Submerged Color Mason Jars {#LowesCreator}

April 3, 2014 AT 6:37 pm 2 Comments

I am absolutely in love with the submerged colors trend right now.

Don’t know what that is?  Don’t worry…I didn’t either until last week!  Smile

I AM in love with all the shades of blue, especially aquas lately, but I had no idea they were called “submerged colors.”  I think it has to do with “water” colors, hence “submerged.”

Go figure.

submerged colors mason jars

As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was given the challenged to do a project using submerged colors.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I wanted to paint some large mason jars in beautiful shades of blues and greens!

When I decided to paint my mason jars, I googled it, and it lead me to my friend, Tonya’s blog.  She had recently painted some mason jars for a bridal shower, and I like how she painted the jars black first.  So I decided to do it too!  {Thanks, Tonya!}


I bought some mason jars, and then went to Lowe’s to get some cans of paint in different shades of blue that I liked. submerged color mason jars

Next, I spray paintde the mason jars with one coat of black.

submerged color mason jars

{Sorry for the grainy pictures.  It was dark and rainy when I took these pictures.}

Next, I spray painted the jars in different colors.  I sprayed them once upside down.submerged color mason jars

When they were dry, I turned the right side up and gave them one more coat of paint.

Aren’t they pretty?!!

submerged color mason jars

I wanted the “Ball” logo to show up well, so I  lightly sanded the paint off until I could see it.

submerged color mason jars

You can see how I sanded the two on the right in the picture below…

submerged color mason jars

I love how pretty they look all lined up on my mantle with hydrangeas in them!

submerged color mason jars

The different hues of blue add such a fresh feeling to my living room.

submerged color mason jars

As you can see, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.  Smile

submerged color mason jars

I also lined them up on my coffee table for fun!  You can see my aqua throw and pillows in the background.  I told you I am loving these colors right now!

submerged color mason jars

This project was so easy and so inexpensive!  It can be done in no time at all!

submerged colors

Have a blessed day!


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DIY Burlap Canvas Art {Pinterest Party with ME at Michaels!}

February 10, 2014 AT 10:32 am 2 Comments

Hey friends!

I’m sharing a DIY Burlap Canvas Art with you today…

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But first…

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in a Pinterest Party with Hometalk at Michael’s in Lexington, the Lowry Road location, and I am hoping you will join me!!!

I would LOVE to meet some of my local readers and have fun crafting together.

So here are the deets!

* Join ME, Hometalk, and Michaels for a Pinterest Party!

* Feb 16th, 1pm – 4pm  at the Lowry Road Michaels store in Lexington, Ky.

* Check out the Pinterest inspired displays at your local Michaels store, buy your supplies, and meet me in the classroom to create your own pin-worthy project. {You can make one of the suggested projects or create your very own Pinterest inspired project.}

You can find coupons to buy your supplies by clicking HERE.

To celebrate, Hometalk is having a great giveaway!

Now, here’s a quick tutorial of how I made my burlap canvas art.

First, I painted my canvas with white paint.

diy burlap art

Then, I drew lines with a pencil and ruler.

diy burlap word art

Lastly, I wrote the words of my saying with black paint.  I had wanted to create a stencil with my Silhouette, but that didn’t work out so I free-handed it.  It’s not perfect, but that is okay. Smile

diy burlap stretched canvas art

That picture of Cy and me was taken when we were dating.  Smile  We dated four months before we got engaged and married 6 months later.  You can read our love story HERE.

I also used a 4×12 stretched burlap canvas to make something for Eli’s room.

diy burlap canvas art

I used a cup to outline the size of baseball I wanted.

diy burlap canvas art

(Yes, we love Duck Dynasty.) Winking smile

Then I used white paint, a sharpie, and a red chalk paint pen to make my baseball.

diy burlap canvas art

You wouldn’t have to use those supplies, but that is what I had on hand.

diy burlap canvas art


Soooo, would you like to party with me?

(Please say yes.)

You don’t have to make a burlap canvas.  You can make these other great projects too.

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If you do not live in Kentucky, you can see if there is a Michaels and Hometalk Pinterest Party in your state by clicking HERE.


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Expect laughter, inspiration, pictures, and prizes!

Hometalk Michaels TweetChat
Time & Date: Monday, Feb 10 at 9PM ET.

How to participate
Use hashtag #CraftParty
Use Tweetchat for easy chatting.

RSVP HERE to enter to win one of six $25 gift cards to Michaels. Winners will be announced at the end of the chat.


I hope to see you there!!

12 Snow Day Activities

February 5, 2014 AT 10:41 pm 7 Comments

Okay, so I didn’t post two days this week. Sad smile

That is not normal for me, but having the kids home from school all week because of snow days is also not normal for me.   SmileIt totally throws me out of sync.

I cannot just sit and work on my computer, or work on any DIY projects for that matter, while the boys are home.  It also doesn’t help that I have been down in my back for almost a week.

I could have stressed out about it all, but I chose not to.  I’m thankful that I could take a “break” with them this week.

They do not have school again today, so I am trying to come up with some new ways to keep them entertained.  I found some very cute “snowy day” activities that I thought I would share with you since a good majority of us are covered in snow.

snow day activities

These are great for parents, babysitters, or grandparents, and can be used on rainy days as well as snowy ones.




Make some Cloud Dough with just two ingredients.

How to make Cloud Dough



Create a work of art with Shivery Snow Paint

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How to make Snow Playdough

Snow Day Activity For Kids – How To Make Snow Playdough



Make a Physical Activity Cube



Magical Rainbow Treasure Hunt



Color Hunt



Indoor Racetrack

rainy day masking tape track



Build with Pipe Cleaners and Straws



Contact Paper Window Art



Paper Plate Ring Toss



Pom Pom Balls Racing

Racing pom pom balls!



And my personal favorite that I shared on my blog two summers ago…

Station Rotation

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If you have any great indoor activities that you would like to share,

feel free to leave the links in the comments.  Smile

Deer Heads and an Electric Knife {for mature audiences only}

December 16, 2013 AT 9:54 am 20 Comments


**The Listening Heart devotional book winners will be announced at the bottom of this post.


DIY deer head wall hanging


Things got a little crazy around here last week as I was preparing for my Christmas Home tours.

So crazy that I took an electric knife to a paper mache deer.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Sometimes you’ve just gotta do whatch gotta do.

Let me explain my madness.

I was wanting a deer head for my fireplace mantle.

Specifically, this one.

DIY deer head wall hanging

I saw it at a local home décor shop and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, it was sold when I went back to get it.

So I put out an SOS on my facebook page for this blingy little fella, and I got some wonderful responses from everyone.

They found my deer several places online, but they were all sold out too.  Sad smile

DIY deer head wall hanging

I loved this deer that someone else found, but it was out of my price range.  Like, $200 out of my price range.

DIY deer head wall hanging

I did a lot of searching on ebay and amazon and google, but most of the deer heads were way too expensive.

Determined to have a deer head, or three, hanging on my fireplace mantle, I decided to get creative. Plus, I was running out of time.  I wanted to have deer heads on my fireplace for my Christmas home tour last week.

I finally found these faux deer at Garden Ridge for about $8 a piece.  However, I only wanted their heads. {You see now where the madness began.}

DIY deer head wall hanging

I was trying to think of the easiest way to remove their heads, and since my electric knife does pretty darn well on a large turkey, I thought, “Why not a small deer?”  Completely logical thinking.

I had Luke capture the moment on instagram and then leave the room.  I didn’t want to scar him for life.

DIY deer head wall hanging

It was quick and painless, at least for me.

DIY deer head wall hanging

It did take me a few tries to get the angle just right.  It wasn’t perfect though.  Of course, I wasn’t expecting any to climb up on my mantel and look at them that closely, so perfection didn’t matter. Smile

For the base, I got these wood slices at Michael’s.  They were originally about $14, I think, but were on clearance for $9.99.  Then I used a 40% off coupon that I had to purchase them.

DIY deer head wall hanging

You can only use one coupon per item, so I just went through the line 3 times to buy them separately.  Yes.I.Did.  Do you ever do that?

DIY deer head wall hanging

Then I used some of my leftover chalkboard paint from Lowe’s to paint the wood slices.

Next, I just hot glued the deer heads to the wood.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Lastly, I used my drill to drill a hole in the back so I could hang them on my fireplace.  If you didn’t want to use a drill, you could just attach a wall hanging clasp to the back.

DIY deer head wall hanging

Then I hung them up!  It only took me a about 30 minutes to do this whole thing.

DIY deer head wall hanging

These deer heads are not the shiny, blingy, rhinestone deer head that I wanted, but I love them just the same.  They are different and unique, and they look really cute up on my mantle.

Now, I have to believe I am not the only person who has ever used their electric knife for something other than cutting their food.

‘Fess up! 

What crazy thing have you used your electric

knife for?


The Listening Heart

Giveaway Winners are….

Yvonne (Carsonshouse@****.net)


Bonnie (braes01@***.com)


Vicki Westfall

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If you didn’t win, but would like a copy of The Listening Heart for yourself or to give as a gift, click HERE.


 **I’m linking this project to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.


DIY Ornament with Upholstery Tacks!

December 9, 2013 AT 8:09 pm 7 Comments

I love upholstery tacks.

I know they are used mostly on furniture, but you can make a million other things out of them as well.

I loved using them on this magnet board that I made a couple of years ago for my boys’ room…

diy magnet board

And since I had a bunch of them left over, I decided to make an ornament with them.   I call it my “Christmas Blessings” ornament.

diy ornament with upholstery tacks


First of all, I bought this wooden plaque for 50 cents from Hobby Lobby.

diy ornament

Then I spray painted the plaque with some Krylon Satin Dover White that I had left over from another project. You could use any off white paint you may have at home.

diy ornament

Then I hammered in some bronze upholstery tacks that I bought from Lowe’s for $1.30. I used less than two boxes.

diy christmas ornament

Nailing in the tacks takes some practice. I had to draw a thin pencil line down the middle of the plaque to help me keep my lines straight.

The tacks are not perfectly lined up, but good enough. Smile

diy ornament with upholstery tacks

I left a space at the bottom of the tree for my red ribbon.

Then I used my StazOn Ink (that I already had) and stamped “Blessings” at the bottom of the plaque.

I got the “Blessings” stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bins at Michael’s.


diy christmas ornament

Next, I hot glued some jute string to the top of the plaque so I could hang it on a wall or tree, and I hot glued my red ribbon on.

diy christmas ornament

I loved the way it turned out, but it looked a little too “new” to me. I love the look of old, vintage types of decorations.

So I used my sanding sponge and sanded down the edges of the plaque.

But since the plaque was pine, you couldn’t really see where I sanded it, and it didn’t have that vintage look I was after.

diy christmas ornament

So I used some Valspar Mocha glaze (that I have had for about two years!), and applied it to the sanded edges with a Q-tip and wiped it off with a paper towel.


It made the plaque look soooo much better!

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That’s it!

I took it outside and hung it on a tree because everything looks better in the sunshine. Smile

diy christmas ornament

I love my sweet little plaque!

It is such a great reminder of all the blessings that Christmas holds.


They have smaller plaques at Hobby Lobby if you would like to make a similar smaller ornament, or use it for a gift tag. I thought you could even do a monogram plaque as a gift!

diy christmas ornament

I pray that your Christmas is filled

with all the blessings that only HE can give!

Inexpensive DIY Hostess or Teacher Gift {Tile Coasters}

December 3, 2013 AT 10:21 pm 14 Comments

tile coasters


Several years ago, I posted these DIY tile coasters, and little did I know that they would be one of my most pinned projects on my blog.  I checked that post today, and it is up to 280,000+ pins!  That’s crazy!  In that post, I showed how to make the tiles with napkins or copier paper…

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Well, I still love this project because it is so inexpensive and so cute.

So I decided to create a new look for my old project.

I went to Lowe’s and bought some 4×4 white tiles and some felt pads for the bottom of the coasters.

diy tile coasters

Then I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some decorative Christmas stickers, with my 40% off coupon, of course! Smile

diy tile coasters

First off, I covered each tile in Mod Podge.  Then I cut the Christmas stickers the length of the sides of the tiles and placed them on the edges.

diy tile coasters



Next, I covered then entire tile in Mod Podge and let it dry.


diy tile coasters


To protect your furniture when you use the tiles, just attach self sticking felt pads to the bottom of the tiles.

diy tile coasters

Lastly, to seal the tiles, spray them with acrylic sealer and let dry.

diy tile coasters

Then wrap them up in a bow, and you are finished!


diy tile coastersOr just keep them for yourself and enjoy them with some hot chocolate.  {wink}



I have less than $2.00 in each of these sets of tiles.  Not bad, huh?

They are cute, practical, personal, and don’t forget affordable!  Smile


Need more hostess gift ideas? The Lowe’s Creative Idea bloggers have loads of ideas for you!

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Disclosure:  As a part of Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team, I was provided a gift card to purchase supplies for this project.  I was not told what to create or write.  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine!

Stamped Deer Burlap Ornament

November 26, 2013 AT 6:00 am 4 Comments

Hi, y’all!

We are getting a little bit of snow in Kentucky today, and it makin’ me get even more excited about Christmas a comin’ and those geese a gettin’ fat! :)

We are planning on putting our Christmas tree up this coming weekend!  YAY!

So today, I wanted to show you a very simple and inexpensive ornament that I made.

I saw an ornament at a local boutique that I knew I could make for less.



The supplies were simple:


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ink pad or black paint

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jute and/or ribbon




First of all, I stamped the deer print on the book page.


Then I found a cup the right size, drew a circle around the deer and cut it out.


Next, I glued burlap to a piece of cardboard and cut out a larger circle to place the deer circle on.


I glued the deer onto the burlap circle and let it dry.


Then I hot glued the tinsel around the deer circle.


And created a hole with a hole punch…


Lastly, I added some red ribbon to create a bow and give the ornament a punch of color.  I also attached a piece of jute string to hang the ornament on the tree.


So easy!

I think it would be fun to decorate a whole tree with ornaments like these!  Some could be squares and some could be circles.  Some could be stamped with birds or some could be stamped with owls.


I am hoping to make some more of these myself for one of my trees this year. Smile

I have more simple and inexpensive Christmas projects on my blog.  You can click the button below to check them out.


Have a blessed day!

Small Drop Cloth Curtain for my Craft Closet

November 14, 2013 AT 11:00 am 5 Comments

I wanted to share with you a small change I made in my craft closet.

It is something I had originally planned to do when I did my craft closet makeover, but I never got around to it.

But with Better Homes and Gardens coming to my house, it made me kick everything into high gear and “get ‘r done!”

If you missed my original closet makeover, you can click HERE or on the picture below and it will take you there.

craft closet makeover

If you look at my craft closet, you will notice a empty space in the middle of the baskets at the bottom.

craft closetI had several of you ask what that space was for.

Well, I thought about putting a stool there, but what I really wanted to put there was some hidden storage.

It’s all great and all to have open shelving, but I usually only like to put pretty things on those shelves.  That’s why I sometimes need a place to hide my “uglies.”

So I really wanted to create a curtain to cover up that little space and hide some stuff behind it.

I grabbed some scrap drop cloth material that I had and cut it to fit the opening in my closet.

I basically measured it the height of the opening plus a  couple of inches to allow for the hem at the bottom of the curtain and the “pocket” hem at the top of the curtain.

I measured the width of the drop cloth to be almost twice the width of the opening so that it would create a “gathered” look when hung.

Then I used my hot glue gun to create a small hem on the sides and bottom of the curtain.

drop cloth curtain

And then I glued the top of the curtain over to create a “pocket” for the tension rod.drop cloth curtain

Then I just hung that baby up!

Easy Peasy!!!

craft closetNow do you want to see what is hiding behind the curtain?  Smile

I decided to store my sewing machine and paper shredder behind the curtain!

drop cloth curtain for craft closet

And I built another small shelf in there to hold some of my sewing supplies.

I love that I can hide items like those behind a curtain for easy access.

I don’t think I have ever showed you where my Giant Command Center is in relation to the rest of the office.

craft closet and command center


It’s right next to my craft closet.

And I have been loving it!  It truly has helped me stay a little more organized.  {A little, I said.} Smile

So that’s it!  A small little improvement to my craft closet!


I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Tomorrow is FrIdAy!!!  Smile

DIY “Wonderful World” Chalkboard Print

October 27, 2013 AT 10:20 pm 16 Comments

Last Friday, I shared with you my kitchen table makeover.


The two most asked questions about that post were “Where did you get the chandelier?” and “Where did you get the Wonderful World print?”

Well, I have two easy answers! Smile

I got the chandelier from Ballard Designs.

Here is the link:

Laurenza 8 Light Chandelier

Laurenza 8 Light Chandelier


And I got the print from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Jennifer, from Dear Lillie.

Dear Lillie

Her home and her decorating taste is to die for!  If for some crazy reason you have never been to her blog, treat yourself and GO TODAY.  You are welcome. Smile


She has the most beautiful chalkboard prints for sale in her shop.

Here is the link to the Wonderful World print…

I Think To Myself 24×36 Chalkboard Download

You can purchase the download for less than $10 and then take it to your local print shop to get it printed.  I sent mine download to Kinkos online and then went and picked it up.

I followed Jennifer’s directions for building the frame, and it was super, duper easy!  All you need is some wood and some screws. Smile

Click on the picture below to see how you can make one too!

I am absolutely in love with my print in my kitchen!  It’s funny how often the boys and I start randomly singing that song now!  Smile


Let me know if you make one too!

Have a blessed day!

DIY Chalkboard TV Trays

October 2, 2013 AT 10:29 am 12 Comments


I hate to admit that I have had these tv trays somewhere in storage for probably about 5 years.

chalkboard tv trays

Every time we have company over, I wish I had them out, but I am too lazy to go dig through my storage shed to find them.

But with football season here, I knew it was finally time to get them out and give them a much needed update.

So I made them into “chalkboard” tv trays!  You can never go wrong with chalk paint, right?  Smile

chalkboard tv trays

Here’s how I  did it…


  • tv trays
  • KILZ spray paint
  • Scotch Blue painter’s tape
  • Krylon Ivory spray paint
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Chalkboard paint
  • upholstery tacks
  • Annie Sloan dark wax
  • chalk

Step One:

Clean the trays really well. {Mine were in storage for so long that I had to clean off all the cobwebs!}


Step Two:

Spray the trays with KILZ spray paint.

Let dry, and then spray paint the trays the color of your choice.  I chose an off white color.


Step Three:

Apply painter’s tape around the edges of the tray and paint the middle with chalkboard paint.

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Step Four:

Use wire cutters to cut the sharp part off of the upholstery tacks.

chalkboard tv trays

Why did I do this?  Well, because I tried hammering the upholstery tacks in one by one, and it was a complete failure.

chalkboard tv trays

The tacks would bend as I was trying to nail them in and I couldn’t make a straight line with them.  It was extremely frustrating, so I moved on to Plan B.…using wire cutters to cut the sharp part off.


Step Five:

Remove the painter’s tape and apply a small line of gorilla glue down the side of the chalkboard paint.

chalkboard tv trays

Warning:  Use a very thin line of gorilla glue because it can expand and not look good.

Then place the upholstery tacks on top of the glue.  Use a ruler or a straight edge to move the line of tacks to make them even.

chalkboard tv trays

I used a small hammer to gently tap them into place to lay flat.


Step Six:

I added just a little bit of Annie Sloan dark wax to my paint to soften it a little and make it not look so white.


chalkboard tv trays


Step Seven:

Season the chalkboard with some chalk, wipe it off, and enjoy writing fun things on your chalkboard!

chalkboard tv trays


My boys love these chalkboard tv trays!

The sky is the limit as to what you can write or draw on them!

chalkboard tv trays

I think they would be a great way to entertain children when you have company over too!

Since I have four trays, it will be fun to put each of the boys’ names on them.

chalkboard tv trays


Or maybe decorate them with Cy’s favorite sports teams when he is watching the games on tv!

chalkboard tv trays

Aren’t they fun?!

Do you use tv trays very often in your home?


I completed this project as part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team!

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Disclosure:  I was supplied a gift card to purchase my supplies.

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