How to Care for Cut Flowers

how to care for cut flowers

Spring is here finally, and the flowers are blooming everywhere.  If you wanted to bring some spring inside, you might want to cut some of your flowers and put them in a vase.  Or maybe you are in the habit of buying flowers every so often at the store so bring some life and color to your house.  Or maybe your sweetie brought you some flowers just because! Either way, you want to get the most out of those beautiful blooms.  What?  Take care of … [Read more...]

Pinwheel Pillow Tutorial

pinwheel applique pillow

This post originally appeared on the Riley Blake Designs Blog, Cutting Corners College. Pinwheels are the epitome of summer, aren't they?  And they are such an easy quilter's staple.  Even if you've never quilted before, you can make pinwheels without needing advanced sewing skills.  Check out this Pinwheel Pillow Tutorial! Here's What You Need: From Riley Blake's Unforgettable Collection -Main in Brown, 5x5 square -Hexi Pink, 5x5 … [Read more...]

DIY Reclaimed Wood Mirror

Reclaimed Wood Mirror

I got a new baby.  His name is DeWalt and he is a 10" compound sliding double bevel miter saw.  I have been wanting one of these things forever, but last year at SNAP! I met Ana White and she said that a miter saw is something you should save up to get the best one you can.  So I planned on buying one once we moved into our new house, but I was running out of ideas for projects.  I finally told my husband, "I'm going to just buy it.  I could do … [Read more...]

5 Minute Blackout Curtains

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Well Daylight Savings is back, and that means the sun is rising earlier and setting later (in case you've been living under a rock and didn't know that.)  If your kids are like mine, that means they get to stay up later and get up early--right??  No.  That's not so much okay with me.  My kids go to bed pretty early, around 7:30.  We've tried having them stay up later and they still wake up early and are extra cranky.  So the early bedtime has … [Read more...]

White Kitchens


In case you didn't know yet, we are now in the process of building a house.  We found the lot and have met with the architect about custom designs.  Since we are going with a builder's design, we won't be doing a completely custom house.  So the next step is meeting with their Design Center to make all the decisions about interiors and exteriors. I've known what I want in a kitchen for a long time.  I know this might be the big trend lately, … [Read more...]

10 Simple Valentine Decorations


Valentine's Day is a weird holiday for's always determined by how the new year is going.  Sometimes I get lucky and don't get sick and am not super busy.  And then there's this year.  Last year I had a nice little Valentine's setup and decorations.  But this year, I'm thinking nothing will happen until February 14th.  However, if I do get a moment, I might make one of these super cute and very simple Valentine decorations. 1. … [Read more...]

Make the Best of Your Space

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In my nearly eight years of marriage, my husband and I have never owned our own home.  At the risk of sounding ungrateful, first let me clarify that I know owning a home isn't something everyone gets to do in their life, and I am grateful I have always had a place to live.  On that note, I am getting tired of always waiting. I know that many things will be different once I do own a house (which will hopefully be by the end of this year.)  But … [Read more...]

Baldwin Hardware $10,000 Giveaway!

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One of my favorite home things is hardware.  It's like house candy.  It's my favorite part of finishing a piece of furniture, and since I'm planning my future house, I've been keeping my eye out for which kinds of hardware I like.  But it's kind of overwhelming--especially for my new house.  It feels like such a big decision!  Do I get satin nickel or oil-rubbed bronze?  Do I prefer a classic style or a more modern style?  As much as I think … [Read more...]