Sunday, October 27, 2013

The passing of fall and what lies ahead...

I love fall. Have I mentioned that before? Oh, I'm sure I have! We live in Northern Michigan and the spectacular colors have passed their peak and I'm sad about that. However, now I'm starting to receive all the Christmas catalogs from Ballard, Land of Nod (my fave), Pottery Barn and a host of others so I'm feeling like I have something to look forward too as far as decorating goes! This year they are filled to the brim with little woodland creatures as holiday decor~or that stuff is just catching my eye for some reason. I've already decided to decorate the tree with cute plushy foxes, squirrels, acorns and of course owls! You can't go wrong with a bit of owl here and there right? Anyway I was inspired to create this little barn owl art this afternoon as part of a collection I'm featuring in my home. What do think? Maybe he'll just end up in my Etsy shop too one of these days! Happy Fall and beyond....


Thursday, October 10, 2013

custom crib bedding on Etsy...

Oh my gorgeous! Check out these super cute patterns for crib bedding from Lil Slumber on Etsy... Buy premade sets or customize your's love!

customize your crib...


can't go wrong with this color palette for a boy or a girl...

this one has a mid century modern feel

awww~nautical theme

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

rugs with graphic punch...

Ok~I'm nutty over rugs! I'm not quite sure why but I just love a great big colorful statement piece underfoot. It's amazing how the right rug can change the look of a room or pull it all together for that finished look!

Check out these lovelies with a little graphic punch from Xavier & Me...

pretty right~HOT SPRINGS OMBRE $835

Can't go wrong with Chevron~ CHEVRON STRIPE $730



Imagine this in a little boys room...TARTAN $750


Friday, October 4, 2013


Today I'm sharing a recipe that I found over at the blog High Heels and Grills~ Sarah and Zachary's blog is super user friendly with tons of great recipes the whole family will love! These are sure to be a hit with my first grader and his class this Halloween! 



  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Orange and yellow food coloring


  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract {I used clear vanilla, so the frosting would be more white, but any kind works}
  • A pinch of salt


  1. FOR THE COOKIES: Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add egg and combine well.
  4. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. Separate the dough into two equal parts and color one half of the parts orange and the other part yellow.
  8. Press the yellow batter into the greased baking dish and spread out to the edges with your hands. {If you butter your hands, this will help with the stickiness. Also, it may seem like it's not going to cover the bottom of the pan, but don't worry, it will.}
  9. Spread the orange batter over the yellow batter evenly. {I found it was easier to roll the orange dough out a little with a rolling pin before putting it on the yellow batter.}
  10. After it's all spread out and ready to go, bake it for 17-20 minutes, or until edges become lightly golden.
  11. Set aside to cool completely.
  12. FOR THE FROSTING: In a medium bowl, cream powdered sugar, butter and half and half until light and fluffy.
  13. Stir in vanilla and salt and combine well.
  14. Frost your cooled cookie bars evenly.
  15. Cut into triangles and serve.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

giveaway from Area Fare Kids...

There's still time left to enter the contest to win any 8x10 print from my Etsy shop Area Fare Kids. Just head over to Sarah's lovely blog~Just the Bee's Knee's to enter until Thursday March 7th (psst that's tomorrow so don't wait) Don't forget to check out her blog too-she has great little DIY tutorials regarding decorating and sewing-you'll love it!



Sunday, March 3, 2013




Monday, January 28, 2013

A Little Construction ABC...

Here's a little construction abc I'm adding to my Etsy was a custom piece for a client and I thought other moms and dads would dig the big boy designs!

Check it out...

I haven't quite started my construction and demo project at the AFK house down the hill. We have so much to do up here on top of the hill that I've been too busy! Right now all of the kitchen cabinets have no doors and they are strategically placed around the kitchen in what I like to call an organized mess. I've sanded them and they are ready to prime...I'll keep you posted! :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

snuggle friends...

Just a quick pic today of this cute little pet~around here they're called "snuggle friends" lol When all the plushies are piled up together the boys call it a "snuggle pit"...isn't that the best? xo

buy one of these cuties or a custom piece from the modern and indie threads


Monday, November 26, 2012

new logo and other stuff...

I've been getting back into the game lately. Letting my brain dream about things I haven't even thought about in what seems like forever! We moved over the summer and I'm still settling in. Everyone tells you it takes a year to really get your stuff into position-lol. I believe it because I'm still organizing and reorganizing and cleaning out closets etc etc... The upside is that this is finally our "forever" home. You know what that means-I am never, ever, moving again! You don't know what it means for a home loving Taurus like me to be able to say that! It is a large home with tons of possibilities and ample space indoors and out. We bought the gorgeous 16 wooded acres next door and behind us. Seriously ~I walk through the property and I can't believe it's ours-it's hilly and beautiful. Part of the acreage deal were 2 more houses. One was trailer (it was newer and pretty decent) that we sold and they're coming for it in the spring. The other is an old 2 bedroom home with a large 2 car garage, old barn and various sheds. The older house sits right on a main highway almost at an intersection with a good amount of traffic (and tourists) Do you see where my mind is going here? So, my new project is setting up Area Fare as a home/art/kids stuff/accessories shop filled with new modern pieces, updated furniture treasures I find and rehab and of course canvas and art prints! Wish me luck! I'm kicking off this adventure in retail beginning January 1 and I'll be blogging lightly about everything I'm up to so be back to check that out!

Here's a look at the new logo...