Beautiful Sentiments

The other day I posted about how living on land was energizing for me & a sort of "creative fuel" and I couldn't get over the beautiful, thoughtful comments readers left.  Some of them were so universal and rang so true to me that I wanted to share them.  As Thanksgiving nears (whaaaat?!!!) I wanted you all to know how thankful I am for the kindness & support you've given to me over the years.  I can't get over how many beautiful, kind souls I've "met" here.  Here are just a few of the comments (mixed in with photos of our Thanksgiving tables from years past & pics of our properties past & present) and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours! ...

22 Nov 2016

Creative Fuel

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18 Nov 2016

Lake House Upper Bedroom Before & After

We're home from a long weekend at our family's lake house and I could have stayed a whole month!!  (or 6!!)   In the midst of a serious renovation at our new place (with no semblance of a kitchen) we've been eating out almost every single night, so it was SO NICE to have a kitchen this weekend.  We've been running at a pace that has made me wish for what I previously thought of as "crazy busy." Our six year-old got really sick in the car on the way down  (finally fever-free this afternoon!) so we ended up not sleeping much. It was one of those quiet cloudy fall weekends -where the sky is moody and the trees are so bright in contrast- that calls for cozying up by fire and soup and all those wonderful fall things but really just ends up in binge-watching netflix which is heaven.  We arrived sometime after midnight and then headed to the ER to take care of our #2, but left today in a much better spot, ready to face the sawdust, noise, mayhem and general disorganization that is home right now.    ...

14 Nov 2016

What's Up

Hey hey!! Hope you're enjoying this last little bit of summer! We've been to the lake and back and are home, working full speed ahead!!  Since we've been home, we've been trying to keep our place as neat as possible while it's been on the market, which is OH SO FUN with four kids + a dog.  I kind of love it and love living like this with everything finally done like normal people do, but hiding toothbrushes and towels and all that, not so much.  I think we're in a great spot with the house sale but I'll keep you posted.  I have to be honest, as we've had our place on the market and have been on pins and needles for the past two weeks, I've felt really strange about having it all "out there."  I've been blogging for almost eight years now and it's always been fairly easy and natural for me to share what's going on and I haven't felt very vulnerable about much... When I first started my blog, it had a very small audience- mostly people I knew or blog friends I'd made- and I felt like I knew everyone (obviously I didn't but that feeling was there) and I shared more personal pieces of my life.  I remember the blog post here from December 2008 in which I decoded to be really open on the blog.  As we've had more kids, moved several times, usually baffling people along the way, grown our business into something full time that supports our entire family, and taken on projects that I'm unable to share due to wanting to get them published, things have changed for me and in what I share.  My relationship with the blog has constantly evolved.   ...

02 Sep 2016

Our Finished-ish House

After buying and moving into our house last September, we are on our way again!  To say this year has been a whirlwind for us has been an understatement.  My book came out a few weeks after we closed on our house last Fall and had started the full home renovation project, so there was so much construction, design planning and traveling that it feels like it was only a month or so ago when we moved in.  But it's been almost a year, the house went on the market this weekend, and I finally have a "before and after" post to share!! ...

16 Aug 2016

FOR SALE!!


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10 Aug 2016