Top 12 DIY Posts from 2015

Happy Monday!

How was your holiday weekend?  Wasn't it fabulous to still have the weekend to recover after Christmas on Friday?  For the first time in a long time, I felt like I completely relaxed and enjoyed what was going on around me.  I hope that you can say the same.  It is almost hard to go back to my normal workday schedule today!

As 2015 comes to a close, I thought I would share a look back at some of my most popular DIY posts from the year.  It has been an exciting twelve months and I can't wait to see what 2016 holds.  I have big plans for this blog and my life and hope to be able to share them with you sometime this week.

For today, though, let's focus on the past, shall we? I'd love to know......which one of these projects was your favorite from the year?

Top 12 DIY Posts of 2015 from

Close Up Christmas Tour

My camera was very busy working over the past few months snapping pictures to share here and on Instagram.  I take a lot of pictures for my posts and then have to sort through them all to find the best pictures to share.  I enjoy snapping pictures at different angles and getting close up to see the details.    While most of those pictures didn't seem to fit into my earlier posts, they normally end up being my favorites.  I enjoy the blurry backgrounds and brightness that you can achieve by zooming in on single items.

To close out this Christmas blogging season, I'm sharing some of my favorite pictures that haven't been shared here on anderson + grant yet.  We will call it a mini Christmas tour of my house to highlight some of the details (and the kitchen) that you may not have seen.  These pictures will get you up close and personal with some of my favorite things from the holiday!

Thank you so much from the very bottom of my heart for visiting my home and sharing a part of the holiday season with me.  Have yourself a very merry Christmas, friends!

DIY Black and White Distressed Christmas Sign

Can you feel it?  The feelings of Christmas are all around as the holiday draws near.  As I type this, I can smell the scent of a gingerbread candle burning on the coffee table next to me.  Christmas music is playing in the background.  And a thin dusting of snow has finally fallen on the neighborhood (although I know that won't be sticking around for the holiday).  

Friday Favorites #45

Can you believe that next week at this time will be Christmas?!?!  Crazy how fast this month has gone......and the whole year quite frankly.  

The weather has been extraordinarily warm here and Christmas day looks like it will be in the mid-fifties and sunny.  Not typical weather for a day in central PA when most expect snow, but to be quite honest I'm totally fine with it.  The older I get, the more I think I'd be perfectly happy living in a warm southern climate.  

I've still got a few posts planned for next week, but I'm also planning some time for just sitting back and enjoying the season and time with family and friends.  Since the holidays are falling on Fridays, this is it for the series this year.  I'm guessing we all have a few more interesting things to keep us busy for a couple weeks!

So here is the final Friday Favorites of 2015.  Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend my friends!

As a courtesy to the bloggers I've featured, please pin these images from their 
own posts using the links provided.  Thanks!

Personalized Wrapping  ||  Boxwood Clippings

Giving My Handmade Christmas Train a Makeover

As a child, each year at Christmas time I would decorate a small tree for my bedroom.  I guess that must have been an early indicator of my love of design.  The tree was about three feet tall and was a chance to personalize my space for the holidays.

I'd love to be able to know what my thoughts were back then as I placed my white angel on top of the tree.  Did I step back and analyze the placement of ornaments on each branch as I do now?  Was there a plan or style that I decided before starting the process?  Or did I just use the items that I had to make my tree festive for the season?

Friday Favorites #44

Happy Friday, sweet friends.  I hope that your weeks are beginning to fill with the joy and wonder of the holiday season.  It is time to slow down and take in the beautiful decorations you've taken the time to display, turn on some holiday tunes, and sip a cup of hot chocolate or peppermint coffee.  Fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit so that you don't wake up on December 26 with regret and realize that it is all over for another year.  I'd love to hear what you are doing this year to really be present in celebrating the real reasons for the season.

Last week for Friday Favorites, I focused on some of my favorite images from the Cherished Christmas Home Tour that I took part in.  Today I thought I'd branch out to some of the many other tours happening and share a few of the pictures that I found most inspiring.  For the most part, they are all very simple and clean.  It has me already thinking about my decorating for next year!

Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

As a courtesy to the bloggers I've featured, please pin these images from their 
own posts using the links provided.  Thanks!

Easy Sour Cream Cookie Recipe for Your Holiday Baking

This recipe for Sour Cream Cookies that has been passed down through the generations of my family will likely turn out to be one of your favorite cookies for Christmas baking or anytime of the year.

How to Make a Faux Boxwood Wreath with Berries for Christmas

Have you noticed that Christmas time brings out a lot of collaborations and tours?  I almost feel as though everywhere I turn on the internet lately is another picture of a perfectly decorated room or craft project.  (Although yesterday, my friend Ashley of Cherished Bliss shared a not-so-pretty glimpse at what our homes actually look like when a tour is being photographed.)

Today marks the last group and tour that I'm in for the year.  Promise.

Last year I joined in with these same bloggers for my entire house tour, but we decided to take it a little easier with less stress this year and not necessarily do a whole house tour.  That was a relief! The Home for the Holidays tour started yesterday and will conclude today.  Links and pictures to everyone's tours appear at the end of today's post.

Turning an Old Photo with Santa into Christmas Decor

This evening, I have the opportunity to participate in a gigantic holiday blog hop in partnership with and  There are so many people participating in this, each with their own unique ideas for decorating and creating this Christmas season.  I'd love for you to take some time to visit some of these talented bloggers.  The hashtag for this event is #homeforchristmas so you can use this throughout social media and on to find additional participants in the event.

Friday Favorites #43

Happy Friday friends!  It has been the strangest week.  After the Thanksgiving holiday, a Black-Friday weekend shopping trip, and not having to go to work on Monday because of the first day of hunting season (yes, I live in a rural area!), I've never gotten quite on track with what day it is.  Now that Friday has finally come, maybe I can get caught up and back to a normal schedule.

I hope that your week has been going well.  Unless you've been cut off from the internet over the past week, I'm sure that you've been aware that home tours have been popping up everywhere!  It is always an exciting time of year to see how everyone has transformed their homes for the holidays. I've been pinning like crazy! 

Making Your Christmas Cards Special

Each year, it seems more and more like the holiday becomes one big rush of things that must be done.

 Shopping for gifts.

Decorating the house.

Sending out Christmas cards.

Preparing meals for guests.

And before you know it, the holiday is over, the decorations are put away and you're left wondering where the season went.

Does any of that sound familiar?

DIY No Sew Burlap Table Runner

Creating something with your own two hands is one of the best feelings.  Regardless of what you are making or your level of expertise, being able to say you successful made something is incredibly rewarding.  Sometimes your skills may not match up with what you need to know for a project, but there is normally an alternative and way around the knowledge you may be lacking.  I find playing with different materials and experimenting to be incredibly soothing and relaxing.

DIY Thrift Store Rocking Horse Makeover

Hi everybody!  Did you check out the first day of the Cherished Christmas Home Tour yesterday which included Cherished Bliss, Maison de Pax, Live Laugh Rowe, Dandelion Patina, and Craftberry Bush as well as myself?  I'm so glad that I was able to post on the first day so that now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the week of amazing bloggers!  Thank you so much to all of you who left comments on the post yesterday and throughout social media.  Hearing from you is the greatest feeling in the world and I'm very grateful for the connections that can form with us all.

Christmas Home Tour with Country Living

Christmas Home Tour  |

Hello friends and welcome to my Christmas home!  I am honored to be partnering with Country Living and Ashley at Cherished Bliss today to share my holiday decorating along with some of my best blogging friends.  This is going to be an amazing week filled with some truly talented ladies.

Friday Favorites #42

Good Friday morning, friends.  I hope that your week has gone well!

This past week, I took a little social media break.  If you follow me on Pinterest or Instagram you may have noticed that I wasn't really around.  I don't know about you, but there are times when I feel like I am on inspiration overload.  With so much to look at, it starts to get a little overwhelming and unenjoyable.  Sometimes I like to step back and focus on my own projects and creating my own inspiration.  Do you ever feel that way?

Friday Favorites #41

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by for another week of my Friday Favorites.  I love sharing the things that have inspired me through the week in the hope that they might be something that you enjoy as well.   I find that I am at my most creative when I am surrounded by things that constantly make me look at things in different ways.  

There is a bit of everything here today including a Thanksgiving craft, some industrial farmhouse decorating ideas, and a little something for your taste buds.   

Do you see anything here that is your favorite, too?

How to Make Special Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

Thinking back, I can vividly remember my first ever bite of a chocolate covered caramel apple.  It was at Sunday School during my college years and two sisters had brought some to share after making them over the weekend with their mom.  The apples were beautiful....all wrapped up in cellophane and tied with a neat little bow.  Some apples had sprinkles on the outside, while others had nuts.  They were a special treat.  And there we sat for an hour cutting into the apples eating the delicious treat slice by slice.  It was heavenly....appropriate I suppose since we were in church.

Tidying Sentimental Items {The Secret to Decluttering}

The hardest area of the home to declutter is the sentimental items that you store as keepsakes, but there are a few decluttering tips to keep the amount manageable and in order. 

Welcome to the final post in our decluttering series!  Today we are each discussing sorting through sentimental items like photographs and keepsakes.

In the book, author Marie Kondo suggests doing this category of possessions last because they are the hardest to get rid of.  Through practice in decluttering clothes, books, and the other items in your home you should be more prepared for knowing what you should and shouldn't keep in terms of sentimental items.

Friday Favorites #40

Ah, I love you so.  

Do you find the end of the week as refreshing as I do?  You know that by the time you've reached Friday that you have almost made it to the weekend.  And that is glorious.  Unless of course you have to work on Saturday and then Friday isn't so glorious. 

For the past few weeks, my weekends have involved with going out of town and out of the house.  I'm a girl who likes to be at home and I am so looking forward to a couple days where I don't have to leave.  There is still plenty to do with work to be done outdoors to clean up from fall and preparations for a lot of upcoming events and projects.....but I can be at home to do it all.   

Create a Gallery Wall Using a Unique Collection

Are you a collector? What kinds of things do you search for when you go shopping or antiquing?

As a kid, I had a few odd collections that grew to be pretty large.  

Every pig I could find, I wanted to buy.  It didn't matter if the pig was stuffed, resin, on a coffee mug, or in a picture, I needed it.  And of course when you have a collection like that, everyone starts adding to it in order to "help" you out.  I don't know how many pigs I ended up with but it was quite a few.  And then I was done with collecting them as quickly as I started.  All that remains is a little pig cutting board from a vacation in Vermont.  

My other weird collection was one that a friend and I started and it grew into quite a competition to see which of us could have more.  Any guesses what would interest two ten year old girls?  

Barbies?  (OK, I had a lot of those, but that isn't what we collected.) 

Baseball cards?  (Nope, no interest in sports at the time.)

Give up?  

Pencils.  We collected pencils.  It didn't matter what color or image appeared on them.  They could be glittered or made for a holiday.  Some were just plain old number 2 school pencils.  We didn't care.  We just wanted pencils.  Boxes and boxes of pencils.  We'd go to each other's houses with our pencil boxes and empty them out too see the different pencils.  And then we'd count the pencils just to be sure how many each of us had at that time.  (I think Jasmin was always the winner.)

There was even one infamous sleepover where she decided we'd "film" a movie and for some reason that involved knocking over the boxes of pencils in the middle of the night.,,,,numerous times.  My dad put a stop to our movie production.  

So what does any of these random stories have to do with today's post, you ask?

Have a bare wall in your home, but not sure how to decorate it?  Check out this post filled with inspiring ideas for using a collection of items to create a gallery wall in your home.  #decorating #gallerywall #decoratingideas #andersonandgrant

DIY Handwritten Quote Sign

Create a piece of inspirational DIY art for the wall using your favorite quote.  ||

I have a bit of a confession to make.....

I fear that I may have become a little bit of a shopaholic lately.  An intervention may be needed.

This cement finial was one of my most recent purchases.  Isn't it pretty?  The finial has been hand painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint and then distressed.  The moment I saw it at an artisan market I knew that I just had to have it.  Just what an addict would say, right?

DIY Rustic Coat Rack Makeover

A little sanding and paint is all this vintage piece needed to be a 
rustic coat rack perfect for the entryway!

Rustic Coat Rack Makeover {An Afternoon DIY Project}  ||

Imagine yourself walking through your favorite store actually hearing things speak to you.....

"You know you'll love me."

"I can be made so much prettier with a little love from you."

"I have a purpose that you just can't see right now."

And occasionally, things in the store will be honest and say, "You want me now, but will regret it later.  Walk away."

Friday Favorites #39

In case you weren't aware, today is Friday.  Can anyone point me in the direction of where my week went? 

After posting six (and a few times seven) days a week through September and into October, I think I finally mentally crashed and needed a bit of a break.  The past few days of not posting has given me a chance to regroup and just relax a bit.  I actually had a few minutes to spend reading some of my favorite blogs and browsing Pinterest, which doesn't happen much anymore.

I'm ready to enjoy the weekend and then get busy again next week.  And just as a little FYI, it is looking like it is going to be a week devoted to things to hang on the wall.  It wasn't intentional that all of my projects ended up falling under that category, but it happened. I think we all have some walls that could be decorated, right? 

Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

This flavorful Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so quick and easy to prepare thanks to it's semi-homemade recipe that includes pumpkin flavored pudding and a box cake mix.  But no one needs to know just how simple it is when you serve the delicious treat for breakfast or an after-dinner dessert.

Decluttering Technology {The Secret to Decluttering}

Technology is one area of your life that can become cluttered quickly.  Whether it is your computer, cell phone, storage devices, or inbox, it is important to spend time decluttering regularly to keep the job manageable.

An area that I really seem to be struggling with right now is in technology.  USB drives, camera cards, my computer desktop, cell phone, and even my Pinterest boards.  We've been defining clutter as anything that overwhelms life and your home and keeps you from being productive.  Does your technology world overwhelm you?

Friday Favorites #38

Happy Friday!  I hope that you have had a wonderful week.  

Did you have a chance to check out all the great pumpkin ideas this week as part of Pumpkin Palooza with Country Living Magazine?  It is such a dream come true to even be able to think about something that I've created showing up on my favorite magazine's website.  It is something that I can now cross off my dream to-do list.  

DIY Dry Brushed Chalk Painted Pumpkins

Basic craft store pumpkins are updated with chalk paint in shades of green and 
an easy dry-brushing technique.   They now have the texture and color
variations of real pumpkins!

DIY Dry Brushed Chalk Paint Pumpkins {Pumpkin Palooza}  |

Good morning everyone!  I'm so thrilled today to be able to join in with 14 of my blogging friends and Country Living Magazine for a Pumpkin Palooza!  It is taking place all week across our blogs and I'm honored to be able to share the day with Heather from Setting for Four and Ashley from Little Glass Jar.

How to Dry Fall Leaves Tutorial

If you've been following along here at all over the past month, you've noticed that I've been using a lot of dry and preserved oak leaves in my decorating.  Every bare spot in my decor seems to look more complete with the addition of a few branches of them.  I hadn't really thought much about the process of drying leaves and figured there was nothing to share, but I've received so many questions and comments about the idea that I thought a post was needed.

This is by no means a complete or technical tutorial on preserving leaves.  It is merely what has worked for me based on my own experiences.

Friday Favorites #37

Hi Everyone.  Can I say that I am super glad that today is Friday?  It has been one of those weeks.  You know the kind where you just can't wait for it to be over?  

Heavy rains moved into my area on Tuesday and it put down well over five inches......a couple inches of which ended up in my basement.  It was quite an unexpected shock because when I was in the basement at 4PM there was nothing, but by 6 the water was over the entire floor.  Needless to say there was quite a mess, but luckily anything that can get ruined is stored up off the floor.  It is just a job to get everything moved and dried out.  

How to Make a Decorative Fall Tree Using Dried Oak Leaves

I've become a little obsessed with collecting bits of nature lately on walks through my neighborhood.  



Pine cones

I feel a bit like a crazy squirrel running around gathering supplies to stock up for winter.  

I'm loving the simplicity of decorating with these items this fall.  And from your comments here and throughout social media, along with other blogs I've been reading, it seems like a lot of us are in agreement about including nature in our autumn decor this year.  They were the inspiration for today's post.....

Decorating with Ironstone in the Fall

Simple display for fall with a collection of ironstone and brown transferware.  |

Out of all the areas that I showed last week in my fall house tour, my favorite was a cupboard filled  with the white pottery that I've been collecting.    It was hard to focus too much on just one area during the tour, so I thought today I'd take a moment and explain my thoughts behind creating a cohesive ironstone display in your fall decor.

Apple Danish Cheesecake

Cheesecake in pan

In my eyes, September is all about apples.  And I thought before the month was over I just had to share this recipe for Apple Danish Cheesecake with you.  It is seriously the most delicious dessert you can make this fall and is one of the easiest cheesecakes there is to create.

Tidying Books {The Secret to Decluttering}

Happy Sunday!  I hope that your weekend is going well.  Today is the next installment in our decluttering series.  Have you been following along on the journey to finding what possessions bring you joy?

In case this is your first time here, each Sunday I'm joining some of my blogging friends in posting about my views about how to gain control over your clutter.  Many of us are focusing on things that we learned from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Links to everyone participating appear at the end of this post.

Friday Favorites #36

Good Friday morning to you all.  I'm so happy to have you stopping by to see some of my favorite things that I've found this week while browsing through the internet.  My hope is that you'll always leave here on Fridays inspired and maybe even introduced to some different blogs.  One of my favorite things to do when I have time is to actually click through the pins I find on Pinterest (crazy, I know!) and browse around some new blogs.  There are times that I can just tell that a specific pin is going to lead me to an inspiring site.   A couple of today's favorites are from my must-read blog list, but a few are from websites I've never visited before and I really enjoyed having a look around a new space.   

Rustic and Neutral Fall Home

Create an interesting fall display using pumpkins, squash, and gourds in shades of green and white.  |  Farmhouse Fall Home Tour at

Happy first day of fall!!!  How lucky am I that the day of my fall home tour falls on the start of the season.  I'm so excited to share what I've put together with you today.

If you are a follower of a+g, then you've been seeing little glimpses of my fall decor already, but today is everything in one place, plus lots of things you haven't seen.  

When you are done visiting my home, be sure to visit my friend's homes and see their amazing decor too as part of the Farmhouse Fall Tour of Homes, which started on Monday and runs through the end of the week.  We all have very similar styles, so it is really inspiring to look at what each of these other 14 gals has put together in their own homes.  Everyone's links appear at the end of this post.

Over 25 Ways to DIY a Craft Store Pumpkin

So, today's post was supposed to be for my DIY pumpkin project.  But you know how sometimes plans just don't come together?  The plastic pumpkins are still sitting in my kitchen pumpkin patch in various stages of completion.  But I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to share everyone else's creative ideas for transforming a fake craft store pumpkin into something really unique and special. (And many of these could be done using real pumpkins, too.)

Need some inspiration for transforming plastic craft store pumpkins this fall?  Check out this collection of over 25 unique DIY ideas!  |

Rustic Pumpkins from Target

These birch bark pumpkins made by Smith & Hawken are the most unique decoration I've seen this fall.  |

I don't know about you, but there are times when I see something for sale and immediately know I have to have it.  If you follow Liz Marie on instagram, you may recall that that she posted rustic birch bark pumpkins on her feed when they first came into the Target stores.  The minute I saw them, I wanted one (or three).  Problem is that I don't have a Target close to me.  And then went I did get to go, that particular store didn't have any.  Insert my sad face here.

Tidying Accessories + Makeup {The Secret to Decluttering}

One of the biggest sources of clutter in our homes is having an excess of accessories and beauty products that we never use.  Learn the secrets of decluttering this area of your home and keep the clutter from returning ever again.

Welcome back to the third week in our series on decluttering and sparking joy.   This week we are digging into our accessories and beauty products. 

This is an area where I think many of us struggle with clutter and having an excess of things we don't use because accessories and beauty products are relatively inexpensive and we want to experiment with new things.  Today's post will teach you everything you need to know to overcome this problem and I've created a few helpful printables to help you as well.

Friday Favorites #35

Happy Friday friends!  I hope that you have all had an amazing week.  This one was a busy one for me trying to get some projects and posts done.  Next Wednesday I'm participating in a Farmhouse Fall home tour so much of my time has been spent trying to prepare for showing off a few spaces for you.  I also finally got around to painting the Hobby Lobby pumpkins I purchased after Thanksgiving last year.  They are looking fantastic and fitting right into my vision.  Isn't it a great feeling when plans actually work out as you expect?!?!

Trip to a Farm Market

When I first settled on my green and cream color palette for this year's fall season, I got a little worried that maybe I had boxed myself into a corner.  Was I going to be able to buy, make, or find enough items for the house in that color scheme and not to look empty.  Living in a part of PA that doesn't seem to sell many white pumpkins or unique fall gourds, I got a little nervous that I was going to have to forego my plan and stick with a more traditional orange pumpkin color.

A Simple Fall Centerpiece with Pumpkins

Look for interesting gourds, squash, and pumpkins to create a unique centerpiece.  |

Over Labor Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit an amazing farm market in the city.  I'll be sharing more about it tomorrow, but it was like this place knew I needed white and green pumpkins and gourds for decorating this year.  (My color theme for this year centers around a neutral color palette.  You can read more about it here.)

Rustic Pumpkin Stand Baking Station {DIH Workshop with Home Depot}

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Check out this post and learn how to create a Rustic Pumpkin Stand for your home this fall!  |

Hello everyone!  I'm so excited for you to be here today and join in the first ever Home Depot Virtual Workshop Party.  I was on cloud nine when Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe invited me to join in with her and an amazing group of bloggers.  All 24 of us were asked to create the same project, a rustic pumpkin stand, but style it in our own way for a given room of the house.  The links to everyone's creative take on the pumpkin appear at the end of this post.  The five of us in Kelly's group had the kitchen as our room to use the Rustic Pumpkin Stand.

Tidying Clothes {The Secret to Decluttering}

The first place to start decluttering your home is in your drawers and closets.  Sorting through your clothes to find what you actually wear and love can make a big difference and will make getting dressed in the morning easier!  Read on to learn the tips to decluttering your wardrobe once and for all.

There are probably very few of us who don't have more clothes than we could ever possibly wear.  It is said that we all wear just 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time and I completely believe that is true.  Clothes are the easiest things to replace, yet seem to be one of the hardest to part with.

Friday Favorites #34

Happy Friday to you all.  I hope your shortened week has gone well.  I must say that I'm happy to see that the weekend is here again!

Today I'm back with another post on my weekly favorites.  I hope you enjoy all the things I found interesting over the past week.

See you back here on Monday!

A Rustic Green and White Fall

Last year I was completely inspired by a Thanksgiving tablescape on Rooms for Rent.  Bre decorated her table with green pumpkins and mercury glass candleholders.  Absolutely stunning.  It got me thinking almost immediately about what I'd like to do for fall 2015 and I've been planning ever since.

If you saw my post yesterday, you got a glimpse at where my decorating ideas are headed.  But that was just a quick display without me going into full on decorating mode.    There is plenty more to come.

How to Create a Warm + Cozy Home This Fall

Fall is the perfect season to create a warm and cozy home.  
These easy tips will help you accomplish that!

Read this to find out simple and inexpensive ways to make your home cozy and comfortable this fall!  ||

Portions of this post originally appeared at Craftberry Bush.

I'm so excited to start digging into some fall craft projects this week.  There have been a lot of things that I've had to get done lately for future projects, so I haven't had a chance to really start getting into the fall spirit yet.  They are complete for the most part, and some of the decorations got put out in the house yesterday so now I am going full steam ahead into fall crafting mode.  My pumpkins are waiting to be painted.

The Secret to Decluttering

Before you sort through a single possession when decluttering your home, you have to understand what clutter is and how you want you space to look and feel when it is done.  This first post in a six part series guides you through this important beginning step.

I always feel the need to declutter and organize in the fall.  Something inside of me associates the season with new beginnings.  A new school year has always signaled a fresh start.  For that reason, our decluttering series is starting as we enter into the month of September.

When I posted a survey over a month ago, there was a resounding cry for a desire to learn about getting your life back on track.  Ninety-seven percent of you who took the survey said that you are interested in decluttering.   And over half of you are interested in the book that is taking the world by storm, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Friday Favorites #33

Happy Friday, everyone!  Today starts the beginning of the end of the summer season.  Can you believe how fast those months went?  The upcoming week looks like it will be warm where I'm at, though, so I'm not giving up on summer quite yet!  

I'm out doing some antiquing today with my mom, so there will likely be some great finds showing up here next week.  I don't typically come home empty handed from anywhere!   I hope to share a few of my favorite shops and purchases on my Instagram page over the next few days.

The Deconstructed Chair Trend | Yea or Nay

There seems to be a new trend in furniture of having chairs that are deconstructed.  Rather than perfectly upholstered pieces, we're seeing chairs that look as though they are waiting for the next step in the upholstery process.  I'm honestly not sure how I feel about the look.  Part of me loves the pretty (aka expensive) Restoration Hardware chairs, but some make me feel like the trend has gone too far.

How to Make Realistic DIY Berry Branches

Learn how to transform faux flowers, leaves, and berries into realistic looking branches 
to use for decorating your home.

Learn how to transform faux flowers, leaves, and berries into realistic looking branches  to use for decorating your home.  Tutorial at

Last fall, I did a post on creating realistic looking stems for your faux pumpkins.  In my opinion, the stems are what can instantly give it away that you're looking at something fake.  Some people aren't bothered by this, but I am the type that likes the real thing whenever possible.  And if I can't have that, then what I'm using better be as close as possible!

Well, today I'm sharing my way of transforming some faux berry branches into something that will also look a little more real.  And this technique can be applied to fake flowers and leaves in the fall in the same way.
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