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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Easy Balloon Topiaries

  Need some easy peasy party decorations? Give me 15 minutes and 12 balloons and you’re in business with quick, inexpensive DIY balloon topairies! Last year at this time, I was pretty occupied with creating decorations for a large circus-themed fundraiser. (I mentioned it once before in this tutorial for practically perfect paper fans.) In my hunt for ideas, I […]

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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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Coffee Table Storage Ottoman…one last thing

I’ve been reviewing my ottoman project, which I’m generally pretty thrilled to have tackled.  I greatly enjoyed learning about and trying tufting, and am looking forward to taking on a headboard project after the holidays have concluded. (I don’t think that was on my original to do list, but it is now, lol.) I have a thought about the tufted top, […]

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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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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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The Story of K and How She Turned Me into a Stripper – Part 2 (of 2)

You’ll have to forgive me for the original “Story of K” post. We watch a lot of old movies and the whole “noir” thing was stuck in my head. I kept narrating all of my household chores. “Em slowly carried the bundle up the stairs, marking her travels like Hansel and Gretel…but it wasn’t breadcrumbs strewn behind her…it was socks and underwear […]

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