Category Archives: Home & Garden

Hold on to Your Button Bags

You know those little baggies that your extra buttons come in when you buy a shirt or pants? Save them.

If you’re into gardening, or any type of craft that requires the storage of small objects, these little baggies are a great solution. Continue reading

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Pots Made from Lampshades and Tea Plates

The other day, when I was walking around the thrift store, I came up with an idea for inexpensive, decorative pots.

Every thrift store has unique little tea plates that are missing their tea cups, or just charming, ornamental plates.

These stores also have an array of glass lampshades from discarded light fixtures.

So I thought to myself, why not combine these two readily available items to make inexpensive and unique pots? Continue reading

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Prancing on Powder Blue Mums

I’m just about finished painting the subfloor in my sewing room. It’s unusual and exactly the type of look I was hoping for. The flowers are much brighter than they appear in the pictures.

I can feel my spirits lifting when I walk into this room. The process was long and arduous, but worth it.

So, here’s what the project entailed…

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Picnicking with Petunias and Other Pretty Plants

When I saw this old picnic basket in the thrift store last week, it beckoned me to snatch it up and make it into a new home for some flowers.
At first, I wanted to put some daisies in it (I am inexplicably drawn to daisies—all the time), but I decided to go against my natural inclination. I put a combination of plants with different leaves, colors, and heights into the basket. Continue reading

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Partial Kitchen & Peanut Chicken

We’re making progress here and there on the kitchen. We measured and planned out the cabinet boxes…Then, we constructed the cabinet boxes for one side of the kitchen, sans the facings. I even helped with cutting the wood, and I got to use the nail gun a few times…The first thing I made on the stove was peanut chicken…If you’re curious, here’s how to make this dish… Continue reading

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Gardening is My New Favorite Activity

I have a new favorite activity, one that I never thought I’d enjoy so thoroughly: gardening.

I’m not letting it replace the other things I like to do, but I will definitely make an allotted time for it each day.

I may be new to it, and it will probably take a bit of time before I’m any good at it. However, from the small amount that I’ve done, I thoroughly enjoy getting dirty and nurturing plants. I don’t even mind most of the bugs, and believe it or not, I like weeding. Continue reading

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A Wall Down, a Wall Up

Alex and I have been enjoying working on the new kitchen together. I love learning new things, and he’s been teaching me as we go along. I learned all about the electrical and the plumbing as he worked on the new kitchen walls…After all of the wiring was done for this wall, Alex and I measured, cut and hung the sheetrock. Continue reading

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We’re Finally Living in our House

Anyway, although I haven’t posted anything new about the house in the past few weeks, we have been busy. In an attempt to curb the urge to post one update of an absurd length, I will post at least two separate updates about different areas of the house. We’ll start with the bedrooms. Continue reading

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It’s Only Temporary

“It’s only temporary.”

Those words usually hold no solace for me. Temporary could be a month, or it could be many months. So, rather than reminding myself, it’s temporary, you can live with it, I’m going to make the best of it.

Now is my chance to experiment with things I would never try otherwise. The first of which is painting the floor in my sewing room. Continue reading

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A New Window, Some Paint and More

The house is almost to the point where we can live in it comfortably…Here’s a look at the process of removing wallpaper, which I learned from my in-laws…I’ve finished the primer coat on the bedroom walls, ceiling, closets, and bathroom and sink area…This week, Alex put a new window where the kitchen will be moving. Continue reading

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