As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been helping my brother pull together his first apartment on a shoestring budget and it has been going really well!

After buying a few basics for his kitchen and doing some basic rearranging, I went shopping! We have TJ Maxx to thank for the Kilim pillows. They were only $16.99 each! The tan Ralph Lauren pillow in the middle was something like $25.00.

Brother really needed a TV stand and additional storage for DVDs, games and knickknacks and I hit the jackpot at Ikea. The shelves are just shy of 6′. They just look small in the photo because my brother is a giant human being.
Bookcases: Finnby $29.99 | TV Stand: Lack $14.99 | Lighting: Maglehult $14.99


I picked up a couple little tables (Lack $7.99) and a neat lamp (Hektar $54.99) at Ikea also.
Brother’s apartment is finally beginning to feel like a home!


I was feeling crafty last weekend and decided to make some new bandanas for my puppy. I picked up some happy fabric from Hobby Lobby and started the project.


Step 1: Measure your dog’s neck and add a few inches to that measurement. Cut the fabric in a square to that measurement. (I used 15″ square for this demo)
Step 2: Cut iron on backing to the same size and be sure to put the correct side against the fabric.
Step 3: Iron the backing to the fabric.
Step 4: Cut off any extra backing from around the edges. I also usually iron again after cutting the scraps.


Step 5: Fold in half into a triangle and iron. This makes a line that is easy to follow for the next step.
Step 6: Cut along the line to make two triangles.
Step 7: Fold again down the middle and iron.


Step 8: Measure along the center where you have folded and ironed and make a mark a little less than 1/2 the way down from the flat end that will be against the dog’s neck. Be sure not to measure from the tip of the bandana. (I did this by accident on one of my own.) Mark from where you measured to the side point of the bandana.
Step 9: Cut along the line you have marked and open to reveal your finished product.

Admittedly I did choose the worst color for this demo and the lighting was terrible because I was doing this at night. Oh well! I hope you enjoy!


The women in my family love jewelry and my grandmothers have been quite the collectors. My father’s mother has traveled the world and collected pieces everywhere she went. Each piece of jewelry she has, has a story that goes along with it. My mother’s mother has always a knack for befriending jewelers and they have certainly been friendships with benefits. (Note: Grandmother has not intentionally sought out jewelers as friends. She just happened to live in very small towns and everyone tends know each other very well) As a result of being the only granddaughters on both sides of the family, my sister and I have been the recipients of many beautiful and unique jewelry pieces.

Naturally, not every piece is exactly to our taste. By combining some of the older pieces with some new elements, beautiful stones can take on a new life. For example, I have an old pearl enhancer that I will never wear in a million years. It has a beautiful medium blue stone that I would love to wear more often. I’m not quite sure if it is an aquamarine or a sapphire, but it is stunning. I also have a pair of very pale aquamarine stud earrings from way back when I just had my ears pierced. The stones sizes compliment each other very well.

I first went online to find some inspiration and found plenty.

By just playing around in Apple Preview and cutting and pasting elements from photos I found online, I built a few designs to help visualize turning my pearl enhancer and old earrings into a ring. I made around 8 different arrangements, but these three are my favorites.

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I was originally considering a horizontal arrangement, but after playing around with the stones on my hand, I like the vertical arrangement better.

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What I need to decide now is which vertical version to have made. I was able to take a photo of my hand and overlay the design, but I’m still not sure which one to pick.


No matter what I choose, I just hope my design for this ring works out as well as the one I did for my mother’s wedding ring.


I have been radio silent lately because the holidays are kicking up and there is much to do to prepare! Where I work, we have a western wear store and I was tasked with creating a display for the window. The windows are small so I decided to hang something that would draw attention, but not completely obscure the store. After a quick search on pinterest, I found this wagon wheel wreath and I fell in love with the concept.


This original wreath looked a little washed out, so I kicked it up a notch and voila!


I used fake greenery, pheasant feathers, candied berries and a big, bright bow. It took a lot of floral wire and my hands look like I got in a fight with a chicken, but I was very happy with how it turned out.

I purchased the wagon wheels on Amazon (they were $67.99 when I bought them), but the rest of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby.


Ok so here we go! I’m going to try to get caught up from where I left off by going back through my electronic receipts. Here is the first purchase since the date of my last post in November.

I have been seeing boutiques selling horse hair tassel keychains all over the place and they all looked the same. I figured they all had to be coming from the same place. After a little googling, I found an inexpensive source for the same exact tassels.

Here is a site selling these horsehair tassel keychains for $25.00.
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Here is a site selling the same tassels without the ring for only $7.49. Yes you read that correctly. $7.49!!!

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I bought one of the the tassels from Knot a Tail and they were the exact same as the $25.00 tassels and I just stuck it on the keyring I already had! They also have the same tassels as used on the Twine and Twig necklaces. I ordered a couple of their larger tassels and compared it with my own Twine and Twig necklace and they are the same! I’m eventually going to buy beads and try to make one of the necklaces myself… I will post about it if I ever get around to it.