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It’s “Knock Off” Week!

Have you ever purchased something you KNOW, deep down that you could've made it yourself? (...and maybe, saved some serious $$??) Yeah, me too. All too often. So this week  a group of bloggers and I declared it "Knock Off" week. We are creating projects inspired by items found in our favorite catalogs.  I'm still creating mine (those of you that joined my live video workshop on Sunday--you saw a sneak peek).  We're calling it #rockyourknockoff.  Catchy, eh? What am I making?  My turn is Friday -- here is what I will be recreating using materials I have at home. A Ballard Designs-inspired monogram. These typically cost $169 on the Ballard site: Here are the originals that you can purchase on their website: Above: original design from Ballard Designs. Friday I will reveal my DIY "knock off" version.    Here is a round of the projects so far created by my talented friends: Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIY'er with her Pottery Barn Halloween gallery:    Dria … More...

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Best of DIY – Fall Tour

Keep reading, I’ve brought you my own little DIY project along with some seriously gorgeous fall eye candy from 26 other bloggers in the “Best of DIY” –we have even collaborated and opened our own Pinterest Board! Keep scrolling down to the bottom of this page to see more fall inspiration!  Even if you don’t [...]

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Brain is mush. But inspired…

Before I give these beautiful velvet pumpkins away, (hop over to Facebook to see how to win) I wanted to show you how cute they were on my DIY crates. Let’s pretend for a minute these are mine. The vignettes I create unintentionally are sometimes my best ones. Does that happen to you? Sometimes we [...]


Ready for Fall: Outdoors

 Fall Home Tour Part I:  Outdoors  I love this time of year because everything seems so much more relaxed. It’s the calm before 9 months of extreme weather. And we are (almost) ready for it. Leave it to my son to sum up fall, in all the glory of his teenage eloquence: “Fall means dead [...]


Winterizing Outdoor Furniture with Hemp Oil

Let me start this post by saying, this is for wood furniture that you may use outdoors that could use a picke-me-up or protection from the elements this coming season. If you stopped by Part I of my fall home tour, you saw that I renewed my old table that I use as an outdoor [...]

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DIY Live Video Workshops?

  Reader input is requested since I’m at a crossroads with blogging. I’m not quitting – just willing to try something maybe, a little different. Something fun–which is why I started blogging to begin with.  ***** Behind the scenes, this little website is one of the more difficult DIY’s I’ve ever done. And of course, [...]


Heartfelt Cliches and Peoplewatching

This post was written in the wee hours, past midnight Monday morning during one leg of my flight to Kansas City. Above: snapped en route to Atlanta, GA. It’s past midnight, and I’m in Atlanta finally sitting on my “cancelled” flight heading to Kansas City. I can’t DIY–so all I can do is sit here. [...]

Fall Tour 2014

Cleaning out my closets…

As a blog reader – what makes YOU hit the subscribe button? What brings you back a second, third or fourth time?  On the other hand, what turns you “off”? I’m about ready to make some changes around here…nothing major – but I’ve been urged by many to “tell my story”. Yes, this is a [...]


Facebook “Top Fan” Weekly Prize

Sponsored by my favorite Annie Sloan stockist, Funky Junk Boutique. Are you following me on Facebook? Facebook is where I post all of my sneak peeks on my DIY projects. It’s where I hang. It gives me instant gratification. I can interact with readers in realtime. In fact, love it so much that I decided [...]

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DIY: Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation (Kitchen)

My kitchen when I first moved in back in 2005: I added a wallpaper backsplash that year…I had NO budget for improvements (yet). My lovely junk collector island that we later leveled and added IKEA butcher block. Our “first” after picture below…this is after investing only $1600…(we are now continuing our upgrades…see Kitchen Project Phase [...]

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DIY: Painting Stair Railings & Fixing Color Mistakes

In this post you will witness my neurosis with color and getting it exactly right. During my recent stair railing makeover, I tried to step outside of my normal comfort zone and “warm up” my color scheme by bringing out the reds in my flooring. My house is an open loft style and the railing [...]

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Pitted Concrete? Look Into Overlays!

And…AFTER!! What a difference one day makes! The entrance of our house needed some additional pizzazz, and we got a competitive and timely quote from a local professional to do the work, in addition to repairing the driveway (which was pitted and cracking) The pictures above show the progress they made in just two days [...]


DIY: Stenciled French Backsplash

I had a beautiful, unused stencil with a script version of the French sonnet, “Springtime in Paris” (it was originally intended for my sunroom curtains, little did I know I would soon DIY my first stenciled backsplash). I changed my mind on the curtains and I decided I didn’t want visitors to be distracted by the writing.    At the [...]

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DIY: Framed Boxwood Wreath

Need some inspiration for your front door? Here is one of the most complicated DIY tutorials you will ever witness–a framed boxwood wreath.   My new spring wreath + Front Door makeover + lessons learned. (Original inspiration courtesy of Down To Earth Style) So after a grueling trip to Michael’s and Target, this could be [...]

My $1600 kitchen remodel!!!

DIY: Ikea Butcher Block Countertops

See entire kitchen transformation on HGTV.com’s “Rate My Space”! Total island remodel project cost = $470 Before I post my own tutorial, I recommend you take a look at This Old House Butcher Block Countertop Installation for a great step-by-step instructional. Why reinvent the wheel, right? Always on an extreme budget, I seriously wanted to [...]

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