Category Archives: Decorating

Home Reno: Installing New Hardwood Floors

Our Victorian-style home has undergone a number of alterations in the 16-plus years since we had it built. One of our latest projects — installing new hardwood floors in the family room — was one of the easiest. It helps that I have a … Continue reading

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DIY: Painting Concrete

To the left is a photo of an old concrete wall sconce in original condition. I wanted to repaint it, but I’m not a painter in the artsy, beautiful sense of painting. That said, I did it. And you can too. … Continue reading

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Trash to Treasure DIY: Painting and Rewiring Lamps

Some of the highest quality lamp “treasures” I find are at my local Goodwill stores (no offense Salvation Army, but your stores are “far” from me and your prices are much higher for the same sad-condition lamps). You know the kind of lamps … Continue reading

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Not Too Shabby: How to Turn a Tweet into a Store Visit

Recently I posted this photo (left) to Twitter. It is a lamp that I bought at Goodwill for $5, then I repainted and rewired it. I’ve been on a real do-it-yourself (DIY) project bender, mostly lamps over the past few months. Normally I post a photo and … Continue reading

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Sewing: A Life-Changing Way to Create Practical Beauty

I think that the single greatest gift my Mom nurtured in me was my interest in sewing. My desire to make my own clothes, to create practical beauty, if you will.  The year she sent me to sewing school (was I even in … Continue reading

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How Many Snedens Does It Take to Hang a Mirror?

From the beginning the mirror was a challenge: It was difficult to find a mirror that measured 3′ x 4′. And once we did find one the sales staff was flummoxed as to how to wrap the mirror so we could safely transport … Continue reading

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SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School: Another Successful Theme & Week!

  As long-time member of Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair, N.J. I’ve helped out over the years with our Vacation Bible School (VBS), from leading crafts to decorating for the themed week. This year I was away for the actual VBS week, but I got … Continue reading

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Sewing with My Mom: Quilts, Chair Covers and Valences Coming Right Up!

My Mom lives in Arizona, land of sunshine, heat and cactus. I like to visit her pretty home in Sun City; she lives in a 3-bedroom ranch that she has transformed into what I think  of as “quilting central.” Mom … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland in a Jar

Magazine and catalog photos inspire me; I’ll even try to re-create a particularly pretty vignette in my home. It’s kinda like a hobby. I think. Or maybe it’s just that I get bored staring at the same things. The contents … Continue reading

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Easy Fall Decorating Ideas

Do you change decorations in your home to match the seasons? I do. I used to go all out and over the top, decorating practically every flat surface in our home for each season; then I got old and tired … Continue reading

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