Playing Photographer {Engagement Pictures}

Playing Photographer {Engagement Pictures}

Last weekend my brother-in-law proposed to his girlfriend. Happily she said yes! My soon to be sister-in-law asked if I would take some engagement pictures for them when we went to visit. I am far from a professional photographer. Far. However I do have a camera and I was willing, so I figured why not? This is the part where I offer my disclosure....if you are a REAL photographer you may want to look away. I am sure that compared to others these need a lot of work but I'm pretty proud of my … [Continue reading...]

USA Map Sign

USA Map Sign @ A Diamond in the Stuff

Last week I shared my Simple 4th of July Mantel. I featured a few items that I created including my USA Map Sign on my mantel. Today I'm sharing a step by step tutorial for how to create your own DIY map sign. Step 1: Grab some wood and paint it your base coat. In this instance I used some smooth plywood and white paint. Step 2: Put down Frog Tape to create the stripes. I used two strips of Frog Tape to create one stripe. Step 3: Paint in between the tape with red craft paint … [Continue reading...]

Simple 4th of July Mantel

Simple 4th of July Mantel @ A Diamond in the Stuff

This is our first year in our new home and as the seasons come around my holiday mantels have been changing. It just seems like the previous holiday mantels that I had on my last little shelf mantle just aren’t fit for my now huge mantel. So I’ve been switching things up and my 4th […]

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DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

On the blog last week I shared our huge DIY Backyard Makeover. My hubby and I did a complete overhaul on our boring backyard. That included our porch area. I wanted to make it a place where I could sit and watch the kids play or we could have friends over and hang out. We […]

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Awesome DIY Backyard Makeover

Awesome DIY Backyard Makeover

My husband and I bought our first home about 9 months ago. When we moved in the backyard was just a basic rectangle of grass. It was a good size but lacked any personality. Since this was finally OUR home (and not the base housing we were use to) we really wanted to put in […]

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Starfish Yarn Wreath

Starfish Yarn Wreath

Awhile ago I created this Starfish Yarn Wreath for Crafts Unleashed. I realized that I never posted it here and with summer here I thought it was the perfect time. I grew up about 5 miles from the beach in Southern California. I never realized how much the beach lifestyle is in my blood until […]

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DIY Washer & Dryer Pedestal

washer & dryer pedestal

I always knew that when I finally got a front loading washer and dryer I would want a pedestal for them. Well when we moved into our new home we also got that front loading washer and dryer. It took a few months to get around to the pedestal part though. Then one day my […]

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End of School Ideas

End of School Ideas

Today is the last day of school for my kiddos. Seriously how can that be possible??? This school year is a blur.  My youngest graduated from Kindergarten this year and I’m feeling very…..proud and a bit sad. I feel like this school year needs to be celebrated, the kids achieved so much this year! Here […]

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Trunk Storage Table

Trunk Storage Table

I have always loved old trunks. So when a friend asked if I wanted to snag this awesomely yellow trunk from her garage sale, I of course jumped at the chance. The trunk was in really great shape….it was just really….yellow. It obviously needed a makeover and I decided to take it a step further […]

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