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I’ve wanted to build one of these tomato cage Christmas trees forever.  This year, I was determined to make it happen.  Let me share with you how SUPER easy this was to do…and inexpensive compared to what you would spend to purchase one already potted and lit.First, I found a couple tomato cages at Lowe’s.  I bought these last year during the Christmas season;  I just asked where they stored out-of-season gardening supplies and the clerk led me right to them.I didn’t bother to secure the cages into my pots as I assumed the weight of the greenery would keep them in place.  These pots already held soil from summer plantings so I just turned the cages upside down and placed them on top of the soil in the pots. Next, I secured the tops with wire to make a pointed top for my tree (Fireman always has a roll of…

Today I’m sharing a little DIY project because it’s been awhile.This year, more than any other, I am committed to savoring small moments during the Christmas season.  I’ve found that these moments can sneak up on you when you least expect them.  Here are a few from our weekend:Roaming through Santa Claus House in North Pole with the kids and stumbling upon a video of a lady painting glass ornaments from the inside.  Captivating! (To clarify, the lady wasn’t on the inside, but her paintbrush reached inside the ornament.) Turning to see my two teenage sons carrying the very heavy Christmas tree box up two flights of stairs…and realizing it was no longer heavy for them.  My heart filled with gratitude and thankfulness for two strong, maturing young men in our home.  Watching my daughter open the first Christmas storage box and seeing her eyes fill with delight at the light-up…

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.The fabric of your average paint drop cloth can be used for many home décor projects: from slipcovers, to pillows, to table cloths, to cushions….even darling little fabric roses.  In addition, drop cloths are inexpensive.  I purchased one from Lowe’s last week (4′ x 15″) for just under $20 and it’s already provided plenty of fabric for two projects around here….and I still have tons left over.I made these little “roses” to dress up a lamp shade in our master bedroom.So easy to do.  I made these three different sized roses in about 15 minutes last week when I wasn’t feeling well and had my feet up in our living room chair.  They go a long way in dressing up this lampshade.  Here’s how you can do the same.First, cut a 2″ strip of drop cloth about 18″ long (the length depends on how large you’d like…

Just before Thanksgiving I set my mind on reupholstering two chairs I acquired last summer, anticipating the need for extra seating in our living room during the Thanksgiving weekend.(Have I mentioned how absolutely filled up my love tank is from so much quality family time over Thanksgiving weekend?  Long visits, crazy games with the cousins, poem recitations, cooking together, much-needed sit-downs over late afternoon coffee, lounging in our pj’s….it was glorious.)So anyway, back to the chairs.  I did, indeed, get them finished just before Thanksgiving.They now flank the dark armoire that my husband asked me to never, ever paint ~ which is situated between our dining and living rooms.  I had a bit of a “what-to-do” moment when it came to covering the chair backs since the original fabric wrapped underneath from the front and continued on up the back.  But since my fabric was French scripted, wrapping up the back would make…

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written.  Funny thing is, blog post ideas continually roll through my mind on a daily basis – a condition I’m convinced is consistent with bloggers everywhere.Even Mr. Wonderful is known to throw out on occasional, “This would be a good blog post!”Now if only I had the efficiency/time/organization/bliss to sit and blog about each idea.  Ahhhh well, a litte MERRY will have to do for today :)My daughter and I had fun crafting a MERRY garland yesterday, inspired by the glitter letters I see this time of year all over blog land.We started with these Chipboard Letters from JoAnn Fabric – letters I almost believed did not exist in this town. Who says God isn’t concerned with little crafting details in a girl’s life?The cherry on top was to learn at the checkout that they were no longer a stock item, had actually been discontinued, and “Ma’am, we can…