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July 21st, 2014 at 10:44 am

Making Homemade Decorations for Your Home

Taking the time to add decor to your home can elevate it to a new level. The hard part is that decorations can be costly and decorating a room can become expensive fast. I like to take less expensive items and make them into something else! One of my favorite homemade items is my Elevated Glass Vase.


To make each of these it cost $2 plus the cost of a little glue. There are many different types of glue you can use, so pick out your favorite brand for this.

This project started with a tall straight vase. Get creative. Vary colors, styles, and heights of vases. Then you need two shorter candle holders as shown here.

vase needs

You simply glue the candle holder to the bottle of the vase. I like to put the vase upside down and apply the candle holder that way.  Let dry and fill. I have filled with shells, christmas ornaments, marbles and more. This is a great way to add color through decor.

finished vase

I have also taken candle holders and attached to plates to make a cake plate or an item to display or serve on.


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December 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

DIY Ornaments for Kids


Christmastime is the perfect time to craft, and kids want to get in on the fun! A great way to involve them in decorating the house is by helping them make their own ornaments. They’ll love seeing their creations hanging on the tree with the twinkling lights. Here are some ideas for cute ornaments they can make themselves! Just click the links for details on materials and instructions. Have any holiday crafts/projects you’d like to share? Post pictures on our Facebook wall!

Bottle Cap Snowman from Views From The Ville


Twinkle PomPom Ornament from Zakka Life

christmas ornament 6

Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments from Better Homes and Gardens

(P.S. You can do this with ANY cookie cutter shapes…trees, stockings, reindeer, stars, etc.)


Pinecone Christmas Trees from Dig This Chick


Rudolph The Reindeer Glass Bulb from Dixieland Blessings


Button Christmas Tree from UK Lass in the US


Popsicle Stick Snowman from How To Have It All


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October 18th, 2013 at 8:05 am

Sprucing Up Your Home for Fall

inspirationI always get in the mood to spruce up my home around this time of year. It’s kind of like Spring Cleaning, but means getting ready for the long winter we experience here in Wisconsin. Being a mom who spends most of her time at home, this place starts to get stale and I need to change things up to inspire myself!

My first act of business is some fall cleaning. One of my favorite fall cleaning checklists can be found here. It takes care of decluttering, outside tasks, and other items that are appropriate to take care of during this time of year. During the Fall, I already start to prepare for the holiday season. I think about what needs to be done and purchased  and start to make the kids wish lists. I also think about the holidays while I am decluttering. Should we just get rid of the ratty old sofa in our office  that gets moved into the playroom to make room for the tree? What does our freezer look like and what foods can we use to make the holiday season easy for dinner time? That’s what fall cleaning is all about, getting ready to survive the holidays. That reminds me, be sure to organize and declutter the playroom and leave a little extra room for all those gifts that are coming your kids way……

This year, I’ve decide to change up some home decor in my house. With the help of Pinterest and trips to local stores with the camera on my phone, I have come up with an inspiration board. Slowly I am purchasing items to spruce up some rooms. It may be a whole new color scheme, or new curtains, or even just some new photos framed on the walls that are needed to make my home a place that inspires and rejuvenates me.  I’ve slowly started painting and hanging items up and already I am falling back in love with my house. Being somewhere I enjoy helps to get through those long winter months.

How are you sprucing up during the season of Fall?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 17th, 2013 at 5:00 am

DIY Autumn Decor



In my opinion, fall has the best seasonal decor. There’s just so much you can do with the colors, holidays and seasonal pieces (pumpkins/gourds, leaves, etc.). While the stores take advantage of this great opportunity, there are so many options for DIY home decor that is fun to make and just as (or more) beautiful than anything store-bought. Here are some great projects to spice up your home with autumn accents.

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May 15th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

DIY Flowers & Crafts


It’s the perfect time to get out your craft supplies and create some beautiful flower masterpieces! One of the nicest things about flower crafts is that there are so many great materials you can use….fresh flowers, fake flowers, felt, tissue paper, etc. the possibilities are endless! It’s also a great way to bring pops of bright color to your home. Flowers make great home décor, and instead of buying or cutting fresh flowers that will die in a matter of days, using other lasting materials will ensure you can enjoy your floral décor for years to come. We even found these adorable DIY flower invitations (see picture below), which are perfect for any type of spring or summer party. While you’re working on your creations, we also included a few ideas for kids to do alongside you. Let the crafting begin!



For the kids:


Speaking of flowers, what’s your favorite?


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June 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am

DIY Magnetic Board

Are you tired of your refrigerator being cluttered with papers? Or is your refrigerator not big enough to hold all of them? I have the second problem and have debated getting a bulletin board for our family. Instead of having to deal with all those little tacks I came up with this quick and cheap solution.

To complete this project you need:

  • Sheet of sheet metal (easily found in Home Improvement stores)
  • Picture Frame (these can be old or new – you can even spray paint an old one to freshen it up)
  • Sheet Metal Sheers

Once you find a frame you like you just need to remove the glass or plastic. I used a poster frame that I had laying around the house.

We then measured the glass and cut the sheet metal out in that size. You will want to use work gloves when doing this because the sheet metal becomes sharp when cut.

Once that is done you just need to place it into the frame.

You can then mount it on the wall just like a picture frame and add fun magnets to it.

This is such an easy organizing solution and can be used in so many different sizes. As long as you have a frame you can cut the metal to fit inside it.  I love what this added to our new “drop-off” center and now my son wants one to hang his favorite stuff in his room.

Did you see the great solution I found to hold my kids school artwork in the picture? Be sure to come back next Monday to see the tutorial.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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