Hello, friends! As promised, I finally took pictures of our completed painting project. I already showed you the in-progress pictures when we found all kinds of cool stuff underneath the layers of wallpaper. I dug through my old pictures and found these two of the room before we even moved in, which show the old wallpaper in all its glory. See that plaid fabric on top of the trunk? That’s what
Photography 101: Why beginners should use natural light
Since I started this blog and started selling on Etsy, I’ve been learning a lot about taking better photos, both by trial and error and by reading articles. The biggest thing I’ve learned so far is this: There are a million things I don’t know about lighting. Until I can solve my ignorance on the subject, I always get the best results in natural daylight with no flash. This one
Silky-soft skin: DIY Sugar Scrub using three pantry staples
Sugar scrub is at the top of the list of body care products I no longer purchase. Not because I don’t like it, but because it’s really expensive at stores, and I found a great recipe that I can whip up without going to the store to buy ingredients―they’re already in the pantry. If you have brown sugar, olive oil and vanilla, you are three minutes away from having wonderful
The seeds are here, the seeds are here!
I’m a beginner at gardening, but what I lack in experience, I like to think I make up for in good old fashioned enthusiasm. Looking at the list of what I’m planting this year, I’m thinking I’m slightly crazy, because the list is big. But it’s totally going to be worth it. I made a point this year to order my seeds from companies that aren’t connected with Monsanto, because
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here’s a heart I drew for you in the dust on my floor. Do you love it? I knew you would. You wouldn’t believe the amount of dust a person can create in one room. (In case you missed it, this is why.) I’ll show you pictures soon, but for now, I just wanted to say, I love you, dear blog reader. I think you’re fantastic. Go give somebody a hug
Remodeled with love and labor
My husband and I live in an old Victorian home built right around 1900. We’ve been tackling projects one by one, and this weekend we’re painting the Wii room (because, you guessed it, that’s the room where we keep the Wii.) The room is right off the dining room on the main floor of the house, and is mainly used for TV-watching and other leisurely activities. It’s also my favorite
Make your own pumpkin pie spice
If you have an addiction to pumpkin anything like me, you probably also consume a lot of pumpkin pie spice. Once upon a time, I would run out and say, Oh, no! I’m out of pumpkin pie spice. And then I would write it on the grocery list and go get it at the store. Now, I say, I’m out of pumpkin pie spice! Time to make some more. Two
How does your garden grow?
Something happened the moment I turned the calendar to February. All of the sudden, I got really excited about planting my garden. One evening last week I ordered all of my seeds online from Victory Seeds and Sow True Seed. After they were ordered, I read my herb gardening book. Still wasn’t enough, so I started a free 30-day Garden Planner trial so I could plot out where to put said
The amazing secret of the double batch (or, How to spend less time in the kitchen)
I spent a couple of hours this morning in the kitchen. What’s that you say? You thought this was going to be about spending less time in the kitchen? Hear me out, I promise that’s where it ends. Spending time cooking and baking is inevitable if you want to eat well and enjoy homemade food. I happen to like cooking, and the food we consume in our house is worth
Don't feed them after midnight
I went to the loo yesterday afternoon… And considering the reason for entering the room, I almost peed myself. (So sorry to be blunt. There’s just no two ways about it, and I’ll do my best not to mention bodily fluids on this blog, but sometimes, I just have to. When there’s a surprise Gremlin staring at you from above your bathroom mirror, things get real. Moving on.) But I