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...]

cuckoo 4 design – living pretty with my mutts

ons Not Included - Living Pretty With Your Pets Dylan 2

Have you met Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design yet? If not, you have to check out her blog. She is the sweetest and has amazing style. If you follow me on any of my social media handles, you probably saw me share a link to my guest post on her blog last weekend. If not, here is a chance to know how I ended up with 5 furry creatures I live with. Well, 6 if you count Ray, but I'm not talking about him... This post is all about how these scruffy little ones came into my life, and how I still manage to … [Read more...]

student for the day – building a diy midcentury console table – phase 1

Building a DIY Midcentury Console Table - Directions Not Included

A few weeks ago I shared I was playing student in the sculpture studio at Ray's university. Playing with major power tools is scary, but fun at the same time. Ever since we upgraded the family room sofas, I knew we needed to get a console table for the back of the sofa. We had a little c-table I made forever ago to hold a lamp and my glass of wine, but once we had the L-shaped sofa moved into the space, the table is useless for the person who sits in the coveted corner of the L. Tell me we are … [Read more...]

this is halloween – diy haunted mansion sign

DIY Haunted Mansion Sign - Directions Not Included

Since it is no surprise that I'm a huge Halloween fan, it should be no surprise that my favorite ride at Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion. No matter how long the line, I must go on it at least once every time we go to Disney. Ray shakes his head every time. My employees I took to Disney in June thought, think I am crazy. I love it. It was obviously my inspiration for our DIY haunted mansion sign. I made this last year during my delinquent blogging year so I don't have photos … [Read more...]

time to get comfy – ikea throw pillow inserts

Directions Not Included - Family Room Pillowcases

A few weeks ago, I gave you a tour of our family room's progress. We recently bought new sofas from West Elm that we absolutely love. They are super comfortable and spacious. Lily even had her 15 minutes of fame, when our local West Elm's Instagram feed shared her photo enjoying her new spot. As comfy as the sofas are, they don't come with throw pillows. Many, many throw pillows are a must in the house. We are cuddlers and loungers at night with all the mutts, and frequently actually fall … [Read more...]