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Katie’s Room Re-do

Monday, July 6th, 2015

So, Katie’s room was totally overdue for a bit of an upgrade. She was still using left-over bedding from the days when she shared the room with her adult sister. And her tastes had changed. Let’s face it, she’s more the girly-girl than Stephanie and I are. And along the way, I got the brilliant […]

How to convert a cheap pre-fab bookcase into a stylish headboard

Monday, August 12th, 2013

So, I had just finished the total redesign of our guest room and I was pretty happy with the results. But I didn’t have a headboard for the queen bed in there. What I DID have, however, was an old, cheap bookcase that I had bought from Walmart about 15 years ago. Here it is […]

TUTORIAL: Pillow Covers From Placemats (No sew)

Monday, June 11th, 2012

So, we recently bought this wonderful new leather sofa for our living room.  I adore it, but the pillows were horrible.  They’re some sort of dreadful burgundy and tan mock damask and the fringe at the edges sheds all over our home on a daily basis.  I wanted some new pillows that were more in […]

Products I Can’t Live Without

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I thought it would be fun, for once, to sit down and consider all the products I use around my house to keep us all clean and organized.  Of course, I would be lost without my three hole punch, my scrapbook glue (which makes and repairs a myriad of things) and my computer.  But there […]

How to REALLY clean your washer

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Until a few years ago, cleaning your washer seemed like a ridiculous idea. I mean, you put soap in there every time you use it, right? What could be cleaner than soap? Well, they’ve changed that soap, my friends. It no longer contains phosphates and thus has become a detriment to our washers. Thanks to […]

Pantry Organization and Re-do: Done!

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

When we first moved into this house a year ago, we came bearing trunk-loads of food, frozen items, and appliances.  We were anxious to get everything stored (somewhere) and get on with the business of living in our brand new home.  As a result, everything got shoved into the area where it sort of belonged, […]

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Well, another year has come and gone.  The decorations are put away….mostly.  And the kids are back in school.  Katie gets three weeks for Christmas vacation, so there was a lot of time to spend shopping and crafting.  We made sparkly snow playdough and cinnamon ornaments.  We made fudge and egg nog.  And we spent […]

First Christmas In Our New House

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

We moved into this house right after last Christmas, so this is the first time we’ve decorated for the holidays here.  A test-drive, if you will.  New house, new decorations.  I have pinterest to thank for almost all of it.  The Penguin was compliments of David and Katie.  They found it at Big Lots on […]

Home Organization Tip #3

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Always clean from the top down and the right to the left. Gravity does work.  If you start cleaning at the bottom, your cleaning solution at the top will drip down over your newly cleaned surface.  It’s a simple thing, but you would be amazed at how many people don’t think about this simple fact.  […]

Home Organization Tip #2

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Use gift bags to store items. Gift bags come in every size, color and design imaginable.  You can find them at the dollar store for as little as 50 cents.  They are large, beautiful, and require no effort to look nice.  Painting boxes or covering them with scrapbook paper takes a bit of time and […]

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