Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

When all eyes are on the turkey and the gravy is being made with the drippings, I’m enjoying the decorations. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to my favorite Thanksgiving dishes each and every year, but the decorations add to my memories and ambiance of the special day. With just a few of my favorite DeWalt tools, I made beautiful and free Thanksgiving decorations. Thanksgiving decorations aren’t just for the table, you can add some touches to the entire dining space as well.


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations – Dining space

For the first beautiful and free Thanksgiving decoration, you will need to find some fallen branches or finally trim that low hanging one from your yard. I like to use fallen branches for tabletop decor year-round, but for this idea, you’ll need to find larger ones that can look like a real tree in your dining space. Just find some containers (I used a pickle jar, a plastic planter, and a vase.) and fill them up with enough river rock to stabilize the branch. Then set the rock-filled container inside a more decorative one and place accordingly around your Thanksgiving dining space. i used some Spanish moss to cover the top and I was done! These branches look amazing, they add those cozy fall vibes for free, and it’s a fun way to add ambiance in the space. Some of my branches were shorter, so I stacked some vintage luggage to raise them up and voila, all done! And if branches aren’t your thing, you can also use a glue gun to attach fallen leaves to a piece of jute twine to create your own upcycled garland. With all the pretty leaves falling everywhere, it’s a fun project and the kids can help gather up some leaves for you.


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations – Place settings

Now it’s time to use some power tools, but don’t worry, these projects are easy, fast, and beginner friendly. There are so many pretty pinecone crafts, but this one is so fun and provides a new view of the pinecone. This project is another good one to recruit the help of kiddos, they can bend down so much easier anyway. Gather a pinecone for each place setting, and a few more just in case. You’ll want to prepare a safe surface to saw onto, I just clamped a piece of scrap wood to my workbench. The idea is to cut the pinecone in half exposing the floral shape inside. Once cut in half, you’ll use the bottom half for your Thanksgiving table. Using clamping pliers, I secured the top of the pinecone, laid it on its side, and easily sawed the pinecone in half using my DeWalt multi tool. You can use the top halves of the pinecones for something too! I used the bottom half pinecone flowers to be place card settings, but you could also glue them to a ribbon to create a napkin ring, or just set them around the table as decor. I also added a little bit of subtle paint to the ‘petals’ and pinecone centers. These are a really fun way to upcycle fall’s beautiful bounty, for free!


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations – Centerpiece

The third and final project to set the stage for your free Thanksgiving decorations, is a centerpiece. This centerpiece only works if you don’t spread the Thanksgiving feast across the table. In that case, it could be placed on a coffee table or entryway console. It’s such a fun project and you’ll love how easy it is and how long it lasts! Scrounge up a piece of scrap wood the length of your choice. The longer the table, the longer you may consider making your centerpiece. Once you have the wood, you should decide if you want to stain it, paint it, or leave it natural. Then set up your workspace, I just set a larger piece of scrap wood underneath the centerpiece board. The next step is to decide if you prefer a symmetrical or asymmetrical design. For those symmetry lovers, you’ll need to print out a free piece of graph paper or ask your middle school child for a piece of theirs. The paper should be taped across the centerpiece board, and then mark each spot you want to place a dried floral stem! If you like the freedom of asymmetry, you can just get started without any paper. Either way, using a small drill bit, I drilled all my marked holes using my DeWalt drill gun. The size of the bit should be large enough to fit your dried stems, but small enough to hold them upright. You don’t need to drill all the way through the centerpiece board, but if you do, no worries. Once all the holes are drilled, count them up and then go foraging along the roadside.

I live a bit out in the country, we have a cow pasture facing our backyard, and the old country roads are full of dried weed stems. During the last two autumns, I’ve notice just how pretty some of the weeds are, so I wanted to use them in a floral design. The best part is that they’re free and already dried, so they’ll last a long time. Using scissors, I just cut several of each style I wanted to use in my centerpiece design. I placed taller, feathery weeds in the absolute center, and then cut the other stems shorter as I worked my way out. I selected just a few styles of various weeds, in different colors and textures – they’re all unique and lovely. This centerpiece idea can be made using thicker wood and larger stems, or you can use a super long and slim piece of wood with all the same stems arranged along it. The possibilities are endless, and you should feel free to get creative using what you have and just enjoy the process. Who knew I’d be using free weeds for my Thanksgiving centerpiece?


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations
The little purple flowers are so pretty.

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

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Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

I know Thanksgiving is acknowledged on the third Thursday of every November, but to have thanksgiving in your heart every day is the real blessing. It’s my hope that outside of the food, decor, and big mess to clean up, it’s the people around your table that fills your heart with gratefulness. May your Thanksgiving be filled with the unseen beauty of the season, laughter and joy, and many thanks for years to come. Blessings to you and yours.

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

What is better than a 70th birthday? Maybe a 70th birthday on Halloween! My mom was born in 1952 on October 31 and has always loved Halloween. She dresses up every year and goes all out decorating her home and front yard for the festivities. To celebrate her special 70th birthday, we threw an epic pirate themed birthday party. It became obvious to me that the party space needed a pirate ship as well as a table set for rowdy pirates to eat at. We also played a little trivia game, going around the table, each of us asking my mom a question from each decade of her life. She got all the important questions right, only missing the hard ones about how much a gallon of gas cost and what was the average time it took for a web page to load. No one knew the answers to those questions, but she nailed the others and is still very sharp for 70!


Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party – Invitation

As with ever party, it always starts with the invitation. Mom’s party was small, so I made the invites a little more special than normal. I got some glass bottles from Hobby Lobby (always wait for their sales) and then added some sand to the bottom as well as some gold leaf foil (leftover from other projects I’ve done). I designed the invitation using Canva.com, printed them, and then burnt the edges. If you like this invitation idea, just be sure to add enough sand to cause the invitation to be reachable in the bottle. Then to complete the look, I just secured the cork top in place and made some wax seals on wax paper. Once the seals were dry, I just peeled them off and used a glue gun to attach them to a piece of ribbon. I really like the way they turned out and the hardest part was gathering the items to make them.


Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party – Party space

To create the pirate ship, I started with the mast. Using the cheapest piece of lumber I could find; I built the frame. Check out my video to see just how easy it was to do. The video shows more of the party space too. Creating the mast probably took me 10 minutes – so easy. To stabilize the frame, I used our small outdoor table with an umbrella hole. I originally expected to also need to secure it in a bucket of rocks, but it wasn’t necessary for my frame. Then I used some cheesecloth gauze to create billowing sails. You can usually find creepy gauze around Halloween at the Dollar Store. For an extra detail, I wrapped some rope around the post and called it good. Once the mast was upright, I just covered the table with a black tablecloth. Part one of the pirate ship was done and I loved it, but the boat shape baffled me for a bit. I searched Pinterest for inspiration but couldn’t find the fit for my table and faux mast. I ended up using wood plank paper from Hobby Lobby and an old huge box. I just folded the flattened box in half and cut the curve for the top of the ship. Once I had the shape, I just glued the wood plank paper to it. It’s not fancy or super sturdy, but it got the job done for my pirate ship backdrop.


Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party
There was fog and some spider webs to enhance the party space~

The epic pirate themed tablescape was fun to put together. How cool would it have been to replicate One-Eyed Willy’s table from the movie, Goonies?! But without a Hollywood budget, I just used some black covered books to get varying heights across the table; my Amazon candelabras and LED tapers; and then I used my brass urn, a skeleton head, and some black roses for the centerpiece. I got a bag of chocolate covered coins from Party City and some other little bits and baubles to add details and interest to the table. I set chargers around the table for each place setting and then used paperware. The tablescape was busy and chaotic, but very simple to set up. I would recommend using what you have and just get creative with the decor.


Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party
Here’s a link to the pirate flag in the background.

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party – Food

For lunch we enjoyed toasted croissants with chicken salad, cut fruit, and chips. My mom isn’t into fancy gourmet meals so I kept it simple and selected things I knew she would enjoy. For dessert she requested anything with pumpkin. I found a dessert that looked and sounded delicious, but when I tested it, it was horrible. I’m talking, one bite and we were done testing. Now, I know there are many of you out there who would know exactly how to fix the recipe just by looking at it and then make it wonderful, but my skillset remains outside of the kitchen. So, I picked up a pumpkin roll from Sam’s Club, and it was very good, the pumpkin spice flavor was rich but not overpowering – I was very happy with it. If you’ve seen enough of my other party plans, you know that I don’t drink alcoholic beverages, which consequently means I don’t serve alcohol to others, but what I do enjoy serving are spritzers – mocktails – punch! I love combining various juices with a fizzy base, and then creating the pretty and edible garnish is my favorite part. Check out the video of the pirate spritzers, they were so good, like I had another glass after the party because the flavors were great together. I just mixed half peach juice and 7-Up into a pitcher to create the punch. The day before, I made some skull ice cubes using grape juice and I froze a cup of pomegranate seeds. The skull ice cubes looked so cool and were a good contrast in the light-colored punch, but unfortunately, they didn’t float upright so you couldn’t really see the face. However, when the grape juice melted into the spritzer, it tasted phenomenal. The pomegranate seeds were fun to chew on and their juice added a nice flavor too. It was a very good mixture and looked creepy.


Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Our family dressed up as pirates and so did my mom, it was so fun! Celebrating my mom is always fun and an honor to do. And with each party done, I like to reflect on anything I would change, and I would say that the biggest lesson learned is to not use sparkler candles on a dessert. I cut everyone’s slice of pumpkin roll, then added the numbers 7 and 0 sparklers to mom’s piece and they finished sparkling in time with us singing Happy Birthday. Sounds good, right, and it was fun! However, bits of sparkler came off onto her dessert without her seeing it and chewing into one is so not good. I assumed the sparklers that were sold as cake toppers would be fine, but I should have checked her piece to make sure there was no debris. She was a good sport, but yuck! Anyway, the party was fun for all, and I hope mom’s 70th was a memorable and special one.

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party
George Washington and the Grim Reaper

Epic Pirate Themed Birthday Party
Quinn was really getting into character!

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Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

A few years ago, I received my Ancestry report and found out that I’m 29% Scottish! What a fun surprise, right? I mean, now my freckles made sense and the fact that there are several red heads in my family. I would love to visit Scotland someday, but in the meantime, I’ve enjoyed a few of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and the mini-series they made out of the books. The scenery and costumes in the series is just stunning and it inspired the best Outlander tea party ideas for my latest party. The party was missing one beloved guest, so I made a place setting for her anyway. The food was not Scottish, but it was tasty, the decor was not authentic, but inspired, and the DIY craft was so fun and relaxing. I hope this post inspires you to start planning your own tea party, any theme you desire.


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas – The invitation

When planning any party, I break down my decision-making into topics and start making lists. The Outlander tea party was easy to plan because I had just finished watching the last season and felt very inspired. The invitation is such a fun part for me to design. The wannabe desktop publisher in me gets to play around a little with the invitation design, and the crafter in me gets to create the presentation of the invitation. For the Outlander tea party invitation, I first stained a wooden hinged box and then created and printed the invitations. To place inside the box, I selected a pair of fingerless gloves that would match my guest’s outfits and then wrapped the paper invitation around them. I fastened the box with some twine and a topper. My gracious guests wore their fingerless gloves to the party, and it was just too cute. I really enjoy creating special invitations, and I feel like it just sets my guests’ expectations to have fun and enjoy themselves at the party.


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas – The decorations

I think most people would get excited about selecting the menu for a party, but unfortunately, that’s my least favorite and the most stressful part about planning a party for me. My favorite part is designing and decorating the party space! It’s not about copying the Outlander story but designing decor and ambiance that I interpret. That may sound too artsy fartsy, but my decorating is just an interpretation of the impression a book or movie has left upon me. For instance, the opening credits show a clip of women dancing around the stones with flowy gowns and lanterns in the moonlight. So, that image inspired my three tabletop lanterns. My lanterns are old pickle jars with cheesecloth that has been stiffened using fabric starch. And then some fairy lights from the Dollar Store finished the look. Decor doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. I like creating things that I imagine and if it doesn’t turn out, that’s OK too, I just love trying. The tablescape was very simple, I used a faux vine that I’ve had and embellished it with my dried-out hydrangeas from the yard. I grabbed some baby’s breath from Sam’s Club, dried it, and added it in there too. My stepdad gave me several antlers from his hunting days, so I added those into my centerpiece as well. Overhead, I attached a wooden ladder to the chandelier and then I cut some branches from outside and attached them to the ladder using zip ties. The branches alone weren’t quite enough, so I tied on some more dried out hydrangeas to the branch. My wooden chairs from IKEA are bright white so I covered the tops with a plaid blanket scarf. My decor was actually quite minimal, but I used what I had to try to tie it all together.


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas – The tablescape

As I mentioned, the tablescape centerpiece came together fast and easily, but each place setting took some thought and special planning. I like to have something be the attention-getter at a table, and I think the place settings were it for this design. Each place setting had a stainless-steel tray with a layer of faux moss inside. Then I placed a soup bowl with handles and a saucer on top with a napkin. This configuration kept the beef stew hot, and the plate also held the cheddar biscuit. I probably enjoy presentation more than anything else. I do love using chargers and having place settings with layers, but while the Outlander story has enough scenes of fancy dinners and dining, they’re not what I think about when I consider the story. I wanted to keep it more rustic, simple, and every day-style but with a flourish. The cloth napkin was cinched together using a kilt pin and embellished with a faux thistle and a pheasant feather. I think the copper mugs added a pop of color as well as adding to that rustic appeal. The tablescape for this party was so much fun to design and I felt like it was a unique interpretation for the story.


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas – The menu

I know some of you have been waiting to learn more about the menu for this party, so here it goes. Whenever I select a menu for a party, I try to stay on-theme or as close to as possible. And unfortunately, I didn’t find any Scottish dishes that made my mouth water or that looked easy enough for me to make. So, I once again interpreted what food I thought could work and now that we’re getting some fall breezes, beef stew sounded good too. However, the recipe I tested was just average to me, nothing special or really befitting of a party. And lucky for me, TheMenuMaid.com had just emailed a new recipe that caught my eye, and I knew would be delicious and do the trick. This lunch was the easiest out of all of my parties so far, but the dessert was quite time consuming. So, for me, it evened out and I wasn’t stressed the morning of the party because of just how easy the food prep was that day. I made the dessert the day before, so the extra time didn’t matter. For lunch, I served pot roast with mushroom gravy. Once prepped, this roast and gravy come to life in a Dutch oven for the next 3-4 hours making this easy like any slow cooker recipe. I just steamed a bag of peas in the microwave and called the main dish done! I also cheated on the cheddar biscuits by using the Red Lobster boxed biscuit mix. They mix up in minutes and then bake for about 14 minutes – too easy and delicious when served warm. I mixed up some mocktails for the copper mugs using Martinelli’s Cider and white grape juice with a pear and rosemary garnish to drink. This lunch was so good, and it felt like a simple meal they’d eat back in the time Outlander took place. The Scottish sticky toffee pudding by Christina’s Cucina, was extra special, so rich and unique, extra delicious with real whipped cream and served with hot tea. My family raved about this dessert so I’m sure I’ll be making this time-consuming one again.


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas – The DIY craft

The DIY craft for this party was so easy, fun, and relaxing. Each guest had a skein of fluffy yarn to create a scarf or start a blanket. I found out their choice of yarn color ahead of time and then at the party, showed them step by step how to knit using just their hands. The first step is a simple slip knot and then you loop several hand stitches to create your first row. After that, it’s so easy and completely repetitive. You can listen to music or the TV, carry on a conversation, anything you want because multitasking is something you can do when hand-knitting. The final step to finish the last row in the scarf is a little different, but easy enough. And to tie off the loose ends, you just hand stitch with a needle and thread. I created a short and close-up video showing each step to hand knit. I think you will love how easy it is and with the holidays coming up, you may even consider making something like this for a loved one. My guests made beautiful scarves! I think hand-knitting is a great DIY craft to do in a group because it’s easy once you get started and a scarf can be completed in a short amount of time and with just the one skein of yarn. If you have hands, you can knit!


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas – Hand knitting how-to video


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

On the day of the party, my favorite part is seeing my guests dressed up and looking the part of whatever period-tea party I’m throwing. It’s such a treat to see their costumes and interpretation of the time. One guest actually sewed her Outlander gown, and the details and workmanship were stunning. Man, I wish I could sew! And my other guest bought her gown, and it was equally fabulous and gorgeous. You would have thought they both rented their gowns from a renowned costume shop. I don’t even enjoy personally dressing up for Halloween, but I enjoy wearing something I wouldn’t normally wear and dressing up for a luncheon – it’s pretty special to have friends who will share this time with you. But even if you don’t take a tea party as far as costumes or dressing up, so much fun can still be had with fabulous friends, tasty food, and a fun activity. If you host an Outlander party, please tag me, I’d love to see pictures.


Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

Best Outlander Tea Party Ideas

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Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

The house I grew up in for the first 16 years of my life was a humble 1300 square foot ranch style home. The living room had a wallpapered mural on the wall opposite the fireplace. It was a forest scene with a focus on moss and a waterfall. My six-year-old self was enamored by this huge photo, I would lay on the sofa and stare at it for what felt like long periods of time. I remember trying to find any animals or bugs in the mural and also make-believing my own adventures in the life-size scene. I loved it, but down the road, my dad knocked down the wall to join it with the family room and created a huge great room. As I grew up, I remembered the mural being hideous and such a 70’s trend – never to be repeated by me. Well, at 44 years old, I repeated the mural wallpaper look, but this Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room is something special – another forest scene, but a painted looking scene instead!

There is a wall across from our formal dining room that is just perfect for wallpaper. For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern or mural of peel and stick wallpaper. I’ve seen many other beautifully wallpapered homes on Pinterest and Instagram, but the style wasn’t quite right for me and our home… until I saw a kitchen with a small corner wallpapered with the most beautiful design I’ve seen yet. You can see more spaces using this wallpaper on Pinterest. Of course, wallpaper designs are totally personal, and I don’t expect anyone to agree with me, but this design is just perfect for me and I love how it looks in this space. Now the kicker was the price and how long it was backordered. After two months of waiting, I considered canceling the order and starting my search again. I did start searching again and ultimately decided to keep waiting because I just loved the Judarn Mural design. I contact Anthropologie, and was told it was on backorder, inevitably, but i was also given the email address for the home decor department to see if I could get any indication of an estimated time of arrival. I never got a response to my email, but my wallpaper arrived two weeks later. I suppose no news was good news.


Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room
Here’s the wall across from the dining room BEFORE the wallpaper.

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

I’ve never wallpapered in my life… and I’m not sure I ever will again. It wasn’t difficult but wallpapering a wall with texture is tricky. I actually hung this design in one evening and took a dinner break. I’m not a perfectionist, but I like things to be as good as they can be. Well, my wallpaper installation is NOT perfect, but surprisingly I could care less. I love how it looks, I can see some seams, I had trouble cutting the sides, so I caulked them at the end, but it’s done, and I am so happy with this wall treatment in this space. I would happily help a friend who wants to wallpaper, but it would be in an assisting role, not a leading role. I would even recommend the Sure Strip wallpaper even though I originally was after peel and stick. The benefit of Sure Strip is that it’s pre-pasted, moves around easily once on the wall, and guaranteed to come off without damaging your walls as long as you follow their directions. The downfall to the peel and stick is lining it up correctly, you have to unpeel it to realign, and I see how that would have been a hassle after experiencing the ease of pushing and moving the paper into place once on the wall.

I’m not entirely sure why some of my seams didn’t line up in some places except maybe it was due to the textured walls, my novice skills, and maybe paper shrinkage. I think installation on a smooth wall would be much easier and having a helping hand would have been great too. I also made the mistake of not spraying enough water onto the first paper roll, so I had to pull the paper back and spray more with it hanging. This wasn’t ideal, but it taught me to mist plenty of water on the future rolls. Some wallpapers require you to overlap the seams, and then cut and remove excess… this was not the case here, but I wish it was. As long as there’s no shrinkage or shifting, this would have guaranteed the seams would be butted up perfectly. Overall, I am delighted with my new mural, how quickly the installation process was, and how much character and color it brings to the space.


Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room – Steps

With any wallpaper installation, always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. I will, however, list the simple steps to install the Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room.

  1. Prepare the wall by wiping it down with a damp microfiber cloth. Remove all dust and any dirt from the entire surface.
  2. Protect the floor with a drop cloth or plastic.
  3. Protect the floor where you will be misting the wallpaper.
  4. Tools to have ready: measuring tape/level/pencil to create a level line to start, scissors to cut the roll into each section, a misting spray bottle, a felt edged scraper, a metal straight edge and razor blade knife to cut excess, a sponge and rag to wipe off excess paste, a lined trash can to collect clippings, and a ladder.
  5. Measure the width of your wallpaper roll (mine was 18″ wide) and then measure from the end of the wall over 17 inches and mark with a pencil. Use your level to draw a straight line all the way down. Don’t use your wall as the straight edge, most sheetrock isn’t level. You will cut off the excess paper on the left end.
  6. Roll out and cut the first section – start hanging left to right.
  7. With the continuous misting spray bottle full of water, start continuously misting one half the of the rolled-out wallpaper – making sure to thoroughly coat. Then fold the end toward the center folding the wet paper onto itself – this helps the paste to activate. Immediately begin misting the other half the same way and then fold that end towards the center as well. Smoothing the ends and center to activate the paste.
  8. Set timer for three minutes.
  9. Set up ladder to line up with the first section of wall you’re hanging the paper on.
  10. After three minutes are up, unfold the top end of the paper, leaving the bottom end folded for now and begin to line up the right side of the paper with the leveled pencil line. Be sure to pull the paper up past the ceiling a bit since most ceilings aren’t level either. You will cut off the excess later on
  11. Being careful to line up with the pencil mark, and press the paper against the wall using your hand at first, and once the paper is lined up you can use the felt edged scraper to press the wallpaper in place
  12. Unfold the bottom half of the section and continue to line up with the pencil mark, smooth first with your hand, and then once in place, smooth with the scraping tool. If any spots don’t stick, you didn’t spray enough water. Either spray more or try to scrape excess paste to that spot.
  13. Immediately wipe off any excess paste that squeezes out. You don’t want the paste to dry on the wallpaper, walls, trim, or flooring.
  14. Take your metal edge or ruler and knife, and carefully cut off excess paper.
  15. Repeat steps 7-9, but line up subsequent rolls with the edge of the previous roll. Having a helper for the following rolls can help to make sure the paper doesn’t slip and move away. Make sure to not overlap the Sure Strip brand of wallpaper, but instead butt up the seams perfectly while lining up the design.
  16. Smooth with your hand and then the scraper to get a secure attachment.
  17. Trim off excess and wipe away any extra paste.
  18. Continue until the mural or wall is complete.

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Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Well, that’s it for my first attempt at wallpapering. It was easier than I thought, yet more difficult than I thought too. I’m sure the project would have been a breeze with the help of my mother-in-law, Kathy – she’s a wallpapering star. The job can be done by yourself but find a helper if you value your sanity~ After two years of searching for ‘the’ wallpaper, and then over two months of waiting for it to arrive, I couldn’t be happier with the look and results. The Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room was the right choice and I highly recommend Sure Strip brand paper. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to subscribe for my blog post updates and check out the YouTube video to see how to hang this wallpaper. If you like accent walls, check out my chevron wall treatment in our entryway.

Easy Apple Cider Bar

Easy Apple Cider Bar

If you enjoy traditions like me, you may want to make this easy apple cider bar one of them! One of the benefits of doing my job is that I get to create fun and special moments for my girls, and Jeremy too. They always appreciate my efforts and it’s so important that we all stop and spend face to face time with one another. We’ve been enjoying apple cider and donuts for many years, and it all started with finding delicious homemade apple cider and apple cider donuts at our favorite pumpkin patch in Oregon, Bauman Farms. They make everything on site, and everything is amazing. I didn’t always do a cute set up, but we always stopped and enjoyed this treat together. You can watch this short video Pin of me putting it together – it was so much fun, and the girls were excitedly waiting for it1


Easy Apple Cider Bar

An easy apple cider bar is pretty straight forward and self-explanatory, but I’m hoping that my easy apple cider bar will inspire you to consider a few ways to make this fall time tradition a little more special and set apart. To start, I cut this little branch to create a backdrop for the bar. I love that it looks like an apple tree branch even though it’s not, plus it’s free! I decided to set up our easy apple cider branch when I did because we had just purchased a bag of apples, so it made sense to use them as props before we ate them all. I think it’s a bit too soon around here to get freshly squeezed apple cider, so I grabbed some from the store. And the donuts are from one of our favorite bakeries, Rick’s Bakery in Rogers, Arkansas. I wish they made apple cider donuts, but they do make pumpkin donuts so I’m sure we’ll be back. The great thing about an easy apple cider bar is that the kids don’t care what kind of donuts or if the cider is freshly squeezed, they just enjoy a different snack and I enjoy setting the table for our snack time.



Easy Apple Cider Bar

My girls and I will often just sit down for a quick cup of tea, maybe a few cookies, but I think it also helps to make memories when they feel like the time is special and an effort was made for them. Either way, this easy apple cider bar was set up within minutes and the wooden sign, bottle basket, and cider bottle from the Target Dollar Spot made our cider bar more festive. I used our crystal punch cups, some cloth napkins, and a plaid blanket scarf for the tablecloth. I scattered some caramels around for fun and the donuts and cider quickly vanished once I got my photos taken. Our family rarely buys donuts, but I feel like they’re a treat we look forward to every fall time.

If you like the idea of a cider bar, but want some alternative dessert ideas, I have found some delicious ones. I hope you’re inspired to create your own easy apple cider bar to enjoy your own tradition every fall. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to pin any of the photos for future inspiration. When you subscribe to my blog, you will receive a free eBook on shelf styling – you will love decorating and styling your shelving with my easy recipe and steps.


Easy Apple Cider Bar

Caramel Apple French Toast Bake – The Menu Maid

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Apple Cider Cookies – Imperial Sugar

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Easy Apple Cider Bar

Easy Apple Cider Bar

Easy Apple Cider Bar

Easy Apple Cider Bar

Easy Apple Cider Bar

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh

Sometimes summer is just too busy to decorate or even to dust. But when summer is coming to an end and you’re ready to get your home tidy and in order for the upcoming seasons, it can be nice to slowly transition into fall decorations even though it’s still hot outside. Fall decorating is probably my favorite seasonal decor because of the colors and warmth the pieces exude in a space. It doesn’t take much and refreshing a space can make a home feel so good. I’m excited to share my easy summer to fall home decor refresh and three tips to give you some direction for your home and to find unexpected joy in the transition between the seasons.


Tip #1: Less is more

If you have summertime decor out, let’s put it away and display just the basics. A clean slate not only helps you to visualize doing something new to the space, but it also feels more relaxed and ready for just a few different pieces to be added back.


Tip #2: Consider color

Look around the main living areas of your home (for example: the entry, living room, kitchen, and dining room) and determine the base color. If you have a neutral foundation with a lot of green as your accent color, then your base color is green. Then consider what fall decor you already have, and what fall colors you prefer with green. Instead of just adding all the fall colors, or even several, pick just one or two colors to coordinate with your base color. This will add some fall vibes without looking like you’ve completed all your fall decorating… in August~ And when it is time to decorate for the fall season, avoid putting out every piece of fall decor you own. This can be hard, but if you can pull back and keep some items in storage, your look will feel different, and the unused pieces can feel new next time. Also, when it’s time to decorate for fall, try putting decor in different spots than they’ve been previously. This will refresh the decor and give it new life and you’ll enjoy seeing little changes around your home too.


Tip #3: Highlight spots

Now that you have cleared out your spaces to a neutral look, and you’ve determined at least one fall color to bring out, gather your decor (existing or new) and pick just one or two places in each main living area to decorate. For instance, I added touches of fall to my seating and coffee table in the living room. And I added touches of fall to my dining table centerpiece. When the fall weather hits or you’re feeling completely ready to give over to totally decorating for fall, that’s when you’ll add more decor into more spots throughout your home. Right now, is an in-between transition so we’re keeping it minimal and not losing summer altogether, yet~


Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh

Now that you have an action plan and an easy way to approach your summer to fall decorating refresh, I’d like to share my spaces for some ideas and inspiration. My base color in the living room was grey/blue so I added mustard and rust. I selected these two colors because I already had several pillows that would work, but they’re also complimentary to blue on the color wheel. I think all three colors can also work with summer decor, but patterns and other decor elements can change the feeling. I also added a huge candle to the coffee table, and some dried hydrangeas (from my yard). I think dried florals are awesome for fall time decorating, and with hydrangeas typically blooming in the summer it’s the best of both seasons in a free floral arrangement. Did you know that if you clip your hydrangeas when they have already started to dry out on the plant, you can just clip them, arrange them, and don’t add water to your vessel? They will continue to dry out and they often hold they’re pretty fluffy shape. Here in Arkansas, my hydrangeas start to feel dry in mid-August but this year we got some high temps which started to burn the flowers. So, I may have clipped them earlier than I should have, but they are holding up fine and we’ve been enjoying the dried beauties in our home.

Some items that can add a subtle fall vibe to your space are copper or brass elements, candles, throw blankets or even a basket with some throws, and books with dark covers. Those are easy things that can be found around the house if you’ve been collecting decor for any amount of time. Just adding bits here and there and being intentional about your decor choices will make decorating from summer to fall a breeze.


Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Living Room

For the living room, I moved my media cabinet from the dining room into the living room and lined up my collected shutters behind the TV. Moving the TV from above the mantel opened up the mantel for some art (or a mirror) and just minor decor. The minor decor will get switched out when I’m ready to transition to fall decor. I also moved the two poufs from upstairs to add some cozy seating in front of the fireplace. Seating in front of the fireplace whether poufs, a bench, accent chairs, or even a small writing desk draws attention to the cozy fireplace. I also just changed out some pillows and add a new reversible pillow from Walmart, and my summer to fall transition decor is set.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Dining Room

For the dining room, I made some bigger changes! I wanted to add some drama to the space, so I painted the focal wall a green/black. This paint added drama, depth, and a moody contrast to the all-white room. With an all-white home, I like to add some color and contrast in specific areas. The color adds depth, dimension, interest, and when you see the other space that I added the same green/black color to, you’ll see how color can flow through a home as well. With the media cabinet in the living room, I rolled over my rolling cart to the focal wall and styled it with dining room related decor. I think the dark backdrop really makes the rolling cart and decor pop. I’ve been planning and patiently waiting for my wallpaper mural to arrive for the wall across from the dining room. It’s been on backorder for a while, and I just try not to think about it~ However, when it arrives, you will see how the moody colors connect the dining room space separated by a walkway. Making opposite walls have color and mood creates such a lovely space to notice instead of just walking through it. My rolling cart may return to this wallpapered space in the future, but for now I’m really enjoying it as decorative storage for our formal dining space.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Entryway

Finally, the entryway got a mini refresh to transition from summer to fall. The entryway can often set the tone for the rest of the home, so adding a touch or two of your fall color choice or a fall-ish piece of decor can help guests expect some summery fall vibes in the home. Even a single fall scented candle can go a long way to start integrating cozy fall vibes into the end of the summer seasonal decor. I added some empty brass candlesticks to the sofa table just like I did for the coffee table. It’s subtle, simple, and a way to inch towards fall. When fall decorating commences, I will add candles to the sticks and that will totally change the look and vibe. Instead of adding fall stems, I kept a lush green looking plant to highlight summer greenery, but the tones of everything else is neutral and calming – unlike energetic summer decor. I also leaned framed art in front the mirror to keep a casual look and to bring in some grey. The copper candle smells amazing, and the color and metal container feel like fall. Very subtle but a few differences that begin to celebrate the upcoming season.


easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

easy summer to fall home decor

Easy Summer to Fall Home Decor Refresh – Shop my home

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Well, my goodness you guys, that was so fun. I redecorate and move stuff around all the time, just for fun, but I’m so glad I thought to share this little seasonal transition trick with you. I usually just decorate and don’t take the time to note why I do what I do, but I hope it helps you to think about your decor in a new way, to use your decor in a new way, and enjoy your decor in a new way. I confess, I love new decor and shopping for it, but I love getting the most out of what I already have even more. So, shop your home, use your old decor in different places, and use it sparingly – less is more and you’ll enjoy the transition between seasons even more. If you’re ready for a little more fall inspiration, you can check out last fall’s home tour. Thank you for checking out this post. If you enjoy DIY and decorating like me, be sure to subscribe to my blog and you’ll hear from me just once a week and you’ll get my free eBook for how to style your shelves like a designer.

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

Every time I refresh or redecorate someone’s home it reminds me just how important it is to enjoy the place you call home. Our homes are often reflections of what we like, what makes us feel comfortable and relaxed, and it’s a place that tells our story. Furniture, decor, art, and everything in between can be connected to a memory or feeling. I love it when clients have keepsakes that they want to stay integrated with new decor, or when they have an older piece of furniture maybe even passed down through generations, or when they just love a piece so much, they don’t care if it works or not because they like it. I recently completed a home refresh and I love how it turned out. I’m so excited to share with you how to refresh your entire home using color.

My client had spent a lot of time updating the furniture throughout the home and really just wanted some refreshed decor to reflect her style and preferences now. The home is very beautiful, so it didn’t take much to pull things together. I mainly used color to help the rooms flow and feel complete. There was a piece of artwork that I used as my guide to coordinate colors through the home. It’s not about matching colors or pieces but coordinating everything so that the home feels natural and lived in and with your preferred style. The new decor pieces also brought in texture, style, and a specific feel. I usually like to use a lot of neutral decor pieces so that the client can easily change out colorful statement decor when their style or color scheme changes, but it’s equally important to use colorful accessories to create the look and feel you want conveyed in your home.


How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Entryway

I’m going to share some before and after photos of this home and share some of my ideas and how each space came together. My time consulting with a client is so important to find out what style, feeling, colors, and changes they prefer. I was able to note the sentimental decor that would stay on display and get a feel for how each space is used. Knowing a little bit about the client and how they use the rooms or want to use the rooms helps me to select decor that will help achieve their goals. First up is the entryway. My client already had a beautiful modern rustic table and mirror, and she just wanted a lamp and rug to help the space feel complete. I love it when the tone of an entryway conveys what the rest of the home is going to feel like. This entryway is uncluttered, inviting, has a bit of nature, some texture, and isn’t fussy at all.

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Drop Zone

After walking through the entryway, there’s a short hallway that leads you towards the kitchen and living room spaces. This hallway also serves as a drop zone. There was a modern coat rack and a stylish upholstered bench. This drop zone also needed to be without clutter and fuss, but a comfortable place to unload stuff, sit down for a second to put on or take off shoes. I simply moved a piece of wall art from her home above the bench and called it good. I love it when things are pretty, but function should come first so that everyone can enjoy the beauty.

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Living Room

The living room felt like the heart of this home. Don’t get me wrong, the large, beautiful kitchen with a cool passthrough could also be the heart, I don’t know, I don’t live there~ But the living room felt like the heart and the space I’d be drawn to. My client already had the furnishing set up to function just right and I didn’t have any suggestions for a layout change anyway. It flowed well and was situated just right. The green accent chair, side table with lamp, and artwork was definitely a focal point for this space. The artwork lead many of the color decisions for the rest of the home. The neutral sofa and recliner also allowed me to easily add color with an area rug and throw pillows. My client requested comfy throw pillows because they’ll actually be used. Function first! An ottoman was an important addition to the entire space. My client wanted people to be able to kick their feet up, but it also gives people a place to set drinks and snacks. Visually it groups all three seating areas. I selected leather because its organic, tough, neutral, and it adds to the inviting feel the client was after. The other little details were either taken from other spaces in the home or brought in to help pull the overall style together.

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

This corner is also in the living room, and I love floating shelves. Styling shelves is so much fun and I could restyle them every week! The three floating shelves were a blank canvas and provided so much interest and character to the entire room. The photos don’t show how they help add design, texture, and color to the entire living room. It’s a great corner. I added a small black modern campaign desk to ground the shelves and add function to the corner. My client will be adding a small table lamp to the desk as well making it a great place for homework, note writing, artwork, etc.

How to Refresh a home with color

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Dining Room

Next up is the formal dining room, which doesn’t feel formal now at all. My client wanted the space to feel inviting, comfortable, and casual. I love it when a space that’s typically known for formal use gets a new function. Just changing the direction of the area rug and table created an invitation into the space and removing formal artwork and a lovely floral arrangement helped to add a more casual vibe to the space as well. A modern mirror replaced the pretty gold arched mirror, and tasseled throw pillows were added to the vintage chairs in each corner. I love how the vintage chairs add a cozy feeling and character to a mostly modern space, and the green fabric connects with the green living room accent chair. Connecting color should be subtle if you can manage it, and it makes spaces feel familiar and helps the rooms to flow, plus it adds intention to overall design which usually feels pretty calming. Lastly, a fiddle leaf tree was added to the corner of the space. The tree can be seen from the living room and adding nature to any space really helps to add comfort to a space. I used a lot of plants throughout this home refresh. If you’re unsure about decorating with plants, check out my post, 10 Reasons to Decorate with Plants.

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color – Kitchen Nook

From the dining room, you can walk through the kitchen and then into the connected kitchen nook. The beautiful round table is a perfect fit, the modern glass and metal console grounds the decorative shelves perfectly. This space was the most fun to change out the color scheme and help this nook flow with the rest of the home. I removed the tapestry and replaced it with this amazing wood art wall hanging. This piece came from a different part of the home, and it just fits so well in this space. The wood is warm, adds texture, has a modern boho vibe, and it’s really a piece of art. I love how it works with the glass and metal console too – so many coordinating textures with a cozy modern vibe. I used my client’s neutral dishes and some other decor to style this space, and brought in some plants, some color, and baskets for function and style. I love tables without tablecloths, but this cloth had beautiful color and is fun for the approaching fall season.

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color
How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

How to Refresh Your Entire Home Using Color

I hope you were able to see how coordinating color in each space, even if it was neutral, helped to provide a feeling and style to flow through the entire home. I have several favorite parts of this home’s refreshed look, but I have to comment on the rugs for just a moment. Never underestimate the power of an area rug. The living room rug coordinated so well with the new washable rug in the entryway, but the color and pattern coordination are subtle and don’t match which makes it even better. The other three area rugs in the home are quite neutral and the bits of color in them compliment the rust color found in other spaces of the home – making it unnecessary to update them. Another way to use color to refresh a home is to remove it. My client wanted a simply stated look with a few points of focus, a cozy and inviting feeling, pops of color, and overall, a place where guests feel welcome and at home. Sometimes removing extra colors can help add calmness and fussiness. In each space it’s very obvious where the focal points are, and the decor isn’t overdone or stark either. Using different textures, coordinated colors, and having plants added the style and feeling my client was after.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these before and after photos for inspiration and ideas. There’s something special about a home that functions well and feels beautiful. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to subscribe to my blog for just an email a week about DIY projects and decorating inspiration. You will also receive my free eBook on how to style shelves with an easy-to-follow recipe. For instance, the floating shelves in my clients living room used a 2, 3, 2 pattern. Download your copy today to see what I’m talking about~

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

A friend on Instagram mentioned how it seems like the master bedroom is always the last room to decorate. Her comment resonated with me, and while I’m totally fine with leaving our bedroom last on the list, I had let it slide quite a bit. I guess my mindset was that adding decor or styling the space wasn’t important until I was able to complete the wall treatment and really plan the space. So, while I’m currently struggling with a particular DIY design, I needed a confidence-boosting distraction. I decided to make our master bedroom a space that was comfortable, not a storage area, not the room with the door closed all the time, and a place that I could relax. I’m still working out my wall treatment design and paint color as well as the other pieces in the space, but I’m so excited to share my modern vintage master bedroom refresh – that didn’t cost a dime.


Amazing Bedroom Book Wall

Here’s a photo of our bedroom when we first moved in. I created a book wall feature that wrapped around. This photo is not a good representation of the way it looked right before the modern vintage master bedroom refresh, but trust me, it wasn’t pretty.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh – Video


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

We’ve discussed selling our bedroom set, or parts of it and refreshing the furniture with some brighter pieces, but it’s just not in the budget now, and I don’t hate our furniture, I just want a less matching look and a more coordinated look. So, I decided to update the furniture feet on the nightstands and dresser as well as the knobs. Several years ago, I spraypainted the cheap knobs, but they still looked too small, so it was a good move to replace them and update the pieces. Our black nightstands and dresser were from Pier 1, and we’ve had them for a very long time. I love black, even though it really shows the dust, but I don’t want all black pieces in our bedroom, so I’ll change them out as some point, but for now I’m really loving the modern updates.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

The single easiest way to refresh a bedroom is to replace the bedding. Well, we have several quilts and duvets that I swap out depending on the season, so I decided to just get out a different quilt. We do need to get some new sheets! We realized that we only have one set, it’s just not something we’ve taken the time to purchase since we wash, dry, and remake the bed with no problem. But it would be nice to have a second set, however, it must be super soft and not make noise (according to Jeremy). When you have sensitive skin, it makes buying sheets a little more challenging~ Swapping decorative pillows, adding pillows, or subtracting pillows can also refresh the look. When the weather starts cooling down, I like to have an extra throw across the bottom of the bed, it’s nice to have and looks pretty too.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

I’m not sure if you can tell in the photos, but I swapped out our blackout curtains as well. We’ve had different curtains in our bedroom, velvet navy blue ones were up right before the refresh and I changed them out for the dark green ones. I also only put up one curtain on each side of our bed so that there was less fabric going on. There are so many ways to add comfort, texture, and color to a bedroom, and curtains are a great way to do so. I prefer blackout curtains for bedrooms, but people have lived without them for years so it’s just our preference. We tried a rug in our bedroom, but the platform bed frame causes it to wave and ripple – not good. Unless we get a different bed or an amazing rug, I’m not sure we’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of a rug. However, I highly recommend having a rug in bedrooms if you can. Check out this info graphic to see what rug size works best.


Graphic by Ruggable.com

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Another easy way to refresh a bedroom is to clear off the nightstand and dresser surfaces. Consider swapping out lamps or keeping a minimal and cleaned off look for a while. We didn’t have anything on the dresser for quite a while so adding some decor was a must to make this space look styled and put together. There’s still plenty of space to set clothes on, but the decor helps the space to have a style and to enjoy some of the decor I had put away. Shopping my home is by far the most fun way to redecorate. I love using the things that I’ve already invested in, already love, and can give new life to in a different area of our home. When I haven’t used a piece of decor in a while it almost feels brand new again. Always try to refresh your space by first shopping your home. Anything needed or wanted can be purchased later.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Adding mirrors, art, shelves, or decor to your bedroom walls is a great way to refresh the space. I used my IKEA frames to enjoy my gallery wall in our modern vintage master bedroom. I love mixing styles and I can’t help but add vintage items in every room. I love the character and history that vintage items add. I like to say that every space tells a story and vintage items are one part of the story (memories and moments being the main part). The images in this gallery wall were all found on The Graphics Fairy, for free. Then I uploaded the images into Costco photo, and they printed them. I can’t believe how the resolution was perfect and the prints look high-end. The IKEA frames were white for years, but I recently spray painted them gold and love the contrast it adds. I still have my book wall feature above our bed, and I do love it, but it will come down when I install a wall treatment. For now, I love the dimension and creative look of the pages and books on the wall. On the third wall, I hung an ornate brass mirror from Hobby Lobby. If you want a mirror from Hobby Lobby, be sure to wait until they go on sale – it’s always worth the wait. When it comes to wall decor, I always try to leave one wall with nothing on it – this causes natural focal points and gives the room a rest. However, design rules only matter if they matter to you, so decorate your walls how you prefer.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

The final element added to the master bedroom was seating. I moved our vintage chair from the dining room into the corner (which is perfect for covering the blinking modem lights on that wall). I also moved the bench from the entryway to the end of our bed. We love the bench here because it’s a great place to set laundry and to pile blankets onto when cleaning our sheets. If a master bedroom is large enough, I love adding at least one seat to the space. It can be nice to sit down to put on socks or stockings, to temporarily place clean laundry, or even a little reading spot.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

With our modern vintage master bedroom refresh complete, I have been opening our curtains, leaving the door open, and even straightening up our bed each day. I love seeing the decor when I walk through, and I love the gallery wall in sight when I walk by. I should have known but didn’t expect having the space decorated would make me feel so good. The whole house feels more put together now that all the rooms are basically decorated (even if they’re not completely done). I love that this styled room didn’t cost me a cent and I hope it inspires you to refresh any of your spaces using what you already have. It feels good to be resourceful, to upcycle something old, or just clean up a space. A free room refresh is the best kind of makeover and I’m working on refreshing two more spaces in our home. I’m not ready to decorate for fall yet, but I want to get things clean and refreshed for the summer to fall transition.


Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh

Modern Vintage Master Bedroom Refresh – Shop this space

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Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft

Planning and preparing for this secret garden ladies’ luncheon and craft was a complete joy. Half-way through setting up the luncheon space I received an email from Cottages and Bungalows Magazine promoting a tablescape design contest. I considered the tablescape I already had planned and decided it would be worth submitting it to the magazine contest. I’m still blown away that I was selected as one of the ten finalists. Even though I wasn’t even close to winning the vote, I was totally humbled and grateful for the friends and family that voted for my tablescape. Thank you so much for taking the time to support and encourage me. Now, I can share the luncheon with you since it’s not going to be published elsewhere.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

While keeping the background neutral, I still wanted to add a little something. I started by adding some real grapevines to the chandelier. Once the grapevines dried up, I added some faux vines on top of the dried ones. The look of mixing real and faux turned out beautifully and added a nice touch overhead. The other background decor was made using 2.5 packages of coffee filters from the Dollar Tree. The central wall in the dining room needed a little something and to keep it neutral I came up with this design for just a few bucks. To flatten the filters, get them wet using a spray bottle, flatten, and stack some books to keep the flat shape. Once they’re dry, I spray painted the edges gold – this helped define the edges nicely and it added a vintage touch. To create this backdrop, just stretch out a strip of packing tape the length of your wall, then fold a filter in half with one side against the nonstick side of tape, and the other side sticking to the tape. Add enough filters, end to end, to cover the length of the tape. Add the tape to the wall, and secure with thumbtacks. Start at the bottom of the wall and slightly layer each new row above the last until your area is covered.

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Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft

The theme was easy, I used flowers and plants to decorate the house, and I created huge tissue paper flowers because it’s a lot cheaper to make them than to buy them. They’re actually very easy to make as well, but when I attached them to my natural tree branch arch and all the leaves shriveled up and died – it didn’t look too cool anymore. So, I had several tissue paper flowers that I had to redecorate with. I ended up placing most of them around the trim work in the dining room. The final backdrop detail comes from adding garland around my brass mirror. It’s a pretty mirror on its own, but the garland added so much for the secret garden theme.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Some of the tablescape highlights were layering several floral vintage tablecloths, using mismatched vintage plates, and folding mismatched floral cloth napkins into the shape of a rose. Mismatching table settings adds a feeling of comfort and fun. Each guest had a crystal punch cup for water, and a goblet for the punch. A great way to add texture and style to your tablescape is to use plate chargers. Since my plates were mismatched, I used matching chargers in a natural basket material. This tablescape involved a lot of colors and patterns, so having a few neutral elements helped to add a solid foundation to the space.

The centerpiece arrangements were simple enough, I used wildflowers and branches outside, as well as some grocery store flowers, but the special part was the DIY pickle jar vases I made ahead of time. I used celluclay to cover the glass jar and created something special and fun. You can learn how to use celluclay and make earthenware inspired vases here. I usually don’t like using tall centerpieces on a table, but the arrangements weren’t too dense with stems that you could see across the table well enough. It’s not ideal for long mealtimes, but it was fine during this little lunch. After lunch, we moved to the table in the kitchen where I had all the DIY craft supplies set up for each guest.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft – Tools

There were several DIY crafts that would have worked with my secret garden floral theme, but I already had several supplies for making dried flower resin pendants, so I went with that one. The only downside was that the resin needed to cure for 24 hours, and some car drives home got a little messy. The resin pendants were created inside of a jewelry box to make transportation easier, but with the resin filled to brim, it can get messy. If the resin is still wet, you can carefully clean it up with Q-tips. If it dries spilled over, you can use wire cutters or pliers to break off the overflow. The point is all is not lost. Below, I will list the supplies used to make the resin pendants, and here is a list of the tools that were helpful too.

  • little box
  • tweezers (to pick up the dried flowers)
  • scissors (to trim the dried flowers)
  • straight pin (to arrange the dried flowers in the resin)
  • wood stir stick (to stir the resin and hardner mixture)

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft – Supplies


DIY resin flower pendants are so easy to make, for most ages, and everyone’s designs were so beautiful. It’s fun to see friends being creative – each design was different and so pretty! I love that this craft is also a memento to remember the lunch together and hopefully it serves as inspiration to get crafty whenever possible. My guests could have given their design away as a gift too, whatever each guest wanted to do with their creation was fine with me. It’s fun trying new things with friends, and I stand by my belief that God made everyone creative, it just comes out differently in each one of us.



Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Serving drinks to guests is something I had to learn from my bestie, Ana. She showed me that once someone walks through her front door, it’s only a few minutes before they have a drink in hand. It’s such a welcoming gesture and it really makes your guests feel comfortable and able to settle in and relax. Any hint of me being a hostess comes from Ana, she’s taught me everything I know and I’m positive I could learn even more if I simply observed her in action. So, to welcome my guests and help them to settle in, I made strawberry lemonade spritzers (punch) with the cutest garnish. I made bows out of lemon rind and used blueberries to keep the bow on the toothpick. Once made, the garnishes went into a freezer bag and into the freezer. They froze beautifully and served to help chill the spritzer too. It was too cute and made the non-alcoholic drink a little special.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

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I kept the lunch menu simple and made the dessert ready as a to-go option. For the main course, I made sandwiches to order. Each guest filled out a small form indicating what they wanted on their sandwich. Then I made salad on a skewer, inspired by Leslie of My 100 Year Old Home. My salad fixings were simple, iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber, ranch, and balsamic drizzle. Leslie provides several delicious recipes, but the beauty is that you can customize it to fit your theme or tastes. A handful of Kettle chips on the side completed the lunch menu – pretty simple. For dessert, I served cheesecakes in mini mason jars, slightly modified the recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally’s no-bake cheesecake is absolutely delicious, and I’m not usually a cheesecake fan. Instead of graham crackers for the crust, I used only Thinsters Coconut Cookies with half the amount of butter – that’s it and it was so tasty. For the topping, I diced strawberries and mixed them with sugar to create a topping spread. These cheesecakes were light, fluffy, and perfectly sweet. Some guests finished their pendant with time to have dessert, and others took theirs to-go, it was perfect.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

This secret garden ladies’ luncheon and craft was so much fun. A simple meal together is easy to put together and with just a little planning, it’s so easy to coordinate a crafty activity. To help you host this craft, you can print this PDF to help instruct your guests of each step. Thank you so much for checking out this post – I hope you have found inspiration and ideas for our next event with friends and family.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

simple birthday decorations on a budget

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Our first-born daughter, Sawyer, is the sweetest 16-year-old you could ask for. Don’t get me wrong, she has her moments and has a little sass in her too, but she blesses our family beyond measure. She never asks for much and didn’t want anything special this year, so her 16th birthday was a little tricky. It made me think about why the 16th birthday is such a special year, and to be honest I couldn’t think of much except for getting a driver’s license. According to Google, it’s a coming-of-age celebration. For me, it’s an excuse to throw a party and make it special, but Sawyer said no decorations. What? I cannot comprehend this statement; it does not compute. After some intense questioning, it came down to her being modest and not wanting a lot of attention. Naturally, we compromised! I explained to her my ideas for simple birthday decorations on a budget, and she agreed to a corner being decorated. She didn’t even want a birthday cake (doesn’t like cake) so I considered this corner a huge win.


simple birthday decorations on a budget
Nashville, TN – June 2022

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – Idea #1

The first decoration was using streamers and some yarn. I already had the yarn and white crepe paper, so I spend $4 on the other four colors. I even purchased them at the party store she works at, and she approved of the colors (there wasn’t a ton to choose from). I prefer about five colors, but you can use any number of colors you want. The quickest way to put together the crepe paper fringe is to make it on the floor. I used a stapler which was a fast method to securing each strand. I left the front half of each fringe a little shorter to add more texture. I measured the length I’d need and cut that amount of yarn for each length of fringe. I like overlapping the fringe and letting them swoop down some. There are many things you can do with this method, so have fun and you’ll love how quick and easy it is to make.

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – Idea #2

The next decoration is too easy to not do. I bought some packages of yellow and white balloons from the dollar store and used instructions I read at Hobby Lobby. I noticed a colorful endcap at Hobby Lobby full of balloon arch kits and stuff. One of the kits was to make these balloon towers and I was intrigued. After reading the back of the package, I realized that the kit didn’t come with special supplies to make the tower, but you got the balloons in the colors from the front of the package. There was no way I was going to pay $12 just for those certain colors. You can see in the video how to make this tower, but I’ll try to explain it here as well. I used my automatic balloon pump, balloons, and that yarn from before. Blow up two balloons and tie them together. I thought this would be tricky, but if you don’t overinflate, it’s easy and doesn’t hurt your fingers. Set the tied balloons aside. Take two more balloons, blow them up, and tie together. Take your two sets of tied balloons and twist them together – this makes the four balloons stay together. I used yarn to tie them together and this starts the base of the tower. Repeat these steps, add each set of four balloons to the tower and use the yarn to connect them. The yarn will go up through the center of the tower, holding them all together.

I stopped my tower when I did because it was tipping over, I didn’t want it too tall below the crepe paper fringe, and I was running out of balloons. Anyway, I love this tower idea and can’t wait to try some more looks with it. I also snuck in the vintage marquee letter S. The string of lights inside no longer works, and I didn’t replace it because I knew she wouldn’t want it turned on. I still count it as a win that the S was allowed to stay. I love this vintage letter, it used to be in her bedroom and while she’s outgrown it, I haven’t. I’m going to hold onto it, you just never know.

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – Idea #3

The final simple birthday decoration on a budget was a kraft Paper Mache candy tray. I found the numbers one and six at Joann’s, $5.99 each, and I used some of the crepe paper and baking cups I already had on hand. Once you cut the front side off, carefully using a kraft knife, you can decorate it however you want, then fill with baking cups to hold the candy or treats that you want. I love a good crepe paper ruffle, and they are so easy to make. In the video you can see just how easy and quickly it comes together even though it seems like a tedious project. Just sew down the middle of crepe paper, scrunching it up to the machine’s presser foot as you go. I love sewing paper, so this project was really fun and relaxing for me. If you like a vintage look at Dollar Store prices, you’ll love this little touch. I just used a glue gun to attach the ruffle around the outside of each number.

In case you’re wondering what’s inside those baking cups, it’s freeze-dried candy! My friend Jessica freeze dries candy and then donates to animal shelters as well as other organizations that help the community. They have donated product and money to organizations – and they welcome you to contact them with requests! I couldn’t help but try all the various kinds and they are so good, it’s an interesting texture, light and crunchy. The saltwater taffy was the prettiest to me and I loved the Sprees the most. There wasn’t a candy that I didn’t like. You can check out their site to see some of the popular candy that they offer, but you can also send special requests for your favorites. They are a small business, but they’re doing great work and make tasty treats. I loved the aesthetics of the freeze-dried candies, but the flavor was off the hook. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. Be sure to visit StubbornBass.com and you can email Jess if you have any questions or would like to place an order.



Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget
The freeze-dried treats were so fun and tasty!

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget
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Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget – How to Video:

Check out this short video to see how easy these three decorating ideas are to make!

Simple Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Altogether, I spent $14 on decorating supplies. That’s my kind of budget, and it didn’t take much time at all to put it together. Sawyer had a great time with her friends, and they enjoyed all the candy during the movie portion of the evening. I hope this post has given you a few ideas for your next party. We love birthdays over here, so I hope to come up with some more simple birthday decorations on a budget in the future. Be sure to subscribe and receive one DIY/Decorating email a week, as well as my free shelf styling eBook to download. Take care!