DIY: Hand-Painted Linens

Hand Painted Linens - DIY

Ever since I saw Emma and Elsie paint napkins on A Beautiful Mess, I’ve been itching to try my hand at painting linens. It takes me some time to get around to things, but the other morning, I woke up feeling crafty.  I think it was the sunshine and the slightly warmer temps, because I [...]

Chalk Paint: How does it hold up?

Chalk Paint: How does it hold up? An honest review by a novice DIY'er.

I want to give you a little update on the desk I painted with a homemade chalk paint mixture.  I had not previously used this method and I was more than a bit skeptical.  I mean, it seems weird to mix paint with plaster.  Add the final step of waxing painted furniture and it sounded [...]

The Traveling Lamp

Desk Lamp - Like the Pixar Lamp - from

I live in a small town, a very small town.  Small towns have many advantages, especially when it comes to raising kids; however, sometimes it gets freaky close. I didn’t grow up in a small town, so this way of trustworthy living is all new to me.  Things are still done on a handshake around [...]

How Pinterest Helped Me Find My Style

How Pinterest Helped Me Find My Style

For the longest time, I never really knew my style. I like old, new, modern, vintage, and country.  Throw in touches of white paint and I’m a shabby hodge-podge of style.  My decor ends up looking more like a community yard sale than a well-thought collection of things that reflect my personality, but for girls [...]

Best of DIY – 2013

Best DIY of 2013

Best of DIY – 2013 Top:  Marshmallow Shooter – We made these for my kids 1/2 year birthday parties in the park.  They were definitely the hit of the party, especially with the grownups. Middle Left:  Home Office Transformation – I love, love, love this office/playroom space.  The chalkboard wall is so much fun and [...]

Free Printable Calendar Pages

Free Printable Calendar Page - Do Hard Things

I’ve been in the midst of a calendar crisis. If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll realize how stupid that sounds.  I don’t use a calendar. Wait.  What day is it? Last night my daughter asked, “Is my chorus concert Wednesday?” “No.  It’s next week.” “Are you sure?”  she asked. I’ve learned [...]

DIY Home Office Transformation

DIY Home Office Transformation

I am beside myself.  To say I love this space is like saying chocolate is just ok.  What?  Make that stuff liquid and pour it in my veins.  Chocolate is my life-blood. That’s how I feel about this space.  I am head-over-heels in love – to the moon and back – beyond a shadow of [...]

3 Things, One Tattoo, & A Golden Antler

Tattoo of Boots Nailed to the Cross

I’ve been a little off this fall. I mean, I didn’t put out one pumpkin in my house.  Not one.  I thought about it, but when I went looking for my “fall” decorations, I couldn’t find the box, because I think it’s buried behind our Christmas decorations and I just wasn’t that committed to being [...]

When DIY doesn’t PAY

When DIY doesn't PAY - part of the Cheap Tricks series on The Domestic Fringe. Help you Live for Less.

Note:  If you click on the images in this post, they will take you to the full DIY before/after or how-to. I think we’re the DIY generation.  We want to do everything ourselves.  Not only that, we want to be good at it too! Dare I say, pinnable. Every time I’m up to my elbows [...]

DIY Shower Cleaner

31 Days of Cheap Tricks - Living for Less: DIY Shower Cleaner

Kiss your expensive shower cleaner goodbye! This is where you’re going to find some HUGE savings. I hate scrubbing the shower.  It’s not just a chore I dislike, it’s one of those chores I put off at all costs until I can’t stand taking a shower in my own home.  I know, grodey.  I get [...]

Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

31 Days of Cheap Tricks - Living for Less - DIY Laundry Soap, The Trifecta of Clean

Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap – Recipe & Review   Maybe you’ve seen a million pins for DIY laundry Soap on Pinterest and perhaps like me, you’re  a naysayer.  I mean, this stuff can’t really work, can it? I’m a Tide girl for goodness sake! My people, they are some dirty people.  You should see [...]

DIY: Trash to Treasure Desk Renovation

DIY Stain Painted Desktop Renovation

I am a master at creating work for myself. I could have ordered a compact desk for sixty dollars and spent an hour putting it together, but that would have been too easy. Instead, I spotted an old teacher’s desk put to the curb.  It was dismantled and in several states of disrepair.  I knew [...]

We Made it at The Bead and Gem Shop

The Bead Shop

Yesterday I told you how my daughter’s camp was canceled and I was the official new camp, translate “FUN” counselor. Since I don’t necessarily conquer the great outdoors (that’s FringeMan’s forte), we headed for the bead shop. These were just a few of the beads they had to choose from.  Each glass dish held a [...]

Creating A Dream Bathroom

Gorgeous Deep Freestanding Soaking Tub - Bathroom Renovations

I actually looked up synonyms for bathroom, because I wanted something a little more fabulous in my title, but a powder room makes me think of a bunch of women retouching their makeup.  A restroom makes me think of a restaurant, and a lavatory makes me think of an airplane trip.  Since planes have the [...]

DIY Bathroom Renovation – Before & After

Bathroom Renovation - Owl Bath mat

Since we’re all friends here, I’m going to ask you to show me a little grace.  This post needs grace and maybe a teeny bit of imagination. I’ve not claimed to be a style, DIY, or home blog.  Not at all.  I’m just living my little life in my tiny part of this world and [...]

DIY Marshmallow Shooter

How to make a marshmallow shooter from PVC pipe

I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I have a teen and tween.   News Flash:  They aren’t babies anymore.   I get it.  I get it. What was fun for twelve years is now boring.  They are stretching me.  Causing me to be creative in a different way.  I’m actually pretty good [...]