Upcycling Trash?  Repurposing?  Double Duty-ing?  Thrifting?

Upcycling Trash? Repurposing? Double Duty-ing? Thrifting?

It's a way of life. Or, maybe it's an obsession. I suppose it depends on who's describing it. Upcycling trash isn't as bad as it sounds. We throw away so much trash. We can't upcycle it all, but why not some? Good for the environment (I'm not a tree hugger, just responsible.) Good for the pocketbook (It's rewarding to save a buck!) Good for you (It's fun to own original creative works of art and one of a kind Continue reading

Raising Real Kids Ebook is Ready!

Raising Real Kids Ebook is Ready!

Get my ebook, Raising Real Kids, first by subscribing to my Love My DIY Home newsletter.   After months of writing, planning and designing, my ebook is done and going out FREE to my newsletter subscribers this Monday, May 25, 2015!   Wahoo!   If you would like an advanced copy, join our Love My DIY Home community before Monday morning.   It's chock full of parenting tips.   We've Continue reading

Craft Room Closet Makeover

Craft Room Closet Makeover

I showed you my mom's room makeover way back when. Well, my mom isn't with us any more - she went home to be with the Lord December 23 last year.   One of the first things I did was convert her bedroom over into my craft room. It was to her room first that I would to run each time I finished a project or posted a DIY tutorial.   She was my best cheerleader.   It was totally fitting that I would turn her room into a Continue reading

I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

You've all heard the overused quote, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I'm here to tell you that if you don't have a mom to send flowers to this Mother's Day, send them to yourself!   The ads for Mother's Day gifts are everywhere, and since I've recently suffered loss, they make me feel lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut.   I decided to overcompensate.   Instead of bemoaning the Continue reading

Celery on Your Windowsill – Lettuce Rejoice!

Celery on Your Windowsill – Lettuce Rejoice!

Do you throw away the bottom part of your lettuce stalk? I used to, but not any more.   Once you go scrap, you can never go back.   As a matter of fact I beg for everyone else's table scraps now.     Make yourself a little vegi garden on your windowsill and have reproducing vegis at your fingertips.   When I decided to give this a whirl, I looked back on a guest post from my Continue reading

Neon Clipboard Transformation – Just a Bit of Whimsy for the Craft Room

Neon Clipboard Transformation – Just a Bit of Whimsy for the Craft Room

I have a super easy craft - well, I probably shouldn't even use the word "craft". It's not really a craft. More of a 15 second change up.   While walking through Walmart, I always walk through the office supplies department.   Have you seen the black lucite clipboards for $2.44 that were accented with neon clips? Oh boy. Neon. perfect for my new craft room. Perfect for a little bit of decoration. At first I thought I Continue reading

Brush Paint Vs. Spray Paint – Before and After Nightstand

Brush Paint Vs. Spray Paint – Before and After Nightstand

I have a before and after antique nightstand redo for you today.   And it only cost $1.25.   BUT, let it be known...next time I tell you I'm going to brush paint a piece of furniture using traditional paint, please stop me. Seriously. Stop me.   I thought I'd give it a whirl but the whirl turned into a relentless week of painting.   On my kitchen island. For a week. Did I say that Continue reading

Decorative Peg Board – Craft Room Decor

Decorative Peg Board – Craft Room Decor

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose," ~ Dolly Parton.   Imagine a place where your most inner self can feel at peace. For some it's in their garage restoring an automobile. Others it's behind a pulpit, sitting in front of a MAC or Pfaff sewing machine.   Do you have a place like that?   Possibly, if you are reading this you may be "one of us."  THOSE people that are happiest with a can of spray Continue reading

Color Choices – Go Bold or Go Home

Color Choices – Go Bold or Go Home

Do you ever feel it’s time to color outside the lines?   Do you go to the store to buy paint or curtains or your next set of couch pillows and end up bringing home pretty much the same thing you bought last time and then wonder why you’re not excited about it?   Or, have you taken that step into Willy Wonka’s world and gone crazy with color? Or style. Or texture?   I always wondered why people were so in love with Continue reading

Free Word Art – You’re My Favorite

Free Word Art – You’re My Favorite

Happy Monday, my people! I have created a free word art for you today.   Feel free to download it by clicking on the photo below or on its title just below the word art. It is formatted as an 8x10 JPG so you can go get it printed as a photo suitable for framing.     If you click the banner above, you will be able to download another free word art in April that I have made exclusively for those on my newsletter list. LMDH Continue reading

Typo-Painter for Photoshop

Typo-Painter for Photoshop

I just had to share this It's not too often I pop on here and promote a product, but this one intrigues me. I can't guarantee it works well, is easy to use or I can even figure out how to use it because I haven't downloaded it yet, but it must be shared perchance it turns out to be a great app. Normally, I'd wait and just tell you in my newsletter, but this deal ends today, so there is no time to waste! It's called Typo-Painter that allows you to Continue reading

Building a Balcony Garden – Guest Post by Dane O’Leary

Building a Balcony Garden – Guest Post by Dane O’Leary

A Step-By-Step Guide Even the urban dwellers among us should know the joys of gardening. In fact, balconies are a wonderful opportunity for you to unleash your inner botanist while utilizing your outdoor space in a functional, beautiful way. You may not see that limited outdoor space as being capable of sustaining a miniature Garden of Eden of your very own, but just about any balcony can become an urban oasis with a little planning and these simple steps.   Step Continue reading