The Handbuilt Home by Ana White {Book Giveaway!}


I am so thrilled to tell you about one of the coolest DIY books I have ever seen.

{It may help that I know the person that wrote it.}  hee.hee.

But seriously, I am so excited to tell you about Ana White’s new book, The Handbuilt Home.


The Handbuilt Home

If for some reason you have never heard of the famous Ana White, here’s an introduction.

Ana White is a mother and homemaker from Alaska whose popular blog is one of the most trusted resources for helping people improve their homes by building furniture. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furniture maker who learned her skills while building her own home. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces.   {source}


Why do I love Ana White?

Because she is a mom and blogger just like me.  However, she is extremely skilled with power tools.  Smile

She began sharing all of her DIY knowledge of furniture building on her blog which has taken her on this wild ride of being an author of her very own book!  I love celebrating this milestone with her!

Ana was a speaker at Haven 2012, and we were so honored that she flew all the way from Alaska to join us.  It was so much fun to make my online friend my real life friend at Haven.

Ana White

Ana’s book is beautiful to look at but also very informative.  My husband was actually loving the book with its great illustrations.  Seeing the project details all laid out in easy to follow instructions with beautiful photos to boot makes tackling these projects at home even more doable.


The Handbuilt Home

Guess what?!  To help you get a feel of the The Handbuilt Home, Ana has provided an excerpt from the book of her Farmhouse Bench project.  You can find that free project here.

Farmhouse bench plans


Would you like to own your own copy of

The Handbuilt Home?


Well, all you have to do is leave a comment

and you will be entered to win!


The giveaway will end at 9pm est on Friday, Nov. 2nd, and I will announce the winner on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2012.

Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win.

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Best DIY Projects Highlights!



Hello, friends!!

Did you have a great weekend?

We had a busy one as usual.  Jonathan sang at a church on Saturday night, and I hope to share a song with you soon.  I spent most of the weekend working on my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge.

I was listening to Christmas music all day Saturday and was drinking hot chocolate to get my Christmas mojo on.  It’s crazy!  But I finally got my tree looking the way I wanted, and I look forward to sharing it with you.  Smile


Today, I wanted to take a moment to share some highlights from my Best DIY Projects of September linky party.


I truly appreciate when bloggers take the time to link up their projects to my party, and I love spotlighting them on my blog.  Please take some time to click on each picture and visit these wonderful bloggers.  Be sure to leave a comment and share some bloggy love.


A French Country kitchen by Stacy from Not Just a Housewife


A beautiful fall mantle from Christina’s Adventure

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ASCP Painted Floors by Holly from Storywood Designs


A Laundry Room Reveal by Gina at The Shabby Nest

The Shabby Nest: No-Smudge Chalkboard Art


A cute Lighted Pumpkin Topiary by Amanda from My Heart’s Desire


An Organized Craft Cupboard by Becky from Organizing Made Fun

Organizing crafts


A gorgeous “Mom Cave” by Jenny from Evolution of Style


DIY Wooden Book Crate by Lori from Family*Love*Home


Fall {Pine Cone Flower} Wreath Tutorial

from Janet at Today’s Fabulous Finds


A Shutter Wall by Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farm

Blue and white bedroom

Thank you to everyone who linked up!

My next monthly party will go live on October 31st!

I hope you will join me!


Also, the THREE winners of the Nature Pride’s Giveaway are:

Author: Jessica @ Dear Emmeline (dearemmeline@*****)
Author: Morgan (morganmoeller02@********)
Author: Sharon @ mrs. hines class (thehineshouse@*******)

Congratulations!  I will be emailing you soon!

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Favorite “PINS Friday!



Happy Friday, y’all!

Guess where I am right now?

I’m teaching 4th grade at my boys’ school!  I am filling in for a friend of mine whose daughter is having surgery.  So, all next week, I will be teaching these sweet little kiddos too!

Did you know I have my Master’s in Elementary Education?  I think most of you do, but for any of my newer readers, there’s a little FYI. Smile

I taught for 6 years before my first son, Jonathan was born.  I LOVE TEACHING!

Well really, I LOVE the kids more than teaching.  They are so, so , so, precious to me!  I just want to love on them and tell them how special they are. 

So please think of me and keep me in your prayers next week.  Teaching all day will change my normal routine quite a bit, to say the least. {wink}

I hope you have had a good week.

I’ve enjoyed doing a little “pinning” this week.

Here are my favorites…

{click on “source” to view where each picture was found}



bathroom by Barrie Benson.

















LOVE this Thanksgiving collection by The Tomkat Studio! She is offering all of the printables for you to download FREE! Just downloaded mine. :)






Built-in beds & storage



















Reindeer donuts - so stinkin' cute and easy!









For more great pins, click on the button below!

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Have a blessed day!

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Newel Posts add Old House Character and Charm



Hello, friends!

I hope you are having a great week so far! Smile

You are not going to believe what I did all day yesterday.

I was decorating my Christmas tree!  Kid you not.

I’m participating in the Home Depot Style Challenge: Holiday Edition, and the area of the home that I was given to decorate was the Christmas tree.  (Yay!)

Home Depot Style Challenge: Holiday Edition

My project has to be finished by the first of next week, so I have been busy getting it together.  Yesterday, I was singing Christmas carols all day long.  Crazy, yet fun!

Another place in our home that I am excited about decorating this upcoming Christmas season is our staircase.



Cy is currently building our newel post for our new staircase, and we will share how he did it with you soon.

diy newel post

I wanted a thick, chunky newel post, like the newel posts in some of my favorite pictures from Pinterest, to add some Old House Character and Charm to our new addition.


I would like to share them with you today.



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newel post


newel post


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newel post


Be still my heart!

I guess it’s pretty obvious the type of newel post that I love.  We are planning on painting ours white, and maybe staining the very top of the newel post to match the stair treads.  We are also planning on painting the spindles white.

If you would like to learn more ways to add Old House Character and Charm to your newer home, just click on the button below.

Old house character and charm

There are six steps to this series, so be sure to check them out! Smile

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Kitchen Makeover {with wood beams}



One of the things I love about blogging is when I get emails from my readers telling me about transformations they are making in their own homes from inspiration they received on my blog.

I love that people read my blog and follow my crazy DIY life, but when someone tells me they tried one of my recipes, or painted a similar piece of furniture to mine, or made one of my crafts, it just blesses my socks off!

When I shared how we installed faux wood beams from AZ Faux Beams in our master bathroom, I got a message from a reader, Alix, on my blog facebook page asking me for some more information about them.

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We exchanged several messages, and Alix told me they decided to buy some of the faux beams for her kitchen.

I told her to share some pictures with me after they installed the beams, and so I was thrilled when I received this email from Alix:


We finally finished out beam project and I wanted to share the before and after pics. We had white beams that our contractor had done for us, but we never liked them and they weren’t the best quality. So these were such a great option for us. I am so happy we saw them on your blog. We did stain them ourselves to get the darker finish and it was super easy. The installation also went well. We are super happy with the end result.
Take care!



Well, my jaw hit the floor when I saw Alix’s beautiful kitchen.  It looked gorgeous in the before picture…


beams before



But WOW!  Check out the difference those faux wood beams made in the “after” picture…


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Alix, your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!  I love the way you stained your beams to match your floors.  And your open shelves are so beautiful.

Thank you for sharing this with me!

If you would like to learn more about AZ Faux Beams, click on the button below.


This is NOT a sponsored post.  I did not receive any compensation for writing it.  I just love this product and was excited to share this makeover with you. Smile

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Our “Knock it Out” Week Photos and Updates



My boys were on Fall Break the week before last.

We didn’t  have any money to travel anywhere, so we decided to try and “knock out” a bunch of projects around the house.  Cy took 3 days off work to get things done.

We made a deal with the boys.  We told them that we would make a check list of all the things we needed to get done each of the 3 days.  If we got everything on our list completed, we would do something fun each night to celebrate.

Here was the catch:  They had to help us complete the things on the list!

They were totally up for it!

We spent three days working on the fireplace…

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And filling in nail holes….

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And sanding walls….

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And painting walls….

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And filing in more nail holes….

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And constructing a newel post…

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And painting a fireplace and trim work….

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And filling more nail holes…

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We worked our tails off, y’all!  And we got everything (well, almost everything) checked off our list.

The boys worked really hard all three days.  They helped us a lot outside too.  They cleaned up around the yard, and picked up all the scrap pieces of wood to put in the burn pile.

So to celebrate our hard work, we partied each night!

Night #1

Movie Night!


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We went to see Hotel Transylvania in 3D.  It was really cute, and we had a great time!

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Night #2


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bowling 1

bowling 2


Night #3

Laser Tag and Skating



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I put together a little video to highlight the fun.

(Please don’t judge my dancing skills.  I had roller skates on.)  Smile



Have a blessed day!

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Pumpkin French Toast {and Nature Pride’s Giveaway!}


pumpkin french toast

A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe for Pumpkin Pie French Toast on Pinterest that I just had to try.  I love pumpkin, and I love French toast, so I thought it would be a winning combination.

I want to share this recipe with you today. {Here is the original source.}

I bought some Nature’s Pride bread for this recipe.

nature's pride bread




  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 slices of bread

Mix the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and brown sugar in low flat bowl for easy dipping.

Heat a pan over medium heat.

pumpkin french toast

Dip the bread into the egg mixture on both sides and grill in a pan until lightly golden brown, about 2-3 minute per side. {Makes 4 servings.  Serving size: 2 slices}


pumpkin french toast

I doubled the recipe since I needed to feed 4 hungry boys and 1 hungry man.  Smile

I always sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on my french toast, just like Mom always did.


pumpkin french toast

The boys ate it all up and asked me to make it again sometime, so I give this recipe a “thumbs up.”






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Favorite “PINS” Friday!


Hey y’all!

I hope you have had a wonderful week!  It has flown by for us, and I am looking forward to a great weekend.  We will be going to a corn maze with Dad and Janet, and attending our church’s Wild West Fall Fest.  Both of those activities are going to be sooo much fun.  And I will get to spend some much needed quality time with my sweet sister too.  Can’t wait!

What are you doing this weekend?


Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week.



gray bead board


Living Room Arranging Tips


Made in heaven


Like the gray with the various patterns and the bead board ceiling. (Benjamin Moore - Wickham Gray)


Turn-of-the-(last)-century cottage, IL. Tom Stringer Design Partners.


what a lovely table set for Thanksgiving.


Chores & backpacks - great idea! Also cute to pin report cards and other achievements, artwork etc.


Kitchen table



Quotes about Religious_Love


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Have a blessed weekend!

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Our Simple Fall Mantel



Hey friends!  I hope you enjoyed the three A-MA-ZING days of giveaways we just hosted.  We had so much fun getting those giveaways together and working with sponsors to create the most awesome prize packages EVA!  I am so excited to see who wins, and I hope there are some Beneath My Heart readers in the mix!

If you didn’t get a chance to enter yet, there’s still time!  Click on the links below:

Everything AND the  Kitchen Sink Giveaway


The PIN-acle of DIY Goodness Giveaway


SHUT THE FRONT DOOR {to keep it all in} Giveaway

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Today, I wanted to share with you our simple Fall Mantle.

I am was excited to finally have a space to decorate in this house!  Unforturnately, I had no money. Smile

So I decided to just try and use what I already had to decorate my mantle.  And I wanted to keep it simple since the rest of our house is a cluttered mess!

The wreath I used is one that I usually put on our front door.  It was a gift to our family when Mom passed away three years ago, so it has a special meaning to me.  I love the gold bow on the wreath.

simple fall mantle


You may notice that we put wood blinds on both of the windows.  Every since we moved into this house over a year ago, I have hated those ugly windows on each side of the fireplace!  And I didn’t like the fireplace either.  I wanted to tear that whole wall down and build something else.

But since I put those wood blinds up, I am in love with my cute little windows on each side of my {now} beautiful fireplace!

This area has such a cozy, cottagey feel now.

simple fall mantle

I also got a new rug for this room.  It definitely gave an immediate warmth to the room.

I had six little wicker votive holders that I bought at a thrift store this past summer for a couple of bucks, and I just placed them on each side of the wreath.  They look so pretty lit up with candles in the evening!

simple fall mantle

The large basket in the fireplace is from Goodwill.  I bought it for $3.50 several years ago.  We usually store the kids’ toys or blankets in it.  And the two little pumpkins are Eli’s.  He picked them on his Pre-K field trip to Boyd’s Orchard here in Ky.

The monogrammed stool is a project I completed my very first year of blogging.  We kept it in our guest house at our previous home.

simple fall mantle

I am so glad we painted the brick this beautiful gray color (Ebony Fields by Valspar).  We hadn’t planned to paint the door to match, but I am so glad we did!

simple fall mantle

I eventually want a beautiful old wood front door, but this looks good for now.

When I was putting this all together this past Saturday, Adam was sitting on the couch watching cartoons.  He looked up and saw the fireplace and said, “Oh Mom!  It’s beginning to feel like HOME!”

Sweet, sweet, boy.  I know what he means.

Our house has been upside down for over a year, and to finally have some rooms coming together and feeling like “home” is just good for our hearts.

It makes me so grateful for our home.  Not for the material possessions in it, but for the feeling it gives us as a place of love and security.

There truly is “No Place Like Home!”


What is your favorite thing about HOME?

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SHUT THE FRONT DOOR {to keep it all in} Giveaway!


Happy Wednesday, friends! What better way to wrap up three of the most incredible giveaways to ever hit blogland, than with one last day of prizes!! 16 blog friends have been working together to bring you, our readers, followers and friends a chance to win some fabulous prizes as a “thank you” for all of your support and encouragement.

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Brooke from All Things Thrifty, Traci from Beneath my Heart, Emily fromDecor Chick, Roeshel from DIY Show Off, Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Melissa from The Inspired Room, Lindsay from Makely, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, Brittany fromPretty Handy Girl, Cassity from Remodelaholic, Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, Jen from Tatertots and Jello, and Mandi from Vintage Revivals.

(It’s still not too late to enter the others, if you haven’t already: “Everything AND the Kitchen Sink” giveaway or “The PIN-acle of DIY Goodness” giveaway – we don’t want you missing out on any chance to WIN!)

Today’s giveaway brings more FABULOUS prizes.

Grand Prize A: Value $1,600.00
A $100.00 gift card to Utah Truffles. MSRP: $100.00
$150 gift card to D.Lawless Hardware for kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls. MSRP: $150.00
$500 Gift Card to Kirkland’s. MSRP $500.00
$500 Gift Card to Payless Décor MSRP $500.00
$350 Gift Certificate to Red Letter Words. MSRP $350.00

Grand Prize B: Value $1469.98
$200 Gift Certificate to Leen The Graphics Queen MSRP $200.00
Two Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max* Lithium Ion Flex Vacuums {one for you and one for a friend}. MSRP: $149.99 each
$500 gift certifcate to Worth Home Products. MSRP $500
$220 gift certificate to LoveFeast Shop MSRP $220
$250.00 Paint Prize Package from Glidden. MSRP: $250.00

Grand Prize C: Value $1472.54
One Cordless Dremel tool from Dremel. MSRP: $139.99
One Countertop Transformation Kit from Rustoleum MSRP $250
A Mirror Mate kit MSRP: $250.00
One Moen Lindley Kitchen Faucet MSRP: $482.55
A $100 shopping spree to Royal Design Studio for stencils and supplies. MSRP: $100

Do we know how to go out

with a bang or what?!

All you need to do to enter this giveaway is like the incredible sponsors’ Facebook pages:



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*This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Facebook or Pinterest. Winner will be notified by email on 10/23/12 and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win. Winners are responsible for paying any necessary taxes on winnings. Alternate entry email: [email protected] with entry information. All prizes will be mailed by the sponsor and all participating blog owners are not held responsible if the prize is not fulfilled. A list of winners may be requested after the giveaway has ended. Questions and additional information can be requested by emailing: [email protected]

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