DIY Repurposed Valentine's Day Mantel Decor

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This year my Valentine's day mantel is a collection of vintage and repurposed items that I already had on hand.  It was really easy to put together now that our storage locker is empty and I happen to have enough spare house parts and bins of craft supplies lining the walls of the garage to darned near build a second home and make seasonally appropriate decor to with it.

 If you're wondering why, you're not alone.

Little Houses Poem Canvas Wall Art: Free Printable

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Ever wonder how a $4 photo copy of the words to a country song by Doug Stone, a little craft paint and  a 3x3 foot canvas could possibly be integrated into French farmhouse decorating?  I don't blame you. There was a point in 2012 after I heard this song for the first time that I would have wondered too.  Today I'm going to tell you why this song has new meaning in my life and a new place in my home but first, I've got a confession to make:

                              Sometimes I forget the amazing parts of living in a small house.

Easy Valentine's Day Feather Heart Wreath Craft DIY

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When is a tutorial not a tutorial? For me, it's when the craft project is so easy that a couple of photos are all you need in order to make it.  So, are you ready for a little more Valentine's Day craft that's so simple that a six year old can handle it?  Well, you're in luck because today  I'm going to show you how create an easy heart-shaped wreath in under ten minutes.

To tell you the truth, I decided that I can't even call this post a tutorial because the materials list consists of a heart shaped Styrofoam wreath form , a couple of rolls of feather trim from Hobby Lobby and some hot glue and the rest is pretty much self explanatory.

Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil on Unpainted Vintage Wood

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When I write a post about vintage or reclaimed furniture, you'll usually find me talking about painting it. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to talk to you about pieces that I choose not to paint and the finishes that I use on those items. Today, I'm sharing my experience with Miss Mustard Seed's hemp oil on vintage pieces used inside my home as an alternative to wax or polyurethane.

Not What I Expected

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When I was planning my posts for this week,  I thought that today, I'd be sharing a post on the marvels of Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil and how it has transformed several vintage pieces of furniture in my home from dull to divine and also left my hands so soft that I may just slather it on my hands and feet every night before bedtime.

I had the post all written. I had taken the photos and transferred them to my computer. I simply had to edit them and I'd be able to show you my Grandmother's blanket chest and the cute little table that I picked up at a French estate sale last fall.  But then, I had to "perform an in-place migration from WindowsXP to Windows7".

Let me just start by saying that If you even know what that means, you're way ahead of me. When I received notification from my company LAST APRIL that I was going to have to do this, I thought, "Huh?" ......"Wait, what?!"  So I did what I usually do, I waited. I stalled. I found other things to do.

And then we moved. I'm pretty sure that the first set of migration CD's are with my good china. They may or may not have been lying on the table in the dining room on the day that the china was put into boxes and moved to the storage locker.

In September, my manager reminded me that I needed to install the new operating system. 

In October, I admitted that I had misplaced the CD's thinking that maybe I wouldn't have to do it. 

In December, sent me replacement CD's...SEVEN of them....and an instruction manual....and the telephone number of a really nice group of people in India who would help me with any issues that I may encounter. By that time, my boss was out on a leave of absence and I was doing her job as well as my own. It was the end of the year and I was given permission not to migrate the operating system until January.

It's amazing how really far away "January" seems when it's December 7th.  Last week, I got a "final warning" that I needed to migrate my operating system so I unearthed the CD's and the manual and the phone number for the people in India.

I spent eight hours backing up my data onto my son's external hard drive. Mine was discovered on Tuesday... in the basement... near the power tools...without the power cord. Last weekend, I installed the new operating system....three times because my connection to the Internet kept dropping (thanks, UVERSE).

On Monday night , I clicked the final "Install" button (ONLY after reading the WARNING: This operation cannot be undone." notification several times and having a Diet Coke while trying to figure out if there was any possible way that I could not migrate and still be gainfully employed on Tuesday morning).

The installation took nine hours. On Tuesday, I made six calls to India and the lovely people who work in the help center were able to assist me in setting up about 1/2 of the software that used to be on my computer. The rest, it seems, is up to me.

Soooo....I have no photos on my computer and I need to re-install the Nikon Transfer software that came with my camera before I can share the post with you. Believe it or not, I found the disk...but it doesn't seem to want to "talk" to Windows7.

I'll be back soon with posts and photos...and an update on whether or not I gave in and tried Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil as a moisturizer for my face (just kidding...for now).


Simple DIY Valentines Day Door Decor

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The Valentine's day decor on my front door this year may look familiar.

Do you recognize it?                                    


DIY Heart Shaped Flower Wreath Tutorial

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Happy Friday! I'm so glad that you stopped by.  Today I'm sharing a tutorial for how to make a super simple, heart shaped Valentine's Day wreath using $6 worth of baby's breath flowers that I got at the grocery store, a little waxed twine and a white wire coat hanger. That's it.  Easy.

Pottery Barn Inspired Valentine's Day Monogrammed Towel

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Happy New Year! I don't make resolutions but I have decided that 2014 is going to be my year of doing more for less. For example, I made these monogrammed Valentine's day towels which were inspired by some that I found at Pottery Barn  by repurposing two napkins that I already had on hand and adding a little embellishment..