Summer Reds

In this Memorial Day post I mentioned that I was going to try my basket of real flowers on the front door again this year. I know I’m tempting fate by saying this before August is even here, but they’re doing well. Better than last year. I think it’s because I used petunias (hardy!) and because we’ve had somewhat milder temps […]

Memorial Day and Simple Summer Pleasures

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I know the first official day of summer isn’t until sometime in June, but isn’t Memorial Day weekend really the unofficial start to summer? This year I’m celebrating the kick off to summer by revisiting what was special about the last one. Really it was all about the simple pleasures. And […]

Mother’s Day Photo Display

Several years ago I did something for Mother’s Day that was so fun and so easy I’ve repeated it every year since. I put some pictures of our mothers and grandmothers in frames and grouped them on an entryway table. Told you it was simple. Every member of our family walks by this table multiple […]

Wheat Grass for Spring

So I’ve been growing grass. Not that kind of grass, although Colorado is right next door. No, I’ve been growing wheat grass. I picked up the seeds at Dutch Flowers at Kansas City’s City Market. They had it growing there and it looked like something fun to do for Spring and Easter. I took a quick […]

Spring Tray

The hot chocolate ingredients have been put away for a while so I was looking to spring-i-fy my wooden tray. I pulled out these garage sale bunnies and the bunny plates those high pressure saleswomen at the Serendipity Resale Shop sold me. The bunnies and plates looked a little naked just sitting there on the bottom […]

Spring Wreath Makeover

Last year I put together a simple spring wreath by adding some craft store flowers to a grapevine wreath I had lying around. It was cute, but nothing special. It could have used something a little extra. Mother Nature must have agreed because one morning we woke up to discover that a bird had built […]

Snow Days and French Chairs

On Tuesday we got slammed with snow. A foot of it. Grant was out of school from Tuesday until Thursday. Lindsey and her roommates got a couple of snowdays at KU. And even Tom came home early to work from home on the day the snow hit. It’s almost unheard of for Tom to alter […]

Ten Minute DIY Winter Wreath

I’m always so relieved when the Christmas decorations come down. After a month or more of decked halls, I love the fresh feeling you get when the boxes have finally been put away and the rugs have been vacuumed of every last pine needle and piece of glitter. But I like a little winter decorating […]

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Movies to Wrap To

There’s a specific kind of movie that shows up in my house at Christmastime. It’s the kind of movie that is set in a picturesque location and includes a charming house or even houses. The actors – from the stars to the supporting – are fabulous. It’s funny and sweet and there’s a little romance. And does […]

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Christmas Home Tour

Nester is hosting an It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Beautiful Christmas Tour of Homes and I’ve decided to play along. But first let me ask: Have you ever felt like you needed to plan a party at your house so it would motivate you to clean and straighten and finish a lot of […]

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