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...]

9 Tools to Survive a Crisis

Marty's Musings shares her personal story and 9 tools to survive a crisis. From taking care of yourself to knowing when to ask for help, there is hope!

  Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day?  Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is set to cover the yearly emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right. Right … [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...]

3 Tools for Organizing Your Life!

Need help organizing your life and your family? Let digital apps, old fashioned paper calendars and consistent routines make your life easier!

  Since we've just finished celebrating Mother's Day I'm here to share a few of the tools I've used through the years to keep our home running smoothly. Or at least an attempt at order amidst chaos! I remember the day we brought our first child, a daughter, home from the hospital. I looked at this perfect, beautiful baby and … [Read more...]

Our Teenaged Son was a Runaway

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

I have been paralyzed for over a week. Unable to write a word or formulate a thought.  I'd find myself staring at the floor for untold moments. Only feelings of grief and shock.  You see, this past Tuesday, April 28th, our 16-year-old adopted son became a runaway. Our son is the youngest of a sibling group we … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Ways to Save Money on Practically Everything

Practical ways to save money on practically everything, from food, clothing and other family expenses through yard sales, thrift stores, craigslist, bartering and couponing.

If you've read my blog for very long or stayed around to look at our DIY projects or family favorite recipes you probably know I like to save money wherever and whenever I can.  I learned how to be frugal from my mom. We didn't have much money growing up, but I never really knew how hard it was. I just knew we didn't go out too much or … [Read more...]

Small Kitchen Ideas

Small Kitchen Details - Marty's Musings

 Welcome to my Kitchen Tour featuring all of my small kitchen ideas. A virtual tour at least. Which means I don't have to shove all the dirty clothes in the closet or scrub the countertops or wash any more dishes. Y'all just sit back, relax and enjoy all these pics of a clean house. Never mind that they weren't all taken at the … [Read more...]

Small Bathroom Remodel

Small Bathroom Remodel from Marty's Musings

If you follow me on Instagram or facebook you know we've been in the middle of a bathroom demolition for several weeks. We live in a 2000 square foot house that was built in the 1950's. Need I say more? The bathrooms are tee-ninesy. That's Southern for "if you sit on the toilet your elbows touch the wall and your arms can reach the … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

Mason Jar Chandelier from Marty's Musings

From Marty: I'm so excited to finally be sharing our DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! With all the seasonal projects I've been working on (both Christmas and Valentine's Day) I was waiting until I had enough time to devote to this post. So here it is from my handy hubby Tim! Tim: Let me start by saying that this project is not for everyone, … [Read more...]

How to Chalk Paint Furniture

Chalk Paint Like a Pro - Marty's Musings

  We now have a major love of chalk painting as seen in our mason jar chandelier, small kitchen buffet and this amazing china hutch makeover. Stay tuned for all the details from my DIY hubby on how to chalk paint furniture. When my parents moved into a nursing home I became the recipient of my mom's china hutch, circa 1970's. I … [Read more...]

Almost Like Candy Bars

Need an easy candy bar cake that will get raves from your family and friends? Try this easy Almost Like Candy Bars recipe and mix and match the chocolates!!

  Are you having a hard day? Are you children making you a little crazy? I feel your pain and sometimes you just need a little bit of chocolate to make everything right. These Almost Like Candy Bars are our family go to recipe for parties, events, church functions and family game night. They are easy, delicious and are basically a … [Read more...]