diy, home, Uncategorized

Simple wooden bead garland

Hey Everybody! It’s Leigh Ann, again with The Davidson House. Thanks for stopping by! Today I want to share a real quick “how to”.

I am sure you have seen these wooden beads being used EVERYWHERE! I LOVE them. However I am not paying the retail price!

Currently I am counting the days down for my Christmas Tree! This is out of character for me. The more I blog the more I seem to be getting my own life together. So, “Thank You”. Because my house is looking CUTE!! Lol

Ok sorry for the rabbit trail… here we go.

I fell in love with these beads & couldn’t find them anywhere. Finally found them on Etsy for $30/maybe 3ft. This is too much for my pocketbook. So, I headed to my stores. I finally found a pack at Walmart. They were multi-color but that’s ok. I am doing a neutral Christmas tree this year. The different shades of brown will work great.

I found twine at the Dollar Tree. <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1363047&u=2180756&m=64888&urllink=&afftrack=”>Free Shipping to your Local Store</a> <—-affiliate link

That’s pretty much it.

SUPPLIES:

Wooden Beads ($5.00, actually less)

Twine ($1.00) <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1363046&u=2180756&m=64888&urllink=&afftrack=”>Everything always $1 – Shop Now</a> <—affiliate link

Step one: decide how long you want your garland

Step two: tie a knot at the end.

Step three: add beads & tie off

You are finished. I made shorter beads as well to use throughout my house on my tablescapes.

So, the outcome was (1) 9ft wooden garland plus (3) shorter, maybe a foot & half for table decor. All for less than $6.00. I’m happy & you will be too when you make these.

Once you give this a try share it on social media & tag my instagram. Remember to pin this for later!!!

Thanks a bunch

Leigh Ann 🙂

diy, Fall, home, Uncategorized

Fall Tree for under $5.00!!!

Hey there! Thank you for reading, again! Today I want to share this cute little table top Fall Tree.

So, about a week ago I took my daughter to the orthodontist & when we were checking out the office manager was putting together a full sized “Fall” tree. It was BEAUTIFUL! This tree was of course lighted & had small fall leaf garland and HUGE I’m talking, placemat sized fall leaves on it. I was inspired. So, I came home after doing a project with a friend and had all kinds of fall material left. It was the perfect time to try it for myself. Because I don’t have room for a full sized tree I decided to do a table top.

Here’s how it went…

SUPPLIES:

Table top Christmas tree (The Dollar Tree)

Sunflower garland (leftovers)

Clear/white Christmas Lights

Scrap ribbon

Ribbon for bow

Scrap burlap

Evergreen twists to fill in tree

LET’S BEGIN:

Unbox your tree, spread out your branches. This is where I take the pine twists & fill in, in between the branches. It keeps your tree from having holes.

Once your tree is filled in start with adding your lights.

Then add your garland. Now you can start to place your bows. I used scrap ribbon from a project I had done earlier. ALWAYS, always, always SAVE your scraps!!!!

It’s as simple as decorating a Christmas Tree but, with FALL items. You seriously could do this for ANY holiday.

I placed mine on my bistro table in my kitchen with a few hand painted wooden pumpkins from, you guessed it…The Dollar Tree!!!

Thanks again for reading. As always I hope my simple decor ideas inspire you to decorate your life.

Until next time, be blessed!!

Leigh Ann 😊

diy, faith, family, home, religion, Uncategorized, upcycle

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

diy, Fall, family, home, Uncategorized, upcycle

Don’t spend your Christmas budget on your fall decorations!!!!

Above you will see some of my Goodwill haul from last week. I hate I forgot to get pictures prior to painting everything black. To the right is some leftover sprigs from last fall & a few items I grabbed at the Dollar Tree this season.

Here is my blank space. For some unknown reason when the house was built they made a countertop on the air return??? So, it is in my hall between the living space & the back part of the house. It’s weird but, I’ve grown to love this little weird place. It sits directly in front of the living room front door. When you walk through the front door it is the focal point.

I use this space to decorate for the seasons every year. As you follow me you will see this blank space wear many different hats. Today I woke up in such a mood for Fall. I just HAD to get something started in our house that welcomed in my FAVORITE season.

The first thing we did was grab a whit canvas & find a cute fall quote. I plugged in the Cricut & had to figure out HOW to use it. Seriously, it was bad, it involved YouTube & everything. Hours later…we have a cute canvas (pictured above.)

Honestly, putting the basket together was nothing hard. It is just a basket with stuff randomly stuck inside. This arrangement is different than most. Normally you would have floral foam, floral wire & possibly hot glue. I love the simplicity of it just being exactly what it is, a basket holding stuff.

My basket is made up of a wire basket that I picked up at Goodwill for $0.45. Originally it was pastel rainbow colored. Then my basket filler is scraps from last years Fall decorations. I went by the Dollar Tree & picked up (3) burlap pumpkins & a “Thankful” sign, add another $4.00. All together I’ve purchased $4.45 worth of “new” stuff for this years hallway decorations.

I started loading up the countertop. It looked pretty plain to me so I went digging through my box AGAIN for more Fall leftovers. I found a set of (3) block pumpkins that we made last year from a scrap 4×4 & twigs out of our yard. To update them to match this years theme I only had to change the ribbon. Still haven’t spent anymore money.

Ugghhhh! Still not satisfied….back to the box of Fall’s past I go. I pull out my OLD, OLD, OLD pom pom’s. I have a love hate relationship with these pom pom’s. I love them but, I feel like everyone else hates them. LOL it doesn’t matter because guess what? They were exactly what my hallway was missing. Below is the final look. What do you think?

The takeaway here is as you are creating your seasonal décor this year, save your scraps. Save your pieces, stems, whatever. You never know what might just make it back for a second or even a third year.

Spray paint is always your friend & sometimes you just need to change the ribbon to give a little update.

See you in a few days, once I decide what I’m doing with my dining room table for the season.

Be Blessed Leigh Ann 🙂

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Make your own Dishwasher Powder and save just over $70.00/year!!!

Super EASY!! That’s what I like….

Above you can see the ingredients used to create our home made Dishwasher Powder. I’m super excited because it’s all natural ingredients. No TOXINS which is where my head is right now. At the end of making this it didn’t have a smell so I added in a few drops of my lemon essential oil. http://doterra.com/us/site/davidson I mean come on, if it doesn’t smell it couldn’t be cleaning, right?

Ingredients: (yield 3 cups)

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 Cup Citric acid

1/2 Cup Kosher Salt

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil (please use CTG safe for internal use)http://doterra.com/us/site/davidson

Simply Mix ALL dry ingredients together. Stir until most of your lumps are gone. Store in a glass container if you will be adding the essential oil. I used a wide mouth mason jar.

You will use 1 Tablespoon with each load of dishes. Along with this I have added into my rinse compartment in the dishwasher, white vinegar. I have been using the white vinegar for years instead of an over the counter rinse aid. It stops spotting & your dishes come out sparkly clean. Plus you get all of the benefits of the vinegars cleansing properties.

Ignore my plastic container this was prior to me deciding I needed an essential oil. Remember I ended up storing in a wide mouth mason jar.

So, lets talk about why we would want to take the time to make this DIY. First off, it is healthier. This small step is just one more way to remove some of the harmful toxins out of your home. If you stop and think about the toxic residue that can remain on your dishes. Then you feed your family off those plates or let your little one’s drink from those glasses. Sounds extreme and I know not everyone will want to think like that.

Let’s move on to a topic that we all love to learn about. SAVING MONEY!!! Let me break this down for you. The recipe above costs $2.84 (give or take depending on where you purchase your ingredients) to make 3 cups of detergent 48 loads this is $0.06/load. If you are like me I run my dishwasher at the very least 1 time per day. By the end of the month it would cost me $1.86 or $22.32/year. Now I have gone online and found a comparable natural dish powder that is $11.99 for 45 loads the breakdown is $0.27/load. The savings at the end of the year we gain by making our own is $76.80. Yep, I don’t hate that, lol.

I realize that saving just over $70.00/year isn’t going to allow you to quit your day job. Look at it this way whatever you save can be applied to another area of your home. I’ve been a stay @ home mom for 20 years. Whatever I can save is like my income. It’s what I bring to the table as far as income for our household. The bottom line the savings is great however, the health benefits that you and your family reap. Well, you just cannot put a monetary value on that.

Thank you for hanging out with me for a few minutes. I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or comments please connect with me & lets talk it out!

Hope you have a great day & be blessed 🙂

Leigh Ann