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Leftover Candy Canes make Valentine Mantel Decor

February 2, 2012


Because I am a visual person (and nap time is running by dangerously fast!), this post is going to be rich in pictures and frugal in prose! Do you have any leftover Candy Canes? I am one of those people who HATES to throw things away. (Which drives my husband absolutely bananas!) ┬áSince they have […]

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A faux fire and Christmas decor for our fireplace

December 7, 2011


This is what happens when your Dad reads your blog… He called me a few weeks ago from Lowes.. “WHAT are the DIMENSIONS of your fireplace again!?!?” “Um… dimensions? It’s a dresser… like two feet by 18 inches deep maybe? Why?” I found out this week when a special surprise arrived in the mail… A […]

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Glass candlesticks – oh the possibilities!

November 17, 2011


So after sharing my new faux fireplace last week, I thought I’d share a little more about the candle holders! Here are two lovely glass candle sticks and yummy apple smelling candles. First, check to see how well they line up… Grab your handy dandy glue gun… (make sure it’s loaded and you turn the […]

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Comfort Food

November 7, 2011

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Today our weather in Germany is misty and cool – which has me craving soup and grilled cheese sandwiches… I’m also rearranging the furniture in my living room again to make room for a new secret project… And since my husband reads my blog, I think I’ll wait until it’s completed before I post pictures! […]

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Creative Decor Ideas for Military housing

October 11, 2011


When I first married my husband, I had no idea how to decorate my home. All I knew is that I loved how everything looked in magazines. And with $622.19 coming in twice a month, we really didn’t have a lot of extra room in our budget. So – I signed up for every free […]

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Preparing for Halloween

October 7, 2011


It’s that time of year again… When do you start decorating for Halloween? And how soon is too soon to string twinkle lights? (I’m seriously considering setting them up before the first snow!)

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Hunt. Seek. Kill Shopping.

September 21, 2011


I do not enjoy the casual sport of shopping. *gasp* Yes – I really did just write that. I’ll wait a minute for you to recover. My idea of a perfect shopping experience is to make a list, go to the store, purchase items, and return home to my nest. I’m odd, I know. Luckily […]

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Living Room Makeover: creative repurposing

September 1, 2011


I think I am finally finished playing Living Room Tetris… Here is what I started with. I added a retro gray chair with a nice big enamelware pot to hold my favorite magazines. A beautiful green marble table from my last ‘Junkin’ adventure. (Each of the repurposed suitcases hold holiday decorations.) And a new family […]

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Repurposed Suitcases for Holiday Decor

June 29, 2011


In a quiet corner of my living room, there is a stack of handsome old suitcases. I wish they could tell me the stories of their travels. Where they have been and the stories of the people they traveled with. After cleaning a thick layer of dust from what was perhaps many years spent in […]

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Laundry Room Makeover

June 23, 2011


During the past week, I’ve been working on reorganizing my home. This is what my laundry room looked like when I decided it needed a little bit of a makeover. Tire pump in the corner, buckets, various detergent bottles… The shelves were somewhat organized, but I still needed one more crate…. First I made a […]

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