Special Guest post from NorthShore Days

I am out of town for the weekend doing some fun stuff. The party kind. Well, with kids and friends. It'll involve waterslides, fast food, and fruit snacks. But...leaving town is still leaving town! And, we are going with some of our  bestest friends...score! Anyhoo...I didn't get much done in the way of lining up posts for this weekend. So the very sweet and gracious Nat from North Shore Days agreed to post for me today. And she is lovely. So be lovely back to her.            Hi Everyone,   My name is Natalie and I'm so happy to be a guest poster here ...

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recycle plastic bags: outdoor pillows


This post is sponsored by Duck Tape from Shurtech. Oh yeah baby! I love me some Duck Tape!! And when Duck Tape sent me a box filled with the stuff my brain started spinning. Duck Tape has always been one of my favorite products. I've been spitting out Duck Tape purse, wallets, purses, ties...you name it well before my blogging days. But...it's outdoor week. I'm supposed to be doing outdoorsy projects. So, let's use Duck Tape outside...shall we? I refuse to buy outdoor pillows. They are expensive, blow away, get dirty, disappear, in general not great for my house. But an outdoor setting needs a few to be ...

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dipped branches.

Paint dipped branches from nelliebellie.com, and easy addition to your decor.

I love this... (from Martha Stewart living) I used this concept on my front porch. Okay, it's not even a close copycat. It's more of a...kinda copycat. I dipped the bucket in some leftover paint. And the branches in leftover paint. And smooshed them all together. And called the dipped branches decorating :). Although, on a smaller scale I am thinking this could look cool in the house! (Did you remember to head over to Artsy Girl Connection? Go!) Til Next time! Linking up this post with these happening places... -Debbie-do's- ...

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My “porch”. Or something like it.


Oh. my. goodness. You all better read this. And read it again. And then come back again. Cause this was some serious hard work! It's my turn to host the Spring Party Week! And show you my front door makeover. Tomorrow is Artsy Girl Connection! Be there! Ack. I should have taken a picture of the true, true before. Of the junk, wood, bikes...yuck! See, this was our garage. Turned craft room and business office. But, some garage things just haven't found a home. But...I cleaned before the pic. It was too embarrassing. Imperfection is one thing. This was not imperfection. It was just plain messy. The kinda ...

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Anthropologie Inspired House Number Plaque


Today's post is sponsored by the lovely folks at Plaid paints! As I was browsing the products out there for jazzing up my house opening I saw these... (Anthropologie) Aren't they lovely. But, as these are from Anthropologie they are faaarrrr outside of my budget! So, I figured out what I loved about them and came up with my own version, a house number plaque... How cute is that? You want one of your own? Why, it will cost you $1 for each number and $4 for the wood. Oh, and some Plaid Outdoor paint in the colors you want. Can you handle that cost? It's so much better then Anthro's prices...isn't it! This ...

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Guest Bloggy friend…Amanda from Ninth Street Notions


Hi-ya fabulous readers! Today's guest bloggy buddy is the lovely Amanda from Ninth Street Notions. She has a great blog and a fun craft for us! But, first we have to talk. There are some adorable earrings up for grabs... you just have to comment HERE. And, and... and!!! And! The Spring Party has begun!!! Head over to Adventures in Dinner to see her fab family pictures!! And, All Things Beautiful's post today is all about great budget outfits!! And of course, it's my turn on Wednesday to talk about front porches. Oh shoot...my front porch doesn't like to be talked about. It really doesn't. Oh well, I guess it will ...

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the full, complete kitchen


The Stinky Linky Party is in full swing until midnight tonight! We have handsome men, party food, silver dishes, and party clothes already linked up...come get your staaank on with us! And of course...these gorgeous earrings are up for grabs until next Thursday. Leave a comment HERE and you are maybe, if you are lucky, the winner! Okay enough talking now... to the pictures! My kitchen before my itty, bitty, updates. Nothing wrong with it. Really. But, tweaking is always good. Yes, some of the darkness is in my poor picture taking skills in my early blogging days. But still. Here's after some tweaking this week (5 ...

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Even MORE tips for jazzing up your kitchen!


As if you want more tips. As if you aren't sick of hearing me act like I know what I am talking about when there are billions better at decorating them me. Humor me. Cause I took time to do this and gosh darn...you just sit there and read and pretend I am oh so wise. Thank you. We've gone over my new cabinet hardware and updated shelving. We've seen me pretend I have a green thumb, clear my counters, and make my veggies rock stars! Today... Oh wait, I almost forgot! I am guest posting over at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating (I know..how cool is that!) Go see me please! I made a turquoise chair...it's ...

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more tips for jazzing your kitchen…with better pictures!


Yesterday I showed you (with hideous pictures) the updated cabinet hardware and open shelves that were part of my inspired kitchen jazz marathon. Well, aren't you the lucky readers... you get more! Do I here bru ha ha's from the peanut gallery? Let's jazz the kitchen on a budget of...0 dollars...please! Birch hardware yesterday....zero. Open shelves update...zero. (okay, technically I got white dishes from the thrift store. But that doesn't hardly count cause we needed them. Our others kept blowing up in the microwave.) Today... My kitchen will never be magazine worthy well, because we make messes here. But, it is ...

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Let’s use bad pictures to show you kitchen updates…shall we?


I have projects ready to go in the yard. Beds that need to be looked after. Plants that need planting. But we had tornadoes on Sunday woke up on Monday to blowing snow. My yard will wait longer. So instead...let's do some work on making the kitchen a purdy looking place, shall we? After seeing Desiree's from The 36th Avenue I've  been itching to get at this kitchen! And because I am not Desiree I have bad pictures. Deal. This is what we are starting with this week (the before pictures of the kitchen are at the early, early stages of blogging...terrible pictures!!)... I love my kitchen. But, it needed some ...

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Bloggy Swap with Janette from The Johanson Journey

Hi guys! Bloggy swap today with Janette from The Johanson Journey. check out her answers to the five questions and then pop over to The Johanson Journey to read my answers!  And...I am guest posting over at Naptime Crafters as part of the Bundle of Joy Series. (did you see she had her darling little boy?) I am showing how to make Revamped flats with interchangable pretties. Go see! Now...Meet Janette!   Hey all ‘Hating Martha’ Friends! My name is Janette from The Johanson Journey Janel & I thought it would be fun to swap blogs for the day and answer some fun questions that are hopefully not your ...

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Love Wedding Art

Wedding time is coming! Well, amongst our friends...it has begun! Wedding gifts are always tricky for me. I want them personal, lovely, and something they won't just send to the thrift store. This gift at least hits the first two. I don't control the last one... but gosh darn, I tried! (I promise that name sits straight when you look at it straight on) I bought a black shadow box frame and painted the outside white. I designed the print leaving spots for the names of the couple. I created the names and added them with 3D dots. I think it looks lovely. And personal. Now...we shall see if they send it to the thrift ...

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