What the Bookcase Whispered To Me

What the Bookcase Whispered To Me

Bookcase Before

I’m all about a make-over.


So let’s say you are all about a make-over too and someone gave you a cubby bookcase like this and challenged you to transform this cubby bookcase into anything you wanted.


The sky’s the limit.

What would you do?

What about a coffee table?  Or a plate storage rack?  Or a bench?  Or a three-dimensional chalkboard?

Oh good.  That’s exactly what I thought, too.


Except I didn’t make any of those things.


…..I made it into this.
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blue and white fabric

I went to see the most amazing movie.

I saw the previews and I thought it was going to be good and then I saw it and it was amazing.

McFarland, USA.

Have you seen it?

It’s the story of a coach who has feet of clay and a newly created track team from McFarland, California….

…..and the wonder and joy that believing in a dream can bring.

I laughed and cried and at the end I stood up and raised my hands over my head and cheered.

Happily-ever-afters are my favorite. :)Continue reading

How to Build a Giant Abacus

How to Build a Giant Abacus


how to build a giant abacus

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.

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How to Build a Plank Wall With Shelving

How to Build a Plank Wall With Shelving


how to build a plank wall with shelving

If you have a house the size of a small planet and your closet has been featured on lifestyles of the rich and famous and you have an entire room in your home devoted to your shoes….

….this is not the post for you.


Definitely not.

Please come back tomorrow.

Because today’s post is all about making the most of every square inch of your room.  It’s about living large on a budget and how to create a wall that only takes 4” of space to add depth and architectural interest and first place in the wall hall of fame.

This wall could party with the best of them.

And here’s how we built it.

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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.


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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How To Build a Spool Bookcase

How To Build a Spool Bookcase



I titled this post…..”How to Build a Spool Bookcase.”

I wanted to call it….How I Found a Spool in the Middle of the Aisle at the Home Improvement Store and Despite the Incredulous Stares of the Surrounding Employees and My Husband I Overcame Disbelief and Dismissiveness to Create a One-of-A-Kind Bookcase For My Front Entry.

But that title seemed just a little long.

Just a little. :)

If you would have been a fly on the wall that day you might have heard a conversation that went a little like this:

Me:  (finding the spool just sitting in the middle of the aisle and running towards it like it was the Hope diamond) :  Excuse me…..excuse me…..is this for sale?  Seriously? 

Store Employee(turning around to see what I’m talking about)  The spool?Continue reading

Decorative Plate Holder

Decorative Plate Holder



I have a love/hate relationship with this bookcase.

I love it because….well….because it’s a bookcase.

And I hate it because most of the time it looks like this…..festooned with a random deer head that needs to be fixed and put into the gallery wall and extension poles that need to be added to the chandelier and left over fabric from the kitchen….

….and a random number three that needs a one, two and four.

I know….right?

The catch-all.

The stopping place.

The stomping grounds for all unfinished projects.

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Wood Shim Bookcase

Wood Shim Bookcase



When was the last time you had an amazing hair day?

You know….when you are so all about your hair that you can’t even stand it.

Mine was yesterday.


January 1, 2014.

I flat-ironed it and sprayed this new stuff I found that makes it extra shiny and your split ends almost disappear….and my roots weren’t showing and it was flipping up a little bit at the tips…..with just the right amount of….

….“I might be mom hair…but I’m still amazing.”

I mean…..seriously…..I nonchalantly walked by the sun glass counter at Wal-Mart….twice….

….just to check it out in the odd slanted sun glass mirror.

I had to pause a moment and celebrate great hair…..

…..because you never know what January 2 is going to bring. :)Continue reading