Simple Christmas Candle Centerpiece

This year the topic of discussion at our Thanksgiving table was all things wedding related. Wedding dates, wedding venues, and wedding colors. One of my sons is engaged, another son is planning to get engaged soon, and so is my niece. I’m overjoyed. Truly. But between bites of turkey and mashed potatoes, my mind was seeing dollar signs lined up like a slot machine. I knew I’d need to tighten my budget’s belt now for all those wedding expenses we will {Read More}

Fighting Over a Rusty Dustpan {a repurposed fall wreath}

I never, ever, ever in a million years thought my husband and I would argue about a rusty dustpan. Let me rephrase that. I never thought we’d ever argue about which one of us owns a rusty dustpan. He usually makes smart mouth comments about most of the rusty junk I’ve hauled home, so when I carried a totally rusted old dustpan into the kitchen and plopped it on the table to repurpose into an alternative fall wreath, I never dreamed it would {Read More}

Rusty Junk Coat Rack on a Repurposed Headboard

After I did some budget decorating for fall in my entryway last month, I didn’t expect to do anything else in that room … at least until Christmas.  But I was gifted a box full of rusty junk, and I couldn’t help myself. I had to find a fun way to use some of it, so a rusty junk repurposed headboard was born.  And my entryway was the perfect place to hang it.

Fresh Fruit & Flowers Rustic Centerpiece + Exciting News!

Wanting to make a good impression while my son’s girlfriend was here over the weekend, I figured I’d better do a little grocery shopping.  I bought cookies, cake, several kinds of muffins, cheese danish, cinnamon bread … and so she wouldn’t think all we eat is junk, I stocked up on lots of fresh fruit too. 🙂 While I was at it, I bought some pretty roses that I put in an old mason jar on the nightstand in the guest room. {Read More}

Typography Stenciled Chair and Chair Back Shelf

If you’ve been a regular visitor of my blog for awhile,  you may remember the grain sack typography chair makeover I did a few years ago (seen HERE).  Well, today is a day of totally trashed chair projects, and I have other typography chair to show you that I finished, as well as a broken chair that I turned into a shelf. Here’s the first chair.  I bought it at an auction several years ago, and stored it in my barn {Read More}

Thrift Store Makeovers and No More Complaining

I’m so glad my son wasn’t with me last week when I went to the thrift store. If he was, I’d be eating crow right now. I almost never find good deals there these days. I’ve ranted about it before, so I won’t rehash it. Since he’s usually in the car with me, he hears me gripe about the prices every time I shop there. He rolls his eyes. I ignore him and continue griping. I need to get it {Read More}

Sunflowers in Junk to Cheer Me Up

Well, my weekend plans took a nosedive, but sunflowers came to my rescue. I was feeling kind of down in the dumps, because my daughter and I had planned to go camping,  and I was looking forward to stepping away from all my projects and unplugging from the computer. But rain was predicted, so I had to find a new plan.

House Numbers Sign Hanging Planter

When you live in the country, giving someone directions to your house can be tricky. There aren’t many landmarks to look for, unless you count fields of corn or barns. So my directions usually sound something like this… “Turn at the 5-way, go past three fields of corn on your left and two fields of soybeans on your right. When you spot the water tower in the distance, turn left.” See the problem?

Potting Bench from Old Work Table Reveal

Recently I asked for your ideas for the old work table we found in our barn.  Several of you suggested turning it into a potting bench, and my husband and I thought that sounded like a great idea, given it’s short height. Here’s how it started out.

Beauty Salon Makeover for an Old Oil Heater

When I was a little girl, I loved going with my mom to the beauty salon. I remember the mint green walls in the salon. I remember the long row of hooded hair dryers. And I remember watching in fascination as the beautician teased mom’s hair into a beehive.  And I distinctly remember the smell of all the Aqua Net required to keep the beehive in place. My mom could rock a beehive! It’s amazing how you can walk into {Read More}

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