Pinterest Has Changed … Now What?

Adapting to Pinterest Changes

Are you an active Pinterest user? Have you noticed that it’s seems a bit different? You are not imagining things! Pinterest has slowly been making some changes to what comes through our feed.  I haven’t completely mastered all the changes, and this is by no means exhaustive, but I have a few tips that I think will help you keep up with the changes. What’s changed … In the past, you were able to see the chronological pins that came from users {Read More}

Birds of a Feather … Easy DIY Pillow Tutorial

Easy DIY Pillow Tutorial |

I seem to be on a pillow making run these days! Must be the season. My house can use some refreshing, and the holidays are always the perfect time for that. I was really excited to be invited to join 18 other bloggers as we share how easy it is to make a pillow with a variety of skill levels and designs. A special THANK YOU to OnlineFabricStore for sponsoring this tour and providing the fabric and pillow insert for all {Read More}

Fabulous Fall Mantels

Fabulous Fall Mantels from Simply Fresh Vintage

Ah, Fall … how I’ve missed you. Welcome back! Photograph by Chris Asche How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. – John Burroughs It’s that wonderful time of the year when nature begins to quiet down and get ready for its slumber. The trees that have kept us shaded over the summer are now slowly drying up and the leaves are turning their glorious shades of brown, orange, red, and yellow.  It’s {Read More}

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow

Are you looking for an uncomplicated project for your Fall Decor?  This Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow tutorial will have you sprucing up your Fall decor in no time. Materials … Enough background fabric prints to make 81 2-1/2″ squares (I used nine prints). 1/2 yard of fabric for back 1 yard of solid color fabric for lining 1/2 yard medium weight interfacing 1 yard of batting An old sweater Dark brown felt Handful of polyester fiberfill 18″ x 18″ pillow insert I chose {Read More}

Get Ready to Party!

Best of DIY Link Party

Are you in the mood for a party? I know I am! I’ve been getting all my Fall decorations out of storage, and making some new ones as well. It’s beginning to look quite festive around these parts! A few of us … okay maybe a few more than a few … 27 of us, to be exact, are hosting the Party of the Season! And the best part … we’re inviting YOU and all your friends. Do you have {Read More}

A “Thankful” Banner / Bunting

Thankful Banner / Bunting Tutorial ... from

Last year I made a new “Thankful” banner / bunting for our fireplace. I had put up all of the “pretties,” but it was still missing something. So off I went to Michaels to see what inspired me. I came back with a few varieties of scrapbook paper and an idea. I wanted to combine my love for sewing with paper crafting, and at the same time add some fabric for texture. Before long I came up with a fairly {Read More}

A Quick Trip to Washington DC

Our Trip to Washington DC

For the first time since we moved to Virginia three years ago, we were able to sneak away last weekend for a quick trip to Washington DC. We’ve never been to the DC area so we were really looking forward to seeing a few of the sites. The purpose of our trip actually had nothing at all to do with sight-seeing, but rather to spend the weekend with our oldest son who lives in California. He was in DC for a {Read More}

Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge

Tide OXI Challenge |

As I get older, more and more of my childhood upbringing seems to fade away. But there’s one thing I remember well. Laundry day. Saturday was the day we got up early and set to work. There were only two laundry soaps my mom would use: Tide and Ivory Snow. We had an old Maytag vintage wringer washer. I would stand on a stool to feed the clothes through the wringer. Then take them out back to hang on the {Read More}

Join Me for #CanItForward Day and a Giveaway!

International Can-It-Forward Day

I was so excited to receive the new Ball “Perfection” jars in the new Limited Edition Heritage Spring Green color. Thank you Jarden Home Brands/Ball Canning! Since we were getting ready to have some friends over for a good old-fashioned Mexican dinner, I thought it would be neat to put some fresh cilantro and parsley in the Spring Green jars for them to pick directly from to garnish their meal. I love the new color!   Any leftovers can be {Read More}

Haven is for Real

Haven Conference

Is it just me or is this summer flying by?  This has, by far, been our busiest summer in a really long time. Our kids have been on missions trips, all at different times. I went to California with my youngest for a couple of weeks. We’ve had family come to visit, and more are coming in August. And before I know it, the kids will be back in school. It’s been a whirlwind! Right smack dab in the middle {Read More}