2 The truest words ever written.

>> Thursday, May 31, 2012

An email from my friend, Jessica, pondering the aftermath of my recent visit to P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm


Overwhelmed indeed…which is why the personalized P. Allen thank you note is still on the gotta-get-done-before-I-roll-out-of-town-to-yet-another-bachelorette-party list. Thanks for the reminder, Jess.



0 Thrift Porn

>> Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lord help me, I love a good trash-to-treasure coffee table book.


So when I found Better Homes & Gardens Flea Market Decorating at an actual thrift store at an unbelievably tiny thrift store price? I lost my home-loving mind.


I need a cigarette.


PS…No, I don’t really smoke. That’s dirty.


2 A Rusty, Crusty DIY

>> Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Let’s stop by the pink bath for the latest DIY. I keep a ceramic platter on the counter to hold any number of lotions & potions—which also makes for easy cleanup since I all have to do to scrub down the counter is scoot the tray out of the way for a quick swipe. Fabulous!—but I’m slightly less enthused by the soap dispenser holding down the fort.


A rusty bottom means that I’m constantly cleaning up rust rings, making my theory of easy bathroom cleaning all the more complicated. Time to ditch the rusty bitch.

There has been a mason jar buried in the back of my kitchen cabinet for months begging to be DIYed.

By drilling a hole in the lid of the jar and hijacking the pump from the rusty dispenser, the mason jar will be put to good use and my rusty dilemma will be no more. Two birds. One stone. Let’s do this.

I’ve tackled a mason-jar-turned-soap-dispenser rehab in the past, so I knew this would be an easy job for my Milwaukee drill bit set to knock out of the park. Best Christmas present ever (a big hug and high five to my brother for placing this bad boy under the tree last year). I use this DIY army in nearly every project I tackle.

The width of the soap pump looked to be a little bigger than 5/8 inch, but very close. In this case, it is better to drill too small and go back with a larger bit if needed.

With a little wiggling, pushing and cursing (every good DIY needs four lettered friend), the pump fit snuggly in the newly drilled hole…

A new rust free soap dispenser that literally took 5 minutes to whip into shape. Full of charm and a future free of rust rings.




0 Remembering

>> Monday, May 28, 2012

Remembering the heroes who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom and allow us to live and enjoy life to its fullest.






3 Before Story: Mail Call

>> Friday, May 25, 2012

With the palette successfully checked off the Rehabilitation Station to-do list (click here if you missed the before & after from earlier this week), you know I just had to bring in another friend to fill its place. Out with the old and in with more old.

Meet the newest guinea pig ripe for rehabbing!…


A couple of years ago, I rehabbed the mailbox that is still hanging on my own front porch today…


…and this DIY was one of my most favorite projects—I also like to think it makes my mailman’s day to frequent such a lovely stop—so I’m pumped to take on another letter loving flip.

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend, y’all! I’ll see you back here Monday…hopefully with more of a suntan than a sunburn.



13 Life Outside the Construction Site: Moss Mountain Farm

>> Thursday, May 24, 2012

Holy blog post. This is going to be a long one. With so much fun crammed into a ten hour time span there is no way I could keep a recap post on my recent visit to P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm on the short side of life. Not possible, so let’s dive right in shall we?


A couple of months ago when I received an invite to the inaugural Bean2Blog event at P. Allen’s crib, I was pumped for three reasons:

1. Hello?! It’s P. Allen and a trip to his wonderland of flowers and folly could not be passed up.

2. An event sponsored by Arkansas soybean farmers, I was excited to learn more about the little beans that have become a super important staple for our state…turns out, soy is in everything!

3. A chance to meet other Arkansas bloggers in person that I’ve been stalking over the years would truly be a treat. Game on!

First and foremost, the main house is a serious stunner. We kicked off our day with a tour of P. Allen’s house and boy were our cameras just-a-clickin’. Here’s a little peek at our super snooping.


The most perfect pink chair on the front porch. It’s no coincidence the flowers are a spot-on match…


Serious table envy…


Gorgeous kitchen. The foodie bloggers went nuts!…


Downstairs screened porch. Love the black shutter wall and hints of pale blue and green…


Upstairs sleeping porch. You can’t help but crave a nap when you step into this space…


Alison Chino from Chino House chose to take her nap in the (gorgeous!) tub on the porch…

The road to preciousness…


Heading outside…


The summer kitchen. P. Allen has an identical house directly across from this one that is his painting studio. Lucky, lucky goose…


Fellow At Home in Arkansas blogger, Jerusalem Greer of Jolly Goode Gal, snaps a few pics of the grounds…


Many may not think this little building that special, but the DIYer in me went nuts. Come inside and take a gander…


P. Allen calls this little octagonal building his “martini house” since that is usually what they are dishing up in this space. Simple table topped off with a completely rustic wooden chandelier with holes cut out to hold mason jars filled with candles…

There are also dozens of mini shelves designed solely to hold handles. Can’t you just imagine how amazing it would be to have dinner in a candle filled nook on Moss Mountain Farm? Ugh. So jealous.


Only at a blogger event is it appropriate to blog/tweet/take pictures/facebook during lunch…


JoBeth McElhanon with Boots McBlog and Kricia Palmer with Palmer House striking a pose…


Lela Davidson of After the Bubbly, Lyndi Fultz with NWA Foodie, and Kelly Stamps of Kelly’s Korner relax before lunch…


Planting soybeans. A first for most of us!…


Lazy afternoon walk to the rose garden…


Bloggers posing in their new Ariat cowgirl boots. A big ol’ thanks to Country Outfitters for keeping our toes clean and comfy while stomping around the farm…


Soy candle making outside the barn…


LockStar’s most popular selling soy candle is called Butt Naked. Tara Johnson with Taste Arkansas takes a whiff..


Camera crews and photographers follow Mr. Smith everywhere he goes. With so many TV shows, books, and articles to produce, it’s no wonder!…


They even stopped us throughout the day for quick interviews. Ashley Ederington with The Ederington Family whipped up her answers like a pro!…


P. Allen with one of his chicky chickens…

If only my purse were big enough, June bug would be chasing a new friend around the construction site…


Latonya Richardson with 40 reasons to Live, Love & Laugh Out Loud hugging a new duck friend…


Just a little fowl flirting. Wassup girl?…


We wrapped up the day with a glass of wine underneath the old oak tree. The crew at Moss Mountain Farm knows the way to this bloggers heart. A glass of pinot with new friends and perfect weather. Done.





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