of new beginnings and old friends

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. –Gilda Radner

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the boys room at our old house

It’s beyond busy at our happy place, and sometimes a sad busyness it’s been. We are saying goodbye to our first home and hello to a new (old) one. Our first house is a historic home over 100 years old and full of the charm and problems that it produces. It’s been a long struggle to make it home, but a rewarding one, too. Our new to us house was built in the 1960’s, so it’s decades newer but has its own issues (ugh, the kitchen). I can’t wait to really dive into decorating and making the new house space all ours, but it has been a slow renovation process trying to keep the littles away from tools and dust. Here’s a sneak at the old and the new of the 1960’s house.

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this room is being redone in lavender…

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this room is no longer a room~the wall is down and we have a larger kitchen, no dining room or hideous chandelier.

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the front room is now a fun yellow by sherwin williams. bright and cheery!

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finding feathers, our gallery wall project

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We are preparing a gallery wall for one of the little guys’ rooms, and I am determined to make it affordable and made up of things he loves.  On some of our walks around the neighborhood we collect nature’s findings; leaves, acorns, and even feathers.  The boys found several feathers and we framed our favorites with a newly painted thrift store frame.  My gallery wall project… Read more »

diy earring organization

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I am always forgetting to add earrings when I rush out of the door in the morning. Most of my jewelry storage is neatly away in drawers which may be why I never remember them. While I don’t want all of my earrings out on display, I thought I’d create a storage option to hang near the closet door so that I would at least have… Read more »

dino night glow terrariums

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We have a million tiny toys that get stepped on and lost, most of them dinosaurs. For some rainy day weekend fun we painted rocks and the dines in glow in the dark paint and allowed to dry overnight.  There’s always and extra jam or sauce jar we can repurpose, and in this case one fish bowl. These could be wildly colorful or more muted depending… Read more »

thrift store frame upcycle

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Summer is over for us, and perhaps the back to school schedule will allow me to create as regularly as I’d like again. Starting small meant visiting the thrift store for National Thrift Store Day and finding this new frame in a color I hated. But at $4.00 and in good condition I decided to spray paint it a neutral color and place a scrap… Read more »