Christmas is over, but don't toss out that old tree just yet! It's probably too late to be taking on this project, but it may give you a little inspiration to hang onto that old tree or garland a little longer for next year. I so desperately wanted to buy a new Christmas tree this year. I had visualized a beautiful, tall, full, fluffy, snow-sparkled tree making a statement in my living room corner. Turns out, our budget didn't allow--and honestly, that's okay. As I get older, I realize more and more that all of these material things aren't always worth the money. The "perfect" tree, gifts, lights, etc. won't actually fill your home with Christmas spirit. You, with your love and goodwill create the magic. The laughter of children certainly helps!
Do you need to have more projects on your to-do list right before Christmas? Probably not, but like me, you may be looking for ways to save some money while still decorating (plus, we can always use another reason to venture into our local craft store). Scrolling through ideas online, I came across many different diy project Christmas trees. I thought these would be the perfect project to take on, seeing as my daughter is a few days away from having her Frozen-themed birthday party. I figured that making silver, glittery trees would be an easy way to add some sparkle, while also easily transitioning into my home decor for Christmas and Winter. This also serves as a great Christmas art project for those of you homeschooling this year (we all know kids love glitter and sequins). Fair warning: they do make an absolute mess!
Add a touch of whimsical to your little girl's room. Customize the colors and textures to coordinate with bedroom decor. For E's room, we're making a gradual transition to a boho-princess (is that a real thing?) look. Drape this crafted garland over windows, beds, make a tapestry--really your imagination is the only limit. You can even use it to spruce up a classroom. I basically threw this piece together spur of the moment in about 15 minutes. It's incredibly inexpensive (requiring only two supplies...HELLO 🥰) and entirely too simple not to try on your own!
I am in love with my new counter tops. Absolutely in love. I know they aren't the best counter tops ever, but in my world, they are it! There is no way that we could afford granite, marble, or anything in between. I knew that I would have to go for another laminate
I knew from the first time that I laid eyes on the interior of my current home that all of the carpet and vinyl flooring would have to go. The trouble is, we had no prior experience and no big budget. All I could do was watch YouTube videos and dream of renovations until I was able to work up the courage and budget plan to go for it. More than two years later, most of the flooring in our home is complete. We still plan to replace the linoleum floors in our bathrooms. Now, I won't lie-- it was rough and tedious. The kitchen alone certainly took longer than the proposed 'day project' that a specific video that we had watched suggested. In the defense of the video, it doesn't help that we had absolutely no know-how. I kid you not (and this is embarrassing), but we actually spent more than an hour trying to figure out how to connect the laminate planks. We kept watching the videos, watching them some more, and re-watching them again until we had our "duh" moment (I'm fairly confident that you won't experience this same issue/brain lapse). Regardless, allow me to reassure you: we (two novices) pulled this whole renovation (nearly an entire house worth of flooring) off alone--I know that you can, too! One of the biggest questions that I am asked pertaining to home projects is: "how did you install your floors?" So before you think about hiring a professional, let me share what I know:
I want to take a moment to share my love of chalk paint. I just really think this stuff is awesome. I realize that there are differing opinions on this type of paint, but as of now, I stand firm in saying that chalk paint is one of my favorite paints to use.
Smudge sticks are great for different practices or relaxation. Thought to bring about cleansing energies and harmony, they can be used around the home or for meditation and other rituals. I particularly love smudge sticks and incense for the repetition of scent. As someone who has always suffered from anxiety, practicing yoga and meditation is… Continue reading Make Your Own Smudge Sticks
Making your own personalized scented bath salts to soak in is so incredibly simple. It only requires three ingredients. Just mix it, bottle it, light a candle (or 6 🤷) and you are on your way to a soothing bath--just remember to lock the door if you have kids so they can't bother you. Well,… Continue reading Relaxing Bath Salts
Good lighting can make a world of difference in the home. I think of having the right kind of light similar to finding that perfect dress that fits your body just right--highlights and illuminates what you want and conceals what you don't. Another benefit, as with most home upgrades, is that some lighting can help… Continue reading DIY Under Cabinet Lighting
I have way too much experience painting cabinets, and yet, probably still not enough. There is always something new to learn when it comes to painting, or really any renovation for that matter. There's always something new coming along, some new trend going on, some technique you haven't tried. And coming from someone who takes… Continue reading Giving Your Kitchen Cabinets the Facelift They Need