Category Archives: Decorating Tips

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I recently purchased a blue wire basket that brings out the subtle blues in my couch, but didn’t have anything to fill it. I first thought about using hollow vine balls. But then came across a tutorial on making decorative hollow yarn balls on the Jo Ann Fabric and Craft website that sparked my creativity and was the perfect solution to my decorating dilemma. I had an old skein of yarn that would highlight my couch perfectly. I had to … continued…

Yarn Balls
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I am forever looking for ways to make my kitchen more useful. If you have not discovered Pinterest for this kind of searching, head over there, but don’t say I didn’t warn you: you may lose entire evenings coveting cool kitchens you find there.   Here are some cool kitchen ideas that I find very useful: • Flip down space under sink. I lived in my place for two and a half years before I discovered I had this little … continued…

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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…

cork wreath
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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…

zipper ornaments
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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
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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
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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
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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…

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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…

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