Kierste’s Favorite Things 2015

Simply Kierste's Favorite Things 2015 |

I just love reading about people's favorite things--not only is it interesting, it can also give some great ideas on products I just might like to try. Since it's officially the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share my own collection of favorite things...2015! (affiliate links included) Amazon Prime I think if there is one thing that I used the very most this year, it was Amazon Prime.  For a long time I didn't do it--wasn't sure about the cost, if I would use it, lol. A couple of years ago I decided to just try it for one year, and see what happened.  Well, let's just say, I will never go back to not having it!  I buy EVERYTHING on Amazon, lol. Okay, not … [Read more...]

4×4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks

4x4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks |

You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I've used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn't resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces.  They're easy, adorable, and really inexpensive--three of my favorite things! SO SO cute! I use battery-operated tea lights, so they're totally safe to use indoors, and they look so pretty all lit up. They're perfect on the kitchen table, mantel, shelf, table, or anywhere! I made them exactly like I did the Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins, so you can follow … [Read more...]

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump |

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween! I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know! What makes it so easy?  I picked up a mason jar soap pump kit at Michael's for around $3, using a … [Read more...]

Farmstyle wood fall signs + free Silhouette cut files

Farmstyle Fall Wood Signs |

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make! I wanted them to look more like barn wood--farmstyle--and using a stain then sanding the heck out of them helped me achieve that.  I used stencils I cut out using my Silhouette, and painted them on with white paint. They were an easy weekend project that was mostly drying time (you need to let stain dry for 24 … [Read more...]

Make packing lunches easier & faster with a school lunch station!

School Lunch Station | Free Printables |

With my twin boys starting kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff), I will now have five kids to pack school lunch for.  All of a sudden this past week that seemed like... a lot.  We still have a couple of weeks until school starts, but I decided to get organized now! I've always had some kind of lunch station, but the thought of 25 bags of chips, 25 fruit cups, 25 granola bars, 25 string cheese, and 25 go-gurt (plus sandwich stuff) per week really got me thinking about how I could create something to make the packing process a lot faster and easier. So...the official school lunch station has been created, including some super cute printables as the finishing touch. It's simple, but that's … [Read more...]

Farmhouse style picnic table

Farmhouse Picnic Table |

The last picnic table we had cost $10.  We had just moved into our first house, while I was at the township office working on paperwork, I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables.  I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move. I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago.   We've always used our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an … [Read more...]

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY tetherball set!

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! |

We are on a quest to add some really fun things to our backyard, and this DIY tetherball set was an easy weekend project that our whole family loves!   After re-discovering tetherball at our friends' home several weeks ago, the kids begged us to get a tetherball set for them.  I checked them out on Amazon, and when I saw the price (around $100), I knew I could make one for less. I did!  I saved more than half by making our own, plus it's incredibly sturdy and durable.  We absolutely love it, and our family has already spent a lot of time outside enjoying it. It really is so worth it to make your own.  It only took about an hour to put together, then 24 hours of drying time.  Totally … [Read more...]

Favorite farmware…and where to find it!

favorite farmware |

I am in love with all things farmhouse, and I'm always on the lookout for decor that fits my farmhouse style.  I've come across some great sites through my searching, and discovered some of my favorite farmware that I want to share with you today...and also where to get them! What I love about just about every one of these items is that they can cross style genres--industrial, traditional, coastal--and can fit into so many different types of spaces. I absolutely love each of these! Wire baskets // Boxwood wreath // 3-tier metal stand // Ribbed creamware batter bowl // Vintage metal scale clock // White pitcher // Galvanized cake stand // Enamel bread box // Nesting herb crates // … [Read more...]

Nautical outdoor “eat” sign

Outdoor Nautical "Eat" Sign |

 Amanda, from The Tale of an Ugly House is here today, sharing this adorable outdoor "eat" sign!!  With summer finally here I've been looking for fun decor items to spruce up our backyard. We love to entertain and grill out. It's been really fun adding some nautical touches here and there to our outdoor space. I love how this sign turned out. We have it sitting on our grill prep/ buffet table. It's super easy to make and very inexpensive! Here's what you need to make your own rope sign- 3- 1x4 cut to 18 inches 2 - 1x3 cut to 8 inches Rope of choice Stain or paint of choice Cut three 1x4's to 18" long. Attach them together by screwing two 1x3's to the back of your … [Read more...]

Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign

Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign |

Making a lemonade stand has been on my list...pretty much forever.  The last few years we've been so transient that it wasn't really an option--with no where to store it and moves coming up.  Even though all of our things are in storage right now, we did keep out the chop saw so that we would be able to build things for our new house.  With summer parties and entertaining on the horizon, I decided it was finally time for a lemonade stand!  I'm calling it a lemonade stand just because I'm not sure what else to call it, and because it just sounds cuter, but it will mostly be used as a outside serving station. I added a few features, including a reversible chalkboard sign, and decided on a … [Read more...]