Holy Craft!

It’s been gloomy and raining A LOT around here lately. We could spend the time being couch potatoes catching up on on our DVR shows, but no, not us! We’d rather be crafting! What better way to brighten the gray away than by making a colorful tassel garland to hang in a spot that needs a little extra shine. This is really easy and will make any area super spec!


Trina’s Tassel Garland

How to Make a Fabric Tassel Garland

You can make the tassels any size you like. We cut our fabric rectangles around 6″X 10″.

Fold your fabric in half so the two shorter sides meet.

Make cuts in your fabric about an inch apart, stopping around 1.5″ before the fold.


Now unfold your fabric and lay it flat.

Begin to roll your fabric up.


Continue until you have a tube with fringe at each end.

As you roll, untangle the fabric fringe, and try to keep your roll as tight as possible.

Pick it up, fold it in half, and pinch the top together so the fringe ends meet and the edge of the fabric is hidden between them.

Use a fabric scrap or string to tightly secure the top of your tassel.


Make as many as you would like to have. Feed a string through each loop at the

top of the tassels and hang them somewhere you can enjoy them.


Tina’s Tassel Garland

We followed the instructions from Prudent Baby

Big Boy Room, Freestyled!

My son was ready for his big boy room and I was so excited to decorate it for him. Redecorating rooms in my home is a joyful hobby of mine. The only dilemma was I didn’t want to spend very much money. That’s when the idea of “freestyling” popped into my head. For those who aren’t avid HGTV viewers, Freestyled was a program where the designers took items already in the home and used them to redecorate a room. I decided to take on the challenge of “freestyling” my son’s bedroom and do it by spending no money.

My husband wasn’t a fan of the wall color. It was a shade of mint, perfect for a baby, but not a big boy. I mixed a few half empty cans of different shades of blue and whites and and came up with my own custom blend of Big Boy Blue. Trina kindly helped me repaint the room and I think it really changes the look of the room.  Much more masculine.

Lucky for me the big item, the bed, was given to me by my sister-in-law since her son had out grown it.  She even had a comfy mattress to hand down too.  Originally the bed frame had been one that my husband used when he was a boy which makes this piece extra special (awe). I painted the stained wood using left over black paint I had in my garage. For the bedding, I used the backside of a comforter that was once used by my daughter. It is almost brand new since she graduated to a queen bed when we moved to our new home. Based on the blue fabric, no one would even know this is girls bedding (I hope).  To finish off the bed area, I took two mismatched side tables from my guest room and placed them on either side of my son’s new bed.

I took a dresser that was mine when I was a little girl and painted it tomato red. Trina had this can of paint left over from painting a table and chairs for me (she likes to redecorate just as much as me). Trina also gave me the star knobs that were on a dresser she used when her son’s were babies.

I took a bookshelf from my daughter’s room that she wasn’t using. We have been fortunate to be given so many books from older cousins that filling this book shelf was quite easy and there are many more books to transition in over time. The baskets were from my daughter’s room. And the globe too. What a nice sister to share her things!

As for accessories, I kept many of the pictures and figurines that were already in my son’s room.  I also searched Pinterest for printables of things my son likes…super heroes, pirates, adventures, and Daddy’s favorite…baseball.  I put these in frames that I found around the house.  I made a gallery wall out of the framed prints. I can later change these out as my son’s interests change.

There you have it. My son’s big boy room, Freestyled.  (Almost…I did spend $16 on sheets since there were no twin size sheets to be found in my house and none at Trina’s house either).  Pretty good, huh?  Why not give “freestyling” a try in a room you’ve been wanting to redecorate? It has been a fun adventure to take on.

Chance's Room          chances room 2

chances room 3        Chances room


Merry Christmas!

We wish you a merry Christmas! If you are still looking for holiday decor inspirations or a new way to hang your stockings with care, feast your eyes on these joyful spaces. May you have a happy, and oh so sweet holiday!

holiday sparkles table / JoieLala Photographie, Sitting in a Tree Events

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Halloween Goodies

You asked for more! Well, you know we love baking, but did you know we are also passionate about interior design, fashion, and DIYs. Occasionally we will be featuring posts dedicated to our other interests. We are going to start today with inspiring Halloween decor. We love decorating for holidays, and Halloween is no exception. These are some of our favorite Halloween spaces. Happy Halloween!