Just when I thought I was already getting sick of autumn decor, my local produce stand had these cute little white pumpkins for only 25 cents each. I wasn't sure exactly what I would do with them, but for a buck I couldn't pass up throwing four of them in my cart.
I already had some rocks on my windowsill, that we brought home from our trip to Michigan a few summers back. I put them in ziplock bags and use them as weights when I make sauerkraut .
I collected some pine cones and added them to my newly decorated autumn windowsill. I am such a fan of natural decor. It doesn't have to be stored year to year and it isn't expensive.
I have been planning to make a wreath with boxwood clippings for several weeks now, and today, while I was sitting in the garden making herb bundles with the kids, it was finally the perfect time to try it.
I love the way it turned out and I want to make several more. I will have a tutorial coming very soon.
I love when things come together so nicely, the way this windowsill did today. I had no intentions of decorating it for fall, but with a sale on mini white pumpkins, a few pretty rocks, pine cones and some boxwood clippings, the past few days just threw this little vignette straight into my lap. And I am thankful for that!
Joyful candle by FUL CANDLES
Probiotics have been all the buzz for several years now.
Ten years ago you may have only heard the term "gut health" thrown around by in-the-know west coast Yoga types, but nowadays you're likely to hear it coming out of your grandma's mouth.
These things may just seem like a trendy fad, but there is actually some serious science backing up the hype.
For the very abridged version of the story:
There are good guys in your gut and there are bad guys. God put the bad guys in there, so they could break down your body at death (not the happiest topic, but it's true). They were meant to be there in small quantities and the good guys were supposed to proliferate and make a healthy body.
If you have hung around here with me for very long, you know I'm a health nut.
But I am not sure that I have shared with you my love for a healthy home, as of yet.
I like to make my own hand soap, tooth paste and cleaning products with essential oils.
Now, of course, my home is farm from perfect. You already know about my painting addiction and affinity for bleaching drop cloths. Eh. Balance, right? You simply can't control everything.
But one easy healthy switch to make is the sheets you sleep on every night.
Take a tour of our little farmhouse in the spring.
Learn how to slipcover a wingback chair with painter's drop cloth. I have included a video documenting the whole slipcovering process, lots of instructions and my tips for an excellent fit.
He is not here, for He has risen, as he has said. Matthew 28:6
The days are getting warmer and a little longer. Soon we will be planting greens and herbs in the garden and spending most of our day outside.
Spring is coming.
I look forward to springtime every year.
Classic black and brass accents are my go-to's for modern farmhouse style lighting. I have been eyeing a few of these fixtures from World Market for a long time.
When we first moved into our home almost nine years ago, every square inch of the hardwood was covered with blue carpet, laminate or tile, except for in the living room.
We removed the carpet in our master bedroom before we even moved in.
It was a few years before we rented a sander and tackled the upstairs bedrooms.
We refinished the entire top floor and even ripped the carpet off the stairs.
You know those ideas you get and you're not sure how they'll work out?
That's how I felt about my idea to turn a five gallon bucket into a canvas tote.
We just recently had some built ins put in upstairs in our old house, to block off a really dangerous ledge that goes out over the staircase. We designed it mostly for the purpose of keeping the kids safe, but I also thought I could use the shelves for storage and pretty things.
You don't have to hang around the Pinterest DIY scene for very long to find out that drop cloth is a star player in the upholstery, slipcover, curtain and pillow making game.
I have used a lot of drop cloth in our farmhouse and for good reason. It is durable, high quality and, best of all, super cheap.
I first made these pajamas for my girls a few summers ago, when I came across some really pretty vintage sheets that I needed to find a use for.
The faded florals were so pretty and airy, I thought they would be perfect for summer PJ sets.