He Gets Me! My Best Gift Ever.

Rusty Gate

We've been married almost 20 years, so it's about time, really. I'm joking - Kevin has always been a great gift-giver.  Much better than I am, in fact.  He's a terrible gift receiver though.  He returns everything.  (Maybe it's because I'm such a lame gift-giver. Ha!) This Christmas I got one of the best gifts ever.  I opened all of my gifts … [Read more...]

Big, Beautiful Baseboards – on a Budget!

entry corner baseboard after

ha!  I love that title. One thing that I've always loved about old houses is the millwork.  Especially the generous baseboards. source Our first house was a frame 3-story that was over 100 years old.  (That's actually another thing I love about old houses.  Those magical, loaded with awesome angles, nooks, and crannies, 3rd floors!  … [Read more...]

Angel Tree

skinny angel

I wanted to share a project that I did with my girls right before Christmas.   Like everyone, I can't stop thinking about the victims of Newtown.  I wanted to create something that would honor their memory.  I hate the idea of those sweet babies and their teachers being forgotten. I decided to make angel ornaments that I could hang on a small … [Read more...]

Favorite Posts of 2012

silly kids

Happy 2013 everyone! Are you up for another best-of post?  I love, love, love best-of-the-year posts!! My compilation of projects isn't based on actual numbers.  I didn't start to track blog stats right away, and then I switched trackers half-way through the year.  Soooo... my round-up is based on projects that I got the most feedback from … [Read more...]

Christmas in a Small Cottage – Wooden Ironing Board Tree

iron board tree top

Decorating a small house for Christmas can be a challenge.   You walk a fine line between just enough and waaayy too much.  I always start the season thinking that I will keep things simple and not go overboard - again.   The best of intentions... Really though, the line I mention is completely personal.  It's dependent on how much stuff you can … [Read more...]

Hanging File Holder – Tutorial

organizer pocket

A couple of years ago, a friend did something kind for me and I thought that I would return the kindness by making her a similar file holder to help organize her boys. (We'd had discussions about how hard it is to keep track of everything.) Before I started I thought - "Gee. This may turn out pretty cute, maybe I'll make some to sell on Etsy." … [Read more...]

Furniture Makeover – Glass Front Display Cabinet

glass cabinet side

The title is a little misleading.  The cabinet doesn't have a glass front - it doesn't have any front!  It does still have glass sides though, and I am sure that at one time it had glass doors as well.  And glass-sided cabinet didn't really sound right. This great, solid, old cabinet was left behind by the previous owner's family.  It was in … [Read more...]

Radom Thoughts and a New Family Member

alley cat

I don't have a project to share today.  I can't even report on any progress on the pantry/entry/office makeover.  (That is such a mouthful. I should just abbreviate.  How about the POE makeover?  Or just POEM?  ha - like that one!) There is so much left to do it that little space!  I can't wait to share some more of it.  This week I hope to at … [Read more...]

Update Your Dishwasher – So Easy!

dishwasher kitchen

I'm so excited to be sharing this post at Meridian Road today.  If you haven't been by Suzanne's blog,  you are truly missing out!  She lives on a beautiful farm in Idaho and shares her rural life with gorgeous photos.  If that's not enough, her great DIY projects and sense of humor will definitely keep you coming back!  It's been a while since … [Read more...]

Rescued Rolling Cart is the Perfect Coffee Cart

coffee cart entry

Wheeled metal carts have been so popular lately.  When the new Ikea catalog came out, I was coveting this sweet blue one. They are popping up in blogs a lot, too. Apparently, my neighbor didn't know how popular they are, or I don't think I would have found this one in his trash a couple weeks ago. It was a only a a little bit rusty - … [Read more...]

Glass Door Knobs

glass knobs 2

Most of the doors in our home were original, and many of the doors still had the original glass door knobs.  Beautiful.  But no longer very functional.   None of them latch properly, and some of them simply fall off of the door when you try to use it.  Doesn't really bother me.  They're soooo pretty!  Oh, but does it bother Kevin.  Especially when … [Read more...]

Fall Mantel – Acorns and Topiaries

fall mantel - wreath

I was finally able to take some pictures of my finished fall mantel.  The sun and I were not on the same schedule last week. It's a little subdued. I love topiaries, so I pulled out the glue gun and made some new ones.  Two are covered in rope.  One is covered in jute webbing. I also made this little wreath to brighten things … [Read more...]

Style in a Cave – Laurel Caverns

steps into cave

Sunday was rainy, so it was a perfect day to cross an activity off the summer bucket list.  There are some really cool caves in western Pennsylvania, one of them being Laurel Caverns. It's the largest cave in Pennsylvania and offers several types of tours.  We opted for the non-crawling, non-climbing, (and mostly clean), family-friendly … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Topiary

topiary full

Back from vacation, and I still feel like we're in the south!  It is crazy hot here in Pittsburgh! I put this topiary together before we left for vacation.  It wasn't actually my original plan to have the vines around it - I was just going to use lights. There were so many of these on Pinterest for Christmas, and I loved them. I also love the … [Read more...]

I See a Pattern Here…


Clearly I have a thing for footstools. I have a really hard time walking past a cheap, cute little stool. Especially one that is painted in a great color... Or one that would that is crying out to be painted in a great color... Is this a stool or a table? It really could be either.  A stoolble?  I found it at GoodWill for $5. Look at her … [Read more...]