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A Growth Spurt

I had no expectations. Maybe that’s why I got so much out of it. I showed up with a clear mind, alone, notebook in hand. Seeing diversity was the first thing I noticed.  Not just young, creative people.  But all ages, all walks of…

November 8, 2016
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Evacuating

I did not want to go.  I believed if we stayed we could somehow protect the house.  With the renovation completed only 6 months ago, I felt like a parent needing to stay put and make sure Hurricane Matthew didn’t destroy what we had…

October 12, 2016
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My Happy Place

I was giving a friend a tour of the house recently and she commented, “you sure do have a lot of spaces just to sit and relax”.  I had never thought of it that way and while it does appear to be indulgent, why…

September 22, 2016
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Quirky

Even I have sentimental limits. When it came time to decide what to do with the downstairs bathroom I was all for gutting it and starting over.  The bead board was covered in years of paint, revealing where the paint had chipped off and…

September 14, 2016
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Not So DIY

No.  This is not a picture of my DIY project. But it is a story about listening to your talented, artistic friends when they say they can help you with your DIY project.  But let me start at the beginning. I met my now…

August 17, 2016
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Going for Bold

This post was originally published in skirt! magazine’s online blog. Thanks to skirt! for the opportunity and partnership with the Charleston Blog Society! Any boldness in me comes from my momma. She didn’t let anything hold her back. She was feisty, kind, caring and…

August 10, 2016
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First Party!

After months of renovation and weeks of packing and unpacking, I knew the best way to bring the pretty back into the house was to plan a party. So, that’s exactly what I did. Almost 3 months from our move in date, I hosted a…

August 3, 2016
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Bella Blooms … Saved Me from Myself

My Daddy had a very green thumb. He had over 600 camellias on his James Island property, he grew cut flowers, had a veggie garden overrun with tomatoes, green onions, bell peppers and the occasional corn, watermelon and bok choy.  Based on all that…

July 26, 2016
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This Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen….

No, this is not in my yard.  But it is my community and I am one lucky girl.  Charleston has over 120 parks and one day, in the midst of renovating our home, I decided to get out of the chaos and go work…

July 6, 2016
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Little Treasures

I am sentimental.  I like old things. I especially like old things that have been in the family. Sometimes they are antiques, and sometimes they are just old. And I still delight in finding little treasures, hidden in a cigar box, or a plastic…

June 22, 2016