T-Shirt Yarn Scarf

T-shirt yarn scarf- T-shirt yarn necklace

Ok, this one has got nothing to do with home decor but like the Glitter shoes project we were so excited about how it turned out that I had to share it with y'all. Plus this T shirt yarn scarf/necklace has been on my "must try" list ever since my friend Alice, from our neighborhood craft group made something similar last Fall. So when my friend Lauren from The Thinking Closest hosted a Scarf week, a spoof on Shark week, I made up my mind to give it a try as soon as I got a chance. I made it for myself but someone stole it from right under my nose! I used an old T shirt that I hardly wore anymore. A good Cotton mix or Jersey T shirt with only one side seam works best. Mine had two sides seams, so had to be very careful when trimming the extra seam. For the steps, I followed … [Read more...]

           
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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

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Y'all ready for another week? This weekend I was totally taken by surprise on how fast Summer went by! Seriously, it feels like we did nothing the last few months even though we were out and about ever weekend. There was so much on my To Do List that I wanted to knock off over the Summer, not at all happy about the little progress I've made in that area. :( One thing I can at least check off the list is taking care of my Ms.Dee. You know, the other day while I was dividing the house plants that I haven't touched in 14 yrs I thought why not show some love to our dear Fiddle Leaf Fig too. It has been sitting in the same IKEA container that I bought it in for exactly a year! Luckily that didn't seem to deter it from growing. The Basic of Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree care: Plenty of … [Read more...]

           
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Friday Deals!

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We haven't done one of these Window Shopping Friday posts in a while so I thought why not show you the great deals I came across the last few weeks.  Not sure if I've announced it formally here I now work in DC which is an hour plus commute by bus. I take the bus from a stop very close to home so there is really no opportunity for "on the way back home" shopping. Which in turn means my only home decor window shopping therapy time is on the weekends. As all you moms know after running errands, taking care of chores, and family time there is hardly any time left for window shopping on weekends! In short, that is why these posts have been too few and far in between. The day after my Same Look 4 Less post about this carved wood side table I walk into our local Marshalls and there it … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Sharpie Canvas Art

DIY Sharpie Canvas art

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” This school year is big around here.........my Monkey #1, the timid and shy Mr. By The Rule Book is off to Middle School! I still remember his first day of pre-school; though he was apprehensive and scared of how his day was going to be he didn't show it. He went straight up to the class, looked at me for some reassurance, and off he went. He's always been like that, even if he is scared deep down he doesn't show it, tries to put up a very brave front almost to the point that for folks who don't know him well will have no clue of how scared and unsure he is on the inside. But to us, B & I we … [Read more...]

           
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How to Divide House Plants

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Oh my, the feeling of accomplishment you get when you've finally gotten around to doing a task that you've put off for a long time years is so hard to describe! Even if the task is as simple as dividing house plants when you've put it off for 12 years.............will give you a few mins for that to sink in....yes 12 years (I've had the plant for 14 yrs in all) it does count as a huge win. Won't you agree? We are talking about this Chinese Evergreen, which was one of the first things we got when we moved into our first home in 2004. Ever since this trusty plant of mine has been sitting in its original container (I did things right for once and transplanted it to a pot that was once size larger the day after I bought it) and the same metal planter without any complaints, almost to … [Read more...]

           
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Back Yard Garden 2014

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I showed you our front yard the other day so it is only fair that I give you an update on the rest. Just a headsup not all is pretty around the back, especially the side yard. Out there the only saving grace this time of the year is the Butterfly bush and Black Eyed Susan corner. The Japanese Beetles are in full swing eating up everything they can find on our Knockout Roses. Last year I was fighting them tooth and nail but this year I have decided to let them be only resorting to the occasional soap water trick. I'm even starting to rethink if Knockout Roses are really worth it. The only thing that is keeping me from pulling them out is the great show they put up in Spring and Early Fall. For now, I'm not even showing you how they look 'coz it breaks my heart. Out back … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Zipper Pillow Cover

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Have you ever tried out a project for the very first time and it turned out so successful that you can't fathom how you aced it at the first try? What does that do to your confidence? I maybe a little abnormal here but my head fills up with thoughts like these, "Oh wow did I really do that? I'm so awesome...How come I didn't try that before? Hmm...now that I have "mastered" this I have to challenge myself and try something even harder!" You know, that's where I falter big time! I get so pumped up with my initial success that in a matter of minutes I want to push myself to achieve more. And in all the excitement I throw all caution to the wind and dive right in without thinking things through. Totally opposite to what I did the first time, where I paid close attention to every little turn … [Read more...]

           
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Our Summer Front Yard

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Every time I pull into my drive way I can't help thinking how far our landscaping has come since we discarded the builder basics 2 years ago. Our Summer front yard has come full circle this year! The past few years I've had only Perennials (B is big on those 'coz of the return of investment) but this year I added annuals, Imaptiens in my favorite color red, to the bed and man, do they make a statement! Just 2 years ago, the beds were looking like this. And now! The side elevation went from this to this! The power of landscaping! What else can I say? Nowadays the beds are abuzz with bees and butterflies. Even the porch sports a happy look. As with the rest of the house Red is the accent color. You know, I cannot stay away from Red for … [Read more...]

           
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Simple & Easy Jewelry Organizers

DIY Simple & Easy Jewelry Organizers

My recent post about the thrift store plate jewelry stand at Remodelaholic got me thinking. What do you all do to organize your jewelry? Like any good Facebook friend would do I snooped around. ;) And what did I find? A plethora of simple and easy jewelry organization ideas! These are not bloggers (wait, one of them is) or extremely DIY savvy folks but very creative ladies, who also happen to own exquisite jewelry, thinking up out of the box uses for every day stuff. In the process, they have discovered that they can display and store their jewelry in an easy and efficient way. First up my friend from Engineering College, Pavithra. You know, she was the first person I talked to in college. I was one of those late admissions who had transferred to the college 3 months after the … [Read more...]

           
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Upstairs Guest Bedroom Progress

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Remember the Navy and Coral game plan for the upstairs guest bedroom? The room is gradually taking shape, piece by piece. The process has been so drawn out that I hadn't planned on doing a reveal until a few weeks down the line. But then I picked up my new Crane and Canopy bedding and things started to fall in place as if by magic. Really, the Montgomery Blue duvet set makes the room. Don't you agree? The room is still a work in progress by all means; especially that star over the bed. It is a placeholder for a really cool project that I'm working on. ;) On a side note, I've been dying to use that star somewhere ever since I scored it at Walmart for $4 two Christmas' ago. I've got to admit that I started using duvets only recently. I used to be the "get a comforter and be … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Glitter Cap Toe Flats

Glitter cap toe flats

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Elmer’s and Wet Ones, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CraftandCleanUp http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Have you ever come across a project on Pinterest that when you try turns out to be way easier and prettier than you thought? You know, the one gem that took you by surprise on how easy and gorgeous it ended up being and the one you want to share with everyone you meet from then on. Well I found my Pinterest gem, glitter shoes.....glitter cap toe flats to be exact. I have been wanting to try these for myself for so long but if there is anyone who loves glitter more than me around here then it has to be my 8yr soon to be 9 yr old. This is the first year she is gonna be in a school … [Read more...]

           
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