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I love to sew and I especially love quilting! I wish I had more time to quilt but it is labor intensive and time consuming so for now it’s limited to gifts for new babies, since they are mini and their quilts are a lot less work. A new friend who had never been to my house before stopped over recently commented that she loved all the ways I have added quilts into so many rooms in my home without…

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Quick and Easy Pillow Cover Tutorial ~Using Cloth Napkins and No Zippers! Difficulty *1 (out of 5) Talent needed: Sewing a straight line. Materials: Four Cloth napkins 96" of 1" to 2" wide coordinating ribbon (8 pieces each 12" - four for each pillow slip) Don't you hate storing “stuff” especially holiday décor and pillows take up so much room when all that is really needed is the cover because underneath all pillows are alike, although they may be different…

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Our refrigerator is old. Like 12 years old and since it works perfectly I don’t see the need to replace it. But it looks awful inside. The shelves are glass and they have gotten scratched over time and no matter how much time and effort I put into cleaning them they will never again look new. Then there is the miscellaneous stains and spills that happen and no one notices until they require a blow torch to remove them. I…

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  You know the popular show on HGTV with Chip and Joanna Gaines who take absolutely awful, run down houses in and around Waco, Texas and make them into absolutely beautiful homes. Well since we can’t all move to Waco, buy a run-down house and have them work their magic, I thought I would break down some of the elements that make JoAnna's designs so aesthetically pleasing. While the style is truly eclectic it is still calming and pleasing, making…

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Reclaimed, reused, re-purposed and refurbished are the new buzz words in decorating. I was at an event in Scottsdale called Junk in the Trunk and was blown away by the number of reclaimed items especially windows for sale. I love that they are not ending up in a landfill and that people can be so amazing and creative in the ways to make them into so many things! First off ~ I know I promised the pot by the front…

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I love fall and even though we live in Arizona, my heart and soul remain in the Midwest where I lived for most of my life! September may no longer bring slightly cooler days and the beginning of the change of color on the trees, my internal clock, however, says it is time to make some changes to the décor. I am not ready for the Halloween décor, but pumpkins and mums are a welcome change. The last couple years…

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  The easiest way to keep your home in great shape and save yourself a lot of work and expense later is with regular upkeep. Small problems can be fixed before they become a major repair requiring hiring a contractor or worse as an emergency situation as result of water or fire caused by deferred maintenance. Every season I supply you with a reminder of the maintenance that may need to be done, things that need to be checked and…

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When I revamped my office I knew I wanted to come up with a replacement for my old cork bulletin boards.  I needed something flexible enough to hang notes, pictures, lists and inspirational sayings and that they could be changed out and moved around easily. I didn't want anything that used push pins because the pins poke holes and tiny holes in anything drives me crazy. For the board in this tutorial I used a ready made frame but the…

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There is something interesting and appealing about the look of wine crates. They bring images of the French countryside and beautiful vineyards of Tuscany. Can’t you just see yourself sitting and sipping a glass of wine overlooking winding country roads, gentle rolling hills lush with greenery and row upon row of grapes lovingly tended to? There is history and tradition and it is comforting in this hurry and rush to get everything quickly that there are still things in this…

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It is so much fun to look at all the beautiful kitchens on Pinterest and I could spend all day browsing my favorite design blogs. As a dedicated DIY’er I am always looking for great ideas I can copy or a new idea to add to the dream boards I create for each room of the house. Many times the looks I love are just not practical for my life, as I found out with an unfortunate pedestal sink install…

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