Graduation Party Dessert

Graduation Party Dessert - Marty's Musings

This past September my DIY hubby graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion. It was a very long and winding road to get to this point in his life at the age of 52, but I couldn't be prouder.  Hopefully I'll have all the details and fun graduation party ideas up on the blog soon. I wanted to make … [Read more...]

Teenage Girls Room and Inspirational Scripture Wall

Inspirational Scripture Wall - Marty's Musings

  I have always loved surrounding myself with inspirational quotes and Bible verses, whether on a simple note card on a mirror or an altered mini clipboard by the sink where I wash dishes. One of my favorite projects is my teenage girls room and inspirational scripture wall designed for my 16 year old daughter. If you're not familiar … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Ideas for Crafts and Video

Mason Jar Ideas for Crafts - Marty's Musings

Is there anyone who hasn't fallen in love with mason jar ideas for crafts? I mean, they're everywhere! For this month's Crafty Hangout we were allowed to pick whatever type of Ball Mason Jars we wanted and brainstorm using them for a craft project. I chose the heritage blue (since my kitchen is blue and yellow) and created a … [Read more...]

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas - Marty's Musings

I would love to say that I am a bold, confident woman, but the truth is I'm just a work in progress. Probably a little bit like you if you're honest. I want to be complete. Whole. No blemishes or scars. Dare I even hope, acceptable and perfect? Funny how my decorating seems to mirror my life. Incomplete. Unfinished. Blemishes and … [Read more...]

To My Daughter on Your 16th Birthday

To My Daughter on Your 16th Birthday - Marty's Musings

Instead of sharing a Simple Gift Sunday post I wanted to celebrate my daughter Stephanie as she turns 16 on April 8th. I hope you'll join me!   To my daughter on your 16th birthday: I didn't carry you for nine months or struggle to push you out of my body and set you free to breathe the air of this temporary world. I didn't cry … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Table Setting Ideas

Easy Spring Table Setting Ideas - Marty's Musings

  How do you feel about entertaining? Does the thought give you cold chills and heart palpitations? Do you only do it because you have to (family obligation or tradition)?  Today I want to share some easy spring table setting ideas that are inexpensive, easy to translate from one season to another  and will hopefully … [Read more...]

Tree Removal: Part One of Our Dream Deck

Tree Removal- Part One of Our Dream Deck from Marty's Musings

  I don't know what has gotten into my DIY hubby and I this year. We have been totally ADHD with our projects (and I say that in love because I have an ADHD son and totally know what that means!) I knew I should never have chosen simplify as my word for 2014!  First there was the reorganization of all our Christmas decorations in … [Read more...]

Gray and Coral Bedroom Inspiration

Gray and Coral Bedroom Inspiration - Marty's Musings

Since the first of the year my DIY hubby and I have been busy little beavers. And I have yet to "reveal" anything (although I did share my craft room inspiration). Because really, isn't the before and after what's really exciting? To see how a room goes from really, really ugly to a place of beauty and loveliness? Kind of like the ugly … [Read more...]

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread - Marty's Musings

It was such a lovely day in my hometown yesterday. A brisk breeze accompanied the rays of sun shining on us from the heavens above. And then today happened. Wet, dreary with a forecast of wintry mush. I'm just going to close my eyes and pretend that I'm sitting on our deck with the warm breezes blowing.... instead of bundled up in my parka … [Read more...]

Painting an Accent Wall

Painting an Accent Wall - Marty's Muisngs

Our prompt as a Behr DIY Expert this month was fresh starts for the New Year, and you'll love this tutorial from my DIY hubby with tips on painting an accent wall! Our oldest daughter Rachel and her husband Donny live about 45 minutes away from us (which is way too far, by the way!) They have been married for a little over two years and … [Read more...]