Furniture Freshening and a Welcome Home Party

After 6 months working abroad in Dubai, my son is due back home in the states later this week!!!  We’ve been cleaning and getting the townhouse in order for his arrival.  He’ll be home a few weeks than off to his next assignment which will be home in the US and it should last a […]

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Weathered Old Newspaper Lamp Shade

I usually keep a stack of old newspaper around because it always comes in handy for wrapping items for storage or shipping, and it works well as a small drop cloth for craft projects.   Back in the day (as in before the internet) I kept news paper around for other reasons, as in the […]

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Close Call at the Old Yellow Newspaper Farmhouse {and a Giveaway}

It was August 1981.  We were up in Wisconsin for our annual week long vacation at The Golden Horse Ranch.  My father unwittingly let my sister, Marya, borrow the car.  So off we went to cruise the open roads of Westfield, Wisconsin.  The “we” being Marya and myself, along with Robin, Mike and Bob, my sister’s […]

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Bit o’ Wild West at Montana Charlie’s on Route 66

Once the warm weather arrives, Ken and I try to make it over to Montana Charlie’s flea market at least a few times during the season.  Montana Charlie’s is located right on old Route 66 and has been around since the mid 1960’s.  Since we live in the suburbs of Chicago, the idea of a […]

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Under the Stairs Storage: Under Cover

We finally reached the phase in our basement update where we could use our under the stairs area as a storage space again, but the challenge was how to cover the view of the storage space that was keeping all of those household items that just don’t look pretty in plain sight.   The items […]

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Vintage Bottle Cap Paper Decoupage Tin Cans

I bought some vintage looking scrapbook paper a while back because I thought the design was a make up of vintage soda bottle caps.  When I pulled it out to use it, I looked more closely and realized it was actually vintage milk bottle caps.  Oh?  Well that’s okay too, either way I liked the […]

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12 Faux Garden Flowers. No Planting Required!

Who doesn’t love a garden full of flowers, but hey, not all of us have a green thumb, right?  So here is a DIY collection of faux ways to add garden flowers to your yard, porch or patio without having to plant a single seed, flora, shrub or bush!   12 ways to add faux […]

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Left Over Primer Painted Table Lamp Makeover

We’ve got a wholotta primer paint left over from our painted vinyl basement floor job, and I plan to use as much of it as I can.  I’ve already used some of it up on the grain sack fishing cabinet, but there was plenty left, even after that (as in half a 5 gallon bucket), […]

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Outlaw Maude March and Her Gang of Horse Theives

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but several years ago, while perusing the local thrift, I came across the most intriguing book cover, titled The Misadventures of Maude March, female outlaw circa 1869.  The book is written by Audrey Couloumbis, and although the cover had me completely intrigued, I wasn’t so […]

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Oops! Grain Sack Painted Storage Cabinet

Now that we have our over the couch shelf in place and one side of the basement almost dialed in, we’ve moved onto finding a storage area for our camping and fishing gear.  I’ve had two Sauder furniture cabinets for a good twenty years.   I figured, hey, no reason to get rid of them […]

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