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Recycling Pinecones and Faux Berries

Did you survive Christmas?! It’s hard to believe it’s already over with.  If you’re like me,  today is a day to deal with the clutter. Everything needs to find a home because I’m done looking at the piles.  Before you pick up all of your Christmas decor, I wanted to share one of my posts from last Christmas.  I hope you find it helpful….

So Christmas is over and you’re probably ready to clean up your holiday decor….or maybe you already have!

But before you throw out that Costco wreath….

…make sure you remove the faux berries and pine cones!

They are probably attached with some wire.  Simply untwist the wire from the back or grab some scissors and cut them off.

Then next year, when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, you’ll have a few extra pine cones and faux berries to help dress up your house! You’ll be amazed how many you will accumulate over the years!


Merry Christmas 2013

Back in October, we had family pictures taken up at my dads house.  It was such a fun place for pictures because of all the greenery, open space and fun barns!   We were just hoping for ONE good picture to use on our Christmas card.  Thankfully, we had several to choose from!

Here is a quick look at some of my favorites.

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Dan suggested we all put hay in our mouths for the next picture. Apparently I missed the memo that we were supposed to actually SMILE with it, because I look like I’m smoking my hay!

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Next is the runner-up for our Christmas card….

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And finally, the card itself….

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.


How to spray paint your rubber {Hunter} boots

A friend of mine was given a pair of old Hunter boots for her daughter.  They were worn and the pink color was very faded.  So much so that they were rather flesh colored.

I suggested she {ahem…I} paint them!

hunter boots before spray paint  at home in the northwest

Gray was the chosen color.  So for the price of a can of spray paint, these cute boots were transformed!

First I covered up the Hunter label with painters tape.cover the label with painters tape at home in the northwest

Then start painting! I used a spray paint that specifically said it was good for plastic.  [Maybe all spray paints can be used on plastic?]


And a couple of coats of paint later…..



Can you believe it!?  So cute. So fun. And so easy!

I’ll be honest, the paint did run a bit.  But with the help of some fine sandpaper, I fixed the problem.  I’m sure the paint will rub off over time.  But I have a feeling it should hold up through this winter!

I love an easy [and cheap!] transformation!



We’re all decorated for Christmas and enjoying the cozy feel.  So today I thought I’d share some corners and vignettes throughout our home.

Sit back and enjoy!


…the mantel

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

…dining room…

christmas vignette  at home in the northwest

merry and bright chalkboard  at home in the northwest

…the kitchen…

joy christmas chalkboard 2013  at home in the northwest


…family room [and our new sectional]…

christmas pillows  at home in the northwest


christmas wreath on windows  at home in the northwest

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I hope you’re home is all decorated for Christmas too!!

Have a great week!


Family Room Update {with our new Pottery Barn Sectional}

I mentioned a few months ago that we were getting some new furniture for our family room.  We purchased this sectional from the Pottery Barn in stone everyday suede.


via pottery barn

Here are a few pictures BEFORE the sectional arrived…



family room before  at home in the northwest

Wall decor had to be moved.  And new lamps purchased to work with the new arrangement.

Let’s take a look at the room now!


The sectional fills the space in this room nicely! And we finally all have space to stretch out!

family room after  at home in the northwest

I’m still working on pillows for the room.  I’ll be sure to share pics when I get them figured out!

It’s safe to say that we are enjoying our new couch!  We waited a long time to make this purchase. And we’re so glad we finally did!

Come back in a few days for a peek at some of our Christmas decor!


My Mantel : Christmas 2013

When I decorate each year, I try not to look back at pictures of previous years. I like that it looks different each year.  This year, my mantel is simple.

And here it is…

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

The chunky gold frame came from a friend at a garage sale.  I added a piece of wood and turned it into a chalkboard.

Then I added the wreath and lit greens.

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath


I didn’t even hang up our Christmas stockings! {Don’t tell the kids…I don’t think they’ve noticed yet that they aren’t up.}  I will bring them out, of course, for Santa’s arrival on the 24th.

So that’s it!  What about you!? What does your mantel look like this year?


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Christmas Tree 2013

We tend to get our Christmas tree the weekend of Thanksgiving.   And today was the lucky day!

But unfortunately, it was raining.

The morning was fairly dry, while we were at church.  Then when we got in the car….rain!

But we made the most of it and had fun!


Thanks to rain coats and an umbrella, we {kind of} stayed dry.

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Ok, who am I kidding.  We were soaked.

But thankfully everyone’s mood stayed light and we got the job done.

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The tree is in the house. But remains undecorated. That’s a project for another day.


removing wire from a ribbon

I’m recently bought a boxwood wreath from Target.

I wanted to use my red and white striped ribbon, but it was wired.

ribbon with wire  at home in the northwest

One might think that wired ribbon would have more ‘life’ to it.  But in this situation, I feel like the ribbon looked particularly stiff and forced.

After a quick pull on each side of the ribbon, the wire was out!

removing wire from a ribbon  at home in the northwest

Then I hung the wreath back up…

Boxwood Wreath and Striped Ribbon  at home in the northwest

It’s much more relaxed to me now! Just the look I was hoping for.

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And the red against the green….perfect!

boxwood and striped ribbon  at home in the northwest

Such an easy update!


My House Right Now – between holidays

When we got back from Maui, I packed up my fall decor.  I know…party pooper. Since I had to get the bins down to put Halloween away, I put all the fall decor away too.  So her I sit…between holidays.

Here is a quick glimpse at a few corners of my house that I’ve made do with what I have laying around.

A maple leaf branch found it’s way to my kitchen window {and while it only lasted a few short days, it was sure pretty!}.

leaves in simple vase  at home in the northwest

I wasn’t crazy about my fall mantel decor {which is why you never saw it posted on my blog}.  I cleared it off, and love it so much more now!

mantel  at home in the northwest

{Dan wasn’t sure about the empty frame, but I assured him it was ok.}

One of my favorite places to decorate is the back of the toilet.  Books and a plant. So simple and yet perfect!

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And here is a corner of my family room.

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While I was up in the attic putting fall decor away, I couldn’t resist bringing down this great print.  It’s the only Christmas item I brought down. So it sits among the gourds that I’ve yet to throw away.

O holy night print  at home in the northwest

I’m not sure how much longer I can wait to decorate for Christmas! I may have to dig the bins down this weekend.

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Tart Pan Ornaments with My Sweet Savannah

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to go to a craft night hosted by Melaine at My Sweet Savannah.

It was a bit of a drive for me, but completely worth it.  Not only did I make a few fun ornaments….

vintage joy tin  at home in the northwest

…but I also met a group of lovely women.

When Dan asked how the craft night went, I told him that making the craft was super fun. But meeting so many great ladies was even better! {This is where I’m supposed to insert a picture of all the great people that were there.  But I was the new gal and felt dumb dragging out my camera. So I didn’t.  And that leaves me picture-less.}

For a tutorial on making the tart pan ornaments, please visit Melaine’s blog.

Melaine was also in garage sale/purging mode. So we got to dig through boxes of fun stuff after we were done crafting.  I came home with a few goodies.  One of which is this fun old clock.

vintage clock  at home in the northwest

It’s been moved around the house a few times already.  It works so many different places! Thank you, Melaine, for sharing your fun ‘junk’ with us! And thank you for hosting a craft night!


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