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Christmas Decorating

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Hello loves!

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time to start decorating for Christmas!!  I am always excited to decorate my home for Christmas, and this year is no exception!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the decor I have up so far…

The mantel so far…

Christmas trees, glitter, and candles… does it get much better?!

The wreath I made above the mantel

… and a fun basket in the faux fireplace

I can’t get enough of this glitter reindeer!

That’s all I have to share for now, but I will be posting more soon!  I would love to see how you are decorating your home for the holidays!

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DIY Bronzer

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Now that our 80 degree days are behind us, some pale-skinned individuals like myself look to bronzers to enhance what our momma’s didn’t give us.  I headed to my kitchen last weekend to put together an all-natural bronzer and I would love to share the recipe with you!

Here are your ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 15 drops rose otto, lavender, or rosemary essential oil

If you don’t have essential oil, don’t fret.  I prefer a powder-based bronzer so I did not include it.  The essential oil will make it more compact.  Begin with a clean make-up compact.  I re-used an old powder container I had been saving for a moment of beauty genius (ta-dah!)

Next, mix your ingredients.  A few things to remember: the cocoa powder will add depth of color, the corn starch will even out the color, and cinnamon adds glow.  After using the original recipe above for a few days, I went back and added some more cocoa powder.  I prefer to use my bronzer for contouring and I felt like the addition of more cocoa powder helped.

Finally, put your finished product in your make-up container.  Now you are all set to be a bronzed beauty throughout the coming months!

Have a great week!!

Mirror Mirror

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Why hello there! I know it’s been a while since we last chatted, and I apologize for that.  Things have been busy in my world, but I’m back to show you my completed vanity project!

As you can see, I now have the hardware for the vanity, and I’ve also painted the chair.  I am very happy with how the chair turned out- it’s so cheery!

It’s 60 degrees here today in Michigan… pretty rare for March in our area.  We have the windows open and the birds are chirping.  It’s days like this that I am able to easily reflect on the many blessings in my life.

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! ~ Psalm 106:1

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! ~ Psalm 30:12

GOD BLESS!!

Vanity

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Remember my sneak peek post here?  Well, I’m proud to announce my vanity is ALMOST completely finished!  Unfortunately the drawer pulls have an odd measurement so I had to order them online, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share these pictures with you!  Matt and I also picked up some fun finds at a local antique store today during our search for drawer pulls… a slight distraction but I’m thankful that he enjoys going to antique stores as much as I do.  Ok, I can’t stand the excitement any longer- let’s get to the pictures!

This is Matt’s desk before…

Here is my vanity after (so far)!

Working on this transformation was a learning process for me, but I’m very happy with the (somewhat) finished product.  The mirror was a Salvation Army find for less than $10- LOVE IT!

I continue to emphasize the vanity is not yet complete because it does not have hardware.  This is also why most of the drawers are slightly open in the above pictures.  Otherwise I may not be able to open them again!

Besides the lack of hardware, it’s done.  I even put in shelf paper and transferred all of my beauty supplies to my vanity so I can start using it right away!  A DIY shelf paper tip: use wrapping paper instead.  For some of the drawers, I used red and white wrapping paper and put
double-sided tape down to keep them secure.

I also purchased a roll of fabric shelf protector.  I love how cheery it is!

 I hope my drawer pulls get shipped soon so I can share the REALLY finished product with you.  Oh, and see that wooden chair?  Don’t think I do not have big plans for that too!

As for the antique store finds we brought home today, take a look!

It’s a chalkboard- how fun is that?!  We also picked up this item to store our keys…

Let me know what you think!  I love catching up with you!

GOD BLESS!!

Orange You Glad You Stopped By Today…?!

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Why hello!  I’m so glad you stopped by today because I’m excited to share with you our most recent paint addition to our back entry.  You can see my last post about my “environmental sculpture” here.  Talk about DIY and inexpensive decor- I literally cut this branch off a tree in our backyard and spray painted it silver.  Most people think it’s a sculpture until I tell them what it truly is.  Fun!

Here is the back entry before:

Pretty boring, right?  Behold the difference a few coats of paint can make!

Yes, we still have our Christmas tree up- don’t judge.  The back entryway, like the rest of the house, is still a work in progress but it’s getting there.   I don’t think I would be ambitious enough to paint a larger room this burnt orange color, but in a small space I really like it!

What do you think?

Now that the holidays and New Year are behind us, I hope you are still able to honor any resolutions or goals you established for yourself.  I have started a prayer journal, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.  Although our days get busy and chaotic, it’s important to focus on the One who makes it all possible.  He is so good.  He is enough.

GOD BLESS!!

DIY Leg Warmers

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Leg warmers are perfect for January, as well as the winter months to follow.  I love layering my outfits, so  leg warmers with boots are my go-to right now.  Plus, anything I can re-purpose from items I already own, or items I can purchase at a thrift shop, are right up my alley!  Here is a great way to create your own leg warmers at little or no cost.  Enjoy!

Step 1: Find a sweater or top that you are willing to part with.  Tip- do not choose any tops with baggy sleeves.  The idea is for the leg warmers to fit closely to your leg.  I have a few sweaters that I have been meaning to donate for a while, but they had a great cable knit pattern so I re-purposed them for so great leg warmers!  If you don’t have any tops you are willing to cut, head on down to your local thrift store! 

Step 2: Cut one sleeve of the sweater off, following the seam.  Repeat with the second sleeve of the sweater.

This is what the sleeves should look like when you’re done:

Step 3: Now put them on your legs!  You want to have the unfinished end of the sleeve at the bottom by your foot, and the finished end of the sleeve toward your knee. 

I love this look!  It’s the perfect weekend look, and also great for snuggling up by the fire.  Here’s some more leg warmer inspiration…

GOD BLESS!!