You may be a proficient handywoman, or maybe you're ready to start dabbling in DIY, or perhaps you just want to be able to hang some pictures on the wall without someone else's help. Any way you slice it, if you're reading this, chances are your toolbox is a little lacking. But stepping into any hardware store can be overwhelming with all the metal bits, and wooden thingies and plastic junk. Thankfully, for most any work you'll be taking on yourself, a small simple collection of tools and a bit of basic know-how will be more than adequate.
I don't know about you, but there never seems to be enough space in my kitchen. I live on one floor of a two-family house, and since it's a rental, nothing is to my specifications. Of course, I understand that it's a part of being a renter, but at times it is so frustrating! Even more so now that I'm home with my son full-time and I have to prepare three meals a day.Continue Reading >
My home doesn't have a basement or even a dedicated playroom, so my toddler's toys are usually scattered all over our apartment by the end of the day, which at first was quite overwhelming. Some time before his first birthday, we got tired of our living room looking like a toy store and we were forced to come up with a plan of action for getting it back under control. The first thing we did was purge--we stored away anything he was too old for and trashed anything that was broken or otherwise non-functioning. Then we designated storage areas for what remained.
For us, that means that one of the decorative baskets in our living room now belongs to our son, and between naps and overnight, everything goes in and it gets tucked away in its proper place. Anything that doesn't fit in that basket gets stored in his room at the end of the day and our living room is restored to its former glory.Continue Reading >
Whether you spend all day in your home or arrive sometime in the evening ready to crash, home is a place we all rely on for comfort. But sometimes hectic schedules and higher priorities can keep us from making our homes into the havens we dream of. The thing is, it doesn't have to take a lot of effort (or money) to make your home a peaceful place that brings you joy and satisfaction--and that goes for every type of home, from teensy studios to massive McMansions. Here are seven things you can do to make your home a happier place to be:Continue Reading >
I'm no good when it comes to crafts, but this year I've convinced myself that has to change. Since I'll never get better at it if I don't start practicing, I'm planning on working on a cute and easy centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table.Continue Reading >
I might as well come out and say that I'm not a very big Halloween person--partly because it always comes up too fast and I never have enough time to properly prepare a costume (seriously, didn't October JUST start?!), but mostly because I'm a scaredy cat who hates all things bloody and gory.
So just imagine my horror when I came across this super gruesome Halloween display, which features dolls that look like babies set up to seem as if they are undergoing various forms of torture. To give you some examples, one baby doll is chained to a chair with its mouth covered with tape. Another has a small doll emerging from a bloody wound in its belly like an alien.
Basically, the whole thing--which you can catch a glimpse of after the jump--is more than enough to freak me the hell out.Continue Reading >
It's been awhile since I completed a DIY home project and I'm getting the itch. There are just so many fun decor items that can be made in a short amount of time using very few materials.Continue Reading >
I'm having a moment with contact paper. You know the self-adhesive paper that is meant to line shelves or drawers. Really, it can be used for so much more. So far I've covered my kitchen cabinet doors in a chalkboard version so that my kids can have fun and so that I can too and I've also decorated my new washing machine with it and it looks adorable.Continue Reading >
I have to say that I did not grow up using manteles. In fact, I grew up with a kind of bias that tablecloths were sort of old-fashioned and dated. Keep in mind that I grew up in the 80s when glass tables were all the rage, so maybe my mom didn't want to cover up all that transparent glory with fabric or oilcloth.
Slowly, I am coming around to see the charms of a table decorated with a lovely mantel. I've always expected to see tables draped for weddings or outdoor festivities and since becoming a mother I have decorated our own table with a birthday themed disposable table cover that makes me see how much more festive a table can be when it's wearing something pretty.Continue Reading >
What do you do with your empty toilet paper rolls? Do you just throw them away? You know you can recyle them, right? Not only can you recycle them, you can upcycle them to make some pretty cool projects that no one will guess you made out of toilet paper rolls.Continue Reading >