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: 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...]

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...]

31 Days: Add a Touch of Fall Decorating

Add a Touch of Fall Decorating - Marty's Musings

  I realize that a lot of my posts tend to be fairly heavy in content so today I'm going to give you one for my 31 day series that is short and sweet! (I know I just heard my husband breathe a sigh of relief! As I'm churning out content this month I'm trying to have him proofread for me. I need help, y'all!) It's almost mid October … [Read more...]

31 Days to a Beautiful Home: Day One

31 Days to a Beautiful Home - Marty's Musings

    I'm going to share something with you today that scares me half to death. Are you ready? I'm joining The Nester and tons of other writers who are committing to writing 31 days for the entire month of October. I know I'm a little melodramatic. Why should this scare me so much? Because I'm an A personality who … [Read more...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating - Marty's Musings

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

Painted Side Table Before and After

Painted Side Table Before and After - Marty's Musing

Disclosure: Behr Paint provided me with product but the opinions are all my own.  When my DIY hubby and I decided to tackle our master bedroom makeover I had to do some convincing so that he would let me paint the furniture. It's not necessarily that Tim doesn't like painted furniture. He just sees one more thing on his "honey do" … [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...]