Announcing: The Mystery Thrift-Off


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Guess what, guess what, guess what, guess what?

The Mystery Thrift-Off is going to happen, that’s what!

Remember a few days ago, when I was talking about how I’ve always wanted to have a contest where I find some hilariously hopeless items at the thrift-store and send them to people, and those people then dig deep in their creative wells and (attempt to) create something fabulous with their mystery item?

Well, you guys were quick with positive feedback that you’d like to see it happen too. So I’m making it happen!

I’m probably way more excited about this than any one person should be. I spent like seventeen hours making that logo up there.


I’ve never done anything quite like this before, so we’re going to have to learn as we go.  First of all, I’m going to need some participants. Are you interested in being in the inaugural Mystery Thrift-Off?  Here’s how it will work:

  • I will select several participants based on the survey below
  • I will purchase the Mystery Items from my local thrift-store, and send one to each participant. (They will most likely be relatively small, easy-to-ship items.  Sorry if you had your heart set on refinishing a 12-person dining set or something. Maybe next year).
  • Participants will have a set period of time to transform their Mystery Item (hopefully for the better)!
  • Participants will need to provide their own tools and supplies.
  • Participants are expected to photograph the makeover process as well as the final result, and share those photographs with me.
  • Participants are not required to have a blog, but must live in the USA.
  • Winner will be chosen by reader votes, across several categories

Are you up for the challenge?  Simply answer a few questions on my Mystery Thrift-Off survey to apply!

I’m not sure how many participants I will be selecting just yet.  We’ll see how it all goes.


But wait, there’s more! mystery thrift-off prizes

What’s a contest without a prize? I will of course provide a prize! But here’s an idea I also had: would you like to provide one too?

If you are an Etsy seller or small-business owner, etc., and would like to offer a prize/store credit/gift certificate for the contest, then let’s work it out! Great exposure and advertising for you and a wicked awesome batch of prizes for the participants, and everyone is happy, win-win-win.   Email me at and let’s chat.

Whew! I think that sums it up. Any questions?

I’m so excited!

Yay yay super yay!

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Things We Need To Talk About Today

Hey gang, it’s Saturday! I feel like Saturday is sort of my ‘free time,’ to blog about whatever I fancy, so I’m taking that opportunity right now. I’m calling it “Things We Need To Talk About.”

So here’s one.  I bought this new nail polish topcoat, simply because Stevie Nicks said in a magazine that it is her favorite and it makes her manicures last forever.  If it’s good enough for Stevie, it’s good enough for me. That’s what I thought anyway. But NO. It was total crap. I made a special trip to Sally just to buy this particular brand, and my nail polish still chipped off in like, five hours.  PS: It’s called Poshe and don’t buy it.


“Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.”  No, actually don’t.  You owe me $7, Stevie.


But here’s a product I do love.  (This is not at all sponsored, just so you know).

floormateIt’s the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe, and it’s my best friend.  Not really, I do have human people friends, I swear. But this is the best floor cleaner I have ever used. I’ve had it for six months now, and I sing its praises every time I use it.  I use it on my tile floors, and they even feels cleaner under my feet than before when I was just mopping. I love that it has clean and dirty tanks so I’m never using dirty water.  Anyway, it’s awesome and well worth the price, and dang, maybe I should have tried to get them to sponsor this.


Here’s another things we need to talk about. Fleek.  Have you heard this?  Apparently it’s a word. It means super good, I think.  Mostly I see it describing eyebrows, like “Girl, your eyebrows are on fleek today.” Is this hip? I don’t know. What is going on with the world?


Here’s something else. I saw this on instagram this week and it made me laugh.  It’s true.  You ARE a pink starburst, friend, and don’t you forget it!Have a great weekend! Thanks for listening to my rambling thoughts today. Oh yes, and don’t forget about the Ultimate DIY Bundle! This white hot deal is ending soon!

An entire library of DIY ebooks for peanuts! Peanut’s I say!

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Ultimate DIY Bundle – hot deal alert!

Friends, much like lettuce in your teeth, if I knew about a deal-of-a-lifetime happening, you would want me to tell you, right?  I would want YOU to tell ME!

Well, I have some info about a deal-of-a-lifetime.  It’s good, really good.

If you like DIY and know how to read, then hold on to your shorts, because this deal is for you.

I’m talking about The Ultimate DIY Bundle, an INSTANT library’s worth of everything DIY.

Ebooks. ECourses. Workshops. Bonuses. Special gifts.

It’s basically the very best of the best of the world of downloadable DIY, straight from all talented bloggers you know and love, rounded up and bundled together for you. This bundle contains 76 eBooks and is worth $1,200!


But here’s the best part, I get to share it with you for the ridiculously low price of $34.95!

Take a look at just some of what you will get, instantly:


ULTIMATE diy bundle

That’s 76 eBooks and eCourses carefully curated from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers in one easy-to-download bundle.  That’s the beauty of eBooks.  Try fitting 76 regular books in your purse. No, don’t, you’ll rip your purse.

I’ve included a full list at the end of this post, but topics include

  • Home Decor
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Home/Garden
  • Holiday & Seasonal
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sewing
  • Starting a Business

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

  • A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 value)
  • A free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 value)
  • free $15 store credit to
  • free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 value)


But you have to hurry! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

This amazing deal ends in just…


I truly have never seen such a crazy good deal, so snag a copy for yourself before time runs out, and don’t forget to tell a friend.


Here is a full list of the eBooks:


Holidays & Seasonal

Home & Garden

Home Decor


Scrapbooking & Art Journaling


The Business of DIY





Disclosure: These links are affiliate links, meaning I will earn a small commission from your purchase. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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Wrapping it Up: 2014 in review

Ahh, yes. Welcome to that weirdo week between Christmas and New Year’s.  There should be an official name for this time of year.  It’s so strange.  You’re coming down from a Christmastime high and kinda bummed out, but at least New Year’s gives you something to look forward to, but not really, because everyone knows New Year’s is the lamest holiday of all.  These are all my feelings anyway, perhaps yours are different. My experience with New Year’s is that you basically sit at home and watch people on TV having fun.

However, I AM trying to institute a new tradition with my family this year: a lip-sync battle! If you’re a fan of Jimmy Fallon, you know how it works. It’s my dream to battle him someday, so I need all the practice I can get.  I’ve already picked my song: California Luv. I can do both Tupac and Dr. Dre’s parts, so I’m prettttty sure I have this victory clinched.

Anyway, enough about me, how was YOUR Christmas/Holiday Season? I hope it was wild and wonderful and you got everything you wished for, and you didn’t get what you think is the beginning stages of bronchitis, but ENOUGH ABOUT ME.

This week I’ll be wrapping up 2014 with highlights of my favorite posts from each month.  It was a good year.  I’m sad to see it gone so quickly.

Let’s start with JANUARY! (Yes Lindsey. Of course we start with January).

We welcomed the arrival of our sweet baby boy and also enjoyed this fabulous porch/exterior makeover from Lindsey & Drew.

porch exterior makeover | porch exterior makover |

From afar it looks pretty nice, but get cloooooser …

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Cloooooooserrrr!paneled porch ceiling  |


Almost a year later and I still want to be a squatter on this porch.  Beautiful.


FEBRUARY I had baby boys on the brain and fell in love with this nautical nursery makeover from Kim.

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Love the touches of red on the closet door panels.

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Nautcial nursery makeover after   |

The corner curtain rod makes great use of what could have been just an awkward space. Now it looks like an architectural asset. PS: That chair is painted!


MARCH was a great month, too many incredible projects to choose from. But this gold stenciled bedroom makeover from Pam really stuck in my brain. It went from so basic and plain to a stunning sophisticate.

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gold stenciled bedroom makeover  |

I’m also a sucker for gold and white and ostrich.

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gold bedroom nook makeover with chair and console |

She’s a classy dame, this one.


That wraps up today, come back tomorrow for more highlights from 2014! Did you have a favorite from this year?  Can you believe it’s almost over??

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