Inspired to Share...
So...this is part 2 of the movie room makeover here at
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Take a peek here at the process of
creating a movie themed room..
And now, here we are at Christmas time, so of course this room needed some fun, whimsical Christmas decor to enjoy while watching...
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" or "Elf"
...some of our holiday faves!
A basket with blankets is a MUST in this room. We love to curl up on cold, nasty days and have movie marathons...
Indeed, some peace filled days :)
And wooden Christmas plaques tied with burlap helps to tie in with the other burlap items in the room...wreath above entertainment center, burlap tied onto apothecary jar and the burlap ribbon on the Chirstmas tree. I love the whole
"Rustic meets Contemporary idea of decor!
I picked up these glitter words for $.50 after Christmas one year...many years ago. They have sat in many different rooms throughout the holidays here at
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The Santa "Believe" canvas was a DB Decor creation from last year. I kept the first one for myself and have sold several others. I still have a couple of these (16x20) in stock for $40 if you are interested!
Contact me through fb...
I purchased a few extra felt $1 snowflakes from Target with the intention of creating some inexpensive wall decor. I had 12x12 canvases and paint on hand, so creating these beauties was pretty simple...just gluing the felt snowflake on and letting it dry. I have grouped them in groups of 2 on each side of the Christmas tree this year, however last year I kept them together as a grouping of 4. They look great either way!
Excuse the blurry pics =/
This little guy serves as decor at the moment, but it comes in handy when we have an occasional few days of snow.I bought the snowman kit several years back...it includes the bucket to store everything (eyes, nose, buttons and a pipe) as well as a scarf and a hat. These make great gifts for family friends, btw...and was less than $10!
And so there you have it...the Christmas tour of our family room...where we spend lots of time together :)
Hope you saw something that inspired you!
Christmas Blessings to you all!!
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we have made a few changes in our family room and I thought I would share the process and before/after pics.
This is what we started with...
We once used this space as a tv/pool room, but as our family grew we realized that we needed more space! The decor reflected my hubbies love for duck hunting, but that love has waned over the past few winters. Coming home empty handed after all that work is "for the birds!" ha
Besides, only guests and our grandson played pool (I mean, he played with the pool balls!) anymore anyway...gone was the newness of it. We bought a pool table and have now checked that off of our list of things to enjoy.
(I must say...I miss the days of this little guy rolling the balls into the pockets. My, they grow up quickly!!)
So we are moving on...to a movie room!
Here is where we started...with an inspiration piece:
This is a large print that I found for $30 at Tuesday Morning. I loved the whimsy, with a touch of vintage.
I quickly scooped it up! It was hung in another space until we ( I mean...I ) decided to use it to help create a "theater" type room.
We sold the pool table and cleared the room...it always has to get uglier and messy before it gets better!
We began with MORE SEATING...a necessity!
I love the sectional that we bought bc it can be rearranged and downsized or upsized depending on the needs of the room and space. AND...every seat reclines =) We don't have to fight over the reclining chairs!
I did purchase a few new pillows, however...to save $$ I switched the rug out that was originally in the den for the larger, contemporary rug from my son's upstairs loft. These were the rugs that were switched out... I absolutely LOVE the one above, however it was simply too small to fit in the space that we were giving a face lift to. Slowly, but surely ,we were making progress! I tried to use as much as possible the things that I already had in the room...
like these following two pictures...
...and this end table...
Because this space would also need to house the toys belonging to a couple of hooligan grand boys, I searched for a used table for the space. I found one through a friend, gave it a new coat of paint and added some functional textured seating...stools that were picked up from Tuesday Morning.
My son was already using the space...ahhh! I happened upon the movie reels at Hobby Lobby one day. They were 66% off and I had recently been given a Hobby Lobby gift card. So...I used that and bought lots of
movie/theater decor for $100.
Next...it was time to sort toys. I bought $1 colored teal buckets from the Dollar Store. I took a pic of what would be stored in each basket, then hung the pic on the front of the basket. The plan is that this will help the grand kiddos to not be so overwhelmed at clean up time! Not to mention, sorting is a pre-Math skill (it's the teacher in me!) They should have lots of practice :) In the pic below, you will find more storage for toys! These hold smaller toys and were also bought for $1 or 2 for $1 at the Dollar Tree. They blend in nicely with theme of the room.
So with the storage taken care of, I was pressing onward to finish the decor in the room.
Here are a few ways that I considered decorating the space...
Things were moved around a lot...this drives my hubs crazy, but I am a visual person and need to see the objects in different places.
Also, here is a tip for you...to bring unity to a room, add several pieces of decor in the same theme. For ex: I had a print of some ladies on a bicycle, then picked up some vintage bicycle prints and found a bicycle pillow while shopping one day.
(Sorry about the pitiful pic!)
A repeated theme helps to tie a decorated space together.
Next, a friend of mine had some movie/theater decor on hand that was no longer being used, so we traded a few items of decor...take a peek...
Loved this Pinterest idea of movie themed room decor...an apothecary jar (had on hand) with crinkle paper (on hand) and roll of tickets (both from Dollar Tree). I tied a burlap ribbon to the top of the jar for texture...
it ties in with the pouf seats at the kiddos table.
The curtains were found at Tuesday morning for $7 for 2 panels. I actually had them cut and hemmed so that there were 4 panels total...a cheap way to get some fabric to frame the window.
And...the finished room!
I love the neutral tones in the wall color and couch, with punches of color thrown about in blankets, pillows, frames, etc. Hope you enjoyed the tour. Now you will just have to pop over with popcorn in hand and join us for "movie night" sometime :)
PS. Here's a sneak peek at the room during the holidays where we watch our fave Christmas/Holiday movies...
More on the Christmas decor in the next post.!
The fall decor is officially in place...
(inside and out) here at
I will start the tour outside and work my way in.
This is the first year that I have decorated with wooden pallets (from hubby's work) and I love the rustic touch.
And now, we will make our way inside to see some
fall indoor decor...
Take a look here to see how these
faux pumpkins were decorated...
(Notice the pallet framing the wall word art...a simple way to "frame" a piece to make it appear a bit larger.) And...remember my trip to Canton, TX last year where I picked up a couple of these metal pumpkins. I simply added a couple of bows using a variety of ribbons to dress them up. They add a nice touch to the fireplace hearth :) These two lil' pun'kins also add a sweet addition to the front porch! Lastly...here are a few projects that were created in the DB Decor workshop this year. They can be purchased by visiting
Hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for stopping by for a quick visit! May your October be just "spooktacular"...
Yaye...it's that time of year when it's time to pull out the fall decor here at
It is simply my FAVE time of year...hands down!
Speaking of hands, today I wanted to share a recent project that I created with the grand boys.
Using their tiny finger and foot prints, I was able make a wall hanging that will be a keepsake for years to come.
Here's where we started:
I began with 2 canvases...painting one 8x10 canvas black and leaving the second one plain white. The hardest part was yet to come...wrangling a 3 and 1 year old to get fingerprints and footprints! It happened...not sure how, but I managed to get some prints!
After drying, the canvases got a little
DB Decor touch...
The fingerprints became spiders and the footprints were turned into ghosts. I added my signature distressing, outlined the canvases and stapled a coordinating ribbon for hanging then stood back to enjoy.
Here's the finished product:
Now...it's time to decorate the rest of
Ooooooh....I just can't wait! Fall is officially just days away and I am soooo ready!
While buying fresh produce this week, I was also able to pick up a flat of flowers which inspired me to doll up my back patio. It does my soul good to open my shades and see some color peering into my windows.
However...before planting my flowers, the baskets needed some TLC. Here is how they were looking...sad, I know!
Here's where scraps of burlap came to my rescue! Since much of the coconut husk liner had washed away in each of the railing planters, they both needed new liners. Scraps of burlap were much cheaper and easier to get my hands on since I had some leftover from
previous projects in my workshop.
Here's what I began with:
Then I tossed out the old soil...
Next, I placed a piece burlap inside the wire frame...
Now, it was time to add new potting soil.
Check out an old post here to view
a tip on storing potting soil!
And then came the colorful flowers...
In addition...do you have an old boring flower pot that needs a little punch of fun?
This one that I had on hand was
one that once held a fern,
but I used acrylic paint to transform it a bit.
Now, it fits in a bit better with our home here at
Just 2 more days and then I will be able to say...
I ran into a dear friend (Jen) today while dropping off the grands at MDO and she was telling me about celebrating her new daughter-in-love's birthday recently. As we talked, she also shared a new tradition that I thought was most thoughtful and wanted to pass the idea along...
I'll start off by saying that it seems as though women never purchase necessary household items often enough...like kitchen dish towels!
(Sorta right up there with socks and panties! LOL)
When my son and DIL were first married and in college with a little one on the way, I shared with them that we didn't expect big gifts at Christmas. So we made a deal...dish towels would be a tradition from now on. They are inexpensive and much wanted/needed here at...
And so, for the last 4 Christmas holidays I have enjoyed getting several sets of new dishtowels. =)
(It's really the little things in life that mean the most to me...obviously!)
So when my friend shared this sweet idea of hers, it touched my heart because it reminded me of my DIL. :)
My friend is unfortunate, in that... she lives a couple of hours away from 2 of her grown and married children.
To keep in touch and remind her DILs of her love for them, she picks up seasonal tea towels or dishcloths and mails them to the girls.
What a nice surprise it must be to get a "just because" gift in the mail with the change of each season!!
I found this idea so touching and thought it was an inexpensive way to send/mail a sweet little something to the ones you are thinking of. =)
Check out some of these adorable holiday towels...
And here is a link to order some cute ones...
So...the next time you need to let someone special know that they are in your thoughts...
pick up a sweet tea towel and stick it in the mail.
I bet it will put a smile on someone's face!
After recently purchasing a couple of picture frames at a garage sale, a friend of mine asked,
"What are you going to do with those?"
After all, they were plain and rather boring and were DEF in need of some color and TLC. So, today I am posting this frame overhaul in honor of my dear friend, Charlotte!
As you can see...the frames were nothing special.
I had a quote about "brothers" that was near and dear to my heart because of my own boys.
I simply printed the quote out, used a piece of scrap book paper to back the quote to look like it matted.
Now, it was time to throw some color on the frame!
I used some of my fave colored acrylic paints
and distressed the frame.
Next, I painted 4 medium sized wooden craft balls. This is what is going to make the difference in this project! After distressing the frame and adding the quote, it was time to enjoy a bit of whimsy and fun by adding the painted wooden balls...1 for every corner.
I love to use the E-6000 glue to adhere the wooden craft balls. Using a hot glue gun will work,
but at times the hot glue will pop off :(
It can be purchased at any craft store or even Wal-Mart. I have learned...there are other brands that are similar, but they just don't compare to the real deal!
Now, this frame needs to find a home in a room of brothers.
Let me know what garage sale find you offer a
bit of love to and change it's look!
It's "Back to School" time here at
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which means that it's back to a routine and structured busyness
(is there such thing as that??)
For some reason, meal planning...while so very helpful...is difficult for me.
Therefore, there are many days that I am trying to whip something up quickly before hubs gets home.
I must admit...I don't just L.O.V.E spending time in the kitchen cooking. So...finding quick and easy meals has become a huge help mate for me in the kitchen.
What I have found is that Olive Oil and Italian Dressing Seasoning is my BEST FRIEND!
I buy it in bulk and use it often!!!
Today I am choosing to share tonight's meal, which was literally created in 10 min!
Here's what we enjoyed...
I only used 1 package of dressing seasoning for both, the carrots and chicken breasts.
And that was dinner...made in 10 minutes...seriously! Clean up took longer than cooking it, I think!
I am currently preparing to enter into a busy season here at
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There's a lot going on for DB Décor...which is a good thing!
So, I am working fast and furiously,
trying to get projects finished to sell at upcoming events.
Today I wanted to share one with you because
I loved the way it turned out, oh so...
The project began with this $1 inspiration piece...
it was just "happy" looking to me!
Maybe I picked it up because it reminded me of
oldest son's room as a toddler...20+ years ago :(
His room was decorated in stenciled choo choo trains...
(Oh the memories of décor of the 90's!)
My vision for this fun little wooden train was to marry it
with the clearance priced frame...
($4...half of the yellow ticket price...BARGAIN!)
I started by gently scrubbing it down. It was a bit dirty and scratched up since it was found on the clearance aisle and then put aside here in the workshop
until I knew what I wanted to do with it.
Once cleaned, it was time to distress the frame a bit in order to add some more interest to it.
( It was already painted with brown and white polka dots.)
I could have stopped with this step, but of course I didn't! LOL
I was looking for a punch of color,
so I added the brightly colored green polka dots to match the colors on the wooden train.
Next, I sprayed a sealer onto the frame. Not only does this seal it, but makes the paint dry quicker too.
Now, it was ready for something cute in the corner. Since I am obsessed with burlap these days, I added a piece of burlap that was tied into a knot instead of a loopy, girlish bow.
*** Take note! ***
Out of experience, it makes sense to purchase burlap wholesale on line. Otherwise, it will eat your pocket book alive! When you work with as much as I use, buying it from the craft stores isn't a wise option. While I order from various websites, here is one that offers hugely discounted prices:
Call me frugal, but I am always in search of using things that would otherwise go to waste, when creating. Because I often use burlap with a rough cut (the edges are not sewn and fray easily), I keep the loose pieces of burlap fibers to use to add texture to other projects. Here are a few examples:
The burlap added the perfect amount of texture to the frame.
Once the burlap knot is stapled on,
then the project is ready for it's inspiration piece!
The hot glue gun came out and I adhered the small wooden piece to the burlap bow...
The addition of a sticker with my contact info adds a professional boutique look to any project.
Lastly, after taking a second look...
I decided it needed a bit more PoP!
I used some red paint to highlight the
colorful green polka dots.
And...Here is the finished project. I can't wait to see a cute little guy pictured in the middle...
Good luck with your bargain finds and transformations and don't forget to share them with us!
Well...it's that time of year again...the "Back to School" frenzy has begun! I have to say that I LOVE this time of year. It means my fave season is around the corner...FALL! It means high school football games are beginning again! It means everyone gets new clothes and they walk with a new refreshing proudness (Is that a word?) about them and it means that I get to enjoy the joy of decorating a classroom without the pressure of worrying about the time crunch until little precious kids and not so precious parents (in some cases...ha!) will be awaiting my instruction.
So...here is my latest episode of
"DB Decor to the Rescue!"
as I helped a friend that is beginning her
24th year of teaching.
It began with her 911 text...
" Could I get your help to make my classroom look more homey? I need your eye and touch!"
Most of the space just needed some reorganization...ah! just feeds my soul for everything live happily together in an organized space!
Makes me Happy, Happy, Happy! :)
But then my sweet friend had also picked up a few flea market treasures (she's been reading my blog and listening to Nate Berkus, lol!) and so today's post is showing how I dressed up these little finds.
We will start with the smallest project...a letter H that was picked up at Hobby Lobby for $5
(full price is $9.99, but it was on sale for 50% off...never shop full price!!!)
My dear friend wanted to bring some color into the room, so I began with some fun and funky brightly colored polka dots.
Here's some before and after pics...
This table is an example of a flea market treasure...purchased for $15. It already had a coat of yellow paint, which was perfect for a classroom.
But, it was time for the WOW factor...
I began with distressing...
While it was def looking like it had more sass...I wanted MORE fun. So, I decked out the top as well! Good ole' Dr. Seuss...can't go wrong to bring one of his quotes into a child's room or classroom =) And then, it was time to doll up a $9.99 cork board. I wanted to bring more color into the room, so I jazzed the cork board up with a bright pink with a polka dot border. It's def beginning to bring some whimsy into the room at this point! However, the middle was screaming for a large initial...
And, there you have it...a bit of funkaliscious fun in the classroom. What a joy to see such color and pizazz. Sorta makes me want to go back to the classroom...well...sorta...only for a...moment!
So...Welcome to Mrs. H's classroom! I trust that her students will have a memorable year, full of laughs and lots of learning! They are in good hands!!
It was just a few months ago that I was going through my dearest aunt's house, as she had just moved into a senior living home. As I was looking through some of her belongings for items that held sweet memories for me, I ran across several measuring sticks. One in particular was broken and found it funny that she kept it, but I remembered that she was raised during the depression...and you didn't throw ANYTHING away!
Needless to say...the broken measuring stick made it's way home to
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I instantly had an idea in mind for the broken yard stick, along with another estate sale ruler.
I used the two as stems for flowers on a canvas titled "Lord, help me GROW in grace" Here are pics of the process of creating that piece...
I began by painting a large 24x36 inch canvas with a fun teal background color. The sides were distressed and polka dots added for some whimsy.
A burlap strip was added to the lower portion and finished off with a burlap bow and blue and green ribbon tied into a loopy bow.
The flowers were created using $1 wooden cut outs purchased from a vendor that I buy from often. The flower shapes were painted, then glued onto the canvas with E6000 glue, as was the ruler and yardstick (and I used a staple gun to adhere it to the canvas from the back as well.) As you can see..the leaves were painted on the canvas using quick strokes of various colors. Easy...SO Easy!! The words were stenciled and freehanded onto the canvas to complete the project. I would highly recommend the lettering to be done first instead of last, like I did ...learning from experience!
And there you have it...a precious piece of artwork for a sweet young girl. This piece is for sale for $75 if you are interested in purchasing it...btw! =) You can contact me through my facebook page at or my Etsy shop for more info.
Good luck to any of you who attempt to create a little piece of whimsical happiness like this canvas...
so simple and cheery! And...a great reminder...
"Lord, help me GROW in grace!!!"
Estate Sales...oh, my new love! Yes, my dear friend (meet her here!) called me here at
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and claimed that she had discovered an estate sale across the street from our neighborhood.
Did I want to go??
You just never know what treasures you will find and the saying, "one man's junk is another man's treasure" is honestly soooooo true!!
Upon looking in the first room in the house, my friend brings me a broken wooden easel priced at $1...and while I was not quite sure what I would do with it, I hung on to it knowing that a thought would come to mind. My light bulb moment happened minutes later when I found a stash of rulers for $.75. The idea quickly came together for me =) So, today I am sharing my $1.75 useful project. Enjoy...
So, let's get started...
grab a couple of screws and a screwdriver.
Attach 2 screws on the front two legs, which will hold the ruler in place.
Although I love to use the hot glue gun, at times I have found that it simply isn't as durable at the E6000 glue...just my experience!
I have to say, although I am no longer a classroom teacher, the back to school frenzy gets me pretty worked up. So, these sweet teacher canvases are my outlet to contribute to the hustle and bustle of getting classrooms ready for a room full of eager (or not so eager) little students. And the bonus is that I was able to create something purposeful and pretty... all for a mere $1.75 for the newly created easel and $2 for the 12x12 canvas that was painted!
May it inspire you to do something extra special for a devoted teacher this fall.
OK, so I am ALL about an easy meal these days...I mean...like...recipes with 4 or less ingredients! Ha...kidding...well, not really!
I found an easy one recently and, I must say, it's a hit with everyone (except our teen) here at
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So, I thought it would be nice of me to share the yummy and OH SO EASY dish! Here goes:
1 can mixed veggies
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cans of crescent rolls
1/4 cup milk
2-3 chicken breast
Mix veggies and soup together. I also added 1/4 cup of milk to make the mix a bit thinner (goes a bit farther!) Add salt and pepper as you like... Next, dice/shred your cooked chicken. I use this handy dandy pair of scissors from Pampered Chef...seriously...they are my best friend!
NO, PAMPERED CHEF
PAY ME TO TALK UP THEIR TOOLS...
THEY REALLY DO MAKE MY LIFE EASIER AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO INVEST IN A PAIR!
(Maybe I need to create a post on all of my fave Pampered Chef kitchen gadgets...stay tuned!)
Spray your muffin pan with Pam, then unroll the crescent roll dough and place 1 in each muffin cup.
Simply add the chicken and veggie mixture and top each chicken pot pie with shredded cheese.
It will look something like this...
This recipe makes 16 mini pot pies...great for dinner or a brunch. I served it at a bridal shower recently! How's that for a little southern hospitality?!? LOL
And they come out of the oven looking scrumptious!
Sadly...I didn't total the points for Weight Watchers, but I am certain the calories would be cut in half if you used low-fat cream of chicken soup, cheese and crescent rolls.
We happened to have our youngest little tornado...I mean, grandson!...over since his mommy and daddy were off enjoying a date night. The little guy didn't hesitate...he dug right in and, well...he loved it! Great way to "hide" some veggies when they begin to get old enough to turn their nose up at them.
Hope this inspired you to try this new, but very simple, recipe. Tell me what you think! :) ENJOY...
Today I am going to share a simple idea for you if you are a crafter. It's the idea of "Good, Better & Best." So we start with a simple frame. Sorry, no picture here, but you can get the idea from the next pics that will be posted.
I started with a 80% off purchase from Hobby Lobby...have you figured out by now how much I invest in that store?!?
The bargain frame was pink with gems already on it, however the bow that it came with didn't do anything for me. I pulled the bow off, replaced it with a burlap bow and added a few gems to replace those few that had fallen off.
I chose not to paint the frame because I liked the shabby chic look from the scratches that were exposed.
So...the lesson of the day is
"Good, Better, Best"
Let's start with the idea of "Good"...
As I mentioned already, I replaced the bow (which sorta looked like a floral grandmotherly dress! Uh, no thanks!) in exchange for a new look by adding burlap. It was now "Good" but was still lacking something...not giving me the WOW factor!
So...let's make it "Better"...
It seemed that the burlap just wasn't enough...it was time to embellish it a bit!
Out came the feathers and another gem...
And yet...it still didn't meet my expectations. Digging through some scraps of ribbon, I came up with a thin ribbon that I used to create a bow. Lastly, the gem was glued on top.
More feathers were added and then I decided it was "just right" :)
Now, it met my standards of "Best"...
So...I challenge you to think creatively with "Best" in mind...it sure makes all the difference in the world!
Hey folks...sorry that I haven't posted lately. Summer around here at
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seems to be busier than when school is going on. We also threw in a little vacay recently...the Smokey Mountains are simply stunning! I say it all of the time...I believe in God because of His creations! The creations alone are evidence that we have a Creator and I feel so blessed that he lets us/me enjoy His masterpieces!
Here are a few of the sights and adventures of our past week:
The Smokey Mountain Aquarium was educational, interesting and such fun! The the sights and adventures were absolutely
PRICELESS...and I have to remind hubby of that when he looks at how much we spent! LOL
The highlight for the guys on the trip was white water rafting. The two of us Mommas opted out of that little trip down the river...we wanted the guys to enjoy themselves! hahahahaha
And...for the girls...(or at least my fave) was the visit to the Biltmore Estate...ahhhh!
I am obsessed with the history of the house!
And finally...our adventurous trip to Cades Cove, where the boys rode their bikes on a trail and the girls stopped by to visit a couple of old church buildings. I loved this part of the journey...the little white chapels reminded me of such a simpler time in life! I don't know that I would trade the technology of today for the hardships of yesteryear, but there was a sense of calmness and peace as I stepped into each little chapel. I think I could almost hear the sermons being preached...or at least a "pass the plate" service :)
And each night, the adults relaxed by working puzzles while the boys enjoyed their "cave" in the lower portion of the cabin. When traveling, I usually try to find a picture to bring home to add to my home decor to remind me of the joys of each vacay. (See other vacay posts here, here, and here.) This time, I graciously let the puzzlers work a puzzle of a pic of one of the church buildings that we had visited while there. I wish that I could say that I helped them out...but I choose, instead, to enjoy a late night dip in the hot tub instead...sure felt good on these tired feet! The convos with my 14 year old son was a blessing too...the time is fleeting!!!
They did let me enjoy some of the glory of working the puzzle by letting me put in the very last piece!
That's how I like to work puzzles!!! LOL
I will be framing the finished puzzle for my home...little white chapels seems to calm my soul!
Here is the unframed puzzle:
And my dear mother also got a framed puzzle as a souvenir ...she loves Thomas Kinkade. I have to say...I certainly do too! I was saddened to find out that he passed away in 2012...check out his bio! Such talent!!!
On a side note...puzzles are a budget friendly way to add decor to your home. Just use puzzle glue to give it a protective coat and adhere the puzzle pieces together. Then grab a frame for just a few bucks to frame the puzzle. The one above was purchased at Wal-mart for $5 and I love it because it comes with a matte already. Although this isn't custom framing, it's a simple and inexpensive way to create decor in your home.
And so...it's back to reality! I will embrace the sweet memories of the trip and will grieve the loss of waking up among the hills and mountains that surrounded us.
These images are etched in my mind!
Our son claimed that this was his fave vacation! And...his souvenir served as inspiration to collect air soft guns...he's as obsessed with this as I am about the Biltmore house. A $15 purchase really did makes us a very happy boy!!!
We def tuckered our 14 year old out. It made for a quiet ride home!
Soooo...I would like to announce that this vacay was a total success! Thanks to our dear friends for hanging with us for a week.
Lot's of memories made! =)
Anyone remember just how much I LOVE to look around at flea markets?!? Man, the bargains to be found! So, it was on one of these trip with some girlfriends that I spotted this long, vertical frame.
This project was started with a flea market . It was actually a piece that was taken from a 3 paneled divider. I have to admit...I thought $20 was a bit high, but non the less, I liked it enough to grab it up. And then it just sat...and...sat...and...sat in my home because I couldn't decide where I wanted to put it or even how I was going to use it in my decor.
Last year, my back porch looked like this and I finally felt like it was time to dress up the porch again this year.
On a hot and humid spring day last week, I loaded up my little helper and set off for the flower garden in search of some flowers to brighten up the back porch. It was then that I had this thought..."I think I need to bring some decor out back!" Thus...I was inspired to use the long frame outside. So here is the step by step process that I went through to transform it into a lovely piece of back porch decor.
Here is a sneak peek of the before and after...
I knew that I couldn't put pics in the frame because it was going to be used outdoors, so I came up with a new plan! I decided that burlap would work and it had just enough openings to create a "9257" decorative piece.
The Cricut machine came in handy AGAIN! I am telling you...I don't know how I existed without this useful piece of equipment!!! See more projects here,here, and here
I cut out my house numbers...9257 and used the outer part as a stencil instead of the cut numbers themselves.
Here are a few other items that were necessary for this project...
Cut your stencils out...
You can also use the cut numbers themselves...use spray adhesive to adhere them to the burlap. It will look something like this:
Also, if you choose to use the stencil instead of the letters, don't throw them out. Put them in a storage container...you never know when you might need them to create/finish a project!
I chose to use the stencil and paint because I wanted the more rustic look.
Pop the stenciled burlap into the openings. I also added the burlap bow to the top using a staple gun (my best friend!!!) to give it a more finished look.
And then I addressed the baker's rack. I added a clock above it, because it's so easy to lose track of time when are outdoors playing. It was a sale item at Hobby Lobby last week as well...BONUS!
The drink dispenser was also a flea market find and will come in handy this summer as the kids are playing. It will certainly alleviate some "in and out" activity!
And lastly...I found this table cloth on sale for $7 a few months back and thought it was time to bust it out. It certainly changes the look of the area :)
And so...there you go...a look at a fun summer project for the outdoors! Bring some of your decor outside as well...sure makes me want to spend a bit more family time out there! We enjoy making sweet, sweet memories out on our back porch!! How about you...share what you have done to give your outdoor spaces some fun/bold new looks!
Well... the summer temps have arrived here at
~ No. 9257 ~
and the pools, lakes and beaches are
already calling our names!
On a quick trip to Wal-Mart I found these adorable thermal summer cups with plastic straws and decided that our fam needed a set :)
However...DB Décor needed to add a little personalization. AND...because my Momma taught me to share I am going to provide you all with a tutorial on how to make this cute little summer project as well.
Start with the purchase of these...
Next, I will begin by saying that I do have the luxury of having a Cricut machine on hand to cut my letters precisely, HOWEVER...you can still personalize these using vinyl and an alphabet template (or even printing the text/initial from the computer and tape onto the vinyl and cut out the letter...yes, I resorted to that tried and true method back in the dinosaur ages before I purchased my Cricut machines!)
Purchase a Cricut machine!! LOL...Only teasing!
But it def makes the job easier :)
If you DO have a Cricut machine, then sync your machine to the computer and download the software (Cricut Craft Room) from the Cricut website.
This gives you many more options with fonts and symbols and such...just makes life easier for me!!!
This is what your mat will look like once your letters are cut. Just a tip or two...keep the vinyl because you can use even the scraps for a variety of projects and if you know anyone that works or owns a sign printing company, ask for their scraps! Vinyl is not outrageously expensive, but if you can get scraps for free then go for it!!!
Use contact paper or transfer paper (found near the vinyl at the craft store) to adhere the initial or text to the cup. This does take a little practice to get it just right...straight and not crooked :/
And here are the before and after pics...
And...now the family can all slurp together on yummy smoothies and slushies while we enjoy making, humid and hot, summer memories :) This year we can enjoy
...the pool or a homemade water park...
... the lake...
...or maybe the beach...
...with our own personalized cups in hand!
Where will you enjoy yours???
These make adorable gifts.
As I was posting another blog post recently, I realized that I haven't given you a sneak peek into the
DB Décor workshop...
shame on me!
So, here is a little background...
DB Décor originally began with a booth at a craft market which went out of business just months after my opening a booth in the building, which was 10+ years ago.
It was put on the back burner until ...
This guy got married!!
(Isn't his bride beautiful?!?)
You see, he was a student of mine...years ago! LOL He was in a Kindergarten class that I taught when I student taught, and then I had him again as his 2nd grade teacher. Yes, I know that it is a huge "No No" to have favorites, so I can't technically say he was my favorite, but...
you get me???
He simply was full of life...passionate about all that he did. As he grew, well...he just inspired me and made me so incredibly proud of his trajectory in life...he's a talented singer/musician and recently graduated college and is currently pursuing a career in music ministry...I feel like a proud Momma! :)
I always kept in touch with him and his family and made him PROMISE me that I would get an invite to his wedding...
indeed I did!
By this time, I had left the classroom and opted to be a stay at home mom. Needless to say, I have had to be creative with the discretionary expenses in our lives because it now became my job to SAVE money instead of SPEND it.
So...I had to do a little thinking to come up with a gift for this sweet couple getting married.
Since my hubby is in the commercial concrete business, I asked him to bring home some old 2x4 forms that they could spare at work (He owns the company and thankfully has the privilege to share... somewhat!)
I cut the board down and decided that I would create an "Establishment Board" with the couples wedding date.
(Actually my daughter-in-love is the inspiration for these boards! Hers is the first one I made.)
I had everything on hand, so the project cost me $0. However, something like this is really PRICELESS to me.
Here is what I created:
Don't squirm yet...we also gave them a gift card for a local restaurant too :)
Needless to say, I must have hit a nerve when I posted the pic of my creation on Face book, because soon orders came POURING in, which was just in time. At this time I was also preparing to raise funds to go on a mission trip to Turkey. See that adventure here.
The orders for the boards were numerous and thankfully so! I was able to raise my funds for the trip and more!
However, I was trying to work out of the inside of my home and hubby began getting tired of coming home to see this...
What a mess!!!
I tried to organize everything nice and neat in the room that had to share some space with DB Décor.
This is our grandsons' room when they come to visit, so it was functioning as a dual purpose room. The problem was that I had long out grown the space! Then, hubs had a BRILLIANT idea! He decided that he would share his space in the workshop and I could graduate to the bigger space outdoors. I must admit, when we built our house I thought hubs was thinking awfully grand when he wanted to put a four car garage in...two to park cars and the other two to park extra vehicles, garage "stuff" and an area for him to have a work shop space. At the last minute of drawing up our house plans, I talked him into air conditioning it and putting in a half bath (thinking the kids could go in there when outside playing and they wouldn't have to "track in" mud/dirt etc.) That happened to be a very smart move because it's most comfortable to work in the AC and have a toilet close by!
So...the workshop renovation began... Here is my inspiration pic and while it certainly didn't turn out exactly like that work space, I used some ideas to better suit my needs.
Shopping began and I was
OH, SOOOO EXCITED!
Here is where we started: We started by clearing things out, then adding some shelving. We bought 2 shelving units from Home Depot. Hubs was in charge of this stage and my youngest son was also included in the building process of this transformation. And boy did things start looking much different, pretty quick...
The long table tops are unfinished interior doors...about $30 each.
Notice the plain lampshades...they were not spunky enough for me, so I painted polka dots on them.
Have I told you how much I LOVE organization and my labeler???
I love the large work table!
The work table gets a new look from
time to time...just to show that painting can change looks dramatically for pennies!
The fun part was the organization and decorating of the space. Some things were purchased, but many were created using household items...
cheap or free is the way to go!
I made a visit to a fave flea market and found a few fun decorative items for the new space...all for a little over $100.
I bought the rocker at the flea market. It matched perfectly provided a place to relax at moments.
**The pillow chair matches the theme of the print of two ladies on a bike that I also found for just a few bucks at the flea market. The pic reminded me of my childhood bestie and I as young girls. We, too, tried riding the same bike...funny memories!**
I longed for the space to have a bit of whimsy...including the half bath.
And so...there you have it!
From start to finish...
Thanks for taking a peek into DB Decor!
AND...Thanks Andrew and Taylor for growing my business and helping to fund my trip to Turkey! Much love!! =)
or check out my Etsy shop!
The establishment boards are custom created for $30(+shipping if you are not local) and make great wedding/ anniversary or special occasion gifts!
Contact me through my Facebook page or my Etsy store (links above) if you are interested or just want to look around.
Ok, so I must confess that today's post about my grandson's 1st Birthday was not my own creation, but rather my daughter-in-loves.
She had been searching the world over for a cute and fun theme for our youngest grandson's 1st birthday and she found her inspiration from this pic found on Pinterest...
So, this post I am simply sharing our ,oh so fun,
1st Birthday experience...
Sorry for some of the blurry pics! :(
Meet the Birthday Boy...
We will start with a sneak peek at the treat bags...
My Cricut sure came in handy for this project.
I used the digital cartridge on Cricut-Craft Room named "Mustaches and Glasses."
The large mustache below was found at Hobby Lobby.
And this framed piece was simply created on the computer.
As you can see below...the framed print didn't make it to the table as planned. Shortly after we placed it on the stand, it was knocked off as we hurriedly tried to finish the table decor. Needless to say...we used it, just minus the broken frame and glass. One of those moments when I saw my daughter-in-love just one tear away from a meltdown. Sadly, no time for that! Ha
My Daughter-in-love had this chevron printed canvas in a grouping as wall decor. She simply added the number to it to use as table decor. The number was used in a photo shoot for her firstborn when he turned one.
The chevron table runner was on hand as well and perfect for the table too!
Again...these popcorn tubs were already bought as I am using them to hold the kids toys in our movie themed den...pics to come later. But they were purchased at the Dollar Tree and sure came in handy for this party.
TJ Maxx/Home Goods is a great place to pick up these cute striped straws and cupcake holders.
The cupcake holders were the perfect size to hold individuals cups of party chex mix for the kids.
I am fairly certain that he LOVED the cake! :)
After cake...came gifts galore. This teal colored rocker usually sits in my workspace, but we borrowed it for the party...it was perfect for opening presents.
Btw...just a fun tip for you...the red balloons were polka dotted using white paint and a circle sponge dabber. Party City was out of red polka dotted balloons so my daughter-in-love came up with the idea to paint them on! Worked great EXCEPT...paint them singly, not while they are in a balloon bouquet. I learned the hard way :)
And then it was time for a little dress up fun...sadly...the Birthday Boy wasn't interested! Yikes...insert MAJOR MELTDOWN HERE!
It was a good thing that we had some others on hand to enjoy some pretend play!
(We did have to twist a few arms to model for us!)
(The "backdrop" for the fun portraits came straight from the kitchen windows from my son and daughter-in-love's house. Again...$0 spent!!!)
Some of the guests had more fun dressing up than others! LOL
Can't you hear this little guy saying, "Way to go buddy...Way to get yourself together!" haha
WOW...I have to admit that parties can be expensive and certainly time consuming to plan for, but it's already been so fun to look back and see how we celebrated this great big milestone.
Whew...no party planning for a while!
Thankful...cause I need to catch my breath!
Hope you enjoyed ...