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When someone passes away in a small town, the loss is felt throughout the entire community. The whole population drops off casseroles and cakes and the men pick up the slack on the farm or mow the yard just to help out, and no one rings the doorbell—they just walk in because everyone feels l…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, was a yucky day; the eight inches of snow that had fallen two days prior was all melting and it was impossible not to step in several inches of mud just walking outside. That evening I went to feed and water my chickens and decided to check the laying box just in cas…

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My grandma always had chickens and every time I visited her I would go out and collect the eggs—I’d even lift up the hens in the nesting boxes to make doubly sure I’d collected every single one. My grandmother passed away in 2011 and I miss her dearly, but I have found by learning some of th…

Friday, December 18, 2015

            Decorative wreaths can be seen pretty much year round. But they are most common at Christmas and the special connection behind this is a Christmas wreath is a metaphor for the never-ending love of Christ, because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. It’s easy to…

Friday, December 04, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015

This Thanksgiving don’t just worry about the green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. Presentation is important too. Here are some great ways to impress your guests while feeding them a meal worthy of pilgrims and Indians.

Friday, November 06, 2015

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney

Friday, October 23, 2015

I don’t think I have to explain why barn wood is awesome. That’s kind of a given, but there are a few tricks that might be helpful for those embarking on barn wood projects. First is barn wood selection. When you’re picking out barn wood be sure to only take pieces that will withstand time. …

Friday, October 09, 2015

Drawers are everywhere. They are in just about every room in a the house. But just because you have a drawer and not a dresser doesn’t mean you’re up a creek without a paddle. I actually look for lonesome drawers because I’ve seen a lot of cool ideas using them. The simplest of those ideas i…

Friday, September 18, 2015

I am not a plumber; I can’t even get my toilet to stop running every few minutes in my apartment. However, I know a good use of industrial design when I see it and plumbers have all the important materials in their toolboxes.

Friday, September 04, 2015

After cleaning out my great-grandfather’s home after his passing last year, my grandmother found a considerably large stash of ribbons her father had won at horse shows and play days with his horses. Cleatus loved to ride and loved to win, that is one thing everyone can agree on. She asked m…

Thursday, August 20, 2015

So I was doing a little antique shopping Saturday when I came across an adorable metal mailbox. It had a bird on it and it simply says “POST.” I couldn’t leave it at the store. Even though I live in a shabby second floor apartment and my mailbox is in a maze of boxes with numbers and key hol…

Friday, August 14, 2015

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a project. I’ve been researching the iconic life of Will Rogers for a story. Being from Oklahoma, I feel a strong connection to Will and his legacy. He was a cowboy, actor and influential person in the 1920s and 30s. Most of his influence came fro…

Friday, August 07, 2015

The days of every family having a few milk cows and a family dairy are dried up. However, milk cans are as plentiful as ever. I see them at lots of antique stores in good condition and in bad, some small some big. While they are a common item to run upon, there are also numerous ways to use …

Friday, July 31, 2015

I keep a picture of my grandma Colleen in my house where I can see it everyday. It preserves the 16-year-old version of herself and the memory of the great lady and grandmother she became. I was not alive when this photo was taken but it is a small snippet of her life I plan to hold close to…

Friday, July 24, 2015

A wreath, the universal symbol to welcome visitors at your door. Wreaths are tradition, especially at Christmas but you don’t have to wait for the most wonderful time of year to come around just to hang a wreath. There truly can be a wreath for every season.

Friday, July 17, 2015

No one loved the kitchen more than Julia Child. Yes, she was a little before my time but I still admire her unveiling love of food and the joy of cooking. She said things such as, “People who love to eat are always the best people,” and “A party without cake is really just a meeting.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

The kitchen is probably my favorite room in a house. It’s warm and inviting, particularly when cookies are in the oven. I love to bake, especially when it’s snowing. My specialties are cakes, cookies. There’s a safe feeling of pulling a pan out of the oven to cool while the windows become fr…

Thursday, July 02, 2015

            First invented in 1868, barbed wire was a big deal. Lands previously considered open-range ranches were suddenly able to keep certain animals in and others out. The fences kept unwelcome animals away from valuable grazing land, deterred cattle rustlers and separated livestock fro…

Friday, June 26, 2015

Neanderthals needed their caves, so do men. Now I wouldn’t say I am any sort of an expert on what a man cave should contain, but I have some ideas. I’m going for more of an agricultural feel with my man cave designs, so don’t be surprised by all the farm equipment I’ve included.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shipping pallets are about the most universal repurposing material there is. They are usually easy to come by and can be made into just about anything. The only issue I’ve run into with them is they are sometimes hard to take apart if you want to repurpose the wood. The link is a tutorial fo…

Friday, June 12, 2015

Great design in a bathroom or powder room is all about uniqueness and theme to me. I don’t mean rubber ducky wallpaper and yellow towels necessarily, although that is a theme. If you can single in on a feel and a tasteful theme with some unique items not many others would have, your bathroom…

Friday, June 05, 2015

Something about the smell of horse sweat has always appealed to me. I come from what I think of as a horse family. Just about everyone in my family has some horse connection in some way or another. My sister, Lindsey, and I were horses for Halloween on more than one occasion­—Paints, Palomin…

Monday, June 01, 2015

The phrase, “Were you born in a barn?” takes on an entirely new meaning in this posting. Barn doors have become very popular functional and decorative pieces in even the most modern home designs. Watch any design program on HGTV and barn doors are incorporated in many of the most sleek, mode…

Friday, May 22, 2015

Let sleeping dogs lie… in a satin covered canopy bed with a plush cushion. That’s the rule in my house. Yes, only the top shelf for my canine companions. My two dogs, Audrey and Elizabeth, will turn two-years-old this summer. They are two spoiled Westie sisters. If you’ve never heard of a We…

Friday, May 15, 2015

This is the second installment of my gardening posts. Boy I wish I had a garden to try them all out on, however that might become a cluttered garden with a lot of themes. This post is more about accents for the garden rather than the actual plants themselves.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Grab your spade and sun visor; it’s time to tidy up the garden! I don’t have much of a garden, really it’s just three pots on my deck, but when I go home to my parent’s house in Oklahoma, I like to dig in the dirt. I wouldn’t say I have a green thumb or that I’m “good with plants” whatever t…

Friday, May 01, 2015

One of my favorite crafty things to do is to re-upholster chairs. Mostly because is not very hard and the results can be room altering. Some projects are a little more complicated, but most single cushion chairs are super easy to re-do. I taught myself just be experimenting watching tutorial…

Friday, April 24, 2015

Just about everyone has something they collect. I collect brooches, skeleton keys, old books, old cameras, vintage hats and journalism and agriculture themed items. Doors are a rather big item to collect, but sometimes I feel like I am nursing small stash them. I don’t know what it is about …

Friday, April 17, 2015

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.” Mae West said that, and I agree with her. I don’t mean to mislead anyone, this segment is not about diamonds, I just really like that quote. Actually this entry is all about where we hang ou…

Friday, April 10, 2015

I have too many ideas; too many to actually accomplish in one lifetime. I’m not sure I will ever actually meet Tom Hanks, have a two story walk-in closet or experience the Northern Lights in Iceland. I’ve learned in my short two and a half decades on Earth, to narrow my list of goals to the …

Friday, April 03, 2015

This is my first home to live in by myself—no roommates other than two dogs. That reason alone makes it even more important to me to make my place of dwelling happy and cozy since there is no one else to share it with. When I talk about my home, I really mean my mediocre, considerably low re…

Friday, March 27, 2015

One thing I look for when I’m seeking out primitive pieces for design and decorating is character. To me, it means unique, interesting pieces you won’t see just anywhere. I like objects to tell a story. You can find lighting that tells a story too. When I walk into room and just see light fi…

Friday, March 20, 2015

I have always loved old things. From history lessons to skeleton keyholes, I am a believer in ivory rather than starch white. This belief trickles over into my design taste as well. I love to repurpose old things to give a new life when they would otherwise be considered junk. Some people st…