A Stroll Through the Garden


Good morning, from redheadcandecorate.com! The birds are singing lovely tunes, the ice has melted away, and I see my green tulip tips breaking through the cold, cracked soil. My funny cat, Sylvia, is having a blast in the windows running back and forth like a lunatic watching her friend Charlie, the chipmunk, and...I am so ready to clean the "road salt" from the interior of my car. Thank goodness, SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG. … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Feel Easter-y

blueberry muffins in a spring vignette

I was determined this week that I would write words to you which are very spiritual and very uplifting and very Easter-y. I would tell you about what Holy Week means to me and how I've spent it in God's word and doing all kind of resurrection crafts with my children and then they listened to me with unwavering attention as I read the story from scripture. But, as I sit here staring at a blank page in front of me, I'm struck by the fact that it hasn't really felt like that holy of a week … [Read more...]

French Country Wall Clock

French country style wall clock in living room atthepicketfence.com

My husband and I were talking the other day about this magical thing that transpires when we get one-on-one time with our kids. And these days with our almost teenager, its almost as if he becomes a different person. Gone is the attitude and the eye rolling and the one word (usually sarcastic) answers and in their place is laughter and fun and great conversation. … [Read more...]

Spring is a Tween


As I type these words, I'm keenly aware of the fact that if I were to look out of the windows on one side of my house I would see blue skies, puffy clouds and sunshine. But, I'm just as aware of the fact that if I were to look out of the windows on the opposite side of my house I would see a sky that was so dark it's almost black, and ominous clouds full of rain. … [Read more...]

Dreaming in Season

Dream come true quote by Vanessa Hunt

The zoo field trip. It's the highlight of 2nd grade and even though I've chaperoned it once before with my son, it all felt new again thanks to the giddy excitement of my daughter. With a car full of bubbly, chatty 7 year old girls, we made the one hour trip from school parking lot to zoo parking lot and quickly joined the rest of the class. We were divided into smaller groups and sent off to explore with plans to meet up again at a designated time.   … [Read more...]

Easter Mantel

Easter mantel with chalkboard art and shutters

If you've spent any time over here you know that I love words. I've tried to do one of those blog posts where it's just pictures but it ends up being about the same as when I'm having a conversation with someone and there are big, long pauses. I can't do it. I simply MUST fill in the gaps! It's a sickness, I tell ya. … [Read more...]

The Father Daughter Ball

father daughter ball invite

"Being a daddy's girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life." ~ Marinela Reka She spotted her name on the envelope in the mailbox and couldn't wait to rip it open. We stood at the kitchen island watching her closely and I think she sensed that this was no ordinary card. … [Read more...]

Bamboo Roman Shades in the Family Room

Using curtain panels with woven shades

Growing up, I thought my sister had to be one of the coolest people in the world. Frankly, I still think that. When I was in middle school and she was in high school, I desperately wanted to emulate her style and I loved nothing more than to see her get all dressed up for a dance or a date. This was partly because she knew how to rock the big hair and lace, finger-less gloves like nobody's business but mostly it was because when she would head out for the evening, she allowed me to spend time in … [Read more...]


cherry blossoms 2

The day started out like any other. Up early, guzzling coffee, packing lunches, driving kid number one to school, coming back home, guzzling more coffee, driving kid number two to school then back home again to clean up the house, reply to emails, schedule appointments and return phone calls. By late morning I realized that we needed a few things from the store so I headed out to run my errands before returning home again.   … [Read more...]

Decorating with Thrift Store Silver


Hi guys! It's me again, Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com...stopping by to say hello and to share some easy and affordable decorating tips with you today! We have 2 sweet daughters who are now in their teen years and one of the ways I love to connect with them, is by going to the thrift store. This would also be something fun grandparents could do with grandchildren, too. … [Read more...]

My 40th Year

restaurant table pic

Today is my 40th birthday. And I'm not exactly sure how I'm supposed to feel about it. My son on the other hand knows exactly how he feels about it. Because for the last few weeks every time I ask him to repeat what he said or mention that some part of my body is hurting or make a comment about a particular pop song I detest he is very quick to reply, "Well, mom, you ARE turning 40!", which to a 12 year old means I basically have one foot in the grave. It can't be that the reason I had to ask … [Read more...]

Girls Bedroom Makeover

vintage vanity with stool in girls room

Note to self...next time you give one of your kids' rooms a makeover, be sure to take photos of it immediately after you place the final little accessory on a shelf. Because, if you don't, you will put it off and put it off and put it off because you know that in order to take the pictures you will have to clear out all of the little 'extras' your child decided to add to the room once the makeover was completed. … [Read more...]

The Other Side of Blogging


"I just want to make the pretty things and write all of the words!" That was my lament to a group of precious blogging friends a couple of weeks ago when I was up to my eyeballs in issues with what we refer to as the 'back-end' of blogging. It's the side of things that we very rarely talk about in blog posts and for good reason. It's not pretty. In fact, a lot of the time it's downright ugly. Kind of like my own back-end. ;-) … [Read more...]

Simple Easter Egg Tabletop Craft

Easter eggs on wood spindles craft atthepicketfence.com

Can we all just pause for a moment of silence..... There. Thank you! I just needed to have the opportunity for a bit of reverence because, you see, I made a craft. I know, I know, mind blowing, right? What's the big deal you ask? Well, lately I've been feeling like I'm scraping the bottom of my creative juices barrel. I've kind of lost my crafty mojo. … [Read more...]

The Heaping of Coals

from right to redeemed quote atthepicketfence.com

We drove home that night in silence. Not an uncomfortable, awkward silence but rather the kind that you have when there are sleepy kids in the back of the car and you are all looking forward to climbing into your nice, warm beds.  As we turned into our neighborhood, my husband reached over, squeezed my hand and gently said to me, "You know, I think what you did was heap coals on her tonight." I didn't answer right away, as I replayed the events of the evening in my head. The sting of the insult. … [Read more...]

Cabinet Makeover

paneled painted cabinet

Not too long ago I shared with you the history behind my daughter's bedroom furniture and why I will never paint it. I said that I believe there are times to paint furniture and times not to paint furniture and you were all so supportive of the fact that I had chosen to leave it in it's original state. Welp...I thought maybe since I had shared a time when I didn't paint something I would balance things out by sharing with you a time that I did. … [Read more...]

Window Seat Decorating

Vintage fabric scrap garland window treatment atthepicketfence.com

If there was a club for people who struggle with having too high of expectations, I would be the president. I've been known to have my expectations dashed when it comes to everything from birthday parties to relationships. I tend to build things up in my head only to be brought back down to reality with a THUMP. I'm really trying to be better about this and believe that I've come a long way in lowering my expectations. But sometimes, well sometimes, the expectations get blown out of the water … [Read more...]

Wood Typography Scripture Sign

laurens sign

"Mommy, I need some privacy please." I was in my daughter's room, working my way through the laundry basket of clean clothes, folding and sorting, stacking the piles on her bed.  I had just informed her that it was time to hop in the shower but noticed that she made no movement towards undressing. It took a moment for her words to register but the look she gave me said it all. She did not want me in there. … [Read more...]

How to Make a Memory Bench


Happy New Year, At the Picket Fence friends, from redheadcandecorate.com! It's brutally cold up here in the "mitten state" (Michigan), but I'm making the best of it by keeping busy indoors which can be nice and cozy with a hot cup of tea. However, on the other hand, we traveled through Canada to Western New York last weekend and I captured this unique photo on the New York State Thruway, that I thought would be fun to share with you. My husband was driving and I saw the sign approaching … [Read more...]