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My Ode to Domestic Goddesship

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   That's it. Last night I figured it out. I have simply been born into the wrong era. I belong in a simpler time where a woman's ability to mend boo-boos, get that tricky stain out and make a perfect chocolate souffle were cherished, admired and applauded. Instead, nowadays, I feel like society deems a SAHM (or stay at home mother for those of yous not well versed in the mommy chat room short hand) as not enough. As in there is something ELSE you should be doing with your time. A job more wo...

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I Be Baby Wearing: The Best & Worst Baby Wearing Ways

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, In : Life At Home 
 
 Fist bump to all my fellow baby wearing mamas! I give you a little round of fingerplause on the keyboard for being wonder mom and lugging your little munchkin around. I literally feel your joy and pain ;)

    I have been a baby wearing fanatic right from the get go. Why? Is it because I am a natural hippie dippy flippy trying to make my soul and synergy become one with my baby? Hells to the no. It's because my first born, lovely Lucinda, came out like an octopus. An angry octopus. Happy whe...

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Old Post Ranch: Chicken Coop

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, In : Backyard Chickens 

   I've mentioned it a few times before, but I am a total wanna be. A wanna be homesteader that is. And Matt (hubbers) can lay claim to this feeling as well. Oh you know. The grow your own food, lay your own eggs (chickens that is ;) ), sew your own clothes, hunt your own meat and build your own house kinda homesteader. But of course all in the safety and comfort of 70 degrees and sunny southern California. Don't count on us moving to anywhere the sun don't a'shine 360 days a year (we'll let ...

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It's All Fun and Games Till Someone Takes the Bunny Ears Away

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, In : Life At Home 
   
    Annnnd it happened. Mommy dearest here had her first major freak out WTF I can't handle this shiznit moment. Got way to big for ma britches, getting all cocky thinkin I got this mom of three thang down pat. I'm still licking my emotional wounds for that mistake.
       Because of Matt's odd 'Dupont' work schedule there are many a'weekends that I am left to my lonesome manning the decks with the littles. Like this fateful Saturday. Scene. We were out of diapers. Yeah I know, bad mom bad...

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Babies and Chickens and Wild Things Oh My!

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   Yep. It's true. We've dove off the deep end straight into a big ol pile of po-dunk hillbilly wanna be homesteader silliness. We are now proud parents of twelve, yes count them, twelve baby chicks. Wait give me a sec... one.. two.. three........... yep twelve chicks. A bit over zealous are we?! Totally.
   We've, well I have talked about getting chickens for a while now and the hubs just waved me off like I was talking crazy cat lady. So how did I get him to sway my way? I sneakily snuck a (...

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Insta Update: First Month Mom of Three Thought Dump

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Life At Home 
  

  Ok. So we survived. Actually, I survived, the first month of being a mom of three, three and under. No major snafus or houses burning down, no mental breakdowns, no broken bones or bloody noses.... definitively a floor pounding tantrum or two. By me. Not the toddler. But all in all I kept my shiznit together. Holla!
  So a couple of days ago I was totally congratulating myself on the heroic feat of braving Costco with three littles. Thinking 'Oh look at me, I'm so totally a Super Mom!'......
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Leland's Newborn Photo Shoot With Two Roses Photography

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Life At Home 
  
   Alright, back for round two and three of my session with Two Roses Photography. In case you missed it, Amanda from Two Roses preformed an absolute miracle and created these beautiful maternity images. Check check check em out.... but now on to the adorableness that is newborns. Please be patient as they load... also I apologize for the overload on photos of  my baby/my family/moi... but then again I don't. This is me, my life and all that I dearly care about. It's such a joyous time in ...
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Lou's Pretty Big Girl Room

Posted by Honor on Sunday, March 2, 2014, In : Home Sneek Peek 

   It's tour town around these parts! Don't know why, but I've been on a major cleaning, styling and staging kick lately and I thought I would share the fruits of my labor. Honestly I thought a third child would be the end of my housekeeping days, but actually, to mine and my husband's amusement/joy/pleasure, my cleaning/organizing/domestic engineering setting has been set on overdrive. I'm pinning cleaning tips, ripping out organization articles and basically throwing myself wholeheartedly a...

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Eclectic Boys Playroom Tour

Posted by Honor on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Home Sneek Peek 

  Thought it was about time that I shared a tour of our playroom or 'the boys room'. Of course I share it right when it's about to change. Now that ol Leland has made his appearance this room is soon to become a shared bedroom. So lots of decorating daydreams are sure to follow ;).
   This room started off as an office/guest room but then I felt so guilty about having such a large room all to my self and the 'once a year' out of town guests. So Lucinda's room it became. Then once Lucas came al...

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My Maternity Shoot With Two Roses Photography

Posted by Honor on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   I just got the final product back of my maternity shoot with my good friend Amanda of Two Roses Photography.... how do I sum up my feelings/thoughts about em? Stoked?! Ecstatic?! Absolutely flabbergasted that she totally captured what I was looking for?! Yep. All of the above and so much more. 

   I was hesitant to do a maternity shoot (at first) because in my opinion most turn out super cheesy with a side of cheese and just end up making the mama look large and uncomfortable. But I knew I...

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Welcome Leland Richard Kristie!

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   He is here! We are so proud/happy/exhausted to announce his blessed arrival at 4:30 pm on Monday February the 10th. He was my biggest (but oh so perfectly sized) baby yet at 7 lbs 8oz and 19 & 3/4" tall.
  It's been a week and I couldn't be more happy with how things are settling in. He is happy/content/power champ at nursing and generally just a great baby. Lucas was a lot like this and I am so relieved that Leland is just as calm as his older brother. Lou and Lucas are adjusting well too...

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Snapshots, Insta and Just General 'It's Difficult For Me To Do Anything Right Now'

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, In : Home Sneek Peek 



   Here are some snaps of what's been goin on around the house, from my phone, insta and a Dora camera. Nothing really special, just some furniture rearranging and going nuts with houseplants. It is super DUper hard for me to be motivated to do ANYthing right now other than pace back and forth trying to get this boy up off his bootay and out of my belly. Moving a chair here and there is my therapy and here are the results of said therapy....






  Testing out a new arrangement in the living roo...

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Insta Update: Holiday Happenings

Posted by Honor on Monday, December 9, 2013, In : Life At Home 

   The holidays are here in full effect. Decorating, baking and shopping are pretty much filling up the calendar. Not to mention a winter wedding (which the entire fam will making an appearance in... dot dot dot.... me included at 32 weeks preggo. J.O.Y).
  So here is a quick update to the holiday happenings around this holiday house. The image above is me in heaven. Anthropologie heaven. After years of struggling to get the husband something he REALLY wants for Christmas, I finally relented ...

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Holiday Home Tour 2013

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 


   Welcome to the Kristie Holiday Home Tour version 2013!.... or what I like to call Glittery Gold wonderland. You'd be pretty hard pressed to find a single silver ornament in the mix. Nope. This gal is strictly white lights, glittery gold & wood tones. Just feels like the 'holidays' to me with that simple gold color scheme. And glitter.... lots and lots of glitter. Call me traditional, call me an old fogey, but I like to stick to the classics.
   Here is what I have so far. Just waiting on s...

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Playing with Vintage Glass

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Life At Home 

  Hey-o! Over the weekend we finally got a card reader that would read the ancient compact flash drive of this old (ok... so it's not that old, but old in the current scheme of camera technology) camera. It's a SLR, yes SLR not DSLR. While this camera and vintage glass lens produces gorgeous pictures (as evidence presented in this post) it doesn't have an automatic focus, so capturing life (as it moves at one and three year old lighting speeds) can be difficult. So with great patience and a q...

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Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Life At Home 

   Queen of the pumpkin mountain, this feisty little one is ^^^^. Insisted on wearing her witch hat to the pumpkin patch and then proceeded to prance and jump from one orange orb to the next. Which in turn inspired bubba to roam around the giants mounds as well. Which I thought was adorable, but glares from other moms gave me the impression that they thought I was raising a wild pack of hooligans. Oh well.... different strokes for different folks. They are just pumpkins at a patch ya know?! I...

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We be bump'n it.... Baby Boy Style

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, In : Life At Home 
   Yes. It's true. Sooner than later the boys will out number the girls in the Kristie household. Am I psyched? Yes! A little terrified? Most definitely. Boys are a whole other story (than girls) when it comes to their mamas. My little lou has always been so content entertaining herself and if she felt so inclined she might bring a book or a toy to my attention if she wanted my participation. But my little bubba? If he is not suction cup tentacled to my leg, shoving a picture book in my face ...
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While the Papa Dog is away....

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 19, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 
So my oh my.... here is what's up right now. The hubs is away on a hunting trip with his best former Navy bud and his pops for 10 days. So wonderful right?!?!

uh

Ahem

Wonderful... for them! For me this time alone with the two kiddos (and one baking away) have been a true test of my patience, strength, will power, stamina, endurance, ect ect ect.... feel free to add any more adjectives to describe this parenting marathon going on in my house. For all you single mamas out there, how you do this A...

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Insta Update: Last of the Summer Soak Up

Posted by Honor on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Just a little sneak peek into our end of summer life. It has been a whirl wind and then not, like a tornado then like an Alaskan glaicer, like zip zoom zow then moooovvviiiinnngggg rrrreeeaaalllyyyy sssslllloooowwwlllyyyy..... know what I mean? When you are in the moment life seems to be dripping by so slowly like pouring cold honey, but then you blink and it's like what the hey? Where did August go? Well that's what I been feeling.

  What I have been doing is a whole lotta rearranging. The l...

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Falling for Fall: Five Easy Ways to Get You In The Mood

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, In : Holiday Decorations 

There are so so SO many easy fall crafts out there... these are just a few of my favorites (and a couple of my own diys). I get so inspired during this season. Whether it's baking new pie recipes, crafting up a new wreath or simply brewing some apple cinnamon spice cider... OMG YUM! just thinking about it.
What are you most looking forward to this fall season???


1|2|3|4|5

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DIY Conundrum

Posted by Honor on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
DIY Conundrum: To paint or not to paint.... Upholstered furniture that is...


Via Hyphen Interiors

Hey guys! Have you seen this before? People are actually PAINTING their UPHOLSTERED furniture with a mixture of latex paint (aka house paint) and fabric medium (used to keep 'wearables' somewhat flexible and soft after being painted/decorated).

Crazy right???!!! But the results have actually been pretty shocking... shockingly great! See, I have this large settee/sofa that I have been procrastinatin...
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DIY Gallery Wall Of Mirrors

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
We've all seen the 'Gallery Wall'. A mis matched hod podge of pictures, illustrations and various knickknacks that make our hearts go pitter patter. But my heart pitters no more. Instead it yearns for more simple yet stately adornment. Something a bit more grown up. Enter mirrors stage left. Exit mis mash stage right.
 Here is my version of a DIY gallery wall of mirrors





   Positively exciting right? Well, not really. But it does have the Ballard Designs/Pottery Barn/Traditional yet quirky yet b...
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It's My Burfday

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Sunday was my 28th bday. And it was fabulous.

Was I treated to a limo, pop a bottle of champagne and laden with oodles of diamonds?

Nope. No sir-ee.

I got to have fresh cinnamon rolls from the bakery (ie no cooking/clean up for moi), driven to a barn sale where the hubs entertained to kiddos so I could dig in silence and then finished up the day having dinner with my mama, papa, brother, hubs and babies at the local taco joint on the outside patio.

Divine.

Funny how the tables have turned. When I...

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I'm Here... Just feeling a little buried

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, In : Life At Home 
I'm here, I'm here. I've just been really out of it. Blah de blah blah... Basically I am/have been moving in slow motion and now I'm trying to catch up on some much needed house work and baby cuddles. Call it baby brain, call it summer-itis call it being a bum.... but this mama is taking a breaky.
 Thank you for being patient and I promise once I get my mojo flowin again I will share, share, share!
mucho mucho thanks


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Summer is Smokin

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : Life At Home 

 The heat wave has finally hit us here is SoCal. So far we have been blessed with a very thick and lingering marine layer this summer, but it's finally burned off and all the UVA/UVB/Infrared/Lazer Beam Rays are hitting us full force. So on the agenda is lots of beach and splash pad time. Basically I follow one of my most important motherhood mottoes, "When in doubt, Place in water". It instantly chills the littles out. Literally and figuratively.

This guy was ready to roll and I could barely...

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DIY Mercury Glass Bath Set

Posted by Honor on Friday, August 2, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

   And the nesting has begun.... but at least it's starting with pretty girly 'me' stuff and not mushy gushy cutesy babykins. Gotta get the me time in while I can. And how do I like to do that? By taking a nice bath with a stack of magazines and my pandora app blaring. Yep that sounds divine. So I did just that. But did I relax and enjoy it? No of course not! Instead I was staring around my bath thinking that it was lacking in the pretty department and I was totally irked by my mismatching ba...

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Three Babies? This is Uncharted Territory

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : Life At Home 
   I went to the Dr for a checkup and came out fourth months pregnant! What a surprise to say the least. Mostly I was shocked, followed by short bursts of joy then the finale of an acute panic attack. Guess that explains the extreme exhaustion, upswing in incredible moodiness and general nausea that overwhelmed me when I was around any type of food. Kinda like DUH!

  Three Babies? This is uncharted territory. I am one of two. All of my friends growing up were one of two. Anyone I could turn to...
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Insta Update

Posted by Honor on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 
My life lately according to instagram



Little man dominating his big sis by stuffing her (not really) into a diaper box
My (upcoming) birthday present form the hubs.... a giant California Pepper tree
My little pirate. So many things to love about this pic. The mismatched shoes, ice princess dress, sword, sun bathing bear and all the accessories...
He is just like his pops.. always workin on something
water from a hose tastes so much better right?!
I surprised the hubs with some ticket...
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Happy Weekend & Painted Bookcase Inspo

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : Pinspiration 







  This weekend was a good one. Full of friends, carnivals, movies and concerts. And it started off being planned as a 'staycation' where our family would hole up in the house and not . do . a . thang. Funny how summer does that. You start off with nothing then sooner than you know you have a whole lotta something full of fun people in fun places. It was a life saver. Mama was definitely in a funk and needed a reminder not to be so uptight. Family is messy and that is the way it should be, not...

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Today, I ran away... from my kids

Posted by Honor on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 





   I literally raced out of the room through the bathroom into my bedroom slamming and sliding doors along the way only to fall into a heap of tears and sleep deprived anguish. Two seconds later I hear a crash bang boom and both kids are shoving each other out of the way to open the doors I closed and throw themselves against the door I was walled up against. Crying... whining... yelling... Mama MAMA MAMA!!!! and shoving their stubby little fingers under the door trying to get to me. 

Wahhhh!...

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DIY Layered Gold Mercury Glass

Posted by Honor on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

Anyone else a gold lover?

Me?

I can't get enough of the stuff.

 I say bring on the gaudy chunky gold chains, fancy gilt picture frames, glittery gold nailheads on furniture, and glitzy gold buttons and baubles on my clothing. I always find myself reaching for the gold version of whatever as compared to it's equally glamorous cousin, silver. I find gold to be warmer, more inviting. But that's just me.

   Another thing I love? Antique mirrors...or mercury glass to be more exact. Ever since the wo...

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Shop Update: New Custom Art Prints Added

Posted by Honor on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : Shop 


  Just a quick note to say that tons of new art prints are being added to the shop daily. Like these adorable custom Confetti Stripe Monogram prints available in either peach or sky^^^. If you are confused about what art prints are, they are custom digital files that will be created by me and sent to you via high resolution jpg and pdf files. The are ready to resize as desired, print, frame and display. Think family photo wall, in the entry or add it to your nursery gallery a...

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In The Market For: Vintage Looking Sofas

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : Shopping Reviews 
 
Via Home Decorators
  Sometimes you just can't DIY. Yeah...I don't think I'm crafty enough to conjure up enough magical potions to presto change-o some old wood pallets into a sturdy and stylish sofa. Nope. Not even gonna try.
So if I can't DIY my other tactic is usually to buy vintage...aka used...aka salvaged. Or also... not perfect. Don't get me wrong, I love our jolly green giant and that I scored for only $150. But with two bouncing babies, a dog and a husband that won't take his boots ...

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Patriotic Fluffy Pancake Recipe & Hope You Had A Happy Fourth

Posted by Honor on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Recipes 

  Fourth of July on a Thursday.... hummm....feels kinda weird right? But fun all the same. We started the day off with some of Mama's famous fluffy pancakes (colored red, white & blue of course!), then headed to the beach to have a BBQ with some friends and their precious babe followed up with some ice cream at home where we could see multiple fireworks locations from our back porch.Pretty dang awesome. I will never get over being able to see fireworks from our house. We live on the tippy top...

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That man sure can take some pictures

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : Life At Home 

    Warning warning warning... the following post is ridden with baby pictures. So if chunky cheeks, squishy thighs, sausage toes and poochy bellies offend, please avert your eyes now!

    But if not... this one is for you. BTW All the pictures we taken by my husband! Holler for having someone else behind the camera lens for once.... not that I even made it into a single photo! Oh well! But that man was all about this young blonde babe ^^^^

   Interesting how I can see a difference in the expre...

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Gone Fish'in

Posted by Honor on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Life At Home 



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Joining the Crew Team

Posted by Honor on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Life At Home 





   I knew it was coming. My baby boy had to get a buzz. With a former military man as a father (who has had a crew cut his entire life), I knew my fine, fair haired babe was destined for the clippers. But don't fret! I am hoping that now it will bounce back and grow in thick. (but if not, I saved a few of his four inch locks as a memento.) In all fairness this little tyke had a serious Wisconsin waterfall goin on. We tried with all our might to wrestle and wrangle him with some scissors and a...
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Family Fun: San Diego County Fair

Posted by Honor on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Whew this family is tuckered! As in kaput.... Doneskey... Zonked.... As in my achin back, feet and knees!
But, all in all Lou's fantastical third birthday at the county fair was a success. I don't think that little gal could have been any happier. She was literally bounding, skipping and leaping around for the whole day. Squeals of joy could be heard on the minute, every minute. From the barns full of animals, to the games, to the rides and of course the fair treats, I think this one is for th...

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Lucinda Lou!

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : Life At Home 



Happy Magical 3rd Birthday to our crazy firecracker whippersnapper sweet baby girl, Lucinda Lou! You are endlessly joyful, hilarious and stubborn. Without you our hearts would be incomplete. We love you SO!

Off to the county fair we go with Gran & Gramps, then we'll finish up the happy day with some strawberry poke cake :)

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DIY Creative Scarf Storage and Organization

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

Anyone else have a scarf monster in the bottom drawer? 
I do!
....Or did :)
This unruly creature is composed of all your beloved scarves entwined in such a giant tangled mess, you can't even close the door or drawer. Bulging. Annoying. Frustrating. Pain in da rear-o.
So off I go on a pinterest, google, flickr, library book inspiration adventure. There are all sorts of nice ideas out there, but I wasn't just looking for a (very practical, yet very boring) scarf hanger. Ya Know. Those regular ha...

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DIY Dreaming: Twigs

Posted by Honor on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Project Alert 


Mirror

Chandelier

Coat Rack

Lamp


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Kickin It Hickerbilly Style

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Hillbilly... hickerbilly... what ever you call it, THIS. is. how. you. do. it.

Two restless, hot and sticky kids
One craigslist jump house
One wonky tarp tied on for shade
Wrench on that hose full power

let'em go

Like'a wave pool and McDonald's playplace all in the comfort of your very own driveway.




Such a boy ^^^^
;)

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Summa Summa

Posted by Honor on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Everyone else ready for summer? This fam damily is! Summer for us is all about birthday parties, the beach, the Del Mar Fair (which now apparently is called the San Diego Country fair, but to me it will always be the Del Mar Fair), the horse track/races and finding new and creative ways to beat the heat. Pool noodle, water balloon, hose and sprinkler obstacle course anyone?

Hope your weekend was fun and family filled. Just an fyi, the DIYn might slow down a bit because I am finding myself more...

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Life Lately

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 31, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Life Lately. Here is a bit of what we've been up to. You can follow me on insta @HonorKristie










Let's see.... we have been painting murals, shooting squirrels ^^^^^ and mama got some new bling ;) (goodbye solitaire hello fancy schmancy setting!)
Also, did some gardening with my new pal snakey-poo and got an epic haul from Mathilda's Mouse for less than $60!
Life is good. Goody good good.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a great weekend.


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Happy Memorial Day

Posted by Honor on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Happy Memorial Day to you and yours.

    May this day be full of friends, family and lots of love. Historically this day is to remember those who have fought and lost their lives in service to our country, but it's really so much more. Without these brave & strong men and women I sure as hell would not be here today making do-dads and writing about my carefree children. These people and have paved the 'American Way' with their backs and I for one, am thankful and GOD DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERI...
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The Honey Do List: Refinish Butcherblock Countertops

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Life At Home 
And by honey I mean me. Here is a look at one of my (many many many.... will the list ever end???) ongoing projects/renovations of mi casa. I got a bug in my ear buzzing that I just gotta refinish our butcherblock countertops... like ah'now. I love our butcherblock, or BB's as I call them,  it's just that they have been looking, well, rather icky poo lately. Not that I'm no longer a huge fan of the vintage/antique/rustic/dents & dings look, I just feel that they could look better.

kinda meh i...

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DIY Watercolor Doily Art

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 


DIY Watercolor Doily Art with gold foil frames. Simple pretty art on the cheapy cheap....











No explanation needed. Just some simple pretty art.
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Dirt Won't Hurt

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Life At Home 

We are dirt people. Shoes off, hose on, toes in the mud, under fingernails and yes, smudged on the face. I was brought up under the guidance of a master green thumb (my mama-dearest) and she passed on a deep appreciation and love of cultivating mother nature. While I am still learning my P's and Q's of the landscaping laws, I sure do love the ride (again with my cliches... I just can't help myself). If I can pass on just one of my interests to my baby-kins I hope it's a passion for the outdoo...

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Happy Mama's Day to.... Me!

Posted by Honor on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Hey-O! Gotta give props to yourself when you can.
My kids are happy, healthy and clean (most of the time) So for the most part I think I'ma doing ok. A pat on the back, foot massage, facial, pedicure, voodoo zen relaxation take-5-years-off-my-face treatment is in order. I love being in love with my babies and I know they know that. So a great big hoorah! to my fellow mamas and for everyone with a mama's heart for that matter. You don't have to have literally pushed out a watermelon to be a ...

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Green Beans with Seasoned Almonds and Sauteed Ham

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes 
   Green Beans with Seasoned Almonds and Sauteed Ham... a pretty fancy sounding recipe eh?! Gor-met it my middle name don't cha know?! Just kidding. This recipe is a good ol stand by for me. Just perfect for when I'ma looking to impress some house guests... or cook up some home harvested veggies. Holy cow! Did you know super duper fast beans grow? I'm still learning at this whole veggie gardening thing, so bear with me while I sing with glee over the few plants I manage not to slaughter.

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This...
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Chicago Spring Vacation Recap

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 9, 2013, In : Life At Home 

I know,  the picture above is not quite the image you think of when you hear the words, "Vacation in Chicago". But that's how we like it. Just a dab of the city will do ya. Our family is located about an hour & 1/2 to the west of the city in a quaint town surrounded by corn/wheat/soy fields neighbored by more quaint towns followed by more corn//wheat/soy fields and so on and so on. It doesn't take long to get deep into the heartland of America.
The trip was a success. A much needed refueling ...

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Have You Met My Daughter Yet?

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Welcome to the world of Lucinda Lou...

This is her. My daughter. This is typical Lou Lou. She is supposed to be napping, but instead she decided to sneak attack her sleeping baby brother with bombs of baby powder followed by globs of shaving cream and the final 'umphf' on top of the catastrophe cake was a shower of tampon confetti (don't fret it was a brand new box). A whippersnapper, firecracker and high spirited are all mild compared to what is my daughter. While some ask 'How do you deal?' ...
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Girlfriends: Gotta Have Em

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : Life At Home 

I am all tingling with excitement! My monthly book club meeting was last night and it was such a touching moment in my life. Why, you ask? Not because anything particularly spectacular or crazy happened, it was spectacular just because of the point where we all are at in life. So much is going on in our little circle of friends. A baby just arrived, two marriages just happened, one engagement, one pregnancy announcement, crazy world travel... whew I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I am so...

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Inspo Places: Garden Tour (Fallbrook California Spring 2013)

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 
This is for all my earth mamas out there. My one piece of advice (for the century) is 'Get your booty to the nearest garden tour PRONTO!' Good gawd! Talk about inspiring! (And a wee bit depressing... like we have the time and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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to create gardens like this on our own... not everyone can afford a mini landscaping army to craft such beauty!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!...
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Follow me on instagram!

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 

Have you joined instagram yet? Are you hooked just like I am? Good gawd stick a fork in me cuz I am done for! I very quickly become an insta junkie. I only recently upgraded to a smart phone capable of the insta app, so I am still getting the hang of things. But if you are interested in seeing my diy'n 'live' then hop on over and follow me @HonorKristie or click here

Instagram

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Little Man's First Birthday Brainstorming

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Party Decorations 


All images found via Pinterest. Please check out my board for all the links

DIY Lighted Letter Marquee Sign

DIY Vintage Photo Booth

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When in doubt, place in water

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Garden hose + dirt = awesome baby sitter while I dig holes and spread gravel near by.

Thank god for mud






Really... thank you.

and thank you for stopping by!


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DIY Moroccan Mirror

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

I went to Home Goods.... I went to Hobby Lobby.... I went to Pottery Barn.... I went to Macy's.... I went to Z Gallerie.... I went to Anthropologie... I went to, I went to, I went to.... NO one has a Moroccan Mirror. Bawh!!!!

Then I looked online. Ebay, Hudson Goods & One Kings Lane all had some great pieces, but do I have thousands of doll hairs to spend on a single mirror?!?! Huh! Do I?! NO...

so here is my crack at making one.



Tips and Tricks:
Just a major FYI before we get started. This suck...

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And then god made a farmer

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 







All of me, why not take all of me
cant you see that im no good without you
You took the part, that once was my heart so
why not take all of me

Via: Mr. Willie Nelson/All of Me



Got the whole family up before the sun for a drive on the back roads then finished up by watching the sun rise over our back forty.

Glorious days these are. Make sure you enjoy them, k?

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Kitchen Garden: Phase Two

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 18, 2013, In : Life At Home 



My kitchen garden is coming together quite nicely. Ye-Haw! Lots of sweat and back breaking went into the little sucker and I can't wait to sow the seeds and seedlings I have percolating in the laundry room. I have three large terra cotta planters (already planted with heirloom tomatoes, basil, peas and cucumbers) and two 4' x 8' raised beds. If you didn't catch the before & my inspiration click here.  Now I'm just waiting on the local mushroom farm to give me a jingle on the jangle to pick up...
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Kitchen Garden: Phase one

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : Life At Home 



Here it is, in all it's barren dirtness, rockness & gravelness: My kitchen garden.

Well it will be anyway! And I'm even a little embarrassed to say that this pic is of it cleaned up! I'm talking man eat'n tumbleweeds were taking over.

I have many a grand plan for my patch of dirt. Two raised planters, light colored gravel, a smattering of stepping stones, trellises ... perhaps even a wall fountain? Many nights lately have been spent pinteresting, flickring and googling all shapes, sizes and t...

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Eleven Months... and a Year

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 11, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Little man joined in on the wildflower situation here. He is eleven months! Holy Bajeezez time is a flyin.

And on the subject of time... it is my ONE YEAR anniversary of craft blogging! Over 500,000 people have come by this little craft site and with every day/week/month that passes my passion and sources of inspirations seem to multply. I can't wait to see where this adventure takes me next. Thank you so very much for your support & kind words of support!



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Weekend Wildflowers

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Life At Home 


Weekends like what just happened, remind me why our family is so blessed to live in southern California... and why we will never ever never ever never never NEVER move away. Unless we have to. Begrudgingly, I would welcome new adventures and new locations but not with out a great big harumph!!!! first.
Our weather was splendid, the wildflowers are blooming (spring comes extra extra early here) and the big man had the weekend off. Triple threat. We BBQ'd with close friends. We planted our zinni...

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Subscribe To Home Heart Craft

Posted by Honor on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 


The subscribe button finally works! Now you can stay up to date with all the hip happenings here at Home Heart Craft (say that five times fast!)
Click Here to sign up for HHC's email updates, or the image above

Thanks for stopping by! I'm really feeling the love this week, so again.... thank you!


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DIY Vintage Tin Tiles

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

If you took a peek at my home tour on Life Made Lovely last week you would have seen my penchant for incorporating vintage materials into my home. Worn woods, reclaimed architectural features like windows, doors and ladders and vintage tin ceiling panels. I was lucky enough to source enough vintage tin to cover our kitchen soffit. What a score that was! And for only a couple of hundos. I know that may sound like a lot of money but it's really not. On my weekly round abouts through the local s...

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Home Tour on Life Made Lovely Reveal

Posted by Honor on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 

Boy am I feeling the love this week. Not only was my DIY anthro mugs featured on Knock Off Decor, but now my great room/kitchen tour is on Life Made Lovely! If you get a chance please take a moment to check it out. I had a lot of fun writing this post and I hope you enjoy (and perhaps gather a little inspiration?)
Thanks for stopping by!


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Watercolor Practice

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Goof off time for me is pretty rare these days. Sometimes I lose myself in memories of way way back when I had no babies, no hubby, no major responsibilities. When I could lounge around a read 5 magazines front to back without interruption. When I could sketch, paint and write for hours on end. Just get lost in my thoughts. Ahhh those days! They were fun. But I couldn't help feeling lost then. Like I was waiting for something. Well, I'm not waiting anymore! I'm struggling to keep up! Funny ho...

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Cali: I'm Your Biggest Fan

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 





Oh California I'm coming home
Oh make me feel good rock 'n' roll band
I'm your biggest fan
California I'm coming home

Lyrics courtesy of Joni Mitchell from the song California.

I love living here in the wild wild west. In the land of the untamed and free. It fills your lungs up so full of fresh air that at any moment they might just burst. Nothing clears the head and the heart more than a hike into the great wilderness. These photos were taken on a crisp morning when the sky was so blue and the...

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DIY Wall Decal Stickers From Shelf Liners

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

   Are you ready for a diy that will change your decorating life... forever? Get ready cuz this doozy most certainly will.
There are so many opportunities to use this idea. From decorating a nursery with a custom monogram, to updating the back of your bookshelves to creating some simple graphic art as demonstrated below.

Oh and did I mention that it only costs a DOLLAR!

Just swing by your local dollar store and pick up some self adhesive shelf liner better know as contact paper. There is usuall...

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Evolution of a DIY Painted Staircase

Posted by Honor on Monday, February 11, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 

Run! Hide! Shelter your children! It's the great WHITE OUT here in So Cal!
Wait
No, it's not snow.
It's white paint!
Whewww... dodged one there.

Yes, it is true I have turned to the dark side. Or light side. White side? After many years of dogging people who chose white paint over the bajillion other shades available, I have become one of them. I just finished repainting my kitchen with white paint. And the staircase. And the family room. I am shellacking the whole place!

With the new year I was ...

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DIY Fabric Storage Baskets

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 










Get the five strand braid tutorial here


Pretty cute storage for only a buck a piece. Perfect project for busting through your old sheet and pillowcase stash.

What? Don't you keep all your old sheets and pillowcases?

You could use these baskets for toy storage, as demonstrated above. Or you could go all literal and use it for, well, laundry ;)

I'm so excited! My in-laws are coming into town tomorrow for a much needed visit/vacation. I'm sure the kiddos will enjoy seeing their grandparents in pers...

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Tough Cookie

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 


  Dairy of parenting a strong willed child: Part one.

  Buying a mattress.

  To say that my first born, Lou, is a strong willed child is like calling the grand canyon just a valley. True in essence, but greatly inadequate in description.
  This little one has tested me more than anyone or anything else. A constant button pusher. A true inquisitor. Master of patience draining.
  Good thing they are so darn cute at this age, right? Or who knows what could happen when a tired mama is pushed past h...

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DIY Colander Light Fixture

Posted by Honor on Friday, January 25, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

  Alright ladies. Are you ready to see my tried and true, red blooded American, hill-billy red neck side? A little hick and a whole lotta country. Well, here it is.
  Yes, that is a colander hanging from my ceiling. Not just one, but three of these cute little suckers now adorn my kitchen. I have been searching and searching for that perfect shade. Something with a lot of personality, a quaint vintage feel and purely me. Who would'a thunk it would be found in the kitchen utensil section of Ta...

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Pillow Mosh Pit

Posted by Honor on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Life At Home 





 I am ecstatic that these two really enjoy each others company. They giggle and laugh and talk to each other. Well, Lou talks and the little man ' Mamamamama ma MA mama MAMAMAM's' at her. Lou is generous with her toys but he is much more interested in her. Sprint crawling after her if she saunters away. She is gentle with him (most of the time anyway). I am also very surprised that she tolerates little man getting a tad more attention right now. Nursing, crawling up the stairs, diapers... you...

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Craft Wars: DIY Glitter Lamp & Shade with Glitter Spray Paint

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
Holla! I eluded to it earlier in the month that there was a totally completely awesomely fabulous glitter diy in the works with a special partner. Well, here it is!  My diy Glitter Lamp and Lampshade using Krylon Glitter Spray Paint was featured on Buzzfeed Shift's Craft Wars Challenge. Head on over there for the complete diy instructions and don't forget to vote for moi! Yes, that was just some shameless promotion right there.

Boom. Nailed it.


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DIY Duct Tape Curtains

Posted by Honor on Monday, January 14, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

If you share any of the same decorating tendencies as moi (impulsive yet a penny pincher) then this DIY it just for you. Lately I have been on a bit of a yellow kick for decorating the shared kid's bedroom. I bet it all started with our beloved Rody. Rody is our bright yellow bouncing horse. With his little red heart forehead, chubby little body and stumpy legs. He is just so full of sunshine and cheer. One of my favorites of the toy herd. So on my journey to incorporate yellow into the decor...

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DIY Multi Pane Antique Mirror

Posted by Honor on Saturday, January 12, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

 If you know anything about antique mirrors, then you know they are crazy expensive or very very hard to find. And even if you do find one in your price range there is always something wrong with it. Broken, missing pieces, too small, too big wrong color... the list goes on. Even though it is a fickle find I continue to pine for antique mirrors and try to source them from every antiques store I frequent . I want whole walls covered in the stuff. That's how much I love the time worn aura and l...

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Wood, Nail & String Art Plus Office Peek

Posted by Honor on Friday, January 11, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 


As I mentioned before, we swapped rooms. Me and my little girl that is. I took over her bedroom for my office and she and her little brother are in the other spare room. It is twice the size and just perfect for two little hooligans to do cartwheels in. As for my 'new' office I decided to leave the paint color and just work with what I have around the house to decorate and style. Boy do I have a lot of stuff. It sure is pretty though. Purging tchotskies is not a strong suit of mine. I am a cl...

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Get Away for a Bit

Posted by Honor on Thursday, January 10, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Sometimes you just gotta. Disappear for a minute or two. Immerse yourself into the natural world. Become one with nature. Yes, a silly cliche, but at the same time so freeing and centering.
   We had a scary experience the other night. While on the way back from my monthly book club with my lady friends I ran out of gas on the freeway. With both kids in tow. Out of gas. Car shuttering to a stop. I just barely made it over to the center divider out of traffic. The gas gauge went out in my car a...
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DIY Watercolor Desktop Calendar and Stand

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

Everyone is talking about their resolutions. All I hear is Charlie Brown adults takling. Wah wah wha wah wha.

I don't do NY resolutions. Like I need to add another thing to the list of things I don't have time for right?! Well that is what I feel about resolutions anyway. Why do I have to wait to the beginning of a new year to try and work on bettering myself? But what eves, if it works for you, go right ahead and make (and hopefully keep!) some resolutions. 

Perhaps staying more organized? Pe...

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DIY Glitter Lamp & Lampshade (Krylon Glitter Blast Spray Paint)

Posted by Honor on Monday, January 7, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
Special collaboration coming soon! I jumped the gun and shared too soon. Check back in on this around the 17th :)
Thank you!


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New Year New Room

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 


New paint color really. Truth is that I was never really sold on the color our master had been. I was going for a sophisticated gray with a hint of lavender. In my mind it was going to be classy, moody, unique.
Unique is right.... it came out straight up PURPLE. A weird mauve in your face purplish tone. In the early morning light I was ok with it, but every other time I was just annoyed when I caught a glimpse of it. Heck... I even painted a mural over it to try and change my heart about it. N...

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DIY Coffee Filter and Flower Lampshade

Posted by Honor on Thursday, December 27, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

I know the pictures are a tad dark but I really wanted to try and convey the magical (and super feminine) feel of this lampshade. It came out so warm and well, pretty.
I picked up those vintage curtains a couple of weeks ago. Aren't those pretty too? Love them, love looking at them, but I am not so fond of the thing hanging in front of them. The fixture over our sink has never been right. It was just something I picked up at Lowe's one day when the hubs told me that his electrician friend was ...

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Merry Christmas 2012

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This coming year is shaping up to be an epic one for this little family and DIY/Craft blog. Lots of fun collaborations are lined up!
 Thank you so much for stopping by! We really appreciate all your support and love of crafts. Here are a few snapshots from our quiet Christmas.



My brother, the dog whisperer





Our annual sparkle Christmas sweater family photo (will post the previous ones soon). All the sweaters (and party dress and onesie) ...

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DIY Vintage Distressed Wood Picture Frame

Posted by Honor on Monday, December 24, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
A quick and AWESOME diy before a short holiday break. I will be in and out for the next week dealing with the familio and recuperating from sweets and squeals overload. This is one of my favs so I hope you enjoy and give it a try!


Quick Tips:
*Furring strips are found in the back of the lumber section at Lowes, Home Depot, your local joint. They are extremely cheap. Like, around a buck for an 8' strip. Just remember to give each piece a look over because more than not, the strips will have a cu...

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Shared Bedroom Sneak Peek

Posted by Honor on Thursday, December 20, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
He is a sneak peek into what I have been working on lately. As I mentioned before here I am in the middle of a room swap, turning my old office into the kids shared bedroom. While making up my mind on the furniture situation I decided to jazz up the long wall in the room. As of right now this wall will be free of any furniture, just toys stacked up in front, so it will be perfect for them to scribble away.


 First I created a chair rail by attaching some pre finished lightweight trim. I used qu...

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DIY Mini Wheat Wreath

Posted by Honor on Friday, November 16, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 
Oh hey-zues-christos...Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As in less then a week. As in OMG I have a lot to do! I just realized that yesterday. Breathe in... breathe out.

So while I stress myself bald over this mondo turkey that I need to prepare (first one!), here is a quick home decor diy. A sweet and nature inspired mini wheat wreath. Just perfect for chair decorations, or to layer over a mirror. Here we go!


Ok I literally whipped this up in FIVE MINUTES! No glue, no stress and no mes...

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Before and After: Staircase Family Photo Wall

Posted by Honor on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Home Sneek Peek 



This wall has been the bane of my existence. I get heartburn just looking at it. Bahhhhh, it frustrates me to no end!

Ok a little exaggerated , but you get my point. I have had such trouble figuring out what to do with this wall. In the short year and a half we have been here it has had quite a few 'lives'. First it was a dining area. Then a reading nook. Then back to a dining area with faux built in benches. Then  to a holding area for a table I didn't know what to do with. Then finally to th...

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The Davenport

Posted by Honor on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : Life At Home 




I Love love love this snapshot of them. I will have to look back on this when they are tearing each others hair out and say to them, 'SEE!!! You can get along!'

Welcome to our new haven. This chartreuse and cream floral wonder is our 'new' sofa. Eight feet long of vintage cushy pillow wonderful. I have recently vowed to myself that old is the new 'new'. No more new furniture when there are plenty of hardy handcrafted in the US of A battleships out there. I haven't named this beauty yet but I a...
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DIY Glitter Glue and Paint

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : Crafter's Toolbox 


This recipe (minus the glitter) is perfect for homemade glue or wallpaper paste as well!

Tips & Tricks: This recipe makes one large bowl or about 4 pint mason jars worth. I like making this amount because it is easy to save, and I go through about this much in a weeks time. We love our crafting around these here parts, especially now that it is holiday season. October till end of December is holiday season for us.

This recipe really is simple. I have seen some crafters heat this stuff up, or a...

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A Girl and Her Dog

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : Life At Home 



smooch! So adorable and yes, a little yucky.

Everyone always says 'A boy and his dog...'. Well? What about us girls?

I have tons of fond memories of our family dog. Our family pooch was a Newfoundland aka BIG BLACK BEAR. Her name was Alakazam or Ali. She let me put daisies in her hair and fall asleep cuddled up in her paws. I miss her. My goodness how fresh those memories stay!

   Welcome Willy! We rescued this retired ranch mutt a few weeks ago and he has turned out to be a HUGE blessing for o...

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Range Time

Posted by Honor on Thursday, October 25, 2012, In : Love'n Etsy 



sneaky sneak!!!

I caught you!!!

   As much as guns frighten me, I really do appreciate having a husband that knows how to handle them (He knows what the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks he is doing!). I feel safer knowing that we are protected, not only by his cool as a cucumber head but his steady hand as well. I love that he has a hobby that he enjoys so very much. It is clear as day, the joy just beams from his smile when he nails 25, then 50, and then 75 clays in a row!
  But more importantly our e...
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Peek A Boo!

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Adventures in Hide-N-Seek with a two year old & a dutch door







I found you!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Soggy Sunday Smiles

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 22, 2012, In : Life At Home 











Rain rain come again any day you please :)
We love rain here in this household. My plants were very thirsty and we were in dire need of a dress up day. That was our weekend in a nutshell. Story time, dress up and lots of smiles.
Hope you had a pleasant week end.
I am working on a super cute project for the kiddos. Pics and a DIY coming next!

Thanks for stopping by.



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Harveston Lake (Duckies!)

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Life At Home 






What a feeding frenzy!
Between her and the ducks our bits of bread didn't last more than 5 minutes. I must say that they were the most aggressive ducks/geese/water fowl I have ever ventured to feed.

We are talking swarms here! Even pecked our toes!

So I am thinking that maybe Lou with the attitude ate the bread out of self defense.

So besides our sore pecked toes and dodging the mass amounts of duck poop, it was a pretty nice little morning for us.

Thanks for stopping by!

I even caught the culp...

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A Boy and His Papa

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, In : Life At Home 




Why so serious?!
These two. I just can't get enough. Such a special bond between a father and his son. I really couldn't ask for a better father to my children. I was raised in a very lovey-dovey-mushy-gushy-never-ending-hugs-and-smooches type of home and strive to create that type of environment for these two little nuggets. And the hubs obliges. He heaps on the cuddles and smooches just as much as I do. I really think that is important. To have a loving father figure.... none of that 'we do...

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Hallowen Party Success!

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 15, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

My little muscle man was pooped out before the party even started!

Well, the party went off with out a hitch. It was a blast! The kiddos bounced to their little hearts content, decorated dozens of mini pumpkins and ate their weight in candy.
I made waaaaay to much food, but hey, leftovers are the best right? And I may have gone overboard with the decorations. Just a little. A smidgen. My only regret is that I wish I took more pics. You all know how it gets before a party. The running around wit...
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Misty Memories

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 12, 2012, In : Life At Home 

  
    Lou with the attitude is off to get her first puppy dog with her papa this morning. Exciting yes, but am I ready for this? Two kiddos under three and a puppy dog?
I guess so.
I know so.

  A dog will complete our little family (well for just a little bit anyway... you never know when that baby feeling will kick in again!)

Hope you all are having a great week and have some fun plans for the weekend. Our Halloween extravaganza is tomorrow so I am a party preppin mo fo!

Here are some cute sn...
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Happy 6 Months Little Buddy

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : Life At Home 



My little main man is 6 months old today. Boy oh boy does it go fast!

I really couldn't ask for a more happy, more peaceful, more loving little squishy-mushy-tub-of-love. Yes I am biased. Yes, this is nothing new. Every mama has thought this, said this, lived this.... but oh well. This is my little space of the inter-webs to declare my unending love for my little baby boy.
He will always be my little baby boy. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Nuff said.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Future Best Friends? Here is Hoping!

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 8, 2012, In : Life At Home 

   Put little man down for a nap and ran to the restroom. I thought Lou with the Attitude was munching on some cheerios in her room but I thought wrong. I left the RR and was drawn in to our bedroom by the joyful sound of giggling. Lou thought better of nap time and decided it was playtime. So she helped herself into his playpen and proceeded to tickle little man. Both were giggling and laughing up a storm. Boy do I hope their friendship stays strong and that they will grow up loving each oth...

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Happy Friday! (Our Unofficial Donut Day!)

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : Life At Home 





Sometimes you just need a donut. Happy Friday Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!


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Family Time

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, In : Life At Home 
   
So we are adjusting to the hub's new schedule quite nicely. Took us a bit to figure it out. But now we got it down pat.
Yes the stretches of when he is working nights really suck. Suck suck suck. And the days are long. Long long long. But when he gets those 7 days off in a row... we PARTY!

By party, I mean we go to Seaworld.

Rock on Shamu.




Of course he HAD to wear his Hawaiian shirt to Seaworld and look like a total tourist. But hey, he got about 8 compliments??? on it...

'Hey man... like y...

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Gardening With Toddler 101

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 27, 2012, In : Life At Home 





Don't you wish you could be this excited again?!?!  About everything? And anything?

Lou with the attitude was literally screaming with enthusiasm when I asked her if she could help me do some gardening. With little shovel in hand she promptly got to work pulling out my rosemary....

um Lou?

Those are not weeds.

ok Mama. (as she holds up a spring and inhales deeply) smells goooooood mama.

Just thought I would share this little bit of sunshine. Children are such joyful little nuggets.

Full-O-Joy. Cu...

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5 Months

Posted by Honor Hansen on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Waaaaaaaaahhhhh... he is growing up way so fast. These first five have gone by like zip-zoom-sayonara-adios-see-you-later. A total blur. Sonic speed. As I post these I am brushing away a big single tear. Only one tear because while it does make my heart ache that he is growing up. I am also excited to see what kind of little boy, then big boy then MAN he will become. I just hope he always always always always stays a mama's boy... In a good way though.




handsome devil. Yep already up and movin...

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Pre Halloween 2012

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Life At Home 
So here are a few snapshots around the house pre-Halloween. Starting to break out my fall decorations. First pic is of some super cute (and easy to DIY) plush pumpkins. You can find some tuts here, here or here.

Handsome bugger isn't he? I picked him up here.

Is it to early to break out the wheat & pumpkins? When really, is it ok to start decorating for fall? Here in southern California it is hard to tell when fall actually starts.


I'll make sure to do a side by side when this mantel is all done...

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Her First Butterfly

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : Life At Home 
    
     So exciting to be able to capture her 'firsts'. This was her first butterfly! I was futzing around inside when the hubs ran in and said grab the camera. There they were, engaged in a dance of sort. The butterfly letting Lou with the attitude dangerously close before it flitter and fluttered away. Like a feather on the breeze. But this was a friendly (or hurt) butterfly and fluttered away only so far. Perfect for chasing.




Thought that this special little moment was worth sharing. Hop...

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Party Prepp'n

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, In : Life At Home 


Invitations are being sent. Decorations are being put together. Recipes are being researched. 

I am in complete and total party prep mode. Yes I have a month till the party but I think that half the fun is the prep. Am I alone in this thought and feeling? Probably not. But it seems that I like imposing a little stress on myself. Life has been running a little to smoothly... to peaceful... to serene. Nothing like a party to put you in total manic-panic mode. Why do we do this? Impose deadlines...
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DIY Book Vase

Posted by Honor on Friday, August 31, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

This one goes out to all my fellow bibliophiles.... holla!


Brass Tacks: Pretty self explanatory here. Find a big ol book, slice it up and shove in a couple of bud vases....

ok that wasn't much help was it?

The key to this DIY is finding a bud vase that will fit inside a book. In this case my book was the 7th installment of Harry Potter (sorry Harry!). It was big, bulky and taking up space... time to re-purpose. I found the little bud vases at where else, Hobby Lobby. They were on sale and were ...

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Learning Good Habits

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Life At Home 
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    Here is Lou with the attitude's newest gift from her father. Yes it is a tractor... of course it is a John Deere.

    It is much to much to big for her, I don't think her feet even reach the pedals. But that doesn't mean good habits can't begin. So while her father gave his big rig a wash she took it upon herself to give her green goodie a good ol scrub down. All by her little self. I asked if she wanted help... but that just got a big 'No!' and my jeans being...

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Little Adventures

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 20, 2012, In : Life At Home 
We all have adventures... some bigger than others. It is so easy to forget how it was when we were little, where EVERYTHING was an adventure. Going to the store, birthday parties, school, tree swings, parades and of course bath time.... all little adventures that shape our personalities as well as our past.
  As a mom I try to remember not to sweat the little things. Clothes will get dirty, milk will get spilled, vases will get broken and we will be late. But more importantly I try and focus ...

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Seashell Crafts

Posted by Honor on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Family time at the beach got me thinking and feeling a bit nautical. The salty air got my creative juices flowing....

working on some good DIYs.... till then here are some ideas on what to do with all those shells/driftwood that you pick up along the way. Thanks for stopping by!




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Every Kid Needs A Bounce House

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Life At Home 
This post has been sponsored by Craigslist (not really), but it is definitely a testament to the awesomeness of CL.

While mama bear was at a neighbors baby shower this weekend the hubs was on Lou with the attitude entertainment duty. I thought there would be some playtime in the kiddy pool or perhaps some sandbox castle building...

umm no. Not with my husband. He don't work that way.

I should have known. His eyes are permanently glued to CL always on the look out for a screaming deal for cars/t...

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DIY Ribbon Hair Clip Holder (Best DIY Baby Shower Gift)

Posted by Honor on Friday, August 10, 2012, In : Accessories 
So guess what we are doing this weekend?

Yep attending a good ol baby shower. It should be lots of fun. The hubs and I really like this couple and are so glad that they are joining the club of parenthood. Have you joined yet? The initiation is kind of rough but the life long benefits are totally worth it ;)

The age old question arises... what to get the glowing mom-to-be. Clothes? Yeah ok. Books...been there.

hummm...
So I just thought back (not that long ago) to what I wanted/didn't get at my ...
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Painted Cross Stitch Wall Mural DIY

Posted by Honor on Thursday, August 9, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
so you may have seen this image floating around pinterest or general cyberspace....


  This bedroom belongs to the fantastically talented Dutch Artist and Illustrator Eline Pellinkhof . Her cute and creative casa was featured here. Her home is warm and full of interesting nooks and crannies... but it is this painted wall that really got my creative juices flowing... maybe even turned those juices little green because 'why didn't I think if that?!' But any-who I am glad that she shared her lovel...

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I Die For DIY Tie Dye

Posted by Honor on Friday, August 3, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
What is more summery than tie dye? & Dip Dye? & Bleach Dye?
So easy to DIY... here are some of my favorite tuts to bring this great trend home! Click on the links below





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Don't forget to check out my own DIYs # 3 &7

Thanks for stopping by!


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DIY Anthropologie Art

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Ok. Love anthropologie but sometimes I think 'you got to be kidding me?!' with regards to their prices.

this is a perfect example


Yellow Bird by Tom Judd....

ok yes it is an original painting/collage but REALLY NOW??? $1500 for a 10"x10" piece of art. One thousand five hundred dollars for less than ONE SQUARE FOOT?!?!?!
Bawwwwwhhhhh

So I gave it a try myself. While I am happy with the results I admit that it is not perfect. Well hey now, I'm not a professional artist you know.





Tips and pointers: ...

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My Retro Camping Trailer BIG Reveal

Posted by Honor on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Life At Home 
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Can you sense my excitement?! After many late late nights of painting and sewing I am so proud to reveal our retro 70's camping trailer! (Need to confirm the make/year/model with the hubs) but that is not really important. What is important is that our little trailer is sooo purdy ;)

Its like my third child now. First I thoroughly scrubbed her top to bottom till she was spark spanking sparkling clean. Then I carefully coated her entire interior with many coats of paint....
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Wood Block Art (Reverse Stencil)

Posted by Honor on Thursday, July 26, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
   So this DIY covers a couple of bases. First off it is an idea for what you can do with those scraps of wood that are laying about. I have a couple of those, well actually maybe a garage full. My hording tendencies kick in and I can't get rid of them. I just can't!
   Second this DIY covers the reverse stencil technique. Pretty simple but easy to over look when you think about stenciling. Lastly it covers how to make your own contact paper. I never have it around but I always seem to need i...

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Home Sweet Home: Great Room Reveal

Posted by Honor on Thursday, July 19, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Welcome Home... the hubs finished the floors, I got my kitchen back and now it's play time :)


our entry

view from the front door and an industrial cart I picked up from The Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow CA

My 'distressed' kitchen table. It was a beautiful natural wood tone, but that was long gone once it flopped out of the hubs' pickup truck when a motorcycle cut him off. Note to self... always strap craigslist items down unless you want the whole 'road rash' look.
Anyway, I decided to make my ...

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DIY Vintage Wood Stain

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
      

      My hubs told me about this and I had to try it out to see if it really works. And it does!

      Old wood has such a warm and familiar patina. Like favorite park picnic benches. Time worn barns. Brings back the memories.
      We have this great black and white photo of the hubs grand pappy and a new sparkly frame just didn't do it justice. So I picked up an unfinished wood frame from Hobby Lobby for a whopping $2.99 and made this beauty. Really like how this came out and I think ...

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Family Fun Can Be Scary?

Posted by Honor on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : Life At Home 
This weekend we attended a distant relation family reunion on the hubs side. Something like his mothers brothers uncles aunts grandmothers brothers ect ect ect 90th birthday. We were welcomed with open arms. While the hubs is somewhat over large family get-togethers, I on the other hand love em. Can't get enough of family (even if it really isn't mine?).


Making sure everyone is included. Speaking to her gammy on the phone






This family is a little different than mine. They have sing-a-longs. ...
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DIY Branchlers

Posted by Honor on Friday, July 13, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
  

    Branchlers? Yes I said it... branchlers. The hubs is a little peeved about this DIY. He has been nudging me for a while about hanging a deer head or two in the house and I have adamantly said no. Not just no but HELLS NO!
  I am all for hunting and fishing, I just think it crosses the line to bring such game into the house as home decor.... just a tad creepy when you are wandering around in the middle of the night looking to get a glass of water. Just what I need to do is scare the bej...
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DIY Anthropologie Lampshade

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

easy. simple. fun. anthropologie knock-off 'kindergarten style'.



I just pulled up a couple of Anthropologie lampshades and bedding examples and riffed off those. Just sketch very lightly with your pencil and go slowly with the puff paint to avoid blow outs. We want to avoid the splatter spin art look here :)
It is hard to see in the pics but it is the texture that makes the shade so awesome. Looks faux embroidered.
I was originally going to leave the white of the shade show through, but though...

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Summer Somersaults

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, In : Life At Home 

they are the best aren't they?!

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Ballard Designs Inspired Seashell Topiary Tree

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

Ballard, oh Ballard. How I love thee. Not much as I love my much beloved Anthropologie... but dear you come in a close second. Tons of great home decor accessories at not so great prices. But have no fear! A simple DIY is here!

Once I saw these suckers I knew I could fashion up something really close. And the results are not to shabby, if I do say so myself. Well, lets dive right in. Enjoy!


Yes, I know the image says SALE.... but $99 to me really isn't on sale. I was able to make three for less...

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DIY Country Kitchen Remodel Part One

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, In : Life At Home 


ok so I should have posted this a while ago... as you can see by the fall decorations in some of the pics that this part of the kitchen remodel has been completed for a bit. Actually for more than 6 months it has been like living in a split personality. Literally one wall is done but when you turn around the rest hasn't been touched.

Yes living in a partially completed dream kitchen is not only a pain in my rear end but it is mostly a pain in the hubs heiny because I keep changing my dang min...
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DIY Mercury Glass

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Love this product.... I seem to be using it on just about everything lately :)  Hope you enjoy this quick and easy craft. It really is simple.




Inspiration: Martha Stewart Mercury Glass
What you need: Head to the dollar or thrift store and load up on glassware. Any and everything from vases, to candle sticks to plates and little cups. Trust me you will love how these turn out and you will want to create an instant collection. I wen to good ol Goodwill and scored a vase, a glass cloche and plate ...

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DIY Moss Wreath Anthro Style

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 


We are so ready for summer time. I think there will lots of days spent at the beach. Just have to be extra careful with the babes and the sun. Beach bumming it will be. Until then I am trying to cram all my spring & summer time crafts in so I can really enjoy the time with them. I also plan on having a few get togethers at the house and I felt that my entrance isn't so 'grand' these days. So a little diy was in order. Moss Wreaths Anthro Style... Enjoy!


What you need: A basic twig wreath. I g...

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Mason Jar Crafts

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 


This week I will have a tutorial for some very special mason jar diys... until then please check out these fabulous crafting ideas! Perfect for summer time. Thanks for stopping by!!!




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Shell Crafts Continued: Shell Display Tray

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How about you? Do you have little baskets or bowls full of shells and rocks that you have collected from the beach or nature hikes? Kids are really good at picking up bits and pieces along the trail... and these bits and pieces always seem to find their way into your house no matter how hard you try to leave them be. Good or bad? Living on the coast gives me access to lots and lots and lots of sea shells and that is what I am using in this DIY, but you could just as easily use rocks, sticks o...

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Shell Topped Jars: Pottery Barn Inspired

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Shell Topped Jars
Pottery Barn Inspired

Spring cleaning is the theme around my house these days and the first room on my list in need of a big refresher is the master bath. I love our paint colors and can live with the tile and cabinetry for now, but my bath accessories and decor need a major update. After scoping out the newest pottery barn and Ballard designs catlog I stumbled across many shell and nautical themed decorative items. The bottles that this idea is based on are just for decorativ...


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Doily Earring Display: 2 Minute Project

Posted by Honor on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Ready for a super quickie?! This project literally takes two minutes and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Super simple and super 'anthropologie chic'. Enjoy



What you need: A medium to large sized doily. I picked up my colorful one from the $1 section at Micheal's. An embroidery hoop that is a touch smaller than the doily and lastly your earrings that lay about in disarray.
What to do. Unscrew the embroidery hoop clasp a touch. Secure the doily in place between the two pieces of the embro...

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Introducing Mr Kristie: Baby Announcements

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Life At Home 


Oh baby announcements! Here is my first rendition. I am just having so much fun fiddling with the text and graphics. There are so many great announcements out there that I could choose from, but I really want his personality to show through... yes my two week old has a personality! Such a mellow guy... a lot like his papa. Boy am I blessed!
 I was so worried that my second baby would be a hellion ( as many other mamas warned me). But no... he is just a peach. Now if he could lend some of his m...

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DIY Home Decor Accessories:Three Basic Surface Treatments

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

Three Basic Surface Treatments
How to Decorate a Plain Pear

 

Here are three basic surface treatments that every crafter should have stashed away in their noggin. The first one is your basic decoupage. Second is chalkboard paint and third is twine wrapping. These surface treatments are very versatile and can be used on numerous objects and surfaces. Old jars, bottles and boxes are perfect to experiment with all three of these treatments. This tutorial is a very quick one, mostly just listing tip...


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Home Sneek Peek: Master Bedroom 'Anthro Inspired'

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 9, 2012, In : Home Sneek Peek 

 

Welcome to our master bedroom! Just a little sneek peek into our little anthropologie inspired love nest. While our room is not huge... it makes up for it in charm. For this little tour I focused on the feature wall of the room. I created this custom wallpaper out of a vintage themed scrapbook paper book. I fell in love with the patterns, maps & images of stamps as soon as I saw them... but alas I am not an avid scrapbooker so how could I justify purchasing such a large amount of scrapbook p...


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Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern


My baby boy is almost here! I am so excited to meet him and frankly I am sooooo over being pregnant. We plan on having Lou and the baby share a room while they are little and I currently love how Lou's room is decorated but fact is... it is a little girly. I want to stay far away from the split up 'boy side & 'girl side'  feeling that many shared gender rooms have, but I do need to add a few more neutral or 'boy' features to the room. With that being said I came ...


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Felt Birdhouse: Spring Time Craft Idea

Posted by Honor Hansen on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How to Make a Felt Birdhouse


    So colorful and cheerful right? Just perfect for springtime. I have this cute bugger adorning my bookcase in the living room. As soon as you enter the front door, eyes automatically whiz over to it. Kind of hard to miss. On a side note, this tutorial is more of an idea explanation, then a step by step. It is not complicated to make so no pictures on the 'how to' are needed. Those are the best kinds of tutorials right? Crafts you can just dive in to creating.

*W...

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Wax Paper Pressed Flowers

Posted by Honor on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

  How to Press Flowers with Wax Paper

   Get ready to have a flashback to elementary school with this craft tutorial. This is very similar to melted crayon wax paper crafts, but with a more grown up and 'springy' twist. Now go for a little walk through your yard and pick some interesting little flowers and leaves. The daintier the better, try to avoid bulky roses :) Enjoy!


What you will need: A roll of wax paper, tear off two large sheets. Fresh flowers and leaves (like I said earlier, dainty w...

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Hot Glue Vase

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
 
How to Decorate a Vase with Hot Glue

   Ready for a super quick craft? Ok.. all you need is a glass vase/jar/cup/wine bottle, a hot glue gun and a can of spray paint. Ready set GO!
     Well it might actually take you a few minutes to decide what pattern you will make on the vase with the glue, that is the only difficult part of this tutorial. I had a left over glass vase from the Dollar store and couldn't quite decide what to do with it. Here is a simple fix. These would also we great gift, ...
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Anthropologie Inspired Picture Frame

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 12, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

   This weekend I went on my bi-weekly expeditions to anthropologie to get inspired and see if there was anything I couldn't live without. Of course I can't possibly live without having absolutely everything in the entire store in my possession. But sadly until I win the lottery or anthro so graciously decides to donate the entire collection to moi... I will have to do without...Boo!
 But don't worry, I make do. Yes! Anthropologie always gets my creative juices flowing. When I got home still n...

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Decorating with Moss

Posted by Honor on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How to Decorate With Moss

Are you a nature lover? Well you can easily bring a little nature in to your home by decorating with moss. I have see this quick craft done before in a variety of ways and wanted to tweak it and use it on something I already had in my home.
  I picked up this generic photo holder at Walmart for less than $5 a few month ago. It doesn't really fit into my style so I thought I could amp it up a bit. You could really take moss & a glue gun to just about anything, so be cr...


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Tissue Pom Pom How To

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

   How to make a tissue paper pom pom

   Every so often I will post skills or tips that any decent crafter should know how to do, this is definitely one of them! I use this quick craft all the time. From my little girls room, to party decorations to gift embellishments, the possibilities are endless. Hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to make Tissue Paper pom poms!


What you will need: Tissue paper (eight sheets minimum), scissors & thin wire or thread

Start by laying out the tissue paper flat. ...

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Button Art

Posted by Honor on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

Does any one else love buttons as much as I do? Every time I head to Micheal's or Hobby Lobby I have to upgrade my button stash just a little bit. And don't even get me started about flea markets and the endless vintage ones I can gorge myself on!
I think I am going to do a series on kids room art work and this will be the first one. Fairly simple. You can do letters like this tutorial demonstrates, or you can do little animals or silhouettes. Really the options are only limited my your creat...

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Cake Plate

Posted by Honor on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

Hello Again! Welcome to the worlds fastest tutorial on how to make a cake plate! This craft is based off the Mason Jar Goblet tutorial that I completed earlier. You can see that by clicking HERE. Hope you enjoy! Those cookies sure do look tasty don't they ;)

What you will need: A plate and a candle stick holder & glue... simple enough right?! Try different combinations and materials. Here I chose a glass plate and candle stick holder that I picked up from the Dollar Tree. If you prefer white, ...

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Mason Jar Goblet

Posted by Honor on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

    I just visited one of my favorite flea markets. The Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow CA and I got this idea from one of the vendors there. You can read about my trip by clicking HERE.
   While she had some pretty great things, these Mason Jar Goblets were what really caught my eye. I examined them closer and low and behold!!! I can make them :)
  Basically built from two inexpensive parts this is one of the simplest mason jar crafts around! The vendor was selling each goblet for $15 bucks a ...

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Yarn & Burlap Wreath

Posted by Honor Hansen on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 


My goal here at Home Heart Craft is to help you get instant gratification from your crafts, and this is the perfect candidate! I completed each one in less than a hour in front of the TV and was able to watch my fav shows. So after your kiddos go to bed, or during nap time, you can easily get this project done.
 Materials:
 *Foam wreath, any size will work, but I recommend starting with an 8" or 12". Any bigger and you will need extra yarn/burlap to cover it.
*Yarn, twin, burlap... anything you...
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