Tree Pruning Principles for Better Spring Resolutions

Tree Pruning Principles for Better Spring Resolutions |

Once upon a time our garden-smart neighbor taught my husband how to prune fruit trees.  I cried the day he trimmed our overgrown mini-orchard of four trees.  Each snip saw a perfectly good branch fall to the earth below, and I was sure that the tree had been irreparably damaged.  It looked so odd and sparse.  And [Read More]

Asparagus Awesomeness

Asparagus Awesomeness |

This week I’m continuing my celebration of spring with one of my very favorite spring vegetables, Asparagus. My husband came up with the name for this post when he saw me taking pictures of my plate of asparagus and asked if the photos were for my blog.  There you are, Amore Mio!  Your adoration for [Read More]

Jane Austen – Favorite Things Giveaway

Jane Austen Giveaway - Northanger Abbey & Persuasion |

FAVORITE THINGS – JANE AUSTEN GIVEAWAY – WINNER ANNOUNCED! We decided since this was an old-school giveaway, we’d do an old-school drawing.  Names were written on slips of paper that were placed in a basket, shaken well, then one name was drawn. Congratulations Hannah!  Please contact me by email to claim your prize! I’m glad [Read More]

Distressing Buttons in Three Easy Steps

Distressing Buttons in Three Easy Steps |

Have I mentioned that I love buttons?  And ink? Today we’ll explore what happens when two of my favorite things collide. I have a few go-to solutions for projects that need the special touch of a vintage button.  I’ve purchased some magnificent vintage buttons from Etsy shops in the past, and they are some of [Read More]

Unboxing Family Photos – 5 ways to dust off old albums

Unboxing Family Photos | Using old family photos in your favorite projects |

In generations past, one lucky family member would inherit old family photos.  The others could do little more than hope for a glance when visiting the fortunate photographic heirs.  As technology advanced it became easier to make copies of the treasured family photos, but quality copies were still relatively rare.  I feel so fortunate that [Read More]

A Bibliophile’s Kindle Confessions


It’s no secret that I love books. My dining room china cabinet is bursting with the beautiful books displayed there while my dishes stay hidden away in a dusty corner cupboard. Other dining room shelves display the overflow, and that’s just one little room. There’s hardly a room in the house that doesn’t contain a [Read More]

What Love Looks Like

What Love Looks Like |

Sometimes what starts as a silly little thing becomes life-changing.  Not life-changing in the dramatic way we’ve come to use that term, but life-changing in the way we view and interact with the everyday world.  If I remember correctly, this particular silly little thing began one ordinary evening. I made my husband’s favorite cereal treats [Read More]

Barbara’s Creamy Buffalo Potato Soup

Creamy Buffalo Potato Soup | Barbara Anne Williams

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and when it comes to this recipe it’s absolutely true.  The building where I work has a cafe which occasionally serves a delightful, decadent, creamy buffalo chicken soup.  That’s a lot of adjectives, but believe me, it earns every one of them.  It’s my weakness.  Well, [Read More]

Snow Days

When life gives you snow, make friends | Barbara Anne Williams

A friend and I were recently reminiscing about childhood winter days in Wyoming.  Slick roads and sidewalks were part of the charm, and mittens were hung to dry over growing puddles on the porch floor. The bitter cold was a minor inconvenience that was easily remedied by warm cocoa and a seat near the fireplace.  If we were very fortunate the radio [Read More]

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