Can travel experience be a better education than from a textbook?

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog!  We recently returned from a trip quite literally around the world!  We visited family in the UK and toured around Nepal and India. Every time we pack up for a long international trip, I look at my (CARRY ON) bag and sing in my head, […]

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Blooms Around the Yard… In the House!

We’re getting ready to embark on our big trip to India but first we have some house guest coming from Arizona!  We cannot wait to see our friends and show them around Southern Illinois.  Even though I’m excited to host our out of town guests, I get a little nervous when we have people over. […]

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How to Bargain Shop When Traveling Abroad

Ryan and I are headed off on our next exciting adventure in less than a month.  We are headed to the UK, Nepal and India!  Ryan has a speaking engagement and we’re lucky enough to make a vacation out of it as well.  I’ve been really excited to tell people about our awesome summer plans! […]

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Camelback Part 3…The Reveal!

Welcome back to the conclusion of my camel back couch! If you didn’t catch the break down or step-by-step re-upholstery process check out Part 1 and Part 2 I just needed to finish off the arms and the nail head trim!  For the arms I started off by aligning the fabric over the arm portion.  Next, […]

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Camelback Sofa Part 2

I have been working on reupholstering a camelback sofa see my process of tearing it down here. I started by adding a little more padding to the decking.  I just draped the batting and trimmed it to fit the area for the decking and cut it to size. BTW, don’t you just love my fantastic […]

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$30 Bay Window Curtain Rod

I recently made some curtains for the big bay window in my living room.  I have been trying to figure out a way to hang them without breaking the bank.  I looked into purchasing a bay window rod but they are so expensive and with my house being so old, odds are most standard bay window rods […]

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Camelback Sofa Part 1

I don’t get many Craigslist scores where I live partly because we live in a more rural area and partly because I’m frugal and looking for a good deal.  Well let me tell you, this little couch was the jackpot and was the best price–free!  I found it on Craigslist from a woman who used […]

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DIY Pelmet Box

 My curtains in the dining room needed something more… Something more structured.  After searching Pinterest endlessly, I decided to make pelmet boxes.  This tutorial isn’t rocket science but it adds a HUGE wow factor. In fact there are a million detailed tutorials on pelmet boxes on Pinterest, so I won’t bore you with words; I’ll […]

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No Measure Slipcover

I’m not sure if I’ve given this lady her proper introduction… This is Lucy.  Lucy is how my husband and I met.  Me being a HUGE sucker for animals, he reeled me in with a Great Dane puppy.  If you could not tell, Lucy is very, very spoiled…She has her own couch…  Lucy got her couch […]

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Spring Is Here!

I recently went over to my parents house and I admired my mom’s decorating for Easter/Spring.  We were busy visiting but I managed to snap a few shots of her little sideboard and its’ decor. Look how precious that little bird is and its’ nest on the cake stand…  Just too cute! One more close […]

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Hello there, my name is Jessica and I'm so glad you've dropped by! I am a weekend DIYer, a die-hard antiquer, and a lover of all things vintage. Join me on my never ending journey of turning our house into our home!

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