Creating Temporary Holiday Art and Stenciled Wrapping Paper

How to create temporary holiday art

I know all around blogland, people are posting gorgeous pictures of their mantles and holiday decor, and I'm totally in awe of their creativity.... but with all the renovations going on here, we haven't had the chance to break out the Christmas decorations - or even put up the tree! After 4 weeks without a kitchen sink, I'm actually feeling a little Scrooge-ish. I'm ready to be done already, but it's still another week until we get our countertops put in so, sinkless we will stay. I know it's … [Read more...]

Bathroom and Floor Progress

OMG baby

Oh boy, what a week it has been! Tile throughout the house was demolished on Monday and Tuesday, as was the bathroom. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday brought 4 different tile guys to lay the tile. Yes, four. The "tile guy" we originally hired, who said he would be doing the work himself, didn't lay a single piece of tile. Not one. He subbed it out to three different guys - none of which did a great job. On Friday, none of  "his guys" showed up in the morning, so he called another guy. … [Read more...]

Wood Tile Floors and a New Bathroom – the Beginning

Pinterest Addict Dust Everywhere

I'm so excited to say that we have finally started work on the new floors! As I've said before, we chose to go with tile that looks like wood throughout the house. We bought the tile months ago, but then saved our pennies for the installation costs. And it's finally time! And we are going with a herringbone pattern, which I think I'm the most excited about :) Since we are doing the whole house, except for the bedrooms, we had to basically pack up the everything and move it out. Thank god … [Read more...]

DIY Herringbone Headboard

DIY herringbone headboard

Holy Moley People! This Herringbone Headboard is perhaps the coolest thing we've ever made! If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw some pictures that showed us trying to use pallets to make a headboard for my son. Well, that was a big, fat FAIL! We kept breaking the boards, and they had huge gouges in them from the nails. On top of that, I read that many pallets were treated with chemicals we wouldn't want to be sleeping next to. Since our pallets weren't marked  to say if they … [Read more...]

Mason Jars for the Not-So-Crafty (and a giveaway too!)

bell mason jar candy jars

A few weeks ago, a representative from Jarden Home Brands, makers of the Ball brand home canning products, sent me an email asking if I'd like to review their new line of Spring Green Mason Jars and accessories for 2014 AND offered a fabulous giveaway for you too. (more on that below) Jarden Home Brands are celebrating their first annual Can-it-Forward Day today, August 16th, with special guest renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson!.  The event is taking place at the … [Read more...]

Tour of Fine Blogs

transferring photos onto wood.

Do you know my friend Kirby? She blogs over at Kirb Appeal. I met her at the first Haven Conference, and I adore her. She asked me to be part of this blog tour - and I said yes, sure... and then, I forgot about it. In my day to day life, things are always coming up, butting in, taking over.  It happens all the time to me. Does that ever happen to you?  When I saw her post this morning, I jumped out of bed and got to work! Hmmm... maybe I should have her call me out on getting some other posts … [Read more...]

The Floor Tile Decision and Our Ikea Kitchen Plan So Far

Screen shot of our soon-to-be kitchen.

Some big changes are coming to our house. If you read this post about dark floors and white walls, you might have an idea of the kinds of changes we plan on taking on. First up, we decided to replace all the tile in our house. The tile in the house is cracked throughout and kind of bland .It's about 1500 square feet of flooring, so it is a big job. We will have to move everything out of the house and into a POD, except for the bedrooms, which already have new wood floors. So, with so … [Read more...]

Front Porch Makeover

front porch new cushions

When I painted our front doors last week, I noticed what a mess the rest of the porch was when I was trying to take pictures for the post. The cushions on the chairs were mildewed and faded. There was a ton of stuff that didn't belong there that had been left, then overlooked for God knows how long. Like a pink chair, empty flower pots, TWO door mats, bags of soil and fertilizer.  Funny how a picture can make you see what your eyes don't. Well, that was enough to spur me into … [Read more...]