refashion a blazer

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I am not a seamstress. My sewing machine ALWAYS wins a battle. I always lose. It’s not fair…but there it is. And lately we have been fighting. And, as usual, I am losing. My sewing machine has decided to take a timeout. Darn thing. But, I had this cute jacket that I wanted to make pretty… So, I set out to do so without my sewing machine. Take that! I used vintage collar lace, fabric scraps, … [Read more...]

Cork Tic Tac Toe board-quick craft

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Cork Tic Tac Toe board--quick craft If you came to the impromptu Pity Party last night...thank you! You made my night. That...and winning the CeCe Caldwell paint from Refresh/Restyle! I really was fine,  more dramatic then I intended. Typical of me. I don't realize how much my mood comes through on a post. There had been one too many people I heard have a bad day. I thought to myself "You … [Read more...]

What a difference some skincare makes #EclosBeauty!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Ack!! I had to cover this picture with my hand while I was writing this post. It's me...no tinted moisturizer...no sunscreen...just dried hair. Sad. And, I apologize for making you go through the horror of seeing that (and don't I look tired!). But, it's for a good cause! I want to … [Read more...]

ruffled duct tape pot (tutorial)

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It’s here! It’s here! okay, don’t get all excited… it’s just the tutorial for that darn ruffled Duck Tape pot. That pot hit the spot for lots of folks (ha, such a dork) and I have been getting a lot of requests for the how-to. It’s simple, and easy, relatively quick (this one took me 20 minutes) and inexpensive. What more could you ask for? Supplies:  Duct Tape (this small pot took about … [Read more...]

tutorial-Book Page Wreath AND Cupcake Liner Wreath

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off topic…have you read this blog…Thistlewood Farms? I do. So, it’s cool. The way she writes about boring, everyday things. Tutorials, crafts…salamanders? Is…exceptional. And…challenging? And so, I set out to write this post about…wreaths… with all the beautiful, wonderfulness that I possess. Like her. Yeah, I’m not that cool. She’s a pro. But…I do have 2 20 minute wreaths with tutorials for you … [Read more...]

Owl Art…Who Loves You?

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The Bloggy Olympics are coming!! And a specially designed pillow is up for grabs! Go HERE to check it out! Seriously...you don't want to miss this! It’s time for a craft up in here! And Owl Art sounds like just the thing… This is a cute little piece of Owl art I made to give a little nod to a window. Do you see the valance made from paper straws? Do you see the window? I hope so. An old frame … [Read more...]

Casey the Chalkboard Retro Set

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I’m excited about this here project. It’s one of my fav’s! I love, love retro sets! The chrome…the vinyl…the oldness. It’s just lovely! Sadly, it’s rare to find a set in great condition AND suitable for modern homes. I mean, that’s the nature of oldness! Recently a friend picked this set up for me. $25…wow! It was in decent shape. Some rust on the chrome, knicks and cracks in the vinyl, and just … [Read more...]

Upholstery Paint…huh?

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Do you live in the backwoods of WI like me and don’t know that there is now paint that paints upholstery? Well fine…maybe you knew. I didn’t. I just found out. I put my discovery of upholstery paint up there near the discovery of the hot glue gun. Near, I said…near. It is oh so very cool. The possibilities!! I got the opportunity to try this lovely product from Sunshine Joy out… in Caribbean … [Read more...]

guest bloggy friend…Kim from Tiaras and Bowties

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Hey readers!! So glad you are here! Meet Kim...she has a great project to share with you all today! She also has a great blog full of tips, DIY, and real life. Happy Monday to all you Hating Martha Fans! I'm uber excited to be here... really, I'm thrilled I was asked to come out and play!  Who am I? Well, I'm Kim from Tiaras and Bowties.  I am the crafty queen of my castle … [Read more...]

Bloggy Olympics…I get the torch!

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(if you are here to enter for the giveaway or for Bloggy Olympics info...click HERE!) Janel: Torch passer extraordinaire!!! (has a nice ring to it...doesn't it!) Here’s a real, honest to goodness picture of me. Not a silly one. I had my husband take one…he did pretty good, I think. Here’s my info. My what-for. My biography. Cause I am an athlete participating in the Bloggy Olympics. I hope you … [Read more...]