The Moving Chronicles: Exterior + Path

How to create a stone garden path the easy way

Hello Monday… how are you doing on this 27th day of July? I hope your weekend was good.

This is what mine looked like…

Exterior home staging tips

…this photo sums it up, hard work and DIY sweat to start getting our house ready for the real estate market.

If you haven’t read my posts in a while, Ed and I made the decision to move. We don’t have a new home yet, but are planning a trip in the early fall to find a perfect abode along a lake or river somewhere south of Pennsylvania.

For the next few months, I will keep you updated on our progress and journey along with a few staging tips.


Ed and I moved 5 times until we landed at this house. We became quite good at packing and moving.  We have sold 4 houses before and know what it takes to get a house ready to sell. We moved his parents 3 times and mine once. It takes work, a long list of “To-Do’s” and LOTS of decision making.

After Ed lost his job and didn’t find a new one in the area, we knew we would eventually move and have been getting rid of un-wanted stuff for a while now with basement, attic and garage purges. Even with all that done, we still need to purge more. A dumpster is arriving in our driveway this week. I have a thrift store picking up lots of items and am even putting a few items up on Craig’s List…. 

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Jingle Bell Door Knob Hanger

Every year I always tell myself I am going to get a head start on Christmas decorating and shopping so that I am prepared when the holidays roll around.  It would feel good to be able to sit back and enjoy the season with less rushing around and an endless … Continue Reading...

Breakfast alfresco ideas

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Alfresco

Many bloggers' posts this time of year, mine included, write about entertaining outdoors for a crowd, throwing parties for family and friends, girls' night outs and setting up festive birthday parties for our children as well as setting up bar carts for guests … Continue Reading...

Lake house living

New House Dreaming

A few weeks ago I went to a brand new store in the Philadelphia area, the mega flooring store, Floor & Decor. I went in search of wood flooring for the second floor of my house. Right now all the rooms and hallway on the second level have … Continue Reading...

DIY glossy white nautical ceiling fixture

The Start: Mudroom/Laundry Room Makeover

This post is sponsored by True Value Hardware One room in my house that has seen a lot of decorative changes over the 20 + years that we have lived in it is my mudroom/laundry room. It has been painted light green, dark green and turquoise. I stenciled a … Continue Reading...

Beach Reading giveaway

Beach Tote Full Of Books Giveaway

As your summer calendar begins to fill up with vacations, trips, planes, trains, and long automobile rides having a good book on hand is a necessity. There is nothing better than losing yourself in a good book, especially when you have nowhere else to … Continue Reading...

The best margaritas

Good Libations!

Over the weekend Ed and I celebrated the 4th in our backyard with friends and family. It was three days filled with lots of good food, music and good libations. When the clock chimed 5 o'clock on Friday afternoon... The holiday weekend became official … Continue Reading...

Bed Pillow Linens at HomeGoods

White & Blue, but no Red

I have been busy in a very domestic way this week. I have been getting the house ready in preparation for 6 guests who will be staying with Ed and me this 4th of July weekend. We have not hosted this many overnight guests at once in a long time. I have … Continue Reading...

Coastal beachy decorated home. Lots of very affordable DIY projects that you can do !

Repurposed Mirror Coffee Table

I have been busy DIYing some big projects around my house the past few weeks. I have a few going on that I will post about over the next several weeks. I am excited to show you one that I have completed. I made the table by repurposing an old mirror … Continue Reading...

Script calligraphy

More Creative Lettering

Hola all! It is Friday did that happen so quickly? I have been a bit behind on getting posts up this week, but I have a good excuse. My oldest daughter and her boyfriend came home for a week to study. And study they did! They are finishing … Continue Reading...

Game of love giveaway

Summer Fridays: The Game of Love Giveaway

This blog post is a fun one to write for two reasons. The first is that I get to give away something very creative and fun. The second reason is that what I am giving away today had its humble begininngs as a DIY project from blogger Monica Mangin from East … Continue Reading...


Part 2: Dining Room Chair Makeover

This furniture makeover is a long time in coming. Several weeks ago I showed you how I changed the color of the rush seats. That effort took some time but the real delay arose trying to work through the prep and painting of all 6 chairs. The room is … Continue Reading...

Driftwood finish outdoor furntiture

Outdoor Living: Eco Chic Style

This is where I have been relaxing and hanging out the past few weekends as well as in the evenings enjoying the nice weather. It is my little piece of paradise right outside my back door. Right now, I have a production line of furniture painting going … Continue Reading...

Book Blueprints

Summer Fridays: Blueprints Giveaway

Now that summer is upon us, starting today, I am declaring Fridays around here to be light and easy.  Summer goes by way too quickly and I want to make Fridays about fun and relaxation. I have something for your summer reading list.  A new book... just … Continue Reading...

Fast and affordable hostess gift idea

Spray Painted Hydrangeas?

A few months ago, Ed gave me a gift card so I could buy fresh flowers for the house on a regular basis. I haven't used it in the last few weeks since I have been bringing flowers from the yard into the house, starting with tulips. After the tulips withered, I … Continue Reading...

Free printable labels to use around your home to help you stay organized

Decorative Free Printable Labels For Organizing

I promised I would post about the new free printable labels for organizing that I used in my clothes closet. I made them the way I make all the labels I use to help me organize the stuff around my house. When paging through the Ballard Designs catalog a few … Continue Reading...

Kitchen decorating ideas on a budget

Kitchen Tweak: How to Paint Laminate Cabinets

I did a little decorating tweak in my kitchen over the weekend. I wanted to make the kitchen feel a bit more easy and breezy for the summer months. The tweak was just that...a tweak... nothing too drastic. I simply removed 2 cabinet doors to create the … Continue Reading...