Chalkboard Prayer Door

A few weeks ago,  I kind of impulsively painted our pantry door with chalkboard paint and I LOVE it! I intended to use it for daily to-do's, but I always end up using the dry erase board in my office for those. So my pretty pantry door has sat rather empty of words. But I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest the other day, had an "a-ha" moment, and decided to turn our pantry door into a "Family Prayer Door". Here's the plan. Each week, I will write a specific thing that I want to pray … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard & Bedskirt

Have I ever told you what a great husband I have? Not only does he help with the kids and the house, love to shop at thrift stores, and watch Grey's Anatomy with me...he is also a very thoughtful gift giver. Prior to Christmas, I told him that I really wanted to redecorate our Master Bedroom after the holidays. I say redecorate, but it has never really been decorated in the first place. Our Master Bedroom has always been the neglected space. Since we have been married, we have never purchased … [Read more...]

For Mamas of Boys

I found this via Pinterest the other night, and was very inspired. 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons With things like this, I like to create visual reminders for myself, or else I will forget them. So I summarized a few of her rules along with some of my own, and wrote them on the boy's chalkboard door in their room. Even though they can't read yet, these "rules" will work as visual reminders to me of things I want to teach my boys. My favorite three rules were: 6. Make sure he has … [Read more...]

DIY Pallet Coat Rack

I have always loved mud rooms and cool entryways. Unfortunately, my house does not have either. I do have a small square hallway-ish area off of the playroom and kitchen that leads to several bedrooms. I was inspired by several pictures I saw on Pinterest that had various frames and artwork creating a gallery-style wall display. I began looking for picture frames at my local thrift stores (and forgotten ones in my closets), and shopping around for cool coat hangers. I found out very quickly … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Gift Giving

I have never been one of those girls that enjoy shopping at the mall.  But take me to a thrift store and I am in heaven! I don't know what I love more, saving money or the thrill of the find.Here are some Christmas gifts ideas that you may find at your local thrift store...Picture Frames I purchased most of the picture frames for my photo wall from the thrift store for under a dollar. A simple coat of paint followed by a little sandpaper distressing, made these frames as stylish as a … [Read more...]

Spring Yarn Wreath

  I've been *drooling* over all of the cute yarn wreaths that I have been seeing on crafty blogs and etsy for quite sometime now. I finally decided to give it a go and I am LOVING my new wreath!     I first attempted to wrap a foam wreath and was not pleased with how it was looking. After looking at a few tutorials online, I swapped out the foam wreath for a straw wreath left in the plastic. It was much easier to wrap!   I wrapped the wreath with yarn and hot glued on flowers I … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Collage Door

  We purchased a door from the "as-is" department at IKEA a few months back. I had originally planned to use it to display photos in our living room, but when we rearranged the furniture, it no longer worked with my design plan. So it sat in our shed for a few months, while I waited for inspiration.    A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law gave us a dresser to use in the boys room. We painted it white and put it in their room. It looked great, but needed something above it since there … [Read more...]

How To Shop Craigslist

So if you know me in "real life" or have read much of my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of buying used. I LOVE Craigslist, yard sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs, dumpster diving, free stuff at the curb, etc. In fact, I cannot tell you one piece of furniture in my house that was purchased new. We always look to buy used whenever possible. And not just furniture, we also buy used clothing, cloth diapers, baby gear, electronics, and jewelry.One of our favorite places to shop for used … [Read more...]

DIY Throw Pillow Makeover with Applique

We purchased a cool vintage sectional sofa off Craigslist a few months back, but I have been having a difficult time trying to figure out what kind of throw pillows to use with it. I am used to having a solid colored sofa with colorful print pillows. However, this sofa is a blue and green fabric with a pattern. I found some cream ruffled pillows that made a cute accent, but it still wasn't enough. I pulled an old solid green pillow out of the closet and liked the way the color looked with the … [Read more...]

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