Chicago Subway Art with Chalk


Regrets.   I have a few. Some bad choices I made back in my youth. But I don’t let those regrets define me.   In fact, I’ve used those bad choices as learning experiences. Opportunities to make better choices moving forward.   And moving forward has turned out … [Continue reading...]

Fabric Scrap Banner

how to make a fabric banner using scraps

I dropped my laptop.   So not cool.   My laptop is my everything. It contains my life. My work. My family. My blog. My Etsy business …   and my pictures and picture editing software.   That last one really hurts.   Let’s just say I would be lost … [Continue reading...]

Weight Watchers Recipe Ideas

Weight Watchers Recipe Ideas

Although I spent my Spring Break vacation with the kids firmly rooted here in Chicago, I somehow managed to indulge in food and drink as if I was living it up in some tropical locale. You could say I was eating and drinking my way through all those  Spring Break Facebook posts reminding me that my … [Continue reading...]

Paint’s Chips


And so it comes to an end …   Spring break, that is.   The daughter is ready for her Washington, D.C. trip next month. It only took two hours, but she now has a Illinois state ID in hand featuring a picture she despises. Something about her head being shaped like a potato and a … [Continue reading...]

Spring Break

painted mason jar with flowers

{Click here for the full tutorial on how to make these mason jars}   Dear Facebook Friends,   You’re killing me.   One happy Spring Break vacation post at a time.   There you are in a tank top and shorts smiling wide with one arm flung around your “girl” and … [Continue reading...]


how to paint a pillow

I have a theory about diy-ers. A common thread that ties us all together.   It has nothing to do with talent. Or creativity.   And it has everything to do with frustration.   I think our diy’ing ways are born from frustration.   We get this vision in our … [Continue reading...]

Paint’s Chips

painted and distressed mason jars

Today is a big day.   A big, BIG day.   A big, BIG day that has nothing to do with Easter.   A big, BIG day that has nothing to do with Cubs opening day at Wrigley …   though, for my husband, this is a big, BIG day.   A big, BIG day that has … [Continue reading...]

Chick Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Decorating Idea

Some may see this Easter egg craft idea as last minute. And while it may seem that way, it feels natural to me. Perhaps because I’ve always approached Easter as a last minute holiday.   Well, the bunny and egg decorating part of the Easter holiday, that is.   Growing up, the … [Continue reading...]

Dye Easter Eggs With Rice & Food Coloring

dye Easter eggs with food coloring and rice

You know how you never want to be the first one to arrive at a party …   especially when you only know the hosts casually …   because it can only lead to awkward moments. Forced conversations. Repeated glances to the front door. Ears primed (and praying) for the sound of a knock. … [Continue reading...]