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Kids Modern Activity Coffee Table: A How-To

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¬†Every holiday, I feel a strong urge to build something for my girls. Typically, this urge hits within five days of said holiday. Any holiday. This time it was Valentines Day, because, well, why not? I had some leftover Purebond in the garage from Christmas, and it happened to be the perfect size for a …

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Homemade Holiday 2015: Wooden Play Ice Cream Set for under $10

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  Is Christmas sneaking up on anyone else, or just me? With only a few days left, I’m scrambling to finish. One of my favorite quick and easy projects is this adorable wooden play ice cream cone set. It’s so stinkin’ easy, and fun to customize! I just grabbed a few supplies from the craft …

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Handmade Holiday 2015: Tiny Tot Tool Bench How-To

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Are you ready for a fun, easy, affordable project that will blow your kids (and parents, and friends) away?! Well, today I have one for you! This Tiny Tot Tool Bench is the perfect gift for that little one in your life, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make it. …

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Handmade Holiday 2015: Peg Princesses

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Holiday season is upon us, and for me that means time to swing into gear on handmade presents! This is actually an older project. I made these peg princesses for my daughter Charlie for Valentine’s Day this year. She has been getting more and more enthusiastic about Disney princesses, so I made sure to theme …

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DIY Wood Couch Sleeves from Scraps: A How-To

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I think anyone with small children or a home full of animals can attest that furniture always pays the price. My poor couch has seen much better days. We adopted a second kitten this summer, and he likes to hop up on the couch by the armrest. Which meant tiny little tears in the “pleather”. …

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Sliding Door with Hidden Hardware: An Experiment

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  I was lucky enough to go to Round Top for the fall antique shows earlier this month, and WOAH! That place is so intense! It was only an hour and a half drive away, so I think I’ll have to make it a bi-annual trip for sure. I saw so many amazing things, and …

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Scrap Pile Presents for a Zero Waste Birthday

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  Both of my girls have a birthday at harvest season, and I had such a great time making presents for them this year. To challenge myself even further, I decided to focus on using materials I already had to make really fun, useful gifts. One of the basic “rules” of Zero Waste is to …

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Knocked Off: Restoration Hardware Durant Twin Bed for $180

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¬†Update: Find the plans HERE One aspect of my early childhood that I look back fondly on is sharing a room with my big sister. We didn’t “officially” share one, but we slept in the same bed until I was 10. Now that Charlie will be three (THREE!) next week, and Caroline is edging closer …

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Otomi Stencil on Chalkboard with Liquid, Paintable, Washable Chalk

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  Does anyone else have a toddler girl obsessed with Frozen? I’m guessing yes! Charlie is obsessed with all things Anna and Elsa. When I saw this Otomi Cutting Edge Stencil design, I had the absolutely perfect idea in mind for where to put it! It’s been over a year (yikes!) since I’ve drawn anything …

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Toddler Animal Stool Painting Ideas

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Welcome to new readers from Domino Magazine! I feel ridiculously honored to be featured in their article today with the “big dogs” in the DIY blogging world. I’m still pinching myself. Anyway, back to business. Remember these DIY Toddler Animal Stools I built last year?   I’ve had a flurry of “orders” from friends requesting …

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Building San Bernard with Tilson: The After Photos

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In May of 2012, we began work with Tilson to build their San Bernard plan on our property outside of Austin, Texas. It is a 2331 sq ft plan, with 3 br / 2.5 ba and a bonus room. This was an 80% build, which meant they fully finished the exterior, and took the interior …

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DIY Organic Play Makeup for Pennies

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  My oldest daughter is nearing three years old, and has recently discovered the joys of Mommy’s “make ups”. Yet even though I strive to buy natural, organic products, when I was looking at the ingredients there were still so many things I couldn’t recognize. Did I really want this stuff going into my daughter’s …

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Salvage Yard Mirrors

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  Sometimes it takes failure to see things in a new light. In this case, it was a mirror. This mirror.     I’ve had it for about five years now, back when I was a bachelorette living in a Dallas apartment. It was cute, but not really my style anymore. Plus, I didn’t have …

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Cedar Play Teepee: A How-To

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With only a few days left until Christmas, we finished up our biggest present just in time! I knew for a while that I wanted to build a playhouse for my girls, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it should be. At first it was a traditional playhouse, then I decided on a teepee. But, …

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Toddler Sized Animal Stools: A How-To

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  Are you ready for a crazy adorable, super cute project today? I hope so! Last week I saw an image online that inspired me to make some sweet little stools for Charlie. They’re just her size, and just so darn cute. And again, the best part? They’re made from REAL wood! Scrap wood! The …

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Modern End Play Table and Stools: A How-To

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  I love building. I love being able to express my creativity in a functional way. The best part is when I can combine multiple functions into one piece of furniture. And this one? This one is amazing in its simplicity.     We recently needed to pass on the trundle daybed that my parents …

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Knocked Off: Schoolhouse Desk Bases with D Lawless Hardware

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Hey guys! Now that I’ve settled more into new parenthood of two (little Caroline arrived late September to join big sister Charlie) I’ve been filling in those rare double nap times with some building. One thing in particular? Updating our desk bases! See, I started out with these vintage end tables:     I really …

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Knocked Off: Tall Rustic Secretary

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My laundry room may hold the record for most changes in a year. The last time I talked about it, it looked like this: I had just finished my pedestals and built a quickie shelf to stash my laundry soaps and hide the litterbox. We had our chest freezer shoved into the space left over. …

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DIY a Professional Style Gallery Enlargement for $50

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When Charlie was a baby, I had a good friend of mine take her newborn photos. I loved them so much that I ordered some very large gallery prints to fill up the tall walls in my living room. Well, we’ve since moved, and I hung the prints with room to spare since we were …

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Antique Window Photo Display

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  Back when I was working on the nursery, I found this beautiful old window frame at an antique store for a steal. So when I received Caroline’s adorable newborn photos from Jennifer Polson Photography I knew exactly what to do with them!   They were absolutely perfect for this display! And it was really …

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