Decorating with Art

Decorating with Art - An Insider Secret

I’m going to share with you an insider secret to decorating. For everyone out there who is a DIY-er and not planning on hiring a decorator anytime soon, this secret will help you work your way through a remodel the same way the pros do. Have you ever backed yourself into a corner while decorating… Read More »

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Roundup

Research Roundup from The Palette Muse: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I am procrastinating on taking the plunge and starting the work to paint my kitchen cabinets. All I can think about is how much of a mess I’m about to get myself into, just in time to have the house all torn up for the holidays. Yep, that’s how I roll. I have a sign… Read More »

50 Shades of White

Kitchen Before

I know what you’re thinking, but “50 shades of white” actually describes my husband’s face when I told him I wanted to paint our kitchen cabinets. This is the rest of conversation as I remember it. (He may have a slightly different recollection.) Him:  But I like our kitchen cabinets! It seems like we just… Read More »

Teaching Table Manners

Teaching Table Manners using the Manners Menu -

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I’m embarrassed by my own children. Not in general. Usually they are lovely wonderful little people who amaze me with their sweet spirits and thoughtful minds. But when we sit down to dinner, it’s a whole different story. When they are hungry they turn into uncultured swine. I… Read More »

Easy Fall Wreath

Easy Fall Wreath, make it in minutes, with no sewing and no glue!

If you’ve been on Pinterest or DIY blogs lately, you’ve probably noticed that wreathes are HUGE right now. Ok, the wreaths themselves aren’t actually huge, just the design trend is. I mean, wreaths haven’t been this big since the mid-80’s, and I know this because I remember learning how to make one in girl scouts… Read More »

New Adventures and an Etsy Shop

Ever Evangeline, A New Adventure and an Etsy Shop

Remember a few weeks ago, when I posted a two-part tutorial on block printing? I realized about halfway through writing the second part of the tutorial that most of my regular readers are not going to take the time to learn that particular skill. (If you do, I’d love to hear from you!) I mean, I… Read More »

Create Your Own Authentic Success

"Change is inevitable. Challenge is probable. Choice is yours. Change your life by changing your choices." -Anita C. Lee

Let me introduce you to my own personal life coach. What’s a life coach, you ask? A life coach is someone who helps you get your life together, not by telling you what to do, but by guiding you through an individualized process to discover for yourself what you should be doing next in life,… Read More »

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There are some things in life that are just non-negotiable. Try as I might, I cannot live without chocolate chip cookies. That’s why, when I recently embarked on a soul-crushing elimination diet to try and determine whether I have some food intolerances, I started having withdrawal. I mean, I got a serious jonesin’ for a pastry… Read More »

Lichen Palette

Lichen Palette

A few weeks ago, my family went camping near Durango, Colorado, one of my favorite places on earth. It’s a haven for fly fishers, campers, and all sorts of outdoorsy types. I’m not really any of those things, but my husband and kids are, so in the name of fresh air and family time we… Read More »

Diet: The Other “D” Word

Bagels are a Waste of Donut Shaped Space, and other diet-related thoughts from The Palette Muse

“Mom, are you going to go on a diet anytime soon?” Yesterday I was standing in the kitchen with my two daughters, making a snack, when my 7-year-old uttered these words. I immediately looked down at my thighs. Does she know something I don’t? Is she trying to break the news to me, not so… Read More »