The Older I Get, The Faster it Goes!

My mother {Edith} always told me that the older you get, the faster time goes.  She was a very wise woman and was usually right about most words of wisdom that she imparted to me!  She was definitely right about time flying!  I don’t know where 2014 went!  It has been a whirlwind year with so much going on in our lives.  We’ve been busier this year than ever before with a complete home renovation, that we are doing ourselves, and my business growing, sometimes faster than I can keep up with it!  All good things, but hectic at the same time.  My lesson learned for 2014 is to enjoy the process.  I usually get so caught up in getting to the final result that I forget to slow down and enjoy the journey!

As we close out 2014, I thought you might enjoy a look back at our top five viewed posts this past year.

5.  The French Sofa Redo

I had been looking for an old French sofa for quite some time and finally found one at a good price.  I updated it with my favorite upholstery material, grain sacks and drop cloths, and love the end result.  It was my first attempt at a major reupholstery job and I made lots of mistakes that I won’t repeat, but I’m still pleased with the results.

French Sofa Before

French Sofa Before

French Sofa After

French Sofa After

4.  Coffee Filter Lamp Shade

This is an old post that just keeps getting lots of views!  I updated an old lamp shade using parchment colored coffee filters!  So easy!



3. Renovating a Time Warp

We bought a new {old} home in early 2014, an old French Country Ranch with great bones and beautiful features.  She just needed some renovating to bring her back into this decade!  Hubby and I are tackling this complete home renovation ourselves, one room at a time.  It’s fun to go back and see where we started.



Formal living room with original pink shag carpet......

Formal living room with original pink shag carpet……


The outside of the patio area.

The outside of the patio area.

2.  A French Buffet in the Kitchen

This post has been viewed so many times and I am still getting comments on it!  I wanted a nice large Frenchy buffet to go into our newly renovated kitchen/breakfast room area.  We found a lovely French Provincial dresser at an estate sale that was unusually large and had some great details to the wood.  It ended up fitting perfectly into the space.  It was quite the transformation!





1. The Kitchen is Finished

Our most viewed post in 2014 was about our kitchen renovation!  After eight months of tearing down, redesigning, and rebuilding, the kitchen was finally finished.  We did it all ourselves, and I can now say that I am very familiar with a vast variety of saws, sledge hammers, jackhammers, pry bars, and nail guns!  We are thrilled with the end result, and even more thrilled when our our kitchen renovation was featured on the websites of Elle Decor, Country Living, and House Beautiful magazines.







Click on any of the above links to go to the original post to see more pictures and details!

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!  May your 2015 be filled with more love, laughter, and joy!  Slow down, enjoy the journey………I’m going to work on spending more time with family, laughing more with hubby, eating good food, drinking good wine, and finding gratitude and joy in the little things.



Lamb of God

Lamb of God……

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. …though my sins were as scarlet now washed white as snow! Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

An Old Angel and a Giveaway!

Living in a house that is under a total renovation is chaotic but can also have some advantages………there are so many things still tucked away in storage rooms that when I finally bring them out, I get to experience my joy at having them all over again!  Such is the case with one of my favorite finds, this old church angel.DSC_0119

She originally came out of a closed church in Chicago and since we moved into the timewarp, she’s been tucked away in a room that is piled high with furniture and other items waiting for the right place to display her.


I was digging around in this storage room the other day for something else, and she caught my eye, standing sentinel over the “piled high”, gloomy room.  And I had the sudden urge to bring her out where we can see her on a daily basis.  She’s quite heavy and large, measuring 53″ tall and made of solid plaster.   



I placed her in the foyer, at the bottom of the staircase, even though this part of the house is still not renovated, so that I could see her every time I go into my office or to the front door.  I put her crown back on her head, topped her scepter with a small gold metal crown, wrapped the antique rosary, a gift from my son, around her hand, and put the gilded metal wings on her back.


Now, she is complete and ready to watch over the rest of our home as it goes through it’s many changes!

And now for the giveaway!

We are doing a little giveaway as a thank you to our over 18,000 followers!  We are so grateful for each and every one of you and feel blessed each time the “like” button is clicked!  So………in reflection of that, we are giving away one of our custom made hymn boards!


Made of solid wood, it has an old world antique finish and features the slide in cards with song lyrics of the Doxology.  This hymn is one of my favorites that we have always sung in the Episcopal church and I know many of you are familiar with it as well.  I catch myself humming {under my breath, and not very loud because…. I can’t sing!} this song quite often, so I thought it was fitting that they be featured.

We recently started carrying these in our shop and everyone has loved them!


One lucky winner will be chosen by on Dec. 19th and…….if you like, the hymn board can be customized with your choice of hymn or scripture, and church name and date.



It’s easy to enter!  Just leave a comment about how you would display it and share it, tweet it, like it, or pin it!  For a second entry, head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there as well!

Good luck!

~Update 12/19/14~

Congratulations to our winner of the custom hymn board:

Jo Lynne Plaster Wedel

Jo Anne, please message us with your info!