Archives for December 2014

How to Install a Wood Plank Wall and my “Dear John”

After taking all of November and most of December off from house remodeling projects, I’ve been itching to start making more progress on our to-do list, and the next room on the list has been our bedroom.  It’s still in the beginning stages, but we’re making some progress.  The walls in the room were originally just thin paneling.  The corner seams were never finished, and there was no trim around the ceiling, so I couldn’t wait to make it disappear.  Rather than tear {Read More}

Vintage Inspiration Party #170 – YOUR Best of 2014!

 Welcome to the Vintage Inspiration Party! It’s a very special party we have planned for you today, because we are inviting you to share your BEST Vintage-Inspired Everything from 2014.  We want to see those projects, rooms, and home decor that you are most proud of from 2014 (vintage-inspired only please)!   We have 2 link-ups for you to use –   The 1st is specifically for your BEST from 2014 .  The 2nd link-up for anything vintage inspired that is {Read More}

Answering Questions about the Silhouette Cameo and A New Canvas Wall Print

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Silhouette machine I use to cut stencils for signs and canvas wall prints, and I’ve always responded to the individually, but I’ve had several more readers contact me lately, and rather than continuing to respond individually, I figured it was time to write a post about it, because obviously, many of my readers have questions about it.  One reader in particular sent me a list of questions, so I’ll address those first, {Read More}

Wooden Tray Makeover as Antique Crate

I bought a wooden tray a few weeks ago at a thrift store, and pulled it out recently to work on.  I batted around a few ideas of how I wanted to fix it up, and what popped into my head, was to make it look like the top of an old shipping crate.  I searched for inspiration on Google, and ebay, and then I found this antique crate on Etsy. The crate is from the same company as this {Read More}

Repurposed Drawers and Crates for Craft Supplies

Does anyone else have a hard time getting back into the swing of things after Christmas?  I feel like until I get all the decorations and the tree taken down, it’s hard to do much else, but I did work on a little organizational project today. When we “remodeled” one wall in the kitchen to install an oven range hood (seen here), and removed the little crates that held my spices, I wanted to find a new use for them. {Read More}

Antique New Year Postcard

  With New Year’s just a few days away, here’s a beautiful antique postcard that I picked up at an antique store when we were visiting family in New Mexico a few months ago.    Enjoy! Blessings,

Blogging with the Pros – I Wish I Would Have Known… Blog Mistakes from 6 Bloggers

Blogging has a huge learning curve…and I mean really huge.  If I had invested the number of hours I’ve spent learning about blogging into college, I’d have initials behind my name right now. There are SO many things I wish I would have known as a brand new blogger, that would have saved me countless hours and headaches down the road.  Blogging is more than a few photos and words on the screen. To help other new, or would-be bloggers {Read More}

Peace On Earth & Christmas Reflections

I’m writing this post in the wee hours of the morning on Christmas day, but by the time you see it, Christmas 2014 will be nearly over.  I think of Christmas as a season, not just one date on the calendar, and I’m reflecting on the 2014 season, and even making notes for myself for next year.   Every Christmas season seems to rush by too quickly, and I often feel like I didn’t have enough time to enjoy it as {Read More}

Gold and Glittery Christmas Tree

The wonderful thing about the night before Christmas, is the realization that whatever I have done is all I will get done, because time has run out.  That realization makes me relax, and stop stressing about what I did and didn’t do.  I have to just lay it aside, and enjoy Christmas day.  It wasn’t easy, mind you.  There were gifts that didn’t arrive in time, and there were gifts I didn’t get at all, but I’m trying to develop an “all {Read More}

Brown Paper Packages Gift Card Holders

 I really hadn’t intended to share any more Christmas projects, but I bought a few gift cards, and they didn’t come with gift card holders.  I decided to whip up a few of my own, and what immediately popped into my mind was, “brown paper packages, tied up in strings“.  Of course, these are a few of my favorite things, so I wanted my gift card holders to look like small brown paper packages.  It was quick and easy, and looked {Read More}