About Me

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Hello and welcome to Polish The Stars! My name is Megan and I am 30-years-old though for some reason I often get told that I look sixteen. I live in central Illinois with my husband/best friend, Shelby, and our son, Jeremy, who just happens to be the coolest kid around.  :)


The name Polish The Stars comes from a Shel Silverstein poem that is about polishing your old, dull stars when you don't have the money to buy shiny, new ones.  I love finding new ways to make our home fun and beautiful while spending as little money as possible.  This often involves revamping dollar store items or re-purposing things I find around the house.

You will find a little bit of everything here - all with the purpose of turning a house into a home.  Through crafts, decorating, home improvement, organizing, and of course recipes because you can't make yourself at home without having something yummy to eat.  :)  


I started this blog way back in 2009 (that's a pretty long time in blogging years!) to share my growing craft obsession and document the remodeling process of the house that we had just bought. Things have changed a lot in the last few years. When I started blogging we were living St. Paul, MN. Then in late January 2012 there was a gang-related shooting in front of our house which sent a bullet through our living room door. In March my husband witnessed another shooting less than a block away.

We were already planning on moving back to IL for my husband's job and to be closer to family but after the second shooting we decided to move right then. We packed up the Jeep while the cops were still on the scene and drove all through the night to my parents' house. Jeremy and I stayed there for six weeks while Shelby tied up loose ends in the twin cities. We are all together now and renting a cute little house from a friend of ours. It started out pretty trashed but we have put a lot of work into it and it is really starting to feel like home.

So, the first half of this year has been a bit of a downer but things have definitely turned around. There are still bound to be a few bumps along the way but right now we are very happy with where we are at. Our little family is closer than ever and the struggles that we have been to have been through have shown us what is really important and how thankful we are to have each other.

Now that most of the remodeling has been done to the new house, I am enjoying having a fresh canvas to decorate! I started out with a vision of mid-century-modern decor but it has morphed into a more eclectic retro/geeky/quirky/whatever-I-like-at-that-moment kind of style. :) 

I hope you will stick around and maybe find some ideas and inspiration for your own home.  If you have any questions you can always email me at:  megan@polishthestars.com