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Weekend Project: Shabby Chic Frame Refurb

  Dear readers, I have a thing for shabby chic frames. I just really like how they look, and I really, really like making them for my family photos or artistic shots. I think you will enjoy this tutorial because it is easy to recreate and doesn't take a lot of effort. I think the most difficult thing I faced was deciding what photos I should put in these beautiful mint colored frames! Here is the list of materials you…

Cute and Easy Princess Garland (for your favorite birthday girl…)

Dear readers, I was in a serious crunch for time last week. It was my friend and coworker's birthday on Wednesday. I needed some funky and adorable birthday surprise decorations that I could execute on Tuesday while on my breaks at work. THINK DAMN YOU, THINK!!! Poor Mr. D had to listen to me ramble off ideas all night Monday. Michelle, the birthday girl, said that all she wanted for her birthday was to be a princess for one day.…

DIY Red, White and Blue Hair Ties in 15 Minutes

Dear readers, I just finished a weekend that made my heart feel full and content. My nephew and my mom came up to visit for a few days from back home. It was the first time I've seen my nephew in a very long time. Sadly with work, Squeak, and budgets (oh my) I haven't been able to make the trip home as much as I want too. This weekend, home came to me! We spent a lot of time…

DIY 4th of July Jewelry in 15 Minutes!

Dear readers, It rained and rained outside today, my daughter and I watched it from our kitchen window. I wondered what this day had in store for us, aside from a lot of cartoons, books, and mind numbing amounts of internet research. What to do? What to do? I was slightly afraid to be honest. A limited amount of outdoor time isn't always the best variable in our day. My daughter eventually went down to the basement to see Ziggy…

“She’s Got Heart ” Mixed Medium Collage

Dear readers, In the process of cleaning out the junk in my home, I found this little gem from a few summers ago. Some sort of half interesting/half tacky Pinterest fail I probably did not know what to do with. Under the dresser it went! I was very organized back in the day... working on fixing that these days! Two years pass, and I'm looking for a wall art project to do with Squeak that won't take too long or…

April’s Goodwill Haul: Three Tips on Frame Thrifting

Dear readers, Just a quick little blurb on April's thrift store finds. I really haven't done much shopping in the thrifty/crafty category of my life lately. I've been making bigger purchases for summer enjoyment instead, including a deckside firepit and Squeak's new My Little Pony bike with matching helmet. However, with my budget back on lock-down, I go back to the little things in life that bring me joy. Otherwise known as pictures and frames.... BAM! I wanted to re-do the…

No-Knead Wheat Bread

Dear readers, There is nothing like home-made bread. I've managed to mash this recipe together after a few years, various recipes, and lots of trial and error. Too much wheat equals a brick. No wheat and well, it just isn't wheat bread. Lately, I've been using King Arthur Flour: White Whole Wheat. It's mild, unbleached, and zero preservatives. I make this bread once a week in the fall/winter because it requires very little effort on my part aaaaaaaaaand we all…

Ms. Moxie’s Three P’s of Thrifting

Dear readers, When people imagine thrift stores many images come to mind. Some immediately get a vision of overwhelming rows of dusty clothes, old stained mugs, carnival glass, and other faded pieces of junk discarded by society. When my friend Sam thinks of thrift stores, she thinks of dead people's clothes. Rows and rows of dead people's clothes. When I think of thrift stores, I think of options. Lots of inexpensive options. And I also think how great it is for the…

7 Ways to Clean Those Thrifted Shoes

7 Ways to Clean Those Thrifted Shoes

  Dear readers, I am not a fan of feet. Therefore, it should be no surprise that I am not a fan of the shoes you buy at a thrift store, yet I buy them constantly and with chagrin. It's like falling in love with a guy you know could be bad for you, but you fall in love anyway. In fact, just this weekend I found a pair of size 6 Jessica Simpson wedged office shoes with a great big, beautiful, gold…

Weekend Project: The Shabby Chic Refurb

Three years ago, when I was very married and very pregnant, I made my (then) husband pull over to the side of road and toss this abandoned little table in the back of his truck. After that, life took over and I forgot about my little curbside project. However, two weekends ago I noticed this "ugly" little table sitting in the corner of my basement. Have you ever heard the phrase "trash to treasure"?  It fits. Here is a tutorial of…