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THE SCOOP #134

ABOVE:5 MINUTE FALL DECOR Are you ready for another week of fabulous projects, great recipes and inspiring posts? Me too!  A big, big thank you to all the creative bloggers who share the best of what they are doing every week with us! YOU ROCK!!! Before we get started I want to share some burlap love! Here are  4 FALL BURLAP DIY'S that will keep you crafting happy and you house looking like fall has finally come! Let's make a burlap wreath or some cute, cute, cute burlap and toile acorns! And when you are done those, how about making a fall burlap leaf pillow or THE perfect burlap bow? … [Read more...]

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4 FALL BURLAP DIYS’

  Happy September! Let's start celebrating fall! Come on all you naysayers. Stop dragging your feet in the sand! It's time to get inspired by fall and all it's beauty! Let's get busy celebrating by creating something for the upcoming season with burlap! Burlap and fall were made for each other! They work and play so well together! I've put together 4 of my favorite fall diy's  with lots of hand holding instructions to help you make fall decor that is a tribute to the season! … [Read more...]

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PSALM 51:10 CHALKBOARD ART

  Isn't this a Bible verse we should all meditate on every day? It is a beautiful way to ask God to renew and redirect our lives to more closely follow  Him! I have added the Hebrew meaning to the words so we can get a more meaningful, deeper sense of what this verse in Psalms says! … [Read more...]

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5 MINUTE FALL DECOR

  My very favorite season is fall! I love the crisp air, the pretty colors and all the fabulous fall decor!  It's a toasty, warm, cozy season! Roasting marshmallows and football.... and decorating!!! Can I make a confession? I don't always feel like dragging all the pumpkins and leaf wreaths and bags of acorns up from the basement to decorate every nook and crannie of my home. So this fall I'm thinking of ways to to add easy and natural touches of fall to StoneGable without going overboard and doing a whole bunch of work! Sound impossible? Just keep reading... … [Read more...]

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PUFF PASTRY APPLE ROSETTES

  All I can say is, "OH, YUMMY"! These darling little desserts are sooooo beautiful, sooooo easy to make and sooooo delicious. I call a dessert like this, WOW FACTOR DESSERTS. They have it all! Looks, lusciousness, and ease! Puff Pastry Apple Rosettes have a crisp and crunchy pastry and lots of sweet apple cinnamon taste! So company worthy, but don't forget to make these for your family too! These are a must-try dessert! … [Read more...]

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ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS

  Art is one of the most subjective and interesting things we can put in our homes. If you are like me, art can also be daunting! Art can be very expensive and I tend to grow tired of it after awhile! Recently, I have been drawn to architectural elements. I love old chippy pieces! On a trip to Washington DC I picked up 8 chippy, wonderfully dirty pieces of molding from houses that must be over 100 years old! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them... but I knew they were coming home with me! … [Read more...]

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5 EASY TIPS TO STYLE A HUTCH

  I think filling and styling a big space like a hutch or bookcase can be intimidating!!! What do you put in it? How will it all look together?  It's taken years for bigger spaces in my house to look polished and put together! Even now, lots of tweaking and adjusting go into each space I decorate! To make decorating those large spaces like a hutch or bookcase a little easier and doable, here are 5 helpful tips for styling them like a pro! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #133

Hi Friends!  Another week... another great SCOOP!  I'm overwhelmed with all the really creative and inspiring posts you share each week! Oh, and I can't forget all the YUMMY ones too! If you have something to share we want the "scoop" on it right here! Before we begin I want to tell you about a couple of recent  posts... Did you see my  4 FAB FALL WREATHS DIY'S post? Get a jump on fall this year and make one of these wreaths. Lots of step-by-step instructions and hand holding! … [Read more...]

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FOUR FAB FALL WREATH DIY’S

      It's time to start thinking about what to put on your front door this fall. Will you go traditional and full of autumnal color or use warm and wonderful burlap to make a full and loopy wreath? You could hang a fall wreath that looks like it was plucked out of a cornfield or a brightly colored wreath with a sassy monogram! I think I love decorating for fall because of all the different styles that encompass this beautiful season! Today I'm sharing four fall wreaths... all with a different vibe! Hopefully, one will be just right for you! All of these wreaths have detailed tutorials to help you make one for yourself! … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU MONDAY WEEK OF AUG 22, 2014

As we move from August to September not only the weather changes. So does my menu. Yes. I am still eating tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and leeks from the garden. And the fall lettuce I planted will soon be large enough to start picking. But as the days get shorter and the weather begins to turn just a little cooler, I'll start making soups and stews. Little by little my menu will begin to take on it's fall fare! I will certainly miss the wonderful bounty of my garden, but I love love love to make soups... and some of those soups will be filled with my garden bounty that I have frozen. If you make one thing this week try the PEACH DUMPLINGS... but not for dessert! In my area we eat them … [Read more...]

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OMGOTTA STOP SAYING THAT!

  You would probably not ever want to go shopping with me.  I am not a "let's go shopping together" kind of girl! I really don't like to shop! I shop at a handful of stores, but that's it!  If a store  has the words pottery or crate or Home or vintage in it... well, bring it on! Other than that, I am a lone wolf shopper! If I have to shop, I hunt down my merchandise prey alone. That way I have time to think and strategize about the mission!  In... attack... out! No fooling around. Precision and quick strikes!  Browsing is a very bad word to me! I do my browsing in magazines, not stores! And long check out lines make me want to leave everything in my cart and head for the nearest … [Read more...]

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LET’S DISH ABOUT WHITE DISHES!

White dishes are the little black dress of the dinnerware world! They go with anything, food looks best on them and they love to play together! White dishes are the most nimble and friendly dishes you could own! Yes, white dishes should be mandatory for every kitchen cupboard and table! I recently received an email from a reader asking if she could mix different patterns and colors of white dishes... and could I give her some suggestions. Okay, Katie this post is for you! You hit on something I love to talk about!!!!! So let's dish about white dishes! … [Read more...]

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PAINTED HUTCH TECHNIQUE

I have a habit of starting something and when I am about a quarter of the way through thinking, "This is a huge project... I must be crazy to tackle it"!  This was NOT one of those projects. I knew before my paintbrush touched this hutch that it would be a very big job! But I was so motivated to turn this ugly and tired piece into something marvelous for my living room I was determined to work with gusto from start to finish! The painting process was not hard, it just took a long time. There was a lot of surface to cover and I used several layers of paint to give it depth.  Here's how I transformed this horrid, brown, dated hutch into an updated, fresh piece... … [Read more...]

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EARLY FALL FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

Fall and my farmhouse kitchen are like best friends! They work and play so well together! The colors of fall were made for my black and white farmhouse kitchen! I love the smells and tastes that come from my kitchen when the leaves start to turn! And there is a coziness and  deep felt warmth in my kitchen when there is a nip in the air. However, we are not quite into my favorite season yet, but I am ready to bring a little early fall to my farmhouse kitchen. … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #132

Hi Friends! Hope you are having a wonderful beginning of the week! And I hope we make it even better now that you are joining us at THE SCOOP! Last week there were so many fabulous links... my must-make  list is huge!!!! I love so many projects and recipes! You are such a talented group! Did you see my post on FARMHOUSE VINTAGE. If you want to add a couple of fun farmhouse touches you'll want to read this post! … [Read more...]

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BEHIND THE BLOGGER… DID YOU KNOW?

In my life I have worn many hats: wife, mother, teacher, girl scout leader, entrepreneur, business owner, PTO president, medical office worker, Bible study teacher and inspirational speaker... to name a few. But mostly these days I'm known as a blogger! Today I'm taking you behind the images and text of StoneGable and  giving you an honest and never before seen glimpse into the creative process of StoneGable! … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF AUG. 18, 2014

This week I am pulling out my mason jars and putting food in them! There is something so fun about eating out of a jar! This is a busy week for me! I'm decorating for Christmas! Yes, Christmas. I am not an early bird or crazy but I have a very fun and good reason! If you follow me on facebook  and instagram you will get a peek at what I am doing and why! If you make one thing this week it has to be the BBQ Chicken thighs with Magic Rub! If you have already made them. try the Salmon, Asparagus and Bow Tie Pasta In a Sherry Cream Sauce! Ultimate company worthy food! Now here's what's ON THE MENU... … [Read more...]

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WAITING FOR SUPERMAN!.

If you were in dire trouble and needed to be saved by a superhero who would you pick to come to the rescue? I would pick Superman! Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound... He can fly in the sky like a bird and his hair is never messed up! He fights for truth, justice and the American way! Strong, fast, powerful. A real hero! He is the perfect package of good looks, brains, brawn and compassion! Yes, I would feel pretty safe in the strong arms of Superman! … [Read more...]

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FARMHOUSE VINTAGE

There is something so comfortable about farmhouse style. It reminds me of an easier, slower time... of home cooked meals and lots of family and hard work and making our own good fun! It's nothing fussy and everything welcoming!  There is a charm to farmhouse style, that's for sure! Here's a little farmhouse vintage inspiration. … [Read more...]

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BREAKFAST PIZZA

It's back to school time and I'm thinking there are a whole lot of kiddos and parents going from summer mode to school routine! As a former 1st grade teacher, I have seen first hand the value of a good breakfast. And as a mom, I know how rushed some mornings were getting my children out and onto the school bus!  One of my go-to breakfasts during those wonderful and frantic years was a healthy breakfast pizza. So easy to whip up... and my kids LOVED them! … [Read more...]

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PAINTED HUTCH REVEAL

There's nothing like a few coats of paint and a little wax to breathe life into an old piece of furniture! A paintbrush is like a magic wand... turning something we would never think of putting in our home into a grand piece of furniture that becomes the centerpiece of a room! I found this very ugly old hutch with marvelous arched glass doors.  It was a solid wood piece so heavy with dirt and cobwebs... but there was something I immediately fell in love with! So with a little paint I coaxed the true beauty out of this ugly duckling! Here is how it looked before... … [Read more...]

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HOW TO HANG AN “AS YOU GO” WALL ART GALLERY

Maybe It's because I'm not super organized... or maybe I'm just too impatient... or maybe I'm slow. It's probably all three! When it comes to hanging a gallery on my walls, I just don't have it together enough to gather up ALL the art to hang at one time and systematically arrange them before hanging them up! If you are like me, then this is a post custom made for you! Today I'm going to show you how to create "hang as you go" a wall art gallery. This is not rocket science, but there are a few tips and tricks that will make your wall gallery look like you have "planned" it! Let's get busy... … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP 8-11-14-stonegableblog

THE SCOOP # 131

WELCOME TO THE SCOOP#131! Last week I shared 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU BUY ANY HOME DECOR. Wow, did you respond! I love lots of reader interaction!!! If you love home decor this is a good post to read! … [Read more...]

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A LITTLE FALL INSPIRATION

Before we begin I want to let you know that the FABULOUS blog DESIGN CHIC is featuring StoneGable today! Please head on over there (after you read this post) and show them some wonderful StoneGable Reader love!!!!  Click HERE to visit Design Chic! Thanks, Beth and Kristy!!!! I'm not trying to hurry summer out the door... I just want to give you a little fall inspiration to think about and fall fun look forward to! So go on and keep swimming in the ocean or pool and keep wearing your flip flops and keep picking those beautiful summer flowers... and live in the moment enjoying the remains of summer! And when you are ready, visit a few StoneGable posts that say HELLO FALL, SO GLAD YOU'RE … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF AUGUST 11, 2O14

The August garden at StoneGable is still filled with lots of fresh veggies! Now the peppers, tomatoes and eggplants shine!  We are picking 6 different varieties of tomatoes and I'm starting to think about canning sauce! YUMMY! Bobby just built a border around the veggie garden from the old patio pavers. I'll be sharing that project with you on Instagram.  If you make one thing this week you should try the BBQ Chicken Thighs With Magic Rub! That rub is so good that once you try it I know it will be a staple in your pantry!  If you try a second recipe it has to be the Panzanella Salad... using fresh garden tomatoes! YUMMY! Now here's what's ON THE MENU... … [Read more...]

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GIVING THANKS AT MEALTIME

This past week our family went out to dinner at a local steakhouse chain. You know the one that has free peanuts and two-steppin' servers and plays country music's top 40 and embarrasses birthday folk by making them sit on a big saddle! YEE-HAA! Yes, that's the one!  I love this restaurant! Kevin, one of the cooks, can make me the most perfect "Pittsburgh seared medium" ribeye EVER! It's so good it could make you cry! YUMMY! As is our habit, we all quietly held hands and prayed before we ate. We thanked God and asked Him to bless the food, the servers and cooks and clean-up crew, our lives and those whose stomachs are empty while ours are full! That evening our prayer did not go unnoticed … [Read more...]

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TOP 10 FAVORITE TABLESCAPING ITEMS

This post was born out of a readers question. Tami asked, "Your tablescapes are SO BEAUTIFUL and INSPIRING! I have one question though, if you could only pick ten items, or even five, that you use over and over again, what would they be? I’m on a limited budget and need to choose carefully. Would love to hear your thoughts. Beautiful job! Thanks." Thanks Tami... your answer is in this post!  Here are ten items that I use over and over and over again to set a many of my tables... and I did not spend a lot of money for any of them!  They are by far my favorites! … [Read more...]

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EASY PUFF PASTRY HAM CHEESE AND BROCCOLI HAND PIES

Hand pies... little packets of flaky crust and yummy insides! These are perfect for a quick-to-make back to school dinner! The secret is all store-bought, easy to prepare ingredients! These little golden clouds can be frozen ahead and popped into the oven. They go from freezer to table in about 30 minutes! Once you have the basic recipe down... the ingredients can be switched up and the options are only limited by your culinary imagination! … [Read more...]

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10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING HOME DECOR

It really does not matter who you are... if you are reading this you probably love "stuff"! Home decor stuff! I sure do. I love to decorate and change things up so much I write about it!!! I look forward to the changes in season to decorate accordingly. And the same goes for holidays!  I bet I've spent a small fortune decorating and redecorating my home! And could probably furnish another home with all the decor in my basement! This is the year of the PURGE! The time to give away, throw away, put away and sell EVERYTHING in my house (that includes the basement)! To keep the clutter... and extra expenses at bay, I've come up with 10 common sense questions we should ask ourselves before … [Read more...]

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EARLY FALL GREEN APPLE INITIAL WREATH DIY

Even though we might be wearing flip flops or have our toes in the water and sand it is not too early to be thinking about Fall! Many kiddos will be going back to school in a week or so... and that means fall is just around the corner! It may be too early to pull out the pumpkins and mums, but don't forget the bounty early fall brings!  Apples always remind me of September! Here's a very easy-to-make early fall monogrammed wreath that will welcome fall and friends to your front door! … [Read more...]