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


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


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

potato museum

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


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

Milo’s Harry Potter Party, Part 1: Food + Decor


I was planning to do just one big party post, but somewhere around the time I was editing photo number 33, I decided breaking it into two posts was a little more reasonable. Plus it’s not like we had time to do any other big projects this weekend anyway. So first up I’ll talk about the set up–all the decorations … Continue reading

Our Newly Hale Navy Dining Room Table and the Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer


Thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post! I’ve told this story before: how I spent a long time researching paint sprayers, got overwhelmed by all the information and choices, and then went to the Ace down the street and grabbed the first paint sprayer we saw in our price range. This turned out to be the HomeRight Medium Duty Paint … Continue reading

DIY Harry Potter Wands

Tutorial to make these diy wands for your Harry Potter party

post contains affiliate links This weekend Milo is having a very belated birthday party (his actual birthday was back in May, but we waited until now for the party for assorted reasons too boring to get into). He just turned eleven so, naturally, he’s having a Harry Potter party. Next week I’ll be back with a full recap of the … Continue reading