Decorating Archives

I’m getting excited. Christmas is almost here and family will be arriving next week. My son, Seth will be home and he’ll be staying until his wedding in February. So many things to look forward to.   Lots of planning still to do. Thirty-five people staying here. We’d better get that cabin completed! I’m brainstorming ideas for activities we can do with the family. We started a tradition two years ago of playing the game crokinole but I want to add a prize to it. At first I thought I’d get a trophy that would be given to the winner every time we have Christmas together (which is every other year) but now I’m mulling over making a little sign. I’ll keep you updated on…

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Why Everyone Needs a Daughter

Are you paralyzed by indecision? Decisions about paint colors, home decor and related things? If so, join the club of mothers over 40 who feel your pain. Me and a friend were talking about that very thing this past week. We want to change up our home decor… we need a change and we really should update… but where do we start? I can’t even make up my mind about a paint color or a small accessory. She has the same problem. We find we depend upon our daughters because we wonder if maybe we’re stuck in the rut of past fashions and are afraid to move on with the times. Just recently she purchased a ceramic bird for her kitchen and brought it home….

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A Teapot Winter Mantle

I can’t believe 2015 is almost over! It has been quite a year. I am feeling more disorganized than I ever have before and lack of motivation and too much busyness is the culprit, I’m sure. So this is something I’m going to want to try and change this coming year. But that’s for another post. Today I want to show you my winter mantle. My mom and I worked on this one together when she was out at Thanksgiving time. She enjoyed it so much and I loved doing it with her. Plus it was a big help to me. I told her I like to try new ideas each year instead of repeating. My Christmas teapot came to mind as something I wanted…

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A Fall Mantle, Pumpkins and an Owl

The cooler fall weather has arrived. It’s a lovely time of year and with Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m excited. Family is coming and more family, so it’s going to be quite a time. While I’ll have a lot of family here, two of my boys will be gone. One to Canada for his commercial ice fishing venture and the other to South Africa to work at a big game rehabilitation center where they take injured big game animals and doctor them and try to rehabilitate for release back into the wild. Friends of ours run this center, which is located close to Kruger Park and we visited there many years ago. Now our son will be spending 3 weeks there and I’m sure it…

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Making Envelope Pillow Covers – Simple Project

Because it’s pretty big news in our family… We’re going to be grandparents again! Little Shalom will be a “big” sister, Lord willing, in November. We’re delighted that our kids love children and count them as precious gifts and very happy for the new addition coming to our family. And more exciting news for my son and his family. They will be building themselves a small house and if all goes well moving in before their new arrival! That will be so very nice for them! I am happy to say I was able to get to those envelope pillows and had success making two! They were so easy! The tutorial was very simple to follow and you are even given directions on how to…

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Master Bedroom Progress

I’m quite excited because after a few years I’m actually starting to make some progress in the master bedroom. I have curtains hung and I purchased a few pillows for my bed as well as a throw. Progress, people! It feels good! My daughter, Serenity ordered a few pillow forms through the mail a long time ago but decided not to use them. Instead of paying the return postage we kept them and instead of taking up closet space, I think I’ll actually use them on my bed! That’s what they’re for after all. 🙂 So yesterday, I picked me up some fabric and my plans are to get them made today. I found a really great tutorial online for making an envelope pillow slip…

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My Pantry Has a Name

It’s been almost 4 months since I asked for suggestions on what to name my new pantry. And after all this time I did decide on a name! Butler’s Pantry In yesteryears, the Butler’s Pantry was a place to store silverware and other kitchen items that were not edible. Although I loved so many of the suggestions that it was actually hard to choose one, I ended up picking Butler’s Pantry because I found it easiest to say when I was directing someone to go and get an item from there. It just seemed to slip out so easily. I finally got around to painting the name on the door the other day. I wish now I had did it different. I would have purchased…

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A Winter Mantle for 2014

I’m trying to get as much done here at the farm as I can before the family arrives next week. Russell, so sweetly decides to make a run into town to get me more liquid iron, and he asks if there’s anything else I’d like. I tell him bananas. One little item…   But then I remember there is a sale on blackberries and clementines so I call to ask him to pick that up, too. Three little items… He doesn’t do much shopping at our local Sprout’s so finding the liquid iron was a bit of a chore but after rounding up two employees, the liquid iron was plucked from the shelf and safely deposited into the shopping cart. Next were the blackberries. Two…

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Painting a Wooden Headboard

I’m making progress people on my master bedroom! If you were to see my list of things to do in there – it is dated back to 2012. I am one slow mover! But a vision for what I’m wanting is clear in my mind (at least for 1/2 of the room). Remember that headboard I rescued from our burn pile? (You can read about my finds here.) I decided to see if it would work for my bedroom. First I lightly sanded it because it was starting to peel and blister from being left in the rain (before I rescued it). It’s not a high quality piece of wood. It’s just a veneer so I didn’t sand it too much. Then with the help…

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My Rustic Fall Mantle for 2014

It’s not officially fall but for me August always signifies Autumn so that’s when my decorations went up – sometime in the last part of the month. Since I’ve been on this quest of trying to learn some basics of decorating,  I’ve had so much fun changing my mantle with the seasons. I do have a storage container that I keep fall decorations in but then I also “shop” my house which makes it possible for me to introduce different elements into my mantle decor each season. Maybe I’ll run out of ideas eventually, I don’t know, but for now I’m going with it. That 1800’s looking man in the photo is actually my son. Yes, it sure is. He’s a hunting guide in the…

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Furniture Rescue

Three roll-off dumpsters filled with junk were sent to the dump. I was okay with that, after all my son was cleaning up his new rental home. The owner had passed away and he must have had very eclectic interests for there were stamp collections, coin collections, books, silverware, all kinds of things.  He had it all. Things were going to the dump, wood was being unloaded in our scrap pile and then there were the collections that were being brought home so that research could be done to see if there was any resell value. But then just 2 days ago I was going by the scrap pile and I saw… I saw things I shouldn’t have seen for now it makes me wonder…

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Needing to Make a Decision

When you are unsure of yourself you can become the most indecisive, can’t-make-a-decision-for-the-life-of-you person around. And that’s where I’m at right now. I’m really considering making my own tufted headboard.  Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick makes it look so doable. Or my other option is to paint my current headboard using chalk paint. It would be painted a white with areas rubbed off to show the wood underneath which would give it more character in my opinion. A friend of mine did this to her kitchen table and it looks fabulous. I’m just scared I’ll mess the whole thing up. 🙁 Do you ever feel intimidated by projects you have planned? I am brimming with ideas but they all require branching out of my comfort…

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I am so excited! I think I almost literally jumped up and down last night when I stepped into my bedroom. You see it’s been a long time. I’ve been wanting to do a master bedroom redo for a few years now and it’s finally happening. First I was waiting on my painter who never came or even returned my calls, then I had to wait a few weeks while my room was torn apart (furniture moved) waiting for my carpet to come in (it’s a long story). We moved into our home in December 1995 and at that time I did not know what color I wanted to paint my room so the painters just put a flat white on the walls, it might…

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Reclaimed Piece of Wood Turned Coat Hook

Many years ago, my oldest son made a chair out of pine as a part of our homeschool woodworking class.  It was a design of simple construction but having made something useful was fun and gave him an opportunity to see what woodworking was all about. This is the night of his highschool graduation celebration in 2008. Seth and his grandma (my mom) – and she is sitting in the chair he had made. It was showing wear even then so I’m not sure when he actually built it. But fast forward to 2013 and the arm of the chair broke in half. Me being the sentimental girl that I am thought we should save the chair and try to repair it but since that…

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My 2013 Winter Mantle & Holiday Decorations

The pantry is in working order again, the fall decorations put away and the decorations out for the Christmas season. I have to thank my daughter Serenity for being so helpful.  She loves the little traditions we do each year and was eager to get everything decorated.  Between her and the younger ones, they did a lot. The winter village that we’ve had for years and is the kids’ absolute favorite thing. At night… The man used to have a fish on the end of his pole but that has disappeared.  This year Audrey had the bright idea to tear off a bit of marshmallow for the end of the stick. So cute. My mom painted both of these for me. The little Brio train…

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What Happens When You Jump Into a Pantry Make-Over

It really started off as a whim. I was home with only my two youngest and really really wanting to paint my bedroom but since I didn’t have paint, that couldn’t happen. But then… oh, but then I stepped into my pantry (not telling why I was going in there) 🙂 when I saw this… And thought, “I should paint my pantry!” I’m glad I thought it would be a quick and easy project or I never would have started. Everything came out of the pantry and on to two tables in my kitchen. Oh yeah, and my counters.  In other words, stuff is everywhere! Two days spent painting in that pantry and I had to make a run to the paint store for paint…

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Make Your Own Chalkboard Scoreboard

Is it age? I don’t know but I’ve noticed that whenever we’re playing walleyball we seem to short circuit when it comes to knowing what the scores are, so I got the idea to add a chalkboard scoreboard in our walleyball court. (Wondering what a walleyball court is?  It simply is a racquetball court but you can also play walleyball using the court.  It’s a real sport and it’s lots of fun.  Check it out.) Simple and easy my project was but word of warning!  Be sure that when you spray that you are more careful than I was about the overspray.  🙂  Eek! I did do a bit of scrubbing afterward to try and remove it but it only faded it a tad.  I…

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A Home on Wheels

We arrived home last night after spending a few days with Zachary down in Sierra Vista. He’s getting married in just a month! and we knew this would be the last opportunity we’d have to spend time with him alone. Usually he’s a little distracted since his fiance is here at our home when he is. Remember those days when your time together was never enough? 🙂 My boys and Russell went to work with him and me and the rest of the kids stayed behind at his little home on wheels. I was able to spruce things up a bit and do some organizing so that my new daughter-in-law wouldn’t be too overwhelmed by where to put all her belongings when they are married…

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I’m joining up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality with a Christmas vignette. The other day you got a sneak peak when I showed you my candles covered with music. My inspiration for my Christmas vignette came from wanting to use natural materials and white elements. Here’s how I did it after playing around with the whole thing for a while. I started with laying a piece of folded burlap and then placed little white lights underneath the fabric.   Then I just started adding things I had on hand. These little elephants are from a trip my husband took to Africa before we were married. The smallest white one is ivory and given to me when he returned. This was before we were going out…

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My 2012 Winter Mantle

This mantle was so much fun for me to put together.  I had NO idea what I wanted to do when I started but after I finished my bookcase vignette (you’ll see it in a later post), I had an idea of doing the mantle in a vintage look. The finished mantle sort of reminds me of something you might see at Cracker Barrel. I’m loving it. I used a collection of old cooking pieces I had purchased years. The shutter on the left was salvaged several years ago from our wood pile to be burned. I sanded it a bit to make it more distressed and now it’s a permanent addition in our home. With the lights on and using the flash… …and obviously…

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