Tuesday, November 17, 2015

{ Thrifty Tree Skirt Centerpiece Idea }

Happy Wednesday guys!! So a couple of days ago I posted our bakery inspired dining cabinet to follow along with my warm Christmas bakery/ farmhouse theme..wow now that's a description haha. Anyways I wanted a simple & warm centerpiece that was rustic, different & on the cheap since we all know I'll pry be changing it out 3 times before Christmas is over!! I'm a fan of warm, effortless, and amp; rustic  looking decor in any manner so this was perfect. I had this old traditional plushy red tree skirt laying around, so I got the ideal to use it on the table with some wintery greenery & a rustic crock!! I'm just going to say this was THE easiesttt centerpiece idea & I LOVE IT! I mean you can find tree skirts for cheap just about anywhere..Dollar Tree, thrift stores etc..I love the warm, rustic/cottageyy look! 

I love how bright & literally how simple it is! It's bold & thrifty..is there anything better? I also love it because it's easy to wash, remove or switch out!! 

The two-toned crock was also a free find!! If you see a few post back you'll see some of my collection of these vintage pots on top of the white cabinet in this post --> Bakery Inspired Corner Cabinet! . The greenery is leftover from all the years decorating & I just pulled random pieces & make a bouquet of festive pieces!! The silver platter was a thrifty gift from my mom or gram...Sorry I can't recall :/. This one is real sterling silver, but you can find these faux silver platters that are actually really cute & Dollar Tree.  The red placemats  are from Dollar Tree & the jute placemats are from Walmart!

  This whole tablescape cost under $25!!! I hope you guys liked this little idea!! It's perfect for your ever-changing table, families & well anyone!! 

See ya soon!


Monday, November 16, 2015

{ Vintage Toolbox Coffee Table Decor !}

Hi & byeeee Monday already..It's been such a productive day around our little abode. I got laundry finished, hair highlighted, worked on an upcoming sponsored post , photographed two areas & etc..I mean actually I could say this whole past weekend was an accomplishing  time!! We got  some much needed winter stuff done..garage, yard, vehicles washed, etc..I know all my northern folks know about winterizing before December hits ;) ! Anyways enough with chores & boring stuff, today I'm sharing this thrifty & vintage wood toolbox ,and  how I styled it for the most simple little coffee table tablescape!! You guys pry already know this by now, but we have dogs...2 huge ones & they're really rambunctious just like kids are!! They're constantly playing, tumbling & jumping all over..so coffee table decor is hard. When I came up with this little decor idea for Christmas it was perfect for sustaining wear & tear hahaha #dogs! My hubby found this nifty vintage toolbox a few months ago & I knew I wanted to keep it for Christmas right away! I love the imperfections in the wood, the authentic aged look & most important the chippy red paint on the handle!!!!

I knew I wanted something other then just tree trimmings in the toolbox. I know that's the most obvious & popular idea, but I needed some traditional Christmas color mixed in so I added some little faux gifts with some wool plaid ribbon I had leftover!! 

I'm loving how simple & rustic our upper level is this year!! The vintage items & pops of red  authentic Christmas goods have it feeling extra warm & cozy!! I picked these faux tree trimming { actually garland } up +Michaels Stores  for under $20 on sale..Ya, they're expensive so use the 40% coupon!! 


I love all the distressed & worn aspects about this piece!! I've saw these going all the way up to $50 at some junkin shops! I still can't believe what people pitch #free!! 

And then there's my most favorite part about this little gem..the aged chippy & scanty RED paint on the handle!! I love the color red already, but I love the warm & festive feel this chippy piece gives for the holidays!!
What do you think about incorporating vintage junk pieces into holiday decor? Do you keep it just for the outdoors?

I hope you all have a great rest of the week!!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

{ Our Traditional Christmas Entryway }

Wooo hooo it's Friday!! This week has been a weird one...hahah! This is one of those spaces that I like to keep fun & fresh , but still mostly practical! It's our little entryway & obviously one of the first things you see when you walk into your suburban cottage. Just like first impressions, I like to keep this area at its best. This year I wanted something traditional, bright & more of like a vintage Christmas with pops of true reds etc..! I mentioned a few post back that I did a hugeeee change-up this year with Christmas decor & well here is a sneak peek..Let's just say it's not neutral like before hehehe ;) ! I added some vintage little goodies I had laying around the house & some of the things we use everyday, coats, scarves, totes etc.. I wanted it to look as non staged as possible ,but still welcoming & festive for the holidays! Here's what I came up with so far...

This is pry my favorite holiday entry of ours since living in this house! It's so bright, vintage & traditional!  It just reminds me of the jolly ole guys house hahaha ;)! The simple true red bow, the soft red & green check scarf & the brass key..Simple & bright!

The key, cubby cabinet, wood Santa lid & vintage lantern were all free finds! The pine cones, red bow, reindeer & wrapping paper are all from Michaels or Dollar Tree. 

This came off of a  gift box that had wine & an opener in it. I loved the Santa engraved in it so I kept the top..

Have a lovely weekend guys & as always THANK YOU for stopping my TQS!! Do you decorate your entryway for Christmas , just curious..? 


{ Vintage Inspired Bakery Cabinet! ]

Happy Thursday guys!!! It's gloomy & rainy here in the north..blahhh { I'd rather have snow} & to be honest I'm not in the greatest mood..eek! You know those times you wish you could say what you really want to or are thinking about a situation or about people...Ya, I'm in one of those funks haaha! Anyways to cheer myself up I decorated our dining room cabinet for Christmas & I'm in loveee! I went with a traditional vintage bakery inspired look this year..I wanted something warm, festive & inviting , so I skipped on all the newer looking or store bought goods this year & came up with this little bakery inspired theme. I'll be posting the whole 2015 Holiday Home Tour soon, but for now I'm sharing this adorable & thrifty { All used or Dollar Tree goods} corner cabinet styled like a cute bakery!!! 

I got this idea in my head I wanted to carry on with the farmhouse style in the kitchen,but still wanted some traditional pops of red, so here came the thought to make it like an old fashioned bakery!! I remembered seeing these cute little candle cupcakes at Dollar Tree so I grabbed a few, a cupcake pan, & some pie pans. I bought the white mason jars from +Marshalls    a while ago on sale & they fit perfect in the spot!! The candlesticks &vintage kettle were both free finds!!

I'm really into these simple earthy/Christmasyy wreaths this year!! I have two of these & they were gifts from +IKEA USA  from last  year!!

This cabinet is one of my favorite pieces in our little dining room! I love how old it is, & the little chipped paint in random spots on it!!

How cute are these little cupcakes guys?? They smell pretty yummy too. I'm always preaching this on TQS, but think outside of the box when decorating..I mean I used candles & baking goods for this little setup..& all for under $10!!

I spotted these Coca-Cola glasses last night at Dollar Tree with my grams & I couldn't resist!!  I knew they'd give that Christmas, yet vintage diner/bakery feel..see again something different, yet fits well with the theme! I mean for a $1 each..& P.S. if you know us, you know we're Coca-Cola addicts..so bad!

I loveee those crocks & when I say love I mean it haha! They're like my pride possessions & they were all FREE!! I stuck them up there after bringing them in to clean them up from outside  & actually really liked them up there so I decided to leave them alone. I stuck some thrift store Christmas trees in them for some rustic holiday cheer! 


I hope you guys liked this little setup I came up with!! You guys know I like to keep it simple, thrifty,fresh & this screams all of that I think.. .! It's actually  putting me in the mood to bake up a little something..More on that later :)!! Happy night guys!! What do you think of this little bakery styled cabinet??


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

{ Our Favorite Michigan Holiday Attractions! }

I can't believe it's almost  Wednesday already..I can't say that I'm not kinda sorta happy about that! We've got a lot packed & planned for this weekend including some Christmas card photos, outdoor decor & lots of cozy holiday fun!! Speaking of holiday fun, today I'm sharing 4 of our favorite spots in Michigan to visit around Christmas time!!! I'm actually sharing 5, but the fifth we're trying new  to us this year!! I thought it'd be fun to share what we've been doing traditionally for the past  6 years mostly because of our niece, but also because we're both Christmas cazyyy, or maybe I just am..Mark?? hahaha! Once November hits I'm planning stuff out just about every other weekend! Michigan offers some great Christmas attractions both luxury & budget friendly for couples & families!! If you're traveling to Michigan for the holidays or just need some new ideas just  keep reading this little mini guide! Sit back with some raspberry hot chocolate { my fav } & read about some of our favorite festive holiday spots { The direct link to the site will be provided as well }! 

1. Frankenmuth/ Bronners!

Okay, I know this is an obvious one, but recently I've come to hear that many of people haven't even heard of Frankenmuth or BRONNERS...How?? It's the most toured Christmas town! We love coming here for a little day getaway especially around Christmas! It's so quaint, peaceful & the food is seriously delicious! It's caked full of homemade candy shops, German food  junking shops, yup lots :) & Christmas EVERYTHING! 

2. Greenfield Village Holiday Nights!

We found out about this back in 2012 & have went almost every year since! It's the most fantastic historical tour & scenery ever! The Henry Ford museum itself is amazing & then add Greenfield Village into the mix for Christmas is just stunning. The holiday nights tour offers in depth looks into the Greenfield Village historical homes, Christmas foods { they actually are making real food in the historical homes like an 1800's etc.. Christmas would be}, music, carolers, treats, vintage car rides, ice skating, vintage carousel, period food & bonfires on each corner & horse drawn carriage rides all historically themed!!!! I mean I love history already, but this little historical Christmas is amazing. If you've got kids they offer an amazing Santa & " real " reindeer & more..Go grab some tickets to this & be sure to dress WARM!!

3. Wayne County Hines Lightfest!

This is something almost every South East Michigander knows about!! It's simple/ budget friendly & offers that Christmas time fun all while driving cozied in your own  car listening to Christmas music ,and viewing thousands of lights!! It's a few miles long, under $10 a car & at the end if you're interested there's  Santa pictures & little treats! 

4. Lexington, Michigan Tree Lighting & more!

This one is near & dear to my heart! It's where my grandparents retired to & my grandma has been living for the past 15 years. She was just 5 minuted out of town & this was always one of my favorite things to do up there! It's a little more north, but not too far for all of us downstate in Michigan. It's about 2 hours away in the little town of Lexington. This tree light includes open shops with adult & kid friendly drinks/appetizers, trolley rides, shopping, tree lighting, and Santa all while overlooking the marina!! It's a cute, crisp & quaint little retreat or just plain old family fun all  in one!! 

5. Huckleberry Village!

Okay this is new to us..or should I say kinda new in the sense we've never been, but heard so many great things the past few years. They offer a huge authentic train, shops, drinks & food!! They put on a "Polar Express" night on the train for kids & more. We can't wait to try this vintage attraction out this year!!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little attraction list! I know it's a bit different from most of my post, but I had to share what we do around the holiday season. This list has something for everyone to somehow enjoy the holidays! Have a lovely Wednesday friends!!

What are some of your family traditions in Michigan or your state? I would love to hear them!!! :)


Monday, November 9, 2015

{ Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Sign! }

Welcome back guys!! I know what you're thinking..oh geeez more Christmas stuff right? Well, did you guys know that there's less then 45 days until Christmas..Ya, that's not enough for this Christmas crazy lady hahaha! I mean to me November AND December are for Christmas & no I haven't forgot about Thanksgiving for heavens sake! I just want to spread Christmas cheer, diy & so amp; today that's what I'm doing..Please stick around hahah! I'm sharing our vintage tree lot inspired Christmas sign! I know these "Fresh Cut Christmas Tree" signs are really popular right now, but  I wanted something more authentic/aged looking & less of a store bought look! ANYONE can make this sign & it involves no, sanding, cutting, staining , stencils etc.. Use your creative hand, some $1 paint & dark wax & boom done!!!

I started with a piece of wainscoting from Michaels I got for $7! It was glossy white & I took some dark brown & white paint & mixed it together & painted the whole thing first! 

I used some $1 paints & then took dark wax & went over the entire sign! I didn't use a stencil because I wanted it to be more weathered & antique-yy looking! I like the idea of the personalized look of the sign & the simplicity!!  In all honesty ANYONE could make this sign & in under 30 minutes!!

How cute is that little bright red velvet reindeer? She's so cute & SO OLD! My mom handed her down to me & she fit perfectly on our vintage Christmas tree lot inspired mantel!! 

I'm thinking about distressing it a bit more..but I wanted to show you guys now! 

I love fun & festive little projects like these! They're practical, cute, simple & budget friendly! This sign came with a rope to hang vertically { I left it out in some of the pictures} in case you want to make it for your door etc..For under $15, you can't beat it! What do you guys think of this Christmas sign? See this garland DIY here -->DIY Vintage Bulb Garland !


{ DIY Vintage Bulb Christmas Garland }

Heyyyyy guys!! Okay, I'm not going to lie I COULDN'T wait to share this with you all!! I wanted to blog it asap so you could gather some inspiration & I mean, I haven't saw this little DIY done before so I had to share and bonus it's different & not the usual  that everyone else is doing..& it's SO festive!!! I came up with this idea back at the end of August while browsing +Michaels Stores  for some Christmas inspiration..Yup, in August hahaha! I spotted these vintage bulb ornaments & instantly this idea popped into my head. I've always loved the old vintageyy Edison bulb look & these plastic faux ones were nifty & soo cheap! I liked that they were plastic & they were easy to maneuver & work with. The tops come off & they actually open up down the middle for ornament decorating. Lets be real,  I wasn't going to be using them for what they were intended for..shocker LOL ! I grabbed 6 or 7 & stored them until a few weeks ago when I pulled them out & got to work..Okay, so I had this idea in my head but lets face it many of my "ideas" are out there hahaha..but this one actually turned out soo cute & literally only took 10 minutes!! 

So here's what they look like! They're actually pretty large & the plastic is pretty thick..thanks gosh because I may have dropped them a few times haha!!

Take some cheap ornament hooks and wrap the bottom of the hook around the " U" shape on the bulb! The ornament hooks are really bendable so these work great for attaching to the garland!

After you've attached the hooks to the actual bulb itself, take the hook part and just wrap it around the garland..You may have to maneuver the hook a bit, but it's super easy to do!

I just love this little DIY!! It's super cute & fit perfectly with our upper level Christmas theme this year! I'll be blogging the two big changes soon, but until then you can enjoy this vintage inspired look for close to nothing..I think with the garland & bulbs, it was under $25!! See below for some - sneak peeks- of upcoming projects I'll be blogging & the whole vintage tree farm inspired look!! 

Sneak Peek #1

Sneak Peek #2..

Have a lovely week guys!!! I really hope you liked this little vintage inspired garland..I mean so simple & festive, right?! Let me know down below in the comments what you think & again THANK YOU always for stopping in on my little practical blog!