Stenciled Scrap Lumber Block Pumpkins

Scrap lumber block pumpkins
Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back and Starbucks, and so I thought it was time for my first fall craft of the season! I wanted a generic ‘fall’ craft, not something that was specifically for Thanksgiving or Halloween, and so I decided on pumpkins.

This entire project took a little under four hours (even including paint drying time!) and cost me nothing.  Whoot Whoot!

I had an old 2x4 in the garage that wasn’t in good shape.  It was truly junk lumber. (In fact it was left over from the master bathroom demo..  It used to be part of the knee wall between the shower and tub. So this project is extra sentimental for me!)
(If you haven’t seen what that knee wall looks like now, this is the full bathroom reveal)
Anyhow.. where was I?  Oh yes.  I took that old 2x4 and cut it into random segments.  You can see the nail holes and broken pieces show, but that is part of the charm.  I also found a small tree branch (about 3/4 inch) and cut it into random segments as well:
Craft with sticks and wooden blocks

Powder Room Makeover: Flashback Friday

Powder room makeover
Since my last post featured my mom’s new powder room ceiling, which was inspired by *MY* powder room’s beadboard ceiling, I thought that i was only appropriate that for Frlashback Friday this week, I feature my entire Powder Room Makeover.

How to Install a Beadboard Paneled Ceiling

How to Install Beadboard Ceiling
On my summer trip to my mom’s house, one of the project she asked me to work on was paneling her bathroom ceiling.  She had seen my powder room ceiling and decided she wanted something similar.

My mom actually has a beautiful bathroom (check out that oval window!), but the ceiling was pretty bland:
Ceiling before
The rest of the room has very traditional features like marble counters and a chrome cross handled faucet, so beadboard was completely appropriate:Red bathroom with marble

A Tour Through Blogland: It's Like Speed Dating for Bloggers

Let me tell you a little about myself, and then introduce you to a few other bloggers.. it may be love at first sight.
I was excited when JannYvette invited me to join the Tour Through Blogland, and I was super flattered when she said all these nice things about me.  (*blush*)

The idea of this tour is to quickly introduce you to other wonderful bloggers you may not already know about.  (And without having to randomly ‘pick them up’ in some shady bar on Pinterest.)

JannYvette has an amazing blog (Confessions of a Junkaholic) which features her painted projects, a few recipes and a whole of lot of salvaged inspiration.   I have recently started following her on Facebook and I love her projects.

She also has a booth featuring her wonderful designs at Woodstock Market, so if you are in the mood to buy some beautiful treasures, and you are in the Actworth, Georgia area, be sure to swing by for a visit.

15 Fabulous Fall Mantels

Friday again, which means it is time for another blast from the past.  Today I'm going to do a round up of my favorite fall mantels from over the years.  Not those geared specifically towards Thanksgiving or Halloween, but just autumn in general.  

We'll kick it off with Adventure's in Decorating's fall mantel, that was so gorgeous, even Better Homes and Gardens had to feature it:

Glass Etching 101

Step by step tutorial on how to etch glass using stencils and etching cream.  SUPER EASY!

I asked on Facebook what kind of project everyone would like to see.  (Therefore if you don’t like this post, and don’t follow me on Facebook you can only blame yourself!  *wink* ) 

The response to my survey was hands down: “Glass Etching”  so I quickly whipped up this project to demonstrate how to use the Silhouette for glass etching. (And I included an alternative to cutting a stencil with your Silhouette if you don’t have one yet! Those directions are in RED**)  

For my sample project I wanted a prettier way of keeping my dish soap on the counter, the idea of a labeled dish soap bottle came to mind.  Obviously, you can etch any glass surface, but a clear glass bottle is a good starter project.
Etched dish soap bottle

5 Steps To Finding The Perfect Bathroom Style

5 steps to find your style

This post brought to you by All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the most common things I have heard since doing my bathroom remodel is “How did you know where to start?  I hate my bathroom but the options are overwhelming.  I’m paralyzed with indecision.  What if I screw it up?"

I think that is a really hard problem for a lot of people.  Especially people with tiny budgets, since you only have one shot at it.  You want to really LOVE the finished product and you don’t want to make the wrong choices.  We aren’t professional designers or plumbers or contractors, and usually we can’t define our style much farther than “I’ll know it when I see it"

So today I thought I’d share MY process of how I make decisions when redoing my bathrooms and how I decide on what style I want.

I have re-done quite a few bathrooms.  Some were quick and easy fixes while others were much more extensive. And in all of the cases I started with a similar game plan: 

What are your goals? Is this going to be your bathroom? A guest bathroom? A child’s bathroom?
Are you going to live in your home for a long time or are you thinking you may soon sell it?

Do you need it to have universal appeal or is going to be your private sanctuary?  
Does your house already have an overall style and therefore the bathroom needs to blend in or do you have carte blanche to do anything?


Painted Stairwell Landing Feature Wall

This post brought to you by FrogTape. All opinions are 100% mine. They provided me supplies and payment in exchange for this post. I was not told what to say and the results I had with this product are accurate and unbiased.  (If this tape didn’t work, I would never tell you it did.)  

So what do you think of my new stair landing?  I'm so excited about it I could jump up and down and spit nickels!
Painted stairwell
It was a TON of work, I'm not going to lie, but it was totally worth it.  And really, it wasn't difficult especially since I didn't have any paint touch up.  NONE!

So how did I do it?
I'm glad you asked! But first, let me take you down memory lane (it is Flashback Friday..)

How to Break Posts Into Multiple Pages In Blogger

It is no secret that I'm a Blogger blogger. Plus many people may be surprised to hear I have no intention of moving to Wordpress.  I often feel like I'm the only one who still uses this platform but I actually really like it.  I feel like I really "get" it and I'm not relying on someone else to help me with it. I understand it isn't for everyone, but it works great for me.

I do have one complaint about using Blogger: The people who will constantly tell you what they think it can't do.  And sure, it may not be 100% manipulatable, but most problems can be overcome.

Today I am going to tackle one of those "drawbacks" that I have heard you can't do on Blogger:  PAGINATE (Cut posts up into smaller sections for faster loading.)  Sure, Wordpress probably has a plugin or something for this, but I have always heard it was impossible to break up posts in Blogger.

Well today I am going to share a little secret about paginating on Blogger:
IT ISN'T IMPOSSIBLE.  (See? This post is paginated!)

In fact, it isn't even difficult to code it. For anyone who is too nervous to mess with your template code, I have good news for you: YOU DON'T HAVE TO.  You can accomplish it entirely within the post composition itself! I'm going to show you how (and I'm going to use this post to demonstrate how it works!)

For today's example I am going to use a four page post breakdown. You can actually break a post into as few as two or up to an unlimited number of pages.  I thought four would get the point across.