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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.


Inspirations for




Inspirations for


Inspirations for


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!




DIY Free Shelving!

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Yes… I made all these shelves for free.  I just used oodles of my odds and ends scrap wood downstairs.  Now I realize that not everyone has a bunch of scrap wood in their basement….  But you could also do them for free if you used pallets… Or at the very least you could make these super inexpensively even if you went out and bought the wood from a home improvement store!   This is a CRAZY easy project that almost ANYONE could do! Seriously just try it!!!



I needed:

*Wood in varying lengths and widths


*Drill bits



Yes… You’ll need 4 items.  I told you it was easy!!!


You’ll need to overlook the quality of the photos… Try taking pictures AND drilling a hole at the same time.  It’s interesting to say the least!!! 😉


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I used all 1×4’s for the “bases” of the shelves, old lathe from when we ripped out the lathe and plaster walls for the “fronts” and then I used a variety of 1×4’s and 1×6’s for the “backs”.   I did this because I didn’t want to go out and buy more lumber so they were all the same I like the variety! 😉   I actually do like the variety and how they turned out though! Haha!

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I always drilled pilot holes before screwing the pieces together… It REALLY helps with preventing the wood from cracking or accidentally putting the screw in a bit crooked and so it pops out the side… I screwed the back to the bottom of the shelf first and then finished with the front piece.

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I used screws for more stability when attaching the bottom and back 1x’s but I just used finished nails on the frontside.

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You’ll notice I have quite the variety of woods and some of the lathe even has plaster on it yet…  That didn’t matter to me since I was planning on painting these fellows.  If you were wanting to stain them and go with the natural wood look, you’ll want to get more similar wood so that it all takes the stain the same! 🙂

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See what I mean?!?!?!  SIMPLE construction… SUPER easy to put together… And it’s a REALLY quick project!!!

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I simply gave them the usual 1 coat of primer and 2 topcoats of a water-based latex paint…  Don’t you LOVE the little bits of plaster still on the lathe?!?!?   I think it’s awesome!!!


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This is looking from the top of the stairs.

Most of the shelving went here on the stairway… This enormously tall wall totally needed SOMETHING but it couldn’t be anything too wide since it was on the stairway and we were only dealing with so much space.

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My sad empty wall from down the stairs…

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Again… This is from the top of the stairs looking down.

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I love how the simple construction of the shelves really seems to show off what’s ON the shelves!

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Looking up from the stairs…

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Don’tcha just love ’em??!?!

*Happy Sigh*

I simply LOVE the idea of gallery shelves because I like to move things all. the. time. but with the lathe and plaster, don’t want to be filling nail holes all the time.  With the shelves, I can move the art and other items as much as my little heart pleases!

Can’t say it enough times… Just try it!!!  You’ll love these guys!!!

What’s the worst that could happen?!?!?  😉

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Summer Salsa Deliciousness!

….Or would that be Spring Salsa?


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Whatever the case, on a whim…. Handsome Man and I thought it felt like a fresh-made salsa day!


Let me tell you… This is the EASIEST salsa ever!  In fact… I’ve never gone by a recipe.  I just tend to get all the ingredients listed and throw random amounts in until it tastes good.  In an attempt to get an actual recipe for you to work with, I went to and they have this awesome feature where you can just type in 5 or less ingredients and it will give you recipes with those ingredients. (Apparently it’s awesome for finding recipes for supper using ingredients you happen to have on hand)

I typed in:





And found the closest match to my own summer salsa.  It was a good base, but I changed the amounts on several ingredients to fit my own recipe better. (Less onion, more cilantro, etc…)


So without further ado…




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In a mixing bowl, combine 4 large chopped tomatoes… (Sam likes them cubed, I like them chopped finer.  Since he was chopping the tomatoes, they’re cubed. 😉 It’s all how you like your salsa!

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1/2 a diced onion, (This little fellow from Pampered Chef is one of my faaaavorite things!  It makes dicing things soooooo easy!)

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1 cup cilantro, 3 cloves minced garlic, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. garlic salt.

I also suggest adding 1/2 of the jalapeño pepper, and tasting it. If you have a husband with a “wussy tongue,” you’ll need to stop with that. (Yes, I’m talkin’ to YOU, Sam!) If you prefer your salsa with more of a kick, add the remaining 1/2 jalapeño.  I use the whole jalapeño, seeds and all, except for the stem.  The seeds DO make it hotter though.  Fair warning.  😉


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Stir all ingredients well.  Cover the salsa, and chill until ready to serve.  It really is better after it has sat for a while… The flavors mature or something.  All I know is it’s better! 🙂


Summer Salsa Recipe - by DIYinRealLife.comThis is what it looks like after it has sat for a bit….  Yum.

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Just grab some chips, put your feet up and sit back…

And ENJOY your summery goodness in a bowl. 😉

You’ll thank me later.

(You’ll find the recipe below)

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4 large tomatoes

1/2 onion, chopped

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp salt

Jalapeño Pepper, minced, to taste


In a mixing bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, cilantro, diced onion, minced garlic, lime juice, and garlic salt to taste. Add 1/2 of the jalapeño pepper, and taste it. If you prefer your salsa with more of a kick, add the remaining 1/2 jalapeño.  

Mix, then cover the salsa, and let sit at least an hour or until ready to serve to let the flavors mature.  


Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench

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The DIY I’m going to concentrate on in this post is the numbered top on this awesome bench!


Even though I did build the bench myself out of pallets…

Even though I do love it a lot…

And even though I am proud of the end result…


The step-by-step process of building it is appalling.  LOL!

I don’t think I measured much of anything…

totally eyeballed as much as I could…

Few screws here…. Few screws there….  Eh!  Looks good!!!  🙂

Oh!  And I built this before I was blogging.  And didn’t take pictures!  That’s a good excuse!   Just forget I said anything!!!


can’t blog step-by-step DIY on building the pallet bench because I neglected to take pictures!!! Haha!!  That totally sounds better, right?!?!


Really though…. It was SUPER easy to build.  It took 2 pallets, some 1×4’s that I had on hand for the base underneath, and some random 2x’s I had in the basement for the top.  Suuuuuuper easy and FREE for me since I had everything on hand!  Yippee!



After I painted 1 coat primer, and 2 coats of a semi-gloss latex paint, it looked really pretty good!  But I had something even better in mind!



I was inspired by this piece from Sisters of the Wild West.  And they were inspired by a Pottery Barn wall piece.  Dont’cha love how inspiration works?!?!?


Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by I simply printed a document of the numbers 1-9 in like 5 different fonts in various sizes.  Typically one number per page.  This is simply going to be a matter of preference.  Then I spent the next couple hours watching “Psych” and cutting out numbers.  Yeah.  It was awesome.  😉


After they were all cut out, I randomly arranged and re-arranged the numbers in various directions all over the top till it was completely covered.  Absolutely no method to the madness, just in case you’re wondering!!! 😉

I taped them down and then put various weights around the edges of the numbers to get a crisper line.  I wasn’t too worried about getting a super crisp line since I would be distressing it a bit.   If you were really particular about it, you could do this in vinyl too I suppose?



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Next step: Have a Handsome Man spray paint the top for you.  I mean, you could do it yourself, but as for me…. I let him spray paint whenever possible!  It’s one of his secret talents! 😉


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Again…. I wasn’t too worried about getting a super crisp line since I would be distressing the top later.



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Hello happy numbers!  🙂

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This is right after the numbers were painted.

 It was at this point, Handsome Man calmly stated, “it looks like something from a horror movie.”

“It looks like WHAT?!?!?”  I said.

“You know… it looks like something from that movie…. Oh what’s it called?  It’s about a guy who deciphers codes and stuff?”

“A Beautiful Mind???”

“Yeah.  That’s it.”

Because “horror movie” is exactly the genre I put “A Beautiful Mind” in.

Granted I wasn’t a big fan of the whole story line…  Can’t say it was my best use of 2 hours.

Man deciphers codes for the government until the end when you find out he’s not deciphering anything for the government after all.  He’s just schizophrenic.

Anyway!  I decided that maybe if there wasn’t quite so much contrast between the gray numbers and the white top, it wouldn’t look so “HORROR MOVIE-ISH!”

So out came the glaze.  I just used whatever I had on hand.  It was a clear glaze that you use sponge painting walls, etc. mixed with some gray paint.

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Brush it on. Wipe it off.

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LOVING the finished product and Handsome Man doesn’t even seem to mind the numbers now!!  (Not that he’ll admit, anyway! lol!)

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Need to get big baskets, etc. to style the bottom…  But I love the space down there!!

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*happy sigh*

Not bad for FREE, eh?!?!

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