Book Page Apples and Free Printable

For as long as I can remember, I've loved working with paper. It started with doing origami as a young child and moved onto making gum wrapper chains as an older kid. Then in junior high I became enamored with stationery and all the different patterns available. When I managed a fitness club, I loved coordinating colored memos and signs. And now, I love working with book pages and scrap book paper (even though I don't do any scrap booking). Last … [Read more...]

15 Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner and there's still time to make mom's day special with handmade gifts. My mother is no longer with me, but there's no reason I can't give a gift to my daughters who are moms. While store-bought presents are always nice, there's something special about a gift you make with your own hands. Here are some ideas that you can still create before Mother's Day. Click on the links to go to the tutorials. Bath … [Read more...]

Pretty Paper Cone Garland How-To

If you're a regular reader of Town and Country Living, you know how much I love banners and garlands. They're an inexpensive way to add color and charm to a room, whether you're hosting a party or just want a pop of color to enjoy every day. Today's pretty paper cone garland doesn't take long to make and it's easy enough for people who think they're all thumbs.   Hubby thinks my paper cone garland looks like little hats.   To … [Read more...]

Upgrading Houseplants: Creative Ideas

Most of us know that plants purify the air and so we bring them into our home. They lend beauty, texture, and health benefits. Unfortunately, they often come in plain plastic pots. Today I'm sharing a few creative ways for upgrading houseplants to give them a customized look.   This is a cute little Lemon Button Fern, which is easy to grow. Its dainty fronds enjoy indirect light and prefers the soil moist, but not … [Read more...]

10-Minute Floral Centerpiece

Every morning this time of year I dread waking up in the dark. I like summertime and waking up with the sun's warm rays touching my face. But since I can't have that right now, I'm cheering up my interior spaces with pretty flowers. Today I'm sharing how to make a 10-minute floral centerpiece. It's nice to have quick and easy projects that put a smile on your face. (This post contains affiliate links.)   Pink and white were the colors of … [Read more...]

Valentine Heart Boxes: How to Make

Valentine's Day was always my favorite holiday classroom party back in grade school. Choosing Valentines from the shelves of boxes at the local five and dime store was always fun. Once home, signing my name to each one and tucking it into a small white envelope marked with each classmate's name was a task I enjoyed. It didn't matter if you didn't like someone in your class, you still gave each schoolmate a Valentine card. The teacher asked us to … [Read more...]

Decorating with Botanics: Ideas and Free Printables

Our weird and unpredictable Chicago weather is up to old tricks again. Next week the temperature is supposed to climb as high as 55 degrees. This of course makes my craving for spring and greenery that much stronger. Since it'll still be a good three months before we see any signs of green life outside, I thought I'd share a few ideas for bringing nature indoors. Here are nine ideas and resources for decorating with botanics. My favorite project … [Read more...]

Wood Slice Garland: Make Your Own

A couple days ago I shared a few winter decorating details in my family room. One of those details is a wood slice garland that I made. It was an exciting project for me because it's the first time I've ever used a cordless drill to make something. Don't laugh. It's true. I'm not much of a tool person, leaving those projects to my hubby. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and ended up feeling silly because it was so easy! (This post … [Read more...]

How to Make Rose Bath Salts

The holidays are over and you deserve a break after all the cooking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping. What better way to unwind and relax than with a luxurious soak in the tub? Rose bath salts make the experience even better, with their intoxicating fragrance and therapeutic benefits. You'll find it's easy to make your own bath salts with just a few simple ingredients.   To make your own rose bath salts you'll need Himalayan salt, … [Read more...]

Pamper Yourself: 12 Ways

Christmas is over and it's time to take a deep breath, relax a little, and enjoy a little "me time." I'm sharing  ideas on how to pamper yourself so you can unwind. Chance are you've been decorating, cooking, baking, and cleaning. You shouldn't feel guilty for taking care of yourself; it's actually quite healthy. Enjoy a Relaxing Bath A warm bath relieves tight muscles and can do wonders to calm your nerves. Add your favorite fragance in the … [Read more...]

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

When I see a gathering of pine cones on the ground, I envision what I can make with them. They're the perfect craft project because they're easy to work with and they're free! Today I'm sharing how to make Pine Cone Christmas Trees! You've probably seen similar little trees on Pinterest or in the pages of your favorite crafting magazine.   First of all, don't buy pine cones at the store since you can get them for free almost anywhere … [Read more...]

Frosted Mason Jar Votives

My Christmas home tour is next Wednesday and I'm hoping to finish up my decorating this weekend. It always takes longer than I think, as I move from room to room and see projects needing completion. At the last minute I decided to make Frosted Mason Jar Votives for my stairway. It's become a tradition now to line my staircase with some type of candle. The frosted votives are so easy to make and don't take much time either.   Start with … [Read more...]

Wooden Christmas Ornaments with Free Printable

Next week is Thanksgiving and I've been trying to get the majority of my Christmas decorating done before then. I've never finished decorating for the holidays this early, but this year I want to spend as much time as possible with my family during the holiday season. I'm also keeping my decorating simpler and feel much less stressed than I did last year. I do enjoy small Christmas projects though, like the wooden Christmas ornaments I recently … [Read more...]