Farmhouse Table Makeover with Java Gel Stain

We had an oak pub-height table for a few years - which we never used because it was too hard for us to climb up on the chairs. So, I found a nice farmhouse style table online from Walmart for less than $200. And white chairs from Target less than $50 each. I also got...

Lavender and Gray Nursery

Shreya's little sister's nursery was to be decorated in lavender and gray. They painted the walls a pretty lavender. Beth gave me free rein to decorate however I wanted. I used some of the decorations from the lavender and gray baby shower. Using 3M velcro hangers, I...

Lavender and Gray Baby Quilt

Once the color scheme of the nursery was decided, I began to think of ideas to decorate - in shades of lavender and gray. Of course, since I made a baby quilt for big sister, Shreya, I knew I had to make one for the new little one. One of my most treasured possessions...

Lavender and Gray Baby Shower

The baby's nursery was to be decorated in shades of purple and gray - so it was just natural to decorate the shower in those colors. We even used some of the shower decor to decorate the nursery afterwards. It was to be a small affair at Beth's house - and I wanted a...
Anniversary Cakes

Anniversary Reception Cakes

Recently I was on the planning committee for a 69th anniversary reception for a dear couple. Although I volunteered to do the slideshow and photography, when they started talking about ordering a sheetcake, I said I'd take care of the cake too. It was to be an elegant...
Build potting bench

Potting Bench and Ladder Plant Stand

  Building a Potting Bench I've been wanting a potting bench on my deck for awhile. Not just for potting plants, but also to use as a drink station when having friends and family over for cookouts. And because I think they're so cute. Feeling confident in my...
gel stain furniture

Java Gel Stain Your Bedroom Furniture!

Our bedroom furniture was really in bad shape. I'd love new furniture, but that's not in the budget right now - and this set is really solid and sturdy - just needed a facelift. I've had such good success with gel staining my bathroom vanities that I decided to try it...
swing makeover

Patio Swing Makeover

The Story Anyone that knew my mom, knows that she saved everything with the plans to repair or recycle them someday. Which, "someday" usually never came because she had so many other projects going. Kinda like me, come to think of it. She used to enjoy her yard swing...
Garage Door Makeover

Quick Cheap Garage Door Makeover

I'm sure if you've been on Pinterest, you've seen these garage doors makeovers. Just a couple of easy, quick - and cheap changes can give you the look of an expensive carriage door. From a distance, no one will know. My husband had to get up really close to see what I...
Latest Projects

Vinyl Cutting

I love creating projects with my new Silhouette Cameo 3! Easy, inexpensive – and people love getting personalized gifts. You won’t believe what you can create with Dollar Store items!

Shop Coming Soon!

Patterns and Prints for Sale!

I’m finalizing items to officially open my Shop. Items for sale will include PDF patterns and digital prints for download. Sneak preview is a pattern for the Milayna rag doll.


Latest Jewelry Gift Ideas

Making some simple floral necklaces for gifts.

Easy instructions and supply lists.


Welcome to Nani’s Notebook!

Hi! I’m Becky – aka Nani. I’m a grandma who loves to create and decorate – whether it’s sewing, building, crafts, or home improvement. I hope you’ll stick around awhile and get inspired by some of my DIY projects. Learn more about me on my About Nani page.