My Kitchen Wish List (…and WIN $1000!)

Kitchen Inspiration

Three years ago, I stumbled into the world of DIY and home improvement. I was a beginner with little skill, but I knew a lot could be accomplished with a little creative know-how. We flipped two houses, and made quite a few mistakes along the way, but through our mistakes we learned so much. The vast majority of our projects were achieved with a chop saw and a paint brush. One project lead to another, and before I knew it...we were tackling larger and larger projects. I became addicted to seeing the fruits of our labor, and we'd have several simultaneous projects going at one time. Here are some of my favorite "love it" moments since we started our DIY journey. These are our lowest-cost-biggest-impact project we've ever tackled.So now it's time to focus, once again, on our kitchen. … [Read more...]

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Square Blog Training Consulting

Custom RSS Newsletters  |  1-Hour Blog Consultation  |  Book Your AppointmentDuring the day, I work full time as an IT security consultant and software sales executive. Prior to that, my experience was a customer relationship manager in support of our large, Fortune 500 customers. I've done this for over 15 years and have spent many days turning unhappy customers into success stories. My job in a nutshell? To quickly cut through the minutia and ensure that the customer experience is positive, which in turns means, they become repeat customers that will purchase goods and services from me, over and over again. Our readers ARE our customers, and we want them to continue coming back to our blogs, over and over again. In my blog training and consulting business, I provide you the … [Read more...]

Free Printable All who wander…

All Who Wander Free Printable

All Who Wander Are Not Lost Amen to that! I've always loved this saying, "all who wander are not lost". So today I made my own printable and I'm framing this in a family photo wall that I'm working on. I'm enjoying the free trial at Graphicstock and creating all kinds of pretty printables, so as I create them I'll share them with you. Want to try your hand at making printables? It's easy. Click over to my recent post to get your own free trial, my suggestion would be to download ALL of your holidays, special event images and place them in a folder and use them at a later date! Click here --> All Who Wander Free Download | by If you want to win a free year of Graphicstock you can also enter the drawing in this post. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

60+ Chalkboard Art & Furniture Transfer Projects

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Art

How To Create Your Own Chalkboard Art & Furniture TransfersDo you want to make beautiful chalkboard art but you're not quite sure how? How about painting a pretty image onto furniture? This is a great post for you--today bloggers are sharing their secrets along with 60+ examples of their own image transfer projects. You will be an expert with this DIY by the time you finish reading. Did you know--there is ONE common technique that most bloggers use in our image transfer projects? By following this tutorial, I will share this secret and hopefully remove the guesswork out of tackling this DIY. A video tutorial was also recorded November 16, 2014. (Available for subscribers).   Find beautiful royalty free images for your image transfer projects at Graphicstock (Get y … [Read more...]

Over 250K FREE Images from Graphicstock

Win Graphicstock 99 Membership

Free Images from GraphicstockToday I'm teaming up with Graphicstock for an awesome giveaway. Updating my blog logo has been on my agenda for a long time, let me know how you like the new look! I wanted a cleaner, more whimsical-yet-vintage look to brighten it up, and to expand my menu buttons and include more clickable options for readers. The free images I found on Graphicstock inspired me to start experimenting with a new look for this website, and even helped me launch my blog consulting business, too! I also created this free download that you can use as art in your home:How to enter? Download your own 7 day trial - then, leave a comment below to let me know which image YOU would use on your next project. My video explaining ways to maximize your 7 Day free … [Read more...]

I’m now a contributor…

Passion for Home Blogger | by

 I've shifted my focus towards finishing up some outdoor DIY, entertaining (and being entertained by) friends, and enjoying a bit of local travel with the family. We've had three very time-consuming budget renovations since January (including the master bath, family room and now the deck).  I'm forcing myself like to enjoy the space once it's complete, and we're doing just that. In fact, we're hosting our very FIRST "teen" party at our house this tonight we're mowing the lawn, setting up karaoke, making a small firepit, and giving the dog a bath.  I admit, we are taking it easy this summer, and I'm enjoying a more casual pace that summer brings to my blog. And with that, some additional opportunity has come my "Passion for Home" Be s … [Read more...]

DIY Vintage Crates + old pictures

DIY Vintage Fruit Crates

Time sure is a-flying'...Memorial Day weekend marked our 10th anniversary in this house! I promise, this post does include a DIY tutorial (a very easy one, I might add) about how to give wooden crates a vintage look. But I'm about to get a little nostalgic...Finding "pre-blog" photos of the house's exterior has been a challenge. So as I look for pictures of our home exterior, I've accessed old photos that I haven't looked at in years. Here are a few that I came across of both the inside and out. So, forgive me, I might get a little weepy as I look at old pictures. Their first swingset, their first day of school (when I had no yard, only dirt). And some snapshots of the house when I had little to no furniture. Times were pretty tough then but we got through it! My ho … [Read more...]

Summer Home Tour 2015

Cover Front Porch Potting Table @snazzylittlethings

"We create beautiful things. Sharing craft, DIY, decor & woodworking tutorials. Tips & tricks that make your creative conquests a little easier.""Summer Home Tour: 5 Days, 30 Bloggers" If you've stopped by from Life on Virginia Street and this is your first time here, welcome! I'm so excited to have you here and I'd like to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life who invited me to join her blogger summer home tour series! Be sure to stop by all week to visit all 30 of us, our full tour schedule is listed at the bottom of this page. *** My blog was named after a phrase I often heard my grandfather say as I watched him masterfully refinished old furniture. He made a living doing just that, so I've grown up appreciating all things vintage and I inherited his desire to … [Read more...]

Is Your Home Summer Ready?

Grandpas Bottles Summer Home Tour @SnazzyLittleThings

My tour is open! Come on in and visit!I'm so thrilled to have been invited by Marty, who blogs @ A Stroll Through Life to join 29 other bloggers in my first ever summer home tour. I've only participated in holiday or winter tours as a blogger up to this point. But with a few major renovations behind us, I think our house might be ready!  If the summer decorating bug hasn't bit you yet, it certainly will by next weekend. Join us each morning with a cup of coffee and browse through some of the prettiest DIY & decor on the web!  Here is a preview of all the bloggers in this week's line up!    On Monday:  A Stroll Thru Life -,  Live On Virginia Street -, Snazzy Little Things - http … [Read more...]

May #30DayFlip: MORE Reader Reveals!

30DayFlip Outdoor Spaces (Part 2) @Snazzylittlethings

Day 2: MORE Readers Reveal Their Outdoor Spaces!!!! Welcome to Day #2 of our May #30DayFlip reader reveals! If you missed Day 1, visit this link to see what our talented readers have created.  This month’s 30-day flip has been all about updating our outdoor spaces. Some of us focused on enclosed patios, some of us created container gardens, some of us simply added a few pops of color. Whatever the method, readers really rocked this challenge and you should all be SO proud. I love how supportive our readers are of each other throughout the month. So in their own words, here are the before & afters of some of the prettiest outdoor spaces in town!"Lace & Lights Front Porch Updo" by Sharon Rexroad (see more on her Facebook page and her blog, Bringing Creativity 2 Lif … [Read more...]