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    Happy List: #202

    Hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List! I’m glad you are here. This week was a fun one on the blog! At least it was a fun one for me because I love sharing projects! I wrote about a vinyl tile pedestal stand we created and a glazed terracotta pot makeover. Both of those DIY projects get a lot of daily use around these parts. Once again, here is my shameless plug for you to join me on Instagram or Facebook. I love to connect with you here and there. Please keep in mind that I’m not on Facebook much, but I am all over those Instagram messages. Now, here’s the Happy List. Enjoy!STATEMENT MAKING…

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    Crafts,  decorating

    Glazed Terra-Cotta Pot Makeover

    Have you ever done a glazed terra-cotta pot makeover? I haven’t either…until now. *insert dramatic music here* I found a glazed terra-cotta pot at a thrift store for $10. It is huge, almost 18 inches tall, and it was begging for a makeover. Begging. You can see the potential, right? This is not one of those situations where I’m going to slap mud on a vase to make it look like authentic earthenware. I already had authentic earthenware. It was just hiding under some painted on flowers and swirly things. My plan for this glazed terra-cotta pot makeover was simple. I was just going to paint it. Easy breezy. However,…

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    Vinyl Tile Pedestal Stand

    I created a vinyl tile pedestal stand from leftover vinyl flooring to go next to my kitchen sink and I’m thrilled to show it to you today!  This was such a fun way to repurpose leftover vinyl floor tiles. I like to corral the dish soap and cleaning spray bottle on a tray next to the kitchen sink, but I do not like how soap and water inevitably drips all over that area.  I needed a tray or stand for my dish soap that would hold up well when my  kids do dishes next to a wet area.  We had a handful of leftover black hexagon vinyl tiles from a flooring project. This particular…

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    Happy List: #201

    Welcome to the Happy List! How has your week been? I hope it has been fantastic. This week on the blog I shared some organizing tricks that work for our household. I share stuff like that purely to spread ideas. For every organized space in our home, I have another space that could use some organizational love. I also shared the best constructive criticism I’ve ever received. If you missed that post, the constructive criticism did not come from my kids on how to better cook chicken nuggets. Hahaha! Once again, here is my shameless plug for you to join me on Instagram or Facebook. I love to connect with…

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    What is the Best Constructive Criticism You’ve Ever Received?

    What is the best constructive criticism you’ve ever received? Or has it all just been plain ol’ criticism of the regular variety? I’d love to know! As a blogger, I’ve received my fair share of criticism over the years. That’s always fun. *sarcasm alert* However, the most caustic environment I’ve ever been in was not work-related. It was while serving on the PTA at my kids’ school. That was a tough crowd!    The best constructive criticism I’ve ever received was in college. I was 19 or 20 years old and had secured a prestigious marketing internship with a well-known company in Portland, Oregon. It was the gold standard for internships because they gave their…

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    Organization Tricks That Work For Me

    I have a few organization tricks that work for me and they might work for you too! The best organization tricks are the ones that work for you and your lifestyle. Full stop. You could buy $1,000 work of pretty bins from The Container Store and still have a pantry or closet that is a hot mess because you don’t actually use the pretty bins. You could buy a label maker and go crazy labeling everything in existence, but if no one in your family reads the labels, what was the point? Besides the fact that label makers are kind of fun to use!  Remember that organize is a verb. That means it requires…

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    Happy List: #200

    Welcome to the Happy List all you lovebirds!  Ready for Valentine’s Day? It’s not a big holiday in our house, but I will use it as an excuse to order takeout!  This week on the blog I shared the leather belt tray I made and love with all my heart and soul. I styled it differently for the blog post, but it ended up in my son’s room on top of his bookcase. I also shared a bunch of cool art I found for big kid rooms…or for the kid in all of us.  Speaking of art of a sort, the wood heart magnets at the top of this post were made by my…

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    Unique Art for Big Kid Spaces

    I went down the Etsy rabbit hole looking for art for our bedroom and instead found a slew of cool, unique art for big kid spaces. There are so many talented artists in the world!  When I find random things here and there that I like (or in this case that my kids would like) I usually put them in a Happy List post. One random thing is fine for the Happy List. Two things in the same category is pushing it, but I’ll allow it. Three things in the same category? Three means you have to make a completely separate blog post because my boss is a tyrant. True story. I’m typing this…

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    DIY Leather Belt Tray

    A leather belt tray is today’s project and I am a teensy bit in love with it. I had a stack of western-style leather belts in my closet. The leather belts originally came from my dad’s closet and I’m presuming he wore them once or twice. Then the leather belts hung in my closet and I didn’t wear them at all. I was just waiting over a year for inspiration to strike on how to reuse those leather belts and when it did, HOLY MOLY was it good. Creating a leather belt tray is the easiest, most satisfying project. Anyone can do it. You just need a leather belt or two, a wood tray, scissors or…

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    Happy List: #199

    Hello! Welcome to today’s Happy List!  This week on the blog I shared the DIY Rustic Wood Hearts I made. Despite my jokes about how they turned out, I really do like them. I’ve been trying to think of a way to maybe date them or use them to acknowledge or remember special moments.  I also shared the new Wedding Anniversary Card tradition that Handy Husband and I are starting tomorrow. I did finally tell him about this new tradition and he was SO relieved. Hahahahaha!  It is sometimes nice to get the words expressing love from your partner, but that man SHOWS me every dang day how much he loves me with…