July 4th and So Forth

Happy (almost) Independence Day America! Wow, how old does that make you, 238, 239? You’re really getting up there in years old girl! Here, take a seat before those knees give out.


patriotic chair before copy


patriotic chair after copyFrom Michelle at Green Acres Hobby Farm.


Oh, I’m just kidding. You’ve still got a lot of spring in that step! Why, you’re practically a teenager compared to the rest of the world. Now let’s have some cake. But first, this cake plate needs a little spanglin':


patriotic cake stand before

patriotic cake standFrom Mary Lou at House of Whimsy.



I wanted to show you a lot more fabulous American stuff, but these fireworks aren’t going to light themselves, so here is one more chair.

patriotic folding chair before

patriotic folding chair afterFrom Wendi at H20 Bungalow

And a Happy Fourth of July to you! Thanks for being the land that I love.

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A Must See Makeover

In a world …. where boring houses were the norm … one house refused to blend in.

This summer … see the heartwarming makeover … that has critics raving …

Starring Yellow Accents and New Landscaping, and featuring newcomer Cement Block Fence in his breakout role …

based on a true story …

don’t miss …




1958 Home Exterior Before copy

1958 Home Exterior

“An instant classic!” – me

“Fun for the whole family!” – me

“An exhilarating ride from start to finish!” – me


And next summer … from the producer’s of Gwen’s House comes the sequel …


1958 Home Kitchen Before1

1958 Home Kitchen Before


1958 Home Kitchen

“A must see!” – everyone

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I’m not looking at the man in mirror.

Have you ever looked at a piece of furniture that was clearly beyond your DIYing capabilities and felt sad because you liked it, but there was no way you could say, rebuild a mirror frame a cut a mirror exactly to fit and so why try?

Stop it girlfriend. (Or boyfriend).  You can handle this!

coral two tone dresser bef copy


coral two tone dresser mak copy


Gilly at Colour Saturated Life forgoed (forwent? How does that word go?) the mirror altogether and simplified this little dresser, and I daresay it looks even better than it probably did its mirrored glory-days.

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Off-Base to On-Board

Shelley was openly weeping in her kitchen one day, bemoaning the state of her cabinets.

“White! I want white cabinets!” she wailed.

Her husband approached her warily. “I hate to be Captain Obvious here, but we, uh, actually HAVE white cabinets.”

Shelley raised her tear-stained face and narrowed her eyes into slits. “No,” she hissed. “You’re wrong. Can’t you see? We have … OFF-WHITE cabinets!!!”

And once Shelley had painted her off-white cabinets white, her husband saw the error of his foolish ways.



Of course, once she painted the cabinets white, the beige-y backsplash had to get a makeover too, and she also decided that she would incorporate more of the countertop color by doing gray paint on the bottom, and I made most of this story up, but I’m sure it probably happened pretty much just like that.

See more on her blog Custom Slipcovers by Shelley.


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