Happy New Year!

Happy 2012 to all of you my dear readers!! 
Wishing you a year filled with joy, health and dreams that come true!



Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday.  The last Frugal Friday of 2011...can you believe this year is almost over?  I must say I'm very excited.  I love the beginning of a new year...so full of possibility.  So ready to be filled with inspiration.

But before we get to that part, let's recap last week's party...

The Fan Favorite from last week was Scissors and Steam's post about her progress on her crocheted blanket which she affectionately calls the monster.  Hey, any blanket that takes 1 1/2 hours to stitch one row...yeah, that's a monster. ;-)

And now on to my Frugal Round-up...

First up, I love me a good IKEA hack, and check out this one from the California Callahans.  Lovin' this transformation of a Hemnes dresser!

French Country Cottage shared her beautifully decorated Christmas bedroom.  So. pretty.

And finallly, It All Started With Paint shared her fabulous entry way reveal.

Now it's your turn!

You know "da rules"...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"


My Favorite Posts and Projects of 2011~

2011 was a good  year for our family...and a good year at The Shabby Nest.  Here's a recap of some of my favorites posts and projects from this year.

In January, the hubby and I celebrated 15 years of marriage.  You can read about how I used balloons to surprise him on our big day here.

In February, I shared a mini-makeover  in our dining room.

I also shared how I created a mudroom out of an awkward space between our kitchen and our back door.

And I shared how to make cupcakes in a jar...cute and yummy!

I am in love with Subway Art...and this year, I shared an easy way to make your own personalized subway art.

The summer found us moving to a new town and a new house...which gave me lots of projects to share.

I loved sharing my boys' bedroom.

The hubby created some beautiful equine art for our dining room.

At the beginning of November, I was given the Blue Ribbon Blogger Award for best decorating blog by Country Living Magazine. I travelled to New York for a special luncheon to honor myself and the other 6 Blue Ribbon Blogger Award winners.

I was so excited to be featured in Country Living Magazine along with the other winners!

Later that month, I shared our living room reveal.

And then showed you how I created that fabulous accent wall.

And finally, I shared how I created glamorous wall art on the cheap for the Princess' bedroom.

2012 is sure to bring many more DIY and decor projects as I finish up the Princess' bedroom, and our master bedroom...as well as our loft/playroom/media room and the kitchen.  Can't wait to share everything with you this coming year.  Hope you'll all join me here for the fun!


Linking up to the Top Projects of 2011 Linky Party at Southern Hospitality.


Stylish Art for The Princess' Bedroom~

The Princess (my 8-year-old) is quite the mini-fashionista.  So when it came to decorating her bedroom, we thought that fashion inspired art would be a good way to go.

I had been admiring the vintage Barbie Fashion Sketches that I had seen here and there in catalogs and on-line, but the price was a bit steep.  So I was trying to figure out a less expensive alternative when I happened upon this calendar at World Market.

The minute I saw it, I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do with it.  (I would have really loved to use it for our yearly calendar, but the boys in the family might have protested a bit.)   I decided to use it to create Barbie fashion art for the Princess' bedroom.

So many adorable illustrations! It was hard to narrow them down.

The images are calendar-sized, obviously, so I wanted to do a sort of gallery/grid to give the art more presence.   The Princess had fun choosing her 6 favorite illustrations to frame.

We chose gold frames for a girl-goes-glam look, and framed them up.  Then after careful measuring, we hung them above her bed.  They look perfect!

I hope these little peeks at the Princess' bedroom are fun to see because her bedroom is almost finished.  I'm just waiting for some fabric I designed to arrive so that I can make the bedskirt, pillow sham and curtains.  Then I'll post the big REVEAL!!  Can't wait to show you!!



Merry Christmas~

On this lovely day...

From my home to yours...
Wishing you the most Joyous of Holidays.

Merry Christmas!


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

T minus 3 days and counting until Christmas!  Are you all ready?  I can actually say that I am ready.  Wow.  No, really.  Wow.  That doesn't happen very often.  So now I can sit back, relax and enjoy all the Frugal posts you are sure to amaze me with this week!

But to get things going, let's recap last week's party, shall we?

First up, last week's Fan Favorite was Salvage Savvy's post about adding Christmas cheer to your windows.  I love to hang ornaments in my windows...so pretty.

Now for my Frugal Round-up...

Sweet Suite 10 shared her pretty DIY upholstered headboard.  Love the nailhead trim.  It gives the whole thing just the right touch!

Just the Bee's Knees shared her custom holiday art.  I love this bright and cheery art.  And she gives us the process she used to create it!

Two Thirty-Five Designs shared her Fish Scale Wall.  I am amazed by the patience this must have taken, but What A Statement it makes!!

Finally, Villabarnes shared her gift wrapped ottoman.  Such a simple idea for a big holiday statement!

Now it's your turn!

You know "da rules"...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"

A Last Minute DIY Christmas Gift Idea: Fly Away Bookmarks~

Okay, seriously folks.  What did we do before Pinterest?  I may have a bit of a Pinterest obsession going on.  But, in my defense, it's just so chock full of good ideas all the time.  And pretty pictures too.  I love pretty pictures. 

Anyhoo, as I was browsing Pinterest a while back, I ran across this clever idea.

And I thought to myself, "Self, those would make great DIY Christmas gifts for the kiddos to make."  And, so a couple of days ago, that's just what we did. (Well, let's be honest, I did the making, but the kids looked cute and that's what matters.)

I must say the hardest part of this entire project was getting my boys to pose for the photos.  The Princess was a breeze..the boys...well, let's just say it was a bit...er...challenging. 

So here's what you'll need to make your own "fly away" bookmarks.

  • Photos of your kiddos (or yourself, or whomever) looking like their holding a balloon
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Embroidery Floss or String
  • Clear Contact Paper

How to make 'em.

1. Cut out each person from the photos.  Make sure not to leave much background.
2. Cut a tiny slit where the hands are so that you can slip the embroidery floss through.  (I actually used a craft knife to do this - If you are doing this with kiddos, don't let children use a craft knife...this is a step for adults only.)
3. Cut out a balloon shape from construction paper.  I actually cut 2 identical balloon shapes for each bookmark so that each has a front and back.
4.  Slip end of embroidery floss or string from the back of the photo through the slit you created near the hands of your photo...leave just a bit dangling in front to look as though the person is holding the balloon.

5. Glue the construction paper balloon to the other end of the embroidery floss, top with second balloon.

6. Now comes the fun part, laminating them.  I was taught this trick a long time ago.  Laminating can get quite expensive.  So buy yourself a roll of clear contact paper and use it to "laminate".  Cut a piece roughly to size of what you are going to "laminate".  I like to lay my photos face down on the adhesive part of the contact paper, and then fold over the remainder to cover the back (I am able to avoid any creases on the front of the piece this way.)  I then use a credit card (or such) to smooth out any bubbles and to seal the "lamination" around the edges.  Do the same with the balloon.  Then simply cut around the edge one more time to remove excess contact paper.

And you're done!  Cute.  Personalized.  Easy DIY...and just in time for Christmas!

Frugal Friday goes live tonight at 8:00 pm MST.

Have a great day~


A Family Christmas Tree~

This post is sponsored by Christmas Tree Market.

I have shown you the little trees that each of the kiddos has in their bedrooms.  So today I wanted to show you the tree that goes in our Master Bedroom.  (Yes, I might have a bit of a tree obsession.)

This one is really fun.  It's a little 4' Bethlehem Fir Artificial Christmas Tree from Christmas Tree Market.  Now, in this house, I've already mentioned that our formal Christmas tree is always live.  That's just how we roll.  We love to go cut down our tree at a tree farm.  We love the smell.  You get the idea.  But for the little trees that I have in the bedrooms, well, artificial just makes more sense.  The kiddos trees are tinsel.  Can't get more artificial than that. ;-)

But this little guy, well, as far as realistic artificial trees go, he's pretty cute. (And yeah, I know he needs a tree skirt or a bucket or something to sit in, but I actually had to move the tree to take the photos because the hubby is busy painting our bedroom as I write...just keepin' it real.)   But it's the perfect size for our bedroom.  And to decorate this little guy?  Well, I chose to hang black and white family photos.  I actually made these a couple of years ago when we were getting ready to move (at Christmas-time, go figure) from Massachusetts to Utah and I wanted a tree for the kiddos without pulling out all of the Christmas decor.  So I printed up a bunch of favorite family photos in black and white.  Then I just punched holes in each, and strung a bit of twine to hang them with.  Perfect.

The photos by themselves looked a little lonely, though, so I added in some stencils that I just purchased in the craft section at Wally World.  Cute.  Inexpensive.  Personal.

I love having the faces that I love smiling back at me from our little Christmas tree.

It's probably a bit late for this year, but if you are looking to purchase an artificial tree for next year, Christmas Tree Market has a Christmas Tree Sale going on right now.  There are some pretty good deals! And they are also running a contest on Facebook.  "Liking" Christmas Tree Market and sending in your name, enters you for a chance to win a tree, a wreath or a garland.

Coming your way tomorrow, a last-minute (and really cute) DIY Christmas gift you can make with the kiddos.  And Frugal Friday goes live at 8:00 pm MST as usual!  See you there!

Christmas Tree Market provided me with the Christmas Tree to review, but the opinions expressed are 100% mine.  I only recommend products or services that I believe my readers would enjoy.


Alice Lane Christmas Blogger Social~

Merry last week before Christmas everybody!!  Are you all ready?  I'm almost there.  Just some last minute gift-putting-together.  Oh, and I guess I oughta get those Christmas cards mailed this week.  And, I have to get some treat making finished.  ....I guess I'm not as close to ready as I thought I was. Ha!

Despite the fact that I'm not quite ready for Good Old St. Nick to make his appearance, I have been having a bit of holiday fun this month.  And last week, was one of  my favorite Christmas Blogg-y Social Events.  The Christmas Blogger Social put together by Kirsten Krason of 6th Street Design School and Alice Lane Home. 

This was the second annual Holiday Social at Alice Lane.  I attended last year, and was very impressed with all of the cute touches and attention to detail, and this year was no different. 

You know a party is going to be good when the invitations arrive and they look like this.

And then there was the food...so yummy...and pretty!

This year we had a handmade gift exchange.  You know what a crafty/talented bunch bloggers are?  Well, Kirsten thought it would be fun if we each brought a handmade something-or-other to give in a gift exchange.  It was so fun to see what everyone came up with.

I received these lovely earrings.

And just in case you want proof I was actually there...Here I am filling out my name for the gift exchange...and filling my tummy with the great food.

And a list of the bloggers who were in attendance...

Thanks to Kirsten and Alice Lane for a lovely event!

All photos courtesy of Alice Lane.


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!!

I want to start out by saying that I have heard from a number of people that they are having computer issues with Frugal Friday.  And I want you to know that I am working to resolve those issues as quickly as I can.  So hang tough, my dear readers.  I hope to have it all fixed very soon!

It's been a long week for me kids.  I was laid up with a wicked case of Food Poisoning for almost 2 days.  Grrr. Not fun right before Christmas.  Now I'm trying to make up for lost time. 

If you're in a similar boat - not the food poisoning boat, but the in-a-hurry-to-get-stuff-done boat - you'll find tons of inspiration waiting for you in last week's party.

Here's just a bit...

The Fan Favorite from last week was posted by Shopgirl.  She shared her almost-too-pretty-to-eat Medovniky Gingerbread Cookies.   She even includes the recipe...so you can make some yourself!

Now for my Frugal Round-up...

First up, these pretty DIY Frosty Ice Branches shared by  The V-Spot.  I'm thinking I'm going to have to try this.  They're just lovely!

Next, I Gotta Create shared these lovely DIY cards.  Can you guess what she made those darling snowflakes out of?  Can ya?  Huh, huh?  Can ya?  The answer is tinfoil.  No, really.  And she'll show you how to make them as well.

Twice Lovely shared her perfectly perfect curbside-rescue chest makeover.  I've been wanting to add mirrors to a piece of furniture...after seeing this little redo, I've absolutely GOT TO DO IT!

Finally, Make It Give It shared her sophisticated salt dough ornaments.  These are much nicer than the version the kiddos and I made earlier this month (epic fail for mom...not so bad for the kids).  I'm going to give her technique a try next time.

Now it's your turn!

You know "da rules"...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"