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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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Unless You Can Be a Vintage Mermaid Statue

Always be yourself. Unless you can be a vintage mermaid statue. Then always be a vintage mermaid statue. Fess up. Haven’t you ever dreamed of being a vintage mermaid statue?  No? Okay. How about just wishing you were a mermaid? I’ve wished such a thing.  And from all the quotes on Pinterest, it’s seems to […]

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Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out […]

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Furniture Freshening: DIY Rope Handles

The guys in my house don’t like painted furniture!!!  While my son’s been home these past few weeks, we’ve been pulling together furniture pieces for him out of my waiting-for-a-makeover collection. Several of the pieces are faux wood laminate and although I offered to paint any or all, he insisted that I don’t need to […]

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I Spy Gravel Filled Mason Jars (Plus New Home News)

I left off a few weeks ago with the news that my son was arriving home from Dubai.  Well, we’ve been doing plenty of visiting family and friends, attending summer parties of all kinds and just hanging out in general… But, we also made a huge leap and put an offer down on a small […]

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Deco Mirror Makeover from Maine

I knew the minute I saw this mirror while on vacation in Maine, that I was going to makeover the leaded deco mirror I had at home in much the same style.  There was plenty more coastal decor inspiration where this mirror came from, but since I already had a similar mirror at home, I […]

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New England Historical Colors Inspiration

Having just come back from a road trip through New England, I have a new appreciation for the phrase “New England Fall colors”.  Now, I haven’t traveled everywhere, but from all the places I have been in the Fall season, New England is officially at the top of my list for having the most vivid […]

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Coastal Inspired DIY Twig Lamp Shade

Have you ever just started getting rid of anything and everything because you just can’t take the clutter anymore?!  Once upon a time I had really wanted and consequently received a particular shell lamp for my birthday.  During one of my de-cluttering binges, I almost put it in the donate pile.  I’m so glad I […]

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Faux Weathered Twigs~Like Driftwood, Almost!

Twig projects! There’s a lot of really cool ones out there on the web and done up so many different ways. Can’t help it, I dig twigs and all their crafty possibilities.  So, in an attempt to pull off one more beachy project for the summer using twigs,  I knew that I wanted weathered looking […]

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Vintage Bathing Beauties Beach Tray

Summertime… and the livin’ is eeeeaaasssyyyahhh!!  I remember my mother singing that song when I was a kid and rolling my eyes.  One, because she was an adult letting loose (not permitted)  and two, because she was my mother.  Both good reasons for a teenage girl to want to run and hide because she was […]

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Decorative Fisherman Netting Wrapped Jars

It’s that time of year again, when our family heads to the coast of Lake Michigan, the Warren Dunes to be exact, for a day of fun in the sun (and lots of sand) at the beach.   When I talked about 5 tips for choosing a vacation home at a camping resort, I left out […]

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Warren Dunes and Rte12 – Sand and Sandwiches Part 2

As the sun began to lower in the west, part 1 of our annual day trip to the Warren Dunes, Michigan was coming to a close.  It was time to take down the beach umbrellas, fold up the towels and brush off the sand.  Our group was quite okay with that because the second leg […]

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Sun Bleached and Weather Stained Over-the-Sink Window Shelf

I love the look of sun bleached and weathered wood.   It makes me feel like I’m at the beach!   In kitchen update 5  I was showing off an over-the-sink window shelf made out of pallet wood that was almost done, except for the final coats of stain. Well, here is kitchen update 6.  The […]

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Sand and Sandwiches Day Trip to Warren Dunes Michigan

Every summer my family makes a trip to the Warren Dunes State Park in southwestern Michigan.  Only an hour and a half drive from the western suburbs of Chicago, it is well worth the trip and change of scenery.  I call it paradise for a day.  Coming from a large family our group changes up […]

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Dos, Don’ts, and Confusion for Your Next Charter Fishing Trip

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it was my son’s thirtieth birthday, and that we were all taking a chartered boat to go fishing on Lake Michigan.  In addition I said that I would try to take a few photos of our trip and share them in Instagram.  Well, you may have noticed that […]

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