How long do you wait before you take down your Christmas Tree?

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 Target.com 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?

Abi

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How to Create Nature-Inspired Decor on a Tight-budget

Last week, 2 of my kiddos were sick and would not be allowed back in school until they had been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Sure, I was home with sick kids but the weather was great! It was 68 – 79 degrees and that meant we could spend some time outside. I’m a natural lover of the outdoors and I don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the sun, fresh air and the freedom found in nature. And it felt good!

With that said, after spending some time indoors after breakfast, we headed to the backyard. The boys brought their soccer balls with them to play with. As I sat on the deck steps and watched them, I could not help but admire the shape of the leafless trees outside our yard. After sitting for a while, I decided to get up and play the kids. As I played with them, I noticed some long stemmed twigs on the ground and immediately thought about gathering some for a vase. The kids joined me after I picked up a few and It was a fun five-minute activity for us. As we gathered the twigs, they asked if they were good and long enough.

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And that’s it! Instant beauty. What do you all think? Leave me a comment.

How to Make Removable Throw Pillow Covers


I recently published a post that referenced my old “one-design-for-all” throw pillows and what I did to transform them. Sewing pillow covers are so easy and do not require a lot of time. Anyone can do it! I decided to make the envelope style pillow covers because the zippered style intimidates me. Installing zippers is a no-go area for me. I’ve never even used my sewing machine zipper foot. But I’m sure I’ll sum up the courage to use it someday.

Check out a tutorial for sewing this pillow covers here by Melanie Ham.

So here are the before and after photos of my throw pillows:

Before:

Transformation in progress. 

AFTER:


As you can see I was very ambitious in completing this project. I bought various prints of home decor fabric and got to work. I wasn’t very particular about having perfect angles so I cut my fabric into 20 x 40-inch pieces. Basically, these pillow covers are one-piece covers. Nothing fancy!

So do you all have any “one-design-for-all” pillows that need to be brought back to life? Try this project now. You will be amazed to how much difference these can make to update your living space.

Thanks for stopping by,

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How to Customize your Throw Pillows with a Sharpie

Any home décor enthusiast will tell you that throw pillows can easily add some pizzazz to your living space. It can add color and texture to a boring sofa. I personally love pillows and think they can be a playful addition to your home. A blank sofa without pillows is just blah! In my home, my kiddos don’t let my pillows rest. I’m constantly asking them to stop touching, throwing or stepping on my throw pillows. Yep!, somehow my pillows make it to the floor and then get stepped on. Mind you these pillows have come a long way. They are the boring generic pillows that are sold with sofa sets from your local furniture store. What I’ve done to bring life to them is to cover them with removable pillow covers. I bought some home decor fabric from Joann Fabrics and DIY-ed some 18” x 18” throw pillow covers to cover up my hideous one-design-for-all pillows. 

There’s nothing wrong with covering up your pillows with home décor fabric, but now you step things up a notch and customize your throw pillows. You can draw on plain fabric to make your pillows look exactly the way you envision.

Inspiration pillows from http://www.bhg.com

As you can imagine, I had to try this great idea out the same day I saw the post on bhg.com. So when I the kiddos had gone to bed, I embark on this customized pillow journey. I used a light colored pillow cover I had and I decided to write a phrase rather than draw a pattern. I chose “HEY love” because it’s playful and flirty, hehe. I used a pencil, fine-point and regular point permanent markers. I initially drafted the phrase in pencil, traced it with the fine point and went over the letters with the regular point marker. The next thing I did was to make the polka dots with the bronze marker.

So here it is….

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So there you have it! I hope I have inspired you to make your own custom throw pillows.

Share your thoughts and don’t hesitate to share.

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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 bhg.com. I was drawn in by all the bright and beautiful colors in this post that I just had to share.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with or a paid supporter of Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com).

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

As a home decor enthusiast I take every opportunity I have to get my hands on DIY projects that commemorate traditions throughout the year. With that said, I bring you some DIY Valentine’s Day decorations that are not too late to make.

  1. LIPSTICK ART – I love this pretty cool decor because it’s really east to make. You’ll need some cardstock, a picture frame and multiple shades of lipstick. Voila!

21 Amazing DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

2. YARN LOVE LETTERS: This idea is also pretty cool. You’ll need cardboard letters and several shades of pink yarn. Get to wrapping!

21 Amazing DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

3. DOUBLE LOVE: what better way to say love in two ways?

Make one of these DIY Valentine's Day decor items for a love-filled home

4. WICKER HEART: Spray paint an outdated piece and watch it come alive.

5. MODERN STRING HEART:  the colors of this piece really pops and makes my heart skip a beat. 🙂

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6. LOVE ON THE LEDGE: All you need is 4 items to make this piece! Super easy!

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7. RICH HEART: Deep red felt heart (I really really wanted to write “heart felt”)

DIY Valentine Heart Wreath (via theidearoom)

8. BIRCH HEARTS: these birch bark votives are so cool and unique.

9. DEEP LOVE: beautifully crafted “roses are red” wreath.

Creative Ideas - DIY Heart Shaped Paper Rose Valentine Wreath

10. ROSY HEART: This last decor is for a warm and fuzzy

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I had fun finding these lovely Valentine’s Day decorations. I have to say that my absolute favorite is the last one. Those perfect roses just warm my heart. 🙂

Which is your favorite?

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DIY Rustic Wood Crate Sign

Is anybody else as crazy about wood signs as much as I am? Wood signs make lovely gifts and the best thing about them is that they can be customized.  A name, symbol, letter, quote, phrase, etc, can be handwritten on any wood surface. After seeing so many ideas for wood signs on Pinterest, I was bent on making one or several of my own.

After researching several wood signage techniques, I found out that the easiest was the one that involved tracing. Yep! You heard me read that right! I got to use that good old pre-kindergarten tracing technique that I learn decades ago. img_7042-1

To begin this project, you will need:

  • A computer with printing capabilities
  • Printing paper
  • Pencil
  • Wood template/sign – I used a wood crate.
  • Craft paint
  • Paint Brush

Here are the quick easy steps I followed:

  • Chose the word or phrase you plan to make a sign of
  • Type your chosen word in the font of your choice using Microsoft Word.
  • Print
  • Shade the back of the printed sheet with a pencil (to make a diy carbon paper)
  • Tape the paper to the surface of the wood
  • Trace the words on to the wood with a pencil
  • Paint your little heart away! In other words, paint in the letters or word(s) with your paint brush. Use 2 -4 coats to your satisfaction. 

This was by far an easy project but it might take between 1 – 3 hours to complete because you will need to wait in between paint coats to avoid smearing.

Keep in mind:

  •  If you paint outside of the letters, use a clean wet paint brush to wipe the excess right away.
  • Use several small tip brushes (size 000 – 1)
  • I’m in the process of adding “sweet home” to the bottom of Home. Updated photos coming soon.

Do come back soon!