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I can’t do my triathlon this weekend & I’ve finally taken off my pissy pants


A few days ago my sweet friend Cathy asked me when I planned on blogging about why I am not doing any triathlons this summer. I’ve been stalling and stalling on writing a blog post because I kept thinking mayyyyyyyyybe I still would be able to race this season but it appears that I am officially out (insert sad music).  It  has made me quite irritable and frankly if I can just be honest..... I've been pretty pissy about it.  I was hoping I would … [Read more...]

Our kitchen cabinet transformation: from gold —–> gray

kitchen cabinets painted SW Cityscape

Transforming our house has been a slooooooooooooooooooooow process. But we are making headway!!!      (photo cred to ES Photography in Kansas City who did our real estate photos) Many of you may remember when our kitchen looked like this.  I know in this professional photo from E.S. Photography above that the cabinets appear light and creamy, but it really was gold and the finish on them was very outdated.  I did the faux … [Read more...]

Mr Magic made me a “C” table

c table stained

  Did you know they were even called that?  I didn't!  I called them "the little tables that scooched under the bottom of the sofa".  One of my amazing Facebook followers clued me in ..... they are "C" tables cuz' they are shaped like the letter "c".  #MindBlown.  You guys are so smart! So anyhoo, Mr Magic made me two of these nifty little tables because when we are sitting in our new sectional, I have nowhere to put my coffee … [Read more...]

Time is running out!

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Are you a DIY'er, faux painter or furniture painter?  Are you tired of getting the wrong clients who want you to lower your prices?  Do you feel like the market is getting so saturated with competitors? Do you feel like you are not making any money????  Let me help!  I'm going to be spending the rest of July addressing the 4 ways to make more money in your small, creative business so that you can actually feel like you are not working for … [Read more...]

A gallery wall of old windows

gallery wall of old windows

We've been working slowly, slowly to put our house back together after: putting it up for sale when the wall looked like the pic below making it "vanilla" to appeal to the masses (so we took the wall down) taking it off the market because the house we wanted sold (drats!  There was weeping and gnashing of teeth) changing our color scheme from golds ---------> gray And now..... trying to make the house ours again. It's been a … [Read more...]

Time sensitive!

So the internet was down on my block today.  And I was twitching a little bit!  Ok, I was twitching ALOT!  ha!  What a terrible feeling!  Man we have come to rely on technology so crazy much, haven't we? But I am back up and running tonight and I seriously cannot believe that the summer is 1/2 up already.  HOW DID THAT HAPPEN .... says the mom who has now resorted to letting her kids use the neighborhood pool as daily bathing. #keepinitreal  … [Read more...]

Patriotic pallet flags …. with a twist!

pallet flag with grapevine wreath

I know, I know.... it's the week OF Independence Day!  But you STILL have time to make a pallet flag!  I pinkie swear that you can make one in just a few hours!     The biggest challenge is finding and preparing the pallets.  I always see them at grocery stores and home improvement stores, but they can't always give away their pallets away (unless you know the store owner.... then winner, winner, chicken dinner!).  So the … [Read more...]

The doors are now OPEN!

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  Hey are you a furniture painter?  ETSY shop owner? Jewelry maker? Repurposer? Crafter?  A creative entrepreneur of some kind? If so, are you needing new ideas to get more work in the field?  Increase your profits? Navigate social media? Get more exposure for your work?  Those are the things all creative entrepreneurs are working for and I can help you to do those things! My brand new Inner Circle group opened TODAY!  This is a … [Read more...]