Along with all the fun…

Amongst all the fun of decorating, wrapping, and baking that goes with the season, there is that other job on your to-do list that always must be done… Clean the house before friends and family arrive! While cleaning up today, I ran out of my favorite cheat in between deep cleans for carpet and upholstery, Febreeze. Having a large dog the house can sometime get a little “doggie” smelling and it needs a little touch up that Febreeze does a great job with. So, in my efforts to not have to pay $5 for a bottle of spray, I remembered that I had pinned a recipe for homemade Febreeze!


It was really easy to make, all you need is the following;
1/4 cup liquid fabric softener
2 tablespoons baking soda
Hot water
Empty spray bottle (I used my empty Febreeze bottle but any will work)
Funnel (to make life a little easier)

First dissolve the baking soda in a cup of hot water. Use the funnel to pour water baking soda mixture into your spray bottle. Next pour into your spray bottle the fabric softener. Fill the remaining space of your spray bottle with water. Put the top on, and shake it a little bit, then off you go to freshen up your home!

You can play with the scents of fabric softener that you use, and add a little more or less depending on how strong you want your spray. Enjoy!


My version – Chalkboard Joy

Another new addition this year, inspired by a photo I came across on Pinterest. You can see it in my original idea post here. This is my inspiration;

Here is my version, made from an old frame from Goodwill, some spray paint, Chalkboard paint, and a few accessories from the Dollar Store. Best of all I think this cost under $10 total to make!

Joyeux Noel Pillow – Check!

Another craft completed off my To-Do list! At first I was planning to make two pillows for this project, but I ended up making up just one with the left over canvas that I had from my Ruffled Tree Skirt. Seemed like a great idea to use up a scrap of fabric that I didn’t know what else to use it for, and I’m very happy with the finished result.

Here’s what I used for supplies: Scrap piece of canvas fabric (approximately 1′ by 4′), Joyeux Noel word template (Here), Sharpie markers, Sewing machine, Pillow stuffing.

I started by printing out my template for “Joyeux Noel” and positioning the words at different levels, then taping them to the window so that I could trace them onto my fabric. Then I taped my fabric on top of the template positioned where I wanted the words to be on the front of my pillow fabric.

(I’m sure my neighbors thought I was crazy at this point!) Then I used my Sharpie Pen to trace the outlines of all the letters. With the sun shining through it was really easy to see all the outlines, even the thin swirls were easy to trace.


After I finished tracing all the letters, I took the fabric off the window and laid it on top of scrap paper to catch any marker bleed through and went to coloring in all the letters and making all the lines darker.

This was after “one coat” of filling in with the Sharpie that I had. I think the Sharpie was a little old, so if you have a newer Sharpie marker you may not need to do extra “coats”. I ended up with 3 coats of marker total.

This was after three “coats” of Sharpie marker. Now onto sewing and then stuffing. Just sew around your edges (wrong sides of fabric together), leaving an opening to turn your fabric. Turn pillow right side out, fill with pillow batting, and then sew the opening shut. (Sorry, I forget to take photos of these steps.)

Then place in your favorite spot and stand back and enjoy! This little project actually didn’t cost me a thing because I had everything already!

No-sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

This might just be my favorite craft that I have made this season! I feel in love with these ruffled tree skirts when I saw them on Pinterest a couple months back, and I new that it was going to be on my list of things to make for this season. Well, I finally decided on the fabric I would use after long debate with myself over it, and I got started on it this weekend. And I must say…. I’m in Love. I followed the directions from My Crazy Life (Here), and it probably took a total of about 5 hours to make from start to finish.

My supplies: 4 yards of fabric, 1 painter’s canvas drop cloth (4’x5′), hot glue gun and lots of extra glue sticks, scissors.

I followed the steps Lauren posted to make my canvas a circle and get it set to be the base for my skirt, then went about cutting my fabric into 3″ strips. I wasn’t sure that I would need all 4 yards of fabric, but I needed every last bit of it because I wanted a really ruffled look to my skirt, so go ahead and cut it all up and save yourself from having to go back and forth cutting more strips. Then I started gluing them on. I put down a line of glue about 3″-4″ long then would pinch ruffle my fabric strip as I stuck it to the glue.

This was two strips in. Just keep gluing and gluing round and round.

5 rounds in and I called it a night, then finished it up this morning.

I’m SO very happy with how this came out! I was a little worried about if the hot glue would hold up well, but I’ve been moving it around and nothing has seemed to start to come loose. Here’s a few more finished photos…

I just love this fabric! I might sneak back and get some more to make up a coordinating throw pillow or two.

And I couldn’t not have a picture of it actually under my tree, so I had to put it up early. 😉

Easy as pie

Back on the topic of Christmas cards received…

I came across this great (and super simple) way to display them. With all the time that is spent in the kitchen during the holidays cooking, baking, and preparing it’s a perfect place to have them displayed. Plus, we all know that no matter how hard you try when you have a get together, everyone Always ends up in the kitchen.

How simple is this: Pick your favorite ribbon, or choose a couple of your favorites that compliment each other, tie them around your cabinet doors and use clothes pins to clip the card on. It looks wonderful and all you need to be able to do is cut a piece of ribbon and tie! This is going on my To-Do list, but I think I’ll add a little twist to the clothes pins… you’ll have to stop back to see what I do.

Click the photo to go to the original blog posting of this idea by Greener Grass.

What to do, what to do…

Every year, for the holidays your mailbox gets filled with all sorts of lovely well wishes from friends and family in special Christmas cards. We all love to look at all the photos, read all the warm messages, and put them up on display for all to see and enjoy throughout the season. But what to do with them when all the decorations are taken down? I have always just kept them in box and saved them, but never really did anything with them… Until this year. I came across this wonderful and so cute idea on a couple of different sites : Coffee Table books of the cards from each year.


Click each photo and it will take you to the original posting for each.

I can’t wait to start making these, and I think I will pull out that old box of cards and put one together of all the cards that I have from years gone by. I love the ties ribbon on the first book covering the exposed metal rings and making it a little more festive! Great reason to make a quick trip to the craft store for some cute holiday ribbons!

More ideas to come!

Simple is Beautiful.

I have always been a thrift store junky. Finding amazing deals that I can turn into wonderful items for pennies on the dollar of what you would pay at a “regular” store always puts a big smile on my face. And I love the added bonus when someone comments on them and asks where you bought it, replying “Oh, I made that!”

Knowing that I have some time before I can actually start decorating for this Christmas holiday season, I was looking around (code for hours on Pinterest) I found this photo that is now on my list of holiday decorations to re-create.

I love how it is so simple, but so very beautiful at the same time. So on my shopping lists as I stroll through all my local thrift shops and GoodWill stores are: A large frame (artwork doesn’t matter as I will use chalkboard paint on the center), a small collection of candle stick holders, and maybe a few old books or cool plate too.

I have the perfect spot in mind for this, I can’t wait to find all the pieces so I can put it all together soon! One of the best parts of this is that it can be changed from season to season very easily and still keep the main pieces on display.



Guest Room Inspiration

Are you having family stay with you this holiday? If you’re anything like me and you see this inspiration room photo, you’ll be calling up family to come stay with you so that you can decorate your guest room like this!

How cute is that room?! I love how the colors are crisp and bright and it’s not the traditional way you would expect to decorate for Christmas. It would be so simple to do, White bed sheets (we all have these), some red throw pillows with a black “belt” added on, red duvet, and green throw blanket. So simple, and perfect!

So, who’s coming over to stay for Christmas?

One ornament that is definitely on my list

I’ve seen a lot of different Christmas ornaments that I really want to make, but this is the one that no matter what I WILL get done. I’m actually going to combine two ideas that I’ve seen into one. It’s a “First House/Apartment” ornament. I’m going use the key impression on the salt dough with the date that we moved into our house and then add on the tag with the address of the house. I’ve found a few different recipes for the salt dough to try out and see which works best. Can’t wait to make this up!

You can find the original how-to guide and photo for these ornaments here and here.