Upholstery Basics: Choosing Your Fabric

Choosing the right fabric for your upholstery project depends on two things: the amount of fabric and its weight. The Three Basic Steps to Upholstery 1.   Find out how much fabric you will need.  If you Google “upholstery chart” you will find many guides to determine how much fabric you need for your particular project.  I always buy more than I need especially if it has a pattern that I want to match up. 2. Strip furniture noting the order[Read more]

Upholstery Basics Series to Brighten Your home This Spring!

Upholstery can add color to any room and breathe new life into old furniture.  Upholstery is a much less expensive option than buying new furniture.  Beyond that, the sky is the limit as far as patterns and materials so you always end up with a custom look! I, like many, was intimidated by the upholstery process but this winter decided to delve into it headlong! Although it does take some time none of the steps in upholstery are particularly complicated.  If[Read more]

DIY Autumn Wreath for Under $10

Fall is here!That means it’s time for warmer wardrobes, hayrides, and autumn decor!  But even small home decor items can add up to costly sums when you are sprucing up your living space.  Here is a beautiful autumn wreath that costs less than $10 to make and is fun for the whole family! What you will need: One Wreath (I have one wreath that I am constantly changing the decor for.  If you have an old Christmas wreath lying around go[Read more]

Freedom Charting: How You Can Get Out of Debt Quickly

If you are like me you probably have roughly $20,000 debt you are eternally paying off. Never ending monthly payments and interest seem to be keeping you broke even though you have a good paying job. Student debt is becoming a national crisis with more graduates than ever leaving college thousands of dollars in debt and no job prospects to speak of. We had been plugging along nicely paying off our minimum monthly payments but there seemed to be no end[Read more]

9 Ideas to Keep Your Kids Occupied in the Car This Labor Day Weekend

  Monday is Labor day, that means last minute vacations before school starts and, unfortunately, bored children in the car. Here are nine tried and true ideas to keep kids happy on your last road trip of the summer! {Tips:} Start with the items that are the least interesting to your kids early in the trip.  Save the most cherished items like reading books and screen time for the very end of your trip when kids start to get the[Read more]

The Real Reason You Are Beautiful

Art forms like painting, music or sculpture, celebrate the lives we live.  They are an outward expression of our inner most being.  A replication of times-gone-by in order to immortalize a moment or situation. Likewise, fashion is an art form meant to celebrate the body, not condemn it to irrelevant standards. So, why have we let the fashion industry steal our joy and dignity when it comes to fashion?  Why have we yielded for so long and tried to change[Read more]

Decking Out Your Deck: DIY Hanging Planter Tutorial

It seemed impossible to garden when we moved into our north-facing, second-story apartment.  Fortunately, I was able to find a spot on our deck that got some sunshine in the afternoon.  My next challenge was how to keep my 16 month old from digging in the dirt and pulling up all the plants?!  My solution: create a hanging herb garden and get the pots up high.  I had seen some hanging tomato bags at the garden store but I just[Read more]

Finding Yourself in Motherhood

So, you’ve had a baby in the past year.  You’ve read every parenting book, you know every method.  You have gobs of baby stuff. You are prepared for anything.  But somehow you are feeling uncertain about your role as mom, so what gives? It was April of 2012 that I saw those two pink lines that would change my life forever. My pregnancy was pretty text-book. First-trimester was filled with morning sickness and strange cravings. We were living in a remote[Read more]