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    Happy List: #332

    Hello! Welcome to the Happy List. I’m delighted you are here. This week on the blog I shared a personal post about our wedding anniversary. Thank you all for your well wishes and kind words. It meant a lot to us. I also shared a blog post about the cutest wood heart planters. I think they could also be called scalloped planters depending on how you looked at them. Either way, it’s a fun DIY. Once again, thank you for being here. Don’t be a stranger. We like talking to you! If you want to connect with us or ask a question, you can always comment on this blog post…

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    Crafts,  DIY

    How To Make Wood Heart Planters

    Hello, Valentines! Would you like to see how to make the cutest wood heart planters today? You wood? Fantastic! I’m glad we’re all speaking the same love language here. Puns. I think puns are our love language. And DIY. But mainly puns. This planter is not going to make itself, so let’s get to work! Materials Needed: 1×6 or larger piece of cedar or other wood of preference wood glue small finish nails or brad nails jigsaw or bandsaw sandpaper Wood Heart Planter Dimensions: Opening: 4.5 inches Height: 5.25 inches (total, includes base) Width: 5.25 inches Base: 2.50 x 2.50 x .25 inches To print out a PDF of this…

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    25 Years

    We are celebrating 25 years of marriage this week! I’m not surprised we’ve reached this milestone, but I am surprised it happened so fast. Didn’t we just get married yesterday? Where did those grey hairs come from? Time flies when you’re pretending it doesn’t. I remember right before my dad walked me down the aisle he asked me if I was sure I wanted to get married. I do mean RIGHT before. The organ was playing. The guests were seated. The pastor and my soon-to-be husband were standing on the stage. The implication was that my dad would get me out of there if I asked him to do so…

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    Happy List: #331

    Hello and Happy Groundhog Day. I’m so glad you’re here for another round of the Happy List! I am publishing this before the groundhog does his thing, but I’m really hoping spring is right around the corner. This week on the blog I shared a round up of 10 thrift store treasures that have come home with me lately. It’s fun to add up the purchases to see if I’ve gotten a bang for my thrifting buck. I also shared pictures of our new living room curtains. They are velvet and hang so nicely. Our living room has been a slow evolution. Don’t tell Handy Husband, but it’s going to…

  • colonial farmhouse living room curtains traditional living room with light brown velvet curtains and a leather sofa

    Living Room Curtains (It Only Took Me 4 Years)

    I finally hung living room curtains and it only took me four years to get that job done. *pats self on the back* Why did I wait so long to hang living room curtains? I’m one of those people who don’t really mind naked windows, especially if the windows have gorgeous trim like this particular window has. I also didn’t have to worry about privacy. This window faces our backyard and there’s nothing but deer, bear, rabbits, groundhogs, and a fox in our backyard. They don’t seem to mind the view, so I haven’t prioritized window treatments. Until now. Why now? Not sure. In a way that I think will…

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    My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Part 7

    Welcome back to the delightful but infrequent blog series “My Latest Thrift Store Finds.” It’s not infrequent because I’m not thrift store shopping. No, no, no. Even I don’t have that much restraint. It is an infrequent series because I forget to write about my thrift store finds unless they are part of a larger story or project. This blog series is my attempt to right (or is it write?) that wrong. Here’s what has come home with me in the last few months. My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Mini Copper and Brass Colander Once in a blue moon Handy Husband will come to the thrift store with me. He…

  • spring flowers on a colonial farmhouse mantle on the happy list
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    Happy List: #330

    Hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I’m so glad you made time in your day to be here. This week on the blog I shared the pantry organization tricks that work for us. Will they work for you? I don’t know. Organization is a “choose your own adventure” sort of thing. I also shared the sweet 2×4 hearts we made for Valentine’s Day. I’m a big fan of projects that use what we already have and let me tell you, we have a lot of wood scraps. Once again, thank you for being here. Don’t be a stranger. We like talking to you! If you want to connect with…

  • 2x4 wood hearts for valentine's day rustic wood hearts wood heart craft
    Crafts,  holidays

    2×4 Wood Hearts for Valentine’s Day

    Do you have a 2×4 or scraps from a 2×4 lying around? Then you can make gorgeous 2×4 wood hearts and use them to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day. The options for how you finish these 2×4 wood hearts is endless. I chose to stain mine because that goes with my home decor a little better. However, you could paint them, decoupage them, bedazzle them, or even apply a stone-like treatment to them. I also like the idea of adding a name or names to the hearts. Instead of carving initials in a live tree, how about adding them to a 2×4 heart? Or you could turn the 2×4…

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    decorating,  Food

    Pantry Organization That Works (For Us)

    Everyone has their pantry organization hacks, tips, and tricks. Will they work for you? Who knows. All I know is the pantry organization that works for us. Shall we throw open the doors on this pantry cabinet and see what horrors, I mean, organizational gems await us? Here are my pantry organization tips. Use any of these ideas that you can. Discard the rest! Tip #1: Get yourself some glass-front pantry cabinet doors.¬† I know you’re thinking, “That’s a terrible idea!” Oh, it definitely is. No question. But this is the tough love approach to pantry organization and nothing will motivate you faster than the thought of everyone seeing not…

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    Happy List: #329

    Hi! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I’m absolutely delighted that you are here and hope this will be just one of many bright spots in your week. This week on the blog I shared a silly and fun craft, a Valentine’s Day Terracotta Gnome. I also shared a gross to gorgeous pantry cabinet transformation. By the way, I live in fear of misspelling pantry. Take out the “r” and that’s a whole different situation. If you’re new here, I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret secret. We like talking to you! If you want to connect with us or ask a question, you can always comment on this blog…