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What I Can’t Let Go Of:

How intertwined technology is in our lives!

And how I need to seriously work harder to NOT let tech issues spill over into my general well-being

and those I love surrounding me.

(Just putting it out there: this was a rough week tech-wise.)

On the Blog This Week

A flower box place card with dried flowers is sitting on a plate stack at a place setting

I love 2nd Tuesdays! That’s when some of the most talented, creative crafters I know gather to share our challenge crafts.

This month we were all challenged to use Dried or Pressed Flowers.

Mine was inspired by the large Welcome flower box easel signs that I’m quite smitten with. But I wanted two carry that theme to the dinner table.

All subscribers have instant access to a free, EDITABLE printable to make your own.

Plus more styles of place cards with dried flowers!

Wk7 – ORC DIY Simple Bathroom Vanity Table

It’s the home stretch! Next week’s the final reveal!

But this was a great build! I shared why we went with a table style vanity and built ourselves.

Plus the incredibly gorgeous sink — that is a steal — along with a beautiful faucet and pop up drain.

I’m in love with how this came together. We saved a bundle, ended up with a custom, perfectly sized table just like our daughter wanted.

view of new sink and faucet on a modern stream-lined bathroom vanity table surrounded my pale green walls with chair rail and box frame molding

tray arranged with a Spring vignetter of moss covered orb, terra cotta pots, vintage plates and bird

Easy Dollar Tree DIY — Moss Orb Centerpiece for Summer Tables and Displays!

Two Styles to choose from:

Fun, Carefree Harry


Traditional and Taylor-ed

Coming Next Week:


And I have another quick and easy craft for entertaining!

Do you have a perfectly good iPhone or Samsung, it’s just that the battery is draining fast?

But otherwise, you would like to keep using it and save hundreds of dollars. Well, you can!

We did this with my husband’s phone. And it works great!!!

Remember, the weekly tech tips are a thank you to my subscribers. They are not published in the newsletter, but as exclusive content, they are published in the email you receive for this newsletter.

If you are a subscriber, check your inbox. If you’re not, please consider joining the team for all the exclusive content.

I’m SO Excited I Finally Get to Share This!!!

My amazing friend, Lynn of Living Large in a Small House has started a second blog: Small House Kitchen!

Lynn is an amazing cook!

Good food from scratch is her specialty.

Not baking. And nothing over the top in difficulty.

I think it’s her sauces and seasonings that really elevate her dishes.

And did I mentioned she makes great beverages?!!!

Go check her out and be sure to subscribe because she is just starting to load it full of her best recipes.

A refreshing looking drink is in a cut crystal double-old-fashioned glass with a lemon slice on the rim

My friend Cindy from Reinvented Delaware, the master of thrift store upcycles and makeovers started a FB group — you can guess what they share and conspire about! If this sounds like fun join me in Cindy’s group.

Peaches ‘n Diesel

So creative and so dang funny!!! and now her whole family is getting into the fun. Words cannot possibly fully relay the hysterical stabs she takes at Avant garde fashion (and the likes)

I hope you’ve been enjoying the weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit,

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  1. Lynn

    Thank you my dear friend Diane! Any friend of yours is a friend of mine and I hope they join me over at Small House Kitchen. XOXO

    • Diane

      No need for thanks! I’m selfishly excited for this new site, knowing I can go there for reliable great recipes — no more spending time digging around.

  2. Cindy Rust

    Thanks for sharing our Facebook Group Diane! There ae so many people joining and sharing repurposing and upcycling ideas and I am sure your readers will enjoy seeing the ideas and sharing their own! Love your tech tips too! Have a great weekend my friend!

    • Diane

      Thanks Cindy! We both love empowering others and this is a great way to do just that!


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