Easy Wood Christmas Sign | simplykierste.com

Easy wood Christmas sign

You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!!  With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl!

I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn't.  I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that's perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!

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Outdoor Nautical "Eat" Sign | simplykierste.com

Nautical outdoor “eat” sign

 Amanda, from The Tale of an Ugly House is here today, sharing this adorable outdoor "eat" sign!! 

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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-

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Painted Flag Window | simplykierste.com

Easy painted flag window

I've been in withdrawals over the last year. Since we moved to New York, all of our things have been in storage while we build our house, including my collection of old windows.  I haven't ad a chance to go looking for more, so when a friend very kindly gave me a few of hers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them.  Making  a painted flag window has been on my list forever, and I want to use it not only for holiday decor, but on a regular basis in my home.  Not sure where yet...but somewhere!  It was super easy to do, and I LOVE it!

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Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | simplykierste.com

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp

So excited to have Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House here today, sharing this ADORABLE lamp!  
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My husband and I have recently been transitioning our son's room from a nursery to more of a big boy room. My son, Charlie has been over the moon to see all the new things coming into his room. One item that I just couldn't settle on was a lamp. I wasn't finding exactly what I was looking for when I went to the big box store. While flipping though a Pottery Barn Kids magazine one morning, I saw this adorable vintage truck lamp. Given that Charlie loves cars and trucks, it was perfect! The price however was not. $130 for a lamp for a two-year old was a bit much for me to spend. My mind immediately started brain storming. I remembered Hobby Lobby had a great selection of metal cars and trucks. So off to hobby Lobby I went!

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DIY Dinosaur Bookends | simplykierste.com

DIY Dinosaur Bookends

Today  I'm pleased to announce Amanda Becker, from Tale of an Ugly House, as the newest Simply Kierste contributor!!  I just know you are going to fall in love with her, her projects, and her style.  Don't forget to swing by and say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!! // DIY Dinosaur Bookends

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We recently built my son a toy organizer for his room. If your child is anything like mine, they have a lot of books! I wanted to keep a few of my son's favorite books where he could easily get to them but still keeping them organized. Being that Charlie is only two, his favorites are always changing! I searched for the perfect bookends. I found several cute ones, but none that really jumped out at me.

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diy painted curtains | simplykierste.com

DIY Painted Curtains {Tutorial}

If you're a Pinterest lover like I am, then you've probably seen projects and wondered if they *really* would work. I felt that way anytime I saw DIY painted curtains--with stripes. I've always loved them, just didn't know how those stripes would actually turn out. Then one day, I needed new curtains for music room, and I just knew that stripes would be perfect for that space. When I started looking at striped curtains online, I quickly realized how pricey they were, and that I didn't want to spend that much on them. So...I decided to give painted curtains a try, and I'm SO SO glad!!!

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How to carve a foam pumpkin

Disclosure:  I was provided with free product from Michael's to try.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone.

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I've been curious about how to carve a foam pumpkin for awhile now, and do I was really excited when Michaels sent me some to try, along with a hot carving knife to carve them with.  I love the thought of foam pumpkins, because while they will never replace our traditional real pumpkin carving each year as a family, they can be used from year to year as decoration inside and outside of our home.

I decided to try something very simple first, so I could get the hang of it, and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.

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