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The Destruction Begins

craft room remodel

The Destruction Begins

Just look at these photos and that is all there is to tell. They are knocking down walls and destroying the old craft room. I feel like I barely have time to plan, there will have to be
some compromises in the new room. But here are a few pics of the destruction. The next post I will go over the plan for the room. Enjoy the mess!


 bigger craft room

The other side of what will be a bigger craft room

two walls joining together

These two walls will be one and one ceiling too

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Craft Room Details

craft room work table


To continue from my last post, I enlisted the help of several friends and we repaired the holes in the wall where the wine racks had been torn off. We painted,put up the shelve and I had a room. Oh yeah, I added room purifier. Not have ventilation in the room was a challenge. The photo above shows the finished room. But it was so narrow there was no room for my sewing desk, but I did have sufficient space to organize most of my craft supplies.

Martha Stewart Glitter

My Smocking Machine

Looking back I don’t know why I painted the room such dark colors. I think I was using up leftover paint from our other house projects. The room had no natural light so looking back it should have been painted a light color. Having proper lighting is probably the number one element a good craft room needs. I was also a bit rushed and getting carried away with the whole decorating process. I have been a crafter for many years so I should have put more thought into it.

craft room lights

Lighting in Black

Next Post…what did I end up with?

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Craft Room Makeover

Craft Room Makeover

I’m about to get a craft room makeover. Although I love my space where I can Make Beautiful Things, it is small narrow and dark. A little background on this room. When we bought this house this was the only room we had for a craft room. This room was originally a wine cellar (it’s actually on the walkout basement floor), so it has no air vents to breath and the room was a mess. The walls were really torn up from the wine racks being torn out and pieces of the brick missing. The walls were a awful off white with holes.  The room did have it’s charms though, I love the brick flooring and the cedar ceiling. As you can see the room is long and narrow so I had room to fit my craft hutch and a few shelves. I knew I could probably make it work, but I was going to have to do it on my own. We were already working on other parts of the house (we bought a house that needed considerable renovation) and my husband made it clear a handyman was not in the budget at this time. PART II NEXT POST

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Day 2 & 3 Christmas Decorating

I have finished decorating the dining room! The main theme in this room is angels! Little angels are everywhere in this room.


The Dining Room FInished!


Odds and ends make a pretty Christmas bowl


With a little help I was also able to get the living room decorated, the hardest room to decorate because of the tree. I’m just not tall enough to put it together and have to ask my husband for a little assistance. He stands at 6″ 2″ so it’s not that hard for him. So everytime he walked by I’d ask him ‘you busy?’  So after about 10 walk bys I had just about completed the top portion of the tree. I have several collections running in this room. The first is birds. I just love birds and Christmas with all of it’s greenery seems like the perfect time and setting to display birds. The second little collection are deer. I guess I just love creatures that live in the woods.


The living room with our completed tree


A bark deer on the sofa table

A collection of my Christmas birds

This little guy sits on the end of mantle




A Christmas owl sits among the other ornaments in our tree

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Seven Days of Christmas Decorating

Seven days of Christmas decorating. Yes, that is the exact length of time it takes me to decorate my house every year. Why is it seven days? I guess I’m slow and very busy. I’m beginning to become fearful it may take me longer this year. I have 6 weeks of back to back house guests starting the end of this week. When it starts to stress me out too much..I just remember to think about it another day. In eight days from now. I can only do one room at a time. I think I may be an over-decorator. Years of accumulating “special Christmas things” has caught up with me. I can’t part with any of the “special Christmas things” I have collected throughout the years. Well, much ado about something that should be simpler. But I still love to see my house all decked out and that is why I keep my Christmas decorations up way into January!

I began with the dining room, I’m not done but I did begin. Here are a few of my “special Christmas things” I’ve put out so far.

Christmas Doll

This is my Christmas doll. She sits in my dining room chair during the holidays. I wish I could tell you she was one of a kind,handmade by a doll artist, but the truth is I got her at a discount store. But she’s just so festive I can’t part with her. For some reason my 7 year old daughter thinks she is ugly and isn’t tempted to play with her. So she stays put and doesn’t disappear.

I love her beautiful face.

A Sparkly and Festive Face

Although I didn’t finish my dining room here are a few Christmas items I did mange to get out. First my mini Joy pillows. Got them 12 years ago. Can’t part with them. They hang on the china cabinets handles.

Joy Mini Pillows

My angel who hangs from by small dining room chandelier. Just noticed she is missing her trumpet. How many years has that been gone? I’ll have to find one or make one? It makes me sad just looking at her face…she’s asking, where did it go?

One angel minus a musical instrument

Stay tuned..tomorrow… the finished dining room. I hope.

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A Blue Shade of Fall

When we think of fall we think of the beautiful colors this season ushers in. Warm hues of red,yellow and orange fill all of our senses and our emotions as well. I think that is why so many love this season. It brings with it comfort; warm wool sweaters, bond fires, pumpkin pie and the promise of happy family gatherings that are ahead of us.  I love the change of color that the cooler brisk air brings. But along with the warm colors of this season, autumn has another shade, a shade of deep rich blue. I found these beautiful autumn items on Etsy. Please click on the photo for more information.





So along with the change of the leaves the color of the sky changes, it becomes richer and deeper complimenting the other colors of the season.


My blue sky photo from last autumn. The contrast of the warm fall leaves and the blue sky….makes something truly beautiful!



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A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words

I admire great photography. I love beautiful things. The work of Zee Longenecker  is both great and beautiful. One of the marks of a great photographer is making mundane objects come to life and beautiful object more beautiful. She does both splendidly. Zee’s photographs were published in the following magazines: Easy Living – UK (April 2010), Toffee Magazine (November 2010) and Popular Photography Magazine (March 2004). She has a wonderful blog I highly recommend. You can find it at  Her blog is full of her wonderful photos,DIY projects and many other enticing bits! Zee has graciously allowed me share some of her beautiful photography here.



Vintage Thread Wooden Spool Copyright Zee Longenecker 2011


Tea Cups Copyright Zee Longenecker 2011

Pink Roses Copyright Zee Longenecker 2011

❤ Portfolio:

❤ Pixie Blossoms Blog:

You can visit her Etsy shop here…Hey Zee

Thank You Zee for Making Beautiful Things

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A River Runs Through It, Bittersweet Beauty



The Young Maclean Family

I remember the first time I saw the movie A River Runs Through It, almost 20 years ago. I’m glad I saw it for the first time on the big movie screen, its outstanding scenery is breathtaking. I have seen the movie at least twenty times since then and is my favorite movie and my my favorite novella. The movie is just like life, beautiful and bittersweet at the same time. Filled with life’s contradictions that we won’t understand until the next life.

The movie is based on the young life of Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Professor and author) and his brother Paul. It’s a familiar story to most of us. Loved ones we want to help so badly are resistant to our efforts. I won’t recount the whole story. The movie has both scenic and spiritual beauty than is rarely seen in film. If you haven’t seen it I hope you will, just bring the tissues.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean (A River Runs Through It and Other Stories)

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Make Beautiful Things

make: to cause to be or become; render: to make someone happy

beautiful:  having beauty;  having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind

things: anything that is or may become an object of thought

This is a blog about making beautiful things, things that make your life a little more pleasant. Things that will add meaning and beauty.

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