even more hostess gifts, all $30 and under!

I have parties on the brain, I think! I find myself looking for hostess gifts all the time lately, so I thought I’d share some more suggestions with you. None of these are affiliate links. In fact, several are items I already own or plan on giving as gifts. I’ve already purchased a Virginia cutting […]

making art more personal and fun

Over the years I’ve added a lot of fun and wacky art to our home. I’ll frame pretty much anything if it brings me joy! Much of my art, including the pieces pictured below, comes from one of my favorite charities, Art Enables. The marvelous people who run this nonprofit help developmentally-disabled adults create and […]

easy and inexpensive fall decorations

Happy Fall! I finished decorating the front door this week, and the seasonal look makes it feel so festive! I thought it might be helpful to share some quick, easy, and cheap decorating tips I’ve learned over the years. 1. Spray paint plastic plant pots I bought the mums from Home Depot and painted some […]

decorating a stairwell landing

The landing on our stairwell was a blank slate, so I decided to mix it up a bit! And here are the before and after pics from this easy project. We already owned most of this art, which made this a cheap project! Much of it was hanging further down the staircase, and I’d wanted […]

DIY pantry door with chicken wire

When we bought our house, the pantry door was heavy, solid wood. The pantry is tiny and inevitably messy and has no interior light. The electrician said it would be tough to wire electricity to the pantry–I forget why–so I wanted to find other ways of letting light in. And then one of the kids […]

from photo to painting

Every once in a while you snap a picture that is just awesome, right? Among the thousands of candid shots on my phone there are a handful of really great ones. The picture below is one of those. In August 2019 we were on vacation with all four kids when I snapped a pic of […]


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