A Turkey at the Door, More Christmas Decor, and Some Holiday Shopping

Are you wondering how the turkey is doing? The turkey is doing just fine. The turkey, and even the guinea hen, are now both sleeping in the coop. At night, it’s one big, cozy flock. Things are pretty chummy during the day, too, though…

A Foray into Decorating, a List for Brides, and Some Completed Knitting

I took a step toward holiday decorating this past week by bringing up my “Winter Animals” from the basement. They’re festive, but not overtly Christmassy, so I figured I could sneak them in early. This year I added a strand of twinkle lights for extra…

Peeling Wallpaper, Dragon Fruit, and Blooming Flowers

Things are hopping here on the home front. Inside, I’ve decided to (finally) tackle the kitchen walls. These should have been painted years ago, but I’ve put off the job because it wasn’t a matter of mere paint. There’s wallpaper under all that paint,…

Rock Tumbling and Other Winter Pastimes

With the cold stretching long before us and the bright busy-ness of the holidays over, we at the Smythe house find we are, more and more, relying on hobbies and creative projects to fill our days. Pepper received a rock tumbler for her birthday earlier this month and finally…

Cape Cod Side Tables

I was out tag sale-ing again this weekend. I have a plan to furnish our living room in 1950’s Colonial Revival furniture and I’m hoping to find all of it second hand. This is all to be blamed on a blog called Retro Renovation which I’ve…