My Snowball Tree Love Story

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It's that time of year again when my snowball tree is laden with blooms and reminding me of this sweet story from a couple of years ago.¬† ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I replied. "Why does he have the ladder and those long clippers?" … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part 4

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I've often wished that it didn't take experiencing the hard things in life for me to grow as a person. I mean, wouldn't it be so much nicer if depth could be added to our souls while we lie on the beach sipping margaritas? But the only divine revelation I'm likely to have in that scenario is that I need to take a nap. The reality for most of us is that it's only when we walk through really challenging seasons that we come to a greater understanding of who we are....the good, the bad and the … [Read more...]

Aged Galvanized Metal Tray

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The title of this blog post should really read, "The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn't want to age." And maybe it's the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath. … [Read more...]

Creating Success at Home Giveaway

Creating Success at Home 2D book cover

In theory, being a homemaker or working from home sound like a piece of cake. Because, well, if you want you can just eat a piece of cake whenever it strikes your fancy. But, like so many other things in life, reality is often very different than the fantasy. I think that there are more of us who struggle with how to be managers of our home than we care to admit. Which is why I was so thrilled when I found out that my wonderful friend Sharon, author of the blog Mrs. Hines' Class¬†was writing a … [Read more...]

Broken Fountain Turned Tiered Planter

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Happy Saturday friends! I'm so excited to bring this old post back to life and show you how I turned a broken fountain into a fantastic tiered planter. You know those pictures that look one way when you are standing further back but as you get closer you see that the image is really completely different? Like where you think you're looking at a painting of a beautiful lake but when you get closer you realize that it's a giant elephant....or something like that. ;-) You know what I'm … [Read more...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part 3

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(If you are just now joining us for The Peace-Filled Home series be sure to read part one and part two) I believe that a peace-filled home begins with a peace-filled heart. This is the foundation, the solid rock, which you can rely on to help you experience peace even in the midst of the craziness. Having a home built on peace is what sustains us in the busy schedules, the unpredictable events and the roller coaster that is life. A peace-filled home is a gift that you give to all of those … [Read more...]

The Peace Filled Home Series

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Have you ever started something with the best of intentions only to have the craziness of life keep you from finishing it? I like to think of myself as someone who will always see a thing through to the end but I realized recently that sometimes I start out with a lot of gusto only to come up short. Case in point...last year I launched a new series here At the Picket Fence called 'The Peace-Filled Home' and managed to give you only two installments before we found ourselves up to our eyeballs … [Read more...]

Vintage Style Canvas Map

Old World Style Map

I've been on the lookout for a vintage map for awhile now. And I realized something very important about myself as I haunted consignment stores and online sources. When it comes to bigger purchases, I suffer from 'must-be-able-to-return-it-if-it-doesn't-work-itis'. The struggle is real people.   … [Read more...]