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measuring angles with a t bevel

one more DIY skill I do not have

Hey hey!  Hopefully you're drinking hot chocolate and getting ready to watch your favorite holiday movie.  Today is a little break from holiday fun to focus on one more little skill I just don't have.  I'm not shy about the fact that there are many things that, no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to master.  Such is … [read it...]

pine cone and mini ornament garland

pine cone and mini ornament garland

Well, that title doesn't really leave much to the imagination, does it? And the pictures don't really do it justice.  But it is actually super cute.  You're just going to have to trust me.  :) I had a little package of mini ornaments that I used to make super easy wine charms (you should check them out here) and with the … [read it...]

greeting card gift tags

don’t toss those greeting cards after the holidays!

Use them to make free gift tags!  Don't mind the exclamation points for emphasis, I kind of think this is a brilliant idea. And so easy it's shameful. And free, so it's awesome. Take last year's holiday cards, minus any photo cards, sentimental cards you want to keep and inappropriate cards from your crazy uncle.  Just … [read it...]

DIY grain sack table runner with a canvas drop cloth

DIY grain sack table runner

I guess it must have started with the pallet wood garland but now I am totally on a roll of just using what I have to create some fun new holiday things. So I bought a canvas drop cloth ... 4 years ago ... when we were living on a totally different island. Raise your hand if you remember these couches. Can't say I miss … [read it...]

pallet wood garland

pallet wood garland

Hey there!  I hope you had a great holiday weekend.  If you haven't seen the great comments on the last post and you're an animal lover, you really should take a second to read them.  So cool that you guys shared your own stories, thank you for that!  You can read them here. Sometimes I carry around an idea for a project for … [read it...]


the kindest thing you can say to the owner of an aging pet

Hey guys!  Happy Black Friday!!  I have a little story to tell so I thought the lazy day after a holiday when we're all nursing our self-induced food comas would be the perfect day to just chat while lounging in my yoga pants and craving another turkey sandwich. The sad reality is that we know going into it that we will, most … [read it...]

driftwood tree with beads

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey guys!  Wanted to give you a quick Thanksgiving Day shout out!!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  I hope you can either, a) chill out in your favorite spot all day like Marley or, b) come home covered in beads like you've had a fun night on Duval street ... like the driftwood Christmas tree.  :) Cheers … [read it...]

wood slat walls

inexpensive DIY wood slat walls

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!  I can say, that my holiday spirit is still fully intact.  I'm not so sure about our newspaper delivery person, though, as my poor poinsettia on the porch is the perfect landing spot for the paper.  :/ Joel says I'm going to kill it anyway so maybe they're just doing me a favor.  :)  He thinks … [read it...]

master bedroom bed

and then we started living like grown ups again

We did it!  After 2 years, 4 months and 14 days ... we don't sleep on the floor anymore! Side note:  For everyone asking about cleaning the new ceiling fan, I've officially done it.  Once the bed frame was all assembled I took a feather duster type of thing to the paddles on the ceiling fan and it worked great.  We sanded … [read it...]

master bedroom ceiling fan

does this ceiling fan make my room look big?

Hey there!  We're chugging along in the master bedroom and we're thisclose to moving back into that room for good. Don't worry that the curtains are too short and there isn't even a bed to go along with the headboard. The fact that it even resembles a room, where people might actually find solace at the end of the day, is a … [read it...]


do you feel it too?

You guys!  I really can't explain it.  But I am totally pumped for the holiday season this year.  I think it hits me different every year.  Does that happen to you? Some years the holidays just seem to come and go as pretty regular days, and then some years, like this year, I am just so into the spirit of the season I kind of … [read it...]