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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DIY Coffee Tray

This little DIY Coffee Tray was simple to put together. 
It's perfect for lazy Saturday morning coffee in bed...one of the best luxuries.

DIY Coffee Tray | Create this simple little 12"x12" tray out of a wooden canvas and a fun painting technique.
I feel like bedside coffee is one of those little luxuries in life. It's not fancy...but it's very enjoyable, you know? A few years ago at a conference, I roomed with a friend who ordered coffee service to the room every morning...and I was instantly hooked. Ever since then, I've started doing that when we stay in hotels that provide that service. And I really love doing it at home. Our bedroom is on the other side of the house from the kitchen. My husband is a doll and started this little practice when we moved into our new place last spring. Every Saturday morning, he brings coffee to our bedroom. We've used this large melamine tray that I've had since college and it was massive (and slippery)...cups would slide all over the thing. I thought it would be fun to make a small tray that would work perfectly for our in-home coffee service situation. I modeled this tray similarly to the large one I made to corral items on my kitchen island...using a wooden canvas for the base. But the difference is that this one is smaller and mobile. Check out the entire tutorial below. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lace and Drop Cloth Table Runner

This Lace and Drop Cloth Table Runner is an easy beginner sewing project that can be completed in a couple of hours (or less!). It's a great way to add some texture and dimension down the middle of a dining table.

I'm also sharing our favorite Lipton Iced Tea in nifty ready-to-drink bottles, below, too.

Lace and Drop Cloth Table Runner | Sew and neutral farmhouse table runner with a drop cloth and lace. Complete tutorial.
As the holidays are rapidly approaching (wasn't it just August, y'all?), I'm turning my attention to our dining room. Since this is our first year to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in our new home with my entire side of the family (there are LOTS of us), I'd like to make this space a little more "us" and customize it as much as I can in what limited time I have left. One thing that's been on my list forever has been a new table runner. Our dining table is a family heirloom and I love it...but it presents its own set of issues due to its massive size. To accommodate only half of us, (we're a big "auxillary" kiddie table family...only because we need the space at the regular dining table), it has to have all of its leaves in place...making it nine feet long. It's also a very wide table...almost four feet across. So, traditional table runners are always super wimpy in here. I've tried to make them work, but no bueno.

If you recall, last year, I tried to add some fun to the middle of the table with the large centerpiece box I built (see that post here). It's a fabulous box, but in our new dining room, it looked out of place. AND, it was truly a bit tall when filled with decorations...making it difficult to visit with (or even see) the person across from you at the table (hindsight is a real thing, y'all). I have big plans for it elsewhere, but it wasn't destined for the dining room in this new house. In all honestly, I want our mealtimes in here (holiday or not) to focus on the people...and having a large, invasive centerpiece just seemed to block out a lot of the conversation and memory-making. Sometimes, I need to reimagine the dinner experience...keeping the people in mind, instead of just the decor and food.

So, I decided to keep it simple this year. I created a runner that would be plenty long and wide for this crazy table of ours. I'm really happy with how it turned out, y'all! Check out the tutorial below.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Inspiration Monday

Welcome to the party, y'all! It's a pumpkin-filled, apple-licious, all-kinds-of-autumn filled time today...we're so happy you're here to join the fun.

Did you know that we are also now a "dual platform" link party? That means we are sharing the love here on our blogs and on Instagram, as well.
Here's how to play... Tag and follow all of your hosts on Instagram: @redheadcandecorate, @refreshrestyle, @meeganmakes, @inspirationformoms, @oursouthernhome, @ishouldbemoppingthefloor Add the tag #InspirationMondayParty to all of your inspiring favorites throughout the week. Next week, we will each pick our faves and feature them on Instagram.
It's that easy.

Inspiration Monday Party
Isn't fall the perfect time for a big pot of flavorful soup? We found lots of delicious recipes at last week's party. Perfect to warm you up on these cool autumn nights.
This weeks features were chosen by Laura from Inspiration for Moms.
Check out all of the yumminess below.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Free Thanksgiving Printable

This simple free Thanksgiving printable is perfect for your fall decor.

This simple free Thanksgiving printable is perfect for your fall decor.
 I know I said I was moving on to all of the Christmas designs, but I'm throwing just one more free Thanksgiving printable at ya! I really wanted to do something with a banner wrap-around and this fallish one kind of evolved from that idea. Download yours below.

DIY Holiday Crate

This DIY Crate is not just for the holiday season. 
I flip it to the other side for a neutral look the rest of the year. 
See the tutorial and how I use this below.

DIY Holiday Crate | Tutorial for a fun crate that does DOUBLE duty all year long!

DIY Holiday Crate | Tutorial for a fun crate that does DOUBLE duty all year long!
Today, I'm joining Traci with the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Blog Hop. We're on day #7 and it's been a super fun hop so far. SO MANY IDEAS! Click here to check it all out and ENTER all of the awesome giveaways that Traci put together. Click below to see my DIY Holiday Crate tutorial.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eight Holiday Printables

These Eight Holiday Printables are my latest installment of Printables for Purchase. 
They're perfect to display together or on their own with your holiday decor.

Holiday Printables
The holidays are almost here...squeallll! I'm excited to debut my first holiday designs of 2016 today. These eight printables have a fun, brushed and hand-written vibe...with a little hipster feel, too! These are bundled together for $5. You may click here to purchase them here on my Gumroad store, or wait for the widget to upload below.