Category Archives: confessions

a {realistic} guide for keeping your house clean on the market

a {realistic} guide for keeping your house clean on the market

Keeping your home clean while it’s on the market can feel next to impossible. We think it’s important to keep it real, but here’s a few of our favorite tips for that in-the-meantime phase.read more

keepin’ cool with an arctic cove giveaway

keepin’ cool with an arctic cove giveaway

A few of our own backyard beat-the-heat options in the tropics of south Alabama with Arctic cove. Realistic, fun ways to keep cool and avoid that dangerous heat exhaustion!read more

free

free

Our sensitive skin family + a great solution we’ve foundread more

lessons learned in making a house a home

lessons learned in making a house a home

And when we moved in, a few years later when we figured out what we really liked in a home, we realized it didn’t reflect us at all. Not a single thing. So then began our process.

And in retrospect this little house is probably the best thing that ever happened to us.

Lessons learned in making a house a home: looking back at each space and what it’s taught us.read more

holding pattern

holding pattern

Holding pattern: a few things we’re learning when we’ve been asked to wait.read more

how to seal & stain wooden countertops

how to seal & stain wooden countertops

How is your wooden countertop holding up? A sweet reader wrote in with a great question, and today we’re sharing how we’ve taken care of it, and how to keep it looking wonderful.read more

the importance of being intentional

the importance of being intentional

A sweet gal Rachel wrote in recently, and asked this question:

…I’m putting a room together, and I am just lost. I don’t really understand how it should go and where I should start. I’m struggling because we’ve got these pieces we’ve collected over the years, but I feel like they’re with good intentions and that’s where it stops. I’m paralyzed with fear and I have commitment issues. So I was wondering if I could ask you a question. How do you put a space together?  Where on earth do you start? I just need someone to simplify it for me, and I know you probably can’t answer this in one email or post. But what is the biggest piece of advice you could give me with putting our home together? read more

how to select accent colors

how to select accent colors

Breaking it down: A few of our favorite tips and tricks for selecting accent colors in the home.read more

buckle up, buttercup

buckle up, buttercup

Have you ever felt moved to do something big? To do something that didn’t really make much sense at the time on the outside, looking in? Something that would take a lot of faith and something that would require you to let go a little {therefore requiring you to work on your greatest control freak kinda struggle} because you knew that at the end of the day it was totally out of your hands?read more

death by minivan

death by minivan

I’m here before you with sweaty palms and a lowered head while I move my feet awkwardly in a way likened to that of a three year old. Who just broke your favorite vase handed down through generations that your grandmother’s aunt’s sister gave you on your sixteenth birthday. Because today, I have a truth to share with all of you: {deep breath}

I drive a minivan.read more

the handmade home design services

the handmade home design services

We’re at a turning point here, at The Handmade Home with what we do. While you can always find us here in our little passionate corner of the www, we’re also ready to return to our love of helping others beyond the screen in discovering that hidden beauty in their homes.read more

the hard is what makes it great

the hard is what makes it great

Just a little reminder that life is a little bit of a fight. And a little bit of an adventure. And a lot hard. But the hard is what makes it truly great. {And a free watercolor printable, just in case your path looks like that right now, too.} league_of_their_own_artread more

changing your style

changing your style

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One reader wrote: The problem is, I don’t know what to keep, what to toss, or where to even begin without feeling just awful about it. Please help me?

A few practical tips and tricks for making the transition, when you’re ready to change your style.read more

the peanut butter game

the peanut butter game

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Every year, I’m all about the auld lang syne. There’s something about the sparkle and the promise and the excitement of a fresh slate. The freeing awesomeness that is all things new. The disturbing {for a control freak like moi} excitement in the unknown.

But somewhere, between the formative years of teenage-hood and now… I stopped making strict lists of must-have accomplishments. Because that’s what it had become for me.read more

rigby & fitz

rigby & fitz

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I’m not sure any of this has an explanation, or that we can really give one. I mean, puppies. The end. Of all things sanity.

Because these fluffy gals are the cutest things we ever did see.

Meet Rigby + Fitz.read more

the weary world rejoices

the weary world rejoices

home_made_manger

The first Christmas… was probably the most imperfect event there ever was.read more

vulnerable hospitality

vulnerable hospitality

vulnerableI’ve been thinking a lot about the art of hospitality, probably for the past year. The idea of it. It’s something that southerners pride themselves in, and in our little culture, we run the high risk of becoming walking Stepford Wife stereotypes melded with the fried chicken Church Lady with a dash of Steel Magnolias. Something I find both strangely comforting and terrifying all at the same time.

It’s something I only thought I understood.read more

it only gets better

it only gets better

you_get_better_with_age

“Just so we’re clear,” I announced to anyone who would listen, “I will be celebrating 35, from here on out.”read more

confessions of a total christmas slacker

confessions of a total christmas slacker

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I had good intentions, and that counts for something.read more

a good run

a good run

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He chose her that day, at the shelter, because she vaguely reminded him of his childhood dog. -We had a good run, Chloe.read more