10 budget friendly Christmas DIY’s

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We are going to make a day of it this year, with warm boots, mittens and lots of cocoa to find our tree.

I cannot wait.

Like, literally.  So in the meantime Santa’s little dress workshop can still be full of Christmas cheer and working on lots of projects while I wait for late November and tree-finding day to arrive.

This is my favorite time of year (I know I say that about every season) so I guess I love celebrating and decorating and that is why Christmas brings back so many memories.  And makes me want to get to creating every chance I have.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas projects for a little inspiration and hopefully a few thrifty ideas to begin the season with excitement and joy. [Read more…]

Vintage find of the week + thoughts on semi-hoarding

The thrill of the hunt.

Scoring the deal of the Century.  Or perhaps the week depending on how much you like to search for treasures.

You see it across the thrift store/yard sale/antique fair/place you can find cool stuff and it will be yours.

As you weave your way over to the item-that-will-change-your-life-if-you-have-it another shopper stops to look at it.

#worstfeelingever

You want to scream NO, YOU DON’T WANT TO BUY THAT, IT IS TERRIBLE AND YOU WILL BE VERY, VERY UNHAPPY IF YOU BUY IT.

Self-control kicks in and you hold yourself back (while quickly walking over to your new find) and once the other shopper has set it down and barely turned around, it is now in your possession.

You turn it over, and it’s EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.

The price is right, and you do a happy dance, maybe on the inside of your head or a full-on happy dance.

I’m not going to judge.

Your new lovely, wonderful, fantastic item is placed lovingly in your vehicle, and you smile all the way home as you think of the 1,000 different ways you can use it.

Or, you know exactly where it is going to go.

And this, correct me if I am wrong, is the #bestfeelingever.

That is exactly what happened while my friend G and I were recently hitting a few local yard sales.  Kids in tow we felt brave, and with a burger and a Coke under our belts we could find anything that day.

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I saw this metal box, the above reaction kicked in, and I was drawn to it.

It looked pretty old, and my suspicions were correct, pre-WWII made by a company that was based out of Louisville, KY in the late 30’s. [Read more…]

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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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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Inspiration Monday Party | Summer is almost here!! #inspirationmonday

Hey-ohhhhh! Hoping everyone is having a lovely weekend. If you’re one of our partiers from the US, then we extend Memorial Day greetings to you, as well. And now that Memorial Day is here, I think it’s safe to welcome SUMMERTIME, also! Grab your flip flops and sunglasses…the lazy, hazy, cRaZy days are indeed upon us.


 
 

 

Inspiration Monday Party!! Features perfect for MOM!

Welcome to Inspiration Monday, we’re so glad you are here!
If you’re needing a little inspiration, you are definitely at the right place.
 
Spend a few minutes browsing all the fabulous and creative
ideas our readers have shared below. Of course, if you’re a blogger,
link your latest creations and have your work
seen on 7 different blogs!
 
 
 
This week’s features were selected by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom
 
Mother’s Day is almost here so today we are featuring some fun ideas to make mom’s day a little more special. Be sure and share these ideas with whoever is in charge of spoiling mom at your house!

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Inspiration Monday Party | Gorgeous + yummy features!! #inspirationmonday

Happy Easter! We hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend full of fun and memories (and good food!). We’re kicking off the week with a lovely party full of spring time inspiration! Linking up on one of our blogs means you are seen on all seven sites simultaneously.

 


As we party on every week, it seems like it’s harder and harder to choose features. This week, all of these beautiful (and delicious) ideas caught our attention. But the party was full of even more eye candy, too! This week’s features were chosen by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

Inspiration Monday Party | Beautiful Spring Features!!

Welcome to Inspiration Monday,

Creative Ideas Galore!

It’s time to party and be inspired!
 
To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs.
 
When you party with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!
 
 
 
 
 
 
This weeks features were selected by Debbie from Refresh Restyle

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Inspiration Monday Party | Spring features!!

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We’re so happy you stopped by to party with us today.
 
Need some inspiration?
You’ve come to the right place! Check out all the fabulous and creative
ideas our readers have shared below. Of course, if you’re a blogger,
link your latest creations and have your work
seen on 7 different blogs!
We’ve been enjoying some amazing spring weather here in Portland so I am so ready for spring to stay. Not sure it will though but I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here. I definitely had spring on the brain when I picked this week’s features!
 
This week’s features were selected by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom.

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