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  We did it! After only 3.5 months of planning, we pulled it off! We're hitched! Our preferred wedding venue is typically booked 15 months in advance, but after researching their online calendar back in April, I saw they had a cancellation so we had no choice. It was now or never. We were married at French Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. We loved the venue, but being 200 miles away made it a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-DIY-wedding, all the way. It was stressful but it turned out pretty well overall. More pictures to come, but first...I'd like you to meet my family....  My son (left) was King of the Dancefloor...  My kids. Ethan (almost 15) and my daughter, Avery (she's 10)  Photographer missed the kiss...oh well! My girl... Mark, waiting at the altar in the garden....that we created.  Together. Mark's son, Dusty...is there...in spirit...a white butterfly flew between us during our vows.  Mom and son... My best friend, Laura...  Laura's daughter, Sophie and … More...

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Best of DIY – Fall Tour

Keep reading, I’ve brought you 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 love my project, there is plenty more [...]

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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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Basement (Industrial Style)

Basement Remodel Floor Plan Part I of my industrial basement remodel, including the floor plan, lessons learned, advice to anyone building a new home…and biting the bullet on cost. So here is the lowdown on our industrial basement.  I hope you get a feel for the floor plan — this had NO studs or prebuilt [...]

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Frieze Molding: Two Story Foyer

Adding molding in a two story foyer can be a bit of a DIY challenge, especially when you don’t have the right equipment (or are afraid of heights).   Knowing how to make it aesthetically pleasing is also important and sometimes tricky. The finished model homes are deceptive.  They lure the buyer in with all of the finish [...]

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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 $1600 Kitchen Makeover

Our $1600 Kitchen Makeover

My kitchen, before painting cabinets, new lighting, new backsplash, new flooring… Here is what we accomplished with a $1600 investment: One of the first DIY projects I tackled in my house was my kitchen. I built my home in 2005, but I am amazed at how quickly styles have changed since then. In such a [...]

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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 [...]

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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