DIY Ideas to Add a Touch of Gold to Your Thanksgiving Decor



The time is near, Thanksgiving will be here just before we know it. I love all things Christmas, but let’s not skip over the beauty that the autumn season holds for creating a perfect and stunning tablescape for guest to gather around. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pins that I’ve been pinning throughout the year for how to incorporate touches of GOLD onto your table décor.  

With one can of spray paint, there’s endless DIY ideas for creating a romantic and classy Thanksgiving table.  With spray paint being just about $1 at your local hardware store, there’s no cheaper way to decorate for the holidays!  

What’s your DIY idea for creating the perfect tabletop with GOLD for the holidays? Comment below! 


Found on  | All things candle sticks.  Whether you pick up a few new ones at a resale shop or just paint the old ones you have tucked away in a drawer, a can of spray paint goes along ways!


Found on | Dip some leaves into a little gold paint to add a “tipped” look to the leaves you sprinkle up and down the table center.  


Found on | Spray paint your pumpkins – go to town covering the pumpkins to be the focal point of your table.


Found on | Check out dare I say it WALMART for some cheap gold chargers to dress up your table with little effort.  If there’s no gold ones in stock, you know, just paint them! 


Found on | Skip the table and head right for the walls, add the touch of gold with a “Give Thanks” banner handing above your buffet table or across a window in your dining room.  (Make your own with an easy printable here)


Found on | If you can’t find them, skip the candle sticks, start saving up a few glass bottles.  Use a little rubbing alcohol to fully remove the labels and paint the bottles. Add a touch of elegance with white candlesticks too.  


Found on | Pick a few leaves from the yard and create name tags for seating around the table with a little yardstick and twine. 


Love these ideas? Pin it up and save them for later!

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Personalized Door Mat in 10 Minutes! {DIY Playbook}

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Hey there!  I am back from the Haven Conference and a quick trip to visit Cy’s family in Georgia!  I am still trying to recover and make my way through 6 foot high piles of laundry!  Oh my!  I dislike very greatly doing laundry. 

I will be checking in with you soon with an update about our sweet host daughter, but for now, my buddies, Bridget and Casey from The DIY Playbook, are sharing a quick tutorial with us today!


I haven’t met these ladies in real life, but if they are anything like they are on their blog or in their emails, they are my kind of people!  They are super sweet and super talented!

Click HERE or on the picture below to see how to make one of these cute personalized door mats for yourself!



Have a blessed day!




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First Day of School Chalkboard Templates {All Things G&D}


My blog buddy, Dusty, is here today!  I love this girl’s heart and energy!  She has always been so sweet to me, and I am honored to have her hear today!  Thank you, Dusty!!!


Hi everyone! I’m Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D and I am overjoyed to be guest posting for Traci while she and her family enjoy precious time with their sweet little girl. Thank you so much for joining me today!

I have an adorable little girl of my own named Kate, and soon she will be starting kindergarten. With this major milestone on the horizon I’ve got my sights set on “Back to School” and how to mark this special occasion with First Day of School chalkboard sign templates!

Back to School Chalkboard Signs from All Things G&D

My daughter Kate last year on her first day of 4K.

I created my first “Back to School” chalkboard sign last year when Kate started 4K, and – in the interest of having a similar chalkboard sign for every first day of school from now until her senior year – I created similar templates for every grade.

(I got an A+ in planning ahead.)

Click on the link above or the photo below to get your “first day of school” picture-loving self all of the free chalkboard template downloads you need!

Back to School Chalkboard Signs from All Things G&D

Not sure how to use your free template? I’ve got a class on that as well!  (And unlike Statistics 101, this really is easier than you’d think!)  Simply click, watch, and wow ’em.

Pretty simple, huh?

Before I go, I’ve got to send a great big thank you to Traci for sharing all of you with me today!  If you’d like to check out my little patch of internet, please feel free to join me at All Things G&D where I’m all about balancing high maintenance tendencies with a desire to keep things simple.  Thank you!

Dusty Rogers | All Things G&D

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Spray Dyed T-shirts Tutorial!! {Pretty Handy Girl}

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We are back for another SUMMER SPECTACULAR  guest post!  Today I am featuring my sweet blog friend, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl!  I love Brit!  We met through blogging about 5 years ago, and she is a rockstar in my eyes.  What I love about her the most is her huge, generous, loving heart!  She would do anything for anyone.  I am so blessed to have her as a friend!

Today she is sharing a project that would be great to do with the kiddos this summer!

                             Welcome, Brittany!!



Do you have the kids home for summer? Looking for something to do with the children before you pull your hair out? Get them outside and hand them some spray bottles full of RIT dye! This is a fun activity that allows those crazy kids to make their own spray dyed t-shirts. All you need are some spray bottles filled with dye, painter’s tape and blank t-shirts. The results are beautiful and unique!

Hi! I’m Brittany, the DIY tutorial guru over at


I’m excited to share with you this fun summer project to create with the kids. They were easy and fun to make and certainly a project that you can customize to your style. Best of all, the kiddies get outside and do all the work!


  • Painter’s Tape
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat (or plastic cutting board)
  • Print out templates
  • T-shirt
  • Paper grocery bag
  • Clothespins
  • Clothesline
  • Dropcloth
  • Spray bottles
  • RIT dyes
  • Hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 tsp. measuring spoon
  • Safety eye goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • White vinegar


Lay out an 11″ strip of painter’s tape. Then slightly overlap (about 1/8″) another strip next to the first. Continue until you have approximately a letter-sized rectangle.

Cut free hand designs or print out this graphic to use as a template. I used one with stars (you can download my star template by clicking on this link).

Lay the graphic print on top of the tape mask rectangle. Tape the corners of the paper to hold it still during cutting. Use a very sharp x-acto knife to trace and cut through the graphic shapes. Remove any tape that you won’t be using in the mask.

Slide the shirt over a paper grocery bag. This will keep the dye from bleeding through if the back of the shirt gets saturated (notice I didn’t mention “if the front gets saturated.”) Let your child place the tape masks on their shirts. Or assist them if you want some measure of control over the final product.

Heat a pot of water until it is hot, but not boiling. Pour 1 tsp or more of dye and 1 cup of hot water into each spray bottle. Screw on the lid and swirl the dye to mix. You may need to experiment and add more dye depending on the color intensity you desire. (Remember the shirts will always look darker when wet.) Make sure your plastic spray bottles will withstand the heat before carrying them outside (that would be a huge mistake if they melted and leaked all over your expensive carpet! Then again, if you want a new carpet, go for it!)

Tie the clothesline between two supports and lay out a drop cloth underneath. Use clothespins to pin the paper bags to the line. If you pin the shirts, make sure to move the clothespins to spray underneath them. Outfit the kids with eye goggles, rubber gloves, and old clothes. Hand them the spray bottles and step back while they have fun!

That’s my resourceful 6 year old using two bottles at once.

They had so much fun that they even decorated the backs!

Let the shirts hang on the line until they are not dripping anymore. About 30 minutes.

After the dye has been on the shirts for at least 30 minutes, rinse them out. It’s a good idea to use water and vinegar mix to help set the dyes.

Wash the shirts separately and dry them in the dryer. When you take them out, watch the kids grab them and put them on faster than you can say “heat wave”.

Our shirts definitely turned out lighter than they looked while wet. The red looks a little fushia, but my boys think that real men wear pink and I tend to agree ;-).

I am in love with the results and might just have to make one for myself now.

The star shirts would make great 4th of July or Memorial Day outfits.

How fun to have a shirt with your monogram on it. Wearing it is bound to make your child feel like a superhero!

If you want to see my video for fixing some of the bleed, watch here:

Have a happy rest of your summer!

P.s. Have any questions about the tutorial? You might want to watch the video to see how we made our spray shirts. I need to warn you, my boys decided to get a tad crazy silly during the taping:

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Patriotic Centerpiece {Southern Hospitality!}


Hey friends!   I am so excited to have my sweet, dear friend, Rhoda here on my blog today!  Rhoda holds a special place in my heart because she was one of my mom’s favorite bloggers, and one of the first bloggers that my mom told me to follow over 6 years ago.  Little did Mom know that sweet Rhoda would become one of my closest blog friends and that we would one day plan a blog conference together!  She took me under her wing when I was a new blogger and really introduced me to this wonderful blog world.  Rhoda is like the “matriarch” of home bloggers because she was one of the pioneers in our niche.  I LOVE her!


Welcome, Rhoda!


Happy Summer!

I’m Rhoda with Southern Hospitality, and I’m so excited to be here at Traci’s blog sharing with all her readers. Hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far. I love summer, although the heat this year is already getting to me, but as long as there is a pool nearby, I can stand it.

Since our nation’s birthday is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a patriotic project with you today. This is a cute little project I did last summer for the 4th of July, a patriotic clay pot centerpiece using stripes and stars and of course, red, white and blue, the colors of our American flag.

I’d love to share with you how I did it and invite you back to my blog, Southern Hospitality, for all the details.


Plain clay pots can be painted and decorated for so many special occasions and they are inexpensive and easy to work with.


I started by spray painting all of them white.


And here’s how they turned out with stars and stripes forever! They make a great centerpiece for the 4th of July. That’s the day to show your colors! Stop on over to my blog, Southern Hospitality, for all the details on this project and find lots more inspiration!

Thanks Traci, for having me guest post for you today. Traci is a dear friend of mine and I adore her.

I wish all of you a wonderful summer with family and friends. Summer is the time of year to get outside and enjoy all that this time of year incorporates!


Have a blessed day!

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It’s a Summer Spectacular!! {The Lettered Cottage}

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Welcome to my Summer Spectacular series!!

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I have an amazing line up of some ROCKSTAR bloggers that will be sharing their favorite summer projects with us!

First up is my bestie, Layla, from The Lettered Cottage!

Layla and I met at a blog conference in 2010, just a few months after my mom passed away.  An instant friendship began, and I am so grateful to have her in my life!  Over the past five years, we have had a lot of fun hanging out in real life.  Our WHOLE family TREASURES Layla and Kevin (and soon to be “Sweet P makes Three!”  :)

Beneath My Lettered Cottage

Welcome, Layla!

Hello, fellow Beneath My “Hearters”! :-D

I’m so excited to be here today! I thought I’d share a simple DIY project that I had fun adding to one of our summer mantel displays a few years back.

Summer Mantel | The Lettered Cottage

It’s an easy-to-make sailboat, that will add so much coastal charm to any vignette!

DIY Wood Sailboat | The Lettered Cottage

All you’ll need is chunk of wood (one that’s pretty flat…especially on the bottom side), a twig (that’s at least as long as the chunk of wood), a piece of scrapbook paper, and two little triangles of fabric. (I cut mine from a of my old pairs of jeans). To create the base, I drilled a hole in the middle of the chunk of wood and filled it with hot glue. While the glue was still wet, I stuck the twig down in it and held it in place while I waited for it to dry. Last but not least, I cut out the paper sails and denim flags, and attached them all with hot glue. And that’s it! Easy, breezy!

Happy Crafting!

Layla Signature





Check out the rest of Layla’s AMAZING blog by clicking on the button below!

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My DIY Valentine Apron


Valentine’s Day is this weekend!  Yay!  I love the love day.  :)

To celebrate the holiday, I made a pretty little apron to wear while I am cooking meals for my loved ones.  (Or putting donuts on a plate. hee.hee.)

 valspar marsala



I made this project as part of the #10daysofvalentines challenge from Valspar and Porch!

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We were given a gallon of Valspar paint in the beautiful Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala.


We were also given a “mystery” item to create with.  I got a pretty little stencil, and for some reason, immediately knew I wanted to make an apron with it.  I think because it resembled “lace.”


I lined up the larger part of the stencil on top of the bottom part of my apron.



I always spray the back side of my stencils with this adhesive spray to make the stencil stay put when painting.  It also keeps the paint from bleeding underneath the stencil.


For my paint mixture, I mixed together even amounts of paint and fabric medium in a small bowl.  The fabric medium helps the paint to not be stiff when it dries on the material.  You will need to heat set the paint before the first wash.

Then I used a small sponge “dobber” to apply the paint on top of the stencil.


Then I did the same thing to the right and left of the painted stencil pattern. 

I repeated this process at the top of the apron using the other half of the stencil. 


Then I bought some ribbon from Walmart and used fusing tape to attach it to the middle of my apron.

I love the way it turned out!  It was hard taking a selfie of me in this apron!  I need to invest in one of those “selfie sticks!”


This project was super easy, super quick, and super cute!  


It will be fun to wear it on special occasions like Valentine’s Day!  (Well, unless my hubby takes me out to eat!)  :)


Thank you Valspar and Porch for sponsoring this project!

“Porch is much more than just a home improvement network. It is the place homeowners come to find the right professionals, get inspired, and manage their homes.”


To see more great Valentine’s projects, check out these other bloggers!


Feb 1- Restoration Redoux
Feb 2- East Coast Creative
Feb 3- Simply Darrling
Feb 4- Brepurposed
Feb 5- Persia Lou
Feb 6- DIY Playbook
Feb 7- Honeybear Lane
Feb 8- That’s my letter
Feb 9- Live Laugh Rowe

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Craft Closet Makeover


Today for my “Throwback Thursday” post, I am going to share one of my most popular posts on my blog.  It’s also the project on my blog that was featured in Organize Your Life. 

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This closet organization post was original posted on March 13, 2103.


I have finally finished my craft closet makeover!  Woo to the hoo!

Thanks to Lowe’s I was able to get the materials I needed to get it finished.  I am so excited to be a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network!


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Here is what my closet looked like less than two weeks ago…

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And here it is now!…

craft closet makeover

So much bettter!

craft closet makeover


It all started with taking everything out of the closet and removing the header.

craft closet makeover

Cy helped me with this part.  I wanted to open up the closet so it was easier to reach the top shelf and so it wouldn’t look so much like, well…. a closet.  Smile

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Eventually, we are going to pull up all of the old carpet in this room, so we decided to go ahead and remove the carpet from our closet before we built our shelves.

Eli helped with the clean up.

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Next, I painted the closet the same color as the rest of the room.  It is called Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams, but I always have them color match it at Lowe’s and use Valspar.

craft closet makeover


We went to Lowe’s to buy some shelving pieces and decided to use these…

craft closet makeover


We decided to build shelves to hold some baskets on each side of the closet.  When we nailed these pieces together, we made sure that we used wood glue as well in between the pieces to make sure that the hold was strong.




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We bought some pegboard from Lowe’s and covered the back and side walls with it.


craft closet makeover

Then we were able to place the first shelf right on top of the pegboard and 1×2’s.


craft closet makeover

I wanted to go a little out of my comfort zone and pick a bright color to paint the pegboard.  I will with Caribbean Holiday by Olympic.

I LOVE this color!


craft closet makeover

I bought 6 corbels from Lowe’s and painted them white using my favorite Valspar paint in Satin White.


craft closet makeover

To make the shelves look a little more custom, we added trim work to the front of them.

craft closet makeover

After  a lot of filling nail holes, caulking, and painting, the closet was ready to be organized and decorated.

To help me organize my craft supplies, I bought the following pegboard organizer kit from Lowe’s…

Blue Hawk Metal Pegboard Organizer Kit

Blue Hawk Metal Pegboard Organizer Kit

It is so nice to have all of my supplies out in the open.

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Now I don’t have to waste time searching for supplies when working on a project. It is all within plain view. Smile

craft closet makeover

I really like the decorative touch that the corbels I bought at Lowe’s give to the shelves.

craft closet makeover

I wanted to be sure to add a cute pendant light to my closet, so I bought this Edison Light from Lowe’s.

craft closet makeover

Here is the link to this light…

allen + roth 6-7/8-in W Edison Style Mission Bronze Mini Pendant Light with Clear Shade

Allen + Roth 6-7/8-in W Edison Style

Mission Bronze Mini Pendant Light

Oh, we also painted the subfloor with white paint.  I am planning on painting the wood floor in the rest of the room as well {eventually.}

I am also wanting to put a stool in the space in the middle of the closet.  However, I have yet to find the type of stool I am wanting to use.


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But for now, I am thrilled with my new craft closet!!  There’s nothing better than feeling more organized!



Let’s check out the before and after again!


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Want some more DIY inspiration? Check out Lowe’s Creative Ideas for free ideas and plans:


Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase the supplies for this project.  The idea of this project was my own, as well as the manner in which I shared it.


See you tomorrow for my

Closet Organization Linky Party and Giveaway!

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DIY Hex Nut Bracelet

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Hey friends!

I wanted to share something fun with you today!

It’s a DIY Hex Nut Bracelet.

diy hex nut bracelet

This is fun to make for yourself, or it could be a great Christmas Gift for someone.

I went to Lowe’s and picked up some hex nuts and twine.  The hex nuts come in several different sizes, so you can pick which size you would like for your bracelet.

If you know how to braid, you can make this bracelet.  I made each strand of my braid three-strings thick (total of 9 pieces of twine.)  You can make it however thick you want. :)

I tied a knot at the top of the strings and began to braid.  After I braided a few inches of string, I began to add my hex nuts.  You basically add one to the right side, then the left side, then the right, etc., as you braid.


The hex nuts begin stacking one beside the other. 


Now I did enlist the help of a couple of my boys.  Eli held the top of the bracelet to keep it from twisting on me as I added the hex nuts.  If you don’t have someone to help you, you could attach the end of the bracelet to something else, like a clipboard to keep it still.


I also had Jonathan help me put each hex nut on the strands of strings.  I could have done it by myself, but it was MUCH faster with the help of my boys!

When I was finished, the bracelet looked like this…


I went to Hobby Lobby and got some supplies to make the clasp on my bracelet. 

I used gold rings and a fastener. 

It’s a little hard to explain this part, but I will do my best.  I basically threaded the end of the bracelet into a gold ring.


Then I took one of the loose strings and wrapped it around all of the strings directly below the gold ring.





To secure it, you tuck the string you were wrapping down into the “wrapped” part of the strings.  Clear as mud?


I did that on both sides of the bracelet, and then used small pliers to add another good ring and clasp to each side.   Done!


I think it turned out super cute!  You can also make them in different colors.  Here are some others I found online…

hex nut bracelets

Just search “hex nut bracelet” on Pinterest or Google.  You can also find them for sale on Etsy.


For more Lowe’s Creative Ideas, be sure to check out their free magazine and the other projects by fellow Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers.

This post was sponsored by Lowe’s.  

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DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters


 Summer time is here, and I am so excited to be outside on our back patio grillin’ and spending time with my husband and four boys.  We love to eat out on our back patio, so I have been sprucing it up the past few weeks.  (I will be sharing a “reveal” of my back patio on my blog soon, so be sure to follow along.)  Smile

Since we will be eating outside a lot this summer, I thought it would be fun to make some colorful mason jar lid coasters for our patio table.

DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

These coasters were so easy and inexpensive to make!

All you need is:

  • Wide mouth mason jar lids
  • Thin sheet(s) of Cork
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)


Step One:

Trace mason jar lid onto the cork and cut out circle.  (I found these pre-cut cork coasters at Hobby Lobby which made it even easier to cut out.)

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Step Two:

Hot glue mason jar lids to the metal ring bands.

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Step Three:

Spray paint mason jar lids the color of your choice.  (I decided to use some red spray paint I already had.)

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Step Four:

Stamp the cork circles with permanent ink.

I found my stamp at Michael’s, and I used my black StazOn ink pad.

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Step Five:

Hot glue the cork inside the painted mason jar lid.

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Step Six:


DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

Aren’t they cute?!

I just love them!

DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

And you could create so many different versions of these coasters.

If I were hosting a UK (University of Kentucky) party, I could paint the lids Kentucky blue and stamp a wildcat paw on the cork.  GO CATS!  Smile

If I were hosting a graduation party, I could paint the lids black and stamp a graduation cap on the cork.

If I were hosting a wedding party, I could leave the lids silver and stamp wedding bells or the couples monogram on the cork.

See?!!!  The possibilities are limitless!

If you make some for yourself, I would love to see what you create!

P.S.  I had these wide mouth jar lids left over from another project I recently completed on my blog.

Painted Mason Jars!

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You can see how I completed that project HERE.


 Have a blessed day!!!


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