December 31, 2017

• BLOG • Most Viewed 2017

Happy Almost 2018!
The years seem to go by faster and faster don't they?
I am going to end 2017 and ring in 2018 with a look at the most viewed posts....considering I didn't post on a regular basis, I only have 3 to share. So lets get started!

First post with the most views...
History of Tobacco Baskets + Tips

Number Two...
Laundry Redo for Under $200

and final post with the most views...
D.I.Y. Tulip Crate

Please be careful if you're traveling or just venturing out locally. See you next year 🤗

November 19, 2017

• HOUSE & HOME • Five Beautiful Small Bedroom Ideas & Inspiration

What do you do with a small bedroom? That is the million dollar question!

Our guest bedroom (which is in use and will be for awhile more) is small. The problem is the daybed just isn't working for long term residence. Especially when the person occupying the room doesn't have space to stretch out just on the daybed alone, so the trundle stays up all the time. And believe me when I tell you that this room is NOT made for a king size bed.

**The room measures 10 feet 6 inches by 9 feet 9 inches, the 10' wall has a single window centered, the other 10' wall has the bedroom door which sits at an odd angle + a double door closet!**

As you can see above this is a small room. My plan is to have a queen bed, a dresser that will also double as an entertainment stand, and a night stand (or 2), but one(s) that still provides a pretty good amount of storage.

Here are 5 small bedroom ideas...

I think I have fallen in love with this one, #1
via House Beautiful

This one from Mellisa @ The Inspired Room is great also, #2

How about this one from Addicted 2 Decorating #3

 Although our room isn't this small and the bed would have to be bigger, I still adore this one @ The Lettered Cottage #4

This one is wonderful, too. Don't you think? Vintage American Home #5

Boy, the more I look at these pictures the more I'm drawn to #1 and #5. They just seem so comfy, and wow I love them.

So, which one is your favorite?


August 21, 2017

• PROJECTS • How to Build a Kitchen Island

This post was originally posted on my old blog ''. -----> Hey there! After DH and I finished redoing the kitchen, found | HERE | I decided that I needed an island for a little extra storage and counter space. Because my kitchen is not very wide the island needed to be narrow, yet still be able to hold the garbage can.  The first thing I did was some research to see what I liked about certain islands that were available.

Some were too large, like this one found | HERE | from 'Shades of Blue Interiors', but the hidden trash can and open shelving were spot on. Or what about this one found | HERE | from 'I Should be Mopping the Floor' a little to big, and can't be moved if need be. . . but I love the look.

After looking a hundreds of pictures on Pinterest. I decided that I would like one similar to the island from Shades of Blue Interiors, but made for my small area. Here is what was drawn up.

Thankfully some of the materials needed we already had on hand.Like the wood used for the top was the leaf for our kitchen table and was almost the perfect size...DH cut about 4 inches total off the whole thing.Plus our original garbage can was to big for the island so we bought this one found | HERE |.

This a fairly easy project to put together.  The hardest part was making sure the drawer slides were level and high enough to store a box of garbage bags underneath, but allow for free unobstructed movement.

This island has come in so handy since we finished it.

On the shelf I placed two baskets.  One holds my bundt pan and a few attachments for my rotisserie, the other holds loaves of bread and buns.

The door for the garbage can. I placed a black knob on it. I was hoping to find a different on by now but I just can't seem to find one I like. The rooster is the only item that sits on the island,  it makes it easier and quicker when I need to clean it off.

I'm trying to find the step by step plans we drew up...when found I will provide a link to download them. However the drawing above will help with the over all dimensions.


  • 2 - 2x2x4 oak - $6.00 a pc
  • 2 - 4'x8'x3/4" mdf - $32.00
  • 2 - 3/4"x8' decorative moulding - $4.00 each
  • 1 - 1"x30" piano hinge - $6.00
  • 2 - baskets - $7.00 each 
  • 5 - 2.5"x 1.5" sofa table leg - $3.00 each (the fifth one is used in the center to add some support)
  • paint - free
  • stain - free
  • wood glue - free
  • wood screws - free
  • knob - free
  • drawer slides - free
  • island top  - free
  • finishing nails - free
TOTAL: under $120.00 

Hope you enjoyed a look at our island. 

Thank you kindly for visiting,
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      July 17, 2017

      • PROJECTS • DIY Tulip Crate

      This post was originally posted on my old blog ''. -----> Every since I saw the use of a Tulip crate on HGTV Fixer Upper I've wanted one. However I haven't really been in the mood to buy much for the house over the past year. Weird, huh?
      There is a reason for this mood. When I started cleaning and organizing the house over a year ago I made the decision that I would not buy anything else until I was finished, mainly because I have a tendency to buy something I love in the store, only to get it home and not use it!  Making something is different, one you have to know exactly where you're going to use it, and two it's cheaper.

      After thinking a long time about it, I finally drew up what I wanted, checked to make sure we had the wood (thank god DH hangs on to wood scraps), made a trip to the home improvement store to buy the mesh and asked DH (who was making something else for me) if he would cut the pieces I needed.

      This is such an easy project and very inexpensive, too.

      circular saw
      nail gun
      wood glue (optional)
      stain or paint
      wire mesh ( $14.00 for a roll 24" x  6')
      gloves to protect hands when cutting and mounting mesh
      metal shears
      staple gun
      3 - paint sticks

      Out of a left over piece of wood,  cut:

      2 - 1 x 2" x 24"
      2 - 1 x 2" x 12"
      4 -  1 x 1" x 4"

      I compromised when it came to the strips for the bottom, DH didn't have anything thin enough to use, BUT we do have a ton of wood paint sticks, which when cut worked out perfectly.
      3 - paint sticks cut to 13.5"

      Sand all pieces
      Stain: I prefer to stain all the pieces before assembling.
      Sand again to age
      Then stencil or paint on sides, like in the image below.  I did not do this to mine, for right now I like it without.

      Magnolia Market 
      1.  Attach 1 - 12" board to the inside edge of 1 - 24' board
      2. Attach the 2nd - 12' board to the inside edge of the same 24" board
      3. Then attach the 2nd - 24" to make a rectangle
      4. Measure and cut mesh down to size, then attach to the bottom of the rectangle with staple gun.
      5. Attach paint sticks to bottom after mesh is in place, be careful when attaching or they will crack.
      6. Flip box over and attach 4" wood strips inside each of the four corners, making sure they are flush with the bottom.

      Once finished, find the perfect spot for it, then sit back and admire your work!

      Thank you kindly for visiting,

      July 10, 2017

      • HOUSE & HOME • The Guest Room

        Hello! Well, here it is already July. I am actually in the process of redecorating this room . . . again! However, I have had this post partially finished for well over a year and I figured I would just go ahead with this reveal, so please forgive the photos

      Actually this room has been decorated several times over the past 8 years and although I really liked the look, I decided I would go back to a queen size bed, instead of the daybed with a trundle.

      I have never really been a yellow person. Touches of yellow here and there, especially flowers, but to decorate a room around a shade of yellow and grey was a surprise to even me. However, when I saw these curtains at The Christmas Tree Shoppe (no affiliation) I feel in love with them and bought 2 pairs.

      I painted the walls gray and went to work putting this room together on a budget and using what I could find around my home.

      I have had this metal star for some years hanging here and there throughout my home. I decided to hang it on one side of the window in this room . . .

      on the other side of the window I hung a photo of a well that I found in a decorating book many years ago.

      The table is a teak wood tea table my parents bought while stationed over seas.

      I crocheted the throw and made the pillow and the shams from the second pair of curtains.

      On the other side of the room I hung two candle sconces and placed yellow candles in them.

       These photos do not do the room justice. But I really liked the way it turned out.

      metal star & well photo - already owned
      lamp + clock + books - already owned
      tea table used as nightstand - already owned
      mirror + metal scrolls -already owned
      daybed + trundle - given 
      twin mattress - free
      twin mattress -$229.00
      floral curtains, 2 pairs - $16.99 each set
      twin quilt set - $19.99

      "Pin it" and/or follow Pinterest bedroom board ( here )

      June 26, 2017

      • RECIPES • Simple, Patriotic Desserts (in a glass)

      With Independence Day right around the corner, I figured it would be a great time to post these cute little patriotic desserts
      The ingredients are easy to find, plus they are simple and quick to make. Now who can pass that kind of dessert up?


      prep time: cook time: total time:


      • strawberries
      • blueberries
      • raspberries (I couldn't find any descent looking raspberries at the store)
      • whipped topping
      • individual sponge cakes (store bought or homemade)
      • small glasses


      How to cook SIMPLE PATRIOTIC DESSERT(in a cup)

      1. 1. Prepare blueberries by rinsing well. Once rinsed place in bowl with a dusting of sugar, set aside or refrigerate over night.
      2. 2. Rinse, hull and slice strawberries, place in bowl with a dusting of sugar, set aside or refrigerate overnight.
      3. 3. Place individual sponge cakes in the bottom of glass
      4. 4. Add a good size scoop of your favorite berry, including the juice. *I love the fact that these little desserts can be personalized for those that do not like blueberries, or are either allergic to or do not like strawberries.*
      5. 5. Add the whip cream then top with either red or blue berries to give it that patriotic feel and eat them up.
      Created using The Recipes Generator

      How is that for quick, easy and personalized to each individuals taste.

      Like it? Pin it!
      Find patriotic + other holiday recipe ideas on my Pinterest board ( found here )

      June 12, 2017

      • HOUSE & HOME • The Laundry Room

        In 2014 I posted my laundry area (actual it's a closet) reveal.
      Although I liked it I soon became tired of the color and the fact that I was constantly putting things back in the baskets they belonged in.

      For some reason the men in my house can place their tools back in the proper place . . .

      BUT, putting the laundry detergent or whatever they used back in the labeled basket was an impossible task. Eventually I got tired of either reminding them where whatever they used went or putting it back myself.  As the months went by it soon became clear that this just wasn't going to work and I needed to go back to the drawing board.

      Some inspiration:

      I had decided that I wanted to use wallpaper and it was about this time that I won an $100 gift card from Wayfair (I'm receiving NO compensation from Wayfair for mentioning them in this post.).  After comparing different patterns and colors; I decided on this:

      Aurora Regal Damask 3D Embossed Wallpaper

      Just a few of the things I needed/wanted in there:
      -a rod for hanging clothes
      -a cabinet for storing everything from extra laundry detergent to light bulbs.
      -a few shelves for decorative items
      -a canister to hold laundry detergent for easy reach
      -something to store paper towels and cleaning towels in
      -place to hang ironing board,  broom, mop and the towel used to wipe our fur babies feet when it is rainy/muddy outside.

      I knew I wanted to keep the laundry sign I made for the first redo.

      This is such a hard area to photograph. . .but I just love the way it has turned out 😊

      Don't forget to "Pin It" and/or follow my PINTEREST Laundry Room board

                                                                                          TOTAL COST: $181.70

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