hand stamped clementine tea towel

 

 

Clementine Tea Towel #howtohandstamp #diypaint #teatowel #twelveoeight

 

 

This time of year I find myself buying boxes and boxes of these sweet, petite little orange like gems.

The kids gobble them up and we just cannot seem to get enough of them.

Having said that, the massive consumption of them around our house inspired this diy hand stamped tea towel so long after they are out of season we can enjoy how pretty they are as well.

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Siracha + Sesame Zoodle Salad

Zoodle Salad Recipe #zoodle #howtomake #siracha #salad #twelveOeight

 

 I have to admit in all honesty that the sound and idea of making “noodles” with anything other than good old fashioned pasta (even gluten free pasta!) I was unsure about at first.

After receiving a vegetable slicer for Christmas, I knew that this would be my next low-carb, gluten free project.

And they are yummy.

I am a convert and I am not sure I will miss pasta now that I can sneak even more veggies into my own diet (yes, almost 45 years old and I have to trick myself to eat more of them.)

This is any easy recipe so I am not even going to use that fancy little recipe thing on the blog today (I am trying all kinds of new things!)

Here is what I used to make my Sesame + Siracha Zoodle Salad (this serves 2) [Read more…]

chalkboard globe + be mine banner

You may remember this globe from my Christmas 2014 tour.  

Be Mine Banner and Chalkboard Globe #valentine #diy #twelveoeight

I knew I wanted to use it again, and it has moved, and moved again multiple times but not been right.

Do you do that too? Keep tweaking and moving things? I am not sure if it falls under some sort of condition (especially coupled with the need to stop at thrift stores VERY often!) or just a love of fluffing our nests.

Either way, I have regretted many things I got rid of and few that I have kept.  So there she sat.

Chalkboard globe and Be Mine Valentine Banner #twelveOeight #diy #banner #chalkboard #paint #Valentine

 

I pulled out some craft supplies a few nights ago and looked at the pale pink glitter and pink and white striped letters I just found at Jo-Ann’s recently (all for $1.00 each too, perfect January prices!)

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hello 2016 + my fave things from 2015

hello 2016.

The past year has in many ways gone by so incredibly fast.  

My kids are taller, we’re all a year older.

I closed a painful chapter in my life and walked into a healthy, new life that I love.

I met a wonderful man & a best friend that would change my life forever.

I had zero time to blog, but I have a job I love, and I am trying to eek out time to begin blogging again because I feel like part of me is missing when I don’t write.

I think the part of the year that I love the most, is looking back and seeing God work things out.

In the quiet times when we have no idea how an impossible situation will be resolved.

In noisy times where we just need five minutes to ourselves so we don’t feel crazy.

In the painful moments where it doesn’t feel like hurt could ever be healed.

He has shown up and handled it.  Handled it when I could not, and gone before me not to pave a perfect straight road, but to remind me that He’s got this and I am His daughter.

And I have learned that I can survive those tough times that are no fun, and really appreciate the seasons of quiet.  That is new for me because I fee like I’ve always been in a hurry to get to the next thing.

 

I used to make a New Year’s Resolution each year, or choose a word.  

I have decided to put zero pressure on myself and just enjoy having another year, more time and living a peaceful (yet crazy/loud/busy) life with my family.

Here are a few things I loved working on this year, and I hope this finds you blessed, at peace, and seeing the good.  Because it is everywhere and wants us to find it.

No matter what.

So here we go, a new year, and some of my favorite stuff from last year….

 

All You Need Is Love Free Printable twelveOeightblog.com #loveprintable #allyouneedislove #freeprintable #valentine #twelveOeightblog

love is all you need free printable 

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How to bring fragrance into your home

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Unstopables through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Unstopables, all opinions are my own.  I am so in love with the Unstopables quality that I am super excited to share how I am using them in my home!!

I love candles.  And scents for my home.

And warmth, layers of blankets & pillows ready to snuggle in and relax any time.

Sometimes you bring a new candle home or spray into you home only to find that the scent you loved so much disappears too quickly.  Or it smelled great in the store, but not so much at home.

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Not the case with the line of Unstopables for the home.  I tried the In-Wash Scent Booster in Glow, the beautiful candle in Lush (my home smells EXACTLY the way I wanted it to).  Soft, welcoming and a cozy layer of vanilla and with some cedar undertones.  And the Unstopables Air Freshener rocked those spots in the house that admittedly, can still smell a little bit like dinner the night before!

I really love that the focus is not on a giant logo either, the containers (if we are anything alike, the container is really important too) are chic and understated.  No giant logo and well, when something just smells this good it will not only be integrated into my home all the time, I don’t have to hide it behind a plant or vase.

Let’s start with the laundry first.  It’s not my favorite.

Like, I really am terrible at actually getting laundry done and put away.  But after all of that work, I want it to not only be clean, but smell good too.  I love pulling a sweater from my closet and it still smells good long after the laundry has been put away.  I could not believe the difference that Downy Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster made! My laundry smells wonderful not only when I am folding it, but many days later too. Score!!

Oh, the candle.  I love the Unstopables candles so much.  My house smells amazing, clean, and pretty.

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I want my home to be comfortable, and be a reflection of our family.  Pretty but not stuffy.  

 

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So the house smells amazing.

The laundry is all fresh and put away.

I have my candles going.

And now it’s time to relax and enjoy my clean and pretty smelling home!

 

Life is good.

 

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DIY Boho Chic Firewood Holder

 

DIY Navajo Style Firewood Holder #twelveOeight #diy #Navajo #firewood #bohostyle

 

 

I recently cleaned out about 85% of my garage.

Y’all it was kind of scary.

And cathartic.

And I don’t need to go hunting for cool stuff to upcycle for a while since I had my own thrift store already and didn’t know it!

It has been a monkey on my back forever, and it’s SO much better.  Just a little more to do and it will be neat and I will know exactly where everything is.  A far cry from 30 days ago.  For real.  I could have been on an A & E show for people that cannot throw things away, or stop shopping 2nd hand.

Or both :)

But, I sure am glad I found a nice stack of stuff to work on, because when I came across this pleather storage cube without a lid, I could not imagine what I would do with no lid.  [Read more…]

DIY Scrap Wood Wall Hanging

Wood Scrap Wall Art Project #diy #wood #upcycle #recycle #wallart #moden

 

 

Hello there!! 

I hope this finds you have a fabulous week and enjoying your October, and while I should be thinking about costumes, and pumpkins and floating frozen ice hands for punch bowls, I find myself making other stuff so far this month.

Like this scrap wood flooring project that I am excited to share with you today!

Every DIY project is a bit of an adventure.

There are many you never see (and I never want to see again either!) as the idea was great but it flopped in the end.  

I am not sure any project ever really turns out exactly how you think it is going to.

I guess that has to be part of the creative process.

Sometimes you start out with a pile of stuff and it goes SUCH a different direction, do you have that happen too? [Read more…]

Thrift Store Redo: a thrift store chair makeover

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I am fairly certain I had no dang business thrifting or hitting yard sales this year at all.

Not with the makings of my own thrift store in my garage right now.

But sometimes you have to live on the edge a little, and you see something that strikes a chord (apparently that happens often from the lack of even a decent sized trail to walk in my garage) and you just need too…..

just go for it.

This chair makeover is actually the inspiration behind my home office makeover I am working on right now, I love the mix of the aqua and white fabric against the copper, so pretty!

It was super easy, I began with a sturdy folding metal chair, about 1 yard of stain resistant fabric… [Read more…]

Perfect Gallery Wall FREE Printable + staying wild

stay wild free printable #freeprintable #moderndecor #printable #diy #twelveOeight

As I redo my home office space I am trying to pull together some of my favorite things to make it bright and inspiring.

An office can get pretty boring.

Do you have dedicated space to take care of those pesky tasks like paying bills or fun things like writing and creating? It can be something as simple as the corner of a room, a closet with the doors removed or a nook under the stairs that you have claimed for yourself. 

We all need a special little spot that is ours.  [Read more…]

Boho Painted Pumpkins + taking a break (I’m back!!!)

#pumpkin #boho #paintedpumpkin #twelveOeight #diy

 

It has been way, way too long.

I have missed this place and all of you incredibly, and I am SO happy to be writing again after a long, much needed season.

Exactly what I have been up to is probably a 12 part blog post and today is more of a huge hug and a little DIY too.

It has been a season of closure in some ways, as well as incredible blessings & a sudden loss too.  It has been hard, and some days exhausting.  But in midst of change & some tears God has revealed Himself to me and provided such Grace that I cannot wrap my brain around His mercy and great love for us.

So for months I have missed you terribly, like really bad.  And my paint brushes and glue gun got a little dusty, but in recent weeks the gates of ideas and pull to make again have been flung open.

And I have so many ideas & projects that I hope you don’t get sick of me.  But I will keep sharing until you tell me enough already, sound good? [Read more…]