3 Ways to Improve Your DSLR Photography

I learned a few things right off the bat in my time with Loretta. (That's my camera's name, after Loretta Lynn.) I thought I'd share, so you can enter into DSLR World with a head full of knowledge! It can be rough, turning on the camera for the first ...more

13 Ways to Make Halloween Decorating Cheaper

For some people, it’s all about the candy. For others, the costumes. I love Halloween decorations. Why? They’re fun. They’re kitschy. They make me feel like a little kid all over again. That’s why pumpkins have already shown up on my porch, I’ve ...more

Make These Adorable Kids' Costumes (and Save a Ton!)

I'm a crafty girl, so of course, I always make my kids' Halloween costumes. But even if you don't have a crafty bone in your body, I know you can make a costume this year (or at least vow not to spend an ungodly amount of money on a crummy costume at ...more

How to Create a Vintage Jewelry Wreath

Have you ever wondered what to do with old costume jewelry? Or seen vintage jewelry at an estate sale or antique store and wished you had an occasion to make good use of it? Sarah Ives, Designer at Upscale Downhome has designed a welcoming wreath ...more

How I Finally De-Cluttered Every Room in the House

My life/stuff was driving me crazy. CRAZY! So I took care of it, and made my life and home a whole lot more functional and organized. Each area I organized taught me an important organizational lesson that I needed to have under my belt before ...more

5 Easy and Fun Last-Minute Halloween Crafts

I know people who start their Halloween crafts in September. I applaud their obviously superior organization skills, because that is so not the way things roll for me. The way it works in my house: I look at the calendar, realize Halloween is a few days away, and then I say, "GAH!" So here's a list of crafts for the BlogHers like me out there who need fun Halloween crafts they can whip together quickly. ...more

How to Make a Haunted Halloween Playhouse for Kids

I love taking Halloween to the next level, and I love taking my kids along for the ride. I'm not saying I came up with the original idea of spray-painting an old playhouse to transform it into a spooky house—but I am saying that I added a few new funky spins on this Halloween classic I am pretty smitten with. Oh yeah, and the mini Halloween lovers in my house love it, too. ...more
SimpleCheapMom Even if you just throw some spider webs on there and add a few pumpkins it makes ...more

5 Easy Ways to Decorate Pumpkins This Fall

I love walking through my neighbourhood and checking out the fall decorations. I will always have a fondness for the traditional Jack-o'-lanterns I see perched on people's front steps, but I've never been a very good pumpkin carver. Luckily, pretty decorated pumpkins are completely within in my reach. I've seen some stunning decorated pumpkins online and what continues to surprise me is how easy they are to make. Here are five easy and pretty ways to decorate pumpkins. No-Mess Sprinkle Pumpkins...more
Julie Ross Godar So adorable. I really love that she used white pumpkins for them. I seem to ...more

Weekend Photo Hunt (Funny-Work Tool)

Wouldn't it be funny to see a mouse knitting. So I decided it would be fun to have anther give away....more

5 Easy and Fun Last-Minute Halloween Crafts

I know people who start their Halloween crafts in September. I applaud their obviously superior organization skills, because that is so not the way things roll for me. The way it works in my house: I look at the calendar, realize Halloween is a few days away, and then I say, "GAH!" So here's a list of crafts for the BlogHers like me out there who need fun Halloween crafts they can whip together quickly. ...more

Staircase Remodel

 From carpet to wood treads, we are finally here to talk about our staircase remodel!...more

craft paper punch storage

i combed the interwebs for some sort of a paper punch storage and i came up empty. i found nothing i was very fond of. nothing i was willing to do. i did not want my craft punches out in the open on a shelf or something. i wanted them put away, but very accessible and usable. i moved a few things around in my little IKEA (helmer) drawer carts (mainly i got rid of junk and consolidated a few drawers) and came up with four empty drawers....more

Our Homestead Dream

My partner Steph and I have a dream: to develop a small, off-grid homestead and become more self-sufficient by farming our own food and producing our own power with solar, wind, and geothermal technologies.This dream comes from a desire to live more in tune with nature, to regain a lost connection to the food we eat, and to ensure that we are able to provide for ourselves, in the event of an emergency or disaster situation, should traditional food and power distribution systems be disrupted....more

DECORATING WITH SIDEWALK FINDS!

Who doesn't love a freebie?!  The super frugal part of me loves salvaging, recycling, or restoring  items left on the sidewalk for dumpster doomsday.   I do have standards - "ix-nay" on cruddy couches, old mattresses, and the mounds of cheesy stuff.  Ew.  But, oh boy, my enthusiasm goes through the roof whenever I come across anything that has loads of potential and boasts good quality. Honestly, I can't believe some of the stuff folks toss to the curb!   Yes...I guess you can call me a "curbside shopper."  ...more

Finding a Chair for my Giant Toddler

So even though Jack was born prematurely, he’s pretty much a giant. He won’t be three until mid-February, but he is already 38” tall (the 93 percentile for height).He’s a big kid. But with me at 5’7” and my husband at 6’4”… well, we kind of expected a giant child.As most kids do, we started out with a highchair. This one to be exact. Here’s a picture from Jack’s 1 year birthday… wow, my hair is really dark. And I was 10 – 15 pounds heavier....more

Fireflies!

Fireflies using left over plastic Easter eggs   These little critters are by far the nicest - littlest - sweetest things we have made, and when their bums light up… well that just brings squeals of happiness!! You just have to try make some of these! ...more

How to make a stay-at-home mom costume

Halloween is almost here. You might have your kids’ outfits picked out, and maybe you don’t yet. Don’t worry momma, you’ll figure something out and the world will keep on turning.But what about you? Do you have a costume picked out yet? ...more
BNadyn Oh my goodness, that is a fantastic idea!more