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My journey with God and my family to make our house a home in Christ (without spending much money)!

Christmas Canvas Makeover December 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 9:49 am

I found these ugly and somewhat creepy Halloween canvases at Marshall’s after Halloween.

I knew I could make something far more interesting with these so I happily paid the confused looking clerk my $3 for all 4 and took them home where they sat for at least a month.  I couldn’t decide where I wanted them and how I wanted to change them.  So many possibilities!!

After I read about the Rus-Oluem Revamp contest at Shanty2Chic, I got the motivation that I needed to get these done!  I decided to make Christmas canvases with them and this was a super quick and easy project using Rust-Oleum paint and vinyl.

So I got out my trusty Rust-Oleum gray primer and gave them a good bath to cover all of the ugliness spewing forth.

Looking better already don’t you think?

Next, I got out my newly purchased and oh so pretty Colonial Red Satin by Rust-Oleum and went to work.

While the paint dried between coats, I got busy cutting my Christmas shapes with my vinyl.  (It took longer to decide on which shapes I wanted than it did to do all of the painting!)  The best part of this project is that the vinyl peels right off and the red matches my family room.  Do you get where I’m going here????

Here is the final project hanging on the wall that connects the kitchen and family room.

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No Wimpy Garland Here!! December 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 4:51 pm

I decided that I would put up garland this year after scoring some at the Re Store along with a hideous floral arrangement that had some awesome greenery in it that I knew would look great.  I was too excited to take a before pic.  Sorry!  I decided I would hang it above the doorway leading from my family room to my dining room.  I pulled the ugly arrangement apart and then got some red berry sprigs from the Dollar Tree and a couple of greenery sprigs from Hobby Lobby at 50% off.

I love how this turned out so much that I went and bought some sad, puny garland and a couple of sprigs of greenery at Michael’s for around my front door outside.  I also found a really ugly greenery centerpiece at the Re Store that had some pieces that I could pull and use for filler.  I had some greenery that I had pulled from a wreath in the fall and some red berry filler left over from the Dollar Tree.  I wired some sets of 3 shatterproof Dollar Tree ornaments together and I was all set.  I began by wiring my puny garland together and fluffing.  How sad it was!!  I put some of the cheapo garland fringy stuff behind the strands and wired a strand of white lights to the whole thing.  Who knew it would take so long?!

Here is the sad before picture.  My cat had to check it out too.

Isn’t that better??  Here is another full shot:

I’m linking this up to The Inspired Room!

Here is a sneak peak at my next project for Shanty2Chic’s Rustoleum Project on Dec. 6!!


Make it personal! December 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 9:46 am

I have made a vow that I will not do gift cards this year.  I know they are easy and everyone loves them but they just seem so impersonal!  I made several gift card holders a few years to try to make them a bit more personal so they wouldn’t look like “last minute I forgot to get you anything else gifts”.  I’m hoping that I won’t have to resort to that this year but at least I can make cute card holders if I do!

I made these for my next door neighbors.  A dad and two sons who love to hunt.  I will have to admit that gift cards for teenagers is a safe route to go.  I did try to make their altered Altoid tins as personal as possible.  Easy peasy!

another Altoid tin

I have decided that if I do give gift cards this year (who are we kidding~you know I will) that to personalize the card holder is the way to go!

Go check out all of the other great ideas over at Kimba’s DIY day!


Rustic Wreath

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 9:06 am

I had several wreaths that needed a bit of updating but I didn’t want to buy lots of Christmas greenery to dress them up.  I scoured the house and found some of last year’s potpourri that had a winter theme with some frosted pine cones, leaves, etc.  Then I found some twig/vine balls in the closet.  I dug out the burlap flower that I made a few weeks ago that was too huge to do anything with.  Voila!!  My nature inspired rustic wreath!

I liked the look but it needed a little something more.  I grabbed the G off of my fall wreath.

Much better.  Don’t you think?

Linking this up to DIY day over at Kimba’s where I’m finding some other GREAT ideas!!

I’m adding this to Wreath’s on Wednesday at Cottage and Vine!


Getting geared up for Christmas!! November 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 10:06 pm

I’ve been going pillow crazy around here!  I got 2 yards of red felt at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon and have been going pillow mad.  My mom gave me tons of ribbon and trim that she had in her sewing stash when I went home for Thanksgiving and I’ve been putting them to good use.  My front porch chair needed some Christmas pillows but I just couldn’t stop!!  Here are the ones I’ve done so far:

and these:

For this one, I used an old t-shirt that my daughter has outgrown for the tree.   I cut it in strips, made ruffles and attached to the pillow.  I used ribbon for the trunk and star on top.

I have lots more Christmas decorating to share so stay tuned!!

I will be linking this up to  The DIY Show Off:  Christmas and Kimba’s DIY day~~go check it out!!


Cabinet door Christmas Decor! November 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 7:36 pm

I got several cabinet doors from my Habitat Re Store to use for projects.  I finished this nativity scene today and I absolutely adore it!  I just couldn’t wait to share.

I already had everything except for the door so this project cost me a whopping $1.00.  Gotta love it.  I’m thinking about offering these for sale  around here.  What do you think?

door after sanding

Halfway there!

The final product--the bottom says, "Wise men still seek Him"

What do you think?  I’m linking up to Inspired Room’s Holiday Linky Friday!

I’m also linking this up to Kimba’s DIY day.  There are some super cute ideas there!


OK–so I’m a copycat….

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonda @ 11:06 am

Well, I am a copy cat.  I admit it.  I copy all of the other talented bloggers that I stalk follow faithfully.  Sometimes I do it without any problems, other times not so much.  I have started looking at things differently in the stores now though so maybe I”ll start coming up with some new and fresh ideas to inspire others.  Or maybe not.  Who knows?  One thing that I do know is that I love creating things that look nice in my home and don’t cost lots of money.  This week I have made a couple of things I will share.

First up is the moss wreath.  I saw the first one that I loved in the Southern Living at Home catalog.  Then I started searching for more pictures.  Here are some that I just loved.  I love the simplicity of the moss wreath.


Martha of course

Neiman Marcus

I purchased a straw wreath from Hobby Lobby at 50% off for $1.00, 2 bags of moss from Wal Mart for $1.99 each and brought them home.  They sat for about 2 weeks before I rediscovered my purchase.  Sad I know.  So I plugged in my hot glue gun and got busy (burning my fingers multiple times.  I hot glued the moss all around–I had just enough.  It sat a few more days while I tried to decide how and if to embellish.  On a trip to the Dollar Tree I found a cute Christmas bell door knob thingy. (Pretty sure that is the technical term)  It had a couple of fake greenery sprigs that I pulled out before I took a simple red satin ribbon and looped the “thingy” onto the wreath.  I stapled it to the top of my china cabinet and I love the simplicity.  It may not live there all holiday season, but for now I like it!


These pictures are terrible!  I am so unhappy with my camera.  I had a Kodak for years that took awesome photos and I bought a new one last year.  I hate it!!!  Uggggg!

More projects to come….stay tuned!  I’m adding this post to the Frugal Friday Linky Party over at