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the truth about living on an island

So the packers are coming today and tomorrow.  Which I guess means this move thing is really happening.  :)  The dogs have all of their paperwork in process, I'm as organized as I'm going to get with some of our things staying in Key West, some heading to long-term storage in Miami and a select few things making the trek with us … [read it...]

Aruba sunset

the best organizing app for 2015 (and a sneak peek of aruba)

Hey there!  Last we spoke I was in chilly Cinciannati filming a few video tutorials of projects from my book. Thanks to everyone who asked about being able to see them.  They will actually be available on the publisher's subscription site craftdaily.com.  I'll give you a heads up when I hear they've been completed, I think they … [read it...]


2015 – the year of the new

I don’t know if it’s the moving or the new year, or probably the two combined, but I have been particularly reflective lately.  About pretty much everything, really.  The pretty unexpected news that we're moving and the pace of everything that seems to be set at warp speed, Joel is flying out next week. Whaaaaaat? So many new … [read it...]


it’s kind of a funny story

Less than 4 days after I proclaimed to a friend of mine here in Key West that "You guys will move from here long before we will", I was proven wrong. That's right.  We're moving.  I know.  I know!  It seems crazy.  It is crazy.  And sudden.  And Whaaaaaaat?  What about the house?  What about the projects? Where? The most … [read it...]

measuring angles with a t bevel

one more DIY skill I do not have

Hey hey!  Hopefully you're drinking hot chocolate and getting ready to watch your favorite holiday movie.  Today is a little break from holiday fun to focus on one more little skill I just don't have.  I'm not shy about the fact that there are many things that, no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to master.  Such is … [read it...]

pine cone and mini ornament garland

pine cone and mini ornament garland

Well, that title doesn't really leave much to the imagination, does it? And the pictures don't really do it justice.  But it is actually super cute.  You're just going to have to trust me.  :) I had a little package of mini ornaments that I used to make super easy wine charms (you should check them out here) and with the … [read it...]

greeting card gift tags

don’t toss those greeting cards after the holidays!

Use them to make free gift tags!  Don't mind the exclamation points for emphasis, I kind of think this is a brilliant idea. And so easy it's shameful. And free, so it's awesome. Take last year's holiday cards, minus any photo cards, sentimental cards you want to keep and inappropriate cards from your crazy uncle.  Just … [read it...]

DIY grain sack table runner with a canvas drop cloth

DIY grain sack table runner

I guess it must have started with the pallet wood garland but now I am totally on a roll of just using what I have to create some fun new holiday things. So I bought a canvas drop cloth ... 4 years ago ... when we were living on a totally different island. Raise your hand if you remember these couches. Can't say I miss … [read it...]

pallet wood garland

pallet wood garland

Hey there!  I hope you had a great holiday weekend.  If you haven't seen the great comments on the last post and you're an animal lover, you really should take a second to read them.  So cool that you guys shared your own stories, thank you for that!  You can read them here. Sometimes I carry around an idea for a project for … [read it...]


the kindest thing you can say to the owner of an aging pet

Hey guys!  Happy Black Friday!!  I have a little story to tell so I thought the lazy day after a holiday when we're all nursing our self-induced food comas would be the perfect day to just chat while lounging in my yoga pants and craving another turkey sandwich. The sad reality is that we know going into it that we will, most … [read it...]

driftwood tree with beads

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey guys!  Wanted to give you a quick Thanksgiving Day shout out!!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  I hope you can either, a) chill out in your favorite spot all day like Marley or, b) come home covered in beads like you've had a fun night on Duval street ... like the driftwood Christmas tree.  :) Cheers … [read it...]