Patriotic Ideas and Projects

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It's that time of the year again. When red, white and blue take center stage and we completely ignore the fact that the craft stores already have Christmas items on the shelves. Because, we don't want to rush through this season, do we? No way! This is the time when we celebrate longer days, warmer air and bare feet. And, more importantly, this is the season when we celebrate our great country and what a privilege it is to live here. … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Cocktail Station

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They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I can definitely see how this can be true when it comes to particular words in the English language. In that case though, beauty would be in the ear of the hearer right? Some words just make me absolutely cringe. I would type them out but my fingers literally REFUSE to click those keys. Other words are like music to my ears. Like the word 'Decor' and the word 'Steals'. And when you put them together it's like a beautiful … [Read more...]

Deck Decorating Ideas and Giveaway!

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I think it's time for full disclosure here. I have a serious case of porch envy. Did you know that when you search for outdoor decorating ideas on Pinterest that there are approximately 2 million pictures of cute porches and only about 50 pictures of decks? OK, so maybe that is just a slight exaggeration! ;-) I don't know why but I've just always loved porches. I see them and I covet them. There, how's that for some honesty? Porches just have an entirely different feeling than … [Read more...]

Ballard Designs Pillow Knock-Off

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I need to tell you something. I went into Michael's Crafts the other day and realized that it had been at least 2 months since I had last been there. Now, this might not seem like a really big deal to you but believe me, it is. You see, there was a time when I was there weekly. Sometimes twice a week. I was eagerly trying to come up with projects and crafts that I could show right here on the blog and many times I found myself wandering around the store just hoping a brilliant idea would … [Read more...]

How To Make Frozen Greek Yogurt

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I have a confession to make. And I hope you still like me and want to be my friend and will still sign my yearbook after you hear it. ;-) Ready? I don't really like cake all that much. Gasp! And if I had my druthers (seriously one of my favorite words ever!) I would rather have a bowl of cereal as a treat than a bowl of ice cream. Which leads me to my next confession. Ready? … [Read more...]

When You Have a Mom Like This…

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When you can call her anytime to talk about ANYTHING When she lets you just cry if you need to cry When you go shopping together and she wants to buy you something 'just because' When she laughs hysterically with you over her grandchildren's antics When she listens as you vent your little heart out and then talks you back from the ledge When she is willing to talk about the things she regrets in her parenting and admits to not being perfect and it makes you feel so much better since you … [Read more...]

Build Up Sweet Friends, Build Up

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Pursuing your dreams can be a funny thing. It brings up so many different emotions. We're putting ourselves out there. Setting goals, taking risks, praying, hoping, willing those dreams to come true. And often what happens as we lay ourselves bare in the pursuit of our dreams is that suddenly we've created extra space for insecurity to seep in. As if we all needed more of that right? Recently I was deeply impacted by someone else's insecurity. By their inability to 'light my … [Read more...]

Chalky Finish Coffee Table Makeover

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That whole concept of it never hurting to at least ASK, is so true, isn't it? Because more often than not, the answer to the question is a 'yes'. My kids always know that when they ask us for something and there is a pause followed by a 'we'll see' it means that the odds are probably 'ever in their favor'. ;-)   … [Read more...]

Science Themed Birthday Party Ideas

When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit.  Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science. Why limit yourself to a beaker and a test tube when you can use an empty bathtub at a friend’s house and a full bottle of shampoo?  All in the name of science!  So it was fitting that we … [Read more...]

A Snowball Tree Love Story

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Because my snowball tree is laden (I LOVE that word!) with blooms and because looking at them today reminds me of this moment from last year I thought I would share this story with you again.  ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I … [Read more...]

Bathroom Mini Makeover

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Once upon a time I decided to give our downstairs bathroom a mini makeover. I painted and put up a new shower curtain and switched out the mirror and drove to all of my favorite second hand shops in search of vintage prints for a gallery wall. Then, when it was all done, I tried to take pictures of it. I stood on the toilet and in the shower and contorted myself into all kinds of positions before finally realizing that it was virtually impossible to photograph such a small space. The end. … [Read more...]

New Dresser in the Master Bedroom

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Can I be honest? Sometimes I just don't feel like crafting or DIY'ing or repurposing. Sometimes I just feel like buying. But when I realized that what would help our closet feel less like it was going to burst at the seams would be rearranging some things in our bedroom and adding a large dresser, I had every intention of finding an old dressser and giving it a facelift. Honestly I did!   … [Read more...]

Nesting Trays Makeover

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I have a tray obsession. I don't believe in past lives, but if I did, I'm quite sure I could be convinced that I was some kind of servant. Maybe even a ladies maid at Downton Abbey. ;-) I have no idea why exactly it is that I love trays so much but I always find myself gravitating towards them in a store. I pick them up, study them, want to put them in my cart and take them home but then have to stop myself as I think about how many trays I not only have on display in my house but also how … [Read more...]

Capturing a Memory

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Moms everywhere know the truth about Mother's Day. It's not the perfectly arranged floral bouquet or the velvet lined box holding expensive jewelry or even the breakfast delivered in bed on a fancy tray that we hold closest to our hearts. It's those priceless hand-made, covered in glitter, framed by popsicle sticks, dripping in glue gifts from our children which are the truest treasures.   … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Corbels in the Dining Room

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You know the old saying, "He who hesitates is lost"? Well sometimes my friends, just sometimes, he (or she) who hesitates is lost only to be found again! A few weeks ago I paid a visit to one of my favorite consignment stores and waaaayyyy in the back, on a shelf high up in the corner I spotted a pair of wonderfully chippy, rustic wood corbels. … [Read more...]

Repurposed Candelabra Flower Planter

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Hello folks, it's me Julie from Redhead Can Decorate! Spring has finally sprung in the Midwest! I'm hoping it has where you live, too. If it has, it's time to get our hands dirty and dust off our flower pots! Today, I'm sharing a very easy, affordable, and innovative flower pot idea. Introducing my "Repurposed Candelabra Flower Planter". … [Read more...]

The Path

I made him promise to not go too fast.  I made him promise to stay where it was safe.  Not too high (I’m terrified of heights..like pass out and die of fear..afraid of heights) no steep hills, no crazy detours…you get the idea. And he said, “I promise I’ll watch out for you.”  So we headed off. Out on our four wheeling trip into the desert. … [Read more...]

Taking Down the Blinds

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Hands down one of my MOST favorite parts about being a mama is the absolute joy I get from embarrassing my kiddos. And hands down one of my MOST favorite ways to do this is by singing loudly and dancing like nobody's business. I happen to think I have some awesome moves but for some reason they seem to be horrified disagree. I'm particularly fond of singing songs to them which tend to be extra annoying if you are already in a grumpy mood or have just awakened. I know, I know, it's just a tad … [Read more...]

Crystal Glasses and Paper Napkins

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I've always been very hard on myself. The whole idea of extending grace to others is a far easier concept for me to grasp than extending it to myself. And for years, one of the ways this manifested in my life was in a constant striving for perfection. If I do all of the 'right' things and make all of the 'right' choices then everything in my life will be 'right'...right? ;-) Of course, even as I type out those words I realize once again how absolutely ridiculous that sounds. Because, … [Read more...]

Repurposed Recipe Card Holder

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Do you ever hold onto something and you aren't exactly sure why but you just KNOW that there is a reason? I've been eyeing some really darling vintage-styled dryer sheet holders in various online stores but I just couldn't ever bring myself to buy one. Perhaps I knew that what I really wanted was right under my nose (or in my attic!) all along! … [Read more...]

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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We're snuggled into the covers, talking and giggling in those precious minutes before I kiss her goodnight. We make shadow puppets on the wall and she begs me to sing Jesus Loves Me in my best opera voice. I'm not going to lie folks, it's epic. You'll have to hear it sometime. She thinks that she is stalling bedtime. But I know the truth. These are treasured moments, sacred and precious. These are the moments when she will confide in me about her day. When she'll laugh hysterically … [Read more...]

Good Friday Doesn’t Feel Good

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Every year I find myself compelled to go. I know it will probably feel painful and even a bit dark. I know I will once again sit in a pew with tears streaming down my face as I recognize how unworthy I am of being treated as someone of worth. To be valued, treasured, sacrificed for. If this is Good Friday, why doesn't it feel so “good”? … [Read more...]