• DIY Wooden House Number Sign | Front Porch Makeover
    DIY Projects,  Home Fashion

    DIY Wooden House Number Sign | Front Porch Design Week 3

    My front porch is the first impression I give my guests when they visit.  It’s also the place that greets me first when I come home (since I go through the front door rather than the garage).  After living in the 90s Catmom Chic home for several months, my front porch was bugging me.  It was blah and drab.  And especially now that we were through winter, I wanted a breezy, comfortable front porch with lots of color!  It took time to evolve.  Transformation is work, pain, and loss.  But when you allow it to happen something extraordinary and beautiful emerges!  So, next on my list to update on my…

  • Front Porch Makeover: Before and After
    DIY Projects,  Home Fashion

    How to Update Outdoor Furniture | Front Porch Design Week 1

    Now that summer’s here, I’ve been longing to have the windows open, plant flowers, and just generally be outdoors in the sunshine.  However, my outdoor spaces -the front porch and back deck – seem rather uninviting.  They look a little sad this time of year with empty flower pots, dried-up old leaves, and sticky spider webs covering every square inch.  So, I decided it was time to get outdoors and do a little front porch re-design!  This week we’re talking about how to update outdoor furniture.  (It’s easier than you think!)     Our story begins with these worn out rocking chairs.  They aren’t really white or off-white.  To me,…

  • Kintsugi Repair | Feeling Broken | Repaired with Golden Seams
    DIY Projects

    DIY Kintsugi: How to Repair Broken Pottery

    Kintsugi is a centuries-old method of repairing broken pottery from Japan.  But it isn’t just about mending what’s broken.  It’s also a form of art because it highlights the break rather than hides it.  Literally translated, the term Kintsugi means “golden repair”.  You see, with Kintsugi, the broken pottery pieces are fused back together with golden seams.  The seams are made of a special lacquer that has been dusted with powdered gold, silver or platinum.  Interested to try this art form myself, I’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial on how you can DIY Kintsugi with your broken ceramics. Before we get started, its important you remember and honor the tradition of…