Friday Favorites – Week 321 – With Natural DIY Solutions

Hello everyone.  Happy Friday!  Today’s party celebrates a theme that has become near and dear to my heart over the past couple of years: Natural DIY Solutions.

I can’t say that I’m a completely all-natural kind of a girl.  I still have a number of chemical cleaners that I use, and I certainly have my share of health and beauty products that contain chemicals.  But I have started using essential oils in a number of areas in my life.  I have a diffuser on my desk.  And I especially love using cleaners made from essential oils.

Today I’m featuring posts, which teach how to make your own laundry and dish soap, as well as a post on how to make your own lavender oil!

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Friday Favorites – Week 312 – With Spring Decor

Hello everyone! I am so excited to welcome you to this week’s Friday Favorites party. This week you’ll notice we have a new banner, and we’ve also added new hostesses to our party!  They are Jen from a Heart Full of Love, Bonnie from Our Secondhand House,  Gloria from Homemade & Yummy, and Dawn from LeroyLime.  As usual, you’ll find links to all of our hostesses’ blogs below, as well as links to their social media pages.  They are all lovely bloggers and I encourage everyone to go over and visit their sites, and follow, follow, follow them!

I’m really looking forward to collaborating this group of women, and I think they will bring a lot of great things to our party!

Now let’s get the party started!  This week I have some absolutely inspirational spring and Easter decor ideas.  I think you will love them!

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DIY Cat Scratcher Tutorial + Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light Ultimate Care®

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DIY Cat Scratcher Tutorial and Cats Pride

Today we have another fun post starring the Simply Sweet Home Cats! Yay!  Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE my baby cats and would do anything for them.  And I have to say, I think I’m very lucky to have a couple of really good-natured and well behaved cats!  But like all relationships, a relationship between a cat mommy and her cats can get quite interesting!  For example, my sweet Sugar cat likes to cuddle, but only on her terms, and she will give you a very small love bite when she’s ready to stop.  Meanwhile, Rebels love to lounge around, and he often chooses to make clothing, backpacks, purses, and anything that’s new his bed (and every now & then he likes to scratch on things)! [Read more…]

Living Room Makeover

Living Room Makeover

Last year I was happy do a little home improvement.  One project we took on was to do a little makeover in our living room.  Today I’m going to share some of the items we purchased and (hopefully) provide a little insight and inspiration on how you can decorate and do room makeovers on a budget! [Read more…]

When and How to Use Dark Wood in Your Home

Many people shy away from using dark colors in their homes for fear of making a space look smaller, darker, and less appealing. But with some of the most beautiful woods, such as mahogany, walnut, and rosewood, naturally coming in dark tones, leaving them out of your interior design is a shame, especially when adding a noble dark wood cabinet to a lightly painted room can really make the design pop.

Choose the Right Room

Remember that your choice of colors will create a feeling in your home, and using the wrong color scheme from the beginning will dictate how you decorate your space. While dark colors can be more intimate, they can also create the notion of a smaller space, so you should avoid decking out a low-beamed area, small downstairs toilet, or closet with dark wood. An open hallway or high ceilinged living room is a much better choice.

Create Contrast

Use dark wood wisely and you can create beautiful and stylish contrasts; go overboard and you can create a black hole. Don’t add dark wood to dark walls, as the wood and color will overwhelm the space. Dark wood works great when contrasted with light backgrounds and used in moderation. Nice soft neutral tones with dark cabinets on the walls can look amazing.

Too Much Wood’s Not Good

If you live in a wooden cabin, with wooden floors and wooden walls (especially if it’s dark wood), adding wooden furniture to every room can be overwhelming. And dark wood on more dark wood can look like a living nightmare. To add light and space to your home, think about using open glass sliding doors or windows with a dark wooden support in the middle. The dark wood will really stand out in the light space. If you want to mix up your furniture, try a combination of wood and steel, or a dark wood kitchen unit with white marble top. Check out vintage industrial designs if you want to modernize a rustic cottage feel.

Use the Light Wisely

If your home doesn’t get a lot of natural light, then make sure you position your artificial lighting carefully. Highlight what you want people to see and don’t fit powerful overhead lights that make people feel like they’re being interrogated. If you’ve got a lot of dark wood furniture, try painting the ceiling white and using brighter light bulbs.

It’s true that an excess of dark wood in your home can create an almost sinister impression, but if you keep these few key factors in mind when deciding on the distribution of your wooden pieces, you can achieve the right balance and convert your home into an interior designer’s dream (rather than a comic book nightmare).

10 Outdoor Projects for Your Spring To Do List

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10 Outdoor Projects for Your Spring To Do List

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means!  It’s almost time to get out and work in the yard!  At our house, my hubby does the mowing and the majority of the yard work, but I do assist him with a lot of projects, particularly things like working in the flower beds and any project that involves building, painting, and making our yard and home prettier.

Last year we did a number of simple budget-friendly projects to improve the look of our yard and front porch area, and this year we will be continuing our work.  We have some general maintenance to do this spring, and then I hope we can accomplish a few new goals this year as well!  Today I’m going to share 10 outdoor projects for your spring to do list! [Read more…]

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Spring

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For anyone who adores gardening, winter can be a form of torture. Unless you have a greenhouse where you can while away the frigid months caring for your seedlings, chances are that you gaze out at the frosty landscape and dream of spring.

Spring and gardening go hand in hand, but until you can dig your hands deep into the soil and feel the warm sun on your back as you plant to your heart’s content, there are things that can and should be done to your lawn and garden to get them into top shape for planting.

These winter garden preparations not only create the best possible environment for your spring planting, but they also can help cure that burning desire that every gardener has to be outside digging and weeding, even if there is still no sign of spring. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 303 – with DIY Projects

Welcome to another Friday Favorites party!  With a new year comes the opportunity to set new goals.  On my list of goals, I have a lot of DIY projects and purchases I want to make for my home.

And I think a lot of other homemakers have similar goals and aspirations.  For this week’s features, I’ve got some great DIY projects from our friends.  I think they will serve as a great inspiration to you! [Read more…]

Rock Someone’s Holiday – Rockwell Tools Giveaway – DIY Room Building Tutorial

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Review and Giveaway

If you are a DIYer or have a handy man spouse, than today’s post is definitely for you! If you read my blog enough, you’ll often hear me refer to my husband as my Mr. Fix It!  Anytime I need something fixed or improved, or I want to build something, I just tell him my idea, and he puts a plan in to action.

Most recently we’ve been working on a new “Project Room” in our outbuilding. I would call it a craft room, but my husband will be working in there too, and “craft room” just doesn’t sound like a very manly place to be. (Haha!)  So it’s a project room, or workshop, if you will.

As with any project we take on, we need tools to fix up the room.  One tool that has been very helpful with this project is the BladeRunner X2 from Rockwell Tools. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 298 – With Christmas Wreaths

Seasons Greetings!  Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  For this week’s party, I’m featuring one of my favorite types of decor:  the wreath!

This group of wreaths are all especially for the holiday season, and they are all do it yourself crafts!  Hope you enjoy!

After you link up your posts, I’d also love to invite you to enter these great giveaways: Vera Dog Treat Giveaway  and the $10 Paypal Giveaway.

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

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Felt Wreath

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Snow Wreath

Snow Wreath from The Country Chic Cottage

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