Fall Home Tour

Good Friday morning friends. Today I’m so excited to share a little tour of our home all decorated for fall. Fall is seriously my favorite time of year, I love everything about it!! From the weather to the food, cozy nights and football. I love the smell in the air and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change. So naturally I love decorating for fall but when it comes to decorating for the holidays I always try to stick to my style and what I know and love…neutrals.

IMG_0953.JPGLast year being our first year in our home for the holidays, I purchased a few Fall décor items but they mostly consisted of white pumpkins, some cotton and Indian corn. Really, that was about it. When we moved from NC to Ohio I left behind most of our ‘holiday’ décor other than Christmas because it wasn’t important compared the things we needed to bring and to be honest there was never very much to decorate with. Before the only holiday I really ‘went all out’ for was Christmas. We didn’t keep a lot of holiday stuff laying around simply because it was just more stuff to move when the time came. Now that we are in our ‘forever home’ I can start collecting things to keep and use each year! This year I added more white pumpkins and a few other neutral pieces.


In our sitting room is where most of the decorating took place, other than the dining room this is the first room that guests see when they walk in. It was also the easiest space to decorate with the entry table being in this space and the cozy corner of course!! I moved my large DIY chalk board into this corner and it instantly made it feel cozier! White pumpkins were thrown about, in the dough bowl, shoved in baskets…I created a fall vignette on the entry table and threw a little pumpkin garland in the wicker tray on my chicken crate. Its all very simple but I love that it matched the style and feel of our home.


All of my white pumpkins were purchased at Michael’s craft store. They are my go to for white pumpkins. The shade of white is perfect and they are the most realistic ones I’ve been able to find. I added this adorable pillow cover from Parrischic Boutique you can find it here. The small pumpkins on the bench were found in the Target dollar section and the chalkboard was a DIY.


This little vignette was so fun to set up and it was actually part of a fun new hashtag challenge I started on Instagram called #misdiychallenge. I will share more about it in another post!! The wheat wreath was purchased at Target last year on clearance but I did see them again this year in stores!! Again the white pumpkins are from Michael’s craft store along with the set of three pumpkin on the right. The white textured pumpkin in the middle was found at Tjmaxx. Those little baby signs, Pumpkins & Fall, are from my sweet friend Melissa @mytrustedtreasures and can be found here.


In our dining room I added more small touches of fall just by placing a few pumpkins on the shelves and added this super cute Gather banner that I also found in the dollar section at Target. The centerpiece is fresh flowers I purchased at Trader Joe’s and I only wish they’d last longer. For our entry I added this fall blanket scarf that the Mr. gave to me last year on Christmas, I LOVE all the colors in this scarf!!!  I also added some real pumpkins that we purchased locally. Simple but makes a big ‘fall’ statement.


In our family room more pumpkins were added, I switched out some of our blankets for warmer tones and added some fall inspired pillows. This water color pumpkin pillow is by Ms.craftberrybush and the super cute scrabble tiles by Bexleyslc can be found here.



This year, for the very first time EVER, I even added a little holiday décor to our master bedroom. Again, I kept it very simple, adding small touches to the space. I used more white pumpkins to decorate our Magnolia tray and placed another real pumpkin on my DIY desk. (I’ll be sharing how I built this desk next week)


Again the white pumpkins are from Michael’s craft store, the mini Fall sign is from My Trusted Treasures, the tray and the wreath are from Magnolia and that gorgeous pillow cover is from Farm House On Boone and can be found here.


This DIY desk I built was so simple and y’all could even build this as a sofa table!! So cute! So for this little work space I just simply added a pumpkin and a white sunflower. Simple and neutral!!!


That’s it for this little Fall Home tour. I hope y’all have enjoyed seeing how I used simple décor to add fall touches around our home and stay true to my style. Thank you so much for joining me today and if you’re on Instagram or Pinterest I would love to be able to connect with y’all more! Come follow along @misdiy!! Also be sure to follow my blog by selecting the FOLLOW button on the right hand side of your screen! You can add your email so all of my blog posts will go directly into your inbox!!🙂


~Happy Reading Friends

Our Rast Dresser Ikea Hack & an awesome GIVEAWAY!!

Good morning friends. I hope y’all had a great weekend!! We enjoyed our homecoming festivities with the volleyball girls in the parade and then watched our high school football team win their game!! I also painted our powder room over the weekend and once I get the finishing touches done I’ll be sharing with y’all. Its a very small space but it needed some major love too! Today I’m excited to share our little Ikea Rast dresser makeover that we did for our master bedroom! I have had so many questions about them so I wanted to go ahead and share with y’all!!

img_0973We found these dressers at Ikea for $35 each. When we were thinking about what type of bedside tables we wanted in our room we both easily agreed that we wanted drawers for storage! We don’t have a dresser in our room, most of our clothes are hung in the master closet but we still have our underclothes and pj’s so we wanted a space for them. Plus the Mr. likes to keep ‘important piles’ of…stuff lol. So he needed a drawer for all of that to be tucked away! Now saying that, these little side tables sound BIG. They’re not…they don’t have super deep drawers but for us they worked perfectly. I didn’t want anything to big and heavy for this space and with 3 drawers it really did work out just right. So here’s what we did…


The first thing we did was purchase the wood for the framing of the drawers and for the top of the dresser. For the framing pieces we chose to use thin pieces of 3/8″ craft board. We cut 2 pieces for the length of each drawer and then 2 pieces for the width of each drawer. Once we had cut and sanded all of the pieces we (the Mr.) attached each board to the drawer using wood glue and a nail gun.


After the drawers were all framed out I used wood filler for the predrilled hardware holes. I already knew changing out the dresser hardware was a must. Now on ours, if you look close enough to the finished photo, you can see where I filled the holes. So, if you plan to do the exact same finish I used and change the hardware, just be sure to stay neat and tidy with your wood filler. The more wood filler you actually get on the wood, the more it will show. As you can see, I didn’t know this so I have a good bit of filler on the drawer itself. ‘lesson learned’

img_0550Next we cut and sanded the wood piece for the top. At Lowe’s they have large pre-made boards that you can purchase for projects that require more than a 1×12″. We were able to purchase one and have enough for both side tables. Once it was cut and sanded I went ahead and stained it. We them assembled the dressers and stained them as well.

img_0551So many of you have asked me about what finish I used on the dressers. This was my first time ever using a glaze and now I’m wishing I would have tried it years ago! To start with I used Provincial by Minwax to stain the dressers. I then used a clear glaze by Valspar and mixed it with some of the white paint I used for our master bedroom, Bistro White by Valspar. But you can use any white paint that you have on hand!


To mix the paint and glaze I just (very scientifically….nope) used a cup and poured the glaze and paint in. So I would say I used roughly one half of the glaze and then about half of that in paint. I also had a lot left over, which I just covered with plastic wrap and a rubber band to stick in the fridge for future projects!!! I know that doesn’t really help y’all a ton and I’m so sorry about that! I am including a photo of what the glaze looks like mixed so hopefully that will help.


Once I had the glaze mixed I used a foam brush to apply and then I used a cotton t-shirt to wipe the glaze off. Now this still left the stain looking white. It should have almost a milky look to it. I didn’t want to leave all of the glaze on because 1. I had never used it and 2. I was afraid it would turn out too white. Also in my defense lol, I’ve never claimed to be an expert DIYer so I learn and experiment with these things just like y’all do. Then I share what I did here so you can try it too!🙂

img_0686-2img_0580img_0767I really do love the way they turned out! The hardware was found and Target! I was able to purchase a 6 pack for roughly $27 and I love how this simple hardware makes such a big statement on these dressers. My goal for our room was to keep it simple, on a budget and make it to fit and work for us. I can honestly say we accomplished that in this room. I have a hard time staying out of it.


That’s it for today friends! I hope y’all enjoyed this little Ikea ‘hack’ and I hope it inspires you to try it for yourself! If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com or leave your comments and questions below!! I love getting to connect with you all! If you don’t already, head over to Instagram and follow along @misdiy for more behind the scenes photos and stories!! I’m also on Pinterest and would love to have you join me there @misdiy as well. AND big news, over on Instagram I’m celebrating my 30K milestone with an AMAZING giveaway! Be sure to head over to get in on your chance to win all these goodies and visit some amazing makers!!! img_20161010_211455

~Happy Reading Friends


DIY Barn Door & Coupon Code

Good Wednesday morning friends! I cant believe we are in the middle of this week already!! I know I say that, like every week, but seriously where do these weeks go?! And October??? Its so hard to believe how fast this summer past by and before we know it, it’ll be a new year. So last night our oldest daughter had her first volleyball game for 3rd grade, now for those of you who know and are probably thinking, ‘wait what’? Well we homeschool but public sports are open to homeschoolers, in our area anyway. It was so fun getting her to play and seeing the pure joy she had on her face. See, our daughter hasn’t been able to play sports since she was 5, so just about 4 years now due to ITP and she is our little athlete. So seeing her having fun on the court last night was such a blessing!! But that’s all for another blog another day, I just had to share that little snippet with y’all this morning!!  Today what I really wanted to share was our DIY barn door we built for our master makeover!


When I started designing our master in my mind one of the first things I saw was a barn door. We had a door to our room but we never closed it, so when it was open it took up an entire wall. I didn’t want an empty wall behind the door. Our room isn’t huge and I had an antique mantel I purchased a year before and I just knew it belonged in our room. So it was a win win. We would have a barn door in our room AND I would have wall space for my $12 mantel!!


So the very first thing I did after making the decision to build a barn door, was choosing the style of door we wanted to build. I hopped on Pinterest to search barn doors and I came across one that ‘Beneath My Heart’ (found here) had blogged about! I fell in love with the style! We did change a few little details but all in all the process was the same. The only big change we made was using 1×4 pine boards instead of 2×4’s.


The first step was to measure our door way. We didn’t want a huge door but we wanted it to fit perfectly in the space. So our door size ended up being 80″ tall by 37″ wide. For this you’ll need 1×4’s and 1×6’s. (We did have to rip 2 of the boards to get our exact width) Once we had all of the boards cut and sanded down we laid all of our 1×4 boards together, clamped them and began adding the frame pieces.


For the frame we used a 1×6 boards cut the width of the door for the top, middle and bottom. We then used 1×4 boards cut the length of the door for the sides. We clamped all of the 1×4 door boards together before adding the frame. To attach the frame we used wood glue and a nail gun.

img_0593For the X in the middle bottom portion of the door, there’s no real science here on how we did it. My husband took 1-1×4 cut it to length to lay across the bottom and then with a pencil and his square he marked where the cuts needed to be as best as he could. Then it was just about making a few small cuts to perfect the angles. Once the long piece was attached he then used 1×4 boards to cut to small pieces to finish out the X using the same method to get the angles. They’re not perfect but nothing a little wood filler cant fix if need be. After we had attached all of the frame pieces we flipped the door over and my husband did add some screws on the back side of the door into the frame just for added support. Again you can use wood filler to fill these holes before painting. Once the build was complete I primed the door and then painted it using the same color I painted our room with, Bistro White by Valspar.



I seriously love this door so much! It was such a fun DIY to do with my Mr. although he did 90% of the work! I was major support and I did help with cuts!! But he seriously nailed this one! So, I know you’re eyeballing that gorgeous hardware we used to hang our door…not only am I about to tell you where you can get it but I’m also about to give you a code to save 10% on your order!!! (insert happy dance here) This gorgeous barn door hardware is from The Barn Door Hardware store!! You can find them here, and this exact kit can be found here. When you go to check out be sure to use code: MISDIY to save 10%!! I love this hardware and I especially LOVE the fact that its handmade right here in the United States!! It’s simply perfection!!  The door handle itself is from Magnolia Market!



Thank you all so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this little DIY and I hope that it inspires you to tackle that barn door you’ve been dreaming about! If you’d like to see more of our master makeover you can find it here. Or for some behind the scenes photos and video follow along on Instagram @misdiy!!  I love getting to chat and connect with y’all so feel free to leave any comments or questions below!!

~Happy Reading Friends


Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover

Good Monday morning friends! I am so excited to finally get over here on the blog with our master makeover!! It was such a fun project to do with the Mr. and I am head over heels with the way it turned out! I hope y’all enjoy seeing this little transformation and please know that I will be sharing how we did almost all of the fun projects in our room!!

Here’s the before:


These photos were taken the very day we received the keys to our home. There was carpet, bluish/gray walls and ceiling with tan trim and a teal door with peel and stick tile on the glass. The very first thing we did in this room was remove the carpet. We didn’t even sleep in here until the carpet was gone. Then we lived with the old pine floors and ugly paint colors for a year. An entire year!!! And I’m so thankful we did, because I cant say that I would have had the vision I did for our room a year ago.


These photos were taken the day we began work. As you can see from looking at the pictures, our 80+ year old pine floors were in rough shape! So the first decision we made was painting the floors. I knew I didn’t want carpet in our room and I really hated the thought of covering up these original floors. So I chose to use Behr porch and floor paint in the same color that I chose to use on the walls and ceiling, Bistro White by Valspar. We also knew that we wanted to add a shiplap wall in our room to add texture and bring in that farmhouse feel. I will share more about how we created the wall in a later post. Once the wall was finished, I painted the walls and ceiling.


Painting the floor was very simple and I chose to do it once the walls were finished so that I didn’t have to worry so much about paint splatters on the floor. Once I had painted the entire room we gave it 3 days to dry before adding our furniture. This was the hard part😉


The bed I chose is from Target. Its the ‘Bralton Metal Bed’ in a queen, you can find it here. Our bedding is from Ikea, I chose a duvet and duvet cover for our bed and I love it! This cover is the gray ticking duvet in a king. The white blanket at the foot of the bed is a vintage find I picked up for $5 and I’m seriously obsessed!! Our rug has been a huge topic lately and I have to say it is my favorite rug of all times in forever. Haha, but really its seriously gorgeous and it can be found here at Rugsusa.com. I will share a review on it once we’ve had it awhile longer but the detail in this rug makes it a show stopper and although its not a soft shag rug its still very comfortable to walk on and easy to clean!


Our side tables are the Rast dressers from Ikea. We bought them for $35 and then we ‘fancied’ them up a bit to fit our style! I will share more on exactly what we did to them in a later post but it was simple. Some extra wood, stain/glaze and new hardware from Target. I just love how they turned out and its so nice having the extra storage! Our lights were also a bit of a DIY. We purchased the light cords from Ikea, the cages from Amazon and then we built the brackets to hold the lights. Both of these projects were so much fun and they add so much to the space!

img_1009img_0569One of my favorite pieces that we built for the room is our barn door!! I love the look and feel it gives our room and its so much fun!! I will have all the details on this build soon but if you are looking for some awesome barn door hardware head to The Barn Door Hardware Store, found here. We also added a vintage mantel to our room that I was able to score at an auction for $12!! I know, I just couldn’t pass it up!! I’m still working on figuring out the mantel décor and trying to decide if I should paint it or leave it just the way it is. But for now I’m just loving all of the fun pieces we’ve added to our space.


That’s it for now! As you can see I’ve already added a new DIY piece to the space and I’ve decorated our room with small simple fall touches. I will be blogging much more about our space, the projects we did and more details on some of the products we purchased for this make over!! Stay tuned and if you have any questions please feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com or leave your questions/comments below in the comment section! To see more of our master bedroom and some behind the scenes video, come follow me on Instagram @misdiy.

~Happy Reading Friends

The Good, the Bad, and the Plan

Good Monday morning friends. I am so excited to be back here on the blog with y’all again! I took some what of an ‘unannounced break’ while we wrapped up summer, started our homeschool year and worked on many projects. I have to say it was a good break and it was much needed for me to reset and focus on our family and our school year!! But I am officially back and I have missed y’all terribly! I have so much to share, we’ve been so busy here at our little place and I’m excited for y’all to see. Plus I have some fun DIY’s to share! So that’s all good news; I’m back and have lots to share!! Now for the not so good news…

I have had a few of my readers reach out to me and tell me that they’ve read a blog post but the photos linked to the post are not showing up. I could not figure out what this issue might be. I assumed maybe the website wasn’t working right with uploading photos onto cell phones. After checking into the issue on my end and doing a little digging, I figured out the problem…it was me. So here’s what happened in a nut shell, when I first began blogging I chose the ‘free’ plan through word press and bought my domain (misdiy.com). All was well, then one day after blogging for roughly a year I couldn’t upload anymore pictures. My ‘media library’ was full. So not knowing better I cleaned it out. Thinking that this was just for uploading and that my photos were safe in the blog posts…no friends, I was wrong! Every photo that I removed from my ‘media library’ was completely removed from my blog. Which then left a years worth of blog posts without photos. Can I just say that for about half of the day I was literally sick to my stomach, an entire year GONE. But what do you do? Once I had blogged to share with y’all the majority of the photos were deleted from my camera or computer. Gone..all of it! But that’s ok friends, its a lesson learned and I will move on from it! I am no expert at anything, and I know that there are many more mistakes to come everyday in my life but I will choose to learn from them and get better!!

So here’s the ‘plan’. All of the bog posts missing photos have been deleted. I have tons of new DIY’s and home décor goodies to share with you all so I will continue blogging and working to share as much as possible with all of you. I could use your help though!! If there was a blog post that has now been deleted that you would like to see on the blog again PLEASE let me know! Email me at misdiy@outlook.com or leave it in the comments here below! I will work to do updated blog posts on some of the DIY’s we’ve done and I’ll be doing home tours again. I cant tell y’all just how much I appreciate each of you following along and taking time to read my blog!! This week I’m hoping to have our master makeover on the blog along with some goodies!! Stay tuned!!❤

~Happy Reading Friends


The Journey of a Door

Good Friday afternoon sweet friends. These last few weeks have been super busy but filled with all good things! We have celebrated our 2 youngest daughter’s birthday’s in the last month, we redid our baby girls bedroom, had volley ball camp, ordered our new homeschool curriculum and I’ve started making our lesson plans…we have also started renovating our master bedroom. YAY!!! I am so excited to show y’all what we are doing in our space. I can promise y’all that’s it’s going to look like a completely different room and I can not wait!! Today I wanted to share one of the projects I’ve finished for the room so far!!

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Ok so we haven’t painted the room yet but two major projects are finished and the room is about to get painted…floor to ceiling. Yes, you read that correctly! I’m so excited! Ok so we have this door that leads out to our own personal deck off of our bedroom. The door was so bad we talked about just replacing it, but I was working with a small budget and a new door wasn’t on the list. So what’s a DIY loving girl to do? Save the old beautiful original door of course!!

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Ok, so as you can see the door was a shade of blue, it had sticky tiles and paint on the glass. I knew I had my work cut out for me before I even started. We removed the door and took it outside for the paint removal. I chose to use Citristrip for this project. I’ve used it before and love it. Once I removed all of the hardware from the door I then used a paint brush to apply the Citristrip. I let is sit roughly 30 min. Once the time was up I used a metal putty knife and gloves to scrape off the paint.

IMG_0292 (4)IMG_0291 (4)For this project I applied 3 coats of the Citristrip, removing between applications, before I was happy with the final look. Once I had removed the paint I washed the door to remove any remaining paint or Citristrip. It can be messy but it will come off and its so worth it.

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Next I had to flip the door over to remove the paint that was applied to the window. *gasp* It was easily removed just by using one coat of Citristrip and the metal putty knife. I also sanded this side of the door so give the wood a smooth finish again. Once I had removed the paint from the glass I washed again and then used windex on the glass to finish.

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Once the door was clean and dry I used Minwax Special Walnut to stain the door. After the stain had dried I knew I wanted to apply a good sealant so the door would be well protected.This project was extra fun because I was able to learn something new and I always love to be able to discover new products and things to make projects better and easier! When I went to HomeDepot to pick up Polyurethane to seal the door, the lady in the paint department informed me Poly wasn’t what I wanted. Introducing Helmsman! I’m sure all of you already knew about this product but I did not!! This product is apparently the best sealant for doors and really any other wood pieces that may face Mother Nature!! I chose to use Clear Satin because I didn’t want the door to have too much of a shine.

IMG_0339 (2) I followed all the steps on the can except for the sanding part…I know I know, don’t throw stones. I wasn’t worried about a perfectly fancy finish so I skipped the step and honestly I cant tell the difference. One thing I will add though, I sealed the door with it in the house…TAKE IT OUTSIDE!! Seriously if you can finish the door outside it would be best. This stuff is strong and lingers. lol

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Here is a close up of the door once it was completely finished. This photo isn’t the best and it doesn’t do the door justice but I love the way this door turned out. Not all of the paint was able to be removed and I love the aged look it gave the door! Once the walls and trim are painted the color I’ve chosen (surprise) this door will really pop!

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This is the side that faces out. I’m really excited about finishing this little door space. We have to replace the screen door and the weather strip to make it all shiny and new but its all coming along!! I’m so glad I was able to refinish this original door instead of purchasing a brand new one!! It adds so much character to our room and I cant wait to see it all come together.

Thank you all so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this little journey of a door and I hope it has inspired you to try refinishing an old door in your home!! If you are on Instagram head on over to see all of the behind the scene photos and videos of our master reno!! You can find me @misdiy.

~Happy Reading Friends

‘Big Girl’ Room Reveal

Good Wednesday afternoon friends. The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy!! I honestly haven’t had the time or energy to get over here and share with you all and for that I am so sorry. We have been in birthday and project mode pretty hard these last two weeks but I am so excited to finally show y’all our baby girl’s ‘big girl’ room reveal!!!

Here is what her room use to look like. When we first moved in… Dark, dingy and with a lavender ceiling.


Here is what her room looks like now…….

IMG_0357 (3)This room makeover is full of DIY projects and I loved every one of them. Even though some took several hours/days, they were still fun and so worth it!  I found her bedding at Target and I instantly fell in love with it. I knew I wanted her walls to be a neutral color so that I could add splashes of color from her bedding around the room. I chose to use Behr Silver Marlin for the top half of her walls and Behr Simply White for the bottom half and the trim. I love these two colors together!!

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IMG_0363 (2)Her bed is an antique bed that we have had for almost 5 years now. I had plans to turn it into a swing for our front porch but I couldn’t resist adding it to this girly room! I painted it using  Repurpose paint in Crisp Linen. The chandelier and M were both purchased at Hobby Lobby. I used craft paint to paint the M and just added flowers to match her bedding.

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The pom pom garland was a DIY (I’ll share how I made it in another blog post soon) and the painted globe was one I had bought awhile ago from Tjmaxx and was no longer using. I again used the craft paint and created flowers to match the bedding. These were such simple projects that add so much to this little space!!

IMG_0355 (2)IMG_0356Her dresser was a $7 auction find flip. We removed the top, added wood slats, stained, painted and found cute hardware from Hobby Lobby!! The painting was a DIY and I will also be sharing how I created this. It was time consuming but I love it so much and it was so fun to create for our little M.

IMG_0370 (5)IMG_0373IMG_0372 (5)IMG_0371 (4)I knew when I was designing her little room in my head that I wanted her to have a little reading corner. Our girls LOVE to read so I love creating little spaces for them to hang out with a book. Not only do I have a goal to make our home cozy but I also have a goal to create spaces for our children of their own that they feel safe and comfortable in. The little white rocking chair is from Tjmaxx, the pillow is made from fabric I found at Hobby Lobby. Both of the unicorns are from Target, the shelves are actually spice racks from Ikea and the frame I found for $1 and painted to match her bedding.

IMG_0352IMG_0361 (2)IMG_0369 (4)IMG_0362 (4)This little make over may have taken some extra time and effort but it was so worth it. Y’all know I love trying to create things on my own, DIY’s are kind of my thing so I had a blast in this room! Our little girl loves everything about it and still two weeks later she’s so excited to sleep in her big girl room. And that makes my heart happy!! Her 3rd birthday was a success!

Thank you all so much for joining me today! I’ll be back Friday with a Friday IG recap and we are right in the middle of our MAJOR master makeover so stay tuned for that! I can not wiat to show you all!! If you are on Instagram head over to see everything I’m up to and behind the scene videos @misDIY.

~Happy Reading Friends