He was totally scoping out that Crate and Barrel mailer. “Two deers and two houses!” (He was really just fascinated by the gel adhesive, but it was still cute.)
Still looking for ways to inject a little holiday spirit around your house or office while spending virtually no money?
Might I suggest the Christmas Printable!
Here’s the one that I have on my mantel, available here. (In other color combos, I might add)
These printables are great because you can just transform a frame you already own, use it for the season, and then swap back.
Here’s the print that I’ve had in the frame I’m using now, a quote from Da Vinci which is one of my absolute favorites. (I’ve posted this once before, here.)
|Created by My Best Friend Jules|
Free printables are a dime a dozen on Pinterest and in that case, I say “AWESOME!” You can find a printable in every possible color scheme so there’s no way you won’t find one that will make your Christmas decor at least a *pinch* more delightful.
Here are some of my favorites, so you don’t have to dig. (Note, click on the photo to navigate to the post where these printables are found. Click on the caption to navigate to the homepages of these sites.)
|From AKA Design|
|From The Letter 4|
|From Paulo Viveiros|
|From Paulo Viveiros|
|From Printable Decor|
|From Printable Decor|
|From My Fabuless Life|
|From lemon squeezy|
|From lemon squeezy|
We had Schlafly Christmas Ale on hand so that’s what I used. Folks, I drank a beer at 10 am. I’m serious. You don’t just throw out perfectly good, unused Schlafly Christmas Ale. It doesn’t matter WHAT time it is! (Don’t worry, it was my day off.)
I SERIOUSLY recommend this recipe. It’s pitched as a summertime recipe in the original post, and I know its December but it is like 70 degrees. Close enough.
So my awesome cousin Katie (who blogs at Life with the Little R’s) suggested that I do a house tour for a blog post. At first I thought- great idea! The second thing I thought was- oh my gosh no, my house is a pit!
Ok, it’s not a pit, but Brett and I are constantly struggling to determine an overall aesthetic or design concept and to challenge things further, we are renters so we can never decide how much money or energy to even devote to our temporary setting. That said, we are people who need our outsides to match our insides and we try to keep our space clean, cute, and clutter free if possible.
We got lots of great decor items as wedding gifts and we’ve tried to make special places to showcase some of those awesome things. I’ve got some plans for a major switcheroo in the office nook of the kitchen and with our upstairs bedroom, and I want to do at least a little staging in each room before it’s picture worthy anyway! So the easiest option was to start small.
Thinking about Katie’s request for a house tour got me thinking about our upstairs bathroom. I thought to myself- I will never take pictures of this place. However, I decided to challenge myself. I decided to upgrade the bathroom using my crafty innovation, decorations on hand, and a teensy tiny budget.
Here’s what it looked like to start:
A very typical rental bathroom, and one we haven’t done much to improve. We’ve hung up a couple shelves and some hooks for my jewelry. I pulled in a nightstand that sort of floats around to different areas of our house to use for extra counter space (as you can see there is none.)
Our shower curtain is navy and cream and it’s a little nautical themed. At one point, we’d picked up some strange “nautical” decor- a lighthouse figurine and this old fisherman that hung on the wall (no, really.) They were too weird and kitschy and we ditched them. Now, we’ve got this barely functional, hardly attractive bathroom that I’m hugely impartial to.
So, here’s what I did.
Firstly, I made up a little frame for my broaches and earrings.
I had leftover fabric from the wedding and a square frame that wasn’t being used that I decided was perfect. I cut out cardboard to size, used a little felt for padding, and wrapped it with the blue fabric. I didn’t even end up gluing. I just used scotch tape!
I fit the cardboard into the frame, put on the frame backing (which made for a very tight fit!) and hung it up!
Simple enough. We are working with pretty much one wall to decorate, so naturally, I opted to create a small gallery with some prints (found here and here) and frames leftover and a couple other wandering decor pieces.
I’m so loosey goosey with when I hang pictures. These made for a pretty easy upgrade. (Except my printer OH MY GAWD MY PRINTER- but that’s a story for another time.)
The other little project I did for the bathroom was.. wait for.. to dye my bath mat. I know, I know, but go with me for a minute here. We have this basic white bath mat. It’s fine, but of course we put our grungy little feet on it every single day so it’s never clean and it bugs me endlessly. The bath mat market is a TOTAL RACKET so I figured, why not spend $3 and dye the damn thing?
So I did.
Here’s the thing. It looked pretty stupid. I wanted it to be navy and it wound up more like cornflower. You know, cornflower. Also, a little splotchy. BUT WHATEVER OKAY. I have like a 95% success rate so I’m allowed a bomb every now and then.
I also swapped on some baskets, put out some flowers, did some “fluffing.”
So, here’s what it looks like now. It’s a long way from my dream bathroom, but considering that the only thing I had to buy was the $5 flower arrangement- it’s a pretty vast improvement!
My weird rug.
Welcome! Come inside! Fix your hair, brush your teeth, take a pee!
Well there you have it folks! My upstairs bathroom! Can’t wait to show you some more!
This weekend I made one of my favorite, simple crafts- a wreath! To me, wreaths just reek of grown-up, put-together decor and they are so much more cost effective to make than to buy. (Want proof? Search “wreath” on Etsy.) Best of all, it really only takes an afternoon to put most of them together.
I was at Walmart a couple weeks ago and found some really inexpensive straw wreaths for sale. I picked up two and finished one to hang for the autumn season. I didn’t want to get too holiday specific, but I chose some natural colors and fabrics to keep it cozy.
Depending on the material of your wreath and your technique, you have a few options in terms of how to get started. I did a yarn wrap wreath (that’s got to be the technical term for it) and my straw wreath form was already covered in plastic, so I just kept it that way so that it would be a uniform size. Foam wreath forms are already set for yarn wrapping too, but I’ve never used one because who wants to pay $7 when you can pay $2.50? If your wreath form is bumpy, you can wrap it in scrap fabric which I have done before also.
Here’s what my finished wreath looks like:
In case you sincerely couldn’t figure it out (that’s ok, don’t get down on yourself) Brett and I made a bed for our sweet pets from a vintage suitcase we used at our wedding!
Then, stuff your pillow in and see how it looks. You can stop here if you want. In fact, Fatty was more than willing to start enjoying the comfiness right away.
I just screwed it right into the bottom of the suitcase. Simple. Then, screw in your legs. (Ok, just do it and don’t snicker.)
Flip the whole thing over, put it somewhere cute, and take your finished project photos !
So I took a break from fanatically reading Game of Thrones so that I could start redoing a few spaces in our apartment. I have a little old and a little new and I’ve been eager to do some updating since we got back from the honeymoon.
For while, I was on this big “Fork and Spoon” kick for the kitchen. I had some cute prints and some antique wooden cutlery, but the design ended there. Eventually, it went out the door altogether. Since then, the one wall we have to decorate in the kitchen has sat blank. A few months ago, we moved a shelf into the kitchen that we’ve used for everything from DVDs to photo albums for our cookbooks, mixing bowls, pie pans, and so on. It’s functional and attractive (win!) but it doesn’t fill the space. We hardly ever sit at our kitchen table (confession) so I’ve sort of tucked it out of the way for the time being.
If you asked Amanda and Kimberly, they’d tell you we need a banquet size table with 10 place settings. I think they’re a little tired of pulling in patio chairs every time they come over for dinner. Anyway, here’s what it looks like now:
In case you’re interested, the artwork in the middle was a DIY of mine using this tutorial I found on Pinterest, naturally. Brett and I nabbed up the smaller canvases after a little bidding war at a silent auction fundraiser for our local no-kill animal shelter, Field of Dreams. The stinking things were painted by DOGS. We had to have them.
It’s no secret that we a major pet people, so it feels pretty natural to pay homage to them through our decor. In fact if you put a dog or a cat on it (put a bird on it!), I’ll pretty much fall in love!
Then he went rogue and pulled out this little beauty:
The scarf looks nice, doesn’t it? Never a dull moment in the Moser House.
I feel like I’m carving a niche out for myself as the “stay-at-home-mom-with-no-children” type. I constantly gravitate towards blogs, planners, organization advice, etc like I’ve got 3 kids to keep track of. I think I just love the system of a well managed home and having kids usually results in that sort of thing. Who could say.
Anyway, it was become increasingly more imperative that I get the burners and drip pans of my stove cleaned. Every single time I cooked something my smoke alarm would go off! Seriously, I boiled a pot of water and it went berzerker. The burnt-on crustiness was becoming kind of a hazard. I saw this amazing idea on Pinterest that suggested putting the pieces in ziplock bags with a little ammonia and letting it set over night. The fumes clean the schmuck and you don’t even have to scrub. I was a believer.
Unfortunately, this one just didn’t work for me. It seemed to work well on my burners, but those weren’t terrible to begin with. But my drip pans were atrocious and the fumes just didn’t have the punch to really get the job done. Perhaps it’s because they were more at the burnt-to-shit level than the really-greasy level. I also suspect that my Aldi-brand ziplock bags didn’t have the tightest seal. At any rate, I couldn’t just leave them (which is generally my inclination if Plan A doesn’t work) because I couldn’t stand to hear that damn alarm go off another time.
So, because I’ve had moderate success with this at-home cleaner, I decided to bust it out. Between that cleaner and my magic eraser, I’m pretty satisfied with the results. Not perfect, but I probably won’t set the house on fire!
Not bad! Here’s the other side, post cleaning: