DIY Project Parade

Yesterday we hosted a fun double graduation party. Today I’m hosting a huge clean up party! 😉  Tomorrow I have something really fun to share! In the meantime…

Let’s see what you’ve been up to!
The DIY Show Off

If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). 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 and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or 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. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  🙂

And because every post needs a picture, here’s one from a few weeks ago at the Shaw HGTV Ho
me Design Challenge:

Back:  Me, Remodelaholic, Living with Lindsay, Material Girls, Charles & Hudson, Casa Sugar.
Front:  Southern Hospitality, RetroRenovation, One Project Closer, Decorating Diva.

DIY from Tres Chere Vintage Market

I love making new blog friends and I’d like you to meet:  Angela & Debbie from 
After a recent trip to a local thrift shop scored bean bag toss platforms (cornhole platforms, if you prefer), Angela & Debbie set out to play DIY. And the results are amazing!
(with the addition of 2 legs, as a cornhole platform only has 2 on one side, if you didn’t know)
I do love this game!
However, I love the idea of relaxing here more:
(less than $50)
See the beautiful tiled platform? Yep – that’s the after!
See the tutorial and details at:  “Cover your Cornhole
and the twin platform? 
You guessed it.  It’s now this cozy cottage style retreat!
(less than $20)
Details at the original Tres Chere Vintage Market post “Shut your Cornhole
Which is your favorite?  Wouldn’t you just love to be relaxing in either one of these fun summer time areas?
Angela & Debbie ~ one word:  AWESOME!  You two are DIY geniuses!  So cool!  Thank you so much for sharing your thrifty makeovers, creating beautiful seating areas on an amazing budget!  LOVE them both!

Check out more How-To’s and Before/After at 


It’s Friday!  Woo hoo!  It’s been a crazy week for me. We’re hosting a double graduation party tomorrow and it’s rather a large guest list so I’ve been getting this neglected house cleaned and the barn patio all set up for celebrating my daughter’s and nephew’s graduation this year. I’m to the point where I just can’t wait for it to be over!  Anyway…I won’t be posting tomorrow but I hope you’ll still visit and check out the links in the DIY Project Parade.  Then Sunday…the party might be a little late. We’ll see how things go this weekend but I’ll ‘see’ you Sunday at some point!  Pray that the predicted scattered thunderstorms hold off until late Saturday night for us!  

Enjoy a weekend filled with summer fun!

DIY Project Parade Highlights

I LOVE all of the projects linked up this week! You all are so creative and inspiring!  Thanks for sharing!  Giving a shout out to these fabulous most popular posts this week. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, please visit these talented ladies!

Under $25 Bathroom Makeover
Super Cheap Curtain Tutorial
(sheets + ribbon = pretty!)
I love doilies and this is a creative way to display – on the wall!
So much prettier than sitting on an end table!
Need some tips on styling open shelving and a gallery wall?
Check out this from My Life as a Mrs!
White and butcher block and hardwood and schoolhouse lighting and….more!
Styrofoam, thumb tacks and paint? Sounds easy enough with pretty results!
See how at 
Have you shared your latest DIY project this week? Let’s see it!
Be sure to visit the other links listed for more great DIY ideas by some pretty awesome bloggers!
And mom-to-be received her gifts yesterday and loved everything.  🙂
(more pics and the tutorials for the handmade baby collection in the DIY Project Parade link below)

The DIY Show Off

Electric Fireplace Before and After – DIY at the Wright House!

Happy Wednesday!  1/2 way through the week!  Today’s DIY Show Off feature is Natalie from 
the wright house

Isn’t that header adorable?

First up, Natalie had one of these electric fireplaces.  Red mahogany and glossy:

To see the tutorial of how they transformed it, visit “Electric Fireplace Before and After“.  The result is amazing!

Here she is in all of her gorgeous white and distressed dress:
LOVE LOVE LOVE the barnwood mantel!
Natalie’s DIY and decorating don’t stop there.  Visit The Wright House to see more.  Here’s a few sneak peek from her beautiful home tour
More to drool over…
I want this entire corner in my home…
Natalie…you don’t even need your amazing talent for photography to make your pantry look good…it’s heavenly!
I swear there is TONS more of her beautiful style to see in her home tour – SO.MUCH.INSPIRATION.
I’m so envious of her vintage accents/collections!
and oh my! You must see the kids’ rooms and laundry room. And living room. And kitchen. And – oh just her entire home. I want my house to look like hers when it grows up and gets finished. 
Guess what’s behind this antique window turned mirror/door?
Lucky girl has a mail sorter!
Mudroom full of charm.  Look at that chippy old happy door!
You’re heading over there now to see her DIY talent, right?  I was tempted to include lots more, but you’ll have to visit her (warning:  you’ll need an hour or so because there’s so much to see). Tell her I said “hello”!
Ps. Once you’re done there, (and I hesitate to tell you this because I have to make the time to go there first!) but she’s also got a cute shop!  Don’t empty it before I’ve had a chance to shop too!

Quick "Head's Up" about Silhouette!

Pardon the interruption: Silhouette just officially launched the Silhouette CAMEO! It a brand new 12 inch cutting tool.  More details coming soon. But with the CAMEO on its way the Silhouette SD has been discontinued.  Supplies are EXTREMELY limited but right now you can get the SD for $175 (while supplies last). 
UNDERSTAND: Once they are gone they are gone! Anytime between today and Sunday (July 31) you can use the discount code “SHOWOFF” to get your Silhouette SD for $175!!!

What is the Silhouette?

The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you’ll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.

Also get  a 20% discount on all Silhouette products using the discount code “show off”, including the new Silhouette Starter Kits! (Excluding download cards and machines).
Remember, these are the last of the Silhouette SDs! Click HERE to see my Silhouette SD projects for some fun creative ideas. 

Now back to today’s DIY feature: The Wright House.

Winner – With A Twist

The winner of their choice of vintage door knob hanger from With A Twist


Jennifer said… 13

Such cool items! I want one of the old wooden doors!
jen @ scissorsandspatulas dot com

DIY Stenciled Wallpaper

Meet:  Heather from

Heather just started a DIY-Organic Food-and-Soiree blog!  She’s a full time teacher but in her spare time she enjoys helping others decorate their homes on a budget, entertaining and cooking.  

With a small budget, Heather gave her dining room wall a new look.  $15!  Using paint pens, she created this DIY stenciled wallpaper:  

Helloooooo beautiful! Look at that diva chandelier sneaking into the beautiful wall’s close up!  Love her too!

Big improvement from the boring before:

The power of paint never ceases to thrill me. $15,a little DIY and Heather’s dining room looks completely glamorous! Reminds me why I put make up on before leaving the house! 

Gorgeous job, Heather!  After scraping layers of wallpaper off so many walls and even ceilings, THIS is my idea of wallpaper!  I’ve done it in my own home too and really love to personalize the “wallpaper” look!  Thank you so much for sharing!
See the HOW TO at The Lovely Cupboard for the full tutorial.  Know what else you can see?  DIY project going on in Heather’s 1943 cottage.  Kitchen envy and more!

Have you stenciled a wall in your home?  Feel free to include a link in the comments so we can all check it out!

Last day to enter the vintage doorknob hanger giveaway!

Behind the Blog, At the Picket Fence

Guess where I am today? Hanging out with my friends, Vanessa & Heather from At the Picket Fence and their new series, Behind The Blog.  They are so much fun and have a fabulous blog. Pop over and join us if you’re interested in knowing a little more about me.  Maybe even if you’re not – at least meet Heather & Vanessa!  Making blog friends is so much fun! 😉

Don’t forget to enter the vintage doorknob hanger Giveaway!

DIY Project Parade and Handmade Boutique Baby Collection

This week, I finally finished this…
My Handmade “Boutique Baby” gift Collection…
This is a long post with a couple of tutorials, links and LOTS of pictures!
I finally wrapped up (literally) my handmade baby gifts. 

I think I got a little DIY-happy but I really wanted to create a handmade boutique baby collection. Everything was so easy and I just couldn’t stop. 😉 I shared the sweet banner I made a few weeks ago…

as well as the Super Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial
(This is the one I made for my niece’s 1st birthday when I took her pictures as her gift but I made one for the gift collection too.)

Here’s what else I tucked inside the gift box:

Baby Legwarmers Tutorial
Materials: A pair of ladies size socks (these ones are from Target – I had a hard time finding the right pink). Scissors and thread/sewing machine (or by hand).

1. Lay out each (ladies)sock and cut just above the heel. Set the “leg” part of the sock aside.

2. Cut the ‘heels’ and ‘toes’ of each off. 

3. Fold the ‘foot’ part of the sock in half (underneath) so inside and out shows the right side of the fabric and makes a ‘cuff’.

4. Slide ‘leg’ part into ‘cuff’ all right sides out, lining up the raw edge.

5. Pin 3 layers together evenly, lining up the raw edge.

6. Sew as close to the edge as you can, making sure to capture 3 layers.

7. Trim if necessary and flip up cuff. Cute legwarmer from ladies socks!

Handmade Peony Headband Tutorial

Materials:  Plain elastic headband, silk peony and rhinestone. Hot glue.

1.  I used a wipes container to stretch headband. 

2.  Disassem
ble the silk peony. Use wire cutters if necessary.

3.  Hot glue layers of the flower onto the elastic headband.

4.  Add layers until as full as desired.

5.  Hot glue rhinestone into center. Let dry.

Ta-da! Pretty BIG flower headband!

And using these beautiful fabrics ( and baby flannel for the backing (reversible bibs, aprons and burp cloths from Joann Fabrics).

Premier Prints Trey Stripe Bella Pink/Cozy
Premier Prints Royal Suzani Bella Pink/Cozy
Premier Prints Twill Suzani Cozy/Bella Pink
Premier Prints Madison Cozy/Bella Pink
Premier Prints Dandelion White/Bella Pink
Premier Prints Gisella Cozy/Bella Pink

I sewed a few baby apron bibs, contoured burp cloths, a bib and some appliqued onesies. 

Baby Apron Bibs
(Bapron Tutorial at Craftiness is not an Option)
Aren’t these sweet? Bib/Apron for baby!

Contoured Burp Cloths
(shown middle)

Appliqued Onesies Tutorial
1. Iron interfacing to fabric.

2. Trace shape onto paper side and cut out.

3. Peel away paper and iron onto onesie.
4. Iron applique into place in center of onesie.
Note:  I drew on eyes using these!!!  Sharpie Fabric Stain Markers! 
(another project non-baby related utilizing these coming up!)

5.  Stitch into place.

Or cut shapes from fabric pattern:

argyle onesie tutorial (live a little wilder) 
I did my own version using the applique method above and the sewing machine:

Lots of “after” pictures.  I’m just so proud that the entire collection is handmade and pretty cute. 🙂

What do you think? I think it makes me want a baby girl! I hope she likes it all and loves pink!
Okay. Okay. Now it’s your turn! What have you been doing this weekend?  

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Sharing at:

DIY Weekly Wanderings – Vintage. Repurposed. Home.

What’s better than DIY?  Coming from the DIY Show Off, it’s our opinion that there’s not much better than DIY projects. EXCEPT for awesome genius DIY projects beautifully photographed. Let’s face it, great projects portrayed in pretty pics is what inspires us.

Meet:  Sheryl from

Hi Sheryl!  Sheryl is a photography and DIY’er and {insert sexy whistle} take a look at her beautiful DIY.  Click the links to visit Sheryl’s blog for the details and tutorials. My favorite projects are vintage and salvaged items repurposed into gorgeous home accessories. These are awesome!
Looking for a creative idea for those pallets sitting around?
Sheryl shows us how to make a Pallet Swing.
Pallet Swing Tutorial

I love the rich color, recycled beauty and rope in the place of chains!

Remember those old windows lying around in the garage just waiting for a creative idea? 

Sheryl spied these beauties…

and created these for her daughter!
Vintage Window Jewelry Organizer Tutorial

 No tangles!

I just love the rustic charm of these. Pretty. Organized. Neat and within easy reach for accessorizing! Yes, please!
Everyone I know loves a beautiful old door.  So charming!
Sheryl snagged this one from her aunt’s old house…

and with a lot of work, turned it into chalkboard entryway “thing-a-ma-gig”.

What a wonderful idea and love the natural wood paired with black magnetic paint!

Chalkboard Entry Display Tutorial

 Bottle cap magnets – perfect!

 Ceramic knobs keep purses and bags organized in the entry way.

I want this in my entryway! No more purse on the floor or chair.  Great idea for a family memo center too!
Awesome job, Sheryl!  Each project has is genius and I love that you’ve enhanced each thing’s natural beauty and charm.  Inspiration for sure! Thank you!

Love repurposed vintage pieces as much as Sheryl & I do? 

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway!
A special thanks to Miss Charming for featuring my design challenge room today!

Giveaway ~ With A Twist

Introducing:  With A Twist, LLC.  Created by Cheree Swem and Jill Anderson in 2009, this etsy shop is full of vintage charm.  They are two friends that have pretty much dabbled in every craft there is, all the while being moms of wonderful kids and wives to very patient husbands! They’ve always enjoyed interior design and have played around with little projects for their own homes, but both felt it was time to take things to the next level. So, Cheree and Jill threw on some goggles, grabbed an electric sander and made it happen!  They salvage materials from historic buildings, old schools and churches from all around the Northwest and create original handmade pieces for home decor. They have a passion for vintage finds and hope you enjoy that their products each have a story about how they came to be. With A Twist is “Art With A Past”!

Cheree and Jill are offering up one of these cuties to one lucky winner…





Don’t those “names” add more personality to their character?

Giveaway Rules:

Leave a comment for each step below for an entry. FOUR ways to enter! Be sure to include an email address if you can’t be reached via your profile/blog in one of the entries.  

(1) Visit WITH A TWIST DESIGNS Etsy shop and leaving a comment about which product you like most.

(2) Become a follower of WITH A TWIST blog.  Comment here that you’ve made new friends with Cheree & Jill!

(3)  Like WITH A TWIST on Facebook.  Each step is an additional entry.

(4) Share a link to this giveaway/this post via Twitter, Facebook OR blog post for 1 more chance to win!

Giveaway starts NOW and ends Tuesday, July 26th at midnight EST. Winner will be drawn randomly and announced shortly after. 

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Homemaker – Big Girl Room Before and After

Meet:  Crystal from 

She’s a crazy busy mom but manages to blog with some really helpful tips, great posts and a little DIY!  🙂 
Utilizing Craigslist, garage sales, eBay and her own DIY projects, Crystal started with this sweet nursery…
And transformed it into her daugher’s beautiful big girl room….
soooo pretty after
A few of my favorite details besides the pretty color scheme are the gorgeous girly chandelier:
I love this pink and green paisley fabric in the drapery and bedding…
DIY/free printable art…
See all of the details, more pictures and sources at The Weekend Homemaker.
Sweet, isn’t it?  What do you think?  Has your little one graduated to a big kid room?  Were you able to incorporate some creative DIY details and thrifty deals?
Thanks so much for sharing your amazing transformation, Crystal!  You did an awesome job on a ‘real’ budget with designer results!  LOVE it! 

A Sense of Design

Good morning, DIY friend!

I‘d like to introduce you to Gina of

A sense of design
A new creative DIY blog started just a few months ago but already showing some great DIY projects under her label appropriately titled DIY tutorials. My favorite is the stenciled wall tutorial
Isn’t it pretty?  It’s the same stencil I used for my daughter’s room so I might be a little biased.  Here is Gina’s beautiful result…
She also has some fabulous furniture features!
Desk before
Gilded desk now – gorgeous!

Gina is not only DIY creative, she’s blog-creative too.  I LOVE this ongoing series of hers…

You’ll have to visit A Sense of Design to read the posts. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I have reading back through them!

Wait! Are you still here or did you head over already? There’s more to see too!  One of our favorite topics, HOMES – before and after!  Here’s a sneak peek of Gina’s house.
Kitchen After
Sweetest Girl’s Room
Gina, welcome to blogging!  You’re off to an awesome start!  I can’t wait to catch up on your posts and follow along to see more! Thanks so much for showing off today! 😉

House of Turquoise Feature!

The room that Cassity and I designed is being featured today at 
House of Turquoise


If you’re not familiar with House of Turquoise, it’s a MUST see if you love turquoise.  SO MUCH INSPIRATION!

Thanks, Erin!

And Then There Were Two

Meet:  Kelley from And Then There Were Two.  Kelley blogs to keep distant family up-to-date with her life and two precious little girls but today she is sharing “TWO” awesome before and after makeovers! 
Kelley’s youngest needs a place to sleep to call her own in their home.  With a lot of family out of state and out of the country, a guest bedroom is also important. So, taking it away isn’t possible.  What’s a girl to do but get creative and make the best of every available corner!  This little nook…
before – rarely used office nook
(that door leads to the master bedroom)
Now that rarely used spot serves as a sleepy time area for little Magdalenne.  It might be temporary but to mom, sometimes a little time feels like forever while you’re living it. So ‘bravo’, Kelley and Chen!  This little nap nook is perfect for your little princess for now!
Great use of space! 
Wanting to give the girls a place where they could play and have a world of their own, Kelley took this basement…
Wow!  After…
What fun!
Kelley and Chen, you’ve come up with some great solutions for your girls!  I love M’s little bedroom nook – so pretty!  And the playroom is awesome, a great spot for the girls to grow up and play in for a long time to come!  Great job!


Thank you all so much for your encouragement, support and for sharing my excitement (and Cassity’s) about my last post!  Seriously, you’re the best friends a blogger could ever hope for!  It means so much to me…I feel like someone gave me a cookie!  LOVE cookies, you guys! 

Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge

Looooooong post today but I’m just bursting with excitement to share the amazing experience with you, my dear blog friends! If you’re like me, hearing about an awesome opportunity related to blogging when it’s my blog buddy just fills me with joy to no end!  When I was invited to the all expense paid trip to participate in the Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge, I could barely contain my exclamation and hands in the air “YES!”. That noise that you thought was thunder last month? That was me jumping up and down!  I’ve never had the opportunity to decorate a room from the floor up.  My main experiences are extremely tight/non existent budgets in my own home.   
Meet the Design Challenge bloggers:

Roeshel from The DIY Showoff
Cassity from Remodelaholic
Pam from Retro Renovation
Jill from Material Girls
 Katy from Charles & Hudson
Julia from Casa Sugar
Rhoda from Southern Hospitality

Lindsay from Living with Lindsay

Carmen from The Decorating Diva

Ethan from One Project Closer

I loved meeting these talented bloggers! Some long time virtual friends, some new! 
All super friendly and so talented!
Lisa LaPorta, Cassity from Remodelaholic, Roeshel from the DIY Show Off, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Lindsay from Living with Lindsay.
Cassity and I have already shared a sneak peek of the reveal with you…
Now here’s the story of my intoxicating participation:
Last Tuesday I arrived at the Biltmore Inn.  I could hardly keep my jaw from hitting the floor of the bus as we drove up through the front gate and along the beautifully landscaped drive.  I imagined it must have been just the way Mrs. Vanderbilt felt the first time she arrived as she hadn’t seen it before her marriage to George Vanderbilt. Breathtaking and overwhelming beauty of the lush landscaping and stunning Smokey Mountains in the background. 
Inn on Biltmore Estate: Hotel
My room at the inn was gorgeous…and there was a press package full of goodies awaiting my arrival.

After a long day of travel, nervousness and excitement, this bed was so inviting!

Check out my view of the estate and Smokey Mountains…

Later that evening, we attended a welcoming reception to meet the Shaw Floor team, the HGTV Home group and the bloggers as well as meet our design challenge partner face to face.  I was thrilled to learn that my teammate was long time e-friend, Cassity from Remodelaholic!  I’ve been a fan of her blog for quite some time and love her style.  She is just as sweet in real life as her blog persona reflects. Love her! 
(Not very many pictures this night…maybe when Shaw releases theirs.  I had my camera but we were all just getting to know each other and I wasn’t comfortable snapping pictures.  Did I mention that I’m shy?)
The Design Challenge:  Design a room around a beautiful floor in the Shaw Floor’s new HGTV Home line. 
The time came to be assigned a room (“bay”) and to pick our flooring ‘out of a hat’. Our room had a big picture window and board and batten. Great start!  Just our style.  Design fate was on our side when Cassity reached into the bag and chose “hardwood and area rug” for our flooring!  Again – exactly what we would have chosen! We immediately decided to design a living room in our space. One that we ourselves would love to have in our home.
Hardwood (Rockbridge/Dusk) and Ikat Panel Area Rug

Our plan:  A casual coastal cottage…sort of like this:
Just kidding!
The Biltmore is a late 1890s mansion in Asheville, NC.  We enjoyed a very interesting and informative guided candle lit tour.  No expense was spared in this place. As you can tell from the picture, it is enormous!  Every detail inside is over-the-top.  I can’t even fathom having that much money ever, let alone over 100 years ago.  Seriously?  Who had an indoor lighted swimming pool, bowling alley, something like 43 bathrooms with indoor plumbing WITH hot and cold water, elevators, pool tables, granite, marble, picture frame molding and tapestries at every turn, fountains, 4 huge expansive floors of richly decorated rooms including an enormous library with spiral staircase? It’s all self-sustaining with a village full of shops, a dairy and a winery.  I felt like royalty. We were treated like royalty too!  
We then dined in a beautiful garden courtyard on the Biltmore Estate. I swear it was decorated by faeries with twinkle lights and gorgeous centerpieces. (As you can tell, my mind wasn’t exactly on camera settings! Oops!)
Look at the adorable place settings…I just love attention to detail, don’t you?We had fun talking, laughing and getting to know each other and eating delicious foods and desserts.
We headed back to our rooms to get a good night’s sleep for more surprises the next morning.  While we were sleeping, our flooring was being installed by elves. Not really elves obviously…but it all felt so magical!
Wed. morning, we boarded a bus for a three hour drive to our next destination.  While on the bus, each team was given a box full of magazines, fabric samples, little fun odds and ends, pictures of furniture and paint swatches along with our hardwood floor sample (handscraped maple) and a picture of the area rug we chose.  Cassity and I learned that we share a love for the same style and that girl is so creative, she made our design board 3D!  Putting together our design board was fun.  
A chance for the inner kid to get creative with our passion for decorating and design.  Cassity and I are both inspired by vintage, texture, neutral backgrounds with fun accents bringing in color, rustic woods and traditional pieces. We decided on a beautiful light blue as the wall color.  We wanted accessories to pop in a cozy cottage atmosphere.
We arrived at Tribuzio Hilliard. TH is a commercial photo studio with movie set type bays (or rooms) with a warehouse full of furniture and every accessory imaginable from floor to ceiling.  My first impression was complete ‘awe’.  I felt like a little girl in a gigantic doll house.  Talk about a dream come true!
And just like any good dream, things only got better when we were greeted by talented Lisa LaPorta of HGTV’s Designed to Sell!  Oh my!  Star struck for sure!
There were our own embroidered director’s chairs too!  Isn’t that so thoughtful and awesome?  Every detail of this event was just so personal and special.  A girl could get used to this type of pampering!
Lisa was available for design tips, giving her opinions and advice and moral support and she was just darling overall. She is full of creative energy and a joy to be around.  She played a huge part in making us feel comfortable, less nervous and as if we were stars too! We had so much fun getting acquainted with her.  Of course we couldn’t help but ask for an autograph along the way. 
Lisa LaPorta, Cassity (& Lydia) and Roeshel
Here is our room the first time we saw it. The flooring had been installed the night before. 
“Shopping” was done in the warehouse full of photography props.  So it wasn’t real shopping, at least not in a store. I can’t tell you where things were purchased.  But hopefully the room inspires those seeking the same look on how to re-create a casual coastal atmosphere.
We began our shopping in the furniture and architectural accent (fireplaces, lighting and more) section.  I even put on a safety belt and rode a hydraladder (or cherry picker) to view items stored near the ceiling!

Going up!

Every time we walked into this department, we spotted something new as if someone kept adding furniture when we weren’t looking or our furniture fairy godmother waved her magic wand and there was the piece we’d been looking for!  It might have been that as things were removed by teams, more things were visible but I never had so much fun “shopping”!
Other rooms had floor to ceiling sh
elving thrift-store-style packed full of goodies: lamps, vases, baskets, throw pillows, books, candles and holders, silk greenery, planters, fillers, clocks, statues, throws, bedding, mirrors, art work, dinnerware, glasses, curtains, fabrics, even food and drinks!
We eagerly filled a couple of carts with ideas and great accents.  We then chose our accessories and even though the room wasn’t ready for staging, we couldn’t resist playing around and putting things together.
Cassity and me – taking a break from playing with positioning furniture and decorating before room is painted.
We even got to jump up into the back of a florist truck stuffed full of every type of beautiful fresh flower imaginable to choose whatever our heart desired for the room!
We then headed back to our hotel, the gorgeous Proximity Hotel and dined at the adjacent fabulous Print Works Bistro.
Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC
Social Lobby
My hotel room was stunning. High ceilings, beautifully decorated and another amazing view.  
Our room at the studio, chandelier and some accessories were being painted while we slept. Wish we had those DIY elves in real life!
Bright and early on the last day, we headed back to Tribuzio Hilliard to complete our rooms.  The paint was even more beautiful on the walls than on the swatch!  Love it!  We quickly got to accessorizing while our talented helpers hung the gallery wall art, installed the chandelier and helped with any little request along the way.
Thank you to our helpers!
This entire time, we had an amazing design assistant, Linda, who helped us along the way, searching for our decorative accents, working hard to make our vision become reality and pointing out professional photo things on our set that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. 
Cassity from Remodelaholic
Linda S.
Roeshel, The DIY Show Off
Cassity has the sweetest baby girls who gave our room a big thumbs up too!

Once our room was completed, Cassity and I were interviewed on video by none other than Lisa LaPorta to discuss our design and our room! We were blushing with pride and from praise.  I was a bit tongue tied.  Cassity’s a natural in front of the camera.  There was little time for prep and I always think of what I should have said or could’ve added after the fact AND if I had known about the video, I might have changed out of my casual attire for something prettier but I’m so excited to see that video!
Here are some TONS of our after shots we took.  We can’t wait to see the professional catalog-worthy looking photography of our design, hard work and pride and joy. 
Here’s the wall you don’t see.  Just like a movie set!

We went through all 5 rooms designed by 10 bloggers, 5 teams, each of us interviewed by Lisa LaPorta and I have to tell you…we’re up against some stiff competition! I don’t have a picture of it – I was being interviewed but the other bloggers listed above will be sharing their experiences and photos!  Be sure to visit them for more details!  Which brings me to the reason for the Design Challenge.  All five rooms will be displayed on Shaw Floors’ Facebook page from September 1-30th where you will have a chance to vote every day for the entire month for your favorite room.  We really need your support!  There’s something in it for you too!  More on that to come soon but don’t worry – I’ll remind you to get over there to vote and enter when the time comes. 
So, that’s my fairy tale/dream come true story of the couple of days a DIY blogger got to play being a real designer. It’s something I never in a million years would have thought I’d get to do.  Sure, I dream big just like everyone else and getting to do this, meeting my e-friends face to face and others who share my DIY passion as well as some pretty interesting and amazing people was just the highlight of the year. 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Shaw Floors, HGTV Home and Empower (Hi Rachael, Hi Ashley, Hi Taylor!).  And most of all, thank YOU my dear blog friends, because I know I would not have been invited it if weren’t for you and your amazing friendships!  And I pray that each of you are presented with wonderful, dream come true opportunities one of these days too!  🙂
Thank you so much for sharing my excitement! Want to see more details?  I promise you, you’ll see more of our room by my awesome partner, Cassity at REMODELAHOLIC and I’ll have something more to share with you coming soon!

DIY Counting Sheep Baby Banner

It’s rare, but there’s a baby related project in the DIY Show Off house! NO! Not for me! I‘ve been invited to a baby shower and I just love giving handmade baby gifts. (Tara, if by chance you’re reading, please stop right here!) Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the baby shower (my baby girl’s graduation party is the same day) but I have a whole handmade collection planned and here’s the first thing in the gift box: 

A sweet baby girl counting sheep banner, inspired by cute bird, butterfly and bunny banners but designed and DIY’d by me with a counting sheep theme.

Not guaranteed to help baby sleep, but it sure is cute. 

Scrapbook paper (It doesn’t take much. Two 12×12 sheets will work but more if you want more designs.)
2 ribbons (I used almost 1 spool of organza, 1 thin satin)
Baker’s twine (a thin ribbon or twine would work just as well)
Number ink & stamps or stickers #1-10 (or free hand)

Hole punch
Optional:  Xacto knife

Counting Sheep Banner Tutorial
10 steps to 10 sheep
#1 Print a lamb stencil or template from online onto card stock and cut out. (Optional: you could also use your Cricut or Silhouette to make die cuts.) 

#2 Trace onto scrapbook paper and cut out sheep shapes. I used an Xacto knife and alternated the direction (flip the sheep stencil) so my sheep were facing each other in sets of two {><} rather than all facing left {<<} or right {>>} or back side to backside {< >}. Trace and cut out 10 sheep. I used pretty paper in pinks for baby girl (to coordinate with other handmade items planned).

#3 Punch 2 holes beside each other near the top of each sheep. Near the top keeps sheep from twirling on the string. I tested punching holes in different areas. Near the top works best. (Optional: reinforce with eyelets. I also punched holes for eyes…animals without eyes make me sad. You could draw on closed/sleepy eyes too.)

#4 Number the sheep 1-10 using rubber stamps, stickers or draw on with markers.

#5 Cut 11 five inch pieces (eyeball it…no need to measure) of pink ribbon and 22 five inch pieces of organza (or do your own ribbon combo/thing). This is tied between each sheep.

#6 Pull a length of baker’s twine. Tape off the end (it keeps the twine from fraying and makes threading easier).

#7 Add sheep. Thread from back to front in one hole. Then front to back in punched hole right beside it. Repeat for all 10 sheep.

#8 Space out evenly. I left about 10 inches of twine on each end for hanging. Cut and tie a loop on the ends of the twine (loose knots to allow resizing the loop for bigger hanging on drawer knobs, smaller loop for thumb tacks or safety pins).

#9 In between each sheep, I took 2 pieces of organza with 1 piece of satin ribbon and tied a knot. (Shabby Chic option: use frayed pretty coordinating fabric pieces or strips of tulle.)

#10 Space evenly again (leave them semi-moveable to accommodate different areas in the gift recipient’s home or tape twine on back to keep in place). Ready to hang!

Isn’t it so cute? I want one for me and I don’t even have a nursery. I love pretty decorative banners and ‘counting sheep’ is perfect for a nursery! 

  • Hang it across drapery
  • Tie on dresser pulls 
  • Use as wall art
  • Cute learning to count tool 
  • Baby shower decor. 

Lots of options. Now lots of pictures:

hope she likes it. 🙂

What have you been doing this weekend?  

The DIY Show Off

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2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

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A Design Challenge Sneak Peek!

I just returned home from an amazing couple of days in Asheville, Greensboro and High Point, NC. It was a fun filled dream come true design challenge event sponsored by Shaw Floors HGTV Home line! Woo hoo!!! I had the opportunity to meet some awesome DIY/design bloggers face to face. Everyone was just as nice in real life as they are in the blogging community…really, some seriously talented and interesting bloggers. Meeting others who share my passion for DIY and decorating was so stimulating.
I didn’t know until I arrived who would be my teammate and the details were a little vague but the surprises were well worth the curiosity. I was lucky enough to be partnered with one of my favorite blog buddies, Cassity from Remodelaholic! She is so sweet, so pretty and amazingly creative and talented. We worked so well together and we were assigned a beautiful room as well as this gorgeous handscraped maple hardwood:
and our choice of area rug:
Ikat Panel
Selected sample (large)
(Check out the entire line of Shaw HGTV Home area rugs – I’ll have something exciting to share with you soon!)
As if designing a room from the floor up wasn’t intoxicating enough, you’ll never guess who else we got to hang out with…
Lisa LaPorta, Cassity (& Lydia) and Me
Yes! That’s Lisa LaPorta from HGTV’s Designed to Sell. She is so sweet, so cute and yep, I was completely star struck!
Here’s the sneak peek!
Wall color:  Copen Blue by Sherwin Williams HGTV Home
Chandelier color:  Antique Red, Sherwin Williams HGTV Home
More details on our room, the list of 8 other creative bloggers as well as the event with some surprises coming over the next two months!  I just returned late last night but I’m still over the moon, out of this world  – on Cloud 9!
We love how our room blossomed, had a blast working together and were ready to start packing it up in our suitcases to take home! And if you’re stopping by to read, what do you think of the room?! Flood us your thoughts – we need our cheerleadering blog friends! Cassity and I would love to know your thoughts (please…we’re both so excited) and tell us what you like best!

"Just Lovely" DIY

Meet:  Chantel of

Just Lovely
Chantel just revealed her romantic bedroom reveal and the details are so dreamy! Amazing DIY, Chantel!

Love this color – beautiful after:
Tray to Jewelry Hanger Beauty and “how to”…
Prettiest lamp and a ruffle lampshade tutorial.
You’ll want to visit Chantel and see more of her lovely creativity and beautiful photography at 


Guest Post: Amy from Tulip & Turnip

Hello there, fellow DIY Showoff readers!  I’m Amy, and I blog over at Tulip & Turnip.

I am so incredibly thrilled to be guest-posting for Roeshel today!  The DIY Showoff is one of my daily reads because, like you, I love to roll up my sleeves and get dirty working on projects around my house.  And who doesn’t love a good before-and-after?
A little about me:  I started Tulip & Turnip four years ago when my twins were born 9 weeks early.  It was a great way to keep friends and family updated on their health and progress.  What I soon discovered was that I LOVED writing, and the blog became a creative outlet for me. It has evolved a bit since then.  I still blog about parenting at times, but also about home decor projects, DIY, party planning, gardening, crafts, recipes, and whatever else I’m thinking about!  My brain is always in overdrive….
Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite projects.
I recently finished (for now) my son’s camping-inspired bedroom:
Two of my favorite features of the room are the Pottery-Barn-style oars and the scout badges that belonged to my father:
Next up for a makeover is my daughter’s room.  It’s not finished yet, but I did create some custom artwork for her.  She’s named Charlotte after the book Charlotte’s Web, so it seemed fitting that I honor that in some way.  You can read the full story here.
I’ve also been known to rehab old furniture:
Sometimes I’m feeling crafty.  On those days I might try my hand at freezer stenciling:
Or making some free printables for the holidays:
As you can see, my blog is a bit of a hodge podge of everything!  I’ve got a few projects I’m working on these days that aren’t quite ready for an official unveiling, but how about a sneak peek for DIY Showoff Readers?
I’m updating my family room, and really wanted an upholstered ottoman…but I wasn’t thrilled about spending hundreds of dollars.  I bought this thrift store coffee table for $25.  (I forgot to take a true “before” photo….this one was taken AFTER I had already spray-painted the legs a glossy brown!):
And plan on upholstering it with this fabric:
Also, I recently bought these wooden chargers on clearance:
And I’ve been busy silver-leafing them and turning them into mirrors:
Stay tuned for the reveals of these projects and more!
Thanks again to Roeshel for inviting me to visit with you today.  I hope you’ll drop by and see me over at Tulip & Turnip!  🙂  I’d love to hear from you!

7 Sisters DIY

Meet:  7 friends who follow God and love family, friends, crafting, eating, cooking, baking, decorating, laughing and everything in between.  Well they can add 1 more because I love those things too. How about you?
Seven Sisters

They have some great DIY projects to share today!

GoodWill find/lazy Susan before…
Beautiful now!
Inspires you to take off the doors and decorate a whole new pretty organized area out of an otherwise hidden space, doesn’t it?
See more pics of beautiful vignettes in these open cabinets here.
Yardstick Crate Tutorial – love these! How inexpensive but a great size for storage!
If you haven’t ‘met’ this group of talented ladies, you’ll LOVE their Tutorial Round Up page. Here are a few things you’ll find. Pop over, browse around a bit and say hello from me!
DIY bench with no power tools
photo art
free printables
homemade jam
duct tape flower pens

The Blue Velvet Chair – DIY Mosaic Planter

Michael from
Blue Velvet Chair
re-purposed/re-used a toilet tank (the upper part) that had been left in a junk pile by the side of the road as well as the bottom of a plastic coke bottle and created a beautiful sun and moon mosaic tile planter that’s gorgeous!
How creative is using a toilet tank (already waterproof) as a planter?  
She posted a full DIY tutorial with great tiling and grouting tips at
The sunny side welcomes guests and the moon side shows as guests head home.  Recycled and beautiful!
Michael at Blue Velvet Chair celebrates everything from life stories to DIY to upcycle chic, arts and crafts and stumblings across creative genius in all of its many forms. Pop over and say “hi” and check out more great DIY projects! 

Super Easy, Cheap, No Sew Tutu Tutorial and DIY Project Parade

Well – OOPS!  This was to publish Sunday but I messed up the date. Welcome to the party one day early!

My niece’s 1st birthday is coming up and as our family’s (amateur) photographer, my gift is portraits.  

Her mom wanted pictures of her in a tutu. So cute!  Loving DIY and little girl stuff, I offered to make one.  

No Sew DIY TuTu Tutorial
under $10!
This might not be anything new or unique. I’m not up on the latest DIY baby but in any event, here is what I did.
Please pardon the blurriness of these pictures. I forgot to change my settings. 🙁

Materials:  Ribbon, Roll of Tulle, Scissors

How to:

1.  I guestimated my niece’s waist size (and it was perfect too!).  Measure around waist.  Add 12″ to each end (24″ to waist measurement) and cut ribbon to length. 

2.  Tie a knot 12″ in from the end on each side.

3.  Cut strips of tulle to desired length.  For a 1-yr.-old, my strips were 12″ long.  If you have tulle in yardage, just cut strips on your own about 6″ wide and desired length (which will be folded in half in next step). For my niece, I used 30 (12″) strips of tulle from my roll.  
4.  Gather strip of tulle.

6.  Fold strip in half. Put “hole” (fold) of tulle over the ribbon between the knots.

7.  Pull ends of tulle through ” tulle hole” and knot (pull ends underneath ribbon and up through the ‘tu
lle hole’. Ribbon will be inside tulle).
Knots will look like this:

8.  Weight one end of the ribbon (I just put it under a heavy vase) and continue steps 5, 6 and 7 until finished from one knotted end of ribbon to the other. Weighting the one end allows you to slide knotted tulle into place.
Finished tulle knots:

9.  Trim tulle and ribbon if needed.  Optional:  Add ribbon in a different or coordinating color scattered throughout. Add flowers. Use different colors of tulle – get creative!

Super easy, right?  TUTU cute!

I‘ll be sharing a few more DIY baby girl projects coming up – I’ve been invited to a baby shower too and love handmade gifts. Don’t you?

What have you been doing this weekend?  

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2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). 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 and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or 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. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

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Reminder: HGTV's Design Star Premiere's Tonight!

Are you as super excited as I am for this HGTV’s Design Star this year?  I really get in to it and feel like I “know” the designers after a fun season, don’t you?  I love watching the challenges.  I imagine being on the show is a dream come true for the designers, getting to meet extremely talented famous designers and having the opportunity to be the next DESIGN STAR!  Imagine overcoming nerves, stage fright and being judged by the best. I’d be a wreck!
This season DESIGN STAR heads to NYC, where 12 talented designers compete to host their own show and where readers can vote daily for their favorite contestant. All will be mentored by season one DESIGN STAR winner, David Bromstad and will be faced with an all-star judging panel of acclaimed HGTV interior designers, Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olson and Vern Yip. It will also include a few celebrity guests!  I don’t often watch tv but this is one show I’m going to add to my summer routine.  Popcorn and all!  

Here are a couple of sneak peeks to give you an idea of what to expect this season:

Premiere is TONIGHT, 7/11/11 at 9/8 C on HGTV! Are you watching too?

Meet the designers and cast your vote at: I can’t wait to get to “know” them and see some amazing designs!  I’d love to discuss your thoughts – they all have such a diverse background. It’s bound to be interesting season!

As a decorating blogger you’re probably very familiar with One Kings Lane and if not – One Kings Lane partners with top brands and designers to give their members insider access to designer decor, entertaining, fantastic gift selections and exclusive tag sales curated by today’s top tastemakers – at up to 70% off retail!

I thought you would be thrilled to know that HGTV has partnered with One Kings Lane on a massive beach themed sale in anticipation for tonight’s season premiere of DESIGN STAR!  It’s the first time HGTV has partnered with One Kings Lane for an online sale and I’m thrilled to provide you with all the juicy details.
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In today’s “HGTV Bring in the Beach Sale”, HGTV design star bloggers picked a handful of their favorite beach-inspired décor to sell on the site.  You can view the inventory and purchase their favorites online beginning at 11am ET/8am PT TODAY!  Any product with the ‘HGTV Pick’ icon was hand-selected by HGTV design bloggers.  Inventory is extremely limited and once an item is sold out it is gone forever!   The sale can be found at the URL below and goes live at 11:00AM ET on the dot:

The DIY Project Parade is going on!  Link up your latest DIY project or browse the amazing links for ideas!
I’ll be out of town for a couple of days. I can’t wait to share with you where I’m headed and what I’m doing but I’ll still be available off and on throughout the week and still posting.