2021 - Dimples and Tangles


Merry Christmas! 



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For the past several years I've been responsible for putting together 3 Christmas photo booth backdrops at our church for family photo spots.  They have always been virtually identical designs, just located in various areas to alleviate crowding.  However, this year I had a team to help and we pulled off three different fabulous and festive designs!  I shared a little bit as we were working on them over on Instagram and many people wanted to see the finished products, so I thought I'd put them all in one place and share them with you here so you can Pin for future reference if you'd like.  And, I even squeezed in some photos of a few of my new favorite Winter fashion staples at the end of the post to share with you. My goal with these designs is for them to always be budget friendly but to make a big impact! 



Today I'm wrapping up the last chunk of this year's Christmas Home Tour with you, my Dining Room!   

Dining Room Christmas Decorations with Poinsettia Centerpiece and Spode Christmas Dishes


I honestly don't know how this Christmas season is flying by so quickly... of course it feels that way every year but this year especially.  How is Christmas just a little over a week away!?! I'm actually still decorating- one room left to go that I'll share with you tomorrow- and don't even ask if I'm anywhere close to being done with my shopping!  Yikes... so much for being on top of things this year!  However, my bedroom is clean and pretty and decorated so that's a win!  I'm so glad to be sharing our Master Bedroom Christmas tour with you today! 

Mohawk Home 2021 Holiday Home Tour, Mohawk Home Button Fleur Area Rug, Master Bedroom Christmas Decorations


"It's the most color-ful time of the year..."  Last week was packed with 24 vibrant, eclectic, moody, unique, creative homes for this year's It's A Colorful Life Christmas Home Tour!  I so enjoyed visiting each home and pinned plenty of ideas and inspiration for next year, I hope you did too!  In case you didn't quite make it through all of the tours, here's a recap of each home that was on the tour this year.  Stop by and say hello sometime when you get a chance! I kicked off the tour by sharing my Christmas Porch and Entry-



Hello friends, welcome back for Part 3 of this year's Christmas Home Tour.  I'm so exciting to share my Living Room with you today!  

colorful Christmas living room decorations


I've been super busy decking these halls and am so happy to be kicking off one of my favorite weeks of the year today, it's time for the It's A Colorful Life Christmas Home Tour blog hop!  I have no doubt you've seen plenty of Christmas home tours by now, but hopefully this week will be filled with the happiest, most festive and colorful spaces for you to enjoy different than anything you've seen yet! I've gathered 23 of my colorful interiors loving friends to share their holiday homes with you and have no doubt that each of their tours are going to be loaded with great ideas and inspiration this week! (See the full tour schedule at the end of this post.)  And, if you're an Instagram user, we'll be inviting you to participate in the touring fun on Friday by posting your colorful Christmas spaces with the tag #ItsAColorfulLifeTour so we can all see! Today, I'll be sharing Part 2 of my Christmas Tour with you, our Front Porch and Entry.  If you missed Part 1 of my tour, hop on over to check out my Christmas Tree! 

Front Porch with colorful Christmas decorations and flocked wreath, garland, and trees in urns


December 1 is here... it's officially the most wonderful time of the year!  I'm so excited to be with you today to share Part 1 of this year's Christmas Home Tour.  We'll kick it off this year with my super colorful (surprise surprise) Honeycomb Balls Christmas Tree! 

Colorful Christmas Tree Decorations with Tissue Paper Honeycomb Balls and Bows


I'm thrilled to be sharing a little Fall tour of my sister and brother-in-law's property with you today.  One good last look at Autumn before we move on to alllll the Christmas pictures!  



Hello everyone, I'm so happy you're here today!  Today I'm sharing my Dimples and Tangles Favorites Holiday Gift Guide.  I have a few smaller ones sprinkled in this season, but each year I do one main guide full of things that my family has helped my curate.  Most are our tried and true favorites, but a few are on our own wish lists this year!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)

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It's that time of year when we're all making our lists and checking them twice, then shopping, shopping, shopping!!  But do you put much thought into wrapping all of those carefully chosen gifts for your family and friends once your list is all checked off?  I love wrapping a beautiful gift in a box with festive wrapping paper and a lovely bow and do most of my gifts that way for Christmas, but practically speaking some gifts are just awkward shapes that aren't well suited for a box.  And so, a gift bag it is for those presents!  However, rather than generic, your gift bag can still be just as beautiful and special as a gift wrapped box if you make your own!  Today I'm sharing some DIY custom gift bags that I had so much fun making, and I think you will too! 

painted brown paper gift bags with pom poms


It's hard to believe that we are just days away from Thanksgiving- my kids arrived home from college yesterday and we're looking forward to the week together!  I enjoyed putting this together and am excited to share my pink and green Thanksgiving Table with you today.

Pink and Green dishes Thanksgiving Tablescape with Carnations and Brass Candlesticks Centerpiece
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Happy Friday!  I can't believe we're less than a week away from Thanksgiving already.  I'm curious, have you pulled out your Christmas decorations yet?  There's such a hot debate on about when the "right" time is to decorate, but I say decorate whenever you want to in your own home!  I'll be pulling mine out in the next few days to begin getting things ready to share with you... so excited!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)

1) Plaid Chargers- 'Tis the season for setting all the tables!  I'll be sharing my Thanksgiving Table with you tomorrow, but I came across these plaid chargers and they reminded me that they are some of my faves!  Both the red tartan and black and white gingham patterns are so versatile and can be used for multiple holidays and occasions rather than just Christmas.  

Tartan Plaid Charger Here or Here


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It's sweater weather and I couldn't be happier about it!  Walmart Fashion has a huge selection of stylish sweaters for any occasion this Winter, both classic and trendy.  Today I'm sharing a few of my favorites that are sure to be on heavy rotation in my wardrobe this season! 



Every year our church holds a special banquet for our widows and widowers.  Each of our deacons is matched up with one to watch over and care for, and this is always a special night where we all come together to honor them.  The program, menu, and decor change each year, ranging from more formal to more lighthearted themes.  Since we weren't able to hold this event last year, we were especially looking forward to it this year.  I generally don't have a role with helping with this event, but one of my friends did this year and asked me to join in and help her decorate for it.  We quickly settled on a casual theme and today I'm sharing what we came up with for our "Oklahoma"/Western theme banquet stage and table decorations.



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Well, we're officially into November so although I never want to rush Thanksgiving, it's time to be planning ahead for Christmas, right?  I've already got a few gifts stashed and lots of ideas floating around in my head, and as I've started my shopping online I've found that Walmart's Gift Finder has the perfect gift ideas for everyone on my list!

The guys in our house are going to be excited about this early gift!  Only 2 out of the 4 members of my family are coffee drinkers.  We currently actually rotate between 2 different coffee pots... when my son is at college my husband uses a little 4 cup pot.  But when Caleb is home that's too small so we switch out to the 12 cup pot.   When I came across this Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker I thought it might be the perfect thing to streamline our coffee situation!  With it, we can easily make a larger pot when needed or when we're back to my husband only grabbing an occasional cup at home he can make one in a flash with the single serve setting.  And, my daughter and I can enjoy the single serve option for hot chocolate, cider, or tea!

I'm also super excited to have this machine since we entertain so often, now we can make one main pot of coffee but everyone can make their own decaf, tea, or hot cocoa if they want something different.  Having a variety of K-cups on hand is so perfect for holiday hosting and entertaining! 

I tend to lean heavily towards sharing mostly fashion and home ideas for women and girls, and while I've included several fantastic suggestions for them here this gift guide has some helpful suggestions for men too! I for one think they seem to be the hardest to come up with ideas for.  Since there's a little something for everyone here, I'm certain that there's something on this list that each person on your list would be so happy to receive!

Lightweight Heated Vest with Battery Pack-  I had never heard of a heated vest before I saw this one, and let me tell you I think it jumped right to the top of my own wish list!  I'm always cold and a heated layer to wear anywhere sounds dreamy.  This would be perfect for outdoor sports fans, dog walkers, cold office workers... so many people!   It has almost 500 sparkling 5-star reviews, 3 heat settings, is machine washable, can charge your phone, is water and wind resistant, and can last up to 10 hours on a charge!

Gold Floating Photo Frame with Metal Easel- I love the simple, clean design of these frames and used a few in my daughter's dorm room.  A pretty frame is always a nice gift to receive, even better with a special photo already inside!

Free Assembly Women's Tunic Sweater-  what woman or teen wouldn't love a soft, cozy sweater?  I'm especially always drawn to these fair isle style designs.  

Classic Nerf Foam Football and Nerf Vortex Aero Howler Long Distance Ball-  I don't think there's been a year in our family's history that sports balls haven't been on someone's list, and it's usually my daughter's!  These are two family faves that are always a staple on our back patio and packed in the car when we're on a trip.  

Cuddl Duds Stretch Fleece Long Thermal Top and High Waisted Fleece Thermal Leggings- You might have read me express my love for Cuddl Duds in the past, and it's still going strong!  And when I share, many of you are always sure to let me know how much you love them too.  I literally wear one of the thinner shirts as a base layer probably 6/7 days through the cold winter months, and added some of these fleece pieces to my closet last year as well.  On really cold days or days when I knew we'd be outside for an extended period of time they were fantastic,  I've got my Mom hooked on them too!  I also have a few pieces of the bottoms that I like to layer under thinner leggings or joggers- sometimes even jeans- on those colder days and these fleece pieces are also excellent base layers under ski gear.

Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater- another personal favorite in our home.  My husband has had this heater for several years and we use it when working in a cold garage,  camping, and it's even been a lifesaver indoors various times when we've lost power.  

Time and Tru Women's Cozy Hiker Boot- these are the cutest boots and this light color is so popular this year, however it comes in several other colors too if you're looking for something else.  I have a pair of these from last year and they truly are very comfortable and a great price point! 

ChapStick Candy Cane Peppermint Lip Balm-  These multi-packs would be perfect to split up for stocking stuffers, or how fun would they be for party favors if you're having a holiday gathering?  Or stocked in your guest bathroom or nightstand?  

WeatherReady LED Folding Light-  I don't think we can ever have enough camping or emergency type lights around here, and I know my guys would love this one! Its folding design makes it easy to transport and store.  With several different light modes this battery operated LED lantern comes in handy for virtually any use.  

Topps 2020 Topps Baseball Cards Update Series Value Box- according to my son who is a baseball card enthusiast, this would be a good set for any collector! 

Ancestry DNA Kit- My husband did one of these kits several years ago and the results are fascinating!  Such a great gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.  

Better Homes & Gardens Scented 2-Wick Candle- I've recently been burning my first BH&G candle, and I'm so impressed with the scent!  It's so disappointing when a candle smells so good when you sniff it, but doesn't smell at all when it's lit.  The scent from this one fills the room like what you would expect from a much pricier candle.

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker- As you read above, we're happy to have added this to our kitchen counter! 

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Ideas for Everyone  ||  Keuring K-Duo Single Serve and Carafe Coffee Maker

I hope this list has helped you get your gift-giving gears turning!  I've already contacted everyone in both families asking them to get me their wish lists... I'm ready to click click click at Walmart and knock some more things off of my list!

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Happy Friday everyone!  This week is gone and I didn't get any regular posts up, but I've had some good things for my Five Friday Favorites that I've been anxious to share with you!  I don't understand how I'm so much busier now that my kids are away at school, can't seem to get everything done. I'm supposed to be bored have nothing to do with them gone, right??  Ha!  I guess we have been coming and going to 2 schools often though and this is always a busy season regardless so...  we're headed to OSU for Homecoming activities tonight with Emily, excited to be there! (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)

1) Perfect Collar Classic Button Up Shirt- I've been on the search for a while for the perfect white shirt.  I was even willing to invest in one if I could find a quality one that fit well with great fabric and a stiff collar that would stay popped when I wanted it to.  I've had no luck, until this one.  AND, IT'S $14.98!!!

I'm showing you the blue and white striped one because that's what I happened to be wearing, but it also comes in white and black and you can bet I bought all 3 colors at that price.  The fabric has a slight stretch so holds its shape well and I haven't washed mine yet but I'm anticipating it will be easy care with only light ironing if any needed.  The collar is fabulous and stayed popped all day when I wore it with this jacket.  I believe it is true to size for a classic fit, but I have long arms and always battle arm length so I sized up for a bit of extra length there.  It's perfect!

Another great feature is that there is a hidden snap between the 3rd and 4th buttons.  How smart if you have trouble with gapping across the chest!  But, I often find with button ups that leaving 2 buttons undone is not enough but 3 is too much, so this snap makes the neck opening perfect for me! 

(It was so dark, rainy and dreary this day so I had to really lighten my photo- sorry it's grainy but you get the idea!) 

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Walmart Home recently released this year's holiday lookbook and I have been bursting with excitement to share some of the pieces with you, they are just SO FUN!  It's never too early to shop for Christmas... right?  RIGHT!



Welcome back everyone, I'm wrapping up my Fall Home Tour with Part 3 and sharing the Front Porch, Dining Room, and Breakfast Nook with you today.   If you missed any of the tour last week you can catch up on Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  



Happy Friday everyone!  Here is my random group of Five Friday Favorites for this week-

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Welcome to Part 2 of my Fall Home Tour, I'm excited to share my Patio with you today!  If you missed Part 1 of my tour, see my Entry and Living Room here.  I shared many of these photos several weeks ago on social media as part of a collaboration with At Home, but wanted to share here on the blog as well for those who may not have seen it there.  My trip to At Home was what inspired my whole blue/white and black/white color palette for Fall this year!



Hello friends!  I'm so happy to be finally sharing part 1 of my Fall Tour with you today!  I've been cleaning out and organizing in the house, which always takes longer than one expects, and Fall decor has taken a back seat.  But, it's ready now and I'm so excited to share our Entry and Living Room with you today.  

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Today I'm sharing this cute little piece of DIY Monogram Wall Art that I made for my daughter's dorm room.  It just took a few supplies and a little bit of time to make an affordable custom piece to hang over her bed. 

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Did you know that September is National Sewing Month?  It began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan in which he declared a month long celebration "In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation."  After learning how to sew in my Jr. High Home Ec. class and continuing to learn further skills from my Mom over the years, sewing is still an often used skill in my life and something about those words just warm my heart!  With multiple local fabric stores closing their doors in my area over the past few years, I'm so glad that Walmart has a Fabric Department where I can pick up all of the sewing basics that I need.  I'll share some of those with you today and thought I'd also share a tutorial for how to make the easiest pillow ever, a simple envelope closure pillow.  Half of the work on this pillow is getting it cut out and some ironing, and then all you need to do is make the most basic straight stitch.  Walmart has a nice selection of Better Homes & Gardens fabric in precut 2 yard pieces that are perfect for a project like this.  I've wanted to freshen up our Office/Music/Bonus TV room and found a nice BHG fabric for some new pillows.  You all are used to seeing bold colors and patterns for the most part in my home, buy I really like so many different styles! It's fun to have this room that's a bit different where I can play with some different colors and patterns than my norm.  This is an ideal project for a beginning seamstress, or for any skill level if you want a quick and easy pillow refresh! 

First of all, a bit of equipment talk.  I'm asked often about my machine.  My husband bought me one about 9 years ago that's a combination sewing and embroidery machine and I used it a lot for both large and small sewing projects and monogramming.  It actually bit the dust a while back and would have cost more to repair than to get a new machine (totally operator error, I didn't have it serviced as often as I should have- lesson learned!).  So, I upgraded to the newer model SE600 this past Spring.  I was very happy with my original machine and this one is basically the same machine, just new and improved and I'm getting used to a few changes of where buttons and features are.  It sews like a dream!  Early on with my first machine, I used the Instructions Manual and found a few tutorials on YouTube that were helpful in figuring out how to use it and monogram with it, and it's been very user friendly after some initial instruction.  The machine comes preloaded with a good variety of script options, but I purchase and download my monogram fonts from Etsy.

Want to learn to sew without making a big investment in a machine?  This little beginner's model would be perfect for nearly any home project.  I have an older version and I've used it for mending, making pillows, and even full length lined drapes!   If you're not sure what machine would be best for your needs, this Sewing Machine Guide is helpful.  

Here are some of my most-used basic sewing supplies and what I'll be using for today's project, as well as a few picks from the BHG fabric line- click left and right arrows to see them all.  Scroll down to the bottom of the post for some Walmart Home pieces that you'll see in today's photos as well.

Now, on to the envelope pillow tutorial!  

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First, gather your supplies.  You'll need your fabric (at least 1.5 yards for 2 20" pillows), I love this plaid for Fall!  (Check in store if this exact one is showing up as out of stock online, mine had plenty! However, there are many other fantastic options and colors too.)  You will also need scissors, straight pins, thread to match, an iron, and something to measure with. I often like to use a rotary cutter and mat if working with a solid or random pattern fabric.  If I'm using something with plaids or stripes I find it easier to just cut with scissors and follow the lines of the pattern on the fabric.  

Trim any uneven edges of fabric to make a straight edge.  If fabric has a pattern, determine where best to cut to make sure the desired part of the pattern is centered on the pillow front.  If your pattern has lines, consider and plan out how they will match up on the side seams when sewing front and back together before cuts are made.  

Measure and cut fabric for the front of the pillow.  I want my finished pillow to be 20", so I'm going to cut a 21" square to allow for a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around.   Since I'm working with a plaid I was able to use the lines of the pattern as a guide. 

 If I'm working with a patterned fabric I use a straight pin to mark the top edge so it doesn't get turned around.  

Measure and cut for the back of the pillow.  The measurement will be different from the front since two separate pieces will be needed on the back to create the "envelope" opening.  Again, if working with a pattern, take care to line up the pieces that you're cutting for the back so that the pattern will match at the side seams (if that kind of thing matters to you!😉).  I like to have a generous overlap of fabric just to make sure the fabric doesn't gap and show the pillow insert, so I allow for 5-6".  So, my pieces for the back were the same width as the front, 21", but then I cut one about 15" long and the other about 12" long.  

Also to note, my horizontal envelope opening won't be centered on the back of the pillow, the top section will drop down a bit below the center.  This is totally a matter of preference but that way I find the seam to be unnoticeable from the back when on the end of a chair or sofa.  If you want your seam centered, just add about 6 inches to your pillow measurement and then cut that long piece equally in half before proceeding.  

Heat up your iron and get ready to press!  First, press all pieces if needed if not already done (you might want to press your fabric at the beginning before cutting out, I just generally wait until this point so that it's easier to manage.  

On the 2 back sections, locate the edge that will be the opening going across the center of the pillow.  Press each raw edge to finish, first with a 1/2" seam then fold over again and press under 1".

Stitch those finished edges down close to the open edge.

At this point, I'm going to add our monogram to the front of these pillows for a little extra detail so I'll do that before proceeding any further.  

After any trim or embellishments are added to front if desired, line up front and back pieces, right sides together.  Lay the front of the pillow down first, right side up, then lay the top back side piece right side down on top of it, lining up the top edges and sides.  Pin in place.

Now lay the last bottom back side piece right side down on top of both of those layers, lining up the bottom edges and sides.  Pin in place.  

Do you see my mistake?  After I paid special attention to cut the fabric so the pattern would match up on side seams, I finished the wrong edge on the top back piece (so that piece was actually upside down).  No matter how careful, I usually have to redo something on the majority of my projects, ha!  After a quick pass with my seam ripper, I pressed it out and redid the seam on the correct edge and everything matched up perfectly.  

There should be 3 layers of fabric across the middle section of the pillow, and all edges should be evenly alighted and pinned all the way around.  You should only see the wrong side of your fabric.  

Stitch all the way around the pillow edges using a 1/2" seam allowance.  When I come to the middle section of the pillow where the envelope opening sections go across, I backstitch back and forth over that section several times to give extra strength to the seam.  That is where the cover will be pulled and stretched when putting in the pillow insert, so you want to avoid popping any stitches in the process. After stitching all the way around, most of the time I trim the edges with my pinking shears so that they don't fray.  Totally optional step! 

Then, press the seams open all the way around.  Don't skip this step, it gives your finished pillow a much more professional look.

Turn the pillow right sides out, making sure to poke the corners out from the inside to a nice point (use a dull pencil, chopstick, or something similar if you don't have a tool for it), and press the edges again. 

That's it!  Here's the front, then the back. 

Fill with your favorite insert, I typically use one about 2" larger than my finished pillow cover so it will be nice and plump.

What do you think?  Have you ever made a pillow before?  If not, I hope this shows you how simple it can be and gives you the confidence to try!  Here are some of my favorite Walmart Home products for Fall, a few of which you see in our freshened up Office photos today.  If you're not interested in making your own pillows there are some super cute ready-made ones to choose from for a cozy Fall vibe!


Be sure to look for the brand new Wow & Now section for cute, trendy, fun items at buy now prices in select stores and online.  If you see something you like snatch it up, because when it's gone, it's gone! 

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