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When it’s time for the Christmas Tree to go!

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

I️ enjoyed Christmas very much with my family. It’s always a great time to spend with loved ones. However, Christmas (2017) is behind us and I’m ready to put my tree away. You wonder, why so quickly? Well, I’m ready to redecorate and put something else in the space the tree is currently occupying.

Thanks to the kiddos. You can spot their special touch at the bottom of the tree with the extra ornaments.

I initially had a upcycled accent chair in this space before we put up the Christmas tree.

So now, I’m thinking about placing a book shelf in this space. I️ did a quick search on and found this lovely Casual Home Foldable Bookshelf, and the cost is not bad at $32.99.

I️ really like that this bookshelf is foldable. That way I️ can change it out for something else when I️ get tired of it without having to take it down to pieces. Yippee!!!

So back to the question, When do you take down your Christmas tree? And what do you think about the bookshelf?


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Spring-Inspired Interior Decorating Ideas

Being an interior decor enthusiast is very exciting! At random times of the day, I find myself browsing page after page of beautiful interior decoration ideas. It has become a never-ending habit and I love every bit of time I spend just browsing through the ideas of others. Right now, I’m itching to visit my local thrift store to pick up some items to makeover. I’m hoping to find a small bench or cushioned chair for our master bedroom. I’ll share all the details of my search and DIY makeover soon (when I find one :)).

Today’s post is inspired by Decorating with Bright Colors on I was drawn in by all the bright and beautiful colors in this post that I just had to share.

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Abi is a down-to-earth wife, mom of 3 boys, DIYer, Jewelry Designer, and Educator. I create and adore DIY projects – home decor, sewing, jewelry and so much more.













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DIY RUSTIC Christmas Decor – Make this now!

Hey guys!! I have another unique and easy  DIY Christmas decor for your living space, front door or bedroom. It is super duper easy, but will probably take you roughly an hour to complete. The hour will be used mainly for drying time. This project is very similar to my “Home” Wood Sign project. You’ll need the same materials except for different paint colors.

The wood plank I used for this project was found in my shed and I used red and white acylic paint that I already had on hand. I can honestly say I spent zero dollars on this project and I feel really great about that! :0

Here are photos of the process. It’s really easy, I promise.

So first I prepped the wood plank by painting it several coats of white acrylic paint. The plan was to end up with a rustic shabby-ish sign so I decided to leave a streak effect.

Next, I shaded the back of the (previously printed) letters and taped them down on the wood plank and tracing commenced.

Next was painting the letters! I chose red because it’s a festive Christmas color. At this point I felt like the completed JOY sign was still missing something because of the negative space at the top and bottom, so I had to give that space a bang for its buck. Check it out! Check it out!

I fininshed the rustic sign with embroidery floss (yarn) and I could not be any more satisfied with the result of this project. I definitely had fun making it!

Is this an idea you might try? If it’s too late to make a wood sign for Christmas, why not make one for Valentine’s day (LOVE), which is exactly 2 months away.

Yours DIYly,




My Favorite DIY Christmas Decorations

I am truly a home decor fanatic. If I had the chance, I would live a Home Goods store and never come out. I love all holidays that require some kind of decoration. However, I don’t always decorate or I do it in a simple way because…well, I have bills to pay :).

I recently shared a post about my mini DIY Fall Wreath and will share my DIY Christmas wreath soon. I’m holding out on that post because I’m looking to take the best photos I can (crosses fingers hoping to be able to take great photos of my entry door this evening before it gets dark out).

With that said, here are my favorite DIY Christmas decorations.

  1. Beautiful and edible. What a nice combo for this DIY Peppermint Wreath.


2. Craft Your Own Tree I actually like this idea because my kiddos would love to get involved. We once had a Christmas tree, but we donated it to Goodwill after moving several times. Plus I was happy to see that thing go because it was messy and cleaning up after it was a hassel. Haha, our Christmas tree sounds like a pet.

Use yarn to style a mini version on an empty wall or in a hallway. Enlist the kids to dress it to the nines with paper-circle "ornaments" and felt, attached with tape.


3. I love love love this idea of a ruffled Christmas tree skirt. My initial thought was, “this could take a good hour or more to make”, but check out the step by step guide. Spending over an hour will be well worth it because you get to use this beauty over and over again. Get your hot glue ready! No sewing necessary!


4. Noel Door Sign This is a really cool idea if you’re looking to get away from door wreaths.

Dress up craft-store letters with faux moss for a message that's got meaning and texture. Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »


5. Snowy Jars Tell me this creative votive decor does not make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? I just melted.


6. Get Creative with Chalk! This is definitely a unique Christmas Tree. And budget-friendly too!

This blogger got into the spirit by drawing up a beautiful Christmas tree on her chalkboard wall (and we love her door-frame garland, too!). See more at Hunted Interior »


7. Glow Branches. Get this look using plain branches wrapped with Christmas lights strings.


8. Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa La La La La!

Celebrate your favorite Christmas carol by displaying the lyrics atop your mantle.  See more at The Wood Connection »


9. This Festive Entry Way is everything! Can this be my entryway?


10. Joy and Driftwood This particular idea is giving me life. I actually have a piece of wood that would be great for this design.(Seriously considering making this rustic joy sign soon).

Instead of a traditional sign that reads "Joy", replace the 'O' with a wreath that incorporates all colors of the holiday. See more at Liz Marie Blog »


11. Small space? NO PROBLEM! Try this flower vase tree.


12. Try this lovely Bow Wreath and you won’t regret it.

To turn store-bought bows into a jolly wreath, first attach a loop of floral wire (for hanging) around a 16" Styrofoam wreath form ($3.99; Then, hot glue gift bows to the front and sides of the form. Keep it festive with a classic red-and white combo or mix in powder blue for a wintry look.


13. Hanging Christmas Planter (source unknown). This is gorgeous!

Hanging Christmas Pots...these are the BEST DIY Christmas Homemade Decorations & Craft Ideas!


14. Let it Snow Rustic Sign I am definitely obsessed with wood signs. So yes, I’m blushing over this particular rustic sign. Drools…..

Place this rustic sign next to your Christmas tree or by the fire to stay cozy amidst a hopeful flurry. Get the tutorial at Live Laugh Rowe.

15. Picture Frame Decor This idea could be easily executed by using a recycled picture frame.

Christmas Frame Wreath....these are the BEST DIY Christmas Decorating & Craft Ideas!


So!…. which of these DIY Christmas decorations caught your eye? Leave me a comment below.


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DIY Cushioned Accent Chair Makeover

Have you ever wished you could reupholster your furniture in a few easy steps without breaking the bank? Today I will be sharing my DIY vintage chair makeover project that required re-upholstery and what I did to bypass the detailed and tedious process of re-upholstering a cushioned furniture.

By the way, I forgot to take before photos of the chair because I was too excited to get my hands on it and make it over. However, I’ll take a stab at describing its before condition.

This chair was a light oak color and the cushion was covered with a large print floral (sage, brown) fabric. From the looks of things, the chair had been previously reupholstered and my plan was to reupholster it again. I was going to throw the chair a reupholster-reupholster party. My plan was to revive it with a fresh wood stain and a contemporary fabric for the cushion part of it. Mind you it only cost me $6.99 :).

The materials I used include:

  • Heavy/Medium Home Decor Fabric
  • Wood Stain
  • 3M Sand Paper/Sand Foam
  • Paper Towels
  • Small nails/Utility Staples
  • Hammer/Staple gun
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint brush (to apply wood stain)

So you ask, what is the trick I used to bypass the tedious re-upholstery process?

After unscrewing the cushion from the chair, I placed it in a 20” x 20” inch pillow cover that had been previously removed from a throw pillow. It was the best casing for the cushion! (I did not bother to remove the old fabric or replace the foam or plywood or cardboard or any other parts from the cushion.) On the underside of the cushion, I then pulled the fabric in several directions, starting the middle, folding it flat and nailing it into place to form a smooth finished look.

Before I sanded the chair frame
While sanding the chair frame

Next, I took the chair frame outside to sand. I sanded it with a 3M sandpaper, wiped it down several times with a damp cloth and let it dry.  Then I stained it with some Red Oak Stain, which I previously used in my DIY Bookshelf Nightstand Project.  I applied several coats of stain until I was satisfied with the results. I attached the cushion back onto the frame and tada!!!

I really enjoyed working on this project and you can too! It makes a great accent chair in my living room. I’m satisfied just walking past it. It brings me joy, hehe.

Feel free to leave a comment or questions for me.

Happy DIYing,