Archives for March 2012

Laundry Room Reveal using Flow Wall

TGIF! Our spring break is officially here. Sadly I’m not going to Cancun to party it up like a bunch of MTV teenagers (As if!). But, I am hanging with two guys! My two little guys that is. I’m looking forward to crafting a little bit with them and maybe catch up on some sewing. My boys both like to sew. They also like to build with hammers. That’s my parenting mission at work. I vow to teach them to do everything that I know how to do no matter which gender that talent is associated with.

But, enough about me, what you are really here to see is the laundry room reveal! Before I give you the whole 5′ x 8′ tour, I want to show you how the Flow Wall cabinets and shelving are installed. Because you aren’t going to believe how easy it was. Before installing the cabinets, I installed the slat wall in no time! [Read more…]

How to Add an Outlet Extender

On Monday I showed you how easy it is to install the Flow Wall panels. The only thing that will slow you down is if  you run into a light switch or an outlet. But, that’s easily remedied by cutting a hole in the material.


  • Outlet extender box
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Drill
  • 1/2″ spade bit
  • Jigsaw or a hand saw
  • Clamp
  • Work surface
Difficulty: Easy, but will require using some power tools and turning off the electricity.

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Installing the Flow Wall System

When last I left you, I was covered in dust and debris from scraping the popcorn ceiling in our laundry room. After a shower and some sleep, I was ready to start another productive day.

First I hired some cheap labor to help me paint the walls. Well, I helped ;-).

The color I used was Benjamin Moore’s Glacier Blue in the Aura Bath & Spa Line of paint (since it is a laundry room.) And every time I walk in the room the color makes me want to sing! [Read more…]

Scraping Your Own Popcorn Ceilings – It’s a Messy Job, but Someone’s Gotta Do It!

Many of you guessed correctly that I would be scraping my own popcorn ceilings.

It wasn’t hard to do, but it also isn’t for the bad neck or bad back sufferers. Normally I hire out this job — but because our laundry room is so small — it seemed silly to pay someone else to do the work. Now that it is done, I’m really glad I decided to tackle this project. The sense of accomplishment and the resulting smooth ceiling is HUGE!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you live in a house that was built around 1978, take several small samples of your ceiling and test it for asbestos before you begin. Eventhough the cutoff date for asbestos in popcorn texture was 1978, the inventory could still be bought from store shelves well into the 1980’s. Do yourself and your family a favor, If you have asbestos popcorn contact a professional who is trained in asbestos removal to handle the job. If you want to learn more, you can read more about our experience with asbestos remediation.


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Demolition Day

This past weekend I was able to make some serious progress on our laundry room. Yeehaw! Sometimes in order to make a room pretty, you have to make it uglier first. That was certainly the case with this project. If  you are just joining me, a few weeks ago the nice folks at Flow Wall sent me a custom wall system to install in the laundry room. The FlowWall system of storage will look something like this: [Read more…]

Installing Your Own Sprinkler System

Last week I shared with you how to grow a better lawn based on what I learned from my education at Pennington Seed. Part of growing a more beautiful lawn is learning how to water it properly. Did you know that the majority of homeowners overwater their lawn and plants? Typically your yard only needs 1 inch of water per week (1/2 inch waterings two times a week) If you install your own sprinkler system with a timer and a rain gauge, you can insure that your lawn and/or landscaping gets just the right amount of water.

When we lived in our old house, Pretty Handsome Guy and I received a quick tutorial on installing a sprinkler system in our yard. Our neighbor — the previous owner of our current home (Yes, it’s complicated like that.) — showed us how to piece together pvc pipes, add spray heads and set up a timer to water our lawn. Now I’m passing this information on to you.

Here is the Pretty Frugal Girl’s method for installing your own sprinkler system! [Read more…]

How to Grow a Better Lawn – Grass Seeds DO Make the Difference

Last week I flew to Portland, OR to get an education on grass seed at Pennington Seed. I learned a lot more than I ever imagined you could learn about those little seeds. I am so grateful for the opportunity and the time that Pennington Seed took to share this information with me. I spent a whole day trying to absorb as much as I could. As you can imagine, there was so much information, I tried my best to fit it all in this post. [Read more…]

On the Radio and On Blogger Jealousy

Hey, this is just a quick little post to let you know a few things:

1. First, thanks for all your comments yesterday about my son being in the hospital. The stories you more experienced Mama’s had to tell about your own accident-prone kids really lightened my day. My son was released tonight and we are all back home and under one roof again. We’ll be laying low for the weekend and trying to keep him hydrated.

2. Do you wonder what I sound like? I was on Fave Craft Radio the other day with Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! Amy also interviewed Anna from Mochi Mochi Land and the dynamic duo Cathie & Steve from DIY Network’s Creative Juice. My interview comes on right after Cathie & Steve, so it was almost like I met them! I came sooo close.

Amy, Simone, and I had a blast talking crafts, makeup and Pinterest! Hear what my biggest Pinterest pet peeve is and what I secretly use Pinterest for.

3. I recently wrote a post for Crafterminds about Why You Need to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers. This is a true “written from my heart” post that I hope will inspire bloggers to ease up on themselves and help curb jealousy.

TTFN (ta, ta, for now!)



I find it ironic that I was supposed to be posting a tutorial for installing a sprinkler system today and instead I ended up taking my 5 year old  to the hospital for being severely dehydrated again.

They hooked him up to an IV (which is a very nice way of saying that it took three of us to hold down a screaming boy as they tried many times to find his vein) and got two bags of fluid in him. He’s feeling much better but has to stay in the hospital for two days. His blankie came with us to the hospital. It has so many holes in it from being washed numerous times. I fully expect it to vanish one day when all the little holes connect.

In case you were wondering, this is the same kid that broke his arm twice in three months.

And fell face first into the asphalt last year resulting in a mangled mouth of stray teeth.

Basically, this sweet little FIVE year old has now taken TEN years off my life! At this rate, I’ll be kicking the bucket 2 years earlier every year that I live. Let’s hope I was destined to live to 120.

All you parents out there, do you have one child who is more accident prone than your other children? Next up on Pretty Handy Girl: sewing a bubble suit for my son.


Whirlwind Weekend

I’m back! But, I’m not quite 100% back on EST. I’m finding out that jet lag plus a time change are a toxic combination. A combo that even two cups of coffee and a nap couldn’t fix today. I seriously could lay down on that beautiful bed of grass above and sleep for a week.

Here is a quick recap of this past weekend: [Read more…]

Glidden’s My Image Inspiration – Use a Favorite Photo to Pick a Color Palette

Do you look through magazines and catalogs and find yourself wishing you knew the color of the room you are drooling over? Or do you have a favorite photo and want to build a room’s color palette around that photo? Wish no longer! Now you can easily do both of these things and more. Glidden has a new tool called My Image Inspiration which allows you to upload your own image and get color suggestions based on the photo.

I took the tool for a test drive using my laundry room inspiration mood board. First you upload a picture from your computer, or choose an image from your Facebook album. (If you need more inspiration there is a photo gallery that you can browse and select one of their photos to use.) [Read more…]

A Little Grass Education for Me from Pennington Seed

I’m headed out early tomorrow morning to Portland, OR.

Yup, across the great US to the West Coast. Luckily I’m not afraid of flying, but honestly I’m not good at travelling more than a few times a year. I feel like I just got back from Blissdom. But, I couldn’t turn down this opportunity. It’s for my childrens’ sake. They live in a house that has a backyard that looks like this:

We have some of that good ole’ North Carolina red clay that deprives grass of water and nutrients.

I’m in serious need of some lessons on how to grow grass and help improve my kids’ play area. Okay, truth be told, I also want to go so I can put an end to the red clay tracks that they bring inside after playing in the backyard. Selfish reason — I know, but can you blame me?!

The good folks at Pennington Seed have decided to take myself and a few other DIY bloggers under their wing to teach us about grass seed.


Believe me, I will be asking lots of questions about how we can have something that looks a little more like this:

Definitely leave me a comment letting me know if you have any questions for the grass guru. I’ll try to get the inside scoop for ya’. 😉

Industrial Work Table with Vintage Dictionary Top – Guest Post by Hammer Like a Girl

Y’all are gonna love today’s guest post! Hammer Like a Girl is in the HOWZZ! Check out that industrial book page topped table that they created.

Today’s guest post is brought to you by THREE handy gals! I’m seriously thinking about moving to Seattle just so I can be one of their friends and share in the DIY project co-ops. Heidi, Monica and Mary Jean make up the power trio at Hammer Like a Girl.

These ladies get together once a week to tackle a DIY project together. They rotate which house they will work in next. Check out some of their transformations like this oval to rectangle table transformation, rustic wood bathtub surround, or tile backsplash.

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White-washed Window Box from a Wine Crate

The other day I was wandering aimlessly shopping at Costco and spied an empty wooden wine crate. The angel stamped on the side was beaconing me to take her home. Actually, I read Funky Junk Interiors’s post about making tool boxes last year and have been looking for just the right wood to make one. The angel may not have beaconed me, but I wasn’t about to leave the store without her.

I thought about tucking it under my coat and making a break for the front door, as I was sure there were other crafty ladies eyeing up the lonely wine crate. But, I resisted the urge and asked the manager if I could have it, and he graciously let me take it home. I was exuberant because I’ve been missing my rustic wine crate that Cherie won. [Read more…]

What I Learned at Blissdom

Blissdom is the blogger conference to attend if you need to recharge your bloggy battery. The keynote speeches alone will send you home with enough juice to hit the keyboard typing for months!





  • Jon Acuff, Keynote Speaker at Blissdom 2012:


This year’s keynote speaker was Jon Acuff, the author of Quitter. His talk was truly inspiring! If you ever have a chance to hear him talk, it is well worth the effort to get there. Here are some of my favorite quotes from his speech:

“Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!”

I can’t even begin to tell you how grand this statement is to a new (or not so new blogger.) Every single blogger started at 0 page views, 0 followers, and 0 readers. [Read more…]

10 Top Secret Spots for Hidden Storage

photo credit: Sean Michael Ragan

It’s time to get your James Bond vibe on. I’m a sucker for hidden storage and using wasted spaces. That’s what inspired me to create this Parentables post on 10 top secret places to hide your valuables, clothes, blankets, coats, CDs, flash drives, jewelry and more!

Watch out, it will turn you into a top secret agent by the end of the slideshow.


Dejavú February in Review

What happened to February? I feel like someone slipped the calendar rug out from under my feet and slipped March in its place. I still can’t believe that February had an extra day this year! It certainly didn’t feel like it to me.

So, if you too felt like the month flew by, here is what you may have missed:


Making it Easier to Take Out the Trash

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