Rustic Stocking Holders & Giveaway

rustic stocking holder

You know me and rustic--we were made for each other.  I think I could have survived during early pioneer days.  I have all those homemaker skills down pretty well.  I really was channeling early settlers when I made these rustic stocking holders. They were pretty easy and I really love how they turned out.  It totally seems like something they would have made and had in their house.  Although maybe they just pounded some nails into the … [Read more...]

25 Beautiful DIY Ornaments

DIY Ornaments

It's officially the Christmas season! Have you put up your tree yet? I really wanted to buy a real tree this year but with us moving in a couple weeks, it just wasn't in the cards. But I did put up 'half' of my fake tree. That means I put the top half of the tree on the stand and elevated it on a table, haha! I love doing it this way though because you get the height with half the effort. And believe me, this being the old school non-lit … [Read more...]

DIY Play Food Crates

wood play food crate

Last year we gave my daughter a play kitchen.  You know, the KidCraft Vintage Kitchen--it seems to be the hot play kitchen to buy these days.  I love it because it's so cute while not being plastic and bulky.  It feels high quality and looks like real kitchens.  And the white one is gender-neutral and well, I have a thing for white kitchens.  Not gonna lie though, it was a beast to put together. Anyway, we also gave her some play food, some of … [Read more...]

Easy Gift Tags & Black Friday Silhouette Deals

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I recently got a new goodie in the mail--a Silhouette Portrait.  I've been trying to stop being intimidated by my Silhouette, not because it's hard to use, but because it seems like every time I used it I had to do a million things before using it (update the software, find the power cord, find the right power cord, clear off a large space on my messy craft desk, etc.) But since I am trying to use it more often, these things are getting less … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Box Tutorial

rustic wood box

These are pretty common and I'm sure you must have seen a dozen tutorials.  But wood boxes are incredibly handy to have for decorating, so I'm going to teach you how to build one so I can refer back to it later.  Also I will teach you how to make it look old and rustic using some special techniques.  But if you want to try making this, please read through the entire tutorial before starting because there is some day ahead prep that needs to be … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey Black Friday

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Downton Abbey.  And I admit, I'm a fan as well.  Honestly, I haven't agreed with all the decisions the writers have made, but what show is perfect, right?  That being said--I adore the entire period it takes place in.  I love their huge mansion, the fashions, how they are trying to hold on to the past traditions in the evolving world.  I love how it shows the entire story of the servants' … [Read more...]

20 Fabulous Pie Recipes

Pie recipes

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away...craziness! Every year I make several pies, rolls, and something else like a fruit salad. I've even made the whole dinner one year. But this year we had Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago, right before my mother-in-law passed away. That was special. So it's weird that the real Thanksgiving is happening now because it kind of already happened in my head. But that's no reason to not celebrate anyway! I'm so … [Read more...]

Scandinavian Inspired Ornaments

scandinavian inspired ornaments

Hello friends!  As part of the DecoArt Design Team, this month I was challenged to come up with a project with the theme of International Holidays.  There are so many options here, but I was really drawn to the bold red and white of Scandinavia.  I really love their style and art, so I decided to give my own a try.  It ended up being pretty easy and anyone can do it!  I mean seriously, my six year old helped me with this, so yes--anyone can do … [Read more...]