Build a DIY Hanging Lamp

Drum Shade Lamp

This corner of my bedroom needed some help. It’s furthest away from the light, and it’s right where I read. Plus, every time I looked at the furniture in my room, I just knew something tall needed to be in that space. I’m sure there’s a design principle I should reference, but I wasn’t going […]

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How to make a custom bedskirt

Bedskirt

If you put all the effort into a gorgeous bed like this one, you can’t just throw old dorm sheets on it. I have spent way too many years with my mattress on the ground and my comforter dragging on the floor, but now it’s time to do things right, which means I don’t want […]

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How to make an upholstered wingback headboard

Wingback Headboard

So, I promised this a couple weeks ago already, but travel and doctors appointments and first days of school have foiled all my good intentions. But I’m getting my feet back underneath me, so let’s pick up where we left off in this bedroom makeover, shall we? I made a bedframe, and now we’re going […]

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Being Brave

First Day

Atti started 3rd Grade last week. It’s a big jump into big kid territory, and he has to do it with a new teacher for the first time since Kindergarten. A new teacher who doesn’t know him and all the sensory things that poke his brain, who won’t understand that there is a powerful brain […]

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Family Goal Leaf 2016

Build2016

Back in 2013 I started a tradition. Every year our family comes up with a word of the year. Something to strive for, something to keep in mind as a goal to work towards together, some value we want to focus on as we go through the year. And then I take that word and […]

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How to make an Upholstered Bedframe

Upholstered Bedframe

My bedroom makeover project has been finished for a while now, but with all of the horrors of the last couple of years, I couldn’t do the work to share it. There’s a tremendous amount of work to pull together a decent tutorial with video, and seeing how I’ve been pingponging between fertility procedures driving […]

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Make a windchime from dollar store supplies

Step 1

In my quest to outfit this superstar backyard of mine, as is my duty as Park Ranger of this place, I’ve been searching for a windchime that was both 1) not obnoxious and 2) not so outrageously expensive I would resent it every time I heard it’s gentle chime. So as usual, I knew I […]

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Speaking Atticus

Speaking Atticus

Atticus does not speak fluently. Over the years we’ve been given every possible explanation for this. He’s mentally retarded, he has autism, he’ll grow into it, it’s just a CP thing. Almost always, like, so close to always that the distinction is negligible, the assumption has been that his speech is a result of his […]

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Mosaic Birdhouses for Fancy Birds

Mosaic Birdhouses

Every time I go to a craft store, from March until September, they feature a giant bin full of wooden birdhouses right outside the front door. They call to me every year and every year I think, eh, I don’t have anything to do with them. And I leave them in their bin as I […]

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Make an Outdoor Chandelier

Chandelier Finish

Once you start drilling through glass, it apparently gets pretty addictive. Because here I am back at it again. I spent so much time in thrift stores looking for glass dishes for the flowers, that I couldn’t stop collecting when I found a deal I couldn’t pass up. So I wound up with a whole […]

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