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The summer days are just flying by.  I have been soaking up summer and all it brings, hence the slowness around the blog lately.

I wanted to let you know of a coupon code for the upcoming lives sweet photography workshop. I will be adding to the workshop once a week sharing a few photo craft projects. If you are looking to learn more about photography we would love to have you join us. For more information head on over to live sweet blog. Registration closes July 11th.


Today I am over on Maggie Holmes blog sharing a fun DIY you won’t want to miss. Happy First day of July!!!!

  • July 1, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    kiah - Love these so much Amanda! Such a great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    alissa - LOVE these!! *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    DIY: Travel Crafts - - […] Amanda’s luggage tags are perfect! She was featured on Maggie Holmes page for her tutorial on these fun patterned tags. These designs look like they could be complicated to create, but all you need is some cool prints, ribbons and a laminator (if you don’t have one she talks about the self-seal option). Label them how you want to! […]ReplyCancel


Over the weekend a family friend texted me a photo from a garage sale she was at. The message read, “come fast “.  I quickly changed out of my pajama’s, emptied the back of my SUV and drove across town. These are the moments I am thankful I traded in my  volkswagen beetle in for a SUV.   And when I receive picture messages from garage sales, I act fast.

Once I arrived, the lady was so excited I was going to haul all the dressers away , she ended up giving me half of them for free. It helped that it was a Saturday and she was ready to be done with her sale.


A couple trips later my garage was full. I was overly excited that I forgot to take a before photo. Imagine oak dresser covered in cartoon doctor office stickers.  With a little goo gone and a scratch pad I was able to remove the sticks and begin painting.

A few painting tips >>>>>

  1.  I hardly ever sand before painting. The only time I sand is if there are areas that are uneven, or if the area has a thick glossy sealant.
  2. I really enjoy painting dressers with a short handle brush, and a brush with a angle.
  3. Don’t over buy paint. This medium sized dresser only needed a sample size container of paint, which cost me under $4.

As I waited for the paint to dry, I spray painted the aged gold pull knobs white. Because the handles were in such great condition, I didn’t feel the need to replace them. I love how the white looks against the mint/teal color.

What are your favorite things to bargain for at garage sales ???


  • June 26, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Maren H - Fabulous as always my friend!


  • June 26, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    alice gatto - Hi,
    I love to find old bookshelves, sewing boxes, embroidered pieces and fabric that has been cut for quilts but not used. Of course, I need to look at everything and stray from my favorites often.

    I’m sure that the reason that we have a small car is because my husband is afraid of what I could fit in a midsize or full size vehicle.

    I enjoy your blog.ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2014 - 1:00 am

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love, love, love this!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Sarah{Handbags*and*Pigtails} - It turned out great! Question: are the pieces for your home or do you redo them and then sell them?ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    alissa - This looked beautiful on instagram, and is even more so here on the blog. The color choice is heaven, and it looks so clean with the white handles! Boy, these items found the PERFECT home and artist to give them a new beginning ! : )ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Laura - What is the name/brand of the paint color on the dresser in the picture?ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Gina M - This dresser turned out so beautiful! Your photography is lovely also :)ReplyCancel


chakpaintHappy Thursday friends!!!  I am just dropping in quick to say hello and to tease you with a sneak peek project I am sharing today over on Maggie Holmes blog.  This project has all my favorite supplies put together. Hop on over to Maggie’s blog to see the full DIY.

  • June 21, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    elizabeth H - i absolutely LOVE this idea Amanda!!
    I’ve had a wood slice sitting around for a while, not knowing for sure what i should do w/it.
    now i know!! lovely,lovely,lovely!!

Happy Monday Friends.

Today I am excited to share with you that I will be joining Lindsay of Live Sweet Photography in her  upcoming Sweet Life Photography Workshop.


I will be sharing once a week a super fun and inspirational photo DIY project, that will hopefully inspire you to print those pictures off your camera. Besides getting crafty you will also be learning and getting:

•Three weeks of online learning in our blog style class
•Weekly homework assignments and critiques
•A place to post questions and get feedback
•An awesome workbook that includes most of the lessons that is just the cutest and can fit right into your purse or diaper bag for on the go learning!
•An adorable little camera tote bag filled with lots and lots of Live Sweet goodies and discounts for some of  my favorite labs

For more information on the workshop and to register, visit Lindsey over at Live Sweet Photography.


” Photograph the life you live and the love the photos you take with The Sweet Life Photography Workshop.

Make yourself smile by learning fun ways to photograph the sweet moments in your life. This three week online workshop is filled with inspiration, photo 
DIY’s, and easy to use techniques for all cameras!  Along with the online workshop, each student will receive a live sweet camera tote chock full of all 
kinds of photo love, including our sweet life photography workbook for on-the-go inspiration. “