Reader Favorite Posts of the Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top-Viewed Posts

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I hope you all had a great Christmas with your family and friends! I took a long break from blogging and social media in general, and went a whole 5 days without it! It felt great. And I survived!

Now that the New Year is upon us, I find I have all kinds of new ideas swirling around in my head and I'm motivated to DO stuff...move furniture around, organize and de-clutter, and start some new, big projects. Do any of you feel that urge?

It must be a female thing because I know Mr DIY sure doesn't feel it. Unfortunately, ha, he's my muscle and I will need his full cooperation to bring my 'crazy-scheme' ideas to fruition.

And of course, being the ever-impatient gal that I am...I want it done, like, yesterday!

So I'm trying to slow down, calm down and enjoy the process!

Today we're going to take a little look back at my top 10 posts of the year...these aren't necessarily my favorite posts, but they were the top clicked and pinned posts from this year.

So grab a drink and some leftover Christmas goodies (or a plate of veggies if you're trying to be good), settle in and let's take a closer look at what I was up to this year...

Almond Bark

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A decadent treat of bittersweet, white chocolate and toasted almonds that takes just minutes to make !

Gift giving at its finest ~ almond bark ~ DIY beautify

Christmas Snack Mix (and free printable labels)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas snack mix

I just had to share this Christmas snack mix with you because it's so good!

Better yet, it's last minute gift-giving at its finest!

Christmas Table Setting (Plaid and Polka Dots)

Friday, December 19, 2014

plaid and polka dots Christmas table

Some designs are classics...they stand the test of time.

Plaid and Polka Dots are two of my favorites, and I decided to combine them to set a pretty Christmas table, paying special attention to my thrifty budget and using many items that I already had on hand.

How to Build the Perfect Hot Cocoa Bar

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

hot cocoa bar

Hot cocoa is the iconic hot beverage that can be enjoyed by both young and old.

Every winter I put together a self-serve hot cocoa bar so that it can be enjoyed anytime of the day (or night).

It's easy...and just takes minutes. Here's how to make your own:

Christmas Giveaway

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Merry Little Christmas Giveaway

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light

Christmas giveaway DIY beautify blog

Homemade Gingersnap Cookies

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Favorite Gingersnap Cookies

Friends, I can't wait to share this family recipe with you. My mom made them when I was a little girl, and now I make them for my kids....

homemade gingersnaps

How to Make a Berry Monogram Wreath

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to make a Christmas berry monogram wreath

Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm sharing my Holiday Home Tour and tips for getting the most out of your Christmas decor

 I'm sure a lot of you are like me... have lots and lots of Christmas bins in your attic.

And while shopping for new Christmas decor is very enticing...'re really better off to just shop the attic!

Parade of Homes Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nashville Parade of Homes Blogger Tour

While writing and maintaining a blog has definitely made me question my sanity any number of times, there are definite perks!

I was blessed to be invited to participate in the Nashville Parade of Homes sneak peek with other area bloggers. The four homes are located in the exclusive Kings Chapel community in Arrington, TN.

This was my first-ever blogger meet up and I'll admit I was a little nervous because I didn't know anyone. I was a little star struck, not just because the homes were so amazing, but because I was meeting some bloggers that I've been following for quite awhile and it felt like a celebrity sighting, over and over! But everyone was so nice and I had a great time!

The Kings Chapel Holiday Tour of Homes was a collaboration with Make-A-Wish Foundation and Kirklands, with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Middle TN. Our sweet hosts were Nancy and Dana of Forest Home Media.

I'll keep my commentary brief as this post is photo-heavy. You are in for some serious eye candy!

Tips for Decorating a Christmas Tree

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (and a Christmas garland tutorial)

DIY Christmas Tree Garland idea at DIY beautify blog

I'm dying to tell you a story! It's a true story, which makes it even better.

Picture this..

Newlyweds living in an upstairs apartment filled with ugly shag carpeting...

a dried-out Christmas tree that has barely survived their very first Christmas together...

Decorating a Flocked Tree

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nature-inspired tree

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

That  means you're going to see more from me in the days leading up to Christmas because I have SO many creative ideas to share with you!

Let's start with this tree, shall we? I've wanted a flocked tree for a long time.

When I stumbled across a small one at my local thrift store, I was beyond excited!

After removing all the outdated tinsel, I realized I had a problem....the tree stand was broken.

Vintage Inspired Christmas Cloche

Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY tree on truck at

One of my favorite memories from my childhood (growing up in Canada) is getting snowed in one Christmas. We lived on 20 acres of land on the Bow River in Alberta where the snowplows rarely ventured.

I don't remember the cold. I remember all the fun we had.

My brothers and I played outside for hours, building snow forts, sledding and having snowball fights.

But my very best memory of that snowy Christmas?...

Cupcake Liner and Coffee Filter Christmas tree Craft

Friday, November 28, 2014

Coffee filter cupcake liner christmas tree at

This craft might just be better than coffee and cupcakes!

Did you know you can make beautiful Christmas trees using coffee filters and cupcake liners?

Thanksgiving Table with Acorn Craft

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving table and acorn craft idea at

I cannot wait for Thanksgiving!

Girls Nite Out and BIC Mark-itTM

Monday, November 24, 2014

Girls Nite Out (with BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers)

Do you take your kids on dates?

One of Little DIY's favorite things to do is to have a Girls Nite Out with mom!

Pumpkin Topiary Decor

Friday, November 21, 2014

painted pumpkin topiary signs

I have a bit of a pumpkin obsession, I admit it.

They're just so charming.

I love the plumpness of them, the uniqueness and the variety of colors (especially the heirloom ones).

This fall, pumpkin topiaries were the newest thing. And what's better than a pumpkin topiary?

Thanksgiving Tree

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving decorated tree using mini pumpkins and chalkboard signs! See it at diy beautify

Today I want to share such a simple idea with you.

It's a different take on a Thanksgiving tree.

Honeycomb Pattern Table Makeover

Friday, November 14, 2014

A table makeover times two!

Table makeover with honeycomb pattern

Not every project goes according to plan.

Even talented DIYers have a few flops and fails under their belts.

It's just part of life.

This project was supposed to be so simple!

Unique Gifts for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Shopping

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And Owl Through The House ornament
Yikes...Christmas is creeping ever closer. Are you ready?

I'm not. Not even a little bit.

I'll tell you a little secret...

Fall Wreath

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sometimes you get lucky. 

You're cruising the aisles of Goodwill and you find a wreath. It's big, cheap and you know that with a little tweaking it can be fabulous.

Tips and Ideas for Using Wood Slices

Friday, November 7, 2014

Crafting with wood slices is fun! Be inspired at diy beautify!

Have you seen all the wood slices appearing in stores, around blog-land and on Pinterest lately?

I love them because they add texture and a natural element in decor.

I have some ideas to share today that will show you how to use wood slices in home decor. 

If you read my post about Wood Slice Pumpkins, you'll know how I came by my wood slices. And no, I didn't buy them at a craft store....they're real, DIY wood in sawing a log (not to be confused with sawing logs...although I do love my sleep!).

I've decorated a lot of wood slices, and learned a few tips along the way that I'm happy to share with you so you have the best experience crafting with your wood slices! I've included affiliate links for your convenience (you can find my full disclosure policy here).

Tip #1: Make a wood slice into a chalkboard

My first wood slice project was something I did for the new coffeehouse at our church. I painted wood slices with black chalk paint and transferred our Cafe logo to the slice with chalk. They're being used as centerpieces on the tables in the Cafe.

Using chalk to write and draw is a little more difficult on wood slices you've cut yourself because the surface is not perfectly smooth. However, as you can see, it can be done. Before painting and writing on the wood slices, I used my little Ryobi Corner Cat to sand the surface as smooth as I could get it. This little sander might be small, but it's powerful! Sanding the wood slices made it much easier to 'draw' on them!

customizing wood slices for decor at

These next examples are decorated wood slices that look best standing on their edge....cute little seasonal decor items. Depending on your wood slice, they can stand on their own or get a little help with a table top easel.

Tip #2: Find the right angle!

Play around with the angle and placement of your wood slice before you decorate it (I might have learned this lesson from experience!). You want to find the most level side so it can stand up by itself, if at all possible!

Using wood slices in your home at

Wood slice in holiday decorating at

Boo sign using a wood slice at

My wood slice pumpkins each have a driftwood or stick stem that has been glued to the top. I've used various ribbon, trim and burlap to add some interest around the stems. The above 'boo' pumpkin has curlicues made from very narrow strips of dictionary paper. I simple wound them around a pencil, and they held their shape.

Tip #3: Use wood preservative to prevent splits

Unfortunately, what can happen when you cut your own wood slices is that as the slices continue to dry, they will develop cracks/splits. I had no idea this would happen and was very bummed. I did some research and found there is a wood preservative you can buy that you soak your wood slices in. The product stabilizes the wood to prevent splitting. It's not that expensive, and I wish I would have known about it before painting and decorating all my slices. Oh well, splits add character, right?!

Tip #4: Think outside the box

You don't have to go with a woodsy, hunter/deer/cabin theme just because you're decorating on wood. Wood slices can be pretty and feminine too! These next two wood slice ideas were made with larger slices. They're sturdy decorative elements that add rustic charm to any room. This 'family' slice makes a striking appearance on my mantle. I painted it creamy white, added painted letters using a stencil I created on my Silhouette machine and handmade roses from burlap and drop cloth. I love the feminine-meets-rustic combination!

wood slice family sign burlap lace drop cloth

I made the one below for my girlfriend's birthday. It's created with her colors and style in mind. I added lace, burlap and drop cloth flowers to this one too, in addition to small pearls and crystals.

Monogram Wood slice rustic and romantic

Tip #5: A wood slice can become anything you want it to be! 

Don't be limited by what you see here or on Pinterest. Use your imagination and make it Your Own!

Wood slices can make adorable jumbo Christmas ornaments!

The ornament hanger was created using a short stick wrapped in tin foil and then adding a large circle paper clip to the top after I attached it to the wood slice. 

A wood slice can become a quirky little snowman.

DIY snowman wood slice

A round wood slice is the perfect shape for a little snowman face! After painting the slice white, I painted a sweet snowman face, then cut toe off a white tube sock and hot glued it on the slice for a cute hat, of course adding lots of embellishments for more texture and appeal.

A wood slice can be a source of inspiration! I created my pink Breast Cancer Awareness wood slice in honor of my mother-in-law Joan, who's been cancer-free for 30 years! 

breast cancer awareness wood slice

If you've been wondering what to do with a wood slice, I hope these ideas have inspired you! With a little paint and imagination, you can create a custom wood slice that will work with your home decor and your family!

You can find pre-cut and sanded wood slices at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and other craft stores!

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Thanksgiving Tray from a Cupboard Door

Monday, November 3, 2014

how to make a tray from a cupboard door

My Thanksgiving decor this year consists mainly of pumpkins, candles and leaves! So when I knew I needed to come up with a turkey-themed tutorial for this month's #Makeit Challenge, I decided to make something that would be functional as well as cute - a turkey bread/cheese tray! I'm including affiliate links for your convenience. My full disclosure policy can be found here.

How to Paint Over Old Artwork (painted pumpkins)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Re-make old artwork into something new at

A couple weeks ago I was sorting through stuff for our community yard sale.

At the same time, I was crafting like a mad woman for my booth in a local craft show. It caused me to look at items I was ready to discard with a new eye because I needed more pieces.

Take these prints for instance. They were adorable in their time, but I decided to remake them into suitable decor for that long stretch between September and December.

Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

These soft sugar cookies have been a family favorite for years! I'm so grateful to my friend Laura for sharing the recipe with me. Her trick of dipping the cookies with frosting is a keeper too, and makes decorating these sugar cookies a breeze!

sugar cookies recipe

If you're like me, you've tried many different sugar cookie recipes over the years to find that perfect one. 

Maybe you like a crunchy sugar cookie with a soft center. My favorite is a big, soft, puffy sugar cookie.

You might be surprised at what keeps these sugar cookies moist...

Joss & Main Giveaway

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Enter for Your Chance to Win!


Hey friends, I don't normally post on Monday, but I wanted to give all my followers a chance to enter the amazing giveaway going on at Joss & Main. One lucky winner will get this beautiful storage tower.

Here are some details about the Ada Storage Tower:
Showcasing 4 natural hand-woven baskets and 4 wood drawers with apothecary-style metal handles, this versatile storage tower is perfect for stowing supplies in virtually any room in your home! The dimensions are 35"H x 30"Wx 8.5"D.

Don't miss out on your chance to win! Click here to enter the giveaway. Feel fee to pass the link on to your friends so they can enter too.

Good luck!

I'll see you back here tomorrow with my favorite Sugar Cookie recipe of all time!

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DIY Checkerboard Table

Friday, October 24, 2014

How to paint a checkerboard table at

When I was growing up, board games were a big part of our family nights.

Halloween Candleabra

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Candelabra Makeover

Halloween DIY decor at

Fall to Halloween Decorating Tips

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bonus Post: Decorating Tips for Fall to Halloween Transition

I want to share some simple tips with you today.

Tips for making the transition from Fall to Halloween in your decor.

Bold Table Makeover (with Painted Antlers)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bold Table Makeover with Antlers ~ full tutorial at

 What do Tennessee, Red Necks and a Canadian Girl have in common?

Pikachu Costume

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY Pikachu Costume

DIY Halloween Costume ~ Pikachu ~ using Tulip Body Arts products. See my tutorial at

Face painting. Reminiscent of Carnivals, Parties, Festivals and other fun occasions. When my 10-year old daughter, known as Little DIY on this blog, asked for a Pikachu (Pokemon) costume for Halloween, I wasn't sure I could pull it off.

White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

Friday, October 10, 2014

I'm sharing our family's favorite recipe for White Bean Chicken Chili, an easy and savory recipe that can be made in 30 minutes!
white bean chicken chili

Wood Slice Pumpkins

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Wood Slice Pumpkins

If you were driving down Gallatin Rd in middle TN about half past two on a steamy day this summer.....

DIY Wood Slice Pumpkins at may have noticed two gals rolling, lugging, huffing and straining to lift two large and heavy logs into the trunk of a silver Honda Accord Coupe.

Decorate for Less

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Source for Great Decor

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You know when you find a great new store and you tell all your friends about it? Well today I want to share with you a wonderful source for inexpensive table decor and party supplies. Because friends don't let friends buy ugly decorations, right? Or pay too much!

My 'secret source' is Luna Bazaar. I always thought they just sold paper lanterns. But they carry so much more! Here's a sampling of the awesome products they offer for your decorating pleasure that caught my eye recently. I could see these fitting perfectly with Fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween (but really, they'd work any time of the year!).

Fall Decor

Friday, October 3, 2014

Simplifying my Fall Decor

Fall Decor

Sometimes...I love going all out.

From big hair in the 80' tanning until I fried in the 90' amassing a large collection of thrifted items in the 00's (ask Mr DIY about the state of our home in FL...and the amount of furniture I accumulated from Goodwill!) Sometimes it's just AWESOME to go big or go home!

Sometimes though, sometimes simple is best.

This year I have felt overwhelmed with clutter and stuff', and along with decluttering my home a little at a time, I decided to keep my Fall decor to a minimum, with just the odd touch of orange. Most of my decor is still in boxes in the attic - I just desired a cleaner, simpler look this year!

Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration and a DIY Tablescape

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bonus Buys at Dollar Tree

(I'm thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you today!)

I love shopping at Dollar Tree!

I love that everything's a buck. I always find something that I turn into unique home decor, like my easy DIY pumpkin. And I love finding inexpensive cleaning products that really work!

Dollar Tree is having an Anniversary Celebration Event now through October 11! This is a great opportunity to get special Bonus Buys throughout the store! With many products offering 58% more for the same low price, you'll save money with every purchase!

These are some of my favorite products at Dollar Tree:
Totally Awesome - an amazing spray cleaner for just about anything. Laundry stains, carpets, counter tops. My favorite use - baseboards! That sticky, icky residue doesn't stand a chance with Totally Awesome!

Party Supplies - from tabletop coverings, plates, napkins, plastic utensils - to gift-wrapping products, Dollar Tree has me covered!

Glassware - Vases, votives, even stemware! Why pay more elsewhere for this basic staple?

Seasonal decor - My decorating buck goes a lot further when I pick up cute supplies from Dollar Tree!

Now through October 11, shop in stores and online. Stock up on awesome Halloween decor and take advantage of the special Bonus Buys throughout the store (please note that Fall and Halloween decor are not included in the Bonus Buys - but they're still just a buck!!).

I used products from Dollar Tree to create this neutral centerpiece that is loaded with texture. My mini pumpkins got a coat of metallic spray paint, followed by glitter...and I jazzed up these glass cylinder vases by adding rope, jute and burlap, popping in candles and mounting them on my mercury glass candle holders. Easy, pretty and best of all...inexpensive, thanks to Dollar Tree!

For more information about Dollar Tree's Anniversary Celebration, visit Dollar Tree's website today.

Stay in the loop about new products and specials by following Dollar Tree here:

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