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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…

Weekend Project: Rolling Activity Table Refurb

Dear readers, Let's talk about my little activity table refurb. He was a bit of a dreary little table when I met him, shoved in between the shoe rack and the junk table at my work, but right away I knew he was meant for something more. So I sized him up and said, "Why the hell not?!" It was free so I didn't lose money on it, and Squeak needed a little activity table for the living room to draw…

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…

11 Pre-Holiday Items You Need To Thrift For RIGHT NOW

11 Pre-Holiday Items You NEED to Thrift for Right Now

Dear readers, It's September, you know in a week or two we will be going crazy for the holidays. I went to Big Lots yesterday and they were actually putting out Christmas stuff with the Halloween decorations. Pretty much sacrilege in my book, but, alas, I digress. Soon enough you will be roaming Pinterest for ideas on home-made centerpieces, decorations, and gift ideas, so now is the perfect time to start scouring thrift stores for these crafty, useful items that are…

Pepperoni Roll-ups

Dear readers, I am always faced with a dilemma called, "What the hell am I going to do for dinner?" I get off of work at 4 pm, get Audrey from daycare, and prefer to have food in her mouth by 5 pm. This leaves me with about 30 minutes to cook something healthy and nourishing for her (which she will actually eat). Pepperoni Roll-ups were a concoction that actually solved this problem quite well. Here is the quick and easy recipe:…

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…