May 2017 - Dimples and Tangles


I could sit and stare at fabric samples all day.  Once I start looking, I can't stop putting patterns together!  It's been a while since I've perused fabrics online, so I spent some time lately and found some new patterns I hadn't seen yet.  I couldn't resist mixing and matching some combos!

Freshening up your space with fabric is one of the easiest and most dramatic ways to get a new look, whether it be with pillows, a new table runner, re-covering an old stool, covering the back of a bulletin board or shelf, or switching out your drapes.  Here are some fabric combos I liked if you're ready for a new look!

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Happy Memorial Day,  I hope you're all enjoying your holiday weekend!  I'm grateful for all who served to protect and secure our freedom.  If you are a member of the military or a family member of one, thank you for your sacrifice!



Since I was a little girl, my family has held fairly regular garage sales.  My sister and I used to fight over who got to take the money when we were little (now I hate that part!), and I can still see in my head the precise tally columns my Dad would draw up to record everyone's earnings and keep them separate so we could see how much money we made.  My Mom would cover all of the tables with a tablecloth before we loaded them up with merchandise (I don't go that far...) so things would look nice.  Even now, we still hold a garage sale about every other year- and I'm a regular garage sale shopper- so I consider myself a pro at how to run one!  Here are my best tips for how to have a successful garage sale so that you can put a little extra change in your pocket (or fund a vacation, redecorate a room, or cover an unexpected expense if you're really serious!) while getting rid of things that you no longer want or need.



I'm so excited to share this tiny little hall nook makeover with you today!  We have a little cut out nook in the hall that goes to the Master Bedroom, directly across from the Powder Bath.  For the 10 years that we've lived here, I've never quite been totally happy with it.  Several years ago I made a decent effort with some gold stripes (that went away when we re-painted), but honestly it's usually more of a dumping spot for random accessories I'm not using at the moment.  You can't really see it from the front door or main part of the house, so it's been an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of situation.

lady bust, snake plant, pagoda prints, hall nook



Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  Today I'm catching you up on a few things that have been happening around our home lately.  We're rapidly approaching the end of the school year (6 more days!) which adds plenty of events to the calendar as we wrap up the year.   I think we're all ready for a change of pace, although with camps and church activities and other commitments summer brings it's own form of busy too!

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My daughter turned 14 last week.  14!  My baby!



Unbelievably, my kids are down to 10 school days left for this year!  As we near the close of another school year, I thought I'd share a few DIY teacher gift ideas if you're looking for something to put together for your crew.  I prefer to give teachers gifts that they can actually use and enjoy in their home or are geared to their interests or personality.  Since I WAS a teacher, I can say that I definitely loved receiving those types of gifts more than the typical "teachery" gifts (notepads-or anything- with apples on them, things for the classroom, etc.).

I know I just said I don't like to give things for the classroom, but I think this is an exception!  What teacher wouldn't want to be ready to kick off a new year with a cute, fresh new lunch box and tumbler for all of those brown bag days?  I recently found some cute lunch bags at Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods.  They serve as their own gift bags stuffed with coordinating tissue paper.   I also included a new drink tumbler and a gift card for a summer treat or a day they might get to sneak out for lunch.  (Note: My kids are older now and we don't actually do teacher gifts anymore- maybe we should- but I actually just gave these gifts to the sweet ladies who work with my husband for Administrative Assistant's Appreciation week.  They loved them and I thought they would make great teacher gifts as well!)

One thing I always loved receiving from my students was a Christmas ornament.  Some of my favorites still hang on my tree to this day and I can remember each child who gave me those ornaments.  These mirrored starburst ornaments would be a fun activity that your child can help with, and a set of 6 or so would make a lovely gift.  Your child could even get a little more creative with painting the wood if desired.

Pick up a succulent and plant it in a pretty bowl. Similar bowls are easy to find for just a few dollars at World Market, Target, Walmart, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Homegoods.  I also love to use teacups and saucers for little gifts like this- load up on random sets at the thrift store and you're all set!

I usually make up these potpourri bags around the holidays,  but who doesn't want their home to smell lovely all year long?  They would be cute to use as a base to tie a gift card to as well.

This cute little chalkboard garland could be used at home or in the classroom if the teacher wishes.  It only costs a few dollars and a little bit of time to make.  It's fun to personalize for celebrating holidays or birthdays.

This stenciled door mat is perfect for your teacher's porch!  See a simpler version here for an even quicker project.

Who wouldn't like this cute pom pom basket?  Pom poms are so easy to make (tutorial here) and you could add them to any size or style of basket.

Lastly, I mentioned the succulents, but I also love giving a live plant, such as a fern, pretty hanging basket, or even a topiary for the teacher to brighten up their porch or patio.  I hope these ideas get your creative wheels turning for your teacher gifts this year!

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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 favorite paint projects with you today.  We're so happy to have Kristin from Bliss at Home joining us as our guest host today.  Let me tell you, Kristin has some serious style and I've enjoyed following along as she settles in to her new home, and checking in on her current One Room Challenge living room and entry way project.



Well hello May 1, how can you possibly be here already?  I can't believe that Mother's Day is less than two weeks away.  If it's sneaking up on you, too, I have some gift ideas to share with you today.  But first, this year Mother's Day has a little extra significance in our family.  I mentioned this on Instagram last week, and will share with you all also since some of you might not be instagrammers.  I will give you the very condensed version...

Just after the first of the year, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  They caught it very early and were able to get it all with a successful lumpectomy.  Last week she completed her last radiation treatment and is now cancer free!  Isn't she cute ringing the bell?

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