11.21.2014

Frugal Debt Free Life Podcast

Decorating on a Small Budget

Happy Friday! I wanted to stop in this morning to tell you about the Frugal Debt Free Life Podcast.  I had the privilege of being interviewed by Lydia of Frugal Debt Free Life (formerly Five 4 Five Meals) about decorating on a small budget. It was so fun to talk to her and share some of my tips for creating a welcoming home when the budget is tight, and ways to save money when buying home decor and accents. 

Speaking of accents, my Southern drawl is very apparent during this podcast (Lydia even points it out in the beginning, which is too funny). And my goofiness makes a bit of an appearance,too.  But, it was loads of fun and I think you will enjoy it!

You can learn more about the Frugal Debt Free Life: Decorating on a Small Budget podcast and listen HERE.

Also, go check out Lydia's blog! She has some amazing tips for living a debt free life, yummy recipes, and much more: 

Frugal Gift Guide


Frugal Living

Have a wonderful weekend! Come back Monday for the start of my Christmas craft series!

11.17.2014

Busy as a Bee

Guys, I have been hard pressed to get a blog post up the past couple of weeks. I have been sooooo very busy. Ever since we got back home from our vacation, it has been non-stop and I feel like I just can't get caught up. But, I finally had some time today to update you a little about what has been going on around here. 


Ever since our living room switcharoo, I have been feeling that this turquoise painted in our built-ins was a little too bold. I have slowly been trying to tone things down and make it flow more with our new dining room/living room situation. So, I painted it black, just like in the living room. 




I put it off for a while because I knew that I would have a huge mess on my hands.  It was worth it, though. I felt that the way I had the bookcase "styled" was too jumbly and messy anyway. (I had resorted to just throwing stuff up there.) 



I have to show you the end result when I share my Christmas home tour soon. It looks so much better now. 


//Beautiful banister with lime green and red chevron ribbon my client picked out. How festive! Via Instagram//
 I had two client projects this week......one was decorating for Christmas and the other was starting on a new studio design for my friend Heather of Newman's Photography. Her studio is her grandparent's old home. She decided it was time to give a facelift. Here are some of the befores.



Isn't that shiplap amazing?  I couldn't wait to get it painted!


And this photo is one Heather posted after she and her husband finished painting the shiplap white and after they pulled up all the old linoleum to reveal hardwood floors. The floors just have to be sanded and re-stained now and they will look amazing! I can't wait to get to the fun part.....making everything functional and pretty! This will be Heather's office/sitting room. 


I have also been very busy getting Christmas projects done. I have most of my decorating done, but have also tackled quite a few Christmas crafts that I can't wait to show you!  (Starting next week!!!)  But, I cannot craft without making a huge mess.  My house was coated in a fine layer of glitter for a while. 


//Via Instagram//

After making the trek to Tuscaloosa Saturday to cheer on the Tide, and spending some much needed time with my hubby, I finally feel like I am getting caught up on things.  It seems like November is always so busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And once Thanksgiving is over there is always so very much on the calendar. In order to not get overwhelmed, I'm just trying to take it one day at a time.

Are your November's super busy in anticipation of the holiday season?

11.12.2014

What You Wish Wednesday #26


Before we get started with WYWW, let me announce the Fall Giveaway winner! 

THE WINNER IS:
Carrie Albrecht



  Congratulations, Carrie. We will be contacting you shortly and sending you your $50 Target Card.  Have fun!!!
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I will pick back up with my top three features from the link party next week. But, for today, let's just get this party started!

WYWW DETAILS:

  • SHARE A RECENT POST FROM YOUR BLOG. 
  • INCLUDE THE WYWW BUTTON (CODE BELOW) AND/OR A VISIBLE LINK-BACK TO THIS POST.  
  • CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE SHARED LINKS.
  • BY SUBMITTING A LINK, YOU ARE GIVING ME AUTHORIZATION TO FEATURE YOUR POST.  IF YOUR POST IS FEATURED, I WILL INCLUDE A PICTURE AND A LINK TO YOUR SITE TO SHARE THE LOVE!
  • FOLLOW ALONG: 





11.10.2014

Southern Holiday Life

I was thrilled to be asked to be a contributor for Southern Holiday Life's Christmas edition.  I had so much fun decorating for Christmas (In September) to get everything ready and turned in by deadline. 


The digital edition can now be viewed HERE! Check out the amazing recipes, crafts, and holiday decor in the magazine. (I contributed a red velvet recipe, paper ornament craft, and a funky black, white, and lime green tablescape.)

I hope you enjoy reading!

Linking up to What You Wish Wednesday.

11.05.2014

What You Wish Wednesday #25 and a Giveaway


Hello and Happy Hump Day!  Do you ever just breath a sigh of relief when you get to Wednesday, knowing that you've made it half way through the work week? I always feel better when mid-week arrives! What You Wish Wednesday (#WYWW) is in full swing, and I can't wait to see what all of you lovelies link up! But, really quickly before we get started with the link party, enter to win our Fall giveaway! A $50 gift to Target will definitely come in handy when hosting for Thanksgiving or marking off some names from you Christmas list!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now for the link up!


WYWW DETAILS:

  • SHARE A RECENT POST FROM YOUR BLOG. 
  • INCLUDE THE WYWW BUTTON (CODE BELOW) AND/OR A VISIBLE LINK-BACK TO THIS POST.  
  • CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE SHARED LINKS.
  • BY SUBMITTING A LINK, YOU ARE GIVING ME AUTHORIZATION TO FEATURE YOUR POST.  IF YOUR POST IS FEATURED, I WILL INCLUDE A PICTURE AND A LINK TO YOUR SITE TO SHARE THE LOVE!
  • FOLLOW ALONG: 




11.04.2014

Let's Gather: Thanksgiving Blog Hop




Hello! I am so glad that you stopped by today!  Welcome to Cultivate Create, Stop 1 on the Let's Gather Thanksgiving Blog Hop! I am super excited to be hosting this hop along with HollyDays Paper, Designs by Miss Mandee, Our Joy His Glory, Nikki's Nacs, and Little Brags. These ladies are all amazingly talented and have some wonderful Thanksgiving inspiration to share with us today. 


Tablescape:

I decided to do a Thanksgiving tablescape. I love to set a pretty table! It makes things so festive and special. I carried some of the elements of my fall dining room into this Thanksgiving set up, such as the dried hydrangeas, and gold and natural pumpkins. I always like to do that, using some of the same items throughout the season, but changing things up a a little as it progresses. I added in a cornucopia and more gold elements to this centerpiece. Plaid fabric pulls in all of the colors of the hydrangeas and pumpkins.  I used wooden stackable files to contain the centerpiece. 




My two favorite things about this tablescape? 1.) My wooden plate chargers I had cut by a local cabinet maker. I painted them black to give visual interest under the white plates. 


2.) The metal gift tags I used to tie the napkins. Instead of assigning seats and listing names here, I decided to hand write sentiments of the holiday. 














This wooden gather sign was meant to sit on a flat surface, but I wanted to put it in the center of my dried hydrangea wreath. I drilled a hole in the top of the sign so I could attach it to the wreath with ribbon. I hung the wreath on the mirror with plaid fabric. 











Kid Craft:

I love involving the kiddos in some of the decorating!  This pumpkin turkey is just the thing for the kids. (We made this turkey for a pumpkin decorating contest for my daughter's third grade class. But now that that is over, it is the perfect kid table decoration!)

Supplies needed:
Pumpkin
Paint
Yarn
Felt
Scrapbook paper
Googly eyes
Hot glue gun and glue.

How-to:
1. Paint pumpkin brown.
2. Cut large feathers out of scrapbook paper. Fold paper feathers in half to crease them.
3. Turn pumpkin on side and glue paper feathers to back. 
4. Glue yarn ball for face to front of pumpkin.
5. Add a beak, eyes, and a wattle made of felt. ( Yes, that red thing that hangs down from a turkey's neck is called a wattle.)
6. Enjoy your turkey!

Also, how adorable would it be to decorate your pumpkin as a pilgrim? So many possibilites!


Now head over to HollyDays Paper for Stop 2 of the Blog Hop for more Thanksgiving inspiration!



Don't miss a stop! There's heaps of Thanksgiving inspiration to go around!

11.03.2014

Oh, Play Me Some Mountain Music

After almost ten years of marriage, two of my best friends and their families and my family were finally able to take a vacation together. We have been wanting to do this since we all first got married, and were finally able to coordinate all of our schedules to make the eight hour trek up to Gatlinburg, TN. Here are some of my favorite pictures......



Our cabin
 Smoky Mountain National Park and Cades Cove:

























Gatlinburg bypass:


Halloween:



November 1st we got snow!




You can tell we weren't prepared for snow. All the kiddos have bags tied on their shoes to keep their feet from getting wet. We didn't have proper snow footwear with us. 





We took sooooo many pictures and it was hard to narrow it down to just these few. We had an amazing time! Have you ever been to Gatlinburg? What is your favorite thing to do while there?

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