Tips and Hints on How to Shop at a Flea Market

Tips and Hints on How to Shop at a Flea Market

 
tips and hints on how to shop at a flea market This weekend we spent the day at the Nashville flea market.

And as far as days go….it ranked up with other life changing events in my life.

Like the first time I realized I could wear white pants before and after Labor Day.

And chalk came in colors.

And zucchini could be made into bread.

And that french fries totally count as a vegetable.

Just kidding.

Maybe. :) Continue reading


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How to Build a Giant Abacus

How to Build a Giant Abacus

 

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This is a DIY project that has been years in the making.

I’ve wanted to build it ever since I saw it in the Pottery Barn catalog years ago.  I knew that I knew that I knew…..it would be perfect in the house.

If only I could figure out how to DIY it.

I could figure out the sides and I could figure out the metal corners and I could figure out the rods in the middle….but I couldn’t figure out how to make the beads that you used to count with.

Giant wooden discs?

Too flat.

Giant metal washers?

Too un-round.

Giant beads?

Too round.

And then one day I saw these.Continue reading


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Beach Bedroom Makeover (and a Giveaway)

Beach Bedroom Makeover (and a Giveaway)

 

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Remember this room?

It all started with the perfect white paint.

Seriously.

If you have ever tried to find a white paint before….you understand the impact of that statement.

Truth.

Can we all agree and pinky promise and nod in understanding and tell future generations…..

….that all white paint is not or ever has been….the same.Continue reading


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Trash to Treasure:  Fruit Crate Hooks

Trash to Treasure: Fruit Crate Hooks

 

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Okay…..in totally random news that has absolutely nothing to do with hooks made from fruit crates…..but I let Friday pass without sharing it….

…..they have a new menu item at the county fair.

From the people who brought you funnel cakes and giant turkey drumsticks and caramel covered popcorn and bubble gum cotton candy (are you getting hungry yet)…..there’s a new county fair snack in town.

Deep-fried Doritos.

Ummm…..aren’t they missing something?

Hasn’t someone already come up with that idea?

Seriously.

Last time I ate one…..it was a fried corn tortilla chip.

And besides…..why waste your time and energy on Doritos……

….when there’s stacks of Oreos around. :)

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.Continue reading


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Painted Striped Dresser

Painted Striped Dresser

 

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I was thrift store shopping before thrift store shopping was cool.

That sounds just like a song. :)

And my favorite part about the whole thrift store shopping this…..

….is the thrill of the hunt.

There’s nothing like it.

When you are a thrift store shopper…..hope always springs eternal.

Truly.

You sift through random tea cups and old clocks and swag curtains from 1970 and blue ducks wearing straw hats…..

….and you almost give up hope.

Almost.

Until suddenly….the skies part and the sunshine pours in and as twenty-seven angels sing the Hallelujah Chorus…..and you find it.

You….know….IT.

An IT like this small dresser I recently found for only $2.50.  It was dark brown and dingy with extra dings and dents and spider webs thrown in free of charge.

And here’s how I transformed it into a striped dresser with a little paint and FrogTape®. Continue reading


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How to Build a Shutter Wall

How to Build a Shutter Wall

 
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A long time ago in a land far away we created this wall in the upstairs guest bedroom tucked under the eves of the attic.

It is still one of the projects that people ask about and pin and send me e-mails full of questions on how to make it.

And I’ve never posted a tutorial on how to build a shutter wall.

Never.

Ever.

Mostly because I just made it up as I went along.

Seriously.Continue reading


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Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom

Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom

 
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A long time ago in a land far away when I first started writing this blog….

…..my farmhouse bathroom was featured on a really really big website.

I couldn’t believe it.

I was so excited and told anyone who would listen and called my mom and my sister-in-law and several random neighbors to tell them the news.

It was the best thing to happen since sliced bread….

….and spray-on self-tanning lotion. :) Continue reading


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Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame

Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame

 

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True fact:  I’m not an organizer….

….I just play one on the blog. :)

You see….when you write a blog….your rooms always look tidy and neat and organized and clean.

Not a thing out of place.

Of course they are.

Because they only have to be clean for a moment to take a picture and if you forget to dust or vacuum or wipe away the cobwebs….

….there’s always photo shop.  :)

For example….when I went to photograph the craft room at the gatehouse it looked like this…..Continue reading


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