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Multi-functional Furniture: Dresser

Multi-functional Furniture: Dresser

One of my favorite pieces of furniture is a dresser because of it’s function and storage. Remember the beautiful Shoal Creek Collection dresser that I had in the guest room? It started off with it’s traditional function in our guest room.

It also served a brief stint as a console/sofa table in our family room. Keeping board games, junk, photo albums, etc. neatly organized.

An extra surface for displaying books and decorative accents.

Then it was located in our dining room. I love it’s function has a buffet and extra storage for linens and serving pieces that we don’t use every day. And of course having a clean surface means an opportunity to create a festive seasonal vignette too. When I recently co-hosted a baby shower in our home, the dresser top was perfect for displaying the woodland themed cupcake buffet (and a big hit too).

And finally, the dresser has been moved to it’s final resting place…a nursery for the new little grandson who will soon be here to serve as his dresser and a changing table (add a non slip material to the bottom of the changing pad). We’re still working on the small apartment nursery but here’s a sneak peek.

Do you use dressers in non-traditional and unexpected ways? Could you use more storage in your dining room? Don’t have a kitchen island or have room for a little extra storage for serving trays, small appliances or kitchen odds and ends? Need extra linen storage in a wide hallway? Take a look around your home. Sometimes just moving furniture around inspires a fresh new look. Have any other creative ideas? See more about Sauder here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Guest Room + Nursery Makeover Reveal

Nursery  Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff

You guys! There is a new little grand child arriving in just a couple of weeks! #EXCITING! So of course, this first time grandma needs to convert the guest room to allow space for baby sleep overs. The before is pretty enough…

blue orange and gold guest room bed at diyshowoff.com

It needed a good freshening up. And I’m sure that I’ll still be playing ‘doll house’ in this room, moving things around, adding a little something here and there but for now…it’s guest AND baby ready! 

Nursery  Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff

I started with a mood/design board to get a feel of how things would look, things I liked and things I already currently had on hand.

nursery design

And here it is…

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There’s still a bit of a to-do list:

  1. A new (used) dresser…of course I plan on giving it a DIY makeover (just have to find one first).
  2. Light fixture: I’d love to swap the existing for something gold.
  3. DIY wall art for above the headboard.
  4. Replacement casters for the portable crib.
  5. I’m thinking that the weathered green oar would be adorable mounted horizontally with some coat hooks.
  6. Of course you know me, there will probably be TONS of baby related DIY coming in the future too. 

There are fairy lights strung between the curtains above the crib. The arrow near the rocker has a battery operated lights and a switch. There are fairy lights hanging around the top of the bed frame. So plenty of soft “night light” after sunset. 

Do you spy the Young Living Aria Ultrasonic diffuser? Definitely a splurge but oh my goodness…this diffuser combines the latest in ultrasonic technology with a variety of useful features. The included remote lets you choose from a selection of soothing, built-in sounds or enjoy the multicolored LED lights. With the built-in speakers, you can plug in your own personal music player and enjoy the music of your choice. Diffuse some peace-inducing calming essential oils and it’s like a spa. I’m moving into the guest room! 

Sources:

  • Wallpaint color: Blue is a mix of paints (sorry), “white” is actually Valspar Sandstone Gray. Tutorial coming soon!
  • We already owned the bed.
  • Light fixture…installed 7 years or so ago so I don’t remember where we got it. It was originally black but I used some Rub-n-Buff to give it a patina’d look.
  • DIY A to Z book ends
  • Painted storage box
  • Framed felted deer head wall art tutorial
  • sheer curtains
  • DIY banner
  • Molded plastic Eames-inspired rocker
  • Vintage photographic print canvas set of 9
  • Safavieh Carla Rug (Joss & Main but sold out. I do have to say that the rug shown did not arrive in good/brand new condition however Joss & Main/Wayfair customer service was excellent. I paid for a beautiful rug (this was not a review/free item) and so a few days later, a new replacement rug arrived. I haven’t had the chance to empty the room, roll the original back up and unroll/install or see the condition of the replacement but fingers crossed that it’s “new and stain-free”~ I’m optimistic and pleased with the service I received despite my original disappointment.
  • Carousel Designs mini crib sheets (birch forest, grey raindrops, patchwork plaid). Birch forest shown.
  • Pinch pleated comforter from Target in gray
  • Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art

So what do you think? Quite a mismatched collection of styles, right? You know I love “eclectic” best. Now all we need is the baby. ;) 

Nursery Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff

That DIY Party

Happy Sunday, DIY friends! What a long week! It’s That DIY Party time. Show off your creativity by linking up and browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: There’s been so much going on in the DIYShowOff home. I know it’s not even Halloween but blog schedules mean Christmas posts early. Yes, I will be decorating a tree this month! This week, in fact! Crazy! My mom and her husband have also purchased a fixer upper of a house and I’ll begin sharing the transformation, before and after photos. Exciting! I also have TWO nursery reveals coming up. One guest room/nursery at grandma’s house (that’ll be me!) and one small apartment nursery nook. Oh, and I’d like to share some of the baby shower details. Stay tuned for all of the updates by subscribing to the newsletter to get reminders to stop by (see it on the right side of my blog?). Did I mention that I’m counting down the days to meet a brand new grandson? xoxo

Missed a post this past week? Here’s a quick glimpse: 

DIY Halloween Collection

Halloween DIY projects @diyshowoff  

Tips for setting up a display at a vendor event

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

DIY Nursery Wall Decor

nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff

 

Some of you have met my daughter, Bri. Well, she’s finally started her blog {The Lunar Fae}AND is celebrating the grand opening of her etsy shop, The Lunar Fae! Hurray! Love handmade? Clicking over, sharing and pinning is very much appreciated! Thanks so much for your support, friends. I’m so proud of her!

The Lunar Fae blog

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

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DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

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I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

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I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

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I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

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More details and the guest room/nursery reveal coming soon! 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! ;) 

Have a great week!

How to Set Up at a Vendor Event

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about not only DIY but Young Living essential oils too so when the opportunity came up to participate in a local women’s health fair, despite my introverted personality, I couldn’t wait to share my excitement, my story, my LOVE for essential oils with the public in the hopes of helping others. Pardon the cell phone pics…it was a busy day!

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

Because it’s my plan to participate in events as opportunities arise, I did invest some money into having materials I need to set up a table. Here’s what I did:

1. I’ve attended several vendor events in the past during my career in healthcare but never had to do so on my own dime. I found that most people pocket the freebies (pens, hand sanitizers, stress balls) but don’t really ‘use’ or even ‘look’ at the information on them. So, providing tchotchkes (small promotional items) isn’t necessary, especially when you’re a new business with a small budget with the potential to reach 100s of people. This event provided space and a table for free. Cost to participate was donation of a basket/prize for a Chinese auction to raise money for a local breast cancer support group. Easy enough and fun! I made up a basket using a fall centerpiece I created and a bottle of Nutmeg oil (great oil for fall!). I made up and printed a card about the benefits and uses of Nutmeg essential oil and tucked in a few Young Living brochures/handouts and my business card. 

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2. I purchased a promotional table cloth with the Young Living logo. Mine is eggplant with white lettering and a gold metallic leaf/oil drop. Not only does it give my table a professional edge at events but it’s been pretty for when I host essential oils classes/parties too. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

3. Backdrop display. I covered a tri-fold cardboard table top display with wrapping paper and gold DuckTape and washitape. I enlarged one of the handouts/graphic for a poster as a central focus point (by uploading the image to Staples’ Copy & Print center). The others I printed and laminated myself. I attached them using adhesive velcro so that I have the option to move things around and swap things out in the future. I also used a few extra large clothespins to display informational cards. I topped it off with a  DIY black/gold “essential oils” banner. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

3. Product. I displayed everything that comes with the Premium Starter Kit: 11 essential oils, my diffuser and literature. I also had the boxes of a few of the kits I had also ordered – Essence of the Season for Christmas and the Golden Touch kit for cold/flu season. I diffused clove + orange for a pretty fall scent. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

4. Scrapbook. I printed out several informational graphics and put them into a binder/scrapbook. (Great for referring to when answering questions! Good to have on hand for my own use too!)

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

5. Raffle. I doctored up a clearance sale wreath from Michaels, (see the Peppermint, Lavender and Thieves essential oils samples tucked in?), made up, printed and attached card about the benefits of those oils. I secured a brochure/business card to the back. I randomly chose a winner from the entries gathered from #6. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

6. A few inexpensive chalkboard easels. Use chalkboard markers (that won’t rub away easily). I wrote “Join our email list and be entered to win.”  In a word document, I created two columns with lines. One labeled “Name”. The other “Email”. I printed off a handful and attached them to a clipboard. I also let people entering know that I wouldn’t be giving out email addresses to third parties or flooding their inbox. I then sent the sign ups an email introducing more about myself, Young Living, my story, essential oils and information on my next class. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

7. I also had a giveaway for those who signed up “today” however, things move along so fast that I recommend to sticking to gathering contact info for invitations to future classes or to discuss/meet one-on-one. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

8. Engage. I stood in front of or to the side of my table, smiling. It took stepping outside of my comfort zone but I made eye contact with people passing by/browsing and asked “Are you familiar with essential oils?” It was a great opening for giving more information about Young Living, essential oils and sharing how my family uses them everyday (more info here). 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

What IS Young Living essential oil?

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Good luck at your event! 

*This post contains a few affiliate links. 

DIY Halloween Projects

Boo! It’s nearing the end of October and I wanted to share of some of the past DIYShowOff Halloween projects for some inspiration. 

Halloween DIY projects @diyshowoff

Trick or Treat Bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

The Raven Halloween Mantel

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

Nevermore Tree Tutorial

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

 Halloween Vignette

Halloween vignette

 

Spooky DIY Ghost Display

spooky ghost tutorial DIY cheesecloth chicken wire ghost DIY ghost tutorial

Candy Skull Owl

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Scenic Jackolantern

full moon scenic jackolantern at diyshowoff

Firefly Dog Costume

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff #michaelsmakers lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Witch Hat Candy Dish/Decor

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

Candy Corn Decor

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Silhouette Pumpkins

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Do you have some Halloween DIY to share? Link it up to this week’s That DIY Party!

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That DIY Party

Hello friends! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying a day of rest surrounded with love. Taking a moment to browse or show off some DIY? It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

DIY dog firefly dog Halloween costume

DIY Halloween lightning bug dog costume #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

Chocolessence giveway - ends Sunday, 10/19 at midnight

Young Living Chocolessence Giveaway

 I set up a display at a local health fair and enjoyed sharing about essential oils! 

Young Living essential oils display

DIY scenic pumpkin

full moon scenic jackolantern at diyshowoff

Party time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

That DIY Party - autumn

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Giveaway Time! {and an invitation for local Western PA friends!}

Good morning, blog friends! 

I’ve shared (here) how Young Living essential oils are changing our lives at DIYShowOff, how it’s inspired a mission to make healthier choices, to create a chemical free home and it makes me want to share this rewarding experience with others (there are SO many benefits) and it’s been a while since I’ve done something extra special for DIYShowOff readers and friends, so I’ve combined the two into one amazing giveaway. 

Have you been wondering what all the hype is but feel like it’s something you’d need to try for yourself? I was that way. It took actually giving something a try and being stunned by the results (it worked!) for me to go from rolling my eyes to wanting to make healthier choices. That’s my hope for you too, my dear friends! That it’s just something you try. 

There are a TON of Young Living essential oils to choose from, so many amazing products. I’ve chosen the 2014 Chocolessence Set for the prize because peppermint essential oil has some pretty amazing benefits and who doesn’t love chocolate?! Not to mention, it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! 

Young Living Chocolessence Giveaway

Hot chocolate warms the soul and the Young Living 2014 Chocolessence Set includes the natural and delicious ingredients your guests will crave this holiday season! This beautiful holiday gift set includes two special mugs, Chocolessence, one 15-ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil, and a recipe card so you can make our favorite hot chocolate. This gift is the perfect way to win the heart of any chocolate lover.

How do I enter to win, you ask? Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to Sean C!

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If you’ve been holding off, now is a great time to join me in not only creating a cosmetically pretty home with DIY projects, but a chemical free home with essential oils. 

Sign Me Up!  

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Attention local friends! You’re invited to holiday open house/party for friends & family Young Living members (in my downline/ those who purchased a Premium Starter Kit under member #1836762 – there’s still time to get yours to join the festivities). I’ll be cranking up the Christmas music (oh yes, I will!), spiking the holiday punch and thanks to my blogging, there may even be some early seasonal decorating on display. (Crazy, I know!)

Holiday Open House

Let’s get our holiday gift list checked off/started a bit early this year. 

Details on hosting a party just like this yourself coming up after the event. :) 

DIY Lightning Bug Dog Costume

DIY Halloween Costume Challenge #michaelsmakers

The Michaels’ Makers October challenge is ‘Halloween costume’. How fun! I received a gift card to create a cute lightning bug costume for my love bug, Rosie, our Italian greyhound.

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

This will only fit small super skinny dogs. Rosie weighs in at 10 lbs. Alter the design to fit your dog’s size – sleeves of an old black t-shirt? Or sewing two stretchy/knit bands that fit your dog snug but comfortably. 

Materials I used:

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

What I did:

Cut the ends off of each sock. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Fold adhesive felt in half and cut out a set of wings. (I drew out a few shapes to practice/choose a shape that I liked best). Remove backing, place onto black felt and cut around the ‘wings’. This gives the wings a little more sturdiness. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Cover light with black tape. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the socks will go around the neck. Poke the end of a pipe cleaner into the sock, fold pipe cleaner in half. Twist the base and curl the ends. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Towards the other end of the length of the sock, cut a small hole using a pair of scissors. That hole will allow a felt patch with velcro to show through for securing the wings. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Attach a piece of velcro to the under side of the wings.

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

I added a piece of velcro to the back of the light and cut a small hole in one end of the second sock. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Cut rectangles from remaining felt. Attach a 3″ strip of velcro to each square of felt (velcro opposite of that used on the wings and light). 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Dress the dog! One sock around her neck (this fits my dog comfortably). The other sock fits around her waist area, below her rib cage. 

Once the socks were on my dog, I tucked the felt square into each sock with the velcro side facing the small holes. Attach wings and light, velcro side down to velcro showing through the small hole.

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

She’s more interested in being a cuddle bug than being a lightning bug Halloween costume model. 

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Isn’t she the cutest lightning bug ever? 

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Do you dress your pets for Halloween? Do they tolerate it? Act a bit embarrassed (like Rosie)? Roll around or proudly show off? 

*Note: Please take your own dog’s temperament, personality into consideration and make your pet’s safety your priority.  

More Halloween costume inspiration: 

  • Costume ideas from the Michaels’ Makers team (full linky at 10 a.m. CST): 


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  • Check out Michaels’ Halloween Market lookbook or Halloween Pinterest board for some project favorites, including costumes, personalized pumpkins, porch décor and more.
  • Haven’t decided what you want to be yet? Take a look at some of Michaels DIY Halloween costume projects on Michaels.com for inspiration.

As a member of the Michaels’ Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

Scenic Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern

Inspired by a picture of a pumpkin diorama from Country Living that I stumbled across on the Michaels’ Halloween Pinterest Board, I couldn’t resist making up a scenic jack-o-lantern of my own. *This post contains affiliate links. 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

Materials I used (all purchased at Michaels Craft Stores with the exception of stick trees and rocks): 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

  • faux pumpkin
  • carving tools
  • black acrylic craft paint
  • sky blue glitter craft paint
  • 4 small foam paint brushes
  • plastic toy wolf
  • moss
  • styrofoam disk
  • hot glue/gun
  • fall garland
  • tree-like sticks from the yard
  • small rock
  • small wood disk (for full moon)
  • white acrylic craft paint
  • glow in the dark paint
  • tiny faux pumpkin
  • small battery operated light
  • 3M adhesive velcro

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What I did:

Using chalk, I drew a circular shape onto the front of my faux pumpkin, then cut out the shape using small carving tools. Then I cleaned the dust and pieces out of the pumpkin.

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

Using a foam paint brush, I painted the inside of my pumpkin black. I brushed on the dark glitter coat over top and let paint dry. 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

While the paint was drying inside, I attached a decorative fall garland with mini leaves and acorns to the outside using hot glue. 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

I painted the wooden disk white, followed by a coat of glow in the dark with a few ‘pounces’ of the dark glitter paint using my foam paint brush (not shown). Let dry. 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

I inserted the styrofoam disk into the bottom of the pumpkin. I left the plastic wrap on the styrofoam disk. Optional: I used some mini-pinecones to fill in the gaps along the sides.

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

Then I topped it off with moss.  

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

I carefully poked sticks (I found some in the yard that had sort of a ‘tree’ look) through the moss/styrofoam to create “trees”. 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

I then secured full moon to the back using hot glue. You could do this before adding the trees. I waited so I could decide the placement behind the trees.

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

I added a piece of adhesive velcro to the back of the small battery operated light (don’t cover the on/off switch). It’s adhered to the “roof” of the pumpkin. The velcro attachment allows me to remove the light to turn if off and on. 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

I finished it off by adding rocks and a wolf. 

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Display! Isn’t it fun? I’m going to raffle this one off at a local event but may just have to make one for myself too…maybe with a different scene: mini hale bales and a scarecrow or a ‘nevermore’ theme with ravens or a graveyard scene with tombstones. What about you? 

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#TrickYourPumpkin Sweepstakes

The Michaels social team is working on a #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes. Crafters just submit their pumpkin creations via Instagram any time between Oct. 4th through 31th, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels gift card and Plaid products each Friday throughout the month of October! What would you do with a $250 Michaels’ shopping spree?

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Michaels would love to see your pumpkin creation! Post your pumpkin project on Instagram (using #TrickYourPumpkin #sweepstakes and tagging @MichaelsStores). Simple! Good luck! 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

 

*I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this project. 

That DIY Party

Ready to show off your do-it-yourself projects? It’s That DIY Party time! Oh my! I was so caught up in co-hosting a baby shower today that I didn’t even notice that the regularly scheduled link party didn’t publish on time! Let’s get this party started! 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

DIY Halloween Witch Hat Project

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

 FrogTape Pumpkin Stencils

DIY pumpkin stencils at diyshowoff.com

Attention, friends! Did you know that Young Living has grown 180% in the past year? Experience for yourself why that is. Read my story here. I was getting so desperate for something, anything. All it took was ‘trying’. And to learn that something natural, something so simple actually works…I’m shocked, stunned, thrilled and so relieved each and every time. Why hadn’t I heard of essential oils before? I wish I had known sooner. I want to make sure you are aware! Reach out with questions and I’ll pass along some info. (roeshel at gmail dot com).

fall essential oils special deal @diyshowoff

Stay tuned! What I’ve been working on: getting a guest room/nursery ready for my first grandchild. It’s almost time for his arrival! TODAY I’m co-hosting a baby shower. Cute woodland themed baby shower details coming soon! And a fun faux jack-o-lantern project and Michaels #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes details. 

Party time! 

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DIY Pumpkin Stencils

DIY Pumpkin Stencil Tutorial 

DIY pumpkin stencils at diyshowoff.com

 

Materials:

  • Pumpkins
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • Wax paper
  • Spray Paint

DIY pumpkin stencils materials

1. Adhere pieces of FrogTape to wax paper.

2. Using a pattern (I made mine from a piece of paper), freehand or by tracing shapes; create stickers. 

3. Cut out stencils. I folded a few of mine to create more.

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4. Remove wax paper backing and apply your DIY FrogTape stencils to the clean, dry surface of a pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Use your thumbnail to burnish the edges of the tape and to smooth out creases.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

6. Tape off stem if desired. Spray paint pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Paint dried really fast for me since I just did a light coat with some of the pumpkin showing through in most places. After just a few minutes, remove stickers/stencils. 

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

Display!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Halloween Witch Hat Candy Dish Decor

This easy DIY Halloween project for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas October challenge has a few uses so I wasn’t sure what to call it. It’s … versatile. 

Witch Hat Halloween Candy Dish

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

or add chips/pretzels to use as a Halloween serving tray.

or add festive cupcakes for Halloween party display.

or add succulents, small fall flowers/plants to create a Halloween planter.

or a floral arrangement (just pop on a fall wreath) for Halloween decor.

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

or simply flip the bottom to use as a Halloween Centerpiece

DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff

Materials:

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

EASY tutorial:

1. Using a kitchen knife, we cut out a hole using the inner circle shown on the bottom of the large plastic plant saucer as guide.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

2. Spray paint cone and saucer black. I did two coats on the cone, one coat on the already black plant saucer. Let dry.

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

That’s it! 

Carefully slide onto the cone. Right side up creates a ‘dish’. 

DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff DIY Witch Hat candy dish/serving tray tutorial @diyshwoff

Upside down creates a ‘ledge’. Add an old belt for a decorative touch.

DIY Witch Hat Halloween decor tutorial @diyshwoff

 

More ideas: attach faux fall flowers, leaves, spiders, etc. to create a Halloween centerpiece. Hide a vase filled with water under the cone and fill with tall flowers. Add succulents and display outside. Get creative!

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

Fall LCI

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

That DIY Party

Are you loving fall? We just actually had some ice falling from the sky this weekend. I’m not quite loving that! But it’s that DIY Party time. Let’s see what you’ve been up to…something that includes the warmth of fall, I hope! ;) 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: My projects this past week weren’t fall related but stay tuned. It’s all fall this coming week! 

Someone was in dire need of a new mailbox and I loved creating some pretty metallic gold vinyl decals

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

and some thrift store treasures now create an organized bathroom counter space

bathroom organizer at diyshowoff.com

Awesome Alert! I’m offering up some awesome fall gifts with purchase of a Young Living premium starter kit. Help support your immune system for the cold & flu season, fill your home with amazing fall scents, create some DIY all natural therapeutic grade holiday gifts, spice up your recipes, start changing over to a chemical free home. Experience for yourself why Young Living has grown 180% from one year ago. Be a part of the natural living movement. #amazing! See more info here.

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Let’s get this party started!   

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Thrifty Bathroom Counter Organizer

 

Thrifty bathroom counter organizer (this would be cute on a desktop in my home office too)… bathroom organizer at diyshowoff.com  

Materials:

  • Thrift store scores: mismatched vase, ceramic jar with lid, tiny dish and tile trivet
  • RustOleum FlexiDip (removable rubber coating in gray) or spray paint

DIYShowOff bathroom counter organizer materials

How to: Clean and dry ceramic pieces. Apply 4-6 light even coats allowing 5 minutes dry time between each coat. Let dry overnight. Optional: Glue pieces together with an epoxy glue. Rubber coating is removable (within three months) when adhered to plastic, metal and glass…pretty cool! 

DIYShowOff bathroom counter organizer materials

That’s it. I love the matte color, texture, that if I had used something ‘precious’, I’d be able to peel away the rubbing coating, and that it’s waterproof too. 

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See the bathroom reveal here

Mailbox DIY Vinyl Decals

This poor mailbox had seen better days…don’t you think? 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Time for a new one…

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the perks of owning a vinyl cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo) is the convenience of making my own vinyl labels/stickers/decals. 

Mailbox Upgrade

Open up the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. Click the text button on the left, choose font and type house numbers and a monogram design. Size to fit flat mailbox surface.

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Click the “cut” button on the navigation bar. Choose “vinyl” and adjust blade settings. Insert vinyl color side up into the machine and click “cut”. 

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Remove vinyl from machine and weed away excess vinyl. 

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Apply a piece of transfer paper and cut apart individual designs. I have three. Numbers for the front of the mailbox, a monogram design and numbers for the side. 

Rub with a credit/gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl decals from wax paper to transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper (vinyl decals should be stuck to tacky transfer paper). 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Place onto clean, dry, flat surface of mailbox. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Rub with credit/gift card to transfer design. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Ta-da! Pretty new address decals for the new mailbox.

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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That DIY Party {Fall Edition}

It’s officially fall! I’m looking forward to seeing your fall creativity linked up to That DIY Party!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Easy DIY Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins Tutorial

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

 

And fall Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours with TONS of gorgeous fall decorating ideas…

BSHT - fall home tour DIYShowoff Fall Home Tour Fall is in the air...diyshowoff.com

 

Essential Oils for Fall…  Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Let’s get this party started!  

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{Healthy} Fall Scents

Do you know what’s better than delicious fall aromas from fall scented candles filled with harmful chemicals? Well, probably baking a pumpkin pie, to be honest. Right?! And also – Young Living essential oils with healthy benefits and amazing fall aromas diffused into the air.

Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Here is a list of my favorite Young Living essential oil aromatherapy for the fall season (along with some benefits).

Thieves – when someone in our home is coming down with a cold or flu (today it’s Mr. DIY), I diffuse straight Thieves essential oil blend for its cleansing abilities. It’s highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health AND fills my home with the scents of fall. Ingredients include: clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiate and rosemary. Recipe: fill diffuser with distilled water and add 5-8 drops of Thieves. 

Pomander Ball

pomander ball aromatherapy recipe @diyshowoff

Orange essential oil has a rich fruity scent that lifts spirits and provides a calming influence, peace and happiness. Orange essential oil is also rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration. Clove essential oil has a sweet, spicy stimulating and revitalizing fragrance with immune-enhancing properties. Recipe: fill diffuser with distilled water. Add 5 drops of clove and 3-5 drops of orange essential oil. Don’t have clove essential oil on hand? Try using Thieves with orange essential oil instead.

Autumn Spice – Cinnamon bark essential oil is valued for its ability to improve wellness, promoting healthy cardiovascular and immune functions with a warm, spicy aroma. Nutmeg also has a sweet, warm, spicy scent that I find comforting and energy boosting. Recipe: Fill diffuser with distilled water. Add 3 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil + 5 drops of nutmeg essential oil. 

Warm cinnamon bun – Aromatic Recipe: Add 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil to diffuser filled with distilled water. Warning: family may be disappointed there aren’t cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven! 

Fall Pot Luck – Get creative! Whip up your own special recipe. Fill diffuser with distilled water and add your own combination. Thieves, Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove, Rosemary, Raven are all perfect for filling your home with the scents of the fall season.

*Like a stronger or weaker scent? Adjust drops to suit your preference accordingly.

Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

What ARE essential oils any way?

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DIYShowOff fall incentive…

fall essential oils special deal @diyshowoff

Fall Home Tour {Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours: Fall 2014 Edition}

DIYShowoff Fall Home Tour

Hello friends! It’s time for LOTS of gorgeous fall inspired home tours organized by the creative Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Company. Woo!

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Found your way here from Ashley’s stunning fall decorating at The Handmade Home? Welcome! It’s lovely to meet you and I’m so glad you’re here!

the handmade home

Okay…I really had planned on more fall decorating than I’ve actually completed but with a big 5-0 birthday celebration in Cancun with my love (ahhh…summer ALL the time there!) and a last minute overnight class trip this week, it’s not the grand fall festival reveal I had planned. I know. Boo. I’m running behind schedule. It will evolve as it unfolds over the next couple of weeks in preparation for the rustic woodland themed {October} baby shower planning in the works. (Stay tuned!) But let’s get this show on the road…

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A bit of rustic glam fall dining room for entertaining guests/a few autumn themed dinner parties this season…

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff fall table decor fall centerpiece tutorial at diyshowoff.com Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff fall arrangement

 And some sneak peeks from outside…

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DIY fall ideas from DIYShowOff

DIY fall ideas @diyshowoff

Next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours {Fall Edition} is Summer’s beautiful home at Simple Stylings

Simple Stylings

Happy fall! Thanks for stopping by! 

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins

Monogrammed mini pumpkins

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials:

  • faux mini pumpkins
  • acrylic craft paint
  • glittery alphabet stickers
  • mini paper doilies

Tutorial:

Paint mini faux pumpkins and let dry.

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

Add a glittery monogram.

monogrammed mini pumpkin placesetting

 

Display on mini-doilies. 

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All set for a beautiful fall themed dinner party. 

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See my fall centerpiece for creating an entire autumn themed tablescape. 

fall centerpiece tutorial at diyshowoff.com

That DIY Party

That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Tips for Choosing a Sofa

Tips for choosing a sofa #havertysrefresh @diyshowoff

 

Fall Centerpiece

fall centerpiece @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

Let’s get this party started!  

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Tips for Choosing A Sofa

One of the rooms in our home that is on the “to-do” list is our living room. My style changes often however, living room furniture is something we live with for 10+ years so here are some things I like to consider and some inspiration from Havertys (click the images below for information on each specific sofa):

  • Size and shape – Do I prefer a standard size and shape? Smaller? L-shaped? Sofa and love seat or sofa chairs?
  • Furniture placement – I frequently rearrange furniture for a fresh new look as well as take Christmas time into consideration. Furniture against the walls… or defined/separate seating areas?
  • Room’s function – Conversational? Relaxing/lounging? TV viewing?
  • Color - I prefer to keep large furniture purchases neutral since I like mixing things up and changing things out often. How about you?
  • Material – Leather? Upholstered/fabric?

  • Style – What style fits our home? Classy and chic? Eclectic? So many combinations and options.

Because I can guarantee that within that 10+ year time frame, our living room will go through different stages, different color trends and styles.

I may have mentioned my indecisiveness a time or two so coming up with a couple of different ideas makes the process a little easier. When looking at purchasing large furniture, I have a small list of “must haves”. Large furniture purchases must be:

  • of good quality
  • durable
  • neutral
  • affordable

How about you? What is your decision making process when purchasing large pieces of furniture? How do you stay on on track with decorating/redecorating your home?

Share your Havertys purchases on Instagram using the hashtag #HavertysInspired – Havertys will be responding to reader shares! Visit and follow Havertys to stay up to date with the latest events, sales and trends: Website, Mobile Site, Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.

Havertys helps you bring your vision to life. Visit Havertys.com to find a store near you, detailed product information and design tools to guide you in your home decor purchases.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.