Monday, February 9, 2015


I follow our local libary on instagram & was surprised when one of their posts mentioned a new area coming to our downtown Main library.  It's called Makerspace & consists of several work stations such as 3D printers, laser engraving, sound recording booth, vinyl banner printing, VHS to DVD conversions, a sewing center, button maker and the list goes on. You can sign up for free classes or request a one-on-one learning session.  I decided to go and check it out.

I was mostly interested in the laser engraving machine. It can engrave on steel, wood, plastic and glass.

After a recent trip to Goodwill where I found 2 heavy glass vases, I decided to take them with me to the library to see if I could engrave them.   I also brought a USB that was loaded with 2 of my monograms. You can create your own in Word, Adobe, etc. and the engraving machine can read most file types.  With some help from the librarian, we were able to get started with DIY engraving!  

How fun is that?  The librarian mentioned that several other large cities have their own Makerspace centers and that the general consensus among libraries is that learning is now becoming more digital and hands on.   Do you have this in your town?  We are lucky here in Cincinnati for our awesome library.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Buy this, Not that...

A few new finds that you might like!  A recent visit to our local Homegoods store, I spotted a new Max Studio throw blanket that seemed to be really nice quality & machine washable.  I found the same one online here for $89:

Homegoods price??? $29.99!

Our Homegoods did have the one above as well as these 2 that I picked up:

I also found the Rowley chair I really liked at Horchow:

But at a price of $2399?  A little bit expensive.  How about this look alike for a much more reasonable price!

How about $599? Ah, much better.

Wishing you happy shopping!  

Monday, June 16, 2014

New Fabric

I was recently at this local store & found this pretty pale aqua fabric.   I am planning to use on a new cornice board in my laundry room. The material is heavy and seems to be of really nice quality!

And guess where it's from?  WALMART!!

More options:

You can click here to see if these are at your local Walmart.  They had a lot of great looking fabric. 

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Water marks on cabinets

Our kitchen cabinets are cherry and for the most part, in really good shape. However, near the sink there are some water marks.   A quick fix is something we recently found at Lowe's.  These Minwax Finishing Cloths are great and really did  a nice job.   I should have taken before and after pics but was too excited to try this and really wasn't sure if it would work.   You might want to try it if you have a small staining project.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Latest Read

While recently browsing the famous blog 'Between Naps on the Porch',  she mentioned the gorgeous book 'A Passion for Blue & White' by Carolyn Roehm.  It looked like a really nice book and I love blue & white in decorating & dishes. Next step? Head over the public library website to order the book.  It came to our local branch quickly and it really is incredible.  Lots of great pictures and decorating tips.

Click here to read the Amazon reviews if interested. Wishing you a Happy Easter