DIY: How to make a Midori style Traveler’s Notebook for under $5!


I have been big time down this whole planner, journal, organization rabbit hole lately. And one thing that is amazing to me is how expensive the Midori Traveler’s notebooks are. There’s no doubt they’re beautiful, and the simple design is so attractive. I love that you can swap in and out any notebooks that serve […]

Blog love! Strange & Charmed: Make your own planner folder insert

Blog Love: Strange & Charmed DIY

The organization obsession continues! Last night I was clicking around and one of the gals in my planner and organization group shared this video on how to make your own folder inserts. Oh my gosh. It’s a craft, a paper craft, and an organizational thing! IT’S ALL THE THINGS!

Free printable: Filofax / DayTimer / Planner page for daily tasks

Free Printable: Daily Tasks page for Filofax, DayTimer, Planners |

I apparently insist on cramming my life full of too many activities, so I’m dag-gone determined to wrangle allĀ of it this year. About a year ago I found a spiffy old DayTimer at a thrift shop for 2 bucks (score!) and it’s been sitting with my craft stuff waiting to be put to duty. I […]

Loopdedoo Yarn Christmas Tree Chain


A couple of weeks ago my friend Nicole (the fabulous lady in chief at Making It Lovely) and I went shopping. I’ve been really in love with those little wool pom-pom garlands, but while one may not be very expensive, to have enough for a 7 foot tree would really add up. So while we […]

Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area


Today was a first for me. We had our furniture painting class in Claudia’s lovely backyard garden. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we really earn our beautiful Chicago summers. Who wants to be inside when you can be outside on a gorgeous day like this? If you’re interested in hosting a […]

DIY: Painting a fireplace


I found this fuel burning fireplace at an estate sale last summer. It’s been sitting in my garage waiting to be incorporated into our living room decor. So today I finally broke down and painted it in Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Here’s the before & after. What do you think? BEFORE

DIY project: help me reupholster this vintage La-Z-Boy recliner


So I’ve been talking on Facebook with you guys about how I injured my shoulder pretty badly a few months ago. And following so many of your recommendations I found a vintage La-Z-Boy recliner to sleep in. It had to have good bones and be cute. I tried to mentally get into the idea of […]

DIY upcycled A-frame trellis and a tiny urban’ish garden

DIY a-frame trellis

Have you ever turned a project over and over in your head and then one day it comes into focus and you’re like, “DOH! I’m an idiot. Why haven’t I thought of this by now?” I knew I wanted something crafty for the garden. I don’t really tend toward store bought solutions for things like […]

DIY: How to make a vintage suitcase table

How to make a suitcase table

We’ve all seen those cute projects on Pinterest showing coffee tables, night stands, and pet beds made out of vintage suitcases, right? Well it’s probably one of the simplest upcycling projects you could tackle and lots of fun to boot. Here’s one I did recently with a chalkboard top. It’ll work as a cute play […]