Today’s project is one that I wasn’t even sure I could pull off. It was a bit of a last minute idea, after only finding two different store bought sweater stockings I liked and wanting a third… because three just seemed better than two.
Can you tell which one was DIY’d?
If you guessed the one on the left, you win a free tutorial on how to make it!
It all started with this $5 thrift store sweater vest…
Not the cheapest thrift store find admittedly, but the buttons were just perfect and it was basically an exact color match to the other two.
Step 1: Trace and cut. I used one of the other stockings as a template and loosely traced it onto the back of my sweater in two different areas (I wanted this one to be a bit different so I made it longer and skinner). This is where I remind you that you’re supposed to trace one backwards unless you want one side of your stocking fabric to be inside out.
Whoops. Good thing you only see one side of it when it’s hanging, right? I was rushing through this project and didn’t really think about it.
Next, grab your stitch witchery. I’ve used this stuff plenty of times on other fabric and had no idea if it would work or not on sweater material (Spoiler alert: it did).
After setting the iron on the highest setting, I lined up both sides of my stocking with the stitching tape along the edge in between, set a wet cloth on top and ironed them together (the tape uses heat and moisture to bond the fabric together).
I proceeded to do this all along the edge of the stocking, leaving the top open.
This part will be the inside so it doesn’t have to look pretty! I think the key here, especially with this material, is to let it cool completely before handling it too much as the seam can easily come undone it you pull on the fabric while it’s still bonding.
I loved the buttons that came with my sweater and wanted to incorporate it onto the stocking, so I cut a strip of fabric where the button slits were to attach around the top of my stocking.
With the stocking turned inside out, I carefully folded back the top edge and lined it up with the edge of my top piece. I had to fold it back so that you wouldn’t see the seam once everything was turned inside out.
It’s a little tricky applying the stitching tape here, but it worked well enough. Here it is attached to the top:
At this point you’re basically done! Here it is turned inside out:
The final step was to cut my strip off with the buttons. Then I simply buttoned it onto the stocking, folded down the top part and tucked the material inside.
There was an open edge where the two ends met so to keep it together I threaded some twine between both ends and tied a bow (which also doubled as a hanger).
I might actually like it more than the store bought stockings.
What do you think?
Another $5 + one hour project checked off the list! Anyone else make their own stockings this year? I kept finding these great tutorials but they all required sewing machines. I hope one d
ay I’ll learn/have time to figure out this sewing thing… until then, stitch witchery forever!
Like I’ve mentioned before, I was basically starting entirely from scratch this year so I needed to fill this tree up with decor that wouldn’t be a budget breaker.
For my base I started off with 20 yards of 6″ jute burlap ribbon purchased here for under $22 shipped. I’ll definitely reuse it again so I think it was a pretty good deal!
I also found this pom fringe trim for $1 yard on Ebay and bought 20 yards to drape around the tree. I love the touch of whimsy it adds.
Then it was on to the ornaments. The first thing I knew I wanted from the beginning was big bows.
This was super easy—I bought a few rolls of this ribbon on sale from Joann’s, divided them into equal pieces and tied them into bows. They bring the perfect amount of red and they’re my favorite part of the tree!
Another thing I knew I had to have was pinecones. I have a ton of these lying around so I chose the smallest/lightweight of the bunch, cut some ribbon, made some bows, and glued everything together:
Pinecones and bows go together like pb&j, don’t you think?
Next it was time to bring a personal element in. Right before Thanksgiving I got the idea to have our guests write out things they were thankful for onto these hang tags (purchased at Joanns):
I thought it would be neat if they had an aged look, so I dipped them in coffee, hot water and a bit of cinnamon to stain the paper:
Don’t make the water too hot or the paper will fall apart!
After preheating the oven to 200°, I removed the tags from the mixture so they weren’t soaking wet…
Then spread them onto a cookie sheet and placed them into the oven:
I babysat them for a while, checking often and removed them once they were dry (maybe 20-30 minutes?)
We used a variety of different pens and some of the ink bled in the drying process—I think the best results were had with the fine tip permanent markers.
To hang I simply used some wire ornament hangers from the dollar store.
For the final touches, I enlisted some inexpensive store bought ornaments to help fill in the gaps. During a trip to Ikea last month I picked up this set of 56 ornaments for just $10—what a steal!
However, I was going with a more neutral/rustic theme this year so decided not to use silver. Easy fix—I simply strung all the ornaments between a couple trees outside and spray painted them white.
I also found a handful of white pom pom ornaments I had made a couple years ago so I threw those up as well.
The Ikea ornament set came with a tree topper, but I decided to make it a little more cozy and warm with yarn I found on sale at Joann’s (can you tell Joann’s is the only craft store within 50 miles of this town?)
It was an easy 10 minute project… just glue and wrap…
A good solution for my time constraints, I think!
And there you have it, my simple cozy traditional rustic DIY Christmas tree 🙂
See you back here tomorrow for more last minute holiday DIY’s!
Today kicks off a full week of easy holiday DIY’s that can be done last minute on any budget!
When I started brainstorming our Christmas decor this year, I had so many ideas and dreams to fill every room in our home with beautifully crafted unique handmade masterpieces (ha).
Well, then we had family in town for Thanksgiving and work became crazy so I had to abandon my elaborate plans and come up with a handful of quick DIY’s to decorate and photograph our home in time for two Christmas blog tours.
It was quite the task, but after a few DIY marathon days and nights I pulled it off and now I can share the details!
And if I can do these in the constraints I was working with, I promise anyone can!
Each day this week I’ll be sharing a new project—starting with one of my favorite’s today: “Branchlers”.
I wish I could take credit for this idea but it was something I spotted a while ago on Pinterest:
I was obsessed with the plaid and had to copy it. Then I saw these and decided to put both ideas together:
Today is all about the front porch, foyer, kitchen and dining area. Let’s start with the front porch, shall we?
Almost everything you see here is a DIY or flea market find. Like the planter boxes I built last month.
We have an amazing local flea market and I was lucky enough to score this vintage sled, lantern, bucket and scarf for almost nothing. The fresh cedar and berry clippings were from down the street.
I know you’ve probably seen plenty of these JOY signs lately, but I couldn’t help myself! It was made from materials I had so it was 100% free and it just fit so nicely next to the front door. I’ll share a tutorial next week.
These pine swags are my new favorite thing. So much easier to make than wreaths! These were made from cedar and pinecones from the yard, a scrap of fabric and bells on sale at Joann’s.
The chair and crate were also flea market finds, filled with more collected greenery and cut branches.
Simple and very inexpensive decorating—my kind of style!
Let’s head inside to the foyer.
I gave this space a makeover back in April and the white planks provide the perfect backdrop for all seasons.
Atop the DIY shelf are more fresh greenery from the yard, a DIY framed WiFi print for guests and a wire basket filled with our Christmas cards/incoming mail and candy canes for departing guests.
See that red plaid? Here’s an easy and inexpensive tip to carry a theme throughout your house: buy some fabric and some pinking shears!
I originally purchased a couple yards of this on sale (at Joann’s) for a holiday backdrop for my shop:
I loved it so much and wanted to incorporate it into my holiday decor this year, so I used pinking shears to cut it up and make it into boot linings (as shown above), ribbon/bows for all of my swags and wreaths:
And I still have some leftover for anything else that may come up. It’s such a great way to stretch your dollar and tie every room together!
Okay, onto the next room. I found this garland from a couple years back and tied it to the railing off our kitchen/dining room:
And here’s that space to the right:
I’m all about the bows this year.
Our kitchen and
dining area is one big room, and the red + white + natural greenery theme this year was carried into both spaces.
Just beyond the railing is our living room below so it’s a bit of an open concept.
I brought out our white china and set up the space for a cookies & hot cocoa spread. It was a hit last night with our guests so I think I’ll keep everything out for a while!
The red check fabric was on sale at Joann’s—I cut it in half with pinking shears and layered it with burlap and canvas fabric beneath.
The fresh cedar and holly leaves clipped from my parent’s yard are my favorite elements.
The bar wall is also set up for entertaining (and used very frequently!)
The “Making Spirits Bright” print was a DIY… I thought it was pretty clever 😉 It will also be available as a free download next week on the blog!
To the left of the bar on the back wall is our huge chalkboard with a new 24″ Stratford Spruce Wreath from Balsam Hill. Most of our greenery is real this year but I’m so happy to have at least one thing that won’t be wilted or dead in a few weeks!
It’s so realistic looking and I just love it all lit up at night.
The kitchen was kept simple with a few red dishes, greenery and berries.
And that concludes the tour! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by—I hope you enjoyed your stay and perhaps took away some inspiration for your own home.
Next up is my girl Roeshel at DIY Showoff—she’s always got something amazing up her sleeve so make sure to head over and check it out! And if you’ve missed any of the stops on the tour, head back over to Just A Girl’s Holiday Home Tour Page to get caught up.
I’ll be back next week sharing five days of my easy DIY holiday crafts that can all be done for about $5 or less! Can’t wait to share.
Welcome, friends old and new! I’m so excited that the Christmas season is upon us and I have the opportunity to let you into our home to see how we celebrate the holiday.
It’s the busiest time of year for me—hence the lack of posting since before Thanksgiving! It has honestly been the most hectic couple weeks of my life and it feels amazing to finally be done with the house and able to enjoy it.
This past weekend I managed to shop for supplies/decor, DIY and decorate the entire house in two nights. All while making and shipping out a record number of art prints! It’s truly a Christmas miracle that I pulled it off in time.
If you’re visiting for the first time, hello! My name is Jenna and I live in a quiet little town in the foothills of Northern California with my husband and our two cats. We just moved here in February and have been renovating our 1970’s home non-stop—you can see the progress so far on my home tour page.
Without further ado, let’s get this tour started!
I have 75 photos (!) to share so this tour will be split up into two posts. Today I’m sharing our living room and master bedroom, and tomorrow will be our front porch, foyer and kitchen/dining area.
Let’s head down into the living room, shall we?
When choosing a style this year, I had a blank slate to work with. No stash of old Christmas decorations (well, just a few from our Florida home but they were turquoise and I’m on hiatus from that color).
Since relocating from the beach to the rural mountains last year, my decor style has evolved and I’m all about cozy cabin decor with a dose of cottage and farmhouse mixed in.
With vaulted ceilings and large picture windows overlooking the countryside, our home lends itself to that style so this year I was craving a traditional red, white and green storybook type setting.
I’ve actually never decorated with red in my life. I never even purchased any red decor until this season.
It has absolutely won me over.
In my home you’ll find mostly flea market scores, DIY projects and budget buys.
If there’s a way to do it myself, I’m there. Like this cabinet I built a few months ago (my favorite build ever)…
I didn’t have any large plant pots so I wrapped all my potted trees in old collected scarves this year. I love how easy (and free) it is!
The one thing we did splurge on though was this quartz stone fireplace….
Worth every penny.
I relocated my Roman Numerals print from the mantel to this side table. I can’t get enough of classic black and white in any season.
The black and gray sweater pillows are Pottery Barn finds I picked up new on Ebay for a steal.
I love mixing in and repurposing vintage pieces, like this flea market trunk which serves as extra storage + a side table.
I’m a bit obsessed with textiles lately and have been collecting blankets, like this $1 flea market find on Saturday…
And these cable knit stockings (one of which was a no-sew DIY from a sweater, tutorial next week…)
Bows were also heavily incorporated this year. I used a roll of fabric ribbon and tied one onto every banister (the garland was made from evergreen from our front yard, another DIY for next week).
And this “branchler” plaque? Another DIY, of course…
I had a lot of fun decorating my antique cabinet.
This print was another DIY that will be offered as a freebie next week:
Love these cute gift sacks (this one was found at TJ Maxx):
Speaking of gifts, let’s make our way back to the tree…
Every ornament was a DIY in some form. Pinecones, ribbons, and hang tags make for inexpensive and easy decor.
The gift wrapping was all made from kraft paper and leftover scraps of fabric and twine. Almost free!
I found a couple yards of fur fabric in the remnant pile at a huge discount and cut it into the shape of a rug. Perfect present opening area!
Hot cocoa, anyone?
Now that we’re all warmed by the fire, let’s head back upstairs to the coziest spot in the house… our master bedroom:
I recently gave our flat white doors a makeover and I’m just loving the drama of the black. Perfect backdrop for a fresh mini wreath (tutorial on that next week!)
I can’t get enough plaid this year. There’s just something about red plaid, black and white, and pops of green
that make me melt.
All this room needed was some fresh greenery and a few subtle pops of red.
We like to keep it extra cozy in here year round.
I toned down the red for a calmer, softer vibe for the bedroom.
More scarf-wrapped mini trees. My new favorite thing.
Well, I’d say 51 photos is enough for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure to come back tomorrow for the rest of the tour! And don’t forget to check out the rest of these amazingly talented bloggers in the lineup today:
By popular demand, I’ve prepared next year’s monthly planner and I’m offering it up again as a free PDF download! Merry early Christmas to you all.
The design/layout is identical to previous years as it has been working for me quite well and I love the fun colors.
For full step by step instructions on how to print/arrange the PDF and get it assembled very inexpensively, see my 2013 and 2014 planner posts.
Here’s a look at the monthly spread:
And the backside notes/monthly cover pages:
Can’t wait to start marking it up… nothing like a fresh blank slate to start the year off!
Click here to download your free PDF from my Facebook page. You’ll just need to enter your name & email to subscribe to my shop newsletter (don’t worry, you’ll only receive a handful of emails per year). You definitely want to be on this list anyway to stay up to date on the latest releases/sales!
Speaking of which… we’re coming up on my largest sale of the year. It’s going to be huge, 24 hours only, and if you’ve been eyeing any prints in my shop, trust me… now is the time to snag them!
I can’t give away any more details yet, but if you’re on my list you’ll see an email this weekend with a coupon code for early access! Keep your eyes peeled.
Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings and I hope it’s overflowing with turkey and cider and pumpkin pie and family. I’m getting a head start on some holiday decorating before our guests arrive so hopefully I’ll have some fun DIY’s lined up for you guys next week!
Exactly one week from this moment I’ll be chopping apples, basting a turkey, stirring cider and preparing stuffing for a room full of some of my favorite people. This is exactly what I envisioned for our dining room—the reason we built a massive 9 foot table that can easily fit our party of 10 on Thanksgiving.
Yesterday I put the finishing touches on our table setting and now we’re ready for the big day. I’m going to call this style “simple cozy country casual meets refined rustic”… so many adjectives, I can’t choose.
Since I plan to spend a lot of time and effort on Christmas decorating this year, I decided to keep it simple for Thanksgiving and use mostly what I had. I think I spent around just $30 for everything.
The jumping off point was this table runner—2 yards of $3 fabric from fabric.com (looks like it’s not available on their website anymore, bummer!). No sewing involved, just cut it in half, folded and ironed the edges and plopped it down. Easy peasy.
Then I layered a super inexpensive (I think it was $5 or $10?) runner I found at Walmart in the candle/home/wedding section…
I had all but two of the woven Ikea placemats, so I picked those up last weekend. I already had the dishes (scored them at our flea market—$30 for a full set!)
The wood box centerpiece was a DIY project from this past spring, and I filled it with pine clippings, berries and pinecones from the yard, along with pillar candles and candlesticks.
A few mini pumpkins were added to keep things festive, along with some branch wood coasters I purchased for a steal on Ebay earlier this year.
I didn’t want another pattern to compete with the plaid runner so I found these brown cloth napkins at a wedding supply store for just 53 cents each! I’ll definitely be using them again in the future.
I was gifted my Grandma’s silverware set so this was the perfect occasion to break it out—a simple twine bow holds them together.
The name tags were printed on card stock, cut and hole punched, and wrapped around more pine clippings from the yard.
Instead of wine charms, I bought a package of gold alphabet stickers for a couple bucks on Ebay and added each guests’ intials.
And in lieu of a thankful tree, guests will write what they’re thankful for on blank tags. Then I’ll age them and hang them on our Christmas tree as ornaments to enjoy until next year (I’ll make sure to post that later!)
Neutral pillows and blankets line the bench seat for added coziness.
I set the table for 8 for these photos, but we’ll be adding one person to each end of the table on the big day.
You may also notice the lack of slipcovers on our chairs. We’ve actually been living without them for months now (per Brad’s request) and I kind of like it this way, so they’ll stay for now.
And that’s that! My very first Thanksgiving table and first time ever hosting Thanksgiving. Fingers crossed we don’t burn the turkey 🙂
I have a special treat for you all next week… something that has been in high demand—my free printable planner for 2015! I’ll be working on it this weekend and should have it up early next week. I’ll also be getting a head start on my Christmas crafting, so keep an eye on instagram for sneak peeks!
I also bought another fun pillow but it’s a Christmas gift so I can’t reveal it in case they’re reading 😉 I wanted to buy everything but I had to practice some restraint since I was planning an Ikea trip…
If you follow me on instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of my trip this past weekend.
I’m a huge fan of their holiday items this year. I pretty much had to start from scratch with my Christmas decor, as we weren’t moved in yet last year and the year before we hardly did any decorating. As usual, I ended up spending a lot more than what was on my shopping list… but it was worth the splurge!
Ornaments Set: We have no ornaments whatsoever so I picked up this set of 56 silver ornaments for just $10! I’m going with a more natural theme this year so I spray painted them white.
Lantern: This wasn’t on my shopping list but at just $4, it stole my heart.
Checked cushion covers: At $6/ea, this might be my favorite pillow in the world right now. I have two in gray and am obsessed. I bought 3 but kinda wish I would have bought more!
Placemats: I own 8 already but we’re hosting 10 for Thanksgiving so I grabbed a couple more. White cushion cover: Love the ruffles on this. And it’s only $10!
Curtains: I’m actually using these as a shower curtain in our upstairs guest bath. It’s so hard to find ceiling length shower curtains that are cute and these are just $14! I’ll have to modify them a bit but I love the style and fabric.
I forgot to photograph this pillow but I also grabbed this while I was there… it’s actually tied with the red checked covers as my favorite pillow ever:
Also not shown in the photos is this metal tray which is currently holding some candles in our living room, and a bunch of cushion inserts. They’re so inexpensive and you can never have too many! It was definitely a successful trip and I can’t wait to start my Christmas decorating.
While I’m sharing… anyone interested to see what I found at Forever 21? I know this isn’t a fashion blog but I’m just as excited about winter clothes as I am winter decor!
My fashion style is really the same as my decorating style… cozy, neutral, comfortable, a little feminine and on a budget! Forever 21 has always been one of my favorites. It’s hit or miss for me, sometimes I’ll leave completely empty handed. But I spent a couple hours shopping last weekend and am super excited about my finds!
If you live in warm leggings like me during the cold months, you need to get to your nearest F21 stat! They have so many cute styles… I wanted to take them all home with me but my collection is becoming out of control so I stopped at 3. How cute are the two patterned ones? So festive (and so affordable).
The lace pink top is fun for going out and the color is gorgeous. I also needed plain long shirts to wear with my leggings so I grabbed some in a variety of colors (tan, off white, dark gray, and gray/black). Along with a few others I have at home, these are versatile enough to wear with any bottoms I have.
I had been looking for a pair of white pants forever, and these fit great and were on sale (love the zipper at the bottom too!)
The booties have to be my favorite find. I’m super picky about shoes—I won’t wear them unless they a) are super comfortable, b) make me at least 5’4″ tall, c) are inexpensive. That’s a hard combination, but this $26 pair fits the bill.
I’m also ordering them in black online (they didn’t have my size in the store). And you can’t forget about the jewelry! There’s pieces as low as $2, people. Perfect for someone like me who wants a lot of options, gets bored of things fast and/or loses their jewelry.
My total for 5 tops, 4 bottoms, a necklace, 3 bracelets, hair ties and booties was just $177. Wow, that money goes so much farther than home renovation dollars!
And while I’m at it, here’s some very wintery cozy finds from last week’s Kohl’s and TJ Maxx shopping trip:
The leggings are from Kohl’s, and the sweater, stocking and blanket are from TJ Maxx. I am head over heels for this blanket!
And last but not least, I’ve got a little holiday Pinterest challenge for you…
Balsam Hill reached out to me to help promote their latest Decorating Challenge, “My Balsam Hill Home”
I know you’ve heard of them by now, right? They specialize in super realistic trees, garlands, wreaths and holiday decorations for any style. I ordered their 24″ Stratford Spruce Wreath and can’t wait to see it in person! I have the perfect spot for it in the kitchen.
There’s 4$200 Balsam Hill gift cards up for grabs, and all you have to do is submit an entry form and Pin your favorite products!
Here’s the full details/links:
(1) Complete and submit the entry form on the Pinterest contest tab found in the Balsam Hill Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/balsamhill) (2) Follow Balsam Hill on Pinterest (3) Create a Pinterest board entitled “Inspiration Starts At Home”. Pin at least 5 products from https://www.balsamhill.com/ and add several other images that inspire them to celebrate an unforgettable season that begins with Thanksgiving and continues to Christmas. (4) Pins and board description must include the hashtag #MyBalsamHillHome
Limit: One (1) entry per person and per Pinterest account. Voting is limited to one person or Facebook account per day.
Submissions end this Saturday, so start pinning now!
I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully, Friday if not—whoa, three posts in one week!) to share our Thanksgiving tablescape. Putting the finishing touches on today… can’t wait to show you how it came together!
Today I have the honor of linking up with 11 other bloggers to share our Favorite Things 2014—hosted by Melissa at 320 Sycamore!
This is a fun break from the usual DIY talk—a chance to hear what everyone else has been obsessing over this year, find some new favorites and maybe even a holiday gift or two. My list includes items I’ve discovered this year along with old favorites I can’t live without. Let’s get started!
1) Black & Decker Mouse This is one of those things I am kicking myself for not buying from the beginning. I’ve spent the last three years dreading furniture refinishing projects with my inefficient old $2 garage sale hand sander. When it finally bit the dust this summer, I replaced it with a Mouse and couldn’t believe the difference. Pretty much the best $30 I ever spent.
2) Hitachi Lithium Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver This is probably the single best/most useful purchase we made this year that made our lives easier. We’d been using an under powered, old cordless drill for years that barely got the job done half the time and this drill is like night and day. We haven’t needed the impact driver yet but there’s really nothing like a high powered drill.
3) Mainstays Scented Candles I try to avoid the “Walmart shopping experience” as much as possible, but these candles are so worth it. I use them all year round, but their holiday scents are nothing short of amazing. They start at just $1 and there’s so many to choose from! I can’t help but grab a few every time I’m there. The cheapest/easiest way to get into the fall/holiday mood!
4) 16″ Boxwood Wreath I’ve been eyeing boxwood wreaths all year, trying to figure out if I should go real or faux. All of the faux ones are seriously expensive (have you looked lately?), and I love the look of real, so after much searching I found the best price I could on these wreaths at save-on-crafts.com (this website deserves a whole post of its’ own, if you’ve never shopped there before!). They’re still not exactly cheap at $34/ea, but if you want real preserved boxwood that will last years, it’s the best I’ve found. I bought four a few months ago and love them!
5) H&M Home Warning: Don’t click on that link unless you want to spend hours drooling over their stuff. H&M launched a home line earlier this year and I’m hooked. I’ve already bought a few things and it’s quite possibly my new favorite home decor source of all time. I plan to post a more comprehensive review soon!
1) Batiste Dry Shampoo This is one of those “how did I ever live without it” products for me. I’ve been using dry shampoo for a couple years now and Batiste is definitely the best I’ve found, and a great price! I’ll spot them at TJ Maxx every now and then and scoop them up, otherwise they go on sale at Ulta pretty often. 2) Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss I’m a lot little obsessed with anything sugary/sweet/candy flavored and this is like dessert on your lips. I don’t leave the house without my Love Berry, Candy Baby, or Pink Goes Pop.
3) Mio Liquid Water Enhancer Around 2 years ago I developed chronic acid reflux and water is basically the only drink that doesn’t irritate my throat. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of plain water so I wasn’t consuming as much of it as I should have… but these little miracle water drops change everything. If you’re trying to cut back on soda/coffee/whatever, try this stuff! The Berry Pomegranate is delicious and I could drink it all day.
4) Downy UnstopablesItried this for the first time this year and our laundry has never smelled better. The purple bottle is my favorite, but the blue smells great also and after some research, I found the best deal is at Target ($11.99 for the big 26.5 oz bottle). Target is offering free shipping on everything for the rest of the year so I just stocked up!
5) The Mason Bar Tumbler I don’t know what it is about this tumbler but it hasn’t left my side ever since I got my first 24 oz a few months ago. It makes me want to stay hydrated all day. I just got the vinyl cuff to go with it and I’m even more in love. It fits nicely in car cup holders and I take it with me everywhere I go (with my Mio flavored water, of course!)
6) Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Milk When my reflux began I had to change my whole diet around. I started reacting negatively to dairy so that meant I had to give up my daily serving of milk (which I love). Fortunately, I discovered this stuff and not only does it taste WAY better than any dairy milk I’ve tried, but it has less than half the calories of nonfat milk AND no sugar. I’m a believer and I’ll never go back (I also prefer Almond Breeze to Silk). 7) Pure Komachi Knife Set In the past I’ve always considered cooking a chore. I was gifted this knife set last Christmas and have not only
cooked almost every night since, but I’ve actually enjoyed it—I’m sure Pinterest recipes and our kitchen remodel also helped, but I give a lot of credit to these knives! Cooking is no fun when you don’t have the right tools. I love sweet potatoes but I just stopped buying them in the past because they were so difficult to chop. Not anymore! These have to be my best kitchen tools yet.
And that wraps it up for this year! It was tough narrowing them down—there’s a lot of products I’m loyal to but these ones really stood out. Anyone else equally as obsessed with anything on the list? What are your favorites I should know about? On Thursday you’ll all have a chance to link up at 320 Sycamore so by the end of this week we all should have lots of new finds!
Now that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (!) I decided to give our front porch and foyer a welcoming Fall makeover for our guests.
With the help of some flea market finds, I was able to decorate both spaces for very little money. It’s starting to feel very festive around here! Starting with the front porch…
The planter boxes I made last week really help to anchor the space (and help hide the eyesore hose!). Best idea ever.
To the left of the door you’ll find my $5 chair, $2 crate and $2 bundle of corn along with pumpkins and gourds. Very harvest-y, don’t you think?
These mums are so colorful & pretty. I’m really hoping they last until at least Thanksgiving.
I didn’t want it to be too busy, so on the right side of the door I placed more flea market finds—a barrel with mums and a crate, along with some wood I rescued from the rainstorm that rolled through yesterday. Hopefully they will dry out here in time to use this winter.
To the left of the porch is a bench that came with the house, so I made it more inviting with a flea market plaid throw and a couple pillows. The rusty milk jug (another flea find) holds dry grass stalks clipped from my parent’s yard. Don’t be jealous of our 70’s textured gold window.
Susie was very curious about this photo shoot and came outside to sniff out the new display.
She’s usually terrified of anyone/anything new, including outdoor environments, but I think she’s been getting jealous of her sister (who’s a part time outdoor cat) so I’ve been opening the door and letting her out to explore a little bit each day (under my supervision).
It takes her a minute to build up the courage to step outside…
But once she’s there, she’s rolling around on the ground and taking in all the sights, smells and sounds. Sometimes I wonder if she resents me for not letting her run free but I’m too scared to let go… there’s cars and foxes and mountain lions out there and I couldn’t forgive myself if anything happened to her. Am I being an overprotective cat parent? Sigh…
Moving along… now that the door is open, let’s take a look at the foyer.
This arrangement didn’t change much… umbrella, rain boots and a basket…
But I tucked plaid flannel into the top of the boots and filled the basket with cinnamon scented pinecones (that has to be the best smell to walk into… heavenly).
And of course the shelf was switched up.
I thought it would be helpful for guests to have the wifi info as they walk in, in a central location, rather than having them search through the hall closet to find the small writing on the modem. It’s also much prettier this way, don’t you think?
The frame is a $3 5×7″ from Walmart that I fancied up with some crochet lace from Joann. A bit of double sided tape and a few minutes was all it took. Love the romantic touch it adds!
I also filled a dollar store vase with river rocks and stuck a votive in it for a little nature inspired ambiance.
I can’t get enough of these berries. They’re on every other bush and tree in this town in shades of vibrant orange and red… so perfect for fall (and winter, too).
Opposite the shelf wall is our closet door. I dressed it up with these hanging metal pinecones I found in my parents garage.
A boxwood wreath + bow adorn the inside of each door—I’m not quite ready to decorate for Christmas yet but these versatile pieces are great for the transition into the holidays.
And there you have it… we’re (almost) ready for Thanksgiving! The only thing left is our dining table, which I’ll tackle next week. I’m road tripping to Ikea this afternoon (woo hoo!) to grab some last minute decor and then our fall decorating will be complete… just in time for Christmas 😉
Anyone else hosting family this year? Getting tired of having to repeat your wifi network/password to everyone? How about a free printable?
It’s blank so you can add your info, and it’s sized to it fit nicely in any 5×7″ frame. These work great in guest rooms as well.
It's in my DNA... has been since birth (I guess that's a given when both sides of your families are artists). Needless to say, the house has been feeling pretty soul-less with no art on the walls thus far. I've been looking forward to this weekend for a while now, as my printer has finally arrived and I was able to start making test prints of several pieces I've been Read More »
UPDATE: Check out the finished version of my File Cabinet makeover here, complete with free binder printables!Today I took a break from the standard Saturday decorating+renovating to practice another one of my most favorite pastimes... organizing. I had decided not to go with the traditional lateral filing cabinet for our office when I spotted this Aspvik wall cabinetRead More »
Stopping in real quick today to show off our latest additions: our bedroom rug, front door mat and entry rug. First up is the before shot of our front door. We had been using the previous owner's mat, which of course was in keeping with the tropical-palm tree-pink motif that had saturated the home before we got our hands on it. Very cute... if you live in Barbados, maRead More »
...Not necessarily in that order, but they were all present this weekend. I'll begin with the "big project", the refinishing of the mirror. I had originally scored this at a yard sale last year. It had a cherry red finish which didn't match anything in my house, so I sanded and stained it a dark espresso brown (the same stain used on the console table my dad built forRead More »
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Can someone remind me why off-white doors are so common? You don't usually see off-white trim... so how do they expect it to match anything? Both this house and our first home (located on opposite coasts so it's not a regional thing) had the exact same hollow faux-wood or whatever they are doors, in OFF WHITE. Maybe they designed them specifically to match the "white"Read More »
This weekend we finally finished installing our backyard malibu lighting, with the addition of LED lanterns lining the lake. What was meant to be a simple installation turned into, of course, multiple yard projects. So here's how it went. We purchased this kit (which contained 6 lanterns and two spotlights), to add to our two existing kits that we have throughout theRead More »
Since there is so much to do with this house, and so many new ideas that are constantly popping into my head, I thought it might be helpful to organize my thoughts by creating a checklist of sorts for all the upcoming projects. Now, this list isn't set in stone, and will be evolving as I go along, but it's a pretty good idea of what I want our home to get to eventuallRead More »
We finally did it. We made the 2.5 hour trek to Ikea to get all the crap we've been so desperately needing. I have been planning and scheming for months over this, as I know there probably won't be another trip in the near future. Luckily we had two friends who accompanied us and helped push our 6 overflowing carts through the checkout line. Four exhausting hours afteRead More »
I spent my weekends growing up in the garage with my dad while he was building furniture. Somehow, up until this weekend, I've managed to never use an electric saw or nail gun. But yesterday I decided to break them both out of their packages and complete not one, but two wood framing projects simultaneously, despite my lack of knowledge/experience. How hard could it bRead More »
Happy Sunday!I have a few things to share that we managed to accomplish in the past week. I'll start with my favorite... the last thing I see at night that gives me sweet, happy dreams...Oh yes, it's a chandelier. I've never owned a real one before... Brad's more into the modern track/pendant lighting, but I think this suited our bedroom perfectly. I think they look gRead More »
Seven weeks ago on the day we moved in, we had a contractor waiting when we arrived, scraping our popcorn ceilings. That was an absolute must for us (well, for me at least, Brad didn't want to spend the 3k) but can I just express what an improvement it was? Our home would be forever stuck in 1992 if we left those ceilings as is. I would show you a before picture but tRead More »
Happy New Year! I started mine off right with 48 hours of D&R madness. Saturday morning bright and early, we began replacing every single outlet receptacle and light switch in the house with the modern-style rectangle design. Long story short, something happened in the wiring along the way and it blew the breaker and we ended up staying up nearly all night trying Read More »
It's Christmas morning and I'm back in California, cuddled on a cozy couch overlooking pastel cloudy skies above miles of pine trees and blue mountains. Feeling happy and grateful to be home with family. The new year is only a few days away and I wanted to start it off right with a way to document and share everything going on in my world. Life has brought many changeRead More »