Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces - Marty's Musings

  Ahhh, the frustrating and often overwhelming search for more storage space! Am I alone with the knowledge that no matter how much space you have it's never enough? Am I hearing an amen? Measuring at approximately 2000 square feet my home includes five bedrooms. Although this sounds quite large it actually equates to small … [Read more...]

Painting Ideas with Behr Paint Colors

How to use Bright Paint Colors in Your Home - Marty's Musings 1

23 years ago we moved into the only home we've ever owned.  At the time we were sick of boring cream or white walls in apartments and rental houses. One thing you probably know about me if you've followed our DIY journey very long...I LOVE COLOR! Actually, I do really love the way others use white as a backdrop for all things serene and … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

How to Make your own Citronella Candles - Marty's Musings

  This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me. We designed our new deck, had it built on a budget with finish details added by my DIY hubby and decorated by me.   The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!   Citronella oil is a plant-based … [Read more...]

Changing Table Turned DIY Garden Cart

DIY Changing Table Turned Garden Cart - Marty's Musings

When my DIY hubby and I started dreaming about a deck on the front of our house I immediately started pinning pictures to help me determine my style. Surprise, surprise, my pins led me to conclude that the outside is just an extension of the inside! Because after all, it's really just an outdoor room, isn't it? Even though the deck was … [Read more...]

Affordable Home Office Furniture

Affordable Home Office Furniture - Marty's Musings

I love blogging and have been seriously pursuing this dream for about two years now. However, my workspace has been an old desk that my husband and son scavenged from down the street on trash day and hauled back to the house on an improvised skateboard dolly. It was a blast to observe, not so much fun to help maneuver into the house and even … [Read more...]

From Dream to Reality: Our Deck Reveal

From Dream to Reality- Our Deck Reveal - Marty's Musings

Our dream deck has been years in the making. Endless conversations, researching, contemplating, pricing and saving.  The finished product is one of the only DIY projects my hubby did not do completely on his own from start to finish (with some help and opinions from his wife!) This deck required having some help and we were blessed to be … [Read more...]

Jackhammer Demolition: Part Two of Our Dream Deck

Jackhammer Demolition- Part Two of Our Dream Deck - Marty's Musings

Some dreams take a little longer to come to fruition, but when they do all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it! (And in this case, hauling brick also works off a few calories!) I last wrote about the progress on our front deck in part one, which detailed how we determined the necessity for taking down the huge tree right in front of our … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint from Wood Surfaces

How to Strip Paint from Wood - Marty's Musings

One of the blessings of homeschooling my children for the last 20 years is that we do so many things together, including walking around our neighborhood (counts as P.E.!) My youngest son has become quite the little treasure sniffer outer (that's the official term, you know!) He loves for us to walk around the block (or a few blocks) on … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk - Marty's Musings

There's just something about relaxing around a fire, roasting Snickers S'Mores and sharing conversations with family and friends that makes me long for fall and cooler weather. But until then I can continue to marvel at the way my hubby built our repurposed fire pit for nothing but the price of hard labor and ingenuity. Have you … [Read more...]

Sara Groves “He’s Always Been Faithful to Me”: Simple Gift Sunday

Sara Groves He's Always Been Faithful

  My oldest son Joshua recently married his love Emmaline on a warm Friday evening in a beautifully tranquil outdoor park. All during the hours proceeding the wedding I was calm yet excited. I had celebrated my son's birth and life in this letter written to him the night before his wedding. I let all the emotions surrounding … [Read more...]