Painted Coffee Table with Fusion Casement-3

Finally, she painted the coffee table!

How many times did I show this room on the blog with the preface of, “But I still have to paint the coffee table!??!” About eleventy million times, right? You guys must have been sick of hearing about it.  I don’t know what made me procrastinate about this job. Perhaps it was because it was… 

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Coral and Blue from Pillow Central – and a Giveaway!

  When I set these pillows onto the couch, I wondered if Mr. Suburble was going to say anything about the colour.  I’ve already written about my love for pink and blue…. and while coral isn’t exactly pink… it’s pretty close.   I arranged the new pillows – the coral ikat, the stripe, and the sky… 

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Leather Hair Accessories: Sea Glass Flowers and Bow Barrettes

We’ve been at it again. I swear, every time I say, “Girls, do you want to craft this afternoon?” Lila will immediately ask, “Can we use the Sizzix?” Like many afternoons,  I agreed. But this time, instead of paper or fabric, I hauled out a big roll of leather along with the Sizzix Big Shot…. 

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Rug-Love: The Marrakesh Shag

Once upon a living room, I desperately needed a rug.  I looked at the big blank space that was sitting in front of the fireplace and thought, “This CANNOT stay this way.” I love love love my floors, but I just didn’t get that homey, come-sit-down-and-have-a-cup-of-tea-with-me feeling. Also. I could see all of the crumbs… 

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A Flower-Pencil Arrangement for Back to School

Summer is wonderful, but back-to-school time is so exciting! I love all things having to do with getting ready for school: new backpacks, sharpened pencils, cool new gym shoes… And this year, I’ll be sending two little ones to big blue doors at the front of the school. My girls are both school-aged now! Gah…. 

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Recycling Bin Chic: Tin Can Luminaries

  Tin cans are some of the most versatile things you chuck away into the recycling bin. I always feel a bit like Captain Planet whenever I take something out of the blue bin and say, “Well… look at this. This can be reused! Upcycling is about to happen, children!” And my kids barely look… 

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Installing a Water Feature: The Gurgler Trio

  The view from my back patio has never been so fantastic. The installation of our three basalt gurgler water features has not only added beauty to a corner that was previously… un-beautiful… but also the sound that comes from the water tumbling down the rock adds to the ambiance of the space. The streams… 

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Mud Pies and Telescopes: Inside the Playhouse

The playhouse has been very well-loved since I’ve last written about it. The girls and their friends have spent hours ducking in and out of the front door carrying various pots of dirt, rocks, and miscellaneous leaves. The windows have become stations for servers to pick up their meals, or where a store owner waits… 

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Red Curry Thai Soup With Chicken-4

Thai Red Curry Soup with Chicken

This past week, I took a hands-on Thai cooking class at a local restaurant. I had been looking forward to this for weeks, and I was not disappointed. After three hours of playing with ingredients and tasting dishes, I felt inspired and empowered as I left the restaurant. I knew that I had to make… 

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