Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

It's the Christmas season--know what I'm sayin?

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!!

Are you braving the crowds today?  The newspaper yesterday was SOOOOO big with tons of ads for all these stores, it's overwhelming.  Some of them opening at midnight after Thanksgiving, and I remember Gap was open 24 hours last year.  Aack!  Uhhh, probably not worth it to shop at 2:00 in the morning.

My parents' local paper yesterday also urged people to shop locally, with ads for the downtown businesses in their town. Seriously a great idea.  I don't usually go overboard on gifts, so I really hope to do lots of small business and local stuff.  Etsy, funky stuff from Fab.com, etc.

A few items I did put in my Amazon cart... must-haves for this year, right?

3.  My Mom, Style Icon. I read about this blog in my Lucky mags.  Such a fun idea.  I love the nostalgia of what our parents and role models wore and how great they looked!

2.  Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home.  By Holly Becker or decor8.  Came out around this year and sounds so great!

And, the #1 TOP THING I want from Amazon... Design*Sponge at Home!!!!

If I don't get it for Christmas, I'll just buy it for myself anyway, eventually.  Can't wait to flip through the pages of best-of Design*Sponge before/afters, tips, hometours, and ideas.

So, what's on your Christmas list this year??  Any of these or other inspirational books?

Or, are you inavoidance mode because of the ridiculousness of this year's Black Friday situation?  I wouldn't blame you.  ;)


  1. My Christmas wish list is a Nook Color! I am an avid reader, but have never owned an e-reader before. I also won't be upset in the least if I get pretty much anything beauty-related, or the new Burda-style handbook!

  2. Ooh, a Nook, great idea! Then you can buy lots of ebooks for cheap to read on it!

    I will have to check out the new BurdaStyle handbook!



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