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I miss your sweet little faces! We are all still alive, happy, healthy and procrastinating on decorating our Christmas tree. Just like old times! Please tell me there’s some kind of cool minimalism about putting up a live Christmas tree and then just… not decorating it… for a long time. It’s probably hipster, like a […]

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I don’t paint anymore.


Remember this scene in The Notebook? Allie: “I don’t paint anymore. I used to paint all the time and I really loved it.” Lon: “So, paint.” By some miracle I can’t explain or remember, somehow I got Andy to watch that movie with me back when it first came out, and ever since then, “I […]

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So I Married a Creative…. Andy’s hard-hitting interview.


So I know I’ve been posting approximately zero projects of late, but then some blog buds asked if I’d be up for having Andy answer some gossipy questions and I was all, “YES! Andy would LOOOVE to write a post!” HAHAHA. Kinda like how when you hear your friend needs help moving something heavy, you […]

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Hiiiii! (sorry!)

House exterior with architectural roof

OHMIGOSH. I’m here!! I’m still here, still breathing, and missing your beautiful faces. So sorry for the long, unexplained absence, and THANK YOU for all the sweet emails checking in on my little fam. We are all perfect, happy and nothing is wrong – except that I just can barely do two things at once, […]

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Post of Christmas Past: no excuses edition

Front door at Christmas - fresh greenery and a DIY wreath!

You know what warm saltwater breezes, toasty sunshine and sandy feet do to me? They render me completely useless, a lifeless blob incapable of any motion beyond swaying in a hammock and digesting all the food with no signs of filling. That’s the closest I can get to a valid reason why it’s taken me […]

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Safe House Bedroom REVEAL!!

Sweet pink bedroom!

WHO WANTS TO SEE A REVEAL?! Reveals are my favorite thing as a blogger, and also my least favorite because NO ONE IS EVEN READING THESE WORDS RIGHT NOW. You’re all cheating by skipping ahead. You oughta be ashamed. Alright, alright! Here’s the before: And the after: I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO TELL YOU. […]

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The sex trafficking epidemic: how you can help

Trafficking (18 of 19)

Guess what: the Safe House bedroom is stick-a-fork-in-it DONE. I’ll have the full reveal for you in the next post. GROANNNNNN. I KNOW. That’s so cruel! Okay fine. Just one tiny sneak peek. You know I can’t resist it when you make that face. We made this crazy chandelier too! I can’t wait for you […]

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The pink paint! Plus costumes and final safe house decisions!


I know, I know: you haven’t been able to sleep lately because you haven’t seen any photos of my kids dressed up in costume. Okay, fine, twist my arm. That guy in the giant superman pajamas in the top left photo? That would be the only adult in costume at that particular trunk-or-treat event: my […]

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Safe House — plan and progress


I turned 31 yesterday. Is there any age that’s less remarkable to turn than 31? I guess 37 is unremarkable too. They don’t make birthday cards for turning 37. With only one year of my thirties under my belt, I’m clearly not an expert on the topic but I’ll say this: the thirties are totally […]

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Asking too much + modern quilts

Close-up of triangle quilt

One time, I saw a fancy light fixture, and asked Andy if he could make one just like it. The result was this: But what it took to get to that point was about two weeks of Andy locked in a room with only a marker and a whiteboard, running his hands through his Einstein […]

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Decor for the birds, and I need your help!


Remember how we’re creating a cozy, comfortable bedroom in a safe house for victims of sex trafficking? Yes? I hoped you would, but I thought I should probably recap that, like every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. “Previously, on View Along the Way…” First a quick note about the last post. We talked about how we’ll […]

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Safe house layout and inspiration


I’m SO excited about this project, guys! We’re going to be making over a bedroom in a safe house for victims of sex trafficking. This will be the first place they come when they are rescued off the streets of Atlanta. They’re coming out of a life of abuse and exploitation, for the first time […]

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What we’re going to do together next: the Safe House


Do you remember being 11 years old? You were probably in 5th grade, learning what a prime number was, still trying to get a handle on what all this puberty business is about and, if you were me, not understanding most of what happened in Forrest Gump. You were innocent; you were fragile; the world […]

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The fiddle leaf fig trick: how to keep your tree strong and healthy

how to grow a fiddle leaf fig tree

I lost weight this week guys. How much do four wisdom teeth weigh? That’s how much I lost. …and I’m going to keep it off! Also I look like a chipmunk, but I like to think it’s charming and adorable, like a real chipmunk. (It’s neither charming nor adorable.) So you know how I viciously […]

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A little sewing machine story

Using a Singer Quantum Stylist 9600 sewing machine

So, no big deal, but my entire world was rocked this week and nothing will ever be the same again. If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you might know that I have an adversarial relationship with my sewing machine. It mocks me, you guys. I’m not imagining it. It coos to […]

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