Save yourself a lot of hassle with this spray painting tip

As most of you know, I love spray paint. I will spray paint anything and everything! Nothing is safe in my home from a can of good 'ol spray paint. :) With summer almost here I want to share a spray painting tip with you. Hopefully it will help you to not make the same mistake I made last summer. I decided I wanted a bunch of picture frames painted white for my gallery wall. It was August in Texas at about high noon which translates into at least 100 degrees outside with bright blue skies and lots of direct UV rays. Pretty much hotter than hell outside. ;) Perfect … [Read more...]

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...]

The sofa table turned sideboard

The ongoing family room decorating saga continues! Last month I showed you some new pillows I found on Craigslist: That was pretty much the extent of my decorating. At the moment my family room looks like this: I've been going nuts trying to figure out what to put in the empty space along the back wall with the windows. I can't put any type of wall shelving because of the windows, and the space is pretty narrow, so I can't have anything that sticks out too far. Over the course of the past month I've managed to acquire a few pieces of furniture. One is a sofa table I … [Read more...]

pumpkin cookies w/ cream cheese icing

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing Yes, they are as good as they look! I have to say before I take all the credit and give a tutorial on these cookies, that the cookie recipe was given to me by my friend Jenny H. (not Hepworth ;)) and the cream cheese icing I found on a recipe site. I did do a little tweaking to the recipe though, so I guess I can partly claim it as my own. :) Here's how to make these delicious Pumpkin Cookies with cream cheese icing. (I'll re-post the full recipe at the bottom of this post for easier copying & printing) Measure out 1 Cup of … [Read more...]

Spicing up the pantry

I picked a cabinet for all my spices and cooking stuff... It sat like this for exactly 5 days before I couldn't even take it anymore! (And I hadn't even baked anything yet!) YIKES! What a disaster! I am OCD when it comes to being organized, so obviously this train wreck was not going to work for me. I headed over to the Home Depot and bought this awesome organizer. I cringed and looked away as they rang it up (almost $40!) but I know it is so worth the investment. You can see the mess in the cabinet where I previously had all my spices. Obviously I didn't … [Read more...]