Let’s Keep it Simple DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

Let’s Keep it Simple DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

An Oldie But Goodie from 2013 Three of years ago I was looking for something different than the usual gift wrap. Scouring the Internet for ideas turned out some great options. I settled on this:   I wanted to had to keep it simple. Life was just too busy to be Christmas fancy. Most people just go out and buy a bunch of rolls of coordinating paper. But instead of going traditional, I decided to embrace - the KISS principal (keep it simple, stupid). The couple of rolls from last year wasn't enough to work with, so a thrifty minimalist Continue reading

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Here is a quick lineup of my Thanksgiving Tablescape - I did this one a couple of years ago and it was a big hit. A finely decorated table can add to the festive atmosphere. What are you plans this year?     Tips Day One - Use what you already have.     Tips Day Two - Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.     Tips Day Three - Add items from the great outdoors.     Tips Day Continue reading

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags Is Christmas on your mind today? I love Christmas. Since this year has been hectic and unusally busy (as has been for you all, I would imagine), I'm giving you my gift tag FREE download to make your gift wrapping easier. Christmas Gift Tags for You Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags Just click on "Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags" below the pictures and I will send them to you via email as a PDF. I LINK TO THESE GREAT PARTIES Continue reading

5 Simple DIY Christmas Decoration Projects for December

5 Simple DIY Christmas Decoration Projects for December

  Making your own holiday decorations is a great way to deck the halls with friends and family. There's no need to waste money on store bought goods when similar and oftentimes superior products can be crafted in the comfort of your own home. Getting the family together to create holiday decorations creates a sense of togetherness, and the beautiful end result speaks for itself. If you love Christmas and DIY crafts, the following holiday project ideas are sure to satisfy your creative urges. Wrapping in Style Photo by PermaCultured via Flickr When we Continue reading

Christmas DIY Wood Crate Challenge

Christmas DIY Wood Crate Challenge

  We were challenged to take a plain wood crate and make it Christmas festive. I bought three and plan to use them under my Christmas tree.   BEFORE Box and Snowflakes       First I spray painted the inside with Rustoleum's Painter's Touch 2x Ivory Bisque.   Large wood snow flakes at Hobby Lobby were perfect for an accent. I spray painted them the same ivory bisque as the box interior and then sprinkled silver glitter on it to give it Continue reading

Cabinet Door Chalkboard – EASY DIY

Cabinet Door Chalkboard – EASY DIY

Chalkboard DIY - Crazy Easy   Here is the promised cabinet door chalkboard easy DIY from my fall porch. Seriously, this took me less than 5 minutes.   Not everything you see is a difficult to achieve as it seems. Sometimes it's crazy easy. This is one of those.   Here it is on my porch:     I started with a clearanced kitchen cabinet from Menards. I paid $3. I bought three of them all in different colors.   I would have painted it using chalky paint, but Continue reading

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

  I've got a quick how-to for you because many have asked about the ladder I have on my porch. It's rather simple, mind you. Like 15 minute simple.   Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle   While at my DD and SIL's home renovation they ripped off their deck-ish type of backyard railing. Here it is in the raw, Isaac and Dad taking it off their back porch:   Rather than toss it, I grabbed it for a future project.   This is my DH - and if you can read his Continue reading

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015

Fab Fall Projects & Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to The Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop Six days full of online fall home decor goodness! (Links to other blogs are at the end)   My fab fall front yard & deck project   We bought our house two years ago and it was in a shambles! The yard looked (and still does in some areas) like it was a back woods farm that hadn't been touched in years.   Here are before pictures of our house just before we bought it. Pretty sad, no?     The front was Continue reading

I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

You've all heard the overused quote, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I'm here to tell you that if you don't have a mom to send flowers to this Mother's Day, send them to yourself!   The ads for Mother's Day gifts are everywhere, and since I've recently suffered loss, they make me feel lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut.   I decided to overcompensate.   Instead of bemoaning the fact my mom isn't here to receive flowers from me, I'm sending them to myself. I'm going Continue reading

Thanksgiving Kid’s Table

Thanksgiving Kid’s Table

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Did you lavishly decorate or keep it simple?   We focused on the kid's table this year. Since the kids tend to get a bit impatient with us when we are getting the food on the table, I gave them something to do...   The kid's Thanksgiving printables are from here at Busy Bee Kid's Printables. Their appetizers (apples, peanuts, pretzels, carrots, string cheese and gummies) and the placemats kept them happy AND busy. Our three year old Continue reading