How to get a green Spring lawn fast!


Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and the color green was on everyone’s mind. So, speaking of the color green, why not turn your yellow yucky winter lawn into a lush dark green fairway!?! My husband Dan is a PRO when it comes to making our lawn a dark healthy green. I have heard it dozens of times from our friend and neighbors, “How does Dan make your lawn such a DARK GREEN color!?!” There are many important steps … [Continue reading...]

Portable (and custom!) Time-Out Rug for Toddlers


Hi friends! I’m Beth from Sawdust and Embryos! If you aren’t familiar with my blog... my husband and I have twin girls. Twin TODDLER girls. Drama City. Let’s just say they’re very ‘spirited’ and strong-willed. As parents we’re learning to choose our battles. And with regards to discipline, since they aren’t quite old enough to understand ‘loss of privilege’, we’ve embraced the Time Out method for now. I would like to … [Continue reading...]

Industrial Furniture Painting Technique! {EASY as 1.2.3.}


One thing I can promise you is that my house is not boring! I bought these IKEA barstools almost a year ago with this tutorial in mind. But, for some reason, I kept putting it off! Plus, I didn’t know if my vision would actually work so it took a back seat on my to do list.  I caught a wild hair the other day and glazed all four of these barstools in less than 30 minutes. So, when I say this tutorial is as easy as … [Continue reading...]

United States Barn Wood Map


I am soooo excited about our new barn wood map that Dan made for me! The guy is a freakin’ rock star on the jigsaw. I could have tried this one myself, but his skills are bar none. We started out with a barn door from my sister Natalie. Thanks sis. {You have actually seen this barn wood before…we used it in Jill’s house to make the sliding barn door}. But don’t you worry, if you don’t have access to barn wood, you … [Continue reading...]

New Gallery wall is complete! {After I convinced my hubby it was necessary}


  Does your husband hate me? It’s ok, you can be honest. I’ve heard it dozens of times, “Would you quit changing your house? Now my wife thinks we need to change OURS!” Although Dan is mostly supportive of my crazy ideas, last time I went to IKEA with him, I started arranging frames on the ground at the store. Dan’s reaction? “What are these frames for? What wall do we even have left to decorate!?!” I … [Continue reading...]

Throw Pillows to Liven up your Space! {Surprise Giveaway!}

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Everyone loves a surprise in the mail right? Well the winner of today's giveaway will be getting Happy Mail every month for the next year!! We have joined together with some amazing bloggers and the fantastic shop, Michelle Dwight Designs to give one (very) lucky reader A Year's Worth of Pillows. Are those not great? The winner will get to pick one pillow of their choice... each month... for 12 months... that's … [Continue reading...]

Not my favorite spray painting brand…


Last Spring our courtyard needed a makeover, so I spray-painted our patio table. Yes, I took these pictures nearly a year ago. I forgot I had taken them, and I came across them today. I’m scatter-brained what can I say. But, I thought I should tell you what happened so that you don’t run into the same problems if you decide to spray paint anything in the near future. I used Valspar Spray paint called Exotic … [Continue reading...]

Wood Flooring in my Home? {Plus inspiration and concerns}


First of all, THANK YOU for those who have filled out our 2014 Reader Survey. It has been an absolute joy reading all of the feedback. I will post the results in a few days, but I wanted to tell you thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey. If this is the first you are hearing about the survey, don’t worry, you still have time to fill it out!I have already expressed my pure hatred for our current carpet … [Continue reading...]

2014 All Things Thrifty Reader Survey


Happy Monday Morning! I am BEGGING for your feedback today. Update: Some readers are having issues with the submit button showing up at the bottom of the survey. If it's not showing up for you, stop now and go to the live form to fill out the survey! THANK YOU!!    Update: If you are having technical difficulties with the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the form, please go to the live survey form … [Continue reading...]

DIY Vintage-esque Starburst Mirror


Gooooooooood MORNING my friends! Beth here from Sawdust and Embryos... and as always, I’m overjoyed to be here! My husband and I have been working away at our twins’ big-girl room in preparation for the day they’re throwing themselves out of their crib. Seeing as they’re 2.5, that could happen any day. So far, we’ve built and upholstered their mini fainting couch / toddler beds, stenciled the Herringbone … [Continue reading...]