Christmas Front Porch

christmas front porch at night

I finished up our outdoor Christmas decorations over the weekend.  In years past we've decorated the shrubbery in front of our house and garage but this year I'm using the baby as an excuse for scaled back decorations.  Kind of like how I blamed being super busy and tired (didn't know I was pregnant at the time-- hah) last year. Last month I … [Read more...]

Preppy Christmas Wreath

green and pink holiday wreath

Remember the preppy spring wreath I whipped up back in March?  It was very Kate Spade-esque.  Well, I decided to extend its life and turn it into a preppy Christmas wreath with the magic of a hairdryer and hot glue. I removed the pink peonies I used on the original wreath and replaced them with pink poinsettias.  Why not get more use out of … [Read more...]

How To Paint Textured Walls

painting walls

Today I thought I would share some tips on how to paint textured walls.  I've added it up and I've painted rooms in our house 8 times.  That includes painting the kitchen and my home office twice.  I've learned some things along the way so I thought I'd share my textured wall painting wisdom with you. To be clear, our walls are an orange peel type … [Read more...]

How To Make Blackout Curtains

jo jo corn yellow slub curtains

Today I'm sharing how my mom and I made the blackout curtains for Owen's nursery. These were pretty simple to make once we figured out our game plan on how we were going to sew them. I tried my best to show the steps with photos but it was kind of hard because we were dealing with so much fabric. Here's everything that I used and where I got … [Read more...]

Tiered Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

tiered tomato cage christmas trees

A couple years ago I shared how I made my tomato cage Christmas tree.  Well this year I decided to take it a step further and make tiered tomato cage Christmas trees using three tomato cages of the same size. I also wanted to make them easier to anchor into the ground so I adapted my original version.  Think of it as perfecting the art of crafting … [Read more...]

Baby Gift Basket

Fun and practical baby gift basket idea!

Brad and I are at the point in our lives where many of our friends are having babies. It's funny how life in our twenties has progressed for us and a fair amount of our friends. Graduate college at around age 22-23. Engaged at around age 24-25. Married at 25-26. Babies at 27-30. It's like clockwork.With all of these milestones come gifts. … [Read more...]