Hi there! If there is one trend we were ahead of it was the barn door trend ten years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long). We replaced every builder grade white, hollow door with either stained solid doors or barn doors in our basement. We installed a set of double barn doors and then a single barn door. This was before a quick Google search locates affordable barn door hardware and track systems. In fact, ten years ago when we called the big box home improvement stores they referred us to large animal feed stores. Over the years we duplicated our barn doors and learned how to make barn doors for less money. [Read more…]
It’s bunny time! Both in our yard and house! When I found these cute animal prints at (one of my) favorite online decor stores, I knew I could make inexpensive spring decor. Of all the animal prints available, the bunny prints were hands down my favorite! A side bonus was I got more mileage out of bunnies than let’s say, Easter eggs. Do you know what I mean? I picked two versions of the bunnies and created two budget-friendly framed bunny prints for some much-needed spring decor.
Wait until you see this cute bunny face.
How can you not smile when you see this face? Email me on the details of where I found the bunny prints
When I ordered these prints I knew I wanted the shadow boxes to give a little depth to these framed bunnies.
I purchased two 9×9 gray finishshadow boxes at Michael’s. Framed prints are budget friendly because the frames can be reused for seasonal prints. An added bonus is they stack nicely in a closet.
I didn’t want both bunnies centered in the frame. I wanted to offset images in a frame or a photo. What is it called? The rule of 1/3rds?
This little bunny bum looks so cute. I placed him on this new hutch in the dining room.
I positioned him under the floral arrangement so he has some shade. wink
I have not figured out where to put this bunny. Right now he is chilling on the mantel in the family room and he is the first face family and friends see when they walk into the family room. Makes me smile.
Hi Everyone! I am so excited to fill in for the month of March for the Merry Monday Linky Party! Please leave an extra comment for Erlene because the behind the scenes work she puts into this weekly party is off the chain (are moms allowed to use the “off the chain” expression? Anyway, here are my features for this week’s Merry Monday Link Party! Please share via social media and invite your blog friends!
Organized & Simplified (Easter Printable)
Across the Boulevard (Spring Blooms Wall Art)
Second Chance to Dream (Spring Printable)
Dazzled While Frazzled (Vintage Ruler Frame)
The Country Chic Cottage(DIY Photo Coasters)
Resin Crafts Blog (Hand Print Tray)
The Boondocks Blog (DIY Impressionist Painting)
KreativK (Spring Printable)
Refresh Living (DIY New Homeowner Gift)
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Megan and Emily will be on a blog hiatus for March. Megan is taking a break and Emily is welcoming her first baby! So while they’re taking a blog vacation, we’re welcoming 4 new host for the entire month of March! Jenny from Cookies Coffee and Crafts, Donna from Two Chicks and a Mom, Roseann from This Autoimmune Life, and Laura from Not A Trophy Wife are joining us for the entire month of March. If you aren’t already following them, please head over to their blogs and follow!
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What we’re looking for this week for possible features next week:
- Recipes featuring strawberries, peanuts, noodles, Oreo cookies, noodles or Kahlua.
- Dip and sauce recipes
- Home – spring cleaning tips, organization tips, home tours, home decor
- Upcycled Projects/decor
- Succulent Crafts
- All things St. Patrick’s Day and spring related
- Rainbow or unicorn themed foods, crafts, & DIY’s
- March Madness – Basketball party ideas
Do you love the faux fur/flokati movement? For the purposes of this post, I am referring to it as faux fur, because it rolls off my tongue easier than flokati. I love the idea of faux fur accessories! Over the course of last year, I purchased and returned faux accessories and rugs multiple times. The side table selected for the faux fur makeover was next to the stairs behind a table in our living room.
I was in a constant purchase-return-purchase cycle that likely got me flagged at several discount home stores for excessive return activity.
Why the indecisiveness? [Read more…]
Here is a fun, easy idea for your home or a hostess gift. I almost always give candles as hostess gifts for parties during the year. And, I fell in love with the concept of vintage matches. So it only made sense that I combined mason jars and matches for this fun decor or gift idea. Oh, and there’s a printable sheet at the end of this post.
I purchased a 3 pack of the small matchstick boxes at the grocery store.The boxed matches are located in the seasonal/holiday aisle at King Soopers (Kroger). I used the small, short mason jars because the matches fit perfectly into the short jar. If the lid doesn’t secure to the jar just take a few matches out to get a tighter fit.
For the striking papers, I cut out the strike paper from the boxed matches and taped it to the bottom of the mason jars. I have also used sticky velcro on the bottom of the mason jars.
Click here for a 2″ label printable on a sheet 8 1/2 x11 label or plain paper. And, if you want an easier way to decorate mason jar and matches I used wrapping paper during the holidays.
As we roll into March and the skies give us more light I am always sad for my candles. Sidenote: Let’s pause to add a collective eye roll and group text from my family! Flickering candles on chilly nights is a ritual at our house. But when the temperatures climb the candles tend to idle more than they flicker. And, it killed me to toss these glass jars so I figured out how to upcycle glass candle jars.
These 4″x 3.5″ glass jars are perfect for so many new careers. And, many of you know how I much I love a repurpose project. Just check out my homepage under “Upcycles.”
I found this tutorial on Pinterest and followed the general idea.
That’s kind of how I roll with instructions … or recipes.
How to Upcycle Glass Candle Jars
I gathered up my used Bath & Body candles and a few others I had in the “candle cabinet.” Don’t judge me.
and I stuck all of the used glass candle jars in the freezer overnight.
The following night I pulled the smaller glass jar out of the freezer. I used a kitchen serving knife to pry the wax out of the glass jar. And, just like that large chunks of frozen wax popped out of the jar. I grabbed each glass and a metal jar out of the freezer and repeated this step.
I had a sink of warm soapy water ready for the jars to soak and I used a scrubbing pad to wipe out the remaining wax.
This is one of the coolest candle vessels and obviously it’s not glass. I got it in Minneapolis last fall when we dropped our son off at college. I am so excited to be able to upcycle this into something that reminds me of my son’s first days at college. Tissue, please!
I love a good hack! My family would say I hack every time I cook or follow a recipe. It’s true; following a recipe is so conventional. I created this hack on the fly when I had to stain multiple wood embroidery hoops for this summer blogger challenge . I had a paintbrush, deadline and I needed to find a way how to stain small objects.
There was more stain on my hands (manicure) than on the embroidery hoops. It was more labor intensive than I anticipated; technically there are four sides to each hoop and the area around the hardware.
It was a messy process and each hoop required additional coats and touchups.
Staining each embroidery hoop one by one was slower than waiting for a load of towels to dry… while standing in front of the dryer. It was a brain drain technique.
This hack shows how to stain lots of objects in minutes.
I loved this hack when I painted dozens of cabinet pulls without incident, meaning they did not wobble and smudge the freshly spray painted cabinet pulls.
I grabbed an aluminum tray from the
upcycle bin the stack of take-out trays and I poured just enough of the stain into the shallow aluminum tray. And, then I dunked the embroidery hoops into the tray; like an Oreo cookie into a glass of milk.
I completed this stain hack with a sturdy piece of cardboard under the aluminum tray.
Instant stain…on all sides of the hoop ( interior, exterior, and the narrow sides). The stain reached the nooks and crannies around the hoop’s hardware where the paintbrush just missed those same nooks.
It was a great way to stain small objects.
How to Stain Small Objects
It’s the last weekend in February? Didn’t we just celebrate the new year? Geez! I am gearing up for the annual Mom Prom at my son’s school. It is a 1970’s theme. His wardrobe includes a wig, plaid blazer from his grandfather and a turtleneck. I have a few options, but I am trying to incorporate the Shawn Cassidy iron on transfer I bought on eBay.
I can’t believe it was three years ago I attended with my boys for the Star Wars theme Mom Prom.
So as I decide between bell bottoms, a pantsuit and a dress worthy of Mary Richards for this year’s Mom Prom, here are a few things that caught my eye this week! Don’t miss Debbie’s worthy read at the end of this week’s weekending.
Want to tighten up your writing skills?
Read this list by an author whose books keep us up at night. You might be surprised by his simple, manageable suggestions.
Do we love Target or what? Check out these decor hacks from Target. Have you seen the spring decor at Target? I am holding off until next week. Mom Prom wardrobe is taking up my free time this week!
Check out where Carmen weighs in on real or fake plants here.
Debbie has a few points to make as she wrestles with whether to keep blogging here.
I am so excited to share this idea on how to decorate with engineer prints. I just sound smarter when I use the words engineer prints in a sentence. Like, “Do you have the engineer prints I ordered?” I mean doesn’t that just sounds so much smarter than asking for the black and white copies I ordered online?
Today I want to share the details on how to decorate with engineer prints. And, what I learned after multiple failed attempts to order online.
I wanted to add some inexpensive artwork to my boys’ rooms after recently updating their bedrooms. Engineer prints were a format that matched the industrial, urban theme in their rooms.
I found several options for city and aerial maps at this Etsy shop. I choose two cities, the city my older son grew up in and the city near where my same son attends his first year of college.
The images cost a few dollars and the seller provided multiple sizes and formats in digital format. I used Staples to create the engineer prints. I checked with the other big box office store, but they either didn’t print engineer prints or they were way more expensive.
So I went back to Staples, via my mouse and keyboard, and attempted to upload my images.
Fail. Error. Try again. What the…??
So here is where I will save you ten minutes of aggravation when you go online to Staples.com. To order engineer prints you must create an account first. As soon as I created an account it took seconds to order. The engineer prints were available in a few sizes. I choose to mail my prints because honestly I was worried they would get trashed in the back of my car (dogs, teenagers, unidentified rolling objects). Many of you get it, right?
Oh and the price per engineer print? Less than $5.00!!
While waiting for the prints to ship I picked out the poster frames at Michael’s. I suggest you decide in advance the size of the prints you want and time the frame purchase with a sale or coupon at Michael’s.
Suggestion: I noticed there were big (enough) price jumps on poster frame sizes, so you might want to decide if you really need a 30″ width frame or if you can get away with a 24″ frame.
As it turned out the nicer frames (wood frame and real glass vs. plastic frame and plexiglass) were on sale so I splurged on an extra frame because I knew I wanted a Denver aerial map in our basement.
I am psyched with how these engineer prints turned out. The entire process was fun and added some much-needed character to a few rooms. And, the best part the prints were inexpensive and the aerial maps were relevant to my kids and to us as a family. Our hearts are in both cities!
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I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my favorite words, quotes and greeting cards. I love the idea of ” hooking up words and phrases and clauses” to convey emotions with words. And, that’s where I got this inexpensive artwork idea for small spaces.
But first I want to share a new favorite clause:
“a tangle of unfinished sentences and abandoned thoughts.”
It was written by Robert Lloyd for a memorial tribute to Dick Van Dyke’s younger brother, Jerry.
Not what you were expecting to read, right?
That phrase not only described my speech cadence, it demonstrated the ability to capture emotions with words.
And, that’s where I got this inexpensive artwork idea for small spaces.
I love these square 5×5 inch black and white cards. You can find these in many, local decor stores or gift shops.
In fact, whenever I travel I make sure to stop by the town’s gift shops in search of these familiar black and white quote cards.
My sister and I can spend dozens of minutes just reading these quotes.
I usually save a few for friends and family and save a few to frame for an inexpensive artwork idea.
For my daughter’s room, she picked out her favorite quotable note cards. I purchased the 5×5 black frames at the card store but later found cheaper options online.
Michaels might sell the square black frames too.
I loved using cards for inexpensive artwork because the cardstock makes for a sturdy, tight fit into the frame. Sometimes when I print with copy paper the paper doesn’t get a tight fit next to the frame’s glass. Or, the paper slips a bit in the frame before I get to hang it on the wall.
Do you know what I mean?
I didn’t intend to play off of a black and white theme, but with the white doors and trim the black frames give a pop of color.
And, hanging frames vertically fills in that narrow space next to the closet door.
There is something fun about framing greeting cards quotes.
I love using them in my kids’ rooms because they act as these subtle words of encouragement in their everyday lives.