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round wooden dining room table

so, we acquired a table and now I want a diy chandelier

Hey hey!  Hope you're doing great.  Anything new with you?  We have a new-to-us table.  And it's pretty great.  When we first arrived I thought I might try my hand at making a farmhouse style dining room table.  Long, rectangular, awesome.  You know the type.  Maybe with chairs on the side by the wall and a bench on the side … [read it...]

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the aruba kitchen plan

It took longer than usual because I can't stop staring at the view, but we're officially off and running with projects around here.  And it turns out gathering quotes for the kitchen project is a good way to familiarize myself with new streets and neighborhoods and learn that many a dirt road actually leads somewhere good. … [read it...]

installing a pocket door

installing a pocket door to the master bedroom {because a project can’t just stay in one room}

Hey guys!  How are you doing?  We are really getting settled into life here in Aruba.  I've been beach combing with a new friend, found a nice group of people to work out with and I even got connected with an artsy group here that likes to upcycle and repurpose.  And slowly but surely am finding my way around the windy roads … [read it...]

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the aruba apartment – the before house tour

Hey hey!  Did you see the fun post from Tuesday where Joel spilled the beans on what he thinks about all this DIY madness?  His no holds barred take on me.  He's a keeper.  ;) And for the second week in a row I've got a video for you!  Last week it was the little good-bye, for now, to the Key West house and today it's the first … [read it...]

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the diy according to Joel

When my buddy Cassie asked if I wanted to participate in a fun little Q&A blog hop with a group of DIY bloggers who are all asking their spouses/significant others about the constant projects we make them all endure I said  "you know it, I'm sure I can trick Joel into answering some questions."  And when I showed Joel the 20 … [read it...]

front of the house before and after

key west house tour – move out day

I'll tell you it was kind of weird to watch this video.  Time is such a funny thing.  We've been in Aruba for less than three weeks and already it is home.  I think that could be why we can continue to do this whole let's-pack-up-and-move-somewhere-we've-never-been-every-few-years thing with some level of success. We somehow … [read it...]

rolling door hardware on french doors

upcycling idea – reclaimed french doors on rolling door hardware

With only hours to go until our flight to our new home in Aruba I ran around our house, if you ask Joel like a mad woman, with the camera to snap as many pics as possible of one of my longest awaited and most adored updates we made to this sweet little Key West home. It's funny how things actually happen during a renovation. … [read it...]

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our aruban apartment – the before

Well, if things are going as planned we've been in Aruba a few days and we're still settling into the groove of things and getting used to calling a new place home. But, look what I did for you.  After Joel first saw the apartment, when I was still in Key West, he texted me these grainy cell phone pics and I want to share this … [read it...]

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the truth about living on an island

So the packers are coming today and tomorrow.  Which I guess means this move thing is really happening.  :)  The dogs have all of their paperwork in process, I'm as organized as I'm going to get with some of our things staying in Key West, some heading to long-term storage in Miami and a select few things making the trek with us … [read it...]

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the best organizing app for 2015 (and a sneak peek of aruba)

Hey there!  Last we spoke I was in chilly Cinciannati filming a few video tutorials of projects from my book. Thanks to everyone who asked about being able to see them.  They will actually be available on the publisher's subscription site craftdaily.com.  I'll give you a heads up when I hear they've been completed, I think they … [read it...]

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2015 – the year of the new

I don’t know if it’s the moving or the new year, or probably the two combined, but I have been particularly reflective lately.  About pretty much everything, really.  The pretty unexpected news that we're moving and the pace of everything that seems to be set at warp speed, Joel is flying out next week. Whaaaaaat? So many new … [read it...]