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Pumpkin Decor Inspiration for your Front Porch and Your Table

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For all of you super organized ladies, you probably had your pumpkin Pinterest boards ready for action since August, so this post might be old news to you. But, if you are anything like me, and haven’t had time to spruce your nest with bright orange pumpkins and autumnal glow, go ahead and keep reading this post. This one’s for you.

So what’s the big deal about pumpkins, anyway? Well, around the world, they are considered a symbol of the harvest season. For me, they remind me of childhood, and New England, and pretty wrapped pumpkin bread and too many pumpkin spice lattes.

This past week, I got to take three of my grand-darlings to a real-life pumpkin patch. We bought too many pumpkins to count and had the best time. Stay tuned for next week to see the fun kid-friendly crafts we did with them! (Spoiler alert: it was messy). continue reading

Garage Makeover Part 2 (And Why an Organized Life Pays Off)

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Okay, first things first.

Several months ago, I wrote a post about my big plans for a garage makeover, saying I wanted to finish it by the end of summer.

As is so often the case when it comes to construction projects, it took longer than I thought it would. But we did wrap it up before the end of summer. I think it turned out really well! Take a peek! continue reading

Gearing Up for Deer Resistant Flowers this Spring (the Time to Plant is Now!)

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I’ve almost always lived in the country, so I’m used to dealing with deer.  But the deer in my new neighborhood are different.

For one thing, there are a lot of them. I’m starting to suspect there are more deer per square mile than people here. Okay, maybe not that many.  But every time I go outside for a walk, or bike ride, there they are.

The other thing about these deer? They aren’t afraid of people. Not one bit.  continue reading

A (Craft) Room of One’s Own: Craft Room Ideas, Inspiration, and Eye Candy

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In my recent post, Crafts and Creativity: The Secret Ingredient for a Life of Joy, Fulfillment, and Eternal Youth, I made a couple of blanket statements that I stand behind one hundred percent.

  1. Human beings are hard-wired for creativity.
  2. Crafting is good for the soul.

I truly believe this. If you’ve read my books, you know this is a theme I’ve explored more than once.  I also believe that every creative woman (which, as I’ve explained above, means everybody. Including you.) needs a craft room of her own. continue reading

Flower Pot Ideas from a Master Gardener (with Deer Resistant Flowers!)

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It took its sweet time getting here but I say, “Hooray for Spring!”

I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for sunshine and flowers. The sunshine is definitely here but the flowers have proven a bit trickier.

Though our new neighborhood is surrounded by forests and plenty of common space, the lot is much smaller than our old one, really too small to put in a proper garden.  Even if it were otherwise, the hordes of deer that populate the surrounding forests seem to think of gardens as their personal salad bar.

But deer or no deer, acres of land or gardens the size of a postage stamp, it’s spring. I want to plant flowers. I need to plant flowers. continue reading

Garage Makeover – Part 1

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When we moved into our new home on May 28thof last year it wasn’t exactly finished.

The trim work, tile work, and interior painting weren’t quite finished. The upper kitchen cabinets had yet to be delivered and installed. And the built-in bookshelves hadn’t even been started. Oh, yes.  And there were no rods or shelves in the bedroom closets.

Move in ready? Uh…no.  Not quite. continue reading

How to Declutter Your Closet and Your Life, One Drawer At A Time

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“Every single thing we own owns us.”

So said Abigail Burgess Wynne, in the second book of my Cobbled Court series, A Thread of Truth.

Abigail is quite a character. From the moment she walked into my imagination as I was writing A Single Thread and announced her presence with one of the more audacious introductions in literature, “People like me,” I found that I did like her.

And though Abigail isn’t the most emotionally sensitive character I’ve ever written, when she started talking about the tyrannical weight of being shackled to stuff, I recognized the wisdom of her declaration. continue reading