What’s New with You?

 Hi DIY friends! How was your weekend? Okay. So something has been on my mind. And it’s just time to hit ‘publish’ and hope for the best because the time for caring what others think is standing in my way! 

Today is less about DIY and more about connections and friendships. I was just thinking about how much I miss being more personal and less “article” like with blogging when the realization hit me from the back of my subconscious that … “hey, it’s your blog! You’re the #girlboss. It can be whatever you want!” I think part of it is I felt the need to rebrand. Because it’s a DIY blog. DIY day and night, right? Well, waiting around for that day to arrive (the rebranding) has only pushed my goals back and halted progress. So, why not just start today?

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

My blog doesn’t have to be an online magazine filled with beautifully staged images for every post (although who doesn’t love that – reason to ::swoon:: 24/7?!), but there’s no reason for me to feel like I always have to keep up or play the comparison game or feel ‘less than’ because I haven’t done a project or posted in a while or hired an assistant or paid a writer. Right? This blog started as a journal and introduced me to some pretty sweet and amazing online friends. That’s the place I’m looking to be again. That’s the part of blogging that I treasure. The friendships. I’ve always strived for authenticity and it’s time to own it. I miss the simplicity and that’s what I’m working to reclaim. 

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Yes, my blog developed into a full time career. What a blessing! What a dream come true! Yes! Yessssssss! But the biggest part of that happening is my readers! You! I miss the part where friendships developed first, the business part being a perk. I hope to get back to that place of getting to know you! My goal is to get back to the friendship part of blogging, without worrying about SEO, page views and getting caught up in the next best way to promote a post, gain the most followers or heck, to even be sure followers see what I post. I’m thrilled that you found your way here and we can consider it serendipity at this point! 

Soooo, back to the beginning – In case it’s been a while or we haven’t ‘met’, I’m Roeshel or Shelly. I answer to both. I’m a blog author, mom, wife, daughter, sister and grandma (known as Nannie) to the sweetest little boy and I just love life!!! I am blessed!

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Currently going on with me: I’m renovating a studio/office/efficiency apartment space. It’s a work in progress and a slow one at that but I love the process so I don’t stress over deadlines. Well, I’m not completely convinced of that last sentence yet! ha! (Pssst. There is progress on the studio, so of course more on that coming soon! #helloredreno)

Oh and as you read this, I might even be at the zoning office facing the unknown so keep me in your thoughts today. I have no idea what to expect!

I’m also working towards a certification to be completed in July that is pushing me outside of my comfort zone. More about that another time. I’ll across the country for a convention later this month and to be honest, I suffer from travel anxiety and I don’t want to go but I force myself because I know I’ll have regrets if I don’t. lol Do you do that too?

I try to remember to savor every precious moment but at the same time, I feel like if I can just get through crazy June, I can relax, unwind, go at my own pace and enjoy summer!

diyshowoff dandelions

So just for today and perhaps something regular, let’s get to know each other again or work on getting re-acquainted. No matter what brought you here today, I’d love to just know a little about you. Who are you? What’s going on in your life? What’s on your mind?  Let’s connect the old fashioned way, in the comments below or find me on Facebook if that’s easier for you. Tell me something about YOU, your day, your plans, your life, your dreams. 

And maybe there won’t be any comments. And that’s okay too. Because I’m putting it out there. I’m pushing my fears aside and taking the leap of faith that you will reply and we’ll become better acquainted and hopefully good friends. I’m believing that something greater than us brought you here today for a reason, to introduce us. Have a happy day and a wonderful week! 

I look forward to re-connecting or e-meeting and getting to knowing you!

DIY Essential Oil Gemstone Infused Roll-on

Fluff up the couch cushions, put your feet up (are those holiday socks?!) and grab your hot cocoa (peppermint-spiked, right?), we’re going to show you {at least} EIGHT GREAT handmade holiday gift ideas! There’s a blog hop (THIS is it!) then a fun online holiday event with giveaways! You don’t want to miss it! So many gift ideas, you’ll gather a collection to nearly fill the unlimited file space in your Pinterest folder. Okay, maybe a little less than that. Still – TONS of inspiration coming your way! 

handmade holiday ideas

And I’m sharing an essential oil AND gemstone infused roller bottle recipe I call “Comfort & Joy”…because ’tis the season! Hey, if we’re to pull off “merry & bright”, we’re gonna need a little “comfort & joy” to make it happen. Am I right? 

Dedication:

I feel like I might have stolen this idea from my daughter. I’m pretty sure we were talking and she mentioned it and then I ran with it. So thank you, Evangeline, for being so gracious and for being the creative inspiration behind what I’m about to show off and claim as mine, or at least my version, for my handmade holiday project below.  

Handmade Gift Idea: DIY Essential Oil Gemstone Infused Roll-on

diy handmade essential oil gem infused roll on holiday gift idea

Supplies:

(Head’s up! Full disclosure: I’ve included some affiliate links! Shop ’til you drop! ::wink::wink:: but seriously, if you’re just hanging out waiting for the right time…get.oils.NOW! Today. They’ve changed my life and I think they’ll do the same for you!)

diy essential oil gem stone infused roll supplies

 

Okay, back to the topic at hand. Supplies: 

  • roller bottles (similar ones here
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil (Did I mention that quality matters? Not a Young Living member? WHAT?! We need to talk! Get the kit & membership and join our awesome community of oily bloggers and friends HERE! You need oils and we need you in our community and know what? I’ll hook you up with some sweet holiday surprises because Santa told me you were good this year!)) 
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Carrier oil (liquid coconut oil or try Young Living V6…choose something clear. You’ll want to be able to see the gemstones!) 
  • amethyst and rainbow fluorite chips (check for them at my most favorite shop in the whole entire world: The Lunar Fae)

Get busy: 

It’s pretty self-explanatory but here we go! Pictures and everything! After all, I take my responsibility as DIY blogger seriously! 

Step #1: I added the gemstone chips to the roller bottle. diy essential oil gemstone roll on

Step #2: Then dripped 10 drops of Ylang Ylang + 10 drops of lavender + 1 drop of peppermint into the bottle. Think happy thoughts and good intentions! Positive vibes and lots of love! diy essential oil gem stone recipe

Essence:

Comfort & Joy blend…

  • Amethyst = calming
  • Rainbow fluorite = harmony
  • Ylang Ylang = relaxing & romantic
  • Lavender = mood booster & relaxing
  • Peppermint = positivity & peace

Note: Choose your own oils and create a blend personal to you. Remember some oils have color like amber, yellow or blue. Same with carrier oils. Normally I would have chosen to pair the florals with something citrus-y but I didn’t want to take away from seeing the gemstones, so I altered my recipe and chose what I felt worked nicely. 

Step #3: Next I topped it off with carrier oil. diy essential oil and gem stones

Step #4: And popped in the roller ball, screwed on the lid and decorated with decorative tape and a label. Ta-da! All done!

diy handmade essential oil roll on

It’s a BEAUTIFUL personal handmade gift!

Because – friends don’t let friends wear synthetic fragrances!

BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!

handmade gemstone infused roll on recipe

What a beautiful gift idea for friends and family (if I don’t say so myself) and a super sweet stocking stuffer! I’d be stoked to get it and your friends will too! It smells SO pretty! Uh…so comforting. So joyful! 

diy essential oil gem infused roll on

You’ll have to let me know if you try it and what you think! 

Shake and apply topically by rolling on to wrists, behind ears, neck…wherever you desire! But avoid eyes. And inside of ears. And mouth. I don’t recommend that. Probably not very tasty.

Smell pretty & enjoy!

Or give! Make one for you and one for a friend. Give the gift of essential oils and handmade pretties, not carcinogenic synthetic uglies! 

Be inspired:

Visit these lovely, oily blog friends and their handmade gift ideas:

handmade gift ideas @diyshowoff

Scented Gift Tag Printables by One Project Closer

Mulling Spices Gift by Shaken Together

Melt-in-your-Mouth Butter Mints by Unskinny Boppy

Scented Sachet Ornaments by Here Comes the Sun

Gemstone Infused Roll-on by DIY Showoff – you are here!

Infinity Diffuser Bracelet by Practically Functional

Leather Tassel Keychain Diffuser by Making Lemonade

Easy DIY Holiday Candles by Eat Sleep Be

What a bunch of crazy amazing creatives! I love those girls! Don’t forget to join us. Be joyfully oily! (More info HERE.)

You’re invited:

Then BE SURE to join us at the Handmade Holiday event Dec. 6th at 9 p.m. EST (or catch it later at your convenience) on Facebook by clicking “going” here—> A HANDMADE HOLIDAY event

handmadeholiday

Thanksgiving That DIY Party Highlights

Look no further for last minute Thanksgiving inspiration! Here is a collection of favorites from That DIY Party: (as always please remember to visit and pin from the original blog/source). Now, on to some beautiful Thanksgiving features…

That DIY Party Thanksgiving

Marty with her Thanksgiving tablescape at A Stroll Thru Life … who needs food? I’m drooling over the pretty centerpiece and elegant place settings. 

Thanksgiving inspiration

Need some help staying organized? You might need to grab this printable Thanksgiving dinner meal planner from Crafting A Family. You might also be interested in her crockpot turkery recipe. Thanks, Susan! Thanksgiving dinner meal planner from Crafting a Family

And oh my, so pretty – a Thanksgiving bar cart from The Honeycomb Home

Thanksgiving bar cart The Honeycomb Home

I’m in love with this beautiful plaid Thanksgiving tablescape at Five Marigolds….

thanksgiving-tablescape-at-five-marigolds

A beautiful Thanksgiving printable at My Busy Beehives. Thanks so much, Julie! 

Thanksgiving printable at My Busy Beehives

I love this cute gratitude lesson idea at Building Our Hive blog. So cute!

gratitude lesson

make this beautiful magnolia pumpkin from Time to DIY

magnolia pumpkin at Time to DIY blog

and creating a Thanksgiving kids’ table The View from the Ville

Thanksgiving kids table at the View from the Ville

If you missed Thanksgiving from DIYShowOff past, catch it HERE for more last minute Thanksgiving inspiration. 

Thanks so much to the talented ladies above for sharing their inspiring ideas, hard work and creativity! Link up your latest creative DIY or decorating project to the weekly That DIY Party for a chance to be featured or pinned to the That DIY Party Highlights Pinterest board. 

That DIY Party - autumn

 

 

Decorating with Natural Accents

Because of tight budgets and a desire to make a pretty home, I’m no stranger to using natural accents and being creative with plants and natural elements from our back yard by incorporating them into our decor from succulents in teacups to a nature-themed baby shower to my husband working on creating a log-handle for his beloved Big Green Egg as I’m typing up this blog post.

summer beach mantel @diyshowoff

There’s just something “real” about adding bits of nature to my decorating that make it feel alive.

rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com DIY succulent planter tutorial tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

So I was so super excited when a) our sweet friend, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, was publishing a book and b) when I found out it was all about bringing the outdoors in with natural accents! Beautiful, natural budget friendly decorating inspiration?! Yes, please! 

Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay

My summer has been crazy but I finally had the time to enjoy flipping through the pages, losing myself in gorgeous staging and decorating and discovered so much inspiration.

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I loved that it’s more than a decorating book. It’s filled with beautiful photos, helpful tips, 35 tutorials and fresh new ideas. Natural elements can add texture to design and Stacy’s thoughts, memories and writing add an additional beautiful dimension to the pages of this helpful book. I love it! I think you’ll love it and want to add this book to your collection too!

I have my favorites DIY projects bookmarked and I’m already referring back to it for tips on keeping cut flowers and houseplants in tip top shape! 

You can get it here on Amazon (affiliate link) or here at Barnes & Noble or Books & Things

 

Red White & Blue DIY

Looking for some last minute patriotic, 4th of July DIY ideas? Here are some past projects and red, white & blue DIY highlights/round-ups from the DIYShowOff archives:

Celebrate America

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

red, white and blue table markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

this Independence Day round-up from 2014

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com  

and this collection of 4th of July DIY highlights from 2013

11 Patriotic DIY Projects

Happy Celebrating, USA friends! 

follow the DIYShowOff patriotic Pinterest Board for more ideas from 2015

Follow DIY Show Off’s board Patriotic DIY on Pinterest.

Got something red, white & blue DIY to share? There’s still time to link up to this week’s That DIY Party!

Essential Oil Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Gift giving can be a challenge sometimes, right? I love coming up with creative ways to give gifts. So I’ve gathered a few of my essential oil loving blog friends to create and share essential oil gift basket ideas. Follow the blog hop below for lots of essential oil gift ideas!

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

I recently created and donated two gift baskets for a local humane society fundraiser. Both work for many different occasions:  “cheer up”, “feel better”, “thinking of you”, “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Mother’s Day”, etc. {some affiliate links below}

When Life Gives You Lemons….

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts I put together:

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Stop & Smell the Lavender

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

printable gift tag:

(right click, save to your desktop, upload into a document, resize to fit your needs and print)

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

Materials and gifts: 

Add a DIY lavender linen spray.

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

lavender linen spray recipe

essential oils gift basket @diyshowoff

*Most of my supplies were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store. Here’s a few more ideas:

citrus essential oils gift basket

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

holiday cheer gift basket

 

baby it's cold outside holiday gift set idea @diyshowoff

Get your premium starter kit + free gifts directly from me HERE! Give the gift of wellness to yourself and your family!

Young Living Essential Oils @diyshowoff

Learn more!

More essential oil gift basket ideas from these sweet blog friends:  Essential Oils Gift Basket Blog Hop

 

Essential Oils Gift Basket Ideas Blog Hop

Summer Home Tour

Have you been following Marty’s Summer Home Tour series starting at A Stroll Thru Life? What an honor to be invited. 30 bloggers’ homes all decked out for summer, all week long! Welcome friends!

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop

We spend most pretty summer days on our patio and outdoor living areas which I’ve shared previously but let’s take another look, shall we?

Our grape arbor/gazebo is such a romantic, quiet and shaded spot, a secluded little outdoor getaway. 

gazebo @diyshowoff DIY brick patio recycled brick patio

Unless it’s raining, our patio is where you can find us on nice days…dining, relaxing, talking about our day, reading or entertaining. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

(That’s the grape arbor gazebo in the background and later this week I’ll share how our pallet garden shown below looks filled with blooms.) outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  Update: here’s the flower pallet garden

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 and this is the third year for our chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

We haven’t de-winterized the barn patio area this year just yet, but we’re always have it completed before our 4th of July party…

barn party patio

I don’t go all out with summer decorating indoors, although after visiting these gorgeous homes, I’m inspired to crank it up a notch. Wow, right? But I do manage a few summer touches inside too…

the kitchen: a pretty runner on the dresser/island and a wooden bowl of lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade…

summer home tour kitchen @diyshowoff Summer Home Tours Blog Hop @diyshowoff

a peek of the dining room…

Summer Home Tours Blog Hop @diyshowoff

and a beach themed mantel in the family room…

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a reading area for rainy days…

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DIYShowOff Home Tour • DIYShowOff Project Gallery

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next up is City Farmhouse leading the way tomorrow morning. Miss yesterday? See the schedule below to catch up! Enjoy the beautiful summer home tours, don’t forget to grab your drool bib. 😉 

Visit everyone all week long! Here’s the line up:

 
DIYShowOff blog is all about inspiring others to create a beautiful home, to change your world one DIY project at a time. That starts by taking the steps to create a healthy chemical-free environment for you and your family. Embrace wellness and join an amazing community here!

Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

sensational summer blog hop, giveaway and link party @diyshowoff

Summer is my favorite season of all – warm weather, long days and relaxing outdoors.  We enjoy our patio, gazebo/grape arbor and barn patio area more than being indoors this time of the year. And I love decorating our outdoor living spaces just as much as I love decorating indoors. 

gazebo @diyshowoff

Pops of color: Because I love to change things up every year, I find that keeping larger furniture pieces neutral works best since we tend to use them for 10 years or more at a time and to decorate with colorful accents. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

Planting flowers breathes life and color into outdoor living areas. This year it’s shades of yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

Colorful accent pillows are an invitation to get comfy and kick back with a frosty glass of lemonade. I like lots of pillows to soften things up.

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

Decorative accents: 

Fun planters add a whimsical touch. (pallet, chandelier, tire)…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

I recently spray painted a colander to add balance to the planters displayed in our magnolia tree …

DIYShowOff Colander Planter

Repurposed items add interest. (bird feeder, bundt pan, birdie garland)…

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff How to make a birdie garland at diyshowoff.com

Furniture placement:

I love creating different cozy conversational areas like under the grape arbor for catching up with friends on this little bistro set

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

swinging with the baby…

sensational summer blog hop, giveaway and link party @diyshowoff

or positioning our canopied porch swing into a daybed position for curling up with a good book or a sweet pup…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

al fresco dining near the kitchen door and grill…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff  

areas to encourage conversation…

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

 The flowers in my pallet garden have sprouted but aren’t visible yet. 

outdoor living space and patio @diyshowoff

For entertaining, we set up a buffet on the harvest table at our barn area with outdoor games in the yard near by. We add rental tables and chairs in the shade for large gatherings, a smaller comfortable area for more intimate parties. I haven’t tackled de-winterizing yet, but here’s now it usually looks all cleaned up…

barn party patio party patio

To celebrate the start of summer we have an AWESOME Sensational Summer Outdoor Spaces Cash Giveaway for you! Enter to win $300 PayPal CASH! 

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Visit more outdoor spaces/outdoor living inspiration from these talented blog friends: 

Setting for Four

Sand and Sisal

Domestically Speaking

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Cupcakes and Crinoline

DIY Show Off

At the Picket Fence

StoneGable

Debbie Doos

Redhead Can Decorate

On Sutton Place

Clean and Scentsible

Yesterday on Tuesday

Top This Top That

Town and Country Living 

And a link party too! Share your summer related blog posts, browse the links for more inspiration!  
OH! And you’re going to need this for your outdoor living areas too! Chemical-free DIY outdoor spray. I just whipped up a batch for my mosquito-magnet hubby and love that I can use it on the dog too! 

essential oils DIY outdoor spray recipe

 

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. 

#loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room

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: 

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.

thatdiyparty.pinboard

 

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour {part 1}

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

holiday housewalk DIYShowOff

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!). 

holiday housewalk Number Fifty Three

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. 

holiday housewalk Surprise

Part 2 of my holiday home tour!

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

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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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!

That DIY Party Thanksgiving Highlights @diyshowoff

Simple Rustic Table Setting at Love Grows Wild

Holiday-Table-Setting @lovegrowswild

Thanksgiving table two ways at Frazzled Joy

Thanksgiving table @frazzledjoy blog

Glitter Indian Corn Place Cards at Oh My – Creative

Glitter-Indian-Corn-Place-Cards @ohmycreative  

Thankful tin can luminaries tutorial at Dwelling in Happiness

Thankful luminaries @dwellinginhappiness  

Thanksgiving Tablescape at Delineate Your Dwelling

and a Thanksgiving day clay banner

Thanksgiving-Table @delineateyourdwelling

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

wood candleholders @lovecreatecelebrate

How to Expand a Dining Table at Tiny Sidekick

and glitter gold leaf garland tutorial

how-to-expand-a-dining-table @tinysidekick

 

Falling Leaves Art at Desert Willow Lane

falling leaves art work @desertwillowlane

 

Give Thanks Turkey Slat Sign at Home Made Interest

Give-Thanks-Turkey-Slat-Sign @homemadeinterest

Thankful Table at Lovely Livings

thankful table @lovelylivings blog

 

Natural Fall Tablescape at Restoration House Interiors

Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape @restorationhouseinteriors

 

Thanksgiving Place Card Napkin Wraps at Our Pinteresting Family

thanksgiving place card napkin wraps @ourpinterestingfamily

20 Thanksgiving Traditions at LouLou Girls

Thanksgiving Family traditions @loulougirls

Thanksgiving at Southern Seazons

Thanksgiving @southernseazons

 

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

gratidude jar @ourpeacefulplanet

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

That DIY Party - autumn

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! 

That DIY Party Pinterest Board

Summer Spotlight

summer spotlight

Oh my gosh! Today I’m being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, View from the Fridge, Oh, My! Creative and One Krieger Chick. The Summer Spotlight series has been showcasing great ideas from a different creative blogger each Friday throughout the summer months. Thanks to my sweet friend Susan from Oh, My! Creative for choosing me as today’s feature! What an honor!

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I encourage you to swing by their sites to check out the ideas they’re featuring from my blog (I cant stop smiling today!) as well as the entire Summer Spotlight series. Time to make some new friends! You can also follow the hosts online to see the great ideas they share year-round because there’s no such thing as too much creative eye candy, is there? Of course not!   

I chose a favorite project from each of these talented ladies to highlight and return the favor today:

Oh My! Creative

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

A DIY Waterfall & Pond

Diy-waterfall-and-pond at OhMy-Creative

One Krieger Chick

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Poolhouse Decor: Watercolor Outdoor Wall Art

Splash-Poolside-Painted-decor-with-a-water-color-effect - One Krieger Chick

 

View from the Fridge

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Bathroom Updates

bathroom updates - View from the Fridge  

Kenarry

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+

Creating a Backyard Playground

backyard-playground - Kenarry  

Awesome! Thanks so much for including me in this fun series, ladies! Enjoy every last bit of summer! xo 

 

Haven Conference 2014 Photos

The Haven Conference has been an annual event for me for the past three years and each time, I have the best time meeting up with blog friends I’ve known for years and others I’ve known but finally get to meet face-to-face. I don’t really have a recap to write about: fun times, amazing talent and creativity, lots of laughter and hugs, good food, awesome sponsors and generous swag and beautiful friends.

haven conference

Here are some fun photos … I always realize after the fact that I wish I had approached more friends, I wish I had taken more photos. 

Got silly in the FrogTape photo booth with my friend Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Susan from OhMy! Creative and Serena from Thrift Diving…

Roeshel at diyshowoff.com

Always good to hug my group of long time blog friends…  Roeshel @diyshowoff.com  

Pretty Handy Girl, Beneath My Heart, All Things Thrifty, Home Stories A to Z, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Sawdust Girl, Just a Girl, Thrifty Decor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Vintage Revivals and DIY Show Off. 

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Big fan of Jen’s creativity and DIY at The House of Wood! It was so lovely to finally meet!

and so sweet to meet Shayna from The Woodgrain Cottage and Krista from The Happy Housie…

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Angelique from Where the Piggy Toes Go, Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog and me

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Carrie from Making Lemonade, me & Beth from Unskinny Boppy

No idea what I’m saying above but loved hanging out with a few my Anna Maria Island getaway girls. There’s still time to enter to win a dream vacation getaway here!

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Carrie from Making Lemonade, Diane from In My Own Style, me and Karah from The Space Between

For the first time, I even sweetened up my business cards…

DIYShowOff business cards

And got all star struck meeting a few celebrities too (not pictures is Tom Bury from Restaurant Impossible who loves FrogTape just as much as I do!). 

Me with Mike Holmes…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Mike Holmes

and rubbing elbows with Chip Wade…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Chip Wade

I met so many more that aren’t shown above, missed photo ops…bummer! I also think I’ve lost a few photos and will update as I find them because I did have the chance to get to know more fabulous blog friends not mentioned above.  And there were still so many friends that I didn’t have the chance to meet. I may have spied a few I was too shy to approach. Thanks to the Haven Team for pulling off such an awesome event and to the amazing sponsors for the generous swag! 

I’m not sure that there will be another blog conference in my future but I always look forward to connecting with you online! xo