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Birds of a Feather Flock Together…

Posted: December 29th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 4 Comments »

I seem to have birds flying around the house lately…

I think it all started with the Free Glidden Paint Giveaway. What did you use yours for?

I went all out and got a teal color that I would normally NEVER use in my home, but I was inspired by some 4 year old art


And turned a small little glass bird into a matching blue bird:


I changed my card frame and sat it next to my love verse jars:


I also received two birds for Christmas - one, an ornament from Pottery Barn….



and the other was a sweet one that I hung from my wrought iron brackets in the doorway to my office:



I could even rest it in my paper wreath like Lindsey has on hers… (it’s like Where’s Waldo Bird?!)


My husband is okay with them too, as long as they are NOT real ones. Yes, we have had a couple fly into our house in the past — lets just say he was alone and under the blankets calling my sister-in-law for help! Oh if I only had a picture of that!

♥ Katie

{Thrifty’s Before and After Party}

Thank you Eddie Ross.

Posted: December 14th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 6 Comments »


“You didn’t really make that…Did you?”

- my loving husband

Thank you Eddie Ross. First, you provided a great little tutorial that I know MANY bloggers have copied and even though I heard it was so easy, I just didn’t believe it until I did it myself.

Sarah, Miss Thrifty herself also gave some great tips that I followed faithfully, except for the cheap wire thing. You will see later how that played a part in my only road block.

I hit the dollar store and loaded up on 7 packages of 5 balls with a goldish, silverish theme. I also got one 12 small ball package. 8 dollars total.


One wire hanger from the dry cleaners and a plan.

I hear someone say that the plan was the most important part and since I am just not a go for it and see kind of gal. I basically drew out a pattern that would use all the small ones equally. I came up with 4 balls, one small, 3 balls, one small and repeated. My picture to myself looked like this {●●●●S●●●S●●●●S●●●S} I actually felt I needed to write this down to remember. Scary.

I hot glued the posts on and strung the balls all in about 10 minutes. Seriously.

Then I hit a rough spot.

I don’t think this is what the wire  is suppose to look like.


Enter ribbon.




And secondly, thank you for decor validation from my husband.

So I asked him, “Did you see the wreath I made?” Granted it had been hung the whole day on the door to the garage in the main hallway. Not easy to miss but that is not the point. He said no, and went to take a look. Then he came back and said, “You didn’t really make that, did you? It just looks so good.”


Ahhhh…so much validation and love right there. I felt so proud. Then of course I took him through the numbers for a standing ovation.

You should try it and let me know if it works for you!

♥ Katie

Tree Buckets

Posted: December 4th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 5 Comments »

I have OMR. I am an Obsessed Magazine Ripper-outer.

Yes, I am the person who, (when alone) on a plane or as a passenger in a car, does not ear mark but simply rips all and every page that I am interested in. (And yes, I have even ripped a page from the magazine at the doctors office. Although I did it VERY softly.)

I  have many folders for ideas I rip out: haircuts, articles to read in detail, gifts for people, gifts for me, and of course inspirations and projects. I guess I probably also have OFD - Obsessive Folder Disorder.

Looking through my project folder the other day, I spotted numerous copies of the same picture and I it took me some time to remember what I was attracted to but then it hit me — a  bucket.  Although this was not just any bucket…it was a 68 dollar bucket.


My thoughts were to use it for the boys’ Christmas trees in their rooms. How easy right?!!

Headed to Home Depot where I had earlier spotted buckets for $3.00 each. Then to Hobby Lobby for scrap paper (.29¢ ) and used some extra sticky letters and mod podge that I had on hand. Put these all together and here’s what I ended up with:


I went with a neutral paper so I could keep them in their rooms year round to store stuff. But for now, I think the little fake fir tree is happy to have a cute bucket supporting him. Okay, that’s a lie - the little fake fir tree doesn’t even care and either does anyone else in the house probably except me! But I love it and that is all that matters, right?!



♥ Katie

{Today’s Creative Blog}

Black, White and Loved All Over!

Posted: December 1st, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 5 Comments »

I guess I could be talking about a newspaper but instead I’m talking about my new book wreath! Did any of you see Lindsey’s tutorial about her book wreaths?

I’m telling you, I was in love at first sight and couldn’t believe it was that easy to make!
I bought the 10″ wreath at the Dollar Tree but I just used a book that I already had on my book shelf. I even did most of it while talking on the phone - right Andrea?!! It just kept looking better and better as I kept on talking!

The only two downfalls I found:
1. Take Lindsey’s advice and really use a hot glue tool like a pencil. Only one burn on the tip of my finger but it hurt like the dickens…
2. If you are a bit complusive like me, this might take you a while only because I just kept finding more spots to roll and glue the pages into. I thought I was done probably 5 times, but just kept going.

But ONE DOLLAR and a minor hot glue gun burn later….



Thank you Lindsey for all the inspiration and the wonderful tutorial! Now I’m off to make the Eddie Ross Wreath that everybody is writing about!

♥ Katie