English Style Summer Table Setting for Entertaining

Summer is here and we are expecting guests for a casual dinner party. Here’s my take on a simple table setting for guests, English Style! Summer Table for Entertaining We are glad summer is here! It’s been a long time since we last entertained in the summer. We don’t have an outdoor entertaining space and it just seems wrong to keep people indoors when it is so beautiful outside. However, we are having a few friends over for a casual dinner and a few games of Cribbage later this week. I decided to plan ahead and come up with a new look for our old table. I spent a couple of  hours looking at summer table ware in the stores. I couldn’t find anything I liked. Most styles are too modern and don’t fit my Traditional Farmhouse style. I also don’t like the idea of buying special dishes to use for a single occasion, so I decided to just stick with my everyday Liberty Blue Dishes, my Grandmother’s silver set and add some new accessories. I don’t fuss about shinning silver, I only clean it about once per year. To me the slight tarnish adds character and charm. It drives my Mother crazy.  Oh well! I purchased round placemats in a lovely farmhouse aqua and some patterned cloth napkins that remind me of English block printed textiles. That was it. Less is more in my book. I feel like my dining room is finally looking put together! It’s been months since I painted it (read that post here), and for a long…
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Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 Minutes

This project is part of the Craft Lightening Series, easy to paint in a 15 minute flash!  Craft Lightening Blogger Challenge I am excited to team up with a very talented group of bloggers for this group of Craft Lightening projects! Each of these projects can be completed in just 15 minutes, great for those who love to craft but don’t have a ton of spare time. This month the theme is wooden crafts. All of the projects in the linkup will be using some sort of wood for the base. Here’s how you can Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 minutes! Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included below for your connivence. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.): 11″ x 14″ Wooden sign ( purchase here) Deco Art Pouring Medium Deco Art Clear Pouring Top Coat Americana Decor Acrylic Craft Paints in Buttermilk Yellow, Warm White, Bluegrass Green, Bahama Blue Deco Art Metallic Craft Paint in Champaign Gold Painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) Empty soup can or plastic cup for holding paint, plastic knife for stirring Directions:  Lay the sign on it’s back with a piece of plastic or newspaper under it to catch any drips from the paint. Line the edge of the tray with the Frog Tape to keep the paint from spilling on to the edge. Pour the paint can 1/4 of the way full with the Deco Art pouring medium. Add the different colors of Acrylic craft paint to the can, I used 2-3…
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Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt Craft

Graduations are coming up quick! Here’s a fun t-shirt you can make as a gift for your graduate!   Crafting a T-Shirt I recently started using a Cricut Maker for a few projects on my sewing blog. Now I have become seriously addicted to making things with the Cricut! This easy project has a bit of snarky humor in it. Our youngest son is graduating this year and we love to make grammar jokes at our house. It’s a nerdy homeschool thing that we do. Who knew grammar was so fun? Haha! For this project, I am partnering with a group of talented crafty bloggers to bring you all kinds of end of the school year crafts you can make with a Cricut machine. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to be inspired! Supplies Needed: A black t-shirt White Iron on Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV as it’s called A Cricut Machine Standard 12′ x 12″ Cricut Green Cutting Matt Iron and Ironing Board Weeding Tools (for removing the vinyl you don’t use) Directions: Download this FREE file from my profile in Design Space.   Place the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting matt. Smooth out with a roller or press firmly to remove wrinkles and bubbles. Load the matt into the Cricut machine, press the cut button. Remove the matt after it’s finished cutting the words to be placed on the shirt. Remove the unnecessary vinyl with the weeding tool, pull it off gently from the matt side of the vinyl, leaving the words…
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7 Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

Our bathroom remodel plan is coming along. Here are my top 7 tips and tricks or planning your new bathroom space! Having a good plan is the most important part of the remodeling process. Sometimes plans have to change in the middle of things, but thinking ahead can go a long way to solving issues that come up. Our remodel is coming along, a bit slower than I would like. We are currently waiting for the special ordered shower base to be delivered. Until then, there’s not much else we can do. The demo is completed, the rebuilding comes next. Here’s how to plan for a smooth remodel! Top 7 Tips and Tricks Draw out your remodel plan before starting. There are free tools you can use online to do this. My husband likes to draw things by hand in Word, but you can use programs like Smart Draw, or even a piece of graph paper and a pencil for this task. Be sure to use accurate measurements when configuring a layout. Get several estimates for work. We got three estimates before settling on a plumbing contractor for our remodel. We decided to do all the other work (electrical, carpentry and tile) ourselves to save even more. The estimate for the electrical alone was over $1000.00. Definitely not in our price range! Do the grunt work yourself to save money. It’s not glamorous, but it is practical. We saved a couple of thousand dollars by doing all the demolition ourselves. It’s messy, hard work, but very gratifying. You can see us…
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How to Plan Your Creative Projects for the Entire Year

It’s time to plan out my creative projects for the next year. This time, I decided to share how I plan my projects for an entire year. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with a bit of organization early in the year! Quilters Planner and Magazine Creativity Requires Planning Blogging as a creative person requires planning to accomplish projects. I tend to start things and not finish, buy too many supplies that I never use, or have a great idea that gets forgotten in the chaos. That’s how creativity works, we are not an organized lot. However, I have learned that if I spend a bit of time planning I can accomplish so much more! By using a special creative calendar everything comes together in one spot! After searching the internet extensively for a suitable planner, I came across the Quilter’s Planner. It has exactly what I was looking for: Inspirational photos and projects, areas for sketching, keeping swatches, spiral bound and compact in size. I am so excited to start using it! The pages of the planner are bound with a spiral binding. This makes it easy to flip to the current month. On each monthly tab is an inspirational quote and beautiful project. I spend a couple of hours reading through all the projects in the free magazine. Love them all! I chose a few from the magazine to put on my calendar to work on. Creative Project Resources Towards the back of the planner are the resource pages. There are spots for each project…
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Inspirational Books to Read in 2018

I am always looking for good things to read. This list is short but these books have been the cornerstone of my faith and purpose this year. I hope you will  be inspired try a couple of them! This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. The book that has had the biggest impact on me this year is Called to Create. Jordan Raynor shows you how your faith in God can be a huge part of your businesses success. I devoured this book in just a few days, it’s a must read for anyone that runs a Christian business. Buy through my Affiliate Link here.   This book makes you want to take the world by storm. Highly regarded author uses the visual image of the lion to make you inspired to want more! Buy through my affiliate link here.   Daily devotions are so important for keeping my thoughts on the right track. This book is perfect for short devotions that require you to be still. For some of us, that is the biggest challenge we face every day. Buy through my affiliate link here.   Our church recently did a study on this book. The focus on living is not on perfection or business, but enjoying life as it is one breath at a time. No more worries to work faster, push harder and produce more. This year more than ever I have felt overwhelmed and exhausted trying to work to produce all the time. Rest,…
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New Year’s Eve Party Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the year that has passed, and looking forward to the year to come. Here are a few great ways to make your New Year’s Eve party one to remember. Just because you want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the fun little details. Pretty My Party shares some fun details (plus a free printable)! You won’t want to miss these “Kiss Me Kits” Shaken Together Life put together! They are such a cute idea as party favors, of just for you and your honey. No party is complete without food. AKA Design shares some great appetizers to make your party good a hit. This New Year’s Eve mocktail will please both the young and the old. Check out Kleinworth & Co. for this recipe and many others! New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to write down those resolutions. Create a space for your party guests to list theirs. Lia Griffith shares how she created these cute cards over on her blog. Nothing says New Year’s like champagne! These pretty cake balls from Sugar & Soul are sure to be a hit. Head over to Domestically Blissful to see this match sign in action! This is something I never would’ve thought of. Celebrating New Year’s with kids can be so much fun. Here’s a great way to get them involved in the countdown! The Suburban Mom shares her tips on how to make this successful over on her blog. The Blue Eyed Dove shares all her fun tips on how to create a festive atmosphere. Head over to her blog for all…
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15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze.  This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents. A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy  over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year! If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless. Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages. This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive! Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap.   Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap…
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Beautiful Christmas Tablescapes

Decorating for Christmas is so much fun! However, it’s tempting to resort to your traditional routine. One way to mix up your holiday decor this season is with a beautiful Christmas tablescape. Here are a few of our favorites from around the web.  Enjoy!  There’s something special about a beautiful table that sets the mood for the season! I am always amazed at the creativity behind so many holiday tablescapes. We hope this roundup has given you the inspiration to create something new and exciting with your Christmas decor. Finally, remember that there’s no “right way” to decorate. You’re free to create something that truly makes YOU smile. Christmas Inspiration If you’re still looking for more noteworthy Christmas inspiration, check out these other articles: 12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider   Remember to pin this post for later!  SaveSave SaveSave

DIY Holiday Doll Clothes Banner

This cute little doll clothes project is quick to make with scraps from your fabric stash. If you have a young one who wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project for them!  Doll Clothes Garland There is something so charming about a doll clothes banner/garland, especially one that mimics everyday life. This doll clothes project is quick to machine sew, or even stitch by hand. The winter shirts and trousers look like they came from vintage Grandpa’s closet. We don’t actually have any dolls at our house, because our family is all boys. However, I am sure these tiny garments would fit any Barbie  or Ken doll quite well. Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics of California for supplying the adorable Christmas Tree print and black and white stripe fabrics. You can see more of their holiday fabric collection here. These scraps of fabric came from a couple of my recent projects but you could also cut up old clothes for this project.  If you want to see more of how the original projects turned out, take a look at the Ragged Baby Quilt and Men’s Hoodie Pajamas.  They turned out pretty nice! For this project you will need: Doll Clothes Garland Supplies 1/4 yard of red and black check fabric 1/4 yard of Christmas tree fabric 1/4 yard of black pin stripe fabric. 1 yard or more of twine Miniature clothes pins McCalls pattern #6051 This project was a bit of a mash up with the different fabrics. I started with the basic top and bottom pieces…
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