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Friday, November 17, 2017

Free Printable Gift Tags

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I love free printable gift tags, y'all! Today's designs have a masculine feel to them...perfect for gifting to all of the dapper fellas in your life. These come in both red and green free printable gift tags at the end of the post for you to download. I'm also sharing a swanky way to put a masculine spin on holiday gift wrapping...and my husband's favorite (early) gift he received!

Free Printable Gift Tags | Wrap up your favorite gifts in style with these tags and out-of-the-box gift wrapping ideas.
I live with three men...ages 10-40(ish). And the verdict is in: my traditional fluffy tulle bows on polka dotted gift wrap is (apparently) not the preferred wrap around here (it's a bit too cha-cha-cha for my people). So, I came up with a bit of a more sophisticated, errr...manly gift wrap for this holiday season. Goodbye, tulle. Hello, herbs and twine. Grab these gift wrap tips and the free printable gift tags below.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

DIY Interchangeable Wreath

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While the holidays are somewhat the official "wreath season", I like to keep something festive on the door year-round. I created this DIY Interchangeable Wreath as a budget-friendly way to display something pretty on the front door all year long, with just a quick change between seasons.

DIY Interchangeable Wreath | This wreath can be changed every season with simple pieces. Complete photo tutorial explains exactly how it works.
I'm a bit of a wreath junkie...but let's face it, they get spendy. And if you make your wreaths yourself, it can be a lot of work to create a new one for every season. Having a DIY Interchangeable Wreath covers a multitude of wreath issues: it's super budget-friendly, not as much work, and storage wise, it can't be beat. See how simple it is to create one of these for yourself below.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lined and Zippered Small Cosmetic Bag

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I love lots of little bags to compartmentalize everything when I travel. This small cosmetic bag is actually my new go-to for all of my supplements and first aid items. It's the perfect size to slide into a carry-on bag. 

Lined and Zippered Small Cosmetic Bag Tutorial from start to finish. These are the perfect bags to take everywhere!
Earlier this fall, I shared a tutorial for my Boxed Toiletry Bag. I love that bag, but it gravitated more to make-up use, rather than supplements and such. I realized I prefer something smaller for organizing supplements, bandages, and other related items. I like to have these in my carry-on with me and the boxed bag was a bit larger for that. This new lined and zippered small cosmetic bag fits the bill perfectly. It can slide right into my tote, so I can have easy access during a flight. This bag has more structure than a typical cosmetic bag, too, which is something I prefer. Check out its tutorial below.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Inspiration Monday

​Woohoo, we're having a par-tay to start the week off right, y'all! It's time for Inspiration Monday...and time to be inspired.

We're seeing so many festive ideas linked up to the party every week. This week's hostess grabbed several of these goodies for today's party features.

These Green and White Holiday Ideas were chosen by Meegan from What Meegan Makes. Check them all out below.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Shiplap Plate Chargers

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We're well into November and on the downhill to Thanksgiving (my FAVORITE!). We made these fun Shiplap Plate Chargers to add a pop of color under our plates in our dining room. I can't wait for their maiden voyage (AKA, Thanksgiving dinner).

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
Y'all, I'm not even a shiplap person, really...but when these DIY chargers came together, I kind of started loving the popular wall treatment, in charger form. I love using chargers under plates. But, somehow, a dozen of my good, wooden ones disappeared when we moved over a year ago. They're probably tucked away in some obscure place and I'll find them at some point. But, I thought I'd go ahead make some shiplap plate chargers to add another layer of texture and color to this year's Thanksgiving table. Oh, and that menu card is also a free printable I added to this post, too.


DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
This may be the earliest I'm *slightly* on top of my game plan for hosting Thanksgiving. I mean, I haven't exactly thought about the food too terribly much, but the dining room is on point, y'all. Well, I mean...as on point as the eclectic mish mash of this space can be, I suppose. But, I'm actually happy with the direction it took this year.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
These shiplap plate chargers allowed me to bring in another aqua element into the room. I think they balance it all out, nicely. They're super sturdy, too, and don't move about when you rest your arm on them (unlike my previous ones).

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
I grabbed the wooden pieces for these at Home Depot. I used 12"x4' boards. I also grabbed a sheet of underlayment and had the big cutting machine at the store cut it down for me into more workable sections for our smaller miter saw at home.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
We then cut our larger boards into 12"x12" squares. Our underlayment pieces were cut into 12"x3" strips. We cut four underlayment strips per board. Underlayment is very thin and inexpensive...and perfect for these shiplap plate chargers.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
We used both wood glue and finishing nails to attach the underlayment (or shiplap, if you will) strips on to the larger square boards. We glued them down first.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
We laid the shiplap pieces down on the glue. Before the glue had time to dry, we used finishing nails on each end of each strip. We used an awl to sink the nails so they wouldn't catch on anything when these chargers were later in use.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
Then we sanded the heehaw out of them...until they felt like, buttah, y'all. I gave them a coat of aqua paint and then sanded a bit more to bring out their shiplap appearance. Then I sealed them with a marine-grade sealer so moisture and food spills were no match for them.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
I'm really happy with how they turned out. They're really different than any other chargers I've ever owned. I love their chunkiness and the slight rustic-ness about them.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, though...before I set the Thanksgiving table, I clean the dining room from top to bottom. Having a clean house makes guests more comfortable than any piece of pretty decor can. If this house smells and feels its best...it tends to look its best, too (kind of like us, huh?). I've always trusted Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, Pledge® Lemon Clean, and Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik®  cleaner throughout my entire home...but especially the dining room when we host family and friends for big holiday dinners and gatherings.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
My dining table is a family heirloom. My mother handed it down to me 10 years ago. Before it was hers, my late uncle had it and used it for many a family gathering. There aren't many holiday memories of mine that don't involve lots of family packed around this table. And just like my mom always did, I clean it with Pledge® Lemon Clean (she'd flip if she heard an inkling that I used something else to clean this family table with...and I never would!). It also has never been refinished and still looks as great as when it sat in my uncle's dining room 35 years ago.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
I don't skip the weird spots either...these beams on the bottom of the table legs get the dirtiest. Pledge® beautifies and enhances the appearance of hard surfaces*, like my antique dining room table that's been in my family for generations (*safe to use only on finished, sealed surfaces). Pledge® Lemon Clean can be used to dust, clean, shine, and protect a variety of household hard surfaces. These include wood, laminate, stainless steel, leather, marble, granite, and plastic. Plus, who doesn't love the classic smell of Pledge® Lemon Clean? For best results, do like I do and spray onto a cloth or hold can upright 6-8" from surface to be cleaned.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
Not only is the table an antique, but it was a part of a set of family heirlooms. I inherited the table, its matching china cabinets, and this ornate wall mirror when my parents downsized about ten years ago. My mother and uncle, both, would only hang this mirror in the dining room...to reflect all of the family and friends gathered around the table.  So, naturally, it stayed with its counterparts and hangs in my dining room, too. Just like my mom, I only use Windex® Original on it for that unbeatable streak free shine.

It has been trusted for generations (especially in my family) and Windex® Original cleans and shines glass, mirrors, and more! Its patented ingredient, Ammonia-D®, helps Windex® Original Glass Cleaner to start working on dirt and grime even before you wipe.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
We do not use my vintage church plates for food service (they all say not to on their backsides!). But I do wipe them each down with Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, too. It keeps them shiny and pretty here on the wall.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
I use Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik® all over the house (especially the kitchen). But, I also wipe down my chargers with this after meals are over. I sealed the chargers with a marine-grade sealant so they're easy to keep clean. Since food sometimes falls off a plate and onto the charger, they need to be cleaned after each meal. This powerful antibacterial solution cuts through grease and grime and dissolves it on contact, while disinfecting the area, too. Plus, the no-rinse formula means I get the job done quicker.


DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
I grabbed my Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, Pledge®, and Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik®  at my local Home Depot. Click here to find a store near you.


DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.

Be on the lookout for Pledge® product promotions on display in Home Depot stores 11/1/17 through 1/31/18.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
Now, I'm ready for the big day. I can't wait for my family to enjoy these new shiplap plate chargers.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
Don't forget to grab your free printable menu card, too. Just print out a few for your table and fill them in with all of your goodies (it's less scary than having guests point at your random casserole creation and loudly asking, "what is that?").
DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.
The free printable menu cards coordinate with the free printable placecards that I posted HERE recently. 

DIY Shiplap Plate Chargers | Make these plate chargers to dress up any dining room table.

How to you get your dining room ready for the holidays?