Archives for September 2013

Easy DIY Fall Kitchen Decor

Easy DIY Fall Kitchen Decor

Nine projects - one day. Add half a dozen more.   Try ths easy DIY fall kitchen decor - you will enjoy your kitchen more if it's pretty to look at.   Are you happy with how you store your kitchen goods?   This is how I kept my dry goods for years tucked away in my pantry - pretty unimaginative, I know.   Not being a "pink" person, I was glad to get rid of that bucket. What do you have sitting around that you hate to look at? There's nothing I can say about the baking soda. It is what it is. Enter the mason jars. Five dozen mason jars in varying designs allowed me to pick out some of the unusual ones to use for my kitchen fall decor. Continue reading

Painted Fall Decor Accents – Before and After

Painted Fall Decor Accents – Before and After

  Today is the day I get to use all the things I bought this week Let's do some Fall Deco! I can't wait to show you what I did today. I need to hurry or I will have to change that to "yesterday." This is what I started with: Bag of 12 handpainted ceramic pumpkins - $4.00 at Goodwill Funky Candle Holder - $3.00 at Goodwill Little metal vase - $.86 at Nice as New consignment shop Metal hanging thingy - $1.50 Nice as New consignment shop Ugly green pumpkin - $1.99 at Goodwill Little orange pumpkin - $.75 at Goodwill Black sequin pumpkin - $1.00 at Target (Tar-jay as I like to call it) Blackboard spray paint - $3.98 at Menards Jelly Jar - old deco from Continue reading

Front Door Design

Front Door Design

What's your door flavor? We just replaced our front door and I'm trying to decide how I want it finished both on the exterior and the interior of the house. If I had my choice, I'd have a Hobbit door, but since I have to live in reality... Take a look at these from Saffronia Baldwin Interior Design. I definitely want the crown molding over the door inside the house - and we are going with the white trim. Here is another door with crown molding, only this one is on the inside - pretty close to what we want for ours. It's from I Love Trim. Here are some more interesting designs from All Super Design. My Front Door Project in the Works - "Before" If we're going to re-do our front door, Continue reading

Finding Fall Home Tours

Click on the banner above and start a 16 home tour that will amaze and inspire you. It began yesterday and I am excited to see all of the homes featured!   Continue reading

Front Porch Decor – Easy DIY

Front Porch Decor – Easy DIY

No More Junk Here! The above picture is my front porch I was telling you about - I pulled all my projects together and am pretty happy with the result.  It's certainly better than looking at a pile of junk that usually graced our front entrance! This fall I'm going to try to go big and use the pumpkins and corn shocks out of our garden and maybe even the vines from our squash. Here's some fall front porch decor ideas I think are inspiring: source source I have a cute little wooden wagon that Mark, my DH, crafted for me years ago. That would work great in front of my painted chair that I already have on the front porch. Love the look of this next one - from Pinterest... source I think I will try my hand at painting a Continue reading

Homemade Apple Pie Filling and Applesauce

Homemade Apple Pie Filling and Applesauce

Apples. Apples. AAAppples!!!! I mentioned in a recent post that I was spending hours cutting up apples a neighbor gave us for applesauce and apple pie filling to put in our freezer. Here's a quick recap in case you are looking at two or three bags of apples and don't know what to do with them. First I cut up a bunch into cubes with skins on and threw them into sandwich baggies for the freezer. Rather than using lemon juice to keep them from browning, I soaked them in salt water as I cut them up instead. I had read on Pinterest that someone had tried it and it worked so I tried it - besides, it was cheaper and easier. They've been in my freezer a week now and are as white as the moment I cut them up. Yay! Applesauce After that I spent a couple of days Continue reading

Sixteen Foods You Can Grow from Kitchen Scraps

Sixteen Foods You Can Grow from Kitchen Scraps

Guest Post by Andy Whiteley, Co-Founder of Wake Up World Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it! There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. And very simple … if you know how to do it. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. So, wherever possible, I recommend buying local organic produce, so you know your Continue reading

DIY Dried Herbs – Improving Our Lives Through Gardening

DIY Dried Herbs – Improving Our Lives Through Gardening

To Garden or Not to Garden, That is the Question I've become interested in growing my own food both out of necessity (to save money), and because our new house had a ready made fenced in garden area (out of obligation to use God's gifts to us). It has become a family project that surprised us all by producing well our first year.   We have a dozen tomato plants full of soon to be ripe tomatoes that we plan to can (a future blog post!), along with beans, broccoli, corn, watermelon, lettuce, leeks, squash and peppers. We even grew flowers, cilantro and parsley. Needless to say, we are very excited! To see the fruit of our labor (literally!) has been such a blessing. A Garden that Produces Well is Very Inspiring It has been a joy Continue reading

Using Words as Accents

Using Words as Accents

Here's a simple piece of DIY decor for you - use words as accents for home decor to add interest to any room. (UPDATED)   In my guest room I want to create a warm cozy feeling, something that would reflect how we feel about our guests. There's nothing like feeling loved!   The "L" - second hand store for $1.25 The "E" - TJ Maxx for $5.00 The "V" - from Hobby Lobby, $2.00 after using a 40% off coupon. The heart shaped pinecone wreath is an old piece of decor that's been floating around here for years. Here it is all put together:   I want to paint one or more of the letters, but have not decided what colors to paint them. What do you Continue reading