Category Archives: Decorating Tips

We’re getting ready to repaint our dining room and I’ve been thinking about new decorations to add a fresh touch. I’ve also been doing a little cleaning and found a huge stash of wine corks I’ve saved over the years. Voilà! I had an idea that uses the corks and makes a great decoration– a wine cork wreath! I love the wine cork wreaths I see when I visit wineries; so why not make one for myself instead of paying … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

My kids and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and learned how to make these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments made from zippers and beads. With zippers being all the rage right now, your kids will definitely want to make these “fashionable” ornaments. Mine liked them so much they came home and made a bunch as presents for friends and family. I love them because they sparkle on the tree and are lightweight, so they don’t pull down the branches. Although these … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Along with the popularity of burlap, a larger trend in home decor has taken place with a craze for natural fabrics. Using jute/yarn to wrap things, is now all the rage. I like this because it goes so well with lots of decorating schemes from nautical to rustic. And I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving; namely reusing old bottles to make wrapped centerpieces for your holiday feast. This is such a fun and easy craft that anyone can make and … continued…

DIY wrapped bottles
Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

My fascination with burlap started with a visit to the craft store. Burlap was everywhere, and there were even pamphlets with project ideas. I had to find some way to make use of this inexpensive and versatile fabric. So after a little research, I decided to make a wreath for the fall and Thanksgiving. When I was at the craft store buying supplies I had an encounter with a customer that made me realize that not only did I have … continued…

burlap wreath
Decorating Tips Holidays Pam Freeman

I was in an Amish store over the summer and saw a beautiful sewn garland made out of cloth yo-yos. It really wasn’t long enough to use in my decorating, so I took a picture in case I changed my mind and then continued shopping. After I got home, I just couldn’t get that garland out of my mind and for some reason I remembered an article I had ripped out of a magazine years ago about making cloth yo-yos. … continued…

yo-yo fabric garland
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

In my “Water Please!” post, I talked about how easy it is to find a bird bath at your local garden store. And, that’s true. I probably saw 20 varieties on a trip to the store last weekend. But for a truly custom look. It’s fun to make your own bird bath. Oh, and did I mention, it’s easy, relatively inexpensive and allows for lots of creativity. Just like buying a bird bath, starting this project requires a trip to … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

It’s mid-June, my lavender is blooming. The butterflies love it, the bees love it and I love it! I like to leave lots of flowering stems on my plants for the wildlife and harvest the rest. There are tons of crafts to make with lavender, it’s extremely versatile. So, it’s good to decide what you want to do with your harvested lavender before you pick it, since some crafts require fresh lavender while others do not. Lavender bags or sachets … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

I was recently shopping in a store with lots of antiques and homemade pieces and came across a beautiful bulletin board that I just had to replicate and share. The piece I originally saw used an antique picture frame, minus the picture, and was hugely expensive. But what was so cool about the whole piece is that where the picture and glass once were, there was chicken wire with small clips holding memorabilia. I immediately thought of my kids and … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

It’s funny because as an adult, Valentine’s Day is fun, yes. But as a kid, Valentine’s Day is REALLY FUN! My kids love it. They’ve got to pick out the best cards, which the last few years, have included small trinkets like Silly Bands and themed erasers. Filling out the cards is a whole exciting process. And then, there are the decorations. Again, as an adult, I really don’t need any. But, as a kid, decorations are a must have. … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

My girls love to make pompoms. Over the summer, they took a pompom making class and had a blast making adorable pompom animals. Now they’ve expanded their repertoire into making pompom wreaths to decorate their bedroom. They got this idea from my Bernat yarn newsletter and I think it’s a great craft for cold January days; it’s easy and it’ll keep the kids busy while they’re stuck indoors. For this craft, you may not have to make a special trip … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman