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Vintage Children’s Book Paper Garland

I think it’s about time to decorate our nursery.  My first daughter is now 2-1/2 and my second daughter is 6 months.  It’s not to say that it’s completely not…

Tag Baby Blanket Tutorial

I should preface this post by admitting that I have only sewed three things in my life:  Christmas stockings, pillows, and a couch slipcover.  I’m still new at this sewing…

New Life to a Bathroom Cabinet

I found this cabinet at a garage sale last summer for $5.  I had just ripped down an ugly wicker shelf from above the toilet in one of the bathrooms…

Cottage Refresh (In Progress) Update

We’ve been working pretty hard this past year to make changes to our small cottage lake house in order to pull it out of the 1970s.  We really tried to…

Lake House Boat Oar Address

We’re in the midst of refreshing our small cottage lake house in southern Wisconsin.  The outside has undergone big visual changes for a very little amount of money.  (It’s amazing…

stacked flower pot tutorial

Stacked Flower Pot Herb Garden

Although I’m fortunate to have a massive back yard, I’m always looking for ways to save precious yard and garden space.  I’ve planted herbs in a large pot in years past,…

DIY Crate Storage Bench

I wholeheartedly believe we can never grow too old for “story time”.  Of course, you could never actually call it that in a 6th grade classroom, but the philosophy behind…

Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

It’s ironic – I was ecstatic when the chalkboard in my classroom was replaced with a whiteboard several years ago.  I despise the feeling of chalk dust on my fingers.…

DIY Play Kitchen

My daughter’s 2nd birthday was approaching, and I’d been scoping out different play kitchen sets.  I had one that was on clearance in my cart, and something told me to…

DIY Storage Bench with IKEA Shelf

I’m on a mission to turn our small, dark basement into an inviting kid-friendly playroom.  Oh, how I wish I had a before picture of this basement when we first…

Welcome to Our Cottage!

Welcome, come on in!  My family has owned this house for 23 years.  I have only fond childhood memories of this place and I am proud to keep it in…

Chief Illiniwek Paper Artwork

Every Christmas season, I get together with my friends from college and we have a grab bag gift exchange where often many of the sought after gifts are University of…

Paint Swatch Calendar

Last summer, I was admiring my little niece’s playroom and noticed a dry erase calendar that my sister-in-law used to write the events and outings for my niece.  It may…

10 Crock Pot Freezer Meals

There is nothing easier than combining some ingredients in the Crock Pot and coming home from work to a prepared meal ready for the family.  Except, unless, you have all…

An Easy Way to Hang Level Picture Frames

I despise these types of brackets for hanging frames on the wall. No matter how much I use the tape measure and level, the screws never seem to line up…

Toddler Sensory Tree

Lately I’ve  noticed a lot of designs using embroidery hoops and fabric or scrapbook paper.  It’s such a whimsical, creative, and cheap way to add texture and color to a…