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Having beautiful things doesn't mean you have to pay a fortune for them. Through creative means.. and a little elbow grease, I believe anything can be beautified. Join me in my journey to transform.. the ordinary into one-of-a-kind treasures.

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  • Mid-Century Modern Desk MakeoverI often peruse my local online classifieds for furniture. Most of the time I'm not even looking for anything in particular, I'm just looking.  And it isn't often that I actually contact the seller of something with the intent of actually purchas...
  • We Moved! Again.
    on May 24, 2015 in Before and After House Tour New Home
    Guess what. I've been missing from blogger land for so long I haven't mentioned a huge piece of news. We moved! Again.We did so much work to our home that I had mixed emotions when thinking about listing it. In the end, however, it was what was best...
  • DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape
    on Nov 24, 2014 in DIY Thanksgiving
    Ever since I was a little girl, it was my job to set the table for special occasions. My mom cooked and I set the table. We're a good team. In the second grade, I even gave a demonstration speech to my fellow second graders on how to properly set a t...
  • Botanical Watercolor Prints and an Empty Wall
    on Nov 10, 2014 in Before and After DIY House Tour
    I love it when I stop at my favorite school surplus place and find buried treasure. Literally. I found two straight-from-the-80s botanical watercolor prints on foam core buried in a pile of posters under some forgotten shelves. And I fell in lov...
  • Woodland Fairy Costume
    on Nov 5, 2014 in Cricut DIY halloween Halloween
    If you haven't heard, Halloween is a pretty big deal at Cricut HQ. Don't believe me, check it out on Cricut's Facebook page. In fact, when I interviewed for my job, one of the questions was about my willingness to dress up for Halloween.I think I pas...
  • Halloween Party with Cricut
    on Oct 21, 2014 in craft DIY halloween Halloween
    Halloween is almost here and I'm over on the Cricut Blog talking about how easy it is to create a DIY Halloween Party!Complete with invitations.And party favors!Head over to Cricut's blog and check out the step-by-step tutorials!xoxo,...
  • Outdoor Party Signs with 3M DIY
    on Sep 17, 2014 in 3M 3MDIY craft Home decor party idea
    After a year and a half, our new home is finally reaching the point where we like having people over for dinner. Having a finished basement helps, but our yard and other renovations are really coming along nicely. The yard is becoming particularly l...
  • Master Bathroom Makeover
    on Sep 15, 2014 in Before and After New Home
    Our master bathroom is a little small, there's no going around it. The room can barely fit a shower, a double sink and a toilet. The dated fixtures, honey oak cabinets and wall color were really bringing the room in - making it feel even smaller than...
  • How-To Make a Unicorn Horn Headband
    on Aug 25, 2014 in craft My Little Pony Party
    A little over a month ago, I threw a DIY My Little Pony Party for my 5-year-old. For the party, I made unicorn horn headbands for all of the girls and promised a tutorial!Well today's the day!Want to make some super easy, but awesome unicorn headband...
  • Back-To-School Countdown Calendars: Part Two
    on Aug 12, 2014 in Advent calendar back to school craft
    I have two more ideas for some back-to-school countdown fun. Both are pretty simple but your kids will love them.If you remember, I wanted to keep costs down so that all of your mulah can be spent on fun activities with the kids.Vintage Ruler Countdo...
  • Back-to-School Countdown Calendars: Part OneThe summer is almost over and I'm not ready! Are you? My little E starts kindergarten this year and I feel like we've wasted her last summer as a school-free kid. We've done a few fun things, but nothing like I had planned at the beginning of summer.
  • A DIY My Little Pony Party
    on Jul 28, 2014 in My Little Pony Party party idea
    My baby girl turned FIVE a few weeks ago and I figured, age five was the perfect age to throw her first, big party.I mean, five is a pretty important age.Some of my very first memories are between age 4 - 5, and I wanted this day to be special - a da...
  • The Best Origami Bows EverI love bows. I do. I can't help it. Everything looks better with a bow. And you want to know what kind of bow is my absolute favorite?PAPER BOWS.Oh come on, you knew I was going to say that!ACK! I am so in love with them right now.I also have an affi...
  • Happy Earth Day!
    on Apr 18, 2014 in Cricut Earth Day
    Earth Day is this Tuesday, April 22 and I really wanted to celebrate. I mean, this Earth place we live on is pretty amazing, don't you think? Head over to the Cricut blog to see how I made this beautiful banner with my kidlets.
  • DIY Vertical Herb Garden
    on Apr 8, 2014 in DIY gardening herb garden Home decor
    Fresh herbs. Yum. There's nothing better than fresh, home-grown basil in pasta or fresh cilantro in a batch of homemade salsa.Maybe it's my body's desperate attempt to change the weather, but when that hint of Spring air blows through, all I want is...
  • William's Room - A Good Start
    on Mar 24, 2014 in Baby boy nursery House Tour
    I've always struggled with decorating my baby boy's room. Remember my first confession and mood board when I found out I was having a boy?I was totally freaked out by all things boy.I pulled it together and (on a tight budget) had his room ready and...
  • Dollhouse Remodel with Scrapbook PaperThis project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored, the project idea and all opinions expressed are my own. A few weeks ago, I did a major happy dance when I went to my mailbox and found a pa...
  • Emi's Big Girl Room
    on Mar 12, 2014 in House Tour New Home
    I officially signed my little girl up for kindergarten last week. It felt so surreal walking into the elementary school and thinking that my oldest would soon be a student there.Am I old enough to have a kindergartener?Her birthday is in a few months...
  • 2014 Playing Card Mini-Journal: Weeks 6 -11
    on Mar 10, 2014 in 52 Week Mini-Journal craft
    After today, I'm finally caught up with my mini-journal project.  The purpose for making these cards each week was to give me an opportunity to reflect and think about my life, where I've been and what I want for the future. It was rea...
  • Life of a Professional Crafter
    on Mar 5, 2014 in craft Cricut
    I craft for a living. I do. I go to work every day and from 9 to 5 make beautiful things for Cricut. However, when I get home, it's like my mind doesn't want to be creative anymore! I don't know what it is. I pull my car into the garage and my creati...