Media Cabinet Makeover with Decoupage

Fish Themed Decoupage

It’s the end of August and time for another installment of Themed Furniture Makeovers.  If you aren’t familiar with this series, a group of blogging friends who enjoy painting furniture team up each month to make over a piece of furniture with a theme.  This month’s theme is decoupage. I wasn’t sure what I’d make over this month … [Read more...]

Another Lamp Makeover from the Trash

Vintage Primrose Themed Lamp by

I love it when people move and put things they no longer want on the curb for the trash man.  Last summer I found this lamp in a box at the end of a neighbor’s driveway and immediately liked its botanical theme.  It didn’t have a shade or any parts but I knew it would be an easy fix. A year later, I finally found a shade at Walmart and a … [Read more...]

Vintage Snake Bite Kit

Vintage Snake Bit Kit by

Growing up, my very favorite mystery series was Trixie Belden.  Trixie and her best pal Honey constantly found themselves in the middle of a mystery that had to be solved.  Trixie’s brothers Brian and Matt, along with Honey’s adopted brother Jim, and their friends Diana and Dan, all played big parts in solving the mystery.  I so much wanted … [Read more...]

Copycat Vintage Thermos Lamp

Upcycled Vintage Thermos Lamp by

I’ve always heard that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  I hope that the talented Pam from House of Hawthornes agrees with this because I 100% copied her clever idea for making a lamp from a vintage thermos.  Pam found her thermos at a yard sale and mine was a dumpster diving find.  I loved this thermos the minute my friend … [Read more...]

Wallternatives in My New Classroom

Decorating  Classroom with Wallternatives by virginiasweetpea

Today is my 41st first day of school:  13 as a student, 4 in college, and 24 as a middle school teacher.  That’s a lot of first days, you’d think I’d be an old pro at it by now but believe it or not, I still get a bit nervous.  This year I have reason to be nervous as it’s my first year teaching 6th grade.  I explained a few weeks ago … [Read more...]

Our Front Entry’s Dirty Little Secret

My Entry's Dirty Little Secret by virginiasweetpea

Our front entry had a dirty little secret.  You can’t see it from the street, can you?  Our entry looks like that of many Cape Cod style houses in our town:  covered entry, tan paint, and a Chippendale storm door.   Take a closer look.  Can you see the dirty little secret now?   Look carefully.  What looks to be a … [Read more...]

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce (No Cook!)

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce by

It’s August which means gardens are producing abundant supplies of tomatoes.  My favorite cherry tomato variety is Sun Gold which is fabulous for eating straight off the vine.  We also enjoy them sliced in half and tossed in a bit of rice vinegar.  Another way I like to use my abundant supply of Sun Golds this time of year is for a pasta sauce … [Read more...]

Guest Hosting for #thriftscorethursday!


  It’s no secret that I love vintage treasures and have fun shopping for them at thrift shops,  yard sales, and sometimes even in a neighbor’s trash.  Finding a treasure for a free or a bargain is the ultimate shopping high for me. Trisha from Black and White Obsession and Brynne from The Gathered Home invite fellow vintage … [Read more...]

Hibiscus – A Prolific Bloomer

Hibiscus by

  A few days ago I noticed that my hibiscus is blooming and is so pretty.  I planted this almost 20 years ago and it comes back each year no matter how hard the winter.  I love its big showy pink blooms that last just a day.  The blooms open in the morning and by late afternoon have closed and will fall off the next … [Read more...]

Summer Dreams $500 Cash Giveaway

Summer Dreams $500 Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $500 Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway! Someone is going to get lucky, lucky and it could be you! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you a summer giveaway and one lucky person will win $500 cash. The giveaway starts on August 6 and ends on August 19. Good Luck! Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal. Complete the … [Read more...]