diy, Fall, family, home, Uncategorized, upcycle

Hello Fall!! A TV/Mantle redo under $10.00

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Welcome to The Davidson House Blog

HOME IS A FEELING!!!

Hi everyone, Thank you for joining. I’m Leigh Ann with The Davidson House Blog.

Since it is the first day of Fall I thought it would be a great day to reveal one of my largest projects that I have shared on here. It’s a takeover/makeover. Let’s be honest here, I’ve covered almost every inch of my house and had to find a new canvas. My bestie, Lisa was willing to let me come and takeover a corner in her living room.

We will be talking about how to decorate a TV/Mantle in the corner of her living room. Before we get into the meat of what we did I just want to take a minute. I’d like to give a short explanation of the items we used. Some of our items where new, some old & some upcycles. Generally when I’m doing any type of project the first thing I do is shop my own stash. I take a look through all of my things that I have stashed away and try to re-use anything possible. Some people would NEVER, I know it seems weird. It really bothers me to see things thrown away. Obviously trash is trash but, I have to look at things and say “has it really been used ALL that it can?” Rarely do I decorate and discard.

As you follow me you will see one of my sources for my “goodies” is my Aunt. I love her dearly and thankfully we have somewhat the same decorating style. I get ALL of her hand-me-downs. It’s like Christmas to me when she decides to change things up. Not only does it save me money it also challenges me to think out side of the box. To re-create with what I’ve been given. Lots of the items used for this mantle were just that, things my Aunt discarded. Lets take a look at the photos below to see where and what I started with.

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Fall mantle redo, blank space
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Decoration Basics for the Fall Mantle, redo

Like I said, any project starts with me shopping from my own inventory. Items I have used and are saving for a second chance. Sometimes they are items I purchased for a project and didn’t use. I just hang on to them because “one day” I will use them, lol. Out of my inventory shop I found a galvanized “Thankful”, ribbon, orange burlap, orange Styrofoam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree, a fall sign and a white plastic flower vase from Goodwill.

My next step is either the Dollar Tree or Goodwill, depending on my mood I guess. This time I went to the Dollar Tree. I found Fall Leaf Garland (5ft for $1.00), orange clip on pumpkins, fall appropriate flowers and a gold plate charger. I spent less than $10.00 and headed back to the house. It’s time for the fun stuff now SPRAY PAINT!!! God knows I probably couldn’t do a project without it.

Upcycles for this project

There was also a flower pot that I purchased from Goodwill. Unfortunately I failed to get a picture of it prior to it’s paint job.

The pictures above show the process of the pumpkin makeover. Starting with the Deep Halloween Orange. I generally use spray paint for all of my projects. So, I used a spray paint that I had on hand. I started with a white and then added an orange that I had here. I just continued with the layering of paint until I reached the color I wanted. Once I found my color I took a nutmeg (brown) spray paint and hit the grooves very lightly. then came back with some yellow and white to give highlights. Topped it if with a stick from my yard and some greenery that I had save from some old silk flowers. Tied it all up with some garden twine. Just wait until you see these guys on the mantle. I’m telling you I’m in LOVE!!!!

Once all of our paints dried I was able to gather all of my supplies and head over to Lisa’s house. At this point I have thought through all of the layers of the mantle and side table. Tried to play it out in my head as much as possible. Realistically you can’t do it until you are at yor destination and unpack everything and just start.

I’m going to kind of talk you through my process. Of course start with a clean space. Lay down your runner or fabric whatever you are using for a table cover. Once I had that in place (making sure it is even on your surface you are decorating) Begin to add in your statement pieces or your larger items. Then for me I came back in with the tiny flower pots and scattered them around between the mantle and the side table. Since I was decorating two spaces that were corner to corner with each other. I treated them as one space. Making sure they flowed together visually.

Close up Shots

So here is the final product as a whole! I hope this inspires you to create a beautiful space for you and your family. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Use what you have, buy what you can afford and enjoy where you are!!!

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OMG!!! Doesn’t this make you want to start a fire and sit down with a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee!!!!

This project was SOOOO much fun for me. I’m so grateful to Lisa for allowing me to use her house to showcase some of the things that I have created. My goal here is to inspire you to create a space that you enjoy. A space that you can love your family in. Somewhere you can invite friends into and be confident. Home is a feeling!!! Make sure your space reflects the feeling of your choice.

Thank you as always for stopping by to read. I will be praying over you, I am grateful for you. Feel free to pass this along to others and check out my social media as well.

If you have any requests or suggestions please share with me.

Until next time

Leigh Ann 😊

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Get your SWAG from the Dollar Tree!!!!

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Cute Fall Swag/Banner made entirely from Dollar Tree finds.

Ok, I know that title is silly but, laugh it’s okay. I won’t judge you 🙂 On a serious note. Do not under estimate the Dollar Tree. Decorating can be expensive. I used to live next to a lady who decorated her house for every occasion. At first I thought her house looked silly, like Hallmark threw up on it. But, I began to anticipate her changing for the holiday’s. I’d go to the kitchen when it was close to time to change and I was excited to see what in the world she was going to do next.

On to my point. I love to decorate certain spots in my house. I’m not one to redo EVERYTHING. However, I’m not saying I won’t one day. Just not today. Let me find the right clearance rack & we might even have a Christmas BATHROOM!

The other day I bought a wooden pumpkin from the Dollar Tree, which I will be sharing in another blog later. While I was painting I decided I’d like a few more. Being that it’s only September I headed out to the Dollar Tree to find out that EVERYONE in Randleman & Asheboro had wiped out the Fall Décor. So, lesson learned if you see it at the Dollar Tree & you like it, buy it THEN! While I was there I found some leaves & wooden owls. Thus the idea for the Dollar Tree Swag was born. No, I don’t NEED it. That’s not the point. The point is I found these cuties & they deserve to be used. Right??!!

To begin, I gathered up all of my goodies & spread them out onto my workbench. Placing all of my idea items together helps me to settle on colors for the ribbon or paint, etc.

While the base paint is drying on the owls I went ahead & made the eyelets for my fall leaves to hang from once placed on the swag.

Here’s a quick tip. When decorating use odd numbers. Things flow better if they are not matchy, matchy. Generally I decorate in 3,5 or 7.

So, in picking my leaves for my banner I have 3 different colors and started with 1 leaf, then an owl, 2 leaves, owl, 2 leaves, owl, ending with 1 leaf.

Pictured above you can see the step by step process of how I painted my Owls. I wanted mine to have a very whimsical/folk art look. I am not talented enough to take myself too seriously when it comes to art. So, this is what I came up with.

I painted these cuties using Plaid Acrylic Craft paint. It’s not expensive & I like the body. Some craft paints tend to be too thin for me. I probably could have done a second coat on the wings. However, I decided not to because I like the aged, distressed look they have. At this point it’s personal preference.

It’s time now to start loading my streamer for my banner. I used a piece of garden twine cut at about 1 yard (3 feet). I didn’t want a lot of color because I went a little crazy with my owl color. So I took 3 small pieces of string ( 1 green twine, 1 natural twine & 1 orange ribbon) Simply tied a shoestring knot above the owls head.

As I stated above I placed my Owls and Leaves on in a pattern. I feel like a banner needs repetition. This is your creation so feel free to place them however they make sense to you. I left mine loose so they slide around on the main string. My reason for that is I use my items over & over in different settings. there may come a time that I need to move the owls farther apart.

Here is the finished product and how I displayed it in my hallway on my shelf. Listed below I will give you a supplies list and a total cost.

I hope that I inspire you to create beautiful things for your house. The simplest things bring a smile to our faces. You would be surprised how simply decorating your home can change the atmosphere that you live in. Home is a feeling and when you take pride in decorating something you get the burst of energy you may need to keep it neat and organized.

SUPPLIES:

Garden Twine (green & natural)

Ribbon (Orange)

Wooden Owl Ornaments (2 packs)

Burlap Fall Leaves (3 packs)

Not including the cost of my paint this project cost me $8.00 before tax. It gave me a 3 Ft. Banner. I over purchased because I wanted all three colors. So, I have plenty of supplies left over for future projects.

Not sure about you but, I’m so excited about Fall this year. Our weather today has been amazing here in NC. I just want to cover everything I own with pumpkins, burlap & leaves.

Thank you for reading, I pray that you are blessed. I’ll be back with more tips, tricks & décor!!!

Leigh Ann 🙂

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Tasty Cupcakes

Tasty Cupcakes just in time for Halloween

Years ago, my husband, my Mother n Law and I owned a bakery in Denton, NC Tasty Bakes. We had a blast but, unfortunately the economy didn’t support us enough to remain self-employed. So, ten years later I have now discovered Blogging & I am able to share my love for baked goods, party décor & cake decorating.

Today I want to share with you a simple cake recipe & icing recipe. I’m going to walk you through with lots of photos. I may come back later & do a more detailed decorating how to. If you are interested in something like that please comment & let me know.

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Photo Credit: Bailey O'Conner
Ingredients for Tasty Cupcakes

When we had the bakery we definitely wanted a homemade (not frozen) cake. There is nothing worse than walking into a bakery & NOT smelling cake baking. However, we had to be able to easily switch between THREE bakers. As I said earlier our business consisted of my Mother N Law, my Husband & Myself. Choosing a method that would provide consistency in our quality was tricky. We chose Duncan Hines cake mix, we did NOT use their recipe. In choosing the cake mix it kept a consistency in our leveling, sugar etc. All of the things that determine the texture of your cake. So we decided this would be our foundation. To this foundation we added in Eggs, Oil & Sour Cream. This became our BASE recipe, from this we launched SOOOO many more recipes. I will continue to share throughout the year (seasonally)

So, in this demonstration you can see we chose a WHITE cake mix. you can use any flavor. The reason I went with white is because I wanted mine to mimic Candy Corn. If you are only making one recipe you would have to divide your batter into thirds & add food color to achieve this look. In my photos I am baking for a larger group so I simply used 3 mixes (white, lemon & orange) For the simplifying of the blog I’m going to talk about this as if it’s one recipe.

Cake or Cupcake INGREDIENTS:

Tasty Bakes bakery recipe

Cake mix of choice (Duncan Hines brand) DO NOT READ THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.

3 Eggs, large

1/2 cup oil

1 cup Sour Cream

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. I know the box says otherwise. Trust me, slow down your bake time. Your baked goods will be more moist & level on the top. The slower cook time reduces the muffin top.
  2. Prepare your muffin tin with liners. I generally use white liners & upon decorating set them into your cute papers. If you try to bake in the decorated ones they get greasy & ugly.
  3. In your mixing bowl add in your cake mix, eggs (white only), oil & sour cream. (NOTHING ELSE) for this recipe we are doing plain classic cake.
  4. Mix together using your whisk attachment. Start slow & gradually work your way up to a higher speed. mix a good 2 minutes.
  5. Using a dasher (ice cream scoop) fill your muffin tin about 1/3 full.
  6. Place in preheated oven & bake for 20-23 minutes. Testing at 20 minutes to see if you leave an indention when you touch the top of the cupcake. The cake, if done should spring back.
  7. Remove from oven & gently place on a cooling rack to cool.

Yield Approximately 2 dozen cupcakes

While the cupcakes are cooling we will move on to making the icing.

Icing INGREDIENTS:

Tasty Bakes, icing recipe

In the mindset of keeping it simple I’m going to share a recipe using a 2lb. bag of Confectioner Sugar (XXX) This can be divided in half for a smaller recipe. ( You can also FREEZE for later use. To use from frozen allow to thaw to room temp put back in your mixer & whip. If it becomes too liquid just add more XXX sugar.)

1 – 2lb bag of Confectioner Sugar

14 oz – Crisco

10 TB milk

pinch of salt

THAT’S IT. Nothing else needs to be added to this icing. We have used this basic recipe for years. Later in another blog I will share modifications of this recipe for different flavors.

1.) Place Crisco in mixer bowl with your paddle attachment.

2.) Add milk & a pinch of salt to mixer bowl.

Turn mixer on low & stir these ingredients up the best you can.

3.) Slowly, SLOWLY add in your (XXX) sugar. Let it get incorporated before you try to add more. Once you have the entire 2lb. bag added & incorporated you gradually speed up your mixer. you want to go as high as possible & whip as much air into your icing as possible. This should mix for several minutes.

Once your icing has reached it’s peak consistency divide out & color to suit your design. I used Purple, Yellow, Black & Orange. We were creating a fun Halloween table scape.

Enjoy yourself in the kitchen. Always experiment different flavor combinations. Involve the kids. If you will start them young the kitchen is a great place to instill time management skills, math skills. Always, Always, Always encourage originality & creativity.

We had a blast creating this blog, taking the photos & eating our work. LOL

Photo Credits to Bailey O’Conner

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The thief of JOY!! don’t give comparison that power.

Comparison is the thief of joy ~ T. Roosevelt

What does it mean to compare?

This can be a positive but, unfortunately MOST of the time it is a negative. Generally we compare ourselves to see what we lack. Rather than looking at this as an opportunity to grow we feel defeated, less than. It as stated above “steals our joy”.

This is self conflicted abuse. STOP IT!

(Here is where I’m going to be preach to myself). I hope it helps you too.

Moving forward as you or I feel the need to look at everyone around us. You know we will, COMPARE. Let’s do it in a positive way! Do it to be encouraged, let’s do it to be inspired!

Just because my house doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t change the fact that this is MY home. This is where I love my family & gather with my friends. It is unimportant how big/small or expensive/not expensive it may rank. Our action should be to gather information that inspires us to create a beautiful atmosphere that allows us to be confident in sharing our space with others. Maybe I can’t afford a “new” sofa so, go online find a look you like then find a way to recreate that look in your own home. Be creative, if you don’t sow look at slipcovers. I covered a couch once with King size sheets, lol. It was pretty great. Lol

EVERYTHING is on YouTube, look it up. Get inspired NOT defeated. We have the ability to create our world. It all depends on what we are willing to do. Physically DO!

I challenge you & myself to STOP breaking “us” down with our words. STOP accepting failure or lack. Don’t let comparison teach us sorrow or sadness. Don’t let it steal your joy. We cause ourselves to focus on what we DON’T have at the moment.

Our action should be to look at what you are BLESSED with. Start where you are. Celebrate what you have. Allow your life to be filled with joy! The truth is we have more than most & less than some. However, we don’t appreciate. Appreciation is key to JOY. When we learn to appreciate all that we have & STOP comparing & complaining. We realize that most people wish they had what we throw away. Or what we take for granted.

Celebrate your world. Love God, Love People (including yourself).

Believe me when I tell you to be thankful, you will be surprised at how much you have.

Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann

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What’s-for-supper?!? Taco-Lasagna

That age old question that we ask or are asked DAILY…

Here is an option

Taco lasagna

It really has NOTHING to do with Lasagna except the construction of the dish.

Here we go. You will need a casserole dish (9×13″)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb ground beef (or ground meat of choice)

1- small onion chopped

1- package of taco seasoning

1-tsp of garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

1- 8oz can of tomato sauce

1- cup sour cream

1- cup cottage cheese

2- cups of shredded cheese (of choice)

1-bag of tortilla chips

TIP

While you are chopping ANY vegetables for your meals for the week. Collect the scraps/trash into a freezer bag for the entire week. Keep in freezer until full.

This is important! Save them in the freezer for a week or until your bag is full. Add water & salt to a pot, boil for a couple of hours. Strain out the scraps & reserve the broth. This is a great addition to your recipes. I love to use the vegetable broth to cook rice in or add some liquid to de-glaze my frying pans.

Let’s continue (sorry I rabbit trail)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

In a medium skillet brown your ground meat & your onion. When all of the pink is gone drain & mix in your taco season & your garlic powder. Feel free to use your own taco spices or fresh garlic. Sometimes when I don’t have taco seasoning I will use ( chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder & paprika). Set to the side.

Mix together your cottage cheese & sour cream

Prepare your baking dish & begin your layers of meat mixture, cheese mixture, chips then shredded cheese. (REPEAT). Make your last layer shredded cheese.

Bake for 20-30 min, broiling to brown the last 2-5 minutes

Serve with; guacamole, chips, salsa, salad & or Mexican rice. ENJOY!!

A Margarita or Corona would be great!!

We had wine so, we had red wine, cheese & crackers. While we waited for the dish to cook.

Until next time be blessed 😊

Leigh Ann

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Do-it-scared!!

THE project that helped me overcome FEAR!

This post is a little different than most that I do. This one is personal. Folks that are close to me know that I am on a Journey. Let me catch you up. I recently turned 50, quit my fulltime job & started a new career as a Wellness Advocate/Blogger/Home Décor designer. (all self proclaimed)

I started following the life of another blogger/influencer in the last 6 months. I kept seeing myself in her. I kept thinking “man I really want to do that”. I think it was this past Tuesday that I decided to jump in. My daughter (18) our social media expert had to teach me how to turn the video on, on Instagram.

It all started with a Goodwill purchase.

So, here is what transformed inside of me. I posted the video & my first day only three people viewed. Those people were My daughter, husband and a lady I don’t know. I was a little discouraged but, I left the video up. Here’s what happened. I got up the next morning & I posted another story. That story went up to 80 views. This may seem like a very minimal number to most of you. To me it is huge. Now, I wake up excited to film another short Instagram video. I go to sleep at night thinking of what can I share next.

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This Goodwill heart was redone, made new!

The bottom line here, yes I was scared. I had to look at my situation & say “do you want to stay where you are? Scared & feeling unaccomplished! That wasn’t good enough for me. It shouldn’t be good enough for you.

When you are faced with something remember this :

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but (He has given us a spirit) of POWER and of LOVE and of SOUND JUDGEMENT and PERSONAL DISCIPLINE (abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self control).

The emotion of Fear is simply this. It is a tool that we allow the enemy to use to keep us boxed in. To prevent us from reaching the potential that we already have inside of us. Lets face this reality, sometimes we are the enemy. It doesn’t always have anything to do with heaven or hell. We tend to sabotage our own plans & life. We have to take ownership of our own mouth & thought life. We have the ability to create our own world. Think, live and react according to the life you REALLY want. Love God & Love People. (loving people includes loving yourself)

Until next time Be Blessed, Leigh Ann

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Sunflower Door or wall hanger. Yes another Goodwill “Flip”

Goodwill “flip”

It has been a busy week. I have several finds from Goodwill that I love. I probably can’t share them all on here. I will drive y’all bananas. But, I do want to share just one more. Be sure and follow me on my social medias if you would like to follow a little closer. This is a new journey for me. You are here in the beginning of me sharing with the world, lol.

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materials for sunflower hanger goodwill flip

In the picture above you can see the materials I used to pull this super cute door hanger together.

The sunflower heads are actually more recycled flowers from last years fall decor. If you saw my post from earlier I said “don’t throw anything away”. Always think outside the box. It may be a stemless flower it’s ok. You will need a stemless flower, trust me. Some flower foam to keep our arrangement tight. I used what I had. The foam I used is actually for real flowers but it’s ok.

Last but not least our Goodwill find. This cute thing was $1.99. I’m in love!

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I love these little orange stickers.

So, easy Peasy you just place the flower foam in the hanger. I hot glued mine just for security of it holding in place. Mine is on our kitchen door. Lots of action with this door.

Once your foam is secure start adding your flowers. Put your larger ones in the back building forward across the foam. One or two of mine hang on the hanger just slightly.

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Foam blocks in place to support the sunflower heads. Remember they are an upcycle, they have no stems.
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Begin by placing your largest heads first and build forward with smaller ones.

When you get all of your flowers in place you can now decide where to place your bow. I made a very simple bow. Like always, basically I just tie my shoes. Simple!

Sunflower Goodwill Flip finished

I hope this inspires you to take a look through Goodwill or at least your own seasonal leftovers. It is surprising how much we can repurpose & re use.

Thanks for reading. Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann 😊