The Etsy Shop: Car in Jar Kit

snow globe mason jar

  I’m sitting her watching a Sex and the City repeat as I pack up painted mason jar orders. It’s the series finale and Carrie’s in Paris with Mikhail Baryshnikov. And it dawns on me (once again) that Carrie is a self-involved whiner.   Now don’t get me wrong. I love, love SATC. It’s an […]

Paint This! 30+ Lamp & Light Fixture Makeovers


I’m so excited!   I’ve made a decision. A BIG decision that feels like I’ve lifted giant boulder off my shoulders.   A BIG decision that is so freeing, so invigorating …   so  … so …   exciting, for want of a better word.   I came to this decision on Friday. In truth, […]

Front Porch Rug & $100 Ace Giveaway

painted rug

It’s time for a ‘where are they now’ post. And much like those celebrity ‘where are they now’ stories, this one isn’t pretty. Not even a little bit. This is one of those in-and-out-of-rehab disasters. A caught-on-camera horror that gets splashed across the tabloids and clog your social media channels. In fact, I should probably […]

Lamp Makeover: Third Time’s A Charm


It never ceases to surprise me when something I think will be easy turns out not to be easy at all …   and, in fact, so much more difficult than I ever imagined.   Take my son, for example. Silly me, I thought once he entered high school that things would be easy. For […]

Jackson Pollock Wannabe & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway


I fear I may be losing my mind.   Okay, not my whole mind. Just bits and pieces. A day here. A week there. A month over yonder.   I chalk it up to age. And beer. And wine. And perhaps that regretful summer of gin and tonics …   I most definitely try to […]

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

smoothie recipe

  I’ve been a self-proclaimed Elvis girl from the moment I finished watching Girls! Girls! Girls!   And my love for the King of Rock and Roll was only cemented with Viva Las Vegas. And Follow That Dream. And Blue Hawaii. And The Trouble With Girls …   … and let’s not forget Fun in […]

$200 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

ace hardware

From the very beginning …   from the very first time I hit publish on that very first post …   this blog has been all about me, me, me.   My home.   My canvas.   My room remodels. My crafts. My before & afters. My holiday projects. And, from time to time, my […]

Chia Pudding

chia recipe

My sister Carol is my health and beauty advisor. Even though we live thousands of miles apart … and don’t get to see each other often  … our conversations always tend to veer toward her giving me advice and tips on healthy eating and healthy living and healthy skincare.   She is a nurse, after […]

Gold In The Kitchen

gold kitchen faucet

Delta Trinsic Faucet (center) // Nautical Bathroom // The Hunted Interior’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // White and Gray Kitchen Cabinets with Brass Pulls // The Lettered Cottage’s How to Add Height to Builder Grade Cabinets // The Lettered Cottage’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // Life in Grace’s Brass Pendant Lights // Blue-Gray Glass Backsplash […]

Summer, Interrupted


This summer has been fraught with challenges.   It started with the book deadline. Looming large in June. A July 1 submission date. So I postponed summer until July 2. Disregarded the calendar and the weather. Fully intending to emerge fresh and ready and victorious on July 2. Ready to visit our city’s sites. Homegrown […]

Tissue Paper Banner

banner how to

I may or may or may not be freaking out right about now.   Seriously.   In one week I have to turn in the book copy. Introductions and tutorials. With, hopefully, some wise and witty prose. Oh, and I’m trying to keep the snark away.   That’s a tough one for me. And let’s […]

Power Washing & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

Screen Porch blue and white

I miss the Mighty Men.   And no, they aren’t characters from an old Saturday morning cartoon.   The Mighty Men are the male counterparts to the Mighty Maids. Though, come to think of it, not all Mighty Men are necessarily male …   I think.   I’ve never met the Mighty Men. I just […]

Flip Flop DIY

flip flop switch flop

Once upon a time I had a bit of a shoe thing. Some might call it a fetish. Others an obsession.   Me? I called it options … At the bottom of my closet sprawled a selection of pumps and wedges, boots and ballet flats, sandals and peep toe shoes. Nowhere as extensive as the […]

The Book Deal


The headline pretty much says it all, right?   Yes, there is a book deal. And no, it’s not for my YA fantasy fiction novel that I wrote seven years ago …   I wish.   It involves crafts using a particular glass vessel that some use for canning and preserving food.   Now, I’ve […]

The Screen Porch

navy white fabric

Summer arrived in Chicago with a vengeance.   There was no save the date card sent out months in advance. There was no phone call announcing it’s arrival. There was no gentle knock on the door asking if it could come in for a visit …     Oh no.   Summer blew in here […]

Weather Talk & Touches of Spring

blue green living room

I really don’t want to talk about the weather.   It’s so boring.   It’s hot in the summer. It’s cold in the winter. Surprise, surprise.   Summer can’t come soon enough. Summer can’t be over soon enough. Winter is too harsh. Winter is too mild. I wish it would snow on Christmas. I wish […]

Cracked Marble Jewelry

cracked marble

This blog post and cracked marble jewelry project  first appeared on Made From Pinterest. As a teenage girl growing up in Paramus, New Jersey I worked at the mall. As did many of my high school classmates. Paramus Park Mall was legendary in New Jersey. It may have even been one of the first enclosed […]

How To Stencil A Wall

how to stencil

There are some diy projects that wait until my husband travels on business.   Please tell me I’m not alone.   I’m not worried he won’t like it. Okay, that’s not 100% true. I just don’t want him to see the project during the during. Because the during is not always pretty. The during can be downright scary. […]

Paint This! Blue Bedrooms

blue bedroom ideas

Sometimes I wonder …   I wonder if I would pick blue for our master bedroom if I was picking colors today. Or last month. Or last year, for that matter.   You see, the color choices for the master bedroom were made close to five years ago. With the deal of the century $1-a-yard […]

It’s The Little Things | Take 2

diamond ring

I was in the kitchen the other day making a snack when I spotted the 12-pack of caffeine free Diet Coke. Nestled in an awkward spot between the radiator cover and the refrigerator …   its designated resting place.   My husband picked up that 12-pack of caffeine free Diet Coke for me earlier in […]