Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 3

#PrettyWaterlogueApril Prize Pack | Pretty Handy Girl

#PrettyWaterlogueApril Best of Week 3

Happy Easter!

Once again, you amazing Waterlogue artists have amazed me. And again, I was tasked with narrowing down my 100+ favorites this week to 20. Perhaps it is from Spring in the air or Easter, but I was definitely drawn to some seasonal beauties.


*Like these colored eggs by BarbaraCarollaz

Before we get to the showcase this week, I wanted to give you the details on the giveaway I have for you at the end of this month. Anyone who has participated in the challenge (whether you’ve been featured or not) will be eligible. I will chose one winner at random who will get to take home this fabulous prize pack:

#PrettyWaterlogueApril Prize Pack | Pretty Handy Girl – $300 Gift Certificate

Picture frames galore! This one stop online framing shop has it all. Preview your image in their Personal Frame Shop so you can test drive the mat and frame of your choice. Or create your own framed chalkboard, bulletin board or mirror from their wall décor was generous enough to donate a $300 gift certificate so you can have your PrettyWaterlogueApril masterpiece(s) showcased in your home. Don’t feel obligated to choose one of your Waterlogue images, you could use the gift certificate however you want.  Why not frame that painting that you’ve wanted to frame but for whatever reason you never got around to it. I’ve used for many years and know you’re going to love their styles, service and products!

PersnicketyPrints – $50 Gift Certifcate

Persnickety Prints is your destination for printing your masterpieces! You can select your own digital paintings or photos to be printed for scrapbook prints, calendars, cards, photo booksgifts and much more. The print selections are amazing. From photographic prints, cardstock printing on up to artist quality giclée prints! Plus, you can import your entire Instagram gallery with the click of a button!  Founded by Chari Pack, this small business encompasses the customer friendly and attention to detail that you want when you upload your favorite images.  Persnickety Prints has graciously offered a $50 gift certificate to use at their online store. You’ll have so much fun browsing the options. Be sure to check out their easy Instagram printing for starters and then discover all the other ways you can bring your online Waterlogue masterpieces to life!

+ Continue to bring color into your life with a new Canon PIXMA MG3520 color printer and photo paper. This printer is perfect for your home and is easy to connect with wifi.

And now, the paintings I’ve chosen this week: [Read more...]

Peacock Pride Room Reveal {and Win a $10,000 Shopping Spree at La-Z-Boy}


Peacock Pride Room Reveal + $10K La-Z-Boy Giveaway

The day has come…you get to see the room I designed around my La-Z-Boy sofa!

Peacock Pride Room Reveal + $10K La-Z-Boy Giveaway

AND, you could win a $10,000 shopping spree from La-Z-Boy just by voting for your favorite sofa. (Voting ends December 20th.) All the details are on the La-Z-Boy Facebook page.

When you head over there, you can also watch this short video explaining why I chose this sofa and how I decorated my room around it.

Peacock Pride Room Reveal + $10K La-Z-Boy Giveaway

But, that’s not all…

…I have something very special for my sweet and very special readers! I have been authorized to give a $1,000 La-Z-Boy gift certificate to one lucky reader! I won this gift for you by being the quickest tweeter. (All that tweeting finally comes in handy.) Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win that giveaway.


So, are you ready to see my room? I kind of miss it now that I’m back home. [Read more...]

Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor Follow Up



Well, it’s been a while since I installed the Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor in our Art & Craft Studio (+ toy room, train room, general overload of stuff room.) And I can honestly say that I LOVE IT! I changed the timer to keep the lights on for 30 minutes after sensing motion (because we have a long room and I wasn’t sure that the sensor would see me across the room.) So far,  it hasn’t shut off on me yet. But, it has turned itself off many times after the kids have been playing and vacated the room.

I’ve also tried to sneak in the room several times to see if Maestro will miss me. And he doesn’t, he catches me from about 10 feet away! See:

But, here’s the best part. No more lights left on and energy wasted.

AND NOW, the winners of their own Lutron Maestro light sensor switch:
Congratuations to Laurie, Jody, Colleen, Asia and Linda! You left a comment on my Lutron installations tutorial and were entered to win a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor Switch!

Please be sure to check your email and reply to me within 48 hours.

If you didn’t win, you can still be lucky, because I have a coupon code from Lutron! Use the Promo Code: wholeftthelightson and receive 25% off Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor dimmers and switches at the PLUS, one free Claro single-gang wallplate with each qualifying item.  Hurry, offer expires October 31st 2013.



Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post for Lutron. I was compensated for my time and project materials. All opinions and words are my own. Lutron is a company that I was happy to partner with because they make quality products that I have used for years. Rest assured that I will not partner with brands that I don’t value or respect. 

Two Good Reads and a Book Giveaway


Pretty Handy Girl Recommended Books Giveaway
Okay, let’s get this out upfront. THIS IS NOT A DIY POST. There, I said it. So, if you want a tutorial, come back tomorrow.

Now, the rest of you who like to read, I know you like to read because you stuck around. And if you follow my blog, I know you like to read and DIY! Which is why I know you’ll love Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews!

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews

What really made this book all the more enjoyable is that the main character, Grace, is a blogger and she loves to remodel homes!

Pretty Handy Girl Recommended Books Giveaway

This book is full of laugh out loud moments as jilted Grace Stanton recovers and bounces back after she catches her husband with her assistant. Ladies’ Night is filled with juicy nuggets of revenge. A shirtless and attractive guy. And a crew of divorcees who bring the hilarity to a weekly Anger management class.

I highly recommend Ladies’ Night as a fun read that will keep you laughing and take the weight off your day. After I finished the book, my Mom snatched it up and couldn’t put it down either (fun for all ages!)

Pretty Handy Girl Recommended Books Giveaway

Enjoy! And be sure to “read” to the end of this post to learn how you could win your own book and maybe even an event kit from Mary Kay Andrews for your book club!


The second book I’m recommending is Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain.

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

 Where Ladies’ Night is light and fun. Necessary Lives spins the amazing tales of several women affected by the forced sterilization practices in rural North Carolina. Based on true stories (but told through fictional characters), Necessary Lies will takes you into the seemingly simple life of a rural farm in North Carolina.

Pretty Handy Girl Recommended Books Giveaway

You’ll walk in Ivy Hart’s shoes as a young teenager falling in love with a boy who is not “in her class.” And you’ll work alongside Jane Forrester as she struggles to help and do what she thinks is right for her clients including Ivy Hart and her sister Mary Ella.

Your beliefs and understanding of the forced sterilization program will be changed forever. I promise. A must read and a true page turner. Diane’s book is being released in the US today (and is already a best seller in the UK), so check out her site for more ordering information! But, if you are feeling lucky, you could win a copy of Diane’s book and possibly a basket of Diane’s favorite things!


And now…I’m super excited that Diane and Mary Kay’s publisher agreed to let me give away some copies of their books and more!

~ Pretty Handy Girl Recommended Book Giveaways ~

The giveaway has ended! Congrats to Tami, Mrs. C. Ashworth, Patti, Marie and Carol!

PHGFancySign Disclosure: I was provided with two review copies of each book. I was not compensated or told what to write. I’m sharing these books with you of my own will, because I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I did.


How to Install a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor on a 3-way Switch



Teaching kids to turn off the lights in a room they are no longer in is a tough job. No matter how many times I try to explain that leaving the lights on wastes electricity, it just doesn’t seem to sink in. In their defense, they are like little wind up tops flitting from room to room playing with trains in one; reading in another and barely stopping to use the toilet in the bathroom (putting the lid down is a whole other issue! Ugh.)

When Lutron approached me about giving my kids a helping hand with the lights, I was immediately intrigued. It turns out that Lutron has just introduced the Maestro occupancy sensor dimmer that can be easily installed in place of an existing light switch. (Single pole switches are easiest. Dual or Multi-location switches may require a little more wiring and programming to work properly.) After some thought, I decided to try the Maestro in our art & craft studio. This is the room that we least notice when the bulbs are burning (it is over the garage and is separated by our guest room from the rest of the house.)

Follow along to see how to install your own. Your attentive nature may be rewarded at the end. ;-) [Read more...]

Ewwww, What’s that Smell – Replace Your Car’s Cabin Filter in Minutes




Driving two boys and a dog in the Handymobile several times a day can lead to some truly funky odors. The other day I found myself wondering what the latest funk could be attributed to. Was it the stinky socks and shoes left behind from water day at school?

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Helping Oklahoma Tornado Victims


Being a part of the DIY blogging community is like being part of an extended family. Most of the DIY bloggers I know spend their time building or creating and then spending an equal amount of time creating a tutorial to help others make the same thing.

This sharing and giving spirit often extends beyond building and creating.  It extends to helping others in need.

My friend, Colleen, is one of those bloggers who has been driven to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma. She was moved to create the painting of the Two Cows above and is raffling it off to raise money for Oklahoma.

You might remember Colleen:


I introduced her to you last year when she herself was in need after losing her husband. The blogging community and their readers rallied together to help her. Now Colleen is ‘paying it forward’ by raising money for the Red Cross to help in the Oklahoma relief efforts. You can read the full details about the fundraiser on Colleen’s blog, along with the story behind her painting above (it’s a moving tale.)

Raffle tickets for her painting are only $5. The winner will be chosen on June 30.You can also purchase prints and notecards of Two Cows (a portion of the proceeds also goes to the Red Cross.)

I love our blogging family and how they pull together, help others and give back. I hope you’ll join Colleen and either purchase a ticket or reprint or share the raffle with your friends.


How to Install a Hard-Wired Pendant Light {and $200 Giveaway}



You may have noticed that pretty little seedy glass pendant light over our sink from my video the other day. It was a breeze to install, so I want to share with you the tutorial. BUT…before we get down to the step-by-step, I have some awesome news for you. has offered to give one of you lucky ducks a $200 Shopping Spree on their website! GoldenageUSA gave me the seedy glass pendant light in exchange for mentioning them on the blog. If you haven’t heard of them, they have an online store FULL of the most amazing light fixtures. They work with a lot of high end stores and even custom design light fixtures for clients upon request.


I put together the graphic above with just a small sampling of some of their products. They sell every type of light imaginable. Plus, they have ceiling fans, rugs, mirrors and much more. If I won the $200 I’d have a very hard time deciding what I’d like to buy with the winnings. If you think you can chose, be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. [Read more...]

You Rock 3-D Card + Silhouette Portrait Giveaway



This week is Teacher and Staff appreciation week at my sons’ school. Monday was bus driver appreciation. Our bus driver is a really great guy. He’s young, but man is he on top of things! He is always polite and learned the kids’ names the first week.

I wasn’t sure what to get him. I have no idea what a guy who looks to be in his mid-20′s to early-30′s wants. Flowers would seem weird. And I have no idea if he likes cookies. And then it hit me. I remembered Otto, the Simpson’s bus driver!


That guy loved to Rock n’ Roll! I figured, what young guy wouldn’t appreciate a little iTune credit? In addition to the gift card, I made a YOU ROCK card to hold the gift card using the Silhouette. (If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can use a computer print out and an x-acto knife instead like Jessica from How About Orange did.) [Read more...]

Bling Up Your Outfits for Less with an Everyday Icing Giveaway

black and white collage

black and white collage

 I’m headed to Utah this week to attend the SNAP conference. Preparing for blog conferences usually means it’s time for me to put away my paint spattered holey jeans and find some cute clothes to wear. It’s not easy for me to get dressy, but I’ve finally learned the value of “dressing up” some basics with cute accessories.

Pastel collage

You might remember from this post that I’m not a big jewelry girl. I usually ask for power tools for my birthday. But, for blog conferences, there’s nothing better for an outfit than a “little icing on the cake”! Everyday Icing is a new shopping destination site for all things jewelry and accessories. Started by Kimba (the fabulous blogger behind A Soft Place to Land), this is definitely a unique way for me to shop for jewelry, gifts, and more! Plus, the items really appeal to my frugal nature. There wasn’t a single item over $25 (of all the products I scoped out!) Yeah for beautiful jewelry for a gal on a budget!


Here’s Kimba to tell you more about Everyday Icing. And stick around because she’s offering a wonderful giveaway prize to one of my readers!


Hi, Pretty Handy Girl readers, this is Kimba to tell you a little bit more about my latest endeavor. Everyday Icing was born out of a love for designer accessories, but not designer prices. We’re busy moms with a budget to watch and we love how the right piece of jewelry can take an outfit from plain to fabulous! And because we care about giving back, 10% of our profits go directly to Compassion International.

mint and blue collageSo how does it work?

Everyday Icing combines social media and shopping, so first you need to “like” our Facebook page. Our sales are every Monday at 9pm (eastern) directly on our facebook page. And some weeks we have special themed sales on Thursday…You won’t want to miss Scarf-A-Palooza and Nautical Night!

Each week we offer 20-30 different items for a fixed price (usually between $12-$25) and shipping is usually FREE! We post pictures of the items for sale along with a description, price and the quantity that we have. There are limited quantities of each item and when they’re gone, they’re gone. So be quick!

Shopping with us is EASY! To make a purchase:

shopping with EI graphic

That’s it! We’ll ship your cute loot directly to your door! If you have more questions, we have a “How to Bid” tab on our page that explains more.

Every Monday at 9pm they open the doors (so to speak) and allow “fans” to bid on that week’s accessories offering. Unlike auction style sites, the prices are firm, but it’s more of a first come first serve type sale.

southwest collage 2

And now, I have an Everyday Icing Giveaway for one lucky Pretty Handy Girl reader.

The prize includes:

 pretty handy giveaway collage-1

  • Michael Kors Inspired Boyfriend Watch
  • White Multi-Strand Necklace
  • Navy Striped Infinity Scarf
  • Pave Starfish Pendant Necklace
  • Starfish Charm Bracelet
  • Pave Button Earrings

A total $100 Value of “Icing” to dress up your favorite outfits!


That’s super generous of Everyday Icing! Did you see any scrumptious jewelry you love? Do tell! I wish I were eligible to win, but I’ll just have to wish you all super luck and hope you win instead!

Entering is easy, simply complete your entry in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you can’t see the widget below, click here to go directly to this post.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter by April 21st, 2013! Best of luck! And by the way, If you are going to SNAP, let me know! I’d love to see you and say hi!



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and giveaway. I was compensated for my time by Everyday Icing. However, I wasn’t told what to say and really like the concept and figured you would too.

Create an Embellished HERSHEY’S KISSES Carrying Case


embellishing_lipstick_cases~This post is sponsored by HERSHEY’S~

Do you know how much I love chocolate?

(If you love it too, be sure to scroll down to learn how you can win some HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Chocolates and a treat case like the one above!)

I love chocolate so much that I joke that there needs to be chocolate coursing through my system at all times. And there’s a reason that I’m in love with chocolate: It’s in my heritage!


photo courtesy of Hershey Archives

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Cabinet Hardware {The Jewelry of the Kitchen} Giveaway



Cabinet hardware is akin to the finishing touches on an outfit. It is the jewelry that really catches the eye in a kitchen. I’m not a big jewelry person. I only wear my wedding rings on a daily basis. And I have necklaces and bracelets for the days that I actually change out of my work clothes. But, I’ve never been the type of gal to go ga ga over a diamond.

However, I found myself getting starr-eyed while trying to choose our kitchen hardware. I felt like a kid in a candy store because there were so many choices (and yet so little time.) This week I learned that our cabinets will be arriving at the end of the month. And my designer (who really needs to be my personal assistant) gently asked me, “Have you ordered your cabinet hardware yet?” Gulp…umm no. What I wanted to say was, “Seriously? This is the least of my worries! I need to get the walls finished and a floor in our kitchen before I can even think about bling!” That’s when it dawned on me, a Handy Gal can’t do everything! Especially when it comes to jewelry (it’s just not my strong suit.)

With that in mind, I’m asking for your help. Yes, that means you Ms. “I’m Sitting Here at My Computer Drinking My Coffee While I Watch Pretty Handy Girl’s Kitchen Renovation Updates”! And you may be thinking, heck no, I don’t have time to help her. But, what if I told you there might be something in it for you? Hmmm? Are you willing to help me now?!

Here’s the deal, I’m going to show you some of my choices and you help me choose by leaving me a comment below. Then  you can enter to win one of two $100 Gift Certificates to D.Lawless Hardware. And if you are saying, I’m still not going to help her because I’m happy with my cabinet hardware already. Well, what if I told you that D. Lawless sells a lot more than cabinet hardware:


Knobs and pulls are the least of their offerings! Corbels, hinges, switch plates, drawer slides, hooks, pie safe punched tin, casters, shelf brackets, space savers and much more! This is one of my favorite products they sell: [Read more...]

Winner of the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway



Congratulations to Melissa Betts who was chosen at random as the winner of the Silhouette Portrait!
Melissa, email me as soon as possible to claim your Silhouette!


For everyone else who wasn’t chosen, I’m sorry ;-(. You can still get a good deal on either a Silhouette Portrait or a Silhouette Cameo from today through Friday, March 8th!

Use the code: HANDY at checkout to purchase any of the Silhouette package deals at these special rates:

  • 1 Silhouette Portrait™ and the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software for $249.98 $179.99
  • 1 Silhouette CAMEO® and the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software for $348.98 $269.99
  • The Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software for $49.99 $24.99

Visit the Silhouette store to order NOW! This offer is good from February 28th-March 8th, so grab it now before this deal expires.


Silhouette Portrait Giveaway and Discount Offers



Lately I’ve been dealing with two boys who are in elementary school, but I’d swear they are in high school by their scowls and attitudes. The grumpy scowl seems to be contagious around here, so I decided to put out a gentle reminder: [Read more...]

All About Termites and Clean Up with The Bagster Bag



There we were, Harvey the electrician and I were happily making progress on the kitchen renovation. Harvey was just finishing up on the last row of outlets when his hand disappeared into the wall. “Ummm, Ms. Bailey, I think there’s something wrong with this stud.” I looked over to see him pulling wood shavings out of the hole he had cut for the outlet. “What the…..?” (I repressed my urge to curse.) Within five minutes of his discovery, we had pulled down the sheetrock around the suspicious stud and were glaring at a poor excuse for two framing members and the wall’s bottom plate.


The two studs were so brittle and destroyed that I was able to poke my entire finger through them. (Let’s see you do that to a solid 2×4, Mr. Houdini!)


Not good…not good at all. I had to make the unfortunate call to Pretty Handsome Guy to tell him the bad news. But, I broke it to him lightly, “Honey, what is the one home disaster we HAVEN’T had to deal with yet?” He guessed tornado (Shoot, forgot about that one.) “No, Termites! But, the good news is that there is no live infestation.” See, it always helps to temper the bad with some good news. ;-)

The next few days were fraught with nail biting, lightly walking around that wall (for fear it might topple over), and multiple phone calls to the termite company, our building inspector and a structural engineer. To make this long story short, the structural engineer was the most helpful and advised us to fur out our walls to carry the wall load over the remaining perfectly good rim joist. If that sounds Greek to you — no worries — I really want to share with you what I’ve learned about TERMITES instead! [Read more...]

Home Sweet Home Giveaway

Happy early Valentine’s Day to everyone! A group of us have teamed up with some amazing sponsors and put together an exciting “Home Sweet Home Giveaway” for our readers. (If you didn’t win the other mega giveaway I hosted back in October, I wanted to give you another shot at winning some awesomeness!)

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Myself and these rockstar bloggers have collaborated to bring you TWO of the best giveaways on the web.

bloggers home sweet home giveaway

Some of you may know these bloggers but for those who don’t — starting from top left is Jessica Four Generations One Roof, Chris Just a Girl, Kim Sand and Sisal, Brooke All Things Thrifty, Amy The Idea Room, Rhoda Southern Hospitality, Me ;-) Pretty Handy Girl, “The six sisters” Six Sisters’ Stuff, Kari Anne Thistle Wood Farms and Traci Beneath My Heart.


Seriously? Kitchen Update and News Flash



That’s what I was thinking today. Ever have one of those days, where you feel like life sucker punched you in the gut. And then when you started to stand up it pulled the rug right out from underneath you? Well, sometimes that’s how my past few months have felt. But, in the grand scheme of things, it could be MUCH worse (as my plumber said after telling me a horrendous story about a couple that hired a house sitter who proceeded to burn the house to burn to the ground.)

But, let’s back up a bit to recap some happenings with our kitchen saga. And we’ll focus on some positive kitchen progress (so I can ignore the negative for a brief moment.)

First, can I get a little applause for my success in getting a building permit for our renovation? I was so nervous, but it was really no big deal and it only took about 20 minutes of palm wringing and nervous leg shaking (as I wondered if they’d kick me out of the office because I’m not a “professional” contractor.)  Plus, I was also able to interview the director of Building and Planning of Wake County and asked him a ton of questions about permits. I’ll be sharing his answers to my inquiries soon. [Read more...]

Stenciled Drop Cloth Table Runner


I love a functional gift that will last beyond the holidays! These stenciled table runners are just the ticket for anybody who likes to host parties or just make their table look festive.

AND you could win a $75 Gift Card from Lowe’s which would pay for most of the supplies! (see the bottom of the post for more details.) [Read more...]

DIY Book Reviews – Inspired You – The Handbuilt Home – Handmade Walls


I think 2012 could be named the year of DIY blogger authored books. So many fabulous bloggers have come out with phenomenal  books. Young House Love, Miss Mustard Seed, Ana White, and The Handmade Home just to name just a few.

For me this is a dream come true. Finally, the beautiful words and photos of my favorite bloggers are now in book format. Here’s a quick round up of three DIY books I think you’ll enjoy. You’ll surely want to add them to your holiday wishlist! [Read more...]

Enter to Win a Silhouette Cameo before the Holidays

silhouette cameo giveaway plus silhouette discount code: HANDY

silhouette cameo giveaway plus silhouette discount code: HANDY

Gals and guys, are you sitting down? Okay, I’m so excited to be able to offer one Silhouette CAMEO to one of my readers. I made do without one of these fancy cutters for a long time. But, this year I broke down and got one. And, I’m smitten. It has been a lot of fun to make projects and crafts with the CAMEO.

If you are still in the dark about what a Silhouette craft cutter can do, check out my pinterest board of Silhouette projects. [Read more...]