A Space to Create

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carving out a Crafty Space in Your Home - Get Creative!


A space to create

Having a pretty and functional space to craft, sew and create is essential for me. 

Years ago when my boys were little, the dining room table was sufficient. However, since my love of crafting has grown...so has my need for a space that I can call my own.

Here in TN I've utilized a wall and a corner of our bonus room.

How to Cut Long Hair

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

These easy tips make it so simple to cut long, straight hair with no tears and no mistakes!
cutting long hair before and after

Personalized Teacher Appreciation Gift

Monday, May 26, 2014

Easy and Inexpensive Gift Idea


These easy Painted Bottle Photo Holders would make a great gift for anyone on your list! Have you kids help you make them. | DIY beautify


Teacher Appreciation week is long over in our neck of the woods...and I didn't get a chance to post this. Things just got too crazy at my house.

However, this is such an easy and inexpensive DIY that I wanted to share it anyway. There are lots of people out there (Sunday School teachers, music teachers, coaches, babysitters) who would appreciate a personalized gift like this.

Spray Paint a Thrift Store Jewelry Chest

Friday, May 23, 2014

Updating a Thrift Store Jewelry Chest with a Spray Painted Pattern



This post follows on the heels of my previous one where I showed you how I updated storage boxes with paint.. Both are projects that I did as part of my Master Bedroom makeover.

This jewelry chest was a thrift store find but it was just blah. It had a long scratch across the front drawer, dirty handles and I knew I wanted to do something with it, I just didn't know what.

Painted Boxes for Storage (Master Bedroom Project)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Transform storage boxes with chalk paint for a modern look! diy beautify

I know I promised to share some of my projects in the Master Bedroom when I shared my Stenciled Wall and Master Bedroom Reveal with you!

But then life got in the way and all my time was spent on planning and projects for my son's Graduation from high school and his big Grad party.

That big crazy week is now behind me and I can get back to all the other projects that are waiting for me, such as sharing this upcycle and how I painted these boxes to give them a modern vibe.

My Blue and White Styleboard

Monday, May 19, 2014

Joss & Main has Blue and White for Less

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Hi friends, well, I survived graduation weekend! We attended my son's baccalaureate, watched him walk the stage and receive his diploma and hosted his grad party. It was an emotional weekend but I am so proud of his accomplishments and achievements. I thought I owed you a quick recap, especially if you stuck with me all last week and made it through all my graduation project posts! So, here are a couple pictures.

Custom Grad Portrait and a Commemorative Wreath

Friday, May 16, 2014

Graduation Projects that You Can Make!

Homemade Fondant and DIY Grad Cupcake Toppers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


If you're looking to save money on your child's graduation, consider making your own cupcakes and even graduation-themed cupcake toppers!

This was my first time making my own fondant, and in future I'll buy it rather than make it because it gave me a lot of problems. Luckily little Diy has been to a few cupcake decorating parties at a local shop, Faboo Cakes, and learned all the basics.

So, armed with my trusty little girl's knowledge, a mountain of powdered sugar and sheer will power, I set to work.

Grad Party Planning

Monday, May 12, 2014

Planning the Perfect Grad Party


If you've been following along, you know my oldest is graduating from highschool. This Friday is his official ceremony. I've been busy these past few days, cleaning, trying to de-clutter, and planning for his grad party on Sunday night.

We're hosting a drop-in party in the evening. We'll have finger foods, cupcakes, and other easy-to-fix foods.

Luckily my wonderful mother-in-law will be here to help with the food! She is amazing in the kitchen.

I admit that the majority of my focus has been on the decorations (um, craft and DIY blogger, so no guilt here!).

Letting Go and some special Spring Bling

Friday, May 9, 2014

Learning to Let Go (one Mother's Thoughts)


You know that feeling you get when the inevitable is approaching...it's a good thing, you even want it to happen...but your heart just doesn't agree?

In a few days the first 'little birdie' will graduate from high school and in just a couple months, he will leave the DIY beautify home and move away to begin a new life at University.

I am proud of him. I am excited for him. It is inevitable.

So why does my heart ache?

How to Make Tiered Plate Stands for Under $5

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

DIY Tiered Plate Stand with Thrifted Plates

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I've made tiered dessert stands in the past and I love them!! I currently have two, and they're big - great for cookies and brownies and even a cake! They get used a lot.

When I was stalking browsing blogs last week and saw this great anthropologie-inspired dessert stand by Like a Saturday, I fell in love with them all over again!

Make Your Own Graduation Announcements

Monday, May 5, 2014

The cost of your child's graduation from high school can be daunting! Fees for tests, College applications, site visits, grad pictures, cap and gown, not to mention Prom, grad party, gift for your grad, etc. I want to show you how to save money by making your own inexpensive graduation announcements!

Learn how to make your own inexpensive DIY graduation announcements and party invitations!

Mirror Makeover and a Mini Lesson in True Beauty

Friday, May 2, 2014

An Old Mirror Gets a Fun Fresh Makeover

Charming Mirror Makeover

I can't help it...

When I see these old wooden pieces from the thrift store, I just can't pass them up. Even if they're dusty and grimy and scratched. Even if the mirrors are a little fuzzy.

While others see something destined for the trash...I see something with the potential for great beauty.