How To Give Your House Character


My dream house is a Craftsman-style abode with a huge front porch, rich, dark hardwood floors, arched entryways and beautiful built-in bookshelves surrounding a huge brick fireplace. My actual house? Pretty much the exact opposite.

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The Bride Branches Out

While I love to regale you all with stories, tutorials, and tips about wedding stuff, I was hoping it might be okay with you, dear readers, if I widened the reach of the DIY Bride series into a broader scope of topics – namely, how to deal with this whole new realm of wedded or partnered bliss, or rather, how to get used to this new person in the house that is kind of stinky.

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How-To Not Be a B-Word

The “b”-word is everywhere these days, screaming at you from magazine article headlines, coloring the annoyingly uncreative names of reality shows, being bandied about by everyone and their mothers as the perfect expression to describe a particular subset of women and I HATE it.

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A Sewing Project for Those Who Can’t Work a Sewing Machine

I have been saying for the past 15 years that I really want to take a sewing class. No, really, I am going to look into right now. And buy a sewing machine, because then I will have to find a class so I know how to use it. Read More A Sewing Project for Those Who Can’t Work a Sewing Machine

Rethinking Wedding Traditions

Bucking tradition when it comes to your wedding can quickly become a very contentious issue. Whether your mom always dreamed of you in a flowing white gown or your future mother-in-law is appalled by the idea that you intend to keep your maiden name, you are almost inevitably going to be faced with some push back if you choose to shirk the expected.

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Getting Down to the Fun Stuff – Wedding Planning Part 3

We’ve addressed the major planning issues over the past few articles, so let’s take some time to look at details that are fun and really add character to the main event.

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Doing My Part to Pay For Your Dentist’s Summer Home

I was always one of those people who craved salt growing up: chips, sunflower seeds, and whatnot. A few years ago, a switch flipped, turning me into a sugar junkie. Be forewarned- I made these lollipops as wedding favors and haven’t stopped making them since.

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The Devil is in the Many, Many, Many Details- DIY Wedding Planning Part 2

My life is an organized mess. I can find pretty much anything I need to, but if someone else were to try to discern the location of something, they’d be screwed. Unfortunately for me, this organizational style does not lend itself to planning a DIY wedding. There is too much to keep track of, too much to do, and too many people helping to rely on the trusty standby. Thus, the need for lists.

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