Category Archives: Design


Mom took this photo of me taking a photo…I think I like myself waterlogued better than real-lifed! ;-)  I’ve had this quote hanging around for awhile, because when I saw it, I thought…exactly.  For better or worse!  Sometimes I drive myself (and the hubs) a little bit nutty with my dreams and schemes.  Anyone else feel the same?



Oh, Martha!

Good Thunderstormy Morning to YOU!

Woke up to thunder and lightening…woah! Supposed to happen all day, and of course it’s on my “day off” (Erick is taking the boys to Grammie’s) so while I was entertaining the thought of escaping for a bit, I’ll probably just hunker down here.

I wanted to share a photo with you, which makes me giddy for multiple reasons.

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I snagged it from Jo Ellen’s facebook page (I hope you don’t mind, Jo Ellen!!) Jo Ellen and Tom are two of the kindest, talented, most generous people around and curate one of the best store collections…I could spend hours in their store every time I visit; which is quite a bit! They graciously carry quite a few of our products.  And yep, Martha Stewart popped into their store yesterday! I think I would just die on the spot.  I’m so happy for them!  I have to tell you…what makes me just sparkle from the inside out is the thought that Martha probably laid eyes on our products.  I’m 98 percent sure she did, because she that little whale wall hanging to the right of her head?  That’s ours!

{happy sigh}

Truly; if you are ever in Camden, stop in at Jo Ellen Designs.  You couldn’t support two better people!


I’ve been working on some prints…I was able to whip up a few at Selah Tea Cafe last week; it was a great little momma break.  I’m trying to figure out printing/shipping, then I’ll hopefully bombard the store with a new “line”.  I have some new jewelry ideas as well that I’m excited about.  New items in the shop, soon.


I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the past week; it’s wavered between foggy/rainy & brilliantly wonderful, sunshiny weather.  We hopped on down to Boothbay Harbor and visited the Maine State Aquarium; totally worth it.

OH!  And Luke, he is officially 2 years old.  Just…wow to that.

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Oh Maine.  I love you so.

Have a great Friday, friends!


Mag and Maine Love

Going to try to smash the last few weeks together in a post.  You ready?

We were featured in one of my favorite magazines.  Holy Moly, so fun to see!  It’s totally worth the cost, you guys!  Souvenir’s back issues are worth the buy as well. Amazing stuff; such an honor to be included among the awesomeness in this mag.

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We’ve had some wild and wooly weather; from hot to foggy to rainy; it’s been an interesting summer. :)  Caught these on the road this week; foggy pictures are my fave.  First one is Wiscasset and second is just past Fairfield.  Not too terribly bad for phone pics!

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Ryan and Jack were in a parade last Saturday, and today is their last day of Scout Camp.  They’ve had just a little bit of fun. ;-)

IMG_1854 IMG_1857 IMG_1850Not only did we have my amazing Aunt Linda and Uncle Glenn up for a visit, but the day after they left, my Brother in Law and Sister in Law and Sweet, Sweet niece arrived.  We are loving having them here!  Luke is smitten with little Kaitlyn.


Having a summer full of family has been great!!

And last but not least; I’m trying to find 50 lovers-of-Maine: we turned our chalkboard poster into a t-shirt.  If we sell 50 within the next 9 days we will make a little money to help us get to the New England Trade Show this Sept: thought it would be a fun experiment! :)  Click here if you are interested, and thanks a million if you buy!


Ok, need to usher the boys out of the house; so glad I homeschool; don’t think I could take the stress of getting them out of the house in a timely matter every morning.  Ha!

Have an amazing weekend!!


When Life Gives you Lemons…

One Car Engine Replacement: $3700.

Taking your car in to get the tires rotated 1 week later, and coming home with NEW tires, NEW brakes, and NEW rotors: $1000.

Waking up the very next day to a tree lying across your car:


Priceless, Baby.  Priceless.

Ok, obviously the tree didn’t do much damage.  And it’s just a limb, not the whole thing, thank goodness!  I think the worst part was the fact that my brother in law is in town with his precious wife and my brand new niece, so we are letting them borrow the car, and this happened on his watch up at my mother-in-law’s house.  He looked out the window in the morning and saw this…can you IMAGINE?  Heart attack central.  My mil called me up and told me and I just fell into fits of giggles. Because what else are you going to do, the day after you’ve spent close to $5000 on your very used car?  So, so thankful it was just dings and scratches.  OH MY so thankful.

We do, however, have a tree that must come down in the back of our house; the same storm that took the limb down up there split the tree behind us.  It is now in an incredibly precarious position, holy moly.  If it falls the rest of the way, it is in danger of either taking our house out or one of 2 of our neighbors…so yeah.  YOU GUYS.  It’s POURING over here.  Raining and pouring.


I put together that little photo above and it calmed my heart last night.  It’s so true, right?  So very true. Not that I haven’t been exceptionally irritated at times, but it’ll all come together, always does. Unfortunately what I want most in the world is to go on a Target shopping spree.  :) You want the most what you can’t have right? Ha!


One of my favorite turning-life-into-lemons people, the Lemonade Makin’ Mama herself, is hosting a giveaway for some jewelry today, from our company!  And there is a right good little coupon code over there if you are interested. And free shipping, to boot! I’ve come up with some new pieces that I don’t believe I’ve ever shared on the blog, so you’ll have to go check them out.

Well, Ryan and Jack are off to their second day of camp and Erick is taking the little one to his mom’s today; I’m going to make a delivery with mom and dad to Camden.  It’s a rainy day, but I’m going to hunt down some lemonade anyway, darn it!

Have a beautiful day, no matter the weather!


My Virtual Mothership

Oh y’all.  Do you know about Olioboard?  When Beth from Home Stories A to Z mentioned a contest going on and encouraged people to enter, I revisited the site; when it first started a few years ago, I signed up and spent a little time on it…but my computer wasn’t playing nice with the program and I gave up.

I am so glad I started up again this week. You know why I like it so much?  In about 20 minutes I can virtually complete what would take me years to finish in my own home. ;-)  Now I’m dreaming up room design.  Literally.  I’ve only completed 5 rooms, but my time is limited; next time Erick has a boys’ day out with the kiddos, I might very well pop a movie in, plant my rear on the couch, and design rooms for hours on end.

This is what you can do!!  I even popped some of our canvas letters and prints in; although there is a wealth of items to choose from, you can upload your own as well.  Too cool!

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If you are interested at ALL, Beth’s post right here is a great tutorial.  I’d highly recommend watching the video.  I’m so glad I did.  And come play with me here!  There is a super fun communtiy to interact and follow along with.

Alright, I have a wealth of cool things to share with you soon; we were spotted in one of my favorite online publications.  Woohoo!  We have family visiting and we are headed out the door to spend time in Camden today though…must get a move on.  Have a super weekend!!


The Dining Room Makeover, Round Two

Done! For the moment. ;-)

Awhile back I shared our revamped dining room right here.  It was lacking, though; I wasn’t quite satisfied!  It needed some fluffing; some details.  Things I changed;

  • Added the Rug
  • Repainted my tabletop with some DIY chalkboard paint (LOVE)
  • Painted the buffet
  • Changed my Statement Wall
  • Added bias tape around the sconces in the chandelier
  • Added my birthday present (slipper chair) in the corner
  • Finally hung the transom windows on the wall
  • The unfinished chair…is still unfinished!

To jog your memory; this is what we lived with for awhile when we moved in (it came this way, promise). ;-)

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And this is what we made it, for awhile.  There are more details in this post on different aspects of the room, if you’re wondering!

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 And…..currently!  Fluffed up.  Much happier. The new wall…I just needed something a little bolder, that would fit my hopes for our family; it’s partly insipred by Roosevelt’s quote that Brené Brown has made so popular (Dare Greatly), and Chris Rice’s lyrics (Love Like Crazy).



 I’m still crazy about my chalkboard table; I give the details on that right here. Easy to clean, fun to scribble on!table riseandshine

Barb’s Cortilde inspired the buffet makeover; I was looking for a little something different and fell in love with her lovely lady!  I’ll give a few more details on how I refinished it in a future post…


Couple more! (Pay no attention to the kitchen.  She’s next on my list).

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Hope you enjoyed the tour…have a great weekend friends!

Linking up to:

Transformation Thursday

 Serenity Now

DIY Showoff

Finding Silver Pennies

Home Stories A to Z


The Maine Home+Design Show Weekend, Part One

Good Rainy Morning to Ya!

(Ok, first off, these photos were all taken from my phone in pretty rotten lighting.  Lesson learned, geeze!  Real camera next time we set up, for sure!)

We had a great weekend.  We developed AWESOME relationships and are working on wholesale orders!  That’s the exciting thing; even though it wasn’t technically a trade show, stores that we have either loved or knew nothing about now want us, so this is going to be a busy week. :) I’m going to give a little pictorial breakdown, from figuring the booth set up to loading up (we made it by an 1/8th of an inch in the van, WOAH!) to break-down.

Favorite part?  Booth Design.  Go figure.




IMG_1383Above?  Yeah.  TIGHT fit!!  Whew!  Below…it rained gallons on set up day.  GALLONS.






And…our super duper tear-downers. :)


Ok, so they aren’t tearing down much.  They did carry a box or two, ha!

I have to tell you; I had planned to be at the show the full two days with mom and dad.  But when I left on Friday to help set up and saw the baby’s sad face staring at me out the window, my heart melted, hugely.  We came home that night, and I proposed an idea to Erick…come with us!  So they did!  Saturday morning mom and dad left bright and early and we followed (thank goodness, because a few things were left behind…)  I’ll write more on the weekend with the boys and post that this week as well.  Don’t want to overload you all at once!  Good pictures, though, much better than these, I promise.  We had foggy mornings, which are my very favorite photo opportunities.  And it didn’t disappoint.

So yep, the weekend was a success and we are *very* glad we went.  And I must give a HUGE thank you to the folks at maine. & Maine Home+Design magazines.  OH my word, you guys. Buy, subscribe…help support some incredible folks!  I have to say that we were so touched and grateful for everyone on staff at those mags.  No words can describe our thankfulness; they were kind and genuine and supportive and our little cheerleading team.  It’s such a privilege to know the staff behind publications that I’ve loved to curl up with and salivate over for so long…dream come true!

AND Mary and Ken and Amy and Josh and Jo Ellen…a huge thank you to you as well!  It was awesome to see  friendly faces from home drop by and support us.  HUGS!

Ok, the boys are leaving for the day so I’m getting ready to CLEAN this dining room and take pictures; makeover will be posted asap.  Wahoo!

Done.  Have a great day, y’all.  :)