Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Book





As I type, I am in awe. I can’t believe this is really happening! My book is actually being printed as I speak!

After spending A LOT of time on designing this book and clearing many hurdles on trying to get it in print, I finally found someone who is able to print and bind a book the way I envisioned. Holmes Printing Solutions is doing such a great job and they are super to work with! They have been extremely helpful and have provided very prompt service. Not once have I felt like “just another number to move through and get out of the way.” I could continue to gush here but I think you get the picture!

My goal while writing/designing this book was to inspire people to use what they have and create what they want, while not spending a lot of money doing so. My sub title pretty much says it all:

Thrifty, do it yourself ideas to turn any house into
a home using a shoestring budget.

I tried to keep any tutorials & tips simple and easy to understand.

There are five parts to this book. Following is a glimpse inside the book…

Part 1 is “Our Home” where I give you a tour of our home, along with page numbers where you can turn to for instructions on how I made various things throughout our home.

part 1

Part 2 is called “Paint Passion” where I share various painting techniques that have worked for me over the years.

part 2part 22

Part 3 is “creating signs,” which is all about different ways of applying graphics to wood, fabric and more.

part 3part 32

Part 4 is “furniture creations & makeovers”

part 4part 42

And last, part 5 is “random projects”

part 5

 I set up a little “store”, powered by Ecwid, along the right sidebar, almost at the top of my blog, for you to order a book.

I will also be doing a few book signings this spring, so watch for those. And you can be sure I will carry a box of these books with me where ever I go, so don’t be afraid to contact me directly to get a book!

The book has a soft cover and measures 8x10 inches. It has 144 color pages.

I like to think you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for visiting…



  1. Mary,

    Congratulations it looks beautiful!


  2. Congratulations! You are amazing!!!

  3. Congratulations so happy for you. Always love you work !

  4. Congratulations so happy for you. Always love you work !

  5. Congratulations on publishing a book! I plan to go right from here and order one!

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  7. Mary, so happy for your "dream come true".....
    God bless, Mary k.

  8. Good morning Mary! My sister from Montana wants a copy of your book. Can I buy it in a local store or do I come to your house? I'd like to avoid shipping since I live right here :) Thanks!