to use.

In my case, I used white so the Bride could use it in any room she chose.

I also knew I was going to stain the wood letters and the contrast would really help it stand out!

While the shelf was drying, I did math.

Mr Man and I did math.

Mr Man did the math. :)

I needed to make my letters 4×4 since I had 2 ft and 6 letters to make.

If I had to make a name with a long last name I would have made it on one long piece.

If it was short, I would have made it with a design or blank spaces on the ends.

Sand everything smooth and stain in the shade you like.

Here is where you get to laugh at me …

I thought I would just run downstairs and use my Silhouette to make letters and stick them on.

Easy peasy.


They didn’t stick to the wood as the stain had not thoroughly dried.

Seriously? I am on a roll and now this!

I really wish I had a branding iron. Now that would look cool and very country!

I checked around to make sure I could dumpster dive without the neighbors or Mr Man thinking I had lost my mind.

You see … the silhouette cut out that I used, could still be used to stencil on letters.

I went back and forth making the letters and putting on an extra coat of paint on the shelf, and by the time the letters were finished, the paint was dry!

Let’s put it all together!

A fun and easy project that is personalized.

I could see making a piece of wood that said “Happy Thanksgiving”,  ”Merry Christmas”,

or in the event of a new addition to the family … well, you get the idea!

I hope you have a great Monday!


Not just ‘Labor Day’

Today, 33 years ago, I gave birth to my first born.

A son.

Who is now living in another state …

and missed VERY much!

So today, as we celebrate Labor Day …

I also celebrate this important day in our family!

Happy Birthday, Bud!

A Day at the Minnesota Zoo …

We all have our favorite places to visit.

Mine? Just happens to be at the Minnesota Zoo with a very special ‘little’!

This beautiful water park in the middle of the Zoo …

was made with the help of this ‘little’s’ daddy.

That’s right! We are proud of Daddy!!!!

In no particular order, I hope you enjoy the photos of not only the animals but of me, my amazing daughter, and her ‘little’.

New Bear Exhibit

This guy is hanging out in the sludgy water. Yuck!

Never too old to go down a slide!


My favorite animal photo of the day!!!


I may be toast for including this photo ;)

Our Minnesota Moose

Shhhh, the kitty is sleeping  … don’t you just want to take him home with you?!

“Three Generations”

We hope you had a great Monday!


Correcting my Glider mistake …

Yup, I made a mistake and a sweet reader (Ms Bonnie) brought it to my attention.

I had Dad’s deceased year wrong.


The first thing that I did? Sand the #3 off. (Of 2013)

Do you know how depressing it is, to have do this, when you think you have finished?!

I had to re-stain to match the existing stain,

and, I needed to hunt down where I put the stencil I made with the date, so I can reuse the #2.

Side Note :  It wasn’t as sticky as it was the first time.

It looks a bit messy actually …

but I can deal with that since I know I will have to redo it at a future date.

Sometimes, you just need to know when to walk away and call it done!

Sorry, Dad.

Good thing he loves me!


The Tale of Refinishing a Glider

Some projects take hours from start to finish.

Some take weeks.


A month or three can go by before it is finally completed!

It all started one day, when ‘Adorable daughter’ decided she did not want her Glider anymore.

You know the one …

The one that sat on the patio area that I made for her and her ‘adorable family’.

You can read about it {here}

Anyway, after years of sitting out in Minnesota seasons …

It looked like this.

Actually, in all fairness, it did have a top piece.

I just forgot to take a ‘before’ picture, because I was so excited to redo this beauty!

Demolition is always the easy part because the  creative juices are flowing with endless possibilities!

I have a creative mind that just doesn’t want to wait until a project is completed before I am dreaming about the next one I want to do.

Removing slats and sanding them down, does not take a lot of brain power …

THAT, my friends, is when I get myself into trouble!

I start dreaming of the next project I want to do.

Case in Point?

This was my view in my make shift workspace …

My view got me started thinking about the area around my mailbox and the unsightly utility boxes.


And then …

A new camper was bought and camping trips happened.

Thunderstorms, work, grand daughter fun, and holidays took my mind and time away from this project.

Miscommunication is what finished this project!

Yup, You heard that right.

I wanted to work on a cute little bench, that I bought at a garage sale for $3, and asked Mr Man to get it out of the garage for me.

He thought I meant the bench I had been working on … and,

put the glider out on the driveway for me.

I am so glad he did!

I dedicated this to my dad who passed away last September.

He is gone on this earth, but forever in my heart and memories I have of him.

With any project, it starts out one way but at any point can change and become something unexpected.

The dedicating it to my father was not in the plan but evolved as an idea toward the end.

I say … some things are worth the wait!

(Another way of saying the same thing … Some things get put on the back burner!)

I had all my supplies on hand, so except for time, this project cost me $0.

Gotta LOVE that!

Before and After

Don’t you just love it when a project is completed?

I know I do!!!

Hugs and make it a great Monday,

Happy July 4th, 2013!


I feel blessed to live in the United States.

We do not get to pick what country we are going to be born in  … well, I guess sometimes our parents can … and if I were to choose where I would live?

The U.S.!

I am fortunate to have the freedoms of my forefathers who fought so bravely to acquire them.

I live in a state where Bald Eagles nest and I can see them along the rivers. Seeing these majestic birds makes me pause in my tracks to watch them.

Before I lived in Minnesota, the only place I saw a Bald Eagle, was in a zoo.

It is not just about parades, fireworks, and eating … On this day, I will pause to give thanks for our country’s independence.

Stay safe and enjoy your 4th of July!