Less is More – When Frugality Hurts

Less is More – When Frugality Hurts

Are you a collector? ...a thrifter, garage saler, picker, or might you be a hoarder? How do you know if you have a problem? How do you know if you are out of control? Balance is key. Sometimes good can turn bad quickly when we lose our balance.   If a person overindulgess using frugality as their excuse, then "frugality" hurts.   Ask yourself: Can I afford it? Do I need it? Do I Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Living Room Reveal

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Living Room Reveal

The day is finally here. The Joneses living room reveal has been a long time in coming.     If you remember, they bought a foreclosure and rehabilitated the poor thing. It was a mess and they brought it from an unlivable beast to a beautiful charming home for a family of 5 - oh wait. Home for a family of 6!   We are so long in bringing this reveal to you because a little baby doll, Maddie Moo made her appearance (April Continue reading

Do It Yourself Photo Session – NEWBORN BABY!

Do It Yourself Photo Session – NEWBORN BABY!

  My daughter Jillian and I recently did a newborn baby girl photo shoot for my new granddaughter, Madison Grace.     Have you priced photo shoots lately? I have and it's not pretty. There is no reason you can't do your own and do it well.     The background in the above picture was the Jones' living room curtains. Maddie is laying on her crib quilt atop my DVD basket from my Continue reading

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