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Cool new crafting tools!

We love finding creative Utah companies and recently we were introduced to Pen Blade.

New cool crafting knives for all sorts of projects. We’ve cut out crepe paper for flowers, fondant, paper initials and name cards. What’s cool about PenBlade is that they have different small knives that make cutting details a lot easier than using scissors.

We made this fun paper rose chandelier to change out during the holidays.  During October, we added some sugar skulls and next month we’ll add some leaves for Thanksgiving.

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 PenBlade is also selling 5 knives for only $10 this month so we thought we’d share!  Check out the uses for these fun tools below and let us know what you think!  To see the sale, click HERE.



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Community Event, Decor, Specialty Shops

Visit this Free Event going on now

The Utah Woodturning Symposium May 11-13 at the UVU Convention Center is a free event for all who love original hand crafted wood designs.  Stroll through a large gallery of unique pieces and watch a woodturning demonstration all for FREE.

We simply love this kind of thing so we are headed there tomorrow! Check out these amazing photos…

Come support some of Utah’s most talented artists Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Decor, Specialty Shops, The Home

Our Favorite Home Fabric Shop

Do you like to decorate your home with great pillows and upholstered furniture? You will not believe the great prices and gorgeous fabrics you will find at The Fabric Store.  They recently opened in Draper.


Kat Rodgers Peterson and Korri Dahlman are the mother daughter duo business owners of this fun shop.  They are knowleageable and super helpful!  They helped us choose fabric for a king size duvet, couch pillows, a fireplace cushion, a table runner and new dinning room curtains.  Yup, we’ve all been doing some really fun spring touches all over our homes.

IMG_4275All the fabrics we chose were $12.95 or under.  We love their prices so much!

IMG_4272The Fabric Shop offers upholstery services and can sew anything from curtains, valances, pillows, duvets and anything else you may want.



IMG_4274Visit them soon, you will be hooked.  We went back three times in one week!   Welcome spring with a little special touch of fabric, it’s great how just adding a new pillow to a chair or couch can make the whole room feel fresh and new.

Happy sewing Salt Sky friends!

Address:  196 W. 12300 S. Draper, Utah

Phone: 801-523-7559

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-2, or anytime by appointment

Facebook & Twitter: TheFabricStoreLLC

*Opening Soon:  the remnant room with awesome deals on remnant fabric and more.

Christmas, Decor, Professional Services

Plate of the Month Club

This is too much fun to not pass along to our Salt Sky friends!

I just joined the “Plate of the Month Club” at New Orientation.  This beautiful store has the most elegant and unique dishes around, and I happen to have a love affair with dishes.

When I found these handpainted Christmas dishes I was instantly drawn to them, but if I came home with an entire set, my husband would probably have a heart attack.  So I joined the club!

This is how it works:

You go into New Orientation (1400 Foothill Drive #162, Salt Lake City)

Choose your dishes. There are so many choices.

Give them your credit card which they will safely store and every month they will charge you for one dish.  On the day that you choose, they will run your card and call you and let you know that it is all wrapped up and ready for pickup.

My set is so sweet and delicate, it is called Reindeer Games.  Each dish is of a different sport.  Dasher is one of my favorites because we like to ski.






To see the full set of these dishes, visit our friends at New Orientation.  It is a good idea to not take small children in as well as strollers, there are too many breakables.  This store is a must visit, there simply are too many beautiful treasures to enjoy.



Perfect gifts for the home

Perfect gifts for the home

We simply could not forget a gift for the HOME.  Our place of refuge and comfort and where we love to decorate.

Here are some of our favorite finds. . .

1.“Your Side” Pillow This pillow is so fun for the master bedroom. I think I need one.

2. This gorgeous Brass Tray is the perfect gift for anyone on your list with good taste!

3. The Favorite City Sign  I love this.  You can select any state.  We think this would be special to give to someone who served a mission in the states or a favorite place you’ve lived or vacationed.

4. Cream & Sugar set so elegant.

5. Secret Garden Book This book with original art is ready to color.  Great for the coffee table.

After you put away all your Christmas decor, these gifts will warm the home and look great this upcoming year.


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3 home remodel ideas that make a huge difference

Kitchen Islands- the bigger the better. Kitchen islands are great for food prep, and a place to gather family and friends.  Entertaining and design wise, islands make a kitchen look grand and clean. With the kitchen being the busiest place in the home, it is the biggest return on investment, start here when updating your home. Granite, quartz, concrete, wood, marble… Pick something that makes you say wow and go for it!


Open it up- If you’re thinking of making some updating or remodeling changes to your home, think open. Opening spaces from your kitchen to family room is one great way to make your home feel bigger, updated and gives a stunning look that changes the whole home. Take a sludge hammer and tear down those walls (ok, maybe call a professional but you can still take the first swing ?)

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Lighting- Nothing is going to transform your space faster than lighting. Do you have those dome lights hanging from the ceiling? Tarnished brass everything? Giant panels of fluorescent light on the ceiling that feels more like a spaceship than a kitchen? Got to go. Replace them with cans, hanging pendants and artsy unique chandeliers and wall sconces. If you want your home to feel updated, don’t  skimp on the lighting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Chadwick kills it when it comes to lighting.

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Are you ready to update or remodel? Don’t know where to start, need design advice or to find some great places to shop for stone, accessories, electricians, fixtures? Leave a comment below or email me. I love going into homes and designing spaces. Helping people transform their house into a home is one of my favorite things to do!


Things to love in this post:  Ikea kitchen, Magnolia Homes, Chadwick Lighting Design, Parade Craze Homes

Decor, The Home

8 favorite things for the home

This week as we focus on the home, we want to share 8 of our favorite things that can give a house that comfortable, inviting and cozy feel that makes all the difference.

(1) Pillows. Pillows are a great way to update a room in a day!  TJMaxx always has fun pillows. We also love getting fabrics from Home Fabrics in Midvale, to mix in as well. These two places are great for your design and budget.

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(2) Succulents: No one does succulents like Black Sheep Flea Designs . These fresh plants are beautiful and a favorite because they don’t require a ton of care. Black Sheep Flea Designs can create a succulent piece for your home in any style of decor.



(3) Throws: Blankets and throws soften a room. Drape them on a bed or over the arm of a couch. We love this fur throw from Pottery Barn.  But there is nothing like a hand knitted blanket, these are our favorites from our own Diane Dowdle. Perfect to cuddle up in and fabulous for the upcoming fall and winter season!

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(4) Candles: Grouping of candles add the perfect mood to any room. We love Luminara candles. These are deliciously scented wax candles on the outside with a battery powered flame that looks like a naturally lit candle.

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(5) Diffusers. Essential oil diffusers add a touch of aromatherapy to any room in your home. The beautiful scent will make the room smell clean and also aid with sleeping and relaxation. Young Living has a great variety of diffusers.

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(6) Dishes: For beautiful dishes for any occasion, we love to visit Macy’s. They have everything from casual mix and match dishes to fine china.

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(7) Bedding: We found this simple duvet, pillows and throw at Ikea.  They  have  some great bedding for amazing prices. Sometimes you just need to change up your peaceful retreat and Ikea always has new and changing designs and patterns.

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(8) And the 8th favorite thing for the home launches in our Salt Sky Shop this Thursday! Stay tuned, we think you’ll like it.

Happy designing!


craft room organization
Decor, DIY

Organizing a craft room

Last year after our youngest daughter moved out, I turned her bedroom into a craft room. I think that she and her sisters spend more time in that room now than when she lived at home.

It is the perfect room because it has lots of natural light. All the materials needed to make just about anything are within reach and easy to find. Without proper organization, even the most spacious craft room can become difficult to navigate.

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 I found all these plastic containers at the Dollar Store. Projects go so much smoother when everything is in its place.  I love to use clear glass jars and vases too, they are pretty yet practical.

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Add a little color with some essential like this tape holder and stapler from TJ Maxx.  I went to IKEA for all the paper baskets to hold all the card stock and colored papers, as well as my work tables.

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These little stackable bins are from The Container Store. Things you use regularly should be kept within arm’s reach, I only store clear boxes of seldom-used supplies in the closet so they can be out of sight. Make sure you clearly label the boxes so that you can find what you need quickly. Of course fabric makes everything more colorful so I removed the sliding closet door.

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All the sewing supplies are together on a separate side of the room.


 Ribbons of all kinds are my favorite part of the craft room, They’re so pleasing to look at. I started by color coordinating them but that just didn’t work out.  Now it looks like this, it is what it is!

There is not a week that goes by that one of my girls is not gift wrapping something. So I keep plenty of tote bags, boxes, wrapping paper and cards on hand.

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Some of these hand-crafted cards were made by my friends Joan Briscoe and Melanie Bowers, others I buy and keep on hand for every occasion. This little card holder came from Crate & Barrel and I love it.

Organizing a place to create can bring such joy.  Everyone in the family is welcome to come sew, draw, wrap, or work on any number of projects. I have a recycle bin for the grandchildren to put all their paper scraps that seems to be endless.  At first it was a challenge to keep it organized and clean, until I put up a sign that reads, “Leave No Trace.” Of course, everyone laughed but now they understand that it is strictly enforced.

I hope you will find a place to call your own and surround yourself with the little things you love.


Decor, DIY

Conversation Dessert Plates

Conversation plates liven up any event, not to mention they are so easy to make.  We all know you’ve been dying to be asked, “If you could have any super power, what would it be?” Well here’s your chance! Make conversation plates and that question is guaranteed to be brought up. I have noticed that conversations can become repetitive.  Although I love talking to my family, it’s refreshing when I get the chance to spark up conversations that are different than any others. It’s a new and interesting way to ask questions that you wouldn’t normally ask.  With this technique you can put anything you want on a plate or mug, don’t limit yourself.  Design your dishes to match your personality.

Plates cost $1.49 each.  Available at Standard Restaurant Supply in Salt Lake.




Wash plate and dry thoroughly.

Use a Sharpie Paint Pen Oil based. (Available at Michael’s) Write on the plate, if you make a mistake, quickly wipe off with cotton ball and alcohol.

Write on the plate.  Let it dry for 3 full days.  Place on rack of cold oven.  Turn oven on to 425 degrees and Bake for 1 1/2 hours.  Turn off oven but don’t remove plates until oven is completely cool.

Always wash plates by hand.

Ideas you can write on the plates:

If the whole world were listening, what would you say?

If you could be another person for a day, who would you be?

If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

If you could relive any moment in your life which moment would it be and why?

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

If you could have one super human power, what would it be?

If you could live anywhere for one year, all expenses paid, where would you live?



Decor, DIY

DIY Woven Chair

It’s amazing what can be done with a thrift store chair and a little string.  For this DIY I’m going to show you how to make and Anthropologie style chair for a few bucks.

Materials you’ll need:

Chair with some kind of wicker back

Paint Gripper

Paint (any color you like)

A variety of lace, ribbon and string

Step 1.  Wash the chair.  If you got it from a thrift store, it probably hasn’t been washed since its previous owner, and you don’t know what germs that might introduce into your house.

Step 2.  Lightly sand it. Take the gripper and cover the entire chair with a light, even coat.  I chose gripper because it’s easier than sanding down completely and repainting it.

Step 3.  Paint!  Paint a few coats over the gripper OR if you’re lazy like me, go get indoor spray paint from Home Depot and give it a few coats. (be sure to spray it outside though.)

Step 4.  After the paint is dry, take your string and in straight vertical lines wrap designs through the chair.  You can experiment with this, there are no rules. Criss-cross, weave, tie knots.  Whatever you like. Use picture below as a reference if you need inspiration!


I have always wanted to do this!