My Top Three Posts

December 31, 2013,

Hello Friends

The blog posts with the most views for this year are: 



Door To Frame

 for stopping by in 2013  

More projects and ideas to come in the new year.
  Have a Safe and Happy One!

DIY Simple Gift Container

December 20, 2013,


A Quick & Easy Container Idea

After I made all those delicious Oreo truffles I needed a pretty container to put them in.  My daughter wanted to give them as gifts for her teachers.  Knowing how thrifty I am I saved some tin cans; you know the one's soup and beans come in.  My original plan was to keep it very organic and just tie twine around the can and put some wrapping in the middle.  That plan didn't work out because the can had this stubborn glue on the outside that just wouldn't come off.  I needed to do these in a hurry because time was a ticking!!

This is my quick idea I came up with.  I used a roll of burlap to wrap around the cans. I really like how it looked so I went with it.  

This Is What I Used
Plus Tissue Paper

I placed the can on top of the burlap and rolled the burlap around the can 

Glue It (remember it still had glue on I didn't need much  

Cut Off Excess

I used the extra piece to wrap around the middle ( I wasted nothing)

I tied a scrap piece of ribbon around the middle & tied a tag to the ribbon
I put the wrapping & truffles inside the can 

This is how they all turned out

I added a tie around the paper to keep the truffles secure
and my daughter wrote on the tag & we also placed the recipe in the can

Hi Friends welcome to my little Christmas home tour decorating on a budget

This is how I decorated our home for Christmas using what I already have & purchasing only two items:
 The wreath & Christmas tree
(the money I spent on the wreath went to a local charity)

The wreath was made by a youth group that my daughter is a part of.

All the decorations on the tree were collected over the years
 Douglas Fir Christmas Tree

The deacon bench is all decked out


This is the same wreath I made for our front door over the summer.
I took the hydrangeas off, added pine cones, and hung a Mercury glass Santa in the middle.

A basket of fresh greens & pine cones

The box on the coffee table is the same box I used to make this chalkboard sign

I filled it with my favorite magazines, candy, and Christmas photos of our daughter and our beloved dog Scout.

Cookies, Tea, and a Book

Our living room

Vintage crate wrapped in burlap.  

Garden inspired mantel

The stockings were made by my grandmother for my mother when she was a child. 

I created a garden-inspired mantel using my dried hydrangeas and fresh-cut pine and kept the artwork on the wall. 

I made the wreath using pine cones & hydrangeas

Sorry for some of the fuzzy pictures I was having a difficult time with the lighting on my camera  

Pom-Poms I made

Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Christmas

Christmas Boxwood Wreath

December 08, 2013, in


Hi friends today I like to share a Christmas wreath I made using what I already have. I used leftover scrap from this project that I made in July. I save & reuse scraps for future projects. It's a great idea because it saves time and money.

I cut the boxwood from the bush in front of our house.  

I used my hot glue gun to glue all the branches on. 
 I used silver and gold bulbs and glued them on as well.

I hung the wreath and placed my daughter's artwork in the middle.  Now the wreath acts like a frame.
This idea came to me after I hung the wreath & noticed a small nail hole right in the middle.  

( I did get the Spackle bucket out and touch up paint and fixed it)

I love how the gold halo matches the bulbs.  

I took the silver hangers out of the bulbs and glued the bulbs so the hole of the bulb is showing. 
I think this gives the bulb a lighter look with more dimension & makes the bulb look more like art than just a bulb. 

So there you have it..... a free and easy Christmas project.

Modern-Day Empire Chair

December 03, 2013, in

Hi Friends

I'm so excited to tell you this.  The other day I was asked by One Kings Lane to help introduce their new Home Decor Resource Guide by doing a post on a statement chair in my home that reflects my personal style.
I chose a chair & sofa from our den.  


I fell in love with this chair the minute I laid eyes on it at Home Goods.  I worked around the corner from the store so just about every day I would pop in and check out all their beauties.  It was over $200.00 when I first saw it.  I held out until it went on clearance and purchased it for $99.00.  I loved it even more at that price.

Isn't she beautiful!!  I love the black and white combo (one of my favorites) in clothing and design.  I also love the overall design of the chair; the scooped arms and the curved back.

The fabric is a houndstooth pattern.  The chair reminds me of a beautiful piece of clothing.  Something I might wear with a pair of jeans.

By using One Kings Lane Resource Guide. I found out that my chair is a modern-day interpretation of the Empire Chair and the legs are Biedermeier.  My chair is a combination of two different designs. How neat!!


I purchased this beautiful camelback sofa at a local consignment shop.  Using the same resource guide I was able to find out that this sofa is American Federal style.

This beauty is the centerpiece of the room.  I absolutely love this sofa for several reasons.  The first being the color blue ( my favorite color). I love the tightly arched back and I love the arms. The material is velvet. 


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