Our Kitchen Makeover

In all of the the updates we made to our new house, our kitchen was definitely the space that received the most amount of work and underwent the biggest transformation. It also took the longest to complete, and there were a couple of times that I wondered if I would ever have cabinet doors again. But all of the work and the wait were so worth the finished results! Kitchen Before: When we first toured the house, I wasn't sure what I thought about the kitchen. I liked the layout and space … [Read more...]

My Southern Dining Room

Our house has a very traditional floor plan, with a formal living room (which we use as a school room), a den, an eat-in kitchen, and a formal dining room on the main floor. I had always thought that formal dining rooms were an often wasted space, but the breakfast area of our kitchen is very small, so I was happy to have the larger dining room for any meals that involve more people than our little family of four. My intentions were to keep the dining room very informal with a farmhouse style … [Read more...]

Our Living Room

Hello! I hope you are having a good week. I am sorry that this little home tour of mine is moving along so slowly, but homeschooling two little boys while 31 weeks pregnant and trying to find the time to photograph clean rooms when the natural lighting is just right...not easy. I'm just saying. But we had a big cleaning day on Saturday, so I manage to snap a few pics of our living room when we were finished. Our living room is located in the back right part of the downstairs of our … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Room

One of the first rooms we painted and decorated in our new house was our school room, which also serves as my craft space and office. This room was top priority for me because I knew that the boys and I would be spending majority of our time in this space, even though we were months away from our homeschool year actually beginning. And as I predicted, the boys have spent many of their summer hours in this room crafting and playing, and now that school has begun, we are in here for several hours … [Read more...]

A Month of Knitting and Reading

I started knitting a Citron shawl and reading Anna Karenina in early February when Phillip and I attended a couples retreat with our church. I had no idea they would both take me 6 weeks to complete, so I feel like I am just coming up for air! First up, the Citron shawl which I knit using Madelinetosh Lace in Scarlet using a size 6 circular needle. The pattern only called for 5 sections, but I wanted it to be a little bit bigger so I did the math and added a 6th section. Now that … [Read more...]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest

At the risk of sounding a bit melodramatic, I have to say that Pinterest has kind of changed my life. Both for the good and the bad. On the one hand, it has made it so much easier to save and to organize my online finds. You see, I was “pinteresting” a long time ago. I bookmarked websites, screen saved online pictures into Word Documents to save in an Inspiration Folder on my desktop. I even tore pages out of these things called magazines, and saved them in file folders marked Decorating, … [Read more...]

On Knitting and Reading

Two of my favorite pastimes are reading and knitting. Reading is my breathing in. I feast on theology and spiritual memoirs as I wrestle out my faith. I am swept to another time and place as I sit down with a great work of classic literature or historical fiction. My creativity is awakened and unpacked as I read beautiful words of poetry and prose. Reading is food for my mind and soul. Knitting is my breathing out. My fingers busy creating beauty as my mind wanders from this to … [Read more...]

Why Hello There!

So it's been almost a month since my last blog post. It's funny, because if you look back through my archives, you will notice that I always seem to disappear around this time of year because our summer schedule is pretty crazy. But I just wanted to say hi, and give a little update of what we have been up to. Phillip went on a 10-day mission trip to Jamaica a few weeks ago. It was the longest he has ever been away from me and the boys, and we sure were happy to have him back. We picked him … [Read more...]

DIY Reusable Produce Bags

I try my best to bring my resuable shopping totes with me when I go to the grocery store, but it always feels a bit strange to put my plastic covered produce into my "green" shopping tote. Kind of like the one cancels out the other. So I have had it on my list for a while to make some reusable produce bags, and I finally got around to it.I used these gauzy, tulle-like curtains that I purchased specifically for this project a while back from IKEA for $4.99. I'm sure you could also find something … [Read more...]

DIY Magnetic Felt Fishing Set

I love to make things for the boys that encourage creative play. I have been planning to make them a magnetic felt fishing set for a while now. I purchased the supplies well before Christmas, but was never able to get around to it. After my husband made them the cardboard pirate ship, I knew the fishing set would be the perfect accessory, so I decided to make it as their Valentine's Day gift from me.I used a wool blend felt that I purchased from this very sweet etsy seller. Acrylic craft felt … [Read more...]