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Apologies fellow readers!  I have been overly excited and enjoying my new floors.  And totally exhausted from this project.  My step-dad installed the quarter round the weekend following the installation and my mom installed my new curtain rods.  I was hoping to have the entire downstairs completed, but unfortunately, the half bathroom’s vanity has not been delivered.  I am hoping it will be delivered next week and the plumber can come over and install it and the toilet.  There is also quarter round which needs to be installed under the garage door, front door and the fireplace wall in the living room.  I am buying and installing the closet organization this weekend.  I have been doing a lot of purging of stuff that do not need or want.  I’m so happy to finally feel like life is returning to normal.  Here are a some current updated pictures.

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With any new project, you have to say “good-bye to the old,” to be able to say “hello to the new.”

To save on project cost, I decided to DIY the removal of the current carpet, vinyl, pedestal sink and toilet.  Luckily, my mom lives close and was able to come over and assist.  With removing the current flooring, having my regular trash company pick up the discarded material, removing the pedestal sink and toilet in the half bath, I was able to save almost $400!

However, after removing the flooring, quarter round and tack strip myself, individuals who do this for a living have my utmost respect.  It is really hard work and a lot of getting up and down off the ground.

Here are some pictures of the vinyl and carpet removal.  I will remove the tack strip later this week.

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Hello Friends!  I know, I know it has been a while.  But life happens!  I’m back and have some exciting news to share.  I am FINALLY getting laminate installed throughout my downstairs of my townhouse.  Good bye carpeting and vinyl!

Here are some last images of the current flooring.  Something I DEFINITELY will not miss.

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Hello Fellow Bloggers!

Again feeding into my recent love for DIY, I took Whimseybox‘s motto,”stop pinning and start making!”  This week I made these super cute hand stamped coat hangers.  This a very easy and quick DIY project.



  • Wooden Coat Hangers
  • Small Letter Stamps
  • Permanent Ink Pad


I purchased the hangers from Ikea.  They are called the Bumerang Curved Clothes Hangers and are $4 for a pack of 8.

I purchased the letter stamps, both upper and lower case sets, and the permanent ink pad from Hobby Lobby.  The ink pad MUST BE permanent ink to keep the ink from rubbing off on clothing.  These items were not super expensive and, lucky me, Hobby Lobby happen to have a sale on stamps.  If stamps are not on sale, remember you can use Hobby Lobby’s app or print a coupon for their web page to get the one most expensive item at a discounted rate.  I’m sure that these stamps will be useful in future DIY projects.  So consider it an investment!

You can opt to purchase a stamp set which you can pre-align the letters in a holster before stamping.  However, I like the appearance of the uneven spaced, individual crooked letters.  It perfects the handmade look.

Before getting started on stamping your hangers, I would advise practice stamping on a piece of paper first.  This way you can get idea of how to align the letters individually. This way the letters are not too far apart or touching.  Plus it gives you a chance to write out what you want your hangers to say.  I did my test trial in my sketchbook.  Check it out!


Once you feel comfortable with stamping the letters, nothing like the present to get started!  Don’t worry if you mess up!  They are supposed to be imperfect.  The ink dries very quickly, but I gave them 24 hours before touching them to be on the safe side.

Instead of keeping these for my own coat closet, I decided to ship them off to a friends who recently bought her first house.  These are going to be a great house warming gift!

Happy New Year Fellow Bloggers!  I am only four months behind on saying that!  Sorry guys and gals, this little woman has been busy!  My goal, starting now, is to do a post once a weekend.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@thatgirl_leah) know that my newest craze are Do It Yourself craft kits.  I have always been a fan of DIY.  Within in the past month, I have seen advertisements on Facebook for a product called Darby Smart.  Out of curiosity, I googled it (like I do everything).

“Darby Smart is a do-it-yourself crafting startup working with top Pinterest designers of DIY accessories, fashion and home items to Kit, market and sell their projects to consumers, complete with all materials and instructions needed to complete the project.”

In other words, it is a do-it-yourself craft project in a box!  You can opt to buy craft supplies individually, do-it-yourself projects (which include all the materials and instructions) or sign up for their monthly subscription (which is a new DIY project sent to you each month).  This truly intrigued me!  It does not cost any money to sign up and you are given a $10 off your first purchase when you become a member.

FREE MONEY!  Of course, I decided to purchase one of the DIY projects!  They have numerous projects at different price ranges.  Check them out!

I purchased the Lace Earrings Kit.  It came in a super cute teal box with chevron on the sides.  (Did I mention I’m crazy about chevron?!)

darby2I’m not sure that “Internet Rehab Inside,” is the best phrase for this box, especially since I have become quite the avid internet shopper.

Here are the supplies which were provided to make the earrings.

darby1The instructions were located on the back of the card.  They were basic and I was able to use my own creativity to create my earrings.  The kit made three sets of earrings.  Here is the finished product!

darby3I have to say that every time I wear a pair of these earrings, I always get a lot of compliments.

Darby Smart provides more than enough for you push your creativity.  I had a lot of beads remaining, so I went to the craft store and picked up more supplies to make more of these earrings.  Stay tuned for a follow up!

Hello Ladies!  The third Thursday of the month has almost arrived, which means another Do-It-Herself Class at The Home Depot.  This coming Thursday, June 20, 2013  The Home Depot will be hosting a Ladies Do-It-Herself Class on How to Build an Adirondack Chair.

Want a sneak peak?  Here is the YouTube video of how to complete the project on your own.  (But hands on is more fun!  Ana White definitely makes this job appear easier than it truly is.  No offense, Ana.)


The class will be held at all Home Depots on Thursday, June 20, 2013.  If interested in attending, stop by your nearest Home Depot and inquire.  Some Home Depot stores request that you RSVP so that they can plan snacks and seating accordingly.

The Rivergate Home Depot (Charlotte, NC) will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres from City Tavern, assembling and decorating 4 Adirondack chairs which will be raffled off at the end of the night.  AND!  If you bring a friend, you will receive an extra raffle ticket to double your chances for winning.  An Adirondack chair will look lovely on my small front porch.  Wish me luck!

Pictures to come!  Again, I will scan in the Home Depot Do-It-Herself booklet again for those of you that are unable to attend, but like the instructions.

Good Evening Bloggers, especially my female followers!

If you are like me, single female homeowner with no handyman, you probably read blogs, magazines, books, instructions and watch youtube videos on “how to” for inspirations of making your house a home.  For the past year, I have been attending the monthly Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops.  I have learned how to install a dimmer switch, how to properly paint, gardening tips and more!  AND I have won some GREAT prizes at these workshops, including a fire pit and a cornhole board set!

May’s Do-It-Herself Workshop was Inspired by Pinterest: Succulent Gardens


Q: What are succulents?

A: Any plant that stores water in its leaves, stems or roots in order to survive dry spells.  This means low maintenance plants!

I have the small booklet with information on succulents and how to make a succulent garden.  I tried to find it online or a youtube video, but failed.  Home Depot is slacking on providing documentation.  Unless you have a great memory, you probably will not remember everything from the demonstration.  So!  You ladies are in luck!  I will scan the document and post it here on my blog, just for you!

At this month’s class, we were able to do some hands on work.  Here is a picture of the succulent plant my neighbor’s and I planted at the demonstration class.  Unfortunately, I did not get to keep it and it was not raffled off.  But!  I definitely know how to create my own.


Be sure to stop by your local Home Depot store and inquire about the Do-It-Herself Workshops.  All Home Depot stores host these workshops every third Thursday of every month.  It is a great way to meet other ladies in your community and learn how to do something new to add to your home.

Of course, the vibe of the workshop is going to vary location to location, depending on how many ladies attend and how much effort the store puts into giving you a good experience.  I attend the Home Depot in the Rivergate Shopping Center off on South Tryon (14310 Rivergate Parkway, Charlotte, NC).  I have met numerous ladies that live in the surround area and have become very comfortable with the Home Depot staff there.  I enjoy seeing familiar staff faces when I am in there shopping outside of the workshops.  All ladies share great laughs and conversation.

A big thank you to The Home Depot – Steele Creek for their awesome raffle prizes and giving us a wonderful Do-It-Herself Workshop experience.  And a thank you to City Tavern for providing great hors d’oeuvres at these workshops as well.