Don your corsets for this pirate party celebrating major life milestones

This year, my husband and I celebrated 10 years together, five years married, and both of our 30th birthdays. Aside from what I do for a career, in general we like to show off and ESPECIALLY like to dress up. We decided long ago that a themed celebration every five years would be a must. And a pirate party was next on the list…

Keep your spare change in a pirate-y treasure chest

As someone who is always making that mad dash to the door, most days the whole lot of it was dumped unceremoniously on the floor to root through for precious bus fare, vending machine coinage, and the necessary float I was expected to bring to make change for my customers. So, the pirate chest became the ideal solution.

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How to DIY a treasure chest storage box

I decided to make a little treasure chest for our wedding cards. I think my grandfather, who used to make things like this for fun and as gifts, would be very proud if he were alive today. I almost felt him watching over me as I made this, which made it very special. And here's how I pulled it off…

5 kid's books that are probably out of print that you should try to find anyway

OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS: why do they tease book lovers so? They're always out there, calling out to you from awesome lists (ahem), just making you wish you could scoop them up and bring them home forever. To me the only thing worse than your everyday out-of-print book is a CHILDREN's out-of-print book. I've experienced what can only be likened to anguish after discovering an incredible children's book is no longer available.