5 Easy Organizing Projects

5 Easy Organizing Projects


Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

I do.


Actually….I make the same ones every year.

I want my closet to be completely color-coordinated…..just like Elizabeth Taylor’s.

I want to lose enough weight to wear a bikini on the beach in Bermuda with the ocean spray dancing across the sand.

I want to cook like one of the contestants on the Next Food Network Star.

I want to be kinder and nicer and sweeter and gentler…..

…and I want world peace.

So far….I’m 0 for 5.

But I did make some macaroni and cheese the other day and added in some sour cream……so actually I’m already starting the year….

….totally living on the edge. 🙂

Here’s 5 easy organizing projects to get you started on an awesome 2014. Continue reading

Where Did I Get That?

Where Did I Get That?


Disclosure:  I was compensated by ebay.com and Style Coalition for this post.


How to Make Felted Soap

Did you know that I have a projects page?

Every time I make a project like felted soap or a stamped silver necklace from a spoon or a faux inlaid wood table or a pallet wood Christmas tree…..

….I put it on that page.

Because….seriously….between you and me….the only thing better than one project….

…is a whole page of them. 🙂


How to Make a Picture Frame Memory Wreath

And when people go to that page and want to make the projects….

…..I get lots of questions. 🙂

Questions about where to get supplies or ribbon or silver stamps or picture frames…..like the ones I used to make this wreath.

(here’s the best tip ever on mini picture frames….Continue reading

Under Stair Office Reveal

Under Stair Office Reveal

Office Remodel


Dear over-looked, under-appreciated, almost forgotten little room under the stairs,

I told you so.

I told you 2013 was going to be your year.

And I have to tell you…..you look amazing.Continue reading

Paint Stick Table Top

Paint Stick Table Top

Herringbone Paint Stick Table

I totally meant to show you a much better picture of this table…..before.

It would have made the after so much more rewarding.


But I got busy cutting paint stir sticks and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was about to be on…..and I forgot to take a really good before picture.

A close-up of the table…….covered with splattered paint and rings of where the spray paint can used to be and scratches and big chips in the veneer.

Wobbly and woebegone and just waiting for a make-over.Continue reading

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Happily Ever After


I think that all true love stories begin with……once upon a time.

My once upon a time began long ago.

Long before we jumped.

Long before anyone ever tried to cook pancakes.

Long before a brass button suit and Lee Press-On-Nails.

Back when there was just a dreamer…..

……and the girl who loved him.Continue reading

Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy



Keeping an ivy alive and green and ready to take on the coat hangers of the world…. is really so simple.

Here’s the solution.



Dish washing soap.


Here’s the proof.


Ivy TopiaryTopiary

                      Ivy circa April 12, 2011                                                                       Ivy circa June 28, 2011


Have you seen an ivy when it gets yellow and pale and the leaves start falling off?

It’s usually because of spider mites.

I don’t remember who told me to use dish washing soap to get rid of them.

And I don’t know why it works.

But it does.


Dishwashing Detergent


The secret is cheap soap.

No fancy stuff.

No extra anti-bacterial nonsense.

Just soap.


Soap dispenser


Simply add 2 tsp. of soap to one pint of water.

Don’t add anymore soap or your topiary may not recover.

Then pour mixture into a spray bottle filled with water.


And if you do this….can you try to get a cuter spray bottle than mine?

Not just one from Wal-mart.

A really cute spray bottle.

Like this one.

Or this one.

Or at the very least make a cover for it like this.


English Ivy


Then take your really cute spray bottle and spray the leaves every two to three weeks.


That’s it.


Your topiary will thank you.

Your ivy will thank you.

And the spider mites will have to buy a Winnebago and take a cross-country trip to their condo in Florida 🙂


PS  If you want to know how to make a topiary….here’s a post where I used a coat hanger to create one!

PPS  Here’s an article on using soap that has much better directions and tells when not to use soap under certain conditions.

My Old Kentucky Home

Some people have a Cricut.

Some people have a Silhouette Cameo


Not me.

I have my very own personal vinyl cutter.

Her name is Greta and she is one fine vinyl cutter, but she is tough.

You see, when I talk there is a lot of hand waving and excited gesturing.  As a matter of fact, truth be told, I am heavy on the exuberance and excitement and light on the follow-through.

Not Greta.

For example, I say, “Greta.  I need the largest state of Kentucky possible you can create in vinyl. So I can create…..


Greta is not a hand-waver.  Greta is not overly, unnecessarily exuberant.  Greta is efficient and task-oriented and always follows through.  And, of course, the next day a 12″ x 8″ vinyl Kentucky shows up at my house.

“I want to see it when you are through,” says my vinyl cutting task-master.

No pressure.

So I stop my hand-waving, curb my enthusiasm and get to work.

To complete this project I:

(1)  Bought two canvases from Hobby Lobby.  They came two to a package.  I bought long canvases because Kentucky is a long state.  People who live in long states or square states might want to take this into account when purchasing canvases from Hobby Lobby.

(2)  I applied the vinyl of Kentucky to one canvas.

(3)  I applied the outline of the vinyl to another canvas.

(4)  I painted the two canvases with leftover paint samples from these projects.

(5)  I waited one hour while I watched Project Runway All Stars and bemoaned the fact that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are not on the show.

(6)  I peeled off the vinyl and debated if I should use them again, realized that Greta might frown on this, and threw the vinyl away except for one corner I saved.

(7)  I cut out a star from that little piece of vinyl and added it to the canvas.

(8)  Then I hung the canvases on the wall of the playroom at the top of the stairs with thumbtacks.

(9)  I called Greta and tell her how wonderful she is and start hand-waving about my next project.


That’s it. 

Easy peasy project.

Don’t even think about asking for Greta’s number though….

                                  ……it’s under lock and key 🙂

PS  Don’t forget about our impossibility challenge.  We would love for you to join us.  Please note that while I do paint and sand and sew…..baking overwhelms me.  See my attempts at homemade bread with all the other “impossibles” at our linky party on January 31.