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Christmas Ornament Cuteness!

So when I first started unpacking Christmas, this was the first thing I wanted to do was recreate a mix of these inspirations.


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Only I wanted something more subtle than ribbon.  If I wanted to go even more subtle, I could even have used fishing line to make it look like they were simply floating!

Next year maybe?

Instead, I used this stuff again.

You know, the stuff that comes on a roll that lasts forever!




And I love the result!!


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Seriously??!  Could it look any happier??!



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They’re so Christmas-y and happy looking!


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I hung them on the front door too!




It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Well… We officially had our first snow!  It was the light-fluffy-keep-you-snowed-indoors-snuggled-on-the-couch-type-of-snow. We got maybe 5-6 inches, which by February won’t be enough to keep us snowed in.  But something about that first snow begs for cuddling on the couch with popcorn, hot chai/coffee, and a cute baby and hubby watching old movies.  Simply glorious!

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And my man brought over all the Christmas shortly before it all happened.  (We keep it all stored in the basement of one of our duplexes since we have very little storage here due to converting the storage closet into a bigger bathroom.  To see what I mean, check out this post)



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I’ve spent the last week decorating here and there.



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Totally different from past year’s with a munchkin around.



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Emma is a TOTALLY happy and delightful baby…. As long as you’re giving her lots of attention.  Takes after her daddy.  😉



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So I’m getting used to a new normal.  Instead of hitting it all in one day and being done, it takes a week.  And I’m okay with that.



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I’m okay with the boxes hanging around a bit longer.  I’m okay with it not being instantly Christmas.




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A friend shared this article on Facebook and I loved it.

“If baking cookies and watching your kids sling sprinkles all over the kitchen is going to make you yell today? Then no. Don’t do it. Always choose the relationship with your kids over the Advent activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.  Listen, the only person who expects you to accomplish All The Things on that list? Is you.”



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Even now, I’m writing this blog post in several settings.  Because Emma wants to eat.  Then she’ll happily play on the floor awhile.  She’s so close to crawling.  She actually scoots quite well now – but only backwards! 😉  Then she wants to snuggle.  So we snuggle.  Then she sits for a while laughing at Kaydee, the dog.  Then she wants to be held again.  Actually, I’m currently typing one-handed as she sleepily lies on the other giggling at the Christmas tree.



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I’m not sure if it’s the lights or the colorful ornaments, but she loves looking at it – giggling.  It’s hilariously adorable.



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I guess all that to say… Life changes.  I’m still getting used to a new normal.



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But for now, I’ll enjoy my week-long Christmas decorating… And the munchkin that changed everything.



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Finally!!!!  THE FINAL REVEAL!


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What started as THIS….








Ended up like THIS:

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So here’s the run-down of my to-do list.

*Tear out all old lathe & plaster

*Tear out wall between closet and bathroom making them one larger room

*Re-install new plumbing

*Re-install new electric

*Tile the floor

*Install new shower/tub

*Install drywall

*Have drywall guy finish the mudding

*Paint walls

*Find vanity & paint it

*Build shelves on sides

*Tile backsplash with gorgeous square glass tiles

*Paint side shelves

*Install hardware (towel holder, toothbrush & toothpaste holder, etc…)

*Install industrial shelving in nook between exposed brick chimney and wall

*Install “wonderwall” like Lettered Cottage’s behind toilet

*Install a towel hanger/crate shelving on wall opposite the shower

*Hang bamboo shades

*Sew curtains that play nicely with shades

*Install floorboards

*Paint all trim

*Install threshold between wood floors in hallway and tile in bathroom


Yes… You’ll notice those last three aren’t crossed off yet….   Those are still on my to-to list. 😉

They joys of doing most everything by oneself.  (And by oneself, I mostly mean Handsome Man.  Because cutting floorboards does take a fair amount of exactness.  And while I can do it, we know that caulking becomes my best friend.  And I just prefer Handsome Man do it! 😉 )




Regardless….   I loooooove my bathroom!!! 🙂






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Bathroom: Yet Another Shelf??!

This is another one of those favorite-parts-of-my-bathroom!


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One side holds a basket of odds and ends… the other side holds all our toilet paper.

Obviously I need to go shopping.  We’re down to one roll. Not good.

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I love that this holds all our towels on the backside of the wall at one end of the shower.  It’s just within reach, so I don’t need to tromp water all over the bathroom if I forgot to grab a towel before jumping in the shower.

My dad and brothers are water trompers. Drives. Me. Crazy.

It never failed… I’d walk into the bathroom with clean socks and…


I’d step in water.

Pet peeve.

And I can say all this about them because I’m pretty sure none of them read my blog.

And if they do….

Guys, there’s still time. You’re not old dogs.  Learn a new trick.

Stop water-tromping.

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Love this light fixture too!

5 bucks and some spray paint, baby!

And Handsome Man bought me an Edison bulb for it.

That man knows the way to my heart. <3

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So when we bought our house, I desperately wanted to do a wall like this one from the Lettered Cottage.



FANTASTIC wall!!!  Initially I wanted to do it on the wall in the living room that you first see when you walk in the door.

Handsome Man didn’t think it was a good idea.  Something about too many plumbing lines, electric, and heat ducts? Whatever.

Anyway… I opted for a much smaller version in my bathroom!

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First I added a distressed 2×6 to close in that awkward gap between the wall and the chimney.  Yay for Handsome Man knowing how to screw into solid brick!

He’s cute AND functional!!!

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Gross huh?

This is the downside to screwing into brick.  Especially above the toilet paper holder.

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I used scrap 2×6’s for the frame and these hardwood flooring samples for the backside to look like planks.

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Personally, I think the idea of using the flooring samples is genius.

Who thought of doing that anyway???

Oh right… That was me! 😉

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All said and done, this is what she looks like.

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I have all the things that make my heart go pitter-patter on this wall.

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Shells and coral from our honeymoon trip to Cancun and a family trip to Puerto Rico…

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The big conch shell was from Florida…

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Some pretty books….

Yeah…. I LOVE this part of my bathroom!

Not a whole Wonderwall like the Lettered Cottage’s….  But enough to make me very happy!

Painting Pillows??

I had someone ask about my striped pillows that you kinda saw in the background of this post.


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They’re actually painted!  Spray painted that is….



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First I cut the squares of fabric the size I needed to make the pillows…

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Then I taped off random stripes with painter’s tape…



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Then I spray painted them with this paint…

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Then I removed the tape and sewed them into pillows.  I used this tutorial by Chalkboard Blue.  Super simple!

Now that I have the stencil, I kinda wanna make chevron ones! 🙂


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Making Antique Looking Mirrors….

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Home Heart Craft did a great tutorial on this…  *cough cough*

Admittedly, I read through it quickly once and then just went at it.  Thankfully this is one of those reeeeeeeally easy projects that isn’t too complicated at all! 😉


You only need 4 items.

*Looking Glass Spray Paint – (I got mine at Hobby Lobby… I know it was hard to find there for a while, but if all else fails, look online!)






*Glass – I used a picture frame and just took the glass out, did the project, then put it back in the frame.



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All I did was mix the vinegar and the water in a small spray bottle and spritzed the glass…


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As you can see in the top left corner, some of the water pooled up there making some super awesome antiquing action going on. Love when that happens.

Then I sprayed a thin coat of the looking glass paint and continued to alternate those 2 steps.  Sometimes I’d do a few coats of the paint for every spritz of water.

It actually takes quite a few coats of the paint.


When you put the glass back in the frame, you will want a darker colored backing behind it as some of that peeps through.



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I made a couple of the mirrors and put them on my “free shelves” that I built a few months ago.  In addition to all the pictures I put up there, I have a few quotes as well.  I happen to love this one! 🙂



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And I want to go back THERE sooooo badly!  🙂

Beach anyone??!



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How to make throw pillows from placemats!

Yes… These pillows are made from placemats.



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Awesome, no?  And they totally took me like 5 minutes each to do!



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I bought this and this placemat from Target…….  I also bought a table runner (The yellow one) from TJ Maxx and made pillows the same way as the placemats!


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They’re double thick with a front piece and a back piece, so it was SUUUUUPER simple to  just cut the end off, leaving me with an open “sack-like thing” for the lack of a better description.

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Then I pulled the stuffing out of another old pillow that I didn’t use any more and crammed it into the new pillow.

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I even managed to do it all with this young munchkin in the sling while I worked.

(Come on….. You had to know I’d get a picture of Emma in here somehow!!! 🙂  )

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Then it was just a matter of sewing up the end and throwing them on the couch!

How easy is that?!?!?!

I’m totally into pattern mixing right now so expect to see a few more pillows here in the near future!  In the meantime…. Adoring these!!! 🙂

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So kid’s curtains are fun!  You can do things to them that you can’t do in any other room!


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Say for instance….


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You want to use actual branches for the curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want the branches to be white and glittery?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want various happy colored ribbon to attach the curtain to your branch/curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Or say you want to use gray/white chevron for the curtain tie backs?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Because in a nursery…

You can pretty much do anything!!!

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Because it’s a nursery…

The sky is the limit!!! 🙂

Tutorials on Pom-Poms, Chinese Lanterns, and MORE!

Okay….. Now!  How did I do all these hanging goodies???


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(AKA: My favorite)

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So this one was suuuuper easy and suuuuuuuuper time consuming.  But totally worth it and it will steal your heart!


I got the original idea from this girl at Ada’s Interior Design!

Ahhh-mazing, no??!

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Anyway… I just grabbed 2 packages of coffee filters… (Dude, they’re like .89 a package! Isn’t this a cheap upgrade??!)

Take a filter, pinch the center with one hand, and pull up the coffee filter with the other.

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I simply started in one spot at the top and began working my way down.

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I used a low-heat glue gun because that’s what I had at the time.  Ada suggested using the low-heat as well because the big high heat gun can leave some definite marks on one’s skin if you know what I mean!  OUCH!

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Just put some glue on the tip of the coffee filter and shove onto the Chinese lantern, keeping them all pretty close so as to avoid bare patches.

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Be prepared.  It takes a while.

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A looooong while.  BUT it’s AWESOME when it’s done!!!!



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Be forewarned…

Less than ideal, taken-late-at-night-when-lighting-was-bad pictures will follow on this next one….


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Observe my attractive pj-wear!   😉

Handsome Man’s STUD Scooby-Doo pajamas!  Jealous??!

(Scooby-Doo pajama’s suggested but are optional when making this lantern)

I had a few faded ugly brown lanterns so I decided they definitely needed an upgrade.  I chose bright, happy orange to cover it and it totally works!

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This one was super easy AND super quick.  I like those!

Again, low-heat glue gun…. Cut tissue paper into strips.  My strips were approximately 4 inches wide.  Cut scallops… (Or zig-zags… Or fringe…. Or whatever you prefer)

Starting at the bottom, hot glue round and round the Chinese lantern and push the top of the strip into the hot glue trail.

Like I said, suuuuper easy!

I think I got the idea from here?  It was on my Pinterest board anyway!


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I didn’t really bother doing a tutorial on these guys because everyone and their dog has a tutorial on how to do them.

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I used THIS tutorial…. The only change I made was that I used like twice as many sheets of tissue paper as I did the first one and decided I wanted them fuller.  And you KNOW how I feel about fullness, right??! 🙂


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Because I like glitter, at least one of these fellows had to be sparkly!

And no… I didn’t have a tutorial for this…

And no…. I’ve never seen anyone do it…

And no… I had NO clue what I was doing…

But really? When has that ever stopped us before?

Are you with me????

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So yeah… I just spray painted the ugly faded brown Chinese lantern with regular gray spray paint and threw iridescent glitter on it as I went along.  No science to it at all…  Just wing it! 😉

I think that pretty much covers all the DIY stuff I hung….  As previously mentioned I got the yellow Chinese lanterns and the pink POLKA DOT lanterns at Hobby Lobby.  I love them a lot.  😉

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