How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel the Cheap Way!

Disclosure: I was provided with compensation by Duraflame® but all opinions are my own. Is there something about your home you don't love? Maybe the bathrooms are small (like ours) or the kitchen outdated (yep, that too!) Or maybe a feature your home is missing? (What, no his and her walk-in closets? Me neither!) Even if you design your … [Read more...]

How to Create a Christmas Village Display

This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. One year as a young bride I discovered the beauty of collecting miniature houses for Christmas. I had my family buy several of the Dickensville ones at half price at the end of the season and give them to me for my birthday. Slowly my little village … [Read more...]

Small Ranch Home Kitchen Remodel: The Dream Begins!

It all started with one little question.  If you could dream a little, what would you think about.......? Have any of you wives had that same kind of conversation with your husbands? Just a little "thinking out loud" kind of wondering? For my DIY husband and I these talks always seem to center around our home, mainly because … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure DIY Step Ladder Shelf

Let's play "You Know You're a DIY'er When . . ." . . . Sunday is one of your favorite days because Monday is trash day! This is the best time of the week to drive around my neighborhood looking for other people's trash that will become my next treasure! . . . Your friends text you a pic from a local thrift store excitedly sharing what … [Read more...]

Thrifty Christmas Home Tour

I never officially hosted a Christmas home tour for all of you this year and probably by now you're sick to death of Christmas! As usual my crazy life intersected pretty pictures and life won! But in case you're still hanging in here with me I want to give you a quick tour of some spaces in my home I haven't shared and a recap of some … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

Last year I decorated with red and aqua in the kitchen at Christmas and loved it so much I decided to change the colors in the room! I've been slowly adding red into the decor and since I've never shown the opposite end of this room I'm hoping to do a reveal in the next few weeks.  Sadly it's about a year late but that's about par for the … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. For years I bemoaned the fact that I didn't have a fireplace in our home, thus I had no place to cuddle up with my hubby and no mantel to decorate to share my creativity and yard sale goodies. You … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas for Christmas

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is our front deck. Some folks who don't live in the south have questioned the wisdom of building a deck without a roof, (otherwise known as a porch.) Yes, a porch would have been ideal,  but so would a Lamborghini and that ain't happening! (OK, I don't know cars and that's the only one I … [Read more...]

Fence Board O Holy Night Sign

Disclosure: I was provided compensation by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) It's time to jump full steam ahead into the holiday season! Yesterday I shared a precious memory of my sister and her favorite Mexican Wedding Cookie … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

True confession here. If you aren't familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty's Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

7 Creative Storage Ideas for Christmas Decorations

After all the celebrating and family activities are over, do you immediately take down your Christmas decorations or do you savor every last day you can? I'm somewhat of a mixture of both. Some years I am so ready to reorganize my home that I attack the tree and Christmas village enthusiastically in hopes for a return to normalcy. Other … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

  Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he's having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he's going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while. On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful. Yes, … [Read more...]

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

  (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) Do you believe you're a creative person? Do you feel more comfortable with a plan and a schedule? I would normally say yes to both questions, but juggling family responsibilities (homeschooling, church, etc.) and work deadlines is teaching me so much about myself! I seem … [Read more...]

15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects

When I started my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home on October 1st I had no idea if I would finish on time, or even reach the finish line. Yet here I am! If you've been following along I'm so grateful for you! These last 31 days have been a labor of love. I've learned that I can reach beyond myself to achieve dreams that are just beyond … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Fence Board Christmas Sign

  Anyone remember these lyrics? If I could make days last forever If words could make wishes come true I'd save every day like a treasure and then, Again, I would spend them with you   Those lyrics by Jim Croce were a favorite when I was in high school back in (mumble, mumble) some years ago. Today they … [Read more...]

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

  If it's Christmas it must be time for my husband to be hard at work with another Pinterest project for me! From Tim: hubby and handyman extraordinaire: This scrap wood Christmas tree was a fantastically simple project (inspired by this sign)!  My bride asked, "Can you make me this Chr…" and it was done. Well, maybe not … [Read more...]

How to Make a Gallery Wall

  We have transformed several areas of our home in the last three months and I want to start out sharing the one that tickles me the most.   Since I got hooked on Pinterest a few months ago (you can follow me by clicking on my side bar) I have incorporated some of the ideas I've pinned. My inspiration for my project is found here. I … [Read more...]

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