DIY Baking Soda Paint Ornaments

Today, I’m hosting a fun DIY Ornament Challenge! Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers, at the end of my blog!!

DIY Christmas Ornaments have commenced! It is something I look forward to every year and I think I may just make this an annual Christmas tradition on my blog!

Over the years, I have made DIY ornaments, almost every Christmas! Sharing my first DIY ornament below as a child and also sharing my DIY ornaments that I’ve made throughout the years with all four of my daughters.

I think my love of diy actually started with my mom. I always remember opening her linen closet and just looking at all of her DIY craft supplies! One year for my birthday, I had a few friends over and we made DIY stained glass ornaments. Still hang those two ornaments on my tree, every year.

I started making ornaments to be frugal in the first years of our marriage. I enjoyed it so much, I continued almost every year, for the past 25 Christmases!

This year, I decided that my youngest two daughter’s Christmas tree ornaments needed to coordinate with their room more, so…I decided to test a couple ornaments with my diy baking soda paint!

I started off with some vintage ornaments that I purchased from my friend, Sarah, who owns a small shop, Sweet Cards Shop.

I decided to use Sherwin Williams Orchid to paint on the ornaments as the base coat.

Next, while the ornament was still wet, I added baking soda, sprinkling it on and kind of tapping the paint brush around with the baking soda. If the bright pink started showing through, I just dabbed on a bit more paint! If it doesn’t look good, just wipe it off and try again!

Next, I used some leftover gold craft paint, that I had left over from our Barndominium Dollhouse, to paint the ornament cap.

Hang with a vintage ribbon like me or a velvet ribbon would be pretty too! So simple and fun to add to your Christmas tree this year! Customize your color, based on the colors you are using for Christmas this year! I bet you have left over paint that you can use too! I chose this color because I wanted it to coordinate with their room!

I hope y’all enjoyed our DIY Ornament Challenge this year! Please check out my blogging friends to see the Christmas ornaments they have created to share with y’all!

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Gail from Purple Hues and Me

Jemma from At Home with Jemma

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Denise from Hootshack

Creative Ways to Gift Wrap for Christmas

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Today, I am hosting, Creative Ways to Gift Wrap, along with three other bloggers! Creative holiday gift wrap is a great way to add your own personal touch to show the recipient that you care!

My gift wrap of choice is brown craft paper, along with Charleston Wrap!

I am going to start with the brown craft paper. I actually have used brown craft paper, off and on over the years. When my oldest two were younger (now they are both married) and I was trying to find a more frugal way to gift wrap, I remember finding brown craft paper, at a craft store, in a huge roll!

This year, I am loving a more simplified home and the brown craft paper is perfect for simple! I love adding natural elements to my gift wrap, like dried oranges, greenery and jute! It’s also fun to add candy canes for the kids & handmade gift tags.

I decided to add red ribbon to the brown craft paper, along with some tree clippings of a cypress tree from our yard.

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I decided reached out to the most beautiful gift wrapping shop, Charleston Wrap. I received so many beautiful wrapping papers and they even have personalized gift wrap and tags!! Don’t forget your ribbon because they’ve got you covered!

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I got the cutest personalized wrap for our grandbaby, that says “Love, Poppie & MeMe”, along with several others! I paired their wrapping paper with several of their grosgrain ribbons which compliments the gift wrap, beautifully. We are gifting one follower on IG, a chance to win $100 from Charleston Wrap. Check it out HERE.

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I hope I have inspired y’all for the upcoming Christmas season! Head on over and check out the other bloggers to see what they’ve come up with to Creative Ways to Gift Wrap for Christmas!

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Purple Hues and Me

Baggott Farmhouse

5 Smoky Mountains Tips While Visiting Pigeon Forge, TN

{“This blog post is sponsored by Sawyers Farmhouse Breakfast, Three Bears General Store, The Pigeon Forge Gem Mine & The Old Gris Mill Restaurant. It reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”}

We just got back from our Smoky Mountains trip and since moving to the beach, we needed a good ‘ole dose of fall foliage with fresh mountain air!

Must Do’s while in the Smoky Mountains

1. Grab an RV spot in the mountains! The place we stayed was absolutely amazing. Highly recommended!

It was one of our favorite parts because of the amazing fall foliage and it was super clean with wonderful access to hot heated showers, laundry facility and a dog park! This is the link!

2. Explore nature and take some hikes! In the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, we hiked Clingmans Dome (moderate) and Grotto Falls (more moderate).

We loved them both! NOTE: Both have steep climbing!

3. Take a drive through Cade’s Cove and visit several old church’s and log cabins.

You can see wild life like deer, bears and other turkeys!

4. As for more touristy things, there are a TON of options for you in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

One of the spots we visited that I visited as a child was The Old Mill. It’s a gris mill, turned restaurant! Check out our REEL on IG!

 

They even have a Pottery Shop next door, along with a General Store! We went for dinner and the food was yummy and I fell in love with all of the pottery! Check out my REEL on IG to see which pieces we came home with!

5. We also took a half day and spend it at a more touristy spot but we had a blast! You can see our reels for the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, 3 Bears General Store and Sawyers Farmhouse Breakfast on IG!

We started off the day with breakfast at Sawyers Farmhouse Restaurant, then headed over to the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, where we mined for minerals and rocks! You can even have jewelry created from the minerals you find! My younger two girls both had pieces of jewelry created for them! It does take 4-6 weeks for the jewelry to come in, so I’ll need to update the post when we receive our jewelry!

We also visited the Three Bears General Store where they have live bears that you can see and feed! Very budget friendly at $4 and then $2 for food! The Three Bears General Store was amazing! They have anything you could think of to buy, like name brands, such as Sinply Southern and Pandora, along with an arcade that we all loved!! The Three Bears General Store also has candy apples, fudge and ice cream! We decided to treat ourselves to ice cream at the end of our visit! Such a great place to spend time with those you love!

A Few Other Tips For Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

1. Be adventurous! Go hiking, check out the beautiful fall foliage. Try something new!

2. Bring a hiking backpack with a first aid kit, water, cliff bars, snacks, phone  charger and a flashlight. It will be much needed! 

3. Be safe! Don’t forget the time zones are sometimes different than we live. It is fall, so it’s getting darker later now.

Cades Cove is a beautiful place!

The Smoky Mountains was showing its majestic colors of the season! The weather was perfect and the mountain air was glorious! Hoping this was helpful! I hope you and your family have a wonderful trip to The Smoky Mountains!

Barndominium DIY Flooring

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{“This blog post is sponsored by Select Surfaces and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”}

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Flooring is the largest scale of surface in your home and picking the best type of flooring for your space depends on your budget, lifestyle and personal preference.

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When we decided to self-build our barndominimum, we knew we wanted a quality flooring that could withstand the test of time! We loved the look of wood and wanted a product that was durable-with kids, pets and everyday life messes!  

There are so many choices when it comes to flooring: concrete, ceramic tile, hardwood, vinyl, engineered wood, laminate and more!

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When we saw the Spill Defense Collection of flooring from Select Surfaces, at Sam’s Club, we were sold! The laminate planks in the Spill Defense Collection have a tighter seal, than regular laminates, making it spill resistant for up to 24 hours!! Perfect for families with kids and pets! The laminate planks also are low VOC’s and responsibly sourced from certified forests. REENGUARD Gold Certified to ensure healthy indoor air quality  Perfect for our family! We try to live as chemical free as we can!

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The color choices are all beautiful which means there is something for everyone’s style! Our whole family fell in love with the Barnwood color!! Barnwood is a medium-toned wood color, with natural looking shade variations for an authentic barnwood look. Each plank also has natural looking texture and realistic saw marks that further lend to the authentic barnwood look. Everyone that visits our home, loves the flooring and asks if its real barn wood!

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Before installing, we checked out the installation guide which is available on the Select Surface website Installation is SUPER easy!

 

Each plank comes with the foam backer attached- which means one less thing to install! Select Surface Flooring has an easy to install Speedloc system- no special tools needed to install it.

Just line up the tongue and groove portions and click, jiggle-wiggle into place. All you need to do is make cuts as needed to fit your space.

During

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For the installation in our barndominium, we followed the steps below.

  • • Cleaned sub-flooring .
  • • Added baseboards .
  • • Painted & caulked baseboards.
  • • Install flooring per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • •Installed transition strips.

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After

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The Spill Defense Collection is easy, breezy to clean too! You can use a Norwex mop or a vacuum with a soft bristle brush attachment or a broom!

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Select Surfaces has beautiful flooring with a warranty to stand behind their product! The Spill Defense Collection comes with a limited lifetime warranty for residential use.

It’s designed to resist fading from sunlight and UV rays. It also will resist moisture for up to 24 hours and is designed to not stain or wear through. The seams are also designed to not unlock under normal use conditions. I was surprised at how hard it is to scratch the flooring so it’s super durable for our family!

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If you’ve been wanting to update your flooring in your home and are looking for a durable, spill resistant, easy to install flooring, be sure to check out the beautiful selection from Select Surfaces Flooring! Available at your local Sam’s Club!

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As always, if y’all have any questions , please reach out! Come follow me on Instagram! We are self building and diy-ing on the daily!

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Pottery Barn Terracotta Pumpkin Dupe

Let’s take this Hobby Lobby pumpkin and turn it into a Pottery Barn terracotta pumpkin dupe! You see, I loved the look of these large terracotta pumpkins. I found from Pottery Barn, but they were $89. There was just no way I was going to pay that much per pumpkin, so I figured I’d DIY it myself!

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FALL DIY BLOG HOP

Our sweet friend Terrie from Decorating More with Tip decided to take a break from our blog hops, so I decided to jump right in and host! I thought it would be fun to create a fall DIY with several of my blogging buddies. 

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Supplies

• Faux Pumpkin

• Air Dry Clay 

• Flour 

• Brown, Orange & White Craft Paint

• Paint Brush

First, I decided to use some of my  inexpensive  faux pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I have had my pumpkins for a few years but linked some that are comparable above.

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The first item on my agenda was to carve out eyes, a nose and a mouth for my pumpkin. I drew on an eyes, nose and mouth, so it was easy to carve out with a knife.

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Next, painted the whole pumpkin, including the stem, with the brown, white and orange craft paint. 

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I mixed the colors until I achieved the color! 

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Next, I sprinkled flour all over my pumpkin while it was still wet by sort of dry brushing it on. 

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Next, I used air drying modeling clay to extend the pumpkin stem, making it a more whimsical type of pumpkin.

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When the clay is dry, it’s time to paint!

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I painted the air dry clay stem, the same color as the pumpkin.

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Finished! Time to style your new terracotta pumpkins around your house! It’s honestly such an easy DIY! I’m so glad I didn’t spend $89 on the originals, and instead created this Pottery Barn terracotta pumpkin dupe!

I also painted a pumpkin and made it into a floral dupe!

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Please be sure to check out my other blogging buddies to see what they’ve come up with for our Fall DIY Blog Hop!

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 Jodi-The House House Blog

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Gail-Purple Hues and Me 

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Hannah-Baggott Farmhouse

I hope y’all have enjoyed our Fall DIY Blog Hop! I enjoyed hosting and hope y’all will come back again! Happy Fall Y’all! 🍁🥧🎃

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Visiting the Magnolia Silos in Waco, Texas

We finally went on a trip, to the Magnolia Silos, in Waco, Texas! It has been a dream of mine to visit and it was not just about the shopping and cupcakes! We decided to go on this trip on a whim and I am so grateful to have spent it with three of my four daughters! Nothing better than shopping, cupcakes and girl time!

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We stayed in Hamilton, Texas, which is about an hour from Waco.

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Driving to Waco from Hamilton is stunning, with their magestic mountain views, vast canyons, longhorns, wildflowers and cacti. A highlight of our trip!

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The photo below is from the absolute cutest modern farmhouse, Air B’n’B that we stayed in, while visiting Waco! If you are interested in staying here, please contact Haley on IG @vintagenvine ! She’s super sweet and the best hostess! Check out the link below!

Haley from @vintagenvine

Photo below from magnolia.com.

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Magnolia Table

Magnolia Table is 8 minutes from Magnolia Market. It is open for breakfast and lunch from 6AM-3PM, Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. You will need a reservation, but they do take walk-in’s. The restraurant is beautiful! They seem to be famous for their biscuits and strawberry butter but also I have heard their french toast is amazing! 

Photo below from magnolia.com. 

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Magnolia Table offers a Take Away area.  A great option if you do not want to wait! You can pick up your food and eat outside or at home! 

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market’s store hours are from 9:00-6:00. We arrived around 7:45 am and we were able to grab a parking spot right up front at Magnolia Press Coffee Co.  Parking is free around Magnolia Market and the parking lot across the street. Once filled, they have a trolly you can take and I’ve heard the church parking lot is $10 to park! 

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Did y’all know that Magnolia was dog friendly? Our pups would love walking around Magnolia! There is a dedicated pet relief area with dog waste stations where they provide waste bags. The dogs are welcome everywhere except the artificial grass areas like the ballpark.

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My best tip for Magnolia Market would be to avoid peak days if possible and arrive early! 

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The Magnolia Market complex consists of the large Magnolia Market where you can purchase goods, like home decor, clothing and furniture. The displays are beautifully curated for the season! 

One of my favorite curated sections was Joanna’s handwritten notes!

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The “Earle” fern was also one of my favorite’s in Magnolia Home. He’s a 26-year-old staghorn fern that traveled all the way from Florida to his new home here at Magnolia! 

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Outside of the Market, you’ll find the turf scattered with corn hole boards and striped bean bag chairs . Perfect for visitors to relax and unwind.

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The Silos are the main fixture in the complex and an identifying landmark! Absolutely a beautiful backdrop to the Magnolia complex!

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The perimeter is lined with a variety of food trucks. You can check Magnolia.com to see what trucks are available.

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In the center, you’ll find a covered picnic area where you can relax and enjoy lunch! You can even drink sweet tea served in Mason jars. 

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There is even a Wiffle ball field. Perfect for your significant other and young fellows! They can play ball while you shop! There is something for everyone at the Magnolia Silos!

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Did y’all know that there was a little white church on the property? “The Old Church” is  one of the oldest structures in Waco!

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The building’s historical charm holds a unique story of something old being made anew.

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Built around 1894, The Old Church was comtructed using elements preserved from an abandoned church across town. 

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Magnolia Coffee Press

Our first stop was the Magnolia Coffee Press! Hours are Monday-Saturday from 7AM-6PM.  

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Magnolia Coffee Press is a cozy and inspiring shop! We didn’t wait long, grabbed our coffees and chocolate milk then headed out to our second stop! 

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I know someone who was thrilled to be drinking chocolate milk at Magnolia! 😉

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Silos Baking Co

The Silos Baking Co  was our next stop because, who doesn’t love a cupcake for breakfast? Bakery hours are Monday-Saturday from 7:30AM-6PM. 

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A history of this century-old building was used as part of the cotton oil mill right here at the Silos. Later on, the building became Rosetree Floral, a flower shop that occupied the space and  where Chip would buy flowers for Jo!

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When Chip and Jo bought the Silos property in 2014, they decided that a signature bakery, filled with Jo’s personal recipes was just what the grounds needed.

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When we visited we tried several different flavors-strawberry, chocolate and vanilla.  They were all delicious!

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Magnolia Seed & Supply

One of our favorite shops here is the Magnolia Seed + Supply Store for all of your gardening needs! What a beautifully curated store with the sweetest employees!

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Magnolia Seed & Supply has a full functioning garden right in front of the Seed & Supply store and there were many employees tending to them outside.

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The garden shop itself is small, but you can find some cute and practical items inside, if you’re a gardener. I grabbed a new composter and it was on sale for around $21!

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The Little Shop on Bosque

If you’re looking for discounted Magnolia items, you can find them at The Little Shop on Bosque. This was actually the very first retail shop Chip and Jo opened in 2003. It’s located about 4 miles away from the Silos.

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There were lots of discounted items here including apparel, home decor, paper goods, etc. Basically last sale items from the Magnolia Market.

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I did find some great items on sale for over 60% and 75% off! Now that’s what I’m talking about! Who’s a deal hunter?! 🙋🏻‍♀️

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We found several shirts, a child’s musical toy and my daughter found a wood picnic basket. I think we spent under $60 for everything we purchased.

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It’s such a small shop that they had to expand their sale items outdoors. I would definitely stop by here if you are looking for some great deals. Definitely do not miss this shop!

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Harp Design Co

No trip to Waco, Texas, would be complete without a stop at carpenter extraordinaire Clint Harp’s design company. When we were in Waco visiting Magnolia Market, we took a little drive a few miles down the road to get a glimpse of Harp’s white distressed candle sticks and farmhouse tables up close.

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The store was filled with Clint Harp originals, including his signature candlesticks, along with lots of other home decor items curated beautifully!

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I loved looking around the small shop, as the displays full of wooden treasures, unique wall decor, plus lots of pretty things for the kitchen , like wooden chargers and cutting boards-all styled to perfection! The employees here were super sweet as well!

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I took home a few Harp Design Co post cards to send to family! It has been a tradition of ours, to send handwritten post cards, to our family, to share of our vacation stays.

Other Places to Visit in Waco

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Heritage Creamery 

Heritage Creamery is a locally operated ice cream shop in Waco, TX. They are  proud to be “Grown Here” in Waco, and proud to be a part of the city.

Their mission is, “To provide locally and responsibly sourced, delicious, frozen treats for our community.”

My daughters and I enjoyed our ice cream while sitting outside of the shop! Definitely a highlight to our trip!

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The Findery

The Findery is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM-6PM. Closed Sunday. Located across the street from the Magnolia Silos. You can literally walk on over from the Magnolia Silos! 

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At the Findery, you will find furniture and home decor with a mix of boutique items! They are a unique blend of antique, modern and found-isn’t that evident in their building? 

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The Findery’s inventory is thoughtfully curated, uniquely stocked, which might possibly leave your pocketbook empty or your mind inspired! From locally sourced items to uncommon finds for your home or even that statement piece you’ve been wanting for your closet!

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The Findery is a building that has been restored beautifully!  Percy Medicine built this landmark of a building in 1908 and the Fatheree family restored it to its current beauty-whole paying homage to the legacy of the building!

Thrifting & Antiquing in Waco

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Cameron Trading Co

Two floors of antiques, collectibles, vintage and more. We knew we had to stop here because Cameron is a family name!

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Located at 618 Austin Avenue  in Waco. Cameron Trading Co’s hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5:45PM and Sunday from 12-5PM. 

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The girls and I had a great time exploring in here! There is so much to see! You could spend half a day in here!

From here, we purchased several antique dollhouse accessories for our youngest daughter’s barndominium dollhouse we built for her birthday! I also found a few antique pencils with Waco business names on them, for only $1 each! My oldest daughter found a vintage 90’s skirt and an antique rouge.

Great time, laughing and being silly-great memories! A must when visiting Waco is a visit to Cameron Tradimg Co!! 

Traveling Home From Texas 

The Boot Barn

I didn’t think any trip to Texas was complete without grabbing a cowgirl hat! Am I right?! The Boot Barn had impressive  displays of cowgirl hats and cowgirl boots! We left with our cowgirl hats and cowgirl bandannas! 

Texas Thrift 

I have called myself a “thrifter” since I was 16 years old! The love of thrifting is engrained in me! I just love it and all of my girls have a desire to thrift as well! One of our activities we do while traveling is going thrifting at local shops! We found a Texas Thrift on the way home and we just knew we had to visit! It’s the largest thrift store we’ve ever been in! Prices were pretty good too! For example, a child’s denim skirt was $1.99. From here, we grabbed a child’s denim skirt, child’s plaid shirt, baby clothing for our Grandson/Nephew and leather belt for my oldest daughter. We spent under $20 here! 

Bucee’s

No trip to Texas is complete without visiting a Bucee’s location! Fuel up, coffee up (long drive) and food! We fell in love with tex-mex and Bucee’s has their Tex-mex down right!

Texas Welcome Center

We couldn’t resist stopping at the Orange Welcome Center, for a picture beside the Texas star! Leaving on the heels of loving the state of Texas… from the experience f driving to Texas and getting detoured on long a Farm Road, where the speed limit is 75 on a two lane road! I am glad we got detoured because we ran into several really old towns (100 years or more old) like these, about every 30 miles or so.

The state’s vast array of wild flowers, longhorns and cacti to the precious memories made with three of my four daughters. On the way home, we decided we should try to come back at the end of the year! God definitely had plans for our family with Texas because the same week we arrived home, our oldest daughter met a young man at church, traveling through and you guessed it, he was from Texas! Amazing to see how God uses experiences in our lives!

Janie Lanie Boutique

I also wanted to mention my pink dress from Jamie Lanie Boutique. Janie sent me their Frances Dress in Mellow Rose and I absolutely love the fit! Super comfy, modest, flattering midi dress with smocked bodice. It really is perfect for every day wear, church or a trip to Waco!  Features smocked bodice, v-neck, ruffle bottom and is lined. Easy pullover style. I paired mine with borrowed comfort boots from my daughter for our trip! For church, I like wearing a pair of flat sandals in summer and now with fall approaching, I can pair with a sweater and suede booties! Check @janielanieboutique on IG! Coupon below!
 

Janie gave me a coupon code for y’all! Use SSG15 at check out and receive 15% off your purchase!

Happy traveling to the Magnolia Silos in Waco, y’all! 

DIY Better Homes and Gardens Marble End Table Dupe: How to Create a Modern Marble End Table for under $50

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Anyone else love a good dupe?? This DIY Marble End Table is so easy to make and costs under $50 by reusing items you already have on hand! The Better Homes and Gardens version is priced at $100 plus!! Check out our IG Reel, pinned on IG!

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That’s over a $50 savings!! We’ll show you how we created this dupe in about a weekend! My top tip is always use or reuse what you have on hand!

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Six sweet bloggers have challenged ourselves to a DIY High End Dupe!! Be sure to check out each blogger at the end! Hosted by the very sweet and talented Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip!

What You’ll Need

  1. Round cut piece of quarter inch plywood. Our tabletop was a salvaged piece of wood from our daughters outgrown table/chairs set.
  2. 2×2 for the legs-We reused the table legs on the table. –
  3. Paint-We used white paint on hand from SW in Ibis White and SW Iron Ore.
  4. Stain-We used Minwax Seni Transparent in Red Oak, which we already had on hand.
  5. Wax-We used Minwax Grain Highlighting, which we already had on hand.
  6. Resin Kit-Linked in Amazon Store!
  7. Feather & Stick
  8. Paint Brush
  9. Sponge or old t-shirt.
  10. Spray bottle with water.
  11. Screws/Screw Driver
  12. Saw
  13. Sander/Sand Paper
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How To Create a Modern Wood Feature Wall for $50

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Teaming up with several blogging buddies for a DIY Home Improvement Challenge. our host is my sweet friend Terrie, from Decorating and More with Tip!

I have had plenty of time to think about design elements for our barndominium master bedroom! I toyed with the idea of a geometric wood wall but I was unsure! After talking with a couple of my interior design buddies, I decided to just go for it!!

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Materials

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Paint 

After we installed the trim, we painted the accent wall. This will save time once the accent wall is installed. 

We painted the wall Orchid by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish. We use Free Form Paint Brushes. You can use SWEETSOUTHERN15 for 15% off!

Time to Install the Geometric Wall

Stick with 45 and 90-degree angles! we only used 20 furring boards! We spent less than $50 on this wall!

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We decided to start with the right hand side of the wall. Honestly, we decided to just hold boards up at different angles, with various spacing ,to see what looked right. Next we leveled and nailed as we placed the boards on the wall!

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Once we got into a groove, the install went really fast and ended up being a really fun project. It took us a couple nights because we ran out of boards! it could easily be done in a day to complete!

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Time to Caulk 

Time to caulk the seams and wood putty the nail holes!

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I caulked along the seams where the boards meet the wall, using two tubes of tubes of caulk. 

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I also sanded a few of my boards as they were rough! And once the caulk is dry….

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This part of the project gets a little tedious because you have to apply the rest of the paint with a brush!

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Make sure you get into every nook and cranny. I used a craft brush in the really tight spots where my boards met with an adjacent wall or the trim. You’ll definitely want to brush on two coats. 

Once your paint is dry, you’re done! Now you can style your room and enjoy!

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I hope you have enjoyed this project with us! Check out my other blogging buddies to see what DIY Home Improvement Project they have come up with for their homes to share with ya‘ll!

                  Terrie Decorating and  More With Tip

Tammy Patina and Paint

Teresa Through the Vintage Door

Shae Sweet Southern Grace

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DIY Dollhouse Kitchen Backsplash

I am excited to share about a project that is near and dear to our family’s hearts. When our #3 daughter was turning 2 years old, my husband and I designed and built a wood kitchen set for her!

This is our number one, two and three daughters decorating cookies for Santa! When we built the kitchen set (far right), we also build a table and chairs set too. This photo is circa 2014.

When their baby sister came along…

Photo is circa early 2016!

…and we couldn’t wait until our youngest two were able to enjoy playing with it together! We have had this in our home for the past 8 plus years! Plus, all of their cousins have enjoyed coming over to visit and play with it too! How special!

I chalk painted the kitchen set and table/chairs set in white! Photo is circa 2018.

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Now that the kitchen set has been outgrown, I wanted to repurpose it into something that would be enjoyed for a few more years to come! I thought it would be cool to turn the kitchen set into a Barbie ”Bardominium” Doll House. The first if it’s kind, I believe. Fitting for our family, as we’ve been building our barndominium for the past year and a half!

DIY Challenge with Glue

I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend (host) Terrie from Decorating & More with Tip, plus several other blogging buddies! Our goal is to do a diy type of project with any kind of glue. Challenge accepted! My glue of choice is hot glue!

Doll House Kitchen Backsplash 

After we reconfigured the kitchen set into a dollhouse, I knew I wanted to ask my youngest daughter, what she wanted in her dollhouse. Definitely a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Ok. Those are attainable.

This is during the demolition process of the kitchen set!

And this is part of the after. We salvaged every piece that we thought we could repurpose in some way.  

As I dove into all things dollhouse related-scale sizes of Barbie furniture, how to make little accessories, wood for building, ext, I thought about popsicle sticks for the backsplash in the doll house kitchen. Wait. Let me back up for a minute. If your new here, we did a wood herringbone backsplash for our barndominium kitchen. Check out our IG post here. Naturally we needed that in our dollhouse too, right?! 

Dollhouse Plans

I always roughly draw up plans for whatever project I’m working on. Here is my drawings for the front and back of the dollhouse. Also, keep in mind, this is our version of a Barbie Dreamhouse, “Barndominium Addition” and made to look like our barndominium. 

Front of the Dollhouse Rough Drawing.

Back of the Dollhouse Rough Drawing.

Dollhouse After

This is the dollhouse after we rebuilt it from the girl’s kitchen set. This is with almost two coats of paint! I had a great helper! Our youngest babe!

Supplies needed:

• Hot Glue Sticks

• Hot Glue Gun

• Wooden Popsicle Sticks

• Scissors 

Herringbone Pattern Backsplash

The task may seem daunting but it is achievable! We used the herringbone pattern backsplash in our kitchen as a reference! The herringbone pattern started at the bottom edge of where the dollhouse countertop will go and continued making it’s pattern,  all the way to the top. Then continued until both kitchen walls had been completed! 

Photo from welshdesignstudio.com. 

Measure 

Basically, whatever size herringbone design you decide to make,  which in our diagram is represented by the letter ‘W’, make your cuts based on the size of your space.

This is my very rough drawing.

It’s basically a math equation based on height and width. The dollhouse was a little different than our actual kitchen backsplash. Check out welshdesignstudio.com to follow their mathematical equation!

Cut

I suggest cutting your pieces in sections, in case of any mistakes that are made. There will be some as it was a learning curve until I figured out that we could easily do a herringbone pattern if I made a math equation from the size of the space for the herringbone pattern. It’s kind of like simple algebra!

Stain, Paint and Protect 

Stain or paint your wood. Since this was a dollhouse, we decided to leave the wood bare. Our kitchen backsplash in our home has two coats of poly in clear matte.

Lay Out Pieces

I suggest laying out your pieces first, which will help insure less mistakes! Trust me, we made some with the kitchen wall! 

Add Wood

Now we are ready to add the wood to the space! Herringbone is such a beautiful, classic pattern to add to any home or dollhouse in our case!

If you don’t succeed, try, try again!

I tried three different options for the dollhouse kitchen backsplash before the third one worked! First was to draw on shiplap with a pencil then trace with a black permanent marker. Second, I tried horizontal shiplap. Finally my oldest daughter suggested the original idea I had had, which was to make the herringbone patterned shiplap. I finally agreed we should at least try it and it worked to our liking!

Finishing Thoughts

It’s really not to hard and the impact is amazing! We still have a ways to go with our dollhouse as it’s been a learning curve for me! I am so glad we went with the herringbone pattern!

Dollhouse Completion

The best way to follow along on the completion of the dollhouse is on IG, which I will link below!

I finally have figured out that balsa wood is the best for dollhouses! I am going to add the window trim and board and batten next! Then I will build the kitchen cabinets! It’s a process but I will make sure to blog about all things related to the dollhouse build as things become finished!

I hope you have enjoyed being here! I would love for you to follow along with us on IG for our dollhouse build and for our self built barndominium as well!

Please take some time and check out the other ladies in our blog  to see what they’ve created with glue! 

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Barndominium Custom Built Work and Homeschooling Station

I am excited to share how we built our barndominium desk with ya’ll today! It’s budget friendly too at under $90!!

I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend (host) Terrie from Decorating & More with Tip plus several other blogging buddies! Our goal is to each turn something from Trash to Treasure!

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Background of Our Barndominium Build


Most of ya’ll know that we have been building our barndominium, the past few months! Check out the blog here.

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We basically started with a piece of land that literally was littered with trash and have built our home with own hands! The photo below is where my husband was clearing our land of trees, trash and junk cars.

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We also had to rent several dumpsters to throw away the large amount of trash! The photo below is dumpster number 2.

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Curating Spaces For Our Barndominium Home

Since tax season has rolled around, I knew that I would need a space to work on our taxes, instead of sitting on the concrete floor. I have not had a desk since our move and had been teaching/working at my dining room table! Our youngest two girls needed a space for schoolwork!

A855ECC8-1739-43BF-9D7F-79F38528ABFEOur Vision Coming to Life

I have had this vision of what I wanted this space to look like for the past several months. I enjoy roughly sketching out designs for our home. I want to make sure that every single inch of our almost 1,700 square foot barndominium, to be useful and curated to our family’s specific needs.

Supplies needed:

~2-2x12x12 foot boards

~3-Quarter inch pipes

~3-Quarter inch floor/wall flange  

~Stain- Minwax Semi-Transparent Red Oak (on hand)

~1.5 inch wood screws  (on hand)

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Assembling the Desk

The first item on our agenda was sanding down the wood on all sides. My husband also had to trim one of the boards, as it was uneven.  Next we counter-screwed the boards together.  

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After the boards were counter screwed, we applied a light coat of the stain on either side.  

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Next up was installing the quarter inch pipes and wall flanges to the wall. Measure how far apart you want your “brackets” to be and mark with a pencil.

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Add your 1.5 inch screws to the studs in the quarter inch pipes and your done! Place your desk top on the “brackets” that you’ve installed! Done!

Styling our Work Space

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We still have a check list of items to finish. I need three barn lights to go over each desk area. I also need to build two bottom cabinets for either side of my desk area, which will hold my printer/computer on one side then files/desk items on the other side.

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I’ve bought three white mid century chairs, along with a couple cork boards for the girls wall sides. The middle desk area is mine and I’ve added a vintage crib spring for my memo board. 

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 I am also adding pipe “brackets” to the wall with metal galvanized baskets to hold pencils, crayons, markers and color pencils.  I am loving how it is looking and can’t wait to update y’all with a finished look soon-probably on IG, so be sure to be following along with us on IG as we finish up with this project plus more on our barndominium build! 

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I would love for you to check out my other blogging buddies below and see what item they found from Trash to Treasure! You will never be disappointed with these ladies!

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