A New Space in Which to Create

industrial look office

For as long as we’ve lived in this house, the dining room has been pulling double-duty. No, I take that back. Make that triple-duty.   Or maybe it’s quadruple duty …   or quintuple?   At this point, I’ve lost count.   There’s the dining “duty” part of the room, of course. But all the […]

2014 Holiday Home Tour


Did any of you see that Big Lots commercial where the woman is dancing around her house and singing about how she nailed it this Christmas?   I so wanted to be that woman this year.   And my plan was to be the first link up at my friend Jenn Rizzo’s annual Holiday House […]

Unique Gift Idea for Him. And Her.


You would think, logically, the longer you know someone ….   live with someone …   the easier the gift giving process would be.   You would think you were somewhat of an expert on him. And her.   Unless that him is your minimalist-wear-it-use-it-and-only-replace-it-when-it-falls-apart husband. Who tells you each year that we don’t need […]

A Gift for My Blogger BFF

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This post brought to you by Groupon Gift Shop. The content and opinions expressed below are that of It All Started With Paint.   Blogging has been a lifeline for me …   No one really talks about his, but being a stay-at-home mom can be a very lonely job. Especially when my stay-at-home mom […]

Sister-in-Law Gift Ideas

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This post brought to you by Groupon Gift Shop. The content and opinions expressed below are that of It All Started With Paint.   There should be a sister-in-law hall of fame. I’m not sure what non-profit group would organize it. Or if it should be a physical place – the the Rock and Roll […]

Family Room Makeover

something's gotta give room remodel

“I’m awesome.”   That’s the message I left for my husband at work last month after finishing up the family room remodel.   It wasn’t a commentary on the room itself. Though, I really do think it turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. It was actually a pat on my back […]

Groupon Date Night for Christmas

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Gift Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.  It’s time to reinstate date night.   There was a time when we went out every Saturday night. Friday nights too. With a Thursday night thrown in here and there. Dinner and drinks. Sometimes solo. Sometimes […]

How to Paint A Diamond Pattern Porch Rug

painted porch rug

I’ve never been an obsessive check the weather forecast kind of person. I never planned my days based on weather. I’m a realist. Weather is fickle. Weather is tricky to forecast. Especially when trying look ahead three or four days. I just take it day-to-day.   But that all changed in October.   I became […]

Chalkboard Wall & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

chalkboard wall

For my last Ace Hardware blog post of the year, they challenged me to break the “paint rules” …   hmmm.   That presented quite the challenge for me. You see, I tend to think of myself as a rule-breaker. Remember the orange walls in my teen son’s room? Or the navy walls in my […]

Handmade Ornaments

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  Just when you thought I was done blogging about ornaments …   think again.   But I had to do a round-up of the 12 ornaments I created as part of the 12 Days of Christmas ornament making event, right?   And I may or may not be stalling for time as I scramble […]

Apple Pie Recipe

apple pie recipe

Happy Thanksgiving!   I woke up early this morning to make apple pie. Homemade. From scratch.   Crust and all! Yes, yes, I know I should have done it yesterday. So that I could sleep in and relax. But I knew my post-operative pet would be waking me sometime between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. And, […]

Pie Pops

pecan pie recipe

I will be making pies for Thanksgiving. And yes, you read that right. Pies, plural. With an s on the end. As in more than one pie …   When my sister-in-law asked if I would like to bring a pie to the Thanksgiving feast she is so generously hosting this year, I responded with a […]

Mini Tinsel Wreath Ornament & A Link Party

christmas ornament craft ideas

Cue the marching band …   It’s finally here. The much-anticipated 12th Day of Christmas!   And I know those of you who subscribe have grown sick of seeing me in your inbox every morning for the past 12 days. In fact, one among you sent me an email asking me how to “unsubscribe”…   Ouch.   […]

Monogram Ornament

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The pile.   If have/had/will soon have (or have ever been) a teenage girl, you know exactly what I’m talking about. A visual should pop up in your head; a visual of a heaping mound of clothes. A mix of clean and dirty. With a few random bits of paper and some pens and maybe a […]

Bottle Brush Tree Ornament

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Sure it’s a challenge to create and photograph and post about 12 ornament projects 12 days in a row. But you know what I find more challenging? Coming up with interesting things to say 12 days in a row …   I fear I may have hit the wall.   The words have dried up. […]

Stuffed Candy Cane Ornament

Christmas craft ideas

 Shhh …   Don’t tell the other ornaments, but this one might be my favorite.     Maybe it’s the fabric. Maybe it’s the cute little bows. Maybe it’s the stuffing …   … one thing I DO know, it’s not the easy-to-make factor.   Turning it from right sides together  to right side out […]

Snow Globe Ornament

Christmas craft idea

There’s a radio station in Chicago that gets an early start on the holiday season, switching over their format to play holiday music 24-hours-a-day. I thought this happened sometime after Thanksgiving but, to my surprise, realized they start much earlier …   as in last Friday earlier.   I was in the car driving home […]

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

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It was only a matter of time before I made a mason jar related ornament, wasn’t it?   In fact, you’re probably wondering what took so long. I mean, we’re already 7 days into the 12 Days of Christmas ornament crafting, after all. So I won’t make you wait even a second longer … Ta […]

Picture Frame Ornament

ornament craft ideas

Every Christmas my mother would pull out our sitting on Santa’s lap photos and hang them on the wall. Right in the center of the house.   You couldn’t miss them if you tried.   There they were. On the first wall  in your line of vision when you walked in the front door.   […]

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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On this 5th Day of Christmas crafting, I have to face a hard truth. A harsh reality …   my flip flop wearing days are over.   The 2014 flip flop season has officially come to a close. Much like the Chicago Cubs, there will be no playoff season. Their last hurrah has come   […]