Gift Bag Turned Wall Art

gift bag wall art

Let's talk about trends for a minute. You know you want to! ;-) Has anyone else found themselves in a store recently doing a double take at the styles? I found myself in Target recently...ok...who am I kidding....I find myself in Target multiple times a week but that's neither here nor there...anyhoo...I found myself in Target and stood … [Read more...]

Flower Easter Egg Tree & a Spring Party

flower easter egg tree

Isn't it interesting how every Spring feels like the very FIRST Spring? On our way to church last weekend we were all marveling at the blossoms on the cherry trees, the tiny leaves sprouting on the lining the road and all of the daffodils popping up in on every corner. We were so excited, pointing at this tree and that group of flowers. You would … [Read more...]

Kids Art Center and a Little Redemption

galvanized buckets on art desk

The older I get the more I'm realizing that I just have to come to terms with the things that I will never be good at. Walking through a room without bumping into something Monopoly  Cartwheels And drawing I'm pretty much permanently stuck at a 1st grade level when it comes to my artistic abilities. Actually, that might be stretching it a … [Read more...]

Am I Going to Get in Trouble for This?

crayons in fillable lamp atthepicketfence.com

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to draw. She would sit for hours filling up page after page with her creations. She loved to draw so much that she even decided to try her hand at drawing on a variety of surfaces. Like walls, doors and lamp shades. Her mother, who was always so supportive and encouraging of her artistic … [Read more...]

Prone to Wander

Ebenezer stones atthepicketfence.com

I'll never forget the first time I heard it. It was my sophomore year of college and I was standing in chapel singing along to all of the usual worship songs. They were typical of the songs being sung by students in Christian universities all around the country and whether we heard them in chapel or sitting around a campfire while some wannabe … [Read more...]

A Mom Fail and a Button Shamrock Shirt

button applique shamrock shirt from atthepicketfence.com

  Last Friday was like every other day. We raced around getting ready for school, packing lunches and guzzling coffee (me), being completely silly and taking forever to get dressed (them) and just going about our normal routine. But as soon as we pulled into the school parking lot I realized something was wrong. I saw these kids getting out … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Game Board Photo Display

game board photo display atthepicketfence.com

I'm so excited to be joining the fabulous Kristen Duke for an amazing series called Decorating with Pictures which includes over 50 different contributors sharing some incredible ideas for creatively incorporating your family's photos into your decor. AND there's a different giveaway happening each day so you will want to be sure to … [Read more...]

A long winter calls for Smoked Salmon Chowder

Seafood-chowder-with-smoked-salmon-and-dill atthepicketfence.com

  Let's face it, as much as we'd like it to take a bow and an exit, most of us are still in the midst of winter.   It seems this has been one of the longest, coldest and just plain miserable winters we've seen in a long time! I don't know about your house, but at ours, winter means comfort food (and some of our favorite soup recipes) … [Read more...]

The Worry Jar

memory jar1

"Look what I made today in Sunday School Mommy!" My daughter excitedly ran towards me as we stood in the church lobby. She stretched out her little hand to reveal to me her latest creation and said, "It's a 'worry jar' and I want you to have it." I peered down at the tiny jar with the tissue paper glued all over it and did all of the … [Read more...]

Tiered Clay Pot Centerpiece

candle on clay pot tiered centerpiece

You know those words that just make you cringe? The ones that give you the heebie-jeebies? I hate to admit it, but there are quite a few that fall into that category for me. Like the word 'moist'. Ack! Even typing it out sends shivers down my spine! Recently I've discovered a new word to add to the list. 'Succulent'. Kinda cringe-worthy, … [Read more...]