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Old books. We all have them. We've all seen them. In this case, my neighbor dropped me off a set of enclopedias from the 1980's that were about to go out with her garbage. Rather than see them destroyed, I thought, what I could I with them?Turn them into home décor of course! But they would need some work.....let's get to it!
Our mudroom is one of the most used rooms in our house. It is combined with our laundry room so there is always a constant flow of laundry and children in and out of this room. The mudroom is between our garage and the front hall, and when we enter the house it’s through the mudroom. We had a lack of functional storage for each of the kids, so shoes, coats and bags just ended up all over the floor. I really wanted to take care of the storage situation, and the first thing to take care of was building the benches.
Happy November friends!! The count down to the holiday season has officially started, and the Christmas decorations have taken over the stores. But before we jump straight to Christmas cheer, I wanted to share a simple Thanksgiving decoration idea with you. Every November, as a family we do something throughout the month to help us all remember to be more grateful. In years past we've done the Thankful Pumpkin idea- which we love. But this year I wanted to do something that we didn't have to throw away, and could be stored easily. So I decided to make a Thankful scroll to hang in our dining room all November long. The idea is that we can add to the scroll throughout the month, and get our families in on the fun when they are here for Thanksgiving as well. I'm excited to see it filled out, and to have a visual reminder all month of how very blessed we are."It's not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy."
Last week I told you guys all about the details of so today I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to make your own labeled soap dispensers like the ones we have by our kitchen sink. Although I now consider myself a blogger, I began my professional life as a graphic designer and it still occupies a big part of my brain. So the thought of leaving a mismatching set of dish and hand soap bottles with poorly-designed labels on the counter was just never very appealing. So I left them under the sink, and had to dig around in the under-sink mess every time I needed them. Completely ridiculous. Solution: matching, labeled soap dispensers.
Around this time of year, it's become a tradition to come up with an alternative Christmas tree idea. This year is no exception!The inspiration for this year's tree is from a visit to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Steph took the boat ride in the Land Pavilion and saw their version of a ladder tree, which became the model for ours. Take a look at how it came together!
The tutorial that I bring to you today is a very simple one, Dollar Tree Mirrored Centerpieces using Dollar Tree Mirrors. Going to the Dollar Tree is like an adventure, you get so many things with which we can create and make accessories to decorate either for our home, our office or for that activity you are planning and want to do at a low cost.On my last visit I bought some mirrors that its original use is to carry candles. I found them perfect for centerpieces so we went straight to the tutorial of these Dollar Tree Mirrored Centerpieces.
So hiding in the corner of this estate sale was a vintage wooden ironing board. After a few minutes of haggling, the seller was worn down and let it go for $20. I had some idea of what I wanted to do but researched what ideas Hometalk and Pinterest might have. Bunches. With Christmas fast approaching I narrowed my search to Santa. Here is my version.
OK, we know we're getting ahead of ourselves, but it's not like we're drinking eggnog and blasting Jingle Bells quite yet. We're just daydreaming about our favorite Christmas trees. Which tree is the most you? Playful and Pink? Shimmering Gold? Charming and Traditional?Vote below by commenting with the letter of your favorite tree!
I had a vision...My mantel needed a focal point for Christmas, so I was going to create this night scene on a painted black backdrop with mini lights posing as twinkling stars in the night.However, as I worked further on the project, that all changed. (they always do...)It became bigger... and BETTER!Rather than boards, I grabbed an old bulletin board I had in my stash instead.I then messed with an easy-to-use stencil in such a (good) way that created a NEW design, and the mini lights would now highlight the sign in a much more meaningful way...Here's how it turned out and how it looks on the now Christmas mantel!Hard to believe that's a bulletin board, isn't it?