‘Tis the season for scoring stuff on Craigslist.

take the full holiday house tour here!

My goal this Christmas was to NOT ENTER THE CRAFT STORE. You know why? Because I have enough crap.

Also, because I have silently led us down the road to bankruptcy via Elvis’s cancer treatments and I am trying to remedy that now by not spending $19 on fake cranberry branches and assorted other crap that would have improved my tablescape.

Decorating our Victorian home for Christmas… I used lots of evergreens and HUGE pinecones for simple and lush holiday decor.

they are a mini-version of the giant Victorian garden urn!

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

DIY kitchen remodel — antique mirror over kitchen sink.

Originally I thought we would end up with something similar to one of these options over the kitchen sink.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out a solution that I LOVED, that was also practical and kitchen-y… because sometimes I forget the natural order of things and I try to be reasonable.

Once I let go of what I “should” do over the kitchen sink, and embraced what I would LOVE, the solution became obvious: MORE GIANT FANCY THINGS FOR EVERYONE.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Kitchen remodel progress: evolution of the sink wall.

Paul was on vacation a few weeks ago… a time of dirt, noise, kitchen progress, and me deciding that now would be the best time to try to convince him that we should drive to Arkansas to spend a shockingly-unholy amount of money on something utterly un-kitchen related… on Craigslist.

He said no… but what I heard was: sell everything we own.

I cannot show you what it is, because one of you probably has $8,000 that you do not need, and I cannot be the the one to facilitate your owning of what is rightfully mine.

So, instead of a trip to Arkansas, we have been working on multiple kitchen and addition projects… In an attempt to make the progress coherent, I am focusing on the sink wall.

What we started with in the kitchen/more before pictures.

See our DIY kitchen remodel… we are restoring an old Victorian house, one room at a time.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.