I absolutely LOVE using natural elements in my Christmas decorations.  And the best part of using nature's gifts... they're usually free! That's a double win in my book.  Before the leaves even started to fall this year, I knew I wanted to create something beautiful for Christmas with the plethora of oak leaves from the nearby woods and gold spray paint. But, what would that be? I finally settled on making an oak leaf Christmas wreath.     Who knew the humble leaf from a stately oak could become so classy with just a few spritzes of gold spray paint? I had a pretty good … [Read more...]

  Wouldn't you love to approach Christmas with a sense of peace and purpose and less craziness? In the midst of the festivities, busyness, and sensory overload, you really can discover peace and purpose this Christmas.     I've discovered that when I plan to focus on Christ's coming and Advent... the season leading up to Christmas where we intentionally remember what it was like for people thousands of years ago to anticipate the coming of Christ... my joy and delight in Christmas and God's GIFT to us gives me much peace and purpose in spite of all the craziness of the world … [Read more...]

  In a blink, our turkey dinners will be consumed and all that's Christmas will commence.  Are you ready? If you'd like to give your Christmas decorating a DIY or homemade flair... NOW is the time to check out these charming Christmas crafts and get your glue gun warmed up!          I am always noticing printables.  There's just something about a cute graphic to frame, use to make a gift tag, or include in my Christmas decor in a fun way.  This chalkboard style reindeer games Christmas printable from Jenn at Clean and Scentsible is fabulous and she shares some super cute ways … [Read more...]

  What's your most favorite time of the year? Mine is Christmas.  But not for all the reasons you might guess. The days leading to Christmas are when my creative juices are at an all-time high.  You can usually find a mess somewhere in my home because I'm creating a storm of home decor and handmade Christmas ornaments and gifts.  And when I'm creating... I couldn't be happier. Whether you're creative, crafty, or simply wannabe... you will want to grab your favorite drink, get your pinning finger ready, and get prepared to be inspired.... 31 times!   31 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments … [Read more...]

  Thinking about doing some things to refresh your home for the upcoming holidays?   If you have guests coming, you're sure to get a few ideas from Bless'er House's fabulous bedroom makeover.  Maybe you're tired of your window treatments and wish you could figure out how to make them fabulous and on trend, then you'll flip over what H2O Bungalow did to her window blinds. Or maybe you're a little short on funds to make a new purchase, see how a little elbow grease, creativity, and paint can make a huge, but inexpensive transformation. This week we have some fabulous inspiration lined up for you! … [Read more...]

  Would you like to give your Christmas tree a nautical look? Since purchased coastal ornaments can be expensive, I made my own driftwood sailboat Christmas ornaments, and you can too, it's really quite easy.     But, first I want to say, "Welcome!" Today is Day 4 of the second year of 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments blog hop which features 30 extraordinary bloggers, plus me.  Each day you can expect to be inspired with all kinds of lovely Christmas ornaments.     Last year I returned to living on the Lake Michigan coastline after being away for … [Read more...]

  Charm.   That's what I think of when I think of farmhouse style decor.  This week we had some really creative and charming makeovers at Project Inspire{d}! You're going to adore these creative DIY ideas... So... kick back and take some time to check out this week's features.  I just know you'll be inspired to get your DIY on!   Be sure to pin your favorites, too.   8 Fabulous Farmhouse Style Makeovers   DIY Headboard and Footboard :: The Kim Six Fix A Vintage Desk Makeover :: Making it in the Mountains Curbside to Farmhouse Glam Chair :: On Fern Avenue DIY Wood Headboard … [Read more...]

  When I wasn't looking, the lampshade industry made a big change. You might not have noticed. I think it happened overnight.     You see, in the past, I would pick up decorator lampshades at some of my favorite decorating stores to replace the Plain Jane lampshades that came with my lamps.  It was so easy.  Pull the lampshade off the bulb and clip on a new shade.  No DIY skills needed.  I loved that I could get pillows and curtains and chair pads to match, too.  Yay for Waverly. And then things got tight financially and I made do... decorating with what I had in my last … [Read more...]

  Creativity.   It's something I admire and celebrate... AND this week at Project Inspire{d} we were overflowing with creativity! I just know you're going to adore these beautiful and creative vintage furniture transformations. So... fill your glass with ice and your favorite beverage and kick back while you check out this week's features.  I just know you'll be inspired to get your DIY on!   Be sure to pin your favorites, too.     Be Inspired to DIY 12 Beautiful Vintage Furniture Transformations Vintage Folding Chair Makeover by Dragonfly Treasure Boho Decorative Screen … [Read more...]

  Cue old black and white movie where the woman of the house greets her man dressed in heels, pearls, and a bouffant hairdo.  Notice how she deftly shoves a magazine at him and says with a slightly affected tone... "Dahling... I simply adore these lovely DIY decorating ideas. You absolutely must tell your friends you can't play golf, because you'll be spending all your time with me this weekend." I saw you just roll your eyes... but be honest... sometimes we want our DIY projects to be joint ventures.  However... these projects won't require an extra set of hands and eyes AND I'm pretty sure you'll … [Read more...]

  Thank you  to Parrot Uncle for sponsoring this post. All the creative thoughts and ideas are mine.   Do you need some small space decorating tips?   In order to make my new small space feel spacious and inviting, I implemented a few easy small space decorating tips I've learned through my many moves.  Just having moved from a furnished beach apartment to a small unfurnished two bedroom apartment not five minutes from the beach, my goal was to furnish and decorate this small space AND make it feel like home on a next to nothing budget.  A tall order for sure. Maybe you have been … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! I have a long history of pulling out the sewing machine each summer.  It seems there's always something I want to whip up.  It started when I was learning to sew and continued on through my college years when I was always sewing up a new simple summer dress, skirt, or shorts for a date.  I never made anything complicated.  There wasn't time.  Between work and the beach... a few hours was all I had. If you only have a few hours... you too can have fun creating with fabric this summer.  You don't need to get out the sewing machine for every project.  Why not make a … [Read more...]

  Don't you love it when you drive down the road on a beautiful breezy day when the sun is shining bright and you see one of those bigger-than-life American flags waving out over the road with all its might?  Or how about passing a house with the front porch festooned with red, white, and blue bunting, and giant urns filled with red geraniums and lots of small American flags?  These are the kinds of sightings that make my all-American heart beat faster. I wanted to create that same kind of feeling for the Fourth of July with mason jars and flowers. And I'm pretty happy with the … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Happy First Day of Summer!!  I love that it's the longest day of the year!  Yay for sunshine and staying up late and doing all things summery.  On the other hand... tomorrow begins our descent into darkness.  I'm sorry for being so dismal... but the ride up to summer is slow and wonderful and the ride down is too much like being on the highest ever rollercoaster plummeting to fall.  I just want to savor this time... forever... and the strawberries, too.  Because yes, strawberry shortcake is my favorite food and there's nothing better than local berries.  Yum! Now … [Read more...]

    Are you getting too serious with your home decor? That's an honest question.  I know I'm guilty of being too serious... of working too hard at getting just the right furniture, window treatments, colors, style, texture, and art for our homes.  It's pretty serious business just choosing the "right" paint color. Today I'm going to nudge you to put a bit of whimsy in your home and, at least for summer, have fun with your home decor. Since it's summer and we often dream of spending time at the lake or ocean... I'm going to show you how to add a whimsical coastal touch, and some fun … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Raise your hand if you play Pickleball.  I had never heard of America's fastest growing sport until I moved back to Michigan.  One of my dearest friends plays all the time, and this weekend she played in a tournament.  I went and so enjoyed watching her do what she loves and doing well, too. For those of you who don't know what Pickleball is... I would describe it as a variation on tennis with a much smaller but similar looking court, it uses a racketball sized racket that is more like a ping pong paddle and the ball is a wiffleball and the matches are much … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! I know some of you are suffering from too much rain. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Here in the mitten state, even though it did rain over the weekend, we haven't had nearly enough liquid precipitation.  Though I have to say, after a long gray winter the sunshine is so welcome.  It's great for garage sailing... I scored a few treasures that should be making an appearance on the blog... and today I transformed the lampshade of one of those great finds. I was in need of a new iron and God provided... not any iron... but top of the line Rowenta and … [Read more...]

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