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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My Signature Style: Flea Market Fancy

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Today I’m joining in with some of my favorite bloggers  to talk about my Signature Style. If you're hopping over from Musings of a Housewife, let me say "Welcome, y'all!"    Carrie from Making Lemonade asked me to join in this fun blog hop, so how could I resist?  I am not really sure if there is an exact word to describe my style, but I’ve decided to coin the term “flea market fancy” to try to pin it down somewhere on the decorating spectrum.  It’s no secret that I love all things vintage, … [Read more...]

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Have a Coke and a Smile

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Ever since we started the Whole30 Challenge a few months ago my husband and I have made a pact to stop drinking soft drinks. Cold turkey.  Just sat them down and never looked back.  Considering we both used to guzzle cokes like a dried up cactus, it has been a little bit of a challenge to keep that promise.  But, so far so good!  We are trying to maintain our good eating habits but with all the end of summer parties and back to school stress, we’ve let some junk slip back into our diets.  But … [Read more...]

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Shopping for blog Props

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Alright. Gotta be honest. My garage is like my prop closet where I keep all sorts of junky old stuff lying around.  If I see something cool while I’m out thrift shopping, I snag it and put it in the garage. Some folks might call it hoarding. Some folks might call me Fred Sanford. I call it blog propping.  You can see the difference, right?  :wink I always feel kind of guilty when I post a really cool project using vintage junk, because there is NO guarantees that you guys will be able to … [Read more...]

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End Table Furniture Plans: Introducing The Rogue Engineer

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  Hey there! Happy Cinco De Mayo! As promised, I'm back today with a full set of detailed furniture plans for DIYing the homemade end tables that you saw last week on the blog. But guess what? I have a very special guest to introduce to you today. Jamison over at the Rogue Engineer is here to show you guys how to build these end tables using his amazing CAD skills! I am SO honored and excited to be showcasing his talent here on my blog for the first time today, and hopefully you guys … [Read more...]

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The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips for Decorating End Tables

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  Decorating my house is something that just comes naturally to me.  Some folks are blessed with the gift of playing music by ear, or the athletic ability to slide on their knees while rounding third base into home plate.  Some people can do math in their head without a calculator.  I have none of those abilities, but thankfully God shoved me into the creative gene pool and gave me an eye for design instead. He also granted me a husband with amazing woodworking skills.  Thank you, … [Read more...]

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The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips For Staining Furniture

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Ok, raise your hand if the thought of staining unfinished wood makes you a little nervous.  I used to be in the hand-raised category, but then one day I decided to just go for it and tackled this stained sofa table top all by myself.  And guess what?  After nearly ten years, that sofa table is still going strong without showing any signs of aging.   If you are one of those who thinks staining wood is harder than painting it, then this post is for you.  The Lazy Girl is here today to show you … [Read more...]

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How To Shop Like A Pro At Fairs and Festivals

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Remember that time I spoke on the Main Stage at the Country Living Fair and totally kicked my fear of public speaking in the booty?  If you couldn't make it out to see my presentation last October, today is your lucky day! I'm going to share my best tips and tricks from the speech, minus all the awkward introductions since you guys already know who I am if you're reading my blog. The original speech was called "Flaunt your Fair Finds", but for Google's sake I'm going to change the title to … [Read more...]

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