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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. You know, what you’re doing is life changing. It is empowering. For years I’ve said that I am not an artist and not creative. I’ve felt defeated because we choose not to invest in the decor of our house, in terms of expenses. But, you help tap into the creativity that is already within each of us. That’s worship!

  2. I love a good use for an old crochet doily. If they are really handmade it breaks my heart to see them go wasted (someone spent HOURS making that). I have a feeling I’ll be altering your burlap and doily idea to fit into my decor very soon 😀

  3. I follow this board, Nester (along w/all of your others), but this one is near & dear to my heart. Natch. I get a lot of “oh, you make it look so easy, I wish I could do that” with my paintings. Hello? You can! It’s just paint! It’s fun. It’s color. It smooshes and moves and flows and . . . yes, I’m a tad bit passionate.

    I meant to comment on your turquoise abstract over the fireplace but life has had my hands full lately. How much fun did you have painting that? It’s simply gorgeous and that’s great, but the experience, the “smooshing”, wasn’t that the absolutely best part?

    *stepping off soapbox now*

  4. I’ve only been following you for a couple of months – but already I’ve been so inspired that I want to gut my house and just start over – well maybe just repaint…. EVERYTHING!
    Thanks for your honesty, for your great story telling and for sharing all of your INCREDIBLE ideas. Love. Love. Love!

  5. Wow, spoons? Cool!
    I love making my own decorations too. I really like using my kids art.
    It’s fun to honor them with hanging something they’ve made up for the world to see.

  6. I love that you can decorate and look amazing the simplest things. My motto this year is to Live Simply and this fits right in with it.

  7. I just love love all you do and I do so thank you for opening my eyes to the fact that God puts creative giftedness in all of us!! God bless you for all you do – it is a blessing!! Thank you for sharing all your “art” and inspiration!

  8. I’ve never considered myself very artistically gifted (except with words!) but Pinterest and folks like you who share your creations are really feeding my creative side. 🙂

  9. would like to add also to those who”have no talent” just jump in-it gets easier every time-if the first one isn’t perfect, go ahead and try something else-you will find you get better every time and will like what you create-it’s color, its fabric, its stuff-go ahead-just see what you can do

  10. Cute and clever, as usual!
    I am waiting on the arrival of the monogram art you posted on several weeks ago. Got it for hubby for Father’s Day. His initials are the same letters as his name and my name put together. So dual purpose, double the enjoyment. Planning to put a big old frame around it either over our bed or fireplace mantel. Can’t wait!

  11. I LOVE this post! Thank you for sharing, its very inspiring!

    Okay, I have a challenge for you: when my mom passed away she left me a collection of Abalone shells that she had picked up off the beach near her home in Eureka, CA. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make them into wall art or a wreath of some sort. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

  12. I adore your HUGE canvas and the turquoise paint. Fabulous idea!!!! I have some big empty wall space that is just CRYING for a large turquoise canvas. Thanks for sharing!