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Welcome, and thank you so much for dropping in.

This blog features mostly crafts I make from junk-mail type paper (I heart repurposing) or sewing, art and furniture projects for my own home.  I don’t sell anything or advertise either.  Sometimes I highlight wonderful things I’ve seen elsewhere in the blog world with credit to the blog author.

I’m married to the sunshine of my heart and I’m a gay female.  Just saying.  My day job as an analyst at a nonprofit helps keep my perspective balanced and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the mission of making cancer history, albeit in a small way.

Personally, I’m passionate about chocolate, shoes, serenity, Texas, community service, sea shores, fireflies and human innovation.  I’m also interested in blog collaboration and community building — bloggers are overwhelmingly supportive and encouraging to one another.

homesweethomemade is the chronicle of my little home projects.  This one post, more than any other, sums up the spirit of my blog.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Lesa permalink
    October 30, 2010 10:48 am

    love your web site

    • October 31, 2010 7:26 pm

      Lesa, thank you for visiting! I appreciate your sweet comment. – d

  2. kathy permalink
    December 7, 2010 9:39 pm

    Great projects!

  3. January 28, 2011 4:49 pm

    Hi Diane,

    First of all, I really wish blogger and wordpress would learn how to get along! There has to be a way, I just haven’t found it yet. I thought this might be the best way to contact you.

    You asked about the drying rack in my laundry room. The bottom of the rack is an old drawer front, the rest is scrap wood and dowels. I did a post on it here.
    http://meridianroad.blogspot.com/2010/04/laundry-rack.html

    Thanks for commenting so faithfully. I always look forward to comments from you.
    Have a great day!
    Suzanne

    • May 28, 2011 5:49 pm

      When ya’ll figure that out, let me know. The blogger-wordpress thingy. Is that why when I comment on blogger blogs if I use my url then no one can email me, but if I use my google account my email shows but their isn’t a direct link back to my blog, you are directed to my blogspot profile, then you have to click a link to get to my blog😦 bummer!

  4. February 3, 2011 7:43 pm

    Hi there, You left a comment on my blog about the b&w valentine card. Here’s a link on how to make the little windows that I did on a previous post.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2010/09/inkling-window-envelope-gift-cards.html
    Here’s my email address: homework.message@gmail.com
    Feel free to email me if you have any questions and I can reply that way. Your comments come up as “no reply”… So I didn’t have any other way of contacting you except via your comment section.
    Have a great day!
    carolyn

  5. February 8, 2011 11:32 am

    Diane-
    Thanks for stopping and leaving such nice comments on my projects. I LOVE your idea of using old drawers to create a credenza type piece and YES, I think you can find old drawers! I often see them at our Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity Restore but usually in the back “storage” area. I bet you could ask and they’d probably be happy to unload a few from time to time!

  6. March 14, 2011 1:52 pm

    What a beautiful blog you have! I love your features, and the little corset effect on the chair slipcover is one of my favorite things! That and the beads you added to your wind chimes! Love them!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment about my lampshade! It really turned out much better than I hoped and I *finally* got it installed this weekend! So nice to hear from you!

    Cheers!
    ~Terry

  7. Liz permalink
    March 26, 2011 2:56 pm

    Love the dining chair cover!! Do you have a tutorial for this or at least some basic instructions for making it? I would love to hear from you with some pointers to get me started.

    Thanks so much for great ideas,
    Liz

  8. April 2, 2011 11:23 pm

    Hi Diane –
    Thanks for emailing me the photo of your button flowers, and I was certainly inspired to create my own little bouquet. I felt so happy and giddy when I picked them up and held them for the first time. Thanks for your part in that! Have a look – I posted them on my blog today. http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/04/tactile-bliss.html
    Cheers,
    Michael

  9. April 29, 2011 7:38 am

    Hey Diane! It was quite a journey to “track you down”.😉
    I wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and tried to, but couldn’t reply in an email. So, I clicked on the link for your name and it linked me to Michael’s blog.. I contacted her and she was so lovely to direct me to your blog and thinks it might have linked your name, since you are guest blogging on each others blogs right now..
    So.. Now, that I’ve found you – Thank you so much for your sweet comment!🙂
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  10. Elyse permalink
    May 6, 2011 7:45 pm

    Hi, Diane! I just wanted to say a few things… First, I’ve been meandering through your blog for the better part of the day, and it’s so refreshing, full of unique ideas! Second, from an outsider’s PoV, your home and life appear so serene and an extension of self, and I only hope I attain that someday. Finally, as a fellow Texan and “green” girl (in training!), it’s great to know there are others out there with similar values. Thanks for all the inspiration, and I hope you don’t mind me following you from now on. =)

    Kind regards,
    Elyse

  11. May 16, 2011 5:43 am

    Ah Miss Home Sweet Homemade
    I can’t WAIT to see the results. I hope you will link them to Motivated Monday too. I am a color evangelist and I love where you seem to be taking this gorgeous and spacious room. I seem to paint everything I can get my hands on so I will warn you – once you start you may not be able to control yourself.🙂 Have fun with it and thank you so much for the heads up on those two designers. I can’t wait to do more research.
    Anxiously awaiting your next step,
    Pam

  12. Lorrie permalink
    May 26, 2011 2:43 pm

    I just finished “studying” your blog. What a delight. I love your paper crafts – especially your notes and stationary. I make recycled greeting cards out of free supplies, but not out of true disposables! I truly love your style. Thanks.

  13. June 24, 2011 9:12 am

    Trying to make things nicer on a tight budget… yip me too, except I’m concentrating on me and not so much my house, although I now have you in my reader so I dare say I will be inspired to make my house into a home soon too.

    Thanks for sharing, I look forward to popping in🙂

  14. July 1, 2011 1:58 pm

    Thanks for adding my blog to your list!! Please let me return the favor. I have a new blog directory on my blog, please add your blog there. I just put this up last night. Blessings!!

  15. July 8, 2011 6:56 pm

    Thanks for visiting me @ c.w.frosting & for the sweet birthday wishes! Please email me if you’d like me to have your contact information!

  16. July 11, 2011 3:05 am

    Hi Diane,
    I wanted to comment directly to you, but can’t reply via email. First off, thank you so much for your comments on my blog…very much appreciated. I had so much fun creating those pieces from the old sewing machine. I gave directions on what to say and how much to pay for that old hunk-o-junk.
    I usually don’t get out of Calif. or Oregon when selling my treasures, but I do get around when it comes to shopping:-)
    Hope you had a great weekend.

  17. July 20, 2011 12:43 pm

    Hi Diane! Just wanted to say “thank you!” for always leaving such wonderful, lovely comments on my blog…midwestern {sewing} girl…

    You are such a dear!
    Thank you!!!
    Maggie

  18. August 17, 2011 4:03 pm

    Hi Diane!
    I’m looking for some guest bloggers and was hoping you’d be willing~but I don’t have your email. Could you drop me a line when you get the chance? Thank you!

  19. November 22, 2011 3:45 am

    Hi, Diane! Thank you for popping by my place!
    I love your blog!
    Have a great week!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  20. December 17, 2011 4:54 pm

    Hey Diane,

    I really love your website and your home.
    Wish I´m that talented as you.

    Have a merry christmas and a happy new near,
    Heidi

  21. Lee M. permalink
    July 25, 2012 4:52 pm

    Love, Love, Love your projects. You have such talent! Would love to know how you drill holes in the sea glass and drift wood. Please share with me. Lee

  22. November 22, 2012 12:05 pm

    Me gusta mucho tu blog. Es encantador y cercano!🙂

  23. Amy permalink
    April 2, 2014 5:13 pm

    Hello Diane!

    Somehow in a search mistake, I was led to your blog. I write mistake, yet it’s happy serendipity, &I have been enjoying your blog for a couple of hours. I almost *never* comment, but I just wanted to let you know how much joy Ive found in your blog today!

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