The “More” Monster

"Here mom, you can have the rest of this. I've had enough." It still shocks me every time. Somehow my kids - in spite of their choco-holic mom - have learned to stop eating when they are full, and to give their excess to me or their dad. They even do this with ice cream. Unbelievable. I,... Continue Reading →

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

What should you do when your chandelier is old and just has to go? Build a new one - but make it even older than the first one! Here is the one that is headed to our local Goodwill: Now... here's how we made our new/old one. We've compiled all of the materials and instructions... Continue Reading →

We Want What We See

Before we go into stores (and while we are walking through them), I often tell my children, "Be careful, we want what we see!" It is true for them, and it is true for me. Too true, in fact! I didn't know that I desperately needed a new shelf or a collapsible strainer or a... Continue Reading →

Build-Your-Own Jewelry Rack

I don't know about you, but I am forever losing or breaking my favorite pieces of jewelry. One earring disappears... three necklaces get tangled in a knot... you know the drill. Anyway, I happened to find a free knick-knack shelf that someone had painted a creamy white color. When I picked it up, I wasn't... Continue Reading →

DIY Headboard

When Todd and I first got married, we inherited a couple of great dressers and a metal bed frame. So we didn't bother to go shopping for a whole bedroom set - instead, we found a decent headboard on sale at Big Lots and called it a day. But seven years (and four homes) later,... Continue Reading →

How to Buy Vintage on a Dime!

I love all things "real". Wood, metal, stone, and glass beat out their plastic counterparts any day in my book! But because the vintage look is so popular right now, finding sturdy, well-made (non-plastic) furniture and decor is not always cheap. You might think you were shopping at Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn for the... Continue Reading →

Don’t Settle for Less!

If I am learning one thing from Craigslisting/garage-saleing/secondhand-shopping, it is to not settle for something that is not exactly what I am looking for. Just because I like to be thrifty and buy things for less than retail, it doesn't mean that I am willing to take whatever I can find! Sometimes an item just... Continue Reading →

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