Because I’m bored – 50 questions with directions not included

Directions Not Included - Living Pretty With Your Pets Mutts

Seeing that I'm laid out with not much I can do, my dear bloggy friend Cassie decided to nominate me for a 50 questions post. Considering I had all these posts lined up and forgot to schedule,  this is probably a good thing. Also a good thing is that this blog only has about 5 followers these days so these answers won't reach the masses. 1. What are you wearing? Cropped jeans, a t-shirt and a really sexy surgical boot. This boot will be my fashion accessory for the next 4  - 6 weeks. 2. … [Read more...]

a different kind of renovation – bunion surgery

Bunion Surgery Recovery - Directions Not Included

If you found this on Pinterest and are looking for my recovery notes, pictures and progress are available here:http://directionsnotincluded.com/bunion-surgery-recovery Hi there from the comfort of my sofa. This is a different kind of renovation post -  a little reconstruction to get myself back in working order.I had bunion surgery on my left foot today, it was actually surgery on the big toe and my pinky since I had different kinds of bunions on both. Sounds like fun, right? It's been over … [Read more...]

this is halloween – diy halloween tree

DIY Halloween Tree - Directions Not Included

Quite some time ago I pinned this awesome Halloween tree. I kept going back to it on my Halloween board for inspiration, and then finally realized it was Gretchen's from Boxy Colonial's. She scored this amazing tree at a thrift store for next to nothing and decked it out with a handmade banner and lights. Color me jealous, because thrift stores in South Florida are horrendous so there was no way I was going to find a Halloween tree like that (or much of anything for that matter). But I wanted … [Read more...]

5th birthday celebration – streamer birthday decorations

Streamer Birthday Decorations - Directions Not Included

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'm that sucker of a friend who always ends up doing the decor for parties, wedding, showers and the like. My girlfriend Z, started pinning all sorts of things for her daughter's 5th birthday, which I decided  to tackle myself after a few sweet texts. I shared the colorful fabric wreath, which served as the base for this party decor. This was last-minute crafting at its best so there are no step-by-step tutorials here. I created a streamer backdrop for the … [Read more...]

the students have graduated – a diy midcentury console table

DIY MidCentury Console Table - Directions Not Inlcuded

A few weeks ago I shared the start of our DIY Midcentury console table. I was all ready to have a step-by-step tutorial on how we built it. That is not the easiest thing to do when you have company throughout the process. And it is also not the easiest thing to do when things don't go as planned and you have a husband telling you to put down the camera and help him figure out your crazy project. So yeah, the tutorial isn't going to be as detailed as I had originally planned ;) In the last post, … [Read more...]

this is halloween – knock off pottery barn chalkboard tombstone

Knock Off Pottery Barn Chalkboard Tombstone - Directions Not Included

Welcome to another day in the This is Halloween Series. Are you getting ready yet?  Yes, I skipped last week - it was a nutty work week, but I'm back on schedule. While this is such an easy one, I'm almost embarrassed to share it, I''m sharing it anyway, because Pottery Barn is selling a set of three for $119! Chalkboard tombstones for $119?! Not for this DIYer. Plus, any of you can do the same for a fraction of the cost. I made a bunch of tombstones last year with leftover plywood for the front … [Read more...]

request for votes – rm pottery martha stewart american made awards finalist

RM Pottery - Martha Stewart American Made Awards

So this is a shameless beg for votes. My amazing husband, Ray of RM Pottery, is finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. He has an actual shot at winning in his category, which would give us a lot of publicity for his ceramics business. Can I beg you all to vote for him whenever you remember? You can vote up to 6 times a day until October 13th.   Now here is the catch. Even though the site says you can register via Facebook and sign in that way, it doesn't seem to be … [Read more...]

girly girl – a colorful fabric wreath tutorial

Colorful Fabric Wreath - Directions Not Included

I made a few fabric wreaths years ago for a baby shower that were an instant hit. A girlfriend of mine suckered me into doing her daughter's fifth birthday party by sending me a ton of pins of things she wanted to buy, but I knew were easy DIY projects. I'm that friend. Just show me what you want and I instantly say "I can make that!" never mind what else is going on in my life. ;) So this is my colorful fabric wreath tutorial. I used the same basics from my fabric wreath tutorial just with a … [Read more...]