Little pink (Christmas) houses for you and me

If you give a girl some glitter…

And a group of Dollar Tree Christmas houses…

And she happens to have some pink spray paint…

Then…

Well, this happens.

And a new pink, sparkly Christmas Cottage community is created.

I don’t know about you, but I could live there.

It’s almost a public service if you bring happiness to others with glitter don’t you think?

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DIY Frosted Paper Magnolia Wreath

 

I love wreaths.

And I didn’t realize how many I had (similar to the shock when you survey how many craft supplies you have amassed or what your hoard of furniture to paint looks like) until we moved this year.

Knowing that I could make more, and some of them had been stored haphazardly with skate boards leaned against them and a Barbie dream house crowding them out in our garage, I let some of them go.

It was really freeing, and yes I have a couple things looking back thru the exhaustion of the move and unpacking that I kick myself for getting rid of.

But, alas, armed with a glue gun, some paper and a few other supplies, I was able to replenish my wreath hoard this weekend.

I kept thinking about a magnolia wreath, and I knew I wanted to use this kraft paper cardstock I picked up when it was on sale.

So this is the version of a DIY Magnolia Wreath that I came up with.

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Easy white Christmas wreath + burning the banana bread

 

Do you ever feel like you don’t accomplish enough?

Like simplicity or relaxing and letting some stuff just go is something you’re just not good at?

I have not a confession or a secret to tell you, but a statement.

It’s a statement because anyone who knows me knows I forget things sometimes.

Or I glue my fingers together.

Right after I burned banana bread. [Read more…]

DIY geometric painted brick vase

 

I am so not ready for Fall.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I do love Fall, and Fall decorating and thrifty Fall crafts, but before I am ready for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING I need some more summer.

This week I popped into JoAnn’s and saw this pretty faux bloom in soft pinks and tan with a touch of gold.  It was in with their Fall decor.  I held my breath by the cinnamon pinecones to protect myself from a full Fall takeover, grabbed my loot and headed home.

I wanted to do something pretty with this fluffy faux rose and it made me think of how pretty something soft like this looks with something more edgy or utilitarian.

Like a brick. [Read more…]

Black and white DIY Thanksgiving pumpkins

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Can you believe that it’s going to be Thanksgiving in just a few weeks?

Neither can I.  We were just knee deep in summer a minute ago it seems, and the wonderful holiday season has already arrived.

Being that it is my favorite time of year I will take it however.  I don’t know about you but I get a little (ok massively) excited when the holiday baking displays begin to pop up at the grocery store.

Marshmallow crème we are ready for you!

But before I get ahead of myself and begin to mentally put up our tree (too late I already have the colors, theme and location in my noggin) we have Thanksgiving to look forward to.

No matter where this Thanksgiving finds us, one thing is for sure, it’s such a good time to stop and really realize how truly blessed we are.

Time to spend with family or friends, or however you want, and food. Good food y’all.

I have had this little blog of mine for about four years now I think.

A lot has happened since then, and returning to work just under two years ago has meant not near as much time to write and share.  But that return to work was necessary as I left an unhealthy life behind and struck out on a new path with my kids.

This Thanksgiving finds me very thankful, for a great career I love, the ability to provide for my family, and a man in my life who supports me and encourages me to do the things that bring me joy.

Looking back I am not sure how we made it, it’s been a rocky path for sure. [Read more…]

Easy DIY boho necklace + tending to our gifts

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 I love jewelry.

And other than my wedding ring my jewelry is usually from Charlotte Russe or Forever 21.

There is something about buying a bunch of new bracelets and accessories to breathe some new life into your wardrobe.

I have been in a huge style rut for a while now.

A bad one.

It’s not that I don’t care, because I do, and I love the way I feel when I like my outfit and feel confident.

I think it’s just my head space, and being tired from work, and letting other things get in the way.

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Inspiration Monday Party | Awesome DIY features!!!

The temps are rising and Summer is officially just a few weeks away. Yay!

We are SO happy you chose to join us for the Inspiration Monday party today. Did you know when you link up to the Inspiration Monday party your link shows up on all 7 blogs simultaneously. Crazy, right?

We think that’s pretty cool that each week YOUR projects get better and better. We LOVE seeing what you have been working on. It gets hard to chose what features we should pick each week.

 
 
This week’s features were chosen by What Meegan Makes

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Inspiration Monday Party | Fab Party Features!!

Kicking off a week with a party always seems like the right thing to do, no? The spring fabulousness keeps coming every week…so much inspiration that the to do lists are getting quite lengthy. What have YOU been up to?

By linking up here, your project is seen on SEVEN blogs at the same time!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Features are always so much fun…we wish there could be hundreds of them.

This week’s picks were selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor>>> [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party + an AWESOME giveaway too!!

It’s a special Inspiration Monday with a fabulous giveaway.
We have all kinds of awesomeness going on with features, your links, and beautiful BEDDING!

 
 

Have you seen Beddy’s?!? They’re the fantastic one-piece bedding unit that makes it a BREEZE to make the bed. Kids roll out of their bed and zip it up for the day. They are also lined with a soft minky fabric that makes nighttimes nice and snuggly. They’re also a great way to keep the covers from coming off of little ones during the night.

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Inspiration Monday Party + Features for the New Year!!

Hoping you all are enjoying the wonderful holiday season that we’re in the middle of!
And, can you believe…just a few days left of 2014!?!
Let’s go out with a bang and have one heck of a party!
 
 
 
 
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We love to feature your creativity throughout the week.
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this week at twelveOeight:

No matter where we are in our careers or creative pursuits,
we gotta keep rocking that hustle and never give up.   [Read more…]

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties