Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope that you had a good weekend as summer comes to its’ end… We have been really savoring this little bit of time before school starts back up with all of the year’s schedules and more.  Today I am sharing a DIY for some Decorative Colored Pencils that when paired with an adult coloring book, are the perfect gift for someone.


I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am stumped at the idea of what to give someone for a gift. What I do know is how much I always enjoy walking through pretty little gift shops and the thoughtful and creative gifts they have so brilliantly displayed on their tables. Those very types of shops brought me inspiration for today’s idea.


I keep hearing lots of wonderful things about the adult coloring books out there and thought it would be fun to pair it with some colored pencils. Pencils that could easily be left out beautifully displayed on someone’s desk.

So I got to work and made a set and here is how you can too!


  • You will need colored pencils (I used CraZart), scissors with a pencil or paper cutter, ruler, a variety of scrapbooking paper and a glue stick.
  • Now cut strips of paper the length of the pencil (minus the sharpened point) and the width (allowing a little extra to overlap). It will depend on what colored pencils you use, but my strips of paper measured about 1 1/2 inches wide.
  • Next, cover the strip with glue and begin wrapping your pencil very tightly around.
  • Add extra glue on the finishing edge of your paper as you finish wrapping to ensure it will adhere.
  • As a side note, these sharpened fine for me. It does take some of the paper off but still looks great (I had a silly little sharpener too that wasn’t very high grade – ha!)

That is it! This little project was easy, looks special and adds a little detail to a desktop or gift.

Knowing that I had thought of using this as a gift, I wanted to share how I would put it together in a basket too…


Just by putting some simple and inexpensive things together you can have a lovely present for a birthday, housewarming, Mother’s Day gift or even an Easter Basket for someone more mature.


I used bright colors that would compliment the newly made colored pencils and stuck the goodies in a small crate (because gift baskets do not necessarily have to be in a basket).


I added a pencil holder to match the pretty paper and of course the piece that ties it all together, an adult coloring book from Leisure Arts.


Flowers are always a good idea (I used faux in this scenario because I was looking for specific colors) and who doesn’t love a little butterfly to brighten your day?


Mixing patterns between florals and stripes gives visual interest to the gift.


Sometimes grown ups need to display thier art too =), so I made sure to include some magnet clips that could be hung on the refrigerator.


Being someone who loves art and also someone who loves to give gifts this project was a treat to do and share with you!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

This “Adult Coloring Book Gift” post was also shared on Craftberry Bush March 14, 2016


Inspiration Gallery

Hello friends and happy Thursday! Welcome to the Inspiration Gallery… This week I shared how I stained our new bench and some fall inspiration for the upcoming season. Here is what has been happening with Lucy over at Craftberry Bush and Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers. Don’t forget to link up your recent projects and recipes down below, have a great weekend ahead!


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Staining Our New Bench

Fall Inspiration




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adorne Legrand Wall Flashlight Giveaway : Sur La Table Event : Pesto Pasta Salad



DIY Mid-Century Modern Bench


Early Fall Centerpiece



Boy Room Makeover by Stacy Risenmay


Hey friends thanks for visiting here with me today! I’m joining seven other talented blogging friends as we share our best fall decorating ideas through the years and help give some inspiration as we all get ready to decorate for the season this upcoming year!

I’m breaking up my ideas into categories with some photo examples. These ideas can easily be varied according to color choices or preferences. I played around with some fall decor earlier this summer as you will see above, but I am excited to show you what I will be officially doing a little later down the road =)…

Let’s start with a fall favorite, PUMPKINS


These round and plump wonders look great pretty much anywhere and in any color… Out displayed before your front door…


Nestled in a basket…

Cinnamin Pumpkin Chips

Standing alone…


Or paired together on a table.


And when you aren’t wanting to use pumpkins think of fall produce, such as these vibrant apples. Set out to look pretty and enjoy for a healthy snack.



Pillows and throws are such a wonderful way to change up your decor throughout the seasons.


It is also an inexpensive way to add colors, textures and symbolize the season. For example, the pillow above is perfect for a time of thanksgiving (you can find the tutorial here).

DIY Blanket and Scarf

Plaids are a sure way to welcome fall into the home (DIY Blanket here).


Whether they are bright patterns or neutral. Mixing plaid pillows and throws is a festive way to add interest to any cozy spot.


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Bringing the outdoors in is a simple way to introduce the cooler months through your decor.


This can be fallen leaves, sticks and flowers.


Foliage can be stuffed into cornucopias (tutorial here) and it can be non traditional with succulents.


Leaves turning are a lovely way to subtly display color.


Or vividly display it ;)…


Subtle Touches of Fall

In my humble opinion, nothing says fall more than cozy textures. It doesn’t matter the style, color or textile as long as it is a combination of texture.

Some Updates - Home and More

Tassels and poms are a sure way to give any space texture.

DIY Weathered Wash Paint Technique

Cable knits and faux furs are excellent additions to sofas and chairs.



There is no right or wrong when it comes to fall decor or the colors you are using…


Fall can be seen in muted earth tones and neutrals.


Or traditional oranges and leafy wreaths (wreath tutorial here)…


Neutrals are calm and elegant too.


Decorate with what you love and use what you may already have!




Of course fall brings about many gatherings for holidays and home cooked meals. Tables can be extravagant and laden with produce as seen here.


They can also be simple and welcoming as seen above with these thankful table settings (tutorial here). Either way, your guests are sure to enjoy.

Decorating for fall can be as easy going or as extravagant as you would like; a few pumpkins to a basket full. I hope this inspires you today as we approach the season and I am so happy to have you here.

Make sure to stop by and enjoy all the lovely ideas that René is sharing in the tour over at Cottage and Vine


Here is the entire list of the tour for you to go and view!

Room Sources

Beige Rug – Bereber Rug from Lorena Canals

Green Metal Tray, Copper Tray, #7 Pillow and Globe Pouf – Painted Fox (affiliate link in side bar)

Metallic linen pumpkins – LoveFeast Shop












So you may remember last month when I shared about my visit to the Seattle Renegade Craft Fair and my time with Minwax there. Inspired by the campaign for this project, I’ve partnered with Minwax again for this post. I’m sharing how I used their stain to finish a beautiful Shaker style bench.

I had a great time trying their products out and really am so pleased with the final product. It was so much easier than I had ever thought staining would be and the color stain is right up my “decor” ally.

Here is what I used and the steps I followed to get this white stained bench…


Here is how I completed these simple steps, including the pre-staining process all the way to the final polycrylic finish…


I made sure the wood was free of dirt, paint or stain. Once it was ready to start, I gave the unfinished piece a light sanding with my 220 grit sandpaper.


Next, I wiped the sawdust away with a clean lint-free cloth.


I then took the Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Conditioner (after stirring) and used my synthetic brush to apply it in the direction of the grain. I let it sit for no more than 5 minutes and then I rubbed any extra off (making sure not to let any excess unsaturated conditioner sit and dry). Once the piece was coated, I let it dry for 15 -30 minutes.


I came back after the wait time and lightly resanded in the direction of the grain to smooth out any raised grain (from the conditioner).


As before, I wiped away the dust with a lint-free cloth.


Now came the fun! I carefully applied the Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in Pure White (making sure to carefully stir it before use). I used my synthetic brush to paint it on (always going in the direction of the grain) and then followed up with a lint-free cloth to smooth it out. I let it dry for 3 hours and then repeated the staining step once more with a second light coat and let it dry for another 3 hours. When I was done staining, I gave the stain a full 24 hours to set and dry. Then it was ready for the Polycrylic top coat.


I used my clean synthetic brush to apply the Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish (always stirring before use). This protective finish needed 2 hours to dry in between coats.


Once dry, I gently sanded with my 220 grit sandpaper (this ensures an even second/third coat) and repeated the steps. I applied a total of 3 coats with a 2 hour wait time and sanding in between. The final 3rd coat remained unsanded as it is the final finish.

And that is it! I let it dry for a full 24 hours before we put it in its’ new home.

A couple things I learned along the way…

  • To practice beforehand. I tried out the process on some small unfinished pieces so that I could play around with colors and dry times etc… I thought that this step was valuable as when I went to work on the bench, I felt confident with the products and how they were applied.
  • Move fluidly with the stain, to always follow the grain and swiftly. I would be aware of drips or unevenness  before dry times so that they were easy to adjust.
  • If needed, I could restain spots that were lighter than others to make the stain consistent. I didn’t need to do this in very many places but it did work
  • Just to go for it ;)… I didn’t worry too much and I enjoyed it. That is an important part!


Here is the final product and I couldn’t be happier…


The protective finish gives it a smooth coat on top that just enhances the shine.


And my favorite part about this stain is how it really lets the wood grain steal the show.


Even though I love painting, chalk paint and more; stain is a wonderful way to achieve color while allowing the wood to show through and give detail to the piece. Or more so, it allows the wood grain to shine.


As you can see above, this bench is white, but the pattern of the grain goes unhidden.


It has become such a lovely addition to our dining set and it will continue to grow with our family over the years.


I normally would have been intimidated by the thought of stain or the entire process…


Getting to try this out really set the record straight, that stain truly is user friendly and colors available today are versatile. They range from traditional wood tones to coastal colors.. More than anything, staining allowed me to make this piece special for our family and give it my own style.


As I was working on this piece of furniture it was during the thick of warm summer days, I had my music going and the smell of sanding wood instantly brought me back to childhood memories.


My dad was a carpenter and as a little girl, he would work many days/nights out in our backyard (in his workshop) with music on, sawdust everywhere… I was always so proud of how he worked so hard and used his hands to make beautiful things…


This project really was nostalgic for me. It was a delight to finish something like this myself, be reminded of those childhood memories and of my daddy making things too. I saw my kiddos watch from afar and through the windows as I fondly worked on this bench. It now has a dear place in my heart and I am anxious for the memories we will make sitting on this bench together here at this table. A little stain, a lot of heart and more memories to come; this time around with this sweet family of my own.

You can also head over to LIKE Minwax on Facebook for more woodworking/wood staining inspiration! You can also watch this inspiring video that shares the heart behind the whole idea of, “Made With Love. Finished with Minwax.”

I hope this post shows you how easy it can be to stain and how user friendly these Minwax products are. All opinions are 100% my own and I was flattered at the opportunity to work with Minwax on this project.



Inspiration Gallery

Hello Friends and welcome to this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery! We are thrilled to have you and hope you will link up your recent projects/recipes down below. This week I shared our single bathroom and how we store or display the towels in this space. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home… Have a wonderful weekend all!



Simple Ways to Display and Store your Bathroom Towels 


Desk makeover
PB inspired fleece blanket


Hanging Wood Planters - Final 1

DIY Wooden Hanging Planters


TIG CollageNew Metal Bentwood Chairs and a DIY Dining Table on the Porch



Maple Coffee Milkshake with Simply Stacie


cuts of beef printable
Butcher’s Beef Guide Free Printable



RH Inspired Books by Cherished Bliss


TIG pick-2DIY Headboard and Footboard


If you have been joining me here for awhile then you know that our place is sweet and small. So much so, that as a family of four we share one little bathroom… We make it work and we are ok knowing that our kiddos are learning to share, take turns, show patience, or at least do those things most of the time ;). And having this small space has motivated me to get creative with how we store our towels.


Just recently I received a beautifully wrapped set of bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths and bath sheets from Boll and Branch. That made this the perfect time to share some simple ways to display them.

I have broken it up into 3 main categories and these work for whatever size bathroom(s) you may have!



Baskets are a textural and convenient way to store your bath towels.  I first came across this idea of hanging baskets for towels at How Does She and have loved it ever since.

I was able to fit a few of the large, soft Boll and Branch Bath towels, five of their hand towels and six washcloths into each of the hanging baskets. These are within reach of the shower and they display the lofty cotton towels perfectly.


In addition, baskets add a decorative element all while being functional at the same time. I have these small striped baskets that hold the new Boll and Branch washcloths nicely. Plus, you can move them around when needed which is always a bonus in small spaces.


You can fit the most towels in a basket by simply rolling them. I either fold them in half or thirds and roll them tightly.



Another useful and common way to display your towels is to drape them or hang them. As seen above, I hung one hand towel layered with a washcloth on top. These specific towels are a generous size that hang softly and absorb well for the main use of drying hands here.


Hooks above doors can hold the weight of these luxury towels and add excess storage.


Hooks on the wall are able to hold the extra large Boll and Branch bath sheets (a favorite of my hubby’s due to the grand size).


Adding elegant bathroom brushes and accessories give a finishing touch to all the bright white.


And when there aren’t any hooks or holders to drape your towels don’t be afraid to just drape them over a sink or counter as seen here with the Boll and Branch hand towel. You can see proportionally how the size of these towels (all versions) are nice and large. Just as they should be for the purposes of a well functioning bathroom.



When you aren’t draping, rolling or hanging your bath towels, another great option is to store them folded. Nothing looks more organized and elegant all at the same time than a nicely folded towel.


They can easily be stacked in cabinets or in rows outside cabinets if needed.


I like to fold them in thirds and then thirds again to achieve this look.


Or to take these lengthy washcloths and fold a bit under to sit as a drying towel for guests and washed hands.


And when you can’t decide on one method of storage, go ahead and use all three! When your bath towels are as lovely as these there isn’t any reason to tuck them away.


Having elegant towels such as these really is an upgrade for our tiny little space and we sure have enjoyed them. It is a luxury that any bathroom can enjoy. I hope you found these easy tips helpful and can find a way to incorporate them in your own homes.

Thanks so much to Boll and Branch for providing me with these towels! This post was sponsored by Boll and Branch but all opinions are 100% my own. Something special about this company is that their products are fair trade, organic and made to give back in partnership with Not For Sale. I appreciate you taking the time to let me share with you today.


Some of my favorite projects involve the simplest of materials or supplies made with the focus being solely on the craftsmanship or art of the piece. That is how I feel about this inspired blanket I am sharing today over at Craftberry Bush. It is easy, no-sew, takes few materials and looks like something special/handmade. I would love for you to stop by and check it out if you are interested and I appreciate the visit! Thanks so much friends!

Inspiration Gallery

Hello Friends and welcome back to The Inspiration Gallery! This week I shared how we mix vintage and new pieces in the home. Then I shared a special update to our son’s room! Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home… Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below too.


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Mixing Vintage and New Decor 

Boy’s Room Update


Free watercolor feather print


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Playroom Table and Chairs : Telephone Table Makeover : Guest Room Reveal


TIG CollageThe Sheets I Have in Every Bedroom + A Giveaway!



How To Make Your Own Wooden Magnets with Love Create Celebrate


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Fajita hot dogs


Rustic Wooden Tray with Handles by Dukes and Duchesses


TIG pickHow to Make Your Own Wood Mantle


Hello friends and welcome back for a special reveal I have been working on for the last couple months. Our oldest son, Zealand’s room has been the last bedroom in the house to receive a little love…


Therefore, I have had it on my mind to do a makeover on his space as he is quickly growing and I was thrilled that I was able to pull it together before the busy school year starts!


I wanted this room to feel modern and fresh all while still being a little boy’s room with space to play legos and build forts. A place he could grow into and that we wouldn’t have to turn around and change up again as he matured and his likes did too.


I loved the idea of lots of gray, weathered wood and some subtle pops of color. Texture, pattern and neutrals of course would be the heart of this spaces’s design ;)…


I so very much enjoyed making over my daughter’s room here, but was surprised what a treat this makeover was. It may be one of my favorite to date…



Some of the “must haves” for this space were toy storage as seen here with many baskets…


Form and function were imperative with lots of seating and tables to play, draw or build…


Practicality paired with style as seen here with this amazing Beddy’s bedding. You may recognize this bedding seen first in our daughter’s room here. I can’t say enough about it and this time we are using it on a bunk bed and just let me say, it is genius. Truly.


It is soft and cozy while easy to make with a simple zipper on each side.


Plus I couldn’t resist the fun stripes and geometric patterns. This was the starting point from how I began planning his room.


(Elephant print is from Hobby Lobby and Faux Turtle Shell is from Target)

I wanted to use what furniture we already had so I was able to chalk paint all of it and then added some Stikwood planks to the front of his dresser.


(Weathered wood on drawer fronts is Reclaimed Sierra Silver Stikwood Planks)

I couldn’t believe what a simple transformation these planks made!


A custom made map with his name makes the space his own and he smiles everytime I catch him peeking at it (found at Grafomap).


(Star pillow from Lorena Canals and Puppy Art Pillow from Hobby Lobby)

Stars and puppies make the room youthful and funky while fitting his vivid personality.


(Wall sconce from Lighting Design)

The lighting adds a industrial twist and made the room so much brighter (literally).


(Wallpaper is from Milton and King)

We incorporated this fractured geometric wallpaper. It is subtle, but delivers a dynamic feature to the space partnered with hanging terrariums (hung high to avoid getting knocked around).


(Shark mount is from Target)

Z loves to read up on sharks… so of course I had to add this friendly character to his lego building station.


(Large gray rug is from Land of Nod, small sheepskin rug is from Ikea and globe pouf is from Painted Fox – affiliate link in sidebar)

And I used the rug to tie it all together. It is a soft palette that unifies all the grays while giving texture with the repeated tally print.


Even though my guy likes gray he also loves color. So I had to add this Irish green bookcase with rolling wheels. He was over the moon with the bright addition!


(Adventure Awaits sign is from Back Road Sign Co.)

Because I want him to be reminded of adventure and seeking joy in the everyday… we incorporated this Adventure Awaits sign. A little reminder to hold on to as he imaginary plays many hours away in this new space of his.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the makeover. It is always a joy to share and I am humbled you take the time to visit I hope you leave inspired…

Bedding – Beddy’s bedding

Wall Sconce – Lighting Design

Large Area Rug – Land of Nod

Adventure Awaits Sign – Back Road Sign Co.

Geometric Wallpaper – Milton and King

Custom New Zealand Map – Grafomap

Washable Star Cushion – Lorena Canals

Weathered Wood Planks – Stikwood

I was compensated with product by Land of Nod, Backroad Sign Co., Stikwood, Beddy’s, Lighting Design Company, Milton and King, Grafomap and Lorena Canals for this post but all opinions are 100% my own. I love the opportunity to talk about companies and products I honestly enjoy.



Hello friends and welcome to those of you who are visiting from Sarah at Little Vintage Nest, I am so happy to have you here! A big thank you to our host, Summer from She Leaves A Little Sparkle for organizing this fun tour.

Today each of us on this tour are sharing how we incorporate or decorate with both vintage and new pieces in our home.  This is my favorite way to decorate for several reasons. One, it is wonderful for those who are working with budgets, two, it is an eclectic way to mix up the decorations in your home and three, it is easy to get creative (there is no right or wrong)!


As you can see here, we have my hubby’s (grandparent’s) vintage hut along with their china. But then, you can see that our wedding china is also intermixed and this piece is a part of our updated kitchen (mostly new).


(Rug from Lorena Canals)

The thing about mixing vintage with new is that you can achieve the look either way and sometimes it is hard to tell the difference… Many of the accessories in my living room are antiques or thrifted, while the table and some furnishings are newer.


Thrift store vases and books are a perfect way to add some vintage to your new decor…


(Driftwood Tray from Family Laser)

An antique lamp sits atop a family heirloom side table with fresh linens and pillows.


(Rug from Rugs USA)

Our settee was a craigslist find and I am sure it is not vintage, but the chair piece hanging above it was purchased from an antique store. Together they create the perfect pairing of warm wood tones and textures.


These vintage bottles are a favorite find and are many years old.


They hold flowers for each season and sit next to our loved on blankets.


This dresser has been in my family for years and fresh paint can add new life to vintage without taking away its value.


(Bedding from Boll and Branch)

Sometimes, you can take vintage and new and repurpose them together. I did that with the chandelier in our bedroom. It was an eighties light that I painted and hung crystals from making it new.


It is a treasure to watch my children enjoy the vintage things in our home like this vanity (another family heirloom) that was used in my childhood bedroom. I freshened up the spot with a recent purchased mirror. I love how the two compliment each other without competing.

I hope this inspires you when thinking about how to decorate with vintage and new! Make sure to head over to Kristen at Ella Claire who is so very talented at this very subject!

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