Saturday, December 6, 2014

Simple Ways to Style Your Home

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Weekends are a great time to add some new style to your home. And you can spend little to no money to do it! Below are a few lovely rooms, followed by suggestions on updating your space.
(Source: ajchomefinder)
(Source: Brabourne Farm)
(Source: Shelterness)

A few tips to create a new look in one room in a weekend:

Sketch out the room.

Remind yourself to keep it simple.

Get rid of clutter and any items you aren't in love with. (Would you buy it in a store?) Also pitch dying flowers and plants.

Move furniture around the room, into new rooms, or donate to charity.

Clean and paint old furniture. Paint or add wallpaper inside bookcases.

"Buy" from other rooms. Find throw, pillows, accessories, plants, etc., for a new look with no cost.

Use spray paint; it's inexpensive and easy. Paint picture frames glossy black. Or add color and texture to vases and other accessories with special spray paints.

Overall, a few changes can transform the atmosphere of your home - and make a change in you! Many of these ideas, based on the philosophy of Feng Shui, can create positive effects in your life. Creating change in your home can create positive changes in your energy and happiness. A traditional Chinese saying goes, "If you want a change in your life, move 27 things in your home." 
So use some of your free time to bring a new look to your home and a new outlook to your life!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas style has become popular worldwide. Of course, vintage items can be found in old boxes of family keepsakes, in antique shops, and on eBay. But if you don't have the money or access to these items, there are easy and inexpensive ways to bring the vintage holiday look into your home!
Vintage Christmas
Vintage Christmas by lgb321 featuring christmas tree light
Handmade Wreath - tutorial
(Instructions at: A Retro Christmas)

Cracker sets - tutorial

(Instructions at: Jane's Journal)

Gift tags
(6 tags for $6.26 - Source: Occa Home)
Vintage Clip Art and Cards

Christmas Ornaments - diy
(Instructions at: The Cottage Market)

What vintage treasure do you love? Glittery angel tree toppers, "Shiny Brite" ornaments, tiny bottlebrush trees? With a little creativity, it's easy to add vintage cheer to your home!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Super Stocking Stuffers for $10 and under

As a child, my stocking was typically filled with lots oranges and apples. My parents were "Children of the Great Depression," so they didn't spend more than a few pennies on anything in my stocking.
With my own family, I've always tried to save money, but I also want them to find special gifts in their stockings as well. Santa wouldn't have it any other way!!

Over the years, I've found several things at the Dollar Store: inexpensive chocolates, simple toiletries, etc. But there's always room to add at least one or two nicer gifts -- and still stick to your budget! And this can be a task when you have multiple stockings to fill like I do! Here are few suggestions, many found on Polyvore:

Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Creme Bites, $3.95,

Instant Snow, $4.95,

Less Monday, More Coffee - mug, $10,

Bliss, Lemony Trinkets, $10 at

White Tea & Mint Travel Candle, $6.25,

Twizzerman, Pink Perfection Nail File, $5,

Candy Tin "Lump O Coal" Gum, $2.85,

Hello Kitty Foot File, $5.25 at

Strawberry Lipbalm, $7, at

Glam Lips Essentials Set. $6.90,

Zebra Duct Tape, $1,

Holiday Kiddie Cup, $10,

So shop early, grab the best items, 
and look forward to the happy faces on Christmas morning!!

And if you want to add the best gift of all, you can add religious bookmarks or Bible verses 
rolled up and tied with ribbon. Stuffing our stockings is fun, 
but we always need to remember that "Jesus is the reason for the season!"