DIY Orange Peel Texture

If you have been following my blog, you know I kinda sorta renovated my guest bathroom largely by accident (full details here).  Today I am super excited to share details on one of the projects involved in that renovation: DIY…

The Kitchen is Functional!

Woo hoo, our kitchen is finally functional!  The sink works, the counter tops are finished and installed, and the appliances are all in. I’ve alluded to this in the past few posts but wasn’t sure if I was ready yet…

1970’s Kitchen Reno Tips

I love older homes. I grew up in a 1950’s home with “character” in the form of original Thermador appliances (awesome actually) and pink toilets(not quite so awesome). what most older homes are missing in modern updates, they make up…

Cheap Herb Garden

Cheap Herb Garden One of the hardest things about living in a renovation is prioritizing and realizing that even though it feels like everything must be done right NOW, it actually, well, doesn’t. One project that actually was time sensitive though…

How To Paint Stained Wood Trim

While the pros have been knocking out our hardwood floors and master bathroom renovation, Matt and I have been learning how to paint stained wood trim through trial and error.  While I definitely like DIY projects, I prefer projects with super…

Powerful Prayers

Powerful Prayers There are those times when everything lines up so perfectly that I can’t help but sit back in that moment and think, “Yes, there is most definitely a God.”  It’s not that I was unsure about there being…

Merry Mantel Mini Reveal

Too many Ms?  I can’t help it. Caleb has a thing for making M noises lately so we’ve been doing a lot of M practice.  Mmmmanny the Mmmmmonkey, Mmmmerry Christmas, Mmmmmilk, and obviously MMMmmommmmmy. Though we’ve been in our house…

The “Before”

You can’t start a blog that’s largely about renovation and DIY without sharing the before photos. So here they are!  I’ll definitely post more as we work on each room and hopefully reach something close to completion but here is…

Design Your Own Fabric

I LOVE fabric.  I am always happy to go fabric shopping regardless of whether I actually need any fabric.  I can have a perfectly good chair that suddenly needs to be recovered when I find THAT fabric.  Shoot… I’ve bought…

Caleb of Judah

Adam, Abraham, Noah, Cain, Abel, Moses, Aaron, David, Sampson…These are the men of the Bible whose stories I know well.  I watched cartoons about them, read picture books about them, and sang songs about them when I was a kid. …
Cable Spool Ottoman

Cable Spool Ottoman

DIY Cable Spool Ottoman Tutorial The one piece of furniture that I completely splurged on in the nursery was the rocking chair.  I actually considered building one myself but eventually decided I had enough going on.  The one I purchased,…
Six Tips for Breastfeeding Pain

Six Tips for Breastfeeding Pain

I don’t know if it’s about the baby’s instincts, the mother’s instincts, the type of nipple, milk flow, or something else entirely that determines whether breastfeeding your baby will be essentially second nature or, if like me, it will be…

How To Build a Crib for $200

If you read my “Expecting Caleb” post, you know I agonized over the crib and coveted cribs from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.  I really wanted that giant back board look that has such a strong presence.  Thankfully though, I…
DIY Crib Plan

Expecting Caleb: The Crib!

The CRIB! It’s kind of like the wedding dress don’t you think??  It’s the center piece around which you plan your entire nursery. Wow, I spent WEEKS looking at cribs online, and of course, the ones I really really wanted…

Fruit of the Spirit

I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to raise Caleb and the type of man I hope he will become.  I think about the attributes and the character I hope he will have and about…
Outdoorsman Nursery

Expecting Caleb: a DIY Nursery

 DIY Outdoorsman’s Nursery | Tutorials and Budget Buys 38 weeks, 6 days…. it could be any minute now.  In fact, my pregnancy app, Ovia, which has provided 98% of my knowledge and insight into pregnancy and impending motherhood, informed me “Bun’s…