Paint a message, phrase or saying onto a thrifted plate. Fun idea for teens to put favorite song lyrics, poem. Also nice project for Valentines or inspirational gift idea -

Painting a Message on a Plate for My First Crush

One of my very first crushes was not on a boy, but on a band.  I didn’t know who they were, what they looked like, how successful they would become.  All I did know, at about the age of 10 or 11, was that when one of their songs came on the radio, I was […]

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20 faux kitchen pantry ideas for creating a pantry space when you have no designated pantry storage area - Faux and TellU from

20 Faux Kitchen Pantry Ideas

Do you have kitchen pantry envy? As in your kitchen doesn’t have a pantry, but if only there was a way to make one appear, you’d ask where to sign up? I can relate. We didn’t have a pantry in our townhouse kitchen, so we had to use two of the cabinets to store our […]

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Make a Valentine jar gift using Reese's, Hershey's or any other nut butter spread. Includes a printable label - Stow and TellU

You’re the Spoon to My Jar Valentine Gift {with Printable}

Last year my workmate, Rachel, gave me a jar of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread for my birthday. Several plastic spoons later it was all gone. I didn’t eat it all in one day, but what a perfect gift it was for a nut butter fan such as myself. Can I get one of these for […]

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Simple decor idea using aquarium gravel. Use red and white for Valentines Day. You can also fill jars with sour cherries or red hots - Stow and TellU

Aquarium Gravel Filled Valentine Jars

Who’s up for a simple decor idea, be it for Valentine’s Day or any other season?  Last summer when I spied the aquarium gravel filled jars that my niece had put on all the tables at one of our outdoor yard parties, I knew that I wanted to somehow bring that idea into my home. […]

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Winter Cuties wreath and How to make an easy coffee or potato sack bow from

Cuties Wreath and Coffee Sack Bow

The last two weeks of January are almost always the coldest of winter and this year is no different.  One of the moments I take delight in is when I spot the abundance of citrus produce at the grocery store. The Cuties happen to be one of my favorites.  They’re pint sized, easy to open, […]

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How I found more kitchen counter space startd by moving the refrigerator and then filling that space with an upcycled cabinet from Stow and TellU

How I Found More Kitchen Counter Space

What would you do for more counter top space?  When we bought this house, it only had 8 square feet of counter space.  That’s 50″ x 23.5″!! That’s not a lot of counter top space and when I look back at the townhouse kitchen and my old apartment, I realize that I’ve always lived in […]

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A view of downtown Puerto Vallarta - Puerto Vallarta in postcard format.

Postcards from Puerto Vallarta

Here is a warm blast from the past for TBT, as in “old postcards,” if you will, from our trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. These postcards would have been to my son, who was taking care of our Kitty while we were away.   NUEVO VALLARTA Dear Kev, Our hotel is actually in Nuevo Vallarta, […]

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Turn an old mini drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Chalkboard Painted Mini Drawer Organizer

It’s junk revision challenge time again, and this month our theme is organization.  Let me just say that I’ve got so many areas that need to be more organized, I wasn’t sure where to begin.  But the room most in need (at least my stomach tells me so) is the kitchen! I did a quick […]

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6 cozy winter diy project ideas to keep you busy until the warmer weather arrives from

6 Ideas to DIY Away the Winter Blues

Well, the holidays are over, but for some of us that only means that we now a few loonnnggg, cold months of winter staring us in the face.  Many of us like to get busy cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering and that is a great place to start, but I always like to try and celebrate […]

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my favorite diy projects from 2015

Favorite DIY Projects from 2015

As I look back on some of my favorite diy projects from 2015, I’m happy to see that many of the pieces completed before the move transitioned quite well into our home albeit with a new function in several cases. It was worth it to keep plugging away at furniture makeovers, even while in moving […]

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