12.31.2012

Happy New Year~

2012 has drawn to a close and 2013 is making her debut!  I'm so excited for a new year and the possibility that it brings with it. 



I hope you'll all join me this year as we embark on new decorating and DIY adventures! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

12.28.2012

Frugal Friday~

Oh my goodness you guys!  I was so caught up in having a leisurely holiday with my family, that I totally forgot about Frugal Friday yesterday.  That has never happened before (in over 150 Frugal Fridays!).  I guess you could say that I'm having a great holiday!  Lol!!

I  loved this post from last week's party on how to make Glitter Kool-Aid Playdough from The Chronicles of Home.  I'm thinking we might try this before our holiday vacation is up!


Oh, and just a note...if you Pin from this party, please do so from the ORIGINAL SOURCE. I love it when you all link up...and I want any Pinterest traffic from your posts to go to you. So please click through to the original post before you pin. THANKS!

Now it's your turn!

12.27.2012

Favorite Posts and Projects of 2012~

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas...full of joy and time spent with loved ones.

Today I'm going to share with you my favorite posts and projects from the past year.

I started the year off with a trip to New York to film a House Proud segment for the Nate Berkus show...the segment I filmed aired in May, and I wrote about it here.



I also had fun attending two great blogging conference this year:   SNAP and Haven!


photo from Not Just a Housewife

12.25.2012

Merry Christmas~



Wishing you and yours the Merriest of Christmases!



Thank you for coming here and spending a little bit of your valuable time with me!  I am so grateful for you, my dear readers!


12.22.2012

Our Christmas House 2012~

I wanted to share a few photos of our Christmas decor this year (now that the season is almost over - better late than never, right?)

Things are very simple this year...which suits me just fine.  So please enjoy these little snippets of Christmas cheer from our home this year.


12.20.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

I can't believe it's December 20 already!  Are you all ready for the holidays?  Shopping done?  Gifts wrapped?  I'm almost there...good thing since there are precious few days left until Christmas. 

For this week's Frugal Round-up, I'm featuring a few cute Christmas crafts...there's still time to pull these off if you're so inclined.

First up, I think these waterless Snow Globes shared by the DIY Dreamer are adorable, and would be super easy to recreate.


I LOVE sea glass!  So this sea-glass and driftwood Christmas tree craft from The Space Between Blog really spoke to me!  It's so cute and unexpected. 

12.19.2012

How to Make an Ornament Wreath (Revisited)~

As long as I'm sharing old Christmas Wreath tutorials, here's another great tutorial I posted originally on December 7, 2010.  Enjoy!



Okay, kids. Here it is. My tutorial on how to make an ornament wreath.

12.18.2012

A Well-Read Christmas Wreath (Revisited)~

This tutorial was originally posted on The Shabby Nest on December 3, 2009.  It's an old-y, but a goody!  Enjoy!!

When I saw this page in the Pottery Barn catalog, my heart skipped a beat. Yes, the bedding is lovely, and the windows are pretty, but it was those wreaths that I fell in love with. Amazing!! So, of course, I decided I had to make me one of those "bookish" wreaths.


Photo from Pottery Barn

They were so easy to make too...

12.13.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up I'm featuring three fun Christmas-related posts.

First up, I love these cute upcycled sweater pillows shared by In His Grip.


Next, Fern Creek Cottage shared her pretty and serene Christmas living room.  Just lovely.

Get Cozy, Give Back~

Hello Lovelies!

Today I'd like to share with you a great promotion from BHG Live Better:  Get Cozy, Give Back.  If you've been to Walmart lately, you may have seen the great throws and blankets from the BHG line of home goods there.  (And they're super affordable too!)



Well, the BHG Live Better Facebook page is running a promotion right now...if you upload a photo of yourself, your family, or even your pets snuggling in one of the BHG blankets, a charitable contribution will be made to the Children's Miracle Network.  ($500 for each 250 photos uploaded to a maximum of $2000).

Here's my submission...

Me and Boy #3 enjoying a snuggle underneath a pretty gray faux-fur blanket from BHG. 


12.06.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Lots going on this week, so I'm going to do my Frugal Round-up next week. But I am going to share this cute little branch tree shared by Turtles and Tails.  Love this!


Oh, and just a note...if you Pin from this party, please do so from the ORIGINAL SOURCE. I love it when you all link up...and I want any Pinterest traffic from your posts to go to you. So please click through to the original post before you pin. THANKS!

Now it's your turn!

12.05.2012

Sharing Christmas Ornament Ideas on Studio 5~

Last Friday I had the opportunity to be on Studio 5 with four of my blogging friends, and each of us was able to share some ideas on how to made clear, glass Christmas ornaments more interesting and chic!

Me, Staci, Michelle, Brooke (host of Studio 5), KamiVanessa  (photo credit: Staci from The Potters Place)

I've been on Studio 5 before, but being on with other bloggers was a lot of fun!  I loved seeing what they all came up with.

12.04.2012

Ivory Homes Gingerbread House and Christmas Link Party~

Welcome to The Ivory Homes Gingerbread  House and Christmas Link Party!

Remember a while back when I posted about the Ivory Homes Gingerbread House Contest and Charity Event?  Well, Friday night, I had the opportunity to go spend some time with some fabulous Utah bloggers at a special blogger event to launch the contest.

As part of the event, we each got to build our own gingerbread houses.  It was so much fun!  Just imagine the crazy talent when you put a bunch of amazing bloggers together in a room, and arm them all the makings for beautiful gingerbread houses!

Here's how mind turned out...


Well today, five bloggers (including myself) are hosting a combined linky party to celebrate.  If you have a gingerbread house that you built for the Ivory Homes contest, we'd love to see it, so please link up!  But this party isn't just for gingerbread houses...if you have a great Christmas project or post, feel free to link it up as well!