DIY-$2 Christmas Wreaths

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‘Tis the Season for DIY Christmas Decor

Ever since we moved into our farmhouse I have been dying to hang Christmas Wreaths from the windows. The simplicity of the wreaths is an easy way to decorate. We don’t need Christmas lights because no don’t get a lot of traffic back where we are. Also, my husband and I decided that colorful light were a thing of the past. Crisp, white lights, garlands and wreaths would suit us just fine.

How to afford Christmas Wreaths

Well, that is simple. You make them! Now, this may seem like extra work but all it took was creativity. I went to Dollar Tree to find some red bows and wreaths. Unfortunately, Dollar Tree does not sell big enough wreaths so I had to improvise.

‘Tis The Season For Christmas Decor

‘Tis the Season

Welcome December! As the leaves finish falling and the fire places are burning I always love one more thing about December. Christmas Decor. After the I placed the autumn decorations in the attic I get a feeling of excitement and love. Everyone has the best memories of Christmas growing up with the christmas tree, decorations, cookies, music, stockings and family. This year I broke down and bought a couple more decorations to liven up the house.

DIY-Napkin Holders

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For Thanksgiving this year I decided to have family over. I contemplated using paper or glass plates and prepared for both decisions. At the last minute, hours before guests arrived, I cleaned off my glass plates and set them on the table. Unfortunately, I did not have cloth napkins or napkin holders. I had to think outside the box.

Thanksgiving Feast Overview

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Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

This year we decided to host our first holiday at our farmhouse. We have been in the house a little over a year ago and we were beyond excited to host my husband’s side of the family for Thanksgiving. I knew, being our first holiday, to make it something people raved about. The only problem I have is that I am a teacher and I know all about needing a budget. Time to brainstorm.

Transform your Quaint Master, Farmhouse Style

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I have been focusing so much time on my living room and kitchen that the bedroom felt a little lackluster. I knew my vision, but it was a slow process.

The bedroom was a blue color when we first purchased the house and it hurt my heart to see such a blue in our room that was yearning to be gray and antiqued white.

Relax in Farmhouse Living

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DeAnna and I had spent the previous day painting the kitchen from pale yellow to Colonnade Gray. That post is here.

I was so excited how the kitchen had turned out that I raced home from a hectic day of teaching 7 year olds to paint the living room. Once I for home we got down to work. Well, DeAnna cooked some delicious chicken while I painted; which I was happy with because she is an amazing cook.

DIY-Mud Room Cabinetry

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We purchased our farmhouse it had these oak cabinets throughout the house that were simply overlooked because we were in love it.

As we walked into this home we walked in through the front door. Smart tactic by the real estate agent because we were able to see the entire first floor to see how beautiful it was. The laundry room is a very tight space that leads to the garage and back deck.

The problem?

We don’t use the front door as our primary entry. Once the car is parked I open the garage door and walk through this mud room. After being the house a few months we knew the cabinets had to be changed out, but who has that kind of money? Our income was not enough to replace these cabinets, but to restore them.

Lighten Up Your Master Bath

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Similar to the laundry room post my husband and I noticed that our master bath was small, but functional. We purchased the house and the walls were originally blue. Click here for the paint post! So after painting the walls a dark gray we noticed the cabinets stuck out like a sore thumb. Besides the dark paint color making the room feel claustrophobic, the cabinets didn’t help either.

Creating a Year-Round Garden

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Everyone dreams of this right? The luscious garden with juicy red tomatoes, fresh basil and thyme along with those amazing sweet corn that you can shuck and walk right in to your house to make a farm to table dinner every night.
When I think about that it gets me so excited. My mother had a small vegetable garden in New York while we were growing up. I can still remember smelling the tomatoes ripening on the window sill and the basil she was drying on the kitchen counter. Man did those home cooked suppers taste delicious.

Which Livestock is Best for 3.5 Acres

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Livestock
I researched this long and hard. There are so many pros and cons to having certain livestock, but it boils down to two things: 1.) We only have about 2-3 acres to fence. and 2.) We are broke.

Chickens
When I researched feed, space, and resources I knew chickens would be beneficial. Chickens are able to be kept in enclosed areas and need roosting areas for eggs. They require about 1 square foot per chicken. Their feed is fairly cheap considering other livestock and they come with a lot of resource ideas. They produce eggs, meat, new chicks, and great compost. I would like to be able to utilize a chicken for every aspect. My husband and I determined if we rotate hens with a rooster we can have a new set of chicks per hen (4-6 hens).