Fall Floral Chandelier: Make Your Own

Kids are back in school and my thoughts and creativity have turned to fall projects. Today I'm joining four blogging friends to bring you a collection of autumn DIY projects. Thanks to Taryn of Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this crafty event. I'm sharing how to make a fall floral chandelier with beautiful silk flowers. Even if you think you can't arrange flowers, you'll be able to tackle this project successfully! (This post contains … [Read more...]

DIY Recycled Cardboard Coasters

Last week we were idly shopping on my favorite street in Geneva, Illinois, and I came across a set of adorable coasters - made of cardboard! I knew I had supplies at home to make my own DIY recycled cardboard coasters. Why spend money if you don't have to? (This post contains affiliate links.) Cardboard coasters are quick and easy to create. Keep them for yourself or give them as a small gift. These might be cute for party favors.   I … [Read more...]

How to Arrange Flowers: with Matthew Robbins

Today I'm going to show you how to arrange flowers using tips from event designer and planner, Matthew Robbins. Matthew has been a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Weddings for over 15 years, among other popular publications. After watching his video, which you'll see at the end of this post, I realized the mistakes I was making with my own flower arrangements. I prefer floral arrangements that aren't perfectly symmetrical. My favorite … [Read more...]

DIY Knife Holder: Flea Market Inspired

Do you have any items in your home that are beyond their usefulness yet you still keep them around? That's how it's been with my wooden knife holder. I've owned it for at least 15 years and it's seen better days. When I saw a creative DIY knife holder in a recent issue of Flea Market Style magazine, I knew a change was on the horizon. (This post contains affiliate links.) Do you like home projects that cost no money and only take minutes to … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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