Installing new carpet on our porch was a DIY that I did all by myself. The color chosen will camouflage muddy paw prints.

DIY Carpet Installation – Mini Porch Makeover…

Do you have projects that you’ve thought about doing for years but never taken action to complete?  Please tell me that it is not just me… Our house has a side porch that we use as our main entry.  It has Plexiglass panels that cover screens so it’s almost like a sunroom making it usable […]

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Thrift Score Thursday – I’m Guest Hosting!…

I’m delighted to be back with the Thrift Score Thursday gals to guest host.  They graciously let me guest host back in April when I was on spring break and I enjoyed it so much.  Now that I’m on summer vacation, I’m hosting again. If you aren’t familiar with Thrift Score Thursday, Brynne from The […]

Red, White and Blue DIY Celebration! This collection of red, white and blue has something to inspire everyone.

Red, White and Blue DIY Celebration…

Are you ready for July 4?  I’ve had my home decorated for several weeks and am looking forward to the big day on Saturday.   Today I’ve joined forces with some blogger friends to bring you plenty of red, white, and blue inspiration all in one spot.  Scroll down to find links to patriotic projects […]

I kept all 5 items from my 25th Stitch Fix shipment. virginiasweetpea.com #stitchfix

June 2015 Stitch Fix Review (Fix #25!)…

Stitch Fix box #25 arrived recently and as always, I was super excited to open it.  This month I asked my stylist for a cardigan or blazer to wear with dresses and I requested a shirt for summer’s hot weather.  I liked everything this month and kept it all which meant that I got a […]

Cobbler's Bench Coffee Table Makeover by virginiasweetpea.com

Cobbler’s Bench Coffee Table Makeover…

It’s time for another round of “Themed Furniture Makeovers.”  Each month my blogging friends challenge each other to makeover a piece of furniture using a theme.  This month’s theme is rustic. The rustic theme had me stumped until I found this cobbler’s bench coffee table at Goodwill for just $14.99.  It’s solid and charming in […]

Vintage "Old Glory" Print framed in a vintage frame. virginiasweetpea.com

Vintage Inspired Patriotic Mantel…

Being out of school has meant that I’ve had time to enjoy doing things around the house including decorating for July 4.  My mantel is decked out for the 4th using mostly vintage or vintage inspired items.   I started my patriotic mantel decorating by hanging a vintage “Old Glory” print over the fireplace.  Believe […]

A "Go Jump in the Lake" sign is perfect for summer decor. Make your own using the provided printable. virginiasweetpea.com

Go Jump in the Lake Painted Sign…

Now that we are building a lake house, I can start thinking about decor.  I’ve seen “Go Jump in the Lake” signs on-line and in a few shops and I thought that it would be fun to make my own for our house.   My friend gave me an ugly metal sign knowing that I […]

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DIY Mercury Glass Vase…

Do you like mercury glass?  I do!  I recently experimented with a technique that produced a faux mercury glass vase.  I like the look of this vase so much that I am sure to make more.   Just before school was out, my friend Suzanne and I were on an early morning run when I […]

Make an easy Patriotic Wreath from fleece strips and a wire wreath form. This is perfect for July 4 and other patriotic holidays. virginiasweetpea.com

Easy Patriotic Wreath…

Even though July 4 is still several weeks away, I can’t resist decorating early for this important holiday.  Besides, decorating early gives me more time to enjoy my patriotic decor.  Our front door has a new wreath for Independence Day, an Easy Patriotic Wreath that I crafted from fleece. Yesterday was Flag Day, so decorating […]

Patriotic pillow made from a drop cloth and quilting fabric. The fabric pieces were cut and ironed on with stitch witchery. This is a quick and easy DIY. virginiasweetpea.com

DIY Patriotic Pillow…

Yesterday I spent some time getting out my patriotic decorations and enjoyed decorating my living room.  When I’m decorating for a holiday, I like seasonal pillows to put on the wing chairs that are in front of our fire place but I had no patriotic pillows.  A quick fix to the problem was to make […]

Vintage Ball jars grouped with glass insulators on an antique bread board make a centerpiece that really catches the light.

Vintage Ball Jar Centerpiece…

  Happy Wednesday!  Can I tell you what a pleasure it is to be on summer vacation?  I’ve been busy running errands, picking paint samples, weeding, and spreading mulch.  I so much enjoy being home and having time to get things accomplished around the house.  Flag Day and the Fourth of July will soon arrive […]

Rocksbox #4! I got these three pieces in my June 2015 box and can wear them for a month before I either buy them or send them back. Love this service. virginiasweetpea.com

Rocksbox for June (My 4th box!)…

  My fourth Rocksbox arrived last week, just in time for me to wear one of the pieces to school on the last day with kids. If you aren’t familiar with Rocksbox, after taking a style survey and completing a jewelry “wish list”, three pieces of jewelry are sent to you to wear for a […]

We are building a lake our at Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Follow along as we share our progress. virginiasweetpea.com

Building Our Lake House – Part One…

I’ve been keeping a secret since last fall and I’ve been about to burst to let the cat out of the bag.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that we have property at Smith Mountain Lake.  After planning, planning, and some more planning, we are now in the process of building a lake […]

Balsam Hill Tuscan Urns on the deck filled with flowers. These are so pretty and look great from the street.

Summer Deck Refresh – Welcome Home Summer Tour…

The calendar doesn’t yet say that it is officially summer but for me it feels like summer because yesterday was the last day of school for my students.  Yippee for them!  After two teacher workdays, I’ll be shouting my own Yippee! when my summer break officially begins. Last weekend I spent the majority of Saturday […]

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Container Gardening with Monrovia Plants…

This past weekend I had one goal, to make my deck and patio look nice for summer.  I’m really late planting my containers this year, but I did manage to get them all planted before May was over.  The fun part of getting my deck and patio looking nice for summer was selecting plants for […]