Fall Inspiration The other day I said to my DH, “DH, look at that mountain (we have a little mountain here called Granite Peak), doesn’t it look like a patchwork quilt with all that yellow, orange and red?” In his creative artistic visionary way he replied, “Looks like a bunch of colorful trees to me.” Isn’t he amusing? Bring Fall Inside A fall tablescape isn’t just for your dining room – how about your couch table, bedside table, or front door accent table? So many tables. So many ideas. Use them all. This fall arrangement is on a buffet at my front door. You know, I’ve found it gathers much less, “junk” when I’ve decorated it for the season. I suppose it’s because the “junk” so detracts from it’s prettiness that I’m much better at keeping it cleaned off. The bottle above came from the limo … Read more
COME LEARN SOME STUFF Since I mentor furniture flippers, accumulating staging props to use in photos for listings can be a big issue. So I like to help with every area of the flipping process to help members save money and increase profits. We can make our own decor and save $ – our bottom line isn’t only affected by the profit we make on a piece of furniture, but also on our expenses. So, the more staging decor we acquire easily and cheaply, the better. NEW POP-UP GROUP ON FACEBOOK THE ESCAPE ROOM – DIY Staging Decor is open and ready for you. You can click the name and it will take you there so you can sign up and reserve your spot. It’s going to be fun! I’m busily working on projects to share with you. It starts September 28, but you can join in on the … Read more
We came across The 13th Colony on our way to Minoqua. WI. There are three reasons I stop to shops like this: 1. I like to support Mom & Pop shops. 2. I enjoy getting ideas for my own home, mostly on how to use what I already have in a new and different way. 3. It helps me establish what I do and don't like for my decor. I rarely buy anything at places like this because I am a DIY'er and very cheap! But I did find their prices reasonable and the selection of never before seen products was intriguing. They were kind enough to let me photograph their store. I'll let the photo essay do the talking. Enjoy Blessings! Pinterest / Facebook / Google+ / LinkedIn / Twitter
Simple DIY – Repurposed Decor DO YOU REPURPOSE OR DO YOU JUST TOSS? A little bit of money, a little bit of time and a little bit of ingenuity… I’ve added a few little things to welcome fall into my home. I bought on clearance a bulletin board that a graduate would use at an open house and changed it into a jewelry holder. Simple changes can easily repurpose items. Ever heard the expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”? It’s true! The graduate bulletin board was originally $35.00 at Kohls and I got it for $3.50 on clearance. Don’t ya just love Kohls? At the time I wasn’t sure what I would use them for; I thought I could give one or two to someone for Christmas, and maybe use one in the church office. But now that I’ve discovered another use for them (I bought … Read more
A local farm was selling pumpkins for $2.00, so I bought 3 to use on my porch. There’s something very satisfying about supporting local businesses. For my fall porch deco I used my funky candle holder, a basket I found at Goodwill for $1.99 (I painted the sign with chalkboard paint), and a mum plant I bought on clearance at Walmart for $3.99. I added some of my other diy projects and some fall finery from our yard. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Easy project – spray paint an old banged up watering can! Click here to see more fall decorating projects on my Pinterest board. What’s on your deck?
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. Paint mason jar rings your accent color and then fill them with dry goods. Make use of … Read more
Today is the day I get to use all the things I bought this week Let’s do some Fall Decor! 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 hand painted 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 years ago Two decorative glass canisters – $1.99 & $1.49 at 2 different Goodwills Bag of caramel chocolate brownie flavored Cameron’s … Read more
We recently moved from a larger house in Michigan that housed all 17 of us – yes, I said 17. I have 15 children. If you want to do a little reading on our family and my life these past few years, visit my family blog at: Mom of Many. Below you can see a picture of the last time we were all together in 2004. We weren’t able to downsize when our last 3 children moved out, or to put it less graciously, get rid of all the junk, because we had our house on the market for nearly 3 years. All our stuff we needed to get out of the house to improve the look while it was on the market went into boxes and were piled up in the garage. We had to put on the “face.” You know the, “Come look at our house – we … Read more