Do you ever think about your legacy? I don’t. Or didn’t. I hear it asked to outgoing presidents and super-athletes all the time. ”What do you want your legacy to be?”. Do normal people even have ‘legacies’? Why not?
You know when your husband goes away on a business trip. And you’re just itching to get a project or two done around the house. And you have about a half a dozen projects already in mid-stream. But then you can’t seem to take your eyes off a little eye sore that’s been pulling at the back of your brain for a few months now.
Happy Friday!! How was your week? I feel like I came back to the island from our trip to the US ‘swinging’, so to speak. Just ready to get things in order and become more productive and efficient in everything. And get focused on my personal priorities … which definitely includes learning the ins and outs of our new camera!! So I can take better pictures of our current favorite project, our new coffee table that I made from an old door I pulled out of a dumpster.
I did it … finally. I have been wanting to make my own homemade laundry detergent for a few years now. I was all ready to take the plunge earlier this month. But, as happens now and again when living on an island, I couldn’t find all of the ingredients.
I love this picture. I love everything about it. There’s color and depth and chipping paint. Some parts are in focus and some are blurry. And there’s aqua. Oh, the aqua. And I took it with my point and shoot camera. And I’m preparing myself for my our new Canon 60D. AAAAHHHHHH!! Seriously excited.
We’re blogging without borders here today. If you’ve missed my first few attempts at updating our living room you can get all caught up here, here and here. And today … she’s here … the old door I pulled out of a dumpster on the way to meet friends at the pool one day has transformed into a coffee table!! And here’s how it happened.
Today’s the day. The big announcement … who is this week’s winner of not only the $50 gift card for yourself, but also a $100 donation to Habitat for Humanity on behalf of One Project Closer? Did you submit your entry? Did you check out all of the previous winners? Are you waiting with bated breath? Dun, dun, dun …
**This giveaway is now closed, the winners are commenters #12 - Sharon Drueen and #14 - Debbie Kennedy.** Hey, hey! It’s a fun day around here today, because I have something for YOU! Well, actually HomeZada.com does. You’ve heard of HomeZada.com, right!?!? Yeah … I hadn’t either. ;) But, after doing some research … (gotta make sure these things are legit!) I am thrilled to welcome them as a new sponsor. You can access their site through the button on the sidebar at anytime. And, fair warning, if you are an organized homeowner, you are going to want a ONE YEAR FREE PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP after you hear about them. Are you in the midst of a variety of projects around the house and just trying to keep it all straight?
It’s feature day around here … and this color thing is really addicting, right?!?!! It was so much fun to go through all of the links at the party (check them out here), and it has me dreaming of color. And, more specifically, aqua. I am in love. I want to paint this little breadbox floor to ceiling in it and I want to decorate the entire house with it and I even want every meal we eat to be aqua …
Hey hey! Happy Monday! It’s that Monday again … the one where we share those super simple, easy peasy, ‘it’s a cinch’ type projects. You’ve seen my leaf wreath in a couple of vignettes recently on the blog. First we did our fall mantel, because we like to be way ahead of the curve. And then we spiced it up a bit with a little green metallic spray paint.
This week is the week! Remember in June when I let you know that OPC and their sister site The Better Half had invited tsb to participate in their Before & After Series? It is their 5th anniversary of doing a wonderful series that benefits Habitat for Humanity. A non-profit that is not only near and dear to OPC and The Better Half, but also myself and my in-laws. My father-in-law has volunteered tirelessly for Habitat for many years, he’s been his local chapter President and to this day collects cans for their cause throughout the year. Here’s a picture of him in his local paper.
Check this out … the monthly review in the first week of the following month. #surprisedmyselfwithmyefficiency July has always been a favorite month of mine … and it proved to be the same on the blog. I started the month begging asking for help as I started to undertake a living room redo. So far, as part of the Blogging without Borders series we have made a floating shelf and started work on DIYing a coffee table. I am reeeally hoping to have that for you at the next update. If this review is old news to you, head over to see what the other gals are up to. We had a bunch of fun with decor on this new floating shelf. Well, I know I did, I hope you did, too. :) From the initial attempt, an early fall mantel and the most recent where we finally brought ‘the girls‘ back and added a pop of color with a spray painted leaf wreath. How to Build a Floating Shelf Tutorial is here! I enjoyed putting together a round-up of 105 ideas for your 4th of July celebration. What a great resource! I was a day late so feel free to pin it for next year. :) And I also made another piece of pallet word art that I adore. It has been the perfect, sun shiny addition to our rooftop pallet bed area. July was also great fun for me as part of the Hometalk Ambassador team. I shared my tips for posting your projects on Hometalk here. And also had a blast with my girlfriends at our DIY pool party with Hometalk ‘swag’ here. Thank you so much Hometalk, and Miriam, for the wonderful opportunity. :) It gave me chance to help my friend Carol learn how to use … continue reading
Holstein cows, the smell of lilac and Ivory soap. All things that remind me of growing up. Isn’t it funny the things that take us places? Like music. I can’t hear the Oasis cd, (What’s the story) Morning Glory? without thinking of my year in Switzerland. I can’t smell lilac without thinking of the lilac tree outside our front door at the house where I grew up. I loved it so much I remember telling my mom I would have lilac colored bridesmaid’s dresses at my wedding. I was maybe 10. :) And every time I use Ivory soap it makes me think of ‘home’. It’s the only soap we had in the house growing up. Well, until I started couponing, before couponing was cool. Circa 1990 That’s when I learned the meaning of ‘value’. As in, “It’s not a good deal if it’s a crap product even if it only costs $1 with your coupon, Karah”. :) But, that’s a different story entirely. This is a story about how a company we all know and love, Procter & Gamble, has started an eStore where you can conveniently order your favorite products online. And for the month of August I am helping to get the word out in exchange for a little commission if you awesome people order after clicking the Swiffer icon in my sidebar. I’ve also put it in the bottom of this post for convenience. And YOU, as an added bonus, get 10% off your order and free shipping on all purchases over $25 (50 US states only). Now, my plan was to try my hand at homemade laundry detergent with Ivory Soap. 99.44% pure Ivory Soap. But, as does happen when you’re living on an island, I couldn’t find one of the … continue reading