Basement Renovation: Where to start?

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As most of you know, my house was built in the early 1960’s. I’ve shared a couple posts about how it needs some love: my kitchen needs a makeover and my 1960’s house needs an outdoor makeover. Well, unfortunately for me… this also applies to my completely unfinished basement. We have old windows throughout the basement, and we even have a toilet and shower in the middle of it! Oh yes, that’s right… a toilet and shower in the middle of my basement with no walls around them!! GAWWWW!! Seriously!?! But, that’s a whole other post (which I’m certain you’re … {continue reading}

Painting Preparation: Back Porch #BEHRDIYEXPERT

Painting Preparation: Back Porch #BEHRDIYEXPERT

Back in May I shared with you how my 1960’s home needs an outdoor makeover. The list of things we have to do was quite long, we were hoping to get most of it done this year (minus getting new windows, we need to budget those in). We had such a crappy summer this year, it rained a lot. It’s hard to work outdoor when it’s raining, especially when you want to paint. But we did get to work on our back porch when it wasn’t raining, which took a little longer than we thought it would. This is what our back porch looked like … {continue reading}

Triplet Tote – Sewing 101 – My first real sewing project!

Triplet Tote - Sewing for beginners! Sewing 101 #sewing #sewingforbeginners #sewing101

I completed my very first real sewing project! YAY!! I’m so excited! Back in December 2012 my mother-in-law bought me the most AWESOME gift ever: my very first sewing machine! Even though this awesome sewing machine had Confidence in its name, it still didn’t give me confidence to sew! I’ve realized that my problem doesn’t really apply to the sewing part, but mostly about cutting the fabric. I’m worried that I will cut the fabric wrong and then have to scrap it. Fabric is soooo pretty and it would just break my heart to have to scrap it. ANYWAYS, I’m … {continue reading}

Swing Set – Old to New with Paint! #BEHRMARQUEE

Wood Swing Set - Old to New Again with Paint!!

Sébastien and my Dad built Gabrielle a swing set about five years ago for her birthday. It gets used everyday and year round! Yes, both Gabrielle and Emanuelle love swinging on it even when there’s snow on the ground! I should probably take down the seats during the winter (that might explain the rust on them haha), but the girls like using it during the winter too. With the sun, rain and snow… the swing was getting old looking. Yet, like I mentioned, it’s only 5 years old! So we decided to give it life again by painting it! We … {continue reading}

Quick & Easy Living Room Makeover – #IKEAMakeover

Quick & Easy Living Room Makeover!

You know how I keep reminding you that my 1960’s house is quite outdated and needs some love? This also applies to some of the decor. My living room as been the same for at least 5 years and I haven’t touched the paint since we moved in 7 years ago. OUPS! We are planning on painting it, but we want to wait until we change the big window. Anyways, that’s no excuse to keep the living room looking BLAH.. right? Last week I went to IKEA and came back with this: Yes, I gave my living room a fresh … {continue reading}

1960’s House needs an Outdoor Makeover!

My 1960's house needs an outdoor makeover

1960’s House Outdoor Makeover ~ A few weeks back I mentioned to you that my husband and I had started some work around the outside of our home. Today’s the day I show you what we have started to do and what we are planning on doing! The house was built-in the 1960’s and had two previous owners. The last owner was a widow and spent years not giving any attention to the home. The house was actually unoccupied for a couple of years before we bought it (the owner had been placed in a home). When we bought it we knew … {continue reading}

Wood Furniture Makeover – Desk and Dresser Transformation

Wood Furniture Makeover - Desk and Dresser Transformation

A while back, like a long while back, I had told you that I had painted Emanuelle’s desk and dresser. Do you remember?  That was last year!! Anyways, I’m happy to say that I have finally taken photos of the furniture! YAY! The desk and dresser have belonged to Sébastien for the longest time. He had them in his bedroom when we first started dating 16 years ago! When we moved in together, they followed us (you don’t just get rid of wood furniture!). Emanuelle’s bedroom use to be our office, and when she was born we left both those … {continue reading}

How to make these DIY Projects – Tutorials coming soon!

How-to DIY Tutorials coming soon!

You know how sometimes you are just so excited about a project and you just can’t wait to get started? You start working on it right away. Once the project is finished you’re so happy that it’s everything you hoped it would be and more.  You’re so proud of it and can’t wait to show it to everyone?! Well.. I have a few of those projects and a couple of which are on this blog… I was so excited and caught up on working on them, that I did not take step by step photos.. OUPS!! Here are two of … {continue reading}

Whipped Goodness – 10 Great Recipes – Food and Body

Whipped Goodness - 10 Recipes

Is there anything better than Whipped Cream? I love its texture and I love the taste! And even better, I came across some wonderful recipes for the body too! Yes that’s right, whipped body scrub, lip scrubs and even body wash! Isn’t that awesome? Whipped Goodness – 10 Great Recipes   Cream Cheese Whipped Cream from Living Better Together.   Chocolate Dipped Cherry Meringues from Lemons for Lulu.   Chocolate & Strawberry Kahlua Crepes with Kahlua Whipped Cream from Living Better Together.   Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake from Your Homebased Mom.   Whipped Body Wash from The Grant Life.   … {continue reading}

Stylish Bobby Pins – DIY Hair Jewels

Stylish Bobby Pins - DIY Hair Jewels - thediydreamer.com

I’ve been working on little gifts for my daughters for Valentine’s Day. I’ve already made them Charm Necklaces ($3 each) that I’m quite proud of. I also wanted to make something for them to put in their hair. That’s when I decided I would make them Stylish Bobby Pins. These cute little hair pins are VERY EASY and inexpensive to make! Oh and very quick to put together. I already had bobby pins on hand (they had cost me $1 for a pack) and I bought the pack of jewels for $1 at the dollar store. Of course you also … {continue reading}

How to make Rockstar Jewelry

How to make Rockstar Jewelry - thediydreamer.com

Do you have a wanna be Rockstar in your life? I have the perfect little tutorial for you! I made Rockstar Jewelery for Gabrielle the other day and I can’t wait to surprise her with her very own Rock Star jewelry set! I came across these little charms as I was shopping for Valentine charms that I used to create the DIY Charm Necklaces. I just couldn’t leave the store without buying them, I just knew that they would be perfect for Gabrielle. Not only were they cute, but only $3.97. With the little kit I could make one necklace … {continue reading}