Saturday, June 17, 2017



I will be away at my eldest son’s wedding so there is no new post for June 17, 2017. I will back briefly. Thank you for your patience and your loyalty. You are what makes my home so wonderful to return to. xoxo

Saturday, June 3, 2017



I got hit with it hard this year. Spring Fever. And I do not mean the good kind. So, I went to the Allergist. He said it is “Allergies. It’s was a very mild winter. Take this.” Still under the weather. Went to the doctor. He said it was a bad cold. “What do you expect, you work with 5-year-olds?” My husband said “I have Spring Fever. Go take a bath.” So I did. And not just any ordinary bath, but a spa bath. With spa salts that I had made a while ago. Filled in cute little jars tucked around the house. BEST BATH EVER! Refreshed and on the mend. Perfect solution to soak your tried bones, aching muscles or if you just need a little time to ease away life’s little worries. It is amazing how wonderful and simple it is to make. So collect some cute jars and follow my recipe or craft a scent of your own. Amazing how simple it is to feel good.

It helps to have a nice tub.

And a cute husband that tends to you…

This is what you will need-

Epsom Salt
Sea Salt
Baking Soda
Essential Oils
Mixing Bowl
Glass Jars

These are a few jars that I have collected, but any glass jar will do. You just need a jar with a lid that will keep the moisture out. My jars came from Restoration Hardware, to purchase...Link here

Epsom Salt up close. It is slightly shinny at first, but becomes dull over time. Epsom Salt helps draws toxins out of the body, reduces inflammation and relaxes the body.

Sea Salt, less shine, a bit grainy. Sea Salt reduces muscle pain and stiffness, and helps detoxify your body.

Epsom Salt on the left, Sea Salt on the right.

  Baking Soda. Baking Soda softens your skin, leaving it silky soft.

The three together.

Measure 1 cup Epsom Salt. 

Add 1 cup Sea Salt.

Add ¼ cup Baking Soda.

Mix well in a bowl.

And 15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil and blend.

Pour into jars. You may need a funnel.

I also made two other scents, lemon verbena and vanilla. I purchased my oils from Whole Foods Market, but you can easily find them and other scents on line. Here is one source where you can purchase...Link here  or here. Once stored, the salts may have to be stirred up in the jar before each use. Fill the tub with the hottest water you can stand, soak for 20 minutes or till your toes wrinkle like raisins and you are pink all over! 

Make a big batch...

Or a small one...

And soak...


Saturday, May 20, 2017



Yes, spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Northern Virginia. The chance to be new and fresh again. Time to move outside and enjoy the outdoor space. For me, spring is also a time to assess what winter has done to the property. My beautiful patio furniture has not weathered so well these past few winters. The table was needing a little love. So, I thought what if I create a temporary table top that could be removed at the end of the season? Or changed on a whim? A wood tablecloth. And of course, a classic painted design. Perfect.

This is what you will need-

Wood Boards (11- 48" x 1/2" x 6" and  2-48" x 1/2" x 2")
¾” Wood Screws
2” Circular Drill Bit
Power Drill
Jig Saw
Gorilla Glue
Measuring Tape
Sand Paper
Exterior Paint
Paint Brush
2” Screw
3” Number Stencils
Small Craft Paint Brush
Safety Goggles

Start by lining up 9 of your wood boards.

Cut the two remaining 6” x 48” down to 42”.

Cut the two 2” down to 30".

Glue the support boards onto the face boards across the width, as shown.

Drill pilot holes, two holes to connect to each face board, as shown.

Screw in the screws, securing the table top.

Fine the center of the middle board. Drill a hole in the center mark.

Flip the table top over. Screw a 2” screw into the center hole.

Attach the string to the screw.

Measure 24” on the string and place a mark.

Tie the pencil at the 24” mark. Measure to make sure the tip of the pencil is 24” from the center.

Mark a circular line all the way around the boards to create a circle. Measure your circle just to be sure. Measure twice, cut once. Wise words.

Clamp the boards to a work table to cut. I extended about 1/8th of the top over the edge of the work table. I cut in small increments, stopped, rotated the top, adjusted the clamps and continued to cut along the pencil line. Cut slowly.

With your special 2” circular drill bit, cut your center umbrella opening.

Sand and sand and sand.

Paint the top and bottom with one coat of primer and two coats of exterior paint. Let dry overnight between each coat.

I thought these French numbers would be perfect...Link here.

I traced each number on 3” scraps of paper.

Then I place 12, 3, 6 and 9 on the board. I filled in the remaining numbers by eye, placing them in the spaces. Not precision, just close enough.

Once I was happy with the placement, I removed one number at a time, and with the stencil, traced that number onto the board with the pencil. 

With your paint brush, carefully thicken the line. 

Fill in each number by hand painting each number. Let dry.

I used a wreath to accent the umbrella hole, using the same tracing/painting technique. To purchase...Link here.

Once the painting has dried, I painted two coats of a sealer on the top to protect it from the elements. However, three coats is what you will need to properly seal your painting. I found it went on a little streaky and a bit blotchy. I will put a third and perhaps a Fourth coat of sealer. It looked a little vintage, and that maybe a good look for your table.

Place the table top on your table. Thread the umbrella through the opening.

And all you have left is…

Set the table…

Call your friends...

Pour some wine...

And relax...