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]

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]

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]