Let’s Turn Your Thumb Green

I will confess upfront that planting, growing and keeping flowers alive has been a steep learning curve.  I did not come into this naturally.  That is why I post, I am sharing the scoop.  Because what I have also learned in this process is those with green thumbs are sparse on details. My mom, for example, natural horticulturist.  She has geraniums that are 15 years old that live in her bathroom in the winter. Trees are like furniture, she rearranges and plants saplings all over the place.  She takes clippings from anywhere and everywhere, soaks them in water, plants, and voila, her…

Let’s Talk About SHELFS, Baby!

How do you like the title?  I was going for a little song in your head effect.  Salt N Pepa, anyone, come on! Anyway on to the topic, book shelfs, the always trendy and yet never practical addition to many rooms.  A good looking book shelf these days often contains matching book jackets, typically white, a conch shell and a candle.  They look great but what about the plethora of books that actually need a home but are not in a white book sleeve?  I have a few tips. Color coordinating book sleeves.  That’s right reader(s) put all sleeves of…

“Cooking” Through Lent and the Lessons Learned

I’m a Lutheran at heart; born, baptized, and raised in the First American Lutheran Church.  (I can make a orange jello salad with the best of them).  It is that background which inspires me each winter to partake in Lent.   It also has rubbed off on my husband. He’s taking it as more of a cleanse, removing all but water from his diet, to which I kindly reminded him, “this is an opportunity to depend on The Lord when we feel weak, you are going to be very weak, you may need to be carried.” So in my act of…

Have You Round Topped like Chip and Jo?

I went to Round Top and partook in the grand antique venue made popular to me on “Fixer Upper.” It was also my first time in Texas and so to couple that with large junking I felt very special.  Observations of Texas: the people are friendly, the sky is big, the landscape is much like Montana, minus the mountains, and the humidity is palpable.  Yes, overall Texas feels a lot like Montana minus the political climate of wanting to succeed from the union. (I’m teasing.) People let me describe how crazy and large this antique sale is.  First, it is…

Now That’s a Playroom

People, there’s not much to say.  The pictures say it all!  The space has come together and it looks FABULOUS, in my humble opinion, and, AND, I must add, it is functional.  The topper being, it’s functional.   Sometimes, not often, I have created a space where the look says “come in” but the stability of the chair, the breakables teetering on a wobbly side table, and my face “don’t touch that” have not been conducive to actual use.  Not this space!  It says play and my face, mouth, and body language all say “PLAY,” as well. I will divulge that…

The Beauty Corner

People, we have another play station, and this one might be breaking my aesthetic nuerons.  It’s a little boho, it’s a little whimsy, and maybe a little ridiculous but that’s what makes it perfect.  I add a little ridiculous because in describing my idea to my sister and dad, “this is going to be an accent wall” my sister threw her head back and laughed.  Until that moment I hadn’t thought twice about it.  Then, I did think twice about it and still landed on ‘yep, love it!’  Remember, have confidence! So, what is this blog about?  It’s like the…

Playroom Pergola, It’s a Thing!

I had a thought to capture the building of a playhouse frame; a four posted, no wall, tree house, firmly planted on carpet. But, somewhere between picture 10 and 13 I realized I was in another world, a world of fractions, angles, and “where’s the pencil?”  In short, I was lost.  I was 10 years old, helpful and observant, and similarly lost. Therefore, I bagged the step by step approach and settled on broad sweeping themes; who you need, why I do what I do and the final product. Here’s what I do know:  My dad and I went into a hardware…

Where do you play, on these snowy days?

I’m constructing a playroom.  However, I’m wondering if those who have one find their kids actually utilizing them? My cousin had an unfinished part of her basement as a playroom and her kids and mom were always in there.  They had parkas and slippers but they played.  (She may have had more motives than just play, ALL the family is then out of the house, genius).  As a kid we had a playroom that we shared with the deep freeze and then across the hall with the water heater.  DeLaney, my sister, was always in there talking to herself.  So, I…

From Down the Rabbit Hole to the End of the Hallway

So, if you were wondering ‘did the baby room ever get finished?’  The answer is a loud and resounding “Yes!”  In the weeks following her delivery but before she arrived home, her room was completed.  Can I get a “hoorah?”  It was a nice little distraction to put up wall decor and a teepee in between pumping and the scuttling I did to and from the hospital. I don’t know if you recall but I had “promised” to capture the making of a play space and a chair to rocker conversion in the infamous LAST BLOG.  It did happen but not…

Alice in ONEderland

The last blog I wrote I signed off with “there’s so much to do I may just bust, or deliver” well truer words were never uttered, my water broke days later, SEVEN weeks before my due date. One of my first thoughts before delivery was ‘the room isn’t done!’ I quickly became less vain after my husband said “I could care less about the room, that’s the least of my worries,” and then a bunch of medical professionals whisked my baby off to intensive care. So, I’ve been on a Canadian / Norwegian maternity leave from blogging.  But, no more, I have celebrated a one…