Category Archives: Tutorials

31 Days Of Decorating With (Re) Purpose- Tutorial For Covering Old Lampshades


Lamps can go out of style yet still be functional. This one isn’t that bad, but after 10 years, it is drab.

It resides on our nightstand, and I wanted to create a softer look. There are lots of angles and I couldn’t afford to change out the whole lamp, so I bought a yard of fabric. This is soft, stretchy and flouncy. Perfect.

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31 Days Of Decorating With (Re) Purpose- Picture Frames


Only a few more days left in the 31 days series, I hope you are enjoying it. It has been a lot of emails if you are a regular subscriber, thanks for hanging in there.

Today we are going to look at a way to reuse picture frames. I had several frames, in different colors. In an attempt to make them look unified, I painted them all white. The look was a bit stark, so I experimented with adding minimal amounts of contrast.

In the first photo set, a white frame is textured using basic acrylic craft paint and rubber stamps. Using a paint brush to apply a thin coat onto the stamp, I tried it out on the backside first. I didn’t want it to be too thick. Then random prints are made in varying pressures to have a casual feel.  (Not sure why the pics are uploading upside down and sideways. They aren’t that way on my computer! Sorry about that)

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31 Days Of Decorating With (Re) Purpose- Using Chalkboard Paint On Pumpkins


Let’s step out to the front porch for a minute. My friend had the great idea of using up some chalkboard paint…on our pumpkins! Read the rest of this entry

31 Days Of Decorating With (Re) Purpose- Using Old Books

31 Days Of Decorating With (Re) Purpose- Using Old Books

Old books are possibly the best deal in decorating. While libraries are ridding their shelves of wonderful stories, we can, and I think should, be preserving them in some form. As a writer, I appreciate books not just for reading, but for an atmosphere of “words” and “imagination” in our household.

Let’s look above the bookshelves today, and see how we used old books in an artistic way.

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Easy Mini Scrapbook Tutorial


Not everyone is into scrapbooking ( weird, I know ), but there are occasions that just demand to be remembered. This is the project for you! When there are plenty of pictures and memorabilia, this is a simple way to create a mini book without any special supplies.

Here is what you’ll need:


*Hole Punch

*Jump rings (less than two dollars a pack at Wal-Mart or any craft store, might be called O-rings, or Book rings)

*Glue Stick

*Stuff. I love the flexibility of stuff, don’t you?

Let’s go. I have found the imperfection is the key to a fantastic book. Don’t worry about measuring, it will add to the charm to have alternating heights and widths. There are only two directions needed. This makes a great project for all ages because you simply can’t go wrong. If something doesn’t seem right I just add another little “touch” on top.

Step 1: Glue pictures back to back, thereby creating a thick “page”

Step 2: Punch holes in the pile and loop the metal rings through to create the binding.

For my book, a friend and I spent the day in Los Angeles. We did so many things, I couldn’t possibly scrap them into a single page. I didn’t want to leave anything out, so the postcards I collected became simple dividers. I journaled on the back of them a few highlights of the stops. I cut up a few maps, to add visual interest. Tickets were glued here and there. A Sharpie captured notes, written right on the photos for a casual look. I used vertical and horizontal pictures to make it chunkier and to reflect the varying heights of architecture we enjoyed. I might come back and add some ribbon pieces to the rings, or other memorabilia as I come across it.

Think of this project in terms of gifts for the holidays, summer vacations, or perhaps a tidy way to corral an abundance of pictures for hobby photography. Be bold in adding things of odd sizes. In this case, we went to a Dodger game. If I can locate a miniature ball cap or bat I would incorporate that into the binding.  Another perk is the easy storage. Do you have any shelves with hooks? They hang easily from the metal rings. This can be a fun conversation starter when hung in unexpected places.

Here you see that just a few more holes punched with a small piece of ribbon can fancy up your book even more…

Next time you need an idea for a Mom’s group, a photo club, or any group of friends remember my back to back photo book. Hope you enjoy this easy project, I’d love to see what you come up with!