The Easiest Way to Make Your Own Decorative Pillows

Who doesn't love an easy and inexpensive way to make some decorative throw pillows for you home?  A few months ago, my local Jo Ann Fabrics was selling all of their home decor fabric samples in order to bring in the new season's selection.  There were hundreds of fabric options....some plain fabrics, some patterned.....all different colors and textures.  Most importantly, there were some really expensive fabrics available for the same price as the others (The day that I was there they just so happened to be having a half price sale on their remnants, making each sample square just a dollar apiece!)

Pistachio Coffee Cake for St. Patrick's Day

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What is more perfect for St. Patrick's Day than a food that turns out a little green?  My mom has been making this Pistachio Coffee Cake for as long as I can remember each year for the holiday.  It is simple to make and turns out moist and delicious.  And best of all, it can be eaten for breakfast or served for dessert!

Thrift Store Transformation #2 ...... Repurposed Loaf Pans

Last month I shared with you my first thrift store transformation....turning clear glass bud vases into painted and distressed candlesticks.  I was shocked (and very grateful) for the interest that you showed and the wonderful comments you left!  Since the idea of a transformation you could do yourself was so popular, I decided that I will (try) do a project every month using something anyone can find at their local thrift store or yard sale.

Transforming a Vintage Cutting Board

Old wood has a quality that is really hard to recreate.  There is a special place in my heart for vintage cutting boards, wooden boxes, all has so much character.    And the interesting thing about old wood is that the more worn, the more distressed, the more used it is, the better it gets.  Cutting boards are the ultimate because they are naturally used and beat up!

| DIY project inspired by Pottery Barns Wooden Pedestal |

I found this cutting board at a consignment shop and after mulling over whether I REALLY needed it, up to the cash register I went.  It has that great patina and color that only comes from years of use and abuse.  It had been handmade in an interesting shape, too, which just adds to the charm in my book!

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