Easy, Custom Duvet/Comforter Cover

My daughter and I bought the material for this project last November. How does this much time go by? Ugh. She’s been very patient, and I finally finished it today. Seriously. She gets major kudos for not bugging me weekly about it, because she was very excited about it. Back in November. Um, well…I think […]

Three Steps To A Spruced Up Outside Entry

I’m embarrassed to say that my front porch looked like this until about two weeks ago: That’s right. Two weeks ago was the first week of March. And that is an old Christmas wreath and a sled (you know, for all our snow…). Hey, at least I took the ribbon and decorations off the wreath […]

Mantel Progress

You guys blew me away with all your insightful comments regarding my mantel dilemma! It’s taken me this long to process all the information from both emails and comments left here- I even had to make a list to keep things straight. But it was Sarah, a reader who sent me an email, who wins […]

Mantel Dilemma

While I’m working on a detailed post about how we retrofitted our cabinets for our over-the-range microwave, I thought I’d ask for your feedback on our mantel. I saw a picture of a mantel with a pair of wonderful black lanterns (in PB catalog? on a blog? I can’t remember…) and thought something like that […]

2010 Christmas Tree {Changes}

2010 Christmas tree with Purple

Oh, don’t worry, not anything big- just decor changes. It’s almost Christmas Eve after all, I don’t want to rock the boat too much! You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted this picture of our Christmas tree: While there’s nothing wrong with it, we’ve had a white/silver/gold tree for a few years […]

Four Terrific Handmade Gift Ideas

suet bird gift

We had our annual early Christmas with some of my extended family over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to share with you some of the clever and unique handmade gifts they came up with! I think I’ve shared with you before that my siblings and I try to exchange simple handmade gifts in lieu […]

Holiday Decor

I’ve been enjoying looking at people’s holiday decorations around blogland recently and was inspired to post some pictures of my own. Here’s a quick glimpse of our holiday decorations this year: Our mantel is not too different from last year, but it does look more lush, and that would be thanks to my teenage daughter […]

What I’m Doing On Black Friday

The short answer is, “Not shopping.” I gave a long answer last year around this time, complete with suggestions of homemade gifts you could give if you like to avoid all the “black Friday” hubbub, too. Some of them will sound familiar because I’ve gone into more detail on some for the Handmade Gifts series […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the incredible people I am surrounded by in my life and here on this blog. I am also thankful for all the simple and imperfect aspects of my life that add up to this (newly yellow Oregon cottage! Blessings,–Jami P.S. Want to know a […]