Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 11.2.18

I hope you made it through Halloween and are ready to start gearing up for the holidays!  I’m trying to get mentally prepared for all of it myself, so that I’m not completely stressed like I usually am.  It would be nice to actually enjoy the holidays, wouldn’t it?  For now, let’s have some fun and check out what’s in store for this week’s Friday 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links.

The Paint Behind Tool

This tool caught my eye because I know how many of us struggle to paint in cramped areas – like behind the toilet or even a radiator.  This Paint Behind tool is designed to solve that problem.  You’re welcome.

Stars Across the Ocean

I haven’t shared a good book lately, mainly because some of what I’ve been reading hasn’t really warranted a rave review.  But I really enjoyed Stars Across the Ocean by Kimberley Freeman.  I’ve read quite a few of her books and she’s becoming one of those authors that I can count on to produce great books with interesting storylines and well-developed characters.

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An Amazon summary:

“1874: only days before she is to leave the foundling home where she grew up, Agnes Resolute discovers that, as a baby, she had been abandoned with a small token of her mother: a unicorn button.

Agnes always believed her mother had been too poor to keep her, but after working as a laundress in the home she recognises the button as belonging to Genevieve Breckby, the beautiful and headstrong daughter of a local noble family. Agnes had seen Genevieve once, in the local village, and had never forgotten her.

Despite having no money, Agnes will risk everything in a quest that will take her from the bleak moors of Northern England to the harsh streets of London, then on to Paris and Ceylon. As Agnes follows her mother’s trail, she makes choices that could cost her dearly. Finally, in Australia, she tracks Genevieve down. But is Genevieve capable of being the mother Agnes hopes she will be?”

Eyebrow Threading

I shared this on my Facebook page, but I had to share it here in case you missed it.  Eyebrow threading is a game changer when it comes to having cleaned up brows, let me tell you.  While it doesn’t really hurt, it is a bit uncomfortable, but better than waxing or tweezing, in my opinion.  Plus, the girl who did mine was really good, and the whole thing literally took less than a minute.  And look at the results!

Eyebrow threading before and after

A China Hutch Revamp

My friend Kayla has some crazy painting skills, as well as a knack for reinventing vintage furniture pieces and giving them a modern flair.  This china hutch makeover is spectacular!  Here is a peek, but check out her post for the full reveal.

Black China Hutch with bird fabric

Clever Cabinets

In this gorgeous Anew Gray kitchen that I recently finished, I had to share a clever cabinetry idea that anyone could incorporate in their own kitchen.  If you’re looking to hide some of the notes and clutter that often collect on the fridge, add a piece of metal to the inside of your cabinet door and voila! You have an instant magnetic board that’s hidden from view.  Brilliant!

Cabinet door with metal insert

Cabinet door with magnetic board inset

Metal insert on cabinet door

My +1 for the week – long lines with ONE clerk

This was a line we were in last weekend, buying party supplies for my daughter’s birthday party.  There was one clerk working (and also answering the phone).  And this photo doesn’t even show the line of people behind me.  Hmmmm, it’s the weekend before Halloween, perhaps the store might get busy, given that we sell Halloween costumes and party supplies…

Long lines with one clerk

Have a fantastic weekend!




  • Reply
    November 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Love the idea of metal inside the cabinet door. How is it attached? I’m guessing screws, but wouldn’t they go right through the door? Maybe command strips would work.

    • Reply
      November 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      They used screws – you just need to be sure they’re short enough to where they won’t go through the door. 🙂

  • Reply
    November 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    What is that beautiful black and white winged fabric – a table cloth? It’s lovely! Great way to showcase the black cabinet.

    • Reply
      November 7, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      It’s fabric that she used to adhere in the drawers and also along the interior of the cabinets. Check out her post for the full reveal and details! It’s beautiful!

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