{downtown tape giveaway!}

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We all know that washi tape is all the rage right now, and can be used in SO many fun projects! I'm excited for this giveaway by Downtown Tape, a new site that sells so many different color/pattern options of washi tape for less than $2 a roll!!!  LOVE!  The holidays are fast approaching, and there really are so many simple and inexpensive gifts and decor you can create with washi tape.  What about tucking the whole roll into a Christmas stocking? SO fun! How about as a teacher gift?  I'm sure there are many things they could use it for in their classroom. If you sign up for their newsletter, you'll receive $10 worth of downloadable tags, for free!!! AND...they are giving one very … [Read more...]

{a place for everything} organizing your medicine cabinet & first aid supplies

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We have a lot of medicine at our house, lol.  Between vitamins for everyone, children and adult medication, and basic first aid supplies, it really adds up.  I like to have it all in one place, where it can be found quickly when needed. The clear three-drawer system is my favorite way to organize it all.  There are several sizes to choose from, depending on the space you have, and how much room you need. They are perfect for separating medicine into categories, which is the most helpful aspect for me.  I like knowing I can go right to the pain relief drawer to find children's Ibuprofen, and that I don't have to search through bottles to get to it. You can also use plastic bins to … [Read more...]

{halloween silhouette cameo bundle WINNER}

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YAY!  Time to announce the winner of the Halloween Silhouette Cameo Bundle!  Wahoo! Carly Delise is the very lucky winner!  Look for my e-mail!  I need you to reply within 48 hours, or I will need to select another winner. SO happy for you! ..... You all still have until October 31st to take advantage of the Halloween promos... go HERE and use the code Kierste! {kierste} … [Read more...]

{reason #558 to ♥ command hooks}

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 Command hooks are seriously one of the best inventions! One of my most favorite ways to use them is as door hangers, for doors where nails and over the top hangers are not an option.  This has saved me so many times!!! Bedrooms and pantries are two of the places I use them the most, but it will work anywhere a command hook will work!  Do you have the windows that open "out", so you can clean them?  If so, you can also use these hooks on the inside of your windows to hang wreaths on the outside of your window! I had a chalkboard I wanted to hang on the front of my pantry, and this method worked perfectly. This is what I did: 1.  Tied ribbon onto the brackets on the back of the … [Read more...]

{and then there was light…}

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Did you know that one of the #1 ways to make your home more energy efficient is one of the most simple? It's true!  In a workshop given by The Home Depot I had at the Celebration of Service, we learned a lot about energy efficiency, and I'm excited to pass along to you! There are many small things you can do to become more energy efficient, and save yourself a lot of money each year. Today I'm focusing on one of the easiest, but one that comes with a big impact...changing your light bulbs! Let's take a look... {Incandescent Bulbs} This is your regular, standard light bulb.  Do you know why they are so inefficient? They convert less than 5% of their energy into  visible light, with the … [Read more...]

{front entry bench}

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I love an organized garage, so lockers for the area next to the back door were high on my priority list when we moved in.  While I was out of town for a few days, my cute hubby surprised me and built the cutest bench with a place for baskets, a planked back, and hooks for hanging coats and bags. He whitewashed it, which is one of my most favorite ways to refinish wood pieces.  I LOVE it, and it was so fun to come home and see it in my garage. Except...it was way too cute for the garage.  :)  However, I had been looking for just the perfect thing to go in my front entry.  My poor husband and dad had to move it again, so my mom and I could see what it looked like, and that was it...love at … [Read more...]

{halloween 4×4 post luminaries}

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Who is excited for Halloween?  ME!!! I wanted to make some Halloween luminaries for our front walk, and I wanted them to last for more than one night. So...with a 4x4 post and a little paint, I came up with something that I absolutely love!  You will not believe how easy and inexpensive these are, so you can make as many or as few as you like. This would make a great Super Saturday project! In addition to lining a front walk or porch, they would be darling in a window, or lining a tablescape.  I used them for a church Christmas party one year, and put them down the center of long tables, along with other decorations.  They don't have to be for Halloween. Think Christmas---how about in … [Read more...]

{spooky silhouette giveaway & promo}

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It's Halloween, and Silhouette is offering some really great promos to celebrate!  What better time to try some of the really fun Halloween vinyl, heat transfer, and cardstock colors? I was able to try the black and orange vinyl, and I'm in love.  Black is a staple for me, but I'd never used the orange before.  I embellished my fabric handled pails with the orange vinyl, and I have another project in store for you tomorrow that I think you're going to love! This is the thing...Silhouette isn't offering just one promo, they're offering FOUR, which has never been done before!!! 1.  HALLOWEEN VINYL/CAMEO BUNDLE · 1 roll 9-inch x 10 feet black premium vinyl · 1 roll 9-inch x 10 feet orange … [Read more...]

{fabric handled buckets}

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I just love little buckets!  They are one of my favorite ways to give a small gift, or package a yummy treat for a friend or neighbor.  You can find them really cheap--my most successful places to check are in the Target one spot, or at the dollar store--both places they are only $1! Using fabric, or even ribbon, as a handle adds the most charming detail to any small pail or bucket ( LOVE those little knots on the sides), and it's an easy way to add in some color to match any holiday or season.  This black and white polka dot is perfect for Halloween, but how fun would this be for Christmas, filled with yummy treats for neighbor gifts?  Easter, Valentine's Day, 4th of July...they would be … [Read more...]

{the BEST project ever!}

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I'm REALLY excited to share with you one of my BEST projects ever...hands down one of the top six. :) Aren't they cute?  :)  Of course, it's a little hard to tell, because a darling 3 year old crumpled it right up in his hand, and it took a little smoothing to look this good, lol. This was also a BIG surprise, but a very happy one.  After years of infertility and loss, and a very long journey to get our family, this was definitely not on our list of possibilities.  So glad we were wrong!  I am now 17 weeks, and everything  looks good.  I was really sick for about three months (another very large contributing factor to my absence this summer and early fall), but I'm finally feeling … [Read more...]