Show Off your Loot

You know you’re addicted to DIY when one of your favorite gifts is from Home Depot.  This isn’t a ‘traditional’ Christmas gift.  I was tickled when I opened my microfleece robe and pjs. In fact, I’m having trouble getting dressed today.  I love being comfy.  I feel like I’m wrapped in a cloud but I’ll be thrilled when I can put on my safety glasses and take this for a spin…
The PORTER CABLE 6-Gallon Portable Electric Air Compressor Combo Kit allows more fasteners to be driven on a single charge. The compressor can operate at 150 PSI and its 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI offers a quick recovery time. It comes with a 16-gauge 2-1/2 in. finish nailer, an 18-gauge 1-3/8 in. brad nailer and an 18-gauge 1 in. stapler that operate on maintenance-free motors to help ensure longer tool lives.
  • 120-volt power for long life
  • 150 PSI maximum allows user to drive more fasteners per charge
  • 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI for quick recovery time
  • 6-gallon air tank for prolonged use
  • Steel tank construction helps ensure strength
  • Includes one 16-gauge 2-1/2 in. finish nailer, one 18-gauge 1-3/8 in. brad nailer and one 18-gauge 1 in. stapler
  • Brad nailer features tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment with detents for proper setting of nail heads
  • Narrow-crown stapler drives 18-gauge staples
Look out! I’m armed and dangerous!  Well, I’m armed and maybe only a danger to myself.  Thank you, Santa!

I also love the other gifts I received.  I feel spoiled and I love every minute of it.  🙂

New dinnerware
New decor
New slippers
Pretty bracelet
This is my favorite gift of all…

Do you want to show off your gifts? I love getting new ideas for my wish list!   Please feel free to link up your post and include a link back so your friends can join in.   

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Merry Christmas from the DIY Show Off!

It’s finally here!  I hope you have a wonderful, special, memorable Christmas.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the extra hugs this week.  You’ve been a huge factor in helping us keep our Christmas spirit.

Here are a few things from some dear blog friends…

A beautiful warm Christmas at Mod Vintage Life
Argyle Yarn Wreath from Sarah at Comfort & Joy
Pretty blue Chanukah decor at Cape on the Corner

Cinnamon Starburst wreath and centerpiece from Sarah at Modern Country Style

This story of hope and blessing at The Little Red Shop warms my heart…

Catch up on the 12 days of catmas at Life in Rehab

A heart-touching Christmas story at Grass Stains

Thank you for sharing ladies!  Thank YOU all for sharing your DIY, creativity, hard work, transformations, before and after makeovers and craft projects all year long!  You’re so awesome!

I’d also like to give a special thanks to Sharon at Keen Inspirations for the special gift.  Sharon, thank you. Your gift is so heart warming…I’m 1/2 way through the box already!  lol  Did I mention I drink TONS of tea?  Pumpkin Spice Chai and Winter Spice are my new favorites.  Addiction!

Thank you to Tricia from Three Petunias for the beautiful Christmas card – her girls are so sweet.  It runs in the family.  😉  

Next week, I’m going to host party to share and show off your 2010 DIY Recap…easy to grab from your existing posts and highlight your DIY year.  Looking forward to joining you for a celebration of accomplishments.  

Merry Christmas, friends!

Roeshel & Russ
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Re-upholstering before and after!

Oh man, this is on my DIY to-do list (finding free/low cost chairs with great bones and giving them a makeover). I’m so impressed with Heather at Tallgrass Design.  First, because I never even considered taking an upholstery class (must check into this) and second for her amazing job with her chair rescues for her hearth room. 

Here is what one of the chairs looked like before:

And now?  Beautiful!  Aren’t they great in her space?  I’m off to check out Craigs List.  You should head over to read Heather’s original post to get more details!

Thanks for sharing your hard work and tips, Heather!  I’m so inspired! 😉

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Last Minute Christmas

Here are a few last minute DIY Christmas projects to show off!  It’s almost here! Are you ready?! I‘m extending the DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights party for those last minute posts.  🙂

From Cindy at Keep it Simple (a new blog dedicated to simple and inexpensive Home Decorating and DIY projects!). 

DIY Christmas Trees (more to see!)

Bubble Magnet Tutorial – these cute bubble magnets are a great stocking stuffer or just a fun winter break DIY project with the kids…

I love this idea for hanging stockings from Ellie at Beauty 4 Ashes.  Perfect alternative to hanging from the mantel if you don’t have a fireplace…

Another pretty and easy decorative project for any time of the year.  
Design Lovin’ Mom
‘s pearl ball…

A lot of fun Christmas projects over at 

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Remembering Niski

I hope you don’t mind the diversion from DIY.  I just wanted to share some Niski photos.  I love doing a search for her name on my own blog and remembering my little girl.  It still hurts so much. I just miss her.  
My daughter had these ones on her cell phone.  Some I actually haven’t seen.  She was a cutie. 
Her little pjs…

 Crazy long tongue!


When Mr. DIY got his Big Green Egg (he LOVES that thing and uses it in the snow!), he thought Niski would be interested in hearing all about grilling, smoking, BBQ and it’s features.  I think she was relieved when she discovered it was just an introduction and not an invitation to a wienie roast…

Niski and her alpha dog.
Julia (our foreign exchange student) & Niski


The scar on her belly was from surgery to remove a push pin that she ate when she was a puppy. Thankfully she recovered nicely and we had a few more years with he
r and liked to joke that the surgeon should have installed a zipper.  Fortunately she outgrew the habit of eating everything except food quickly after that experience.
Christmas morning 2009
Let me in!
Happy Girl!

Doxie block.
Ali & Niski

Niski Nogi (what we interpret to mean ‘short legs’ in Polish even though it’s not quite correct).  I miss your snore.  I miss your yawns and sighs.  I miss your begging. I miss praising when I see that there isn’t an accident and for a brief millisecond, I forget why there isn’t.   I miss the loving welcome greeting when I walk in the door, the treat bribe when I walk out the door.   I miss the playing and snuggling and burrowing.  I miss scratching behind your ears and rubbing your belly.  I miss your wiggle dance and tap dancing toes.   I miss our dinner time ritual.  I regret that there isn’t one single picture of me with you because I was always behind the camera. Seeing the doggy aisle in the store makes me cry.  Remembering last Christmas morning opening presents has me longing that we’d be doing the same this year.  Every occasion, every season, I’m just going to miss having you by my side.  My little shadow.  My heart just aches.  But I know you’re not suffering.  You’re resting in  p
eace and peace will come for us with time.  For now, we just miss you so much and our hearts are filled with so much love. 

A Pretty Kitchen Nook Makeover and more!

Melissa from Pink Satin Sashes and her husband did a major demo and beautiful job with their kitchen nook.  Here is their kitchen nook now:

This renovation has been a two year progression.
They removed aluminum windows and found two matching old ones to replace them at the demolition store (wish we had a local one!).

Her husband did the electrical work, stuffed the walls with new insulation and drywalled.  Melissa made the inside frames for the windows, added more of the beadboard and made the window seats with storage in them.
I love Melissa’s Christmas sheep too (she thinks the cat ate an eye off of each one!).  After:
Melissa is so resourceful!  Limited budget makes for being creative.  The cushion on her banquet was made from foam from a boat ($8).  
The seat cushion covers are so pretty and sewn from cotton sheets!
The outside looks amazing too!

The old salvaged windows.  They were 65 dollars for each set, and magically fit perfect!!!!!!
Beautiful after:
For the exception of trim around the windows , door and corners the exterior is almost done. 
Melissa and Mr!  You’re one heck of a DIY team!  You did a fantastic job! I look forward to seeing more!  
Want to follow along and keep posted of their progress?
Head over to 
Pink Satin Sashes
She has some beautiful Christmas tree you don’t want to miss!

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Be Still My Beating Heart – a barn door table!

Melissa from Mason Bay is a new blogger and she’s off to an big bang of a start with showing off this DIY project.  She turned an old barn door into a beautiful table.  It’s lovely and the painted chairs add even more farmhouse charm.  I love it.

Beautiful old door and white washed legs.  

She loves the imperfections and so do I – it’s one of my favorite things about farmhouse style.  Look at the old hinges! 

Melissa is still looking for old chippy folding chairs but to hold her over, she painted her existing chairs…so fun!

She has DIY plans for the burlap table runner but I’m loving the turquoise stripe.    Her new old table and chairs have so much charm!  Thank you so much for sharing your cute makeovers, Melissa!  Welcome to blogging!  We look forward to seeing more! 

See another one of Melissa’s cute projects here

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DIY – Just Between Friends

Jonie at Just Between Friends has some great DIY projects to share! 
These scrap wood shelves are adorable!  Perfect for story time storage or…if no little library is needed, how about organizing magazines?  Super cute!
I love this gift idea…I think I Niski clock might be added to my list of projects.  Personalized gifts and decor are so special!  

Looking for an easy DIY mantel option for your fireplace?  This one is awesome! View her original post here
Fireplace before:
Fireplace after:
There’s still time to make this gorgeous winter wreath before the holidays!  Gorgeous!
There are so many great DIY ideas over at Just Between Friends (including a clever and cute paint-stick snowflake)!  
Thanks for sharing your creativity, Jonie!  Merry Christmas!
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DIY Project Parade and patching holes

Mr. DIY installed recess lighting in our kitchen and one of the holes was put in the wrong spot.  No biggy.  Patching drywall is easier than it sounds. Please ignore the fingerprints. I always joke with Mr. DIY that he would not make it in a life of crime…he leave his prints everywhere!  Our ceiling is plaster and lathe.  We patch using drywall.

How to patch a hole:
1.  Insert a scrap piece of wood into the hole (for new drywall to attach to). If you’re patching a hole in the wall, you’ll need to add support or cut around the hole to a stud so that there is a way to support and attach a new piece.

2.  Screw the wood block into place.
3.  To get an idea of the shape/size of the hole, use a piece of paper to do a rough trace and cut small matching piece out of drywall (we have a lot of scraps).
4.  Secure the drywall into open hole using screws into the wood.
5.  Thanks to our friends at True Value, we used a drywall patch kit which consists of aluminum sticky mesh tape to help the drywall mud adhere.  
6.  Smooth on drywall mud (joint compound) in two even layers, allowing time to dry in between skim coats.
7.  Once dry, sand smooth.
8.  Apply a coat of primer and clean fingerprints if necessary. 
9.  Paint.
Can you tell where the mistaken hole was?  We can’t!

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Once again…thank you for sharing our sorrow and comforting words for us during our loss of our doxie, Niski.  It means SO much to us!

Dirty Floors no More!

I don’t know about you but with our DIY passion, I’d LOVE for Santa to bring me a Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner.  There’s often sawdust or just dust that I don’t have time to get to.  I do craft projects in the dining room and a lot of times, I’m sweeping up scraps.  Oh, and you know how Mr. DIY loves to cook? Imagine the crumbs! 

Do you have a Mint Automatic Floor cleaner?  What about a floor that could use one?

Winter foot-traffic brings dirt into the house.  Hosting holiday parties, kids, holiday family visitors, etc coming in from outside with their dirty, slushy, wet boots and shoes on = dirt. Actually 70% of carpet soil is tracked in from outside. I’m sure you know the hassle that is to keep clean. …Enter the Mint Cleaner to do it for you 😉

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I just wanted to thank you again for your words of comfort and patience during our loss. I wanted to share a little story that warms our hearts.  Reenie sent me this and I shared it with Russ…

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

Author unknown… 

I was in the basement painting cabinet doors, trying to keep busy but still crying off and on, just missing her.  Russ called me up to dinner.  He made a yummy 3 cheese tomato and spinach tortellini dish.  He lit candles and opened a bottle of wine.  I know. He cooks.  A fancy dinner for a wife with a red nose, puffy eyes in doxie lounge pants and painting sweatshirt.  He’s a keeper.  We said a little prayer, toasted Niski and were eating when I noticed that the candle light shining through my wine glass made a little dancing rainbow prism on my dinner plate.  Both of our eyes filled with MORE tears.  It felt like a sign that Niski was okay.  🙂

I read your comments over and over.  Blog friends are the best “hug”. 

We like to think that Niski is happy, healthy and pain-free in heaven, burrowing in fresh fuzzy blankies straight from the dryer.   

I love the Rainbow Bridge poem.  It’s a comforting fairy tale type story.  I believe my Niski is in heaven and that HE sent the little rainbow prism while the Rainbow Bridge poem was fresh in our minds.  God gives us the biggest comfort at all, listening to our prayers and healing our broken hearts.  

Today when I checked the drying painted cabinets, once again – a prism where the sun shining through the cut glass window.  It feels so special and I know God is sending us signs that Niski is at peace.  2 rainbow prisms in 2 days?!  
And your words of comfort, your hugs, sharing your stories and comments have helped us tremendously.  I appreciate every single comment.  I’m thankful for bloggy friends.  I love that we can share projects but I love that we feel connected enough to share happy times and comfort each other through tough times.  Niski was a huge part of our blog.  She will be missed.  And I’m happy that you got to know and love her.  

This is my favorite blog post this year.  This post is my reminder that God is always present.  Whether in the form of rainbow prisms or sending blog friends for comfort…we’re so blessed. 

It's a Purdy Awesome Party!

Did you know you can enter any pretty paint project into the Purdy Party?  You didn’t even have to use a Purdy Paintbrush – you can win one so that you can give it a try!
1} Show off your PRETTY PAINTING PROJECTS. Even if you didn’t use a Purdy paintbrush.
2}Write up a post showing off those PURDY Projects and post it at the PURDY AWESOME PARTY.
If you already have a Purdy post, you can post it to the party.  Just do a new post telling people that you are entering the PURDY AWESOME Party, add the button below and provide a link to the original post.
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Guest Bathroom Makeover

Amanda from Tall Glass of Water has the sweetest boyfriend (my kind of guy!). An anniversary bathroom makeover. Yes! Even if you’re not a DIY’er or renovator – who doesn’t want THAT for an anniversary present?  I already have my wording down pat – “honey, 2nd anniversary is cotton, 3rd anniversary is leather, 6th anniversary is bathroom”.  Sound okay?  🙂

Here is Amanda’s bathroom before…

The guest bath now is so pretty.  I love Amanda’s thrifty finds.  She pulls everything together so prettily! 

I love the green glass tile accents…

So what do you think?  Anthony did all of the work himself and Amanda decorated.  What a great team!  Get the details at Tall Glass of Water.

And congratulations to Amanda again – she was the winner of the $100 gift card!  LUCKY GIRL! Want to see her plans for that?  See her excitement at:

Thank you all so much for your overwhelming hugs and words of sympathy…that have given me so much comfort the past day.  It means the world to me!  I know it takes a while but it’s the little things that just make me break down.  Coming in the door today just felt so ’empty’.  I miss my little greeter.  


Niski is no longer in pain or suffering. She’s at peace.  I, on the other hand, have the biggest heartache.  We will miss our little tap dancer, vacuum-wiener, happy baby, doxie girl forever.  Thank you so much for your hugs, thoughts, prayers and support.