“Uncle!” (Using a Professional to Help with Decisions)

I had ZERO idea when I woke up today that I would be writing this post. If you’ve spent any time in my archives (when I was all alone here), you’d know about my frequent bouts of decorating paralysis…like here and here. I know when I like something, but don’t always know how to choose something similar for myself. Wall […]

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Use Your Computer to “Try It Before You Buy It!”

Did you ever have a project in mind, but wished you could see it first? Lately, I’ve been using my computer to make mock-ups of my project ideas and I have to say, it’s been a HUGE help in decision making! It’s one thing to have a brainstorm or find inspiration on Houzz or Pinterest…but it’s something entirely different to […]

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DIY Decorative File Folders

I have a new quickie craft! Yes, I’m still cleaning…AND organizing…and talking about OHIO (more on that later). I can’t wait to get back to my bigger projects (and the list that keeps forming in my head), but there are still some basic things that need to be addressed out of homage to my title of “homemaker”. …But even those […]

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Overmantel Progress: All Play and No Work Makes Em…

…a bad homemaker! Would that I could get started on that fireplace project! But a week that included school holidays, and snow and sick days for the fam meant it turned out to be a good week to get some other things done. It’s fun to play with new projects, but a look around the house indicated (strongly) that there […]

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Mirrors, Overmantels, and Fireplaces

I think I’m ready to tackle my next project… …one I keep finding excuses not to do. You may recall, that’s one of the reasons I started this blog. It helps me commit and follow through…usually :)! (We won’t mention that sneak peak list for now). We have a two-story family room that needs some attention to deflect some of the […]

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Other Things You Can Do With Upcycled Coffee Sacks

Maybe it’s the caffeine, but I’m pretty revved up about all the possibilities of upcycling coffee sacks. There’s no mention of upcycling or repurposing coffee sacks on my to do list–and of course I’ll have to avoid it becoming “too much of a good thing”–but this could become yet another diversion. Here’s why: Hometalk reader Josephine Howland left a nice comment about […]

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storage ottoman with coffee bean sacks

DIY Tufted Top Storage Ottoman with Repurposed Coffee Sacks

I ended up building my DIY Tufted Top Storage Ottoman using repurposed coffee bean bags.   LOL, now it really is a “coffee table”! Done! Finished! Completed! You might remember that my plan was to make something like this storage ottoman from Ballard Designs.   But while driving around the southern tier of Western New York, we happened upon a […]

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How to Piece or Join Fabric When Tufting

When researching how to piece the fabric when tufting an oversized cushion, I thought there must be some secret way to sew the pieces together so the fabric would be wide enough. I went to several furniture stores and could never find where the fabric was pieced, and assumed they used some type of extra wide decorator fabric. After still more […]

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Take it from the top: DIY Tufted Storage Ottoman/Coffee Table

I finished the top for my DIY tufted storage ottoman/coffee table and I have to say I am really happy with how it turned out! The in-house reviews are also VERY positive so far…one child wants to steal it for a headboard (I’ll have to add that to my list). I guess that also means that I can go ahead […]

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