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Kitchen Update – Stool Edition

Kitchen Update – Stool Edition

My competitive spirit is still alive and kicking. In a desire to have something to show for my week on the Dueling DIY: Kitchen Renovation Challenge, I continued working on my kitchen. I decided last week that I really needed an "instant gratification" project, like my light, each week to keep me Continue reading



Upcycled Bicycle Ideas

Upcycled Bicycle Ideas

If you have been following me for a while now, you may recall the Bike Planter I made last summer. Continue reading



Knock-Off Pier 1 Letter Balls

Knock-Off Pier 1 Letter Balls

Several months back I found these “decorative spheres” at Pier 1. (Pier 1 likes to call them “spheres,” I just call them balls). I immediately liked them, but seeing as I don’t have any J’s, Q’s or X’s in any of my names, I was having trouble finding the letters I wanted. Plus, at $2/each, even Continue reading



How To Emboss Wood – Part 1, Piping Style

How To Emboss Wood – Part 1, Piping Style

If you want to learn how to emboss pictures frames, you've come to the right place.  Today I’m going to show you how to emboss on a flat wood picture frame using the cake decorator style of embossing, aka The Piping Method. Here’s what you’ll need to start:  Smart Non-Shrink Wall Continue reading



New Life to an Old Nativity

New Life to an Old Nativity

 Many years ago, my Mom made a beautiful ceramic nativity scene. Each piece was lovingly painted, glazed and then fired. It took her weeks to make and when she was done, we had this truly special Nativity. Over the years, we were rough and, sadly, it did not survive seven children, but I have wanted Continue reading



Hobnail Milk Glass Lamps, Part 2 – Shades

Hobnail Milk Glass Lamps, Part 2 – Shades

Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me?As you may have read, I recently redid some Hobnail Milk Glass Lamps that I found at the thrift store.I finished the lamps several months ago, but it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do for the lamp shade. I thought about a burlap shade. Meh...there's Continue reading



Hobnail Milk Glass Lamps, Part 1

Hobnail Milk Glass Lamps, Part 1

Hobnail Milk Glass Does a Girl Good I love going to thrift stores and seeing what treasures I can find. However, I have to be in the right frame of mind to go into one. Some thrift stores can be down right scary - and not in a fun way. That said, one of the most beautiful things I ever found was in Continue reading



Botanical Prints

Botanical Prints

 True Confessions time - There are a couple of things I really appreciate in life. Good cookware and fine art. The problem is, I hate to pay for either one. Truth be told, it's not so much that I hate to pay for them, I just honestly never think to buy them.One of these posts, I'll tell you about Continue reading



Buffet Lookin’ Fine

Buffet Lookin’ Fine

I love to scour Craigslist for deals. For a long time, I was missing key pieces of furniture, like a dining room table, living room sofa and other things. By watching Craigslist, I was able to find some pieces I liked in a price range I really liked.Take this buffet for example. It was posted on Continue reading



Brace & Bit Coat Rack

Brace & Bit Coat Rack

Back in the spring, I was up at the library and I came upon these books by Sue Whitney & Ki Nassauer.  I was instantly in lOvE!Sue and Ki had a project in one of these books that I need to rip-off replicate. A few years back, Hubs made this nice coat rack for me. We had one in our Troy, Ohio house Continue reading