Category Archives: DIY Projects

Rustic Stained Wood Ornament Tutorial


DIY Wood Plank Ornament Shabby Chic SSI

I was totally inspired to make a few more DIY Christmas Ornaments when I stumbled upon this amazing Rustic Painted Ornament Etsy shop.  But I knew we could make these for next to nothing with salvaged craft supplies from around the house.  Keep reading for this super simple Rustic Painted Ornament Tutorial.


Shabby Chic DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornament

I have an au natural Christmas tree with just a little bit of sparkle. White lights, ornaments in cream, gold, silver, glass and natural rafia and hemp…I haven’t purchased a single ornament this year, but wanted to add to my collection, so I made several of my own ornaments in these two styles. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can make your own DIY Hemp Ball Ornament and DIY Shell Ball Ornament.


Handmade Gifts Series – Festive Elastic Hair Tie Gift

Gold Black White Hostess Gift


I love a great handmade gift that’s small, inexpensive, and a crowd pleaser. This year I’m whipping up some Fold Over Elastic (FOE) Hair Tie Gifts. These are great little ‘thinking of you’ gifts for friends and coworkers, and they are going to be a big hit in the stockings of my teenage stepdaughter. (I hope!)


DIY Mouse Trap Halloween Costume

Mouse Trap Halloween CostumeAlright, y’all. I won all the bacon at my work costume contest with this one so I thought I’d take the time to share the details in case you want to utilize this fine costume for one of your Halloween celebrations.



Sliding Door TV Box Tutorial


Blog Tutorial DIY TV Box

So earlier this week I showed you the new Master Bedroom Dresser Wall with the Sliding Door TV Box.  Now it’s time to get into the details of just how that bad boy came to be.

Please forgive the awful instructions and less than superb photography :)  I’ve dug these photos deep out of the vault that is my laptop just for you!  It’s been over a year now since they were taken, and since its also been that long since we completed the build, some of the details are a little hazy.


Giveaway No. 3 & Milestone Poster Tutorial

First Birthday Milestone Poster Photo

They always say Birthday’s are more fun when shared with friends.  So….to share in the spirit of L’s First Birthday, here is an awesome giveaway for all of you to celebrate too!

One lucky reader will win a free digital milestone poster from LaurenADesigns on Etsy.  Just head over to our Facebook Page and Like, Comment, or Share our giveaway post to enter.  We’ll announce the winner on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th.  You’ll get to design your own poster for any occasion, in whatever colors match your theme.


Treat Yourself – Teacher Appreciation Gift

Inexpensive Teacher Gift Ideas

Even though my lil’ guy is not even a year old, daycare is quick to remind us first time parents when exactly teacher appreciation week is.  I’m glad they do, the ladies that take care L everyday deserve a treat!!

I put together an easy an inexpensive treat bag to say “Thank You”.

Where Do You Find Brass Chandeliers????

Painted Brass Chandelier Shabby Chic Chandelier

Let’s talk chandeliers. With all the DIYers out there, and designers not afraid to use a pop of color in any space, it’s not surprise we’re seeing more and more demand for painted chandeliers in our Etsy shop. I’ve had a ton of comments and messages over the year asking me where I find my brass chandeliers, either new or old, to give a facelift.