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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Garland and Swag Decorating Ideas

Graceful Christmas bows with long tails dramatically enhance a simple evergreen garland. Cut extra-long strips of wide ribbon or fabric, tie into bows, and attach to the stair railing about 3 feet apart. For a pop of Christmas festivity, try red ribbon.

Craft a simple Christmas garland with a mix of yarns. Make tassels from chunky twisted yarns in colors that match your Christmas scheme, and attach them to a length of yarn. Drape your DIY Christmas garland along a wall, banister, or even your tree.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Doors That Welcome the Season

A decorated evergreen tree, wreaths, and garland are captivating against an all-white backdrop. Decorating with a wire basket filled with firewood reinforces the natural coziness that oozes from this front porch.

Scandinavian design inspired an inviting gabled entrance that's emphasized with berry-studded greenery. Small evergreen trees rest in galvanized buckets on both sides of the door, while crisp red lanterns and a welcome mat add pops of color to the walkway.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Crafty Christmas Ornaments ~ Create cozy DIY tree decorations using affordable supplies you may already have stashed around the house and then keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself or use them as gifts this holiday season.

Simply place a small piece of a holiday sweater in a 3-inch embroidery hoop, tighten the hoop, and trim the swatch to fit accordingly. Hang these mini ornaments with strands of ribbon.

Gather your kids and friends together for an afternoon of Christmas crafting, and create a whole forest of these easy trees. The trick: Roll up strips of green scrapbook paper for easy stacking.

Repurpose vintage cookie cutters into shadowbox ornaments with shabby chic flair. Brush cookie cutters with cream paint; then line the back with sheet music or book pages. Embellish with costume jewelry, metal details, and beads.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Don't break the bank, decorate for Christmas using what you already have. Check out these inventive Christmas decor ideas that won't dip into your Christmas gift stash!

To transform an old book into a snowman, remove the cover, trim the pages to form a snowman shape, and glue the ends together. Fan out the pages, and accessorize Frosty with felt and twigs.

Old sweaters aren't just for ugly christmas sweater parties anymore! When you're ready to retire a sweater or cardigan, cut the fabric and wrap it around a foam ball. Sew the edges together, and use a hot glue gun to stick a bow to the top. Pattern Here


Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into tiered strips between 1 and 1-1⁄2 inches wide. Cut the tree trunk and star from gold cardstock, and glue them against watercolor paper. Frame the finished product to emphasize the Christmas craft.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Easy DIY Christmas Decor ~ These homemade Christmas craft ideas will make your home decor festive and affordable, while adding a little "merry and bright" to your Holiday 🎄




Add warmth and comfort to your traditional decor by repurposing old sweaters. Make container cozies by cutting off the cuff end of a sweater sleeve and whipstitching the bottom into a circle. Turn down the sweater edge and sew on jingle bells. These are also great for plain coffee mugs, an instant gift!


Personalized Advent calendars make the countdown to Christmas even more meaningful. Start your own Advent board by wrapping foam core with linen and framing the board. Dress up plain gift tags by printing numbers and adding a small bauble or gift {NOTE: we use ornaments for our calendar and put the treasured "gift" on the tree each morning, the dollar bins are perfect to find cheap ornaments for this craft or you can look for sets and split it up for each day} to each tag.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Dirty Kitchen????

"Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: … whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies — in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 4:9-10,11

After traveling for hours or simply across town, you arrive for dinner. Your host, whether it be family or friends, has a meal and/or snacks prepared for when you arrive, then dinner, and possibly breakfast if you are staying then repeat the pattern as long as you are.

We start to worry that the kitchen may be too crowded, that the appliances are old and worn, the dishes are piled high in the sink from the food preparation ...... but does the atmosphere feel like "home"? Does that prepared food from the sink full of dishes scream "EAT ME"!

There have been times I’ve worried more about my kitchen than how I could serve others. I’ve fret over the size and messiness but I have to stop and think .... am I really so concerned about the dirty pots in my sink that I would miss out on the family game being played in the next room? I don't want to be busy cleaning up the mess that I don't get to enjoy the very people I invited over for food, fun and fellowship! What kind of example would I be setting? My example has nothing to do with a spotless kitchen, in fact, with the kitchen a mess it creates a blessing for all to see, a blessing that God provided.

I want my service to be like Peter in the key verse, grounded "by the strength that God supplies." I want to long for people to know Jesus more than I long for the perfect kitchen.

God cares more about what’s happening among the people in our kitchen than He cares about the state of it. I want to share God’s love, demonstrate His character and offer hospitality even in the midst of dirty dishes.

Dear Lord, show me ways to serve through the resources You’ve given me. Help me care more about people than things like dirty dishes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ask and Ask Again

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:8

Is there something you are believing God for .... does it seem like it’s taking a long time for your prayer to be answered? Be encouraged because the Bible says that through faith and patience, you will inherit God's promises. Don’t give up! Keep thanking God for His faithfulness in your life, keep thanking Him for whatever it is that you are asking for. Trust that His Word is true and that He will deliver, IF it is His will. Keep praying and keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Keep asking ~ Keep seeking ~ Keep knocking on the door and it will be opened to you. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but know this ~ God is working behind the scenes on your behalf, He is orchestrating things in your favor and His timing is always perfect! As you stay faithful in your prayers and thanksgiving, the Lord will move mightily on your behalf and He’ll take you places that you’ve never dreamed!

“Father, thank You for giving me a diligent spirit. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Give me strength to stand until I see Your promises fulfilled in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Spice up Thanksgiving traditions by adding new twists to old classics! Check out these delish dishes that feature an unexpected but delicious spin.

Sweet Potato Casserole ~ With its rich, sweet taste and crunchy crumb topping, this casserole combines six pounds of sweet potatoes for your new favorite side dish. Fresh cranberries sprinkled atop the lightly golden casserole gives creamy potatoes an extra sweetness.

Creamy Corn Casserole ~The secret to this perfectly crunchy and creamy casserole? Mix cream-coated corn with crushed saltine crackers. The best flavor comes from the fried chopped sage and roasted sweet peppers, so add liberally.

Glazed Onion Foil Pack ~ To trap the flavor into your veggies, cook them in foil. These sweet, carmelized onions pair perfectly with stuffing or potatoes, and they only take 15 minutes of prep time.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Crafts ~ Whether it's a feast for the whole family or a simple Thanksgiving lunch for a few, these easy embellishments can turn any meal into a festive holiday affair.

Get your Thanksgiving tabletop craft inspiration from the fall harvest season with these corn husk placeholders from Freutcake. Ears of corn spray-painted gold go from produce to Pinterest-worthy Thanksgiving table decor in minutes. Use a gold paint pen to scribble each name onto the husk for a country-glam vibe your guests will love.







This project's a wrap. Instead of carving or painting your pumpkins, try wrapping them with yarn. We'll show you how to create a variety of patterns.










Monday, November 6, 2017

Blessings that Open Windows

“Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:10

God promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you BUT we have to do our part of this verse. Our part is to be a faithful tither and be obedient to the Lord with our finances. The truth is, we are all just stewards over the resources God has given us. When we are good and faithful stewards, the Lord entrusts us with more and He opens the windows of heaven. Have you ever thought about what kind of blessing would be so great that there would not be room enough to receive it? That's hard to comprehend, but that’s what God’s Word promises that He will do!

We need to make the decision to be givers, be better tithers and tithe the first tenth of our income. As the scripture says, get ready to prove the Lord because He is faithful. Thank Him today because He is going to pour out abundant blessings on every area of our lives .... so much so that we have to share it with others because it's too much for us! Now that's a blessing!!!


Father, You are so good! Thank You for choosing to bless me and for opening the windows of heaven in my life. I choose to be obedient to Your Word, I choose to be a giver and I choose to be a faithful steward of the resources You have entrusted to me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cute and Clever Last-Minute Costumes ~ Because there is at least 1 of us who always waits til the last minute right ?!?!

This costume is so easy, it could be magic! With a few pieces of fabric and some simple stitching, you'll have this easy hat and dress combination finished in no time. Add an adorable broom to the ensemble and your little one will be ready to fly around the neighborhood collecting candy.

Add a few embellishments to a set of kids' long underwear for the cutest clown costume ever! This costume is seriously so easy - and so cheap! Use our instructions to create the perfect trick-or-treating ensemble.

For the aspiring chef, this sweet concoction will be a five-star dish for trick-or-treating. Plus, after Halloween, your little baker will have a new apron to wear in the kitchen. And don't forget about those pretend cupcakes that look good enough to eat! Your little cook will look even sweeter than her haul of Halloween candy.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Party Appetizers ~ These Halloween appetizers are as creative as the costumes you will seen on the spooky night {and they are kid approved} 👻 ... these sweet and savory Halloween party food ideas include mummy-wrapped finger food and monstrous cheese balls just to name a few!

Nothing says fall like a plate of mini pumpkins! Made with spiced pumpkin bread and decadent cream cheese frosting, these party treats taste as good as they look. If you've got a steady hand, spook up these Halloween snacks by turning them into jack-o'-lanterns. Recipe

Wrap a legion of scary mummies for a Halloween dinner or party appetizer. To make, skewer a purchased meatball and a 4-inch piece of summer sausage stick with a 6-inch wooden skewer. Combine 8 ounces cream cheese and 1 teaspoon purchased pesto. Spread some of the mixture over the meat skewer and wrap with cooked fettuccine noodles. For a more bulky body, spread with additional cream cheese mixture and wrap with another layer of cooked fettuccine. Add capers for eyes. Serve with pasta sauce for dipping, and these Halloween finger foods will be gone in no time.

Scare up some fun with these spooky poison-apple candies. Green apple gum balls get the Halloween sweet treatment with a drizzle of black icing and licorice for a treat that's almost too spooky to eat. Recipe

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Check out these unique pumpkin decorating ideas ... there is a fun way to take on the traditional jack-o'-lantern using paint, sculpting, even embellishments that your pumpkins with look more modern than traditional 🎃

 Glam up a pumpkin with silver sequins, rhinestones, and a metallic silver spider for a fancy glitter pumpkin that is all-too chic. 


Search farmer's markets for unique varieties of pumpkins and gourds as alternatives to classic orange pumpkins. Then carve out cute pumpkin faces for an irresistably adorable new look.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Easy Halloween crafts that will help create a spooky look for your home both inside and out. There are plenty of creative crafty ideas like spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and a few other eerie friends ... Happy Halloween! 👻

Use clips to suspend ghoulish artwork from curtain rods. We used medical textbook clip-art images to get the look, enlarging them to fit on 11x17-inch sheets of paper. Dip each print in a tub of diluted coffee (for color) and let dry. Embellish railings with garlands crafted from layered 4- and 8-inch doilies and coffee filters. Bundle a few together, pinch into a flower shape, and tie with wire. Wire the bunches to a long ribbon.

Make the Halloween craft: Begin by laying sheets of black construction paper side-by-side on the floor until you have enough to create the size of tree you want to make. Create a tree trunk and branch pattern atop the construction paper, and cut out. Flip the pieces over, and tape their seams together with black masking tape. Use hanging strips to mount the tree to a wall. Trace and cut out patterns for the crow, owl, and spider. Trace the owl's eyebrows, eyes, beak, wings, and other details onto the back of a piece of glitter paper. Cut those pieces out and use a glue stick to attach them to the owl. Position the animal patterns on the tree using hanging strips.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quick, Easy & Clever Halloween/Fall Centerpieces ~ These centerpiece ideas add some fright, fun and cute to your holiday table ... go from fall to Halloween just by adding some Halloween touches to your Fall ready decor, there's a centerpiece suited for any table!

A stack of old books forms the stand for this spooky centerpiece. To make, cut two basic ghost shapes from pages in the middle of a book, leaving the bottoms attached to the pages. Fold up each ghost and secure with a touch of tape. To complete, use a hole punch or marker to make eyes for this haunting centerpiece.

This gorgeous pumpkin pops with richly-colored dried blooms. To create, glue dried flowers on a faux pumpkin and finish with a real dried pumpkin stem. This stunning flower pumpkin makes a pretty fall centerpiece decoration, throw on some spider rings to add Halloween style.
It's just not Halloween without a handful of candy. Use a crafts knife to cut off the top of a faux pumpkin. Protect the inside with some plastic covering, and then spray-paint the outside with chalkboard paint. Transform glass knobs into embellishments for your candy jar by drilling through the stem of your plastic pumpkin and pushing a knob inside. Drill and add four knobs at the bottom of the pumpkin to make your jar stand at attention. 
(image credit: Diane Henkler)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Look at all the Fall Feels going on with these cheap and easy decorating ideas!

This project is so simple—it'll take you less than 10 minutes!—but it adds a big statement to your table. Use a variety of embroidery floss colors, like Inspired by Charm did, or adapt it to the theme or your home's decor. We love their idea of setting one wheat stalk at each place setting.
Pumpkins are great for fall decor because they can stretch from Sepetember to Thanksgiving. If you're looking to add more autumnal colors but don't want to buy new things, shop your house. No good finds? Make decorations like the fall rose garland from Pocket of Posies on this mantel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Look no further for some fall porch inspiration ... Here it is! Whether you have a balcony, a wraparound porch, or a small stoop, you can add fall touches with pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks.🍂🌽🌻


Carved Pumpkins aren't limited to October 31. Turn a few pumpkins into bowls by cutting off the top and scooping out the insides. Use a pencil to trace a scallop design and carve. A power drill and drill bits make quick work of adding decorative circles. Place a vase of flowers in one pumpkin and candles in others. Display with squatty pumpkins with their stems cut off for optimal stacking potential. CO:BHG.com 

Mix it and Match it because well, everyone loves all that fall has to offer -- pumpkins, flowers, baskets, and leaves! No need to pick a favorite with this mix-and-match design featuring several pretty ideas: gourds pouring from an upturned basket, dried hydrangeas in a tin vase, and scattered leaves around the whole display. CO:BHG.com 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pretty cool pumpkin and gourd carving ideas for this Fall and Halloween season....so forget the traditional jack o' lantern and try of few of these pumpkin carving ideas for your Fall and/or Halloween decorating fun!

Welcome guests to your home with these decorative monogrammed pumpkins that are simply elegant. To make these cool pumpkins, print letters (either your initials or one for each member of your family) in your favorite font. Transfer the designs to pumpkins and carve, either cutting all the way through the pumpkins or gouging out the top layer.

Your car aficionado will love this pumpkin road duo. Download the patterns; transfer to your pumpkins and cut the opening to on the bottom of your finished design. Cut out the windows and windshield. Then use a gouging tool to outline the car and camper doors. Cut out a small rectangle under the camper door, and wedge in a scrap of pumpkin for the threshold. Embellish the car and campers with wheels, door handles, and curtains using pieces of small, colored gourds; secure with toothpicks. Cut out a stripe along the camper and insert a long strip of gourd to finish.

Smooth-skin gourds are a great way to add cool pumpkin carving to your decorating repertoire. Choose varieties in distinctive seasonal colors, such as yellows, greens, and reds. To create these luminarias, cut a hole in the side of each gourd large enough for your hand; scrape out the inside. Mark your chosen design on the gourd using a pencil or ballpoint pen. Carve the design with an awl, paring knife, or crafts knife, or use a power drill and different-size bits. Illuminate the gourds with strands of LED lights.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just Passing Through To Prosperity

“...let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ ” Psalm 35:27

Are you in the land of “Just Enough”? Your needs are supplied and you’re grateful, but there’s nothing extra, nothing to accomplish your dreams. God is saying, “I did not breathe My life into you to live in the land of Barely Enough. I didn’t create you to live in the land of Just Enough.” Those are seasons, tests ~ they are not permanent, we are just passing through! This season is only temporary, just as the natural seasons are.

We can’t let ourselves have a barely-get-by mentality. Jesus came so that we can live an abundant life, that means an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace, an abundance of health, an abundance of finances. We may not see it right now, and maybe we haven’t experienced it in the past, but we can’t get complacent and just settle for where we are, in the land of “Barely Enough”. God desires that we be blessed and prosperous, He desires that we be so blessed that we can turn around and be a blessing everywhere we go! He wants us to have so much peace, so much joy, so much victory that when other people get around us, it spills over onto them!

God has a Promised Land for each of us ~ a place of abundance, of more than enough where it’s flowing with provision. Not just one time, but continual increase, a land flowing with plenty! While our current location may not be ideal, it is just that ~ our location, NOT our identity. We have to keep saying, “God takes pleasure in prospering me. I am the head and never the tail, and God is leading me in the path of blessing in every area of my life!”

We have to get a vision for our future ~ a vision for increase, a vision for abundance! God delights to see us prosperous and successful. When we choose to think God’s thoughts and choose God’s way, we’ll see that increase and victory in every area of our life!

Father, thank You for delighting to see me prosper. Thank You for the blessings You have given me and those You have in store for me. Help me to develop a vision for Your abundant life so that I can be a blessing everywhere I go. I trust that Your ways lead me to the land of abundance and I thank You for provision today and for abundance tomorrow in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Grow Your Own Kitchen Countertop Herb Garden

This compact kitchen herb garden ensures all the fresh seasonings you need for a savory Italian dinner are just a snip away. Six hours of sunlight a day and minimal care are all these hardy plants require to provide tasty herbs year-round.

Materials Needed:
6 used food cans in a variety of sizes
2 basil plants
1 rosemary plant
1 thyme plant
1 oregano plant
1 parsley plant
ribbon
card stock
old fork
small scissors
large terra cotta saucer
river rock or pebbles
potting soil
drill w/ small drill bit
rubbing alcohol
twine or string
Download: Italian Herb Garden Tags

Friday, August 18, 2017

From Seedtime to Harvest ~ Rely on God

Everything happens in God's timing and sometimes that is hard for our flesh. While I know that I know that His timing is best, the wait sure gets the best of me. It is so easy to talk to others about "doing" something, like waiting with expectancy and patience and whatnot and sometimes I can even follow my own advice BUT then there are the days that I just want to throw in the towel and be done!

Even as I say that I have this thought in my head saying "be done with what?" and really what would I be done with, God...... I know that I wouldn't have anything at all if it weren't for Him so NO I wouldn't be done with Him but maybe I think I would be done praying for the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month...... I can't even really do that though either because that is what the devil wants me to do, he wants me to give up. I have said it before,that the harder the situation or situations we face may be getting, the closer we are getting to our breakthrough; the devil knows that we are about to achieve our victory because God is on our side, if we give up God can't work and therefore we let the devil win and our harvest may never come.

I've been praying for something for months now and I can taste the harvest but some days I backslide into "old" behaviors and feel like I'm losing ground, that the harvest is being pushed back.... honestly I'm sure it is because of me, my not relying on and trusting that He's in control. This is all part of my growing season ~ I have planted the seed but the harvest is taking a little longer to become "ready" (if there are any farmers out there you understand the lingo) because of my own actions!

I really need to rely on God (and again here's that word) TRUST that He is in control, He has my best interest at heart....I am NOT in control and can't do anything about my situation but PRAY, RELY ON and TRUST in Him to handle everything from seed time to harvest!!!

Proverbs 16:9 says, A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 20:24 says,Man's steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way? When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads us in ways that don't make sense to us so we're not always going to understand everything. If we try to reason out everything, we will experience struggle, confusion and misery—but there is a better way. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. This sounds so simple, yet too many times I make the mistake of trying to figure everything out myself. Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but when we accept Christ as our Savior, we must learn to trust our lives to His care. When we do, we can say with the psalmist, ...I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands...(Psalm 31:14-15).

First Peter 5:5 tells us that ...God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. Jesus said, ...apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Humility is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect us. When we humble ourselves by saying, "God, I don't know what to do, but I'm trusting You," God gets in gear to help us. God won't allow us to succeed at anything unless we're leaning and relying on Him. But when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in due time, He will lead us to victory, our HARVEST. "Due time" is God's time, when God knows we're ready, not when we think we're ready.

The sooner I can fully understand and accept that, the sooner God can work His plan in my life.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back-To-School Organizing

Back to School Bookcase
Stocked with everything a student needs, this hideaway is an inviting place to pore over homework. Two store-bought bookcases are filled with handy, stay-organized tools such as a calendar for upcoming school events, an ''in'' box for unfinished assignments, and an ''out'' box for finished homework to be checked by Mom and Dad.

Portable Desk
Allow kids to bring their homework anywhere with this portable desk. Equipped with writing materials inside, productivity never has to suffer.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

6 Simple ways to make Back to School easy on everyone!

1. Get up before the Kids ~ Set your alarm a few minutes before your kids wake. This enables you a few extra minutes to yourself, in what can otherwise be a busy morning. Even if it’s just 15 minutes! That is enough time for most busy parents to wash up, get dressed, and even start a cup of tea or coffee.

2. Do things the night before ~ Pick outfits out the night before. This is also a great way to encourage some independence and self esteem by giving kids choices and allowing them to help pick out an outfit for school. Make lunches the night before and store in fridge until morning. If you can’t find time the night before, another option is make lunch during breakfast time.

3. Create an area for school things only ~ Have a backpack command center. Pick a spot near the entryway where you can leave shoes and backpacks. This way when it’s time to get out the door in the morning there’s no searching for those last minute items.

4. Have all things school related ready to grab and go in the morning ~ Place completed homework or school paperwork into backpacks the night before. Again, you don’t want to be searching for a field trip form the morning of, so make it easy on yourself and have it packed the night before.

5. Set your coffee pot for auto-brew so when you wake up your coffee is already brewed, all it needs is a cup and a happy parent to enjoy the first sip. This is probably my favorite part of the school routine, smelling that coffee brewing while I'm getting laying in bed and getting to enjoy my cup of coffee before the kids wake up.

6. Stay calm, enjoy your mornings, and allow time for an extra hug & kiss before the bell rings. Who doesn’t love an extra hug from their favorite munchkins, right?!!! Before we know it the kids grow, so why not embrace these moments now, while we can.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Easy 4th of July Decorations ~ Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations that are easy and cover every July 4th theme from flags to fireworks 🏳 🎆

Make the flag the star of your 4th of July decorating with this easy centerpiece. Tuck an American flag around the edges of a clear glass vase. Then fill with your favorite red, white, and blue 4th of July flowers. A base of fresh, juicy fruit doubles as a serving platter and adds pretty color.

A collection of blue bottles and drinking glasses makes a charming 4th of July centerpiece, especially when filled with red, white, and blue flags or flowers. Tie the look together with a colorful table runner.

Show your American pride with these colorful letters. Buy plain wooden letters (available at crafts stores) and get creative with red, white, and blue acrylic paint. Mix and match solid colors with stars and stripes.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Add a Little Vintage to Your Outdoor Living ~ Check out these FAB ideas

Express your personality by outfitting an outbuilding or porch wall with meaningful signage. On this structure, vintage advertising signs, outdated license plates, and road signs combine to fashion a fetching exhibit that reflects the homeowners' travels and interests.

Painted metal lawn chairs (just like Grandma and Granddad's outdoor seating) remain sentimental favorites that blast us back to gentler times. Find original vintage versions at sales, antiques shops, and Internet auction sites; reproduction options are seasonally available at home centers and discount stores. Complete the retro look with an antique iron table and a freestanding umbrella.