Rustic Wood Box Tutorial

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These are pretty common and I'm sure you must have seen a dozen tutorials.  But wood boxes are incredibly handy to have for decorating, so I'm going to teach you how to build one so I can refer back to it later.  Also I will teach you how to make it look old and rustic using some special techniques.  But if you want to try making this, please read through the entire tutorial before starting because there is some day ahead prep that needs to be … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint Off Wood

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There are varying ways of stripping paint off wood.  Or rather, there are varying products.  But I have only used one, and that is because it is safe.  I wouldn't mind using Klean Strip and getting in with the chemicals, but I work in close quarters with my kids and I wanted to use something that wouldn't put out toxic fumes or could possibly cause injury if the kid touched it.  I may give Klean Strip a try in the future.  But for now, I use … [Read more...]

20 DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids

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If you're like me, your kids have had their costumes for awhile.  We love Halloween and just can't wait.  And also, I will admit that I rarely actually make my kids costumes (the horror!) I know, you would think that since I'm the creative DIY type, this would totally be something I would do.  But for some reason, by the time Halloween rolls around, I am just way too busy to get around to making costumes.  I have made or assembled costumes in the … [Read more...]

How to Detail Your Car Yourself

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I drive a minivan.  I have three little kids.  You might think that I have an exceptionally clean car.  Or you might instantly realize that THAT combination equals a very messy car, most of the time.  They don't really eat that much in the car, but even one time of having a bag of fishy crackers is crumbs everywhere.  And of course they always take a sippy cup and then it inevitably rolls somewhere under a seat where it is instantly … [Read more...]

Pinners Conference!

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We all love Pinterest, right?  Like obsessed with Pinterest?  Even bloggers like me, who you might think are filled with original ideas, still love to browse on Pinterest for inspiration.  I'll just say it--it's pretty much the greatest thing ever invented. So why not attend the Pinners Conference?  It's held in Utah on November 7th and 8th at the South Towne Expo Center (in Sandy.)  It's filled with classes from tons of your favorite … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Pumpkins

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These rustic wood pumpkins are simple and classic.   I love this decor for autumn and Halloween. If you aren't comfortable with saws, you could have the home improvement store cut it for you, right while you're picking up your 4x4.  I love 4x4 wood...it's so versatile for crafting.  I actually found my 4x4 in my parents' garage and I took it home and just cut it up with my gorgeous miter saw. What you need: 4x4 wood Decoart … [Read more...]

DIY Soundbar Mount

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So it's a pretty common thing for men to love technology.  However, I need to admit that I'm also a fan.  But in my family, my husband is THE tech guy.  Like in all my family, which is extensive.  Anytime anyone needs to buy a new computer or TV or something, they ask him first.  And my husband loves his toys, so for his dental school graduation gift, I bought him his dream TV (at least the one that was reasonable to buy.)  And I have to say, it … [Read more...]

Painted Fold Down Desk

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School starts in nearly just two weeks.  I can't believe it!  I'm also excited, but the other day I realized that this means I'm going to have to be organized again.  Organization is something I am capable of, but it is not my strong suit.  Especially when it comes to helping my son get all his homework done and turned in.  He's only going to be in first grade, but there's so many little different things they have to do in school--spelling, … [Read more...]