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One of the pitfalls of living in your home for some time and remodeling it slowly, room by room, is that over time your tastes change, styles change, and what’s available to purchase can change. Even working with a particular paint color can prove challenging as your go to brand of paint changes the name of their entire line and Chocolate Sparkle by Behr no longer goes by it’s delicious moniker.

Recently I’ve begun to notice that some of our hardware choices have begun to get a little hodge podgy as we’ve changed our design style. In particular, down our hallway we’ve got gold door knobs that came with the home, one silver door knob on our son’s door when we thought we’d be going with brushed nickel throughout our house and an oil rubbed bronze knob installed with our daughter’s teen room redo.

I’m not one to have everything be matchy-matchy, but three different finishes in one space is a little ridiculous. So when asked me to tryout their site, I knew it was time to get our hallway hardware in order.

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Valentine’s Day Cross Stitch

Easy Valentine Cross Stitch |

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve got a new cross stitch pattern to share! It’s something I love to do each year and I couldn’t let this Valentine’s Day slip by without one. For those that are new here, you can find additional Valentine’s Day cross stitch patterns free to download here and here.  

Valentine's Day Cross Stitch |

Cross stitch and needle crafts are making a huge comeback and I’m so excited! These aren’t your grandma’s needlepoint projects. They are sassy and fun!  This pattern in particular is crazy quick to create, which I love… Instant gratification.

This year I opted to incorporate a little gold thread to give the whole thing some serious sparkle.

Free Cross Stitch Pattern for Valentines Day |


Cross Stitch Supplies |

Aida Cloth: Recently I was asked what size Aida cloth I use. Honestly, for something this small, you can use whatever scrap you have around the house. If you are going to purchase supplies, I like 16 or 18 count Aida for most projects. The rule of thumb… the higher the Aida count, the smaller your project will turn out.

Thread: Again I have tons of DMC floss left over from a variety of work that I’ve done. For the purposes of this project I used Black (310), a Pinky Red (309), and gold that you can pick-up in the needlepoint section of your favorite craft store.

Embroidery Hoop: Even for small pieces, an embroidery hoop is a must! It allows you to create nice, even stitches and your work will come out straight.  Trust me, there’s nothing worse than investing your time in stitching something only to have it come out crooked. Also, hoops come in a variety of sizes and are easily reusable.

NeedleTapestry needle size 24

Of course, don’t forget to download your free Valentine’s Day pattern here.

Valentine Cross Stitch |

Stitch it up and enjoy a sweet (sugar-free) treat! I whipped this little guy up in less than hour… or possibly on the way to a Super Bowl Party.

Have you tried cross-stitch yet? Do you save your leftover craft scraps for quick future projects? Who’s got big Valentine’s Day plans this weekend?

Hand-Painted Vintage Sign

Make Your Own Vintage Sign |

I wasn’t going to write a blog post about my goals for 2015.

I wasn’t going to tell you all the things that I want to accomplish in the coming year and how I was going to OWN the next twelve months. I might have to turn in my blogger card for stating this, but the truth is that kind of thing doesn’t really interest me. They say if you write down your goals and share them with others, you are more likely to accomplish them. I’m more of the mind set, do what you gotta do and if you find that you’re doing something well, let’s celebrate that. Tell me your tips and tricks for conquering life and I’m all ears.

It’s not that I don’t make goals.  I do.  And I share them with others too. I’ve even read about and encouraged others with their goals. I just don’t find them super interesting to write about in this space.

But then last week I got this message from a reader on Facebook:

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Words to Live By

Word for 2015 |

**Disclaimer – I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

I know I’m not alone at the beginning of January when I breathe a huge sigh of relief. All the hustle of the Christmas season is behind us and a new year stretches ahead like open highway. I love having all of the holiday decorations put away and there is a bareness that makes me want to create something new. So when I was asked to be sent a surprise project of Spring Wood Surfaces to work with, I immediately jumped in to share it this first week of 2015.  Inspired by one of my favorite quotes, this is my focus for 2015.

She Believed Quote |

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Pantone Color for 2015: Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 |

Happy New Year!  I hope that you had a fabulous holiday season and are ready to embrace all that 2015 has to offer.  I definitely am.  2014 was a year of starts and stops for me as I discovered my new norm within our changing family dynamics.  As a stay at home mom having her first child head out on his own, I was suddenly examining what I wanted to do within this new season of life.  And frankly 2014 brought a lot of stumbling over things that I quickly learned I DON’T want to do.  I’m excited to finally feel like I’ve got direction and a plan for 2015… one that I can’t wait to share with you over the next few weeks.

But first, let’s talk color.

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