DIY Military Display Shadowbox

Military Display DIY Shadowbox Tutorial 1

I watched him as he gathered up his uniform and tucked it under his arm carrying it, and his basic training yearbook, over to the couch for us to see.  As I painted alongside where he sat, I listened as he shared stories from his days in Vietnam.  The impact that it had on him, on his family. When I finally had a chance to present him with this gift, a place to proudly display those tangible memories from days that are forever etched in his mind, it was such a joy.  A joy to know that … [Read more...]

DIY Wooden Handprint American Flag…

Handprint DIY Wooden American Flag labeled

It may be November, but we are getting patriotic around here in honor of Veteran's Day! As the daughter-in-law and wife of veterans and the MOM of a United States Army soldier, anytime I can create something that honors their service, and the service of so many others, I jump at the chance! This Saturday, November 7th,  I am going to be partnering with The Home Depot, at their Buckhead, Georgia location, to celebrate our greatest heroes...American Veterans! Home Depots, by you, will be … [Read more...]

DIY Gratitude Tree

Gratitude or Thanksgiving Tree from

One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn and he weaved his weather magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west coast, specifically my beautiful Pacific NW, he just kind of casually waved his arm and said, "And there will be rain in the Pacific NW." I stopped dead in … [Read more...]

Moss Covered Easter Eggs..and she sent me what?

Moss Covered Easter Eggs Collage

  After the holidays and winter, sometimes it's hard to get motivated to start new projects.  I think bloggers are just a little burned out after all of the hustle and bustle of blogging during the holidays and we all get the winter blues. So when our friend, Jennifer Rizzo, invited me to participate in a crazy, fun party to get our creative juices flowing... of course I said YES!  The ideas was for 21 bloggers to mail each other a thrift store find. GULP! I was so excited to find out … [Read more...]

Wrapping Paper Letters and Burlap Art

wrapping paper letters and burlap art

  So am I the only one that is drawn like a moth to a flame to the "dollar" sections in stores? It seems that everywhere you shop these days, they have these little sections set up full of goodies that are all under a few dollars. What was once meant to be a distraction attraction for little kids, while out shopping with mom or dad, has now become the hot new place to find cute seasonal decor, crafts and baubles.  It's kind of like The Little Mermaid,  "(They've) got gadgets and … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Cork Board

DIY Painted Cork Board

Why is it that the room we need the most is often the room that we finish decorating last? That has been the case with my home office.  I have all of these grandiose plans for it, yet it still sits full of unpacked boxes and Christmas decorations I can't bring myself to finish packing away.  When Decoart asked me to review their new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, I knew it would be just the incentive I needed to get my rear in gear and finish my office! … [Read more...]

Outdoor DIY Marquee Sign for the Holidays! #damagefreeDIY

DIY outdoor holiday marquee sign

Today I, along with the Command Brand, am sharing a super cool outdoor holiday project! I have been so busy getting the INSIDE decorated, that I must confess I had been a little neglectful of the outside! Oh I had thrown some lights in the bushes and hung a wreath on the door, but I had still to create that one fun thing to make our yard stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.  Until I came up with this idea... an outdoor DIY marquee sign! I'm going to show you how you can make one … [Read more...]

Mirrored DIY Christmas Tree Stand

DIY Mirrored Christmas Tree Stand

  Have you ever dreamed up an idea and you just knew you were going to love it....if you could pull it off?  You could see it in your head.  Envisioned exactly what it would look like.   You might have even wondered why no one else had thought of this idea yet, and you smiled to yourself knowing you had come up with a brilliant idea. Then reality set in when you realized that for this marvelous, original idea to come to fruition, you would have to create it yourself. From scratch! … [Read more...]

Fabric Scrap Christmas Trees


You may think that you are looking at photos today of fabric scrap Christmas trees. But I see something very different when I look at them. I see a Saturday morning that found me sitting at my kitchen table cutting up little squares of fabric and gluing them onto cardboard cones. The Christmas music playing in the background, seamlessly blending in with the sounds of ordinary life on an ordinary day. My youngest in the family room, happily playing and lost in her imaginary world. My son … [Read more...]

5 Pumpkins 5 Ways ~ Burlap Pumpkin Basket

Burlap Pumpkin Candy Basket and a Pumpkin Party

  Welcome to our final installment of FIVE PUMPKINS 5 WAYS! We're so thrilled to welcome  Melissa, of Daisy Mae Belle, who is sharing our final pumpkin in the series with us today, a Burlap Pumpkin Candy Basket!  Take it away Melissa.... I am so THRILLED to be here At The Picket Fence today! Heather and Vanessa are both so super sweet and creative! I'm so thankful that they've let me join in on their pumpkin fun! My name is Melissa and, I share my home and DIY projects over … [Read more...]