It’s time for Friday favorites……and one of my favorite things about blogging is freeform writing…shooting straight from the hip. So that’s what this post is all about…just me, sharing a few of my favorite things I’ve discovered this week across the web. And I have a tiny announcement at the bottom of this post!
We’ve been basking in the afterglow of our recent Pergo flooring project. Which is just another way to say that we’ve been taking a little break from DIY.
So…we adopted a kitten.
Because, you know…that’s what you do. Adopt a pet when you have a single moment of free time. 😉
I love this project from Kristine at The Painted Hive. I adore her blog! She may have inspired a new project here at our house…I always love making my own art and I’ve been feeling like it’s time to change things up a bit.
Let us not forget we also opened our store…this step has really pushed me out of my comfort zone! I love the idea of running a store but lots of my own fears kept me from taking the plunge. I am so lucky to have gracious readers-turned-customers who have been so patient and pointing out any glitches or bumps in the ordering process. I’m happy that some of my long time “dreams” are starting to become a reality.
So now when someone asks me “what do you do for a living?” instead of blank stares when I say “I’m a blogger” (Mark’s famous for responding with “I’m an acrobat” when he’s asked that question).
I can now officially say (as I bat my eyes and drop my voice)…”I own a shop“.
Every week I’m adding some fun, new merchandise…like so:
I’m really enjoying being a “buyer” too. (A small tidbit about me, I was offered a job with Walmart as a buyer when I was 19 years old…a loooong time ago).
Between snowstorms and this crazy cold weather, we aren’t getting much time in the woodshop. But Mark was able to create one ‘snazzy little thing’ lately. Check out his newly created Keurig holder, one that I’ve never seen before on the web. So clever!
What do you think?! We are using this one as our prototype. I’ve always said he thinks like a “vintage” Ikea maker, lol! But he’s really having a lot of fun making these. These will be custom order items, I plan to stencil a quote on it, and maybe paint it black distressed. I wanted a smoother box, but I liked this plain cedar for our house.
Speaking of quotes…I love this one. We actually do speak like that around here in the mornings. You can expect it on a mug very soon.
I’ve tried to kick the coffee habit, but it’s been futile.
Oh wait…here is the mug!
I’m starting to move things around and working on spring vignettes — in spite of the snow on the ground. Click this image for a coupon code to purchase. I love so may things at Passuluna Shop. This cute lantern can be purchased! Redeem this coupon code to save 10%. Code: SnazzyPassu10.
Favorite Instagram Account:
Be sure to follow Town and Country Style on Instagram. This room is jaw dropping! I stalk her account every day.
So we are working towards a new normal here. One that enjoys our house as it is. The one that doesn’t mind tufts of animal hair on the floor in favor of playing with the pets and binge watching “Schitts’s Creek”. One of our newest favorites!
My New Book
Coming soon (April timeframe)
Speaking of sh!ts creek and freeform writing :)…I have a tiny annoucement…I’m working on an EBOOK! (I hear the collective sighs of relief — no I am NOT pregnant!!) Lol! Lord help me. Anyhooo…this book gives me yet another opportunity to write and shoot straight from the hip and talk about my own experiences with home improvement.
Book premise: A roadmap of practical but spectacular DIYs that significantly increase your home’s value. When I began my DIY journey, I was a divorced, working mom who wanted a pretty home, but aside from owning a white, builders-grade box, I was on the mend financially. I knew that I could only spare a tiny budget for home improvement, but I needed to ensure my house was keeping up with the local market. I sometimes thought that the only way to financial freedom was to cut my losses and sell my house. In the book, I talk about simple but clever DIYs that helped me rise above the fray and prioritize my projects to maximize the value of my
only remaining asset. This road hasn’t been easy, but it’s not impossible…this book appeals to anyone who is budget conscious and looking for clever “hacks” that make their home beautiful, too!
And, here is the title I chose…
I made it look like a real book – but it’s starting out as a fun, weekly eLearning series delivered to your inbox. You can only access it if you are a subscriber of Snazzy Little Things, so sign up here!
- eLearning “Lite” Series (the free + slow version): The email series is a “lite” version of the ebook, each chapter delivered to your inbox over the course of several weeks. Sign up here, this is the only way you can access the free, weekly email series.
- eBook (PDF) for Purchase: The full PDF ebook includes all chapters from the email series but includes more detail about some of the most impactful projects that increased the value of my home. (Prepurchase now, and a PDF will be delivered to your inbox once the eBook is released in later this spring).
- April – May timeframe is the expected release…for BOTH versions!
About the Title:
I chose to use the word “hacked” in my eBook title because budget DIY projects tend to get a bad rap, or they’re considered a “hack” or cheap. In fact, some of my projects (even since the Better Homes & Gardens article) have been heavily criticized. But in truth, the home improvement industry has been disrupted — budget DIY projects can not only be beautiful, but a well-done “hack” can significantly improve your home and financial future. We live in a brand new era of home improvement — where a gorgeous home is accessible and achievable by all. With a little know-how, a good tutorial (thanks to lots of bloggers and Pinterest) and some free time on weekends, anyone can have a gorgeous home without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on home improvements.
Not every kitchen upgrade needs to cost $60,000 to be considered beautiful.
Hope you have a great weekend! We are having 15 tweens at the house this weekend for a gigantic sleepover (gulp!) Wish me luck!