Red, White and Blue DIY Ideas

How about some red, white and blue DIY ideas since Independence Day is right around the corner? Click the images below to be redirected to the original blog post.

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And some fabulous festive highlights from my crazy talented blog friends who gave permission to be featured by linking up to the weekly That DIY Party. Simply click the image to visit the original post for more details, to pin to your patriotic Pinterest board and to say “hello”!

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Fun and festive! See MORE by following along on the DIYShowOff Patriotic DIY Pinterest board!

 

Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 20th. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

pretty backyard wedding ideas for celebrating your special day outdoors @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

Visit these talented blog friends starting at 11 p.m. CST for more summer party inspiration:

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How to Decorate with Air Plants – The Lunar Fae Way

How to Decorate with Air Plants – The Lunar Fae Way:

I’m so happy to introduce you to my talented & beautiful daughter, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae, sharing some tips on how to decorate with air plants. decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Have you heard of incredible wonder of nature that is the air plant yet?

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Meet Tillandsia. This little lady is easily becoming my favorite plant to decorate with, due to how very low maintenance she is! She doesn’t care for soil (score! neither do I, my cats dig it up), she only needs watering once a week and if you forget for a day or two, she probably won’t die either (double score! How can I be expected to hydrate the life of others on a regular basis when I’m just grasping how to hydrate mine!?)

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

My current obsession is mixing plants with my other obsession, crystals! There’s just something soooo pleasing about a plant emerging from crystal coated caverns or a chunky mineral.

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Have any geodes laying around? My lovely, add an air plant! You won’t be sorry and it’ll probably make you appreciate the geode more regularly too!

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Have any votive gemstone candle holders? Add an air plant! Most candles are full of toxins anyways.

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Have an empty jar, planter, or dying terrarium? Add some faux moss or river rocks, an air plant, and fill that shiz with shiny crystals!

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Seriously. There is no way to go wrong with this. In just a few easy steps you can have a beautiful, unique piece of art that also serves a larger purpose!

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Obsessed yet?

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

If you’re looking for some crystals or air plants, I’ve got both in my shop for the time being.

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Thanks for reading and considering adopting some Tillandsia into your boho home!

Stunning! I received one of her gorgeous creations for Mother’s Day and I’m in love! (and it’s still alive – a big deal with me & plants!) I invite you to visit Evangeline at her blog, The Lunar Fae and The Lunar Fae shop to get more ideas and inspiration. Use code “DIYSHOWOFF” for 11% off order over $5! 

decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

#TBT Valentine DIY

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day or get love & romance crafty? Traveling back in time a bit today to remember past DIYShowOff Valentine related projects. #TBT!

This is really any time of year, but I think it’s a great gift idea for Valentine’s day too…felted soap

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers

And a cute “Owl You Need is Love…and chocolate” Valentine vignette

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Who says Valentine’s have to be red and pink? A pretty blue Valentine display

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A striped “Love you more” valentine sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Are you passionate about essential oils? Make up some essential oil infused lotion bars with this DIY recipe…

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

How about a little Valentine decorating inspiration. It doesn’t take much to add a few sweet accents…

Valentine decorating Valentine kitchen Valentine wreath Valentine Mantel

Valentine printables!

Free Valentine Printables

Valentine mason jar treats

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

past Valentine DIY features

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff

and one sweet Valentine baby…

Valentine's Day baby photo 2015 @diyshowoff #clubfeet

To be honest, I feel as if I rarely give Valentine’s day a second thought so digging through the archives and finding this much to share is a surprise to me but then again, even just 1-2 little things over the course of at least 5+ years does add up. Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? Make Valentines for your little ones or Valentine’s Day gifts for loved ones? 

2015 DIYShowOff Recap

2015 brought less DIY home related projects with more of a focus on crafty things and gift ideas. Here is a recap of 2015 DIYShowOff projects. So much fun! 

January:

toilet paper holder/shelf

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

color block door

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

personalized baby gift set 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

 

lavender pillow and linen spray

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

 

felted soap tutorial

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

February:

essential oil lotion bars

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

 

DIY striped love you more Valentine sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

denim tic tac toe – on the go 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

Valentine Mason Jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

March:

DIY aromatherapy bunnies (hot/cold rice pack)

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs @diyshowoff

striped gallery wall

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

simple spring centerpiece

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

personalized Easter basket liner

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

Love Your Home Challenge

DIYShowOff kitchen #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

 

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Pasta Shells Recipe

organic broccoli cheese soup with pasta shells diyshowoff

 

Metallic Gold Favorites

gold home decor trend @diyshowoff gold gift ideas @diyshowoff

 

Springtime in Paris

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

April:

painted chalkboard bin labels

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff #FrogTape

teacup candle sconce birdfeeder

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY club foot brace cover

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

May:

Bistro Set Before and After

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

DIY Patio Umbrella Table Planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

DIYShowOff Colander Planter

 

DIY Chemical-free Outdoor Spray

DIY outdoor spray recipe

Creating a Reading Nook

reading nook @diyshowoff @SauderUSA #puttogether

Crib Vinyl Decals DIY

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

June:

Side Table Makeover

diyshowoff side table makeover

Awesome Dill Dip Recipe

organic dill dip recipe @diyshowoff

Tie Dye Party Fun

Tie Dye Party #tiedyeyoursummer @michaelsstores @diyshowoff

Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop @diyshowoff

Flower Pallet Garden

flower pallet garden @diyshowoff

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Snack Time Entertaining Table Runner

snack time table runner tutorial @diyshowoff

July:

Red, White & Blue Decor

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

Easy DIY Color Block Wall Art Tutorial 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Berry Grapefruit Summer Recipes

grapefruit berry yogurt frozen treats @diyshowoff

Feeding Flowers

flower pallet garden @diyshowoff

 

DIY Transfer Stickers

how to make DIY image transfer stickers @diyshowoff #MadeWithMichaels

August:

Industrial Milk Can Side Table

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Sweet Dreams Cream

DIY sleepy time gift idea / sweet dreams cream @diyshowoff #youngliving #essential oils

Hallway Paint Refresh

hallway refresh @diyshowoff #frogtape

September:

Pumpkin Vase Wall Art Tutorial

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Fall Room Spray Recipe

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Fall Party Snack Ideas

fall recipes - essential oil infused make & take class ideas Part 2 @diyshowoff

October:

Halloween vignette

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

Halloween Make & Take Printables

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff

 

DIY baby farmer costume

cutest baby farmer DIY costume @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

November:

Thanksgiving essential oils

5 must have Thanksgiving essential oils

DIY “thanks” sign

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

December:

essential oil infused bath salts

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

vintage-inspired NOEL wall art 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

 

Birds & Berries Christmas Tree

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

2016 has us back on track for home improvement and remodeling with a couple of bathroom updates (one major remodel) and a man cave! Not to mention, updating my sister’s kitchen and a little DIY assistance at mom’s complete home makeover. Can’t wait!

2015 DIY project recap @diyshowoff

See the 10 most visited project pages of 2015.

10 most visited pages of 2015 @diyshowoff

Top 10 DIY Project Pages

The results are in! Let the countdown of most popular/most visited projects/pages during 2015 at DIYShowOff begin! I was actually quite surprised to see that most projects are from previous years. 

10 most visited pages of 2015 @diyshowoff

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#10 Easy baseboard and caulking tips

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#9 Painted playmat

DIY, tutorial, painted floor mat

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#8 Turning bi-fold doors into French doors

how to turn bifold doors into French doors tutorial    10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#7 Chandelier Planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#6 Ruffled Tree Skirt Tutorial

teal ombre ruffled tree skirt

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#5 Bathroom Before and After Makeover

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#4 Christmas Centerpiece

christmas centerpiece

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#3 DIYTips for making Industrial Pipe Shelving

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#2 Essential Oils Holiday Open House

Young Living Make & Take Holiday Open House @diyshowoff #essentialoils

10 most visited pages @diyshowoff 2014

#1 Lighted PVC Candy Canes

Lighted PVC Candy Canes tutorial

See the DIYShowOff 2015 Project Recap too! 

2015 DIY project recap @diyshowoff

Want to see more top projects from my creative DIY blog friends? Head over to Rhoda’s at Southern Hospitality blog for a huge top DIY projects part-ay! 

Love Your Home Challenge

In 2007, we purchased a fixer upper farmhouse with the goal of creating our dream home and 8 years later, we’ve come a long way but it’s still far from being finished. Most times it’s finances that keep projects on the back burner. Sometimes things get a little out of hand and taking the time to care for our home becomes last priority. It happens. ::gasp:: I know. Lately, I’ve gone from seeing the potential and enjoying the journey to feeling like there’s never enough money, things are too cluttered and just feeling overwhelmed by it all. 

Love Your Home

This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was invited to complete a simple Love Your Home Challenge and recently had the opportunity to read through an inspiring new book by long time blog acquaintance, Melissa Michaels from the Inspired Room, called “Love the Home You Have”: Inspiration to embrace imperfections, a reminder to focus on the blessings and to embrace “home”, no matter what stage it’s in, no matter what life stage we’re in. It reminded me to look at the things I do enjoy about this home. Baking in the kitchen when it’s clean…

DIYShowOff kitchen

baby giggles on the bed in the sweet guest room/nursery…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

the lighting and thrifted charm of our family room…

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

an organized open pantry…

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

But it’s so easy to get caught up in what’s not finished, what’s not perfect, to lose sight of creating a dream home right where we are. And I couldn’t help but put the book aside to tackle an area that I’ve been putting off. Something simple. The dreaded drop zone that used to be our dining room table…

#loveyourhomechallenge

Yikes! #loveyourhomechallenge

“Love the Home you Have” is a simple reminder that one small step a day of taking care of the little things contributes to a happy home. Whether it’s simply wiping down the cabinets, decluttering, cleaning, rearranging furniture or clearing the dining room table. Something, anything – brings about a sense of accomplishment and contentment. 

Love The Home You Have from The Inspired Room on Vimeo.

My mission: organizing the mess, putting things away, a little light cleaning, shopping the house for a fresh touch. The room still needs painted. I still look at the built-ins and cringe. I have a completely different vision in mind but for now I can focus on the things I do love when I walk through this room. I can enjoy the beautiful barn wood trestle table. I have a clear line of vision to the sliding door that gives me a thrill and I can plan the first step to turning the entire room into a room I’ll drool over…someday. But in the meantime – it’s clean. It’s de-cluttered. It’s no longer overwhelming. It makes me happy. 

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Need a little refresher course to remember to Love the Home you Have? Treat yourself by adding this easy, inspiring read to your collection of design books. Affiliate link:

What is it about your home that’s holding you back? Start with a small step, one small goal. Embrace your surroundings. Make it yours. Love what you have. What if you got up right now and took 15 minutes. Where would you start? 

  1. List three reasons you’re grateful for the home you have. 
  2. Start a special tradition or create a fun memory in your home. 
  3. Think of one area of your home you enjoy and why. 

Love Your Home Challenge

Share your own Love Your Home challenges on the new community site Home Love Stories. 

Love Your Home Challenge

See more Love Your Home Challenges from these blog friends: 

Metallic Gold Favorites

Hello Gold! I am loving it! While I’ve been doing a little birthday wishing, I’ve collected a few pretty gold treasures from my wish list to share with you. *Hey, there are a few Amazon affiliate links sprinkled in below. The others are not. 

gold home decor trend @diyshowoff

Go for the gold…

  1. Big Ben alarm clock
  2. gold wire basket
  3. cup & saucer
  4. gold cake stand
  5. triangle wall decals
  6. deer head wall art
  7. metallic gold spray paint
  8. unscented ambiance candle
  9. wooden box with gold lid
  10. Nate Berkus embellished pillow

  gold gift ideas @diyshowoff

All that glitters is gold….

  1.  hashtag gold earrings
  2. gold aviator sunglasses
  3. wonderland of whimsy bracelet
  4. Rifle XO note cards
  5. antique gold stag head jewelry stand
  6. Starbucks gold polka dot travel mug
  7. glam jam earbuds
  8. Jude Phone cover by WallFlower 
  • You know my passion for essential oils? Well, it’s true what they say. “There’s an oil for that!” Egyptian Gold™ includes the biblical essential oils rose, cinnamon, balsam fir, and lavender, renowned for spiritual sensitivities. This transcendent blend gently enhances moments of devotion and reverence. Must try! 
  • Ever since I made up that metallic gold #blogger t-shirt last year (which I still LOVE), I’m obsessed! 

What about you? Take it or leave it? What’s your current favorite trend?

That DIY Party Highlights

Helloooo, friends! This past week I had some extra time when visiting the links from That DIY Party and wanted to share some of my favorites. Visit the links by clicking on the images and remember to pin your favorites from the original sources. 

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS - favorites @diyshowoff

Drooling over this gorgeous industrial work space at It All Started with Paint. Outstanding job, Linda!

work space at It All Started with Paint blog

Free chalkboard 2015 calendar wallpaper freebies at Vintage Zest…so generous and so cute! Thanks, Diane!

2015 iPhone & Desktop Wallpaper freebies @VintageZest

Or grab a pretty printable 2015 calendar (thank you, Amy!) at Delineate your Dwelling.

2015-Calendar-Graphic @delineateyourdwelling  

Pretty and inspiring living room updates at 11 Magnolia Lane. Love it, Christy!

Living Room Decor @11 Magnolia Lane blog

Jaime is filled with creativity. How cute is this wood block chandelier

wood block centerpiece @That's My Letter blog

Jill shares the plans for her gorgeous DIY coffee table at the Rozy Home (Restoration Hardware inspired). Wow!

DIY coffee table at The Rozy Home blog

Isn’t this clever? Easy DIY (recycled wax paper box) storage for your decorative tape collection via Carolyn’s Homework. 

Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser via homework

You can link up your DIY creativity each week at That DIY Party for a chance to be featured and pinned. 

 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

You can see more DIY linked up and visit original sources from the That DIY Party pin-board.

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DIYShowOff 2014 Recap

We tend to look at all we didn’t accomplish, every thing still taking up space on the to-do list but this time of the year is a great time to count blessings and recap accomplishments.

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

Here’s a look back with links to my favorite DIY from 2014 BIG and small…

room makeovers & tutorials @diyshowoff

My first project of 2014 was an open pantry reveal with tips for making DIY pipe shelving. I still love this space. There’s also a tutorial for the easy painted accent wall that is often mistaken for pretty wallpaper. 

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

This next space ties the open pantry as one of my most favorite in 2014. I just love the fresh new look (of course if you check out the ‘before’ photos, you know why!) bathroom before and after makeover

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

DIY grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial

DIYShowOff bathroom accessories

I plan on having more overnight guests in 2015. Check out the Guest Room/Nursery Reveal

Nursery Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff  

My craft room tour and DIY window shelves. I’m considering moving this space in 2015. Ambitious plan. lol We’ll see!

DIYShowOff Craft Room

I gave my sister’s back door/entry area a fresh and fun new look for her birthday: 

Drop Zone Makeover

DIY drop zone makeover at diyshowoff.com

There is still some work going on in the laundry room but loving the bold staggered striped laundry room wall and herringbone tile floor

laundry room at diyshowoff.com

Aaro’s small apartment nursery nook reveal (my first grand child’s birth announcement).

small apartment nursery nook reveal @diyshowoff

This was so easy! A gold arrow accent wall

metallic gold arrow wall at diyshowoff.com   DIY storage and organization projects @diyshowoff.com

Free Standing Galvanized Pipe Mobile Coat Rack

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

DIY organizer tutorial

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial DIY decor & crafts @diyshowoff

scrap wood plank silhouette wall art and pipe fitting coat rack tutorials

Wood Plank Wall Art at diyshowoff.com DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

wall mounted lantern hanger tutorial

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIY Book Ends

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

sisal rope planters and teacup succulents

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

Easter succulent garden

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

upcycled t-shirt tote bag

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

nursery wall art

nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY birdie garland

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

thrift store mirror makeover

1 mirror 4 ways at diyshowoff.com misc. DIY projects @diyshowoff

mocha mint smoothie recipe and woodland centerpiece

mocha mint smoothie at diyshowoff.com rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

decorate your rainboots

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

chalk finish paint recipe

how to make DIY chalk finish paint

I had the opportunity to participate in an Animal Rescue Center Makeover

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

DIY furniture makeovers etc. @diyshowoff

dresser makeover

painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

cart / furniture rescue

DIY cart makeover at diyshowoff.com

a hospital bedside table / furniture makeover Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial DIY holiday @diyshowoff   DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial at diyshowoff.com Holiday Gift Basket Idea with free printable art @diyshowoff

And finally, my holiday home tour DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

First project of 2015 will be putting away the Christmas decorations. I don’t like doing it but it sure feels good when everything is put away. So fresh and decluttered. Other plans for 2015: a master bedroom and bathroom makeover, a shower in the guest bathroom, the start of a basement makeover (huge project) and giving a helping hand to my mom’s new fixer upper. I suspect that because of this cutie (my new grandson, Aaro), 

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that you’ll be seeing lots of baby-related DIY projects as well as a handful of arrow-inspired ideas too!

How about you? Have any plans for the new year? Something new? Something fun? Something DIY? 

I’m sharing in Rhoda’s Best Projects of 2014 Party at Southern Hospitality Blog and Best Posts of 2014 linky party

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New blog sponsor: Also new in 2014…Young Living essential oils at DIYShowOff! With what feels like a recent cancer epidemic in my family, I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too. Young Living essential oils are the newest/main way I help boost our immune systems, alleviate a lot of our minor aches, pains, and injuries and promote a healthier lifestyle . Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll also learn the amazing  business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom! I’d love for you to join my team! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

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I also want to take a moment to thank you all for your visits, your comments, your support and your friendship. I love that you’re here. I love that we have things in common. And I love getting to know you! Thank YOU so much from the bottom on my heart! Wishing you the BEST in the new year! 

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This post is sponsored by my Young Living business! Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support:

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My Top Ten 2014 Favorite Things

Today I’m participating in a Favorite Things blog hop and what I really like about it is getting ideas from my blog friends for my own wish list. Since we have a lot in common, reading their top choices gives me ideas for things I might enjoy too. It goes without saying that family, friends, good health, etc. and a brand new sweet grandson…are at the top of my list!

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After taking a look back, here are some of my top favorite material items and purchases: (*This post includes a few affiliate links.)

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10. Wool Dryer Balls – with the addition to essential oils in our home, I’m now using these wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets. I love that I can control the type and amount of scent I want to add to our freshly laundered clothes and bed linens. 

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9. Lush Shampoo – it’s a splurge but I love this shampoo. I ordered back in March, use it about 4 times a month and am just now ready to place another order. I think I’m going to give one of the shampoo bars a try this time. 

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8. This Rifle Paper black & gold polka dot iPhone 5 case…love it! It has protected my phone during many a fall and it’s pretty! 

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7. Hooded knit poncho – I believe I got mine at TJMaxx but here is a similar one at Boscov’s (on sale too).  It’s my favorite sweater to grab for cooler weather. 

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6. Minnetonka double fringe ankle wedge boots (I found mine at Ross) – these are the footwear you’ll see me wearing this year. I love them and they’re my ‘go to’ boots every time I leave the house! Comfy!

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5. I always have a lot to carry around. I use this Lucky brand Covina tote bag as a purse. I’ve about worn it out so I’ll be on the hunt for something new. Any suggestions? What do you carry? (Ps. A Google search shows it’s available on eBay.)

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4. My daughter’s handmade jewelry at The Lunar Fae. I love this one: Red Jasper with Gun Metal Wire Wrap. Red Jasper brings problems to light and provides insight into difficult situations. An excellent worry stone, it calms the emotions when played with. It stimulates the base chakras while cleansing and stabilizing the aura, not to mention the sentimental value of having something special and handmade from someone I love.

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3. Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser – this was a gift to myself this year. Diffusing essential oils has become a routine part of our daily life and this beauty is amazing! It transforms my room into a spa by diffusing my favorite essential oils, has spa sounds (or I can plug in my iPhone and listen to iTunes with the speaker system. There are options for different colored lighting and a timer. It’s so soothing and pretty too. 

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2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 / Mac (download) – I can’t believe I didn’t get this sooner. Game changer! A must have for blogging photography and now with a new little grandson in the family, I’m definitely getting even more good use of this awesome photo-editing software. 

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Here’s a sample photo that I’ve edited…because this little guy is one of my favorite things of 2014 too:

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1. I am new to Young Living this year and essential oils have been life changing for our family. This is by far my #1 favorite thing. No regrets other than “why didn’t I get started sooner?!” No joke. My newest blogging partner. I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too.  Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested? You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

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Follow along and see what these blog friends loved most in 2014:

Chris – Just a Girl

Beckie – Infarrantly Creative

Beth – Home Stories A to Z

Brooke – All Things Thrifty

Rhoda – Southern Hospitality

Sarah – Thrifty Decor Chick

Stacy – Not Just a Housewife

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Holiday Home Tour {part 2}

I’m done! Our home is ready for Christmas! Have you been following the Holiday Home tours this week? I’ve found following the tours motivates and inspires me to get things done. Take a little time, follow along and be inspired to dig out your decor and get started or rearrange what you have going on already for a fresh new look. 

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Stopping by from the beautiful home of Jenna Sue Design? Welcome, friends! I love her fun style. What a pretty holiday home!

I didn’t decorate as much as previous years but I managed to juggle being a new grandma AND decorating our home for the holidays. Most of the time with a sweet little baby in my arms. If you’re a DIY Show Off reader, you’ve seen a bit of my Christmas decorating already but I’ve completed things and edited what I already had going on just a bit along with adding some new. 

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Touches of Joy in the kitchen:

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Dining Room (Succulents & Spruce dream tree challenge for an enchanted evergreen theme):

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Christmas in the living room:

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I added just a touch of Christmas to the nursery/guest room with a happy colorful mini-tree…

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See last year’s Christmas home tour here (I decorated for a real life holiday home tour).

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and Part 1 of this year’s holiday home tour here.  

For DIY gift ideas to holiday decor, visit my tutorial page for more inspiration. 

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Next up on the Christmas home tour is Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl and you’re in for a treat! This talented DIY friend surprises us with something pretty amazing each year. You won’t be disappointed!

Follow the entire holiday home tour:  #holidayhomes

Monday, December 8

Just a Girl
The Inspired Room
Kevin and Amanda
Home Stories A to Z
Décor Chick

Tuesday, December 9

Thrifty Décor Chick
Eleven Gables
Hi Sugarplum
Tidy Mom
Beneath My Heart

Wednesday, December 10

Sand and Sisal
Nesting Place
Ask Anna
Not Just a Housewife
My Blessed Life

Thursday, December 11

Tatertots and Jello
320 Sycamore
Jenna Sue Design
DIY Show Off
Pretty Handy Girl

Friday, December 12

The Hunted Interior
Four Generations One Roof
A Thoughtful Place
Southern Hospitality
Songbird

Looking for something to add to your holiday wish list? I recommend Young Living essential oils! More details (get a free holiday recipe e-book, Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide and $25 cash back for orders placed by the end of the week) here

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DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour {part 1}

Greetings, friends! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

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Have been following the Annual Holiday Housewalk all week long organized by Jennifer Rizzo/sponsored by Balsam Hill? If not, then welcome…you have some catching up to do! Start with Day 1 and work your way through all of the gorgeous holiday eye candy from blog to blog. 

Grab a mug of cocoa and enjoy! Visiting from Number Fifty Three? I love Angela’s style (not to mention her gorgeous painted furniture and beautifully staged photos…so inspiring!). 

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If you’re new to DIYShowOff, my tour started last month with a Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge. I always add a Christmas tree to our dining room and this year the theme is Succulents & Spruce {an enchanted evergreen} … 

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Using a few pretty pieces from Balsam Hill (mixed evergreen pine lighted teardrop, wood tabletop reindeer set, brown glen plaid ribbon) and adding in a candle, I created a pretty centerpiece…

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I rarely share photos of our living room but this year, I’m really in love with how it all came together…

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Next up on the Holiday Housewalk is a surprise home tour. Pop over to see who it is! I love her. She’s so sweet and you’re going to love her home as much as I do, especially during the holidays. 

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Part 2 of my holiday home tour!

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Enjoy the holiday home tours! I’m so glad you stopped by. You’re invited to stop back to visit my DIY tutorial page for more holiday ideas.  Christmas DIY @diyshowoff

Reminder: Get a free holiday e-book filled with recipes when you sign up with a premium starter kit at Young Living using member #1836762! 

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DIY Essential Oil and Sea Salt Gift Set

December 1st is the official kick off for holiday prep in the DIYShowOff home. Today I’m excited to be participating in an Essential Oils blog hop – with lots of DIY gift ideas from several of my ‘oily’ friends. Is there a ‘loves-to-cook’ or foodie friend on your holiday gift giving list? Give one or more of these a try: 

Essential Oils + Sea Salt Gift Set

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*I only recommend Young Living brand essential oils labeled safe for dietary use for this recipe.

What I used: (includes some affiliate links)

Measurements will depend on the size of your containers and preference.

What I did:

Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of sea salt in a dish and mix well. You may want to allow the mixture to dry for a couple of hours. 

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Mix in 1 tablespoon of dried herbs or spice. 

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Add to glass jar or bottle and secure with cork lid. 

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Add a label and ribbon. I also added a small spoon. 

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A perfect DIY gift for food lovers and cooks. 

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Looking for more essential oil gift ideas? I recently shared more essential oil gift recipe ideas and free printables. 

Essential Oils Holiday Open House

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Follow and pin the entire Essential Oil Gift Idea Blog Hop for inspiration: 

Homemade Peppermint Bath Bombs at Making Lemonade

DIY Soaking Salts and Body Mist at The Lunar Fae

Peppermint Bark at Mama Teaches

Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub at Eat Sleep Be

Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies at O’Boy Organic

DIY Bath Salts at My Scraps

DIY Cleaning Wipes at Eco Incognito

Santa’s Helper Stress Away Scrub at Oily Oh My

What are Young Living essential oils? Still deciding if Young Living is right for you? 

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Get more information here and check out the incentives (free holiday gift e-book, free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide and a $25 to put towards upgraded shipping or to add Christmas Spirit to you order) if you join THIS WEEK with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762, while supplies last. 

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Ideas for Hosting an Essential Oils Holiday Open House

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I love holiday hosting, entertaining and getting together with friends! As you know, I love essential oils too. 😉 I recently hosted an essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House for my team (along with their guests). We had a great time! Here are a few ideas for hosting: 

Invitation: 

Holiday Open House

As you can see, I charged $20 per person. Most guests supplied their own Young Living essential oils if they had them. I shared my own supply with a few guests not signed up. And one guest who didn’t have her kit yet created the recipes without essential oils (which she added at a later time). While $20 didn’t cover my cost of materials, snacks and prizes, it did help tremendously. My goal wasn’t to make money but to provide a ‘thank you’ and fun interactive learning environment for my team. Create the same on a smaller scale, balance cost with expense. Have a good time! {For out of town guests/those who are unable to attend, email recipes & ideas.}

Food…I added peppermint essential oil to gluten free brownies, cinnamon bark essential oil to pumpkin bread, had lime essential oil on hand with organic/non-gmo chips and salsa and tossed some popcorn with melted coconut oil, sea salt and a few drops of lime essential oil. 

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Drinks: I supplied a flavored water station with icy cold bottled water, citrus essential oils (tangerine, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and Citrus Fresh) with glass bottles and festive paper straws. 

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As well as a hot chocolate bar with organic cocoa mix, peppermint essential oil, marshmallows and candy canes. 

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Door prizes: (Thieves hand sanitizer, essential oil bottle labels, lip balms) were drawn every half hour (winner had to be present for this). Entries included name, email, phone# and check boxes for hosting a class or interested in business building. 

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Raffles: I sold tickets for raffle prices. This was a huge hit and ticket sales covered the cost. I purchased a few Young Living holiday items in advance and set up a raffle. Winners were drawn at the end of the day. 

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Diffuse Young Living’s Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. Crank the Christmas music!

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Holiday DIY gift Make & Take: Each guest paid $20 to make 10 gifts. I supplied everything but the essential oils. Most (and most are organic) ingredients and ‘tasting spoons’ (good for mixing, cute tied to a jar) were purchased in bulk from Amazon. Containers (tins, bottles, jars) were purchased from the bridal favor section at Michaels. Trays are from Target. Bowls from the Dollar store. Spray bottles from AbundantHealth4U. Other supplies: measuring spoons, funnels, measuring cups, medicine droppers, paper towels, gift bags for guest to take home their treasures)

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Set up at the dining room table: 

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You may need to adjust ingredients to fit your container. Everyone had fun playing “chemist”. 

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Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff There was a Decorating Station in the family room. Ribbon, labels, gift tags, washi tape, etc. for making gifts pretty!

It was a fun filled day of hearing testimonials, answering questions, reviewing the Essential Rewards program and business side of things. It was a great time getting to know local team members and getting excited about essential oils. 

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Happy Holidays, oily friends!

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I love my essential oils! I love my oily team! Want to join the fun (not to mention the movement for healthier living, natural options and a chemical free home)? Let’s talk! 

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Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support. 

 

Thanksgiving Inspiration from That DIY Party

I love keeping up with your pretty and creative ideas linked up each week. Today I’m featuring some beautiful Thanksgiving inspiration from That DIY Party {in no particular order}. So many great ideas. So much talent. Visit the links for all of the details. Make some new friends!

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Simple Rustic Table Setting at Love Grows Wild

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Thanksgiving table two ways at Frazzled Joy

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Glitter Indian Corn Place Cards at Oh My – Creative

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Thankful tin can luminaries tutorial at Dwelling in Happiness

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Thanksgiving Tablescape at Delineate Your Dwelling

and a Thanksgiving day clay banner

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Natural Leaf Charger at An Extraordinary Day

visit her beautiful Woodland Thanksgiving Tablescape too.

Tutorial-to-Create-a-Natural-Leaf-Charger @AnExtraordinaryDay

 Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings at Hello Little Home

DIY-gilded-acorn-napkin-rings @hellolittlehome

 

Wood Candle Holders at Love Create Celebrate

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How to Expand a Dining Table at Tiny Sidekick

and glitter gold leaf garland tutorial

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Falling Leaves Art at Desert Willow Lane

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Give Thanks Turkey Slat Sign at Home Made Interest

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Thankful Table at Lovely Livings

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Natural Fall Tablescape at Restoration House Interiors

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Thanksgiving Place Card Napkin Wraps at Our Pinteresting Family

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20 Thanksgiving Traditions at LouLou Girls

Thanksgiving Family traditions @loulougirls

Thanksgiving at Southern Seazons

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DIY Harvest Sign at Decorating Cents

DIY harvest sign @decoratingcents

 

2 Thanksgiving Mantels at Patina Paradise

Thanksgiving mantel @patinaparadise

 

Gratitude Jar at Our Peaceful Planet

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Thankful Sign at Clockwork Interiors

Thankful Sign @clockworkinteriors

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, friends! xo You can link up at That DIY Party every Sunday through Friday here

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Remember to pin from the original source of visit the That DIY Party Highlights Pinterest board and re-pin from the original source there. Enjoy the day! 

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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.

 

Rustic Glam Woodland Centerpiece and a Mint Mocha Smoothie

My favorite time of the year is summer and I love spending my days outdoors when I don’t have to bundle up, the sun shining warm on my face, taking a few moments from the chaos on the patio swing to close my eyes while I ponder the day’s plans.

My woodland centerpiece is inspired by summer, talking walks in the woods. A good hike, re-connecting. Mood boosting!

Materials: moss runner, large wood slice, fresh flowers, feathers, white candles, twine, wooden spoons and gold spray painted toy animals.

a blend of natural elements with a little glam

Create a woodland themed vignette. Nature inspired. Peaceful and serene.

It’s a sweet centerpiece for the bistro table under our grape arbor gazebo, all set for some quiet time, counting blessings, healthy meditation and brainstorming up my next big DIY project. Remember to take a few quiet minutes for the sake of your health, to breathe, to think (or not think) and to just rest before tackling the rest of the day.

A shaded haven for catching up with my daughter. We sat there the other day, sipping mocha mint smoothies, talking and dreaming big.

Do you take the time to sit and soak up the good things? What inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Mocha Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving or 2 small:

mocha mint smoothie

Check out the Silk products for yourself on the Silk Facebook page. Cool, refreshing and so good! I hope you get a few happy moments away from summer’s crazy schedule today. xo

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

 

New Orleans Getaway

I just had the pleasure of spending a few days in New Orleans, you guys, and had the best time! Gina from the Shabby Creek Cottage and I celebrated our birthdays with a girls’ getaway weekend. And rather than staying in a hotel, we used Trip Advisor’s vacation rental property site, FlipKey, to find a beautiful home that would fit our needs.  

New Orleans rental studio apartment at diyshowoff.com

Our experience felt way more personal and special because of staying in a residential area, almost like we were one of the locals. Well, locals with cameras, no sense of direction in an unknown city, wide-eyed and excited to see the sights!

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There were so many options on Flipkey, with the ability to select the property features in any area (pretty much anywhere in the world). We found the cutest rental (here) in a beautiful historic mansion (but still close to everything) to spend our time. And wow!, were we ever happy with our decision (this location is said to be perfect for Jazz Fest!). New Orleans home

We chose a small studio apartment (beautifully decorated by the homeowner – with a few fun DIY accents too)! Take a look at how pretty and comfortable our little home away from home was – sweet decorative accents and smart ideas for small space living… New Orleans small space living LOVE pillow original photo by TG Herrington

Minimalistic small space living was a pleasant change and so motivating to make de-cluttering a part of spring cleaning this year.

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The description: The flat is open, airy and just plain sexy. It features high ceilings, large windows, painted hardwood floors, central air, a queen sized bed, flat screen TV, petite couch, an Eames rocking chair and a few other things. The kitchen has all stainless steal appliances, microwave, washer/dryer and an expresso machine. It really feels like a suite in a boutique hotel, its about 500 sq ft. In addition, all linens and toiletries are provided.

New Orleans studio apartment kitchen Small? Yes. But still way roomier than a hotel room. kitchen shelves

The Mansion has some incredible history: it was built by the Storyville Madame Josie Arlington. Although it was her private residence, it was known that she entertained some of favorite client’s here. Josie’s once famed parlor is now a private flat on the west side of the estate with its own private entrance. The bathroom was small but made the best use of space.

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Modern, clean, full of charm and beautiful architectural detail. The homeowners were very genuine and friendly and even treated us with a sweet mid-morning snack. 

biscuits and jam

Knowing our obsessions with homes, the homeowners invited us to tour the main house and another rental they’re working on…that decorating and home improvement eye candy was a definite highlight for these DIY girls! Stunning! I guarantee you’ll see their home on the glossy pages of a home magazine one day in the future. And again, getting to know the property owners was way more fun and interesting than strictly polite business of hired hotel staff.

We kept the theme of our getaway schedule-free, stress-free and low key but still managed to eat amazing food, win $9 at the penny slots, walk the French Quarter,

French Market Place carriage tour Rue de Chartres

 sample beignets

hot chocolate and beignets

at Cafe du Monde,

cafe du monde

shop Magazine Street,

Magazine Street

take a cemetery tour (or two)

St. Louis Cemetery 3

and to drool over the history, beautiful trees and architecture in the Garden District, actually in the entire city to be honest. 

New Orleans Garden District New Orleans street car New Orleans historic home

If you haven’t been to NOLA, it’s definitely a spot you’ll want to add to your bucket list (if you need a travel buddy – let me know! I’m ready to go back!) and if you have visited, what was your favorite thing about the Big Easy? I’ll share a bit of what I loved most next week. 

Disclaimer: I was offered a free trial, in part, through FlipKey. As always, opinion is 100% my own.