Home Sweet Home Tour – JC's Loft

Paula from JC’s Loft is a great source for DIY decorating ideas, especially if you love to entertain.  She recently shared some before and after photos of her previous home:

Red eat in kitchen area before…

Pretty after… (believe it or not – that’s the same chandelier after a little DIY magic!)
Kitchen before…
Kitchen after…
Sponge paint in the living room before…
Accent wall after…
We all do it – remember to take a “before” picture after the progress has started.  Paula says the dining room was dark red with gold sponge paint technique.  
Dining room after…they installed the chair rail themselves!
Master bedroom before…
Master bedroom after…I love damask print.
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful former home tour, Paula!
More details about Paula’s Home Sweet Home here.
Visit JC’s Loft to check out her other fun DIY projects – a must if you’re planning a party!
JC's Loft

DIY Project Parade

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We accomplished quite a bit with having an extra day however, no reveal or tutorials just yet.  We’re under construction!  Just some hints…

And look who wanted to come in to help…

Or maybe steal some materials for his own nest renovations?
Let’s see what you’ve been up to this weekend!
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Tragic Sensation – Behind Green Doors

Dramatic blog post title?!  Well, that’s what it is. A dramatic tale of a tragic entry turned sensational!

The Blog:  Tragic Sensation

The Project:  Painting front door chartreuse!

It IS dramatic.  In an awesome way.

I am in love with these doors.  The chartreuse was a bold choice but it definitely makes a stunning statement….

because the doors before

were really quiet and said hi.  Now they welcome you with a smile and a “Hello!”

More pictures and steps at Tragic Sensation.  I love the wreaths too.  And the fleur de lis.  Talk about a grand entrance!  :)

DIY Reupholstery

Believe it or not, this is one thing I haven’t done!  I’m always scouring Craig’s List for the perfect first piece to practice on and magically transform but I’m still looking.  However, check out these first time re-upholstery divas!  It inspires me to look a little harder.  
Madeline from Newly Nesting and her mom from Style Sisters (and family) made reupholstering this old settee…
into this…
look like so much fun!  Isn’t the after beautiful?  Love the black denim and white wood and all of the pretty details!  Great job, ladies!
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Then, B. from Life of an Austin Wife also shares her re-upholstery experience.
These…
are now these beauties…
Wow!  I love the pretty blue and white trellis print with the black arms and legs.  Not to mention that pretty curtain panel, gorgeous chandelier and gray walls.  
Thank you SO much ladies for sharing your awesome re-upholstery skills!  I’m off to check Craig’s List one more time!  :)
Click the links above to see the full transformation and all of the details!

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Happy Thanksgiving – DIY Fall Festival.

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done

•Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)

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•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.

•Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted. If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

•Enjoy and be inspired!

See ALL FALL festivals for more autumn inspired DIY projects.


Dream Book Design

Dream Book Design is a DIY’ers dream – inspiration all over the place.  Here are just a few things that I love.  Then visit the blog for all of the details and more ‘turning junk into beauty’ ideas.  Imagine finding a card catalog – I LOVE all of those little drawers.  Drool!

This gorgeous piece…

was once this…

Before

After

Before…blank slate after a little demo!

Stunning, comfortable, beautiful after…
photo credit:  Melissa Young Photo

The card catalog makeovers are awesome!  You can’t say you won’t be scouring Craig’s List. Right?!  The family room transformation is unbelievable.  Is that really the same room?!  I LOVE handscraped distressed floors.  My absolute favorite! Love the wainscoting and pretty, soft colors.
Adrianne, thank you for ‘showing off’ your delightful DIY creations and beautiful family room makeover!

Want to see more?

Dream Book Design

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!  

DIY Christmas Centerpiece and DIY Holiday HighLights

This was my Christmas centerpiece last year.  I loved it.  I mixed fresh pine clippings, faux pine wreath, fake snow in a hurricane vase, pine cones and added some ornaments.  



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I loved the arrangement and natural elements.  This year I did something similar but I added my favorite things including white candles tied with twine, pine sprigs, cinnamon pine cones, ornaments and beads to an old tin chicken feeder painted white.  
Fresh pine and cinnamon pine cones smell so good!
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Candlelight is so cozy…
It looks so pretty on the mantel too…

What do you think? 
I’m linking up to
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Now – are you a holiday early bird?  Can’t wait for the holiday season to begin?  Already started decorating or have some holiday tips or care to share a recipe?  If it’s holiday related and you’re already posting about it – please share your holiday spirit!  


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Transforming Kitchen to Office to Nursery with a Bonus Closet

Yes – you read the title to this post correctly.  Kitchen.  Then Office.  Now Nursery.  And what they call a closet but I call it a dreamy dressing room.
First – congratulations to Jason and Abby from Rough Housing with the Rogers!  They have a new little guy born just last week!
Back to the room in their nearly 100 year old house located in an upstairs mother-in-law suite/apartment.  It’s a tiny kitchenette.  Here it is before when they purchased their house. 

Jason and Abby didn’t have a need for an upstairs kitchen since their home was no longer 2 apartments.  Enter Jason and his demo skills and it became an office (with a dresser since closet space is limited in old houses)…

Once baby Austin was on the way, plans for a nursery began to take place. Wall space was awkward in the little room.  The ‘kitchen cabinets while handy as a source of storage took up valuable wall space and were removed.  The tiny closet was covered to allow for more space (don’t panic – there is a closet surprise coming up).
Before:

In progress:

Done!

Jason and Abby built an enclosed porch onto the first floor to create a space for a walk-in closet upstairs off of the baby’s room!  Brilliant!  Doing the work themselves (obviously a little more DIY-skilled and talented than the average person), they saved a lot of money. 

They recycled the carpet from the nursery to use in the closet and Jason built the walk-in closet shelving himself. 
Here is the the awesome walk-in closet/dressing room and nursery finished.  Gorgeous! Envious?  Yea, me too!
Nursery:
Hard to believe that same space was a kitchen and then office!
Check out the above projects at:


http://jasonandabbyrogers.blogspot.com/2010/10/infamous-closet-addition.html

http://jasonandabbyrogers.blogspot.com/2010/10/from-kitchen-to-office-to-babys-room.html

http://jasonandabbyrogers.blogspot.com/2010/10/all-were-missing-is-lil-man-himself.html
Then, as if that isn’t enough to motivate you to change a kitchen into a dressing room (tempting, isn’t it? haha), they’re sharing their $3500 DIY kitchen makeover.  These two are DIY super heroes.  

Click here to see the kitchen before, progress, more after photos and all of their details on how their kitchen went from this:

Before

To this…


What they did:
  • Complete demo
  • Tray ceiling
  • Staining and installing new cabinets
  • Tile backsplash
  • New light fixture
  • New countertops
  • New appliances
  • Okay – pretty much everything!

There are more amazing DIY projects over at Rough Housing with the Rogers including a guest bedroom makeover, complete bathroom gut and walk in tile shower, living room and dining room makeovers.  I’d share more but before you know it, I’d have their entire blog located in this post so best for you to pop over to check it out.  Warning:  Adorable BABY photos! He is sooo precious!

Thanks so much for sharing Jason & Abby!  You’ve done a FABULOUS job!  

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Awesome Accent Makeovers from Marsha Mpressions

Love sharing beautiful transformations of home accents and re-purposed things.  Long time blog friend, Marsha from Marsha Mpressions has a blog full of beautiful decorating and pretty DIY ideas.  Here are just a few.  Click the links to see the entire transformation and Marsha’s tips and tutorials.

Mirror to chalkboard…I love this area of her home in the ‘before’ but I love the ‘after’ even more.  What a beautiful job – the frame, the chalkboard – perfect placement in Marsha’s gorgeous home. 

Before with a pretty print above the bench:

Beautiful after.  I have to agree with Marsha, I love this so much better. It is perfect for greeting guests with a personal message or dinner menu.

See the framed print in the before picture?  Click HERE to see how she transformed that and where it is now in her home (you’ll love it!).
This next one is an amazing transformation!  The cutest little table and chairs makeover for her grandchildren.

Here is the table and chairs before:

And here they are now (unbelievable, isn’t it?) with chalkboard table top and adorable monogrammed slipcovers…

Thanks for sharing your creativity and beautiful style, Marsha!  Both of these are awesome.  MORE great projects and decorating inspiration to see at Marsha Mpressions

The DIY Project Parade and how to shrink wrap windows

Thanks to True Value, we completed a small project this weekend.  There’s little worse than a cold and drafty bathroom!  Some of the windows in our old farmhouse are original.  Until there’s money in the budget to replace them, we add plastic in the winter time to keep heating costs down and the toilet seat warm!   Not a pretty project, but a necessary one!  
We’ve had the windows look pretty bad with double sided tape – it’d come loose.  There’d be cardboard and staples to get that stuff to stick. Finally, Mr. DIY came up with a solution. Do you ‘shrink wrap’ your windows?  Not exciting but if lowering the heating bill means more money in the budget for other DIY – THAT is exciting!  Here is one of our windows after ‘shrink wrapping’.   
I love that it’s not noticeable!
He alters the package of window shrink wrap by using industrial strength Velcro.  
We use this plastic shrink wrap but the double sided tape isn’t always 100% effective. We chose the outdoor because our window was 72″ long.  The outdoor can be used indoor. 
In the event that someone is looking to do this and could use some tips, here is what Mr. DIY does.
Velcro definitions:

Hook Side
The rough side of VELCRO ® brand fastener is made of hundreds of tiny flexible HOOKS.

Loop Side
The soft, fuzzy side of VELCRO ® brand fastener is made of hundreds of small, soft LOOPS

The industrial strength Velcro is 2 in. wide.  He cuts it in half length wise.  
Measure and cut the rougher Velcro (hook side) piece to fit one side of the window. 
Remove backing and apply sticky side to the window (the un-cut side facing the edge of the molding).

Repeat until all 4 sides have a rougher piece of Velcro, creating a frame.
Next, measure, cut and place soft side of Velcro (loop side) to rough side (hook side).
Measure and cut the shrink wrap plastic a little bigger than the window opening (add an inch or two all around).
Remove backing from soft Velcro (which is already up on the window frame).  Sticky side will be facing out.
Place the plastic shrink wrap onto the sticky side of the soft Velcro frame, smoothing and stretching into place as needed.
Using the hair dryer, ‘shrink wrap’ the plastic into place for a nice tight fit. 
Trim away the excess plastic.
No more cold draft and the window doesn’t look much different!
Easy and now more energy efficient! This has worked best for our old windows.  The double sided tape doesn’t seem to hold the plastic long for us. The industrial strength Velcro holds much better and when spring time comes, we can remove and save the plastic and re-use the next year. I have a feeling the industrial strength Velcro will also be easier to remove completely when windows are replaced and shrink wrapping is no longer needed.  Did you ever try to remove that stuff?!

I love working with him.  He’s full of stories.  This is as retold by me and some of the facts/etc. may not be accurate:

Mr:  “Did you know Velcro was invented for use by NASA?”
Me:  “No.”
Mr:  “The U.S. couldn’t figure out how to get a pen to write in space because of the gravity.”  (Insert about 20 minutes of talk about gravity, etc. and the ink not working because of gravity and how much money was spent to solve this problem.)
Me:  Eyes glazing over, thinking about paint colors and a new coat, my DIY nails.  Dog dancing at my feet.
Mr continues:  “So when we finally talk to Russia about the race to the moon, etc. we ask, how did you solve the issue with getting a pen to work?  Russia replies (in Mr. DIY’s best Russian accent):  We used a pencil.”

hahahahhahahahaha. Duh!

Me:  “What that does that have to do with Velcro?”
Mr:  “Nothing. It was just a more interesting story. And actually the man who invented Velcro got the idea after going for a walk and having burrs (Mr. DIY calls them hitchhikers) stuck to the fabric of  his pant legs.”

Always plenty of talk to keep me interested.  How could you not enjoy working with him?  :)

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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Let’s see what you’ve been up to this weekend!
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DIY Headboard and Dresser Makeover

Danica is a new blogger.  In fact, as I type this to introduce you to her, I’m her only follower.  Inspired by other bloggers, she just started her blog, Our Northern Home, to document her DIY projects.  Check out her DIY headboard which she made using a 5 panel door:

A “free” dresser before:

becomes a beautiful piece of furniture after…

You can see the DIY details at Our Northern Home.
Welcome to blogging, Danica!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful DIY projects.  Look forward to seeing more!  
If you have a blog, remember how it felt starting out, wondering if anyone would read or comment?  Making new blog friends and the encouragement is my favorite part of blogging.  If you have a minute, pop over to see Danica’s projects at Our Northern Home and give her a dose of bloggy love.  Knowing someone reads and took the time to stop by makes blogging worth every minute.  :)
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What are you working on this weekend?  DIY Project Parade coming up!

Hi Sugarplum!

Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! has been busy.  She has 2 recent projects that I adore!  I know you will too.
First, her DIY Ballard Inspired burlap vases.  Click the link to see the easy tutorial to make your own for next to nothing.  You’d have no idea that her picture wasn’t the actual Ballard vases if it wasn’t for the price tag!

I love her “Fancy Pants” high boy dresser makeover.  What a great color!

Beautiful job, Cassie!  The vases are awesome and I am so inspired by the highboy dresser.  It makes me rethink a painting project on my list.  I can’t wait to see your daughter’s bedroom reveal!
Looking for some DIY inspiration?  Check out Cassie’s Project Gallery!
Enjoy the weekend!

A DIY Closet Update

There’s progress in the closet!


The closet now:
and here it was before – a chaotic mess:
We built about a year ago.  This space was just an awkward cubby that ran beside the basement stairs.
After building out the space and adding a door (total of which was around $200), we painted the door. I always use a Purdy paintbrush - no tape, perfect straight lines where the wall meets the ceiling. The walls are a pretty, light blue color (Dutch Boy Refresh paint) called Fountain of Youth.  Two coats, no VOC with Arm & Hammer to eliminate odors – perfect since this is where our shoes will be stored.  A great option for a potentially musty, stinky, small enclosed area!
We installed custom shelving
I grabbed these coat hooks from a church garage sale – 50 cents a piece!
The coat hooks were painted with Krylon‘s Indoor/Outdoor in Satin White.
Sand to give a distressed look using a Dremel Multi-Max tool:
and give it a coat of Deft Clear Wood finish (Rockler) to protect them.
Hang the coat racks using toggle bolts to support the weight of several heavy winter coats.
All ready for hosting holiday get-togethers with a pretty place for guests’ coats and extra storage. 

2 Friends, 2 Cities…1 Vision and a DIY Ballard Inspired Bench

Meet Angie & Carrie.  Their introduction sounds so fun, you can’t help but want to ‘hang out’ with them.  friends. Apple addicts. wine lovers. coffee drinkers. paint-a-holics. creative minds colliding with a blog trying to balance daily life with our love for design. take a seat. buckle up. enjoy the show.

Paint-a-holics?! We’re friends already.  Do you think they have room for more friends in more cities?  I have a feeling they don’t mind.

Creative, talented DIY’ers.  You’ll want to check out everything

Here is just a sneak peek.  Carrie took these materials…

And created this beautiful DIY Ballard Inspired Bench

Enjoy the day!
Thank you Carrie (& Angie), for sharing your awesome creativity! 
Now, I really am off today.  :)

A Day Off!

I‘m headed to Pittsburgh for a fun filled time with these two favorite beautiful girls today…

We’re shopping for this one’s birthday…

 Ali age 3…feels like yesterday.
Ali now.

(Hug me…sniff sniff. Tell me I don’t look like the mother of an 18-yr-old…somebody? Please?!)
My babies are both officially adults.  We are so proud of them.
In my absence, here is just a quick recap of my projects, parties that are still open and the giveaway this week.

#1 DIY Project Parade and vintage window mirror

#2 DIY Holiday Highlights and glitter globe pedestals

#3 $100 CSN Giveaway

#4 DIY Fall Festival – Thanksgiving

And if you’re warm and toasty at the computer, unable to work, looking for some great DIY ideas while I am catching up with these hard-to-catch busy girls: shopping, joking, shopping, acting silly and laughing until we cry, shopping, reminiscing until we cry (another tissue, please?), eating IHOP pumpkin pancakes topped with whipped cream and maple syrup (Mr. DIY made these for dinner last night and I could eat them every day!) and shopping, (my poor wallet) check out these favorite DIY girls…

Join  us Saturdays at tatertotsandjello.com for the weekend      wrap    up           party!

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TGIF!

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My Canon is tagging along today…

Thanksgiving Highlights and the DIY Fall Festival

Thanksgiving is one week from today. Time flies.  We won’t mention the countdown to the next holiday.  It makes me panic.  But, in honor of Thanksgiving next week…here are some Thanksgiving highlights from last week’s DIY Fall Festival.
First, there were some delicious looking, mouth watering dessert recipes and if you’re looking for a great idea, here is the link:  Fall Desserts.
Beautiful special Thanksgiving Table at Moore Minutes.
Perfect Thanksgiving Banners:
G R A T I T U D E
T H A N K F U L

 So thankful for Today’s Fabulous Finds 
Thank you, Janet!
 
My favorite Fall Mantel at Finding Home Online.  Harvest. Perfect.
Beautiful.  My inspiration for next year when I have a mantel in the dining room!
Another stunning Thanksgiving table…

And a Thanksgiving chalkboard from Finding Home Online.  I love the Fall quote and what a beautiful chalkboard and frame.  (Dear Santa…)

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

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    er links up and readers head over to see your awesome-ness and it’s one-sided.  Please party nice.  If you’re not familiar with linky parties, please feel free to ask for help at thediyshowoff@gmail.com.  Thank you!  :)
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  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
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Hammers and High Heels

Hammers and High Heels – That has to be one of my favorite names for a blog.  Cute, isn’t it?  Meet Carla. When I read her bio, it sounded a little familiar.  We have a lot in common. Like me?  You’ll like her too!  She’s a fairly new blogger with a 1924 Dutch Colonial fixer upper.  Do you know what that means?!  Yes!  D-I-Y!!!  + older home + beautiful style = love.  Click the links to visit the full posts and her blog full of DIY projects, before/after makeovers and an entire page devoted to DIY tutorials. Ready, all ready? 

Here are some before and after photos from her home tour (click the link to see ALL photos and details about the transformation).
This is her living room now.  It’s beautiful. I love the slate gray walls, comfy furniture and  creamy white trim and accents (love that trunk!).  I want to be here to relax and unwind, snuggle and watch a movie or sit and catch up with a friend…

This was the living room before:

This was the bathroom before. 
This is the bathroom now.  Love the tile!
Dining room before:

Dining room now.  Don’t you love those numbered slipcovers?  It does not look like the same room!

Kitchen before:

Kitchen now.  I love the open shelving and white cabinets. 
You have to pop over to see her kitchen nook too (so much character in this house).  Here is the stove in another nook:
That nook now looks amazing!
The landing at the top of the stairs before was dark and boring.
Now it’s bright and looks so much bigger!
The guest room before:
And Carla, lucky, lucky girl had a little help from Kevin and Layla from The Lettered Cottage and this is her guest room now (all ready for a blog friend or two, right?  haha)…
Beautiful home!  Thanks so much to Carla for sharing her before and after makeovers!  Doesn’t that just make you want to dive in and DIY?  Me too!
I was so tempted to start sharing her tutorials and other delicious DIY projects too but then you wouldn’t have any reason to visit her.  So…head on over to Hammers and High Heels to see MORE clever, cute and creative projects!  

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Holiday Entertaining and $100 CSN Giveaway

Holidays are the time of year for making our home look festive for entertaining, hosting dinners and get-togethers for gift exchanges and celebrating.  Do you host holiday dinner parties for family and friends?  Where do you seat everyone?  Do you utilize drop leaf tables, card tables, the kitchen island, the livingroom? Do you serve buffet or sit-down style?  
We host dinner buffet style when we entertain because our family consists of 25+ guests. Our table normally seats 8 but we can squeeze in 10.  Sometimes teens will eat in the family room together (which I’m sure they prefer), a couple will take the kitchen bar stools or guests will take turns or carry a  plate to the living room.  It always seems to work out – thankfully!

What’s your entertaining strategy?

How would you like a $100 CSN gift code to prepare for the holidays?  No?  Okay…I’ll take it.  :)  Just kidding!  I’m going to give 1 lucky DIY Show Off reader the chance to win.  I love my blog buddies – you’re always so supportive and encouraging.  I love reading your comments, seeing your links in my parties and showing off your DIY projects so this giveaway is my ‘thank you’ for being the best! ($100 gift code does not cover shipping costs but can be spent on ANY product from ANY of the 200+ CSN stores.)

How to enter:

One (1) separate entry for each of the following (leave an individual comment for each):

Entry #1 Just leave a comment.  If you want, tell me your favorite thing about the holidays.
Entry #2 Be a follower or subscribe.  Leave a comment telling me you do.
Entry #3 Share this giveaway with your friends and readers via blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Comment how you spread the word.
Entry #4 Make a new friend:  Visit the person who commented before you and if they have a blog, what was their latest post about? Tell them Roeshel says “hi”!
Bonus Entry (#5) – If you did Entry #4 AND you saw this giveaway shared, come back and comment THAT blog name.  Or if you were directed to the giveaway from someone announcing it, share who/where that was. You both will be added to the entries at the end of the giveaway for another chance to win. 

Remember to leave me your email address if I can’t contact you via your blog.  Open to US residents only.  Giveaway starts now and ends Tuesday, November 22nd at midnight EST.  Winner will be announced shortly thereafter! 

Remember to leave a comment for each entry.  Comments are numbered and putting 5 entries in one comment will only count for one (1) entry. I will delete duplicate comments.  Because of spam comments, I approve each so it may take me a few minutes/etc. to approve your comment before it is seen.

Pop back over to see if anyone had something to say about visiting your blog during the giveaway – you might have more entries! :)

Good luck!

Glitter Globe Pedestals and DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights Linky Party

I don’t want to know how many weeks or days or hours there are until Christmas.  I’m excited but not ready!  But I did a little DIY Christmas decor project this past week.  The pictures don’t show how truly sparkly these are but using glass ornaments, thrift store candlesticks, PK Glitz, Decor Art Gloss Enamel paint along with Deco Art Clear Medium and Gorilla Glue Epoxy I made decorative glitter globe pedestals.

You can see the full glitter globe pedestal tutorial at The DIY CLUB.

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Now – are you a holiday early bird?  Can’t wait for the holiday season to begin?  Already started decorating or have some holiday tips or care to share a recipe?  If it’s holiday related and you’re already posting about it – please share your holiday spirit!  Since it’s early, feel free to go ahead and share last year’s holiday post to get things going!

The DIY Show Off
  1. You must use the button above (or html code on left side bar) and link to this post to share the linky love.
  2. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your holiday project post url which is the web address that goes directly to your holiday project blog post, not your blog address). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
  3. Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
  4. If you notice your link has disappeared - please check the content of your post. Is it holiday related? Add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Links not related to DIY holiday projects or holiday decor for inspiration will be deleted. Please make sure you follow the above steps.

If your DIY Project doesn’t fit the Holiday Highlights Category, here are the other two linky parties going on:
And if you haven’t seen it yet, click below to see the e-zine just out this week full of DIY decor, crafts, recipes and more: 

Before & Beautiful Afters at Casa Brasi

Amanda at Casa Brasi always has some amazing transformations to share (thanks Amanda!). Check these out!

Guest Bedroom Makeover
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Master Bedroom Makeover
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How to Distress a Dresser
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Want to see more? Click the links to see full details on each project or head over to Casa Brasi for more DIY and decorating inspiration. 

Awesome Easy Tutorials from Punkin Patterns

I‘ve been watching Vanessa at Punkin Patterns make over her daughter’s room.  She has some tutorials for a few easy DIY transformations.  I haven’t given these a shot myself but click the links to see all of the details. She makes everything look so easy and results are awesome!

DIY Wall Mural

DIY Fabric Vinyl Wall Art (free tiara and frog prince pattern too!)

Bookshelf Facelift

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Fabric Photocopy Transfer Dresser Makeover

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Notice a theme going on?  Vanessa has creative tutorials inspired by her favorite fabric.  I’m addicted to pretty fabric, hate to part with it sometimes!  But even a small leftover piece can work for Vanessa’s awesome tutorials.  Head over, check it out!

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