• red, white, and blue stars on a grapevine wreath for the 4th of July
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    DIY Patriotic Wreath

    I love all those pretty door hangers you can get at the boutique home stores.  But my conscience just can’t spend that much money on a wreath that may or may not last through the season.  So I decided to whip out my glue gun and get to crafting up a cheaper – but just as cute – version for the 4th of July.     The total cost for this project was less than $10. Say whaaaaaa?!?!?!?! Yep, you read that right!  Wreath form and all, this project was less than $10. I feel like I’m totally winning a life, right now, Y’all! Here’s the cost breakdown: grapevine wreath…

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    DIY Natural Kitchen Cleaner

    Over the last few of years, our family has been shifting towards a more non-toxic lifestyle.  This simply means we are choosing more natural products for our home and our bodies, and being more mindful of our food choices. The biggest area of toxins in our home was cleaners. (Of course, right?)  And I am constantly looking for ways to make or use a healthier alternative to an abrasive store-bought cleaner. One of the very first products I set out to overhaul were the sprays and wipes we always used in the kitchen.  I mean, think about it, those harsh chemicals are being used around our food!  So I absolutely…

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    Vintage Furniture Re-Do & Maison Blanche Paint Review

    “Taters”, this is probably my husband’s least favorite word.  Though, he tries to lovingly call an old cabinet that I inherited from my Mammaw, “the tater box”.  I prefer “brown cabinet”; I feel like there is less negative connotations with it.  But whatever you want to call it, it’s not the old outdated piece of furniture it used to be. Mr. O has tried since we acquired the cabinet, about 2 years ago, to get me to either paint it or get rid of it.  And getting rid of the cabinet was a big H-E-LL no!  (He doesn’t get the whole emotionally connected to physical objects thing.)  And while I…

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    Lamp-DIY

    This is the lamp in my living room. You may be thinking, “It’s not that bad”.  But it is.  Oh, but it is.   It’s one of those cheap resin-type lamps and the “paint” is chipping off.   Yes, I did say this was in my living room.  Don’t judge me.  I usually turn the base around so this doesn’t show as much.  It makes me feel not so bad.  (I said don’t judge.)   Confession:  I have had this lamp for 10 years and it has looked like this for probably at least 6 years.  It’s sad, I know.  I have had it so long that when I packed…

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    Bathroom Dress-Up

    It’s been just about two months since we’ve moved into our apartment here in Arizona.  And I am so ready to be settled.  But it just takes time; especially when you have moved about 2,000 miles cross country only a few short months prior. It takes time to find a place for everything. It takes time to figure out what everything was packed into. And frankly, it takes time to gather the motivation to get it all done. So, my plan is to just work at it a little at a time; and this week’s goal, Little Bear’s bathroom.  My decision to start with this room was partly because it…