Dollar Store Chalkboard

Dollar Store Chalkboard Tray~Cupcakes and Crinoline 5

  About 16 months ago we made some shoestring upgrades to our bathroom with two splurges ~ a granite countertop and an oil rubbed bronze Tuscan faucet.  I do have pictures that I intend to post...someday, but until then I have this small decorator addition that cost me less than $1.50.  The bathroom mirror is the original from when the house was built in the 1970's.  I have repainted it on three different … [Read more...]

DIY Stain Remover and Detergent Booster ~ Homemaking 101 Week #4

Laundry Stain Remover Sock After

I have tried many stain removers over the years sometimes with good results and sometimes not.  I have been trying a lot of DIY recipes for cleaning products lately and this one definitely works.  I tried it on a set in stain {mud} on a white sock that I had soaked in bleach and used several store bought stain removers on without any success.  I also used this directly in the wash water with socks that I usually add … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Freebies ~ 2012


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th, this year.  There are some awesome freebies out there for you to take advantage of  to really spoil your Dad! Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament ~ Father’s Day weekend {June 15-17} with the purchase of one full-priced adult admission, Dad gets in FREE. Spaghetti Warehouse “Whether you’re a ‘father’, ‘dad’, or maybe just ‘pop’, you’re invited to join us at Spaghetti Warehouse, eat … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Carpet & Mattress Powder ~ Homemaking 101 Week #2

Housekeeping Powder ingredients

When I change my sheets and wash my bed linens I like to spray the mattress, sheets, blankets and pillows with a linen spray.  I also, twice a year ~ once in the spring and once in the fall ~ like to sprinkle a fragrant baking soda mixture on my mattresses and pillows, letting it sit for about an hour.  I then use my vacuum cleaner with attachment to vacuum away the baking soda leaving a light clean scent behind. This … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Finds

Milk Glass Pedastal Bowl 2

The last few visits to my local Thrift Store have been so disappointing but last Saturday I had a few extra minutes so I took a chance and I didn’t quite hit the jackpot but I did pick up a few good items.  I love milk glass but didn’t even own one piece until this one….isn’t it lovely?  It is a milk glass pedestal bowl and it was only $3.99!!! I can use it for everyday display or fruits or holiday displays…I love the … [Read more...]

Dollar Store Princess

Dollar Store Princess finished

I was at the Dollar Store a few weeks ago and saw the cutest small white frames with glass and white ribbons {to hang them} and thought they could be used for I bought three. I was at Michael's and saw a really cute rub-on ~ It's Not Easy Being A Princess....I bought this having no idea what I would use it for...I mean I have all boys...can't make anything for them with this...but it was cute...sooo...I … [Read more...]

Who Needs Vera Bradley?

Darice Purse and Wallet set

I love Vera Bradley purses...I see them niece has some and she even has the diaper bag.....I really, really wanted one...but I didn't want to spend the money..... but..... A few weeks ago I was in a local craft store with my husband {who had no idea that I was desirous of ~insert covetous~ of one of those handbags}......he noticed the little beauty above and said, "Hey, sweetie.....I think you would … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Finder, Garage Sale Finder & a Groovy App

yard sale treasure map

  Yard sales, garage sales, estate sales.....woot in the Northeast this upcoming weekend is the official kickoff of yard sale/garage sale season....{according to, maybe it really isn't official...but!}. In any event, I found some websites and an app to track down those sales...which to me is definitely better than driving around aimlessly looking for signs....and who wants to waste time … [Read more...]