The Phenomenon of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

For many years I've been a huge fan of painted furniture. I love that you can transform a junky old piece into a thing of beauty with just a few coats of paint. I do not, however, enjoy painting furniture ... that is until I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. The paint adheres easily to all surfaces (I painted my claw foot tub with it) and doesn't require a lot of prep work. Score! I no longer use regular old house paint for furniture pieces. … [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...]

Easy Springtime Centerpiece in Yellow and Aqua

It's time to celebrate! The snow is almost gone!! Not only that, but I heard it's supposed to be 60 degrees on Sunday! It was even pleasant enough to take a walk outside with hubby and we saw about 20 robins in the field looking for worms. This inspired me to play around with some items I had at home to create a pretty yellow and aqua springtime centerpiece. This springtime centerpiece is one of the fastest I've ever put together. And I was … [Read more...]

Paper Valentine Heart Banner

I must be going through holiday decorating withdrawals because I've never been as anxious to spruce up my home for Valentine's Day as this year. I guess I really did enjoy decorating for Christmas.  So anywho ... I started making Valentine's Day cards and one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had a paper Valentine heart banner instead. The big hearts were made with blank note cards and were supposed to be Valentine cards. They still … [Read more...]

How to Make Lavender Dryer Sachets

Want an easy project you can make quickly that smells oh so good? I'm here to show you how to make lavender dryer sachets. Yes ... dryer sachets! In a matter of minutes you can have pretty, lavender dryer sachets that you toss into your dryer to make your laundry smell fresh and beautiful. The subtle scent of lavender is sure to boost your spirits during these gray winter days! French Lavender is one of my all-time favorite scents ... But you … [Read more...]

DIY Mossy Pots

Now that we're officially in the throes of winter, I find myself craving nature's greenery. I have to admit, in the summer I sometimes have nightmares that it's snowing outside and I wake in a panic! I'm definitely a warm weather kinda girl and try to find comfort during these frosty days by adding natural elements to my home whenever possible. Today I'm happy to share these DIY Mossy Pots with you that are so easy to make and look cute, … [Read more...]

Christmas Extravaganza Features

Christmas is coming and by the looks of blogland, most of you are ready for the holidays! Thanks to all who participated in the Christmas Extravaganza by sharing decor, crafts, and recipes! On my blog, I shared 15 Christmas Decorating Ideas at the Christmas Extravaganza ... Like this wreath hanging from the inside of my dining hutch door. An abundance of talent was shared by many of you and I hope you've had time to visit some of each other's … [Read more...]

How to Make a Pine Cone Garland

I don't know what it is about garlands, banners, and buntings; but I just love them! Some are fancy and some are plain but each one adds a pretty element to home decor. I've been looking at hundreds of Christmas banners on Pinterest and became inspired to create one of my own. So today, I'm sharing how to make a pine cone garland. Mine cost less than $4 to make! Since I live in the northern part of the U.S., I opted for frosty looking pine … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Decor – Trio of Boxwood Wreaths

Today is the day I officially started decorating for Christmas. Why so soon? Because my home is scheduled to be on a couple online Christmas tours this year starting the first week in December! So I'm not waiting until after Thanksgiving to deck the halls. I've gotta start doing it now or I won't be ready! It was such a gloomy day here today, I'm surprised my photos turned out as bright as they did. Want to see my first DIY Christmas decor … [Read more...]

Vintage Mirror Vignette

What is it about vintage mirrors that cast their spell and draw you into their aged beauty? Something about their blemished, cloudy glass creates an ethereal and ageless appeal. I've been collecting old mirrors for a while now and recently created this little vintage mirror vignette from various flea market and junk finds. Sage flowers from the yard join an aqua bottle and vintage mirror on a shelf.   The small arched mirror was … [Read more...]

How to Make a Paper Fan Garland

I don't know about you but I'm so happy garlands and buntings are back in fashion! Most are easy to make and add whimsical charm to any room. I've made a few so far but this is the first one I actually documented so I could share the tutorial. What's great about this paper fan garland is that you can use a variety of paper so you'll always be able to make one in just the right color. I strung this book page paper fan garland across the mirror … [Read more...]

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Would you like to learn how to make these simple DIY tissue paper flowers? Today I'm sharing a very easy tutorial over at Live Creatively Inspired. I had seen some fancier flowers made from script tissue paper in a local boutique but didn't want to spend $6 apiece for them. So I looked online at a few tutorials - some are simple, some are more advanced. I decided to go with something easy.   Simple and sweet, these DIY tissue paper … [Read more...]

How to Make Lavender Linen Spray

The June/August issue of Country Living magazine arrived in my mailbox and there was a snippet about making lavender linen spray.  Since I had leftover dried lavender buds from making sachets, I thought I'd put my stock to good use. Lavender linen spray is very easy to make and is far cheaper than buying it in a store. Lavender oil is said to help induce sleep so I plan to use the lavender linen spray on our bed sheets.   You don't need a … [Read more...]

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