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I'm Julie, a feisty, but rather shy redhead from New York, who moved to the Midwest to follow my dreams (and the love of my life). I'm passionate about decorating our home with my own unique affordable DIY style which is a mix of eclectic, contemporary, traditional, with a splash of country. I don't follow the crowd, but trust my gut instead. I hope to inspire you to try some of my ideas. I also love to cook and share my easy recipes. My family begs me to make my homemade meatballs and pizza. I hope you will try them and hang out with me for a while or subscribe to my e-mail letter here:

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Doodled Bench 

  It’s a pretty cool bench to start out with…I know.
But you know me by now.  I think of things to decorate in my sleep…
Mr. Bench has been floating around in those dreams for a couple weeks now, so I decided to share him with you.
You may remember this bench was originally in my kitchen with another table that I turned into my desk.
Poor Mr. Bench was left out of the fun, and I put him in the hall for back packs and such.
Then came the garage sale and I used him for my desk out on the driveway.
Well, it’s finally time for him to shine!
At my house if it’s dark I want it light, if it’s light I want it dark…it’s just my nature to want to play with things and change their color.Our kitchen has quite a few dark cabinets, so the bench will lighten it up a bit.
That’s not enough though…Everywhere you look you see handwriting for decor these days.
I must admit I do like it.
I have seen it on pillows, lamp shades, and even plates.
You know where I’m going with this don’t you?
Thanks to my friend, Sherry, over at Pondered Primed Perfected, I found these paint pens at Joann Fabrics.
I didn’t even know they existed until I saw Sherry’s post on transforming her table which can be found here.
These paint markers are perfect for my plan, but I was a little nervous when I was trying to figure out how to write
on Mr. Bench.
(why am I calling my bench Mr. Bench-I have no idea)
My handwriting is “okay”, but by no means is it perfect.
Then I thought…so what.
It was that inner voice inside of me that says,
“Go for it Julie…it’s just paint honey!”
So I “doodled” all over it and then made it look old and used.
I know it’s not perfectly handwritten,
but that’s what I like about it.
It’s real…not written from a machine.We eat and laugh around here a lot…
so I decided to keep the theme light,
with a twist of love & memories based around food.I have a feeling my family will get much joy from reading
these doodles through the years when we gather around the table for meals and special occasions…
When I “staged” the new bench with our table, I decided to get out some other decor.
I started feeling like it was Christmas in September …or even Valentine’s Day.
It’s not, but it sure looks pretty to me.
I hope you enjoy the final pictures and
they find you feeling


Here’s where I moved it…
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