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...]

12 Spring Decor Projects

Last night we got hit with snow, but fortunately it wasn't near the 7 inches of fluffy stuff the weatherman predicted. It looked more like two inches to me. And since our weather is warming up in a couple days, the snow will be gone soon. Crazy Chicago area weather! All this makes me crave spring all the more, so today I'm sharing 12 spring decor projects you can make. They're all fairly simple to do. (This post contains affiliate links.) Let's … [Read more...]

Dining Room Makeover to Sitting Room

A couple of weeks ago I revealed that I was turning my dining room into my sitting room. My living room will become my new dining room. After I made the decision to move forward with a dining room makeover - to a sitting room - I came across an inspiration photo on Houzz. I decided my sitting room needs a little more work to look the way I want. Here's my inspiration photo: Photo by Bret Franks Construction, Inc.   I love the wood and … [Read more...]

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Do you remember when you were a kid and used to make homemade Valentine's Day cards to pass out at school? Such care was taken to glue little heart-shaped doilies, buttons, and ribbons in place to make beautiful cards for your friends. It was a proud moment to share these original works of art and have the teacher praise you!  Keep this nostalgic feeling alive by making your own Valentine's Day cards today. You can make them with or without … [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...]

Leaf and Cork Banner: Make Your Own

Today I have a fun and simple Leaf and Cork Banner for you to make using my free leaf printable. It's a quick and easy project, which I needed since I've been getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have you noticed tasks always take much longer than expected?  I could use another 6 hours in every day!  Luckily this banner is easy to make and you can drape it on your mantel or over a hutch. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Arranging Flowers with Teco Art Pottery: A Giveaway

This post is sponsored by PrairieMod but all opinions are my own.   I feel like I've found a little treasure in my own backyard. My treasure combines a bit of local history with beautiful artistry. I'm talking about Teco Art Pottery by PrairieMod. This contemporary art pottery is a perfect complement for arranging flowers into pretty bouquets. You might remember this cheerful zinnia arrangement from my recent family room post. The flowers are … [Read more...]

How to Make a Naked Cake

Do you love cake but find yourself scraping off a lot of the frosting before eating it? Say hello to the naked cake! It wears a bit of frosting between the layers but the sides are bare. Cake designers have elevated the naked cake to a work of art and I feel they're often prettier than their fully-frosted counterparts. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create your own beautiful version of a naked cake. I actually think this style of cake is … [Read more...]

Simple Farmhouse Shelf

Sometimes the simplest of decorating touches can make the biggest impact. I was thinking of getting a small shelf for my bathroom and the other day it struck me how to get what I wanted without spending any money. I had an unused wooden crate that I was reluctant to toss out despite the fact that it was just laying around taking up space and not providing any value. It popped into my head to paint it white and convert it into a simple farmhouse … [Read more...]

11 DIY Pallet Projects

Where I work during the day, we have tons of pallets laying around just waiting for something to happen. I've often thought of hauling a bunch of them home to make stuff ... but what would I make?  Lucky for me I have blogging friends who inspire me on a daily basis and have provided me with much needed inspiration to get started on a few DIY pallet projects.  Here's my collection of ideas from them. Let me know which you like best! Oh, I … [Read more...]

Floral Chandelier: How to Make Your Own

The past few days I've noticed a new pep in my step and I know without a doubt it's because the grass is green, the trees are budding, my lilac bushes are blooming, and the Earth is bursting with life. Oh how I love this time of year! Truly. The death of winter is over. Finally! To bring a little of that sweet springtime cheer inside, I made a floral chandelier a couple weeks ago and I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own. For … [Read more...]

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