DIY Hutch Makeover – Craigslist $25 find

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeover

Our 'formal dining room' needed some furniture to fill it, so I found this gem on Craigslist for $25!!!!!!!!DIY Hutch Makeover Commence! A personal goal I set for myself, well, for our home is to furnish the rest of it with Craigslist items or Goodwill purchases. We moved from a smaller home to a home over double its size, so we have had a few rooms to fill. You read right, TWENTY FIVE BIG ONES!!! It even has a light in it ... THAT WORKS!!!!! I love how it turned out.  Just waiting to find just the right hardware to finish the look ... What do you think? These 2 photos below is before it saw some Taradara action!HOW DID I DO IT? I removed the hardware and sanded the areas … [Read more...]

Don’t replace your ceiling fan – Paint it!

How to save money on light fixtures. Don't get rid of your old one, just paint it to update it #diy

Save your money and paint the darn thing!Paint your ceiling fan! We moved in 5 years ago and I've wanted to change out my ceiling fans for new ones ever since we looked at it.  Every time I go to Lowes or Home Depot, I look at the fans.  I look the next time and the next.... Then I'd go home and think, I should paint mine.  Then I'd think of taking it down, taking it apart and painting it.  Then I'd cringe. Then I'd be at Lowes, I'd look at the ceiling fans again ... and, look at the price and think about taking the old one down and putting the new one up.  Then I think about painting them again. See, it's been a vicious cycle. Try being in my brain ... It's totally ADHD {no … [Read more...]

How to Start Hot Water Heater Pilot Light

How to start hot water heater pilot light. You can do it yourself! #diy

No need to call a plumber or a handyman. You can start your own darn hot water heater pilot light and you know what? It's EASY!How do you know that this might be a problem?  You don't have any hot water in your house ... anywhere.  You look to see if your hot water heater has exploded and it hasn't.  You go back and turn on another hot water faucet thinking maybe it was that one faucet that is broken.  Nope, no hot water.  You return to the water heater and read the directions on how to get the pilot light on.  (Ahem, not that I did that or anything....) I'm here to show you that you will not blow up. You can do this. YOU can Fix it yourself! … [Read more...]

DIY Tablecloth

Cute DIY Tablecloth idea tutorial

I wanted a nice table cloth for our annual neighborhood progressive party, but didn't want to spend a bunch of money on 2 tablecloths {call me cheap or call me crafty}.  So, I fixed that with the help of Pinterest.  I saw this picture from Joann and thought I could totally do that.I didn't want to worry about chargers and setting a beautiful table scape for 14 people ... I'm kind of a low maintenance no nonsense kind of host ... LOL!  Lame to some, easy going to others. So, I went to the store and bought 7 yards of beige cotton fabric that was on sale and some Tulip puffy paint.  Budg-et, people!!! I used the plate I was going to use as a template, you could use a cardboard cut out if … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Display Ideas

DIY Christmas Card Displays

I love receiving Christmas cards. CONFESSION:  I am so guilty of not sending them, and am always surprised that friends still consider us to send wonderful cards during the holidays.  I love all the amazing ideas that my fellow creative blogger friends have come up with for various displays. Here are some DIY ideas that you can totally make yourself ...Sweet C's Designs made a Vintage Ski Christmas Card DisplayThe Thinking Closet has this DIY Pallet Christmas Card DisplayC.R.A.F.T has an easy DIY Card Tree she shows how to makeCrafts n' Coffee made this Clothesline Bulletin Board to display Christmas CardsThe Country Chic Cottage has this great 'under $5' Vintage … [Read more...]

Taradara is on the Cover (of Sew News!!)

Taradara is on the cover of Sew News Magazine!

How exciting is this???!!!  My 3 of a Kind Christmas stocking design is on the cover of Sew News!! Sew exciting!! I keep thinking in my crazy little head, "I'm on the cover of the Rolling Stone!!!" LOL! What a surprise and a true honor to be right there!!!! I can imagine now what's like for new artists to hear their song on the radio for the very first time!  {this isn't quite near as exciting but it's pretty close for a small town girl like me!} Go to Sew News.com and you can see all the creative articles in this edition set to be on newsstands this week. Here's a full picture of the lovelies....The colors and designs add an eclectic flair to Christmas decor.  Gone are the days … [Read more...]

Succulents don’t die easy!

How to make a succulent arrangement

If you're like me, I don't have a great rep with plants.  They seem to want to leave my house screaming when I bring them through our doors. Well, I've outsmarted them!!!SUCCULENTS!!!!!!!I love greenery to add to my home, but I always kill the gorgeous plants before long, so now I'm so happy to have found the answer!!  The heavens have opened up, friends!!  Let me tell you, they are the easiest plants to keep!  They like to be watered every once in awhile.  They have a hard time dying!Succulents are the BEST! Succulents don't cost a whole lot. You can buy succulents at any plant shop or home hardware store. Succulents RULE!! With winter on the way, these puppies survive … [Read more...]