Who Hates Granite Countertops?

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having a long conversation with my big brother about home improvements. You see, he and his wife bought a new/old house last year that needed quite a bit of TLC. One room in particular in need of attention was the kitchen. Because circumstances being what they are, big bro will be selling this house in then next 2 years, so he’s been doing his improvements with an eye toward resale. Continue Reading

Wood Floor Wars: Light Versus Dark

white paint wall color with dark wood flooring

Last month I had the opportunity to speak with a professional wood floor installer/refinisher. He stopped by to quote a job for us. (We’re removing the tile from our front entry and having it replaced with red oak to match the rest of the house.) Whether plumber, landscaper or electrician, when a professional such as this is in my home, I always take the opportunity to engage them in conversation. More specifically, I pick their brains. 
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How To: Felt Conversation Hearts.

Every year I try one, and every year, I swear it’ll be last. Those chalky, manufactured conversation hearts simply don’t agree with my taste buds.

Conversation Hearts

But these little felt hearts do INDEED agree with my cute buds, and the fact that they’re customizable to convey anything you want? Well, that’s just sweet…

No pattern necessary, just trace, embroider, and cut, then seal with a blanket stitch. See how at Lavendar and Limes.

Don’t buy into the commercialism; show your loved ones you care with handmade ideas for a special Valentine’s Day. Continue Reading