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!}.

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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!

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{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.

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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!


Target Joy Sign Hack

Yes, this is a Christmas post.  And today, party pooper me took down all of my fall decor.  Maybe I should blame Target….

Like many of you, I recently received the Target ad showing the cute marquee ‘Joy’ sign.


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While we were out of town, the mail really stacked up. So when I saw the ad in my mail, I immediately got competitive. {For those of you who don’t know me well, I get competitive about the small things.  Not over a football or pickle ball game.  But over a parking spot. Or a place in line at the grocery store. Or a ‘must have’ darling tin marquee sign from Target.}  Anyway, I looked online…not available.   I looked at the two Targets here in town… was out of stock, the other was rather vague with their stock status.  So the kids and I buzzed out to Target last night, in the dark, to search for the sign.

And lucky me.  I got one!

But I confess when I opened up the box, it was kind of simple looking. And of course there was the cord.   I assumed it would stand on its own, but you have to hang them.  So I got to thinking….how could I make this work!

Off to the bin of scrap wood I went.  I found some red spray paint too.

And after a bit of working, I got just what I was looking for!

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Something more substantial. Something to prop up or hang on my porch, or over the mantel.

Something really fun! I love it!

If you’d like to do the same thing, here are the steps that I took:


Grab some wood from the scrap bin, or buy some from Lowes or Home Depot {they can even cut it for you!}

Decide how wide you would like your sign.  Line up the wood {I used paneling leftover from my bookshelf project}.  Then secure two pieces to the back, as shown here.

Target joy sign hack  how to build a sign  at home in the northwest


Spray paint the wood.


When it was {almost} dry {I was too antsy to wait til it was completely dry}, I sanded the edges a bit and added some wood stain over the entire piece. It gave the sign a bit of depth and interest. Then spray some nails since they will show when the sign is hung.

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Lastly, hang the letters and  you are done!

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I’m so excited to hang it up, though I will wait!  My fall decor may be in the attic, but I won’t dig out Christmas just yet {though believe me, I’m tempted!}

Thanks for reading and let me know if you make one of your own!! I’d love to see a picture.


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Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a very safe and happy Halloween!

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Wooden Pumpkin Face

Today I stopped by the store and picked up some mums and a pumpkin….


And I pulled out a fun wooden pumpkin face that my mom and I made years ago.


We cut the shapes with a saw. Then painted and distressed them. And hammed a long nail through each part.

Decorating the pumpkin is the easy part…just press the nail with your finger through the pumpkin!


Two seconds later, the pumpkin is decorated. And it won’t rot like a carved pumpkin!

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Isn’t it cute?!


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Fish Bowl Valentine {Free Download!}

For the past week, I’ve been busy working on the kids Valentine’s.  Usually I just go with store bought Valentine’s.  The kids are always happy with that and it gets me off the hook for creating something fun!  But this year, I decided to get crafty.   While the idea wasn’t my own {thank you, Pinterest, for the idea and inspiration!}, the creation is all mine!

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I created this the old school way – by hand!  I did not use Photoshop {though I wish I knew how!}

I started by drawing an outline of a fishbowl…

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Then I got out my watercolors and started painting….

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Once I was satisfied with my work, I scanned the image into my computer and added some fun fonts.

The one that I created for Emmie says “Valentine, You’re the only fish in the sea for me!”  Click here to download this free image.

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Jack’s valentine says “Valentine, I’m so glad we’re in the same school!”  Click here to download this free image.


If you would like to create your own fish bowl valentine, then you will need the following supplies:

* fish bowl valentines {download here or here} * swedish fish * cellophane bag * red ribbon

{note: I purchased my cellophane bags at Target in the party and gift wrap aisle.}

Print fish bowl design onto white card stock.  Cut out bowl.  Place in cellophane bag with either gold fish or swedish fish. And tie the top with a ribbon!

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

Guest Post: Valentine’s Decor

Today we are blessed with a guest post from my friend Lori!!

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She’s going to share some great Valentine’s Decor!

Hi all, with Valentine’s right around the corner, I thought I would share a few simple decorating ideas that I’ve found. I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not a big holiday decorator, other than Christmas, but Valentine’s is such a sweet holiday that I usually do a couple of activities with my girls.

This could be a really quick project for the front door. You probably even have most of these things lying around the house. Old frame painted black, left over ribbon and a heart you could pick up at your local craft store.

Another easy one that would make great gifts.

Love this one! Lipstick art!

Definitely a simple look. Not sure if it is simple to do. It would definitely require some patience.

What do you think about neutral Valentine’s decorating? I kinda like it…

Of course, it can’t be Valentine’s without candy. What a great idea to use the white raffia in the bottom of the jar. A much cleaner look.

Another nice expensive decorating idea using items you already own.


And of course, flowers. Love that they used red beans with the carnations. ( I couldn’t find the source for this pic, so if you know it, please let me know.) The tulips and roses look festive all by themselves.


I’ll leave you today with our simple Valentine’s that my girls will be taking to school this year. It was super easy. The printout came from Etsy.


These are all the supplies. Print out your fish bowl, insert into the treat bags, fill with Swedish fish and tie it up! Done!

What do you do for Valentine’s? Do you go all out? Throw a party? Or is it low key like ours?

Whatever you decide, I hope it’s a great day!

Thanks for having me today Jen!

A little bit of Valentine’s Day {and Chalkboard Art}

I still have some winter decor around my house {some might even say I just left up my Christmas decorations!}…


But I did indeed put away my Christmas decor, leaving out only the items that transition into winter and/or Valentine’s Day.  The red ribbon on these lanterns works great as we approach February!

I also updated my little chalkboard….

love is patient chalkboard art... at home in the northwest blog

I can’t believe we’re halfway through January!  February is right around the corner!!


Merry Christmas!

It’s been a few good years since we last had family pictures taken.  So this fall, we scheduled a photo session with the very talented Shelby McMahon.

Her handiwork provided us with a great Christmas card this year!

Here are a two of my favorites…

And this next one was our Christmas card runner up.  It was my favorite but not the family favorite. So it landed itself on my blogs ‘about me‘ page instead.

Merry Christmas to you, my faithful readers! Thank you for making my first full year of blogging such a positive experience!


Christmas Around the House

Last week, I showed you my entry and the mantel, all decorated for Christmas.  Today I’d like to show you a few vignette’s around my house…

…the family room…

I bought that santa in Amish Country before we left the east coast. I love pulling it out every Christmas.

And oh dear…is that a lantern? {I mentioned last week that I may have a bit of a lantern obsession.}  I love the red color…It adds some color sitting in front of my lit branch arrangement.


What’s that? Another lantern?? It’s filled with small pine cones and faux red berries.  I also have my ‘joy to the world’ chalkboard and advent tree displayed in our kitchen.


We have the red bedding year round, but it’s even more season appropriate this time of year!

The Ikea wreaths are hanging from red Costco ribbon.

…dining room…

I love those little trees {also purchased at Ikea}.  Pinecones and faux holly brighten up the base of the trees.

And old books tied with striped ribbon {ribbon is from Michales}.

…powder room…

And I can’t help but leave you with one last lantern picture…

Thank you for taking a quick tour around my house!


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