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Perfect Timen

Life.  You can’t define it or give it a label.  It’s filled with peaks that inspire, and valleys that devastate.  The unpredictability can be beautiful, or it can be dark.   I found myself wandering in that darkness when my dad passed from lung cancer over a year ago.   Losing him reduced me to pieces, and I spent the months that …

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In Medias Res II

I often catch myself staring at staring at nothing. “Nothing”  is easy to look at when your other senses are occupied by the invisible storm inside your mind. In the months following my dad’s passing, it has been the thing I crave the most- staring at nothing.  I can sit perfectly still and freeze a memory in time.  I …

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In Medias Res

DIY is not all it’s cracked up to be. It can be deceiving. It can give you a false sense of security and safety. DIY can let life sneak in the side door while you’re installing new locks on the front. If you do it long enough, it can also lead you into a trap later on- the …

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Signs | Friends | Things We Learn

Sign of a true friend… I can’t answer that for everybody, but for me… I’ve got a specific list . A true friend: Doesn’t speak of your flaws.  In fact, they embrace them because nobody’s perfect. Shows up on your porch with a handful of chocolate, when it’s been raining for 3 days.  (They know how you feel about …

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Vintage Slides | Memories

Our years get tucked away… They get neatly stacked inside a shoebox, and carefully placed on a shelf at the back of our closets. Years come and go while box, upon box… the stack grows. Steadily, the world speeds up as dust slows down to rest on things forgotten. Things like old photographs in boxes, sitting …

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About Me Video | Pauline Henderson

I’m a woodworker, crafter, and fix it myself-er. I support the belief that things can be altered to fit our needs, and I’m always looking for opportunities to send something back into circulation. My dad built the house my family lived in with his own two hands after work and on the weekends, and I grew up …

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Reclaimed | Experience | Part Two

Reclaimed Once in a while, you want to quit. This Experience In Reclaiming hasn’t been what you thought it would be. This project, isn’t working. That board has too much cupping, another one is warped– You should have addressed this sooner. And, who thought this was a good idea anyway?…. What’s wrong with using brand-new wood? …

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Reclaiming Experience | Part One

I love reclaimed wood. I love it because it has a past. And hey- don’t we all? It’s not the satisfaction of slapping a “reclaimed” sticker on something that drives me. It’s not always the knowledge of doing something “green” either. The reason I can’t keep sawdust out of my hair, or rusty nails off my …

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Antique Hutch | Holding On To Things vs. Letting Things Go

My Antique Hutch How Do We Decide? Decisions can frighten me sometimes.  I’m indecisive.  The bigger the decision, the more I hesitate to make it.  I tend to pace the room.  I clean out my junk drawers in the kitchen.  I wander around to tinker with my organization efforts (do you know how long one can …