Though this blog has not been updated in a few years, the posts with historic restoration project information is still regularly visited so I've continued to keep it available. I hope to post additional how-to and preservation projects in the future.

TBCH Volunteer of the Year

Thunderbird Clubhouse Honor

By Laura | April 18, 2012

Last week I got a letter in the mail from Pam Sanford, the director of the Thunderbird Clubhouse. She asked if my husband and I would join her at their annual meeting where they honored me as volunteer of the year. It is so nice to know that not only is my work appreciated by others but…

Origami Rabbit by Maekawa

Origami Bunny!

By Laura | April 3, 2012

Just in time for Spring, make your very own little desk buddy! Origami is an amazing art form and I am always floored when I see the talent with which people design these amazing little pieces. Here’s the video with folder Sara Adams: From Happy Folding. The details say: Designer: Jun Maekawa Paper used in this video:…

Eleanor Grosch Wallpapers

Nifty Wallpapers from Elanor Grosch

By Laura | March 26, 2012

Happy Monday! I think I’m finally over my allergy fit… of course, as I type that last part I can hear the landscapers approaching on their mowers, so we’ll see. Anyhow, one of my favorite blogs How About Orange recently posted a link to these 32 illustrated desktop wallpapers from Eleanor Grosch. Don’t you just love them?!…

Adam and Dylan


By Laura | March 19, 2012

I spent some time with my nephews while my sister and her family were in town. Below is a pretty good depiction of the week….

pretty covered boxes - finished

WEEKEND PROJECT: Pretty covered boxes

By Laura | March 10, 2012

A few weeks ago while I was waiting for my camera to charge so I could tackle my giant stack of potential eBay revenue, I decided I was tired of looking at my super trashy kitchen organization. Of course I still don’t have glass in the cabinet doors, but at least I can make what’s…

Finally! A Facebook Thumbnail!

Thumbnails! Just a piece of (not so) tasty cake! [UPDATED]

By Laura | March 5, 2012

I spent a good part of my weekend trying and trying to get shared links to show something, anything other than the icons in the right column as thumbnails. After countless widget downloads, snippet pasting, and failed cold coding… I finally did it! Well, me and my friend Google Search. And to think all it took…

Paper flowers - thumbnail

Paper bouquet just in time for Spring!

By Laura | March 1, 2012

When it comes to keeping the attention of coworkers during boring monthly meetings, I’m not above bribing them with candy and bright colors. These quick homemade promotional flowers with our blog and Facebook addresses turned out even better than I imagined! They are a great use of your less desirable or stockpiled cardstock, plus they’re surprisingly simple!…

J's Valentine Ticket

Excuse me, sir, I’m issuing you a ticket… Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Laura | February 14, 2012

Aside from the celebratory strawberry cupcakes I made for work, I also have a hot date… complete with pre-made reservations and everything! So what do you get the guy who finally remembered a notable event? You treat him to future dates! (It’s a real gift, I promise!) I am one of the few people I know that…

Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Truffles Sprinkles

Oreo Truffles!

By Laura | February 10, 2012

My co-work-blogger and I have, at this point, totally hijacked our college’s blog in an effort to create better, more interesting content so we can interact with and better serve our students and alumni. This week’s engaging, family-friendly content was a simple recipe for a sweet Valentine’s Day-themed foodstuff crafty craft. We spent Super Bowl Sunday…

handmade blue craft birthday card with buttons lace and punches

Happy birthday, Friend!

By Laura | February 3, 2012

I created another Fancy Birthday Card a few days ago and I’ve been patiently waiting to post it. I didn’t get it to my friend in time for her birthday  and I didn’t want to spill the beans (the mail doesn’t run on Sundays… a fact I forgot when I was timing this card’s delivery). My…

Kelly's Cupcakes

Cupcakes for Kelly

By Laura | January 31, 2012

A coworker is leaving today. To wish him the best I made cupcakes and told everyone that they can have one but they have go to his office and say a kind farewell to get one… The photos are “outakes” from a quick photoshoot for the college’s website. The resident PR Director and photographer said,…

Star Wars painted rocks

Star Wars Rock Buddies?

By Laura | January 30, 2012

This is pretty funny. I was looking for information on the 3D Star Wars release date for my husband when I stumbled on this little gem. Growing up with no cable and hand-me-down sweaters meant lots of cheap crafts and no video games (except for that kickass Atari 2600 my sister bought…. KEYSTONE KAPERS ALL THE WAY!).…