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Shhh! Let’s Not Tell Laurel Bern About These Pillows

A few months ago, I suggested a terrific article by interior design blogger Laurel Bern. It was a details-matter article about an everyday accessory, one that I agree can add so much to a room. The Little Known Truth About Throw Pillows was kind of eye-opening for me, I loved the “rules” about pillows: what makes them special, what makes […]

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If You Want Your Yard to Sparkle at Night, Try This!

It’s a good thing I started hanging my LED outdoor lights before my big fall because I won’t be climbing ladders and trees for a while! Because I’m drawn to all Pinterest photos of backyard lighting, one of my goals for the summer was to continue to make OUR nighttime yard more magical with light.   I’ve been using lights […]

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D&D’s (Two) Sentence(s) a Day for June

6/1  At Jodie Filogomo‘s suggestion, I am going to try to write a sentence a day, EVERYDAY, for this entire month.  And lucky you!  It seems to be two-for-the-price-of-one month…i.e., I can’t quite fit things into one sentence! 6/2  I made the rounds at three of my favorite nurseries to help my mom pick out her plants for the season. […]

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after setting summer bucket list goals, Em gets sidelined.

What Happened IMMEDIATELY AFTER I Published My Summer Bucket List!

  If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.   ~Woody Allen   Not only did I let God in on my plans…I literally had JUST announced them to the internet! Then I went upstairs to take a shower, during which I stepped out for a moment….leaving a small wet spot on the tile floor. About ten minutes later […]

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Summer Bucket List – 2017

Like most of you, we have a busy summer ahead.  There are plenty of things on my must-do list (including a house to sell) and too many reasons excuses to push some things aside to just enjoy summer. So when Leslie Roberts Clingan invited her blogging friends to make a Summer Bucket List, I thought it would be a great opportunity […]

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“What About All That Redecorating You Mentioned…LAST YEAR?!!!”

Remember how didn’t post anything for like…five months?! I sort of feel like I should address the lapse.  Let’s back up a bit to January, okay? Once all of the mountains of Christmas dec had finally been put away (the curse of having “a tree for every room“), things took off at warp speed. I had very definite plans for […]

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The Best Bang-for-the-Buck Annual in my Yard

Have you met the King of the Jungle…? No, not this one!   I mean the “backyard” jungle… (even if your “jungle” is a clay or plastic pot). I get so excited when outdoor gardening season begins…I begin my rounds at the local nurseries and every variety and color turns my head and tempts my wallet. I have many perennials, but […]

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DIY Uplighting — Adding Year-round, Low-cost Magic to your Yard and Garden

I’m still outside playing with lights…and I have a $10 tip to share that can make magic in your yard. A few years ago, we received a holiday card from friends.  It included a picture of their kids in front of a tree in their yard.  The photo was taken in the evening during late autumn and although I did look […]

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Easy DIY Winter Swags from Tree Leftovers (and Mr. D&D’s Creche)

I don’t know if we’re ever actually “done” decorating for the holidays…we love playing with lights, I guess. This Sunday, Mr. and I had some fun “finishing up” the outdoor decorations. I get the lights up early…but I don’t finish until the first week in December. Why?  I’m waiting for the (nearly) free Christmas decorations. You know those lovely fresh pine […]

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White Lights or Color Lights?

I did something a little crazy this year, even by my own standards. Although I enjoy it so much when it’s completed, I usually HATE putting up our big Christmas tree. (okay, not “hate,” how about “passionate dislike”) It’s an 11-year old, 10-foot tree with “some assembly required”…in this case, that means the entire tree. Some of it is held […]

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