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Hi. I’m Tara – and welcome to my crazy little haunt on the internet. 

Surburble is a word that really isn’t a word. To me, it’s a combination of “suburban” (or Suburbia – the place where dreams go to buy their minivans) and “burble” which means constantly murmuring or running, or in my case – talking. Hence, Surburble: a rambling sort of place for me: a mother, teacher, sarcastic wiseass, and wanna-be of many things. 

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I have a partner-in-crime. His name is Mr. Suburble, and he is a sweet and patient man. He watches me slap paint onto random bits of furniture. He obediently pulls over onto the side of the road so that I can haul free dressers and chairs into the back of our car. He goes to work with flecks of glitter on his face. 

He also thinks I’m funny. 

Sold!  He’s a keeper. 

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He and I have a few roommates in our house. Well, they’re not so much roommates as tiny little bosses. 

Lila came first. She is our bossy britches. Our observant one. Our cautious, but caring and generous daughter. 

She wants to lead at all times. She is dramatic and loud, but also creative and focused. 

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 Lucy joined our gang 18 months after Lila hit the scene. She is fiercely determined to be the opposite of her sister.

Lila likes pink; Lucy likes blue. Lila plays with Barbies; Lucy plays with cars. Lila wants to walk; Lucy wants to run. 

She is a cuddler and a snuggler, and always wants to be my shadow. Yet, she is independent. She will let her imagination run away with her. She often has dirt on her face.

In our house, Lucy  is the first one to ask, “Can I help!?? Can I help!?!?”

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 Together, Lila and Lucy are a force. I intend on getting them involved in most of my creative projects. If they can’t help, they can at least entertain me! 

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This gang is my laughter, my joy and my frustration. They’re so much of my life. 

But I also need a spot to put down my thoughts. I love to write and to get my hands dirty. Suburble is my place to do just that. A place where I get to have a laugh, share what I love (and what drives me nuts!) and to connect with all of you creative peeps.

And I love it when you reach out to me too. Never feel weird about emailing me or leaving a comment. I love it. And I promise you that I will respond. 

Let’s make a mess now, shall we? 

4 comments

  1. October 20, 2016
    Nancy Harris

    I love your No-Sew way to recover an ottoman. I have one that looks a lot like your original leather one. I think i can do it but one question—how did you know how much material to purchase? I will only need one piece since mine doesn’t have that bottom portion…it is just one square leather OTTOMAn. Anyway, any suggestion would be helpful. Thank you!!!

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    • October 24, 2016
      Tara

      It was really a loose guess, I’d have to admit! I used three yards in my four-foot long ottoman project. I’d say err on the side of caution and get a bit more than you need. Does that help?

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  2. October 22, 2016
    Jen

    I wasnt able to comment in thE other section about your wood wreath. I too had problems with command hooks working on my door for hanging wreaths. There are 2 possible solutions. First I didnt adhere the command hook properly. Apparently You need to press it on and let it stay there for an hour before you hang anything on it. The second time i tried it worked and my wreath albeit a liGht one haSnt fallen off. Also if thay doesnt work, amazon sells strong magnets that have a hook on one side and magnets on bOth for hanging wreaths on storm doors. Just some helpful info! Love your home and style!

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    • October 24, 2016
      Tara

      I love that magnet idea, Jen! I wonder if I had not cleaned the door well enough prior to trying the command hook, but when the wreath fell, I was so bummed that I didn’t want to risk breaking it. Thank you so much for the sweet compliment. I appreciate it!

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