Saving Dinner: Menu planning made easy


Let me share two fundamental truths about myself: 1. I hate to cook. 2. I absolutely detest grocery shopping. This wasn’t always the case, but that’s where I am today. You will never find me whipping up a home made pie using my super-secret recipe lovingly copied from my great-great-great gandmother’s recipe book. (well, maybe […]

Ballard’s Dining Room: The Look for Less!


Do you get catalogs in the mail? I do, and I look through them over and over again! I get Ballards, Front Gate, Crate and Barrel, etc, etc.  The last several Ballards I’ve looked at have this dining room in them, and I WANT IT!  I love everything about it, every color, every stick of […]

5 Reasons to Start a Crafty Business

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From Hobby to Crafty Business I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide, “Hey, I think I’ll start a crafts business!” It was a gradual thing, going from an occasional creative effort, to having a “hobby booth” at a marketplace, to a realization that I would rather be doing this than working at my […]

A Paper Wreath from Old Hymnals


Today, I decided to start making some wreaths for Christmas. “Christmas!” you say. Yup, it will be here sooner than you think. Last year I didn’t start thinking about Christmas until around Halloween. And I found out that is way too late to be thinking about Christmas if you are going to try and stock […]

Learn to Paint Furniture Refinishing Workshop


This SaturdayI taught the Furniture Refinishing workshop at Two Hip Chicks. Although it was a small class, we had a lot of fun! Phyllis brought a great bedside table with good bones, but about 20 years worth of hard wear!  She painted her table with Country Chic “Cheesecake, with an overcoat of Antiquing Wax. Here’s […]

A Jewelry Hanger with Chalky Finish Paint

A Jewelry Hanger with Chalky Paint

  A little while ago, I applied to be a member of the DecoArt Blogger Team, and to my delight I was accepted!  The first thing I did was email DecoArt and tell them all about the jewelry hanger I wanted to make, and they were kind enough to send me some of their great new […]