Counter Intuitive.

November 22, 2017

Meaning, a DIY project that I thought not likely to be successful, but I was so wrong. I’m a true believer in this epoxy stuff now. Turned our old white laminate countertops into a lustrous, high-gloss, durable & food-safe surface.



Prep work takes about an hour. Getting the nerve up to actually do it? About twenty minutes of pacing, drinking coffee, more pacing.


Ready to pour. You’ve got about twenty minutes to work before it all begins to harden. No pressure. (Special thanks to my mom and dad for being right there during this whole process. Seriously couldn’t have done it without them!)

Mix the epoxy according to directions, pour it on, spread it evenly with a foam roller.

Then the real fun begins: spraying the pearl, blue & gold powders. About halfway through I thought I’d ruined the countertop. It sort of looked like a three-year old came in and did some finger painting. But then (brilliant idea of my mother’s) I used the heat gun over it all, let the heat do the work of swirling the colors together…and…be still my heart.


I basically want to epoxy every surface in sight now! You can get the epoxy online:


Before & after… complete with what our daughter Olivia calls the blue cloud wall by the door! Also I have a thing for tote bags.






Happy Earth.

April 23, 2017


Yes, it’s Gravity. Yes, it’s Science. Yes, it’s Light that somehow travels millions of miles to reach our eyeballs, and then brain impulses firing at almost the speed of light to INTERPRET that light and imprint to the backs of our retinas’ all this amazing Earth that we see. I’ll never forget the time I had a talk about physics with my brother, who is an electrical engineer at Texas Instruments. And when I pressed him further– “Yes, but WHY does magnetics work the way it does?” Why does ANY of it work the way it does? He finally said something like, “It’s magic. Trust me, I do this for a living.”

Felted Fiction.

March 12, 2017

I first picked up Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, about ten years ago when I lived out in Oregon, in the Wilamette Valley, all surrounded by pine trees and deep shadows and moss. Lucky for me, that summer, I found a red caboose library in the woods–full of people’s faves. An honor system library. Seriously the coolest thing ever. There should be a red caboose library in every town. Anyway, I took a chance on the dog-eared copy of Outlander. And it was a pretty delicious yarn. Total summer escapism. They’ve made it into a TV show. (Starz). Every bit as addictive!

Claire & JamieOUTLANDER2

These two. I needle-felted them from wool roving, (like sculpting with cotton candy) and they’re about 10″ tall.

Claire & Jamie 3

You name it…

February 24, 2017

When I’m not needle-felting little critters and characters, I produce stories for magazines–which involves concepting ideas and creating the projects, prop styling the sets, and then taking it all down after the photos have been taken.

I feel so lucky to work with creative teams who let me run with all sorts of story ideas — glitter, origami, geometrics, watercolors, embroidery, sharpies, wood burning, color, outdoor ideas, photo displays, washi tape…you name it, I’ve probably tried it! Here are just a few from the past five years. (And also some of the covers I’ve worked on that you may have seen on the newsstand too!)

photo credits: Adam Albright, Jay Wilde
magazine credits: Do It Yourself, Make It Yourself, Color Made Easy, Decorating Shortcuts, Flea Market Style, Flea Market Outdoors



Pearl and the Whale

September 28, 2016

Excited to share the first printed copy with you all!! Looking at a book release in November this year! Follow my updates on



tiny things.

January 26, 2015

little flea market vessels (maybe old medicine bottles?) for lil’ sweet daisies.TinyFlowerTinyVessels

She said, we said.

January 13, 2015

Conversations with our 3-year old.

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The hostess at a restaurant asked us if we wanted a booth or a table and our kid chimed in without a beat. “I’d like chocolate.”

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Liv: I have to go to the Science Center.
Me: We were just there Thursday. Why do you have to go?
Liv: Because we didn’t stay there forever.

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We were driving out to the farm for the first time this summer and Olivia, looking out at the fields and cows grazing said, “Is that the zoo?”

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I had finally gotten to the laundry after one very long week. I pulled out a clean dress for Olivia, one of her favorites, and she came running over. “I haven’t see that in years!”

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We were at the store, and a kind woman asked Liv her name. “I’m Olivia Leporte. I’m three.” And then pointed to me saying, “This is Katie.”

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Liv: There’s no way I’m going to try that. And I’m not having dessert. Or TV.

(Epic recipe FAIL with the 3-year old.)

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An ambulance was blinking down on our street. “Oh no,” she said, “does somebody have a cough?”

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Olivia sighing at nap time, “I wish I could be a super hero.”

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“What would I do to forget you,” she told me one night, hugging me when I found her dolly.

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Liv to me: What in the heck of the world are you doing?
Mike (my husband): That pretty much sums up every conversation I have with your mother.

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Me: You can have a little bit of juice.
Olivia: A big little bit?

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And my favorite. After story time I laid down next to her. “You’re a good Mommy.” She patted my cheek. And before I could tell her how full to bursting my heart was, she went on, “but you have to go sleep in your own bed. You’re kinda too big.”

She said, we said.

May 7, 2014

Conversations with our 2-year-old.



My wonderful, wild and curious Child turns three next month. If the first year is the Year of the Feet & the Walkin’, the second year is the Year of the Words & the Talkin’. 

the Top Ten.

10) 6:30 AM. Husband and I are sleeping. We hear little feet coming. Door bangs open. Light flips on and she says, “Oh! It’s so bright. I better get my sunglasses.” Runs out. Light still on.

9) “I’m busy workin’ on projects right now.” Might have picked up that one from this work-from-home mama.

8) After sharing just one blueberry, she tells me, “Don’t eat them all at once. You might get a stomach ache.”

7) When asked why she wouldn’t take her nap: “I couldn’t nap because I never yawned.” Touché.

6) We’re at the dinner table and I’m talking to my Mike. Liv holds up a hand to us. “Red light means stop talking.” Hmm. Sure wish that worked the other way around.

5) “I can’t have these carrots because then I’d be too full for the cookie.” Gotta hand it to her. Sound logic.

4) In the car. “First we go to the library. Then Target to pick up socks, sunglasses and galoshes. That a deal? Let’s shake on it.” After we shake on it she says, “OK, it’s a deal. And a plan.”

3) “I’ve got to have it because I need it.” About a mint chocolate chip cookie. Sure wish she’d say that about broccoli.

2) I’m Owivia Weeport. And I speak for the trees.” Someone needs to. The Lorax would be proud.

1) And.

Liv: Oh no! I left my backpack in the car! Mommy you go get it?

Me: You want me to go out into the cold and the rain to get your backpack?

Liv: I’ll go get your shoes.

How nice of her.

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One more from yesterday. I was about to pick up a pile of blankets off the floor, when she came rushing over. “No, mom! It’s a trampoline to the moon.”

peaches under a tree.

April 5, 2014

I was following our almost three-year old into her room the other night. It’s been a cold April and her bare feet clomped on the wood floors. “Aren’t your feet cold?”

She said nothing.

“Soon it will be summer and you won’t have to wear socks.”

“And we can have peaches!” she said.
I must have given her a funny look. “Peaches?”

“We were on the blanket Mommy. We ate peaches. You remember that?” I did. It was a perfect blue sky day in August. We were sitting on a blanket in the yard looking at clouds and trees. Eating sticky, delicious Saturn peaches, the ones shaped like little donuts. And my forever summer girl actually remembered it.

I guess that’s why we play a hundred blanket fort games, tell endless, silly stories. Get out messy play-doh and paints. Why I shouldn’t hurry Olivia along when she suddenly acquires a botanist’s curiosity for a leaf on the ground. Why we should daydream more and eat peaches under a tree. You just never know when you’re making a memory to last.

Snowy Valentine’s.

February 14, 2014

Snowy Valentine's.

Saw the prettiest white horse standing in a field today, snow fluttering down all around her. How could I not stop and say hello to her on my way home? Happy, Lovely Valentine’s Day to all!

hello, fall.

October 29, 2013

Blue sky, apple pie, I sure do love fall. Made my first apple pie from scratch (yes, even the pie crust!), and it was pretty much the best thing to come out of my oven (recipe’s below).

Papa D and Olivia below, at the pumpkin patch.







nothing better.

August 15, 2013

Summer day, breeze on the porch. Peaches + strawberries + whipping cream (I don’t fool around over here, it’s the real deal with vanilla and a bit of powdered sugar). Days for dreaming.


look who’s 2!

June 18, 2013

Balloons, monkeys, dots and lots of Love.
(AND it happened to be Father’s Day too!)


1DIY Giant Confetti: Cut out sparkly colorful paper circles with a 2″ dia hole punch and stick ’em to the wall.


The garland is made out of needle-felted colorful balls strung together.


Lil’ chocolate monkey cake with strawberry cream filling.Red Paddle balloons + colorful assorted ones for Ms. Balloon Wrangler = Best 25 bucks ever spent!


My “helper” putting flowers to float in a glass bowl before guests arrived…


the first two years.

June 12, 2013

Count-down ’til birthday weekend (she’ll be TWO!) and just a few little things I’ve learned along the way…

1. Never wash a queen-sized fitted sheet with toddler socks. Or any socks.

2. Baby Bjorn bibs are brilliant. It is essentially a rubber trough. Still brilliant.

3. Cous Cous is a bitch to clean off the floor.

4. Whoever designed toddler clothing with tiny button enclosures never had a squirming child in their lap.

5. Don’t underestimate the counting skills of a toddler. They know when one of their five monkeys is missing.

6. Play time means rebuilding a blanket fort ten times.

7. Cooking a delicious dinner (like ten ingredients or more) means they will only eat the ciabatta bread.

8. “I do it myself” means you will be waiting forever for her to do it herself.

9. Rooster tail bed hair, bright eyes and a chipped-tooth grin almost makes you forget it is 6am. Almost.

10. A hug and “I love you” out of the blue is why Life is Good.


I can ikat.

February 24, 2013

Big-scale house projects? We’ve got a 1-year-old. ‘nuf said.

I DID manage to squeeze in a mini makeover on this attic closet though. I took off the annoying bi-fold doors, painted the lower portion, and added a gold stencil (Ikat design from I’d found the brass & acrylic pair of sawhorses at a flea market last year for $50. Seriously could have cried to have found such a gem! The table surface is just two salvaged boards attached and sitting on top. Just a few hours later a closet space that didn’t get much use will now be my new paper/card crafting corner.

Stenciling tips? Check out Better Homes & Gardens video:

IKAT closet makeover

first kitchen.

December 21, 2012

Cardboard Kitchen! Olivia gets a new place to play. I didn’t have to buy a plastic kitchen set to then one day take to Goodwill.
Win, win,
oh, and I recycled,

 DIY Play kitchen

first snow.

December 9, 2012

Olivia took a break from her constant state of running, jumping, chatting and bouncing to watch the snowflakes fall this morning. They were the instantly melt-on-your-cheek kind of snowflakes.

And she looked at them with the quiet, pure curiosity that only an 18-month old child could have.

Pure magic.



October 8, 2012

Many years ago, Eva Parker embroidered this quilt, by hand. How many hours, how many years did it take to create? In between running a farm and raising five children. Little did she know that one day, her great-great grandchild Olivia Pearl would lay smiling upon it. Her daughter’s’ daughter’s’ daughter’s’ daughter!

Thank you to my Lovely Grandma Alice for our cherished gift.

fall making.

September 17, 2012

Apple butter on bread. Crisp clear evenings. Pumpkins on porches…

Here are just a few of my pumpkin creations that were photographed for Gooseberry Patch’s A Ghastly-Good Halloween book. Honored to have my work published among other fun projects! Recipes, projects… and cute kids’ costumes too.

veneer love.

September 12, 2012

Check out the latest issue of Do It Yourself magazine (Fall 2012) to see my cover story all about veneer. I’ve posted just a couple of the ideas below. Veneer is about the only material you can cut with scissors, paint and print on, stain, bend, puncture, and sew. And the natural grains instantly add warmth and coziness to any space.

Make centerpiece flowers out of two tones of maple & cherry veneer. Stitch simple designs into veneer and wrap around glass jars, fill with flowers. Wrap veneer around a wire frame pendant.

For the artwork below, I used printable veneer sheets (YES! You actually can run it through your home printer!).

Check out more ideas on Photos by Cameron Saudeghpour, for Do It Yourself magazine.