13 Stunning Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

One of the things I was most excited for with my new house was my large front porch! I was really looking forward to decking it out with holiday decor for both fall and Christmas.  And guess what?  I learned that in my particular area and the direction that my house faces are not so conducive to an awesome front porch display.  Wah-wah-wahhhh!  In the fall, since my house is north facing, all the mums I bought that were gorgeous quickly died from … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossom Turkeys

I love the result of baking but not so much the actual baking task.  I find that I would rather spend hours nailing wood to a wall and painting it than mixing together a few ingredients to make a tasty treat.  That seems strange, right?  Well this week I have done both--baked two different kinds of cookies so far AND nailed some wood to a wall and spent hours painting it.  I feel so accomplished.  And what makes it even more heroic is that I did … [Read more...]

20 Of The Best Holiday Wreaths

Even I weren't a blogger, I'd still be early with the holiday decor. Why? Well for one, I love the Christmas season. And I've never been huge on Thanksgiving decorations, although I keep some of my 'fallish' ones up until after. And for two, Christmas decorating is a big job and I don't want to have to cram all that work into one day. I start at the beginning of November and just slowly work on it all month. Then by the time Thanksgiving is over, … [Read more...]

How to Install a Pull-out Garbage

I've been meaning to post this for awhile, it's a project we actually did in February.  There's so many projects I've done that I haven't posted because I am so behind.  So I'm resolved to get caught up, starting with this pull-out garbage tutorial.  Yes, I'm going to share with you how to install a pull-out garbage. When we were designing our house, I really wanted a pull-out garbage in the kitchen.  I've always hated how the garbage, a … [Read more...]

25 Kids Turkey Crafts

I didn't really understand Thanksgiving as a kid...it seemed like this random holiday smashed in between Halloween and Christmas that involved a lot of food. But now it's one of my favorite holidays! Here are 25 fun kids turkey crafts you can help your kids with to get them excited for Thanksgiving! 1. Thanksgiving Advent Calendar 2. Thanksgiving Turkey Pinecone 3. Turkey Handprint Craft 4. Fruit and Veggie Turkey Snack 5. Cereal … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Last December, I helped plan and execute my sister's wedding.  It was so cute, very rustic and wintery but whimsical.  I built 22 wooden boxes for the centerpieces and every since I've been trying to give them away.  Well last week, they came in very handy when we had an unexpected funeral to help with and I was asked to take care of the centerpieces for the luncheon.  And now I'm so glad I didn't give them all away!  This centerpiece idea is my … [Read more...]

Easy Brownie Pudding

I have distinct memories of growing up in my parents' house in the fall.  My mom was stingy with the heating so it was always pretty cold in the house.  And when we had to turn the clock back, the house felt very dark most of the night.  I remember when the heater would turn on I would literally cover it with my body just to warm up. But there was always one time in the evening when it was bright and warm.  That was at dinnertime, when my … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tool Gifts for DIYers

Christmas is coming and if you're like me, your list is full of 'weird' gift ideas like new tools and such.  Well, being a DIYer, I know what would make ME happy to receive--tool gifts!  So this gift list is for all you people who are DIYers--send your loved ones to this post and say "Get me anything on here." This list includes affiliate links, please see my full disclosure here Ryobi Nailers 18-Volt One+ AirStrike Brad Nailer … [Read more...]