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Giving old laminate furniture a whole new look

Most of us have been the recipient of a piece of “hand-me-down” furniture  at some point in our lives. I know I have been…NUMEROUS times! It just makes sense. No need to throw away perfectly good furniture, especially when you can make it look BETTER than new! My daughter Britta recently gave this hand-me-down bookcase a whole new (and much-improved) look! The results were so …

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How to make a quick and easy window valance

Do you ever have an idea that you don’t really think will amount to much but then turns out to be something kind of special? Well, that’s how I feel about today’s post. It all started when I saw a picture on Pinterest of this cute over-the-kitchen-sink valance from The Lettered Cottage. I hadn’t really considered putting a valance there before…but …

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How to turn an old sweater into a new bed for your pet

We all want our furry friends to have a fluffy bed to cuddle up on, but they can be PRICEY! Especially if  you’re having to replace them often due to pet-related destruction. So skip the expensive pet-store beds and make one yourself….by recycling an old sweater! Britta writes…….. This craft is everything a good craft should be: simple, not too time-consuming, affordable, and …

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How to turn thrift store candlesticks into charming rustic decor

Country chic has been a popular trend in home decor for the past few decades, but it seems to be having quite the moment right now. I’m thinking it has something to do with the popularity of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and our collective obsession with Joanna Gaines’ signature farmhouse style. And if you’ve watched the show at all, you’ll …

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How to make a beautiful serving tray from a thrift store lamp

When you’re having a get-together or a party that calls for serving trays or platters, they can feel a little boring. Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean, white serving dish as much as the next person, but I’m all about a little color and pizazz every once in a while! So that’s where today’s post comes in! I’m …

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18 DIYS and makeovers that prove frugal can be fabulous

I’m sure you’re already well aware of how much I love a good revamp, re-do, upcycle, makeover, etc. Not only is it a fun way to get creative, but it’s good for the environment to improve the things you already own (or somebody else has owned,) rather than buying something new. But you don’t have to sacrifice style just because you’re …

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How to make your own faux flower accessories

Sometimes being “on the road” is a drag, but it never fails that I end up meeting someone awesome that makes the hassles of traveling all worthwhile. 🙂 That was the case when I went to BlogHer ’13 in Chicago back in July. I had the good fortune of ending up at the same lunch table with a talented, up-and-coming …

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How to make your own coconut milk and coconut milk shampoo

Way back in 2012(!), I posted a “recipe” for a Coconut Milk Shampoo that proved to be VERY popular! Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for an alternative to store-bought shampoo. While this post got a lot of views, the reviews of this particular recipe were mixed. Even my own initial opinion of the mixture changed the more I used …

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How to make your own organic oil soap garden spray

My daughter Britta has definitely emerged as the gardening guru in our family. Today she’s sharing with us her homemade organic fungicide that is just as effective and much cheaper than the commercial alternatives and won’t hurt the environment, our pets, or our families. Way to go Britta! Britta writes………. As a gardener in Utah, I love the month of …

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How to make your own restorative eucalyptus mint bath oil

Today I finally forced myself to get out and attack the weeds in my vegetable and flower gardens. I love to garden. I hate weeding. But after all was said and done, I was quite pleased with the results and decided I had earned a long, hot soak! Everyone deserves a long, hot bath every once in a while…especially one …

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