Friday LOVE Notes : Ask me anything …

Do you know what rhymes with Friday? VODKA. We are using it to whip up some homemade baileys and spike our coffee for our Friday Love Notes today. There’s a free downloadable recipe card. And cake. Of course there’s cake. Cake solves everything.

What’s new with me?


Didja know that my daughter Tristan is now part of the Design The Life You Want To Live team? I just LOVE working with her. PS. Tristan doesn’t swear as much as me. So lucky for you. 🙂

Moi : Drops f-bomb. Drops the mic. Walks off the stage.


The baileys recipe is right here :

Enter your email and the recipe card will be in your inbox STAT. Download it. You will absolutely freak your face.

* h i c c u p *

We bottle the baileys in these glass bottles and bring them along as hostess gifts to holiday parties! We should be friends, am.I.right?


What are you watching on Netflix? I’ve been binge watching Queer Eye, Call The Midwife, and every season of Greys Anatomy. {{ Don’t judge me.}} Have you watched LION? *tears-they-be-a-flowin*


Uhhhhmmm…. It’s been snowing around here for like 35 months straight. There was one tiny sliver of time to photograph a pretty moment before the snow storms come again. Which is now, until the end of time apparently.

I’m hibernating for the winter. See you never.

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I just put these cozy slippers on my wish list. Hoping someone will see this and send them to me. *Hint hint* hubster.


On a personal note: this has been a big year. Oh hiiiii cancer, you can be a bit douchy. We’ve been swinging at cancer like a Southern church lady swings her purse, wearing her Sunday best. Ask me anything you’d like to know about that.


Shopping: Gah. I have never liked shopping in a mall. I usually want to taser people for stealing my parking spot. Doing all my shopping online this year. Stamped it. Double stamped it. Should I make some gift guides for you? I can let you know what I am purchasing to make shopping for the people in your life easier than ever. I’m nice like that. You’re welcome.


Let’s talk Etsy home faves. (I swear I won’t hit you with a sequin pillow.) Last week, we put together our all time favourite Etsy finds and shops in one place. Here’s the blog post with our 14 fave Etsy shops in the history of ever. Get stoked!! So good. So so so so good.


Do you love music? Me too. It’s like we just get each other. Here’s my playlist on Spotify. Do you ever sing to a song you don’t really know… but there’s that 15 second part that you know is coming? You’re gonna own that shit.


Are you lovin Instagram these days. Me? I dunno.  Instagram is a like a slutty friend that I should hate but I still go out with. Weekend plans? Besides deleting me from Instagram?

What’s new with you?

Tell me everything you’ve got. Where do you live? Have any fave accounts on Instagram? (right after you delete mine) Want to know my insider secret on how to hang curtains in the most gorgeous way? Want to know about roadtripping in an RV? Want to know more personal stuff about my life? Want to talk about boobs? I do. Where’s your fave place to travel? Will you pack me in your suitcase? Did I just sound like a weirdo? Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro?

ask me anything.



PS. I love you. The end.

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Hi Lynne, I have your Chunky Wool Blanket Knit pattern and was hoping you could tell me the type of white yarn you used? This particular pattern calls for 1500 yards of chunky yarn and size 50 needle. I received the pattern some years ago and would also love to have the link for the video tutorial mentioned.
Thank you for your time!


Hi Lynne! I’ve been one of your devoted insiders for some years now…love ya! Have a quick question for ya…so during this pandemic we’re renovating (fun, not) I too love white but there are so many shades of it, sad face. Pleeeez pleeez help me…can you recommend a shade of white in Benjamin Moore line? I’d be like eternally grateful! I have the fan decks before me and IDK (another sad face) Hugs from a distance

Laurie Tricarico

Received my blanket kit today… sooo excited….Happy Retirement to me.. and this time the blanket is for me…my best thoughts and prayers to you and your family.. you bring so much joy to all.. I so enjoy all you write.. photograph etc…Nothing but hope and good thoughts to you and yours.. you rekindled my love of knitting !


Lynne——Oh how I love your blog and website! I also love your home/decor/everything. I live in beautiful San Diego, ca and we have a small “cookie cutter” Southern California, small, two story home. I LOVE white, and your style of decor appeals to me. It’s clean, simple, cozy and most of all inspired! I’m just not sure how to incorporate your beautiful style into such “mass produced” home.
Any suggestions on how to get started? (Besides flying you down to San Diego for the next 6-12 months, minimum!😉😂😉)

Postscript: Dangit, comments made on my phone do not aptly reflect my normal grammar usage…😳 I do no wurds goodly…I swear! 😂

Oh Lynne, How I didn’t realize I needed expertly places f-bombs (that we’re coming out of someone else’s mouth for a change 😉) after a craptastic week full of marathon appts at Hamilton Children’s Hospital (amazing) for my daughter, MRI and bone scan for my dad who is battling two types of cancer (F.U. cancer), an Aunt who passed away and a washing machine that decided to spew rusty water all over the laundry room (of our new, old house which is in desperate need of some love) while my husband is away…but I bought a new rug which is… Read more »

Sheila Morrow

Did you go ahead and purchase the white electric fireplace on Wayfair??
If you did – are you happy with it? Where did you put it?
Would love to see a picture
Thanks SO much!


Well, hello there. Been awhile. I wanna ask: where did you get the enamel (I assume) kitchen sink with the integrated drainboard?!! I rented a house yoinks ago that had one and have lusted after one of my own even since. (Should have ‘borrowed’ it when I moved out, but there’s that whole moral dilemma shit)


Hi!! So so soooooo glad your back! I’ve missed you. I was following you on Instagram too but for awhile now I can’t and I don’t know or understand why!😢😭😫I’ll keep trying though. So glad to hear from you again …… you always make me smile💕. Congrats to Tristan also …… kiss kiss!!!😘

I love love love your blog and content! So, YAY! Your authenticity and laid back kinda f-bomb droppin’ style I really dig 😉
My question is about biz! Do you have a social media calendar you use, or do you kinda just write it as it comes and post on the spot?! Just curious…

Judi Burnes

Having you back with your incredible attitude and light makes the world a little better. I dont have a question, am just so glad to see Michael’s post, I was so worried. You two make being married the best thing ever.

I was tickled to see your Friday newsletter in my email today. I was having a bit of a crap moment and decided to check my email and there it was ready to make me giggle. And brighten my moment. No questions for you today but I can add my two cents about keeping white clean. Most of the time I use washing soda and detergent but put the washer on predawn and extra rinse. That combo gets it pretty clean. If it gets extra dirty, I do borax, washing soda and detergent with the same prewash and extra rinse.

Linda Manuel

Glad you’re back from way down here in Texas. You are such a hoot and have been sorely missed! Need mah chuckles ya know!!


Hiya…so I’m wondering if you are back???? I would like to recommend you and your blog/instagram to a friend. You are a hoot and quite inspiring. However it was over a year for you to respond to a question I had. Yeah yeah…I know life gets in the way. 🙂 I assumed you to be in the Canadian demographic but see you deal in U.S funds (I get how that works). I would love to see more Canadian content, websites, links. This is not meant to be criticism just a shout out to find more “fun, of certain age, Canadian… Read more »

Christal Krahenbil

HI from Saskatchewan, Canada!! Thanks for the recipe but you should really put a bottle of it in a crocheted wine bag as a gift to whoever!! I have made a couple dozen of them to sell at craft fairs.!!! Very nice!!
Christal K.


🤔….. 🎶🎶 🎶🎶 … baby it’s cold… out… side…
…that’s all I got

Cindy Marlow

Just sayin’ that I’m glad you brought your crazy ass back to blogging. You are a definite highlight. I was happy to see Michael ask you a question because I was afraid that jackass cancer was the reason you’d been scarce. Typing this while listening to your Spotify playlist.


Hi Lynne, would really love some Crimbo gift guides!


Love the three photographs you posted of you two and the desert. As always, your taste is exquisite. Thanks for sharing.

Ellen Przybylska

Please may I have an official figure for how many knitted/crocheted blankets a home needs? I’ve just seen yet another one I MUST make. It’s in dahlia colours which go with absolutely nothing in my house but I still want it!! 🤦🏻‍♀️


Ok so I’m not THE original post on this but… how do you keep things so white? I’m thinking of just doing what I’ve wanted to do. Paint it all white, dark hardwood floors and beautiful royal blue everywhere I can put it! But I have a dog -a big very well behaved dog. But will I hate how it shows dirt. Thank you for letting me ramble.

How do you keep your white everything white? Towels, linens, kitchen cloths. They allll stained. HALP! Bleach doesn’t work half of the time ughh

Linda C Johnston

I like you. Yup! I REALLY like you. So glad I subed. Can;t wait for the next post! Looking forward to it.


Hi Love:
It’s so great that you announced to the WORLD that you and Tristan have paired up. Watching the two of you work together is dreamy. It’s fun, it’s creative, and it’s magical to see from my vantage point.

Is it ok to tell you that you’re getting slippers for xmas? Just reading over your best shopping buys to see what else to add to your list. You know I don’t do well in shopping malls at the best of times.

Go ‘A’ Team Go! xo