Hey there! I am beyond blessed to be the wife of Mark Andrew and the stay-at-home-mommy of Quinn and Morgan! I love to decorate, create things, and generally make life more beautiful! Come join me, and let's see what we can make today!

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Book Page Foyer

Hey, Folks!  I am working away on the master bed/bath project, and I don't have a lot to show you yet. (If you follow me on FB, you have already seen some nasty pics of the mold! Yikes!) And today is the last day for East Coast Creative's  Creating With The Stars link up, so I thought I would take this opportunity to show you the completed foyer and enter it into the contest. You've seen sneak peeks here and there, but never the whole thing, so here goes!

If you've followed me for awhile, you know that I love books, and, specifically, I love to decorate with book pages. A couple of years ago, my husband and I set up a temporary photo studio (scroll towards the end of the post to see the studio) in our living room, and I have wanted to try book pages on our walls ever since.

What do you think?!

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Hellllllooooo, March!

Hey, folks!  What have you been up to?!  {Please pardon my absence--it's been busy around here!  We left for our Disney Cruise (which I HIGHLY recommend) last Tuesday night and returned Sunday afternoon, and I have been playing catch up this week.  While we were only gone a few days, A LOT happened.  There was a birth, a death, a brain surgery, and a fall causing a broken back and hospitalization, and all the regular stuff that happens when you are out of town, too!}

I don't have any great projects to share with you today, but I'll give you a look at what has been happening here this week. Even though it is March, it is still the Midwest, and we have mountains of snow everywhere.  It even snowed more this week, and it will likely snow again soon. I am more than ready for Spring!  

I created this little vignette to encourage my spirit and remind myself that Spring.will.come.  It ALWAYS comes!

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Rub 'n Buff and Randomness

Hey!  Did you guys know it is NOT Tuesday?!  I am totally happy that it is Wednesday already (Because that means it is less than a week before we leave on our Disney Cruise!), but I am bummed that I missed Tuesday Tips and Recipes--again!  My short people were off school on Monday, and, well, I forgot that yesterday was Tuesday.  No worries.  I'll share a quick tip today! ;)

For my Valentine's Mantle, I wanted to use a bunch of silver and gold frames.  I gathered up what I had, and wanted a few more.  However, I did not want to purchase any frames, so I did what any good DIYer would do and I made my own.  I already had the frames and the product needed to transform them: Rub 'n Buff in Grecian Gold.

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Valentine's Day Mantle

I left you hanging yesterday, but here is the final product.

It did not turn out how I had envisioned it (which my initial vision and final product are generally different), but I really like it! My initial vision had lots of reds mixed in with gold and silver, but I ended up using copper instead.  It's very interesting to me because "metals" are very trendy right now, and I am not a trendy person.  I am unsure if I am drawn to the metals because that is what worked best for this, or if I am drawn to them because they are trendy.  Maybe the two cannot be separated...interesting, indeed.

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DIY Wire Basket

When I was thinking of my Valentine's mantle (which I will show you tomorrow!), I was picturing a long, narrow, wire basket. I looked around and did not find anything like my vision (big surprise), so I decided to make my own with the supplies I had on hand.

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