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Our living room has one very tall, vaulted wall that is in desperate need of of a large piece of artwork. I love this DIY project.

This is why I need Pinterest. I never would have thought of painting upholstery on my own!

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Monsters painted into thrift store paintings? Are you kidding me? I must have one of these. I may have to recruit my super talented daughter to paint the monster for me.

Homemade Goo Gone

With as many thrift-store sticky labels I peel off things every week, I need to make this. STAT.

Crockpot Grinders

Slow cooker hot sandwiches. Yum.

Kindle cover from a vintage book. Awesome.


Writing tips from Hemingway.

DIY celery. Love this.

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Super simple, adorable, and cheap. I’m going to have to add little bitty animals to my shopping list!

How to Create a Record Wall

Very cute. I’m not sure where I’d do it, but I love the idea. The colorful labels are key. Either that, or sometimes I see a collection of records with similar labels, and that might be cute, too.

Probably not the most authentic Spanish rice in the world, but I think the flavors at least aren’t far off. Plus it’s easy, and my family LOVES it.

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I love when TV leads to learning something new. Elementary had a bee on it’s episode this week. A bee that makes beautiful flower nests. Interesting, right? And lovely.

I think I want to make this. Looks cozy

I’m about 2/3 of the way done making this. Now it’s packed away somewhere. Incentive to unpack!

DSC_0186Last, but not least, the view from my new writing desk at sunset. I love watching my neighbors lights pop on. It’s like living in a Christmas card with the snow on the mountain and everything.

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We’re moving tomorrow, and obviously I have making stuff for our new house on my mind because all this week’s love goes to projects!

6a00d8358081ff69e201675f0ce946970b-800wiHow pretty and easy is this? It’s just paint chips tacked to the wall with jewelry hung from the tacks. Cute.

2009-11-16-SpicesI’m doing this. I don’t know when, but it’s going to happen.

Fak_-Confetti_-Final_-86I think this would look great in Ruby’s room. It’s perfect for a rental, where you can’t do anything permanent to the walls.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but follow the link for directions for framing a photo with glass and kraft tape.

DeskThis is a great idea. It’s a little more rustic than suits my style, but I love the idea of a giant chalkboard planner.

Ingenious! I’m so doing this. It’s a birdbath made out of a lamp base. In fact, the SPCA thrift store had the most outrageous, beautiful 1960s green and blue glass lamp last time I was there that I’m going to go check on today. It was way too big (like four feet tall) for my house, but would make a fantastic birdbath.

dsc07285These totally charmed me. My friend Brian and I have a book blog called Story Carnivores, and our mascot is a dinosaur. Toy dinos are going on my shopping list.

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hanging teacupsSo simple. I love this. I’m thinking, maybe birdseed in them.

I have listened to this song roughly eleventy-billion times as I write the sequel to Viral Nation.

6a00d8358081ff69e20168e5de9c9f970c-800wiI want to make this. Right now.

I spent some time this week talking to a friend about Truman Capote’s novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is my very favorite story. I loved it so much the first time I read it that it completely ruined the movie for me. And I loved to the movie, so that’s saying a lot.

Vintage red Dorothee Maurer-Becker Design M utensilo wall organizer

This is called a Uten-Silo. It was designed by Dorothee Maurer-Becker in the 1960s to hold . . . things. If it wasn’t so pricey now that only Scrooge McDuck could afford it, it would be mine. It belongs beside my desk, I’m telling you.

mld106684_0311_tincans_297_sqLeave it to Martha to make something this sweet and easy. You don’t even need glue. Just stick a strong magnet inside the tin and then stick the whole thing to the fridge. Voila.

26095414_010_bHow cute is this? And only $12. I’ll be on the lookout for a coupon.

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247782 247781We’re moving! Right now we live in a 900-square foot apartment. By “we” I mean Kevin and I, plus Ruby and Nick, who is 19. The kitchen is so small, you can’t open the oven all the way! The very best part about our new house is the huge wrap around back porch. February 15th can’t get here soon enough!

376842230348003199_269489236I found this set of patio furniture at a thrift store this week. It’s a couch, a love seat, two big tables, two or three small tables, and about eight chairs. If it’s still there tomorrow morning, it’s total mine. It’ll be 60 percent off!

CL0026187VLove this dress from eShakti. It’s on sale right now, 30 percent off! Plus, if you’re a new customer they’ll email you a $25 off coupon.

CL0025223_OSPI used by $25 eShakti coupon to get this dress. It was in their outlet for $25, so it only cost me $10!

airbnbAdrienne and I are going to New York in May for Book Expo America. We spent a couple of hours last night looking at, where you can rent a room or an apartment from private landlords for really reasonable prices. Some of them looked amazing, for less than half the cost of a conference hotel.

game-of-thronesI’ve been watching the first two seasons of Game of Thrones again this week. Is anyone else stoked that it’s coming back in March?

tumblr_m1bacqWFcD1r2784vo1_500And . . . last but not least: This Tumblr posts scans of old Sassy magazines. Sassy was so important to me when I was a teenager. It’s a sad, sad shame that it isn’t around any more. I think I might have to start keeping an eye out for old issues to start collecting. I especially loved the “Making It” feature. It taught you how to upcycle your clothes.

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EVITA_Movie_Poster_by_bcgldnboyWatching Evita made me happy this week.

herb-lemon-roast-chickenI made Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken this week, and it really was perfect. Yum!


I’ll be making these Anthropologie knock-off wrapped bobby pins as soon as I find the right pins.

300Yum. Seriously.

starbuckbottlespicejarsI’m going to have to start drinking Starbucks. STAT. These are adorable.

PRICE REDUCED Vintage Brown 10 Piece Tupperware Pack N Carry

I bought this from Etsy. For $11! Perfect for taking lunch to school. The handle is damaged, but similar old Tupperware lunch sets cost closer to $30- $50, so it’s worth a little E6000 to fix it.