i should be mopping the floor: 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Free New Years Timeline Covers

These free New Years Timeline covers are the perfect touch for your profile this new year's season...and well into 2016. 

Free New Years Timeline Covers | 8 fun/inspirational designs  for your Facebook timeline | Instant Downloads
Some of these are inspirational...some just for fun! I basically just wanted to play around with cute fonts and pretty colors. I hope you enjoy these. And here's to a fabulous 2016. Grab your favorite below. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hi, friends! Hoping you all had a lovely holiday week...but the fun certainly isn't over with New Year's just around the corner. Today, at my home, we're having my entire family over to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday. I've been super excited about today for awhile...he's a pretty special guy! Hope you've had a chance to chat with and catch up with your friends and family, too. Wishing you each a wonderful 2016!

This weeks features are all about New Year's Recipes, Organizing and Decorating!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Free Printable 2016 Calendar At-a-Glance

This Free Printable 2016 Calendar At-a-Glance is a great printout for your office or kitchen.

Free Printable 2016 Calendar At-a-Glance | Instant Download | 8x10 page
Tomorrow starts my official Christmas break, y'all...or what I'm going to call "let's buckle down and finish the designs for the book that are due in a month". I'm sure it will be super relaxing and stress free. I'm going to be posting just a printable and the party from here until the end of January...just kind of to save my sanity with all that's going on with the book. 
But I can't close out the holiday fun without one last calendar to start the new year with. This one is perfect to add to a bulletin board by your desk...or in your kitchen. Download yours below.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, friends! Merry, merry...it's almost here! Less than a week until Christmas. My kids and husband are off of school, but I still have a few days of work...but I really don't mind! The festiveness is everywhere and that just makes me happy. Hoping you and yours have the happiest of holidays, too. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Free Printable Watercolor Santa Hat Gift Tags

These Free Printable Watercolor Santa Hat Gift Tags are perfect for your holiday gifting. Download, cut and attach to brown paper packages tied up with string...I'm sure it will be one of your favorite things. ;)

Free Printable Watercolor Santa Hat Gift Tags
One week, y'all. ONE WEEK. Deep breaths, anyone? No...just me? Goodness. I've got lots of fun free gift tags printed and ready...now to finish getting the gifts to tie them to! These are some of my faves...a sweet little Santa hat in watercolor. Download yours below.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Coffee and Pie Bar

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All opinions are mine alone. #TryThePie #CollectiveBias

A simple Coffee & Pie Bar is perfect for all of your holiday entertaining needs. I’ve also included some free printable pie leftover covers to send pie with your guests...because who turns down leftover pie, y’all?

You guys know how much I love my little coffee station in my kitchen...it’s my hardest working area in the whole house. It brews all day and night at times. I thought it would be fun to make it into a fun Coffee and Pie Bar for the holiday entertaining season. Because...coffee and pie. AmIright?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Vintage Christmas Luncheon Ideas

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Put an eclectic spin on your holiday entertaining with these vintage Christmas luncheon ideas. They're a fun way to bring a casual touch to a tea party or luncheon for your friends and family. I've included free printable menu cards and tents to use at your own gathering.

Put an eclectic spin on your holiday entertaining with these vintage Christmas luncheon ideas. They're a fun way to bring a casual touch to a tea party or luncheon for your friends and family. Includes free printable menu cards, too.
Do you enjoy holiday entertaining? I love small things...like tea parties, luncheons, etc. This post has lots of fun ideas of those smaller affairs...with some easy, make-ahead tips and free printables, too. Check it all out below.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Free Printable Photo Calendar and DIY Display Board

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All opinions are mine alone. #SaveYourMemories #CollectiveBias

This 2016 free Printable Photo Calendar and DIY Display Board would make a perfect holiday gift for anyone. Or just make one for yourself...who doesn't want a fun calendar and cute way to display it?

I've got 2017 calendars listed at the bottom of this post, too.

2016 Free Printable Photo Calendar and DIY Display Board | 12-month watercolor calendar perfect for your photos | Easily display on one of these boards.
I love sharing printables here on the blog, but today I'm sharing a tutorial for a DIY Display Board that you can use with all of your free printables. And I've got the calendar below for you to download, as well. Adding your own photos to it is such a fun way to personalize a gift or keepsake. 

I've got 2017 calendars listed at the bottom of this post, too.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Wowsa...only two weeks 'til the big day! How are we almost halfway through December? It's always such a busy month...I really look forward to the week of Christmas so we can slow down a bit and really enjoy the season and each other. Hope you can find some time to slow down a bit, too.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Free Christmas Tree Chalk Printable & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

This Free Christmas Tree Chalk Printable is available for download below.
We're also got a $25 Amazon Card Giveaway for you, too.

This free Christmas Tree Chalk Printable is a fun addition to your holiday decor. It's an 8x10 chalkboard print (just print onto regular paper and the chalkboard background is already built in). Grab one for yourself below. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gifts for Everyone with Free Printable Gift Tags

This blog post was sponsored by Godiva but the opinions are all my own. #GiftGodiva

Today, I'm sharing some easy and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. They're perfect for last minute presents that still warm the heart (and tummy!). I'm also sharing some free printable gift tags for all of your holiday gifting needs.

Gifts for Everyone with Free Printable Gift Tags
Today marks exactly 15 days until Christmas. I give you permission to have a small freak out. Are you ready? Yeah, me either. BUT, I did cross off five names from my list with a quick trip to Target (since I'm there at least once a week anyway...they miss me when I'm not). Check out these easy gift ideas, a great Cartwheel offer, and free printable gift tags below.

Monday, December 7, 2015

2015 Christmas Home Tour

I've brought a quirky, vintage vibe into our decor this year. 
Come check out our 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

Fun and eclectic Christmas home tour with loads of vintage charm.
I've added a lot of homemade signs, crafts, and a few junk store finds to this year's decor. 
Check it all out below.>>>

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Heyyyyyy, friend! It's our favorite day of the week. Kick back with a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy LOADS of inspiration from all over the blogosphere. We've even got a SPECIAL treat for you below, too...like to the tune of one hundred big ones! ;)

Giving a Meaningful Gift this Season

We're shifting gears a bit and giving a meaningful gift this season. 
Check out how you can, too.

Y'all, I'm going to be a bit of a mess throughout this post, so just bear with me, k? Sometimes I look around and wonder, "Why are we blessed? Why not everyone?" While I certainly can't answer these questions, I can start a conversation with my own kiddos with how to help others that aren't as fortunate. This year, we're changing up Christmas a bit. I'm a bit over the commercialism and mass amounts of materialistic expectations that tend to surface this time of the year...I'm certainly guilty of that, too. I get on social media and immediately start with the "my house isn't as Christmas pretty as hers..." or, "gosh, I need just one (more) pair of perfect boots to complete that Christmas outfit..." or, "wow, Christmas cards...mine are never as fancy as everyone else's,"...I could go on and on. But, then, I see these photos on the CARE site and am humbled to my core. Why do I even give a flip about a pair of pretty boots when all these sweet faces would just give anything for one single meal? One. I mean, really, y'all? I'm rallying the troops and we're doing things a bit different this year. Check out how we're picking out gifts from this CARE catalog this year>>> 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Free Joy to the World Printable

This free Joy to the World printable is available in four different colors below.
It's the perfect addition to your Christmas decor. 

Free Joy to the World Printable available in four colors | Instant Downloads
Sometimes a simple printable is my favorite. I actually created this design back in October for use on another site that I contribute to. But, I loved it so much that I kept it for here (I can be a bit selfish at times. True story.). Today was the first chance I've had to share it with you. There are four different color options to coordinate with your decor (and ink levels...ha!). Download your favorite below. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Make a Weathered JOY Sign

Today, I'm sharing a simple tutorial for how to make a weathered JOY sign. I almost didn't post this, y'all. But after sharing a photo on social media earlier this week where this sign was captured, a few of you asked me where to buy it. It was all kinds of free (hoarding paint works to my advantage sometimes). Check out the tutorial below. 

How to Make a Weathered JOY Sign with PERFECT Lettering | Options to make without a vinyl machine, too.
J-O-Y, J-O-Y, this is what it means...Jesus first, Yourself last, and Others in between (hey!)...anyone else singing that old Sunday school song right about now? No? Just me? Ah well, if you know it, it's now in your head (you're welcome). I keep seeing everyone's cute JOY porch signs all over the interwebs and thought it was about time to create one for my house. I already have my big NOEL sign on my porch (or sitting next to my front door, inside the house, patiently waiting for me to move it for the last week...ahem), so I wanted to create a JOY sign for my fireplace hearth. I kind of did a bit of a Christmas decor tweak (okay, overhaul) this year...after thirteen years of marriage, a lot of our stuff was falling apart (we got married right before the holidays...so we bought a little bit of super cheap decor that year for our first little Christmas. It's served us well, but...the time had come). When I set out for a new holiday look, I wanted to keep my budget in check(ish), so I actually made a boatload of stuff myself. It's my own form of procrastinating on my book manuscript that's due next month (#ahhhfreakout). Check out how I made this baby for zilch below. Nada. Zip. Zing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pineapple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Today's post is sponsored by EVITE® and Dole 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice
All opinions are mine.
#LifesBetterTogether, #BeThere, #Evite

I've never, (repeat: never), met a cupcake I didn't like. Okay, love. My youngest takes after me. We once went to a potluck where (under supervision of a preteen) he consumed five cupcakes in one sitting. I was stunned. And concerned...but you, know, it all ended well. These Pineapple Cinnamon Cupcakes from EVITE and Dole look like our kind of dessert.
Pineapple Cinnamon Cupcakes | These are made with a boxed yellow caked mix and several other yummy ingredients, including 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice.
I just love that these are made with a boxed yellow caked mix and several other yummy ingredients, including 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice. During the holidays, recipes like these are such timesavers...but also showstoppers! It's the perfect combination.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Create a Chalk Printable in a Word Processing Program

Don't have access to fancy graphic programs? This tutorial is a simple way to create a chalk printable in a word processing program...I'm also sharing a great graphics resource, too. AND a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway!

How to Create a Chalk Printable in a Word Processing Program | Step-by-step tutorial to create your own printable chalkboard artwork in a word processing program.
Chalk printables don't have to be overly complicated to create. If you're looking to make some simple holiday artwork (or even your own chalkboard Christmas cards), this is a fun way to do that. Check out my tutorial below.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hiya, friends! Are you still noshing on leftover turkey and getting deliriously lost in putting up Christmas decor? Or are you like me and bundled up watching a Hallmark movie hoping the house will finish decorating itself...ha?!? We had a fun Thanksgiving both at our home on Thursday and with some of my husband's family on Friday...it was truly a great holiday. Then we started this fun:
Like I said, not totally done...and hoping the rest magically puts itself into place (wink!). Feel free to follow along here over on Instagram for more of my holiday decor. 

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This week's party features were selected by Debbie from Refresh Restyle

Friday, November 27, 2015

Free Facebook Christmas Watercolor Timelines

These five free Facebook Christmas Watercolor Timelines are the perfect holiday touch for your profile. 

Free Facebook Christmas Watercolor Timelines | Download one of five free holiday watercolor timelines to give your profile a festive touch!
It's officially the Christmas season! YAY! Since I host Thanksgiving at my home, I've been itching to break out the Christmas decor...and I finally can. I've been working on lots of new handmade decorations this year, so it's tough to create something and then stick it in the closet for a bit. But today, we shall deck the halls, y'all! AND, be sure to deck out your Facebook Timeline for the holidays, too. Grab your favorite free Facebook Christmas Watercolor Timeline below.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin and bananas aren't instantly thought of as the perfect flavor combo. But, this dense, rich Pumpkin Banana Bread will have you thinking twice. It's a really nice quick bread that doesn't have overpowering flavors from the fruit (or vegetable!). 

Pumpkin Banana Bread: Easy Quick Bread Recipe
I'm sad to type it, but it looks like this will be my last pumpkin recipe of the year...from here on out we seem to switch into total Christmas overload, right? Goodbye to pumpkins and hello to peppermint. (Secretly, I love the pumpkins more.) This quick bread would be perfect to whip up for Thanksgiving breakfast...especially if you have overnight guests. It's easy to nibble on while you're basting that bird. ;)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Today's party is PERFECTION for kicking off Thanksgiving week (if you're one of our Canadian readers, you'll have to bear with us...we know your Thanksgiving has already come and gone...but we're so happy you're here)! Our hostess of the week put together some fabulous Thanksgiving inspiration for all of us still putting the finishing touches on our big feasts. Hoping you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and kick off to the holidays!

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In case some of you are still struggling with your meal planning for the big day, we've got lots of great ideas for you today as part of our linky party features. Enjoy! This week's linky party features were selected by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom.
How to roast a turkey from Kleinworth & Co.

Perfect Yeast Rolls from Grace and Good Eats


Pumpkin Pie Promo
Don't forget dessert! Pumpkin Pie from Walking on Sunshine

Turkey Treats from The Country Chic Cottage.

Be Thankful Printable from Carrie Elle.

Holiday Stove Top Potpourri from The Casual Craftlete.

Now it's time for this week's party!

Please keep in mind: – Be sure to mingle with other party guests. – Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog. – Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties. – By linking up to the Inspiration Monday Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.
Are you feeling inspired? We are too! Let's Party!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Spread Cheer Not Germs Free Kleenex® Printable

This "Spread Cheer Not Germs" Free Kleenex® Printable is perfect for spreading a little love and care around your office or neighborhood. It's a practical gift...you'll be thought of every time they reach for a Kleenex®! Just print out your free printables, and attach to boxes of Kleenex® (oh, you know the Anti-Viral kind is my fave). #SpreadKleenexCare

Spread Cheer Not Germs Free Kleenex® Printable
As crazy as it sounds, my nose always runs during a prayer in church (and it's always the longest prayer...knowwhatImean?). Said prayer is inevitably followed by some kind of handshaking situation. I'm so busy digging through my purse for a Kleenex® and/or hand sanitizer that I usually miss the fellowship. A few years back, I had the idea of tucking boxes of Kleenex® at the ends of each pew (actually, I straight up copied it from seeing it at another church). It was my little way of spreading cheer...and not germs. Before I knew it, the church started replacing empty boxes and it became an official thing. When you need a Kleenex®, you needKleenex®. I thought these printables would be so fun to attach to the side of Kleenex® boxes to give to people everywhere. What a fun (and unexpected) holiday gift that people will totally use. From co-workers, to secret Santas, this is a fantastically budget-friendly gift that you can give to LOTS of people. Download your printables below. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dining Room Shelving

Our new dining room shelving has been an awesome space saver. Check it out below.

Dining Room Shelving: a fun alternative to china cabinets
I had buyer's remorse after getting these shelves, y'all. I went and posted my old china cabinets on Facebook (as I was in the process of emptying them) and several readers commented about how much they loved them and would love something like that in their home. Not going to lie...guilt-infusion, y'all. I put on my proverbial china cabinet goggles (if you get this reference, we probably watch the same show). For a fleeting moment, I considered hauling the shelving an hour down the road back to Ikea...but then caught the stink-eye from *someone* I had to beg to go on said Ikea trip in the first place (ahem). But, I went back to the beginning and remembered why we bought the shelving in the first place...to keep harmony in the dining room when someone on the window end of the table had to make their way out of the dining room. Check out our new wall o' shelves below.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Hammy Sammies

These Holiday Hammy Sammies are perfect to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Holiday Hammy Sammies: the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers
Check out my fun and easy recipe for Holiday Hammy Sammies over on the Rhodes blog here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Place Setting with Free Printable 'Give Thanks' Tags

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All opinions are mine alone. #ForTheLoveOfHam #CollectiveBias

Today, I'm sharing a simple idea for a Thanksgiving Place Setting with Free Printable 'Give Thanks' Tags. 
It's the perfect touch for the big dinner. Download your tags below.

Thanksgiving Place Setting with Free Printable 'Give Thanks' Tags
Big day's next week, y'all. I'm not even a little ready...well, okay, my dining room is. But, me, not so much. How are we knocking on the door of the holidays already? I'm on the verge of jumping up and down with excitement or needing a paper bag to breathe in. Really. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Today, I'm sharing how I took the stress out of the table decor part this year...and went for something super simple, yet pretty and thoughtful, too. Grab your own free printable 'Give Thanks' tags below for a last minute touch to your turkey day table.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Inspiration Monday

It's PARTY DAY, y'all! I absolutely love seeing everything you link up every week...so much gorgeousness. I'm a wee bit jealous of all of you with all of your Christmas decor up...I host Thanksgiving for my whole family, so we don't decorate until the pies have been eaten (ha!). Can't wait to see what you're up to this week!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kennedy Fir Harvest Wreath Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Tree Classics.
All opinions are my own. 

Excited to have this Kennedy Fir Harvest Wreath Giveaway today.
Enter below to win.
My friends at Tree Classics are celebrating their 40th anniversary. I'm helping them celebrate by giving away a beautiful Kennedy Fir Harvest Wreath to one I Should Be Mopping the Floor reader. This wreath is a beautiful pre-lit wreath that retails for $159. What a fun prize to kick off your holiday decorating season! Enter below.

Sweet Potato Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze

This Sweet Potato Bread is a delicious southern fall recipe that's perfect to indulge in.

Sweet Potato Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze | A delicious and easy recipe for a quick bread that's perfect for any time of the day.
As a kid, I couldn't stand sweet potatoes. Like...ick. But my southern mom fixed them all the time...and eventually my ick towards them turned to a maybe. It wasn't the traditional sweet potato casserole that I posted about last year that won be over, either. Of course it was pie. Of course.
As an adult, I love sweet potatoes. They're on my weird diet plan and I have gotten to where I'm totally okay with a plain sweet potato...I really love them and they're easy to prepare. 
What I don't love is preparing them for baking (the peeling...it's like torture, y'all). But, these Martha White® Sweet Potato Muffin Mixes from Kroger have eliminated all of the work. And they're absolutely delicious. While the muffins themselves are yummy, I love being able to take a prepackaged baking mix and take it totally over the top with a delicious glaze and a few add-ins. Check out this easy recipe below.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Free Printable Christmas Countdown Bag Tags

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These Free Printable Christmas Countdown Bag Tags are perfect for celebrating every day until Christmas. Fill the bags with goodies, quotes, activity ideas, and more. Download these tags for your Christmas Countdown fun below. 

Christmas Countdown Tags

Christmas countdown bags are such a fun way to count the days until the big guy slides down the chimney. My kids love it when we do this version of an Advent calendar. I fill the bags with inexpensive dollar store goodies, as well as activity ideas. Then I seal them with these cute numbered tags. They make the days leading up to Christmas really fun and memorable. Download your free Christmas Countdown bag tags below.

Pumpkin Pie Sopapilla Cheesecake

I think it's safe to say, this Pumpkin Pie Sopapilla Cheesecake is my new favorite dessert in the history of ever. Everrrrrr.
I can't wait to introduce the entire family to it over the holidays.

Pumpkin Pie Sopapilla Cheesecake | Delicious fall dessert that starts from crescent rolls!
While hosting Thanksgiving at my house is fun and all (and exhausting...amIright, hosts?), my actual favorite Thanksgiving is the next day with a part of my husband's family in Round Rock, just up the road from us. While my husband's parents and brothers all live a good distance from us, we love having his cousins and aunt and uncle nearby. 
That particular celebration started a couple of years ago...the Turkey Day after party. It's super relaxed. And we all just sit around talking for hours while the kids play. Annnnnd, a great deal of that part of the family lived in Italy for a bit...so the food is to die for. Definitely not a turkey and stuffing party...but at that point, we're all kind of over that. This year, I volunteered to bring dessert. Can you guess what I'm making? 

While the rest of the meal is Italian, dessert tends to be anything goes (with the exception of cousin Mindy's tiramisu...also to die for). Hoping my Pumpkin Pie Sopapilla Cheesecake will be a big hit at the festivities this year...it already is in my house (and at my husband's office where it disappeared lickity split).

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Shopping with My Dad

I feature my dad a lot on this blog...but usually he's holding a nail gun or cutting a board.
Today, I'm chatting about our recent trip to Brownwood...and what fun I had shopping with my dad.

This guy. I kind of adore him, y'all. We are so alike. He gets me and I get him. As I mentioned in a previous post, my mother's health isn't always the best these days, and her number one caregiver is my dad. He has taken on a lot of new things around the house and never seems to stop. Sometimes, I like to get him out of their house for a bit, so he can just relax and chat. We thought it would be fun to head to Brownwood for the day...which is a place that has some fun memories for us from my college days. We also had some baking plans, too. Well...I do the baking. He makes a great taste tester. It's all fair since he does a lot of my project building...and I do the photo taking. See how that works out? Check out our fun day below.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chicken and Pumpkin Soup Recipe

This Chicken and Pumpkin Soup Recipe is really more of a chowder...it has corn, too! But, my kids devour it better if it's a soup (what their aversion is to chowder, I'll never know). But this particular pumpkin soup recipe has all of their faves: chicken, pumpkin and corn. It's a great belly warmer.

Pumpkin and Chicken Corn Chowder
I based this recipe off of one that I read in the fall issue of Cottages and Bungalows. When I was reading it, I was like..."whaaaa?!? A real pumpkin?!?" I've always put my sister-in-law solely in the awesome baker category because she only bakes with real pumpkins. Me, I pop open more cans of pumpkin that I can keep track of. I mean, cutting a spaghetti squash in half is arduous enough for me...but, chopping up and baking with an entire pumpkin? Sighhhhh. That just overwhelmed me, y'all. I searched on Pinterest for a soup recipe that uses canned pumpkin and just couldn't find any that fit the bill. So, I rose to the challenge and what do you know? I like cooking with real pumpkin. Check out the recipe below...it's a healthy one!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sausage and Stuffing Balls

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These Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce are a fabulous holiday appetizer...or a great recipe twist to use up leftovers from the big meal!

Thanksgiving Finger Foods
These sausage and stuffing balls could also be called "little bites of Thanksgiving", y'all. They have all the essentials...except, instead of turkey, I used breakfast sausage. They're similar to the classic baking mix sausage ball, but a lot moister (I always think the baking mix ones get so dried out). These stay moist and delicious...and the cranberry dipping sauce just takes them to the next level of holiday yumminess. You'll definitely want these to nosh on this holiday season...they're a lovely departure from the norm! Check out this delicious holiday recipe (with a twist!) below.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, y'all...I'm so happy you're here to party with me and my friends. I hope you've had a fabulous weekend wherever you are. It's the season of having guests over...which means I go into "I have to change everything!" mode. Silly, really. But, I worked on some lingering home projects this weekend (and by lingering, we're talking since July, y'all). I'm excited to show you how I updated my little flea market gallery corner, though (I haven't decorated for Christmas, but I did have to put out that cutie-patootie pillow from the Targets! The reindeer is driving the car...it kills me with cuteness). I scored the red check chair at Goodwill and scrubbed her up. 

But, seriously, you didn't come to hear me ramble about my chair...let's get to the fun!

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The feeling of Fall and Thanksgiving was definitely reflected in last week's links!
This week's features were chosen by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Free Printable Mason Jar Gift Tags


These Free Printable Mason Jar Gift tags are perfect for every kind of package under your tree!

Free Printable Mason Jar Gift tags are perfect for every kind of package under your tree! | Includes two sizes and both "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays", as well as a lined note card. | Instant Downloads
I feel like a classic mason jar never goes out of style. I buy jars in bulk over the holidays so I can gift the heehaw out of them. I stuff them with everything from rolled up scarves, to cute socks, to (of course) food gifts. They really are perfect gift containers...and then great for the recipient to use again, later. Download my free printable mason jar gift tags below. They come in 'Merry Christmas', 'Happy Holidays', and a plain lined note card, too. 

How to Create Vacuum Lines Like the Professionals

Have you ever wondered how to create vacuum lines like the professionals? Or like your mom used to? Below is a simple tutorial to help you make your carpet look like perfection.

How to Create Vacuum Lines Like the Professionals | Simple-to-follow tutorial to create the classic carpet pattern with your vacuum (just like mom used to!).
While the name of my blog makes it pretty obvious that floor care perfection is somewhat questionable around these parts...I can tell you that I do love a good patterned vacuum effect. Seeing those straight and diagonal lines kind of makes my heart go pitter patter, y'all. Gosh, I can almost hear my mom saying: "You better not walk on those carpets and mess up my fresh pattern!" Ahhh, the sweet sounds of my childhood...

Check out how easy it is to create these patterns in your own carpet. It will look just like you had the professionals swing by.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How to Make a Large Vintage Centerpiece Box

Brace yourself. This post is a bit lengthy. But, I went step-by-step through the entire process (building and paint effects) of How to Make a Large Vintage Centerpiece Box. These can be made in any size...they're perfect for tables, mantels, shelves, upright pianos, and more.

How to Make a Large Vintage Centerpiece Box | Follow this building and painting tutorial to create a funky centerpiece that also works on a table, mantel, or upright piano.
So, I'll start by stating the obvious...this thing is huge, y'all. Huge. But, I purposely designed it that way. My dining table actually has two more leaves that we add for the holiday season to accommodate the whole ding dang family. So, my centerpiece box is enormous. I also have a fairly unusually wide table (at least for a rectangular one). So, making it this size works for me...but if you do decide to make this, be sure to make it according to the size you'll need. After the holidays, I'm thinking about moving it to the piano or the mantel for quick decor. I may load it up with books or other fun things...the possibilities are pretty endless with a box like this. I've already purchased a big load of tall mason jars to fill it with for Christmas...hoping to do red candles nestled in epsom salt in them (it's as close to "snow" as I get down here in Texas). 

I've truly wanted one of these for forever. Super happy to have it in place now. Check out how my dad and I made it...and how I gave it a super shabby paint treatment below.