Frugal Friday~

Happy Halloween and Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

I have some fun posts to share for this week's Frugal Round-up...

First up, Dimples and Tangles shared her BEAUTIFUL dining room.  I am loving the fun fabric backed chairs!

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A Wednesday Giveaway~

Today I have a super fun giveaway from one of my long-time fabulous sponsors: Elisabeth Michael!

 If you're not familiar with Elisabeth Michael, you should be.  She has a great shop full of darling pillows, curtains, and home décor.  I absolutely love her designs.

I love them so much, in fact, that I have one of her shower curtains in my kiddos' bathroom.

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An Autumn Wreath~

This post is sponsored by The Wreath Depot.

I love wreaths.  But I especially love them in the Autumn.  Just looking at a fall wreath makes me nostalgic and conjures up images of hayrides, Thanksgiving dinner and sitting by the fire  in snuggly sweaters.  I'm not sure exactly why they have this effect on me, but it is real...and poignant.

So when I was contacted by The Wreath Depot to see if I would be willing to review one of their wreaths, I jumped at the chance. 

They have a fabulous selection of both real and silk wreaths for every season and holiday.  But, of course, we're talking Autumn wreaths today, so I want to share a few of their door wreaths with you.

This first one is called the Valencia Red Berry Wreath. 

And this one is called the Gianna Fall Door Wreath...I love this one because it reminds me of a garden with fallen leaves. 

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DIY Light-up Marquee Letter~

I posted this cute light-up Marquee-style "B" which I made for my son's baptism celebration on Instagram last week, and the response was overwhelming.  It seems you all love a Marquee letter.  And well, I obviously do too or I wouldn't have made one.  ;-)

You can see how imperfect it looks when it's not lit up, but once you light it...it looks adorable...and it was super inexpensive to make....so for party décor, you can't beat it!

So today, I thought I'd share how I made this little cutie.  I had seem them posted in various places around the internet over the last year or so, but I didn't follow a particular tutorial.  I just winged it.  But here's how it all went down....

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up I've got some very cute (and clever) projects to share.

Check out this adorable fall garland shared by Amaranth & Kale.   The kicker?  It's made from brown paper bags! 

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DIY Gold Glitter Chevron Tray

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape brand painter’s tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 I am absolutely in love with gold lately.  And I love glitter almost as much as I love gold.  Put the two together and I am head-over-heels.  So I am extremely excited to share with you this cute **and easy** chevron tray I created using FrogTape® Shape Tape™ and Gold Glitter Spray Paint.  Shabby Nest Chevron Tray with Flowers photo ShabbyNestFrogTapeTraywithflowers2.jpg I started by taking this cute - but plain - wooden tray. photo traybefore.jpg  Then I used this fabulous new Shape Tape™ that I received from FrogTape®.  It comes pre-cut in either chevron, waves or scallops.  I used the chevron shape.  photo shapetape.jpg Then, with the assistance of my 10-year-old daughter, we placed the tape evenly on the tray.  I was a little bit worried that the project might not turn out the way I envisioned it, because I was using glitter spray paint, and I was afraid it might leak under the tape.  The great thing about Shape Tape™ is that it has FrogTape® patented PaintBlock® technology.  It forms a seal between the tape and the surface so that the paint can't leak underneath.  So I sprayed the tray and let it dry.  Once it was dry, I removed the tape and saw the final product.Shabby Nest Gold Glitter Chevron Tray photo ShabbyNestFrogTapeTray.jpg  It was fabulous!!!  The lines were completely crisp - no leaks -  and the tray looked amazing! The best part about the whole project is that it took very little time!  There was no intense measuring or time-consuming pattern layout.  I just added the Shape Tape™ to create the pattern, and that was it! Shabby Nest Chevron Tray photo ShabbyNestFrogTapeTraywithflowers.jpg FrogTape® is on Twitter @FrogTape...make sure to follow them for tons of inspiration!

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How to Create a Jack-o-Lantern using Duck Tape and Duck Tapes #StickOrTreat Contest

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This last week my kids and I had a BLAST creating an adorable Jack-o-Lantern that we could dress up with different costumes.   And all we used to do it, was a craft pumpkin and three rolls of Duck Tape®'s Halloween-themed tape.   jack o lantern supplies photo photo3-3.jpg First, I created the Jack-o-Lantern face by cutting the shapes out of some black Duck Tape® and sticking them on.  This was probably the easiest Jack-o-Lantern face I've ever created!  The Shabby Nest Jack O Lantern with Duck Tape Face photo photo3-Copy.jpg Next, I created a couple of different costumes for our pumpkin friend.  After all, what would Halloween be without wardrobe options?  The first costume I created was a Native American Warrior.  I started out by making a headband.  The Shabby Nest headband for Jack o Lantern photo photo1-Copy.jpg Then, of course, I needed to add some feathers.  To make these, I just folded the Duck Tape®in half so it stuck to itself,then cut out the basic feather shape.  The Shabby Nest Two Feathers Made from Duck Tape photo photo2.jpg To add a bit of interest, I cut notches in the sides of each feather.  The Shabby Nest Feather made from Duck Tape photo photo1-1.jpg Then I simply taped them onto the headband.  Once I put the headband on the pumpkin, I used some smaller pieces of chevron tape to add warrior paint to the pumpkin's face.  And here he is in all of his Warrior glory!  Love it!   The Shabby Nest Native American Jack o Lantern photo ShabbyNestDuckTapePumpkin.jpg For the next costume, I was inspired by the cute purple spider  Duck Tape®.  So I decided to make a "Miss Muffet" costume.  I started by making a bow out of Duck Tape®, but then I thought it would be cuter if I added a rosette.  The Shabby Nest Flower Made from Duck Tape photo photo3-2.jpg This was simple to make by folding the Duck Tape® not quite in half (which left a narrow sticky strip) and then wrapping it in on itself to create a flower shape.  The Shabby Nest Making a Flower from Duck Tape photo photo4.jpg After attaching the bow to the pumpkin, I cut out one of the spiders with it's attached web and added it to the pumpkin. Voila!  Miss Muffet!  The Shabby Nest Miss Muffet Pumpkin photo ShabbyNestDuckTapePumpkinLittleMissMuffet.jpg Right now Duck Tape® is running it's Stick Or Treat contest.  All you have to do to enter is to decorate a pumpkin with Duck Tape® like I did and then submit an image of your pumpkin.  You can read all about  the Stick or Treat Contest here.   So make your pumpkins and enter the Stick or Treat contest!  First Place wins $1000 and a Cricut Mini Personal Electronic Cutter.  Second Place wins $500 and Third Place wins $300!  And don't forget to leave me a comment if you enter...I'd love to see your creations!   You can find Duck Tape® on Twitter  @TheDuckBrand...make sure to follow them for tons of inspiration!


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DIY Felt Tree: A Land of Nod Knock-off~

Welcome to "Knocktoberfest 2013" hosted by Lindsay from Makely Home!  I'm so excited to be taking part in this fun event that features 25 insanely talented bloggers!  If you've just come from Emily at Décor Chick - glad to have you!!  If you haven't visited Emily yet, you might want to check out her project as well!

So what is "Knocktoberfest" you ask?  Well, it's an opportunity to share projects inspired by magazines or catalogs!  For my "Knocktoberfest" project, I'm thinking Christmas.  Yep!  It'll be here before you know it.  And this year, I was inspired by some adorable Christmas décor I found at Land of Nod.

So today I'm going to share a tutorial on  how to make these darling felt Christmas trees!

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Frugal Friday

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

This week for my Frugal Round-up I thought it would be fun to feature some of the adorable pumpkin projects that were linked up to last week's party.

So first up is this pretty ribbon pumpkin that was linked up by One More Time Events.  It's quite elegant.

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up I have some varied and fun posts.

First up, check out this adorable family room makeover from That's  My  Letter.  I love the light and bright feel of the new space!

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What Inspired my Master Bath Makeover (and a giveaway!)~

This post is sponsored by Homewerks Worldwide.

Yesterday, I promised to share with you the inspiration for my master bath makeover.  And here it is:  A blue-tooth enabled bath from Homewerks Worldwide.  When I was first approached with this idea, I wasn't sure.  But after I learned more about the fan, I thought it was a great!

The idea behind the fan, is that you can upgrade your bathroom and bring a little bit of luxury in without having to spend a fortune.

The fan is also a speaker where you can play music from your blue-tooth...eliminating the need for a sound system.  A perfect idea for someone like me who likes to relax in the tub with a little soft music!

I received a fan to try in my bathroom...it included instructions on how to install it.  I'll tell you...I can DIY a lot of things.  But when it comes to installing things like this, a professional is the way to go.  At least for me.  Just an FYI.

But I'll also tell you, this fan is coming with me to my next house.  Yes it is. 

Check out this video to learn a bit more about it.
And today, one lucky reader of the Shabby Nest will receive a blue-tooth bath fan of their very own as well as a $100 gift card to The Home Depot so you can add a little glamour to your bathroom!

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post.  The giveaway is open until Friday, October 11 at 11:59 PM MDT.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog next week.

And if you don't happen to win...don't fear.  Homewerks Worldwide is giving away one fan per week until October 15 on their Facebook page.  All you have to do to enter is "like" their page.

Good luck!

This post was sponsored by Homewerks Worldwide, but the opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Master Bath Makeover~

Today I wanted to share my master bath makeover with you!

This has been a long time in coming mostly since my master bath is such an awkward space I simply couldn't decide what to do with it.

See for yourself...

The room is basically a long hallway with a vanity, shower/tub combo and water closet on one side and the master closet at the end.  And as most of you know already, I'm renting, so the flooring and the cabinetry had to remain the same.

What's a girl to do when she wants to update the bath then?  Well, the biggest change I made was to add paint...of course!  And the color I used is the same as the color in my master bedroom (reveal of that room coming up very soon.)  It is Stonewall Jackson by Dutch Boy.  I really like this gray because it is more of a true gray without either too much blue or too much yellow.  It's very soothing and changed the feeling of the space immediately.

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Small Space Decorating: A Trick~

Today I want to share a trick for decorating small spaces.  One of my main goals as a designer is to make spaces that not only look good, but truly function for the inhabitants.  And one common challenge that many people face is making small spaces feel larger.

So an interesting thing happened the other day.  I had to send my sofa slipcovers out to be dry-cleaned.  You may recall that my living room looks like this (well, sort of...I've actually tweaked it for fall.  I'll be sharing that soon!) 

But once I removed the slipcovers, I  noticed something.  Although my two sofas are the same model (The Ektorp by IKEA)  they weren't purchased at the same time, and the newer one is shaped a bit different - it has longer legs so you can see underneath it.  And check out the difference it makes....

Forgive the fact that my sofas are missing their slipcovers...and wearing blankets instead. Lol!

The sofa with the legs seems lighter and airier.  It makes the space around it seem larger.  The other sofa seems large and heavy in comparison and dominates the space more, making it seem smaller.  I just couldn't get over the difference.  And now I'm wishing I had a budget to buy new sofas with legs.  Lol!

Does anyone know if IKEA makes a slipcover for the Ektorp that doesn't have a dust skirt?  I'm just loving the lighter feel of this sofa.  So the moral of the story is...to make a space feel bigger, choose large pieces that have legs rather than skirts.  (Or just don't send your slipcovers out for dry-cleaning, so you never know the difference.  Lol!!)

After those slipcovers come back...I'll show you my fall-I-fied living room.  I can't wait!



Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  So glad you're here!

Fall is in full swing and for this week's Frugal Round-up, I have some great fall-inspired projects.  And a kitchen makeover...because y'all know how much I love a good kitchen makeover.

First up, would you believe this adorable chevron lampshade is a DIY?? Well, it is, and  Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer will show you how.

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DIY Gold Confetti Wall~

Continuing my gold-themed week...today I wanted to share this oh-so-easy Gold Confetti Wall that I created at the top of our stairs.

I was inspired by a photo I saw on the blog of my darling friend, The Nester.  She had created a similar wall in her previous house and I loved it!
This wall was so easy to create that I didn't even take photos of the process...I'll just explain it.  (Either that or I was a lazy blogger and may have *forgotten* to take photos of the process.  But seriously, it's sooo easy.)
What you need:
Gold foil adhesive vinyl
A cup or similar round object
Although you can certainly use a Silhouette or Cricut to do this project, you don't need one. 
1. All  you need to do is trace your cup (or other round object) multiple times on the back of your adhesive vinyl with a pencil.
2. Cut out the circles.
3. Stick them to your wall. 
The trick to making it look like confetti - and not just polka dots - is to cluster them at one of the top corners as if they are being "sprinkled" then place them randomly on the wall as you move down to continue the "sprinkled" effect. 
That's it!
I just love this wall.  It makes me smile every time I walk up the stairs.  Too bad I'm renting and can't do anything about that pesky wall sconce.  Oh, and if you like the Love Letter Art Work, you can find a tutorial on that here.
Have a great day~