Preserving Memories + DIY Travel Journal

DIY Travel Journal #diy #travel #handmade #journal (F)

Did I ever tell you that Hubs and I got married in St. Lucia? Since then, we've enjoyed many trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, U.K. and Europe, as well as within the U.S. I wish I had been smart/diligent enough to document the details of each trip. Now they're all a blur. Before digital cameras came along, I was better about printing our photos and … [Read more...]

D.I.Y. Dog Bed (side table makeover)

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

It's been a while since I posted a DIY project, so I hope this was worth the wait. ;)  One of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was this dog bed made from an old side table. I thought it was the cutest thing. Ever since then, I've been keeping an eye out for this kind of old round/octagon table that I could transform. Who knew that … [Read more...]

DIY Mother’s Day Card (free printable)


This week on Facebook, my mom posted a photo of her mother and wrote, "My mom may be a little crazy, but that's what makes her the BEST MOM!!!" The same is true of my mother. She's a little crazy (let's be honest, sometimes she's a LOT crazy), but she sure can be a lot of fun. Her name is Sherry, but her alias is "Sharia Shriver" (Maria's Shriver's … [Read more...]

DIY Basket Lid Tutorial

DIY Basket Lid Tutorial

Several months ago, I decided to paint our entryway. Guess what color? Yup. Valspar Summer Cottage. Same color as the front door, the back of the hutch shelves and the pop of color on the living room wall. Now the entryway is bright and cheery (unlike the former dark olive green color). The only problem was that our entry table (a light blue dry … [Read more...]

Test Report: DIY Paper Bag Animal Puppets

Paper Bag Animal Puppets Tutorial

During our mission trip in the Dominican Republic, I had the opportunity to teach an art project to some of the school children. I knew I would be doing this before we left, but I wasn't certain what ages I would be working with. So I scoured Pinterest for ideas that would be suitable for ages 3 to 9. I finally settled on two projects - paper bag … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Valentine Garland

Easy Valentine Garland using paper lace hearts from the dollar bin at Target

I have never once decorated for Valentine's Day - until now. But now I have this hutch, this chalkboard, this white wreath and this centerpiece that all beg for festive adornment. It's just so easy to add a few simple touches that I couldn't resist. Besides, winter here in Michigan is drab and gray and depressing - who couldn't use a little … [Read more...]

DIY All-Seasons Linen Wreath

DIY Linen Wreath

Just over eight years ago, Hubs and I were searching for a new house. He had to have a pole barn. I had to have a large walk-in closet. We got both. At the time, the house seemed huge - a big step up from what we had before. Fast-forward to today - the house seems much smaller now and my 'must-have' list has changed. Don't get me wrong, the closet … [Read more...]

DIY 3D Chevron Christmas Tree (free download)

FREE download - DIY Chevron Christmas Tree

I was hoping to share my new wreath with you today, but I ran out of fabric, so it's not done yet. I can't wait for you to see it - it's pretty fabulous ;). In the meantime, I hope you're feeling crafty because I created a FREE download for you! You can make one or several of these cute little chevron Christmas trees to decorate your mantle, … [Read more...]

10 Fabulous DIY Fall Decor Projects

10 Fabulous DIY Fall Decor Projects

I weeded through hundreds of fall decor projects to find these ten chic ideas for you. They made my list because these are projects I would actually make myself and display in my own home. No crap here, remember? ;) BOOK PAGE PUMPKIN tutorial here Last time I made a book page project, I was on my way to a Pinterest Party and forgot to bring … [Read more...]

DIY Felt Leaf Garland

DIY Felt Leaf Garland

Have you been to a Pinterest Party yet? On Saturday, I attended my third one. It's basically just a designated time and place for girlfriends to gather and actually MAKE a few of the projects they've pinned on Pinterest. Each person brings their own project(s) and materials as well as a snack/appetizer that they've pinned. I cheated and took … [Read more...]