How To Make Your Houseplants Happy

Fairy Garden with items from Joann Fabrics

“There’s a fairy at the bottom of my garden, she flits in and out of my flowers. I can sit on the step here and watch her. She stays there for hours and hours. Her wings are so golden and flimsy. Her little body a few inches in size. Her heart is her biggest attraction […]

DIY Flower Frog Easel

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. | Quote

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” -Ashley Montagu Thank you for leaving so many kind comments on my last post! What a Gift to be able to share our adoption journey here! It’s hard to believe we’ll finally be able […]

How To Faux Paint A Faux Stone Planter

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I’m in a plant-y mood lately, are you? I picked up this faux stone planter at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics & Crafts last week when I saw that it was 70% off… (Snapped that pic before the kitchen faucet went back on- ha!) It wasn’t quite the color I was looking for, but I really liked the shape […]

DIY Magazine Holder

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Remember that wooden orchard ladder we had propped against the wall in the reading room in our old house? And remember that black wire basket we used in my Mom’s guest bedroom makeover a while back? Well, my Mom gave me the basket at one point or another (we’re both chronic switcher-uppers, ha!), and there’s this little […]

17 Ways to Add Character To Your Cottage

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We’re working on the newly-installed hardwood floor in our hallway today….sanding, staining, sealing….story of our lives- ha! I look forward to posting the before, during and after pics soon, but in the meantime, here are links to some of the other low-dough/high-smile projects we’ve enjoyed blogging about over the past few years: Transom window project- […]

How To Install Cabinet Molding

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Happy How To’s Day! We’re spending some time celebrating our 7 year anniversary and a birthday this week, so we thought we’d pull up a popular post from the past for today’s how-to party. It’s the one about making your builder-grade kitchen cabinets look a little more custom by adding MDF boards and molding. Here’s […]

How To Make Pillows

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The last time I went over to my friend Ashley’s house, I broke one of her bar stools… (Like a bull in a china shop, I tell ya.) …so imagine my surprise when she agreed to let me back in her house so that we could make pillows together this week! We dubbed our day […]

Spring Wreath How To

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Hey there! And welcome to our very first How To’s Day linky party! The first project we thought we’d share is how we made an easy-breezy Spring wreath for our dining room. With March right around the corner, it was high time we replaced the evergreen one we’ve had hanging in there since Christmas. It […]

Painting A Dresser And Planning A Pocket

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Remember that $40, oh-so-cute, but badly-water-damaged dresser we got at a flea market a while back? If so, then you probably also remember that we initially took the top part of it off, painted it white, sanded back the drawer fronts for a super-distressed effect and added cute little blue-painted knobs and pulls… Welllllllll…I saw […]

A Few Of My Favorite: Tutorials (2010)

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Well, 2010 is almost over, and boy was it a busy year! Kevin’s actually not off the hook quite yet. He’s gotta work ’til after midnight tonight… (He’s a rock n’ roller, and rock n’ rollers almost always work on New Years Eve) So while he’s out doin’ his thing, I’ll be quietly ringin’ in the […]