Big Sis is 5! (a “Frozen” birthday party)


(Jon and Hollis share the same birthday, so on their real birthday, i made them this cake and we ate it for breakfast!) yep, I have a five-year old (insert major eyebrow raise and momma-panic-attack from how the time could possibly pass this fast) and because we do a "big" party every other year, this was Sister's year for hers.  She chose … [Read more...]

DIY garden netting system (keep animals out–hopefully).

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  we live in the middle of the woods and there is much wildlife including deer, rabbits, and squirrels.  but, one of the main things i was looking forward to about living in the country was to be able to have my own garden.  so, i'm determined to try some methods for protecting my itty bitty plants from complete disaster. here's what we … [Read more...]

some basic spring mantle ideas (using stuff you already have in your house).

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 i love changing my mantle with the seasons and even subtle changes can really change the feel of the room.  being a lover of spring, these little things just make me happy.i shopped my house and garage (and yard) for things that i already had and whipped this mantle together in just a few minutes (apparently, i didn't even take the time to … [Read more...]

patterned paint roller tutorial (Not Wallpaper).

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  i had the awesome privilege of working with Not Wallpaper (a shop that sells patterned paint rollers) to decorate my entrance wall.  i knew i wanted something that looked like wallpaper with a fun pattern but didn't really want to spend the money or time actually wallpapering it.  this was the perfect solution, because it is just … [Read more...]

everybody likes a good before and after.

  this amazing antique table has drop-sides and at first i thought they didn't work, but upon further inspection (aka: my husband), we discovered that it had these old pieces of wood that are tucked under the main part and just pull out to prop up the sides.  it is SO cool and old and unique.  i also love the spindle legs and silhouette of … [Read more...]

top 12 of 2012 (projects, tutorials, tears and laughs)!


   i thought it would be fun to look back on The Hollie Rogue in 2012, so i compiled my Top Projects and Posts in case you are new around here or missed any of them!  TOP 12 PROJECTS (according to you): 1.  washer stamped necklace 2.  sesame street birthday favor bags 3.  a girly(ish) sesame street themed birthday party + free … [Read more...]

antique sewing machine desk refurbish.

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  **the process of painting and staining this sewing machine desk is very similar to what i did to the tv stand.  read HERE for all the full details**   the clearance paint from Lowes or Home Depot is perfect for furniture redos!  So cheap! sand well and then paint the inserts.  i used a little art brush for the corners and … [Read more...]

Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments tutorial–the one that actually works!

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  so i'm not going to lie....i tried some other pinterest recipe for salt dough ornaments.  and, well, it totally didn't work.  i was beyond frustrated with the gloppy dough, my broken (but now fixed) oven, and my daughter who wouldn't leave anything alone for more than a second. SOOO,...i regrouped, did some more researching for the … [Read more...]

DIY 30 minute wooden christmas tree tutorial.

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  yep, i put in my blog title, so it must be true---you can make this adorable wooden christmas tree decor thingy in 30 minutes (minus finding/buying the wood). i saw something a little bit like this awhile back on, where else, pinterest HERE & HERE, but basically just went out into my garage, found some leftover wood pieces from … [Read more...]

DIY furniture paint refurbish tutorial.

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you might remember, when i mentioned that i scored some amazing antique furniture while visiting my family in Indiana. well, today, you get to see the amazing transformation of my $25 tv stand/buffet/hutch thingy. thanks to my sister, Emily, and mom for mostly doing all of the work on this refurbish. i was busy unpacking and corralling kids … [Read more...]