November 2017 - Dimples and Tangles

MY FIFTEEN (OR SO!) FAVORITES- HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


Welcome to My Five...errr... Fifteen Favorites today! Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our holiday gift guides with you today. We had so many good things we couldn't stop at just 5!  And actually, I couldn't stop at 15!  #oops  Besides a few stocking stuffer ideas that I'll share next week, this is the only gift guide I'm doing so I packed it full!

jewel tones, christmas tree decorations, polka dot tree skirt, holiday gift guide

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DIY FLOCKED CHRISTMAS TREE TUTORIAL


*A few great Cyber Monday deals are at the end of this post!


A few posts back when I shared some gorgeous Christmas trees that were inspiring me this year, I noticed a theme.  Most of them were flocked!  I've never been a huge fan of flocked trees in the past, but this year I've been drawn to them and wanted to try one out.  I hated to spend money on a new tree since mine is only a few years old and still perfectly fine, so I decided to try flocking it myself.  I felt like I had nothing to lose!  I did look around a little online to get an idea of what this project might entail, and this tutorial was helpful.  I ended up doing mine just a bit differently so I thought I'd share my experience with you.

how to flock a christmas tree, snowy christmas tree, flocking instructions, snow flock, black and white striped curtains

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BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!


The number of Black Friday deals this weekend is a little bit overwhelming, but here are a few things that have caught my eye!

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World Market-
 40% off all furniture with code FURNSALE through today only. These chairs are identical to my round back chairs, the fabric added to the back was an easy DIY project.



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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


I'm grateful for YOU today, sweet readers.  Thank you for following along with my journey here and always being supportive and encouraging.  It's an honor when you take time from your day to read a post.  Today, I pray God's blessings, mercy, and peace on your lives.  Happy Thanksgiving.


"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

-Numbers 6:24-26





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HAPPENINGS ON THE HOMEFRONT |5|


Every once in a while I like to throw a post in full of random things that aren't quite enough for their own post, but that some of you might be interested in.  So here's some highlights of what's been happening with our family lately and a few other things you might be interested in.

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My sister gave me a letter board for my birthday, and shortly after I saw this handy storage idea on Chris's Instastories.  She had this genius idea for organizing the letters!  I found this box at Michaels but here's a similar one.  Scrapbook stickers label each compartment, and the few extra compartments are nice for the numbers and punctuation pieces.

letter board, letter board storage, organization, breakfast nook

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COLORFUL CHRISTMAS MANTEL WITH HOBBY LOBBY



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.



I promise I'm not full out decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over, but today I'm so excited to share my colorful Christmas mantel with you. For this project, I was challenged to spend $100 at Hobby Lobby to style my mantel for Christmas. Let me tell you, especially during weeks where Christmas is 50% off, that goes a long way!

Actually, a good portion of my holiday decorations are already from Hobby Lobby (I always add in a few new things each year), so I took this opportunity to add a few bigger pieces to my collection, knowing that I had plenty of smaller things to fill in with.

Here are the results of my shopping trip- a huge 24x36 chalkboard art piece, vintage style and peppermint striped shatterproof ornaments, 2 artificial trees, 2 nutcrackers, and some gold metallic paper fans.


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HOT PINK, ORANGE, BLUE AND WHITE THANKSGIVING TABLE 2017


In keeping with my untraditional Fall color scheme this year, my Thanksgiving table followed suit!  I focused on hot pink, orange, blue and white and did some pattern mixing along the way.  If you read yesterday's post, I'm glad I put this table on hold for one more day because other than adding the glassware that I forgot, I made some other tweaks too and love it so much more now.


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I found a new blue and white bowl at Homegoods last weekend, so I think that kicked off the entire plan.  A simple fruit centerpiece stays low and keeps from obstructing the view of friends across the table, and the ginger jars with Trader Joe's eucalyptus (thank you Amy!) can easily be moved aside if they are obtrusive during the meal.  We serve all of the meal buffet style in the kitchen, so there's no need to leave a lot of space on the table for food dishes.  I do usually add salt and pepper shakers and butter to the table during the meal.



Following my usual pattern, the "runners" are pieces of fabric with the edges ironed under to keep them neat.  I only had a few scraps left of the pink and orange fabric left over from pillows I've made with it so I had to piece it together. And we will never use this much flatware in a meal  ;)  it just all came with a set I found on eBay and all of the pieces are too pretty not to put out!


Using a piece of scrapbook paper, I cut a simple flag and glued the end around a piece of a wooden skewer, tied a bow, and then stuck it in an orange to make personalized place markers.


These lovely napkins are my current favorites, and I use them every chance I can!



Sometimes I only have 4 of something I love for the table so I have to mix it up a bit.  I bought these spiky napkin rings years ago on clearance after Christmas at Target.  I searched but could only find 4, so I use simple beaded gold rings at the places on the end of the table.  I also only have 4 tea saucers that the oranges are sitting on (a million cups...no saucers!) so I just left those off on the end places.


I spray painted these candles a few years ago for another project.  Can't find striped candles you like?  Tape them off, choose your color, and spray!  I've also used a brush and acrylic paint too which also works fine.  (I did just notice that Hobby Lobby has started carrying striped candles though, woo hoo! They have black/white and gold/white right now.)



I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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INSPIRING COLORFUL CHRISTMAS TREES


You guys, I'm losing it.  I set up our Thanksgiving Table yesterday, photographed it, and sat down to edit photos last night.  As I did I realized that I didn't even put glasses on the table and left off a few other little things I wanted to include! #fail  It felt like something was missing all along, but the glasses never dawned on me.  I almost went ahead and posted it anyway, but just couldn't do it!  So, I'm putting the finishing touches on it and will post tomorrow, and I'm bumping up the post I originally planned for tomorrow.  Everyone's looking at all of the One Room Challenge reveals today anyway, right?  ;)

Many people are getting a jump on their Christmas decorations already, but even if you're a purist and wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, we're only a week away!  I was happy with my tree last year, but there are a few tweaks I want to make this year.  I've been storing away ideas in my head and thought I'd share some trees that have been inspiring me.  None of them are short on color!




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FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS- BAR STOOL MAKEOVER


Hi friends, welcome back to the final part of our Fall Into The Holidays series!  With the encouragement of our organizer Lisa from Shine Your Light, each week we're sharing simple ideas to get 4 rooms in your home holiday ready now, before the hustle and bustle of the season sets in.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week!  We've already shared projects to get our kitchensbedrooms, and living rooms in shape for the holiday season, and today we're working on ways to get our dining rooms in shape for the holidays.


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2017 FALL HOME TOUR WITH UNTRADITIONAL COLORS


Many of my friends are full steam ahead preparing for Christmas, but I'm just now getting around to sharing my Fall Home Tour with you!  Since I didn't participate in any joint blogger Fall Tours this year, I wasn't in a rush to get my house decorated for the season.  So, here it is, better late than never!

I think three words describe my Fall tour this year... simple, untraditional, and colorful.  You might have already caught on to that when I shared my Fall Porch a few weeks ago.  (*This post contains affiliate links.)


Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue, blue front door, fall porch, fall decorations, painted pumpkins, gingham pumpkin


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THE PLAID PINEAPPLE- THANKFUL PILLOW GIVEAWAY


Last month I shared about The Plaid Pineapple, a sweet shop/ministry I'm partnering with that uses 100% of their profits to help meet everyday needs for people all over the world (read background story here if you missed it).  Each month I'm featuring one of their popular home products with you.  This month's Thankful pillow couldn't come at a better time with Thanksgiving being right around the corner, and the ladies at The Plaid Pineapple are graciously offering a pillow giveaway for one of you!

*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


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FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS- DIY DOLLAR STORE METAL CHALKBOARD WI-FI PASSWORD SIGN


Hi friends, welcome back to the third part of our Fall Into The Holidays series!  With the encouragement of our organizer Lisa from Shine Your Light, each week we're sharing simple ideas to get 4 rooms in your home holiday ready now, before the hustle and bustle of the season sets in.  We've already shared projects to get our kitchens and bedrooms in shape for the holiday season, and today we're working on ways to get our Living Rooms ready for holiday guests.

Inevitably, when people visit your home this holiday season, at some point they will pull out their phone or other electronic device and need access to your wi-fi.  There's always a good funny video to share with the family, right?  ;)  I thought it would be nice for the wi-fi password to be easily accessible to guests, so I created a simple chalkboard sign to display that information.  This great vintage-looking silver metal tray came from Dollar Tree of all places, so it cost next to nothing to make this project.

dollar tree, dollar store crafts, wifi password sign, diy chalkboard, chalkboard craft, blue and white lamp

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TIPS FOR VIEWING INSTAGRAM STORIES (AND A WINTER GARDENING IDEA)


I recently had lunch with some friends and at some point the conversation turned towards Instagram.  As we talked about Instagram stories, it became evident that they weren't aware of a few tricks I knew to make viewing stories a bit easier and more enjoyable.  I thought for sure everyone knew these things, but since my smart friends didn't, I thought others might enjoy these tips too.  I shared them on my Instagram stories a while back, but those expire so quickly I decided to share them here for everyone who might not have caught that round of stories.

(Before I continue, did you notice things look a little different around here???  I'm so excited to have a new blog design, and if you missed it I posted all about the new features and how to navigate things last week in this post.  Take a look if you missed it!)

If you're Instagram savvy and already know all of these tips, fantastic!  Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a winter gardening tip, and I'll see you next time!  If you feel like you could use some help with Instagram stories, keep reading.

First of all, here's the most basic tip. If you want to skip a story you're watching, just tap somewhere along the right side of the screen to move on to the next story.   Just take care not to click on a link or tag in that area that will take you somewhere else.


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TIME FOR A NEW BLOG DESIGN, TAKE A LOOK AROUND!


About 2 months ago I marked 6 years of blogging, and a new look for the blog has been long overdue around here!  I've been so excited about this new blog design and couldn't wait to get it up and running to share with you.  I wanted a cleaner look with more features to make things easier to navigate, as well as past projects easier to find.

Do you like the new header?  I made it myself and am pretty proud if I do say so!  I scanned a piece of gingham scrapbook paper and my favorite Kate Spade table runner into the computer and used the images for the design.


FEATURES

I wanted to point out a few features of the new design that will make your experience here better.  First off, there's a new menu bar across the top, and it stays in place as you scroll down the page so it's always easy to access.  



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MY FIVE FAVORITE TIPS TO TAME THE HOLIDAY CRAZY (WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS)


Welcome to My Five Favorites today!  Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our best holiday prep tips with you.  I know I need all of the help I can get to tame the holiday crazy, and I suspect you might too.




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