A few years ago, I built a serving tray out of old cedar wood planks and blogged about it here.  I put it together without nails, just wood glued the pieces together, and its held together really well since then.   Fast forward 3 years, we have moved 2 times, my decor has evolved a […]


This is an easy, fast makeover of a picture frame that was gifted to us when Zoey was born.  There was nothing wrong with the original frame, in fact it was displayed in our living room for quite some time, but I thought it was time for an update.  I wanted to make it more […]

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It’s a Beautiful Day! U2 Sign

by ilene on February 25, 2013 · 1 comment

in decor, tutorial, upcycle

Days around around here are pretty simple for Zoey and me. It usually goes like this for her:  sleep, eat, change diaper, play, repeat.   We do this every two hours.   While its nice when your day is basically boiled down to this simple routine, its not always described as “easy”.  Imagine lots of […]

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I’ve been saving this 4 feet x 18 inch scrap piece of wood for almost a year.  It’s leftover wood from the back of this wood mirror frame that I made last year.  It’s nothing fancy, just a piece of cheap plywood, but I knew I could use it for something one day.  Jeff almost […]


I set out to explore Hayes Valley last week and embarked on an unexpected mini urban adventure.  Hayes Vally is a  little neighborhood in San Francisco that has a bunch of cute restaurants and shops right near the downtown civic center area.  The main reason that I wanted to go was to stop by Dark […]