Bookcase Dresser

Bookcase Dresser

 

Okay….so I have some good news and some bad news.

Bad news first….

…..the dresser didn’t win.

It tried.

Truly.

It really did.

It painted itself the most beautiful shade of coral and added amazing knobs and a bookcase on the side and transformed itself with washers from the home improvement store….

…..and it will always, always, always be a winner to me. :)

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Get the Look:  Easy Ideas for Wall Art

Get the Look: Easy Ideas for Wall Art

Raise your hand if you have a blank wall in your room.

Oh good…..I’m not the only one.

Extra credit if you have a few. :)

I’m always trying to fill up a wall with something besides pictures.

I’m not sure why…..I mean….I love pictures.

But I have an entire wall of them….and I wanted to branch out with an extra dose of wall amazingness.

So I last year I challenged myself to create personalized artwork for my spaces….

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Coffee Crate Organizers and a Linky Party

Coffee Crate Organizers and a Linky Party

 

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Excuse me a moment while I hop up on my soapbox….

….and preach to myself.

Self….next time the valentines are on sale at Wal-Mart for 75% off….

…..you don’t need 20 of them.

Seriously.…self.

Under no circumstances are you to rationalize the purchase by saying….we could use these as crafts or maybe we could donate extra to the class next year or maybe we could use extra stickers or any of the million and one other reasons you muttered to yourself….. as you added boxes and boxes and boxes of them to the cart.

Ditto for the boxes from the 75% off aisle at Hobby Lobby.

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Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar

Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar

 

The other day I started wondering whatever happened to Hootie.

As in….”and the Blowfish.”

As in the amazingly popular band with all those chart-topping hits.

I mean….really….a couple of years ago weren’t we all about them?

Weren’t they all over E entertainment news and Extra and Inside Edition.  You know….all the really hard-hitting news media shows.

And then nothing.

Not a single word about Hootie and the Blowfish any more…..

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The Week That Was

The Week That Was

 

Do you ever wonder what goes on between all these projects and DIY’s and stories?

A lot.

Sometimes a lot of nothing and sometimes a lot of something….

…but there’s always something to share.

And a really great pair of earrings. :)

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It is a Red Red Room

It is a Red Red Room

 

A while back Sherwin-Williams contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in National Painting Week.

Ummm…is the sky blue?

Do I love red lipstick?

Do extraordinary earrings make an outfit?

Why….yes….Sherwin Williams….

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How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor

How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor

 

Four days, five hours and thirty-six minutes ago…..

…..I left the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

It was the trip of a lifetime for a girl who lives in the middle of nowhere and drives an hour an a half to shop at Target.

I will never forget a single minute of it.

And the giantest of thank yous to you and your votes that sent me.

This was it.

This was the final round of the make-over madness competition.

102227716 The challenge?

To transform this IKEA dresser into something amazing.

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Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

 

I was raised on football.

Every Friday night was spent with field goals and touchdowns and cheerleaders and marching bands and the bright stadium lights shining onto the field….

….and kissing your boyfriend under the bleachers. :)

I can still remember the championship game where our team kicked the field goal in the last 20 seconds and won the game by one point.

We screamed and yelled and danced in the stands and raised our hands and cheered until our voices were hoarse.

And for that brief moment we were all united in victory.

I know that it’s all about how you play the game….

…..but sharing the winning makes it all the sweeter. Continue reading