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Ornaments – 10 Minute Christmas Decorating Idea

Just stopping in real quick to share the easiest 10 minute Christmas decorating idea on the planet. I am joining Laura’s 10-minute series along with a group of other bloggers and my idea, fill a bowl or dish with ornaments! Yep. That’s it. For this particular vignette in our family room, I stacked ornaments on a small cake dish that I found at HomeGoods.

Fill a bowl or dish with ornaments - 10 minute Christmas decorating idea

Doesn’t it look cute?

Fill a bowl or dish with ornaments - 10 minute Christmas decorating idea

I had a little fun playing with my camera settings when I took this picture. I learned it from Kate over at Centsational Girl and I literally jumped for joy when I got the picture to come out with heart shaped lights in the background. Although some of them looking like butterflies or birds flying. – ha.

Fill a bowl or dish with ornaments - 10 minute Christmas decorating idea

Take a look around your house and if you feel like your mantel or tabletop is missing something, try adding a bowl, dish, vase or basket filled with ornaments.

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Super easy!

Finding Home Farms

Miss Mustard Seed

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Inspired By Charm

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Thistlewood Farms

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Julie Blanner

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Be sure to head over and check out these other gorgeous 10 minute Christmas decorating ideas. Christmas decorating doesn’t need to take hours. Simple little touches can add a big impact.

 

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Our DIY Sliding Barn Doors {tutorial}

I am sure many of you have often wondered what barn doors would look like in your home. I absolutely LOVE barn doors. They are perfect for covering a book case, adding character and charm to a room, hiding a TV that is mounted on the wall or simply just as a decoration. Yes, you can hang a barn door on just about any wall for no reason other than, adding character to a space. Last week I shared our built-in wall in our new kitchen and announced we were adding barn doors compliments of Masonite. Well today, I am here with the super easy tutorial! Oh my. These DIY sliding barn doors are amazing and so easy to install.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

 I strongly recommend having someone help you. I had shoulder surgery right before we installed these so I was useless, in fact, I could barely take pictures – ha. The doors are a bit bulky and somewhat heavy so two people will make life easier when it comes to installation. Also, many of these pictures were taken at night so the lighting and picture quality isn’t that great. So I apolize in advance ;).

Lets get started.

We needed to enclose the top of our built-in with a 2×10 in order to have a solid surface to mount the door hardware to. We cut 2×10’s to create cleats on either end of the unit as well as in the middle for extra support. The barn door kit comes with a support backboard if you are simply mounting the doors to a wall. We didn’t use the backboard they provided, we needed to do a little work first in order to create a structurally sound area for mounting. If you choose to use the backboard they provide, simply screw it to your wall but make sure it’s attached to the studs to ensure proper support.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Next we added the long 2×10 and fastened it to the cleats.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Next we added a 1″ piece of primed pine cut to size on top of the 2×10 board to create a finished look.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Next, we fastened the black track supplied in the kit to our backboard.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Use the bolts and screws they provide.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Easy peasy.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Keep in mind, we installed two barn doors which consists of two different kits. The picture above is of the two tracks joining together in the middle. They just touch each other. Be sure to install the “door stops” before hanging the doors, otherwise, your doors will roll right off!

Next, fasten the roller to the door.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Very simple but it’s good to have a second person helping you by holding the door.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Next, hang your door.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Once the door is hung, you can adjust the door stop with the allen wrench provided in the kit.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

That’s it! Fastening the track to the wall and hardware to the doors took under 30 minutes. You finally can have a barn door that doesn’t take forever to install and won’t break the bank!

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Aren’t they gorgeous? The doors come all set ready to paint or stain but we decided to leave the pine natural for the time being. I absolutely love the warmth of the natural wood and they look amazing in the new kitchen. 

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

The beautiful geometric rug and braided pouf are compliments of Dash & Albert and they coordinate beautifully with the doors. Our mudroom wall is being installed soon which is right near these doors and this little pouf gets a lot of use by my son as he puts on his shoes ;).

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Some of the features that I love about this barn door are it’s made with quality wood, thick premium wood veneers and it’s all ready to be painted or stained. You can customize this door which ever way you want! One of the best features is the fact that the door has the holes for the hardware already pre drilled. That is huge in my book. The hardware is included so everything fits like a glove! There is some assembly involved regarding the hardware but all in all, it’s fairly simple.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Here is a sneak peek of what’s inside. Stay tuned, a kitchen organization project and shelving after the holidays will take place behind these doors!

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

You can find these doors at select Home Depot stores and online. There are two designs available, this Z-Bar Knotty Alder Interior door  or if you prefer a more modern, contemporary look, check out their West End Melrose barn door. I am sure that so many of you are excited to finally have access to a reasonably priced DIY barn door kit. So there are no excuses now, head to your local Home Depot store this weekend or order online a new barn door for your home! See these doors in our newly renovated kitchen!

Disclosure: Masonite provided the doors complimentary. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

 

DIY Sliding Barn Doors {our kitchen renovation}

We are back with a super cool project that I think many of you will love. DIY sliding barn doors. But more importantly, they slide! Like for real. Do you know how long I have wanted sliding barn doors? Forever. The hardware was always so expensive and it just seemed like such a huge project. BUT now, you can get an affordable barn door with the sliding door hardware included. I am not kidding. If you have been following us for a while, you know that we made a pair of barn doors a few years ago (one of our first blog projects) to cover an opening of a bookcase in a room that was right off of our garage. Well that room is now part of our new kitchen and we really wanted full length, floor to ceiling barn doors on a rolling track. Yep, We are installing new barn doors with gorgeous functional hardware.  You may remember a couple months ago, I shared Masonite’s new Vista Grand patio doors with you and while luck would have it, they just came out with a DIY Barn Door kit that is now available in select Home Depot stores and online. The folks at Masonite asked if we would have a place for barn doors in our home and of course, we said yes. I’ll tell you what, their timing couldn’t have been any better. I knew just the place for them, our new kitchen.

Here are the doors that we made a few years ago.

Sliding Barn Doors {new project}

Here is what’s behind the doors now.

DIY sliding barn doors

Here is the wall with the doors off and the bookcase being emptied for construction.

DIY sliding barn doors

We decided to enclose the top (the 2×10 on the floor will accomplish that) in order to create a space for the sliding door hardware. For those of you who are not familiar with Masonite, let me introduce you. The Masonite International Corporation is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors. They have everything you need and more. I ended up going to meet the local representative for the company a few weeks ago at a showroom near our home and wow, their interior and exterior doors are gorgeous with a door for every budget. I love that! We chose a set of the Z-Bar Knotty Alder Interior Barn Door Slab with Sliding Door Hardware for our project but they also have modern version as well, the West End Melrose barn door. Stay tuned, I will be sharing the tutorial in a few days! *update: see full reveal here.

Decorating with Pumpkins {free BOO printable}

We love decorating with pumpkins and thought you might love this adorable “boo” printable for a pumpkin of your own. Pumpkins are perfect for decorating inside or outdoors. The only thing you need to be careful of about bring pumpkins indoors, is they tend to rot quicker inside. I learned this the hard way last year. I totally forgot about them on our mantel and later found them rotting away on my new new wood mantel. Gross.

Decorating with pumpkins {free halloween printable} Boo printable

Click here to print off your own “Boo” and create your own pumpkin sign.

Decorating with pumpkins {free halloween printable} Boo printable

I used decorative cardstock to print off the printable.

Decorating with pumpkins {free halloween printable} Boo printable

Pumpkin decorating ideas {free BOO printable}

This is a really cute way to decorate a tabletop or front entry. I was thinking about putting a pumpkin with this cute “Boo” sign  in my grandparents bathroom once they went to bed. I would love to see my grandfather’s face when he found it in the morning. Oh to be a fly on the wall! haha

TRY THIS! 12 Ways to Make a Fall Wreath

I love decorating for Fall!  Living in New England, we get to enjoy the best autumn foliage America has to offer, right outside our front door.  As soon as September hits, I can just feel and smell the change in the air, and see the first faint touches of red and gold on our trees.  That’s when I can’t stop myself from tying cornstalks together, piling on the pumpkins, and finding the biggest pots of chrysanthemums for our porches.  The finishing touch of my fall porch decor is always a pretty wreath for the front door.  Here’s some fall door decor inspiration to get you excited for decorating, too.

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Try This:  Make a Fall Wreath

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Felt and Burlap Leaf Wreath at Crafts Unleashed

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Our Homemade Leaf Wreath

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Monogram Door Decor that Changes with Seasons (Early Fall Version) at Average But Inspired

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One of our Favorites, this Gorgeous Fall Front Door Basket
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Floral Owl Wreath at Maya Road

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Indian Corn Wreath at Stone Gable

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Burlap and Lace Wreath for Fall at Inspiration for Moms

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Inspirational Autumn Wreath at Tatertots & Jello

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Natural Fall Wreath at Better Homes & Gardens

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Large Acorn Wreath at Liz Marie Blog

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Woodsy Fall Log Wreath at Houseful of Handmade

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Our Fall Pastels Hydrangea Wreath

You can find more fall decorating ideas here:

Fall Home Tour 2013

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Our Back to School Pegboard Organizational Wall

I have wanted to create a pegboard organization wall forever and I finally did it. The kids will be back to school in a few short weeks so I decided to create a peg board full of school supplies. Homework is kind of a drag in our house and it’s even worse when necessary supplies are missing. As hard as I try, I never seem to master keeping school stuff organized. I am hoping that having this new peg board full of supplies will help. We partnered with National Hardware for all the peg board hanging tools, accessories and adorable plastic containers.

DIY pegboard organization project. Perfect for back to school, office or craft space. I love the idea of using wrapping paper to cover the pegboard!

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

Items Needed:

Pegboard (I got mine at my local hardware store)

Heavy weight wrapping paper (optional)

*Tip: You can also spray paint your peg board with spray paint to add color (optional)

Peg Hook Assortment kit

Curved Hooks

Multiple Tool Holder

Parts tray

Parts Organizer

Organizer Jar

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

I was originally going to spray paint my pegboard in a high gloss white but decided to try a heavy white wrapping paper that I had picked up at HomeGoods a couple months ago. Be sure to use heavy weight if you decide to cover your board, this way it won’t rip.

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

Simply wrap the paper across the board and tape along the back side using duct tape.

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

Once my board was covered, I decided to arrange my hooks, tray and organizers on the backside so I could see the holes.

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

Most of the hooks push right through the paper but the ones that didn’t, I used a nail driver (you can use a pen or something pointy to make your holes. This way, when you flip over the board, your holes are already there in the paper.

I used a nail driver (you can use a pen or something pointy to make your holes. This way, when you flip over the board, your holes are already there in the paper.

I arranged all the hooks where I wanted them (on the backside) so that I could make changes without poking holes in the paper that were not necessary. Once I liked the arrangement, I flipped it over and added the hooks in the already made holes.

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

Doesn’t it look so cool?

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

I decided to hang the board on a blank wall in our playroom.

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

How to create a Back to school peg board organization wall

Looking for more fabulous organizational ideas featuring these super cool products?

Check out these blogger projects!

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Work space Organization / Jenna Burger Design

Our back to school pegboard organizational wall is going to be so helpful once school starts. I love this board so much, I want to create a craft, sewing and office wall for myself. Oh my goodness the possibilities are endless. Another fun idea also would be to hang the board length wise over a desk.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by National Hardware. I was provided with complimentary products and I was compensated for this post. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

How to create a decorative coffee table tray {10 minute decorating ideas}

Do you ever feel like your coffee table is a catch all for crapola? Ours is. It never fails, there is always a bunch of random stuff  spread out all over it. One solution that I have found is to use a tray or basket to keep stuff organized. This month as part of Laura’s 10 minute decorating ideas, I decided to share how to create a decorative coffee table tray.

how to create a decorative coffee table tray {10 minute decorating ideas}

Some of you may know that I worked with HomeGoods a couple months ago on a photoshoot and this tray that I created for the family room is adorable, functional and super stylish.

How to create a decorative coffee table tray {10 minute decorating ideas}

In less than 10 minutes, I filled a tray with a tiny mason jar full of petite hydrangeas and filler, hardcover books and a decorative gold accent.

How to create a decorative coffee table tray {10 minute decorating ideas}

Trays on coffee tables are also perfect for keeping a cold drink on hand. I love the idea of grouping a bunch of items in a tray. Quick, easy and pretty!

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To find the rest of this month’s 10 Minute Ideas, you can visit these friends.

Julie Blanner

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Miss Mustard Seed

Inspired by Charm

Finding Home Farms

Tidy Mom

Thistlewood Farms

How to Install a Water Feature {our garden water fountain}

How many of you love a pretty flower bed? We do! I grew up watching my gram always planting flowers and weeding her flower beds. Maybe that is why I love gardening and planting flowers. Although, I don’t love pulling weeds. I was recently approached by Aquascape to see if we would like to try out one of their water fountains. Aquascape provided quality water gardening products and I must say, our fountain was ridiculously easy to install. We love this thing!

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

Not only was is simple to install, it adds so much character to our flower bed.

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

First, find a spot in your yard to place your fountain.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

I used the black tarp provided with the fountain to mark my spot to dig the hole. Simply make a circle cut with the edge of your shovel right where the circle cut-out part is on the tarp.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Dig your hole as deep and wide as the base of the fountain.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Once you have dug your hole, place the base in the whole and adjust until the base is level. This may take a few minutes either digging a little deeper or creating a wider hole. All in all, it took about 10 minutes for us to get the base level. Not a big deal.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Once your base is level, add the top (with the holes) and use the clamp to secure the top to the base.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

You can either connect your hose directly to the pump or simply fill the base with water and have a continuous flow of water that way.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

We chose to fill the base with water. Once you have filled your base, place the black tarp back over the cover and center. You can also trim the tarp with scissors if it’s too big for your space.

Next, connect the white tube to the pump which is provided and feed through the hole of the fountain and push the pump into the water filled base.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

Before we covered the tarp with decorative rocks, we plugged in the pump to ensure it worked.

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

It worked perfectly!

how to install a garden water feature in under 20 minutes  {water fountain}. If you can dig a hole faster than me, it will take you less than 20 minutes. Adding a water feature to any garden or yard is a great way to add visual appeal and character to a space.

TIP: if you purchase decorative rock, be sure to rinse the rocks first to get rid of any color (dye) that may be on the rocks. This way, your water stays clear looking and isn’t tinted with color.

This guy isn’t sure if it’s his new water bowl or what? He sat there for about 10 minutes watching the water bubble up and run off the side. Totally confused!

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

Once I knew it worked properly, I trimmed a bit of the black tarp and added my decorative (rinsed stone) around the base of the fountain then adjusted the mulch around the rock. We LOVE this water feature and how much character and charm it adds to our flower bed. It’s so cool!!

This video actually sold me on the idea of installing one. When Aquascape first contacted me, I originally was going to pass because I thought it would be super difficult and time consuming to install. I had never installed a water feature before and I was scared! I was wrong!  

Check out this 3 minute video provided by Aquascape.

how to install a garden water feature {water fountain} - this is such an easy and quick project.

My mom loves the sound of the fountain too. I sometimes see her outside having her morning coffee and she has the fountain running. She says it’s so peaceful sounding! Have you always wanted a water feature in your yard but were too afraid to install it? I am here to tell you, these are affordable, gorgeous and so easy to install. The hardest part is digging the hole and lets face it, that’s not that hard. You can find this exact water fountain here and be sure to check out more Aquascape water features as well as their facebook page for additional product information and gallery displays.

Disclosure: I was compensated and provided product by Aquascape. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

How to spray paint a rocking chair {navajo white}

This summer has been a whirl wind. I am sure many of you feel the same way. We have managed to squeak out a few DIY projects here and there but for the most part, we are trying to relax this summer. Although, we have all new kitchen cabinets coming this week which is kind of starting to freak me out. More on that soon! If you follow along with us regularly, you may know that we are an ambassador for HomeRight. I absolutely love their products and they make DIY projects so easy. We had a couple rocking chairs in need of new paint so I used my finish max pro sprayer and made the rocking chairs beautiful again.

how to spray paint a rocking chair

The chair is probably 15 years old and has been left outside in the rain on more than one occasion. We usually keep them in our pool house or on our covered porch but the weather still beats on them.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

I lightly sanded the chairs to get off any loose paint. You can also use a palm sander if you have a large area to sand.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

Clean off any dust from sanding with a cloth and start spraying.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

Total time to complete the project, under one hour.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

I used exterior latex paint in navajo white and applied 2 coats.

How to spray paint a rocking chair

Setting up the sprayer takes less than 5 minutes and cleanup is so simple. I can’t even imagine painting this chair by hand. Now that would be painful! The sprayer allows you to achieve a custom finish very quickly. The dry time is minimal as the sprayer leaves a fine smooth finish. Once the first coat was dry, I applied another. My grandfather was watching me as I took this sad rocking chair and turned it into something beautiful in no time at all. He said, “good job kid, I am glad you didn’t throw it out, it’s looks brand new again.” He is from the era of “save everything and dispose of nothing.” I am with him all the way when it comes to making something old, look new again.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post however, all opinions and words are 100% my own. 

 

My grandfather is wearing his socks around his wrist! {DIY wristband}

My grandfather makes me laugh. He is constantly walking around the house looking for one thing or another. Yesterday, he was outside walking around his truck looking for a bag of potatoes. I couldn’t help but laugh because I knew they were probably still at Walmart (he loves Walmart) in the checkout line.

Anyway, as he was getting out of the car, I noticed a funny looking thing on his arm.

The man cut his sock in pieces and put it under his watch so it wouldn’t rub on his wrist. My grandmother is mortified that he wears that around in public.

They make me laugh!!!

Grandfather's DIY Wristband

I said, “what the heck are you doing with your sock on your wrist?

He said, “it keeps my watch from rubbing my skin raw!”

Now tell me, isn’t that the best DIY solution you have seen in a while?

Quick, no cost and functional.

That’s my grandfather for ya!

 

Organizing tips: How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes!

Hey messy jewelry, you are not wanted anymore! Do you ever feel like your jewelry is all over the place? Tangled and spread out all over a drawer or piled up on top of each other in jewelry box? Or better yet, somewhere in your house that you forgot where you put it? I remember as a kid, my  mom always had this really large jewelry box on her bureau that opened up and a little wind up ballerina spun around to music. All of her jewelry was nicely hung or pushed inside those little velvet holders. I don’t know what they are called but they kept things in place and it always looked so pretty. Today, I am here to share organizing tips for your jewelry  as part of Laura’s 10 minute idea series over at Finding Home.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

I don’t have a cute jewelry box with a singing ballerina but I do have this adorable tiny dish from my great grandmother.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

Over the years, I have accumulated some fun jewelry but I tend to wear the same pieces over and over. Mostly fun costume stuff.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

I always end up tossing it wherever I take it off. The kitchen counter, the family room coffee table or my night table. I decided this cute heirloom would be perfect for keeping jewelry safe on my night table.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

 

There are so many DIY jewelry organization ideas out there. One particular idea that I love is using a small tiered stand. I wish I had one of those little guys! How about you, how do you keep your everyday jewelry organized? Be sure to check out these other fabulous 10 minute organization ideas over at Finding Home, Thistlewood FarmInspired by Charm, Julie Blanner and Dream Green DIY.

Grab and Go Summer dining essentials

My mom had a great idea the other day. She created a basket filled with summer dining essentials for our outdoor dinners. We use paper plates, cups and utensils when we can during the summer because, what’s the point of washing dishes right? We created a grab and go basket full of everything we use on a daily basis.

Create a grab and go basket full of summer dining essentials

By having everything is a basket with handles, you will save time fishing through drawers and cupboards looking for stuff before dinner. My favorite storage solution is the container with all the utensils. It’s a simple silver bucket from the dollar store. I love that!

Create a grab and go basket full of summer dining essentials

The great thing about this basket is it’s pretty too! It looks great on the counter top or outside under the porch. We love simple ideas to make our dinners go smoothly. How about you, do you have a way to keep your summer dining essentials organized?

30 Ideas for Throwing a Fourth of July Party

Alright, everybody, how is your summer going?  I can’t believe June is more than halfway over–it’s going too quickly and we still have a ton of outdoor fun to pack in before the temps drop this Fall!  We love to gather our family and friends for backyard parties.  The absolute best excuse for a summer party is the Fourth of July.  Check out these 30 ideas for throwing a fourth of July party! Everything from decorations, party food, and activities for the kids at your big family celebration of Independence.  Red, white, and blue forever!

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Decor

Hamburger Bar

American Hamburger Bar and Decor at Talk of the House

Mason-Jar-Flag-Display

Mason Jar Flag Display at A Diamond in the Stuff

Patriotic-Pallet-Wood-Sign

Patriotic Pallet Sign at Blooming Homestead

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Fourth of July Flowers at The Casual Craftlete

July-4th-party-printables

Party Printables for July 4th at Lemonade Moments

bandana-tablecloth

Easy DIY Bandana Tablecoth at The Gracious Wife

Independence-Day-Board

Independence Day Liberty Art at The Happy Scraps

Vintage-Americana-Party-Decor

DIY Vintage Americana Party at Lia Griffith

Patriotic-Party-Lights-from-cups

Homemade Patriotic Party Lights at My Anything and Everything

4th of july mini star garland

July 4th Mini Star Garland at Hawthorne & Main

mason-jar-luminaries

Mason Jar Luminaries at For the Love Of

stars-stripes-serving-ware

Stars and Stripes Serving Pieces at Infarrantly Creative

Food

patriotic-ombre-layer-cake

Ombre Independence Day Cake at Brit & Co.

Cherry-Pie-Jar-Pastry-Star

Cherry Pie in a Jar with Stars at Stone Gable Blog

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Red, White, & Blue Fruit Skewers at Skinny Taste

American-Flag-Fruit-Display

American Flag Snack Tray at Made to Be a Momma

panna-cotta-red-white-blue-parfaits

Panna Cotta and Raspberry Parfaits at Pink Patisserie

red-white-blue-pinwheel-cookies

Red, White, & Blue Pinwheel Cookies at Just a Taste

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4th of July S’mores Bar at Dukes & Duchesses

firecracker-popcorn

Firecracker Popcorn at The Nerd’s Wife

red velvet brownie stars

Red Velvet Brownie Starts at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

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Kid Friendly Flag Drink at The Girl Creative

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Independence Day Soda Bar at Let’s Dish

Activities

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Fourth of July Kids’ Printables at 30 Handmade Days

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Star Spangled Slime at I Can Teach My Child

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Plastic Cup Sparkler Shield from I Love 2 Dream Do You?

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Sparkle Bottles for the Fourth at Things to Share and Remember

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Patriotic Parade Wand from Quirky Inspired

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Popsicle Stick Flag Craft at A Pumpkin and a Princess

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Fourth of July Water Blog for Kids at Club Chica Circle

Phew, that was some amazing stuff wasn’t it? Every fourth of July party ideas are right here for your picking. Pick one or two and run with it!

DIY Herb Planter {cobalt blue + tea}

Who loves fresh herbs in their ice tea? We do! Our two favorite tea herbs are lemon balm and spearmint. A couple weeks ago, I picked up a lemon balm and spearmint plant at Home Depot, brought them home and realized I didn’t have small enough planters to plant them in. I searched my mom’s left over containers as well as my gramps workshop (shhhh….don’t tell him I was poking around in there, he will flip!) and found nothing. I ended up finding two planters in a clearance aisle that were perfect for my tea herbs but I wasn’t impressed with the color so I spray painted them with a can of cobalt blue spray paint.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Step 1 – spray paint your planter (or use one you already love).

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

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Next, fill almost half full with soil. I used Miracle Grow soil.

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Next, place your plant inside and fill around the plant with soil gently pressing plant into the soil.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Next, I used sticky back chalkboard labels that I had picked up from Michaels Crafts last year. Instead of using chalk, I used my favorite chalk marker. I LOVE this thing and it washes off with water. You must try one of these markers if you are a chalk lover.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

I wrote spearmint and lemon balm and each and that’s it!

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This quick and easy DIY herb planter literally took under one hour and that’s because I had to wait for the planter to dry after spray painting.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Don’t you want a fresh cold glass of ice tea now with spearmint or lemon balm?

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

 

Lemon balm or spearmint compliments any glass of fresh brewed ice tea. Simply add a few pieces of either (wash first) to any glass and you will be amazed at the delicious taste of your tea. It also looks pretty floating in a mason jar filled with ice tea. What better way to serve yourself or your guests. A fun ice tea stand or buffet featuring your DIY planter filled with fresh herbs. I think these guys are keepers!

DIY Summer Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea}

Hey guys, I am back with another quick idea as part of Laura’s 10 minute idea series.  Yesterday, I shared our recent birthday celebration and the vase I used as the centerpiece got a tiny makeover which I am sharing the tutorial today. When I was setting the table for the party, I felt like the vase needed a little extra something. Many times, the stems of the flowers look “not so pretty” so I am always trying to find ways to disguise the stems. In the past, I have used sisal and burlap. This time, I used decorative washi tape that coordinated with my table linens and dishware.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

This is so simple! Wrap washi tape around the bottom of a vase and that’s it.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

Pick any tape colors that you love.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

Done!

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

In under 10 minutes (really 30 seconds….), I created a DIY summer vase for our birthday table. Kind of fun right?

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

There are so many different colors and patterns of washi tape, the possibilities are endless. Next time you are adding flowers to a vase, try creating your own DIY summer vase for your tabletop. Ok, now for some more fun! Head over to these other fabulous bloggers and see what craft they have done in 10 minutes.

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Finding Home

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Dream Green DIY 

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TidyMom

10 Minute Craft: Patriotic Rice Jars at TidyMom.net

Miss Mustard Seed

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Julie Blanner

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Thistlewood Farms

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10 minute DIY Window Valance {no sew}

A couple weeks ago we shared our blue powder room makeover off of the kitchen and would you believe me if I told you that the valance was a table runner? During the painting project, I picked up a few accessories but couldn’t find a window treatment that was suitable. The window is an awkward size.  Most of the valances that I found in the store were either the wrong size or didn’t look good. As I was wrapping up the project I was totally annoyed because the darn window was still naked. Then it dawned on me, I had purchased this adorable table runner a few weeks ago from Home Goods. Mainly because it was cute and cheap, not realizing at the time, it was would be my window treatment in the bathroom!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Items needed

Table Runner (or whatever you are turning into a valance)

Stitch Witchery

Curtain Rod

First, lay out your table runner on a flat surface.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

I originally intended to use drapery rods to hang the valance but didn’t like the look so I opted to create a hem/pocket using the stitch witchery. The pocked allowed me to slide the rod through. I didn’t want to cut my table runner (you never know when I might need it on the table) so I used the entire length. Feel free to cut yours to the desired length.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

 I used a hot iron with steam to adhere the stitch witchery to the runner.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

That’s it! A 10 minute valance created with a table runner. Yay!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Be sure to check out the rest of the bathroom makeover for more tips, color inspiration and of course, the before pictures. We love our DIY window valance and the best part is was quick and was no sew!

Fun Father’s Day Grill Gift Basket

Out with Mother’s Day and in with Father’s Day. Where does the time go? I swear it was just “my” day a couple days ago! ha. Living with “three” dads under one roof, you are bound to get stumped on what to buy them for Father’s Day. Even though my husband and grandfather are not my “dad”, I am still responsible somehow for getting them a gift. It never fails, during any holiday, I am the shopper and the buyer. My dad gives me money to do “his” shopping and of course, I take the kids to shop for their dad. One of the dads in our house will be getting this fabulous fun grill basket for Father’s Day. Hopefully my husband doesn’t read this post :).

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

When preparing a gift basket, I tend to fill a basket, bucket or box. Something that can be easily carried works the best.

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

I picked up most of these items at my local Home Goods store.

Tip: If using a basket or bucket, try using two different sizes. For example, I used a serving platter styled tray to accompany the deeper larger basket which holds most of the items. 

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Grilling resource guide:

Basket – to hold items or be used as a serving platter (larger bottom basket)

Meat tenderizer – Tenderizes steaks, chops, veal, chicken breast and a variety of other meats

Grill basket – works great when cooking veggies, fish or anything small that will fall through standard grill grates

Burger press – Makes stuffed burgers, sliders and regular patties

Barbecue tongs – perfect for flipping or moving meat

Meat thermometer 

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

In addition to the above essentials, a tablecloth, cute plastic food baskets, napkins, seasonings, skewers, BBQ sauces are all perfect complimentary items for a grill gift basket.  Sometimes I just pick up cute things that are relative to the theme of the gift basket and before I know it, I have enough to fill a box, pail or basket. If you have empty pockets, fill with coordinating tissue paper. Tissue paper is a gift baskets best friend! In case you are wondering where you can find these items, I picked them all up at HomeGoods…….even the cute mustard and ketchup containers ;).

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from HomeGoods to create this Father’s Day grill gift basket.

DIY fabric photo wall art + cleaning tips + $200 HomeDepot giveaway

Good morning! Who wants to win a $200 gift card to Home Depot? Keep reading!  We recently partnered with P&G and The Home Depot to share our cleaning tips and tricks when moving into a new home as well as a fun tutorial on how to make your own DIY fabric photo wall art.  Cleaning your home is never a fun task especially when you are cleaning up grim that isn’t your own. Somewhere along the line, we have all moved into a new home or apartment and have been blessed with the lovely residue from previous occupants. I am kind of a germ freak when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms so for me, I tend to go overboard when cleaning these spaces.

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Come join me over at  The Home Depot and get the full tutorial on this 10 minute wall art piece and see me in action cleaning kitchen cabinets. Be sure to check out all of the cleaning tips and easy projects to personalize your home at the Apron Blog shared by other talented bloggers. I am loving all the shelf projects they are sharing!

Are you ready to win your own $200 Home Depot Gift card? Enter below via rafflecopter.

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*Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to claim prize or another winner will be drawn.

This post is sponsored by P&G and The Home Depot. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

Decorating with Yellow Flowers {10 minutes or less}

I try not to over-think decorating. Sometimes it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the details that you forget about what you are really trying to accomplish when decorating. For me, flowers are always what save the day. This simple bouquet of yellow flowers {mums} along with fresh greens are perfect for any tabletop, especially for spring or summer.

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I picked up a 8 stems of yellow mums and the greens for under $12 dollars.

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Most floral shops (I go to Wegmans, my local grocery store) have a variety of textured fillers (greens) that will coordinate with just about any flower.  I just happen to love yellow flowers and found the color fitting for our tablescape above. Decorating with fresh flowers is easy and doesn’t need to be expensive. If change the water every other day and cut the bottom of the stems on an angle when you change the water, you will most likely get a full to two weeks of life from your flowers. These lasted almost 2.5 weeks! Check out more of our projects at our home & projects page.

Best way to clean windows {spring cleaning}

Who despises cleaning windows besides me? It’s one of the worst cleaning jobs on the planet. BUT once they are clean and sparkly, I am so happy! I have joined forces again this year with Laura at Finding Home along with a few other fabulous bloggers to share our 10 minute ideas around the home. Each month for the rest of the year, we’ll share something that only takes 10 minutes around the home. This month is cleaning tips, hence the best way to clean windows from yours truly. Loving the look of our family room below when everything is clean and sparkly!

best way to clean windows {spring cleaning}

This is so easy! Simply add hot water to a bucket and 2 cups of vinegar.

Best way to clean windows {spring cleaning}

I find that using 2 cloth diapers (burp cloths) work the best. Soak one cloth and wring it out. Use that one to wash your window and dry with the second cloth (keep it dry).

Best way to clean windows {spring cleaning}

Simple right?

Best way to clean windows {spring cleaning} . Secret to a no streak window

Using hot water and vinegar I find, saves time and is virtually streakless. That is one of my pet peeves when cleaning windows, I despise streaks. The trick though is to use the diaper cloths. They work wonderfully! Now that you have seen the best way to clean windows, head over and checkout these other fabulous 10 minute ideas.

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Finding Home

Simple Tip to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

 Thistle Wood Farms

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Julie Blanner

 touching up painted furniture

Inspired by Charm

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TidyMom

How to decorate a red bookcase for Spring

Are you changing things up a bit in your home now that the warmer weather is here? Spring is such a welcoming season for us here in the Northeast. Our winters are horrible and 50 degrees can feel like heaven after a long winter. One of the things my mom and I love to do in the spring, is change around furniture and create fun springy vignettes. We had the pleasure of receiving the beautiful complimentary bookcase a couple months ago from Sauder and today, we wanted to how to decorate a red bookcase for spring.

how to decorate a red bookcase for spring

Isn’t it cute? It fits perfectly in our family room next to the back door. It’s got swing doors that open allowing for storage inside.

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The red bookcase adds a pop of color to the room and looks great against the white wide pine planks.

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I prefer to use baskets whenever I can. Not only do they keep things organized and from falling over, they are pretty!

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Our family room is rather large so by adding a lamp and chair alongside the bookcase, this creates a reading area as well.

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Sauder has some fabulous furniture pieces and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this bookcase was to put together. Often times when your order furniture that you need to assemble, it turns out to be a nightmare. This was so easy and it looks great! Be sure to checkout the Sauder lookbook where other bloggers are sharing their decorated furniture pieces as well. Find more inspiration on Sauder’s facebook, twitter and pinterest page.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine. I was compensated for this post.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo Shelving {spray paint + wood shelving}

Who loves Ikea? I do! We are fortunate to have a new store about an hour from our house, just south of Boston. I don’t get there as much as you would think, considering we live so close but I did make a trip last fall to pick up a set of black Vittsjo shelving units for the playroom. What do I love about Ikea? Most of their items are inexpensive and excellent quality. I never feel bad about modifying anything from Ikea.

Vittsjo IKEA Hack {spray paint + wooden shelves}

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

We needed a small shelving unit on either side of our fireplace in in the playroom and these shelves were perfect but they were the wrong color and had glass shelving.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

I removed the glass shelves and spray painted 2 coats of gold Rust-oleum.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

I picked a windy day to get these sprayed and I remember thinking, “why am I doing this right now?”

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

Once they were sprayed, I let them dry a couple hours in between coats. Two coats did the job. Once I removed the glass shelving, I custom cut pieces of 1/4″ plywood to create new shelves. I used the same measurements as the glass inserts. I decided to paint them the same color as the walls in the playroom to help create a cohesive look.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

Nothing fancy and I was lucky, we had a large piece of plywood left over from a previous projects so my new shelves were free!

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

After two coats of paint on the top, sides and bottom, my new wooden shelves were finished.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

They are perfect for books, games and other smaller items that you would find in a playroom.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

In my opinion, glass is not appropriate in a playroom especially when there are usually 2 or 3 eight year olds in there at a time creating chaos. The wooden shelves were a perfect solution. The Ikea Vittsjo shelving units are only $49 a each. So for the cost of the metal shelves and spray paint, I was able to add functional storage that is designer friendly. I am hoping to share the entire room soon with the new shelving and a few new accessories. You should see what the room looks like behind these pictures! A mess!!!

35 Spring Wreaths and Door Decor

Spring is still a ways off here in New England, but let me tell you, we’re ready to welcome it with open arms!  I don’t care how much snow is piled around us, I’m pulling out the spring decor.

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One of the simplest ways I can think of to tell Spring you are ready for it to show up is to add a cheerful spring wreath to your front door.  There are so many amazing ideas out there for how you can make your own wreath, but I’ve collected a few of the best here today to inspire you.

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Yellow Nest Wreath from The Gunny Sack

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Blue Bird Nest Wreath from Bonfires and Wine

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Blue Burlap Nest Wreath from Top This Top That

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Cupcake Liner Wreath from The 36th Avenue

Curly-Colorful-Wreath

Curly Paper Wreath from Capital B

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 Recycled Paper Butterfly Wreath at Suzy’s Sitcom

 paint-chip-rainbow-burlap-wreath

Burlap and Paint Chip Flower Wreath from Burlap and Blue

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Rainbow Pinwheels at Wine and Glue 

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Rainbow Hydrangeas at Illistyle 

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Rainbow Yarn Wreath at Purely From the Heart

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Rainbow Bunny Peeps from Tried & True

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 Bunnytails and Bunting Wreath from Lil’ Luna

 mossy-bunny-twine-wreath

Baker’s Twine and Moss Bunny from Becoming Martha

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My Easter Egg Wreath

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Silhouette Bunny and Stripes from Nest of Posies

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Yarn Flowers and a Bunny at Very Truly Me

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Yarn and Rosettes Wreath from Simply Darrling

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Flowers, Felt and Yarn Wreath at The Cards We Drew

spring-scraps

Scrappy Bunting Wreath from Whipperberry

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Red Bicycle Wreath from Craft-o-Maniac

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Scrappy Balls Wreath from Making It Fun

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Gumball Wreath in Spring Colors from Fit, Crafty, Stylish and Happy

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Polka Dot Spring Wreath from Positively Splendid

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Lemon Wreath from How Does She

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 Dollar Store Greenery Wreath from The How To Mom

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Gerber Daisy Wreath from The Bold Abode

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Simple Tulips from Just a Girl and Her Blog

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Pink Tulips on the Door at Life.Love.Larson

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Rainboots and Tulips at Refresh Restyle

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Purple Spring Berry at That’s What Che Said

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Trailing Greenery Wreath from Somewhere in the Middle

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My Hydrangea Monogram Wreath

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Easter Egg Embroidery Hoop from Polka Dots in the Country

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Mossy Easter Wreath at Raising Up Rubies 

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Collage Easter Wreath at Rhonna Designs

Aren’t you inspired to head to the store and see what kind of spring wreath you can create? I know I am!

How to hang a mirror with painters tape

How many times do you buy something, get it home, and then realize…..how am I going to hang this? My dad would have a complete geometry problem on paper on how to hang the mirror and get the exact measurement. Me….not so much. I use painters tape. I know, sounds silly but if you tried our “how to hang shelves with painters tape” method that we shared last year, you know it works.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Here is the blank wall above the fireplace.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Here is the mirror. I bought this mirror at Horchow after Christmas when it was on sale and I love it!

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Take blue painters tape an run it across the back covering the hanger hooks on either side of the mirror.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Use a black marker and mark where the hanger hole is on the tape. Take the tape off and stick to the wall at the height you want the mirror to hang.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Use a level to ensure your tape is straight. If not, peel the tape off and adjust until it is level. I just noticed that the old hook from the previous picture is still there in the my photo! ha

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Tap a nail hole where the black marker spot is.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Peel off the tape and add your hooks to hang your mirror.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape That’s it!

How to hang a mirror with painters tape

Once my hooks were up, I used a larger level to ensure that the two hooks were straight (level). See that dad, my painters tape method works just as well. 😉

 

 

Homemade Stain Remover {laundry}

This past weekend I worked on an afternoon laundry room makeover in our basement. It’s amazing what a few bins and baskets will do for a space when it comes to getting organized. It’s a project for Wayfair so I will hopefully be sharing the final reveal in a week or two. In the meantime, I decided to try my hat at creating a homemade stain remover for laundry. Personally, I have never been big into make homemade laundry detergent or stain removers but so many people love it and swear by it so I gave it a try.homemade stain remover / Laundry stain remover

 

So easy! I found an easy homemade recipe at My Life in Pink and it worked like a charm. I decided to add water to mine but you don’t have to. My gram said this is a great recipe and similar to hers from years ago. I’ll have to share that laundry concoction soon!

Ingredients

2 parts peroxide

2 parts Water

 1 part Dawn dish soap

1 part baking soda

homemade stain remover for laundry

We are lucky enough to have 3 laundry rooms. I know, kind of crazy but with four generations living under one roof, you need lots of washers and dryers! You can see our main floor laundry room here and this is our basement laundry room before the makeover.

DIY basement laundry room makeover before

Stay tuned for the full laundry room reveal soon. The homemade stain remover looks super cute in it’s new home and it actually works. Anything with Dawn + baking soda + peroxide has to work right? I sure did ;).

PS. check out our upstairs laundry room makeover from last summer…..what do you think about the DIY shelving?

How to add new door molding {our front door}

Last summer we added on a new portico around our front door and we finally just finished adding the new door molding inside. Sometimes these projects linger on for months. We decided to add a piece of pine board to the top of the door (to the ceiling) to define the two rooms on either side of the door. This also allowed a place for the paint to stop! Before, the entire wall (which covered two rooms) needed to be the same color because there was not place to stop a color and add a new one.

How To- Front door interior trim

I asked my dad if we could beef up the door with molding in order to accomplish these two things:

a) give the illusion the door was larger and

b) have a place to stop and start a new paint color

His response, “what’s wrong with just leaving it all one color?” He thought about it over night and came home the next day with a pine board and said, “will this work?”

AFTER:

How to add trim to a front door {before & after

My fancy camera was having a small issue this day so these pictures were taken with my cell phone so they are not the best but you can see, the door needed a little cosmetic work ;).

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When we removed the old door, we had to remove all of the old trim. The old door was over 50 years old and of course, the new door didn’t fit exactly in the same space so we used pine filler to fill in the gap between where the old door space and the new door.

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After:

How to add trim to a front door {before & after

Once we cut the pine filler to size, we nailed it to the existing door jam and filled in the gaps with spray foam insulation. Here is an image of what it looks like from Home Depot.

spray foam insulationYou can see below how we sprayed it in along the top of the door.

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Here is the door completely trimmed out with the pine insert pieces.

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We added primed 2.5 inch wood trim molding that we picked up at Home Depot around the door along with the pine piece at the top. After a couple hours, the door looked fabulous and the two rooms are now separated and ready for their own color! Be sure to check out our latest DIY project on our Home and Projects page. New stuff is added daily!

Our cute little Tea Station

Sometimes you just need a little something to warm you up. The weather is out of control here in Massachusetts so the only projects we are doing involve shoveling, eating and finding ways to stay warm. Last month I shared our DIY coffee station and I recently shared our cute little tea station over at HomeGoods. Nothing fancy, but a designated spot on our kitchen counter for a variety of teas and hot chocolate.

Warm up with a Winter Tea StationWe love to setup fun spots for beverages especially when we have guests over. Although my grandfather thinks I do it special for him ;).

Warm up with a Winter Tea Station

We have been hit with over 70+ inches of snow in 3 weeks so all we do is snow blow and shovel it seems. I set up the tea, coffee and hot chocolate station a couple weeks ago and it’s still there. Head over and visit me at HomeGoods where I am sharing how you can create your own tea station.

 

 

 

 

 

Our DIY Coffee Station

Are your kitchen cabinets a mess? Like, everything falls out when you open the door? That is exactly what happens when I open many of our kitchen cabinets. I don’t know how they get so disorganized but they do. Today, I am sharing our DIY coffee station and our newly organized coffee cabinet. We do not have a ton of room in our kitchen so I dedicated a cabinet near the coffee pot as our coffee station.

DIY Coffee Station + coffee cabinet

Here is the cabinet before.

diy coffee station before pictures

First, remove everything from the cabinet and dispose of trash and items you haven’t used in months! I found hot chocolate packages that expired 3 years ago. Yuk.

diy coffee station before pictures

I decided that K-cups needed to be in a container and that the boxes needed to be tossed.

DIY Coffee Station-2

I readjusted the existing shelving to allow for a free standing shelf in the middle of the cabinet to hold the coffee mugs. I didn’t have another matching shelf (which I needed to avoid that big gap of space in the cabinet) so I decided to try the pop up moveable shelf. It worked like a charm!

diy coffee station before pictures

I got rid of the coffee bags and added the grounds and beans into these gorgeous stainless steel canisters. I LOVE these things! They do not come with the labels but you can purchase any label at Michaels (that is where I got these chalkboard sticky labels) and make your own.

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Doesn’t it look so much better?

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Baskets are perfect for storing tea bags, scoops and other miscellaneous items.

DIY Coffee Station-5

Many of our mugs were almost 15 years old, chipped and pretty gross. I disposed of the old mugs, donated the others and added these new beautiful turquoise mugs. It’s hard to believe that most of the same items are still in this cabinet but looking so much more organized.

DIY Coffee Station-6 Another before:

diy coffee station before pictures

You can find many of these items over at Wayfair.

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Turquoise mugs / bamboo bins / canisters / wicker basket / scoop

Wayfair also sent me this pod drawer that I absolutely love but the drawer plus my keurig (which is oversized) was to high to fit under our cabinet so my mom is using it in our other kitchen.  Look at how cool this drawer is, it holds so many pods!

DIY COFFEE STATION

Getting organized in kitchen can be very overwhelming. I prefer to take one cabinet or drawer at a time. My husband tends to like things neat and orderly so our DIY coffee station was a huge hit when he came home from work and noticed how organized the cabinet was. Thank you to Wayfair for the complimentary products, we love them!

Organizing my office drawer {1 hour or less}

I have changed things around here a bit in an effort to get organized in 2015. I don’t have a dedicated room as an office so I try to use dressers or side tables with drawers as a place to keep my office supplies. A couple of days ago, I started organizing my office drawer. It wasn’t overly stuffed with junk, it just needed to be organized.

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Organizing my office drawer / Use stackable office supply dividers in a drawer to keep small items together

The problem was, there was nothing keeping like items together.

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Do your drawers look like this?

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I took everything out and started fresh.

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I had a set of old office supply organizers that fit perfectly inside the drawer.

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I think the smaller containers would also work nicely to organize jewelry. I have had these fabric covered dividers from HomeGoods for a couple years and I am finally putting them to good use.

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I decided to separate out the paper clips by color and keep the elastics together in another slot.

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These items are daily go-to items that I always need for one thing or another. I have another dresser full of craft items that I don’t use as often.

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This dresser is in our family room behind my newly created desk area. I will share that soon!

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When you don’t have a dedicated room as an office, you have to improvise and work with what you have. We have so many multipurpose rooms in our home, it’s the only way for us! ha. You don’t really have a choice when you live with four generations under one roof.

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Doesn’t it look so much better? Don’t laugh but I tend to use colored paper clips when I am organizing my editorial calendar. Each color represents a brand and project due date. I know, kind of crazy but it makes my calendar look pretty ;). Green means finished and red means “to do.”

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Organizing my office drawer took about one hour. That’s it! If I wasn’t taking pictures, it would have taken less time. Empty, purge, add storage containers and place items in their new home. Easy! For me, I love doing “in house” DIY projects such as organizing and creating functional spaces during the winter months. It’s way to cold outside to be cutting wood, sanding or spray painting. Trust me, I would much prefer laying on the couch in front of the fire and watching soap opera’s (that’s what my gram does all day!!) but something about getting organized motivates me and keeps me going. Winter is a depressing time for me so these little projects and “little wins” keep me sane ;). Happy organizing!

Try This: 9 DIY Organization Kitchen Tips

New year…..new you.  You’ve seen those advertising campaigns, right?  Lets talk about DIY organization shall we? We all know that completely changing ourselves is going to take more than the clock striking twelve and a ball dropping on Times Square.  It takes a lot of effort to create new habits.  From experience, I know that sometimes the best way to make big changes is to start small. Here are 10 tips to get yourself organized in the kitchen. You also may find a few affiliate links in this post. Many of you always want to know where you can buy certain products so I found a few for you. I may make a few pennies if you buy something ;). Thanks in advance!

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get organized, try doing it in baby steps.  Pick one room in your house–like the kitchen–and narrow it down even further:  start by organizing a single drawer or cabinet.  I’ve found some great ideas to get you off and running.  None of them require expensive materials or more than a few hours of your time.  We can do this!

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 Some ideas for organizing a pantry cupboard from Jenna Burger Design.  Spice racks are a great way to corral all your spices.

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 That dreaded spot….keeping things neat under the sink at How to Nest for Less. One thing I would love to do is install pull out shelving for spots like this.

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 How a junk drawer helps keep the kitchen organized at Clean & Scentsible.

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  Lots of spices?  A fantastic way to keep them straight by Organizing Home Life.

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  A great way to keep the counters clear with wire baskets at Golden Boys & Me.

Get the stuff off your kitchen counter! Try our DIY breadbox charging station idea.

Easy organization projects diy cell phone charging station

 DIY Charging Station

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  A spot for measuring utensils on a cupboard door at Tidbits From the Tremaynes.

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  Messy drawers?  Try these inexpensive DIY drawer dividers at Organized Mom.

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  Free up counter space with this vertical beverage station by A Farmhouse Reborn.

 I’d love to hear what your kitchen organization tips are!  Have you done something that made a big difference in the way you use your kitchen?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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