The Weekly Rewind is where I get to share what has been going on behind the scenes, things I’ve seen while out shopping that I think you would all like, and inspiring pictures and projects from around the web.
What’s Been Happening
It’s been a busy couple of weeks on Bunker Hill…and I feel like my head has been spinning!! My husband is recovering from a total hip replacement. He’s been in so much pain for the past months and I’m thrilled that that part is over so we can get back to doing more outdoorsy things! We just have to get through the recovery stage (there’s a reason I didn’t become a nurse, LOL!!). Too many years of playing baseball & sliding into bases…
A personal milestone for me this week. I closed the doors of my home daycare.
When I started this blog in August 2019 it was at a time when I was craving a creative outlet and a challenge. It has grown into so much more than I could have imagined after I hesitantly pushed that “publish” button for the first time…
Not only have I learned how to do so many more things from using tools that I hadn’t been comfortable with before to downright hard technical stuff but I’ve met such a supportive community of other women bloggers that have become dear friends…even though we are scattered across the US.
As much as I love the kids ( I’ve had them since they were newborns!!) and they are part of our family the past year has been so hard trying to do both jobs. There are just not enough hours in the week to balance everything and I end up working all weekend on projects or with my head in my laptop.
So tomorrow will be the start of a new path for me and I am giddy!!
But the kids won’t forget me any time soon because I’ve been sending bins of toys home with them…sorry Mom!!
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New on the Blog
Upcycling Old Vases
How the heck did I turn this thrift store vase into mercury glass you ask???…Magic…noooo, a fun painting technique!! Check out my DIY Mercury Glass plus a few other techniques you can use to upcycle old vases.
My friends Stacy and Kim also have some fantastic ideas…and my favorite part is the beautiful pictures of how they used thrifted and vintage pieces in their homes. I guarantee you will leave with a few ideas in your head that you can use in your own home.
Bricks N Blooms
Do you love thrifting around for the best deals? Wait until you see my thrift shop finds and how I styled them!
Shiplap & Shells
Do you love finding the most perfect thrifted pieces for your home as much as I do? Let me show you all the fabulous vintage finds…
Thrifting With The Gals
This month I am the guest host for Thrifting With The Gals. I shared some amazing thrift store home decor finds and how I used them in my home. Spoiler…it was a good haul!!
Here are the other gals and what they are sharing this week…you can click the picture or tap the link to go to their sites.
A Few More Thrifty Home Decor Projects
I gathered together a bunch of my favorite and most popular upcycled home decor projects. So many ideas for you to try!! Tell me what your favorite one is!!
coming up this week…
- Have you seen people using oven cleaner to strip their furniture??? Well, I tried it on this coffee table that I scored for zero dollars. Wait until you see it!! I just have to retake a few pictures because they were blurry (blame it on my lack of motivation to run downstairs to my studio and grab my tripod!!)
- I’ll show you how I put together the cutest succulent bowl too!! Now that I don’t have little kids running around in here I can have one on the table in my living room without worrying…
- Later this week I will be sharing the decor changes I’ve made in my living room and easy, budget-friendly ways to update your living room without breaking the bank!!
What I’m Crushing On This Week
Are you looking for a new show to watch?? Well, I am absolutely loving ‘Julia’ on HBO Max...it’s based on Julia Child and it has a great cast and is a fun watch! It must be popular because I put here cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in my Amazon cart last week and when I went to order it last night it’s not available until May 11th now.
Fun Fact! I met Julia Child in the coatroom at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston…and yes, she was tall and you wouldn’t mistake her for anyone else in the world. When I worked in Boston I used to spend a lot of time visiting the museum, if you ever get to Boston put it on your list because it’s divine. When I was a kid I loved visiting because I was obsessed with the ancient Egypt collection and dreamed of being an archeologist.
This article on 30 Ways to Make Your House Look Expensive on a Budget from Bless’er House is packed with useful ideas you can use in your own homes. Lauren and her husband Robert were at a conference I was at last summer and they are a super cute couple!!
Sheila of Maison de Cinq has some Simple Spring Decor Ideas this week. Her shelf styling skills are on point…I’m putting up a bookcase etagere this week and I’m taking notes!!
Jen from Midwest Life & Style put together a great list of Mother’s Day Gift ideas...I had actually forgotten that it was coming up so soon!!
Product of the Week
I bought this rug for my front porch and I absolutely love it! It costs more than what I usually spend on a doormat but it’s so thick and every time I step on it I say to myself “this is so pretty…”
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Thanks for stopping by this week!! I appreciate each and everyone of you!! Enjoy the rest of your day.
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Kim Waldorf says
Awe, there’s my friend Chuck! So happy for you friend! I know this next chapter is going to be amazing for you! Julia Childs!? We’ll have to hit up the museum when we come visit in the fall. xo
Jennifer Howard says
I hope so friend!! m
Rachel Harper says
Congratulations on becoming a full time blogger. I can’t believe you had a full time job AND did all these projects. I’m so excited to see all you’ll be sharing now.
Jennifer Howard says
Thanks, Rachel!!! The last year has been a blur of everything…even after the first week I feel so much more relaxed!!
Lora Bloomquist says
Congratulations on becoming a full time blogger and no more daycare! It will be so nice to have your home to yourself to take pics, do projects, etc. You’re an amazing blogger; you’ve found your niche!
Jennifer Howard says
Thank you so much, Lora!! I’ve spent the week putting everything away and making my living room non-kid friendly!!!