Ten Minute Decorating Ideas:  Wood Block Fall Banner

Ten Minute Decorating Ideas: Wood Block Fall Banner

 

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 Autumn Corrected Banner

Dear 10 minutes,

I am so glad you were well spent yesterday.

All 600 seconds of you.

Because I had a mantle without a banner and fall was in the air.

Seriously.

I was almost (this close) to pulling out the leg warmers from circa 1990 and adding lace to the top and going all Flashdance with my fall decorating.

Good thing I ran out of time. :) Continue reading


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How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter

How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter

 

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Remember the original Real Housewives of Orange County?

The one that started it all.

Remember Laurie and Jo and Jeana and Kimberly and of course….Vicki.

The show was fascinating and glamorous and they wore evening gowns to go shopping and diamond tiaras for lunch and ate at restaurants that looked like art galleries…..

…..and had shoe closets bigger than my living room.

Television at it’s finest.

And even though I wore sweatpants to go shopping and a black rubber band for lunch and adore Cracker Barrel and put my shoes in a big jumbled pile in the middle of my closet….

….I never missed an episode.Continue reading


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Striped Canvas Art :  She Sent Me What Party?

Striped Canvas Art : She Sent Me What Party?

 

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Hello from “She Sent Me What?” headquarters.

I’m participating in a fun challenge….where a group of bloggers all purchased thrift store finds and sent them to each other.  We were supposed to think outside the box and create a project and style it in our homes.

My project journey looked a little like this:

1.  Get item in mail.

2.  Exclaim with great joy when I spy the amazing tea towel with it’s intricate hand sewn stitchery.

3.  Come up with a one-of-a-kind totally over the top idea for the tea towel.

4.  Project crash and burn.

5. *sigh*

6.  Watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Part 1 to clear my head and search for inspiration.

7.  Realize the housewives all have more problems and make-up and sequins than I could ever dream of in my entire life.

8. Pour myself a cup of inspiration.

9.  Come up with nothing.

10.  Make this canvas.

Seriously.

I’ll go ahead and save you the trouble and say it for you…..

…this project is a total bless your heart.Continue reading


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One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

 

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Yesterday was crazy hair day at school.

Just in case you hadn’t marked your calendar yet…..crazy hair day falls somewhere between crazy-sock day and crazy-dress-up-like-your-favorite-book-character day.

And let me tell you…..

….it can get a little crazy.

I spent all morning trying to create a hairdo for one of the twins that was a cross between a waterfall and a faux hawk…..with a mouth full of bobby pins…..

….wishing I had gone to beauty school.

Twenty minutes….a can of hairspray….a double twist on the hair ribbon and two extra helpings of patience later….

…..I watched at that faux-hawk-waterfall twirl its way to the bus stop along with her sister.Continue reading


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How To Emboss a Monogram on Velvet

How To Emboss a Monogram on Velvet

 

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I just wanted to interrupt Halloween for a moment to ask if we can still be friends…..if I put a picture of a stocking on my blog…..

….and it’s October?

Under normal circumstances it would never happen.

I mean….seriously…..I’m in the middle of costumes and Betsy Ross hats and candy and treat bags.

The leaves are still falling.

And there are pumpkins on my front porch.Continue reading


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How to Make a  Book Page Garland (and Style a Mantel on a Budget)

How to Make a Book Page Garland (and Style a Mantel on a Budget)

 

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Does anyone know what happened to September?

I think I blinked…..and missed it.

Seriously.

Yesterday I was grilling and applying sun screen and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July…..

….and today I’m putting on long sleeves and drinking hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and watching the Christmas decorations go on sale at Hobby Lobby.

Yikes.

And the thing is……I still have pages and pages (total pun intended) of fall projects to share.

So….I’m doubling up.

I’m showing how to make a book page garland…..and decorating the mantel on a budget.

Today.

Before October goes all double-digit on me. :) Continue reading


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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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You probably have already finished your fall decorating.

I know you….you’re organized and brilliant and amazing and wonderful.

And you started September 1.

But just in case.

Just in case the leaves are falling and it’s a crisp cool fall day….and you had a few minutes…..

….here’s a few pumpkin decorating ideas for a lazy fall afternoon.

PS  In the wise words of my wonderful friend Michelle from The Nest at Finch Rest:

What do you call it when it rains turkeys?
Foul weather.  :)Continue reading


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How To Make a Hydrangea Wreath

How To Make a Hydrangea Wreath

 

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If you read this blog….

….I just wanted to say thank you.

I was thinking about that today.

I’ve written this blog for over a year and a half and you have cheered me on and laughed with me and rolled your eyes with me and sighed with me and smiled with me.

Every.  Single.  Step.  Of.  The. Way.

And you know….that sometimes around here…a post just writes itself.

There are days when I’m just as surprised as you what the post comes up with.

But it’s always what I wanted to say….only better.

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