About Me

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Hi! I’m Melissa and I’m so glad you’ve found your way to my little corner of the internet!

I’m a work at home, homeschooling mom to three little boys.  I’m married to an amazing Army man and making the most of our endless moves. I love anything creative-I have a passion for art, interior and fashion design, I love creating new from old, and finding ways to make life beautiful on a budget. This blog started as an outlet for me during one of my husband’s deployments and has transformed my life in ways unimaginable.  It has blessed me with new friends, new opportunities, and encouraged me to push my limits personally and professionally.

Thank you for spending your time here with me, be sure to join me and follow along over on Instagram and Facebook!

For more information about me and my recipe and project development services, please find me at MelissaRiker.com.

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Comments

  1. Cecilia says

    I love your headboard potting bench project. Thanks for sharing. And, many thanks for your husband’s military service and your support as a military spouse. Best Wishes, from an Air Force wife and mother

  2. Mark says

    Thank you both for your service to our country. Not everyone understands that the Spouse and family also serve. A quick tip for finishing. Pure tung oil. If you don’t have any on hand also buy a bag or two of marbles. As you use the oil, fill with marbles to keep the level to the bottle neck. This will keep the oil from skinning where the air meets the surface. If you need to thin it out mix it 50/50 with paint thinner. You don’t need stain if you want a natural stain color it comes automatically. So that saves you a step. Also pure tung oil can be re-coated about an hour (longer if cold and/or humid) after each application. For a really SLICK surface, wet sand with 800 grit paper and furniture oil or an Amish formula based product 12 hours or more after the final coat. Apply the liquid and lightly sand until the paper doesn’t drag on the surface. Wipe it dry and enjoy.

    Happy Trails, Mark

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