Category Archives: Decorate Your Space

Monogrammed Burlap Pillows: Kids Can Make This

Here is another gift that our younger children (1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 year old) are making for family this year.  (Don’t worry, I warned the family who regularly reads my blog not to read this week, so hopefully no surprises will be ruined.) I saw this at We are THAT Family and once…

Christmas Ornament Tutorial: Kids Can Make This

Each year the children like to make gifts to hand out to everyone who comes over to our home during the month of December.  When my friend Betsy, came to our Mom’s Meeting (our topic was Christmas gifts), brought these cute ornaments and told us how to make them, I knew that this is what…

Thankful Tree Project

We aren’t doing a ton of decorating this year for Thanksgiving, but I did want to incorporate a Thankful Tree.  As the month wore on I wasn’t sure we would get to it. The idea is to create a tree and on each leaf to write something for which you are thankful.  Often families will…

Rain Gutter Book Shelves: Tutorial

I have seen these rain gutter bookshelves several places online and have always thought they would be wonderful to have in our book loving home.  Then I saw them at my friend Heather’s house, asked if she liked them, how easy they were to clean, etc. and I finally decided to take the plunge. The…

Decorating on a budget: Salvaged Drawers

Remember the drawers that I got for free while yard sale-ing?  They fit perfectly under the boys bunk bed and have solved our space crunch in that bedroom.  I decided to forgo the wheels  in favor of nice felt pads at the corners so they will slide nicely and not scratch the floor.  I could…

Display Children’s Art: Make Your Own Magnetic Wall

Last Wednesday when I posted about our chalkboard wall, I left you with a tease that I was going to post about my wonderful idea for displaying children’s artwork.  (No, it’s not hang the pictures on the fridge 🙂 ) I was inspired with the idea a few years ago while skimming a decorating magazine….

Sun Prints: Tuesday’s Tip for Mom

This is a fun activity that all of our children (ages 1-12) enjoyed and we ended up with some pretty pictures to boot. You will need: construction paper scissors glue (not Elmer’s school glue, but just a simple glue stick) leaves or something else flat and glue-able with an interesting profile tape picture frame (optional)…

Homemade Chalkboard Wall

A while ago I posted a tutorial for making your own chalkboard paint.  I finally got around to painting one of our dining room walls with the paint.   Unlike the table that I painted in my last post, I did not sand the wall after painting.  Well, I began to sand and then decided that…

Recycling Shot Glasses

Recently I found an assortment of shot glasses at a yard sale and I knew they would be just the thing for the proliferation of springtime bouquets that the children gather from our yard. Dandelions and dainty violets look charming in these glasses that are the perfect size for tiny stems. Yesterday our children found…

Simplify: Master Bath

This is my first project for the week. Our master bathroom is small and has accumulated a lot of items that we don’t use regularly, as well as things that shouldn’t be stored in such prime real estate. My goal is to make progress, not to get my whole house decluttered in a week. All…

Homemade Chalkboard Paint- Tutorial

Did you know that you can make your own custom color chalkboard paint? I tried it out and not only is it inexpensive and easy, it actually works! Before I tackled a wall or some other large, obvious surface, Mark convinced me I decided to test it out on something more easily fixable. This table…

How We Do It- Cloth Napkins

We use cloth napkins in our house or more accurately we use washcloths. This not only saves money, but is terrific for the many spills that occur during mealtimes with children. The wash cloths are fabulous for spills, major or minor, as well as for grimy faces and hands. One washcloth will clean the baby…