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5 Simple Ways to Decorate your Mantel for Spring and Easter


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How to Decorate your Mantel for Spring
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Floral Pillow   Throw Blanket   Wicker chair  Metal Planter


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Mosaic Pillow  Blue Vase  Boxwood Plant  Bronze Lantern

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Bronze Birds  White Roses Boxwood Topiary  Woodburst


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DIY “He is Risen” Easter Sign

Hey you guys! Hope you all have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a restful weekend.

Easter is around the corner and hence, I bring you this Easter decor post. This project was free-hand. I did not use a template or stencil. It was 100% hand-written. I usually use the paper print transfer method that I used here, but I wanted to try something different this time.

This sign was written on a thrifted kitchen faux wood wall art. I painted over it with Annie Sloan white chalk paint. I forgot to take before photos because I painted it on the day after I bought, with that exact plan in mind. I guess I could not wait to cover up the outdated original art. I have held on to it for over a month since I painted it and now I finally decided on what to do with it.

I used a pencil to draft the words I wanted on the frame, and then traced over it with sharpie markers. It was really easy! Take a look! I draw the words on as light as possible to make erasing and re-writing easy.

The drafrting process

Adding caligraphy effects to “Risen” and adding leaves on long twigs.

Adding the last detail – the swirl on the R


 The finished product. Love, love, love it!

He is risen wall sign decor

I had so much fun making this sign and love how it turned out!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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Rustic DIY Lazy Susan Tabletop Tray

Hello, my readers! I have been starting and finishing up many DIY projects in the last two weeks and now it’s time to share.

The first project I am going to share is this beautiful rustic farmhouse lazy susan tray. This project is super easy and not costly. I bought the round unfinished wood lazy susan probably four years ago and never had the time to do something with it. I initially bought it to use make string art, but it just never happened.

In comes this beautiful tray-style lazy susan that is very popular on Pinterest and Etsy.

This project only required ONLY two steps! I also spent less that $15 altogether.

Step 1: Stain the unfinished wood. (I used the Minwax Red Oak Stain)

See the photos below for the wood staining process with an old sock. Feel free to use a foam or bristle brush,  or an old cotton shirt. I applied only one coat of stain and no varnish, because I wanted to create a rustic look.


Step 2: Attach handles.

The rustic handles I used were purchased from a craft store. The brand is jillibean Mix the Media handles. See the slide show below for a photo of the handles.

Attaching the handles could be really tricky. This type that I was used was attached by drilling pilot holes through the wood. I then matched up the holes to the holes on the underside of the handle. I measured the distance between the holes on the handles before I drilled and it still did not match up when it was time to insert the screws. I had to drill a third hole on both sides to make it work. I used a wood filler to fill the original holes that didn’t work.  It might be easier to use the handles that you screw on from the top of the tray, not the bottom, like this.

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June 2019 Update

I painted the tray with white chalk paint and gray acrylic paint and stenciled this pattern on it. I’m loving this new look for sure!

Want a similar lazy susan tray, but have no time to DIY it? Check out a few options below.

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How to Frame a Large Canvas

Happy Friday, my happy readers! Today I am going to share the how-to for a DIY large FRAMED canvas.

I have been wanting to complete this project for a while and I’m happy it’s finally done!

Original DIY painting above headboard
DIY Framed Large Canvas
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Let me give you a little background of this 38 x 30 inches canvas. It’s has been through so many transformations.

It started as a DIY abstract painting for our master bedroom some years ago. Then, I painted over it with white acrylic paint, leaving a large heart in the middle (I used painter’s tape to draw a heart in the middle before I painted over the whole canvas). Next, I added a Bible verse text for a personalized effect, still with the heart in the background. Lastly, I have attached a stained-wood frame around it. See the journey video here.

Framing this canvas was very easy and cost me about $12 dollars. I picked up the materials at my local hardware store – Home Depot. I used 12 foot of 1 & 1/8 width flat wood trim (without ridges), 1 inch brad nails, a clamp (optional, if you a steady extra hand to help you) and a hammer.

What are brad nails, right? They’re mails that flush with a surface for a clean, finished look. Check it out here!

How to Frame a Large Canvas

1) Stain wood trim. If you follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I use this wood stain a lot! I used an old sock as usual to apply the stain and let it dry for over 24 hours.

2) Cut the wood trim. I cut the wood trim to fit the exact length of the top and bottom of the canvas. I used a miter saw and box that I have attached to an old night stand table in my garage.

3) Attach the top and bottom trim to canvas. I did not cut the trim to match the sides of the canvas to begin with because I would need the sides to overlap the cover the ends of the top and bottom trim. I have tried sveral times to cut out the pieces using the canvas measurement plus trim, I seem to always come up short, so I wait to do two sides first and then place leftover trim pieces on the side and use a pencil to mark where I should cut.

4) Measure and Cut Side Pieces. Place a leftover strip of trim over one side to measure the exact length you would need, and mark the spot to cut with a pencil. Repeat this step to cut an additonal equal length trim for the other side of canvas.

5) Attach the side trims to canvas. I used 3 brad nails on each side. I used one close to the edges and one in the middle of all four side. And you can hardly see them because they flush with the surface for a clean, professional look. Brad nails are also called finishing nails.

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6 Ways Refresh Your Home for Spring

Who else is excited about Spring? I am so ready for the warmer weather, the leaves to grow back and beautiful, colorful blossoms.

I was watching one of my favorite shows recently and was inspired to write this post about how you can refresh your home for Spring. I have come up six ways, but please add more. What do you do to freshen up for home for a new season?

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Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #1: Change your Throw Pillows

I definitely enjoy refreshing my accessories, and I sometimes do it multiple times within a season.  It’s all about how i’m feeling..:). One thing I do for sure is swap out the throw pillows in my living room. Psst, I don’t really swap out the pillows, (who has thousands of pillows for that?) I simply swap out my throw pillow covers. I tell you, removable throw pillow covers are a blessing. I sew my own envelope throw pillow covers and wash and change them whenever I want. It’s the easiest thing ever! I prefer the envelope style more because I don’t have to worry about the zipper getting worn out over time.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #2: Change or wash your curtains

I know it’s very easy to throw those curtain panels up and forget about them. I used to switch out my curtains one a year – lighter, sheer fabrics at the beginning of Spring and heavier fabrics in the Fall/Winter. However, I am having a problem with finding budget-friendly panels now that I switched to 108 inch length panels. If you don’t have this issue, you can easily find great deals on 84 inch panels at Target or Wayfair.  If your budget does not allow you to change your curtains entirely, wash give them a fresh look and hang them back up. Make sure to follow the cleaning instructions closely. It varies based on the type of fabric.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #3: Switch Decor Accents

This is my favorite part of decorating for a new season! I always look forward to new accessories that complete the visual appeal of a room. The first accessory that I change is my front door wreath. There’s nothing like a classy colorful flower wreath or a Easter-themed wreath to adorn your front door and to welcome visiting guests.

You can also add colors accents like lampshades (like this blue striped one or this yellow geometric one). Add colorful candle stands, spring-themed hand-written signs, books and vases.

Budget-Friendly Tip: Spray paint some accessories you already own for a new look or head to your local thrift store for some new-used accessories that could be revived with some chalk or spray paint.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #4: Change Sofa Blankets

I absolutely adore blankets on on my couch and trust me, it’s not for decorative purposes only. I live to cozy up under a blanket while watching my favorite shows or reading a good book. Changing your blanket is an opportunity to add a splash of color to your living space. Add fresh blankets to your bedrooms also for a Spring look.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #5: Add Greenery

There’s nothing like bring a piece of the outdoor into your home. The easiest way to add greenery to your decor is to buy faux or live plants. Live plants are cheaper, but require care, whereas you can just forget about faux plants (the fiddle leaf plant is my absoute favorite!)  On the other hand, live plants improves the air quality in your home and helps us feel more at ease with our surroundings. And who said, wreaths are only for your front door? Use then indoors as well for rich green accents.

Refresh your Home for Spring Tip #5: Change your Candles

It’s time to swap out those cozy nights, heavy cinnamon, candy apple, peppermint, snuggly sweater or winter wonderland-scented candle for light and airy scents like fresh linen, lavender, and spring bloom.

Bonus Tip: Improve your home’s curb appeal.

Purchase some easy to grow flower plants from starter-size pots. These could be easily found at the nursery of your local home improvement store. Don’t forget to mix in some shrubs as well.


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Optic Lumbar Pillow      Stretched Canvas     Zuo Armchair

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Calling all DIYers! It’s time to make this simple, budget-friendly planter piece. When I say simple, I mean really simple. Read on!

The materials for this project was found at my local dollar tree store. I was super excited to find this galvanized planter, and the hydrangeas are not easy to come by either at the dollar store. So I was super stoked complete this project!

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You will need:

* Flowers/ or greenery of your choice ( I used green hydrangea stems) – I bought four stems

* A galvanized aluminum planter

*Round Floral foam (optional) Get one if you plan to move the planter around a lot.

* $5 plus tax (I browsed around on Etsy and found that this complete planter piece could easily cost anywhere from $20 – $45)

What you should do:

Step 1: Cut flower stems according to the height of the planter (I have a floral stem scissors on hand already. If you don’t, bend the back and forth a few times to cut the plastic covering and wire insert)

Step 2: Place floral foam inside the planter (skip to step 3 if you do not have floral foam)

Step 3: Insert cut stemmed flowers into the foam and rearrange to your liking.

Note: You can add a dab of glue to the bottom of your planter to help the foam stay in place before inserting the flowers.

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