placemat pillow

placemat pillow

I love a good decorative pillow. Who doesn't? I made this outdoor pillow for our porch from two placemats. I picked up these babies from Target for a couple of bucks each. I put the wrong sides back to back and sewed around the edges making sure to leave an opening for the stuffing. This pillow literally took me 20 minutes to make. And it looks perfect on the porch! Until next time.... … [Read more...]

music monday: hgtv + noisetrade

HGTV ultimate holiday soundtrack

Your holiday music collection cannot possibly continue on without adding this album to it. Seriously. And guess what? It's free! If you haven't experienced NoiseTrade yet, you need to check it out. Tons of music. Totally legal. Totally free. And this album is one of the best holiday albums I have in my collection...and that is saying something. You can put it on for any holiday occasion. You. Will. Love. It.  Happy Holiday … [Read more...]

geometric wooden ornaments

geometric wooden ornaments

These wooden ornaments were such fun to make and I love how they turned out. They look perfect hanging on my tree with the himmeli ornaments. I cut wooden blanks into pieces at random lengths. I bought the wooden balls at Michael's. To start, I poked a hole in each wooden ball and blank using an awl. This will greatly help in getting the screw eyes into the wood.   Once you get the screw eye started, use … [Read more...]

himmeli ornaments

diy himmeli ornaments

As stated yesterday, I am head over heels for himmeli. Once I learned how to make the himmeli wreath, a whole world of himmeli possibilities opened up. I spent a little time playing around with it and made a handful of fun shapes. And what better place to hang them than on my skinny little Christmas tree.           I even made a himmeli star to top the … [Read more...]

have yourself a himmeli little christmas

diy himmeli wreath

Over the past few months I have become obsessed with himmeli. Himmeli is a traditional Finnish decoration made from pieces of straw. It was hung in their homes to secure a bounteous crop for the next year. The bigger the himmeli, the bigger the crop. Well, I've been making mine out of cocktail straws, not real straw. And I hang it in my home to ensure a smile every time I walk by it. So far so fabulous. Mandi from Vintage Revivals did a … [Read more...]

geometric paper christmas tree


I have wanted to put a Christmas tree in our basement for years. But there isn't really room for a tree, not to mention the extra room needed for storage. So the perfect fix? A paper tree! I bought a pack of neutral cardstock and cut 4 inch x 4 inch squares. Then cut each one in half diagonally to make triangles.   Using scotch tape I attached my "tree" to the wall in our tv area downstairs. I put A Muppet … [Read more...]

trio of holiday garlands

christmas mantel

When in doubt, add a garland. Which is exactly what I did to my mantel. Thrice. If you're loving some of the other holiday merriment happening in this photo you can find tutorials for the Christmas star, metallic santa art and pine saplings by clicking on the links. I made these three simple garlands to add the finishing touch to my Christmas mantel. I made a jingle bell garland; jingle bells strung onto some silver bakers twine. … [Read more...]

merry & bright lightbox

diy merry & bright lightbox

Christmas is in full swing here and it's glorious! Only downside? It's going too quickly. This merry and bright lightbox is one of my favorite holiday projects to date. It is absolutely brimming with holiday merriment!   I used 1x3 inch boards for the frame and an 18 inch x 30 inch piece of plexi glass for the sign. Here, Curt is cutting a groove on the inside of the frame boards for the plexi glass to slide into. For … [Read more...]

music monday: pentatonix


Hello! Did you all have an amazing Thanksgiving? I sure hope so. Mine was absolutely wonderful. I am so blessed to have such incredible family in my life and it feels like home when I get to spend time with them. I never want to leave. Pentatonix. These guys are seriously amazing. And this Christmas album is stellar. Yes, I just said stellar. If you're looking for some uniquely familiar holiday sounds then this album is a must. Their rendition … [Read more...]

pine saplings

pine saplings

Just look at this delightful forest of pine saplings. I'm in love with these. I ordered my pine saplings from hollyhillfarms on Etsy. And they were only $2.00 per sapling! They arrived and looked perfect. I potted mine in mason jars to use for holiday decorations and gifts. Ideally, I'd do this in the garage, but it was 19 degrees so that was out. Obviously it's gonna be a little messy. Use a cookie sheet to corral some of … [Read more...]