More Basement Rambling and A Terrier

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We spent much of the weekend cleaning out the future movie/game room and working on the floors, and I will show the finished floor to you later this week. Along with an exciting story about an encounter with wildlife. Teaser! But for now what I have is pictures of our new foster dog and more rambling about basement plans. So … Continue reading

Mirror Gallery Wall in the Master Bath

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See that blue wall reflected in the mirrors up there? You weren’t supposed to see that. We have the paint for the wall opposite the mirrors, and we fully intended to have it all done for this post. But then Dave managed to pull a tendon or something in his hip, an injury that Google tells me is most common … Continue reading

Fall in Love: Basement Movie/Game Room

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  This is pretty exciting, right? I and those seventeen other bloggers up there are all going to be doing room makeovers of spaces in our houses that are currently hard to love. We’ll talk about them and share progress over the next six weeks and then all the big reveals will be coming to you the week of November … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Vanity Light Update (Plus Black Paint Reveal)

Quick and easy update for a builder grade vanity light fixture

Bam! Four posts in one week! Just like old times. Pre-toddler times, that is. Above the big old messed up builder grade mirror in our master bathroom hung this not so messed up chrome vanity light: I actually kind of like the shape of it….it has some art deco-esque kind of waviness going on at the edges that sets it … Continue reading

A Birthday Wooden Shark with the Dremel Micro 8050

How to make a big wooden shark and add details like teeth and gills with a Dremel

  When I was a kid, my favorite toys to play with were Fisher Price Little People. Not those chunky ones they have now; the real ones:  the ones you can choke on. I don’t remember much about actually playing with the Little People. What I remember is the part that came before that, where my brother and I would … Continue reading

Spooky Wedding Great Expectations Halloween Display

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I have SO MANY posts for you this week. Relatively speaking. There’s going to be another sponsored post , and I don’t like to do two in one week (even though I work hard on the sponsored posts and only do ones that I feel are a good fit for the blog and blah, blah, blah), but some last minute … Continue reading

How to Have a Pretty Sofa While Also Having Dogs, Cats, and Kids

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Thanks to Havertys for sponsoring this post! For a long time, we’ve regarded sofas as more or less disposable. It seemed impossible to keep them in decent shape for any length of time, between kids spilling stuff, cats scratching, and dogs….smelling like dogs–so we spent many years picking up super cheap sofas on Craigslist or at thrift stores and then … Continue reading

DIY Miss Havisham Wedding Cake

DIY Miss Havisham Wedding Cake

post contains affiliate links “What do you think that is?” she asked me, again pointing with her stick; “that, where those cobwebs are?” “I can’t guess what it is, ma’am.” “It’s a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine!” –Great Expectations, Chap. 11   I asked the kids awhile back what theme they wanted this year for our Halloween decorations, and they … Continue reading

The Big Cross Country Road Trip…..2017

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So there are good things and bad things about being a teacher. And lately, for Dave, the good and the bad have been having a mighty struggle to see which comes out on top. For a couple of years, he was feeling pretty well over it. Long story short: let’s just say that resumes were sent. The parts of his … Continue reading

Milo’s Harry Potter Party, Part 2: Games and All That

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In case you missed it, here’s the post where I talk about decorations and food. Okay, so the house was all Harry Potter-ified, the cupcakes were made, and still we needed to DO stuff at the actual party. It never ends–the party planning! But Milo is pretty great, so I didn’t mind. Too much. Things started off with a bang … Continue reading