10 Last Minute 4th Of July Entertaining Ideas

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It happened, didn’t it?  The day before your 4th of July festivities got here and you still aren’t ready.  I’m not sure how you all deal with that.  I wouldn’t have a clue as it has never happened to me. Never. - yeah, that would be a gazillion bolts of electricity from the lightning that just struck. I’m pretty … [Read more...]

DIY: 2 Simple Summer Presentations With 2 Basic Paper Plates

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Oh my gosh, I am finally starting to take advantage of the slow-pace-of-summer and have to say, I have welcomed it with open arms.  I’ve let myself sleep until 6:30 or 7:00 on some days and haven’t rushed myself to get out the door.  I have spent a few days here and there with Joey, out and about, doing a lot of nothing.  But it … [Read more...]

DIY: An Old Crate Into A Side Table

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Sometimes things are meant to be given a second life.  A new purpose. After all, their original purpose can become boring. Or for whatever reason, they are no longer able to deliver. Kind of like how I feel at least once a day.  ha ha. For this project, I decided to do a quick repurpose of an old … [Read more...]

How I Repurposed A Primitive German Cabbage Cart

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It is the thrill of the hunt.  That is what you will hear many people say who are in the business.  I am not one of them. I have shared before how spending hours and hours and sometimes days looking for that awesome find is not my idea of a productive use of my time.   It is because of the risk.  The risk of coming … [Read more...]

Furniture Debut: The Counterpoint

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Today you can call me the neutralizer.  The middle child.  The mediator. There has been so much debate  discussion on social media between “painters” and “wood purists.”  Some of it is downright mean and ridiculous.  I don’t understand the thought process. But today I am debuting a piece of furniture that is for … [Read more...]

DIY: Denim Banner With A Secret Twist

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A good pair of jeans goes a long way, don’t you think?  I mean, seriously, is there anything more useful for repurposing than denim?  And denim does not discriminate.  We all have denim – regardless of age or size.  It is an American staple. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and  - denim. Although we may wear denim … [Read more...]

My Americana Bench Makeover With Artissimo

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Hey, you’re here!  You made it just in time. Just in time to take a seat . . . As you know,I’ve had the red, white and blues recently. Summer will do that to a gal. Does it do that you as well? I started out with an old piano bench… …and Artissimo kept calling my name. I wanted to keep it simple.  Just a … [Read more...]

DIY: Stained & Planked American Flag

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For being as old as I am, I remember third grade music class with Mr. Bullard pretty darn well.  Vying for position to play the maracas and xylophone, singing my favorite song at the time - “Don Gato” – and always ending class with a little patriotic sing-along… You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag And forever … [Read more...]

DIY: Sun Glow Jars

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We are oh-so-close to Memorial Day Weekend and I am ready.  This will be the first time in 13 years that we have not had a baseball, volleyball, soccer or softball tournament to go to.  While I love nothing more than spending a sunny weekend at a field or court or some sort, I admit that it will be nice to be home for a few … [Read more...]

DIY Side Table Project

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At 5’3”, things in my world tend to be low to the ground.  Except John – he is 6’4”. That is why he gets away with doing this… and this… If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I usually don’t notice the banana peels  - just the smell after they have been up there for a while or until Joey ‘fesses … [Read more...]