Another checkmark on the never-ending list of decorating “to-dos”: The gallery wall in our room is complete. For now. Unless I find artwork that I like even more than these pieces, at which point I will toss these ones in the garage after a short and heart-felt, “It’s not you, it’s me” speech. First I laid the frames out on a big sheet of paper, traced them and marked where the nails need to go. Then I taped the template… Read more »

That’s actually part of my job description around here. Head repurposer of ugly crap. 😀 Since I don’t have a lot of time to blog again today (Hayden has made it her mission this year to join every club and extra-curricular activity offered at her school) I thought I’d show you something that I recently picked up for $1 and repurposed. Over the course of the summer I slowly and painstakingly re-finished a very ugly dresser. I’m not showing that… Read more »

Sorry for my delay in posting today. It’s been one of those days…… Meet Isabella: No doubt you’ve probably seen a photo or two of her on this here blog. When I was pregnant, I decided to make a quilt for her. I had planned on making one for a girl, and one for a boy, since we weren’t finding out the sex of our baby, however, I only ever got around to making the girl blankie. Here are a… Read more »

Alejandra from For Moms With Love has awarded Adorn on a Shoestring with the Versatile Blogger Award! Alejandra writes a great blog chock full of interesting and informative parenting information, not to mention lots of pictures of her two adorable babies! Thank you so much, Alejandra, I’m very flattered to have made your list! 7 Things About Myself: 1. I love all colours, and do not have a favourite. 2. I love all types of interior design, from shabby chic… Read more »

I don’t have a lot of time to blog today because my kids are home for a P.A. day (hip hip…. ), so I thought I’d quickly tell you about an easy DIY project that I completed. The first thing you’re going to want to do is go and buy a huge print of an ugly painting. The bigger the better. It should be a print, because you don’t want lumpy bumpy oil paint on the surface. These are along… Read more »

At the beginning of the summer my husband and I picked up two Walter Nugent c-15 loungers from a yard sale for $5 each! I stripped and stained them with Minwax Bombay Mahogany stain, and they’ve been sitting in my husband’s office without seats for the last 3 months. I know, I’m awesome. Here’s a shot of the label on the underside of the seats: So today I thought I’d tackle the upholstery. The selection of fabric patterns available in… Read more »

Today I’m cleaning. I much prefer to decorate than to clean, but unfortunately, it has to be done. Once my house is decorated pretty much the way I want it, I actually keep a very clean, organized home. But when it’s in transition, like it is right now….. not so much. Whenever I’m feeling particularly unmotivated, I normally spend some time checking out blogs and websites devoted to cleaning and organizing. I also try to catch an episode of Clean… Read more »

I cannot believe that my baby isn’t a baby anymore. It went so much faster than I thought it would. I wish I could go back and do it all over again, much, much more slowly. This is Liam and my husband, Mike, on the day Liam was born, 13 years ago today: I was very sick after Liam was born, so the nurses took him to the special care nursery. They told me to buzz them whenever I wanted… Read more »

I have a confession to make. I am a hoarder. Not this kind of hoarder….. (source {not my house}) Or this kind: (source {hell}) More like this kind: (source) Ok, so maybe I don’t have quite that much food, but with 5 kids and a husband to feed, there’s more than our cupboards can hold. Here are the 4 who will be seen with me in public. Also, I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see the fully stocked… Read more »