Maine Vintage Map Trees

Maine Vintage Map Trees

This entry for WHRL’s Christmas Tree Festival and Auction is a trio of minimalist vintage Maine Map Christmas Trees. A vintage map tree I spotted on Pinterest from Bombus in the UK inspired these designs. Paul cut three triangles of wood culled from his scraps....
The Enchanting Winter Woodland Owl Wreath

The Enchanting Winter Woodland Owl Wreath

The Enchanting Winter Woodland Owl Wreath is my second entry for WHRL’s 2021 Winter Tree Festival. Inspired by a wreath I spotted on Pinterest, I scoured the woods for some young trees with thumb-sized branches. Four lengths snipped 14″ long were left to...
Maine Lobster Buoy Christmas Tree

Maine Lobster Buoy Christmas Tree

With WHRL’s Winter Tree Festival & Auction just a month away, I’m relieved to be ahead of the game and have my first entry finished. This summer, I spent many hours on my porch painting these little wooden lobster buoys. I strung the individual buoys...
Maine Lobster Buoy Chairs

Maine Lobster Buoy Chairs

In the last few years, Women for Healthy Rural Living – or WHRL (formerly Women’s Health Resource Library) has had a summer auction. Two years ago, I created my Navigating Maine Coffee Table for the event.  Last year, we decided to have local artists...
Vintage Oak Sideboard

Vintage Oak Sideboard

Do you know those Honey-do items that languish on the to-do list? This one has been languishing for about 15 years. In part because there have been so many projects on the list and in part because I didn’t nag. Years ago, I refinished this old chest of draws...
Maine Cottage Fabric Pot Holders

Maine Cottage Fabric Pot Holders

Maine Cottage has beautiful furniture and fabrics. If I had the means, I just decorate my entire home from their catalog. They were gracious enough to donate fabric to WHRL for curtains and pillow cushions in our new office space. The fabric is priced out of range, so...
Grandma Jordan’s Quilt

Grandma Jordan’s Quilt

I received so many messages when I shared my grandma Jordan’s quilts last week. Everything from suggestions for displaying them and things to make with them. And full out horror that I would consider cutting them up at all and ideas for restoration. Susan W....
Family Desk Makeover

Family Desk Makeover

I’ve been working from home almost exclusively for a year now. You’d think I would have spruced the place up on the front end of the pandemic and quarantine. Paul says it’s because it took me this long to figure out how I should arrange the furniture...
One Thing Leads to Another

One Thing Leads to Another

I don’t know what it is about February, but it often involves some variety of home project. Last year it was painting our built in book shelves – all 15 feet of them. The year before it was painting the living, dining, and kitchen space. Before that, it...
Sorry! The Space Edition

Sorry! The Space Edition

We have a history of modifying board games. Nine years ago Hannah and I created our Harry Potter Monopoly game. Over Christmas break, Hannah decided that it was time up upgrade our Madagascar-themed Sorry! board game. Her nerdiness in full-swing, Hannah redesigned the...
My Custom Storage Bin Shelves

My Custom Storage Bin Shelves

My tiny office is home to two desks (mine and Hannah’s), a couple of file cabinets, a chest of drawers, my work table, and other miscellany that gets dumped. Still, I have piles and bins stacked everywhere. I’ve been browsing the interweb searching for a...
Weekend Projects – Sewing Lessons and Table Makeovers

Weekend Projects – Sewing Lessons and Table Makeovers

Mom taught me how to sew when I was young. I even had an inexpensive sewing machine that I used to sew doll clothes. As an adult, I’ve not made clothes, but it’s been handy to have the power to make curtains, blinds, pillow covers, and now masks of all...
My Rain Barrel Runeth Over

My Rain Barrel Runeth Over

I’ve had many questions about my rain barrels since sharing this picture of the completed project on social media. Here’s a look at the details of the project. Given our steel roof, no basement, and a foundation drainage system, we never bothered with...
A Happy Porch

A Happy Porch

A porch is to a house as a smile is to a person. When planning our house, I was adamant that I have a porch big enough to sit on and enjoy being outdoors. I’m a winner, and we have a fantastic 8′ x 33′ porch that runs along part of the front of the...
An Official Monarch Butterfly Nursery

An Official Monarch Butterfly Nursery

For the past couple of summers, Hannah and I have been raising Monarch butterflies. I’ve used little net houses and plastic totes to raise them. Inside, they’ve escaped, and I’ve found the caterpillars crawling up the walls. Outside, the wind has...
Torn Paper Puffins on Rocks Collage

Torn Paper Puffins on Rocks Collage

This weekend I designed a felt square called Puffins on Rocks. I liked the Puffins so much that I started thinking about other ways I could use this design. I decided to try a collage greeting card with the Puffin scene. Somewhere in my stash, I used to have some...
One-of-a-kind Bedside Table

One-of-a-kind Bedside Table

Since last summer, I’ve had a lot of fun with decoupage and nautical charts. It started with the Navigating Maine table for the WHRL’s auction, Hannah’s pencil holder makeover, and my Christmas Tree Festival ornaments. Somewhere in there I decoupaged...
A Cherished Family Heirloom Re-imagined

A Cherished Family Heirloom Re-imagined

My grandmother’s silver bangle bracelet is one of my favorite possessions. It’s perfect for me with the embossed bird design. I like to think it’s a loon, but who knows. I wear it almost daily and have this nasty habit of unconsciously removing it when...