New use for Country Living magazine…

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Country Living.. warming my house since 2013!  Had to share this visual.  This is the door off of our family room.  It opens onto a small deck.  I thought this tactic would drive home my push for new doors and windows in this room!  My {first} husband knows me too well and countered offered up [Read more…]

Berries and Grapevines Hide the Dust

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I love the holidays and all the lights and décor.  But, I must say one of the reasons I love the lights and the boughs of holly is because it hides the dust.  There I said it.  On some days the magic in the day is disguising the dust bunnies!  Here’s a peek into a [Read more…]

Upcycle Tree Branches

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Hi There- Here’s a quick wreath I made using tree trunks and branches from a neighbor who had a few of the trees sin his yard chopped down.  I asked if I could take some before it was hauled away. He couldn’t load my car fast enough. And, then the branches sat in my garage [Read more…]

2 Minute Tips on Tuesday {even though it’s Wednesday}

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The story of my life is written in my calendar and to-do list.  Some days the only item I cross off my list is “shower.”   Organizational experts suggest breaking down tasks into  smaller ones. The idea being that if you {meaning myself} can break it down, an individual {me}  will obviously not feel so overwhelmed.  Okay, [Read more…]

Repurpose a Lantern to Organize

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Somewhere in the year 2010 I decided I could not have enough lanterns. I snagged them on clearance aisles, HomeGoods. It came to a head this spring when I would spend hours minutes re-arranging lanterns.  My family was getting a little worried. So I used our annual garage sale as an opportunity to lean out [Read more…]

Vintage Tool Box: From Tool Box to Bar Ware

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Hi There!  Hope you are having a great weekend!  Two years ago this tool box was buried in the garage and filled with miscellaneous bolts and screws!  To truly see the transformation of my husband’s vintage tool box check out the original makeover I did on it a few years back HERE.  I love the idea of [Read more…]

Yard Sale- The Good, the bad and the fanny pack!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!  I thought since it was mum’s day that it was a perfect day to write a post about my obsession: yard sales!  Yay!  My love for garage sales is my secret addiction!    I love it- the purging of all my crap!  I have been prepping for this year’s garage sale since- well- last year!  This [Read more…]

Earth Day… start with one small change

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Happy Earth Day!  For the past several years I have made SMALL changes in how I try to reduce or reuse “STUFF.”  I  don’t have a political reason behind my decision or theory about global warming, I just think recycling- like my grandparents and parents’ generation- makes sense.    I think for me the image [Read more…]

Milk Can Transformation

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  I found this milk can at a yard sale a few years ago.  I dragged it home where my {first} husband expressed concern that I might be exhibiting signs of hoarder-ness.   He likes new!  He doesn’t like the idea of someone else’s stuff taking up space in our home.  So I did  what I do [Read more…]

Thrifty Boys’ Room Accessories

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It’s done! After multiple negotiations makeovers and tweaks my son’s room is done!  Here is the finished room. For the details on this before and after click HERE.  On a side note, the hardest part of this project is reconciling my wish for a Pottery Barn  room with the reality that my son wants a “cool” [Read more…]

Two tone dresser: Stain & Paint: Before and After

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I wish I had the original photo of my {first} husband’s childhood dresser.  My mother-in-law could not get this out of her basement fast enough when we bought our first house.   It was a piece of my husband’s childhood, made by his grandfather ( born and raised in a small farming town in Nebraska).  It was painted a [Read more…]