Charming Frames to Make!

With my granddaughter’s first birthday party last week, things were hectic around here to say the least!  My best friend, who usually does all the cakes in our family, recently had surgery and was not well enough to complete the task.  I was handed that hat and also had plans to make something for her […]

Drying Hydrangea Blossoms

I dearly love hydrangeas.  They invoke an old fashioned, timeless beauty in any garden and to me there is no other shrub that can top the loveliness of their deep green, thick leaves and their unbelievably beautiful, complicated and romantic blossoms.  Last year, we revamped our gardens on the north side of our house by […]

Ikea Billy Bookcases to Built-Ins

As promised, here is the tutorial for creating beautiful, built-in bookcases for a fraction of the cost of hiring a carpenter and having them built.  Although I would have preferred to have them stretch wall to wall, we had to contend with unequal measurements and a window.  We chose instead to have three sections. We […]

Formal Living Room to Office/Library

When we moved into our home ten years ago, the 12′ x 12′ “formal” living room was awkardly located immediately to the right of the front entry and looked like this when we first visited (and subsequently purchased) the house: It was a silly little room and I had no idea what to do with […]

Potted Plants – Decorating Trick

So you have a beautiful container and bought a lovely little plant for it.  What can you do to give it some decorator magic?  With just a couple of dollars and a quick trip to your local arts and crafts store, you can purchase moss and make that plant a standout!  There are various types, but […]