What to do with twine.

When it comes to must-have household items I have several but among my favorites is twine.
Yep. Twine.
Seriously can’t live without it.
It’s hands down one of the most versatile things in my home.

I was walking the isle’s at ACE Hardware the other day. All of the sudden the clouds parted and rays of sunshine beamed upon this…


2500 ft of twine.  Can I get a hallelujah!?

Give me a year, this whole thing will be gone.  Aside from it’s usefulness, it’s pretty darn neat as a bookend/decoration?


The spool hole is just big enough for a pair of scissors for quick cutting.  And not just any scissors, cool iron Chinese scissors.

PicMonkey Collage

I do cartwheels when form and function come together.


There’s not a week that goes by that I’m not using it for something.
Wrapping presents…


Tying up plants…


Hanging pictures…

Hang a picture


Arts and crafts…


and dragging it around for el gato (the neighbor’s cat) to chase.

Need to stock up? Here’s some to consider…

Twine Roundup

1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6.

P.S. have you heard Jim Gaffigan’s comedy skit on twine?
Listen here.

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Renovated Trailers.

I mentioned in my last post that our RV trip was the best family vacation we ever took.  Every time I say that out loud I’m positive it sounds a little absurd and you’re probably thinking we haven’t  been to very many cool places as a family.  Maybe? Maybe not? What I learned on our RV trip was that it was all about the journey, not the destination.  Oh crap, my parents were right.  Thinking back, we laughed harder sitting around the table in the RV, bumpin’ down the road playing games than we ever did playing on the white sand beaches of Hawaii or exploring the glaciers in Alaska. We had real intropsective conversations with our kids about what it would be like to live on one of those little farms in Iowa where kids had real jobs other than just bringing in the garbage cans from the street.  The gift the RV trip gave us was time together…and I loved every minute of it.

The other thing I learned on the RV was living in a small space was actually quite doable.  Maybe I can say that because I knew we only had to live in cramped quarters for just a week.  But honestly, I kind of liked it.  Everything we needed was right there at our finger tips.   We had wheels, a bathroom, a place to sleep and a place to cook.  There was no pressure of having to clean a massive house, maintain the yard, make a huge elaborate meal.  Everything was simplified which gave us more time to spend together or read a book or just look out the window at America the Beautiful.

We’ve been home for over a week now and I can’t stop thinking about acquiring an RV or trailer.  I want to take my family all over the place in an RV.  Of course using Access RV’s brand spankin’ new RV’s was wonderful but there’s the part of me that to put my own stamp on it.  Something along these lines…

Now I just need the husband to get on board, a wad of cash to buy one, a place to renovate it and a stretch of time in which to complete it.

(Check out our RV trip + enter the giveaway we’re co-hosting for an RV trip getaway here).

Vintage Library Chairs.

I’m smitten with my vintage tulip table that I recently acquired from a Vintage shop.


 While I’m still in the process of planning out the re-finishing process I’m already on to what kind of chairs to pair the table with.

Our current table is traditional wood farm house table (still for sale by the way) which I paired with some very modern white chairs.

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I love the mix of traditional and modern.  My style tends to be eclectic (although I hate that term.  I once saw a space filled with 80’s neon and traditional furniture which they called “eclectic”.  The space was so awful that it ruined the”eclectic” term for me forever).  Anyhow, I love the juxtaposition of different styles, colors and finishes coming together…eclectic.

This time I have my eye on some vintage library wood chairs.


 To say I’m on the “hunt” is putting it mildly.  I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with these chairs.  I kid you not, I’ve actually dreamed about them twice in the last 2 weeks.  Our neighborhood elementary school has them sitting in the foyer and I swoon over them every time I’m at the school.  Every time I’m at the school I profess my love for them to which I get the strangest looks, as I should, but I know would be the perfect pairing to my tulip table.

I’ve searched high and low for 5 of these babies.  Etsy and Ebay have a few in the $250. range EACH.  I could buy them new but then what’s the fun in that?  The worn arms and faded seats have a story and give them character (like lots of naughty children waiting to see the principal kind of character).

The law of attraction brought me to a Barnes and Noble bookstore the other day while I was waiting for my sons soccer practice.  I turned from the magazines and behold…


A whole row of these vintage beauties.  My heart began to palpitate. I immediately took out my camera and shamelessly snapped a picture (the poor guy at the end of the row obviously thought I was crazy).  After that I made a B-line to the manager and nonchalantly asked how I could get my hands on some of those chairs.  After a lecture on how those chairs came from the early 1900’s and how lucky the store was to have inherited them that conversation came up fruitless.   So now it’s back to the drawing board.  In the meantime here’s some pretty tulip table / wood dining chair pairings that I’ll be swooning over…


Anyone got a few vintage library chairs kicking around that they’d like to sell?

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a $100. gift card to ACE Hardware here.