Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Home--hopefully that word invokes a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face. I love being home and can be quite the homebody, especially in the winter months. I suppose that is one reason decorating and changing and fixing up my home is so enjoyable to me--I just love the home.

I have called a tiny married student housing apartment home, a 3000 square foot basement home (we were caretakers for an older lady), several strange and somewhat questionable apartments home, a 35 year old pink house (which we painted 4 days after moving in), and 2 new houses home. It's really not the size or the layout that matters, but the love and the family inside. I, of course, do "things" to make a place feel homey--personal pictures, yummy smelling candles, warm fuzzy blankets, using my favorite found objects. But, no matter where I live, love and attitude and a willingness to make a place our own makes a dwelling a home. Share with us--what do you do to make a house a home?

I used the glass candle trays I showed in my thrifting post to make this home hanging. I found this great cookbook, that was falling apart, for 25 cents at a garage sale. It was in pieces and the paper is very brittle, but someone had the good sense to keep it. The original owner kept all kinds of notes in it, newspaper articles and several hand-written recipes. She dated when she made certain recipes. The dates start in 1940, right before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and date all the way through 1959. Notice the high protein menus from way back then!

I use the original pages when I make stuff with it--it is just too fragile to keep around for too long, and I like using originals. I cute the HOME letters out on my Cricket, but you could use letter stickers too. I hot glued the ribbon and burlap ribbon to the back.


  1. You always have great projects. Love that you used the cook book pages. A lot of people have commited that my house is so "home-y." I take it as a great compliment because that's what I strive for. I use a lot of my own and other artisians creations to make it that way.

  2. I really like your creation and I can relate so much with your insights about home. Right now, I'm in an apartment after living in and working from our 3 bedroom house that we lived in for 12 years. Most of my stuff is in a storage building which we are slowly working through. It's true that it is the people who live in the space that make it home. I love my own and others creations and found items to make it a welcome and homey place. Always love my visit to your blog.

  3. love your new blog look...

  4. Bec, I love your 'home' project. Very creative! I was wondering what you were gonna make out of those glass holders. I love your new blog look. So Valentiney!

    I've lived in several different places too and I always have to put my stamp on it. Scented candles (different scents evoke different memories) My favorite paint colors and my stained glass lamps always go wherever I go.

    P.S. Yes, I do like red beans and rice better than steak. I don't eat a lot of red meat. I usually get a craving for steak about once every two months.
    Lee Laurie

  5. What a great project!! My hubby's grandma also would make notes on recipe cards or in her cookbooks. We have a few now, and treasure these handwritten notes!

  6. I am passing on "The Lemonade Award" to you. Visit my blog to see your award.
    Cindy (tinta)

  7. Very cool I love it and so want a cricket :).

    Hi from SITS :)

  8. Wonderful post & craft. I share your sentiments about "Home". Your cookbook was a great find for 25 cents and the perfect backing for your HOME banner.

  9. I want my home to be a place that people want to come and stay for a while. I like to have great smelling candles, fuzzy blankets, and fresh coffee!

  10. Great project!! I love your projects. Did you once say you had a booth at an antique shop? Curious because I'm looking to do that as well. Wondering how you like it. Thanks- Krista

  11. Trying to catch up on our blogging...stopping by to say hello!
    kari & kijsa


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