Fall Mantel

by Chris on November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is nearly here—hooray!—so I thought it was about time I specify some things about the mantel. I had some inquiries about things, and I’m just now getting around to answering them. Bad blogger. 

The zebra mirror was a homemade deal. My husband and I made it ourselves, and I still love it.  Luckily, the fabric has also held up to the fireplace heat that I have running all. the. time. The wreath is a purchase from this year (Homegoods), and the wood candle decor was a birthday present from a local store.

Fall mantle

The wheat bundle was a Homegoods find a couple of years ago, and the pumpkins are from Michaels. I need to go back for more. I love the color, and I didn’t have to paint them!

Wheat and pumpkins

I’ve had these brown urns for years. I found them at Hobby Lobby during one of their 90% off sales. They were literally a couple of dollars. Score.

Fall mantel decor

I tend to keep my fall mantels pretty simple. Some texture and warmth is all it needs really. Feel free to check out this fall mantel and fall living room from previous years!

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Sharpie Mugs

by Chris on November 22, 2014

I’m not decorating for Christmas yet (Hello? Thanksgiving, anyone?), but I sure am thinking about Christmas presents already. I made these mugs last year, and they were a hit.

Let’s talk about easy directions first, shall we? Buy some mugs at the dollar store. Wipe the mugs down with rubbing alcohol (I don’t know why–just do it), and either use a craft cutter or some shaped stickers to place on the mug. Let me clarify–I have no artistic skill whatsoever. I can barely trace better than a second grader. If you have mad skills, congratulations to you. You’re way cooler than me. If you don’t, this is the way to go!

Sharpie Christmas mug

Once the sticker is applied, just stipple (cool word) your marker all around the shape. The first row should be very tight to create the outline of the tree. Then just start spreading out the dots as if they are dissipating until you like the way it looks. Once you’re done, just take the sticker off. Ta da!

Sharpie art on mugs

The reindeer mug is just the exterior of the sticker. I lined it up as best I could and colored it in.

Bronze reindeer mug

And that, folks, is all she wrote! Well, not really. Place the mugs in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. I HIGHLY recommend using the oil-based Sharpie markers. I used what I had on hand, so these won’t hold up beautifully in the wash. They’ll be fine for hand washing, but if you want them to stay, use the oil-based.

DIY Christmas mugs

For a little touch of pizzaz, I placed a little sapling into each mug–festive, no?–and considered it done.

Christmas mug

Cost? $2.00. I guess it would be a bit more if you didn’t have the other supplies, but I only needed the mugs.

Sharpie mugs

Easy peasy. Are you Christmas shopping/making yet? Please don’t tell me you’re done. No one needs to hear that just yet. :)

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Fashion Pin Day

11.19.2014

We are buried underneath a bunch of this stuff, so it’s only fitting that I choose some warm-weather-wear this week.  I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee, a fur blanket on my legs, and the fire roaring, so I included a bunch of outfits that said, “Hey! We’re warm” when I saw them. Hopefully, […]

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Hosting a Homecoming

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Remember when my husband (and many helpers!) busted tail to get our patio done for my son’s homecoming dance? Well I do. I also remember how it rained and rained on the day of the dance. So while we thought we’d be entertaining fireside that night, we ended up hosting it inside. Not a big […]

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Fashion Pin Day

11.13.2014

Well, it’s here. Snow. According to Michigan standards, it’s just a dusting right now, but more is on its way. Soooo it’s only fitting that I would introduce some “holy crap it’s getting cold outside” outfits for ya. I have a thing for over-sized sweaters and cute coats. Toggle? Pea? Right up my ally. Hope […]

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Getting Holiday Ready

11.10.2014

Well hello, strangers. I hear ya. I’ve been a sporadic blogger, and it’s not my favorite. Believe me. Unfortunately, working full-time and blogging full-time requires a lot more energy than I remember, and it’s proving quite difficult for me. My focus is to get through the work day and hopefully get some dinner on the […]

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Birthday Answers and a Winner

10.17.2014

Whoa! It’s been a busy week around these parts. Parent teacher conferences have monopolized the week (the kids and mine), so I haven’t had time to check in. However, I had to come and announce the gift card winner! And of course, explain the weirdness behind our birthday answers. Here we go. Which one of […]

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It’s Our Birthday! {Target Gift Card}

10.09.2014

Well, Happy Birthday to US! Welcome back to another installment of we’re getting older, and it makes us feel better when we announce it to thousands of people. Sarah aka Thrifty Decor Chick has become one of my dearest and closest friends, so it’s no surprise that we share the same birthday. We also tend […]

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Fall Table

10.07.2014

Well the fall decorating just doesn’t stop around these parts! My monthly challenge for Lowes was to decorate a fall tablescape. Don’t mind if I do!  We host Thanksgiving every year, and it’s time for a kid table. By kids, I mean tweens and teens, so it doesn’t need to be juvenile. However, I thought […]

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DIY Patio and Fire Pit

10.06.2014

Well, it’s far from a finished reveal, but the progress is pretty incredible. The good news is that my husband and I are still happily married, and the patio is done enough that it can at least function. As a reminder, here’s the before. And here’s the “during semi-after not quite finished but enough to […]

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