Painted Table Runner

Painted Table Runner

 

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Dear wonderful, incredible, patient and long-suffering people I work the concession stand with……

….I’m really sorry I was late.

Again.

(hangs head shamefully).

I intended to be on time.

I wanted to be on time.

In my heart…..I was already there…..

…..on time….stocking the cooler with Mountain Dew.

But you see…..

….there was this painted table runner.Continue reading


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Bookcase Dresser

Bookcase Dresser

 

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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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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.

Ditto for the $5.00 chairs you bought at the auction.Continue reading


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Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar

Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar

 

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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…..

….ever.Continue reading


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How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor

How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor

 
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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.

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To transform this IKEA dresser into something amazing.

And with a little paint….new knobs….some washers from the home improvement store….a few pieces of wood and glue….Continue reading


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Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

 

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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


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How To Make a Paper Feather Wreath

How To Make a Paper Feather Wreath

 

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Remember the time that I wanted to make a book page wreath….but I couldn’t bring myself to cut the pages of the book…..

…..so I made it from scrapbook paper instead.

Really.

I promise you….not a page of a book was harmed in the making of this wreath.

You see….I had the idea for the wreath and the book open to a page ready to cut the feathers out.  I was cutting them out from top to bottom on the page because I thought it might be fun to read the story as it went around the wreath….

…but something stopped me.

I looked at the book….and the open pages looked right back at me.

As if to say….

….girl.….have mercy….there aren’t too many of us left.Continue reading


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How to Stamp Silver:  Make a Stamped Spoon Box Handle

How to Stamp Silver: Make a Stamped Spoon Box Handle

 

How to make a stamped spoon. A Stamped spoon makes a great box handle!

In the land of a million text messages…..

…the hand-written note is king.

The other day I got a simple thank you note in the mail and I stared at it and wondered.could this actually be an antique one day?

Would future generations find it….

…..and marvel that anyone ever took a pen and wrote on paper?

E-mails and texts and Facebook messages get the job done.

They communicate.

They transmit.

They convey.

But a hand-written note?

*sigh*

It does all that and so much more….

….with incredible character and style. :) Continue reading


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