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...]

  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...]

  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...]

  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...]

    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! 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...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! We had sunshine this weekend and even a wee bit of snow. I won't complain... because in a matter of weeks I'll be melting from the heat.  What I am loving... all the pretty flowering trees, bushes, and spring bulbs! It's simply glorious! I guess that's why I'm so excited about these features from last week's link party.  You're going to LOVE these fun and pretty floral crafts to make and dress up your home... Check out these extraordinary blogs and be inspired to.... Make some Pretty Floral Crafts How to make Bendy Flowers by Heart Handmade UK Faux … [Read more...]

  I don't know about you... but when the weather warms up and the seasons change, I can't wait to get DIYing around the house.  In fact, I've got a fun project underway right now. If you've got the itch to make something beautiful for your home, you're going to LOVE the features from this week's Project Inspire{d}!  Be sure to pin your favorites, too.     Creative Home Decor DIY Ideas to Inspire You   DIY Geometric Globe Pendant Light :: Atta Girl Says Colander Flower Planter :: Two Twenty One DIY Picture Frame Collage Chalkboard :: Giggles Galore Magnolia Market Inspired … [Read more...]

  Have you checked the calendar lately?  It's April and it's supposed to be spring.  How can that be true if I'm wearing my winter parka and writing with a big fluffy blanket across my lap?  It must be a bad dream and I'll wake up from it, any moment.  In the meantime, I'm going to concentrate on creating something beautiful today and at the end of the day looking back to answer the question, "Where did I see God today?"  One thing is for sure... doing just those two things will make cold days warm and happy.  You know... we can't control a lot in life... but we can choose our happiness.  Hmmm...  I wrote … [Read more...]

  There's something so inviting about a pretty wreath gracing a front door. We all want to have beautiful, warm, welcoming homes.  But getting there... can sometimes be a challenge.     Do you ever watch Fixer Upper or some other home show and think, "She makes that look so easy."  "Everything is so beautifully and artfully arranged." or "I wish I could do that." You know what?  You can! It just takes a little practice. The first time I arranged flowers, created a wreath, or plied my hand at some creative project... usually it was just okay. The great thing was... I … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner I wanted to inspire you to create some mason jar happiness to dress up your little corner of the world.  And throw in a few riddles... just for fun!     What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.   Last year I received some lovely green Ball mason jars for a Mother's Day blog hop.  I also received blue, and purple, and clear jars, and never got around to doing anything with the green jars.  I knew I wanted to use them for St. Patrick's Day. My plan wasn't to do anything … [Read more...]

  You know how it goes... you're out shopping... on a hunt for something specific... and out of the blue... IT calls your name! How does IT even know your name? How does IT know you are a lover of all things earthy and natural? How does IT know you would LOVE a basket that can do double duty for St. Patrick's Day and Easter? Especially a lovely mossy Easter basket! How does that happen?         IT has been one busy but smart basket! I can't say that you'll have a basket speak to you like IT did me when you're out and about. But, on the … [Read more...]

    Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I know you'll want to at least decorate a corner of your space with this Easy to Make St. Patrick's Day Basket.   With Swedish and Dutch roots, I had never gotten into the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  In fact it was hardly on my radar... until I moved to Buffalo.  A large Irish community resides there. Many of my non-Irish friends became Irish for a day or weekend enjoying corned beef and cabbage, the big St. Patrick's Day parade, and of course the wearing of green. For some, it's a time to party and enjoy good food and drink. For … [Read more...]

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