Opening New Doors

Dock view

Opening New DoorsMy baby is getting married in a few months and my daughter and son-in-law just bought a farm. The nest emptied and we're all doing great! I love my kids and grandkids... But I have been enjoying the empty nest...there I said it, don't judge me. I'm loving this season of my life. When my kids were younger, every article of ...

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Budget Friendly Design Tips

Finding My Style

Budget Friendly is my middle name! Now let me share 10 of my budget friendly design tips: I don't like spending money, but I like a pretty house. I am going to share some tips that I've used in my home and hopefully show you ways that you can create a beautiful home on a budget. I love live plants, comfy furniture, things you can prop your ...

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How to reFresh a Ladder

How to reFresh a Ladder

How to make a ladder shelf. You can make an interesting display with an old ladder, I've seen them used in so many projects.  I was so excited when I spotted this one at a local store.  I knew I had to have it!  I knew I was was going to make a ladder shelf.  This is how I reFreshed a ladder. For this project you'll need: 1.  Wood ...

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Milk Shakes, a cheerleader and Slim-Fast


This is a story about pecan milk shakes, a cheerleader and Slim-Fast. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but jealousy and milkshakes do not make for a good combo. Life got busy.  I didn't have time to think about what I was eating, or at least that's what I tell myself. I gave up my daily walks and my line dancing.  I was too busy working ...

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How to Transform a Tile Wall

Cover a tiled wall.

It's hard to believe that we rented a building in mid-March and opened the store Nostalgia on April 5th.  Especially when I look back at the before pictures.  Many, many years ago this was a beautiful grocery store, and then it was remodeled several times.   We don't have anything against tile, but it just didn't represent the homey atmosphere ...

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Green Giant Surprise~My new DIY Finger Food

Green Giant Veggie Chips

I love a good surprise. I had never heard of them, but I jumped on the chance to try them. Green Giant Chips, made with real veggies and they taste great!  I love veggies and I love chips. I wasn't sure how they'd taste together, but I really like them. If I'm going to eat chips anyway, let them be made with veggies! I feel better about ...

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How to Make a Bench

Bench made from a headboard and end table

How to Make a BenchThe refreshed bench is finally in the house. It's a long story and it goes like this, Justin called and said he was coming home for the weekend.  He loves to work on projects with us.  He wanted to know if we had something in the works. ok let us show you how to make a bench from these goodies: As a matter of fact we ...

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Must Love Dogs (on a personal level)


I was on the phone with my little sister and she said, let me read you something that I wrote.  Ok, I was thinking, she's a very entertaining writer.  She usually writes really funny stuff, not this time.  She had me crying...I'm talking that ugly crying that happens when you're really touched, well I was really touched.   I think Murphy had a ...

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Odds and Ends

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Odds and Ends, you know the stuff that doesn't really go with anything.  The left overs, but the still important stuff and even some funny stuff.   The coffee bags shipped out and everyone should have theirs by now. I got this email from Miss Mary: And while I send stuff out, stuff comes in: I won these over at It's So ...

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Kitchen Table

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Back in Oct/Nov '11, I began to dream about a round table. Really.   I got a price on having one built, I thought that I could save money.  That didn't work out. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I bought one in Tennessee while I was visiting for my 5 year old grandson's birthday.  My daughter and I went shopping and she spotted this ...

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