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My Remodeled Pink Dining Room

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Visual Me | 2 comments

My Remodeled Pink Dining Room

It was recently brought to my attention that I had never posted the “redecorate the dining room” post. This was a May ’17 project I set myself to completing before hosting a dinner party, taking our green dining room and transforming it into a pink dining room. And I was truly pleased with myself and the results. This room reno cost a little over $200 including awesome rug, paint, and curtains. And is a monument to decorating minimalism and intuition.   At least five years ago, I decided to paint my dining room Chartreuse green. I...

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Fool-headed Husbands Need to Let Go of Control

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Silly I Tell You | 0 comments

Fool-headed Husbands Need to Let Go of Control

I was a lunch guest of a woman whom I liked her and admired for starting her own Interior design business. I always thought interior decorating was one of those professions I’d missed my calling for. And she was a liberal thinker, funny, and kind. Within her lovely home, there was a dining room set that was funky and chunky but dark. And when I suggested she just go ahead and paint it, she said “Oh no, my husband wouldn’t approve of that.” They’d bought it together at an expensive local antiques dealer’s you see. He...

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Why I’m OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 3 comments

Why I’m OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop

If I had a dime for every time I heard, “Oh Shalagh you are so creative”, I’d at least have five bucks. This became one of those phrases that made me twitch perhaps because I didn’t think of myself as having any kind of creative superpowers which was obvious to them but not to me, until it finally was. I think perhaps what they meant was they wished they knew the secret creative permission spell too. Fast forward to the past several years when I intentionally indulged myself in creative challenges to gain creative confidence. I followed many...

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When Being at Home Can Happen Anywhere

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Visual Me | 2 comments

When Being at Home Can Happen Anywhere

My daily prayer is for a shift. Please let my mind shift to see me and my world and my potential differently today. To value what I have and what I know with respect and reverence. I leave the house hoping to break my “same brain”. And I do for a little while driving or shopping. And then I return home and I feel the inevitable slip back into my rut. In the light of the upcoming birthday party and having guests over, I am doing some home renovations. Throw a party and you’ll make progress. My hallway is getting a long overdue facelift....

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The Trivia Fundraiser Design

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 0 comments

The Trivia Fundraiser Design

Our Fellowship fundraiser this year happened in the middle of February (since when does February get so busy?).  But the Trivia night activity had me stumped and grumped for a visual theme for a trivia fundraiser. I like to make one big visual statement with each event. The anchor applique for the Anchors Away fundraiser last year. The huge bandana for the Hoe Down fundraiser. But this theme had no visuals for me to work with, other than heads with gears. So I just went with colorful and cheesy. I had to have the silver tinsel curtains,...

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Our Creative Selves Challenge Continues

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 0 comments

Our Creative Selves Challenge Continues

Sometimes, I need an excuse to just mindlessly stand at my craft table holding scissors and glue in my hands for an entire week. And that’s what I’ve done here by creating this Our Creative Selves Challenge. And I invited a few friends to the party. Because I believe in the healing power of creativity especially in community. Find the introduction to my challenge post here. The first day’s prompt was exploration and boy, there was such inspiration out in the wide world for this prompt. It was the best way to start with an...

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The First Our Creative Selves Challenge Begins

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Visual Me | 0 comments

The First Our Creative Selves Challenge Begins

Today is the first day of a week-long creativity challenge I am hosting on Instagram running from February 13th through February 19th, 2017. If you have followed along with my creative endeavors since last year, you may remember the September Creative Challenge I gave myself where I made art a non-negotiable. Read the wrap up here. By committing to practicing my creativity daily and posting my results every day in September with the hashtag #mycreativeseptember, I was able to indulge my inner six year-old with enough playtime to trust me...

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Hallway Renovation Update

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Visual Me | 1 comment

Hallway Renovation Update

I notice that sometimes there are items that will sit on my to-do list for an uncomfortably long time, taunting me with their incompletion. The reasons why they are not being accomplished had evaded me. But they linger like a pain deep in my hip saying there’s something worth an x-ray going on in there. And this hallway renovation had become “one of those things”. I recognized the hold up sometime ago when I wrote about the stalled renovations in this post titled Weird Spaces and a Plan and what I realized it meant in the bigger...

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Crunchy Christmas House Tour 2016 – 2017

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Video Posts, Visual Me | 0 comments

Crunchy Christmas House Tour 2016 – 2017

Oh the inferences I had trying to film this video! I had every intention of filming it way before the holiday was over. But then the kids were home. And then it was overcast. And then winter hit and it was overcast all the time. I picked the whole house up one day and was just about to film and then everybody came home. Here’s the thing, I’ve got a family and a life. I like to separate them and sometimes they can’t be. So here’s the crunchy Christmas House Tour 2017 with me studdering and stumbling and it’s OK....

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The Big Tree With a Lesson

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, She's Crafty, Visual Me | 2 comments

The Big Tree With a Lesson

If you have read my blog for a year at least, you may remember that I decorate the 15 foot tree at the Unitarian Universalist church we attend in Easton, Maryland. This year I added a new element or two which brought a little different texture to the tree’s design. The amazing paper snowflakes are courtesy of the talent of Nancy Sawyer. And the embroidery hoops hold fabric from an beloved and ill fated tablecloth. See the backstory post here and know that this eureka of recycling absolved me and my heartbreak. As I was standing there...

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