Family Life- Decorating

Moving is one of the top ten most stressful things a person can do, but decorating a new place can relieve the stress…at least it does for me. It’s been over fifteen years since I’ve done a whole house and I’m having fun shopping for fabrics, paint colors and antiques.


Right now the dining room is at the top of the my list. This room will serve multiple functions- dining, library and a bed for overnight guests. Our first project was to design and build shelves for the loads of unpacked boxes of books. We left the back exposed and used cleats to showcase the house’s planking.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

September- Person, Place & Thing

farmersmarketportrait01detail-optPerson-  I met this farmer at our town’s local farmer’s market. He had the best tomatoes.

oursouthernfarmhouse-optPlace- We downsized to a small farmhouse built c. 1865-1870. The first owners were the Caldwell family who emigrated from Ireland in 1766. After a long and interesting history (which I’ll share later) it’s now our turn to be caretakers.

tentcaterpillarnest04-optThing- I’ve become fascinated with nests created by tent caterpillars. The structure is so tightly woven a bird can’t penetrate it.

(Photos- Martha Browne)

Making The Move


Nibs Readers,

We’re on the threshold of our big move south. So, I won’t be posting here on the blog until September. Here’s wishing you a wonderful summer!

Warm regards,


Family Life- Home


By Poet Edgar Guest

” It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,

A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam

Afore ye really ‘preciate the things ye lef’ behind,

An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind…”


(Our old home drawn by Curtis, age 5. )

Family Life- The Next Chapter

Now that our old house has sold, we’re busy with non-stop sorting, ridding and packing. Whew! I can’t believe we’ve amassed so much stuff. My advice is to get your home in order before a major move.


I’ve had lots of questions about where we’re going and about our next place. My husband and I are heading south. And this is a peek at our destination- a restored farm house c. 1870.

(iPhone 5c image- Martha Browne)

A Note


Nibs Readers,

I’m still recovering from oral surgery so posting on the blog will be light for a while. In the mean time, feel free to look through the categories.

Warm regards,


Happy Easter!

rabbitdrawingegg-optNibs Readers,

Here’s wishing you a lovely Easter holiday. I’m taking a break from the blog, but I’ll be back here bright and early on Wednesday, April 15.

Warm regards,