31 Days: Free Chalkboard Printable for Fall

Free Fall Chalkboard Printable from Marty's Musings

Today I'm branching out a bit and offering a free chalkboard printable for fall. Are you as obsessed with chalkboard projects as I am? I'm really not a graphics person, but as a blogger I've had do a lot of larnin' (that's Southern for learning, y'all!)  about all sorts of things including coding, html , jpgs, cloning and more! The … [Read more...]

The Shabby Chic Style in Four Easy Steps

The Shabby Chic Style in 4 Easy Steps - Marty's Musings

  Many years ago when I was "merely" a stay at home mom (totally said tongue in cheek) I had no time, energy or money to keep up with the latest decorating trends. Yes, this was before Pinterest. ~horror~ My decor consisted of cross stitch pictures and handmade, cutesy seasonal items that totally either matched perfectly (uck) or was … [Read more...]

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath - Marty's Musings

Sometimes I get caught up in the anticipation and fervor of a new decorating season. After all, the craft stores start hauling out their Christmas inventory in July. As a blogger, if you're not on top of those fall crafts by August you will get passed by. Pinterest won't love you. Your reputation will be shattered.  Yet here I sit. … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treausre?

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure ?from Marty's Musings

  I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle).  I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps for $.25 and I was forever changed! When my DIY hubby and I had our first baby (now 25 and expecting our first grandchild) we were young and poor … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16!  She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is … [Read more...]

Gender Reveal Party Banner

Gender Reveal Party Banner - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation in exchange for creating a project using products from Consumer Crafts.com. All opinions are my own. The next few months will be exciting ones for our family. Other than normal school, work and church activities, my daughter Rachel and her husband are expecting our first grandchild … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion - Marty's Musings

  I love sending and receiving handmade cards. There's just something about knowing the person cared enough about me to put a little extra effort into making my day special. But let's face it. I may be a DIY blogger but I spend so much time working that I rarely have time to just scrap or create at home "just 'cause." Can you … [Read more...]

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

Once upon a time there was an incredibly talented and funny young man who didn't quite live up to his potential. He loved his theater major in college but never could manage to finish that degree he started. Years passed. He married a singer and actress and started a family. One child. Another. Then a sibling group of three by … [Read more...]

Organize with DIY Chalkboard Tags

Organize with DIY Chalkboard Tags - Marty's Musings

  Using chalkboard as a decorative element in home decor has been the rage for a while.  I am a total joiner with this trend and have incorporated it into several design elements in our home. My DIY hubby threatened to quit making my "honey do" projects  if I didn't stop. So I found a way to do them the inexpensive and … [Read more...]

Teenage Girls Room and Inspirational Scripture Wall

Inspirational Scripture Wall - Marty's Musings

  I have always loved surrounding myself with inspirational quotes and Bible verses, whether on a simple note card on a mirror or an altered mini clipboard by the sink where I wash dishes. One of my favorite projects is my teenage girls room and inspirational scripture wall designed for my 16 year old daughter. If you're not familiar … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Ideas for Crafts and Video

Mason Jar Ideas for Crafts - Marty's Musings

Is there anyone who hasn't fallen in love with mason jar ideas for crafts? I mean, they're everywhere! For this month's Crafty Hangout we were allowed to pick whatever type of Ball Mason Jars we wanted and brainstorm using them for a craft project. I chose the heritage blue (since my kitchen is blue and yellow) and created a … [Read more...]

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas - Marty's Musings

I would love to say that I am a bold, confident woman, but the truth is I'm just a work in progress. Probably a little bit like you if you're honest. I want to be complete. Whole. No blemishes or scars. Dare I even hope, acceptable and perfect? Funny how my decorating seems to mirror my life. Incomplete. Unfinished. Blemishes and … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Table Setting Ideas

Easy Spring Table Setting Ideas - Marty's Musings

  How do you feel about entertaining? Does the thought give you cold chills and heart palpitations? Do you only do it because you have to (family obligation or tradition)?  Today I want to share some easy spring table setting ideas that are inexpensive, easy to translate from one season to another  and will hopefully … [Read more...]

Altered Mini Clipboard Craft

Altered Mini Clipboard - Marty's Musings

This project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored the project idea and all opinions expressed are my own.   I love scrapbooking and paper supplies. The end ~smile~ I know. I know. If you've followed me for very long (or are my poor husband) you know that is the understatement … [Read more...]