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Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to drop a quick little note to say Happy Holidays to you all!

This year flew by… so much so that I wasn’t quite able to complete everything on my 2014 hit-list.  But not to worry, ’cause there’s always 2015!!

Here’s a small project that I did a few days before the kids got out of school that you can totally do too!  I found a broken frame at HomeGoods for $8 and turned it into a fun sign!

IMG_0025How cute is that?!  Well, the pool man liked it!

I just painted right over the old artwork…

DSCN3427Using this as my inspiration for the background… need to get all caught up in perfection because you’re going to write something over it.  I just love when I can have fun with a project and not stress about messing up!

Then I used metallic gold paint for the letters.  They really pop!  And it’s hard to tell here, but they shine.

IMG_0026All that was left was to glue the frame back together – Easy stuff peeps.

I love how it makes the front door so welcoming!

And (if it couldn’t get better) I was finally able to put that awesome easel to good use!  I found it about a year ago at a thrift store and just haven’t been able to find the right spot.  Phew, finally!  My $3 dollar investment paid off!!

Of course, you could also do this with a scrap piece of wood or even a sturdy piece of cardboard!

There’s still time for a Happy New Year sign!

I hope you all had a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday, Day-off!  Enjoy those last few days of the dreamy music – I know I will!

Happy Creating!  Jessica


Santa Comes Early! Laundry Room Update

Hi All!!

There is an excitement here!!  Can you feel it?!?!  It’s the happiness of buying yourself something that you have wanted for a really, really long time in a bit of a snap buying decision.

It must be how conquistadors felt.

I saw.  I wanted.  I conquered.

Exhibit A, the new eye candy in MY laundry room!!!!


Gasp.  Beautiful, I know.  And if material things could bring joy, then my friends, I am the joyfulest being on the planet right now.  (insert slow tear coming from my eye.)

These are the LG Big Mama-jammas!  I bought them from Sears who installed them the VERY. NEXT. DAY.  Amazeballs.

Much more suitable for a mother of 4 (make that 5) testosterone fueled, dirty, stinky, XX chromosome creatures.  It’s like I have serious street cred now.

DSCN3414Take that laundry piles!!

The only one who’s sad is the small cart I built a few months ago that doesn’t fit anymore.

DSCN3418Don’t worry my friend!  We’ll find a new use for you… maybe… probably.

And since we’re dishing about the laundry room, here is the tile sans grout.

DSCN3417A charcoal grey is what I have planned to hide any dirt that’s likely to come from what goes down in here… with all the down and dirty cleaning, Lil Wayne style.  What!!

This choice didn’t get many votes, but I think it looks fabulous!  It’s a statement, but it could also go with a bunch of styles.

I was able to get the tile cut using a Dremel sawmax.  No need to rent!!  Yay!

DSCN3317I’m not sure I would recommend this for thick tiles, but this one was really thin (and actually one big reason why I picked it) so it worked great!

I also managed to add trim to the doors and paint them a black gloss from Benjamin Moore.  More on that later.

And the threshold got some MUCH needed TLC with some left over tiles I found cleaning up the garage.


DSCN3257Again I used the Dremel to take out the old tile along the tape line…

DSCN3259Using the Ardex concrete mix, I smoothed out the front and built it out.  I don’t want anymore tiles popping off!!

Here she is now…

DSCN3416I’ve still got a few touch ups and cleaning, but so much better, huh?!

I’m making progress, but there is still a few items on the to-do list.

-A light fixture.  I’ve pretty much decided that this one just can’t be forced.  I will know when I see it.  I just can’t pull the trigger on something sight unseen.

-Art and decor.  That wall is screaming for something fun!

-Hardware for the cabinets.  I’ve purchased a few things, but again, you can’t force perfection.

-Grout.  Like, duh.

-Possibly a wood top for the washer-dryer set… of course the light switch is right in the way, so we’ll see how to work around that.

Even with a list that long, I’m still feeling so happy with how it’s all coming together!

Any great purchases you made over the holiday??

Last year, I bought a new Dyson.  Love, love, love me some Dyson!  I’m definitely becoming a Black Friday Statistic.  You’re welcome Wall Street.

Tootles for now!!  Happy Creating!  Jessica

Family Room Reveal! Kind of…

Wowah.  Yes, that just happened.  I got a bit tied up at work (the one that pays for my diy habit) and 3 weeks went by.  Just. Like. That.

And now, it’s like Thanksgiving?!?!?  Holy fill-in-the-blank.

But please don’t think that I’ve forgotten about us.  A little distance might bring us closer… or does that just work for marriages?!?  Not sure.  But either way… I’m back!  And I want to show you where I’m at in the family room update.

Remember this?   What the room looked like 6, er 10, weeks ago…

DSCN1319 FamilyWordsAnd here is what the room looks like right now!


It amazes me that a few little changes equal a totally different room.  All the big stuff stayed the same, even my mallard ducks made it back in the mix!!


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You know that I’m not a photographer, so please excuse the photos!  At least you can get an idea of what’s been cookin’ around here!

New pillows, with lots of fun tassels and bling!  New rug, photographs, and I’m most loving the versatility of the shelves!!

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Isn’t that FUN sign, well fun?!  I found that at a recent flea market trip.  She said I could always have “fun” for $10 dollars.  Who could argue with that?!


I did end up painting the tips of this woven art piece black.  It gives it a little something extra, I think.  I’m not sure I’ll keep it here, but for now it’s dressed up for the holidays!DSCN3373

If you’ve been following along, then you’ll notice there’s something missing.  Can you guess?

My vintage chairs!  Yes!!  I’m working on those so I hope to have them out very soon!

Thanks for dealing with my delays!  I want to show you the other rooms that I’ve been steadily eking out progress in…next week, perhaps?

Maybe I can get the hubs to take the photos?  He’s not too shabby with a lens =)

And (AND) we’re putting on a Harry Potter Birthday party in a few days!!  I can’t wait to get you those photos!

Happy Monday Friends!  Have a great short week!  Tootle-loo!  Jessica