• Beautiful Handmade Gifts in 10 Minutes Tops

    It happens every year, doesn't it? You get in a pinch and you need a last minute gift!

    Well I'm here to give you two simple but beautiful gifts that take less than 10 minutes to make!

    First up is this simple sugar scrub. A good sugar scrub helps to soften and exfoliate even the toughest skin like on your feet, knees and elbows. The older I get the more I love a good bath and good bath products so this is a great gift to me! 

    DIY Sugar Scrub


    1/2 C Course organic sugar

    1/4 C coconut oil (slightly melted)

    10-15 drops of essential oil (I used Vitruvi Eucalyptus Oil)


    Mix sugar and coconut oil together, add in drops of EO and mix again

    Yep, it's that easy. Now put it in a cute little container and it's ready to gift!

    ORRRRR take your packaging up a notch by adding an easy DIY wire ornament!

    This is another seriously less than 10 minute investment and looks so cute when

    added to gifts!

    The sky is the limit with these! You can make any word or name you want!

    I used Artistic Wire 18 gauge in Brass for mine. It was $2.99 at Hobby Lobby and I had a 50% off coup so only $1.50 and I made 6 ornaments and still have about half the spool left!

    I just free handed mine but if you don't feel confident in your cursive letters, just print some out on a sheet of paper and use it as a guide for yourself!


    Make sure to add a small loop to each end of your word if you're wanting to add a ribbon hanger!


    And here you have the two gifts combined! Easy, affordable and super cute!

    Wanna make this gift a bit more substantial? Throw in some extra Vitruvi Essential oils 

    and this recipe so they can continue to make their own sugar scrubs!

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  • Budget Decorating: Hearth + Hand Placemat Pillow Hack

    Have you checked out the new Hearth + Hand line from Chip and Joanna Gaines at Target yet?

    It's such a beautiful, well designed collection.

    I went on the release date and I loved so many things. AND my Target was passing out dark chocolate.

    It's like you know me, Joanna.

    But I'm on a budget. Womp, womp.


    Maybe you are too? Well here's a way to get $20 extra dollars to spend and still go home with the same stuff! It's not everyday you get to have your cake and eat it too!

    You buy this placemat ($4.99)

    instead of this pillow ($24.99)

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    and you make the placemat into a pillow and save yourself $20!

    I shared this DIY placemat pillow idea a few years ago but this is definitely my favorite one I've done. The embroidery stitches just make it look so finished. 

    Simplest hack ever. 

    1. Just seam rip a hole big enough for your hand in one corner of the placemat.

    2. Option 1: Fill it with stuffing (a whole bag is only a few bucks) and stitch it closed by hand as seen in this tutorial

    OR Option 2: Open up one whole side and stick in a pillow (one you're not using anymore if you're like me)


    3. Then just run it through the sewing machine for one straight line.

    (You could also hand stitch the whole side closed if you're without a sewing machine)



    That's it. You just made something with your hands and saved $20!

    Here's a few other things I got on my small budget that I think add cute touches!

    I got the 3 house cookie cutters for $2.99 and I think they add a fun silhouette when lined on the windowsill with a plant or added to a shelf with pictures.

    I also got the $2.99 brass bell that has a little slit on the top. These would be super cute place card holders for a dinner party or just a cute way to prop up a picture or phrase.

    And lastly I got this place card holder for $3.99 that acts as a perfect mini picture frame.

    I just cut a fun phrase out of a book and placed it right in. 

    Sky's the limit for changing this out with different things.

    So there you have it, I got a pillow and 3 small decorative pieces for just $15. 

    That's $10 less than just the price of the pillow.  #winning

  • Video Tutorial: Shelf Styling Tips

     Today I'm sharing a little video to show you some of my best tips for styling shelves! 

    1. Start with an inspiration piece

    This is always so helpful for me when I'm trying to style shelves to look cohesive. I start with an art piece or an object that I reeeally love and then build everything else around it.

    2. Gather Coordinating Items

    Based on my inspiration piece, I look for pieces with similar styles, tones and colors to go with it.

    3. Use varying heights to add dimension

    It adds interest and dimension when your eye has varying heights to look at. Take a step back after you add things in and see if it looks right to you. Most people prefer a little symmetry. So just find the balance that looks right to you.

    4. Style with everyday items

    Don't go out and buy a bunch of new stuff to style your shelves. Shop your house. Glasses and pretty dishes make for great fillers.

    5. Add in texture pieces

    To me, items that have some texture really help add visual interest.

    6. Make it your own design with personality pieces

    Prop up that heirloom piece, find a place for that quirky pottery your kid made in art class, go get that unique thing you got on vacation hiding in a box somewhere. Your house should tell your story so add in items that are unique to you.

    Hope you guys found these tips helpful! Let me know if you have any suggestions for other mini tutorials or style questions!


  • Mini Rosemary Wreaths

    Making people feel special when they come over for dinner at my house is always my goal.
    I show people I love them through crafting, I can't help it.
    So when my small group at church decided to do a Friendsgiving Dinner together, I was
    delighted. This was the very reason I asked Josh to build us a 12-person farmhouse table, so
    I could fill it up with people. 
    I had seen a few ideas of mini wreaths floating around on pinterest and
    was excited to try my hand at some. 
    And lucky day for me when I had a friend who let me snip some of his overgrown rosemary!
    So the wreath part is pretty self-explanatory:
    Get a sprig of rosemary and bend it into a circle.
    I tied a knot with a piece of twine and then topped it with a pre-made bow.

    The banner part looks a little trickier, but it's really not.
    Check it:
    Cut a strip of paper

    Make two folds the same size as the width of your wreath

    Fold the side flaps in half again

    Press it down and snip the ends to make them prettier

    Write your guest's name

    Then tuck it around the wreath.
    Done and done.

     And here they are in action,

    These would be so cute with a little red bow for Christmas!