October is birthday month at our house. Half of our family have birthdays in this wonderful month of autumn.  And while birthdays mean parties and people and big celebrations to some, there are others who rather a much more subdued and intimate get together.  There are people who love spending half the day alone, and decorating their own birthday table, …

Hello, all!  Today I wanted to give you all some hints on how I go about very affordably accessorizing my furniture with one of a kind throw pillows.  My throw pillow posts have been some of the most popular, so I thought I’d give some further hints, if anyone out there cares for advice. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m picky …

It’s that time of year when people start thinking of costumes.  It’s kinda fun to watch the creativity, and see people try to win the most creative contest.  Whether there is an actual contest or not, there’s always some unspoken contest, similar to who brought the best dish at the church potluck.  At our house, however, we do costumes just …

When Inside Out was in the theaters we took our whole family to the movies. I thoroughly enjoyed the first third of the movie, until I escorted one frightened son out to do something else. My favorite character was fear, because, he was so over the top, articulating the absolute worst case scenarios even imaginable, knowing nothing but the anxiety and …

I don’t know if it’s just in Alaska or everywhere, but furniture at thrift stores usually is not such an incredible steal anymore.  Like they caught on to the DIYers and want to make them pay more for putting extensive blood, sweat and tears into a broken down piece of furniture.  For that reason, I don’t find a lot of furniture …

I think as I’ve entered the blog world, I have felt this internal pressure to want to post the amazing things.  The room make-over reveals, the furniture makeovers, amazing costumes or original design.  And while those things are fun and amazing and get the wow effect, I never want to belittle the small things that come together and make the …

For his birthday my history-loving son had one main request; a new British Revolutionary costume.  If you will remember, I made one for him at Christmas, but this time, he wanted to rank higher, he wanted to be a general, and have all the decoration that came along with it.  As he studied history books, he became acquainted with what …

As the story goes, a boy worked hard all summer, doing jobs around the yard for his dad. He saved his hard earned money for those three sun-adorned months, and at the start of fall was rewarded by a trip to the store, where he would spend the fruit of his labor. The boy picked out some Star Wars Legos, …

If you’re one who follows other blogs out there, you know I am way behind on getting my fall décor post up.  The funny thing is, I keep reading, ‘it’s not really fall yet, but…’, and here in Alaska, we’re in full blown fall, and mostly likely by the end of the week, the trees will be mostly bare, the ground gold, …

I’ve gotten some questions from friends and readers about reupholstery.  Usually, if one person is asking, there are more in the crowd who have the same question, but for many reasons won’t voice it (I’m usually the latter person).  So I wanted to take a moment to answer some questions if you’re thinking about digging into a very fun way …