Making Time to Create

always wanted to paint? take a free watercolor course here..

When I was little, I was more excited to go to the craft store than the toy store. So today, I'm even more excited to announce I'll be partnering with Michaels craft stores as one of their Michaels Makers bloggers. It's kinda like Michael himself called (I don't know if there is a real Michael) and said "hey, would you be interested in coming in, buying all the craft supplies you want, and ...

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Donation Values Guide and Printable

You can deduct charitable donations from your taxable income? Use this handy printable to keep track of items as you donate them.

I know this isn't a super fun post, in fact, it's talking about taxes. But I for one am super excited about this post. If you live in the US, our current tax code allows you to deduct charitable donations from your taxable income. When you are decluttering 40 bags in 40 days, (and throughout the year as well) donations can add up pretty quickly. But they're annoying to keep track of. I've ...

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Colorful Outdoor Living Space Makeover


This post is brought to you by World Market.  Do you remember the thrifted wooden patio set I shared back in April? Today I'm sharing a colorful outdoor living space makeover. The before and after is crazy, it doesn't look like the same set! When we first took a tour of our house, there were many details and features that convinced us to put in an offer. But when we stepped outside, we were ...

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Gray House No Shutters Turquoise Door


I don't know how it happened, but out of the blue (pun intended) I painted our front door a bright turquoise. Here's what it looked like before: Well, I guess I know how. It was almost a turn of events similar to the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" story (that I also mentioned with the post on our master bathroom). The seeds were planted a few weeks ago. I saw a cute historic home ...

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Simple Shared Kids Room

colorful but neutral shared kids room, love the colors!

You know those rooms that get done-ish, but never quite finished? Meet our kids' room. A few months ago we finally finished things off and created a simple shared kids room that is neutral but still colorful. Here's the room reveal, before pictures, and a bit of back story behind the room that is shared by three of our kids. We have lived in our house for 4.5 years and in that short span ...

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Letter Tracing Sheet Printable

a simple tracing printable for letters, great for practice or for displaying as artwork!

My 5 year old and almost-4 year old have been really into practicing letters lately. Up to this point, I've just written them out for the kids to practice and we've filled up notebooks fast. I was unimpressed with the ones I found online filled with watermarks and lines and so on. I wanted something SIMPLE! Something that I could easily frame and display as art. So of course being a DIY-er, I made ...

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

by reusing items and waiting patiently, this kitchen only cost $2500 to renovate. WOW!

One of the first things we did upon moving into our home 4.5 years ago was paint our kitchen cabinets. It was one of my first big DIY projects, and wasn't too tricky! I could write out a complicated tutorial with lots of pictures, but I'm not going to do that. Here is a simple, straightforward guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets. Keep in mind that I am not an expert, but this method has held ...

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Glitter Mug UPDATE

This blogger says her dishwasher safe glitter mug held up after 6 months! Here are her tips, tricks, and the tutorial to DIY your own.

Twenty-nine weeks ago I made a dishwasher safe glitter mug and posted the tutorial. You guys must have thought it was cool or something because it then went crazy on Pinterest. I've had a few people asking for a glitter mug update so here it is after 6 months of use. Still looks awesome, right?! I've forgotten how many times it has been through the dishwasher but I am guessing we use it ...

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How to Afford a Kitchen Remodel

kitchen renovation over time, wow!

There's something that drives me nuts about first time home buyer shows. Many times they look at a room and say "this needs to be gutted", to which someone replies "oh yes, a kitchen remodel will cost about 15 to 30 thousand" and they get all scared because they can barely afford the closing. They've got it all wrong. You can gut and pour money into a room all at once, but you do not NEED ...

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Beige to Greige Before and After

beige to greige before and after, you won't believe the difference paint makes in this room!

When we closed on our house four years ago, the first thing we did was grab some swatches, pick out a beige color, and coat our ENTIRE home in 5 gallons of that same color. Learn from me, will you? Don't buy one color for your whole house without living in it. Scratch that, don't buy ANY color without first living in your home! I liked the color in daylight but when it started to get dark out ...

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