Hello, everyone.  And Happy November!  I cannot believe we only have two months left this year!  Before I get started on today’s tutorial, in keeping with the theme of the month, I want to share something I’m thankful for.  I hope that being thankful has found it’s way into your life more than in the month of November.  We have noticed a decided difference …

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs,” the reluctant prophet Jonah wrote. I stumbled across the verse this summer. One I had probably read 100 times over. But on this occasion, it grabbed me. And as we began our summer by spending one night in ER, my husband having an emergency gall bladder removal surgery, …

My furniture posts are quickly becoming fewer and farther between.  We don’t have a heated garage, and so living in Alaska, that greatly inhibits how much of the prep work I can do on furniture pieces that need a substantial makeover.  I tried stripping a night stand about a month ago in the 40 degree weather, and instead of the …

You all know the scene well, Maria VonTrapp, is singing frightened children to sleep in the midst of a thunderstorm, when inspiration strikes like the lightening lighting up the dark room, and she envisions play clothes for the children made from the discarded curtains hanging from the windows.  The dialogue echoes throughout generations watching the scene, “You mean to tell me, you …

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 …