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I'm Tina! Wife, mom, grandma, owner & creator. This is where I, along with my wonderful DH, Jeff (who's my builder of dreams...whatever I dream up or inspiration I find, he builds); share our diy projects, crafts, hobbies, recipes, what I've read and happenings within our North Carolina home...
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May 20, 2024



This mississippi pot roast recipe quickly became a comfort food within my family. It is asked for once a month, during the fall and winter sometimes twice a month. It is such an easy meal to make you just throw it all in the crock pot and then make your mashed potatoes (+ another vegetable if you want) when it's ready to serve.

☆I would like to apologize for no photos within this post. Grumbly tummies take precedence!☆


Several of the ingredients below, i.e. ranch dressing mix & brown gravy mix, I buy in bulk. I also keep several jars of peperoncinis and a box of Slow-cooker liners handy (even though I forget to use them majority of the time).



Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your week!
Tina


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May 05, 2024


Hey y'all! 

Well Mothers day is a week from today. It's going to feel strange this year not having my momma here. 😪  She passed March 6.

But today I'm posting about a gift from DH that makes me happy every time I see/use it. It's definitely a gift that keeps on giving! 

Mother's day 2021 my DH (darling hubby) Jeff put the finishing touches on my swing w/arbor!

It all started a couple of months before. We've had a hammock in the backyard for about 5 summers, although I enjoyed it I wanted a swing and arbor. So, I started looking for one to purchase. Have you seen the prices of the manufactured ones? WOW! And honestly I don't know why I even bothered....I prefer Jeff to build things for me anyways. Well after a lot of searching and finding lots of inspiration; I received a newsletter from Wood magazine   and found exactly what I wanted Here. I was so excited!

A list of all the supplies needed come with the plans and the plans are rather easy to follow. Thankfully about ¾ of the wood we already had, so that saved us money. It's always great when money's saved, don't you agree?  

The 1st task in building the swing were the post holes. Jeff borrowed an auger and got to work...it took him a day. The next day he set the posts, then worked on it every day after work and weekends so he could have it finished by mothers day!










After Jeff hung the swing he drilled holes in the arms to hold drinks.



Jeff has built many things for me over the years and this is one of two favorites! The other can be seen HERE

Happy Building! 
Enjoy your day! ♡ Tina
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April 30, 2024


Hello There! 

Welcome to 'A Note from Tina'. A monthly note where you can catch-up on all the projects,  d.i.y.s,  crafts,  recipes,  and life here at Maples & Stone. I'll also throw in favorite idas, inspiration, small businesses, home decor, recipes, instagram feeds, favorite purchases, etc or get on my soapbox about the price of eggs and/or social media! So grab your favorite drink and join me for a few.  Thank you for being here! 



● Life Lately 

》》As you may know I  lost my wonderful momma March 6th to Leukemia. She was diagnosed April of 23' with AML (3 months after my daddy passed). She refused chemotherapy and entered hospice and was doing so well she was released from hospice. Unfortunately in February she was admitted to Duke, they worked on her and she was released back into hospice a week later. She was doing good, then caught a stomach bug and just went down hill from there. But through all that she was still strong and positive! 


Losing your parents within a little more than a year of each other (even though you know it's coming) is hard; but what we found out two days after her passing was a WTF moment...my brother was diagnosed with AML!!! He's receiving chemotherapy as we speak and is doing good. 

》》So, how many of you watched the solar eclipse? 

》》DH and I have been slowly checking things off our to-do list; like new mulch and edging around our beds out front and in back, plus getting my raised beds ready for planting. I'm hoping I have better luck than I did last year. 

》》DH and I took a day trip to The depot at Gibson Mill in Concord NC. I really didn't buy a lot but I did get ...



● Around the Web 

》》Do you follow Kim @shiplapandshells? You should! She has the most beautiful gardens and her home is beautiful, too. If you don't have instagram, you can follow her blog (or both).

● Shopping (non-affiliated) 

》》I've mentioned this before but I LOVE Brumate (drink ware & tumblers). I just recently bought their shaker for my morning protein drink and love it! 

》》I also bought some more Tommy John sleep ware Here

》》Myquillyn Smith, Nesting Place , new book 'House Rules'

● On the Blog 







Thank you for being patient with me, I'm hoping to get back to posting weekly soon.


Thank you very much for being here!

Have a great day!

Hugs,Tina



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April 28, 2024


Hey y'all and Welcome to 'What I've Read'.

If you're new here this is a monthly post of the books I've read either on Kindle or in physical form, or listened to on Audible or Chirp. Hopefully you enjoy this months books or if you've read any let me now what you thought in the comments below. If you want to see more of the books I've read go here or check out goodreads.

Happy Reading! 

A Year of Puttery Treats (March & April chapter)

Author: Alison May | ☆☆☆☆ |Available: Kindle HERE | This book covers each month as chapters and has fun ideas/inspiration for each.  


Welcome to A Year of Puttery Treats. One gorgeous, life-enhancing little something to do for each of the 365 days in the year.

Housekeeping you see, can be terribly dull. A monotonous round of chasing dirt and moving objects that we should seek to enhance with the kind of decorative little to-do’s that gladden the heart and help to bring both order and authenticity in to our homes.

While the treats vary from the pretty to the silly, the fragrant and the celebratory, they are each designed to remind us that keeping house is about more than getting busy with a vacuum and a duster and should instead be about enhancing the lives of those that live in our homes. In reflecting the soul of the Mistress of the house and marking the lives of those she shares it with, puttery treats are quite the most lovely way to ritualise life within our own four walls and more than that to celebrate the art of homemaking and bring joy to domesticity.

In a Year of Puttery treats you will find seasonal tasks and little to-dos for annual holidays and national celebrations. You will discover ways to journal your days and create a living museum of family life. You will find tiny pampering treats and scrubby housekeeping tips, and in the midst of it all, right there in the heart of your home you will find yourself…

Stop Pushing Perfection | Author: Bonnie Borromeo Tomlinson | HERE |



Remove from your mind the idea that organization equals perfection.

Some of you reading this right now are hoping that this book is accompanied by a magic genie that will once and for all put everything right in your home, and as importantly, keep it that way. If that’s what you’re looking for, you may want to put this book back on the shelf. If, however, you are searching for a helping hand that comes with its share of sometimes blunt but always caring guidance, keep reading. STOP PUSHING PERFECTION may be just what you need.

Like its predecessor STOP BUYING BINS, STOP PUSHING PERFECTION is also told through individual client stories. It strips the rooms in question to their bare bones before rebuilding them for efficiency. Along the way, you’ll learn what decor works best for the functionality of a space, what systems you can implement to keep it clean, and how to use what you already own without purchasing “organizers”.

The goal of this book is not to teach you how to stage your rooms and rope them off. The intention of this book is to help you gain more time, space, and comfort by simply streamlining your life for workability. If you have that in place, the rest takes care of itself.

“Perfection is not the intention.”

“Create a home for yourself that’s neat, not neurotic.”

“An organized life simplifies.”

The Sentimental Persons Guide to Decluttering | Author:  Claire Middleton | HERE |




How can you have the organized home of your dreams when you're emotionally attached to almost all of your stuff?

In 
The Sentimental Person's Guide to Decluttering, Claire Middleton offers a real-life organizing plan that you can work through, step by step, to turn your home into the welcoming, roomy haven you've always dreamed of, filled with charm, personality... and none of the mess you live with now.

Declutter Your Home and Let Go of Your Stuff Without Losing Your Nostalgic Memories

In this book, Claire shares tips that will help you give up the bulk of your sentimental clutter while keeping your most precious treasures to use and display. Learn how to shrink your collections of nostalgic items such as:


Your children's baby clothes and toys


Mementos from your own youth

Clothes you've kept for decades

Heirlooms you inherited

Books you've kept for years

Gifts you don't want (but feel you have to keep)

Holiday decorations

And everything else that brings back happy memories.


Claire will teach you the art of discarding items that trigger your memories without actually losing those memories. If you've been hoarding too much stuff because you fear losing the memories along with the stuff, you need this book.

This Decluttering Guide is Packed with Advice

Whether you're downsizing the family home or you simply need to learn how to declutter in a way that honors your memories, this book is for you.


If your adult children are moving out, or you're faced with going through the belongings of a beloved parent or other loved one, this will be one of your books that you refer to again and again, as it lists categories of sentimental items, and how to deal with each.

Yes, You Can Declutter Without Losing Your Treasured Memories

You don't have to live with overflowing closets, an attic full of boxes and a basement packed with more of the same, just because it's so hard for you to sort through and give up belongings linked to your past.

The truth is, you CAN finally free yourself of clutter while keeping your most treasured belongings. There are many decluttering books and downsizing books, but this one is written by someone with personal experience.

Claire and her family gave up more than half their possessions when they downsized from their large family home to a much smaller house. She let go of things she'd been carrying around for most of her life, as well as treasured mementos from many years of raising her large family to adulthood. In this book, she spells out the steps a sentimental person can take to reduce their clutter while keeping their memories intact.

Read 
The Sentimental Person's Guide to Decluttering now, and start on the path to conquering clutter without giving up happy memories.


Thank you very much for being here! Have a beautiful week!
Tina




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April 17, 2024


Yum yogurt!  I love yogurt.  Do you?  And for a while I was eating Oui Yogurt (no affiliation).  It's so good, (unfortunately the flavors I liked were always sold out, so I switched) and the little glass jars they use are so cute! They can be used for so many things. 

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You can use them to hold:

  • hold q-tips&nbsp  
  • cotton pads or balls 
  • denti-sticks
  • the small tester bottles of perfume 
  • toothpicks
  • tasting spoons
  • ring holder
  • Paperclips 
  • Safety pins 
  • Beads
  • Postage Stamps
  • You can use them to make candles, to give as gifts
  • Or for homemade bathsalts
  • To hold tea lights
The ideas are endless. 

How I used mine:

Although I do use a few of mine for q-tips, cotton pads and denti-sticks. I decided to use majority of them to hold spices.

Supplies: 

  • Oui yogurt jars -10 to 12 (depending on the number of spices you have) 
  • Labels HERE
  • wood lids - 10 to 12 (the ones I used are sold out) alternatives can be found HERE




How-to: 

  1. Wash jars, removing labels, (they come off easily) dry thoroughly 
  2. Wash and dry lids
  3. Find the labels for the spices you have and place them on the jar
  4. Fill with spices
  5. Add the lids and you're finished! 
You've not only recycled, BUT you've got the cutest spice jars!

Would you make these for your kitchen? 


DIY Pie cabinet coming soon!



Thank you very much for being here! Have a beautiful week!
Tina




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March 11, 2024



Well HelloThere!

This was supposed to be a Re-use It Wednesday post, but every idea I tried was an epic fail!🤦‍♀️ Don't you hate that when it happens? 

I have wanted a footed riser for my dining table for some time but never bought one. 



Anyway...Back in October Jeff (DH) was working on a cabinet for a friend; so I asked him to cut down a piece of wood for me. I scrounged through our wood horde,  found some trim pieces and feet that I bought (who knows when) that were never used. 

Unknown to me DH cut the trim to size, sanded, put it together and stained it.  He then sealed it with furniture wax. Assembled it and here it is! Quick and easy!

No. 1 Footed Riser for the Dining Room 

Supplies:

  • Board - whatever length and width you want (mine is plywood cut to 1×8"w×3'l)
  • Trim - whatever style 
  • Finials - any style 
  • Leg mounting plates
  • Stain or paint (your preference) 
  • Polycrylic, polyurethane or furniture wax (your preference) 
  • Wood glue 
  • Saw
  • Compound miter saw
  • Nail gun


Assembly:

  1. Cut wood to desired length 
  2. Cut trim to fit around wood
  3. Apply trim to board
  4. Stain wood, trim & finials 
  5. Once Stain is dry seal with polyurethane, polycrylic or wax
  6. When that is dry, flip over & attach leg mounting plates 
  7. Screw in finials 
  8. Put on your table and decorate 

This is what mine looked like for fall.


Fall 2023

No. 2 Tray for the Breakfast Area Table

Recently I switched out the table in my breakfast Nook, going from a round to a rectangular table. Although I love the look, none of the trays/risers I used on the round table worked, so DH made me another one. 

Supplies: 

  • 1×8×24 wood board (mine is poplar) 
  • Router 
  • Router bit 
  • Table saw 
  • Sander
  • Wood glue 
  • 4 clamps
  • Stain 
  • 4 - 1in wood drawer pulls 
  • Polyurethane, polycrylic or furniture wax 

Assembly: 

  1. Cut wood to 23in
  2. Router edges
  3. Sand
  4. Glue feet to bottom of board, using spring clamps to hold in place until glue dries
  5. Stain 
  6. Apply sealer


There's your new riser! 



Hope you love yours as much as I love mine!
Enjoy your day! ♡ Tina

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