Authentic or Faux — My Forsythia Struts Its Stuff

Igot so excited when I rounded the house this weekend to find my forsythia bush blooming! I immediately cut several stems to take the place of the faux flowers I wrote about only days before on my post “Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers.”

This cheery card is a perfect way to brighten someone's day. . . complete with a little shaker surprise!

Country Cuteness from Mom’s Garage

I took an old canning jar, a partial can of off-white spray paint, twine and twigs and quickly whipped up a cute little country-style home decor.

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood


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    This & That

    Mother of all Messes — My Craft Room

    Hello Tuesday, I’m happy you’re here. If you tried to find your way to this little blog during the weekend, you probably received a really ugly error message. . . and so goes the world of technology when I happen to click one wrong button. *sigh* As you can see, Small Talk Mama is up and running once again and I’ll try (but can’t promise) not to maim my little site anytime soon. So with my blog out of commission for a few days, I decided to concentrate on more of my Spring cleaning and attacked the mother of all messes — my craft room.  Let me tell you, this…

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    Lenten Season Means Spring Cleaning for Soul and Home

    If you were busy exchanging smooches, sappy cards and chocolate kisses with your sweetheart this week, you may have missed the official beginning of this year’s Lenten season. Yes, Ash Wednesday fell right on Valentine’s Day and apparently came as a surprise to many of us. I was unaware until I spied a lady at my son’s school party craft station with black “marker” on her forehead. I wanted to warn her that she had a little something on her face. . . but luckily at the last minute I realized she was proudly wearing ashes and I kept my mouth shut. Whew! Lent is the forty days between Ash Wednesday (Feb 14,…

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    Inside & Out

    The Grand Kitchen Cabinet Cleanout

    With my Spring cleaning deadline looming, I decided it was time to tackle my messy kitchen cabinets last week. I sorted, stashed and said good-bye to old food, rarely used gadgets and space sucking storage containers. . . and it felt gooood! I have a pretty small kitchen, as kitchens go, with only three regular-sized lower cabinets to the whole place. Unfortunately, this means I have to cram fit a lot of mixing bowls, pie plates, baking dishes and Tupperware in a pretty tiny place. That is why I opted for some smooth-gliding pullout organizers from Rev-A-Shelf to help me store everything after the grand cabinet cleanout. I organized my…

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