diy, Holiday DIY Decor

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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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.

Our Yard

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

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DIY 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:


Transformation in progress. 


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

As you can imagine, I had to try this great idea out the same day I saw the post on 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….




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 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 “LOVE” Valentine’s Day Decor

Hello my lovely readers! 2017 is slowly but surely rolling by. Can you believe it is February already and Valentine’s day is right around the corner? Do you know what that means? It’s time for a Valentine’s day DIY project. Think L-O-V-E.

Yep. This simple Valentine’s Day LOVE sign is made with wooden letters, paint, glue and a piece of wood. Only 4 items!


I used a piece of wood about 1 inch thick and about 12 inches in length as the base of the sign. On the right is the stained piece I used.
This is a draft of the final product.


Next, I painted the wooden letters. These were purchased at Walmart at $1.47 each. I know red/pink is the traditional color of Valentine’s Day, but I chose satin gray to keep it versatile and neutral.  I used several coats of paint on all side of the letters except for the bottom to leave a rough surface for better glue (E6000) adhesion to the base. 


Now the finished product. I am so excited about the turnout. Lovely! I want to make another one. Possibly HELLO!






Love is in the air on my staircase ledge.


So what do you guys think? I am very excited to share this DIY project and I look forward to hearing from you all 🙂







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DIY Nightstand Upcycle

Being a book lover means I have to have a book around me wherever I go. I usually carry a book in my bag with me when out and about or at work. I might not get a chance to read it but it’s comforting to know that I can just whip it out when I get a few minutes to myself, which rarely happens. This is why my ideal nightstand is practically a book shelf! I scooped this baby up at my favorite thrift store, Savers, for $6.99. It was sturdy enough to be used as a nightstand even though it was made of particle wood boards in a light oak color. The coolest thing about it was that it was built on caster wheels for mobility.

On the weekend following the purchase, I set out to transform this new addition to my collection. I sanded it first and then stained it with a red oak stain by MINWAX. This project almost turned into an epic fail because I did not completely wipe off the stain every time I applied a coat. I left it to dry for over two weeks and I still ended up with a sticky nightstand/bookself. Wood staining amateur problems….. *shakes head*.

After spending sometime researching the issue, I found out I could apply another coat to loosen up the sticky surface and then wipe it again. Completely! This idea ended up being a life saver. Who knew? After 24 hours, I ended up with a nice clean semi red oak surface, which wasn’t a surprise to me being that I was staining particle wood and not real wood. What I did was more like painting the surface because the particle wood did not absorb the stain. Nevertheless, I was satisfied with this simple DIY nightstand.

To dress it up and add some color, I used some adhesive shelf liner aka contact paper to line the top surface and bottom shelf. I had several prints in my stash but I chose a gray and white Chevron print to compliment the gray, blue, navy, turquoise color scheme of mi cuatro.

Also featured in these photos are my DIY fabric-covered lamp shade, DIY rope vase  and contact paper covered boxes.

This was such a simple project. Find a piece a furniture and make your own nightstand. Happy DIYing!