Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Here is a quick lineup of my Thanksgiving Tablescape - I did this one a couple of years ago and it was a big hit. A finely decorated table can add to the festive atmosphere. What are you plans this year?     Tips Day One - Use what you already have.     Tips Day Two - Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.     Tips Day Three - Add items from the great outdoors.     Tips Day Four - Vary heights and layer.       Tips Day Five - Bring fall inside and mix and match unusual decor - owls, pinecomes and lanterns?       Tips Day Six - Carry the prominent Continue reading

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

  Weeds 4 Sale - Dirt Cheap! DH replaced the steps leading to our basement, so I took the old boards and painted a sign for the garden - my "step garden" behind my garage. I'll show you the before and afters of that later, but for now, here is how I did my sign (super easy): 1. Grab a board, any board. I used an old one with chippy paint - very rustic and not good for much else. 2. Hand draw your wording - you don't have to be perfect. Just write it on and paint the letters with black paint and a little paint brush. I saw this saying on Pinterest - by Shelley at Sow and Dipity. She has so many really cute signs.   3. Take some sand paper and rough it up a bit to make it consistently "worn looking."   4. Add a little bit of pizazz - add fun stuff Continue reading

Do You DWO or DIY?

Do You DWO or DIY?

Do You DWO or DIY? We are now through the Christmas season and it’s time to think about perspective and balance with the new year just around the corner. I heard complaining – a LOT of complaining about the “cost” of Christmas and how it has become a boring/stressful/unremarkable/frustrating time of year. This set me to thinking.   Why do some people dread this holiday season? They forget (or don’t care) about the reason for the season. They wait until the last minute to buy gifts and end up spending too much money. They take no delight in the music or decorations, seeing them as commercial and garish – reminders of the stress of the Christmas season. They see their family and friends as sponges, trying to suck the life out of them – they are hard Continue reading

Guest Post on Christian Mommy Blogger

Guest Post on Christian Mommy Blogger

If you know me, you know about my ministry history.   Ha! I'm a poet don't ya know it?  Ministry...history...oh never mind.   I have a guest post on Christian Mommy Blogger today that explains how the ministry led me to being a DIY Blogger.     I know, right? Quite an unusual statement? Well, go read my story and you'll see.   Then when you are done reading it, I'd like to hear your thoughts.     God is good. He knows what He's doing... AND we can trust Him to manage our crazy, mixed up lives.   I'm blown away by what God has done for me.   I hope you can say that too - about your life.   If so, tell me about it! (But first go read my guest Continue reading

31 Posts in 31 Days Ultimate Blog Challenge Wrap Up

Let's just do a quick review of the last month. I crammed a lot in 31 days - in case you didn't notice. One post a day for 31 days. I'd be lyin' if I said it was easy - Fun yes, easy, no. Here are some of my fave posts:  Antique Night Stand Re-do. It's not very often that a project turns out better than I imagined it. Then there was my Kitchen before and after - my own little Hobbit House in the making. Lots of fall deco - Thanksgiving table project, Fall porch deco, Repurposing kitchen accents My trip to Virginia turned into a huge DIY project, check it out here - Front room transformation I'm not going to continue posting every day - the 31 posts in 31 days was just a challenge that got my blog going. My main goal is to share what I know and what I find others are doing. Continue reading

Quick Tip: Use a Golf Tee to Fix a Door Hinge from Houzz.com

Houzz.com shows us a quick way to fix hinges when the screw has been stripped, originating from Grainda Buildres, Inc.   You will need a hammer, wood glue, a golf tee and sharp utility knife, and of course a screwdriver or pliers to yank out the screw.   It probably wouldn't hurt to have a drill on hand  for a new pilot hole to hold the new screw.   I suppose you will also need a wobbly door hinge.   Just click on the picture to go to the tutorial. Thanks Houzz.com!       Go to Houzz.com to see the whole tutorial.   If you have a stripped phillips screw head, place an elastic band between the screw head and the screwdriver to give yourself more grip.     Continue reading

Welcome to Love My DIY Home!

Welcome to Love My DIY Home!

  We are Mark and Val Frania, and because we love our DIY home, we are here to share with you some of the things we've learned along the way. We're just normal people trying to be good stewards of our money while we create a home that not only is comfortable, and inviting, but affordable as well. There is no reason to re-invent the wheel if someone else has already done it. Sharing ideas is how many of us improve our homes and enjoy some of the better things in life - and it doesn't have to cost us a ton of money! They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We have found this to be true and hope to pass along some great DIY ideas and share with you some home decorating products through interviews, tutorials and articles, both by myself and Continue reading