How to Make an Over-sized Tic Tac Toe Board

How to Make an Over-sized Tic Tac Toe Board

 

When did the toe show up in tic tac toe?

Have you ever typed a word and it looked weird?

Like it didn’t belong.

And you checked it and double checked and spell checked it and friend checked it and random person walking by checked it to make sure it was spelled right.  But even then.  Even after all that checking and rechecking it still didn’t look right.

That was me with tic tac toe.

Somehow in my brain it was tick tack to?  Or tic tack too?  Or tick tac too?

I’m not sure about the spelling, but the project?

It’s one of my favorite ones we’ve ever made.

Here’s how to make a DIY over-sized, three-dimensional, interactive tic tac toe board. Continue reading

Five Last-Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

Five Last-Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

 

I don’t have the DIY to show you today.

I fully intended to with every single fiber of my being and the bobby pin I’m using to help grow out my bangs.

I was going to edit the photos and write out the instructions and astound and amaze you with my incredible insight into the world of do-it-yourself.

And then?

The superbowl kind of happened.

I wasn’t even going to watch it.  It was supposed to be background noise with the occasional running into the room to watch the commercials.  I don’t even have a team I’m rooting for.  I’m a Cowboys fan and we didn’t make it past the play-offs.

And besides.

I thought it was over.  I thought the Falcons had won.  Winning like hand over the ring and cue the gatorade.  Then just as I sat down to work on the post, my family called me in.  Watch this, they said.  You’re never going to believe this, they told me.

The rest is history.

If you are a Falcon’s fan, I’m sorry.  Truly.  Your team played with such heart.  If you are a Patriots’ fan, you need to send Julian Edelman a thank you note. 🙂

And for everyone else….

….here are some easy last-minute Valentine gift ideas to start the week off right.Continue reading

How to Decorate the Walls of Your Ballroom For Under $50

How to Decorate the Walls of Your Ballroom For Under $50

 

I am almost half way through decorating the room for House for Hope.

It is a little overwhelming.

The challenge I’m facing right now is decorating walls of a room the size of the ballroom at Downton Abbey with a budget that could maybe cover the cost of a really good meal at a fast food restaurants.

I was pricing wall decor for the space and quickly figured out that I could afford one corner of one piece of a giant over-sized galvanized clock.

When faced with an almost insurmountable decorating dilemma….

….what’s a girl to do?

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Three Coffee Table Display Ideas

Three Coffee Table Display Ideas

 

Can I tell you something?

But before I do, you have to promise to keep it between us.

You know, you, me and your coffee mug.

I finished the first book.

It’s called “So Close To Amazing.”  And it’s done and edited and I’ve seen the cover and it’s literally enough to make your heart dance across the floor.  I’ll be posting details in the upcoming months about the book and where to order it and the cutest promotion we are working on for the book.

And now?

I’ve just started on a second book.

This one is a different kind of book.  Just as amazing, but different.

I can’t share too many of the details yet, but there’s not anything exactly like it on the market right now.  It’s kind of a project book, kind of a how-to book, kind of an inspiration book, kind of a decorating book….

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Five Minute Flower Arrangement With an Extra Dose of Perspective

Five Minute Flower Arrangement With an Extra Dose of Perspective

 

When we remodeled the kitchen at the farmhouse, we started with the floor.

I thought it would be easy and five-minutes and not-too expensive and done before Dancing With the Stars came on.

I thought wrong.

We pulled up four layers of flooring on our kitchen floor before we reached the original floors underneath.  It was an arduous journey, full of twists and turns and disappointment and the occasional moment of triumph.

Kind of like 20,000 leagues under the sea.

And when the final floor was revealed, my husband called me over with dismay in his voice,

“Oh no,” he sighed.  “What are we going to do about this?”Continue reading

So I Went To This Auction

So I Went To This Auction

 

Have you ever been to an auction?

You know.

The kind of auction you see in movies.

The one where the entire room is full of unique and awesome and amazing things mixed in with some bits of absolute randomness.  Everything is for sale.  Everything is auctioned off.  You get a number at the front counter and when you want to bid you raise it in the air and sometimes there’s a bidding war and the price goes higher than you ever imagined.

And sometimes.

Sometimes when everyone talking or not paying attention or leaves their seat to go to the concession stand to buy nachos and Mountain Dew…

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No Sew Pom Pom Throw

No Sew Pom Pom Throw

 

Today I’m going to make us a little cooler.

That’s right.

You and me.

Wearing our perms and over-sized sequin bows in our hair with our stirrup pants with our t-shirts gathered to one side with a clip and extra big shoulder pads.

Nothing but cool going on around here…

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The Pages of Our Lives

The Pages of Our Lives

 

A couple of years ago for Christmas, my sister, Whitney, took all my grandmother and grandfather’s love letters and made them into a book.

It was called Letters from Box 54.

There, in print, were all the everyday, the simple, the overlooked and the ordinary of our grandparent’s lives.

But in those moments–shared from letters written long ago with paper and ink, you could catch a glimpse of the overwhelming, incredible, amazing love they shared for each other….

…and see the extraordinary written in every line.

We all loved the book so much that we begged her for more history.  “Make a family tree,” we’d say. “History would come alive under your watch,” we’d encourage.  “You are the perfect family-treeer.  No one could make a family tree like you,” we’d implore.

But to no avail.

She would smile and laugh roll her eyes and shake her head and explain that family trees were a challenge she didn’t really want to take on.

Until this year.Continue reading