Mix and Match Home Decor Ideas

Mixing classic elements with vintage, rustic and shabby chic is easy with these tips from Marty's Musings for something old something new. No expertise necessary, just have fun!

I think my DIY hubby would call me low maintenance when it comes to home decor (and maybe in many other ways, too!) In other words, I don't go shopping a lot to while away my free time (which is good because there's not much of that!) or just buy things because everyone else does. I'm learning to invest in some pieces that will … [Read more...]

Table Setting Ideas with Marsala Color of the Year

Join blogger Marty's Musings for easy table setting ideas for creating an elegant yet simple tablescape using Marsala, 2015 Pantone color of the year.

Did you know there was such a thing as a color of the year?  Me neither, until I saw lots of bloggers writing about it last year. PANTONE® is known worldwide as the authority on color and has chosen Marsala as the 2015 color of the year. Who knew? I enjoy entertaining and setting a beautiful table without spending a lot of … [Read more...]

Vintage Blue and Yellow Spring Tablescape

Add a few fresh flowers and bright table linens to vintage china and crystal and set a lovely blue and yellow spring tablescape for Easter or everyday.

  Before spring quickly turns into summer (and those hot, miserable 90+ temperatures) I wanted to make sure and share this lovely vintage spring tablescape I created for Easter. Yes, Easter, but you won't see any cute bunnies or Rice Krispies Treats nests here. I do love to dress up the table for our family get togethers and add a … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Party and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Fun ideas for throwing a themed Cinco de Mayo party on a budget with inexpensive decorations and easy recipes including pineapple salsa and taquitos.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias To celebrate my youngest daughter's 17th birthday she invited several of her friends over for a themed Cinco De Mayo party. Teenagers + taco bar and fixin's = tons of food and fun! As … [Read more...]

Furniture Makeover with Chalk Paint and Fabric

With a little bit of chalk paint, fabric, creativity and hard work this furniture makeover goes from drab to fab! You'll never believe how great it looks!

  I would love to say that all our DIY projects turn out exactly as I envisioned. They don't.  But that doesn't keep me from trying and experimenting and hoping. This furniture makeover project was definitely on the experimental side! I thought I knew what I wanted but couldn't quite get it to … [Read more...]

5 Easy Meal Prep Ideas for Stress Free Entertaining

5 easy meal prep ideas to help the hostess enjoy stress free entertaining by planning, shopping and preparing as many dishes as possible ahead of time.

How can it possibly be Easter already? Didn't we just open Christmas presents? Gracious. I have been hosting many of our family holiday dinners at my home for most of my 28 years of married life. Including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, that's a lot of ham, turkey, sides and desserts! Easter is a favorite because it's a … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas in Under 10 Minutes

Add the perfect touch for a gift or send encouragement and well wishes with these handmade card ideas created under 10 minutes with a Project Life kit.

This month on Crafty Hangouts we were challenged to come up with a craft that could be completed in under 10 minutes. Just my style. Quick and easy. Lickety split. In a jiffy. (Consumer Crafts sponsored this post but all opinions and ideas are my own!) I ordered some goodies from Consumer Crafts and came up with … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

I'm not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we're just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on. So we won't talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I'm just now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog! Our … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Chalk Painted Dresser

This shabby chic dresser from Marty's Musings began as a curbside cast off before it was transformed with chalk paint and a little elbow grease! Check out all the DIY details!

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this extremely ugly dresser with potential I found on the side of the road back in December. It was such a busy time of year, with my husband's two surgeries, the birth of our first grandchild and all the normal Christmas activities.  One Saturday as I pulled out of the driveway and … [Read more...]

Elephant Themed Baby Shower

With tips and tricks on throwing a DIY Elephant Themed Baby Shower, these ideas on food and decor will thrill both the expectant mom and party guests alike.

My first grandson is now nine weeks old and I promised myself I'd share the shower I threw for my daughter before he was crawling around!  Aiden James Baldridge entered the world four weeks early and threw us all into a panic (you can read the story here). He was worth every minute of those days and was the best reason … [Read more...]

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer from Marty's Musings is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings.

  Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover. I'm in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick up a few things.  I'm a hoarder … [Read more...]

How to Make a DIY Fabric Rag Banner

This simple tutorial from Marty's Musings will teach you how to use scrap fabric and clothing to make a DIY fabric rag banner that will brighten up any room, decor or party.

Have you ever finished a project, stepped back, sized it up and wondered what was missing?  I do that all.the.time. I am not a decorator or expert on anything home decor related, but I do know what I like and what I don't.  Discovering all that really matters is having a home that is both lived in and loved in has been … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know on How to Paint a Room

A professional painter shares everything you need to know on how to paint a room with great tips for the beginner wanting to save time and money.

I love to create something beautiful out of other people's roadside castoffs or yard sale bargains. But paint a room? Not so much! When we moved into our home 24 years ago I was assigned the closets. Those lovely hidden places that no one will ever see.  Kind of like Siberia for those that glop paint all over everything.  Yep, … [Read more...]

Can You Really Decorate with Aqua and Red?

Do you think some colors just can't be combined? Blogger Marty's Musings shows how to decorate with aqua and red and create a color scheme you'll love!

   This past Christmas blogging wise didn't turn out like I expected. I had lots of great ideas and even a lot of photos but no time to put it all together. (You can read the crazy story here.) I put together a beautiful aqua and red Christmas tablescape but blogging about it just didn't happen. (You can always pin it for next … [Read more...]

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet - Marty's Musings

  Disclosure: I was provided with product from Pfister but all opinions are my own. When we found out that my DIY hubby was going to have rotator cuff surgery in December he and I got on the ball and finished up the rest of the remodel on our very outdated kitchen. A few days ago Tim shared a tutorial on installing the … [Read more...]

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and a Big Game Party!

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and Big Game Party - Marty's Musings

"This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias   So often we miss  out on the joy of community with others by believing parties and gatherings have to be expensive and completely from scratch. I want to change your mind and show … [Read more...]

How to Install a Kitchen Sink

How to Install a Kitchen Sink - Marty's Musings

  Disclosure: I was provided with product from Westside Wholesale but all opinions are my own. It's the start of a new year and I'm excited to share with you just a teeny sneak peek of our kitchen makeover. When we found out that my DIY hubby was going to have rotator cuff surgery in December, miss work for six months and not be … [Read more...]

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (that you can eat!)

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (you can eat!) - Marty's Musings

  We've just survived the holidays, waved goodbye to 2014 and said hello to 2015. You know what is probably around the corner? This lovely white stuff that is beautiful to look at and often treacherous to drive in. That's right. It's the most wonderful "snowy" time of year. I freely admit I'm a southern driver and would prefer … [Read more...]

Top Blog Posts of 2014

Top Blog Posts of 2014 - Marty's Musings

  Each year I try to pick a word that I feel God is pressing upon my heart. Just one word that will indicate an overarching goal or idea for the year. My word for 2014? Simplify.  Has the laughter ceased yet? What was I thinking with a word like that? It was an invitation for the insanity to commence. What did I think … [Read more...]

Perfectly Imperfect Christmas Home Tour

2014 Christmas Home Tour - Marty's Musings

  Why yes, I am a little bit late sharing my Christmas home this year.  What? You haven't heard the news? My DIY hubby had rotator cuff surgery and my first grandbaby was born the very next day, four weeks premature. Aiden James Baldridge weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and was ready to make his grand entrance! For this … [Read more...]

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...]