So, here we are – Dec. 3rd, and my tree sits in my living room – ready to decorate. I’ll admit it, I’m a little envious of those that already have their decorations in place. Sure, I had great plans of decorating Saturday and Sunday, after Thanksgiving… then tonsillitis struck. No energy and just generally feeling yucky. Uugh, I thought I would make it through the holidays without getting sick this year.
Well, enough whining – I did do a few quick flourishes on Monday. No, the tree still is not decorated, but at least I have a few touches of Christmas in place.
I cut out “Christmas Joy” with my Cricut and some red card stock, glued it onto some twine and tah- dah!
I then went to Graphics Fairy and found this wonderful reindeer print and some sheet music to print out and add some interest to the mantel
I’m not putting up our small tree in the den, which I usually decorate with my childhood ornaments, so I put those on display in a large glass bowl… so I still get to enjoy them.
Oh, and lest I forget… I did get my sweet little retro cards printed out… compliments of Persnickety Prints. Love them!
I’m not feeling so bad now. At least I have a little bit of Christmas around me.
Ever have an organization project you just keep putting off? I did! So… after seeing what organizational marvels Just A Girl and I Heart Organizing are, I decided the time had come to tackle my broom closet.
Yes, this is an actual picture of what it looked like… I know – pretty embarrassing isn’t it? After 12 years of just ignoring the issue…
Broom closet disaster area
And here’s a picture the broom close now… after pulling everything out – cleaning, removing the crappy little shelves that the previous owner had installed and putting in new stainless steel shelving units (found on Amazon.com) and using plastic bins/baskets to corral everything. By the way- I had NO idea I had about 6 different furniture polishes! Who knew in that mess?!
My broom closet now!
It makes me smile each time I get something out of this area now. Even my husband was amazed at what a difference it makes, although he will still stand there and ask me where the dogs treats are… when he’s staring right at them!
P.S. Great tip from Just a Girl and I Heart Organizing – get plastic bins/containers from Dollar Store and spray paint them the color you want – which is what I did. Brilliant idea isn’t it?
I love all things burlap. And when I attended the Haven conference, Onlinefabricstore.com packed a nice yard of burlap and a piece of printed material into all of the attendees’ bags. And I’ve had some fun putting together a couple of quick DIY projects.
1. Instagram photo board – using a 12″ x 24″ canvas, I covered the canvas with burlap – cutting a little larger around the perimeter of the canvas to allow for enough fabric to staple to the canvas
Once canvas was covered, I tied pieces of twine evenly across the front, with the knots on the back of the piece.
After tying the twine, I attached my cute little 3″x3″ instagram prints (from Persnickety Prints) with some mini clothespins, which I found at Michael’s. It’s a fun way to highlight all of the fun, on-the-go photos we take with our friends and family at the cabin
2. BOO! Burlap hanging
I cut out 3 triangles of burlap, cut out letters with my Cricut to create a stencil for the letters BOO. I then used a black stamp to put ink on the burlap with the stencils, glued twine to the back of the triangles, allowing enough length to loop each end on a hook for hanging, and wall-ah! A quick window hanging!
Oh how I love hunting for a treasure… at a good price. I believe my mom instilled in me my bargain shopping mentality. If I saw something I was dying to have, she’d patiently say, “Let’s wait and see if it will go on sale.” My response was often, “but mom, it may not be here!” However, as I began earning my own money it was much easier to wait for the sales and dig for the bargains. And now, I love a good thrift store or flea market find… you know the saying … One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Plus re-use and up-cycling is so tres chic!
Before I show you a couple of my treasures I found at a flea market this past Saturday… Here are a few I had to share with you -
Remember the GIGANTIC ashtrays?? I just thought this was funny, as I totally remember these. They were like pieces of art in people’s homes.
giant shell ashtray
But then you find some kind of cool pieces like this… which I think could look so cool by mixing old and contemporary pieces.
Some great antler lamps
Or I think using some of these pages to frame for a little boys room would be fun… and inexpensive!
So, here are my bargains that I found – an old quilt that’s a little tattered, but I love it for our cabin. A mirror that’s going in my dining room on my “wall of mirrors”, and a few old thread/yarn spools – I can’t wait to dress these up for the holidays and use them as candle holders!
Georgia quilt with peach in center, pine cones, flag and dogwood flowers
All, in all I did pretty well and stuck to my mental list of what I was looking for.
Hope you all had a great weekend – the weather was GORGEOUS! And.. I’m super excited about my new project that I just started working on yesterday… more to come on that!
I was looking for a quick project that would give me instant gratification… so, I focused on our carport entry area. This is the entrance we use the most, yet it gets a little junky looking between our coming and going, and our dogs heading in an out for their walks.
We’re a DITD family (aka: Dual Income Two Dog family). Having kids never worked out for us, so we’ve got two rescue dogs that are our “furry children”. With that being said, we have leashes to corral, brushes to store and need a decent entry mat to catch the dirt that gets tracked right into our kitchen.
So… again, this was a quickie refresh, but it makes me smile when I come in and out of the entrance now.
Chevron Frogtape and black Rustoleum paint
Painted teak table using chevron frogtape
Ta-Dah! The Refreshed Carport… I added the vinyl lettering at the last minute!
Me and my friend Kelli at Haven
So, I just enjoyed a fun-filled, information-packed conference called Haven. It’s a DIY blogging conference and let me tell you… there are some mighty talented young ladies out there!
I got some great ideas, but felt like I was going to hyperventilate when I began looking at some of the blogs. Arrgh! My blog was way too busy looking, these ladies were cranking out projects left and right! Their homes looked like they could be in magazines, and probably have been.
But what was really cool about this conference was that, after you get over the initial information overload, you hear their stories – how they wanted to pinch pennies, so they found a unique way to achieve the look they wanted. How they put some elbow grease into making a piece of furniture they wanted or a room they’d dreamed about.
Yes, I’m inspired, but know that it will take some time for me to get from point A to B… and that’s okay. As my good friend Kelli says, “Hey, you’re doing this for you! Don’t put pressure on yourself.”
So, I’m going to start small – an organizational project is going to be my first, and I’ll go from there.
I have to remember to S-T-R-E-T-C-H… The mind, body and comfort zone. Stay tuned, I have lots of ideas floating around
I remember the 4th of July as being a really fun “kid holiday.” School was out, the weather was perfect for a warm summer night with friends, fireworks and a later than usual bedtime. Our family would gather with 4-5 other families, with children the same age as my brother, sister and me. We’d have a delicious summer feast and always had homemade chocolate sheet cake with homemade vanilla ice cream (which all of the kids would take a turn cranking).
As the days led up to this wonderful summer celebration, I remember riding our bikes to one of the two firework stands in our small town. We’d pedal home with our treasures in a brown paper sack. Punks for lighting the firecrackers, black cats, black snakes, bottle rockets Roman candles… the list goes on. I loved it, but my brother REALLY loved it! So much so that he thought nothing of plunking down $20 or $30 at a time (of his hard-earned lawn mowing money) to buy fireworks. I personally thought he was crazy for wasting that much money on fireworks… but he loved it.
My brother was also much more of a risk-taker than I am. He’d light the firecracker and hold it between his fingers until the last-minute and then toss it in the air! I’m sure he gave my parents heart palpitations a time or two, but that’s just what he did. My sister and I were a little too concerned with keeping our fingers intact and we’d heed my parent’s warning of “You’re going to lose a finger messing around with those things!” It was a little like “A Christmas Story“ —- “You’ll put your eye out with that gun!”
Fortunately we all made it through those 4th of July holidays without any serious injuries – My biggest mishap was running across the street to catch up with my friends with a lit punk in one hand and a firecracker in the other. I tripped, fell and somehow lit the firecracker, but did manage to toss it before it exploded.
Wishing you a wonderful, star-spangled, ice-cream filled 4th of July!