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Anvil Gray Chalky Finish Spray Painted Dining Chair Set : Living Room Update

I’ve been pretty intrigued by all these chalky finish paints. How about you? What’s a chalky finish? Is it different from chalk paint?  Well, after some research online, I decided to try out the Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint because the description said that it can be used on furniture, with or without any kind […]

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Sampling Paint Colors on the Wall : Living Room Update

I’m working on our living room update and I’m still trying to pull a room design together the old fashioned way. Eyeing it out with a lot of guessing. I don’t have a fancy mood board to show off. I’ve yet to learn how to make one online, although I do think they are a […]

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6 Life Lessons Learned from Mothers I Know and Love

Often times, the only way to learn a life lesson is to try something, fail, and then pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. Sometimes, though, you learn valuable lessons for living from others in your life just by following their example. For me, it has been at some of the most painful […]

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Start with a Seed (part 5): Success and Failures and Keeping Cats Away

Are you growing seeds this season?  How are yours coming along?  My seed growing outcome thus far is both good and bad. While I hope your’s is better than mine, if it isn’t, don’t give up. And I won’t either. Welcome to Start with a Seed part 5. I’ve got a success-and-failure seed growing update […]

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10 Homemade Salsa Party Bar Recipes

With Cinco de Mayo and summer coming up around here, I’m hoping to put together a salsa party bar at one of our next gatherings. I’ve been inspired by this chips and salsa bar party from Bakin Bit and the apple bar party I had last fall. A themed party bar is not that hard to pull […]

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Sweet as Honey: DIY Stenciled Bee Jar Candle

Last weekend I made some stenciled bee jar candles. A honey bee stencil, black paint and several $5 jar candles from the dollar store. Pretty easy peasy for a Saturday afternoon project. I’m going to give them away as Mother’s Day gifts to a few of the special moms in my life. This post contains […]

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Our New Small Living Room Layout – In the Raw

Welcome to the start of our living room makeover where the objective is to create a better design flow; make the room more usable; and improve it all around with a fresh coat of paint, window treatments and some pretty art on the walls. We have an ongoing challenge in our home. There’s a leak […]

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Rt 66 Wandering #6 – Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

I had the pleasure of meeting a few of my friends at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, IL. While, I could say we went there to have some of their famous fried chicken, we actually went for the Friday fish fry. Which happens to include whole lobster, fried shrimp or all you can eat fried […]

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Sun Porch Furniture Rearrange. Unconventional, But it’s Working!

You know that feeling you get when you re-arrange your furniture, It’s like you’ve solved a puzzle or something. For me, in this small home, I kind of feel like I’ve almost solved the Rubix cube. Well maybe just a little anyway. In this particular instance, it’s because I’ve stared down my sun porch dining […]

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5 Curiously Strange Easter Figurines

Have you ever noticed that some of the older, vintage Easter figurines are not so happy-go-lucky as our more contemporary lamb and bunny molds?  Honestly, I never really gave it much thought until last year when I spotted a mixed media style Easter bunny at the thrift store. It’s a decoupaged deal with lots of […]

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Swarming Honey Bee Stencil Side Table

When you get your hands on a new stencil, do you feel like you want to go a little stencil crazy with it and pounce the pattern onto whatever you can find, just to get your money’s worth? Even if the stencil didn’t cost that much? I have several old windows that I’d like to […]

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5 Tips for Open Kitchen Rack Storage

We’ve only made a few changes to the kitchen since we moved in. And let me tell you, it needs a lot of changes as far as I’m concerned. One, we upcycled an IKEA rast into a vegetable bin. And last year, we moved the fridge to a new wall to create more counter space […]

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Start with a Seed (part 4): Organizing a Seed Planting Project

It truly amazes me that you can take a tiny seed (that might look like a piece of lint or dirt), lay it in soil, water it, nurture it, and then watch it grow into a beautiful thriving plant. I have sprouting seeds, my friends, and new ones coming up each day. If I can […]

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Fools Copper Paint Dipped Planters

This stuff could fool you… although, maybe not on plastic planters. But it sure fooled me. It fooled my husband, too. And he’s no fool! Or so he would tell you. But I digress. Trying to mimic real copper with paint, and have it look like real metal… not so easy. In my opinion anyway, […]

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7 Ways to Love Copper and Green

I’ve been intrigued for several years now with the copper and green color combo. Like a timeless compliment of color tones it works with well whether it’s rustic, vintage or modern. I wish I could blink and have a room or even a vignette inspired by these two colors. I haven’t managed that yet, but […]

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