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What I Can’t Let Go Of:

I can’t let go of how intimidating a new tool can be — yet how thrilling!

I came up with this very cool plan for shelves for our daughter’s powder room that I am making over for this One Room Challenge. Well, they’ll be very cool . . . .if it works!

Yes, it’s one of those projects.

For these, I needed a router to carve a 7/8-inch channel across the depth of each end of each shelf.

So after weeks of second guessing my purchase, I finally committed and bought myself a palm router (sometimes called compact router or trim router).

Wow! It’s exciting! I’m certainly not an expert yet, but super stoked about what this can do.

The Hubs and I have a big project coming up in the Fall, we hope. And this new little workshop baby is going to get a workout on that project!!!

I may have mentioned this before, but I keep going back to the takeaway from the keynote speaker at Haven, the home bloggers main conference.

She challenged us: What if your biggest dream is just on the other side of your biggest fear?

I can’t say that a router is my biggest fear. But it was a fear that was standing between me and some design dreams I have.

But NOT any more!!!

And it feels great!

Super closeup of one head of a blooming allium

On the Blog This Week

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I shared the final critical step I always take prior to actually starting a room makeover.

Follow this plan and your installation will require less time and delays, less stress and often times saves some money.

I also shared all the forms I use.

And it’s really easy to plan and throw — my favorite kind of party!

All my tips (several I bet you didn’t know) are all included in the blog post.

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Coming Next Week:

The ONE ROOM CHALLENGE continues . . . .

We’ll be in DC next week (The Hubs is joining me this time — it’s all hands on deck).

With fingers crossed, and many extra prayers, we will have the installation done in one week!!!

Then the tutorials will start rolling out.

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We all love the ease, flexibility and green aspect of solar yard lights, right?

But not so much when they show the results of harsh weather and the power starts to fade!

Missy at Sonata Home Design shares all her great tips for restoring old solar lights.

Not just the outside with spray paint — that’s not so revolutionary.

But what will really blow your mind is the simple way she restored the solar panel to add new life and LIGHT!!!!

Oh, don’t thank me, the thanks go to Missy!

Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling made this very cool mobile and shared lots of great tips.

There’s nothing baby about this one!

I’d love it hanging in a corner window maybe by a reading chair.

Amy is making over her son’s room for this One Room Challenge and there are more fun elements to come!

Closeup of mobile of metallic leaves and circles

View of a beautiful living room conversation area

If you question what size area rug you should have, Kim from Perfecting Places, has the answers.

Kim has shared how to calculate the best area rug sizes for a seating area — and how to figure it in your space.

And she does it in such an easy, straight forward way.

And for a delicious recipe, I couldn’t resist this Harvest Chicken Salad from Melaine at My Sweet Savannah.

I always feel like entree salads at restaurants are so much better than mine at home. So I really want to up our salad game especially as we move into the garden fresh produce season (which for me translates to Farmers Market season).

I’d much rather grow flowers than veggies!

closeup of salad on a plate

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit,

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1 Comment

  1. Michelle Crowley

    I bought and used my first Palm Router last spring! I can totally relate to your feeling 😀 it was scary and exciting all at the same moment!

    It’s such a fun tool – SO many possibilities! Can’t wait to see what you’re doing with it!


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