Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and 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!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Annual freezing cold beach trip! Plus, How to Wear DIY - for warmth!

My husband and I have been going to the beach in January for many years, now, and before that, I went with my parents a few times. The Oregon coast is cold and rainy most times of the year, but we've never had a rainy trip in January. We figure, it's only a little colder than usual, but there are way fewer people!!

Last year we went to Long Beach, Washington and Astoria (Goonies!) and Cannon Beach, Oregon for a short trip in January. So relaxing. (Same hotel we visited in June of 2012.)

This time was Astoria and Seaside. As you may have seen on my Instagram, the trip had many highlights, including seriously possibly the oldest operational JC Penney store there is... (we went in! We bought shoes!) and an amazing sunrise harbor view.

How to Wear DIY in this post, as well--my cozy faux fur "snood" project from last year, which I do wear quite a lot. (Stay tuned for another faux fur scarf, with this year's flavor! I just finished it the other day!)

Our trip began on a sunny morning to very sing-able old Weezer CDs we pulled out... then we hit up the Oregon Film Museum, the old County jail--and the jail in the first scene of The Goonies.

Astoria has a cute but sort of struggling downtown. This renovated theater is awesome, though.

Cold but beautiful!

We literally walked along the Columbia River at sunset and watched the boats on our way to dinner. So peaceful!
(Coat: Old Navy. Hat: ? Sweater: Old NavyJeans: Some Anthro brand via Goodwill. 
Bag: Old NavyBoots: Borrowed from mom. Scarf: DIY, here!)

We watched the sun set over the Columbia River while enjoying an amaaaaazing dinner at Baked Alaska.

I like boats. This morning we woke up overlooking another pier, and watched the sky get light.

Then we drove down the coast to Seaside, our favorite coast town (for nostalgia, if nothing else). It's a little overly tourist-ey and tacky, but the beach itself and promenade are absolutely perfect for walking and enjoying, and it's what I think of when I think about the beach. We took the same picture we've been taking for years, in full sun so it was hard to keep our eyes open! It was in the 40's and there was NO wind, so it was really quite comfortable with a coat on!

Vacations are amazing. Now it's back to the regular schedule, a full work week like we had before the holidays! ;) It's been a very relaxed few weeks around here.

Here's to vacations, and to getting back to routine!


  1. I love the idea of going someplace in the off season so you get a little bit more peace and the relaxing feel of a coastal town. I somehow always seem to be at the coast when it's really windy and my hair looks crazy on any coast shot with me in it! What a nice little getaway!

  2. Looks like an absolutely wonderful way to spend the first weekend of the new year! I love Astoria and Seaside, but Cannon Beach is my personal favorite. I love the book stores, coffee shops and little galleries there!

  3. I was just in Oregon last April. Beautiful state! Went to Astoria and was so excited to see where they filmed part of the Goonies. Looks like your trip was fun!!! :)

  4. Great photos! You and your husband get better looking all the time!

  5. What an amazing sunset! It looks like a painting! We might be making a trip out to the coast for a quick "babymoon" before the baby comes in April. I will look into these spots. They look like fun!




accessories alterations anniversary apartment appliqué baby baby #2 bathroom beauty bedroom blog swap blogging blogging tips books bridesmaid dress budget chairs cooking costumes crafty DIY curtains decor art demo denim dining room DIY gift DIY Wardrobe Makeovers dress dye e-design eco-friendly etsy exterior fabric family farm fireplace fitness food fur furniture garage gardening gifts giveaway glitter hair Halloween handsewing happiness headboard health hobbies holiday holiday party dresses home dec home improvement home tour How to Wear DIY Instagram home tour interfacing jeans kids kids' clothes kitchen knits lace lamp Lavender's Green Historic Clothing leather lighting living room maxi McCall's M6558 McCalls M5849 mending mod podge mood board motherhood my book my home nursery office One Room Challenge ORC Fall 2018 ORC Fall 2019 ORC Fall 2020 ORC Spring 2019 ORC Spring 2020 oregon organization paint Paleo parenting parties passions patterns peplum photography podcast Portland pregnancy project goals quilt recipe recognition recycled retro ribbon romper rugs scarf scraps sewing sewing circle sewing inspiration sewing room Sewing with Friends shopping Silhouette Simplicity 1355 Simplicity 1873 Simplicity 1913 Simplicity 2444 Simplicity 2584 skirt slipcover sponsor spray paint stamp Stanley 90's reno Stanley 90's reno weekly update Stanley Tudor Revived staple gun stencil strapless stress sweater table tee the pillow tutorials thrifting tile toddler top townhouse progress toys travel Tudor kitchen reno tutorial upholstery vacation vintage wallpaper wedding wedding dress weekend weekend inspiration what to wear
© Create / Enjoy • Theme by Maira G.