You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink…or insert any familiar proverb with same meaning. Financial literacy is something I’ve strived to teach my children from day one, and especially beginning in earnest in middle school. It comes more naturally...Read More
There are sooo many options for upcycled/reclaimed items for the home…why buy new? Or worse, why buy “made in China/Indonesia/etc./etc.” when you can buy a beautiful handcrafted-in-the-USA item that uses nary a new material? No guilt here…just laying out some amazing...Read More
Yup, those are old doors in the back of my van, that are about to become upcycled doors turned walls.
My booth has been confirmed and I’ll be moving into Hunt and Gather next week. Between now and then I travel to Canada to visit my aging parents, so Mr. F&F is in charge...Read More
I’m not trying to channel Liberace with all this gold leaf, really I’m not.
It’s just that recent projects begged to be gilded. I imagine ultimately a mix of modern with more sedate traditional, but for now it’s gold leaf, folks. Got two mirrors at auction and the...Read More
I love to amass collections – bowls of balls (so to speak), Santas – everything looks better as a collection when decorating for the holidays. Nature provides a lot of Christmas decor…and I’m lucky to have a magnolia tree, holly trees and some nandina bushes in my yard. ...Read More
Arrived in the mountains Thursday, past the peak for leaves, but still managed to see some autumn beauty. Starting with the farmer’s market, we spied fall’s bounty of greens and other seasonal veges, some bluegrass music and fall-inspired candles…
Can you guess where I’ve been?
…a “bonsai”...Read More
This conference has surpassed my expectations with creative people in the business of reuse from all over the US and beyond.
Keynote speaker, Garth Johnson, wowed us with an art history lesson, citing examples of early reuse. Sarah Findlay has stolen our hearts and wins the award for furthest...Read More
Had a consultation today with a lovely homeowner and it got me thinking about the current decline in the housing market and protecting your investment. This person is not moving anytime soon but, in thinking ahead, it’s always smart to consider each Read More
Went to my son’s parent weekend – enjoyed a slice of college life and explored this wonderfully diverse campus. The best ice cream (reputedly in the whole state) is here and it lived up to its name…
Then you shouldn’t buy it. Or something to that effect. It’s a pact I made with my sister-in-law when we were in some home decor store years ago. I can’t make a couch, of course! Nor can I hand carve wood, or make certain accessories, but I can redo a lampshade. Had some great lamps...Read More
Busy Monday had me thinking that a bar would be nice. Although my usual quaff only requires a corkscrew and a nice popping sound, I still like the idea of a bar. I don’t have a trolley cart but I have a wooden counter area that “serves” as a bar. Had a lucite tray that was collecting...Read More
Dan Phillips, a builder from Huntsville, Texas began Phoenix Commotion, an organization that builds low income housing from 80% salvaged materials. The ultimate recycling and it’s affordable. A new take on “cork” floors (I’ll have enough corks after my family reunion...Read More
Went to a lovely event benefiting this organization. I was in charge of silent auction decor so, inspired by my daughter’s craft from summer camp, we fashioned these paper flowers glued to painted sticks from my backyard…