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Have you ever waited until the last minute to come up with a gift?  Ever been given a gift and had to use the "it's not wrapped yet" excuse while you scrambled for something?

Me neither....

But just in case, if for the first time EVER, this has happened to you...don't panic! This project is quick, easy and will leave you looking like a Valentine's Day gift giving rock star.

Lace Plate DIY

This ain't your Grandmother's china!

Truly.  These plates are from the dollar store....

But I do love how the lace gives a nod to good ol' Granny, while still managing to make these plates feel fresh and modern.

If you want to learn how to make these for next to nothing, read on....

Really? Radiant Orchid?

Every year Pantone comes out with the color of the year. 

And every year I think, really? 

And then every year the color starts to creep into home décor, and sure enough, I'm usually brainwashed, err.... persuaded into kinda liking it.

This year's color of the year is Radiant Orchid....really?!?

Cupid's Arrows DIY

I certainly don't mean to be a LOVE Scrooge.  I don't have a problem with hearts in general, but around Valentines Day they seem to be a bit overdone. 

A couple here and there, cute, but one heart too many and your house starts to look like a teenage girl's Trapper Keeper.

All of the other holidays are fairly adept at diversifying their symbols - Santa, reindeer, trees, turkeys, leaves, bunnies, eggs, chicks - except for Valentines Day.

So this year I'm taking a stand.   This year it's Cupid's arrows for me!  And of course, just a few hearts....

 

 

Let There Be Light

The other day my husband doubted me.  I know, right?! The nerve.  Actually he had been doubting me for months...

Don't worry, it wasn't the dramatic, marriage ending sort of doubt.  Just the maybe if I ignore her she'll stop making that stupid suggestion sort of doubt.

We both agreed that we needed to install a sconce in the kitchen above the table.  We agreed that it needed to happen soon because the Ikea clip lamp just wasn't cutting it.  We also agreed that the lights we loved weren't quite in the budget for now. 

 

 

Cabin Fever

Does anyone else have cabin fever?  Not the I can't stand this and gotta get out of here kind of cabin fever, but the I'm up for anything as long as it involves sitting on the couch kind of cabin fever.  Are you with me?!?

This eDesign is the perfect room to while away those winter hours.  Bright and clean to liven up those dreary days, yet so cozy you'll never have the urge to get off the couch!

Commit to calm and cozy

I will sit on my comfortable couch and snuggle with my furry pets and my slightly less furry children and I will not feel guilty for not “DOING”.

I will allow my home to be my sanctuary, not my slave driver. 

I will commit myself to cozy and calm, but I WILL NOT add it to my to-do list!

 

 

Rustic Lux Thanksgiving Table

Who here is tired of turkeys and pilgrims? I understand their relevance and I'm not suggesting we kick them to the proverbial Thanksgiving curb, but maybe just tone it down a bit.  This year I want a Thanksgiving that suggests autumn, family gatherings and getting back to our roots, but I also want it to be inviting and warm with just a touch of glimmer and glam.  Enter my Rustic Lux Thanksgiving table wish list.  This Thanksgiving table is rustic enough that you can comfortably put your elbows on the table and stay awhile, but it's the dash of glimmer and glow that will warm your heart and your skin tone.

Owl String Art DIY

Do you remember the 70's? 

String art and macramé.  Holly Hobbie pajamas and the Bee Gees on vinyl.  All at the same time.

No?!?  Err, me neither.... 

For those that did experience string art the first time around, this project will bring back fond memories of moderately tacky yet cozy homes filled with shag rug, avocado appliances and, of course, string art.  

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, this modernized version will feel fun and fresh and you'll get a taste of what it was like in the good ol' days...

Non-Crafty Halloween Decor Ideas

 

Does the word "craft" give you the creeps?  Do thoughts of your last DIY conjure up images of a horror scene? Has your glue gun gotten "lost" in the trash can?

Well if you're better at shopping than crafting, you must read on for some NON-DIY decor ideas that require nothing more than the click of a mouse...