My front door has been stolen!!

OK, so maybe not my actual front door is stolen, but the color has been. I’m sure of it, yep yep. By HGTV Magazine!

Ok, so maybe they didn’t steal my color but it did make the front cover of their magazine.

Back in October 2015 I posted about our new front door makeover and the color I used. Click HERE to see that post if ya like. I always get a kick out of seeing something on TV or in a magazine after I “already did that ” or wanted to do that but didn’t.

The color is Behr’s English Daisy.

We get complimented on it all the time. It has become our “landmark” when people come to our house or we have pizza delivered. “It’s the house with the yellow door” I tell them.

Here is the HGTV Magazine that our door, hhehemm, color is on.

The October 2017 issue. I don’t know why I have not posted this until now. Probably because of all the holiday fun and my lack of posting.

I know the quality is not that great but I’m doing this at night with a regular light and I prefer natural lighting.

I hope you enjoyed this fast post.

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Mission: Dyed IKEA Ektorp Sectional (IKEA hack)

I didn’t take a before photo but if you’re looking for an IKEA hack then you are probably familiar with the Ektorp. But here is a stock photo just in case.

I have had this sectional for several months knowing we were going to dye the white slipcovers a color that fits us. This is just the beginning by the way, I have more colors coming soon. I want a back up set for when this one is being washed or for different seasons for a bright pick me up.

We have contemplated colors for a while. And we couldn’t decide on if I should tackle this size of a dye job in our front loader that I am constantly dyeing smaller jobs in.

So we decided to buy a cheap non HE top loader for this project and we hooked it up in our basement to our utility sink there.

I did run into a few small issues. One being that I ended up with a few bleach spots. I am assuming it is from my front loader not rinsing the bleach out well on my prewash (that I did right before dying to get it clean) and to wet the fabric for dyeing. The second is my seat cushions are 2 shades darker. I am guessing this is because I wash the seat cushions every week or two, and if dirty they can be washed several times in a week. I have pets, 3 small dogs and 2 cats not to mention the smaller pets, so keeping them spotless is a little work. My back cushions and base have only been washed one time and they are a consistent color and they were dyed separate. I thought about it and since I wash the seat cushions a lot I don’t mind they are darker because they will probably blend after a few washes, so no biggie! And the photos make them look much darker than they are in reality.

So here goes:

We used RIT Dye in Sunshine Orange

I used 3 bottles for the base slipcover and 4 bottles for the cushion slip covers.

A container of salt, 1 cup per load to help set the color to stay.

Hot water!

I set the washer on the longest setting and restarted it just once before it started to rinse and let it do its “thang”! Then ran 2 wash cycles to rinse them out. I always partly dry my slipcovers before outing back on.

I hope I didn’t leave anything out.

I hope you enjoy my project, even if its not your kind of color or you are not a brave soul like me. I have lots of fun doing projects. I have a lot I have not posted but may do those later.

You will notice some lines lightly in the fabric. Those I love. They were an accident but I love how the give the fabric a suede or sub bleach beachy affect. The dye stuck to some water mineral stains in the washer I could not get out and ended up on the fabric. I didn’t think that would happen but it did. It gives it a nice rustic feel. And the lighting really affects the colors. Its very sunny and bright. I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

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Just because… Project coming up

Just because I like to take random photos. This is a hint for another up and coming project. Are you overwhelmed with excitement to see what is going to happen?

Stay tuned. It will be posted in the next few days.

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New Project

Here is a dresser I picked up at Goodwill on a 50% off day so I picked this up for a mere $30.

I have been looking for something shorter to use as a buffet in our dining room so I can display holiday items and tea pots during non holiday times.

My plans for this buffet redo is to paint it. I will be painting it to match some new mid century modern chairs I also purchased.

I can’t wait to share the finished project. I will also let you know about the process also.

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Being Real, what your gonna see around here

I really hate sharing my photographs of projects that we do around here.

Why you ask?

Well my house doesn’t look like your typical house you see online. That all white clean clutter free house. You know the ones. They look like no one actually lives in them. That might be your ho use, and you may clean like crazy or have a cleaning crew.

But that is just not me. My husband wishes it was me, but its not.

I love color, and I mean BRIGHT (think tropical Caribbean) colors, and I even like white but usually on wood furniture. I love clean white crisp bright white on furniture but can I keep it clean with dogs and cats and teens? Maybe, but do I want to? No. I don’t really want to spend so much time cleaning. There is more to life than cleaning. I like a clean house but in order to really keep my house clean, I need to vacuum everyday. I also need to keep things to a minimum.

I have made it my purpose to have a clutter free house the best I can but still have it feel warm and inviting. Which is really hard to do when well meaning family members give you things you feel obligated to keep. Or your husband is a sentimental keeper of all things, AKA Pack rat!

I struggle with trying to balance the cottage look I love with all my bright colors I like. Its like trying to put put a round peg in a triangle hole. I love a beach cottage but mixing in brighter colors is actually harder than I thought. I find my self trying to mix the styles of New England Beach House with Miami/Key West/Florida/Caribbean. And how do you mix contemporary and minimalist with the cottage look and feel? I don’t know, I am still trying. But I strive to have what I want and like and makes me happy, not some designers rules of decorating, which I don’t agree with. I have had my run ins with designers both professionally when I worked at a furniture store and knew one personally. Wonderful young lady but very by the book on decorating, but she never gave you unsolicited advice, only if you asked and then she told you what she thought. What ever happened to personal opinions and desires in decorating your own home. Some designers like DIY projects while others say don’t do it. Designers are either very bossy and opinionated, or laid back and help you with what you want, not what they want. And the ones I ran into at the furniture store, where the usual bossy sour puss faced conservative designers always telling the client no to what they wanted, instead of working around what they wanted. I know not every designer is like that, and I apologize to those who are not.  I am not anti designer, just anti to a lot of them where I live. I mean if I could hire any designer in the world, it would be David Bromstad. Now that guy knows how to use bright colors and be creative.

That reminds me of a lady I met in Sherwin Williams last fall.  She had a friend who was a designer. She told her friend she wanted to try and paint a color in a room. It was a nice color and its what she wanted. Her friend, I say enemy, told her not to paint that color and she should paint it another certain color. I told that lady she should paint the color she wants, its her house!

The main reason I don’t like to post photos is that our house is a remodel job that never seems to get finished. Even after we have most of a room finished, there are still small things that need to be done that take months to get to, or like our kitchen its been 2 years and I still don’t have pantry doors or the toe kicks on the cabinets. The cabinets were also to be painted but we have left that for another time. So basically I am stuck with dark brown cabinets that were suppose to be refinished into a white antique rubbed something.

We have baseboards that still need to be cut and put back on in some of our rooms, like our family room. My dining room, formally known as the formal living room turned dining room, is all finished but is also the bunny and guinea pig room. I may add photos for that project soon. The dining room was a project where we added trim, faux plate rail, painted it a bold color. It was/is my one shabby chic room with out all the clutter of tons of stuff filling the hutch.

So anyway, I am going to start making more time to write on this blog and I am going to start posting photos of my projects, even if the background is a project in progress or if its just messy. So expect it to not look perfect. It is just the story of my life. I want to enjoy life and focus on having a relaxing chill life and do things with my family that are more important than keeping a spotless house.


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Book Review: Raising God’s Girl…

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Raising God’s Girl
Empowering Parents to Raise Daughters with
Conviction, Confidence, & Courage

by: Rich and Mary Lou Graham


This is a book I wish I would have had when my girls were born.
I didn’t know how to raise “God’s Girl” until they were middle school aged and by then they had been filled with wordly things around them.  I like this book a lot. A lot of the book is making sure your heart is right. Making sure your doing what your suppose to be doing as a child of God parenting young impressionable daughters.

This book can be read by both Fathers and Mothers, and even Grandparents or other guardians who are raising girls. There are plenty of bible verses, though I do wish they would have stuck with one version of the bible instead of many. But that is just me, I like one version so they blend with the same feel through out a book.

This book covers how we must repent of our sins, taking care of our hearts. It also covers our relationships with our spouse, children, and others. It also touches on your daughter dating, relationships with others, disappointments, love, launching them into adulthood and more. It is a book you can pass on to your daughters when they get married or you new daughter-in-law.

One of the things that stood out for me, and probably because this is normal in the homeschool world, they talk about finding Godly friends. They expand into letting you know its ok for your children to have friends of different ages. Where does it say all your friends have to be your age? I know my youngest who is 16 has friends older than I. She enjoys the elderly and consider them her friends, and she loves younger children. Public school tells us that our friends are all the same age. Then we get to be an adult and suddenly we have friends and co-workers of all ages. Friends of different ages helps children mature and have mature conversations with those who have experiences that are different. It also helps teach compassion for others. We can find friends in different places, sisters, sisters friends, friends of friends, and so on.

I highly recommend this book to all those raising girls and you want to do it the Godly way.


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Stairs Makeover…

Its been a while. I have been busy. This is one of the projects we have completed very recently.

I didn’t get pictures ready of the before with the ugly carpet on the steps but I did show the progress of peeling the carpet and padding. We had to pull tack stripes and staples out of the treads. My husband wanted to use wood filler in the tiny holes but I said no, it makes character. You can’t even tell they were there so no biggy any ways.

My hubby stained the treads and he even got frisky enough to paint the risers for me.
I painted the banister parts.

Then I put on the “rugs” for stability. After walking on the bare steps for over a week, I felt I needed the traction and so did the dogs and kitties. You can see Dipper watching me from the top step in one of the photos.

I hope you are inspired to strip and paint your steps.

I have more coming up. We took down some paneling and replaced with drywall. I also have some smaller projects we have done and are in the process of doing. And my island should be built soon so I can finally share the final kitchen photos.

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The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America…

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Review: You’re Already Amazing, Life Growth DVD & Guide by Holley Gerth…

It has been about 4 years since I did my first Holly Gerth book review.
(I hope my reviewing skills have grown).
You will find my review of the original book, You’re Already Amazing, HERE.

For this review I will be sharing with you about the “follow up” to that book. This is a nice in depth study that includes a workbook and a DVD. It is called You’re Already Amazing, Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be.
You can do this study as an individual, in a group setting like a book club or bible study group, or you could even use it with high schoolers in a homeschool setting or as a mom and daughter study which is what I would like to do. This study is used in conjunction with the original book, but if you don’t have a copy you can still do this study. It does just fine as a stand alone study.

The items I received are in the photo, the tea for one cup and pot are mine and not included in the items to review.  I received the workbook and DVD and 2 Harney & Sons tea bags. The tea was delish! I have never tried this brand of tea before but will be adding some to my collection.

IMG_20160217_121331I will start off by sharing about the 6 video sessions/lessons. The videos are surprisingly shorter than I expected. Though not too short. The setting in the videos are of Holley in her home. Side note: She has this cute red with white polka dots coffee mug that I really would like to have. I have that on my wish list along with a matching tea pot. If you have been to my house lately you would see I have added red with white polka dot fabric every where.

Holley starts off by sharing a little about herself and she likes to tell a story. One of the stories that stuck out to me was about her in a hotel and God had her go down stairs in her real self which meant messy hair, no make up, and her pajamas. Which makes me think I must walk around real all the time lol. I hardly ever wear make up and my hair is a mess all the time. And yes I stay in my PJs when I am home and not expecting to go any where. I really liked that story. So after Holley shares a little, she asks you to pause the video and go to the workbook. I would probably just turn the TV off to conserve energy as it takes a way more than a few minutes to read the workbook, do any thinking, praying, and writing you want to do. Plus if your in a group you may discuss it among your selves at this point, or discuss at the end of the video. So once you have finished the workbook you can go back to the video for more sharing from Holley. Its very easy to follow and like I mentioned early, they are on the short side. If they were longer you may lose focus.

And so here we are at the workbook part. The workbook is more in depth than the videos, which is to be expected. You read your lessons and along the way you will have questions to answer and journal spots. You can write these in your workbook or in a personal journal. You also get a “life coach” section in each lesson. There are quotes/ encouragement pages from Holley mixed in. They do take some time to work on, not as quick as the videos. I honestly would split the lessons up for me in to sections. I really can’t focus that long  to do a whole lesson at one setting. I could see how in a group setting you could go on for hours. I would suggest in a group setting that you start the gathering off by discussing the lesson you worked on at home, then at the end watch the video for the next lesson you would be working on in the coming week. But if your an individual you can work at the lessons at your own pace. Which is what I am doing. I have yet to finish the complete workbook and DVD because I am finding that I am doing a lot of deep thinking and praying because I really want the most out of the lessons.

I don’t like “self help” books that tend to “lean on your own understanding” in stead of God and His word. For this book, I would put it in a category for self discovering of who you are through God’s eyes by leaning on His words through scriptural references through out the lessons. Remember the title “Becoming All God Created You to Be”!  This book really leans on God’s understanding and direction. You will need to pray to Him to show you what he wants you to discover.


I think this study is Awesome and I do suggest it to others. I can’t think of any negatives out side of the workbook sessions/lessons being a bit lengthy for one sitting, at least for me they are.

I would like to give a big Thank You! to Holley Gerth and Revell for allowing me the opportunity to review another quality product that I can keep and refer back to for years to come. Thank You!


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Selfishness or Helpful…

Or is it selfishness in the disguise of helpfulness?

I have somewhat difficult topics and situations I want to start talking about and I am starting with this one. I have been studying some Psychology topics and I am excited to start discussions or rants in my case about some of these topics.

So here goes on the first one. Feel free to jump in and post your rant in the comments about your situation you have been dealing with or dealt with in the past. I am hear to listen and sometimes just sharing it with someone helps you to feel better or possibly spark a solution!

How do you handle these situations?

I am talking about those friends or family, who give or buy you things,

when you have:

  • asked not to buy your children candy?
  • or to please not buy me anything,  because I have enough clutter I am trying to get rid of it.
  • don’t give us cakes or other desserts or mixes to make them. We are trying to eat healthy around here and have sensitivities and health issues where we shouldn’t have certain things. There are also big diseases in the family that we are trying to protect our selves from developing by staying away from certain things that could help bring them on (along with the emotional ties that affect the body and bring about diseases, I can share more about this in a later post once I get the medical journal data together  to share some facts. Different topic all together)
  • please don’t give us body soaps, lotions etc. We try to only use natural products and make a lot of our own now for several reasons but mostly to rid toxins the best we can from our home.
  • or you in casual conversation say you don’t like something or you like another brand better and that person goes out and gets you the thing you said you didn’t like. I think its sabotaging don’t you? Like they want to make you have an emotional break down!
  • How about those people who leave things at your house to “store it for me for just a few weeks ” and then never come back to get it?
  • Or they, a family member, comes and stasy with you for a short time to get back on their feet, then they over stay their welcome by several months, don’t help out, don’t pay rent, store all their crap in your house and garage and all your closets. Then they move and put all their stuff in storage at their new place because they don’t want to inconvenience the new person they are mooching, I mean renting a room from. Which is just a nice way of saying “you were not as important to me as the new person who I am not related to”. UGGGGG.  OK this is a different rant also.


My husband often thinks that if someone gives you something, don’t get rid of it or throw it away.  So if someone gives you candy, go a head and eat it. Should a person with diabetes eat that candy or cake just because someone gave it to them even though its detrimental to their health? We wouldn’t want to be impolite would we? Or waste it! Even if it made that someone sick!

I think in my situation, maybe yours, that these “just trying to help” people are really just relishing in that they gave you something. It stems more from selfish “build them selves up” than it is for actually helping. Some people truly think they are doing something for you but deep down it was really all for them. That little voice that may be saying to them “they will love you if you give them this” pat them selves on the back now! Or “I can’t let him/her have more than me” so if you buy a new car they run out and buy one too. Or “They can’t lose weight before me so I will make them a cake”. You know those people right? Or do they only live in my world? Am I the only one feeling this way?

I am not talking about the occasional “oh I thought of you when I saw this and its just what you like”.  Like my mom randomly purchased a cute little covered dish to go with my grapevine milk glass. That was sweet and it goes with my collection. But I am like my mom, we don’t like excessive clutter knickknacks sitting around.  So she wouldn’t go out and just buy me stuff all the time to make her self feel better because she knows it wouldn’t make me feel better to have it. She is a smart cookie! A sugar cookie lol.

This was fun.

over and out!

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