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Every now and then I spot something absolutely adorable, and in my own Minterest way (Mind + Pinterest = Minterest :)) file it away until I have the time and/or the resources to make my own. Awhile back, Miss Mustard Seed posted this darling ticking slipcovered stool on her blog.  She walks readers through a detailed tutorial about how to sew your own, so I won’t go into those details here.  But as soon as I found a couple $5 stools knocking around town, I attempted my own darling slipcovers. I started with two basic stools like this one. I lightly sanded and painted the stools SW Creamy using my homemade chalk paint, then distressed them.  The blue ticking fabric came from Walmart at only $7 per yard, so of course I bought several yards because, well, who doesn’t need ticking fabric lying around for all sorts of fun…

The other day I showed how I used a $10 paint dropcloth from Lowe’s for inexpensive curtain panels in my foyer.  Today I’ll show how you can take the same size dropcloth (6′ x 9′) and make 6 pillow covers following a super easy tutorial.I’m not a girl who buys shoes.  I buy pillows.  The problem is, pillow shopping in Alaska can be a journey of frustration since stores rarely carry patterns in my style, the covers often can’t be washed, and the cheap poly-fill inside clumps in no time at all.  I have started noticing more down-filled or down alternative pillows locally, but rarely do I find patterns or styles that work in my home.  In addition, to order pillow covers online can be $40 or more, and you still need to buy the actual pillow! Enter paint dropcloth and stencils: My inexpensive, personalized solution to pillows that match…

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and my beloved sister asks,”Would you like me to keep the kids for the day so you can be home alone?  Clean your house?  Catch up on a few things?”I think I started to cry.Right before I laughed out loud.And then I became so excited considering all the things I could accomplish given a whole, ENTIRE day….You know.  All those practical, sensible things like ~A) Clean my house (which is very therapeutic for me when I’m alone)B) Catch up on paperwork C) Plan homeschool lessonsD) Organize the pantryE) Finish sanding the lockers Firefighter just built (I stole this husband-naming from author Ann Voskamp, who refers to her husband as Farmer.  I’m chuckling just thinking about the moment the hubby reads it in here.)F) Write Christmas cardsG) ExerciseBut I did none of these things.Instead, as Emily Freeman so beautifully encourages, I found a place for my…

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.The fabric of your average paint drop cloth can be used for many home décor projects: from slipcovers, to pillows, to table cloths, to cushions….even darling little fabric roses.  In addition, drop cloths are inexpensive.  I purchased one from Lowe’s last week (4′ x 15″) for just under $20 and it’s already provided plenty of fabric for two projects around here….and I still have tons left over.I made these little “roses” to dress up a lamp shade in our master bedroom.So easy to do.  I made these three different sized roses in about 15 minutes last week when I wasn’t feeling well and had my feet up in our living room chair.  They go a long way in dressing up this lampshade.  Here’s how you can do the same.First, cut a 2″ strip of drop cloth about 18″ long (the length depends on how large you’d like…

Yesterday I posted about a planning system I use over and over to help organize my whirling mind and systematically schedule out my to-do’s in order to get things done.  I pointed out that getting things done wasn’t the best part of my plan (I claimed that having a plan was the most beneficial perk of all), but I must confess the “getting things done” is a pretty huge perk, too.  Today I’ll show you a few things I’ve completely (and I mean, completely) finished the last couple days as a result of scheduling them in my Notebook.First, a few shots of something pretty for my daughter’s room:In case you can’t tell from these pictures, it’s a chair I finally finished for Amaya after starting and stopping oh, seventeen or so times over the last year.  I received this from a friend of ours, and it came looking like this (okay, I confess…

Last year when I first started blogging, I found myself snapping pictures step-by-step of each project I tackled, thinking some day I might write a post about it.My husband thought I was nuts, but I think he actually liked it.Secretly, I think he still gets excited when he thinks his picture might end up on my blog.Back in those first days of photographing my projects though, I did not grasp the following truth:”Good photos make good blogs.”  I still have so much to learn on this topic of photography, and actually have it listed as one of my 2012 goals, but I have come a long way from my early photos.So please bear with me here as I share the Red Bolster Pillow project from my daughter’s room last year.I had seen these beautiful red bolster pillows on a daybed in a magazine, and I wanted to try my hand…