Painted Porch Floor – It All Started With Paint

Happy weekend, DIY Show Off readers! Don’t you just love Saturdays? I can’t wait to see what you’ve been doing tomorrow at the DIY Project Parade! 

I‘d like to introduce you to a blog called IASWP…isn’t that a catchy blog title, especially when you realize the power of paint?  Love it!  Linda is a do-it-yourself’er updating her home on a budget of $500 or less per room (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?!).  She just finished the porch. You know my love of painted floors, right? (I hope you said yes – proof here and here). Well, Linda just painted her porch floor and it’s a beauty!  Ready to see it?
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See her full post for all of the details at Painted Porch Rug.


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Linda says you can’t see it from the side walk, but it’s ‘like a secret surprise waiting for guests’. And what a pleasant one!
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I love it! The best part – no mold from being wet. Easy to clean. And so pretty.  Great job, Linda! 

You can see DIY from Linda at 
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Here’s a hint of some of my favorite “It All Started with Paint” projects…


A Kitchen Before and After Story
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Have a great weekend!

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DIY Fall Festival

I‘m still loving the beautiful fall inspired DIY projects linked up every week.  Thank you so much for sharing!  Here are some highlights from last week’s party with some beautiful DIY ideas:

Whimsical Autumn Nature Tablescape

Gorgeous!
Fun Fall Table Runner
Beautiful fall colors…
FALL TABLE RUNNER
MORE fabulously festive printables at 
Natural, vintage mantel 
{my style – neutral and so pretty}
Warm and welcoming fall decor

This new to me site that I’m loving…
Tablescapes by Diane
Click above to see oodles of tablescape inspiration!

And lastly, visit Leasa at
Funkymom Cards
to see a beautiful chair transformation and a sweet pillow reminder, perfect for this time of year…

Let’s see what you’ve got for FALL!

The DIY Show Off



Rules: FALL ONLY (Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving)!  Regular DIY Project Parade HERE and Christmas HERE

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

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• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

HAPPY FALL! (oops! sorry for the delay in opening the party!)

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DIY Holiday Highlights Linky Party ~ Empty Fireplace Card Holder and Vintage Soda Crate Advent Calendar

Who's Moved on to Christmas? THURSDAYS!
When I decorated my dining room for Emily Henderson’s Holiday Guide  a few months ago, I added in a couple of easy holiday DIY projects. (Have you checked it out? So many great holiday ideas from DIY, decorating, entertainment, gift suggestions, etc.)

Advent Calendar
An old vintage soda crate has 24 boxes. I turned it on its side, added stamped numbered boxes and let the countdown begin, with sweet little gifts inside…
Favor boxes found in the baking section of Michaels.
Free printables:  Maggie Cat, Family Crafts
Pretty Etsy Options:  Here, here and here
Christmas Mantel
An empty {faux} fireplace with a few covered tension rods and curtain clips became a Christmas card display:

Tension Rod Christmas Card Holder How to: (works for windows or open shelving too!)

Have you been in the Christmas spirit a little early this year?  L
et’s see your holiday DIY posts!
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  • Or email your link to [email protected] and I will add it for you.
  • IF YOU’RE STILL IN THE FALL/THANKSGIVING MIND SET, LINK UP TO THE DIY FALL FESTIVAL AT http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/search/label/Fall%20Festival.
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    Budget Decorating – Better Decorating Bible

    Suzy from Better Decorating Bible is sharing her beautiful bedroom today.  What I love about her room is it’s cozy feel and collection of pretty things that have special meaning to her.  It all comes together with a beautiful, comfortable, eclectic vibe.  Here’s Susan:

    Here is my all-time favorite place to hang out – my bedroom. It was inspired by a bohemian, cozy style with a touch of French regency.I recently redecorated it from a sunny yellow color which was looking tired, and decided to keep the ceiling a sky blue color. To glam it up I installed a gold chair rail trim to complement the cream white walls and painted the door trim in gold as well.I love the lived in and well-traveled look as it’s filled with lots of antiques and art which all has a special meaning to me. I made my room functional by using an antique piano bench as a coffee table and having a day bed which doubles as a couch. This makes my room a great place to hang out and doesn’t feel like much of a bedroom.Everything was decorated on a budget and I tried not to invest too much since I move around a lot. Hope you enjoy! 
      Uber Chic Bohemian Decorated Bedroom  

    Uber Chic Bohemian Decorated Bedroom  

    What do you guys think?  I swear if I put all of those things together, I don’t think it’d look this planned or this pretty but she really has a talent for display and staging, doesn’t she? This room has history. Decorating can be as simple as rearranging everything you already own, not breaking the bank to buy tons of coordinating decor and still achieving a beautiful look.  The addition of the gold chair rail is a beautiful detail. I love it!

    See more decorating ideas and DIY from Suzy at

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    Freckles Chick – Nursery Reveal

    The last I ‘talked’ to Freckles Chick, she was awaiting the {late} impending arrival of her baby girl.  That was last week, so I’m hoping that as of today, she’s holding her precious princess in her arms and back home putting this beautiful nursery to good use.  

    It all started with putting together a mood board

    Room before:

    Lighter neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for the white furniture and pretty blooming branch.

    Dresser before:
    Becomes a beautiful changing table…
    Some DIY wall art…
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    A favorite poem (I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings) that I’ve been reading aloud to the Peanut.
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    So peaceful and calm…
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    An organized dream closet…
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    See the source list at the Reveal{ See more Nursery Diaries: Part 1, 23, 4, & 5 }

    Pop over to more awesome DIY and pretties see Freckles Chick at 
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    Dazed. And then some…an old window DIY project.

    Meet:  Rachelle from

    Dazed. And then some...  
    who has recently turned some old windows into some amazing things.  Today she’s sharing one of her awesome window projects.  Here she is:



    Yay!! I am SO excited to share this project with all of you!


    I started with just the window frame (it came with the glass) and went from there.


    Okay, so here’s how I did it!

    Supplies:
    • Window Frame w/glass
    • Crackle Paint
    • Country White Acrylic Paint
    • Brown Acrylic Paint
    • Sandpaper
    • Raw wood shelf
    • (3)  Longer Nails/Hammer
    • Twine
    • (2) Screws
    • Screw Driver
    • Wall Decals (Optional)
    • Hot Glue Gun and glue


    Instructions:
    1. If the frame you chose already has a dark stain or dark color paint, you do not need to paint it again. Just take your Crackle Paint and brush on a nice layer in one even direction. Let it get tacky. Do NOT let it dry.
    2. Using your Country White paint, brush on a nice thick layer. Within a minute or two you will start to see it crack! You can speed this process along using a hairdryer, as well.
    3. Using the same brush you used for the white paint, start painting your raw wood shelf brown. 
    4. Sand both the shelf and window frame along the edges and even more so on the corners.
    5. Flip your frame over and screw in your screws. (One on the top of each corner for hanging.) 
    6. Cut enough twine to fold over 4 times and tie a loop on each end. Apply to screws.
    7. On your shelf, hammer in 3 nails. Make sure they are long and sturdy enough for keys (or whatever you think you will be hanging from them).
    8. Now apply a nice thick layer of hot glue to the back of your shelf and press onto the bottom of the frame.
    9. Finally, apply your decals to the windows. I used Designer Wall Accents in “Swirly Branches”. 

    Note: You do not have to apply the decals at all if you prefer not to. If you like the idea of branches but don’t want to buy decals, you can just paint them on the back of the windows. (That was my initial plan until I spotted the decals!)

    HANG HER UP! :)

    **I kind of forgot to take a before shot, so here is the back of the frame after I had already finished it.

    Close up of the crackle effect… Cool, ri
    ght?!





    This is a shot of it without the decals. It looks great either way! 



    Beautiful and so creative!  Great job, Rachelle!  This would be perfect in an entryway! Love it!


    See more DIY and creativity from Rachelle at her blog…

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    Sleeping Beauty by Click Clack Gorilla

    Meet:  Nicollette from 
    I love her DIY story:  In July 2009 a couple gave me the 60-year-old wooden caravan/trailer (German: Bauwagen) that they had had on their garden plot for the last 20 years. All I had to do was dig the axle out of the ground and get it home.


    Two days later and a few layers dirtier we hauled trash house home to the wagenplatz where I live and the oh-crap-I’ve-never-built-anything-more-complicated-than-a-CD-shelf, diy renovation gauntlet began. A year, 900 euros, and many borrowed tools and trips to the dumpsters later, I had me a sweet little house on wheels.


    Here’s the transformation: 
    I am astounded that I’m really finished—well, finished enough to be sleeping in trash house, lighting the wood stove in trash house, and gazing around the room looking at the physical reality of what I’ve been imagining for over a year. Technically I’m not really finished—someday soon the pleas of my frozen feet will be too loud to ignore and I will insulate the floor—but as far as daily life goes, trash house is ready to have a bottle of champagne smashed against her snow-bobbled buttocks.

    So, here are some before-and-after pictures for your consideration. May they astound you the way that comparing my memories of the last year to the present astounds me.
    once upon a wagon…

    When I first got trash house home from Rüsselsheim after digging her out of the garden where she’d spent the last 20 years she looked like this:
    My very own sleeping beauty, given to me for zero euro because sometimes people would rather just be rid of something than to do the work of taking it with them when they move. My first task was to insulate the walls. Below you’ll find her stripped and defiled some months later:
    And today, parked in a new spot, covered in snow, and bedecked with a wind chime.
    The siding in the pictures above was born of an ex-ceiling. The hose carries water from the rain gutter and into the rain barrel that will make watering my garden next summer exponentially easier. The hose is from the trash, the barrel is from the trash, the ladder, the candle holder, trash, trash, trash, etc, usw, et. al.

    In the picture below you can see the one side I managed to cover with the original boards (only one side’s worth of boards survived the crow bar’s wrath and my impatience), and the end I sided with boards from Natasha’s ex-ceiling. Most of them were kind of fucked, so next summer will probably see another brief re-siding project. My neurotic side wishes that all four sides looked exactly the same, but since I usually don’t have to look at them all at once, and I like having saved some of those purdy original boards, my neurosis’ twitchy pleas for further symmetry remain quiet enough to ignore.

    First, the climatic before photo. Summer 2009: shortly after hauling trash house home from Rüsselsheim, I filled her innards with huge Styrofoam bits that I intended to slice into insulation-sized pieces. Those blocks ended up back in the trash where I’d found them after I discovered that cutting Styrofoam is a big messy. Many other objects have come from (and gone back to) the trash since. I even made 40 euros selling what it turned out I didn’t need at the flea market for 50 cents a pop.

    Note the small window to your right, the unplea
    santly bland wall and ceiling color, and the cardboard-brown color of the floor for future comparison:
    Today: wha-la! Lived in, cheerful, and filled with the crap I call my possessions:
    As seen when facing in the opposite direction (with my back to the door), before the make-over:
    And don’t forget the big hole in the wall where I had to cut out some scary sponge mold! Wasn’t that a blast! Does the fun ever start?! (Ugh.)

    And there you have it folks, a year’s worth of learned building skills, and an incredible amount of timely dumpster dived resources: my finished house. And the best part? The even better bestest of the best part? The whole thing–the house, moving costs, building materials, and tools–cost me under 1000 euros.

    It’s an awesome story and amazing transformation, Nicolette! Just proves that home is what you make it and you are a DIY super star!  Thank you so much for sharing!  It reminds me of the episode of HGTV’s Design Star last season where they transformed tiny houses…only you had a bigger challenge!  It looks so cozy and you’ve done a great job cleaning it up and making it livable!  Great job! See more at Click Clack Gorilla.

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    DIY Project Parade

    I‘ve been working on some home improvement  DIY and decorating projects but nothing to share in that department quite yet. I’m determined to stop procrastinating, get brave and jump right in this week. However last week, I saw these $448 shoes in the Anthropologie catalog
    LOVE!  Well, minus the peep toe. I like gray but I’d prefer black. Did you know I love clothes, shoes and fashion almost as much as I love DIY? Most of my clothes are thrifted…I just love shopping those racks way more than at the mall. Budget. Budget. Budget. 

    Then I remembered I have these shoes…

    Using a flower tutorial from Jones Design Company (love her flower tutorials – I even made some felt flower hair clips too)…anyway, I got to work making flouncy flowers….
    Fabric was left over from a sheer curtain that I turned into a pillow cover that I cut up (resourceful)!

    and now I have these. Not exactly like the Anthropologie shoes but from old to new and pretty for FREE! And I like them better than the Anthro ones. 

    Just in time for a real live date night because believe it or not, life is more than DIY (our last date was in April). We have to remind ourselves of that here. We try to make time to do something fun together (although we do find date night at the hardware store fun too but it’s nice to just forget about DIY and refresh once in a while). Last night, we went out for a delicious dinner at Rock Bottom followed by entertainment at the Improv and Sing Sing. Hiliarous!

    And instead of looking like this…

    I got a little sassy and wore a leopard scarf and movie star sunglasses instead of safety goggles…

    and because my daughter says she thinks scarves look better with hair up or back, I wore a ponytail.
    The rest of my outfit was toned down.  Just black and cream, nothing fancy but all comfy, classic.  Can’t get too wild with a leopard scarf. Plus walking around town is chilly in November so pants and sweater it is.
    Button Tip – if you have a button that’s ready to fall off or the thread is starting to u
    nravel, apply a coat of clear nail polish to keep it from unraveling more and popping off. (Thanks, mom!)
     + = SECURE
    My OLD NEW Flouncy Ruffly Shoes:
    (sneak peek of my dressing room – one of those projects I mentioned)

    Here I am with my handsome date…(isn’t he cute?):

    So, that’s my DIY project and my weekend.  Let’s see what you’ve been up to!
    (Anyone notice that my post is scheduled for Sunday, 11/13 at 5 a.m. but it’s showing up Sat. night? Strange!)
    The DIY Show Off
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    2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
    3.Or email your link to [email protected] and I will add it for you.

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    7.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.

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    Wingback Chair Before and After ~ Strange and Lovely Ride

    Meet:  Aja, (beautiful name, pronounced “Asia”), a Midwest girl on a constant mission to make her house a home and blog author at 
    It's a Strange and Lovely Ride
    Aja recently and successfully performed wingback chair surgery.  Take a look: 
    Sound the alarm, people, they’re done!
    After much toil, tribulation… blood, sweat and tears, my Twinkie Wingbacks are finally finished and just waiting on you to come over and sit on them! They’ve actually been done for some time.. (story of my life, right?).. but I was hesitating on the nail head trim on the arms. Why, I don’t really know. I think I was nervous that they wouldn’t turn out right. But I love it! Perfect? No. But I challenge you to come to my house and find any project that I’ve taken on and call it perfect. :) 
    A little Before & After action for you:
    BEFORE

    AFTER
    What do you think??

    How did I do it?? HA! See above blood, sweat and tears rant! If you’re thinking of taking on a similar project, I HIGHLY recommend this great tutorial. And this one. I looked all around on Pinterest for ideas for these chairs. 
    A few more action shots:

    Beautiful!  I love a happy ending and perfect? It’s what I see! Great job, Aja!

    See more DIY, beautiful photography, family life, her sweet tiny dancer (her first name is my middle name) and gorgeous home at
    It's a Strange and Lovely Ride.
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    LaLa Land ~ Dining Room Before and After

    Meet:  Sarah from 
    LA LA land
    Today she’s sharing her dining room makeover
    Lots of pretty DIY details…
    Love the chevron curtains, color scheme and beautiful wainscoting!
    Here are a few before and after pics of the dining room….

    Gorgeous new look! Get the details at:

    Don’t forget to take the LaLa Land House Tour. Here’s a sneak peek:
    Nursery
    and I love these cork ideas here
    What are you waiting for? Go say ‘hi’ and see more great ideas at LaLa Land!

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    DIY Fall Festival

    The DIY Show Off
    There’s freezing rain coming down here and like I mentioned yesterday, I’ve moved on to Christmas (we’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner). I still consider November up until Thanksgiving Fall so let’s take a look at some awesome Autumn related posts perfect for Thanksgiving  inspiration from previous DIY Show Off Fall Festival parties. Then link up your Fall posts if you’re still enjoying leaves and Fall colors, pumpkins and harvest time! I still need some Thanksgiving inspiration as a guest at my family’s traditional get together! Click the links to visit the original source.  
    I love the vintage feel, the frame within a frame and the message…
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    A quick easy swap in a frame and you’re all set! Love it!
    I love the handmade Scrabble tiles and sweater pumpkins! 
    Dreamy fall mantel ~ love every pretty little treasure.
    Natural elements and textures are my favorite. So pretty!
    No exception this year!
    Isn’t this so pretty? 
    Happy Veteran’s Day!
    11/11/11
    “Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown
    Let’s see your Fall related DIY! 

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    Rules:

    •Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.


    •Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

    •Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

    •Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

    •Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

    •If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

    • By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

    DIY Fall Festival ends the Friday after Thanksgiving. 

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    DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights Linky Party

    There’s snow in the weather forecast and I can’t hold off any longer. Time to crank the Christmas carols and get into the Christmas spirit! I’ve heard about some other blog linky holiday parties coming up! If you have one coming up, please send me the info! I’d love to share them during my holiday feature so spread the holiday cheer!  

    Who's Moved on to Christmas? THURSDAYS!

    Who’s thinking about the holidays?  There are 44 days until Christmas. We have a vacation coming up before that, so my plan is to have my decorating done in November. I know I’ve seen a few holiday related posts out there and it’s rubbing off.  I’m ready for Christmas music, twinkly lights and holiday decorating. I recently decorated my dining room for Emily Henderson’s Holiday Guide. Then took it down and decorated for Fall and I’m ready to take that down and start all over again.  Crazy, isn’t it? Here are some of my pictures from the feature:
    Natural elements, fresh pine and candles.


    Centerpiece is made up of paper mache reindeer on a bed of pine, 
    some brown glass bottles hold candles, 
    some serve as bud vases for fresh white roses.

    Monogrammed placecards:  Stamped book page square, pine sprig tied with ribbon…
    Simple but festive…



    Even the light fixture looks festive! 
    Holiday themed vinyl cutouts on white plates can be changed to reflect any season.



    What do you think?

    Next week, I’ll share a few tutorials of some DIY decorating projects in our dining room.

    See ALL of the DIY Holiday Highlights party links including previous years for TONS of Christmas and holiday inspired decorating and DIY projects!



    Please share your holiday posts below!

    The DIY Show Off

    1. You must use the button above in your blog post or side bar to share the linky love.
    2. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your holiday project post url which is the web address that goes directly to your holiday project blog post, not your blog address). Feel free to link a Past Post, just be sure add the DIY Holiday Highlights button to your side bar.
    3. Or email your link to [email protected] and I will add it for you.
    4. IF YOU’RE STILL IN THE FALL/THANKSGIVING MIND SET, LINK UP TO THE DIY FALL FESTIVAL AT http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/search/label/Fall%20Festival.
    5. If you notice your link has disappeared please check the content of your post. Is it holiday related? Add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! 


    DIY at Our Old Country House

    Meet:  Lesli from My Old Country House.  Lesli is an artist and does beautiful custom portraits (I love the pets and animals! Awe!). She’s also an actress, nurse, mom, CITY and COUNTRY girl and DIY’er. I love her blog…where she “finds extraordinary beauty in the most unlikely places, all under one leaky tin roof”. A 130 year old farmhouse = lots of DIY! I love her modern country style. 

    Check this out:

    “When we first moved into Our Old Country House, the sweet lady across the street had a bedroom set on her front lawn with a “for sale” sign. I asked her how much and when she found out it was for us, “the new neighbors with all cute the little kids”, she said“Oh, for you, Just $40″.
    So we got a headboard, a bed side table and a dresser. DEAL!

    Presently the bedside table still lives in my daughters room…
    Before

    The headboard, has been upholstered by me and is in my Sons room

    .…and the dresser has been sitting in the hall since Phoebe’s room make over, in May.
    Lost and with No Where to go. Phoebe’s clothing just did not fit the drawers anymore.
    It would be a perfect Nursery dresser. I debated Craig’s list. 

    Then, I saw this inspiration dresser for a mere $13,000!!! Are people just crazy?
    But then I kept looking at the lines and thinking “I really can make this work”
     and so last week…I did it.
    Makeover Time!


    Beautiful After:


    WOW! Isnt’ that gorgeous? I love the new look – gray and cream and so pretty!
    Want to see more from Lesli?  Visit My Old Country Home.  Here’s a few of my favorites that you’ll want to check out:
    I LOVE her modern country style and home filled with character.
    I seriously need a cow painting – can you tell they’re my favorite?
    Read through to see an awesome kitchen update too!

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    November Pinterest PinFest

    It’s that time of the month! No – not THAT time of the month. It’s the 2nd Tuesday and time for the Pinterest PinFest.always remember to be extra thankful but November makes us thank God and count our blessings more than usual.  Here’s what I currently find thankful related and Pinteresting {all images found via pinterest. please click the picture redirection to the original source}.  I’m thankful for (and a few details about me):

    ~*~LOVE~*~
    I’m so thankful that God is good and loves me.  This verse makes me feel so good:
    I’m so grateful that I’m married to my loving, supportive and funny husband and that he loves me back just as much. I waited a long time for him and we’ve been married a little over 6 years.
    Print mounted on Tin "Home is wherever I am with you"
    ~*~LIFE~*~
    I believe this…
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    ~*~FAMILY~*~
    I’m thankful that my family is close, that we get together often. 
    My sister and my daughters are my best girlfriends. 
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    I’m so thankful God chose the best parents for me. I wish I knew more about my family tree.
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    ~*~HEALTH~*~
    I’m so thankful and blessed with good health, although I should take better care of myself. 
    Adding that to my Sally List.
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    ~*~MY HOME~*~ and those who serve to protect it.
    I’m thankful I was born in and live in the USA {Mr. DIY is a former Marine}.
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    I’m blessed to have a roof over my head: my life-sized doll house.
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    ~*~WORK~*~
    I’m thankful I have a job (medical administrative assistant) 
    but I consider this blog to be my current full time fun job {a goal} and I love it. 
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    & YOU!!!
    I value my friendships whether we’ve met face-to-face or not.
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    I love supportive blog buddies and every comment. When I’m not busy, sometimes I watch for comments.
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    I’m so glad you’re here. 
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    What about you, anything Pinteresting to share?

    Link up your Pinterest related blog post:
    1. Please copy and paste the code above into your post to automatically add the button and link back.
    2. Add your Pinterest related URL POST (not general blog address) into the linky party by clicking “click here to enter” shown below.
    3.  Add a title.  (Your blog name, the topic of your Pinterest Pinfest post, etc.). Click add picture from the web.
    4.  Select a picture that best fits your post to use as a thumbnail.
    5.  Let me know if you need help.  :)
    6. Party stays open for one week.
    7. Pinterest PinFest is not sponsored by Pinterest. I doubt they’re even aware that we Pinterest party at the DIY Show Off.  


    Oh and if you’re a Pinterest fan (and I know you are, who isn’t?), you might want to take the Pinterest Challenge with Katie, Sherry, Ana and Erin. I plan on joining in!!! I love a great reason to DIY (did you know that’s a verb?) something I’ve seen. This party is motivation to not just pin and “forget about it” (I just watched Donnie Brasco and can’t help saying that with a NY accent…I think it was quoted 700 x in that movie, wasn’t it?) – but to be proactive about what we pin.  Anyway, head over and link up to the  

    Here’s another great party for pinterest lovers:

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    Wagner Power Painter Max Winners!

    I recently shared my review of the Wagner Power Painter Max (thumbs up here!) and they’re generously giving away TWO at the DIY Show Off.  Entries were submitted last week. 
    And the winners are:

    Random.org chose comment #164…

    Lindsey @ Better After said… 164

    facebooked it too! (Hey, how’d you get all your blog posts to show up on your facebook page? That’s neat!)

    Hurray for Lindsey! I’m sure you know her from her fabulously funny and the amazing before/after features at

    There were 8 entries on Facebook and the winner is…

    Here is a picture of some of the projects to be completed. 
    They would be done so much better with the Wagner Power Painter Max.
    Woo Hoo to Kim from 
    Today Is My Someday 
    I can’t wait to see what she chooses to makeover first! Look at the treasures in that pile!

    CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! I’m so excited for you!  Please email me at [email protected] to claim your prize!

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