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December 4, 2014

1 Dresser, 2 Ways {+Christmas Decor!}


Back in August, I shared my new dresser from Sauder and showed how I styled it for a baby shower. Initially, when I picked this dresser, I'd planned on using it in our master bedroom for my hubby's stuff. But, alas, it hasn't quite made it out of the living room! I've just enjoyed having the extra storage and extra area to decorate in our living room!


Since it's Christmas time, I've styled it for the holidays! I'm loving the metallics and creams this year, as you can see! I topped the dresser with an antique window and added some lights and fresh garland. So festive!

I'm sure you'd like to see what it looked like prior to Christmas, huh?


After the baby shower, I clear the desserts (yum, by the way!) and topped the dresser with a lamp and some pretty accessories.


I love having this piece in the living room, because the storage is great! In fact, the drawers quickly became toy storage for my daughter's things.


One day, I will probably move this beautiful piece of furniture to our master, like planned. But, for now, I'll enjoy it right where it is!! :)

I love the idea of using something intended for the one purpose in a whole new way, don't you? I've even dedicated a pinterest board to that, which you can see here!

What furniture pieces do you use in unexpected ways? I'd love to hear your creative ideas!!

**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder.The opinions and text are all mine.

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November 27, 2014

Picture Frame Ornaments


First of all...HAPPY THANKSGIVING! What a great day to be with friends and family and take a moment to give voice to all the many things we have to be grateful for!

This holiday season finds me with a house under construction (yay to a kitchen and master bath remodel!!), so my Christmas decor will be sparse this year. But, there are a few things I didn't share with you last year, like this tutorial for picture frame ornaments that I guest posted at Lines Across. Over the next month, I'll be sharing more of last year's unshared goodies! And, maybe something from this year, too. Maybe... ;)


This particular project started with Dollar Spot finds (from last year, alas). But, similar stuff is often found in dollar bins at Target and Michaels. Promise! Don't you just LOVE dollar bins?

Supplies:
Small Frames
Decorative Tape
Alphabet Stickers
Scrapbook Paper
Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors


Steps:
1) Gather supplies
2) Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside of frame
3) Use alphabet stickers to write Christmas words (Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Grace, Noel, etc)
4) Embellish with decorative tape
5) Place scrapbook piece inside frame
6) Hot glue a length of twine to the backside of frame


Looking back at these pictures from last year's tree is making me sad for my sparse Christmas decor! Maybe I will put a tree up, despite the mess?? We'll see! :)

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November 13, 2014

Gold Confetti Glassware (+7 Metallic Projects!)


Ahhh, my favorite time of year is here again. Today, it's 31 degrees outside, which is collllld for Texas. Brrr. But, it gets me in the mood for the holiday festivities to come. So, today I've got a round-up of 7 metallic projects from some of my favorite creative friends. Plus, I've got my own simple tutorial for you, inspired by some festive gold glasses I saw at Paper Source (favorite store EVER!).


This year's Christmas tablescape will be metallics and greens. Unfortunately (but really, fortunately), my kitchen is being renovated all through Christmas, so I won't actually be entertaining. BUT, I will host a table at our annual Christmas Brunch at my church. And, THAT tablescape will be green and metallics. So pretty!

These glasses started with clear glasses from The Dollar Tree and multi-surface gold paint from Martha Stewart.


To make the "confetti" look, I simply took the end of a small paintbrush, dipped it in gold paint and placed polka-dots on each glass. The dots are just on the bottom half of each glass. Try hard to be random and don't get overly stressed about the exact placement of dots :).

According to the paint packaging, these need to cure for 21 days before being placed in the dishwasher. So, if you want them for Christmas, make them soon!


These looks so pretty with some gold and green accents on my dinner table! And, they also make the prettiest little bud vases, like below.


Want to see the other 6 metallic projects from my friends?? I thought you might! To go to each tutorial, click on the links below the photo collage!

7 Marvelous Metallic Projects


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