How to Make Scented Candles

If you've never made homemade candles, I sincerely urge you to try it. I was always afraid to give it a go, but finally stepped out of my comfort zone a little over a year ago and wondered why I had waited so long! I think the idea of melting wax freaked me out (you know, horror stories in the kitchen) so I just kept buying candles at the store. Today I'm sharing how to make scented candles so you can see just how easy it is. Of all the candles … [Read more...]

DIY Hanging Snow Globes

November is kind of an awkward month for bloggers.  We've got one foot in the Fall and Thanksgiving season, and another foot in the Christmas season. We try to showcase Christmas decor early to provide inspiration, kind of like the stores but we don't start quite as early as they do!  Today I'm sharing DIY hanging snow globes that are ridiculously easy to make and look so pretty, too!  It's part of today's Celebrations of Home hop (you can visit … [Read more...]

How to Make a Twig Mirror

Colorful leaves are beginning to carpet our lawn and the Silver Maples have dropped quite a few branches, which is common for that type of tree.  We always get a new batch of fallen twigs after a storm and we add them to our burn pile.  But as I was looking at the pile, the thought occurred to me to do something crafty with those branches. And so today, I'm sharing how to make a twig mirror! We had a record number of fallen branches in our yard … [Read more...]

Glitter Star DIY Ornaments

When it comes to Christmas, I tend to be a traditionalist. I like old-fashioned decorations with lots of greenery draped around the house. I love twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, and anything with glitter! Today I'm sharing how to make Glitter Star DIY ornaments as part of a fun celebration called the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas. Each day during the month of October, a blogger is sharing a handmade ornament. You can see all of their holiday … [Read more...]

Rustic Twig Candles ~ Seasons of Home

Crisp mornings, cozy sweaters, golden sunlight on colorful leaves ... these are the signs of autumn ... along with fallen Silver Maple branches cluttering our yard! We make a pile of all the twigs and branches and burn them in our fire pit for roasting marshmallows. And some of the twigs made their way into craft projects this fall, like the rustic twig candles I'm showing you today as part of the Seasons of Home - Autumn Edition tour that I'm … [Read more...]

Best DIY Halloween Ghosts!

Halloween. That magical evening when gentle fall breezes tickle colorful leaves making them dance down the street while children in spooky costumes are outside bewitching their neighbors for tricks and treats. Inside, I'm watching Jamie Lee Curtis scream for her life in "Halloween" with all the lights off and candles in the window, pausing the movie only to answer the door for hungry visitors. For this year's decorations, I made the best DIY … [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...]

Wall Art from Paper Bags

Farmhouse style is my favorite home decor because it's so practical and pretty. This fall and winter I've decided to add more farmhouse elements to our home ... mostly in the form of farm animals. As I was unsuccessfully combing the store for farm-y wall decor, I spied a couple of decorative Kraft paper bags with a goat and llama on them. I thought to myself, "why can't they make decorative prints like these paper bags?" And then it dawned … [Read more...]

Decorate Your Unused Glass Bottles

A couple months ago I shared a post about some gray-painted glass bottles that I had purchased from a local flea market vendor. I tried making a couple myself and one of my readers asked if I could share the tutorial. If you have any unused glass bottles laying around, consider decorating them instead of throwing them out. They don't need to be vintage bottles ... just find a few with interesting shapes. When it comes to painting and distressing … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Flags

Welcome to another edition of No-Sew Sunday! I'm joining a few other blogging friends to bring you patriotic projects you can do yourself ... without having to do any sewing!  Today is Flag Day so it seemed apropos to host a patriotic theme today. Join us the second Sunday of each month at 6 pm CT for a round of no-sew projects.  My project is super quick and easy and something you can use for the 4th of July. I made a set of DIY Mini Flags using … [Read more...]

DIY Burlap Bird Banner

Another rainy day has ended and more rain is on its way at the end of the week. The rain is great for our vegetable garden, but it's not so good for my mood. I'm getting a little stir crazy with the rain so I worked on some craft projects, like my new burlap bird banner. I love decorating with banners. They add color and whimsy to any corner of your home, and of course, they're always great for party decor. This one was pretty easy to … [Read more...]

No-Sew Landscape Burlap Swag Curtains

Do you like to sew? No? Then you're in the right place because this is a no-sew blog hop with projects from fellow bloggers that require absolutely no sewing!  I get lots of questions about the landscape burlap swag curtains in my family room so I've decided to show you the tutorial on how to make them ... and no sewing involved! Here's a shot of the burlap swags in my family room. I've paired them with white Roman shades I found at IKEA. I … [Read more...]

DIY Cigar Box Planters

Over the years I've shared some of my favorite collections with you ... white ironstone, aqua bottles, and vintage books. But I don't think I've ever shared how much I love wooden cigar boxes. Yes ... smelly old cigar boxes! I prefer the more rustic ones and truth be told, I love the smell of a good cigar! With spring in the air I'm itching to get my fingers in the dirt and what better way to get my fix than with DIY cigar box planters? I filled … [Read more...]