June 22, 2015

Simple Patriotic Candy Display

This Fourth of July candy display is super simple to do.... And its yummy too!!!

I used a variety of mason jars and other clear containers... filled them each with red, white and/or blue candies or treats and then tied simple patriotic colored ribbons around them.

The red white and blue sweet treats naturally look great displayed together!  I used a few of our favorites, but any red white and blue edible items would work.

I elevated a few of the containers on a cake plate and set the others around the bottom.  Super simple and so festive!  I love the pop of patriotic colors off of our new subway tile backsplash :)

Happy decorating!


June 11, 2015

Get Ready to Go Glamping

We are getting ready for an upcoming Glamping trip and I am so excited!  I found several new gadgets that I'm going to love having on this trip making it even more glamorous and fantastic than the last time... You can see our prior Glamping trip via the link below: 

Our upcoming trip will include a new color scheme, some "Must Have" Glamping gadgets and several new decor items. Also another family is joining us for the trip so we will have an additionally decorated tent and more fun decor for the whole family.

I have a slightly larger vehicle this time, so I'm hoping to fit everything in and still be able to fit my hubby in the car!!! 

Would you like to go Glamping? 


March 12, 2015

Spring Cleaning and Getting Organized

Every Spring I get motivated to do a bit of extra Spring cleaning and do some kind of organizing project. It seems there is always something that needs to be organized!  Since we recently condensed from two houses to one, I have a much larger than normal amount of things that I need to find places for. My living room is currently looking like a hoarders paradise (which I'm not proud of) but it's my current reality!... I'm definitely in need of having a huge garage sale!

I've got so much stuff right now that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm not sure yet what my next organizing project will be, but in the meantime I wanted to share one of my favorite organization projects with you. It's my garage organizer. I love how it keeps that part of the house neat and orderly!

Most garage organization systems are pretty expensive so I came up with the idea to build our own.  The pictures pretty much speak for themselves, but I will note a few comments explaining how with built it along the way.

We started our DIY wall organizer by marking all of the studs in the wall and mounting a frame to them. 

Once the frame was built, my husband painted it and then mounted the wire shelves. I wanted the wire shelving so dust would build up on the shelves.

We added a section of peg board for miscellaneous small items.

A few smaller shelves and hooks hold gardening supplies and other items.

My favorite part of our organizer is these next shelves that we made from vinyl rain gutters.  They are perfect for holding cans of spray paint, tubes of caulking and other small items.  Love them!!! 

Hanging our ladders and other items at the front of the garage freed up so much floor space!

We have allot of wood trim and molding that needs to be stored flat. It used to be on the floor (always in the way), now it is up out of the way on the shelves.

We now park both of our cars in the garage and get out of our vehicles without stumbling and tripping on things.  It is wonderful!  I love being organized!!! Now I just need to do the rest of the house :)

Until next time,


February 9, 2015

No Sew Bunting Flag for Valentine's Day

A few years ago I made this simple no sew bunting flag for Valentine's Day and it's so easy that I thought I would share it with you again. 

Have you ever made bunting flags? I think that they are so adorable, but being that I'm not much of a sewer (like not at all), I had never given it a try. Then one day I got this idea to make it a super EASY craft that anyone (even the kids0 can do!  

The idea for this project started when I found this vintage book of old sheet music at an Antique/Collectible store in town for a few dollars. The book isn't an antique, but is vintage and was in excellent condition. I went to Joann's Craft Superstore and found a box of foam hearts that included glitter lettering (the foam cut hearts were on sale of course, I always love me a good sale!).  I already had ribbon in my personal craft stock here at home.  The only other items I needed besides what is in this next picture was clear tape and glue.

I started by tearing out nine pages from the music book.  I had decided to use an odd number of pages so I would have one hanging directly in the center.  I planned to put a note on the center flag so I needed one in the center (I hope that made sense)...

After tearing out the pages, I cut a straight edge down the side that was torn.  Then I cut and trimmed all of the excess edging around the music.  I made one page as a template for size and then I cut the remaining pages to the same size.

Next I softly folded a few pages at once (without creasing), then I proceeded to cut the bottom off (as shown below)...

I did the same to all of the pages using my first cut piece as a template guide for the remainder of them.

Next, I laid the pages across my floor and placed hearts across them, with dark pink and light pink alternating.  I decided I wanted something a little more decorative than just the alternating colors, so I proceeded to cut out smaller hearts from additional white and light pink hearts.  I folded the foam in half and cut my smaller hearts from the larger ones.  After laying out my pattern, I decided I would lay out my text for the white center heart.

I decided to put the words "Be Mine" on the center heart using the glitter letters that came with the package of hearts.

Next I looked at my two different shades of pink ribbon before deciding to use the dark pink.  I like the contrast between the darker pink and the white paper.  At this point nothing was glued yet.  Everything is just sitting in place so I could see if I liked the look... (which I did!).

I used clear packaging tape fasten the ribbon to the back of each page.  (Note: music was printed on both sides of each page, which is why you see me taping to music).  I left the ribbon slightly below the top of the page so the tape had  paper to adhere to, both above and below the ribbon.  I put about 1 1/2 inches of spacing between each of the flags.

After fastening all of the pages, I turned over the entire project so I was now looking at the front.

I used my multipurpose craft glue and smeared a bit on the back of each heart and then just eyeballed what looked like the center and fastened each one.  It is a home made craft project so it doesn't have to be perfect...  It is made with love and is supposed to look a little home made :)

So here is it, my finished project.  I hope it inspires you to get creative!

Until next time...
Happy decorating!


January 28, 2015

Life Unexpected... Explained

Here we are weeks into 2015 and I am posting my first blog post of the year. A few have wondered where I have been. For the past 7 months our lives have been spent between two homes, two locations. Suitcases packed and unpacked every week/weekend traveling back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. It felt like a merry go round! My husband had unexpectedly taken a job contract that required us to be away from home each and every week and some weekends for seven months.

Living between two places, coming home to our true home only occasionally on weekends. It felt like we were always coming or going! I never felt settled. My husband was so busy working... long hours for days on end, I can only imagine what it felt like for him.

Although a few projects around our house did get completed during this time, I had little to no time for blogging. I didn't want to or know how to share that we were away from home because I've heard that you shouldn't make it public information that nobody is living in your house. Potential for break ins and theft, etc... So I just wasn't sure what or how to explain our situation, so I didn't. 

The good news is we are officially back at home. We can now get back to life as I used to know it (haha)... I don't quite feel settled as of yet, but I am getting there.    

One thing I learned is that I don't need as much "STUFF" as I have. Living in the other location with much less was easy. In fact taking care of a smaller place was so much easier than 3200 square feet! 

I have decided I want to get rid of some of the "stuff" and "treasures" that I realize I don't need and live a little more simply. In the coming weeks I will be letting go of a few things around here... Some will be donated, a few larger items I might sell on Craigslist, and I might decide to have a big yard sale. Our house is so full that I think I can do with a few less pieces to dust :)

Although I shared very little over the holidays this past season, I'm looking forward to this new year. I'll be sharing my tips on simplifying, organizing and also some new crafts and projects.

I hope you are all doing well!