Dirty little secret

I have a dirty little secret to share. My bathroom tile's grout is gross. And I can't be the only one. Before you start gagging please note that I wash my floors regularly. I've got a magic steamer doohickey that steams away dirt and grime without using any chemicals. I clean the floor once a... Continue Reading →

Well, well, well…

Hi. It's me. I'm not dead. I just forgot myself for a while. It's pretty easy to do in today's world of the facepages and Nethulus. And relationships gone wrong. And dogs with anxiety. Humans with anxiety, too. But I'm here, getting back to me. One of my goals for 2018 is to write more—at... Continue Reading →

Dog-proof gardening

CHW Difficulty Rating: Mani Eater For those who know me, I'm know as the basil whisperer. I can grow basil like it's my full time job. Except it isn't. Which is a shame because basil never sends me meeting requests for 4 p.m. on a Friday. I wasn't always the basil whisperer. I'm a dog... Continue Reading →

Living With It

Project: Living, Dining Room and Bedroom Makeovers CHW Rating: Weekender (if tackled separately) Sometime between December and now (don't judge) I painted my bedroom, living and dining rooms. It took me nearly a year to pick out the color for the living/dining rooms because they are especially challenging rooms for various reasons. 1. The coved... Continue Reading →

The Never-ending Fence Project

CHW Rating: Call a Pro This spring we had wacky weather. I think we say that every season but this spring really did. Look it up on the Googles, I’m sure it’s there. Everything is on the Googles. Back at the end of March (oh lawdy, it was that long ago), the Wicked Witch of... Continue Reading →

How to: convert an Ikea lamp to brilliance

Project: Ikea Lamp Conversion CHW Rating: Easy Like Sunday Morning What do you do when you find a few Ikea lamps missing shades? Most sane people would just buy new shades. Or new lamps. Or both. Trouble is, Ikea stopped selling the shades separate online and we only got an actual store after I finished... Continue Reading →

Home Improvement Pet Peeves (HIPP)

There's been so many projects at CHW lately that I haven't had time to update you all. Over the past month I painted my dining room, living room and bedroom. This sounds innocent and easy but, in reality, takes more time than you can imagine. All three rooms required a major detox due to years... Continue Reading →

Summer in a Jar

Project: Peach Jam CHW Rating: Easy as Sunday Morning It's December 1 and snowy in Denver. It's as if someone flipped a switch and the season turned to winter just as the calendar page turned. Yesterday was almost summer at 60 degrees. Today we'll get 4-6" of snow. Days like this make me want to... Continue Reading →

Wine? Why not!

Project: Dining Room Hutch CHW Rating: Weekender It's been awhile but I'm back at the home improvement beat. I took some time off for the summer to enjoy grilling, sunshine and biking across Eastern Europe. One thing led to another, summer turned to fall and it's time to get back to work on this masterpiece.... Continue Reading →

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