31 Days to a Beautiful Home: Day One

31 Days to a Beautiful Home - Marty's Musings

    I'm going to share something with you today that scares me half to death. Are you ready? I'm joining The Nester and tons of other writers who are committing to writing 31 days for the entire month of October. I know I'm a little melodramatic. Why should this scare me so much? Because I'm an A personality who … [Read more...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating - Marty's Musings

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

Family Fun at TGI Fridays Restaurant

Family Fun at TGI Fridays Restaurant - Marty's Musings

Our oldest son Joshua recently married his love Emmaline. They live in Raleigh, NC, about an hour and a half drive from us. As you mamas of adult children know, it's hard when your lives don't intersect as often. When our son invited us to come see him play keyboards at his church we jumped at the chance! Joshua has put his educational … [Read more...]

Elevation Worship “Grace So Glorious”: Simple Gift Sunday

Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" - Marty's Musings

   This song from Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" is such a great way to start the new week. I'm returning from vacationing at the beach with the family and enjoying some much needed time away from the pressures of "doing it all:" wife, mom, homeschool teacher, blogger, writer, soon to be nana.  I always … [Read more...]

Painted Side Table Before and After

Painted Side Table Before and After - Marty's Musing

Disclosure: Behr Paint provided me with product but the opinions are all my own.  When my DIY hubby and I decided to tackle our master bedroom makeover I had to do some convincing so that he would let me paint the furniture. It's not necessarily that Tim doesn't like painted furniture. He just sees one more thing on his "honey do" … [Read more...]

The Shabby Chic Style in Four Easy Steps

The Shabby Chic Style in 4 Easy Steps - Marty's Musings

  Many years ago when I was "merely" a stay at home mom (totally said tongue in cheek) I had no time, energy or money to keep up with the latest decorating trends. Yes, this was before Pinterest. ~horror~ My decor consisted of cross stitch pictures and handmade, cutesy seasonal items that totally either matched perfectly (uck) or was … [Read more...]

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath - Marty's Musings

Sometimes I get caught up in the anticipation and fervor of a new decorating season. After all, the craft stores start hauling out their Christmas inventory in July. As a blogger, if you're not on top of those fall crafts by August you will get passed by. Pinterest won't love you. Your reputation will be shattered.  Yet here I sit. … [Read more...]

No Sew Fabric Cornice

No Sew Fabric Window Valance - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: The beautiful fabric was provided by OnlineFabricStore.net but all opinions are my own.  I am so unknowledgeable about window treatments and fabric. The best I can usually come up with is a yard sale treasure, which means it's not perfect but it will do. When my DIY hubby and I started talking about our master bedroom … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the … [Read more...]

Encouraging Words for the Weary: Simple Gift Sunday

Encouraging Words for the Weary - Marty's Musings

  Last Sunday I shared that the week had been a tough one for me. Some health issues were nagging and winning the battle for a while. Surgery to remove a couple of polyps on my uterus left me hormonal in a way I haven't been in years. It was not pretty. I was not nice. In all honesty, this week wasn't much better. My children … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treausre?

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure ?from Marty's Musings

  I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle).  I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps for $.25 and I was forever changed! When my DIY hubby and I had our first baby (now 25 and expecting our first grandchild) we were young and poor … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Praying God’s Word and a Drs. Visit

Scripture Prayer Cards - Marty's Musing

  It has been a hard week for me. I've been dealing with some physical symptoms for a few months that we just couldn't nail down with a precise cause. My dad had colon cancer so the dreaded over 50 colonoscopy was part of the discovery process. Glad to say I'm perfectly clean. (All you over 50 readers can say an "amen" to what … [Read more...]

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Apple Cake Recipe - Marty's Musings

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It's the wind calling to me saying, "fall is coming!" Okay, maybe the wind isn't actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I'm not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing down fall's neck. But other than … [Read more...]

5 Accent Wall Ideas and Tips

Accent Wall Ideas and Tips - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I was provided with product from Behr Paint but the opinions are all my own. When you have a dad who is a painting contractor and handyman and you move into a new house, you are hopeful that your dad will do a few "little" projects for you.  And if your mom is a blogger who writes about all things home you want that room … [Read more...]