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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Blues Wednesday - It's a Party #204

Welcome to this week's Winter Blues Wednesday party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Positively Southern shared her gorgeous family room update. 

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
A Stroll Thru Life shared tips on how to design a special custom made looking pillow.  Love it!

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Must Love Home shared beautiful french shutters she updated.  Beautiful.

TASTY TREATS:
Lou Lou Girls shared a recipe for mini cherry cheesecakes.  Love how these look.


If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Blues Wednesday - It's a Party #203

Welcome to this week's Winter Blues Wednesday party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Must Love Home  shared her master bathroom renovation.  Just beautiful!

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Clockwork Interiors  transformed this night stand using red wagon milk paint.  Love the color!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Simply Beautiful by Angela gives a great tutorial on how to create your own DIY fleece blanket.

TASTY TREATS:
Just a Little Creativity shared a recipe for a perfect game day treat.  




If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winter Blues Wednesday - It's a Party #202

Welcome to this week's Winter Blues Wednesday party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Sweet Chaos Home transformed this vignette in her living room.  Those benches she reupholstered but were originally from Target.  Great job!

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
The Crazy Craft Lady transformed her closet into a home office.  What a great use of space.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Just Following Jesus created these faux metal letters. I love how they look in her space.

TASTY TREATS:
Far From Normal shared a recipe for creamy greek yogurt alfredo sauce.  A skinny version of my favorite...gotta try it.


If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

On a Budget Designs - The Rustic Look

I'd like to welcome Anna Hicks who has written a post especially for DIYbyDesign.

On a Budget Designs: The Rustic Look

When my husband and I re-designed our entire house, we couldn't agree on a single thing, other than wanting our beautiful cabin home to have a more rustic looking interior that matches the beautiful wood-finished exterior. Outside of those general concepts, we debated everything from colors, to budget and it seemed that our much-needed re-design was going nowhere fast. Luckily, we were able to pull it together, and we ended up with a look that we were both happy with as well as staying on budget, and remaining happily married throughout the entire process (not an easy process - ask anyone who has done a big project with their spouse). 
Here are some of the ways we were able to get that done:

Utilize Craigslist for Used or Rustic-looking Items
Craigslist turned out to be the unsung hero of our entire remodel. Between the variety of the goods offered, as well as the great prices for used merchandise, Craigslist proved to be a godsend. We found most of our items just browsing through sections like "furniture" or "household goods" but the handy search feature allowed us to use keywords such as "rustic" or "antique" in our searches. 
Craigslist is a mixed bag for some people, and there are stories of scammers and just generally scummy people out there, so I'd advise everyone to meet in a public place if possible, or to bring a friend or family member with you in order to reduce your possibility of anything bad happening. That said, for as many transactions that happen on Craigslist, in my experience it's very safe, and most people aren't out to scam or rip you off. Use your best judgement here.


Seek Out the Niche Online or Brick and Mortar Retailers for Hard-to-Find Items
Some things are just hard to find. For example, our lighting fixtures were nearly impossible to find on Craigslist or any retailer in our area. We wanted rusting barn lighting, but we also wanted it to be energy efficient, so we chose to use LED lighting. We ended up finding some great deals on barn lighting fixtures with a plethora of color options. 


Do It Yourself
Pinterest is a wealth of information for any number of DIY (do it yourself) projects across a wide variety of styles. Searching for "rustic DIY" or "home remodeling projects" showed us an amazing number of results for some really cool projects that we were able to tackle in mere minutes, or just a few days. Don't overlook the value and the custom appeal of doing things yourself in a remodel project. For those of you that haven't used Pinterest, you can even create boards that allow you to organize or bookmark projects that look interesting to you so that you have them easily accessible at a later time. 


In addition to Pinterest, sites such as This Old House, and major hardware retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot have amazing tutorials on their websites. 

In addition, I'd urge each of you to check out yard sales, garage sales, auctions, and estate sales to find some great one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your remodel. Remodeling a house is hard work, but for that rustic appeal, your options are numerous once you know where to look.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Blues Wednesday - It's a Party #201

Happy New Year!
Welcome to this week's Winter Blues Wednesday party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
The Heathered Nest transformed her dining room into this stunning masterpiece.  Love everything about it.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Victoria's Vintage Designs transformed an antique tea cart.  Beautiful!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Simply Beautiful gives a great tutorial on how to create your own DIY baby gate.  

TASTY TREATS:
My Thrift Store Addiction  shares an awesome recipe for fudge truffles.  Yummy!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter Wonderland Wednesday - It's a Party #200

Welcome to this week's Winter Wonderland Wednesday party.  
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Living and Learning with Luisa shared their gorgeous home all decked out for the holidays.
Positively Southern shared a stunning Christmas tablescape.  

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
So Much Better With Age gives an awesome tutorial on how to create this super cute sheet music wooden tag ornament.

TASTY TREATS:

Just Following Jesus shared three of her favorite cookie recipes.  Perfect for last minute holiday cooking.

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fall into Fall - It's a Party #199

Welcome to this week's Fall into Fall party.  
I can't believe it's almost Christmas!
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Old Things New gives a step by step tutorial on how to dress up your chandelier for the holidays.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
 Victoria's Vintage Designs transformed an old Ethan Allen dresser into this super cute owl dresser.  Perfect for a nursery or child's bedroom.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:

House of 34  created this gorgeous one of a kind tree using parts of old Christmas decorations.  Super clever and very pretty.

TASTY TREATS:
The Crazy Craft Lady shares a recipe for Christmas Oreo truffles.  Yummy!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!
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