March 10, 2016

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I realize I have been kind of off the radar for a few weeks. Wanted to touch base with all my DIY peeps out there. And let you know what I’ve been up to.

I was able to slip away for 12 days to Orlando with my daughter, Lauryn. We had a fabulous time. We even got to see Auston for a couple days. He was starting his Spring Break down there as we were finishing up our trip.


I absolutely love it down there!! Who doesn’t, right?? My all-time favorite place to visit and I hope to one day live, is Celebration. It is such a quaint community with a great village area full of restaurants and shops. There are five pools throughout the town that residents are able to use. And the homes….Oh the homes!!!! Beautiful!! I especially love the Artisan Park district full of craftsman style homes. Someday!! 🙂

Dream home….


More in the realm of possibility…. 🙂


I have been busy lately with a couple “outside” projects…I’ve been helping a friend with a full makeover on her husband’s office complex. It has been a lot of fun to see it all come together. It is going to look amazing!! She has been such a joy to work with. We make a great team!! 🙂

My latest project, is my brother and sister’s-in-law nursery. (That SO doesn’t sound right!! But I think that’s the correct grammar???) They are expecting a boy at the end of April. We are all so excited to have a baby in the family again. It has been SO LONG. My Grayson is the baby now…and he’s already 8!!!! We. Can’t. Wait.

This nursery is going to be so adorable. My sister-in-law, Jacklyn, did a great job coming up with the overall design. I can’t wait to show you the finished product. Here’s a glimpse of it so far…


The yellow at the bottom will be covered up with a board and batten wall treatment. This room is perfect for a nursery. So bright and cheery.

I have learned two lessons this past weekend, in the midst of working on the nursery and a project for another friend:

One: Never cut MDF boards inside AGAIN!!! Oh my! What a mess!! I had dust EVERYWHERE. I had to shop-vac my entire garage…I mean practically from ceiling to floor. It was awful!! Definitely an outside job!! With the entire house closed up!

Two: When thinking, “I’m just going to cut a few boards. I don’t need to change my clothes.” CHANGE THE CLOTHES!! Much faster than having to lint-brush myself from top to bottom. Sawdust does NOT come off easily.

Just a few words of wisdom. From personal experience. 🙂

I leave you with a very simple DIY “project.” I say “project” lightly, because it is hardly any work at all! Register vents can look so beat up over time. After changing my baseboards in the foyer (and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten, ERGH!!), I noticed my register vents a little more. Basically they stuck out like a sore thumb.


Nothing wrong with this one..just boring. 🙁

The other ones looked so bad. Soooooo, I spray painted them. I used Rust-Oleum Metallic.


I love how they turned out. Now, instead of an eyesore, they actually look good. 🙂


I know that is such a basic project…but easy is what we’re looking for sometimes, right?

So there’s my hodgepodge post. Have a great rest of the week. Spring is right around the corner. 🙂


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