For more on my challenge to remodel our house in 2011 with ZERO BUDGET, click here. ********************************************************* Ready or not … After five months of scavenging Craigs List, Freecycle and the local paint recycling center, I finally rounded up enough FREE paint and primer to tackle the upstairs. And since there aren’t any “breaks” from the … Read more No-Money Remodel #2: Living Room (& Good-bye Red!)
Quick—someone knock on wood—but it looks like we might get a break from the rain, hail and snow that refuses to leave Utah. Heck, it’s a balmy 54 degrees outside right now. That means that the rest of my sad clearance flowers from my cake dome planter project that have completely taken over my kitchen table can finally move … Read more Hanging Baskets … out of formula!
I’m so excited to announce a new feature on THRIVE– What Not To Toss Weekends —a chance to show how a little TLC can save everyday items from ending up in the trash. And in honor of Clothing Refashion Week at The CSI Project, this week’s WNTT project is a victory for mom’s of toddlers everywhere. I sadly … Read more What Not To Toss Weekend #1: The Destroyed Dress
When Mr. Thrive asked if I wanted anything for Mother’s Day, I told him “no” and meant it. The whole go-get-a-camera-thing was more than enough, thankyouverymuch. But our front porch has been looking a little nekkid … … and seeing all those beautiful Mother’s Day flowers everywhere got me thinking. So I marched down to Lowe’s with a … Read more Flower planter … from CAKE!
Happy Almost Mother’s Day out there to everyone from me and my half dozen kiddos who test my patience, sanity and soda sobriety daily. This week an entire gallon of milk, three pounds of cereal, a 6.4 oz. tube of Crest Sparkle KIDS toothpaste, two packs of Trident, a box of Crystal Light packs, a Jiffy cornbread … Read more Celebrating Someday …
Anyone else completely space that Mother’s Day is this weekend? I’m scrambling today to get Mother’s Day cards put together and in the mail by nap time. In the mean time, I thought I’d pass along a quick, no-trip-to-the-store idea that I made last year using only scraps. Last year I made little mini 4” x 4” … Read more Last-minute Mother’s Day Cards … from scraps! (with custom envelopes and petal wraps)
Post like this make me feel really, really stupid. Because seeing your faults glaring back at you can be awfully tough to take in sometimes. As some of you saw, I posted a note on THRIVE’s Facebook page on Wednesday that my cheapie Kodak EasyShare camera was completely toast. I was in the middle of taking pictures … Read more Rock What Ya Got: Camera Edition
The kitchen remodel continues! Here’s a reminder of what the kitchen looked like during our initial walk-through with the plain plywood cabinet doors, tan walls and frig shoved randomly into the former pantry next to the stove. BEFORE After a splash of color, painted fixtures, some repurposed decorations and some new picture frame cabinets the room now … Read more $7 Picture Frame Cabinet Door Tutorial
Do you have any of those lattice bins from the dollar store? They last a year or so and then split and break, right? Time to toss it, right? WAIT! Don’t Toss That! With some scissors, hot glue … … and some scrap paper strips … … you can transform that broken sock bin into … Read more Easter Basket … from a busted sock bin!