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How to Battle the Sin of Envy

Why is she so successful when I am struggling to keep my head above water? Have you found yourself asking this question or one similar? Are you battling the sin of envy?

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Yes, that is me. The one who tries to follow Christ while the Devil continuously points out my downfalls. I have envied stay-at-home moms because I think they have more free time. I have longed for an elegantly decorated home and an overflowing bank account, and when my husband and kids less than desirable traits make their next appearance, I wonder what it would be like to have that picture perfect family portrayed on TV. I have fell into the trap more than my share of times, but by the Grace of God, I have been pulled from the downward spiral of envy and resentment and learned to embrace my blessings with each passing day.

Christians are Not Exempt from Envy

I have found it is such an easy trap to fall into. “Oh, it’s just a little sin. Everyone does it.” We tell ourselves everything to justify the contempt that boils in our veins and redirects our hearts to focus on a course that is not in line with God’s plan. Christians struggle with this because we are human and humans sin. Each day of our life, we will continue to battle the sins of the flesh.

What Tempts You?

Maybe you want that seemingly perfect life your best friend has. Her husband has a lucrative business and she stays home and goes shopping whenever she desires. What about Nancy at the Sunday morning service two pews up from you, she lost 100 pounds and looks fabulous! Look at the attention she is getting. You have only lost one pound on that worthless fad diet you started. Just like that, the thoughts creep in, mostly unnoticed. Before you realize it, you start daydreaming about the life of someone else and how you wish it was yours. You find yourself wasting time staring at your own reflection picking out your flaws and comparing your body, family and entire existence to what you think it takes to make your world perfect and happy.

What to Do When You are Battling the Sin of Envy

Allow the Holy Spirit to work in you.

Envy destroys contentment which is the heart of happiness and it devours your love of others. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with the strength to overcome your coveting ways and pray daily for God to guide your thoughts and actions.

Recognize that Envy is Brooding in Your Life

Take a honest look at yourself and how you feel about your life, the lives of others and what you desire. If you find that you are wanting what others have and you feel bitter because you do not have it, this is a sign of envy. It is a product of our sinful nature as humans, but you do not have to let it control your life. As a Christian, we strive to live Christ like daily and that requires you to see the sin and work on removing it from your life.

Develop a Gracious Attitude and Focus on the Positive

Each of us have things in our lives to be thankful for. The little blessings that God has bestowed upon us which we typically overlook. Spend time with God thanking him for what you do have such as your health, the health of your family, your home, your job, food on the table and the love of friends. Those are only a few of many aspects of our lives we should take time to notice. Once you find yourself calling out the good things in your life, you will not have room in your heart to focus on what you think is bad.

Understand All Things of this World are Temporary

The things that stir up an envious heart are the same things that we cannot take with us to the grave. The nice car, the decorated degree, the recognition, the bank account, all of it means nothing when we draw our last breath. Indeed we come into this world naked and we leave carrying nothing with us. Rather than spending your time focusing on what is here today and gone tomorrow, root your heart and soul on what lasts forever. Develop a giving attitude, read the Bible as your instruction manual on how to live a life that is pleasing to God and learn to store your treasures in Heaven. You will notice how your focus shifts and before you even realize it, the envy that once controlled your heart will be replaced with a generous love of life and others.

Holiday Anxiety

10 Tips on How to Beat Holiday Anxiety

Are you dealing with a case of Holiday Anxiety?

What is it about this time of the year that makes us both excited with anticipation for the holiday celebrations yet puts our anxiety into overdrive? I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. The smell of delicious food cooking, the gathering of family and friends and the spectacular decorations, there is no other time of year that is as festive and heartwarming. Yet among the cheery atmosphere I have a tendency to feel rushed, overwhelmed and all of the physical symptoms when my generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) rears its ugly head.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is enough to stress out those of us who have nerves of steel, however it is especially hard if you already suffer from anxiety and depression symptoms. Instead of letting stress take the joy out of this happy time of year, let’s look at the 10 best ways we can get a grip on our anxious minds and find peace among our organized chaos.

Plan Ahead

Procrastination is a buzzkiller! Instead of waiting the day before your holiday dinner or party, plan well in advance to avoid the anxious dash to the grocery and frenzied activity you know will dampen your mood and put your entire event at risk of failure.

It is a good idea to plan your décor, table arrangements, menu, invitations and other needs at least a month ahead of time by writing everything down and checking off your list as you get things accomplished. I don’t know about you, but when I check off something on my to do list, I instantly feel a little bit lighter and happier. Get your groceries for the event at least a week in advance and of course make a list so you do not forget anything you need.


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Assign Tasks

Do not try to be Wonder Woman or Super Man because you will fail. We are only humans and can only do so much in a certain amount of time. If you are hosting a party and will feed a large crowd, make it a pot luck and have your guests contribute a dish. Distribute a list so everyone can coordinate what they bring that way you do not have too much or too little of anything.

It is perfectly okay to get help from catering too. If your invitees are under 10 people and you plan to do all of the cooking, prepare what you can well in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. Give yourself plenty of time to get everything ready and take relaxing breaks along the way.

Designate “me time” Each Week

We all need time for ourselves even more so when we have been extra busy. Set a date and time each week to tune off from the world and do something that you enjoy whether it is a warm bubble bath, glass of wine with a great book or a romantic movie. Do not let anything except an emergency interfere with your me time. You need this time to unwind and recharge.

Get Plenty of Rest

We all know this, but do we actually do it? If you do not get enough sleep, you are depriving your body of the time it requires to rebuild cells, strengthen your immune system and give you energy. All of these things are vital to combating stress and depression.

Even if you think you do not need much sleep, try to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This is even more important to combat holiday anxiety. If you have trouble drifting off or staying asleep, try a natural sleep aid such as Melatonin. Turn off all distractions and make your sleep area dark, comfortable and quiet.

Enact a Daily Schedule

Make a schedule for what you need to get done each day and how much time you need to do it. Take a good look at your schedule, and make sure it is reasonable. Never cram and overfill it. It is okay to say no to things that you just cannot fit into your day. People will understand when you turn down parties, gatherings, and other holiday activities more than you think. They probably feel the same way you do. You need to do what is best for you and only stretch yourself to the limits that you can handle otherwise you will break.

Stick to Your Budget

Plan a budget for your event or dinner over the holidays and stick to it. Financial stress is one of the number one holiday anxiety triggers. Enjoying the festivities and social gatherings should be the number one goal and you do not want to spend the days, weeks or even months afterwards regretting the financial hole you fell into.

Writing down your planned budget is the only way to realize this goal. Take your budget with you when you shop or take out the amount of cash you need rather than using a debit or credit card or check. When using cash you have a better idea on how much you can and cannot spend.

Experience Your Emotions

Perhaps you are missing a beloved family member or friend during the holiday season. It is very understandable to think of them, notice they are not in their usual chair and recall past memories and start to feel a sense of sadness especially pronounced during Thanksgiving and Christmas. All of these feelings are natural, however; we need to experience our grief and emotions so that we can heal and enjoy the holidays again like our loved ones would have wanted.

Everyone has different ways of dealing with grief and loss. Rather than bottle up your emotions and cause the negative feelings to last longer than they should, find a way to express what you feel. Some examples would be to talk to family and friends about how you feel. Share memories of your loved one, go through old photo albums together, make your loved ones favorite dish as a tribute to them and even sit down with your family and have a good cry together.

Regardless of what you do to help yourself get through the holidays without a loved one, always release your emotions and talk about your feelings. With each passing year it will get a little easier and you will learn how to cope with your feelings of loss in a positive way.

Donate Money or Time to a Charitable Organization

A good way to boost your mood and sense of well-being is to donate your time or money to make the world a better place. There are so many people who suffer and need help in our world. Take notice of your blessings and pay it forward by helping others. If you are fortunate enough to have spare money, then donate to a worthy organization or cause that helps others.

Participate in an angel adoption program or help fund a toy drive for children. You can also donate money or time to places such as soup kitchens, the Salvation Army and missions who help the homeless. All of these activities will not only help you feel better about the holidays, but they will also help other people have a better Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Be Realistic

Do not compare your Thanksgiving or Christmas to what you see on TV, because it will not measure up. You will end up feeling empty, less than and wondering what on Earth is wrong with your crazy family! The perfect holidays we see on the Hallmark Channel and all of the wonderful happy endings are made by Hollywood and not real life examples.

In the real world, turkeys get overcooked and turn into turkey jerky, grandma’s dressing may turn into a disgusting sage casserole because her vision is going bad and she dumped a whole bottle of sage in the dressing and yes a squirrel just might run through the door and cause the dog to demolish your home like on my favorite movie Christmas Vacation.

Although these things are less likely to happen, realize they can and life is not perfect. If it were perfect, how could we really make memories?  It is the crazy blunders and mishaps of our wild and imperfect lives that make good stories and give us something to talk about over the next holiday dinner.

It is Okay to be You

Sometimes during the holidays we may act like someone we are not. Perhaps it is because of the mixed company, trying to impress others or sometimes and worse yet, trying to outdo others. All of these things are unhealthy and will cause you holiday anxiety and stress instead of joy.

Find a comfortable medium. Relax and just be yourself. Do your best and do not worry about impressing others. Your best should always be good enough and if not, let it go and move on. We cannot please everyone. Never to try outdo someone else. Turning the holidays into a competition of who can out-cook, outwit or outperform is nothing but taking away from what this season is meant to be in the first place and it will leave you feeling spent. Save the competitions for a later date and focus on love, sharing, caring and giving which is what Thanksgiving and Christmas is all about.

how to make a burlap wreath for fall

How to Make a Burlap Wreath for Fall

If you want to learn how to make a burlap wreath for fall, let me show you how I created a simple and easy design for my door in about 10-15 minutes tops. Oh, by the way, please forgive the dirty looking and drab front door. Painting it is on my to do list!

how to make a burlap wreath for fall


Supplies I Used to Create My Fall Theme Burlap Wreath…
  • Two rolls of 6 inch natural burlap ribbon (no wires)
  • One 12 inch metal wreath frame
  • green floral wire
  • craft glue
  • two simple yet cute burlap covered Styrofoam pumpkin decorations with embellishments
  • wired craft ribbon featuring pumpkins
  • wreath door hanger

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Once I gathered my supplies I was ready to get started making a cute little wreath for my front door.

how to make a burlap wreath

I started off by folding my 6 inch burlap in half lengthwise and wrapped it around the bottom of the metal frame and secured it in place by tying it with a piece of floral wire. As you should be able to see in this picture, always keep the part of the metal frame that bends outward as the part of your wreath that will be visible. The back part of the wreath should be the side that turns inward.

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After securing the starting point in place by tying it in a knot with floral wire, I weave the folded burlap through the loops of my metal frame carefully checking as I go to keep each look the same size.

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Once I have one loop through each part of the metal frame, I grab the three loops with my hand holding them tightly and use my other hand to twist the back of the ribbon in two tight twists and then start weaving the ribbon through the bottom of the wreath again right beside of the first three loops and repeat this process about four times until I get the first part of my frame filled up to the divider that you can see in the picture above. I then cut off the ribbon and tied it with a piece of floral wire securely to the divider and twist the fly away end into the wreath and out of sight.

Now all I did was simply repeat the first step starting a new section of my wreath by tying the starting point to the frame with the wire and begin the looping and twisting process until I reach the next divider and I am ready to cut it off and secure it tight.

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At this point with about two sections of your wreath filled, it should look a bit like this on the front. Note that I have been fluffing, shaping and shifting my burlap loops around to my liking as I go but you can wait until you are finished to do this step if you want.

the back of a homemade burlap wreath

The back of your wreath should resemble something like this. It will not be perfect but isn’t that the beauty of homemade? You can nip, tuck and fix as you like, but who sees the backside of your gorgeous wreath anyway?

how to make a burlap wreath for fall decorating

All you have to do is continue repeating the steps making sure you fill up your sections before starting a new one. It took me about four sets of loops in each section (being sure to twist the back of each twice) to fill up a section. Now you have your charming wreath complete, it is ready to boasts some lovely embellishments.

I fashioned a handmade bow out of the pumpkin inspired wired burlap ribbon I had and tied it into the bottom framework of my wreath. I prefer wired ribbon for making bows because it is easier to shape as needed.

Next I add a generous amount of craft glue to the backs of each of my pumpkin decorations (found them pre-made at the craft store) and I nested them down into the chosen areas of my burlap that I wanted to showcase them. I found a piece of two of the burlap I wanted to firmly press them to in order to hold them in place and then straightened the remaining folds around the decorations and let them dry. Since they were made of Styrofoam, I could have poked some of the floral wire through the bottom of them and fashioned a little loop to tie them onto the frame and nestle them into the folds of burlap as well, either way works fine, just be sure to secure them down deep enough to hide the back but not too deep to cover up the decoration.

Sorry, I completely forgot to take pictures of the process of making the bow or adding the decorative accents to my burlap wreath…

how to make a burlap wreath for fall

Once the glue is dry and I have secured everything in place and adjusted the parts of the wreath as needed, it was ready to hang up on my door and boast some lovely fall charm.!

This wreath costed me only $14.00 to make and it was so much fun so I call this a win-win DIY project. I hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to make a burlap wreath for your fall inspired home and keep up with me while I continue to discover new and exciting ways to make my home gorgeous. By the way, I totally need to find some inspiration for painting my door! Sigh…….

Blue and White Painted Pumpkin Ideas

16 Awesome Painted Pumpkin Ideas

If you are looking for some painted pumpkin ideas that turn a simple pumpkin into a charming work of art, you are going to be very happy you stopped by to take a look at these.

I get autumn fever every year and start scouring Pinterest, blogs, and everywhere I can think of to find unique and very creative ways to make my fall decorating capture that extra something each year. After all, who wants the boring same ol same ol when you can amp up the decorating juices a few notches by trying something different.

So, grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a stroll through the pumpkin patch with me and lets discover how some very talented ladies making lackluster pumpkins come to life.

Elegant and Sparkling Blue and White Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Elegant Blue Painted Pumpkin Ideas

This project may take some time and attention to detail, but if you want to dress your home in sophisticated style and glamour, these breathtaking pumpkins will certainly do just that. Alisa shares with us how she makes ordinary pumpkins turn into these lovely works of art with her glam pumpkin painting tutorial.

Nontraditional Pastel Pumpkins

Pastel Colored Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Kellie with Nest of Posies shares with us an easy way to break the standard tradition of painting pumpkins and shows us her idea of making feminine easy fall decorations using real pumpkins, spray paint and glitter.

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Blue and White Painted Pumpkin Ideas

I promise, this is my last of the beautiful blues, but are they not absolutely gorgeous? Iandeeseelandeedo shares with us an effective way to turn a coffee table into a pretty focal point for fall. Her pumpkins look fresh and add the right touch of cool charm during a season typically sporting warmer colors. Unique= I love it!!

Splatter and Mesh Paint for Pumpkins

Splatter Stencil Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Sometimes you can get super creative with simple things around the house. Natalie with cremedelacraft shows us how she used mesh bags to stencil paint her pumpkins to give them an inexpensive chic look. You probably have some old plastic mesh bags in your home already. Produce such as fruits or onions typically come in these bags. I love how the colors come to life and create a bold and impressive work of art.

Decoupage Pumpkin Inspirations

Damask and Stencil Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Debbie with Confessions of a Plate Addict never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful sense of style and an eye for decorating. She shares with us her version of a Country Living delight featuring decoupage pumpkins. These beauties are covered in paper which actually looks like fabric. Her designs are elegant and timeless. Love the mix of orange and green.

Glazed painted pumpkin ideas

Kate with Centsational Girl has some of the most awesome creative ways she decorates for fall. These glazed pumpkins stacked in a planter or urn create true curb appeal for her home. She gave these lovely Cinderella pumpkins a bronze glaze treatment which brings out their natural beauty. This is an easy DIY with an enormous high-end look.

Gold Glitter Painted Pumpkin Idea

Gold Glitter Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Glitter just makes everything sophisticated and gorgeous, or so I think. These pumpkins are coated in sparkle and shine creating an eye-catching elegant DIY fall decorating idea. Malia with Yesterday on Tuesday teaches us how to create our own glitter painted pumpkins. You can use plastic, ceramic or real pumpkins for this lovely idea. They would look fantastic in a formal dining room.

Chevron painted pumpkin ideas

Chevron’s popularity is still going strong and creating a cute Chevron painted pumpkin is a very crafty way to add a boost of style to your front porch decor. This lovely inspiration may take a little attention to detail, but it is worth the effort when you get the finished results. Painter’s or masking tape neatly placed in the zig-zag pattern will make this design a real success.

Washi Tape Pumpkins

These crafty pumpkins are not painted but sure do look like it! Washi tape can make some really cool patterns on numerous types of materials so why not dress up your pumpkin by adding some strips of this tape and design your own fall masterpiece? Different sizes and colors give these pumpkins a personality.


Painted Pumpkin Ideas for kids

Everyone loves a fun pumpkin decorating project and these cute inspirations will be something both you and your children can do together.

Pumpkin painting ideas for kids

Kids love to paint and painting is so much cleaner than carving pumpkins. Get creative with them. All you need is a sharpie to draw the outline and paint in different colors and of course, pumpkins.  You can also add embellishments if you like such as hats, ribbons and bows.

Minion Pumpkin Tutorial

Who does not love cute and silly Minions? These little guys have been popular for a while now and your kids will love helping you create them. Lucy with Craftberry Bush shows us how to make Minion Pumpkins in her online tutorial. Thanks Lucy!

Sesame Street Pumpkin Painting Ideas

Another super cute and totally fun painted pumpkin idea for kids is Sesame Street Pumpkins. These wacky guys are colorful and will get both you and your children into the spirit of Halloween and fall decorating. Jodi with meaningful mama shows us how she, her husband and children paint Sesame Street pumpkins.

Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Another fun idea for making pumpkins turn into characters for fall! Spider Man and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The kids will love how they turn out when finished. Louise with Messy Little Monster helped her children paint these character pumpkins.


More Awesome Painted Pumpkin Ideas

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DIY Throw Pillow Tutorials

So, I have admitted to being a pillow addict and I have been searching out throw pillow tutorials. I have gotten a tad bit crazy about em lately and even purchased a new sewing machine so I could start making some charming little decorative pillows for my home as well as for my shop.

After doing my research, I have been delightfully surprised there are so many inspiring ways to make a pillow. Well, I have been so inspired that my husband would prefer not to accompany me to the fabric store because he knows that I cannot just walk in and grab and go. I just fall in love with the gorgeous fabrics and the numerous textures and styles.

I want to share with you some pillow perfect inspirations I have stumbled upon in my quest to become a DIY sewing queen.

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Get crafty with the basic throw pillow. This simple design is a quick way to spruce up your decor. They actually make a room look totally different. All you need to create this charming accent pillow is basic sewing skills and a machine, some nice fabric of your choice, cutting utensils, throw pillow insert and fabric glue.

Cut out two square pieces of your fabric about an inch to inch and a half larger than the size of your insert. Sew the two pieces of fabric together with the wrong sides facing each other. Leave about a 4 or 5 inch opening on one side of your pillow cover. Once you are finished sewing the fabric together, cut the corners diagonally so that they look nice and professional when you are done. Be sure not to cut into the area you have sewn. Simply cut the edges of the corners. Now you are ready to turn your pillow right side out, push out the corners of your fabric with your fingers, stuff in your insert through the opening you left and carefully close the opening with your fabric glue. Now you have a cute throw pillow to add some gorgeous style to your home!

Some Gorgeous DIY Throw Pillow Tutorials

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Textured Design Red and White Coral Pillow from Sew Passionate

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Harlequin Throw Pillow from Freshly Pieced

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Simple Envelope Pillow Tutorial from The Happy Housie

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Stenciled Pillow Tutorial from Two Delighted

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10 Minute Throw Pillows from Creek Line House

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No Sew Throw Pillow Tutorial from Live Love DIY

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Multi Fabric Throw Pillow Tutorial from Just Another Hang Up 

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Felt Sunflower Pillow by Fab You Bliss

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Embellished Burlap Throw Pillow Tutorial by The Golden Sycamore

I hope these creative throw pillow tutorials have inspired you like they have inspired me. All of these projects look so amazing. I cannot wait to get to the fabric shop and start gathering my supplies to get started on some of these. I do not have a particular favorite because they are all wonderful. What do you think? Let’s get crafting!

DIY Lamp Antique Whiskey Jug

DIY Lamp Project

Welcome to the tutorial of my first DIY lamp project. The lamps I have in my living room are simply old and outdated so I wanted to add something more interesting and appealing to my lighted decor, however every lamp I could find for sale came with a crazy price tag that was way over budget. I found some super cute ideas for Mason Jar lamps but unfortunately I could not find any lamp kits for them within a 100 mile radius! So, after a bit of digging around for more ideas I stumbled upon bottle lamp kits and that is when my old whiskey crock jug lamp idea came to life.

DIY Lamp Whiskey Jug

I inherited this antique whiskey jug/crock jar from my grandparents. Needless to say it is pretty old. I am not completely certain about the age of this antique jug but I believe it dates back to the 1800’s. I have had it sitting in my dining room floor for years. There was not really much I could do with it as far as decorating except place it in a corner and call it old rustic country. Today, this old jug got a makeover and I am gushing (just a little) about the results!


Supplies I Used for My DIY Lamp Old Whiskey Jug Project

  • Hazelnut Waverly Brand Chalk Paint
  • a paper plate or other item for pouring your paint
  • Medium sized sponge paint brush
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Bottle lamp kit
  • standard light bulb
  • Burlap lamp shade

Before I did anything else I made sure I cleaned the outside of my jug with hot soap and water. It was quite dusty. Since the jug has been around a while, it has a few scrapes here and nicks there but that just gives it a history and some personality. After it was painted, I could even see the flaws without really searching for them.

I laid down my drop cloth in my chosen work location and poured some of my Hazelnut chalk paint and got ready to work. The good thing about this paint is you can barely smell it, or at least I think so. It also has a nice thick texture and is so easy to use.

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I started at the top of my jug and just worked my way down. I would let the first coat dry in the sunshine and by the time I was finished painting, I added three solid coats for good coverage. Notice my little cat Tiger partially photo bombed this picture. He is my baby and had to come see what mommy was doing. The wet paint was not the most desirable color to look at but as it dried it started turning out nicely.


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Here is the old whiskey jug after I added all of the coats of paint and let it dry on the porch. This color is neutral and perfect for any room. My living room walls are yellow so I knew it would work perfectly. I like the way it made the old jug look like a fresh pottery creation.


Putting Together The Bottle Lamp Kit For the DIY Lamp

I forgot to take pictures of this step but it is not hard to do at all. I purchased one of those $6.00 bottle lamp kits at Wal-Mart. They come with several size adjusters for the size of your bottle opening. My opening was still a little bigger than the largest adjuster but I improvised by using electrical tape to thicken up the sides of the adjuster so it would fit snug into the opening of my jug. I am sure there is another way to do it but that worked for me.

I enlisted the hubby on putting together the lamp kit since it involved just a little bit of electrical wiring. It was like a 8 minute job if that much and it comes with directions so don’t let it intimidate you. It is super easy.

Once he was finished with that and we tested it out to make sure it worked all I had left to do was fit it into the top of my whiskey jug and add my burlap lampshade, turn on the lamp and stand back to admire the results.

DIY Lamp Antique Whiskey Jug

My simple DIY Lamp design. I just love its rustic and Earthy charm!


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DIY Side Table Ideas Using Concrete

DIY Side Table Ideas

I have been looking for some unique side table ideas to make tables for my living room. I kind of want something crafty and creative but have no clue where to start. At first, I checked out the local furniture stores thinking about taking the easy way out and just purchase a few, but most were way off budget or looked like the same thing you can find everywhere else. Who wants to be just like everyone else? Nope, not me, I want to stand out from the crowd. So, I started looking for some DIY tutorials for crafty (but not too difficult) side tables that will help me freshen up my living room decor. I am super excited to say I found some really neat ways to create a cute table…


Lightweight Cement Side Table

DIY Side Table Ideas Using Concrete

This side table idea captured my attention pretty quickly. I think it looks awesome not to mention very artsy. It would work perfectly in my living room. How on Earth can you make a table out of concrete and it not weigh a ton? Yea, I was wondering the same thing so check out the entire step-by-step tutorial to find out how to make this really light concrete table.

Rustic Natural Log Side Table

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Wood and logs are popular for home decor these days, especially if you are trying to achieve a rustic or country style look. If you try to purchase one of these babies from a specialty furniture store, you will more than likely face a hefty price tag. Rather than dump your hard-earned money on a small table, why not just make it yourself for a fraction of the cost? This side table idea for log/wood slice accent furniture turned out unbelievably charming. It is not as hard to make as you may think, find out how to build one of your own.

Make a Side Table Out of Wood Pallets

Pallet End Table

Wooden pallets used to be used for nothing other than to transport products of some sort. Nowadays they have become infamous for all sorts of crafty ways to create lovely decor and furnishings for homes. I have been inspired by the ways you can turn a simple pallet into something delightfully appealing. I personally would paint mine a bold color because I just love lots of colors for my home however anything goes with these. Want to try out your first pallet table idea? If so, you should check out these endless ways to create a cute pallet table.


The Perfect Wooden End Table

 

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If you are trying to find side table ideas that more closely match the types of furniture you would see at your local furniture store, this beautiful and very practical table is a win-win.

It features a lovely finish and plenty of shelf space to keep all of the things you need right at your finger tips. I think the dark stain finished top and bottom are gorgeous with the white middle shelf and table legs. Want to build yours? Just check out this easy tutorial.

Crate Style Side Table Ideas

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Another way to create an awesome table whether it is a side table or a nice coffee table is by building it from wooden crates. What a great repurpose idea! The table pictured above is so unique that it makes it the perfect conversational piece of furniture. If you are interested in discovering how you can turn a simple wooden crate into a beautiful home furnishing, just head over here to find out more.

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Fabulous Living Room Decorating Ideas that Recharge Your Home’s Personality

Are you looking for some inspirational living room decorating ideas for your upcoming home makeover project? Perhaps you just moved into a new home and need some great decorating tips that will make your living room cozy and welcoming. Stick around and let me show you some of my favorite ways to create a living room that is anything but boring.

A living room should feel just as its name suggests “lived in.” It should be tidy, but cozy and welcoming.

Here are some Living Room Decorating Ideas that totally make the cut!

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Myquillyn of Nesting Place sure knows how to decorate a gorgeous living room! She has adorned her wall behind the sofa with a series of lovely family photos and wall art making it very attractive. The white sofa adds an airy and calming look to the room while the soft feather filled throw pillows invite you to settle in with a great book. I personally adore the blue washed table top, lamp and charming end table she selected. Keeping your living room decor simple with everything having its own place makes your home both functional and beautiful.

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Krista with The Happy Housie shows off her gorgeous living room. This is one of the most creative living room decorating ideas that I have stumbled upon. Nothing speaks cottage style splashed with a romantic feel like adding lots of white or neutral tones and finishing them up with pops of color. Notice how she creates a focal point of wall art behind her comfy sofa? The yellows, greens and light floral colors all are perfectly warm for a nice summer tone. Most of her art is either thrift store finds or handmade which makes this cute living room very budget friendly and doable!

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I am a sucker for orange. I don’t know why, I just love it. It is common to see this amazing color during the months of fall, but don’t pass up the chance to make it a part of your decor all year round. Jenny with House of Hue shares with us a living room decorating idea that deserves a second glance. The end tables and throw pillows are simple do-it-yourself finds. She keeps things minimal to avoid making her living room look busy or cluttered. When you want your room to stand out, add punches of bold colors throughout and you will be amazed at the look.

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Kate with Centsational Girl shows us how touches of coral can make a living room feel and look warm and friendly. Light colored furniture and lots of white make even smaller living rooms feel larger. Allowing plenty of light to enter into the room either naturally through windows or by artificial means will really dress your room to impress.

If you are looking for quick and easy living room decorating ideas, try redecorating with throw pillows. Simply changing up the accent pillows in your room can really make a world of difference in how your decor looks. You can change them out for the seasons as well as for the holidays. Mix them up with different sizes to add some variations in your decor.

Dresser Makeover Idea with Stencil

I have been looking for the perfect dresser makeover idea since I have a few that I have inherited which need some serious TLC. Right now the dressers are covered in an ugly varnish that appears to be layers deep on one of them. Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me. This job is going to require a lot of sanding to get all of that decades old varnish off, but I know a beautiful wood grain design is patiently waiting to be revealed.

So I ventured out into blog land to find some inspiration and much needed advice on how to get this project underway and boy did I discover some amazing dresser makeovers that turn plain old blah looking furniture into super cute and charming pieces that are fit for any home. The only problem I have now is deciding which of these ideas I will use for my furniture makeover project. They are all are amazing, it makes it hard to choose. Take a look and tell me what you think?


Very Creative and Inspirational Dresser Makeover Ideas

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Kate with Centsational Girl shows us how she transforms a plain pine dresser from IKEA into a gorgeous coastal theme meets modern style piece of bedroom furniture. The soft blue burlap fabric and nickel ring pulls for the drawers are such a refreshing way to make a splash with this dresser makeover idea.

Dresser Makeover Idea with Stencil

Another amazing dresser makeover idea that I love is this bright and playful style. Linda with Burlap + Blue shares with us her charming dresser transformation. She took a rather plain and easily overlooked chest of drawers and created a catchy piece with pops of cool blue.

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Never underestimate the power of a gorgeous hand painted dresser! Marian at Miss Mustard Seed is so talented. She bought an old dresser that looked like a train wreck from the 70’s and with every paint stroke she carefully turned it from boring retro into sweet and shabby chic.

Painted Distressed Dresser Makeover Idea

You do not have to have a huge decorating budget to create beautiful pieces of furniture. Most of the time all it takes is a watchful eye for a great yard sale deal and a creative mind. To prove this theory, Christina at The Frugal Homemaker shows us how she paid $25.00 for this dresser at a flea market and with some paint, brushes and inspiration, she turned it into a work of art.

Coral Dresser Makeover Idea

I am completely smitten by this beautiful coral dresser! This dresser once was a deep dark wood varnish with old and dated pulls. Yea it was over the top vintage but desperately needed a style revamp. Now it boasts a warm and inviting coral (pink salmon paint) which brought back to life this tired and dying antique.

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I bet you are really intrigued and would love to learn how to paint your furniture. It is easier than you think. All you need is inspiration, a dresser regardless if it is new or old, a sander and/or sandpaper, paint, primer, paint brushes, paint thinner and supplies. You now have what it takes to make a custom dresser for your home. Let’s start painting!

Repurpose Shutter DIY Headboard

If you are looking for DIY Headboard Inspiration, get ready to be impressed by these awesome ideas from my fellow bloggers. Whether you need a simple design, carefree country or classy elegance, there is a style that will turn your much-needed yet daunting bed makeover into a fun and easy DIY project.

Cheap and Easy Crate DIY Headboard

Bonnie with Going Home to Roost shows us her rustic reclaimed crate DIY headboard. This idea is very budget friendly and quite eye-catching. Made out of scrap crates meant to be thrown away, all she had to do was purchase some string lights behind it to give it even more personality.

Tufted Fabric DIY Headboard

A tufted fabric headboard is both classy and elegant. Sara M. Dorsey reveals her stunning project along with how to instructions. I think the yellow and blends of gray really compliment her bedroom. Unique designs and shades of color bring out the wow factor in your home decor.

Repurpose Shutter DIY Headboard

Old wooden shutters may look like trash to some people but they are actually a goldmine! There are endless ways you can repurpose these traditional home fixtures into charming pieces of home decor. This gorgeous reclaimed shutter DIY Headboard is the perfect example of turning old finds into awesome treasures.

West Elm Morocco DIY Headboard

Turn rubber floor mats found at your every day department store into a lovely West Elm Morocco DIY Headboard. Now this is impressive! Just open your creative mind and look around. You will be surprised at the simple objects that you can find and work with to turn them into amazing items for your home.

Patchwork DIY Headboard

This sweet DIY headboard caught my attention. Like a patchwork quilt, this design blends simplicity and country charm with a vintage flair. You could choose any type and pattern of fabric you want and create some of these for different seasons of the year. Simply change them out. Achieve a bedroom makeover in minutes! Totally love this look.

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For those of us who love the beach, this beach theme bedroom idea using a lovely homemade headboard decorated with attractive string lights is the perfect way to cozy up your nest. This creation was made from wood planks which can be screwed into a wooden backing such as plywood or firmly affixed with wood glue. Hang it up with some sturdy hooks on your wall and string up some lights of your choice. A fairly practical design turns an ordinary bed into a beach cottage dream.

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I love Molly’s simple yet lovely bedroom. Notice her barn door headboard? She did not share a tutorial on this however my best guess is to get yourself a barn door, paint it, sand it down or finish it any way you want. You could add side pieces of wood, a top, maybe a shelf, and fashion it to your liking then watch it reveal its own perfect country style. What a crafty and inspiring idea.

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Maybe you need a cute little personalized bedroom update for your daughter. Most little girls would adore this easy idea. Get some wooden planks somewhere such as Lowe’s or Home Depot, stain them or paint them and after adding her name to the boards, screw them into the wall one by one and you have a nice and sturdy headboard for your little girl. I think it is adorable!

Do you have a headboard idea you would like to share? If so please let me know, we would all love to see it!

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