“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

-Peter Marshall


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    Inside & Out

    From Free to My Front Porch

    Here’s a quick little project I recently finished that cost me next to nothing, thanks to one of my favorite shopping spots — Mom’s house. I went to Oklahoma a few weeks ago to help Mom with a garage sale she had been threatening to hold for quite some time, and lucky for me two old green chairs were still standing at the end. Instead of donating them to a local charity, she donated them to me. Oh. When I put it like that I feel a little guilty (but they do look super cute on my front porch). I carted home these ugly green things in need of a little TLC and quickly…

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    Bench Enough for Fannies and Festiveness

    I just love it when patience pays off! I have been searching for a long wooden bench to grace my front porch for at least a year now (ever since I let a beautiful choice slip through my fingers), and I have been very close to buying some okay benches, some it-might-work benches and some not-quite-what-I-had-in-mind benches during the last several months. So imagine my surprise when I ventured into our local IKEA store (NOT in search of a bench), and located this super cute, six-foot long floor model marked half off. Yup, half off! I bought the bench for $40, squeezed it into the Jeep and proudly placed it on the porch for a…

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