No Sew Fabric Cornice

No Sew Fabric Window Valance - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: The beautiful fabric was provided by OnlineFabricStore.net but all opinions are my own.  I am so unknowledgeable about window treatments and fabric. The best I can usually come up with is a yard sale treasure, which means it's not perfect but it will do. When my DIY hubby and I started talking about our master bedroom … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treausre?

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure ?from Marty's Musings

  I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle).  I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps. $.25 and I was forever changed! When my DIY hubby and I had our first baby (now 25 and expecting our first grandchild) we were young and poor but … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

5 Accent Wall Ideas and Tips

Accent Wall Ideas and Tips - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I was provided with product from Behr Paint but the opinions are all my own. When you have a dad who is a painting contractor and handyman and you move into a new house, you are hopeful that your dad will do a few "little" projects for you.  And if your mom is a blogger who writes about all things home you want that room … [Read more...]

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

  The day is finally here! Begun back in February, I'm finally finished and able to show all the details of our gray and coral bedroom makeover! Desperately in need of reviving and updating, this room has my heart and soul poured into it. We had lived with the same furniture arrangement for 23 years. Yep, that's right. 23 … [Read more...]

How to Build a Sunburst Deck Railing

How to Build a Sunburst Deck Railing - Marty's Musings

I have loved sharing our front deck project this summer with my readers, but I have to tell you that it has gotten some negative reviews (you can view the thread here).   And you know what? I'm okay with that. Like many of you, at one point in my life I wasn't confident enough and desired the approval of others but … [Read more...]

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces - Marty's Musings

  Ahhh, the frustrating and often overwhelming search for more storage space! Am I alone with the knowledge that no matter how much space you have it's never enough? Am I hearing an amen? Measuring at approximately 2000 square feet my home includes five bedrooms. Although this sounds quite large it actually equates to small … [Read more...]

Painting Ideas with Behr Paint Colors

How to use Bright Paint Colors in Your Home - Marty's Musings 1

23 years ago we moved into the only home we've ever owned.  At the time we were sick of boring cream or white walls in apartments and rental houses. One thing you probably know about me if you've followed our DIY journey very long...I LOVE COLOR! Actually, I do really love the way others use white as a backdrop for all things serene and … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

How to Make your own Citronella Candles - Marty's Musings

  This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me. We designed our new deck, had it built on a budget with finish details added by my DIY hubby and decorated by me.   The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!   Citronella oil is a plant-based … [Read more...]

Changing Table Turned DIY Garden Cart

DIY Changing Table Turned Garden Cart - Marty's Musings

When my DIY hubby and I started dreaming about a deck on the front of our house I immediately started pinning pictures to help me determine my style. Surprise, surprise, my pins led me to conclude that the outside is just an extension of the inside! Because after all, it's really just an outdoor room, isn't it? Even though the deck was … [Read more...]

From Dream to Reality: Our Deck Reveal

From Dream to Reality- Our Deck Reveal - Marty's Musings

Our dream deck has been years in the making. Endless conversations, researching, contemplating, pricing and saving.  The finished product is one of the only DIY projects my hubby did not do completely on his own from start to finish (with some help and opinions from his wife!) This deck required having some help and we were blessed to be … [Read more...]

Jackhammer Demolition: Part Two of Our Dream Deck

Jackhammer Demolition- Part Two of Our Dream Deck - Marty's Musings

Some dreams take a little longer to come to fruition, but when they do all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it! (And in this case, hauling brick also works off a few calories!) I last wrote about the progress on our front deck in part one, which detailed how we determined the necessity for taking down the huge tree right in front of our … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint from Wood Surfaces

How to Strip Paint from Wood - Marty's Musings

One of the blessings of homeschooling my children for the last 20 years is that we do so many things together, including walking around our neighborhood (counts as P.E.!) My youngest son has become quite the little treasure sniffer outer (that's the official term, you know!) He loves for us to walk around the block (or a few blocks) on … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk - Marty's Musings

There's just something about relaxing around a fire, roasting Snickers S'Mores and sharing conversations with family and friends that makes me long for fall and cooler weather. But until then I can continue to marvel at the way my hubby built our repurposed fire pit for nothing but the price of hard labor and ingenuity. Have you … [Read more...]

4th of July Patriotic Tablescape

4th of July Patriotic Tablescape - Marty's Musings

If you're anything like me you probably enjoy gazing at the beautiful pictures on Pinterest......until you get depressed because all the projects look amazing and impossible to recreate. You tell yourself you could never do that! "That" being a craft, project or anything requiring lots of expertise or money. I feel the exact same way so I … [Read more...]