Saturday, August 16, 2014


I was a book club moderator for Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc awhile ago at my book club-you can read about that event here and review of the book here-and as I was clearing out old materials I came across this quote I had written down from the book.

Something to think about.

The picture is one I took while visiting the Chihuly in the Garden Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona for a work retreat.

If you would like an 8x10 copy of this wall art quote, email me and I will send it over without my site name header.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I don't know why IKEA even sells this as a spice rack in the kitchen section. They should just switch out the packaging and put in over with all of the other kid items. Hint, hint marketing gurus at IKEA. 

Just google IKEA hack bookshelf from spice rack and you'll see what I mean. You'll also know why I was so sad 5 minutes ago after I was once again reminded that my "creative" brain isn't so creative.
Well, since I already spilled the beans that this is not anything new or crazy. This is a quickie hack tutorial. Like kids wake up in 15 minutes quickie.
Behold the BEKVÄM spice rack from IKEA. Not only is it amazing it also is only $3.99. Get that! Not 20 years of grime on it that needs to be detoxed off before painting and still under five bucks. The gloriousness of IKEA.
Four simple supplies-don't include the Command Strips from the picture and do include drywall anchors and screws.
Step One: Assemblage of IKEA piece. This is where the most curses come out to play after IKEA purchases, but I assure you this one wasn't bad at all.

Step Two: Goldify it. I used the Design Master spray paint Jenny recommended here. While I tout their copper version, I didn't love the gold quite so much. The paint almost had this fake quality to it. Still on the hunt for a perfect gold spray paint! If you don't want the grain to pull through you will want to sand before you spray. I wanted the texture though and left them all natural.

Step Three: Notice how in my supplies picture you see some Command Strips? I may have overestimated their strength on this one. Nails didn't work either. Third time is a charm. Drywall anchors and screws worked wonderfully. Just make sure your screw heads fit in the hardware hole on the back. I had to scour through my whole pile of leftovers to find enough that worked.

Step Four: Hang that piece of Midas and you are done.
Still in love with my hand made Swiss Cross Drapes and the shelves complete the corner!

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Above N's bed is a spot begging for a large, gorgeous piece of art. I stumbled upon from a Facebook ad and love the two bottom prints I found on the site. 

The majestic horse photograph print came from a different site called and is my favorite of the three. There is something about the gentleness of the horse's eyes that speaks to me.
 Montana Horse 02 - Troy Moth
 Living Remnants of the Not-So-Distant Past - Shannon Dunlap
Peonies In Vase - Kelli Hall

I have never really purchased art and am struggling with the prices even though I know they are relatively cheap as far as art goes. 

Do you have a favorite site for art or a piece you've been eyeing?