updating a topiary for a dollar

Exhibit A: Apple topiary. Cute from the waist up, but not so cute pot. It's all glued together though. What to do? Exhibit B: 99 cent planter from IKEA. I put the old pot inside the new one. It fit perfectly and now my apple topiary is cute from head to toe. No cutting, no gluing, no disassembling. I love cheap easy fixes. ;) … [Read more...]

I just got slapped by Captain Obvious

Do you ever have moments where you are just like, "Dur! Wow, I can't believe I didn't think of that. It just seems so obvious." Well, unfortunately for Mrs Oblivious over here, I have these moments all.the.time. Que Captain Obvious here. Three bunches of leaves stuck in a round floral foam thing. Why oh why have I never even thought of this? Do you realize how many times I've put ivy and plants above my cabinets and bent them all over the place to get them to stay in a certain position? More times than I'd like to admit, thankyouverymuch. I found this pre-made … [Read more...]

Installing a paper towel rack under a cabinet

Yes, I'm writing a post about installing a paper towel rack under the cabinet. No, I haven't run out of things to blog about so I'm blogging about mundane chores around the house. ;) This is actually useful to know! Would you believe my own mother hasn't done this yet because she needs her handy-man husband to do it for her? Say wha?? Handy-man husband??? Girls, pull up your big girl panties! You can do these things!! I'm here to show you how easy it is to install a paper towel rack. It really is. You can do it yourself. Trust me. (Famous last words...) Okay, … [Read more...]

Goodwill {finally} rocks

Goodwill freaking ROCKS. Yes, you read that right. Allison is actually saying something nice about Goodwill. I went to Goodwill on the fly and to say I SCORED is an understatement. For some reason they had tons of brand-new merchandise from Target. I asked if Target just donated it all and the Goodwill lady told me that Goodwill purchases huge lots of unsellable lots from Target (ie: damaged goods). LUCKY ME! So, what did I walk away with? Huge tray: Vinyl Coo-coo clock kit: FIVE rolls of vinyl for $.99 each! I got one each of the chairs and phone booths, and … [Read more...]

Round 3: Readers create wreaths & pumpkins

I'm seriously in awe that I was able to inspire so many amazing people to create their own wreaths and pumpkins! Here are more crafts done by my readers. More wreaths! This Fresh Fossil's wreath. You HAVE TO go read what happened to her wreath. Too funny! Here's Mommas Kinda Crafty's version of the Dollar Store wreath: Addicted to Homes made one: Kat emailed me her wreath: Sandy Sewz also made a wreath! AND a dryer pumpkin! Keeping It Simple enlisted her boys to help make some pumpkins. Today Along the Journey was inspired by all my ORB talk (Oil … [Read more...]

H A Double-L O W Double-E N spells “Halloween”

I've temporarily taken down the Fall decor and busted out the Halloween stuff! I pulled out my box-o-scariness... ... if you can call it "scary" I'm more of a "cutesy" seasonal decorator. I had most of my decor already, but I did make a few spray paint adjustments... I painted the wreath black as well as the candle stick that I bought months ago. For the wreath I decided to go low-key. I just painted a wreath black and hung it with a 1 1/2" thick orange ribbon. I was planning on doing more detail on the wreath, but once it was painted I really … [Read more...]

The best of September 2010

Let's wrap up September, shall we? (Click on each picture to see the original post.) I started off the month by showing off my new clearance pillows and my semi-finished family room! And then swooned over the new GLASS bowl for the kitchen aid (I still want one!) I showed everyone my Master bathroom renovation I did last year... I embarrassed myself by posting an outtake video from my Sponsor Redi Shade. And then gave you a tip on how to make your morning school routine run more smoothly. Then I gave a tutorial on how to create a cheap (but not … [Read more...]