DIY: Holiday Photo Cards

December 8, 2011


It's that time of year when the post office is at it's peak with the hustle and bustle of people sending out packages and waiting on line for stamps to mail their Holiday cards.  I usually design my cards in early November and mail them out right after Thanksgiving (this year though, I was a little late). Because I have young kids and we have family near and far that we don't often get to see throughout the year, I like to design and send a photocard, but they can often be expensive.   In being somewhat of a frugal person, I decided to make my own Holiday photocards this year (and honestly, … [Read more...]

DIY: Christmas Stockings

December 7, 2011


Did you check out my newly decorated Christmas mantel?  If not, that's okay (but head over there now).  In that post you got a little sneak preview of the Christmas stockings that I recently made.  As a family of four, we've never had matching stockings.  The mister and I have the same (since we bought those together after getting married), but then came child #1 and he got a different style stocking, and after that child #2 came along and she has an even different style stocking.  Anyway, each year it's been a mish-mosh of different color and style stockings hung on the mantel, until … [Read more...]

Holiday Mantel and Table Centerpiece

December 5, 2011


I know I said a couple of weeks ago that I wasn't in the Christmas Spirit, but now I finally am!   Last weekend, after our bellies were stuffed with Turkey, we started transforming the house from the Fall / Thanksgiving decor over to Christmas.  I'm not sure why I was so reluctant at first and unprepared for the changing season, but o well, it's past me and I'm excited for some Holiday Cheer! The center and focal point of our home is the fireplace (yes, the one on the burnt orange wall), and again it has been decked for the Holidays!  I was quite anxious to get started on the mantel because … [Read more...]

Monogrammed Fabric Coasters

December 1, 2011


I had a lot of fun creating the Holiday placemats a few weeks ago and when I started thinking about gift ideas for Christmas, an idea came to mind to create fabric coasters.  I had made a set for myself a while ago that sit in my living room, and they perfectly coordinate with the matching pillows.  At the same time of having this gift idea, I received a box in the mail from Plaid to try out their silk screening kit.  I originally had intended on making t-shirts, but my idea didn't pan out as planned (more on that later)... Instead, I decided to monogram the backs of the fabric coasters.  … [Read more...]

Holiday Card Holder

November 29, 2011


Tis' the season for cards!  Of course, you might get sent a random card here or there throughout the year for a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion, but there is no time like Christmas when you receive such a flurry of cards all at once.  And aren't they such a delight to get?!  The anticipation of opening the mailbox each day around Christmas is so exciting! Yesterday, I shared 15 creative ways to hang those plethora of cards, and today I am sharing my creation.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was in need of some inspiration this year as to how to display my newly received Christmas … [Read more...]

Holiday Decor Ebook

November 22, 2011


A few months ago I was approached by Myra of My Blessed Life about sharing a Holiday project for an ebook that she was putting together.  At the time I wasn't sure what to submit and I had no idea who else was going to be apart of this ebook.  Well it launched yesterday and it's amazing!  Myra and Mandi, of Life Your Way, partnered together to share some awesome Holiday projects created by more than 20 bloggers - and I was one of them. WOW! This ebook is totally FREE and I know you will find many inspirational projects to create. Now grab a cup of coffee and ENJOY! (hint, hint... my project … [Read more...]

Adding Orange Accents in my Bedroom Makeover

November 21, 2011

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It's been over a week since I've shared happenings of my mini bedroom makeover.  Last week was quite busy, but throughout the craziness, I was able to squeeze in a few moments to get this makeover moving forward.  The aesthetic that I am desiring for this space is calm, inviting, and warm.  The walls were just painted last year, so they are not changing.  The bedding, which is classic white that I purchased from Pottery Barn years ago is also remaining.  So you're probably asking, "What am I changing and why I am doing a makeover?".  Upon updating the window treatments (which I love), I've … [Read more...]

Holiday Stenciling using Martha Stewart Paints by Plaid

November 16, 2011


Happy Wednesday!  I've had such a busy week, but am excited to share with you how I embellished the placemats that I made and blogged about yesterday.  After realizing that I was in need of new placemats for the upcoming Holidays, instead of buying them I made my own.  Why buy when you can DIY?  That's my motto! Here is a quick peak at how they turned out, but you have to keep reading to see how I made them and the products that I used. I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen to try out the Martha Stewart crafts and stencils by Plaid.  This is everything that I received...  From … [Read more...]

The Right (and Wrong) Way to Hang Window Drapery Panels

November 10, 2011

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I had planned on sharing another part of my bedroom makeover, but I got tied up in other directions, and didn't have a chance to complete my next reveal.  But stayed tuned, I hope to wrap it up very soon (see how I said hope - it doesn't mean it'll actually happen, but it's wishful thinking)! Instead, I have a great post for you that will be informative and eye opening. Earlier in the week when I shared my newly made lined window panels, I started to ponder how others think window treatments should be hung.  I sometimes take for granted that homeowners know the tricks that are innate in … [Read more...]

DIY: How to Make Simple Lined Window Drapery Panels

November 8, 2011


For the past few months, I've been thinking about doing some updates to my bedroom.  There's nothing "wrong" with it, but some of the elements - window treatments, pillows, pictures - have been around for a while and you know me, I always need something to change or update! First thing on the list?  Window Treatments. The 'before' window panels were from our previous home and the length has always been an issue since I repurposed them in this space.  They are beautifully lined panels from Pottery Barn (with matching pillow covers), but I was just ready for a change! This is how they … [Read more...]