How to Make a Gnome

How to Make a Gnome

Happy Halloween!  It's okay to talk about Christmas now, right?

Okay, so it's like super early.  I get it.  But my brain can't stop thinking about how I'm going to decorate for the holidays this year.  I have lots of projects in mind and I'm trying to start early so I can actually finish them.  So, if I'm thinking about holiday decorations.  Maybe you are too?  If not, just humor me.

I went shopping with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and darling niece last weekend.  We stopped at the HomeGoods in Naperville.  I saw this little gnome there that I loved but wasn't quite in my price range. (I swore I took a photo of it but it must have only been a mental photo or my phone ate it.)  I thought, just maybe, that I could make him myself or find a tutorial on-line.  FYI, there are no good gnome tutorials on-line.  Until today.

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The Coolest Remote Control Ever {Logitech Harmony Remote}

The Coolest Remote Control Ever {Logitech Harmony Remote}

Last night I was going to skip writing today's post.  And then I called my mom on my way home from work and she said that I was slacking on the blog.  This was after she told me that she wanted a can opener and $3 slippers for Christmas this year.  Bless her heart.

The thing is that I have discovered Gilmore Girls on Netflix and I'm 145 episodes away from any kind of productivity.  I have a million posts ideas.  Just limited time.

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Vintage Clothespin Mirror {DIY Tutorial}

Vintage Clothespin Mirror {DIY Tutorial}

So, the other night I get home from craft night.  I go upstairs to change into my pajamas.  As I walk by the laundry room, I heard a noise. I started to panic.  Something was wrong.  I opened the door to find the washer and the dryer running.

My first thought was that Ike learned how to use the washing machine.  He's such a smart dog.  I soon realized that he prefers clothes to be dirty.  Dirty laundry is better for rolling in.

Next thought?  Ghosts from previous owners.  Wait.  We built the house.  Nevermind.

Next thought?  I'm dying.  There is no other logical reason that Nate would venture into the laundry room to turn on both machines and wash both of our clothing.  I run to take my temperature.  What is going on?

Where is this story heading other than I'm a jerk when my husband does something nice? 

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Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pie is such a funny phrase.  So funny that Nate and I had to look up how the phrase originated.  Because we lead exciting lives. 

According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, it's rumored that Amish women would place them in farmers' lunch pails.  When the farmers would find them in their lunches, they would be so excited that they would yell "Whoopie!" 

I can only imagine what they would yell if they found these pumpkin spice whoopie pies.  I've made them a few times already this year.  It's becoming a problem.  A delicious, delicious problem.

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Sources for Inexpensive Pillows

Sources for Inexpensive Pillows

You may have noticed in some previous posts that I have updated our living room pillows to go with the new living room look.  Nate thinks I have a pillow problem.  I don't know what he's talking about.  Per usual.

I may swap out pillows often but it's because I only buy inexpensive pillows.  Today I'm going to share my inexpensive pillow sources just in case you're in the market to update those head cushions.

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Living Room Built-Ins "Tutorial" + Cost

Living Room Built-Ins "Tutorial" + Cost

Today is a very important day!  It's Nate's birthday!  The big 33.  So old.  Luckily he appears to be getting better with age. 

To celebrate Nate becoming elderly, let's discuss how he built our living room built-ins.  This post is heavy on pictures.  Light on words.  Just like my husband.  Pretty on the eyes, easy on the ears.

Pretend that makes sense.

We recently revealed the finished built-ins.

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How to Decorate Bookshelves

How to Decorate Bookshelves

Alternate Title:  Bookshelf Styling for Dummies by a Dummy

Sooo, I debated even writing this post.  I don't consider styling one of my life strengths.  Napping, yes.  Dog snuggling, yes.  Repainting every room in my house, yes.  Styling no.

I am, however, happy with how the styling on our living room built-ins turned out.  I mentioned previously that I still plan to add more books but I think this is the max amount of knick-knacks these shelves will see.  I'm in the camp that bookshelves should hold mainly books.  There is a "bookshelves full of things" camp too.  I'll let you decide how you want to spend your Summer.  No judgement on this end.

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How Install a Barn Beam Mantel

How Install a Barn Beam Mantel

Before we talk about how we installed our fancy barn beam mantel, I would like to send extra happy vibes out to my fellow retail pharmacists.  Hydrocodone (a pain med) becomes a schedule II medication today.  That means lots more paper work and annoyance for pharmacy staff.  If you're picking up a med today, be extra nice to your pharmacist.  We'll totally appreciate any friendliness we can get!

Anywho, enough boring day job talk.  Let's talk about how we installed our barn beam mantel. 

Last week we shared our built-in cabinets.  Part of our built-in plan was to update the fireplace/mantel.  I picked up this barn beam from a craft night friend a few months back. It was pretty much meant to become our new mantel. Unfortunately it had to sit in our garage until just recently.  I whispered sweet nothings to it as I would walk by on our nightly walks.  I promised I'd give it a proper place in our home as quickly as I could boss Nate around.

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