Wool Felted Acorn Garland

Wool Felted Acorn Garland

 

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Once upon a time I used real acorns for decorating.

I was having a party and I wanted to create a truly authentic fall feel for the house….

….so I brought the outside in.

Just like they do in the magazines.

I filled giant glass urns with acorns and tucked branches into them and strung tiny bits of twine from branch to branch and wrote thankful quotes on torn pieces of card stock and tied them onto the twine.

And I finished off the look by gluing oak leaves to the branches.

Can I tell you how amazing I thought I was?

Seriously.

All that fall glory for (almost) free.Continue reading


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How to Build a Giant Abacus

How to Build a Giant Abacus

 

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This is a DIY project that has been years in the making.

I’ve wanted to build it ever since I saw it in the Pottery Barn catalog years ago.  I knew that I knew that I knew…..it would be perfect in the house.

If only I could figure out how to DIY it.

I could figure out the sides and I could figure out the metal corners and I could figure out the rods in the middle….but I couldn’t figure out how to make the beads that you used to count with.

Giant wooden discs?

Too flat.

Giant metal washers?

Too un-round.

Giant beads?

Too round.

And then one day I saw these.Continue reading


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What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

 

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The other day Hobby Lobby had an 80% off sale.  And since nothing says date night more than rows and rows of urns and picture frames and pillows and bird’s nests marked with yellow stickers for a mere fraction of their original price….

….I brought my husband along for the treasure hunt.

He stopped to join all the other patient husbands in the front by the candy aisle and I took off in a full sprint to the back of the store.

First one aisle….then another.  And then…..half way down aisle two….I saw it.

You know…IT.

The thing that you find…..that you never knew that you wanted….that you had absolutely, positively no idea that you ever even needed….

….until you find it and wonder how you have existed until this moment without having it in your life.

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How To Paint Anything to Look Like Wood

How To Paint Anything to Look Like Wood

 

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This is a tutorial on how to paint anything to look like wood.

Almost anything.

Maybe not your kitchen sink.

Or the Eiffel Tower.

But you know when you shop the scratch and dent aisle of Hobby Lobby and everything is marked 80% off and you find all those random pieces of plaster and poly resin and plastic and some material that they make from moon rock with a $3.97 price tag and it would fit perfectly onto your mantel or your bookshelf or your dining room hutch….

….if only it looked like an antique.

Now it can.

Here’s how you can make it look just like wood.Continue reading


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Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour

 

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Hello friend.

I am so glad you are here.

Yep.

You….the one drinking the coffee or the hot tea or the diet coke or eating the blueberry muffin.

If you are visiting from Julia’s….nice to meet you.

I’m karianne….the one drinking pumpkin spice coffee with red lipstick on.

Are you ready?

Let’s get this fall tour started!

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How To Make a Silhouette Pumpkin

How To Make a Silhouette Pumpkin

 

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How to Make a Silhouette Pumpkin

I’m so excited.

(a sentence which should totally end with an exclamation point….but I’m saving them for next week)

And if I weren’t rationing exclamation points….the sentence would look a little something like this….

I’m so excited!

(way better)

I’m participating in a fall home tour next week hosted by my incredible, amazing, brilliant friend Laura.

16 bloggers are joining with Better Homes and Gardens for a little fall inspiration!

(one more exclamation  point for the road)Continue reading


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Faux Wood Wallpaper Bookcase

Faux Wood Wallpaper Bookcase

 

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To the 271 people who wandered the aisles of Hobby Lobby looking for the paper to make the faux wood wallpaper bookcase….

I’m truly sorry.

{gulp}

What was I thinking? :)

I totally should have mentioned it wasn’t in the gift wrap aisle.

Or the scrap-book paper aisle.

Or the contact paper aisle.

*sigh*

It’s just that I got a little carried away that week.Continue reading


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Family Room Decorating Ideas

Family Room Decorating Ideas

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Day Two of family room decorating ideas is finally here.

Whew.

I know you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat…..tapping your fingers and nodding your head.

Me, too.

When I’m redoing these rooms…..I’m never really sure where I’m going…..

…..until I get there.

I think this room transformation is my favorite so far.

And just for the record…..

….her name is Diathana.

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When I was little and read all kinds of books about fairy tales and beautiful people who lived in towers and with really long hair…..who wore velvet dresses and always got rescued by princes….

….I decided that I wanted my name changed to Diathana.

*sigh*

I thought it was the most beautiful name in all the world.

My mother didn’t really agree and no amount of wand-waving was successful.

So the whole Diathana thing had a very short shelf life.

But today….

…..today here’s my Dianthana.

Romantic and a little blonde with time-worn classic beauty and a handsome prince who helped make it all possible.

And a whole bookshelf of happy endings.  :)Continue reading


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