And Then There Were Two

Meet:  Kelley from And Then There Were Two.  Kelley blogs to keep distant family up-to-date with her life and two precious little girls but today she is sharing “TWO” awesome before and after makeovers! 
Kelley’s youngest needs a place to sleep to call her own in their home.  With a lot of family out of state and out of the country, a guest bedroom is also important. So, taking it away isn’t possible.  What’s a girl to do but get creative and make the best of every available corner!  This little nook…
before – rarely used office nook
(that door leads to the master bedroom)
Now that rarely used spot serves as a sleepy time area for little Magdalenne.  It might be temporary but to mom, sometimes a little time feels like forever while you’re living it. So ‘bravo’, Kelley and Chen!  This little nap nook is perfect for your little princess for now!
Great use of space! 
Wanting to give the girls a place where they could play and have a world of their own, Kelley took this basement…
Wow!  After…
What fun!
Kelley and Chen, you’ve come up with some great solutions for your girls!  I love M’s little bedroom nook – so pretty!  And the playroom is awesome, a great spot for the girls to grow up and play in for a long time to come!  Great job!


Thank you all so much for your encouragement, support and for sharing my excitement (and Cassity’s) about my last post!  Seriously, you’re the best friends a blogger could ever hope for!  It means so much to me…I feel like someone gave me a cookie!  LOVE cookies, you guys! 

Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge

Looooooong post today but I’m just bursting with excitement to share the amazing experience with you, my dear blog friends! If you’re like me, hearing about an awesome opportunity related to blogging when it’s my blog buddy just fills me with joy to no end!  When I was invited to the all expense paid trip to participate in the Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge, I could barely contain my exclamation and hands in the air “YES!”. That noise that you thought was thunder last month? That was me jumping up and down!  I’ve never had the opportunity to decorate a room from the floor up.  My main experiences are extremely tight/non existent budgets in my own home.   
Meet the Design Challenge bloggers:

Roeshel from The DIY Showoff
Cassity from Remodelaholic
Pam from Retro Renovation
Jill from Material Girls
 Katy from Charles & Hudson
Julia from Casa Sugar
Rhoda from Southern Hospitality

Lindsay from Living with Lindsay

Carmen from The Decorating Diva

Ethan from One Project Closer

I loved meeting these talented bloggers! Some long time virtual friends, some new! 
All super friendly and so talented!
Lisa LaPorta, Cassity from Remodelaholic, Roeshel from the DIY Show Off, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Lindsay from Living with Lindsay.
Cassity and I have already shared a sneak peek of the reveal with you…
Now here’s the story of my intoxicating participation:
Last Tuesday I arrived at the Biltmore Inn.  I could hardly keep my jaw from hitting the floor of the bus as we drove up through the front gate and along the beautifully landscaped drive.  I imagined it must have been just the way Mrs. Vanderbilt felt the first time she arrived as she hadn’t seen it before her marriage to George Vanderbilt. Breathtaking and overwhelming beauty of the lush landscaping and stunning Smokey Mountains in the background. 
Inn on Biltmore Estate: Hotel
My room at the inn was gorgeous…and there was a press package full of goodies awaiting my arrival.

After a long day of travel, nervousness and excitement, this bed was so inviting!

Check out my view of the estate and Smokey Mountains…

Later that evening, we attended a welcoming reception to meet the Shaw Floor team, the HGTV Home group and the bloggers as well as meet our design challenge partner face to face.  I was thrilled to learn that my teammate was long time e-friend, Cassity from Remodelaholic!  I’ve been a fan of her blog for quite some time and love her style.  She is just as sweet in real life as her blog persona reflects. Love her! 
(Not very many pictures this night…maybe when Shaw releases theirs.  I had my camera but we were all just getting to know each other and I wasn’t comfortable snapping pictures.  Did I mention that I’m shy?)
The Design Challenge:  Design a room around a beautiful floor in the Shaw Floor’s new HGTV Home line. 
The time came to be assigned a room (“bay”) and to pick our flooring ‘out of a hat’. Our room had a big picture window and board and batten. Great start!  Just our style.  Design fate was on our side when Cassity reached into the bag and chose “hardwood and area rug” for our flooring!  Again – exactly what we would have chosen! We immediately decided to design a living room in our space. One that we ourselves would love to have in our home.
Hardwood (Rockbridge/Dusk) and Ikat Panel Area Rug

Our plan:  A casual coastal cottage…sort of like this:
Just kidding!
The Biltmore is a late 1890s mansion in Asheville, NC.  We enjoyed a very interesting and informative guided candle lit tour.  No expense was spared in this place. As you can tell from the picture, it is enormous!  Every detail inside is over-the-top.  I can’t even fathom having that much money ever, let alone over 100 years ago.  Seriously?  Who had an indoor lighted swimming pool, bowling alley, something like 43 bathrooms with indoor plumbing WITH hot and cold water, elevators, pool tables, granite, marble, picture frame molding and tapestries at every turn, fountains, 4 huge expansive floors of richly decorated rooms including an enormous library with spiral staircase? It’s all self-sustaining with a village full of shops, a dairy and a winery.  I felt like royalty. We were treated like royalty too!  
We then dined in a beautiful garden courtyard on the Biltmore Estate. I swear it was decorated by faeries with twinkle lights and gorgeous centerpieces. (As you can tell, my mind wasn’t exactly on camera settings! Oops!)
Look at the adorable place settings…I just love attention to detail, don’t you?We had fun talking, laughing and getting to know each other and eating delicious foods and desserts.
We headed back to our rooms to get a good night’s sleep for more surprises the next morning.  While we were sleeping, our flooring was being installed by elves. Not really elves obviously…but it all felt so magical!
Wed. morning, we boarded a bus for a three hour drive to our next destination.  While on the bus, each team was given a box full of magazines, fabric samples, little fun odds and ends, pictures of furniture and paint swatches along with our hardwood floor sample (handscraped maple) and a picture of the area rug we chose.  Cassity and I learned that we share a love for the same style and that girl is so creative, she made our design board 3D!  Putting together our design board was fun.  
A chance for the inner kid to get creative with our passion for decorating and design.  Cassity and I are both inspired by vintage, texture, neutral backgrounds with fun accents bringing in color, rustic woods and traditional pieces. We decided on a beautiful light blue as the wall color.  We wanted accessories to pop in a cozy cottage atmosphere.
We arrived at Tribuzio Hilliard. TH is a commercial photo studio with movie set type bays (or rooms) with a warehouse full of furniture and every accessory imaginable from floor to ceiling.  My first impression was complete ‘awe’.  I felt like a little girl in a gigantic doll house.  Talk about a dream come true!
And just like any good dream, things only got better when we were greeted by talented Lisa LaPorta of HGTV’s Designed to Sell!  Oh my!  Star struck for sure!
There were our own embroidered director’s chairs too!  Isn’t that so thoughtful and awesome?  Every detail of this event was just so personal and special.  A girl could get used to this type of pampering!
Lisa was available for design tips, giving her opinions and advice and moral support and she was just darling overall. She is full of creative energy and a joy to be around.  She played a huge part in making us feel comfortable, less nervous and as if we were stars too! We had so much fun getting acquainted with her.  Of course we couldn’t help but ask for an autograph along the way. 
Lisa LaPorta, Cassity (& Lydia) and Roeshel
Here is our room the first time we saw it. The flooring had been installed the night before. 
“Shopping” was done in the warehouse full of photography props.  So it wasn’t real shopping, at least not in a store. I can’t tell you where things were purchased.  But hopefully the room inspires those seeking the same look on how to re-create a casual coastal atmosphere.
We began our shopping in the furniture and architectural accent (fireplaces, lighting and more) section.  I even put on a safety belt and rode a hydraladder (or cherry picker) to view items stored near the ceiling!

Going up!

Every time we walked into this department, we spotted something new as if someone kept adding furniture when we weren’t looking or our furniture fairy godmother waved her magic wand and there was the piece we’d been looking for!  It might have been that as things were removed by teams, more things were visible but I never had so much fun “shopping”!
Other rooms had floor to ceiling sh
elving thrift-store-style packed full of goodies: lamps, vases, baskets, throw pillows, books, candles and holders, silk greenery, planters, fillers, clocks, statues, throws, bedding, mirrors, art work, dinnerware, glasses, curtains, fabrics, even food and drinks!
We eagerly filled a couple of carts with ideas and great accents.  We then chose our accessories and even though the room wasn’t ready for staging, we couldn’t resist playing around and putting things together.
Cassity and me – taking a break from playing with positioning furniture and decorating before room is painted.
We even got to jump up into the back of a florist truck stuffed full of every type of beautiful fresh flower imaginable to choose whatever our heart desired for the room!
We then headed back to our hotel, the gorgeous Proximity Hotel and dined at the adjacent fabulous Print Works Bistro.
Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC
Social Lobby
My hotel room was stunning. High ceilings, beautifully decorated and another amazing view.  
Our room at the studio, chandelier and some accessories were being painted while we slept. Wish we had those DIY elves in real life!
Bright and early on the last day, we headed back to Tribuzio Hilliard to complete our rooms.  The paint was even more beautiful on the walls than on the swatch!  Love it!  We quickly got to accessorizing while our talented helpers hung the gallery wall art, installed the chandelier and helped with any little request along the way.

Thank you to our helpers!
This entire time, we had an amazing design assistant, Linda, who helped us along the way, searching for our decorative accents, working hard to make our vision become reality and pointing out professional photo things on our set that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. 
Cassity from Remodelaholic
Linda S.
Roeshel, The DIY Show Off
Cassity has the sweetest baby girls who gave our room a big thumbs up too!

Once our room was completed, Cassity and I were interviewed on video by none other than Lisa LaPorta to discuss our design and our room! We were blushing with pride and from praise.  I was a bit tongue tied.  Cassity’s a natural in front of the camera.  There was little time for prep and I always think of what I should have said or could’ve added after the fact AND if I had known about the video, I might have changed out of my casual attire for something prettier but I’m so excited to see that video!
Here are some TONS of our after shots we took.  We can’t wait to see the professional catalog-worthy looking photography of our design, hard work and pride and joy. 
Here’s the wall you don’t see.  Just like a movie set!

We went through all 5 rooms designed by 10 bloggers, 5 teams, each of us interviewed by Lisa LaPorta and I have to tell you…we’re up against some stiff competition! I don’t have a picture of it – I was being interviewed but the other bloggers listed above will be sharing their experiences and photos!  Be sure to visit them for more details!  Which brings me to the reason for the Design Challenge.  All five rooms will be displayed on Shaw Floors’ Facebook page from September 1-30th where you will have a chance to vote every day for the entire month for your favorite room.  We really need your support!  There’s something in it for you too!  More on that to come soon but don’t worry – I’ll remind you to get over there to vote and enter when the time comes. 
So, that’s my fairy tale/dream come true story of the couple of days a DIY blogger got to play being a real designer. It’s something I never in a million years would have thought I’d get to do.  Sure, I dream big just like everyone else and getting to do this, meeting my e-friends face to face and others who share my DIY passion as well as some pretty interesting and amazing people was just the highlight of the year. 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Shaw Floors, HGTV Home and Empower (Hi Rachael, Hi Ashley, Hi Taylor!).  And most of all, thank YOU my dear blog friends, because I know I would not have been invited it if weren’t for you and your amazing friendships!  And I pray that each of you are presented with wonderful, dream come true opportunities one of these days too!  🙂
Thank you so much for sharing my excitement! Want to see more details?  I promise you, you’ll see more of our room by my awesome partner, Cassity at REMODELAHOLIC and I’ll have something more to share with you coming soon!

DIY Counting Sheep Baby Banner

It’s rare, but there’s a baby related project in the DIY Show Off house! NO! Not for me! I‘ve been invited to a baby shower and I just love giving handmade baby gifts. (Tara, if by chance you’re reading, please stop right here!) Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the baby shower (my baby girl’s graduation party is the same day) but I have a whole handmade collection planned and here’s the first thing in the gift box: 

A sweet baby girl counting sheep banner, inspired by cute bird, butterfly and bunny banners but designed and DIY’d by me with a counting sheep theme.

Not guaranteed to help baby sleep, but it sure is cute. 

Scrapbook paper (It doesn’t take much. Two 12×12 sheets will work but more if you want more designs.)
2 ribbons (I used almost 1 spool of organza, 1 thin satin)
Baker’s twine (a thin ribbon or twine would work just as well)
Number ink & stamps or stickers #1-10 (or free hand)

Hole punch
Optional:  Xacto knife

Counting Sheep Banner Tutorial
10 steps to 10 sheep
#1 Print a lamb stencil or template from online onto card stock and cut out. (Optional: you could also use your Cricut or Silhouette to make die cuts.) 

#2 Trace onto scrapbook paper and cut out sheep shapes. I used an Xacto knife and alternated the direction (flip the sheep stencil) so my sheep were facing each other in sets of two {><} rather than all facing left {<<} or right {>>} or back side to backside {< >}. Trace and cut out 10 sheep. I used pretty paper in pinks for baby girl (to coordinate with other handmade items planned).

#3 Punch 2 holes beside each other near the top of each sheep. Near the top keeps sheep from twirling on the string. I tested punching holes in different areas. Near the top works best. (Optional: reinforce with eyelets. I also punched holes for eyes…animals without eyes make me sad. You could draw on closed/sleepy eyes too.)

#4 Number the sheep 1-10 using rubber stamps, stickers or draw on with markers.

#5 Cut 11 five inch pieces (eyeball it…no need to measure) of pink ribbon and 22 five inch pieces of organza (or do your own ribbon combo/thing). This is tied between each sheep.

#6 Pull a length of baker’s twine. Tape off the end (it keeps the twine from fraying and makes threading easier).

#7 Add sheep. Thread from back to front in one hole. Then front to back in punched hole right beside it. Repeat for all 10 sheep.

#8 Space out evenly. I left about 10 inches of twine on each end for hanging. Cut and tie a loop on the ends of the twine (loose knots to allow resizing the loop for bigger hanging on drawer knobs, smaller loop for thumb tacks or safety pins).

#9 In between each sheep, I took 2 pieces of organza with 1 piece of satin ribbon and tied a knot. (Shabby Chic option: use frayed pretty coordinating fabric pieces or strips of tulle.)

#10 Space evenly again (leave them semi-moveable to accommodate different areas in the gift recipient’s home or tape twine on back to keep in place). Ready to hang!

Isn’t it so cute? I want one for me and I don’t even have a nursery. I love pretty decorative banners and ‘counting sheep’ is perfect for a nursery! 

  • Hang it across drapery
  • Tie on dresser pulls 
  • Use as wall art
  • Cute learning to count tool 
  • Baby shower decor. 

Lots of options. Now lots of pictures:

hope she likes it. 🙂

What have you been doing this weekend?  

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A Design Challenge Sneak Peek!

I just returned home from an amazing couple of days in Asheville, Greensboro and High Point, NC. It was a fun filled dream come true design challenge event sponsored by Shaw Floors HGTV Home line! Woo hoo!!! I had the opportunity to meet some awesome DIY/design bloggers face to face. Everyone was just as nice in real life as they are in the blogging community…really, some seriously talented and interesting bloggers. Meeting others who share my passion for DIY and decorating was so stimulating.
I didn’t know until I arrived who would be my teammate and the details were a little vague but the surprises were well worth the curiosity. I was lucky enough to be partnered with one of my favorite blog buddies, Cassity from Remodelaholic! She is so sweet, so pretty and amazingly creative and talented. We worked so well together and we were assigned a beautiful room as well as this gorgeous handscraped maple hardwood:
and our choice of area rug:
Ikat Panel
Selected sample (large)
(Check out the entire line of Shaw HGTV Home area rugs – I’ll have something exciting to share with you soon!)
As if designing a room from the floor up wasn’t intoxicating enough, you’ll never guess who else we got to hang out with…
Lisa LaPorta, Cassity (& Lydia) and Me
Yes! That’s Lisa LaPorta from HGTV’s Designed to Sell. She is so sweet, so cute and yep, I was completely star struck!
Here’s the sneak peek!
Wall color:  Copen Blue by Sherwin Williams HGTV Home
Chandelier color:  Antique Red, Sherwin Williams HGTV Home
More details on our room, the list of 8 other creative bloggers as well as the event with some surprises coming over the next two months!  I just returned late last night but I’m still over the moon, out of this world  – on Cloud 9!
We love how our room blossomed, had a blast working together and were ready to start packing it up in our suitcases to take home! And if you’re stopping by to read, what do you think of the room?! Flood us your thoughts – we need our cheerleadering blog friends! Cassity and I would love to know your thoughts (please…we’re both so excited) and tell us what you like best!

"Just Lovely" DIY

Meet:  Chantel of

Just Lovely
Chantel just revealed her romantic bedroom reveal and the details are so dreamy! Amazing DIY, Chantel!

Love this color – beautiful after:
Tray to Jewelry Hanger Beauty and “how to”…
Prettiest lamp and a ruffle lampshade tutorial.
You’ll want to visit Chantel and see more of her lovely creativity and beautiful photography at 


Guest Post: Amy from Tulip & Turnip

Hello there, fellow DIY Showoff readers!  I’m Amy, and I blog over at Tulip & Turnip.

I am so incredibly thrilled to be guest-posting for Roeshel today!  The DIY Showoff is one of my daily reads because, like you, I love to roll up my sleeves and get dirty working on projects around my house.  And who doesn’t love a good before-and-after?
A little about me:  I started Tulip & Turnip four years ago when my twins were born 9 weeks early.  It was a great way to keep friends and family updated on their health and progress.  What I soon discovered was that I LOVED writing, and the blog became a creative outlet for me. It has evolved a bit since then.  I still blog about parenting at times, but also about home decor projects, DIY, party planning, gardening, crafts, recipes, and whatever else I’m thinking about!  My brain is always in overdrive….
Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite projects.
I recently finished (for now) my son’s camping-inspired bedroom:
Two of my favorite features of the room are the Pottery-Barn-style oars and the scout badges that belonged to my father:
Next up for a makeover is my daughter’s room.  It’s not finished yet, but I did create some custom artwork for her.  She’s named Charlotte after the book Charlotte’s Web, so it seemed fitting that I honor that in some way.  You can read the full story here.
I’ve also been known to rehab old furniture:
Sometimes I’m feeling crafty.  On those days I might try my hand at freezer stenciling:
Or making some free printables for the holidays:
As you can see, my blog is a bit of a hodge podge of everything!  I’ve got a few projects I’m working on these days that aren’t quite ready for an official unveiling, but how about a sneak peek for DIY Showoff Readers?
I’m updating my family room, and really wanted an upholstered ottoman…but I wasn’t thrilled about spending hundreds of dollars.  I bought this thrift store coffee table for $25.  (I forgot to take a true “before” photo….this one was taken AFTER I had already spray-painted the legs a glossy brown!):
And plan on upholstering it with this fabric:
Also, I recently bought these wooden chargers on clearance:
And I’ve been busy silver-leafing them and turning them into mirrors:
Stay tuned for the reveals of these projects and more!
Thanks again to Roeshel for inviting me to visit with you today.  I hope you’ll drop by and see me over at Tulip & Turnip!  🙂  I’d love to hear from you!

7 Sisters DIY

Meet:  7 friends who follow God and love family, friends, crafting, eating, cooking, baking, decorating, laughing and everything in between.  Well they can add 1 more because I love those things too. How about you?
Seven Sisters

They have some great DIY projects to share today!

GoodWill find/lazy Susan before…
Beautiful now!
Inspires you to take off the doors and decorate a whole new pretty organized area out of an otherwise hidden space, doesn’t it?
See more pics of beautiful vignettes in these open cabinets here.
Yardstick Crate Tutorial – love these! How inexpensive but a great size for storage!
If you haven’t ‘met’ this group of talented ladies, you’ll LOVE their Tutorial Round Up page. Here are a few things you’ll find. Pop over, browse around a bit and say hello from me!
DIY bench with no power tools
photo art
free printables
homemade jam
duct tape flower pens

The Blue Velvet Chair – DIY Mosaic Planter

Michael from

Blue Velvet Chair
re-purposed/re-used a toilet tank (the upper part) that had been left in a junk pile by the side of the road as well as the bottom of a plastic coke bottle and created a beautiful sun and moon mosaic tile planter that’s gorgeous!
How creative is using a toilet tank (already waterproof) as a planter?  
She posted a full DIY tutorial with great tiling and grouting tips at

The sunny side welcomes guests and the moon side shows as guests head home.  Recycled and beautiful!
Michael at Blue Velvet Chair celebrates everything from life stories to DIY to upcycle chic, arts and crafts and stumblings across creative genius in all of its many forms. Pop over and say “hi” and check out more great DIY projects! 

Super Easy, Cheap, No Sew Tutu Tutorial and DIY Project Parade

Well – OOPS!  This was to publish Sunday but I messed up the date. Welcome to the party one day early!

My niece’s 1st birthday is coming up and as our family’s (amateur) photographer, my gift is portraits.  

Her mom wanted pictures of her in a tutu. So cute!  Loving DIY and little girl stuff, I offered to make one.  

No Sew DIY TuTu Tutorial
under $10!
This might not be anything new or unique. I’m not up on the latest DIY baby but in any event, here is what I did.
Please pardon the blurriness of these pictures. I forgot to change my settings. 🙁

Materials:  Ribbon, Roll of Tulle, Scissors

How to:

1.  I guestimated my niece’s waist size (and it was perfect too!).  Measure around waist.  Add 12″ to each end (24″ to waist measurement) and cut ribbon to length. 

2.  Tie a knot 12″ in from the end on each side.

3.  Cut strips of tulle to desired length.  For a 1-yr.-old, my strips were 12″ long.  If you have tulle in yardage, just cut strips on your own about 6″ wide and desired length (which will be folded in half in next step). For my niece, I used 30 (12″) strips of tulle from my roll.  
4.  Gather strip of tulle.

6.  Fold strip in half. Put “hole” (fold) of tulle over the ribbon between the knots.

7.  Pull ends of tulle through ” tulle hole” and knot (pull ends underneath ribbon and up through the ‘tu
lle hole’. Ribbon will be inside tulle).
Knots will look like this:

8.  Weight one end of the ribbon (I just put it under a heavy vase) and continue steps 5, 6 and 7 until finished from one knotted end of ribbon to the other. Weighting the one end allows you to slide knotted tulle into place.
Finished tulle knots:

9.  Trim tulle and ribbon if needed.  Optional:  Add ribbon in a different or coordinating color scattered throughout. Add flowers. Use different colors of tulle – get creative!

Super easy, right?  TUTU cute!

I‘ll be sharing a few more DIY baby girl projects coming up – I’ve been invited to a baby shower too and love handmade gifts. Don’t you?

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Reminder: HGTV's Design Star Premiere's Tonight!

Are you as super excited as I am for this HGTV’s Design Star this year?  I really get in to it and feel like I “know” the designers after a fun season, don’t you?  I love watching the challenges.  I imagine being on the show is a dream come true for the designers, getting to meet extremely talented famous designers and having the opportunity to be the next DESIGN STAR!  Imagine overcoming nerves, stage fright and being judged by the best. I’d be a wreck!
This season DESIGN STAR heads to NYC, where 12 talented designers compete to host their own show and where readers can vote daily for their favorite contestant. All will be mentored by season one DESIGN STAR winner, David Bromstad and will be faced with an all-star judging panel of acclaimed HGTV interior designers, Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olson and Vern Yip. It will also include a few celebrity guests!  I don’t often watch tv but this is one show I’m going to add to my summer routine.  Popcorn and all!  

Here are a couple of sneak peeks to give you an idea of what to expect this season:

Premiere is TONIGHT, 7/11/11 at 9/8 C on HGTV! Are you watching too?

Meet the designers and cast your vote at: I can’t wait to get to “know” them and see some amazing designs!  I’d love to discuss your thoughts – they all have such a diverse background. It’s bound to be interesting season!

As a decorating blogger you’re probably very familiar with One Kings Lane and if not – One Kings Lane partners with top brands and designers to give their members insider access to designer decor, entertaining, fantastic gift selections and exclusive tag sales curated by today’s top tastemakers – at up to 70% off retail!

I thought you would be thrilled to know that HGTV has partnered with One Kings Lane on a massive beach themed sale in anticipation for tonight’s season premiere of DESIGN STAR!  It’s the first time HGTV has partnered with One Kings Lane for an online sale and I’m thrilled to provide you with all the juicy details.
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In today’s “HGTV Bring in the Beach Sale”, HGTV design star bloggers picked a handful of their favorite beach-inspired décor to sell on the site.  You can view the inventory and purchase their favorites online beginning at 11am ET/8am PT TODAY!  Any product with the ‘HGTV Pick’ icon was hand-selected by HGTV design bloggers.  Inventory is extremely limited and once an item is sold out it is gone forever!   The sale can be found at the URL below and goes live at 11:00AM ET on the dot:

The DIY Project Parade is going on!  Link up your latest DIY project or browse the amazing links for ideas!
I’ll be out of town for a couple of days. I can’t wait to share with you where I’m headed and what I’m doing but I’ll still be available off and on throughout the week and still posting.  

True Value's DIY True Stories Contest – Dish Out Your Worst and Become a DIY Star!

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I‘d love a chance to become famous!  How about you? Well, let me share some exciting news with you about True Value!  They recently launched the “DIY True Stories” Contest<> on their Facebook page! This contest gives determined DIYers the chance to tackle a home improvement project that they did not have the money or tools to do so. From now until August 22, people will be able to dish out their DIY dilemmas and the three who plead the best case will win staring rolls in their own DIY web series and $2,500 towards product at True Value.

Contestants will be able to enter by first “liking” True Value’s Facebook page and then sharing a project idea via photos or a video submission. The three winners will then start recording their project’s progress from start to finish in a five-part web series that will be featured on True Value’s Facebook page. They will also receive $2,500 to put towards their project, along with in-person consultation with a “Master of All Things Hardwarian” at their local True Value store.

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Do you have an outrageous, shocking or just plain overdue home improvement project on hand? Don’t be shy. Remember my embarrassing bathroom makeover when I entered a True Value DIY Dilemma a few years ago?  I needed a little extra cash or help getting it done. I didn’t win but you don’t have a chance if you don’t enter!  True Value is asking ambitious DIYers to tell all for a chance to win $2,500 to complete their project, receive expert advice to help them get the job done right and the opportunity to star in their very own DIY web series on Facebook! I know if I had the opportunity to give that a shot, I would reveal my worst DIY nightmare again! 

From July 7 to August 15, DIYers looking to get their hands dirty will have the chance to submit their wildest home improvement nightmare. To enter, you’ll have to first “like” True Value’s Facebook<> page, then share your project idea, what you need to get the job done and what you would do if you won. It’s as easy that that!  “DIY True Stories” can be submitted by crafting a brief project description and uploading photos or submitting a video featuring the DIYer and the potential DIY project. 

Then on August 29 when True Value will announce three winners! Each winner will receive an in-person consultation with a “Master of All Things Hardwarian,” or True Value employee, at their local True Value store and $2,500 to help them get the job done. They’ll then chronicle their project’s progress in a five part web series that will be featured on True Value’s Facebook page and savor the spotlight as DIY reality stars.Enter for a chance at DIY stardom by visiting< and clicking on the “DIY True Stories Contest” tab. Don’t wait! Share your wild DIY secrets today!  Let me know if you do it – I’d love to pop over and see DIY Show Off readers participating in this fun event and even win!  

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Hi SugarPlum – Girls' Room Reveal

In the event you haven’t seen this yet (WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!), I have to give a shout out to my sweet blog friend, Cassie.  Her daughter’s room is beautifully done and it’s pretty much DIY city!  A beautiful room full of French details and so much charm. Seriously, it doesn’t look like it from the picture below but this tastefully done with just the right amount of Paris themed room is practically all DIY!

the room
Visit Cassie at Hi SugarPlum to get all of the DIY and thrifty details that went into this fun girly room:

  • Choosing a color scheme
  • Painting a headboard a pretty pop of radish
  • No sew pillows
  • Thrifty old sunburst mirror
  • Borrowed table
  • DIY Eiffel tower jewelry stand
  • ModPodge step stool
  • Monogrammed window pelmet
  • Breakfast tray to lap desk
  • Monogrammed tins for storage
  • Pom Pom lantern
  • Closet makeover
  • Handmade fabric banner
  • DIY Paris prints
  • Beautifully painted highboy dresserhighboy
  • Fun DIY art and gallery wall
gallery 2
Doesn’t this sweet room look like it’s straight out of a pricey boutique catalog?  I think so!  Cassie, it’s gorgeous. I’d love to follow your example and create a beautiful room completely designed with thrifty treasures and crafty DIY.  Great job, girl!
If you’re not familiar with Hi SugarPlum, pop over to see the rest of her lovely home and awesome DIY skills. 
I’ll be out of town most of next week.  If you’d like to show off your DIY projects in a guest post, send me an email and we’ll discuss the details.  🙂  TGIF!

You’re Invited to a Thrifting Party – July 9th!

Ready to meet some bloggers and do some thrift store shopping in an area near you or simply spend the day in your own hometown joining in the fun?  The very talented and creative Mr. Goodwill Hunting himself has organized an amazing event and you’re invited! 
Venture out Saturday, July 9th on your own, with friends or meet up at a big city location near you.  See HERE for the list!
In all THRIFTY STATES and from every walk of life people will gather together and meet up at a local thrift store to thrift and just have some plain ole fancy fun on July 9, 2011.  A day devoted to celebrating budget friendly thrift store finds for all of us addicted to finding thrifty treasures for DIY, decorating, home improvement and fashion. 


I have my t-shirt (not required) and I’ll be joining the fun!  

rainboots, yes. storms today. i love flipflops, wedges and sandals but hate wet toes on rainy days!

More details at about all of the locations to meet up with others who share the love of thrifting or participate via Twitter hashtag #ilovethrifting to find others in your community who may want to meet up and shop or even make is a special day to thrift for just you and your family and friends!  Meet others who share a passion for thrifty treasures.  

The creative mastermind behind the huge “I love Thrifting” party, Rashon Carraway aka Mr. GoodWill HuntingIf you’re not familiar with his blog, then you MUST check it out. Be prepared to be inspired.


I‘m so excited to be organizing a Pittsburgh (north) event. If you’re local to western PA, love a bargain, like to shop and would like to join me & Bri on Saturday, July 9th, let us know and we’ll look for ya! The thrifting celebration begins at the North Hills GoodWill or meet us at any stops along the way. Look for us in our “I <3 Thrifting” t-shirts and introduce yourself…if you ever wanted to meet local DIY and thrifty bloggers, now is your chance!  Tentative schedule posted below (subject to change based on suggestions).


Pittsburgh (North) I Love Thrifting Party
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Tentative Schedule:

10:00 a.m. – GoodWill

North Hills Store

7221 Mcknight Rd, Pittsburgh

11:30 p.m. – GoodWill

Wexford Store

10293 Perry Hwy, Wexford

1:00 p.m. Lunch at Cranberry Township Community Park (pack a lunch or hit the drive-thru).
Community Park Ernie Mashuda Drive Cranberry Township, PA 16066 (or if you’re local to Cranberry Twp. and have a suggestion – let us know)

2:30 p.m. – GoodWill

Cranberry Store

20668 Perry Highway, Cranberry

4:00 p.m. – St. Vincent de Paul
Greater Butler Mart, Butler

***Email Roeshel @ for a map and directions!

RSVP to if you’re interested in meeting up with me in the north Pgh area. You don’t have to be a blogger to shop. If you know of a favorite spot along the way, we can make some changes to the schedule…let’s talk!  I hope you can join us.  If you blog, you’ll have something to share for the DIY Project Parade the following day! I LOVE being inspired by your thrifty finds and enjoying your projects!

Enjoying the Simple Things – A DIY Paint Stick Pendant Light

Meet:  Laura from

Enjoying the simple things

Laura has a lot of interests but not a lot of time. She’s mom to 5 kids!  However she squeezes in a little time for DIY and flea markets.  Check out this awesome project!

What you’ll need:

Lamp shade from the thrift store.

Paint stir sticks (purchase or ask at a local hardware store).

Go here for the HOW TO.

Beautiful result:

Rustic charm after little wood stain…

Gorgeous!  See more DIY from Laura at

Enjoying the simple things

Thanks for sharing your creativity, Laura! I love it!