Our Easter Tablescape

Easter is this Sunday, and I rarely set our tablescape before, but last night I did.  The Charmer is a small, cozy home,  and setting a table a week before is typically out of the question.  I use the table as a crafting table and a transition place to hold treasures that need a permanent home.  But it was such a beautiful sunny day yesterday and inspiration called to  me to our Easter tablescape! [Continue reading...]


Easter Cupcakes

I can't believe Easter is only a week away! Sometimes I wonder where does all the time go, because I don't get done anywhere near what I should. No one has ever said I don't repeat myself, but I do, a lot, and I won't break the habit now. So if you don't know already....I don't like to bake!  There I said it, and it's so true, so for Easter dinner (or any other) the dessert needs to be an easy and quick...Easter cupcakes fit the bill!

I met several of my girlfriends for breakfast this morning and we had a chatty time together.  So much so, even though we met at 9:00 we didn't break up till after noon.  I was enjoying our time together and rushing home to bake wasn't reason enough to get me ou [Continue reading...]


Milk Glass Collection

Scalloped rim ribbed milk glass vase

Milk glass started appealing to me a few years back... and seems to be growing lately.  I love it...but do I really need another obsession?  Last summer is when it really "got" a hold of me .  I was at vintage yard sale and she had several pieces that I haven't run across while thrifting.  […]

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For The Birds Spring Mantel

vintage blue birds

Yesterday and today the suns been out and melting the 5" of snow that was dumped on us Sunday.  It's the perfect time to decorate for Spring and Easter. Since I can't work in the garden yet I was able decorate the buffet, mantel and and complete two other projects!  It's not often I'm ahead... […]

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Master Gardening Seed Starting


Depending on what area you live it can be time to start your seeds...it is for me.  So I thought it's a good time to do this master gardening post on Seed Starting. I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, […]

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A Frugal Craft and A Spring Foyer

Spring Flower Pot

It's exciting that Spring is officially here..if only the weather would be too! Last week's weather was a teaser, some beautiful days and of course today is dreary and cold and snow is predicted for tomorrow. But the hope of spring's eternal inspired me to make a frugal craft and decorate our Spring foyer. This […]

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Quick Chinese Chicken Corn Soup

Chinese Chicken Corn Soup

If you don't know already I love soup...of any kind...especially during the cooler weather.  Just about every day we have one kind of soup or another and today we had Chinese Chicken Corn Soup. Follow

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Our Master Bedroom Reveal

vintage luggage

Our master bedroom remodel took over 3 years to complete and about that long to finally share our master bedroom reveal today.....seriously this was the toughest task we took on in so many different ways. Last August I shared a Sneak Peak intending to do a reveal right after.  But I had to go back […]

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Spring Vignettes

vintage tea cup and creamer, birds nest

 It was a beautiful day yesterday, nearly 70° and sunny.  I enjoyed working out in our front gardens the whole day and it felt great.  Mr. C was busy putting together my greenhouse, and finished this morning.  Even though it cooled down quite a bit today, it was still a beautiful  sunny day.  I've been […]

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Master Gardening: When Can I Plant Annuals


Spring is in the air and I spent the entire day outside in our front yard gardens.  12 large garden bags were filled with leaves, container remnants and grass clippings.  While I was working in the beds I was thinking about a question I'm often asked - When Can I Plant Annuals. Follow

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