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Desk Accessories

When Hometalk asked me to curate another clipboard for their social media platforms, this time about desk accessories, I thought oh what fun, this will be easy. I spent several hours searching through posts to create the collection for this board. It was not easy! I was surprised at how few posts there really were actually about desk accessories. However, through the process of getting the …

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2nd Straw Bale Garden Update

An entire day of planting: Red, Yellow, White and Green onions, Okra, Cabbage, Pumpkins, Watermelons, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Carrots, Red, Gold and Russet Potatoes, Yellow Summer Squash, Acorn Squash, Radishes, Garlic and all kinds of different Peppers! Whew! Then the plastic covers (tents) went on, and then the bird netting went up over and around the whole garden. Whew again!! I have to tell …

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1st Straw Bale Garden Update

Okay, I put in the support boards. These go at the end of each row of bales. They not only help keep the bales in line, they hold your vine wires in place as your plants grow. I drilled mine every 10 inches up the board, starting about 10 inches above the top of the bale. I threaded the vine wire on the first or …

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My Spring STRAW BALE Vegetable Garden

STRAW BALE GARDENING??? It might be my familial Iowa farming roots, or it might be my love of watching something I planted grow. I know it’s never been about living off of what I planted, that’s for sure; and thank God I didn’t have to, but I love to grow vegetable gardens. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been able to grow. Seriously, I even …

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Creativity

I have been crafting now for about 47 years, since I was 7 years old, or at least that’s when I can first remember really crafting. When I say crafting, I mean sewing, woodworking, painting, etc.  Making things that were either useful or decorative in some form. As I grew older, around the age of 14 or 15, I also started refinishing and building furniture. …

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Sentimental Old Wing Backed Chair Transformation

Okay, here it is… My husband’s birthday is 2 days after Christmas, which sometimes presents a problem. Christmas gifts from me are generally whatever someone wants, but when it comes to your birthday I prefer to give something more personal. This is the story about his birthday present this year, his hideous old family wing back chair, and my hesitation about the project. The history …

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The Name Game for Spare / Bonus / Extra space in your house

Recently Hometalk.comasked me to curate a board about Spare Room Flips, for their social media platforms. While doing the research for the project I noticed that all of us use different names for our extra spaces. The keyword search was like playing the “Name” game. Just for fun you should try it!  No matter what you call your SPARE / BONUS / EXTRA room/space; Closet, …

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Christmas Gifts for my Tuesday Workshop Friends

A great little Christmas gift for my Tuesday Workshop friends was what I needed. Something that they could actually use… Something that I hadn’t already taught them how to do. Well, after driving around to my go-to thrift stores, I found a few of these ordinary knife blocks. After cleaning, drilling, sanding, painting and filling with supplies…. Vintage oil cans with a little bling make …

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House Flipping Project at #4 Johnson Avenue

In 2007 my brother David and I decided to partner up on a house flipping project. I searched many neighborhoods and looked at dozens of houses before finding what I hoped would be our “project” house. Most of the houses I looked at were not as old, and didn’t have near as many problems as the one we ended up buying, but…. have you ever …

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AUTUMN AIRE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!

AutumnAire.com is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!! HOORAY!!!!  I can’t believe I finally get to say that as I sit here looking at all of the inventory still not listed in my shop. Please come visit often, because I will add new items regularly. Please help me get the word out by telling your friends and family to check it out, and please, please, please, let me share Autumn with …

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Honey-Bee filming expedition

Sunday, Andy and I headed out to Gary and Diane Farmer’s home in the country, on a Honey-Bee filming expedition. On the way there, we saw a particularly pretty field of cotton and stopped at the home sitting closest to it, to ask for permission for both photographing and picking some of the cotton. Dax Whitaker, owner of the home, and family member of the …

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Roundtop, Texas Fall Antique Show

The fall show in Roundtop, Texas was made especially fun by great friends who drove 4 or 5 hours just to spend the day with us and then drove 5 or 6 hours home the same night! Curtis, Kim, and the “Queen-Lace-Spotter” Tasha, a special thanks goes out to you guys for being the kind of people that value friendship so much that you’d go …

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