Pins of the Week…

So…  Another week of Pins I love… Check it!

 

 

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Yes… I’m behind the curve.  I’ve never done washi tape.

BUT that’s all about to change!

Angela (this friend) and I ordered a bunch together this week.

And so…. Washi tape it is!

Looking forward to simple quick projects like this from Delicious Spaces!

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Oh yes I did.  Not one, but 2 washi tape projects. Mmmmhmmm!

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Betcha didn’t see that coming!

3 washi tape projects.  Wouldn’t these be darling in cupcakes??

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I love.  I want.

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How adorbs is this??  Can’t wait till Emma is old enough to enjoy things like this by Imperfectly Imaginable!

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Or this “market” by So You Think You’re Crafty!  Can you say it with me?? Awwww!

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Nice!  I kinda love maxi dresses and skirts because they’re SOOOOO comfy!  It’s like wearing pajamas in public!

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Cannot. Stop. Laughing.

I mean… I’m all for DIY but… No. Just no.

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DIY Chevron Burlap Ribbon

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Okay… I dig chevron.  I just do.  I’m not ashamed!

 

 

And when I saw this inspiration…  “Burlap? Chevron? Ribbon? Love.”

 

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I happen to love the cotton in this wreath by Orthodox Mom.  Super cute!!!!

I love the chevron ribbon but…

I’m cheap.

And I didn’t want to buy any.

So I thought to myself:

Self… You bought ribbon on a garage sale this summer.  Burlap ribbon from Ballard Designs no less. It was only 1.00 a roll and you got three, you shrewd-efficient-deal-finding girl you!”

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Yes I did.  Full rolls of Ballard Designs ribbon for 1.00 each.

I hadn’t done anything with them yet, so I pulled one out one evening along with a black sharpie marker.  I flipped on the TV, plopped down on the couch and started working away at it.

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Yes it’s time consuming… But it’s a good while-you-watch-a-movie project!  Really doesn’t take much for brains! 😉

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I was anything but exact with the pattern because I wanted it slightly irregular and imperfect.

 I basically just outlined 2 M’s then colored it in… Or W’s if your prefer… 🙂

 It would take a lot longer if you wanted them exact though, and had to measure I’m sure. I’d suggest just buying it if that’s the case.  Ha!

I sure love it though!  Can’t wait to find something to use it on now that I have a whole roll of it!

 I’ll post when I do!  Whoop whoop!

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Top 10 Posts during 2013 here at DIYinRealLife.com

Yeah.  Everyone’s doing it.

 

So I will too.  Peer pressure.  Sheesh!

 

 

Besides!  It’s so very interesting to me! 🙂

 

 

Here’s a list of the most viewed posts in 2013 here at www.DIYinRealLife.com:

 

 

#10: Tutorial of Curtain Rods Made From Plumbing and Electrical Supplies…

DIY in Real Life - How to make curtain rods out of plumbing and electrical supplies

 

This post was actually posted on my birthday in 2012…

Obviously still popular, it ranks at #10.

 

 

#9: Of Chinese Lanterns… and pom poms… and pennants, oh MY!

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Totally one of my faves… this picture is adorbs!  One of the posts concerning our little munchkin’s nursery.

 

#8: Before/After Coffee Bar… My Favorite EmilyDIY in Real Life.com: Coffee Bar Before/After

Dude, I love this project.  Apparently you guys did too, because it rated #8!

 

#7: Dining Room Table and Mismatched Chairs

Inexpensive Dining Room Table Re-do by DIY in Real Life.com:

Still love my chairs and table…  Let me tell you though, the sucker is so heavy that when we sell the house, we’ll probably sell it too!  Haha!

#6: Cheap 80’s Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off

80's Brass Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off - DIY in Real Life.com

This is still one of my favorite projects here… I love the two lights we did.

 

#5: A Round Up of 30+ Great Shelving Ideas

Round-Up of 30+ Shelving Ideas at www.DIYinRealLife.com

Round-up posts are always a guaranteed win…  This one being no exception! 🙂

 

#4: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

 

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I was actually surprised at this one…

Posted only this month, it managed to garner  place #4! Hmmm!

 

 

#3 – A DIY Tutorial on How to Paint Clouds for Non-Artists

A DIY Tutorial on How to Paint Clouds for Non-Artists

Apparently clouds are where it’s at?  Cause little Levi’s airplane room came in with the bronze!

 

 

#2: A DIY Numbered Pallet Bench

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I pretty much adore this bench…  Soooo functional and cute! No surprise at #2.

 

#1 – A Round-Up of 36 things to do with bottles, mason jars and other glassware36 Things to do with Bottles, Mason Jars, and other Glassware!

And like I said…. Round ups are always a hit…  This post was featured so I got a ton of traffic!

THANKS for a great year my lovelies!  Looking forward to another with y’all!!

New Year Goals: Free Printables

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So this morning I worked on a list of goals for the house this year.  We have most of the “big” projects done here on our little previously-forclosured home, but sometimes it’s a little too easy to skip the little odds and ends.

You know…. The little trim here… The caulking there… Things that really don’t take that long, but over the weekend we could take an hour or two to complete.

Here’s what I came up with:

 

 

 

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Obviously there are things I’ll want to add to this list as the year progresses, but this was the list I came up with for now.

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Then I split those projects up by month.

I put the more important things in earlier months…

Outdoor things in the Spring/Summer…

And left the later months open as I add more things to the list.

I made it super attainable and didn’t go overboard.  You’ll notice the winter months have more projects… That’s because we have a wee bit more time in January than July since Handsome Man is a roofer! 🙂

I also color coded the to-do list.

RED=Handsome Man

BLUE=Me

PURPLE=Either/Both

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I thought I was exceptionally witty due to the fact that together red and blue make purple…

But maybe that’s just because the munchkin has decided to forgo sleeping at night lately and I’m merely sleep deprived.

That’s quite possible.

ANYWAY! Handsome Man and I really do best with lists and deadlines so I think this will be super helpful!!

If you are a deadline operator like us, I made a couple free printables just for you!

Go crazy and get some goals organized!!

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Good luck with projects in the upcoming year!!   Let me know if you try this and how it goes!!

 

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year! How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

 

 

 

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I remember.

I remember.

 

 

 

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It was in tragedy that we as americans turned to God.   People that never entered church doors, went anyway grasping for a way to understand what happened.

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We saw the words, “God Bless” everywhere, and no one seemed to complain about it…

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In the lack of humanity shown by those that did this, we saw a enormous amount of humanity from inside our country.   Complete strangers held hands together… Cried together…

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It’s been 12 years now…

All that’s left of that day is the 09/11 Memorial and each of our memories.

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Much has changed… And not for the better.

We as a country had a chance.

An opportunity to repent.

A time to change our ways.

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Instead, images like this are considered “too American.”

Our religious freedoms are being taken away in the name of sensitivity.   Christianity is under overt attack.

Students told that they cannot say the words, “God Bless” and teachers told to pray in closets.

Freedom of speech is dwindling away due to political correctness.  We mustn’t offend anyone.

Those that are the quickest to demand tolerance are in fact, the least tolerant.

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What has happened, America?

Have you forgotten?

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
– John Adams

“The only foundation for education and a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object of life and life of all republican governments.”
–Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
–Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary

The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
–Ben Franklin

“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? 

And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? 

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”

Deut. 4:7-9

Uninspired.

Sad title, no?  But I just haven’t felt that inspired lately!

 

Maybe it’s that small munchkin that seems to demand an insane amount of attention?

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Maybe it’s that I found myself hooked on Brother vs. Brother on HGTV and watched all the back episodes?  (Funny.  Now I want to go flip a house again. Like now.)  Go team Jonathan! 😉

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And maybe I’ve just hit a creative lull? I guess that’s real life, eh?

 

Anyhoo… Have some projects planned for this week, so stay tuned!!!