Hey there! I am beyond blessed to be the wife of Mark Andrew and the stay-at-home-mommy of Quinn and Morgan! I love to decorate, create things, and generally make life more beautiful! Come join me, and let's see what we can make today!

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May Mantle

If you follow me, personally, on FB you already know this, but I have been so encouraged by all the prayers that I am going to post this here, too! Quinn was sent home last Tuesday with pink eye. Then he spiked a fever on Wednesday. On Thursday I took both my shorties to the doc, and my Q had strep throat. Mo had a cold and an ear infection. Then Q's ear drum burst on Friday. Yesterday my husband took his new bicycle for a quick spin, and the tire blew and he tipped and broke his collar bone. Today I am thanking God for our health, even in the midst of our ailments, and Casting Crowns "Praise You in the Storm" keeps running through my head. In spite of everything, I am encouraged.  

1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures for ever." Amen? Amen!!!

I am working like crazy on my booth for the flea market, so I haven't spent much time working on projects for my house.  I did, FINALLY, update my mantle.  I mean, it isn't Easter anymore...;) This mantle has a very similar feel to the Easter Mantle, but no bunnies!  





It's time for some more pain medicine for my hubs, so I've got to run.  Enjoy your day, and enjoy the Son!!!



I recently rescued this curio cabinet from the curb.  Actually, my friend called and said she was hauling it to the curb, but she would let me come and grab it from the living room if I wanted it.  I guess I technically DID save it from the curb...

It was missing a panel of glass, and I immediately thought I would remove the other two panels of glass and replace all the panels with chicken wire.  However, I ended up really crushing on some "poultry mat", and used that instead.  Poultry mat is more similar to a screen, but much sturdier.  I gave this gal a good cleaning, a coat of primer and two coats of paint, then used a faux finishing glaze to distress her.  When I attached the poultry mat, it was just too shiny for the look I was going for, so I (haphazardly!) brushed some paint on the mat, giving it a time-worn look. 

Seriously yummy, right?! I am so happy with this piece!  Do you have something with glass or a mirror that you are waiting to have repaired?  Maybe consider replacing the glass with something else.  Chicken wire, perhaps? 

This may not be the most clever project I have completed, but I think the transformation is just fantastic, and I hope you like it, too!  




For those of you that have noticed my absence, thank you for your concern.  It makes me feel very blessed! To answer your questions, I am not sick, nor is my family!  We are all quite healthy--praise the Lord!!!

Here is a quick update on my absence on the blog.  First of all, the weather is finally nice, and I am enjoying time outside with my kiddos.  I do not really know why, but I have been very aware lately of how quickly this time will be gone.  While the CONSTANT, "Mommy!  Watch me!!" and, "Mama!!!  Look at this!" wear me out by the end of the day, I know that all too soon that will be over.  I see my short people growing everyday and becoming more and more independent--and that is fantastic!  That's what we want, right?  I just don't want to look back and wish I would have spent more time with them.  I feel quite confident that I will never say, "Gosh.  I wish I would have spent more time on my blog when the shorties were still shorties...", ya know what I mean?

Second, I cannot remember if I shared this or not, I am going to have a booth at the Kane County Flea Market in June.  I am sooooo excited about this, and I have been making projects like crazy!  Seriously, my living room/dining room has been overrun with projects. I am having a lot of fun making the projects for the booth, but it is time consuming.  

Third, my knee is still pretty rotten and everything I do takes about three times longer than normal.  Ugh.  Since my knee slows me down so much, it takes all the time I have in the day to work on projects and just be a wife and mommy, and stopping to write a post means I am not working on all the other stuff that is piling up.  It's a vicious cycle, I tell ya! ;)  The good news is that I did see an orthopaedic surgeon, and I do NOT, for sure!, need surgery.  The bad news is that when I hurt my knee, it appears that I actually cut into the MCL and hamstring.  It has been almost four months since the injury, and my knee is still very sore and swollen.  I have fluid in the bone, which is a very deep bone bruise.  The specialist said it could take up to 18 months to fully recovery.  I am faithful with my PT and feel confident that my knee is improving.  Pray for me, though, because I do get discouraged at times!!!

Fourth, (now it just seems like I'm making stuff up!), since it is finally nice out I have been able to do some yard work.  You may not know this, but I LOVE yard work.  Seriously, I really, truly enjoy it.  It is hardwork, but it is so rewarding!  Sidenote: I have wanted tulips my whole life, but I never remember to plant bulbs in the fall.  However, last fall, Mo and I planted 30 bulbs, and they all came up.  So pretty!

And last, I am going to be "auditioning" for the upcoming season of So You Think You're Crafty. I won't know for a few weeks yet if I am actually in the competition, but since I am going to be in Texas for the first couple of weeks of the competition, I have to have my projects ready in case I actually advance.  Since all of the projects have to be completely annonymous, I am not sharing most of the things I have been working on just yet.

Sorry I do not have any photos to share right now.  I am having some technical difficulties, and my tech guy is out of town, at a tech conference!  Oh, the irony!!!

Thank you all for following along with me--even when there isn't much to see!  Praying you are all well!

Love, Holly


Tuesday Tips and Recipes #6

So much has happened in the last week and a half, and I will share it all with you soon!  For now, I am just going to share this week's tip with you.  Here it is: Go directly to your nearest Home Depot and buy some ferns!

Seriously, they are enormous!  ENORMOUS!!!

They are currently on sale for $9.98 each.  Did I mention that they are enormous?!

I hung them up as soon as I got home, and it instantly felt more Spring-y.  (You know what I mean!)

My hubs and I were sitting on the porch before I took a pic.  I sit on my porch every.single.day. from April-November.  I absolutely love this cozy space.  Anyhow, my hubs asked if I wanted him to move for the pic, and I was like, "Nah.  It's more real this way!"  

I have been buying ferns for our porch for four years now, and these are truly the largest ferns I have ever bought at that price!  I am honestly not sure if my ferns, that I fertilized and nurtured for six months, ever looked as big as these do right now!  

I generally do not buy any plants before Mother's Day, but I make an exception for my ferns.  They are very hardy, and if we do have another freeze, they are easy enough to just unhook and move into the garage.

Do you live in an area where it is already safe to plant without worrying about a late, spring freeze? Have you started planting yet?  What about you gardeners out there?  Have you started your seeds inside?

Well, whether you are planting anything or not, I hope you take time to enjoy the rebirth and renewal that Spring brings.  Enjoy the Son!



Easter Mantle

I know.  Easter was last week.  We were on Spring Break, so I didn't post anything, but I thought this mantle was too cute not to share!


Remember those buckets that I gave a faux patina?  They all ended up on my mantle!


My husband recently surprised me with a "just because" gift, and included in the gift where these three nails, and I thought they were incredibly fitting for an Easter display.  So thankful that my debt has been paid!!!


I just LOVE old books, and I love to incorporate them into my decor!


I have quite a collection of flower pots.  I very quickly dry brushed some white paint onto a few of them, and I like the way they turned out.  And you can see that I stuffed book pages into just about everything for this vignette!


I think I will leave this up for awhile.  It makes me happy!  What about you?  Do you have your spring decor out, or have you already moved on?

I pray things are well for you!  Enjoy the Son!