Simple DIY Evergreen Wreaths + the 2014 Christmas Card!

How to make simple evergreen wreaths for your holiday decor.

Welcome to the back porch! Today I'm showing you guys how to make simple DIY evergreen wreaths AND the most awesome Christmas card you will receive all year. But first let me back up. I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to figure out what the heck you call this thing right here. I Googled “wreath form on a stand” and “french wire wreath form” and “loopedy-loo topiary thingie” but never could find anything like it. I spent all this time searching because I knew the … [Read more...]

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How to Clean an Oven like a Boss

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We are down to a matter of minutes before Thanksgiving is here! I hope you all have your turkeys defrosting and shopping lists ready! I cannot wait for the smell of fresh baked goodness coming out of the oven.  But unfortunately, right now, the only smells coming out of my oven are the smells of charred cheese and blackened bits of burned food from years of use.  Once upon a time I used the self-cleaning feature to clean my oven and nearly suffocated from the fumes.  I had to open all my windows … [Read more...]

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How to: DIY Reindeer Moss Christmas Wreath

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Who else is always looking for a unique, handmade Christmas wreath idea? How about a quick and easy DIY Reindeer Moss wreath?! Reindeer moss (aka lichen) is just begging to be turned into a big, beautiful, bouncy wreath for my front door. I made this wreath using just a few simple “ingredients” in about 30 minutes or less.  It turned out to be one of my most favorite wreaths that I’ve ever constructed, and believe me, I’ve made a LOT of homemade wreaths in my day. There have been … [Read more...]

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Handmade Body Butter recipe {with a Video Tutorial}

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A few weeks ago I posted a very popular post about how to make your own body butter.  I had some questions about the way I got my oils to whip up so light and fluffy, so I wanted to make you guys a video to show you exactly how I make this creamy goodness in a step-by-step video tutorial. This is not my Youtube debut, but it IS the first time I’ve ever spliced clips of footage together and added music, so I apologize in advance for my lack of editing skills.  There is a reason I am a … [Read more...]

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EASY HANDMADE GIFT IDEA: Citrus Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

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There is just nothing better than a handmade gift for the holidays, amiright?  I love getting homemade treats that wouldn’t normally make for myself.  This year is going to be a very handmade holiday around our house, and right up at the top of the Christmas lists are quick gifts that can be made using essential oils.  One of my favorite quick gifts using essential oils are sugar scrubs!  So, today let's chat about how to make handmade sugar scrubs! I've even made a quick Youtube tutorial for … [Read more...]

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DIY Painted Serving Bar: The Big Reveal

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Yesterday I talked about how I chose my Glidden  paint colors for a fun new DIY painted furniture project using the My Colortopia and Color 101 website, and today is the big reveal!  Remember this 1980’s chest o’ drawers?  Well speaking of drawers, hold onto yours (name that movie)… Eeeeeee!!  I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!  Our basement is loving it too.  This big blank beige wall just got soooo much cooler.  I cannot believe what a difference a little paint and some reclaimed wood made for this … [Read more...]

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How to Paint Stripes on Furniture with Glidden Paint

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Today I’m tackling one of the biggest questions I get asked as a DIY blogger, along with a fun painted furniture project. Question: How do I choose a paint color for DIY furniture painting projects? Answer: It depends. I have painted SO many different pieces of furniture over the years, and I learn a little bit more each time I create a new project.  I tend to lean toward the "muddy" paint colors-- and by that I mean the ones that have a lot of grey or brown added to them to tone them … [Read more...]

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Mum-Free Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas

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I don’t know about y’all but one of my biggest regrets every year is the money I spend on mums for my fall porch decorating.  Every year I ask myself WHY I dropped all this cash on plants that will inevitably become rustling brown skeletons come wintertime. I know I could plant those fall mums in the ground, but inevitably I forget about them before they kick the bucket.  This year, I’m going a whole different route.  Today I am teaming up with my good friends at the Southern Living Plant … [Read more...]

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The Painted Fox Challenge!

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  Today we’re going to do something FUN.  I was challenged to receive a mysterious item from the Painted Fox, an online store specializing in fabulous farmhouse décor and vintage treasures.  The challenge is to go head-to-head with 8 other bloggers to see who can use their mystery items the best way in their home.   The previous stop on this blog challenge tour was over at Live.Laugh.Rowe, so let me first say “Hey!” to everyone visiting from Kelly’s blog!  I just love that girl. I’ve been an … [Read more...]

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Best of DIY Link Party

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I was asked recently what my favorite DIY project is inside my home.  There are so many that I love it’s honestly hard for me to pick just one, but if I have to narrow it down, then I choose this project right here: You can read all about this project here and find the tutorial here, but here’s the Reader’s Digest Condensed version: My Grandparent's home stayed in our family after they passed away, so when my uncle decided to renovate it he gave me a bunch of the old wooden trim from around … [Read more...]

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