Tales of Painted Basement Ceilings and Pole Dancing Woes

When we sold our old house, one of the things we were most sad to leave behind was our finished basement.  We put in so much work to make that basement beautiful, so it really hurt to give it up. The movie room with all that amazing molding and those gorgeous cabinets?? I was sad to leave them behind. Click here to tour the basement in the old house. BUT... our new house had a large unfinished basement space that we knew we could make functional for our family. We knew going into this … [Read more...]

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DIY a Vintage Flag with Ribbon and a Handkerchief

A few years back I found this set of vintage baby crib springs at a local junk shop.  It was chipped and rusty and moldy on one corner, but I loved the harlequin shape of the springs. At the same time I also saw an old weathered mantelpiece that called my name in a major way. I had NO idea how I would use either item, but I knew that I loved them both and would eventually find a way to work them into my house.  My husband gave me some major side-eye … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s Nursery, Take 2

We have a small second bedroom on the main level of our house that started out as Garrett's bedroom when we first moved in. I was pregnant with Caroline at the time and Garrett was a 7 year old little dude who still needed some "nighttime support" to get to sleep in his own bed (especially in a new, unfamiliar house) Before she was born we decorated a nursery for Caroline on the second floor, which I blogged about in this post.  It was a really pretty room, but she never even … [Read more...]

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The Garage Door Dilemma

When we bought our house, the upper garage had a HUGE and janky double garage door.   This "double" garage door was seriously like 20 feet wide, and it was constantly breaking down.  I paid a local door company many hundreds of dollars to come out on several occasions and patch this behemoth up, but it was on it's last legs.  Notice I put "double" in quotes because there is no way two SUVs are fitting inside this garage side-by-side.  It has always been … [Read more...]

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DIY Wood slice essential oil holder

I saw this cute birch log slice essential oil holder from etsy seller Wood and Oils and my immediate thought was "I can DIY that."   So, we did.  :)  I had this birch log slice lying around and my husband grabbed his drill bit set from the basement.  Within about 5 minutes we had a homemade essential oil display that is SUPER cute. Here's how you can make one of these for yourself to display your essential oil collection.  Supplies needed: … [Read more...]

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Craft Room Organization in the Attic

This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby. All opinions, as usual, are my own.  Hey guys!   Did you hear that really loud squeal this past weekend? That was the sound of me "SQUEEEEEing" as I started decorating my new attic-turned-office space!  That's right--this room is VERY close to the finish line, and I am turning some imaginary cartwheels with glee to finally have the room of my dreams finished.   In case you missed the original attic renovation … [Read more...]

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A Very Vintage Advent Calendar {#DIHWorkshop}

Today I'm teaming up with The Home Depot to show you how you can make a pretty ornament display at their upcoming DIH Workshop this week!   If you haven't heard, Home Depot offers do-it-HERself (DIH) workshops for women of all experience levels to come in and create cool projects for their homes.   This month they are making these Holiday Ornament Displays at all their stores.  To kick-start the workshop, they asked us to build the project ourselves, then put … [Read more...]

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You’re invited to a DIH Virtual Party!

Some of my blog buddies are getting together next week for a fun DIH party. What is a DIH party, you ask?  Well, if DIY means Do-it-Yourself, DIH means Do-it-HERself! Did y'all know that Home Depot hosts fun workshops that teach women how to use power tools and make really cool things while doing it?  Click here to check them out! I learned about this a few years ago, and thought it was such a great idea. I've been wielding my dad's circular saw since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, … [Read more...]

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Painting Tips from Betsy {How to buy her painting e-book!}

Hey there! Today I'm opening up my blog to Betsy from Happily Ever After blog to give you some quick painting advice. It's been quite a busy few weeks (I'm sure you can imagine!) so I've invited some guest bloggers to share their knowledge with you while I'm getting life back to normal. I will be back tomorrow with an update on my mom's heart surgery, so stay tuned for that! XOXO, Beth Should I use Water-based or Oil Based Paint? (and how to tell the difference between the … [Read more...]

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Privacy Please: How To Add a Door To a Cased Opening

As any mom of little kids can tell you, bathroom privacy is a Sacred and Holy Experience. When we bought our house there was not a door between our master bedroom and our master bathroom—only a cased opening. Inside the bathroom there is an enclosed potty room and of course our bedroom has a door, but there was nothing but a short hallway to separate the bed from that big garden tub right there.  Also, when we moved in, there were no blinds on the double glass doors that open to the back … [Read more...]

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