How To Weatherize Your Home & Ace Gift Card Giveaway

winterize your home to make your house more energy efficient

People’s Gas and ComEd have started a new practice. A practice I’m going to call energy shaming.   Over the past year, they’ve been sending me monthly energy reports. They’re all colorful and upbeat with pie charts and bar graphs to show me my energy use …   and compare it with my neighbors.   […]

So I Married A Creative ______________

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My better half is taking over the blog today to dish on me and my never-ending DIY/crafting/mason jars projects …  1.  What is your favorite project Linda has done, and why? I was really impressed with all the board ‘n’ batten she’s done in the front hall, the ‘powder room’ and the dining room because […]

Paint’s Chips

american flag mason jars red white blue

It’s the weekend. And I should be excited. I should be winding down. Relaxing. I should be snuggled on the couch with my fuzzy sweater and fuzzy slippers absorbed in a good book …   But there’s no rest for the weary.   This weekend brings with it a lengthy list of to do’s:   […]

Paint Your Sink

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Remember when I shared my struggles keeping up with my to do list last week?   Well, it’s happened again. In fact, it has snowballed out of control …   gaining speed and strength as it careens down the hill. Turning into an avalanche of half-finished projects and a mounting stack of Etsy shop orders.   […]

The Bar Cart

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I’m dreaming of Spring.   And not just because there’s a foot-and-a-half or more of snow on the ground.   And not just because the weather forecast for the coming week is grim. And cold.   And not just because catchers and pitchers are reporting to Spring training this week …   oh, wait, that’s […]

White Painted Armoire

chalk paint white armoire

Turns out I’m not a multi-tasker.   I’m a mono-tasker.   I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to realize … and admit .. this truth. A truth that’s been dangling in front of my eyes for years now.   Perhaps because the idea of multi-tasking had taken such a strong-hold when […]

Paint’s Chips

st patrick's day craft ideas

Oddly nice.   That’s the response I received on my Mason Jar Crafts Love Facebook fan page when I posted these shamrock jars.   Exactly what I hoped for. Oh well. To each his own. Luckily others have responded more favorably. I’ve sold one of each set on Etsy (here and here) and have a […]

Weight Watchers Breakfast

blueberry danish

Yesterday was one of those days where what I wanted to do and what I needed to do were at odds …   and at the end of the day, very little was accomplished.   Sigh.   Now I have even more projects on my ‘tomorrow’ list. Which is today. Which means I’m a very busy […]

Irish Coffee Mugs

st. patrick's day craft

I have my fair share of Irish running through my veins. And I’ve had my fair share of St. Patrick’s Day celebrating in my 20s. You know, to celebrate my heritage …   with a bar crawl.   Because that’s the best way to celebrate the sainted man who drove the snakes from Ireland.   […]

Purple Girl Room: The Before

purple bedroom

Purple and I go way back …   way, way back to the One-Eyed, One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater.   That song brings me way, way back to memories of my sister Janet. And in my memory, Janet played the role of the Purple People Eater. And I the one asking not to be eaten. […]

Valentine Craft Ideas

valentine's day crafts

My daughter asked the other day if I had maintained  friendships with the boys I dated.   Can we pause for a moment at boys, plural?   She’s under the impression I had a lot of dates and boyfriends. Which was not the case. Mostly because I’m picky …   and was painfully shy in my […]

Weight Watchers 4-Point Cannellini Bean Soup

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I did it.   Finally.   After weeks of talk, talk, talk, I’ve finally pulled the trigger.   I got rid of the port wine cheese. And the cookie dough ice cream. And the three-cheese ravioli. And the Domino’s pizza … and cheesy bread. And any and everything with even the remotest traces of chocolate. […]

Cotton Stems … And I’m A Dork

cotton stem arrangement

I’m a dork.   I got silly excited when my package from Magnolia Market landed on my front porch. Like giddy silly. Like my heart skipped a beat silly …   I told you, total dork.     And when I opened that package to unearth my new cotton stems amongst a sea of Styrofoam […]

The Year of the Blog: Month One

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This is one of those blog posts that’s probably more for me …   … than you.   It’s one of those write-things-down-in-an-attempt-to-hold-me-accountable posts.   After all, I did start 2015 with a huge proclamation about how this would be the year of the blog.   Pretty bold, if I do say so myself. But […]

Paint’s Chips

mason jar valentine craft ideas

According to my very own very unscientific study, gold decor is gaining in popularity. I know a lot of bloggers started to embrace gold over the past few years. Myself included (here and here).   But now gold has gone mainstream …   tickling the fancy of the masses.   I mean, how else to […]

Paint This! Builder Grade Cabinets

paint builder grade cabinets in kitchen white and gray grey

1. Remodelando la Casa  |  2. The Lettered Cottage  | 3. Better After  | 4. Fisherman’s Wife Furniture  | 5. Jennifer Rizzo  |  6. Two Twenty One  |  7. Skies of Parchment  |  8. Amanda Rapp Design  |  9. Danielle Oakey Interiors  |  10. Chris Kauffman  |  11. Sarah’s Big Idea  |  12. My Uncommon […]

Vintage Look Crate DIY

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I made a very important discovery this week.   Was it earth-shattering?   Not really.   Did it rock my world?   Not quite.   Will it forever change the way I blog?   Perhaps.   You see, I discovered that just about anything looks so, soooo much cuter with a tissue paper banner hanging […]

Easy Game Day Ideas

football party table ideas

WE ARE …   Oh, wait, those bowl games are over.   Though, I’m glad they finally changed up the rules and pitted winning team #1 again winning team #2. I never understood how the bowl line-ups were determined …   and why one bowl decided which team would be national champions. And that bowl […]

Purple Mason Jar Giveaway

purple mason jar giveaway

Just popping in on a Sunday morning to let you know I’m giving away two cases of purple mason jars on the other blog, Mason Jar Crafts Love.   One winner will get a six-pack of pints (above); the second will get a six-pack of quarts …   Click here to enter … Linda

Paint’s Chips

mason jar mugs

I still have some remnants of Christmas in … and outside … our home.   A Santa head here. A red pillow there.   But my biggest .. most shameful … and most visible indiscretion is right outside our front door. For all our neighbors and passerby’s to see …   Green garland still adorns […]