How to paint stained trim without sanding

How to paint stained trim without sanding

April 06, 2016

I’ve gotten a lot of questions recently about how I painted the stained trim in our new house, so I thought I’d share exactly how I did it here. The trim in almost the entire house was a very glossy dark stained wood. Here is a before/after of the family room. It is purely a […]

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A peek in the studio

A peek in the studio

April 04, 2016

There is always so much goodness going on in the studio each week! It is truly my happy place. Lately, there have been lots of these beautiful ocean scenes that we create using reclaimed wood. Each one is so unique. I absolutely love how each week is different, and I’m constantly working on something new […]

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Gotcha Day! {One Year Ago}

Gotcha Day! {One Year Ago}

March 30, 2016 2 Comments

One year ago we met our precious little boy all the way across the world in China! This year has been full of so many changes for all of us. We’ve gone through difficult seasons and times of unbelievable joy. Here are two photos from the first few minutes that we met him one year ago. […]

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Together is my favorite place to be

Together is my favorite place to be

March 28, 2016

This is the newest sign in the shop! It is shown in dark gray wood with our new metallic gold lettering, but it can be done in any color! You can find it here.

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Wrapping up the week

Wrapping up the week

March 25, 2016

The weekend is here! After a very busy week, I am looking forward to slowing down, getting some reading done, and resting. Here are some links for your weekend… I’m loving this home entryway.  A beautiful video of marines worshiping God Super cute tea party idea for little girls I always love Emily’s outfit ideas […]

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For when it’s all just too much

For when it’s all just too much

March 23, 2016

I had a rough couple of days last week. Being a business owner is hard. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I get to create pretty things in my studio, and I still pinch myself that this is my JOB. It’s what I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a little girl drawing pictures […]

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Feather painting on reclaimed wood

Feather painting on reclaimed wood

March 21, 2016

I have some new paintings available for order in the shop! I’ve been working on creating these feather paintings for several weeks and am really pleased with how they turned out. They are made using our gorgeous reclaimed wood, and each one is painted-to-order. So colors can be changed, as well as the word on […]

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Chandelier Makeover

Chandelier Makeover

March 16, 2016

Thrift stores are my absolute favorite. There is so much goodness to be had if you are up for a little digging. Even if I was a millionaire, I would still be drawn toward secondhand items. I needed to find new lighting in my girls’ room and found the perfect thing at my local Habitat […]

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“Bread of Life” Sign

“Bread of Life” Sign

March 14, 2016

I have a new sign in the shop this morning!  You can find the “Bread of Life” sign here. It’s Monday morning! Time to get to work! Hope you all have a great week.

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Wrapping up the week

Wrapping up the week

March 11, 2016

We had gloriously warm Spring-like weather this week, which was such a gift! There was lots of playing and exploring outside on our new property, riding bikes, and remember how dirty we get in the summer! We moved in October, so most of the plants and flowers and done for the summer on our new […]

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Girls Room Accent Wall

Girls Room Accent Wall

March 09, 2016

I am slowly but surely crossing projects in our new house off my list! Giving the girls’ room a little makeover with some paint was so fun! I’m still not completely finished with their room, but I thought I’d share what I have done so far. Here is what part of the room looked like […]

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Recent Custom Signs

Recent Custom Signs

March 07, 2016 1 Comment

Happy Monday friends! We had a mini snow storm this weekend, but it’s supposed to feel like Spring later this week, and I am ready! Bring on the warm sunshine and longer days! Here are a few custom signs that I created recently… My sweet customer sent me this picture of the “Dwell” sign in […]

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One Second Everyday in February

March 02, 2016

I mentioned in this post how I am trying to do a better job of capturing everyday life so that I remember what our life is like years from now when my memory will surely fail me. The app called One Second Everyday is a great way to do just that. You record one second […]

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Wrapping up the week

February 26, 2016

It was a fun, busy week working on new things in the studio! Lots of experimenting, painting, and creating. It just doesn’t get much better than that. I’m finishing up with renovating the girls’ room, and it’s so close to being finished. It’s always that last 10% that seems to drag on and take forever […]

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Reclaimed Wood Ocean Paintings

February 24, 2016

Spring is just around the corner, which means I’m starting to get a lot more orders for my reclaimed ocean paintings. These are truly so unique and fun for me to create! Hubs is a master at choosing the reclaimed wood specifically for each piece. Did I ever mention I love old wood? Well, I […]

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“You’re Already Home” family sign

February 22, 2016

I have a new family sign available in the shop! The sign is available here. Happy Monday!

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Wrapping up the week

February 19, 2016

A look out my studio window last week… I don’t even know where the time goes, but suddenly it is Friday again! Our apple trees were pruned yesterday, and that made it feel like Spring just might be around the corner. It is such a fun time of year to watch the outside slowly come […]

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Books I’m Reading

February 17, 2016

At the beginning of the year I made a goal of reading at least one book a month. I used to read books all the time, but as more and more kiddos came along, my time got limited and I just don’t have a lot of brain space or time to read. But I know […]

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Tassel Necklaces

February 15, 2016

My friend Wanda who makes the most beautiful jewelry has some new tassel necklaces available in her Etsy shop that I just had to tell you about! The fun thing about the necklaces is that they can be used as an essential oil diffuser. You can add a drop of oil onto the leather fringes. […]

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One Second Every Day

February 10, 2016

I have a really terrible long-term memory. I can’t tell you who my third grade teacher was. Or how we celebrated New Years Eve last year. Or how much my kids’ weighed when they were born. In fact, I can barely remember their birth dates. I know. Enter this really great app I found through […]

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How to make a hanging side table DIY

February 08, 2016

On my bedroom makeover post, I had showed a fun DIY project I made for a hanging bedside table, and I thought I’d show you how I made it. I was searching for the perfect sized desk, table, or dresser to put beside the bed, then it occurred to me that I could make one […]

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Wrapping up the week

February 05, 2016

We celebrated Sawyer’s third birthday on Monday! It felt like a pretty big milestone in our journey since we brought him home last April. He is a tiny little guy and looks like he just turned two. He still wears 18 months clothes and because he isn’t able to talk much yet, he seems much […]

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Wedding Signs

February 03, 2016

I have a collection of wedding signs now available in the shop!  The signs are customizable and can be made in any of our available colors. The “Mr” and “Mrs” signs can be hung on the back of chairs or propped on a table as shown here. You can find the signs on my website […]

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What I’m listening to {podcasts}

February 01, 2016

So I’ve often written about my love of podcasts on the blog, but I had friends who recently asked what my favorites are and since I’ve added some new ones lately, I thought I’d share them here. I often listen to podcasts while I’m driving or painting. I typically don’t listen to them while I’m doing […]

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