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LYH Blog: How to Paint Oak Stairs (Without Sanding Them First!) Captain's Log — Chateau de Gudanes. A few days ago I started to write about the party which was recently held at the château, not hosted by us, but by our builder, Monsieur Noray and his team.

Captain's Log — Chateau de Gudanes

And a shindig it turned out to be: a night of fine cuisine, wine, spirits, music and happiness. Local residents, international authors, and village Mayors joined the celebration. The château warmed and charmed us all, perhaps a sign of its former life. DIY Mondrian Inspired Art. Hi Lovelies!

DIY Mondrian Inspired Art

I had some fun in the studio yesterday creating some art for my living room. Hanging Pictures over a Sofa. Hanging Pictures over a Sofa An Assortment of Groupings, that would look Great hung over a Sofa The number one thing most people do wrong, when hanging pictures over a sofa, is they hang them up too high.

Hanging Pictures over a Sofa

When you hang picture on the wall behind a sofa, you want to think of the Sofa and Pictures together as one grouping, not two separate entities. You want to take the horizontal format sofa (wider than tall), and by properly hanging your pictures above it, turn the sofa and pictures, together into one Vertical display. Best Painting Tips from Around the Web. Best Painting Tips from Around the Web You can never have too much help when it comes to getting a good paint finish so I’ve compiled a list of all my best painting tips as well as some other great painting tip articles from around the web.

Best Painting Tips from Around the Web

Yes, you are welcome! 12 of my own painting tips and tricks. Tutorial: Throw Pillow with a Zipper. 20 Crockpot Meals each under $7! Hey Hey and Happy Wednesday to you!

20 Crockpot Meals each under $7!

If you're anywhere near the Midwest you probably have Cabin Fever like me! I've been stuck at home for about five days now. What did I fill my time with these past couple days being couped up in my house and having nothing but my dog and husband to entertain me?!?! Glad you asked. Blog Archive DIY Plywood Plank Floors. One of the many things I love about blogging is connecting with people from all across the globe, and I really love hearing from those knee deep in their own renovations and reading about their innovative home improvement solutions.

Blog Archive DIY Plywood Plank Floors

Last week, Courtney from New Zealand sent me pictures of her DIY plywood floors and I was so impressed with her resourceful approach I asked that she share the details of how she achieved this look on a budget so I could share it with you! First, here is a little background on the project from Courtney: Blog Archive DIY Modern Pet Bed. Today is the day we’re kicking off the Summer “Get It, Got It, Go” Blog Hop with projects completed with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies purchased at The Home Depot.

Blog Archive DIY Modern Pet Bed

I’m excited about this campaign, there will be three dozen bloggers contributing ideas and I’ll be sharing them throughout the summer! I’m starting the event with this modern pet bed we built for our good friends, they have the cutest pair of dachshunds so we built a bed for them to lounge outdoors during the day, but the bed can also be used indoors too. I painted the base a bright orange and topped it off with a striped cushion in a durable outdoor fabric. The bed is elevated with tapered metal legs for easy cleaning underneath and the bright color is so fun for summer! This little pup is waiting for his treat… Blog Archive Easy Throw Pillow Zipper Enclosures. It was as if a veil had been lifted from my eyes, as if the clouds parted and the sun shined down upon me . . . that’s how I felt when I finally mastered how to sew a zipper enclosure for throw pillows.

Blog Archive Easy Throw Pillow Zipper Enclosures

In the past I’ve chosen the envelope pillow enclosure for its ease and because truth be told perfect zippers intimidated me, but now that I’ve learned how to do it, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back! Over the weekend I stitched up ten pillow covers and all of them with zippers, each one faster than the next. Rich and Creamy Homemade Egg Nog. This post brought to you by Dollar General.

Rich and Creamy Homemade Egg Nog

All opinions are 100% mine. My mother-in-law's homemade egg nog is famous in at least 3 states. Those would be the three states in which her kids now live, plus any other states where the word has gotten out about this rich and creamy goodness. And since she was recently here visiting us for Thanksgiving, I talked her into teaching us all how to make it. The first thing we did was take a quick trip down to Dollar General to get everything we needed. Here's what you'll need for the egg nog:2 quarts of milk (we used 2%)1 pint whipping cream1 dozen eggs2 cups sugar2 tsp vanilla1 tsp nutmeg, plus more for each glass Start the process by heating one quart of the milk over medium heat until it's hot, but not boiling.

Meanwhile, crack and whisk the dozen eggs together in a separate bowl. Next, add the sugar to the hot milk. Next comes the only tricky part. Once the eggs have been tempered, pour the entire egg and milk mixture into the pot. Nice and Simple Free Christmas Gift Tags - She Wears Many Hats. Hand Illustrated Holiday Labels by Emily McDowell. These really special hand illustrated free printable holiday labels and tags for your gifts and packages are designed by Emily McDowell.

Hand Illustrated Holiday Labels by Emily McDowell

Emily is the illustrator, writer and designer behind the Emily McDowell line of stationery and gifts, available at boutiques nationwide and online at EmilyMcDowell.com Enjoy To print use Worldlabel products: About the templates: where necessary, we have included an editable field in the template. You can type in your own information and print.

To change the font size, type and color: (as well as bold, italics, etc.) select Control +E if you’re using a PC or Command + E on a Mac. Hand Illustrated Holiday Labels by Emily McDowell. Holiday Tags Downloads. I’m trying something new today…a download! Or, downloads, to be exact. I was doodling with my favorite gouache paints, and thought these illustrations might make some usable holiday tags — what do you think? If you do end up downloading, let me know if anything goes wonky, yes? I printed them up on thicker inkjet paper, and I love them! Here are close-ups of the animal tags: Free New Year's Party Printables 2014! Y'all know I love a cute party printable almost as much as I love chalkboards.

And whether you're having a New Year's party or just celebrating at home with your favorites, I hope you can use these to make your New Year bright.I used them to get my seasonal shelves ready to ring in 2014, complete with a mini hot cocoa bar for the kids. These teal party napkins from Dollar General are the perfect match to the printables AND I discovered that these kinds of napkins are great for using to make the tissue tassels that are so popular right now. You may have made these with tissue paper like I've seen done many times, but using the napkins makes it a tad easier and they'll match your party perfectly! Start by positioning the napkin where the first fold is at the top and the second fold is on the left. Then, cut it into strips, stopping about an inch from the top. Spoons. Playing the game[edit] Preliminaries[edit] The game Spoons can be played with 3 or more players, using two decks of 52 ordinary playing cards and a number of spoons totalling one fewer than the number of players.

The spoons are placed in the center of the table in a circle with handles pointing outward so that they may be easily grabbed by any of the players. Recipecard. Thankful printable and something for our military. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Get the latest posts delivered straight to your inbox for free! Recipecard.jpg (JPEG Image, 480x480 pixels) Blog Archive Simple Sew Kitchen Towels. Cheez-It Chicken Recipe.

Easiest, yummiest biscuits…ever. So Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! Rosemary Wreath Place Cards. At the farmers market I go to this one booth has these crazy long stems of rosemary. Pumpkin Dream Cake. Friday, October 12, 2012 Pumpkin Dream Cake* Banana Dream Cake. Friday, July 8, 2011. How to make a kitchen island bench   Made from a mix of materials for a modern industrial look, this project is easy to assemble from readily available supplies. Because the slotted steel angle comes in various lengths, you can alter the dimensions so it becomes a custom piece of furniture to suit your needs. 5 Ideas for Your Family Christmas Card Photos. Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss. Quick Fixes: 3 Simple Things to Do Today To Make Your Computer Run Faster. After a long holiday weekend hopefully enjoying the benefits of truly embracing some time away from work, it's time to get back to the grind.

October-dinner-menu-filled-in. Dinners. M is for Mama. Remodelando la Casa: How to Install Trim on a Double Window. Banana Bread Recipe : DIY Personalized Notecards. DIY Outdoor Storage Box / Bench. A Thoughtful Place: How to Lengthen Drapes That are Too Short. Bathroom Vanity Upgrade. Five Days... 5 Ways. Calling it Home. Centsational Girl. Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss. Emily A. Clark. Isabella & Max Rooms. Little Green Notebook. Oak Ridge Revival. Simply Seleta - the sparkly side of life. Stylish custom designs for life. Thrifty Decor Chick.