DIY Wall Art: How to Make Your Own

Lately I've been turning a critical eye to the walls in my home. I'm making some changes, but decorative changes can be expensive. If you're also challenged by the high cost of artwork, you'll enjoy this post that shares a collection of economical DIY wall art. Some are my own creations, and some are the work of fellow bloggers. Click on the links below to be taken to the tutorials. One of my favorite projects was creating DIY wall art using … [Read more...]

Vintage Poster Art for Sitting Room

 One of my favorite stores moved further away, which didn't make me happy. But the other day we took a trip out there and I found some cool vintage posters. For just a few dollars, I turned them into vintage poster art and hung the first one in my sitting room. (This post contains affiliate links.) I've had the bird poster on the left for awhile. The new one is the smaller vintage bird poster on the right. I had the empty frame hanging on the … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Flower Vase

Are you enjoying your summer? I sure hope so! Today I have a quick and easy home decor project for you that I think you'll enjoy. It's a DIY rustic flower vase that makes a cute centerpiece - perfect for a dinner party, a bridal shower, a wedding, or just every day use. Another bonus is that it doesn't cost much to make. (This post contains affiliate links.)   To make your DIY rustic flower vase, all you need is a glass cylinder vase, … [Read more...]

How to Make Lavender Rosemary Bath Salts

Summer means spending time outside in the fresh air and sometimes that can be exhausting. Working in the garden, bike rides and long walks, swimming in the pool or at the beach - plenty of physical activity! What better way to unwind and soothe sore muscles than with a luxurious and therapeutic soak in the bath tub?  Add fragrant, homemade lavender rosemary bath salts to your bath for increased health benefits. Bath salts are known to provide a … [Read more...]

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...]

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