Monthly Archives: August 2014

Recycled Pillow Case Night Gown


I had an old pillow case made from a really soft material with one side torn at the seam.  In other words, the perfect opportunity to try my hands on a pillow case gown.  It was easier than I thought, despite the fact that I read on several blogs that it was easier to make a pillow case dress from brand new material rather than an actual pillow case.

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How to Store a Mattress in Plain Sight: Create a Chaise!


Our new home is the first home we ever lived in that had two living areas: One right off the entrance, and one attached to the kitchen area. I have never been a fan of two living rooms because I would rather see the square footage be put to a better use in a separate additional room or in a more spacious layout in general.  And let’s face it: why do you need two living rooms?  Our “problem” was that we didn’t exactly have the furniture to fill the second room.  We had an older Ikea entertainment center that we bought 10 years ago and an extra recliner, but that was it and, since we move so often, I did not like the idea of purchasing another couch.  I had to come up with some additional, functional seating for what was supposed to become a comfy “hangout” area to enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings, read, play board games, and watch TV.  At the same time, we decided to use the space under our son’s bed as storage, which previously was home to an extra twin mattress that now stood upright in our upstairs hallway without a real purpose in life.  So, I added empty space plus extra mattress and came up with, tah-dah: the chaise! Continue reading How to Store a Mattress in Plain Sight: Create a Chaise!

Let Them Shine: How to Makeover Outdoor Light Fixtures


Soft yellow siding + off white trim + white light fixtures = boring house exterior.  That’s pretty much our new home in a nutshell, and while we are planning on having the house painted (I think we talked ourselves out of breaking our necks trying to paint a two story house ourselves), I still couldn’t live with all the “blah” until then.  I spray painted outdoor lighting in a previous home, and, since it held up very well over several years, I decided to do it again here.  It is the easiest and cheapest way to add some interest to your exterior, without having to run out and spend lots of money on new light fixtures. Continue reading Let Them Shine: How to Makeover Outdoor Light Fixtures

… Aaaaaand She’s Back!

If you are wondering why my last post was almost 6 months ago, I can give you one very good reason: yet another move half way across the country for this family of nomads. And even though we always have the option to have a moving company assist us in our many moves, we have had too many bad experiences and prefer to do it ourselves. Why take the easy way, if you can create months of work for you, right? We started organizing and packing in March, cleaned, organized and packed some more through-out April and May, and finally loaded our Penske truck in June to head towards the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Continue reading … Aaaaaand She’s Back!