My daughter’s favorite present–The Amazon Kids Fire HD Edition


  It isn't just pre-Christmas hype going on at our house right now, we've also just celebrated my daughter's sixth birthday.  This has been a big year, from starting kindergarten and making new friends she is rapidly moving into a new stage of life and learning. It was perfect timing when I … [Read more...]

Painting Furniture so it has a Smooth & Glossy Finish {& A Giveaway!}

How to paint furniture to get a "gloss" finish

    There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a dated piece of furniture.  While it looks easy to just slap some paint on, in theory, if you have tried that route you know things don't always go so "smoothly". The first problem with using regular furniture paint … [Read more...]

DIY Ribbon-Embellished Kids’ Towels and a Bath Time Gift

DIY Ribbon-Embellished Towels | 11 Magnolia Lane

If you read my earlier post about a Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {here}, then you know that I'm a fan of Target's up & up line as an affordable substitute for similar name brand items.   Today I'm back with a fun way to use their colorful and yummy-smelling 3-in-1 Body Wash line as … [Read more...]

DIY Upcycled Cane Bench

Black cane bench with dalmation print seat and gold nail head trim | 11 Magnolia Lane

The alternate title of this post could be, "How My FinishMax Pro Paint Sprayer Changed How I Paint."  I've painted cane before--with a brush--and it's no fun.  {These} pretty cane chairs are an example.  Stay tuned at the end of this post, since we're giving away a FinishMax Pro to one lucky reader … [Read more...]

September Essential: Teacher Back to School Survival Kit and a Target GiftCard® Giveaway

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit | 11 Magnolia Lane

While this is a post about the awesome back to school survival kit that I put together for my daughter's teacher, I'm going to begin with a guilty confession about Target, just so you know where things stand.   Full disclosure is that Target is probably my favorite store, ever, period.  We're … [Read more...]

“One Smart Cookie” Baking Cabinet Makeover


  Girl Scouts are known for cookies as well as for their smart, resourceful ideas. So in mulling over what I wanted to share in this post, thinking cookies...resources...I knew that with fall around the corner baking season would soon be here. So I set about on a project that has been on my wish … [Read more...]

Elegant Outdoor Entertaining

Backyard tent for a party!

May is the perfect month to entertain outdoors.  The weather is almost uniformly warm and sunny, but not yet unbearably hot.  This past weekend, we honored some very special volunteers at a reception in my backyard, and  I wanted to be sure that I paid attention to every detail to make them feel … [Read more...]

Bringing Home the {Fur} Baby ~ Brought to You by SHEBA® Brand


By now, you've enjoyed meeting our sweet and feeble old kitty, Tinker (read about him here and here).   He's 16-1/2 now, and he's been with us since we were newlyweds.  Before we had a (gasp!) teenager, before we even had children, we had our first babies--our pets.  I know that many of you also … [Read more...]

Easter Entertaining Made Easy with Chinet® Cut Crystal® Tableware


Spring is almost here! I can see the bulbs pushing through the ground just in time for Easter and this change in season has given me fresh ideas for two very special parties I've been dreaming up during the past wintery month. I've been busy pinning a ton of these party ideas to my Spring … [Read more...]

Tinker’s Cat Food Dreams Come True (Thanks to SHEBA® Food for Cats)!


You might remember that I posted a little while ago about the four-legged member of our family who really runs the house: our 16-year-old cat, Tinker {read that post here}.  I'm writing a series of posts for the folks who make SHEBA® Entrées for Cats, and Tinker is thrilled that he's finally being … [Read more...]

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