{barn door decor}

I had a lot of requests about how I incorporated the barn doors I made into my decor, and I promised I would post it after the weekend. After a very busy, but fun-filled week, things are finally quieting down around here. We loved having our family here, and we are going to miss them!The red barn door went into my family room, which is decorated in red, chocolate brown, and cream. It really needed a pop of color, and this door was the perfect accent. This particular wall also really needed something, and I LOVE the clock hanging on it.It was quite the scene, as my mom, sister, and I were trying to figure out whether or not to hang it vertically or horizontally. My poor dad, … [Read more...]

{black friday canvas deal!}

I just received my free canvas in the mail this week, and I LOVE it. I decided on a black & white photo of my boys, to hang in their nursery, in the 11x14 size. It's perfect!Right now, Canvas People is offering 50% everything, plus free shipping! This offer is good through December 3rd, and you need to use the coupon code "blackfriday".Now I'm thinking our family picture would look great on a canvas... … [Read more...]

{organized christmas planner} free printables

organized cover

One of my favorite Christmas gifts ever was given to me by Angela---she knows me so well, and we share the same love of all things organized. It was "Kierste's Organized Christmas", and had everything I needed (and more) to keep things straight during the the busiest season of the year. From a pouch for receipts, to a spending ledger, budget spreadsheet, places for menus and favorite family traditions--I had it all in one convenient place. When Angela gave it to me, she gave me 5 copies, to last for 5 years, all separated with dividers for each year. LOVE it. I knew I wanted her to share it with you, so this is the story in her words... ..... Five years ago, I attended a class about … [Read more...]

{DIY barn door}

barn door finished red copy

You know those darling room makeovers that use fabulous old barn doors as part of the decor? I have been on the hunt FOREVER to find one, and despite living in the midst of barn country, I've had no luck. So, I decided to make one out of old wood, except that I was having a hard time finding that too. Well, a very smart friend of mine made one for her laundry room out of new wood, and I decided to follow her lead. My waiting was over! So, if you're lucky enough to have some old wood laying around, this is the perfect project for it, or you can head down to Home Depot like me! You will not believe how fast and easy this is! I made 2 of them--one regular-sized red one, and a square cream one … [Read more...]

{drab to fab hat & mittens}

hat and mittens on table both copy

It's getting chilly here, which means it's time for hat & mittens! This is a super simple way to give new or old winter wear a little makeover...drab to fab! The cost? I spent $1 on fabric, and used less than 1/4 yard, so 25 cents! Add in a glue stick, and about 4 inches of heat 'n bond, and we're talking a grand total of about 75 cents. Love it. And trying to figure out which mittens go to what girl? Problem solved. Drab to Fab Hat & Mittens Hat: I made six rolled fabric flowers (click HERE for the tutorial)--three for each hat. I made two of them a little larger, with one smaller. The only thing I did differently was the way I folded the material in the beginning. Instead … [Read more...]

{quick & simple coat hooks}

coat hooks close copy

Isn't there always a need for more hooks? Whether it's your mudroom, pantry, playroom, or kids' rooms, they add storage without taking up a lot of space. Despite having fantastic lockers, hooks, and baskets in our mudroom, with five kids and their stuff, it just wasn't enough. Winter is quickly coming upon us, so in addition to the usual backpacks and school bags, they each have snow gear plus their usual coats. This is a really quick and simple project, and you can go about it a couple of different ways. If you have access to tools to cut wood, I would use MDF, which you can purchase at any hardware store. It's less expensive, and you can use it for a variety of other projects as well. … [Read more...]

{window trash-to-treasure}

I have had about a million things hanging in one particular spot in my dining room, and one by one, they've all come down and been replaced by something else. Admittedly, I do change my mind a lot, and I like to switch things up, but usually once I find something that just "clicks", it tends to stay put.Well, I think I've found the one! I discovered this old window on the side of the road one Sunday on my way home from church, and sacrificed my dress to haul it in my vehicle, along with a couple others. Worth it? Definitely. It didn't have any panes, but it was large (45x18), and I immediately knew what I wanted to do, and where it would go.After painting it red, then sanding it to … [Read more...]

{friday favorites}

I have been neck deep in Fabulous Friday stuff (our church's annual craft day) all week long, and I'm excited for it to all come together tonight. I have at least 3 projects down in the workshop that have been put on hold until it's over, so next week I'll have some fun things to share.For today, I wanted to tell you about a new discovery. I was lucky enough to be the winner of a giveaway over at anna and blue paperie last week--a $20 gift certificate to Cherry Hill Designs. They only sell one of my favorite things in the whole world...labels! Seriously, I could label every item in my house and be happy. They have such darling things, how could I decide? In the end, I went with some … [Read more...]

{thanksgiving printables}

Looking for something fun to add to your Thanksgiving table? These free Thanksgiving printables by anna and blue paperie are DARLING. I love the she/he ate list...so cute!Download them HERE! … [Read more...]

{milk can vase}

When I stumbled across this darling milk can vase at Michael's this weekend, I knew I wanted it for my dining room table. I've recently made some changes in that area, including the connecting kitchen, and I knew it would fit perfectly! It started out as a galvanized metal can, and I found it back in the vase section of the store. It was also reasonably priced at $8, and with a 40% coupon, a definite steal. With a little paint and sandpaper, it was transformed--so easy! I added the number 7 to make it a little interesting, and because I love using numbers. Why 7? That's how many are in our family. :)Milk Can VaseITEMS YOU NEED:milk canspray paintsandpapercraft paintnumber … [Read more...]