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Vintage Paint By Number Trend

For the past six months or so I have noticed a pattern in my antique mall. Vintage paint by number canvases, like these sailboat ones, show up one day are gone the next. They are hot sellers right now!  And personally, I can see why.  I really like them–their bright colors and kitschy style.  I […] Read more…

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Living an Open Handed Life

If you were to spend any time in my house, you would hear me saying phrases like this a lot: ” Please share with you brother “        ” You need to give someone else a turn “        ” He asked nicely, now please let your brother play with it […] Read more…

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My First Haven Conference

I got to the hotel a little later than I originally had planned, and so rushed up to my room to do a quick re-fresh.  After reapplying some lipstick, spraying on some perfume, and giving myself a little “You can do this!” pep talk, I rode the elevator downstairs to head to the Haven Meet […] Read more…

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Duncan Phyfe Style Dining Set [Furniture Makeover]

Hi everybody!  This is just a quick post with a few “after” shots of the Duncan Phyfe-style dining set I finally finished over the weekend. I have had this set since this past October, and it has been lurking in my garage ever since. I finally got motivated enough to start working on it back […] Read more…

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Why I am Attending the Haven Conference

A week from today I fly out to Atlanta for the 2015 Haven Conference. It will be my first Haven, and more than that, my first blog conference ever. Last year as Haven approached, I debated with myself and with my husband about whether or not to attend.  The cost is significant, once you add […] Read more…

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Fusion Product Spotlight | Color Blocker

I am having so much fun selling Fusion Mineral Paint as a Certified Merchant! My business feels so “official” now I have loved getting to work with the team at Homestead House, the company behind Fusion and other great paint products.  President Jennylyn Pringle is a delight to work with, and along with her family, […] Read more…

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My 5 Favorite Furniture Artists

I get a lot of inspiration from various other bloggers and “furniture artists” I have discovered over the past three years online.  You may already be familiar with the lovely women I am about to share, or their names may be new to you.  Either way, their work deserves to be recognized and passed along. […] Read more…

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A Day in the Life of a Small Business Mompreneur

6:30 am:  Wake up to children patting your face and asking, “Are you awake?”  Wonder why in the world said children are awake so early after being up extra late the night before due to a trip to the ballpark.  Stumble downstairs to fulfill immediate requests for food and drink. 7:15 am:  Drink a cup of black […] Read more…

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Oak Dresser Makeover in Fusion Ft. York Red

I met this little oak dresser a few months ago at Canton Trade Days. Like most oak dressers, it was well-built and sturdy.  Its drawers still functioned well and the wood was overall in good condition, with just a few minor nicks and scratches on the top. Usually when I find an oak piece in […] Read more…

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Our Family Ft. Worth Staycation

I was always envious growing up of the families who went to the beach every summer.  It seemed like such a fun tradition to have–every year meeting up with aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins, all while spending the days relaxing on the beach. For whatever reason though, my family never adopted that tradition.  We would […] Read more…

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Antique Pine Furniture

I have developed a new love affair with antique pine furniture.  Those knotty, rustic pieces have been added to my decor favorites list, alongside old books and flow blue china. I’m not talking about the western-style, orangey-yellow pine furniture you see in mass market stores today, but rather about the really old pieces that are […] Read more…

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First Fusion Mineral Paint Workshop

This past Saturday, 6 ladies from my church gathered at my home for a Fusion Mineral Paint 101 Workshop. They were kind enough to be my “guinea pigs” by attending a workshop in my home, where I could practice and work out the kinks before I begin to teach the class at its official location […] Read more…

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DIY Bathroom Renovation Update | Board and Batten

It’s been almost two full weeks since I set-up at the Vintage Market Days show, but I am still not fully recovered.  I have been struggling to get motivated to do anything business-related (hence the lack of blog posts)! I’ve been filling my time instead with home projects–working in the yard, reorganizing kids’ stuff, and trying […] Read more…

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How To | DIY Tree Display

When planning my booth space for the Dallas Vintage Market Days, I knew I would need something to really define my space and help it stand out.  I was set up basically in the middle of this huge livestock arena, with no access to the ceiling or any walls. Whatever I was going to use […] Read more…

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Vintage Market Days Recap

Hi everyone!  I had to take a few days “off” after having my first set-up show this past weekend at the Dallas-McKinney Vintage Market Days.  I was working from dawn till dusk Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and my brain and body just needed a few days of detox! I had a fantastic show and even […] Read more…

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