Decorated Entry for Fall

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I think everyone has a touch of the rebel in them, don't you? Of course, this comes in varying degrees. I've always been a bit of a rule-follower with the occasional rebellious act thrown in here and there. But then, what's rebellious to one person is totally tame to another, right? For example, I feel particularly naughty when I walk past stuff … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Decor

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My house looks better in the Fall. It just does. It's like it's been patient all year just waiting for this time. For the flip-flops to be replaced with socks and slippers. For the mulled cider candle to have it's inaugural lighting. For me to step out on the front porch in the early morning hours and feel that chill in the air while the … [Read more...]

Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Love For Ya!

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'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself', 'Love your neighbor as yourself'. I repeated these words in my head over and over again all that day as the music from the neighbors who live behind us blared. I repeated them to myself when I could hear it through our closed windows. I repeated them to myself when it prohibited … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour and Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall Home Tour and Decorating Ideas from atthepicketfence.com

 *We apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced yesterday that caused our site to be down but thank you for bearing with us and we hope you enjoy this post today* Hello and welcome friends!! I'm so thrilled that you are joining me on a little tour of my home today all dressed up for my most favorite season. Here in Oregon (did you … [Read more...]

How to Make a Faux Olive Jar

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It seems to me that in life, people can be divided into two categories: those who upon entering a store will head straight for the clearance section and those who don't. … [Read more...]

The Chin Hair

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Do you remember that book Dear God, It's Me Margaret? Written by the incomparable Judy Blume, it was revolutionary at the time as it addressed all of the angst that comes with being an adolescent girl. From training bras to feeling like you were the last one to get the big 'P' to dealing with boys who went from being just pesky to being pesky and … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Plant Stand

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The other night as I was tucking my 11 year old son into bed, he asked if I would lie down with him for a few minutes. He was listening to an 'Adventures in Odyssey' CD and wanted me to hear the latest story in the series. Now, this was one of those moments that every mom of a tween boy dreams about. Normally at bed time any kind of overtures … [Read more...]

Plum Puff Pastry Tart

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Anne clasped her hands and looked at the dresses. "I did hope there would be a white one with puffed sleeves," she whispered disconsolately.  "I prayed for one, but I didn't much expect it on that account.  I didn't suppose God would have time to bother about a little orphan girl's dress.  I knew I'd just have to depend on Marilla for it.  Well, … [Read more...]

Off the Grid

homestead cabin

Sometimes you just need to go off the grid. Sometimes you find yourself longing for the chance to kind of run away...drop out of sight. Sometimes you don't even realize how much you were longing for wide open spaces until you suddenly find yourself surrounded by 14,000 acres of them. Sometimes you need to feel connected to the past and … [Read more...]

Over-sized Outdoor Checker Board

scotch blue tape outdoor checker board project

You know that saying, "If walls could talk"? Well, I've decided that I'm going to start saying a different version. In my home we will say, "If rugs could talk". Because honestly, our rugs could do some serious chatting! Especially the rug that sits under our kitchen table. Not only would it be able to tell you all about the conversations and … [Read more...]