That one time I actually spent money

Lyle Side Chair

Happy 2014! It's my first post of the year....and I don't have some awesome, creative, one of  a kind project for you. I have seven projects that are about 80% finished, but I just can't seem to get them to the "ready to photograph" stage. I also have about 14 hundred ideas floating around in my head and I just want to drop everything I'm working on … [Read more...]



The Top Ten Posts of 2013

organized pantry

Before we jump into the top posts of 2013 I just wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments and e-mails I got after posting my Christmas house tour.  I haven't had time/energy to respond because the flu hit our house on Christmas Eve. I am just starting to feel somewhat normal, the kids are still deep in the flu trenches, and by the grace … [Read more...]



Christmas House Tour, Domestic Imperfection Style

ornaments

Merry Christmas Eve! I'm sure everyone is busy preparing for tonight and tomorrow, but I thought I'd finally pop in with my house tour just in case anyone is online. I don't know if y'all saw all the holiday house tours this month, but there are a ton of them. Evidently house tours at Christmas are a big thing in the DIY blog world. I have sifted … [Read more...]



Snowflakes in a Frame (and a giveaway)

metallic snowflake decor

Today I'm sharing with y'all my third and final Christmas craft. This one is a little more difficult than the other two, but still super doable. You should probably read the tutorial though, instead of just scrolling through the pics and taking off on your own. Yeah, I'm onto you. Yesterday's idea was for all those old frames that are missing … [Read more...]



Empty Frame Christmas Ornament Art….or something like that

Empty frame Christmas decor

Alright, today we have Christmas craft number two! I really enjoyed spending time with my glue gun for craft number one, so we (that would be me and the glue gun) decided to keep a good thing going and we made these things (I honestly have no idea what to call them)... I started out by collecting some old frames that didn't have any glass in … [Read more...]



Jingle Bell Wreath

Jingle bell wreath tutorial

Well, nine days till Christmas! Are y'all ready? I'm just now decorating...we got our tree up this weekend and I completed a few Christmas crafts to share with y'all throughout the week. Then this weekend I'll have my Christmas house tour - Domestic Imperfection style. Let's kick this week off with Christmas craft number one, a classic jingle bell … [Read more...]



Uncommon Goods Giveaway

Ziplock candy dish

Let's talk about Christmas gift giving for a second. I know each family has different ways of handling Christmas gifts. Some buy for every person, some draw names, some just do a White Elephant (or Dirty Santa, or Yankee Swap, or a variety of other names.) We have done each of those ways. It used to be that we got a gift for each person, and … [Read more...]



Small Hallway Reveal (It only took me a year!)

Birch Forest Stenciled Hallway

Last November I stenciled the little hallway the connects the master bedroom to the living room. Calling it a hallway is actually quite generous, "nook" would describe it better. I stenciled it using the Birch Forest Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, which was time-consuming but turned out great. I fully intended to decorate the area after I … [Read more...]



Crazy Easy Folded Pillows (the perfect Christmas accent)

easy no sew pillow cover

I've posted a few insanely easy projects over the years, but the one I have for you today takes the cake. I like to call it the "one minute pillow" because you can literally make it in under a minute (unless you have to take pictures of it for a blog post, then it takes significantly longer). There's no sewing, no gluing, no buying pillow forms, … [Read more...]



October Ramblings

a year of pictures

Well, October finally happened...we've been waiting and planning for October for a while. So what is this big event? Adam quit his job. His completely steady, stress free, well-paying job. And at the moment, he doesn't have another one lined up. Here's the story (the longish version). Adam is an adventure guy. His favorite pastimes include … [Read more...]



How to Make Dirty Grout Look New

How to paint and seal grout

Way back when, sometime during our kitchen remodel, I talked about replacing our kitchen floor. I've never liked the tile... its a subtle pinky/flesh color, it's shiny, it NEVER looks clean, and I just generally think it's ugly. It's the cheapest builders grade tile you can buy and the grout looks terrible. Some horrible person must break in at … [Read more...]



Pac-Man Family – Easy Costume Idea (for next year)

easy pac man family costume

Pac-Man and our family have a long history together. To be more specific, Ms. Pac-Man and Adam have a deep and meaningful relationship that developed long before our own (and that's saying something, cause I nabbed him young). It's an ongoing love affair. When Adam and I stared dating in high school I had heard of and played Pac-Man, but really, … [Read more...]



How to Refinish Outdated Tile (yes, I painted my shower)

How to refinish tile

Who here has really outdated tile in their bathroom but doesn't want to rip it out and replace it? (I'm looking at you, mom!) Did you know that you can paint it? I wavered about doing something with the tile in our master bathroom for a long time. It's not terrible and I don't hate it...but by the same token I don't love it either. I didn't … [Read more...]



Reader Projects

tone on tone stenciled table

Do you know what my favorite part of blogging is? It's y'all. You guys. My readers. I love that I can write about my life and projects and you guys just keep coming back for more. The absolute best e-mails I get are from readers showing me a project they competed after being inspired by something on my website. It makes my day, every single … [Read more...]



Bright & Rustic Button Sign

Rustic baby name sign made of buttons...love this!

Last year I made something that I never blogged about. Saying I 'made something' is a really bad description though, what I mean is that I made something that is pretty stinking awesome and one of my favorite projects ever. And then I gave it away before taking pictures of it. Like a giant dork. So what is it? It's a huge button monogram for my … [Read more...]



Carving Pumpkins with a Drill

Carve a pumpkin with a drill

I haven't carved pumpkins in a really long time. Why? Well, because this is how pumpkin carving seems to go... First you cut open the pumpkin and clean out all the guts. Lets face it...no one really likes this task. It's kinda nasty. Then you carve it up, put it out on your front porch, throw a candle in, and enjoy knowing it's out there for a few … [Read more...]



A Painted Front Door

painted and distressed front door

So....front doors. It's one of the first things people notice about your house, one of the first thing that tells visitors anything about the people who live inside.  Our door didn't tell people much...it didn't tell them that I like color, nor did it tell them that Adam is a wood snob. The only thing our front door really told people is that we … [Read more...]



Summer Ramblings

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I completely failed to write a single ramblings post this summer, so I'm just going to catch up in one big summer overview post.  And for the purposes of this blog post, September is totally still summer. June There are five kids in Adams family and his sister, Meredith, is the youngest and only girl. This year she graduated high school and was … [Read more...]



The Rock Box

rock box instead of sand box

 Once upon a time there was a man who built a playset for his children. Upon completion of the playset he and his wife promised the children that they would turn the base of the playset into a sandbox. Many months passed, but the promise was never fulfilled. The boy was very sad. Then one day the boy's mother noticed a slight nip in the air. … [Read more...]



Pecan Farmhouse Dining Table

Pecan farmhouse dining table

Surprise! We built another dining room table. That kind of came out of left field, I know...after all, we just built our current pine farmhouse table last year.  Allow me to explain... Adam is a wood snob. Now Adam isn't snobby about much. He will gladly drive old crappy cars, sport goodwill t-shirts, go waaay to long between haircuts because I … [Read more...]