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Ways to Use a Vintage Toolbox

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in decorating tip | 8 comments

Ways to Use a Vintage Toolbox

When I was younger, I could enjoy a Saturday morning by sleeping in.

But as soon as my body hit the age of 40, I was cursed with the “no longer able to sleep past about 7:00 a.m. phenomenon.”

So when I rolled over at 4:45 on Saturday morning and was unable to go back to sleep {“Thank you 42 year old body”said by me in a highly sarcastic tone.}

I got up, had my coffee and got a bit of fall decorating done.

About 10:00, a group of us headed to Woodbury, TN which happens to be the home of one of my favorite antique stores.

Daisy loves to antique and she was wanting to introduce her friend Madison to the joy of antiquing.

{Which was a success by the way.  Another convert. :)}

And I brought along my good friend Cindy who is an antiquing professional.

{And who snagged one of the best tobacco wood stars I’ve ever seen. Nice work, Cindy!}

I too had a bit of luck with this vintage toolbox.

I’ve got big plans on how to use it for the fall, but then I also have a million other ways I’d like to use it.

Here are just a few ways to use a vintage toolbox:

Ways to use a vintage toolbox

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Simple Saturday

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in simply saturday | 2 comments

Simple Saturday

So today I actually had to wear a jacket to the soccer game.

A jacket.

Do you realize at the last soccer game…just 3 short days ago…it was so hot…even my eyelids were sweating. And I didn’t even know that was physically possible.

But it looks like fall is really on its way! :)

And I’ve got some exciting newsif you like fall…and HOME TOURS!

In just 2 weeks, I’m helping to host a Fall Home Tour!

You aren’t even going to believe the amazing homes you’re going to be able to tour…right there in your pj’s with your cup of coffee.

And you can Ohhh and Ahhhh and gather inspiration and start working on your own house with a brain full of ideas!

liz marie

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How to Frame a Poster

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in art, crafts | 3 comments

How to Frame a Poster

This is so ridiculously easy…that I almost didn’t share it.

I mean, I’m almost embarrassed to share it.

But it just turned out so exactly like what I was hoping.

And sometimes I need ridiculously easy.

Because in just 2 weeks, I am hosting a Fall Home Tour with 20 of the most AMAZING bloggers in the world!

And needless to say my house looks like the Hobby Lobby fall aisle exploded in my foyer and dining room and kitchen…

…yeah, it’s that bad.

And I figured if you are anything like me {minus the Hobby Lobby explosion}

you could use some ridiculously easy in your life about now!

So here is how to frame a poster:

How to Frame a Poster

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Frugal Fall Art

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in crafts, fall | 5 comments

Frugal Fall Art

I’m sure this has never happened to you.

You get all excited that it’s time to decorate for the fall…

…and you start getting the boxes of beautiful fall decorations from years past out of the attic.

Only to realize that the giant wicker acorn that you thought was just perfect when you bought it…now looks ridiculous…and you wonder what you were ever thinking to have bought the tin can mummies!?

And then you pull out a wheat wreath that you still love and your faith is restored.

But that is followed by a berry wreath that most of the berries have fallen off of and you don’t even like the color of the berries any more.

So after you sort through your collection you realize that you have enough to decorate your downstairs powder room…that measure 6×9…

…and maybe something to hang on the front door.

That’s when the fun begins and your frugal, creative self kicks in! :)

Here is one way to make some frugal fall art:

Fall Banner

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How to Make a Banner

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in crafts | 7 comments

How to Make a Banner

Forty-six 7th graders just left my house.


We filled them with pizza and cookies and washed it all down with cokes….

…and then all 46 of them crammed into our family room for a game of charades.

Boys vs. Girls.

And for the next hour they acted like dinosaurs and Spiderman and pretended to cook and mop

…as their team yelled answers at the top of their lungs.

So if you catch any misspelled words or these directions don’t make much sense…

…blame it on the charades. Or the yelling. Or the claustrophobia.

But this banner is so easy to make that I actually think I could’ve made it right in the midst of that chaos I just lived through.

And I guess we all know who won…

How to Make a Banner:

How to Make a Banner

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Simply Saturday

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Simply Saturday


 I’m collecting fall ideas.

I know…it might be too early for some of you…{don’t judge}…but I CAN’T WAIT! :)

The girls have been back in school for a few weeks and we are ready to move on to the next season…

…the season of cool weather, thoughts of family and thankfulness, warm fires and a general feeling of coziness!

I’ve collected so many ideas on my Fall Pinterest board that it’s crazy!

I just can’t seem to get enough of wheat, acorns, gourds, pumpkins and such…

Enjoy these ideas!

How to Make a Wheat Wreath

I made this wreath last year, but it’s still one of my favorites.

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How to Make Wood Placemats

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in dining room, fall | 5 comments

How to Make Wood Placemats

It is so true.

As we grow older…we turn into our mothers.

Which for me is a very fortunate thing. I have an amazing mother.

And as much as I hope to grow to be as kind and compassionate as she is…and as much as I hope to be as generous and thoughtful as she is…

…it seems like I’m inheriting some other of her traits.

Like her goofy dance moves {only seen by my immediate family} and her ability to make mashed potatoes that send you back for 2nds and 3rds {my family thanks her for this}

and her obsession with the tiny felt pads that go on the bottom of decorative accessories to keep them from scratching your furniture.

My mom should buy stock in the company that makes those little wonders.

They are on every vase and picture frame and decorative bowl and basket in her ENTIRE house.

Love her.

So as I was making these wood placemats, I couldn’t help but wonder if they might scratch my table?

But seeing as I am turning into my mom, I had a stack of those little felt pads ready to go in my junk drawer!

Mom would be proud. :)

So here is how to make wood placemats.

DIY Wood Placemats

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How to Make a Fall Wreath

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in fall, wreaths | 6 comments

How to Make a Fall Wreath

Yesterday was almost a bad day.

I spent 3 hours trying to get some technical issues resolved with the blog.

{So sorry if you were one of the ones who got 2 emails about my last post. I think it’s fixed now!}

My husband had to cancel our standard Tuesday lunch date.

I went to fix myself a glass of sweet tea only to realize that it had expired.

And our air conditioner upstairs stopped working.

I was on the verge of a tailspin to a bad day…

…but I remembered what I had just written in my last post.

I was going to spend the day counting my blessings.

And you know what? I did. And it worked!

And I even got to make this fall wreath.

How to Make a Fall Wreath

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Decorating a Family Room

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in family room | 19 comments

Decorating a Family Room

Can I be honest with you?

Sometimes I struggle with contentment.

I lead a life that is blessed beyond measure.  I have every reason to be the most contented person on planet Earth.

But sometimes I get caught up in things like…not liking the fabric on my sofa…and not being able to find just the right buffet  for my kitchen…and how I don’t like my 25 year old bathroom with faucet handles that look like giant diamonds.

And when I come out of my tailspin of self pity…I’m nauseated with myself.

But then I tell myself that I write a blog about home decorating…I’ve got to have the right fabric on my sofa and I’ve got to find the perfect piece of furniture for the kitchen and I can never photograph my bathroom until it has been totally gutted and transformed…and the blog world so desperately needs to see my bathroom for crying out loud! :)

And I’m right back to where I started…vicious cycle.

So today I’m just going to share a small change that I’ve made.

This isn’t a great DIY project for you to try…it’s simply how I looked around my house and found a small change that could be made that didn’t require any shopping.

Decorating a Family Room

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Paint and Decoupage Furniture

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in chalk paint, painted furniture, spray paint | 19 comments

Paint and Decoupage Furniture

I must admit that my family is typically behind the times with technology.

We just got rid of our VCR last year….we don’t even own a DVR…and we just got cable.

There is no Blu-Ray at this house…or surround sound.

We still have a home phone complete with an answering machine with the cutest message you’ve ever heard from our girls.

{They were 4 and 2 when they recorded the message…they are now 15 and 12 and we’ve added another that is now 10.}

But that message is so adorable that we can’t bear to not hear it anymore when the phone rings.

Because we hear it every time the phone rings…because we never answer that phone.

The only phone calls that phone receives are telemarketers and political ads.

We keep that home line for emergencies…and to hear that precious message. :)

But even though we are behind the times in most areas of technology…we have enough I-devices that we keep our counter tops full of chargers!

So this old telephone table is the perfect place to charge a few of them and keep them hidden in the process!

A bit of paint and decoupage was all it needed…

Painted Telephone Table

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