The Kim Six Fix

Airstone Stacked Stone Fireplace Update

Airstone fireplace makeover
I am so excited to finally share my big fireplace makeover.  It has been half-done for a while now, but today I finally finished it and took some quick photos.  But before I get to the full reveal, I wanted to remind you of the ‘before.’  This is what the fireplace looked like when we bought the house: Living room fireplace before

Silver and Gold Metallic Dollar Store Nutcrackers

Turn dollar store nutcrackers into modern shiny metallic silver and gold faux metal versions.This is one of those posts where you are going to say “Why didn’t I think of that!?!”  It isn’t exactly earth shattering, but it was too cute not to share.

You may not be aware of my slight nutcracker obsession. Every year I take the girls to see the Nutcracker ballet and they each get to pick out a nutcracker. When I get home I write on the Ballet name and the date.. (Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, San Jose Ballet, etc)  This was our collection from 2012.. it is a bit bigger now:

And if a nutcracker collection isn’t enough,  last year I even did a mantel that featured my favorite nutcracker theme “the Land of Sweets”So of course this year I couldn’t pass up the cheap $1 nutcrackers at the dollar store this year: Dollar store nutcrackers

You're Gonna Love It: Thanksgiving Hymn Edition

Welcome back to Kathe and my party.  We are so happy you are here.  You would probably even say we are THANKFUL for your presence!  Speaking of thankful (wow.. look at that transition), it appears the theme of my posts this week are "Hymns about Thankfulness"

From my Thanksgiving Mantel (based on the hymn "Bringing in the Sheaves")..


... to my Blessings Box (featuring the hymn lyrics from "Count Your Many Blessings")

I dont' normally go all "church-y" on you, but last week was an exception!

So now it is time to see what YOU have been doing this week.  And we'll kick it off with Last Week's Features! 

It is clear that many of you are also in full-on holiday mode.  And I love how many great recipes, crafts and decor ideas were linked up.  I pinned a bunch to my Pinterest board this week (and so did Kathe

Ands a few of our absolute favorites went up on my Facebook Page and on Kathe's Facebook page (just look for the hashtag: #YoureGonnaLoveIt)  


The most popular link last week was:
THESE FEATURES ARE NOT PINNABLE FROM MY SITE.. PLEASE VISIT THE SOURCE IF YOU ARE GOING TO PIN THEM TO PINTEREST! 

Cut Your Winter Energy Bill By Making Your Home More Efficient


Make your house energy efficient
Now that colder weather is moving in most of us will typically see an increase in home energy usage (and energy bills.)  These increases are typically the result of things like the increased cost of heat (either electric, oil or natural gas), increased electricity usage (with decreasing daylight), and increased water usage (more clothing layers means more laundry!)

So, today I’m partnering with PG&E to share some quick tips on how I make my home more efficient and take some of the sting out of those huge winter energy bills.  I have read a LOT of lists for ways to make my home more efficient, but today I'm going to share with you what I have PERSONALLY done to save money during the winter.  I don't want to recommend something I'm not willing to do myself.

If you need a little motivation to get more efficient, you can win one (of seven) $100 Home Depot Gift Cards by entering the #PEGhome Instagram Photo Challenge on PG&E’s Instagram page (now through November 23rd.)

Blessings Box (Shadow Box Tutorial)

Blessings Box: Write down something you are thankful for every day.  Save them in a shadow box and re-read them at the end of the year.
You know how much I love the Ikea “as-is” section with it’s 50% off cabinet doors and scratch and dent furniture. Well, last time I was there I picked up a couple of shadow boxes for 50% off.  They were scratched, but I knew I could repaint them so they'd be good as new. Scratch and dent ikea frameUnder $5 for a 9x9 shadow box was a pretty good deal.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew I could come up with something.

Then, tonight a friend of mine posted this on Facebook:

Thanksgiving Mantel: Bringing In the Sheaves

Thanksgiving wheat mantel
Like previous years, I put together a Thanksgiving mantel in addition to my more generic Autumn Harvest version.  After my pallet art didn't work out, I actually had no idea what I was going to do this year until I went to Home Depot after Halloween and they had sheaves of wheat on sale for only 88 cents.  I knew immediately I could do so much with them (and I love the symbolism of harvesting sheaves of wheat at Thanksgiving.)
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
                                                       ~Psalm 126:6
To me that is exactly what Thanksgiving is about.  Be thankful and rejoicing over the abundance of what we have.. as a result of hard work, sacrifice or just blessing.

You're Gonna Love It: Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

I'm so happy it is Tuesday again! Seeing all your lovely links totally makes my entire week.  I've been in full-on "Prep for Thanksgiving" mode.

First a darling little kids' craft perfect for the Thanksgiving table:

And how make a huge Thanksgiving sign out of an old pallet:

So now it is time to see what YOU have been doing this week.  And we'll kick it off with Last Week's Features! 

It is clear that many of you are also in full-on holiday mode.  And I love how many great recipes, crafts and decor ideas were linked up.  I pinned a bunch to my Pinterest board this week (and so did Kathe

Ands a few of our absolute favorites went up on my Facebook Page and on Kathe's Facebook page (just look for the hashtag: #YoureGonnaLoveIt)  


The most popular link last week was:
THESE FEATURES ARE NOT PINNABLE FROM MY SITE.. PLEASE VISIT THE SOURCE IF YOU ARE GOING TO PIN THEM TO PINTEREST! 

How to Make a Pallet Wood Sign

Pallet wood sign tutorial
My holiday pallet wood signs have been some of the most popular seasonal posts on the blog and so I thought I would show you a quick tutorial on how I put them together.    Some other examples of signs I’ve used this technique to make include last year’s turkey silhouette (which I featured on my Thanksgiving mantel)

and this illuminated Christmas version (which I also used on my Christmas mantel)

You can see that they can be as refined or as rustic as you make them.  (I personally like them pretty rustic, since that also means the least amount of work for me!)

This year I went BIG and created this giant 3 foot x 4.5 foot sign using the full length of the pallet boards.  It was actually way too large for the mantel so I ended up hanging it on the front walk where I think it looks FANTASTIC.   You really can get the full scale of just how large it is when you compare to the height of the garage door: Thankgiving house sign
My favorite thing about these signs is that my total investment is less than $5.  They would be practically free if I didn’t use stencil materials, but instead free hand painted them.   If I had to buy the lumber to make a sign this large, it would easily be $30-40+ depending on the quality of the boards.
Give Thanks Pallet Art
So how do I get this final product from a grungy old pallet I found behind Costco?  Pile of pallets
It’s is actually a lot simpler than you think.

Thanksgiving Indian Corn from A Starbuck's Bottle


Transform a Starbuck's Iced Coffee Bottle into this adorable Indian Corn craft (perfect for Thanksgiving)  A kid friendly project!

I know some people have jumped whole hog into Christmas, but I am still getting ready for Thanksgiving.  I wanted to do a quick craft with the kids that had to do with Thanksgiving, and after scouring Pinterest I knew I wanted to do something with Indian Corn.    As I was browsing, and sipping on my iced coffee.. inspiration struck.   A STARBUCK’S BOTTLE.

I have been keeping a bunch of empty iced coffee bottles in order to do something similar to the Frappuchino bottles I transformed for Independence day.  Because the shape of these are slightly different, I knew they would work perfectly as an ear of corn.

The other supplies I used for this were green tissue paper, paint (I used spray paint and craft paint, but you could use only craft paint if you wanted kids to do this craft) and some jute twine.
Starbucks bottle thanksgiving craft
This craft can be 100% kid-friendly.  If you prepped all the supplies ahead of time, it would be a great school or scout project since it is easy to get really great results even from young kids.
Thanksgiving kids craft