American Flag Candle Log

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Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It's me, Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. You might be wondering if I didn't realize that YESTERDAY was Memorial Day and thinking this project is too late. But decorating our home for Memorial Day and The Fourth of July has always been something I truly look forward to and enjoy. The American flag is so beautiful...it makes it so easy because no matter where I display it (or what time of the year), it seems to belong. Last year, I decided to take things a … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]