Make a Fall Basket/Purse for $11

If you follow any Instagram decorating account, you will see a small basket or straw purse hanging on a peg or front door. It has pretty much become a staple in home decorating.

Also, you will quickly see how expensive those baskets or straw items are. But you could buy one at a flea market or garage sale. Maybe you even have an old leather purse hanging around. I had several straw bags back in the day and was thinking how I should’ve kept them for decor items.

We now see that EVERYTHING comes back around, but I would’ve needed a warehouse to keep all my old stuff around!

So when I found a sturdy, straw purse with pom poms, in the local Five Below store, I thought I could easily make something out of it. Especially, when it was only $5.00…score!

Artificial flowers can quickly add up as well, so finding flowers at the Dollar Tree can cut down expenses as well. Each bundle was $1.00

First, I pulled the poms off the purse because I didn’t particularly like blue. (I may use them for a Fourth of July project later. #frugal ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then, I decided to use some old packing paper for filler since my purse was fairly deep. (I didn’t want everything to fall down inside.) You could use old rags or large floral foam also.

I ended up not having to cut the wires nor glue anything but just kept all the flowers in tact and gathered them up like a bouquet to see which flowers looked best around the outside. Then, I just shoved them down in on top of the paper and did a bit of arranging within the purse.

My purse is heavy enough to stand alone, but you could easily put a vase or can of paint in the bottom to help it stand alone. Originally, I was thinking I would hang it on a door knob or on the front door with a wreath hanger…and still may do it. Either way, it’s cute and can be refilled with different flowers or stems for different seasons. You could even add a bow, a small sign or I was thinking I may even glue fringe or some kind of trim on it as well.

So, my total cost of everything was a whopping $11.00! Yep, 11 bucks!

Try looking at every day items in a different way and come up with some unique arrangement or placement. ๐Ÿค”

What have you made using fairly inexpensive items or unexpected things?

PS Liz Marie Galvin’s book was waiting for me at the post office after we got back from our long trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. I hope to dig into it today! If you’re not following her, you should. I also hope to blog about our trip soon!

Happy Saturday!๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

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Save Money and Revamp Your Furniture

Are you sick of your furniture? Your home decor?

I surely was after living with my furniture and home decor for over 20 years now. I was needing a change!

However, my husband is soon to retire, and we’re not so sure where we will be next or what style of house we will be in. Will we stay here in Indiana? Or, will we move to Georgia near our kids and new grandbaby? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

So, I didn’t want to do a lot of redecorating in this house or buy a lot of new furniture. It just wouldn’t make sense. But, after following all the home decor accounts on Instagram, it gave me the itch to redecorate. I should’ve known better! (I’ve always loved to decorate, so it’s kind of been my hobby through the years.) ๐Ÿ’— But with health issues and money being spent on kids activities and college ๐Ÿ˜ณ….well, redecorating took a backseat.

So, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money redecorating, but I was SO tired of my home decor (some of it Tuscan, HA) that I had an idea.

How about “revamping” my old furniture? That way if I liked it I could take it with me (if we moved) and if I didn’t… well I wouldn’t have spent that much money anyhow. Or, I could try and sell my experiments.

Along with the “farmhouse movement,” some of the other decorating trends right now are boho, modern farmhouse and mid-century ie: black paint, gold hardware, and hairpin legs. I decided to try a little bit of everything since I already had a lot of the supplies.

First, my dining room table (which I never really liked) because of the color of the wood, and stain, had me thinking what could I do to change the look of it?

It first was a “fail” for me because I tried to sand, it with all my might, but it just didn’t come out the shade I wanted. I was hoping for more of a natural, lighter, wood but realized my wood just wouldn’t sand as light as I had hoped. (Only after killing my arms for days!๐Ÿ˜ก) With much deliberation, I decided to go ahead and paint it.

Black.

I had some leftover chalk paint and gave it a try.

I decided to leave some of the stained wood around the edges to help match the chairs.

Later, I hope to switch out a couple chairs. I’m thinking a wicker/taller chair would look good on each end.

*Oh, I forgot I painted my hutch against the wall as well. Metal and all!

Then, I worked on an old, banged up chest that I got from someone. It never sat level and figuring out the best way to support the heavy drawers was a little tricky but it all turned out just fine. I so wished I had taken a before pic. This thing was capital U Ugly! I thought about replacing the hardware but then decided to just spray paint the previous hardware gold (also leftover paint) then added some legs from Menards.

To save money, I also shopped my own home for wall decor and other items. I added some plants from Home Depot they have a great selection. And I also bought a basket from the At Home store. Then I found some old books in the attic, batik fabrics and teapot from China.

I really like the way this corner turned out! ๐Ÿค— The black against our neutral wall and the pops of green now make it one of my favorite spots in the house. The gold hardware against the black ended up looking really good too! I actually painted this piece before I even knew it was a trend.

Then, just last week I decided to take the decorative, wood trim and legs off my sofa table and added some hairpin legs.

We bought these hairpin legs at Hobby Lobby, but you can order all sized legs on Amazon or other hardware stores. We just ordered some shorter hairpin legs on Amazon, so I hope to match the end tables to the sofa table next.

We really like the way this turned out! Gives the room a whole new modern feel.

So maybe think about revamping your old furniture before getting rid of it or buying new. You can save a lot of money and change up the look to give a new feel to your room.

And you just might like your house all over again!

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Have you done any furniture revamping of your own? How did it turn out?

Easter Decorations

I LOVE Easter and all the spring colors.

I bought a lot of Easter decor this year; probably more than I’ve ever purchased before.

My mother painted this little chick many decades ago, and I decided to use all the wild violets in the yard as a backdrop. I’ve never seen this many. It looks like faint, purple blankets laying all over the yard.spring chickI’ve been playing with flatlays on Instagram.

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I just thought these bunny plates were so cute and vibrant!

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Did anyone else decorate?

Are you having a big Easter dinner with family?

What yummy things do you cook/bake?

2016 HGTV Dream Home Contest

Some of my favorite shows to watch are Fixer Upper as well as House Hunter, ย House Hunter International, and….

Well, let’s just say I love all house-related shows.

I guess because I enjoy decorating and the creative ways people flip houses; these type of shows just draw me in.

Then, with House Hunter Int’l…well, I love to travel too; so, it’s the best of both worlds!


I loved just about everything concerning this 2016, HGTV Dream Home.

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Too bad I didn’t win it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But, I always keep trying! I usually enter for all my family members too. (I have all their personal information down pat, ha!)

Mainly, I keep entering because we have had a family member win a car, we won a commercial shoot/college scholarship, a cruise, and some other smaller winnings.

My last winning was $500 worth of toys from Ross. I no longer have kids at home, so I donated the toys to Toys for Tots...Go, Marines ! (You know I’m all about the Marine Corps.)

Two years ago, I missed a $500, holiday, shopping spree at Kohls.

Yeah, I know. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I was very ill, forย overย three months. (Literally, not just from losing this opportunity.)

And, unbeknownst to me, I had won via a Twitter contest I signed up for, on a whim.

I was brand new to Twitter and didn’t even think to check my account.

I wasn’t even sure how Twitter worked at the time, and I later found an old message stating I needed to reply ASAP.

By the time I had contacted Kohls, it was too late. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

HUGE BUMMER!

(And yes, it really was a valid contest. And yes it really was Kohls contacting me.)

Just SICK, I tell ya! That sure would’ve helped out around Christmastime.

They just wouldn’t award it to me, because I missed the deadline to reply! UGGH.

Anyhow, I keep entering stuff.

It never hurts to try, right?


Getting back to the house contest.

Some of the features of this 2016, HGTV home,ย I really liked. Like this tile and

Like this tile and cabinet color!!

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And another, THIS porch.

It looked so charming and inviting.

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The gray, painted brick with the accent of slate against the posts just added dimension and interest. I was thinking if you had old brick columns, you could paint them and add the slate.

And the porch with grouted slate…such neat detailing.

To view the entire home, here’s the HGTV link.

AND, try entering their contests…you never know! ๐Ÿ˜‰