Holiday Lollipop Decorations

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Christmas is in full gear around the house now and this year I added a little whimsy to the front porch entry for the holidays. One of my daughter’s favorite candy is lollipops right now, so I made some fun holiday peppermint lollipop decorations for our entryway.   It doesn’t take a lot of time […]

Christmas Countdown Advent Ideas

christmas countdown

Let the countdown begin! How many of you remember making paper chains to countdown the days to Christmas? I remember a few back in the day.. made out of red and green construction paper. And how about those advent chocolate calendars? Every little piece of chocolate bringing one day closer to Christmas morning! I love creating fun little traditions like that for my daughter, so this year I set out to make a colorful Christmas countdown with 25 days packed full of fun holiday activities.

Getting Back To The Blog

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Hey there friends! I know… I hear ya… “WHO is this girl? WHERE has she been?” Well I’ve been right here. There’s been a lot going on that I will share when the time is right. But for now, I want to thank all of you for being so patient, understanding and hanging with me. […]

Make A Spring Eucalyptus Wreath

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Hey there friends! Can you believe Mother’s Day is just next weekend? If you’re still searching for that special mother’s day gift or maybe just a little something to freshen things up around the house for springtime, here’s a simple eucalyptus wreath that you can make! The great thing about eucalyptus is not only is it aromatic, but it can also repel bugs or fleas in your home.

Tips to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summer

Hey there friends! I don’t know about you but I am MORE than ready for some warm weather! I’ve been daydreaming about sunshine and swimming pools! So today, I want to introduce you to Carol Atkins. When Carol Atkins decided to take on writing articles freelance, her friends knew she would be a success at […]

Silhouette Project Magnetic Brag Board

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Hey friends! I’m back in the ring again. Yes, I took a couple of weeks off for some much needed time to myself. The first of the year is always a busy time of regrouping, planning, goal setting, and even budgeting. But I’m happy to say that after the last two weeks, I’m back in the swing of things again and ready to get to work on my goals for 2014!! So let’s kick it off with a fun craft project shall we?

One of my newest and most favorite toys is my Silhouette Portrait machine. While I’m still learning all the amazing projects that you can create with the Silhouette machine, I did use the Portrait machine and some vinyl to create a gift for a very special Nana! You can use this idea for anyone that might enjoy a little “brag” board. I think it would make a fun magnetic board for even a teenage girl’s room! I’ll show you how I made it and even share a free cut file for you to make your own!

silhouette project

2014 Goals

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New Year means new goals! If you have been following me for a while now, then you might remember last year when I talked about New Year’s Resolutions and how I am a listy kinda person. And believe me, I have been making lists! And therein lies my struggle. I tend to make lists that are bigger than my schedule. Some may call it lofty goals, but I like to call it dreaming big! Looking over the past year, I made a lot of goals that related to the home. Paint this, build that, rearrange, organize, and beautify. Some I achieved,  and others… not so much yet. Everything is always a work in progress.

So when I sat down to plan my goals for 2014, I decided it was time to take a different approach. This year, my goals aren’t all about the home. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a project and DIY list that is enough to keep me busy for a couple of years or more, but my real goals this year are about more than sawdust, paint, and hot glue….

Favorite Posts & Projects of 2013

favorite posts projects of 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I’m wrapping up the year with all of your favorite posts from 2013. It’s exciting to look back over the year and see what’s been accomplished, and it gives even more inspiration for what’s to come in 2014! I’ve already been planning out my goals for the new year and I’ll be sharing more on that later on but for now, let’s see what inspired you the most in 2013!

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Gold Metallic Garland

gold metallic garland

Happy New Year!! Doesn’t it seem like as soon as you get everything ready for Christmas, it’s time to pack it all away and ring in the new year? I don’t usually do much in the way of decorating for the new year, but this time I have some gold glitzy garland that I hung for the holidays and it works great for the new year celebration. All you need is some twine, some shiny scrapbook paper, glue or tape and a hole punch. [Please click to continue reading…]
gold holiday garland

 

The Cure for Dry Winter Skin {Homemade Lotion Recipe}

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One of my biggest problems with winter weather is that it wreaks havoc on my skin. I end up keeping a small bottle of lotion on me at all times and no matter how much I use I inevitably still end up with dry, itchy skin. Have your hands ever been so dry that they hurt? Maybe even crack and peel? I’ve finally found a cure for even severely dry skin that I can’t get enough of. Even those with cracked dry skin will see a huge difference with just a few applications of this homemade lotion recipe. And what’s even better? It’s easy to make, only takes a few minutes to whip up, and perfect for even sensitive skin types.

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Wintertime Mantel

wintertime mantel

Christmas is just a couple of days away and the mantel  is ready and awaiting the arrival of good ol’ St. Nick! I’ll share the wintertime decorations with you and show you an easy way to take  a plain holiday wreath and dress it with a little flocking to make it just right for a snowy theme. Best of all, these decorations can stay up even after the holiday! [Please click to continue reading…]

flocked holiday wreath

 

Holiday Home Tour 2014

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Finally, here it is less than a week before Christmas, the holiday home tour! Hey, better late than never, right? Yeah, I’ll go with that. I cleaned things up around here a little (and what didn’t get cleaned, got shoved out of camera site!) to get things ready for the holidays! Let’s take a looksie shall we at the holiday home tour of 2014.

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Frosted Holiday Centerpiece

frosted glass votives

Merry Merry Christmas! Just a couple of weeks ago (has it been that long??), I showed you my front door holiday decorations I made using some ice skates and faux snow. That was just a hint into my holiday decorating theme this year. Did anyone guess what it is?? Let’s just say everything is frosty for the holidays in this creatively southern home. To get ready for the holiday feast, I dressed up the dining room table with a frosted holiday centerpiece.

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Holiday Gift Tag Freebie

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Yippee skippy!! My Christmas shopping is done! Now that the shopping is done, it’s time wrap these pretties up. To help you get your goodies wrapped and under the tree, I’m gifting you a little freebie of some holiday gift tags! ;) To get these free printable holiday gift tags, just click on the image at the end of this post, print them out, cut, and tie them on. You get 12 tags on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

printable freebie tags

 

Homemade Soap Gift Idea

homemade soap idea

So, who is done with all their Christmas shopping? Yeah, not this girl! I’ve got just a few more things to get and then it’s time for some homemade gift giving.
Usually I’m spending these days baking up chocolatey goodness in the kitchen, but this year I’m trying something different. I found a great little recipe for some homemade soaps and decided to try my hand at it.

homemade soap gift idea