DIY, Home Sweet Home, Michigan House, Uncategorized

DIY // Hide Clutter on a Budget


My aunt has quite a bit of stuff upstairs that I didn’t want to move, so I just wanted a place to tuck it away until she had a chance to go through it. Here’s a cheap, inexpensive fix for hiding the clutter away. All you need is a tension rod, a curtain panel, and a space narrow enough to hang the panel. The tension rod and curtain panel cost a grand total of $6.

Twist the tension rod til its wide enough for the space. Put the curtain panel on the rod, and hang the panel. Voila!


Beauty School

7 Things They Don’t Tell You About Beauty School


Going to beauty school was seriously one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but there is a lot more to it than you think. Here are 7 things I wish I would have known about going to beauty school:

1. It’s not easy. Beauty school gets a bad rap for being a fall back school when you aren’t smart enough to do anything else. This couldn’t be more untrue. You must learn anatomy and physiology, diseases and disorders of the skin and nails, infection control, chemistry, and even electricity while learning the principles of hair, skin, and nails. In the state of Michigan, you must complete 350 hours in the classroom before you are able to perform services on another person. It’s not just learning to cut hair; it’s hard work.

2. Go to school. Beauty school is not like a normal university setting; you don’t just get credit hours every semester, regardless of your attendance. You get credit only for the hours you attend. Every hour you miss is another hour more that you have to go to school. I missed 130 hours, and I had to come in 3 hours early every day just to graduate on time. I ate, drank, slept, and breathed beauty school those last few months. I was a walking zombie, and I wished I had just made myself go to school every single day.

3. The theory is important. If you decide to go to beauty school, don’t just tune out the theory. Yes, it’s boring. Yes, it’s hard to be stuck in a classroom doing bookwork. Make every effort to engage and learn the theory. You will understand the why behind everything you are doing, and it will make you a better hairstylist.

4. You will mess up hair. Accept the fact that you will mess up some hair. Hopefully, you have instructors that really watch and take care to make sure that you are getting the help you need. It is in the learning from your mistakes that will make or break you. Figure out where you went wrong, how to fix it, and how to avoid making that mistake in the future.

5. Start building a clientele now. Start right now in beauty school building your clientele. Get business cards made and pass them out. Ask your friends and family to do their hair. Ask for referrals from friends and family. That’s going to help kickstart your career and the money in your pocket when you graduate.

6. Beauty school education is basic. You will learn the basics of cosmetology in school. You will learn what you need to know to pass state boards in school. You will not be a great hairstylist based on your beauty school education. You must commit yourself to continue your education through classes and learning in salon from other stylists.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’m sure I annoyed my fair share of instructors, but if I didn’t understand, I asked questions until I did. If this is going to be your career, you need to make sure you understand exactly what you’re doing and why you are doing it. Annoy your instructors with questions for those 12/14 months. After that, chances are you’ll never see them again. If they don’t know the answer(s), find someone who does.

DIY, Home Sweet Home, Michigan House, Uncategorized

DIY Tutorial // Hand Sewn Reading Nook Cushion

This project was so easy, even if you aren’t very skilled at sewing! The longest part of this was sewing by hand. If you have a sewing machine, this will be even quicker.

Here’s what you’ll need:


-poly foam

I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby! I scored some great fabric from their clearance section for $5, and the poly foam was on sale, too! I used my 40% off coupon on the sewing kit, but sometimes you can find those on sale for 50% off if you don’t already have one.

cushion steps

1. Measure and cut your fabric so you have an extra half inch on each side. For the size of this poly foam, you’ll need two pieces of fabric measuring 26″ x 26″.

2. Make sure that both pieces of fabric are facing inwards towards each other, so that you are looking at the back side of the pattern.

3. Sew 3 of the 4 sides together half of an inch in from the edge.

4. Turn the fabric right side out and place the foam in the fabric.


5. Stitch the last side up. Honestly, I wasn’t worried about how the last side looks because that’s the one going against the edge of the wall. Nobody will ever see that one.


6. Find the perfect spot for your cushion and enjoy!



Home Sweet Home, Michigan House

Reading Nook // Before and Progress


Do you have one of those spots that’s just a catch all for everything that doesn’t quite have a home? Please tell me I am not the only one! For me, it’s this little nook that catches everything- a Christmas wreath I made for my mom, pillows and blanket off the bed that just got moved downstairs, cardstock for scrapbooking that I haven’t made time to do in a while, clothes that have to be taken to donated, and if you look really close, even my aunt’s cat. (Don’t worry! She just found a quiet place to nap. haha!)

I decided I wanted to create a comfy little space to read. I cleared everything out and removed everything off the wall.


I found these feather and arrow wall decals at the Dollar Tree for $1 each.

I placed them on the wall to create a focal point. I wanted to make sure they were up high enough that when I add decorative pillows, the decals wouldn’t be covered.

Here’s the progress so far:


I made a cushion for the seat, and I’m trying to decide between making another cushion or putting up floating shelves for the books. Maybe both? What do you think?


P.S. Look for the cushion tutorial tomorrow!

Real Talk, Uncategorized

Moving is stressful!


Man, oh, man! I forgot how stressful moving is! I haven’t accumulated a lot of stuff in the last several years, but it’s still stressing me out trying not to leave anything behind. I’ll have driven back and forth between Detroit and Cleveland three times in an 8 day span. I start my new job in Ohio today, but I’ll be headed back to Michigan early Saturday morning for clients.

Any tips for relieving the stress of the back and forth life?