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Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices

Chalkboard Banner with Wood Slices - Marty's Musings

  My Christmas village is one of of my favorite elements of our Christmas decorating. You can read all about the details of how we set it up. I say "we" lightly because I totally delegate it to the kids. It's always interesting to see who becomes the chief and who becomes the indian. Know what I mean?  I enjoy the tradition of it … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

  Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he's having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he's going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while. On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful. Yes, … [Read more...]

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft - Marty's Musings

Sometimes the best projects are the easiest, but I'm afraid I often make things more difficult than they should be. Can you relate? This year my husband having two surgeries this month with the prospect of being out of work for several months means I'm definitely in a busier season of life. It's not one that I relish because … [Read more...]

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown - Marty's Musings

  (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) Do you believe you're a creative person? Do you feel more comfortable with a plan and a schedule? I would normally say yes to both questions, but juggling family responsibilities (homeschooling, church, etc.) and work deadlines is teaching me so much about myself! I seem … [Read more...]

31 Days: 15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects

15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects - Marty's Musings

When I started my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home on October 1st I had no idea if I would finish on time, or even reach the finish line. Yet here I am! If you've been following along I'm so grateful for you! These last 31 days have been a labor of love. I've learned that I can reach beyond myself to achieve dreams that are just beyond … [Read more...]

31 Days: Simmering Homemade Poptpourri

Simmering Homemade Potpourri - Marty's Musings

When you walk into your home what do you see? Is it cluttered or clean? Messy or orderly? What sounds do you hear? Is it the sound of your beloved pets welcoming you home or the laughter (or bickering) of children? What do you smell? Pet odors or air freshener? Your spicy garlicky dinner or the scent of flowers? I almost … [Read more...]

31 Days: Christmas Mason Jar Labels and Printables

Mason Jar Labels, Tags and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

I'm excited to be joining with Crafty Hangouts this week sharing a fun and easy project for the holiday season. These Christmas mason jar labels are so easy to make using supplies from OnlineLabels.com. Since mason jars are all the rage and I love to give homemade gifts at Christmas I decided to create labels that could … [Read more...]

31 Days: Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

Family Blessing Jar - Marty's Musings

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

31 Days: How to Stain Your Wood Deck

How to Stain Your Wood Deck - Marty's Musings

  I hope you've enjoyed following along on our journey as we've updated our 1950's ranch home with a deck on the front. If you haven't read the story you can start with Part One, go on to Part Two (where I rock a jackhammer!) and the deck reveal. Here's a reminder of where we started.   We don't have a garage so every … [Read more...]

31 Days: More Tips for Easy Fall Decorating

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's been an interesting process these last few days as I've committed to writing my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home. I have so many projects, ideas, tips, parenting struggles, faith stories and recipes I want to share. I'm not sure I should tell you this, but I couldn't possibly run out of things to say! But since I'm wondering if … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inexpensive Fix for Your Decorating Challenges

Inexpensive Fix for Your Decorating Challenges - Marty's Musings

   Are you bored with your home?  Or do you think you're stuck because you can't afford to make changes? I want to encourage you to share an inexpensive fix for your decorating challenges! My weapon of choice? Paint! One of my favorite ways to change up my home decor is by the use of paint. Since my DIY husband is … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fall Vignette

Easy Fall Vignette - Marty's Musings

  A couple of years ago I didn't even know what a vignette was. It sounded like some kind of art or photography technique that I would never be able to master. Merriam Webster defines vignette as a "running ornament (as of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) put on or just before a title page or at the beginning or end of a … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inspirational Home Projects

Inspirational Home Projects - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever thought about how your home appears to others? Do you think the cleanliness factor matters or is it more important that you have the latest decor and furniture? During these 31 days of October I'm sharing bits of pieces of not only my home, but my heart. To me, both of these are connected in a very real and tangible … [Read more...]

31 Days: Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables

Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

   As of a few months ago I hadn't even heard of a baby gender reveal party, but today I'm here to share all the details of the fabulous way we celebrated our first grandchild on the way. The concept When our oldest daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting our first grandchild we were so thrilled! Rachel immediately … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas

Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas from Marty's Musings

This year I've spent less time decorating for fall because I've been in a time crunch. This juggling of work, homeschooling and family is hard! In years past I've just dragged the tubs out, scoured Pinterest, and put little fall touches in every corner of our main living rooms. This year? Not so much! I bought three large pumpkins which … [Read more...]