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White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update

White pumpkins are steeling the show these days.  But how about white carved pumpkins or jack o lanterns? While I actually only have one white pumpkin this season  (a gift from my sister from the bonfire night) I didn’t want to carve it. I did however have three thrifted faux jack o lanterns in my […]

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The Hobby Shed Planning Begins

When we purchased our 2 bedroom fixer upper last year, one of our goals was to update the “hobby shed” located behind the garage. Of course I was hoping that would have happened immediately after we moved in… Let’s just say I’m quite the dreamer. In reality, before any kind of serious update could begin, […]

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Homemade Party Apple Bar

Caramel. Chopped nuts. Toppings you might put over ice cream, right? That’s what we were thinking when I put together a homemade party apple bar this past weekend for a Saturday night bonfire.  Fall is apple picking season. And while there’s many incredibly delicious ways to bake all these apples into a recipe, eating them […]

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Leftover Grilled Hamburger Chili

Next time you cook hamburgers on the grill, consider cooking extra.  This way you can make chili with the leftovers for one of your next meals. Back when I was a single mom, one of my moonlighting jobs was as a cook in a corner tavern. My friend was the owner and she had a […]

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Pumpkin Patch Musings

When my sister called me on Sunday, I was knee deep in a list of things that had to get done. She asked if I wanted to go with her to a pumpkin patch in DeKalb, and I answered, “Sure!” Of course I wanted to spend time with her, but I also knew what she […]

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Distress Painted Pumpkin Baking Tins

Pressed tin by itself is gorgeous for sure, but who isn’t tempted to paint it? Just to see all those grooves, nooks and crannies stand out. I know. The pressed tin purists would not agree. I came across some pumpkin baking tins last fall while thrifting.  They were the right price, so I bought them. […]

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These FiftySomething Bloggers Want You to Know That…

Born before cable T.V., cell phones, and computers. Oh my!  Yes, that’s me, and a slew of other DIY Bloggers who are over 50 and proud of it! Do we have any alternative? I am fortunate enough to belong to a group of bloggers who are all 50+ years old. Most of the time we […]

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Make Vacation Photo Throw Pillows Using Groupon

What do you do with your vacation photos after a trip? Stow them away in a photo album, box, the cloud or your hard drive? Like I do? Last week I mentioned how hard it was to find post cards these days. So, I made a collage of my own. Just for fun! As I […]

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You Know You’re in the Smoky Mountains When…

A few weeks ago, we took a trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It was mostly a getaway to relax, unwind and unplug. I did pull out my camera phone for a few shots of Smoky Mountain style that caught my eye. Smoky Mountain style Hospitality We went out for breakfast one morning and […]

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How to Make Fishing Buoys from Bottles

I have been stock piling used bottles because I have been wanting to try making fishing buoys with them for quite some time now.  We have our annual trip to the Warren Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend. The thought of sinking my toes in the sand always puts me in the […]

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Wondering How Groupon Coupons Work?

Have you been wondering how Groupon Coupons works, or have you even heard of it? I was aware that Groupon offered discounts on activities, events and dining. But until recently I wasn’t aware that it was such a great source for finding discounts from online and retails stores, as well.   How do Groupon Coupons […]

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DIY Upcycled Lantern Solar Lights

Have you been embracing the world of solar lighting? It sure has come a long way with everything from solar string lights to hanging outdoor porch lighting. I keep leaning toward solar because a) there’s no wiring required. That keeps it simple. B) There’s no flame from a candle or oil lamp. That keeps it […]

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Rt 66 Wandering: Henry's Drive-In and Cindy Lyn Motel - Cicero Illinois - StowAndTellU

Rt 66 Wandering #5 – Henry’s Drive-In and Cindy Lyn Motel

As some of you may know, I grew up just outside of Chicago, near Route 66. Exploring some of the old Rt 66 stomping grounds has been an intriguing past-time. I’m working towards putting them all together into a travelogue titled “Route 66 Wandering”. Sounds corny doesn’t it? Oh, well.  Sometimes, you just can’t help […]

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Why You Don’t Want to Go Cheap with a Gazebo Tent

It’s mid July, and I’m sitting under our brand new gazebo tent one afternoon with a cup of coffee and a good book. I hear a pitter-patter because it’s starting to rain. I think, “hey, nice! I can sit right here, keep reading and enjoy the storm. Because I have shelter.” Not!!! Within a few […]

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Vintage Metal Chair with Painted Sign

I have an old vintage shell-back metal chair. When I bought it, it was lime green. I painted it pale yellow, and then I painted it  orange, and then a putty color. But what I really wanted was to try painting a sign on the metal chair. Since it was the vintage shell back style, […]

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