Ladders are my latest obsession…

I have a thing for old wooden ladders.

I have 3 in my collection, though one is still waiting for warmer weather to be sanded and cleaned and possibly painted. It is very long, it is as long as my Jeep or maybe longer. In its former life it was used to get on roofs. When it is finished I will share it. It may be one I have to put on a wall and use to showcase books or to organize movies.

So far I have my tall step ladder I use to hang blankets on. Then I have my newly acquired small step ladder. I have not decided what to do with it yet but I currently have it in my laundry room in case I need to get to a top shelf. Though it may become a planter ladder. I just thought I would share. Next I will be sharing my freshened up family room. I changed a few things around, picked up some new throw pillow covers, pulled out some throws/blankets to rotate. That’s what I do about every month or two, rotate things around. I get bored. I am a domestic goddess and a home body and so I get bored looking st the same things day in and day out, and I like to create things. I like to decorate and my home is the only home I get to decorate, so I switch things out a lot. I love to do it. Its fun.

Enjoy my ladders.

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DIY Handmade Lavender Sachets

I am not sure why I needed to make lavender sachets. I felt the need to pass them out I guess. Or maybe because it was time for an easy project to use up some scrap fabric.

By the time I was finished I had a major headache. I am not a fan of lavender as it gives me a headache when I smell it.

So here is how this all went.

I picked up a big bag of fresh lavender on Amazon. Picked out some scrap fabric.

I cut my scraps into squares and the bigger ones are rectangular. I sewed 3 sides on each one. I like rustic un-hemmed edges so I made mine not to flip. This also saves a little time.

Then I took my little scooper, found a pack on Amazon last year, and filled each one, one at a time and ran them through the sewing machine after each fill to close up.

Then I took some pics. Then I trimmed the threads hanging off and then took more pretty pics on my beat up breakfast nook table.

I gave them all to my daughters. When the smell fades we will add some Young Living Lavender Essential Oil to freshen.

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Begging pets at the dining table…

Do you have dogs who beg at the table?

They barks and whine just waiting for a crumb of some tasty human food.

I have that.

When I eat at the breakfast nook table I have 3 dogs begging. Loudly whining that moves on to barking.

But at my dining table I have something else.

I get my house shows chewed on.

My leg nudged.

Something trying to get in my lap.

My culprit…

Banjo Bunny! He lives in my dining room. It’s his space. All by him self. All day. So when we come in to eat, he is begging to be petted, no matter how many times you pet him in a day its never enough. Then we have to give him our fresh veggies, which he won’t eat unless he is loved on first.

So why he is beggin’ for lovin’ this is going on, begging to get in.

But its quiet while we eat, which is wonderful.

Have you ever trued to get a close up of a bunny? Well these are the kinds of photos you end up with.

He is super cute.

See ya later!

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Rising Sun

I had to grab some shots of the rising run this morning. The sun was peeking through the clouds and the rain drops were glistening on the branches. It was a beautiful site, which is gone now. The clouds have hidden the sun.


I am not sure what the dot is on this photo. Maybe an alien? I’m not an expert, I’m just guessing. It was only showing up on this photo below.

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Preparing for Spring to arrive and a RIT project…

I have been trying out some spring decor around the house. Today I am working on the family room.

I am pulling some throws out, bunnies, flower arrangements, pillow slip covers, and anything else to make it feel Springy.

This post also gives me a chance to introduce my spring slipcover and our new hardwood flooring that is still not done but you can see it is beautiful. I love my bright family room.

For my spring slipcover I dyed it using RIT Pro Line in Neon Green. It makes a wonderful fresh newly grown grass color. We just love it. And I have discovered that the RIT Pro Line works better than the regular version of RIT. The Pro Line is powder and so I took extra care to make sure I got the water nice and hot on the stove and kept stirring. I then poured it through a strainer into my “dye mixing pitcher” to carry to my washer. The color is consistent. It is perfect.

Here is how it turned out, along with my spring pillows, aka Alice in Wonderland are my spring pillows. Then we will move on to some other items. I am still working on my wall behind the sectional. Right now I only have a chalkboard with a bible scripture.

Now we move on to my little sitting area behind the sectional. It is bright and I like to sit on my bench and look out the front windows or pick up a magazine to flip through. I also like to store some of my throws not being used on this old wood ladder that was left in the out building by the previous owner. I have a new found love for old wood ladders. I have a huge one in the garage waiting for nice weather to paint it.

Now for some other fun stuff, my mantle. Up there I have some old jars filled with shells, some bunnies, my Young Living essential oil diffuser, an old oil lamp, and some of my favorite books. And the wreath is made of wood shavings. I actually picked that up from Aldi grocery store last year for under $20 though I don’t remember the exact price.

Here we have some of my favorite books. I like to display my books and I through some magazines in to fill spacing. In the summer I will put some summer/beach inspired fictional books back up.

One of the books is a signed book by David T. Smith. It is not necessarily a fave but my husband use to build furniture for David. My husband owned his own furniture company where he did a lot of Shaker reproduction and other customs made wood furniture. And David would hire him to make certain things. One day I might share his Shaker cherry end tables and coffee tables he made and sold by David. There is a story behind the set we have. Maybe I will do that in the next week.

I hope you enjoyed my creativity!

Spring is almost here, or at least its suppose to be.

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Hardwood flooring finally…

We are finishing putting down the last hardwood flooring. We originally left the original hardwoods for the character but it was in bad shape, missing pegs and chunks missing and had been sanded so many times we couldn’t have done it again. So we replaced it with the hardwood that is through the whole house. We are almost finished with this 3 year long renovation. We can’t wait for it to be done and move on to the next chapter. Renovating can be fun, we enjoy it. But after living in a house for almost 3 years with it not being finished gets tiring. We have vowed our next house will not need any major things done. But we will see.

Taking up the old peg floor.

Putting down the new. You will see finished photos in the next post.

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My baby…

Just sharing a photo of my baby, one of them. Nessie my mini long hair dachshund. I am going to start sharing random photos so I hope you like them.

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Be Still When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

peace be still

Do you ever have days, just normal days, where things just feel overwhelming? Not for any know reason, because after all, it is a normal day. Sometimes I feel this inner nudging that life in general is just overwhelming and I am not sure why. I am not talking about those times when you know you have a ton of things going on and life is just crazy for a few days. I am talking about that quiet tugging that makes you stop and go “What is that feeling?”

I have to stop and ask God if he is trying to tell me something.

Is he trying to tell me I am trying to be a super mom/wife when I don’t need to be?
Is he trying to tell me I am taking on more than he wants me to?
Is he trying to tell me I am trying to control my life when in fact he is in control?

For me, its probably all of those scenarios, and more. What about you?

It is times like this that we need to stop what we are doing, head to our prayer “closet” and have a heart to heart with God. Ask Him “Why am I feeling this way”? Pray and wait quietly for Him to speak to you. Sometimes we just have to sit and wait for Him to talk back during our prayer time. Do you ever pray and then just sit and listen? That is probably hard for a lot of us. We want to quickly pray and say Amen and go on with what comes next in life. We need to train our selves to listen to His voice. I know its hard for some of us. But we can do it.

Let me challenge you to pray and sit quietly for as long as you can this week to see if you can hear His voice.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  Psalm 46:10

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Sharing the sun setting…

The sun is setting and the sky is a beautiful orange and purple then to pink. As I sit here the orange, shows up as pink in the photos, is getting even more brilliant. It’s a positive here while there is flooding in the areas around us.

These photo are not doing it justice, I am not an expert photographer and I’m learning to use my new phones camera. But I hope you enjoy them anyways. (I was trying to keep my neighbor’s houses out of the photos for privacy).

Thank God for His wonders in the sky.


5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

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