12 Affordable Patriotic Decorating Ideas

During the hot Summer months in Buffalo, NY as a little girl (yes it gets hot in Buffalo!)I lived in a little white "tennis short jumper".  I didn't have a lot of fancy clothes, so this was very special.  It had red, white, and blue… Read More

Master Bathroom Renovation Shower Reveal

I am so excited to tell you that the master bathroom renovation has turned out even better than expected :-D .  Let's just say it kind of makes me feel like I'm staying at a luxurious rustic chic hotel spa in the South of France!… Read More

Painted Built-In Shelves & Brick Fireplace

I should have done this a looooong time ago, you guys.  I was afraid, plain and simple.  Maybe even in denial.  Not anymore.  This dramatic paint transformation not only brightened up our living room, it made me feel younger 8-O .  I feel like I… Read More

12 Thrift Store Makeovers

Last week, I showed you my THRIFT STORE SILVER PLATTER CHALKBOARD SIGN.  If you missed it, just click that blue title up there.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy it, so it got me to thinking.  Maybe I should do a re-cap with the gals from… Read More

Silver Platter Chalkboard Sign

As you may know, about 3 years ago I created this very pretty "Thrift Store Silver Platter Wall" out of, you guessed it, thrift store silver platters.  It grew to be one of my most popular blog posts, and even still today I do receive… Read More

12 Gorgeous DIY Potted Plant Ideas

I feel as though I could possibly jump inside my big flower pot urn in our garage and sprout some flowers myself pretty soon 8-O .  Yep, it's true!  We need warmth and sun so bad up here in Michigan I swear I can hear… Read More

Master Bathroom Renovation Tile Reveal

We moved a lot when I was a little girl, and there's one house that stands out the most in my memory because it had a ton of unique character and vintage charm.  The main bathroom...wait, it was the only bathroom, came equipped with pink and… Read More

Impatien Petal Easter Eggs

Happy Spring to all ?!  I am so happy to finally hear a few birds (besides our obnoxious geese) singing in the morning.  It's still quite frigid here in the Midwest,  however Spring is ready to burst out of the soil and I'm ready to… Read More

Colorful Spring Home Tour

I just glanced at the outdoor temperature on my cell phone and there's a heat wave going on up here in Michigan 8-O .  It's a whopping 33 degrees and the snow is melting.  Kind of.  It's trying, it's REALLY trying.  I sure hope Mother… Read More

Cast Iron Cookbook Stand Giveaway

We have this bedroom sized room down in the unfinished area of our finished walk-out basement that was designated my "Holiday Room".  I'm very thankful for the space because I remember having to store all of my holiday decorations up in a tiny attic in… Read More

Burlap Pillows & Giveaway

This post is sponsored by however all opinion are the redhead's and she is an honest lady. I've been going on and on about adding color to your home decor for months now, haven't I?   Well, now I'm asking you to take it… Read More

Decorating with Green

  Welcome to this month's DIY Housewives "Decorating with Green" edition.  I mean it is March after all.  Who doesn't like green?   You may even be craving it after the long white Winter.  Last weekend, I was drooling looking at some gorgeous large emerald… Read More

Transform Your Living Room with Vibrant Colors

Pretty colors, especially vibrant ones, make me feel good and they allow me to express myself in my designs.  You and I may not agree on what colors are the prettiest for our homes, and that's okay.  I do hope though, that I can inspire… Read More

Cow Canvas Giveaway

  Well, wouldn't you know it the cow came home, but I couldn't find a spot for him.  That's the honest to goodness truth.  My daughter and I were at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago (which is quite a hike for us) and I… Read More

Comforting Low Carb Chicken Dinner Feast

I don't know about you, but I have definitely come down with the "Winter blues".  Oh, there's no need to worry about the redhead, I'm not in a deep depression or anything, but I do feel lazier than usual, hungrier than usual, and just down… Read More

Master Bathroom Before Photos & Makeover Plans

Yippee!  It's all about our master bathroom makeover plans today.  Does that make me the master of the bathroom?  I think so! :lol:   Well, at least I hope it does.  I've put a ton of thought into this project, and it really is a… Read More

Ruby Red Nail Polish Painted Jar

My older sister Carolyn painted her nails constantly.  If she wasn't on the phone with her boyfriend, or baking him brownies, she was on her bed painting those very long nails.  She is 7 years older than me, so you can imagine how I would… Read More

Love Pie

Can you keep a secret about this "Love Pie"?  It was "BK"----> before kids, and my husband and I lived in our second apartment.  I'm guessing about 1996, so I was 27.  I had become acquainted with the pretty Southern gal across the hall who… Read More

All Things Hearts with the DIY Housewives

Ready for a twisted story from the Redhead?  Last Sunday, I was staining some shelves in our garage for our upcoming living room built-in(s)/fireplace makeover and I was dreaming about what I wanted for lunch.  Well, while I had garlic bread and soup dancing around… Read More

Thrifty Lamp Makeover with Spray Paint

Hi guys...this is going to be short, but very sweet.  It's a cold Friday night here in Michigan, and my husband and I have a nice fire burning after a long day of work and chores.  I am ready to chill, and do nothing, how… Read More Amazon Shopping Page

Hi guys!  I have very exciting news.  Today's post is a little bit different from my usual DIY home improvement decorating before & after posts (don't worry I have several projects completed and will be posting one this weekend) due to the fact that I… Read More

Silver Platter Wall

It was just time for change :roll: .  That's the only reason I have for why I felt the need to take down the original "Thrift Store Silver Platter Wall".  I just simply grew tired of looking at the same design day after day, night… Read More

Chicken Loretta

I made Aunt Loretta's chicken last night and I just can't resist taking the time today on my day off to share it with you because it was just so incredibly moist, tender, and flavorful. Oh, and EASY!  You see, Aunt Loretta is a fabulous… Read More

Repurposed Snowman Shutter

Have you heard the big news?  I now have a DIY Home Decorating & Cooking Group on Facebook and it's grown into a really nice place to visit (click blue link to join).  However, now that Christmas is over, everyone is rather quiet in… Read More

3 Clever Household Storage Clean-up Tips

The holidays are long gone and it's time to clean up, guys.  I know it's sad, stressful, and even painful, but once we get it done we can have fun again.  Maybe you'll even think my clean-up tips are fun?  Welcome to my "3 Clever… Read More

Michigan Tree Thinning Home Makeover

First, let me start by saying, "I love trees."  In fact, I think I may have even been a tree in a different life :mrgreen: .  So, please don't be upset and call me names because I had some of our trees cut down.  There… Read More

Home Organization Tips

Welcome to the DIY Housewives first 2018 edition "Home Organizing Tips".  Okay, tell me.  Is your tree down yet???  This is the first year EVER that I our tree and decorations are down before the kids go back to school.  It is seriously a miracle.… Read More

Lobster Salad Appetizer Toasts

As I sit here watching our new kitten climb up the haggard Christmas tree, I can't help but feel sad that the holidays are coming to a close.  I stepped on the scale this morning and was shocked, my house is a disaster, I have… Read More

Merry Christmas Video Tour

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from my family, to yours!  We are going to enjoy a very intimate, quiet Christmas here in Michigan and hope for a little snow.  We are thinking about making some homemade pasta on Christmas day-doesn't that sound yummy?  My husband… Read More

Upside Down Vase Santa Claus

This is for the kiddos!  Looking way back, I remember my Mom had a glass candy jar that had a "felt" Santa outfit glued on it, and I remember playing with it as a little girl.  This "Upside Down Vase Santa Claus" is the larger… Read More

Appetizer Cube

First, there was the ice cube-that was genius.  Then, there was the "Rubix Cube"-remember that?  More recently...the "Fidget Cube".  But NOW! on Julie's little blog is the best cube of all.  The "Appetizer Cube" 8-O !  Time to think outside the box. Are you… Read More

New Kitchen Glass Pendants

It's been almost 10 years 8-O  since we hung our very popular fancy chandelier pendant light fixtures in our kitchen.  I NEVER would have thought that I would want to change them, but guess what?  I wanted to change them.  What can I say, except… Read More

Gift Bow Wreath & Last Minute Gift Guide

I bet if you go look in your holiday wrapping stash right now you have a few of those pre-made gift bows left over, don't you?  You know...the ones that have a sticky backing on them and you just match the bow to the paper… Read More

Cotton Candy Cane Christmas Tree

Hi guys!  Welcome to this year's Christmas tree reveal.  I'm calling it our "Cotton Candy Cane Christmas Tree".  Did I just say cotton candy cane?  Why yes, I did :lol: .  You can blame my Dad, Bob for this one.  Let me explain... when I… Read More

All Things Christmas Trees

I've had a few folks tell me that they are excited to see what our Christmas tree looks like this year.  I hope the title "All Things Christmas Trees" didn't trick them, or you into thinking that this is my Christmas tree reveal.  I hate… Read More

Dollar Store Christmas 3-Tier Tray

Uh, oh...I went to the dollar store again 8-O . My oldest daughter (my accomplice) helped me create a "Dollar Store Christmas 3-Tier Tray" before we had to pick up my youngest at practice.  Ladies were looking at us very "peculiar-ly" as I switched out… Read More

Candy Cane Door {Christmas Tour Part 1}

The candy cane was always the last thing we would get to put on our Christmas tree when I was growing up in the 70's, how about you?  It was right after the tinsel  :-) .  Maybe that's why I am so drawn to red… Read More

Homemade Warm Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!  I recently posted my Thanksgiving Recipes on my Facebook page and a friendly reader mentioned that her favorite Thanksgiving "side" is cranberry sauce.  I replied back and told her that I love my cranberry sauce warm.  She said she had never… Read More

Blue & Gold Christmas Staircase

Okay I admit it.  I have started decorating for Christmas and I honestly don't think there is anything wrong with me that :-D .  I think we should all just do what makes us happy because life is short.  Decorate when you want, how you… Read More

Roasted Acorn Squash

Welcome to my Dad's "Roasted Acorn Squash" recipe.  Let's play "find the acorn squash" shall we?  Come on now...don't be cranky. Did you find it?  It's up there on the left by the silver owl in my "Rustic Hutch Makeover".   Here's another one that… Read More

Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover

Hey guys!  Not only is this probably the easiest makeover I have ever done, it also is my very first Christmas post for this year, yippee!!  I can't wait to tell you all about this "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover", but first I want… Read More

Our New Gas Cooktop

I enjoy cooking mainly on the weekends, how about you?  I love making soups, pizzas, and tomato sauce with chicken meatballs .  In fact, I've shared many of my favorite recipes on this blog :lol: .  If interested you can find them all here: Redhead… Read More

Cozy Decorating Ideas with The DIY Housewives

As I write this...the temperature is falling to 32 degrees 8-O .  We all complained about a warm Fall.  Uh oh.  I want to get cozy now, and I am so ready to switch over to Christmas decor.  I know you are scratching that snowflake,… Read More

Our Built-In Fridge Fiasco

Are you ready for the craziest story I've ever written?  I hope so because this gets really wonky.  Almost like there's a spell on me wonky.  There IS a ghost in our house you know, he's usually friendly, but I think he was acting up… Read More

Bone Broth Recipe

Bone Broth 8-O ?  What in the world is Julie doing with "Bone Broth"???  To be totally honest with you, I have been wanting to post about Bone Broth for years, but you know how time sneaks away.  I promise this isn't just some Halloween… Read More

Colorful Family Room Reveal

We have a chameleon in our house and I am not talking about a colorful cute lizard, although Sylvia the cat would LOVE a pet lizard I am sure  8-O .  The chameleon I am referring to is actually a room adjacent to our kitchen.… Read More

Indoor Fern Growing Tips

I think I have an insecure thumb.  I am an awful gardener, and I never really feel like I know what I am doing with indoor plants, but surprisingly my indoor fern has become so lush and gorgeous I think I better start flaunting my… Read More