HOLY MOLY! Refinishing this dining nook was my Everest of DIYs. I’m not sure why I thought tackling this WHOLE set as my first furniture refinishing project was a good idea. Maybe it was the euphoria of scoring the whole set for only $40 on Craigslist? Perhaps it was naiveté? Either way, I’m just thrilled at how great this turned out, but wouldn’t be psyched to ever do it again. On the other hand, whenever I come across a beat-up, has-seen-better-days, hand-crafted antique piece of wood furniture, my heart flutters thinking of its potential.

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Whenever Kyle leaves before the crack of dawn on the weekends for avalanche training or ice climbing or whatever mountaineering class he’s currently in, I always think I’m going to be able to sleep in and make myself a decadent breakfast and eat while catching up Masterpiece’s Victoria in bed.

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Presidents Day Weekend: when the ski resorts of Colorado are flooded by out-of-staters coming to spend their long weekend cautiously sliding down the snowy slopes. But for us, it was a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification class, wrapped up with a winter hike up to Loch Lomen on Monday.

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I’ve moved around a lot in my adult life. Often I realize that at some point, a certain possession I once had has been lost in the shuffle… and I can’t pin point exactly when. But this is not true for the church cookbooks that I grew up with. I have kept a close on eye on these over the years. Continue reading “Pumpkin Bars”

It has recently occurred to me that, though there have been many wanderings here in Colorado, I’ve been very negligent in telling you about them! So, today I’m sharing our experience on the Sourdough Trail in Indian Peaks Wilderness! This was my first snow hike in Colorado!  A mountain forest in the winter is nothing short of majestic…  the clean bright snow contrasting against the rich pine trees is absolutely stunning. And I love how quiet and serene the forest becomes… it’s so easy to imagine little forest creatures cuddled up together in their burrows… napping the day away beneath the blanket of snow. Continue reading “Hiking the Sourdough Trail in the Snow”

If you’ve been following this blog, you know by now that we have SO much more space than we did in Minneapolis. But SO much more space also means we have SO many more walls. Empty walls. Walls that look boring and barren without anything on them. Walls that could cost a fortune to fill with framed art.

So when I came across a set of framed vintage-looking botanical prints selling online for upwards of $200, I got inspired to create my own.

10 Botanical Print Gallery

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