Dining Room Do Over – How to Remove Urine Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Dining Room Do Over – How to Remove Urine Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Our house came with plenty of problems.  I was told the previous owner had nine dogs that were kept inside after a neighbor complained.  The result was urine damage to the floors. The floors were a honey color, and I wanted something more rustic.  What I REALLY wanted to do was attempt to save the original flooring.  I rented a floor sander and sanded the layer away, but the urine stains remained.  A real estate agent suggested that I make the floors black, but it wasn’t the route I was…

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How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

Two years ago, my eldest had requested that I cater her senior recital at her college.   Although the reception went nicely, I felt the table looked a little bare.  When she contacted me to cater her graduate recital, not only did I want to fill the table more, but pleasing the masses became more complicated because my daughter had become vegan. Typically, I don’t like to be the boring cheese and crackers type of server.  In this case, even cheese wasn’t something that could be placed on a vegan menu…

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Closets – How to Make a Closet Organizer for a Small Closet

Closets – How to Make a Closet Organizer for a Small Closet

In my world, closet organizers are a necessity.  Nowadays, there’s such a great selection with what you can choose from in the stores.  Two of our bedrooms had fabulously large closets, and, after considering a variety of styles, I opted to install a Closet Maid package that had options I could add.  I wanted to have drawers instead of the shelves that came with the package and added them separately – which resulted in me having leftover shelves. When I went into the “lavender” room (AKA the room I set…

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DIY Bathroom Vanity – Dry Sink to Real Sink

DIY Bathroom Vanity – Dry Sink to Real Sink

Where to begin on this one…. There was a bathroom vanity in my house that HAD to come out.  Was it ugly?  Not really. Was it too small?  A little…but it wasn’t a big deal.  So, what was the problem?  Apparently, a dog had resided in that bathroom and lifted it’s leg frequently to urinate on that vanity.  When I say frequently, I can’t even imagine how often it happened, but it was enough to make people gag walking by the room. I can’t think of anything much more disturbing…

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How to Update an Old Coffee Table – From Old to New – Homemade Chalk Paint

How to Update an Old Coffee Table – From Old to New – Homemade Chalk Paint

When I was younger, a big mistake I made was assuming I couldn’t decorate my home nicely due to funds.  It struck me most recently that I never even really tried.  I spent years raising children and just living in a house rather than enjoying the house where I was living.  Having four children can tie up a lot of time, and it DOES put other things that aren’t so important on a back burner (as it should be), but I still didn’t think to find inexpensive ways to decorate….

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Repairing and Painting Crate Furniture

Repairing and Painting Crate Furniture

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed furniture, didn’t have matching furniture, or maybe needed some furniture to stage a home?  For years, I made do with second rate furniture or furniture that was given to me after it had been used by someone else for years.  If you think this is a bad thing, think again.  You can create old furniture into something new and fun by using your imagination.  When you’re managing a family and funds, you do the best with what you have, and…

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Inexpensive Furniture and Making Your Furniture Match

Inexpensive Furniture and Making Your Furniture Match

In my twenties, I was married with two children and BROKE.  We didn’t have Internet access like today, and I literally would call my bank nightly to see what checks cleared and what the remaining balance was in my account.  It was a nightmarish way to live, but it taught me a lot. Today, I was telling my older two girls about how I would use my talents to get what I needed (or to save the day from checks bouncing).  I knew how to sew and make crafts.  Craft…

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Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes – by Shannon Imlay

Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes – by Shannon Imlay

The beautiful Shannon Imlay is back with more Thanksgiving decorating ideas.  For those of us (me) who scratch our heads wondering how we can make a better presentation for our guests, Shannon is the go-to girl for all things beautiful without breaking the bank.  If you haven’t visited her blog, it would be well worth your time to drop by for all kinds of decorating ideas, easy tutorials, and great meals.  And, now, onto Shannon from Shannon’s Shanonigins! Happy Thanksgiving! I promised you a couple of Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes and…

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Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Donna’s introduction–  I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Imlay in New York City, and one cannot even begin to describe the feeling of warmth and love that emits from her.  The beauty of Shannon is that she is beautiful from the inside out, and I somehow feel that this beauty branches out into the very core of her decorating abilities. What you see from the creations she makes comes from her heart, and you can see the very essence of who she is through her beautiful designs.  Enough from…

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Shannon’s Shanonigin’s ShamROCKS It – St. Patrick’s Day Floral Design Part 2

Shannon’s Shanonigin’s ShamROCKS It – St. Patrick’s Day Floral Design Part 2

Shannon Imlay of Shannon’s Shanonigins is making me see green.  Shannon sent me her second floral design written in a festive St. Patrick’s Day font color.  It made me a little giddy, so I had to keep it to get us in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!  As all of you saw yesterday, Shannon has an unbelievable ability to make something beautiful out of items we may not have thought about using…and she does this without spending a lot of money!  Her way of explaining floral design can make us…

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