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!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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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!