Anyone who has been around me long enough knows that I will paint just about anything and everything to change things up. I am easily bored I guess. I’ve painted the “normal” things like furniture and décor to update them and keep things fresh, but I’ve broadened my horizons even more lately and painted upholstery and even our laundry room sink. Even my hubby thought I was nuts for that one, but I just couldn’t NOT give it a try! [Read more…]
I don’t think I’ve proclaimed my undying affection for my crock-pot(s) here yet. I use it MULTIPLE times per week to get dinner (or sometimes breakfast) on the table for my family. There is definitely a learning curve I have stumbled through, but now I can’t imagine not having one or two in my kitchen.
If you’re anything like me, the “what are we having for dinner?” question has to be answered before noon, or it just won’t happen. After school, the rush begins to finish homework, have a snack, drive to activities- and even with a cup of coffee in hand, I’m just too tired at that point in the day to worry about dinner. I love being able to have one less thing on my mind throughout the day. Plus, if I’m working that day, I can have dinner ready for my family since I usually beat my husband home.
Let me just preface this post by saying I am not a shiplap virgin. This is not my first rodeo, and yet still, I royally screwed myself into spending far too many hours and wayyyy too much money on this tiny room’s one wall. [Read more…]
Now that the holidays are over and the kids are back in school, this mama can deep clean, organize, and plan projects for the new year! I think 2017 will be the year for some of our biggest DIY’s to date, so fingers crossed that we get the fireplace some attention, get rid of our nasty carpet, and show the kitchen some love while we’re at it. [Read more…]
I got my craft on last weekend. Hubby went black Friday shopping and treated himself to a pretty big item, so I decided to give myself a little indulgent treat and went shopping also. I hate spending money though, and absolutely did not want to make a bunch of impulse purchases that just clutter the house and will end up getting tossed next year. What did make it home were a few small trees, and these wreaths for $2.48 each! Ok, so not these exact wreaths- I added a few things to spruce them up, but the base was $2.48, and even with some extra goodies, the total price comes in easily under 5 bucks.
I’m not sure this even qualifies as a tutorial, it is so easy. I had the small pinecones from JoAnn’s already, and I picked up a few bunches of the berries for $0.97 at Walmart. The wreath base is from Walmart also. I had intended to do all faux greenery, but the selection at Walmart was pretty slim, so the rest I literally snipped off some trees and bushes in my yard. [Read more…]
I feel so cliché as a new blogger, explaining my absence from the blog world, but here I am. Maybe I bit off more than I could chew. Maybe this blogging deal is harder than it seems (it is!) Maybe I just got busy with life, and didn’t make time for my unpaid job in between working a paying job, getting kids ready to go back to school, end of summer vacations, and actually tackling the mounting projects and tasks that have been piling up. Oh, and did I mention we’re potty training?!
Whatever the excuse is, I’m back with renewed energy to start a new fun project I’ve been cooking up in my head for awhile now. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago at a garage sale I stumbled upon my best find yet. We are not avid garage-salers, but with the warmer weather, and a hubby who works Saturdays, it has become cheap entertainment for the kids and I. I had been explaining to the kids that we can’t buy everything (no you can’t spend $2 on a busted speaker, yes I know it’s only two dollars and you have your “own” money), sometimes you win-sometimes you lose yada, yada, yada. I’m basically mid lecture when I bring the ‘burban to a screeching halt to get a better look at what I had caught out of the corner of my eye. A big ole pile of spool tops. The heavens opened up and the angels sang. I casually sauntered over, tried to play hard to get, wandered around a bit, of course eyeing the competition (it was slim, just a couple of older gentlemen looking at a dog kennel), and then approached the owners for a price. 5$ each. SOLD. Of course, being a garage-sale newbie, I realize I had forgotten my wallet at home. A quick trip to get some cash and I came home with FIVE tops for twenty bucks. I know I could probably drive all over town and potentially score some for free, but these were already dismantled, fit in my car, and were down the street. Yahtzee. [Read more…]
Our entryway was really calling for some character. We added the board and batten and light fixture, next on the list was a bench big enough for this long-ish space. I really loved all the church pews that were popping up in my Pinterest feed, but after watching craigslist I decided that wasn’t going to happen for a couple of reasons. Our city wasn’t started until the 1950’s- meaning any church pews I found locally were seventies style and ugly, completely lacking any sort of detail or charm. So, if I wanted to find something cute, I would have to search out of town or pay a million dollars. Probably literally.