Monday, September 20, 2021


A guide on distressing techniques to use on furniture & other projects | On The Creek Blog //

How to distress painted furniture.

After all the projects I've done, I can't believe I've never written a post on how to distress furniture!  I have mentioned my techniques a lot but I have never made a post dedicated just to distressing furniture.

That's what I'm going to be doing today!

Distressing furniture is an easy process to make furniture look old & worn.  

Why do I need to distress furniture?

I usually end up with the worst of the worst furniture where preserving old paint is impossible.  Most of the pieces I deal with are either not painted at all or the paint is usually mostly gone.  While distressing furniture takes off the paint, I still like to have some paint on the pieces.

Also, I like to make furniture pieces appear old.  It's a lot cheaper for me to buy junk pieces & transform them myself than to buy authentic old furniture.  I also get nervous around old furniture/investment pieces.  I'm afraid it will scuff or break & I'll lose out on my investment.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

My Ultimate Fall Guide | On The Creek Blog //
My ultimate fall guide!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  In looking over my blog posts, I realized I wrote a lot of posts about autumn.

Here's a roundup of my best fall inspired posts!  I'll be adding more posts as I write them this season.


Monday, September 13, 2021


An update on James' melanoma | On The Creek Blog //
An update on my husband's cancer diagnosis.

See previous updates:
- Cancer
- Update #1

 This is not the update I expected to give.

After James had surgery in August, things were looking up.  His huge cancer mass was gone & we were looking to the future.

Because James has a BRAF mutation, the risk of his cancer coming back is very high.  To combat this, he was going to start immunotherapy.  There is a clinical trial involving immunotherapy that the doctors thought James would be a good candidate for.  In preparation for the clinical trial, James had to do all new scans.  If he wasn't going for the clinical trial, the scans would have been 3 months after surgery.

Sunday, September 12, 2021



Sunday stuff #1

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I'm starting a new series on my blog called 'Sunday Stuff'!  It will be about random things going on in my life.  I'm not sure if I'm going to post weekly or biweekly but I'll work it out!

- I have been really focusing on my blog lately!  It has really helped me stay distracted during my husband's cancer journey.  I have a post coming up tomorrow that talks about the new developments.  I'm trying to stay strong but I'm under a lot of stress.  I feel like blogging has been a good outlet for me.

There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes with my blog.  I've started monetizing my blog a bit so I'm learning how to do all of that.  I want to write a blog series about everything that goes on because it's a lot!





Thursday, September 09, 2021



3 TV shows we watched lately | On The Creek Blog //
3 shows we watched lately!

With my husband recuperating from surgery, we have been watching a lot of TV lately.

James usually likes to watch movies & I'm more into shows.  With James being home for a longer time, I finally convinced him to watch some shows with me & it has been so great.

We have several streaming services so we have so many shows to choose from.  For these shows, we kind of just randomly picked them & they turned out to be good.

Here is what we have been watching:

Monday, September 06, 2021



Fall bucket list free printable | On The Creek Blog //

Fall Bucket List free printable!

Autumn is almost here so it's time to get my bucket list ready!

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Now that we have a child, there are so many more activities to attend in the fall!

I don't know if it is like this everywhere, but it seems like there are a lot of things to attend in the fall in our area.  We live fairly close to a few apple orchards & pumpkin patches.  We're also close by to wineries so there are always a lot of grapes around this time of the year.

One of my personal favorite autumn activities has been grape picking.  We go to a great place that has the best concord grapes.  In the past, I have made jelly from the grapes.  This year I'm looking forward to making wine!

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