how were your holidays?

I’m back from North Carolina after a whirlwind six day visit. It was fun and exhausting. As always, it was a blast seeing friends and family. This years mantel was inspired by the asymmetrical garland that took Pinterest by storm. Obviously, it inspired me too but I didn’t DIY a thing. Dad ran to the Farmer’s Market and bought a beautiful garland for $12. I love the Farmer’s Market! I almost boycotted the entire endeavor. Dreaming up something new every holiday season is difficult. Some years I feel more creative than others. This was one of those years and I loved the results. Here’s the annual Christmas Eve fish fry photo. It’s one of my favorite traditions and this year it included my Uncle Mike and Debra. Usually they take off in the wee hours of the morning. It was a treat to have them as part of the fry squad. How was your holiday? Are you glad to be...
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noteworthy

At the beginning of the week, it seemed flowers and sunshine were around the corner.  Instead, Mother Nature pulled a fast one and it's freezing again.  This week has been a good one and I'm prepping two new listings.  One will hit the market next week and the other at the end of March.  Meanwhile, my buyers are slowly coming out of hibernation. People don't like to look for a house when the temperatures are frigid.   While I haven't had a lot of time to futz around on the internet, here's a few things I found noteworthy: 10 amazing console tables.  Use in your foyer or behind a couch or that wierd wall where nothing fits. Creepy real estate agent photos.  This cracked me up.   Shameless plug alert: did you read my eat here | columbia heights piece on Urban Scrawl? It's my favorite places to eat in CH.   DIY wide plank floor made from plywood.  I would never attempt a DIY project of this scale but it looks fantastic.     ...
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get your craft on

Occasionally, I like a DIY.  My biggest problem with DIY is I live in a condo and it makes an almighty mess. Not having an outdoor space or a garage, I'm forced to complete my little projects on the dining room table.  My husband loves it! However, I just discovered Topaz + Arrow, "a lifestyle resource for the art and design-driven community."   They host DIY workshops.  You can get your craft on without messing up your condo!   Topaz + Arrow throws monthly events.  Their first event, "Feathers, Yarn and Branches: A Home Decor Craft Session" was in June.  This month, they're holding 2 events.  The first is called "Lace, Lighting and Jars." It's Aug. 25th and tickets are still available.  The second is a party called "End of Summer Bummer". Grab your glue gun and go! photos via Topaz +...
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