Thrift Store Makeover Challenge

Have you ever created a thrift store makeover from some little trinket you found at Goodwill or Thrift Savers? Have you ever had someone send you a flea market find to creatively re-purpose? Well, that's exactly what a group of us bloggers did, thanks to a "Swap it Like It's Hot" challenge from Charlotte at Ciburbanity. We each sent a thrift store find to someone and I can't wait to see what everyone received and how they transformed their … [Read more...]

How to Paint Pine Cones

Pine cones are a great decorating resource because you can find them for free on the ground! The only problem is, they're always brown. So I thought, why not paint them? You can easily customize pine cones with the paint color of your choice. This post shows you how to paint pine cones ... it's so very easy! Once your pine cones are painted and dried, pair them with other objects in a wooden bowl. In no time you'll have a pretty centerpiece … [Read more...]

Collection of Summer Decorating Inspiration

We've had wonderful weather this summer! In fact, I have yet to turn on the air conditioning. I think that's a first for me. Usually we've had steamy 90 degree days by now. With summer comes the opportunity to guest post on some of my fellow bloggers' blogs, with everyone busy taking vacations. This week I guest posted at 3 other blogs and want to encourage you to visit those blogs and take a look around. They're all fabulous blogs filled with … [Read more...]

How to Make Lavender Candles

One of my favorite scents in the world is calming lavender ... its sweet floral and herbal fragrance with balsamic undertones. One of the easiest ways to infuse its intoxicating scent throughout the home is with candles. I've found that dried lavender doesn't diffuse throughout a room as quickly and evenly as a burning candle. But good candles with quality fragrance can get expensive, so I decided to make my own lavender candles. I've made … [Read more...]

Brighten Your Houseplants with DIY Button Flowers

To help beat the cabin fever that has been settling in, I ran out to the store and picked up a houseplant, and I don't know if it was the weather affecting me or what, but I thought this cute little ivy could use some color ... so I made colorful button flowers to brighten it up. Now it looks fun and festive instead of ho-hum and ordinary. Let me tell you, these colorful button flowers are super easy to make!   This is what she used to … [Read more...]

How to Make Handmade Greeting Cards

Last month I had so much fun creating Valentine's Day cards so I decided to make general-use handmade greeting cards. This is such an easy and economical project. You can make a bunch at once and then keep them stored in a drawer until you need to send a card. It sure beats paying $4 for a card at the grocery store! You could also keep the cards out on display to decorate your home. Here's how to make them ...   1. Gather Materials I … [Read more...]

Decorated Gift Card Holders

Both of my daughters have birthdays this month, and because they're older, it's harder to buy gifts for them. It was so easy when they were little and I could get them toys. I loved buying Muffy VanderBear and her friends, or Ginny dolls in their pretty dresses. These days, my daughters want workout clothes, kitchen appliances, or gift cards. Gift cards aren't very personal, but then I realized I could personalize them with decorated gift card … [Read more...]

How to Make Book Page Bird Nests

February is almost over and that means spring isn't too far away, right? That's what I keep telling myself, anyway! Lately we've had a couple of owls in the yard that provide beautiful music with their melodic hoots. Often, I fall asleep listening to them. Soon the robins will come back and join them ... it'll just be a few weeks before we see their beautiful red breasts. I love birds and as a kid, was overjoyed whenever I'd find one of their … [Read more...]

How to Transfer Graphics with Mod Podge

Recently I've shared a couple projects where I've used Mod Podge to transfer graphics. I've gotten several emails asking questions about the process so I've created this tutorial in hopes of helping those that struggle with graphic transfers, much like I did until I found this method and tweaked it slightly. You could also Google "graphic transfers" and get other methods for accomplishing this fun task.This simple box started out as a … [Read more...]

Finishing Up a Few Projects

Although I've been wanting to work on some projects around the house, I've been finishing up some craft projects these days. It's been so hot, I just haven't had the energy or drive to tackle some of the home stuff like painting the tub, painting the kitchen, and don't remind me ... painting the outside of the house. Ugh! Definitely too hot for that! So here are some of the things I've accomplished the last couple weeks. The new oil painting was … [Read more...]

Creating a Crafting Cabinet

I've had this IKEA computer cabinet that I no longer use, so I turned it into a crafting cabinet. You might recognize this cabinet. It's the Ikea cabinet I made over with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can read about its makeover here.The inside of the cabinet got a makeover as well as the outside. I lined the interior with book pages and a few graphics to add color and interest.I also added book pages to the insides of the doors. You know … [Read more...]

Life as a Decoupeur

In addition to bottles, I've got a fetish for boxes. Small boxes, big boxes. Square boxes, butterfly-shaped boxes. It doesn't matter. The plainer the better so I can transform them into something pretty. Here's my latest decoupage project ... Choosing decorative paper and figuring how you'll use it is always the fun part. There are so many colors, patterns and styles available. It'd be fun to design decorative paper.I finished 3 boxes which … [Read more...]

Crafting with Paper Mache Boxes

A recent trip to Hobby Lobby didn't result in getting what I went there for (drawer pulls - do they even carry these?). Instead, I saw some plain yet adorable paper mache butterfly boxes and knew just what I wanted to do with them. I was tired of walking around the store looking for the drawer pulls that I never found and wanted to get busy decorating my three butterfly boxes.  This is one of the finished box lids. I meant to take a picture of … [Read more...]

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