Monday, January 15, 2024


My Journey with Skillshare's Unique Classes! | on the creek blog //
Hey there, Besties! 🌟✨

Guess what? I've been on an incredible journey of discovery and self-improvement, and I just can't wait to spill the beans about it! I'm talking about my latest adventure with Skillshare – an online learning community that's like a treasure trove of knowledge and creativity. πŸŽ“πŸ’»

Exploring the World of Skillshare

So, what exactly is Skillshare? Picture this: a digital classroom that spans the globe, where you can learn pretty much anything your heart desires, all from the comfort of your home. From art and design to business skills, it's a playground for curious minds like ours! πŸŒπŸ‘©‍πŸŽ“

Being the ever-curious and self-improvement enthusiast that I am, I dove right into two fascinating classes:

  1. Holiday Cookie Box: Make 8 Cookies With Only 1 Dough! - Can you believe it? One dough to rule them all! This class was a game-changer for my holiday baking. It's like unlocking a secret recipe that makes you feel like a cookie wizard! πŸͺπŸ§™‍♀️
  2. Design A Vision Board That Actually Manifests! - This one was a journey of self-discovery and setting intentions. Creating a vision board that's not just pretty but powerful? Sign me up! It's like crafting a roadmap for your dreams. πŸŒŒπŸ—Ί️

Both classes were not just enlightening but also super fun. The instructors on Skillshare are like your friendly guides in this vast world of knowledge, making learning an absolute joy.

My Journey with Skillshare's Unique Classes! | on the creek blog //

Join the Learning Party! 

And guess what, Besties? I've got a special treat for you! If you're itching to start your own learning adventure on Skillshare, use my referral link to hop on board: Tiff's Skillshare Adventure. It's like a golden ticket to a world where learning meets fun and creativity meets growth. You'll get one month free and 40% off your first payment!πŸŒŸπŸ“š

Whether you're a baking enthusiast, a dream chaser, or just someone who loves picking up new skills, Skillshare is the place to be. It's not just about learning; it's about growing, exploring, and connecting with a community of like-minded learners.

So, are you ready to join me in this exciting learning journey? Let's make magic happen, one class at a time! πŸŽ¨πŸ“ˆ

My Journey with Skillshare's Unique Classes! | on the creek blog //

Happy Learning, Besties! πŸ–Ό️❤️

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Upcycled vintage picture frame, beautifully painted for a modern yet classic home decor look. | on the creek blog //

Hey there, Besties! 🌟✨

Today, I'm bubbling with excitement to share a little secret of mine that adds a magical touch to our home – upcycling vintage picture frames! You know how I adore bringing new life to old treasures, right? Well, this time, it's all about those glorious, grand picture frames! πŸ–Ό️🎨

Vintage Frames: A Love Affair with the Past

There's something about vintage-looking picture frames that just captures my heart. Maybe it's their story, intricate designs, or just the charm they carry from a time ago. They're like little time capsules, adding depth and character to any space. πŸ•°️❤️

The Thrill of the Thrift: Finding the Perfect Frames

Imagine stumbling upon huge, majestic picture frames at a local thrift store. That's exactly what happened to me! It was love at first sight. But, oh, they needed some love and care. They were like hidden gems waiting to sparkle again. I knew I had to give them a new lease on life. ✨

Upcycled vintage picture frame, beautifully painted for a modern yet classic home decor look. | on the creek blog //

The Transformation: Painting Magic

Here's where the fun began. I rolled up my sleeves and got my paintbrushes out. Choosing the perfect colors to complement their vintage charm was like picking out a gown for a ball – exciting yet crucial! Painting these frames wasn't just about changing their look; it was about enhancing their stories, making them a fitting part of our home's narrative. 🎨🏑

The Impact of 'Big' in Decor

Let's talk about size – because, in the world of picture frames, size does matter! I love huge frames. They're not just photo holders but statement pieces and conversation starters. When upcycled and hung on the walls, these large frames create focal points, adding a sense of drama and elegance to our cozy home. πŸŒŸπŸ–Ό️

The Joy of Upcycling

This project was more than just a decor update; it was a testament to the joy of upcycling. Giving a new life to something old is not just creative but also a sustainable choice. Every brush stroke felt like a small step towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. 🌍♻️

Upcycled vintage picture frame, beautifully painted for a modern yet classic home decor look. | on the creek blog //

Besties, the beauty of upcycling vintage picture frames lies in their ability to transform a space with history, charm, and a touch of your own personality. Whether you're a seasoned thrifter or just starting out, I encourage you to try this. Dive into the world of vintage frames and let your creativity flow!

Remember, each frame is a story waiting to be retold. Happy upcycling! πŸ–Ό️✨

Tuesday, January 09, 2024


Take the VIA Survey with Me and Transform Your Life! | on the creek blog //

Hey there, Besties! 🌟✨

Today, I'm diving into something a little different but super exciting – the VIA Character Strengths Survey. I recently embarked on this journey of self-discovery, and let me tell you, it's been an eye-opener! πŸŒˆπŸ”

What's the VIA Character Strengths Survey About?

Imagine a mirror that reflects not just your face but the essence of who you are. That's what the VIA Character Strengths Survey does! It's a scientifically-backed questionnaire designed to identify your unique character strengths. It's like getting a map of your inner treasures. πŸ—Ί️πŸ’Ž

Why Take the Survey?

Why not? In a world where we're often focused on 'fixing' ourselves, this survey is all about celebrating what's already fabulous about you. It's about recognizing and appreciating your innate strengths and using them to navigate life's adventures – and we all know I'm all about adventures! πŸš€πŸŒ

Take the VIA Survey with Me and Transform Your Life! | on the creek blog //
How Can This Survey Change Your Life?

Ever felt lost in the hustle and bustle of daily routines? Understanding your core strengths can be a game-changer. It's like having a compass that always points to your true north. Whether making career choices, improving relationships, or simply finding joy in everyday life, knowing your strengths can lead the way. 🧭❤️

My Top 5 Strengths: A Peek Into My World

  1. Honesty: Just like I share my true self with you all, honesty came up as one of my top strengths. It's all about authenticity and integrity.
  2. Humor: No surprise here, right? πŸ˜„ Humor is all about bringing smiles and laughter to others, and we sure love our giggles!
  3. Creativity: From revamping houses to upcycling furniture, creativity is my playground and, apparently, one of my core strengths!
  4. Judgment: Not about being judgmental, but more about thinking things through and not jumping to conclusions. It's like being a wise owl perched in my crafting corner. πŸ¦‰πŸŒΏ
  5. Curiosity: Always on the hunt for the next unique find or intriguing project; curiosity is definitely a driving force in my life.

Take the VIA Survey with Me and Transform Your Life! | on the creek blog //
Curious about your own strengths? Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey at and embark on your own journey of self-discovery. Who knows what amazing qualities you'll uncover? 🌠

Remember, Besties, life is our grandest project, and understanding ourselves is a crucial part of it. Let's embrace our strengths and shine even brighter! πŸ’ͺ✨ 

Monday, January 08, 2024

Unlock Healthy Eating Magic with Thrive Market: Save 40% on Your First Adventure! | on the creek blog //

Hey there, Besties! 🌟

Guess what? I've stumbled upon a gem, and you know I can't keep such finds to myself! Today, let's chat about Thrive Market – my latest go-to for making our meal times a breeze and a little more special. 🍽️✨

You're all familiar with my busy bee lifestyle, right? Between sprucing up our home, treasure hunting at thrift stores, and tending to my garden, finding time to whip up nutritious meals was turning into my own 'Mission Impossible.' πŸ•΅️‍♀️🌿

Enter Thrive Market! πŸšͺ🌟

Unlock Healthy Eating Magic with Thrive Market: Save 40% on Your First Adventure! | on the creek blog //

Unlock Healthy Eating Magic with Thrive Market: Save 40% on Your First Adventure! | on the creek blog //

Why I Chose Thrive Market

  1. Easy-Peasy Healthy Meals: I wanted to simplify our breakfasts and lunches. Dinner is always a grand affair at my parents' place (bless them!), but the other meals? I needed something quick yet healthy. Thrive Market to the rescue with their array of wholesome options!
  2. Browsing Bliss: The idea of browsing aisles online, in my PJs, with a cup of tea in hand? Yes, please! πŸ›’☕ Thrive Market offers this serene shopping experience – no queues, no rush, just me, my screen, and a world of healthy goodies.
  3. A Dash of Adventure in Every Bite: One of my mottos is 'explore and experiment,' which applies to food, too! Thrive Market is like this treasure chest of new and different foods. It's like going on a culinary adventure without leaving the house. 🌍🍲

And because I adore you all, here's a little sparkle for your day: Get 40% off your first order by using my referral link: πŸŒˆ✨

Think of Thrive Market as your convenient, healthy pantry fairy. It's not just shopping; it's an experience that aligns with our love for all things wholesome and joyous. So, why not give it a try?

Remember, Besties, life is our biggest DIY project, and that includes what we put on our plates! Thrive Market just adds that extra pinch of magic. Happy Thriving! πŸ›️🌟

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Pressing Pause: My Social Media Detox Journey | on the creek blog //

Hey there, Besties! 🌟

Today, I'm writing from a place of reflection and rejuvenation. I've taken a step that feels as significant as repainting our entire home or reinventing a vintage piece of furniture. I've decided to take a hiatus from social media. Yes, you read that right - I'm pressing pause on my social media presence, especially my main hangout, Instagram. 🌍✨

Why I'm Taking a Break

You know how I love to share the nitty-gritty, the raw and real parts of life? Well, let's dive into why I've made this decision:

  • Mental Health Matters: My mental well-being has been feeling like it's stuck in a cluttered, dark attic, needing a serious spring clean. Social media, particularly Instagram, was like an endless maze where hours vanished in mindless scrolling. It started to weigh on me, like carrying a heavy piece of furniture that just doesn't fit anymore.
  • The Endless Race: Trying to keep up with the fast-paced world of likes, shares, and algorithms felt like endlessly chasing a trend. It was exhausting and brought little joy or value to my life – like refurbishing a piece of furniture that continually falls apart, no matter how much effort you put in.
  • Seeking Authenticity: Being a blogger, social media is often seen as the storefront to our digital world. But I've realized that I don't need that window display if it costs me my peace of mind. I want to connect with you all in a more genuine, meaningful way.

What This Means for 'On the Creek'

Fear not, my dear friends! This isn't a goodbye; it's just a shift in how we'll stay connected. While I'm stepping away from social media, my heart and soul - my blog, On the Creek - will continue to flourish. Blogging is my sanctuary, a place where I don't get lost in the scroll but instead find myself in the stories and projects we love.

Pressing Pause: My Social Media Detox Journey | on the creek blog //

Life Beyond the Screen

Consider this break as me taking time to tend to my garden, both literally and metaphorically. It's about focusing on the tangible aspects of life - my home renovations, gardening, thrifting adventures, and, above all, living in the moment.

The Future of My Social Media Journey

This isn't a permanent farewell to social media. Think of it more like putting a beloved renovation project on hold. I need this time to refresh, to rediscover the joy in the little things, and to come back with new stories and insights to share with you all.

Final Thoughts

So, here's to embracing change, stepping back when needed, and always seeking what makes our hearts happy. Life is our biggest DIY project; sometimes, the best step forward is a step back to realign.

Keep shining, keep loving, and keep crafting your beautiful life story. I'll be right here, sharing mine in words and pictures, just a blog post away.

With love and gratitude,

Tiff πŸ’–

P.S.: A Little Note About My Instagram

Just a quick note regarding my Instagram. I've deactivated my account as part of this social media break. This means I haven't unfollowed or deleted anyone. So, if you can't find me there, don't worry, it's not you, it's me! I just needed to step back for my peace of mind. Can't wait to reconnect through my blog. Until then, keep spreading those positive vibes! πŸ’–

Tuesday, January 02, 2024


New Year, New Projects: A Guide to Setting Achievable Home Improvement Goals | on the creek blog //
Hey there, Besties! 🌟

Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰ Can you believe it's already 2024? Time flies when you're having fun... or when you're knee-deep in paint swatches and fabric samples, am I right? πŸ˜„

New Year's resolutions aren't just for fitness goals or reading more books. They're also the perfect opportunity to dream big about our homes! So, let's chat about setting some totally doable home improvement goals. Who's with me?

Looking Back to Leap Forward

First things first: let's take a quick stroll down memory lane. What did you accomplish last year that made you do the happy dance? πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ Maybe you finally hung that gallery wall or gave your bedroom a cozy makeover. Whatever it was, give yourself a big ol' pat on the back!

New Year, New Projects: A Guide to Setting Achievable Home Improvement Goals | on the creek blog //

SMART Goals, Smarter Projects

This year, we're going SMART – and no, I don't just mean more stylish (though that's always a bonus!). SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Sounds a bit corporate, but trust me, it's a game-changer!

For example, instead of saying, "I'll renovate the kitchen," a SMART goal would be, "I'll repaint the kitchen cabinets in a trendy sage green by March 1st." Speaking of paint, did you hear about Benjamin Moore's sale? 🎨 They've got 50% off on their paint color samples until January 8th – perfect timing for our New Year projects!

Brainstorming Bonanza

What's on your home improvement wish list? A revamped patio? A new color scheme for your living room? The possibilities are endless! Jot down your ideas – no filter! Let's turn 'someday' into 'this year.'

Plan, Prioritize, and... Budget (Sorry, I Had to!)

Break down those big ideas into bite-sized tasks. What's doable, and what's a dream? Be real with your time and budget. And about budgeting – keep track of your expenses. There's no joy in a beautiful room that broke the bank.

Stay Sparkly, Stay Motivated

We all hit a slump now and then. When motivation takes a vacay, remember why you started. Transforming our nests into spaces that sing our soul's song? That's the magic we're after.

New Year, New Projects: A Guide to Setting Achievable Home Improvement Goals | on the creek blog //

Let's Chat and Share

I'm dying to hear about your plans! Drop your home improvement resolutions in the comments. Got before-and-afters from last year? Share away! Let's inspire each other.

Wrapping It Up

So, my DIY darlings, let's raise our paintbrushes (or planners) and toast to a year of making our homes more 'us' than ever. Here's to turning dreams into blueprints and blueprints into reality!

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and tales from On the Creek Blog. Until next time, keep crafting your personal paradise! 🌍✨πŸ› ️

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