Creating a Cozy Guest Room

Good morning! Are you getting your home ready for the holidays? I know it’s pretty early to start decorating, but you can start to get your rooms cleaned up and ready for guests. I came up with a few ideas to help your guests feel at home.

Getting Ready for Guests

Start with soft sheets and fluffy pillows.

Be sure you have nice, clean sheets for your guests and enough pillows for them to use. After a day of travel or sight-seeing, your guests will appreciate cool, crisp sheets to crawl into at night.

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Be Sure to Have a Place to Store Their Belongings

I don’t have a dresser in this room, but I have extra hangers in the closet and a hanging shelf in there too, so there is plenty of place for their clothing and anything else they don’t want to keep in the suitcase. I also have a bench in the room where they can set their suitcase or bag without having to use the bed.

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Plug for Phone and Wifi Password

Have a plug or extension cord near the bed so guests have a place to charge their phone without having to search for a plug. If you have extra chargers, it would be nice to leave those out too. I have a small frame where I placed our Wifi password too.

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A Chair or Other Place to Sit

It’s always nice to have a chair or bench to sit on when putting on shoes or playing on your phone. I know our bed is quite high off the ground and it would be difficult for some to put their shoes on while sitting on it.

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Bedside Light

Remember to have a nice bedside lamp for your guests. They may want to read in bed at night and when they are finished, they won’t have to get up to go turn out the light.

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Extra Blanket or Fan

This time of year, it’s nice to have a couple of extra blankets for your guests in case they get a little chilled. In the warmer months, I keep an extra fan in the room they can use.

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Extra Essentials

It’s easy to forget a few things when we are packing for a trip. I placed, in a basket, a small bottle of  shampoo and  body wash, a couple of toothbrushes and toothpaste, along with a couple of towels and washcloths.

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Tray of Goodies

As a special treat, you could leave a tray of goodies for your guests. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just a few things to make them feel at home. I included a couple bottles of water and a couple of granola bars, some Christmas magazines, and a couple of small boxes of chocolates.

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I added a few Christmas touches for the season. Just a simple wreath, a stocking and a Christmas pillow add just enough festiveness without overdoing it.

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So you have any other ideas or items you leave out for your guests? I would love to know! Leave your ideas in the comments!

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2018 Ornament Exchange and Handmade Ornament Link Party

Good morning! I’m so excited to be joining the Ornament Exchange party again this year! There are 48 of us this year participating! The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home! The other exciting part is that you can join in too! If you have an ornament you have crafted, you can add it to the InLinkz Linkup at the bottom of the page. I can’t wait to see what everyone has created, so let’s get the party started!!

2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party

This year, we have 48 talented bloggers sharing their Christmas ornament tutorials and helping to host the handmade ornament exchange link party! Let’s meet the hosts of this year’s 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party!

My PinterventuresNorthern FeelingA Purdy Little House
Create and Babble 2 Bees in a PodAcross the Boulevard
Simply Beautiful by AngelaThe Inspiration VaultFaeries and Fauna
Home on the CornerThis Autoimmune LifeOur Unschooling Journey
Rosewood and GraceShoppe No.5Domestic Deadline
Made In A DayIntelligent DomesticationsCookies, Coffee and Crafts
Tales From HomeMunoforeSuper Mom – No Cape!
Raggedy BitsChristmas Tree LaneC’mon Get Crafty
Making ManzanitaMom Home GuideFrom Evija with Love
Red Cottage ChroniclesCoastal BohemianOur Crafty Mom
Girl, Just DIY!Halfpint DesignsPrim and Propah
Purple Hues and MeFarm Girl Reformed Eye Love Knots
Try It – Like It – Create ItTeadoddlesTwo Purple Couches
Inside the Fox DenKeys to InspirationOur Home Made Easy
Charleston CraftedThe Quiet GrooveChicken Scratch NY
Jordan’s Easy EntertainingMom Envy Sparkle Living

 

2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party

If you have a handmade ornament tutorial, we would love for you to share it on the link party below ⇓⇓. See you there!

 

Seashell and Driftwood Ornament

Good morning! I have an exciting post today! I am taking part in MyPinterventures Ornament Exchange! (Thanks Erlene!) I believe this is the 4th year I have participated in the exchange and it’s fun to see what all the other bloggers come up with for their ornaments and see what your partner made for you!

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I was partnered with Michelle from Coastal Bohemian. Of course, coastal always works for me! I picked up the driftwood from the beach this past summer and I bought the small seashells ($2.99) and charms ($1.99) from Michaels. I already had the pretty string from another project. Other than those pieces, I just needed my drill and my hot glue gun.

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I started out by drilling a hole in the top of each piece of driftwood, so there would be a place for the string. This was pretty easy since the wood is so soft.

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I picked which charms I wanted to use and snipped off the ring at the top with wire cutters. I used hot glue to attach it to the driftwood.

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I played around with different placement of the seashells, trying out different colors and sizes. Once I was happy with it, I hot glued them into place.

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The last step was to tie a piece of string through the hole so it could hang from the tree.

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They turned out so pretty! I’m going to make a couple of extra for my own tree too.

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I hope Michelle enjoys hanging these on her tree as much as I enjoyed making them.

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The pretty colors and seashells immediately take me back to the beach.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you take time to go visit the other bloggers and see their ornaments too! If you would like to add your ornament how-to to the link party, go here.

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Pumpkin and Magnolia Leaves Tablescape

orange and turquoise thanksgiving tablescape titleGood morning! Well, it’s November! That means in blog land, it’s time to get out the Christmas decorations! I haven’t quite got there yet, so I thought I would share my Thanksgiving table from last year. Enjoy!

 

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I bought this great big fat pumpkin when I went to the pumpkin patch with my class and it has been waiting to be the star of the table! I love it!

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I was able to cut a few small branches of magnolia leaves from my neighbors tree (shhh) to use on the table too. I added in a few pussy-willow branches and some golden acorns.

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The candlelight glowing on the white hydrangeas and leaves look so pretty.

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Adding in lots of textures gives the table a cozy and homey feel. Rattan place-mats and burlap pumpkins combined with the leaves and flowers add just the right touch.

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I added just a little bit of orange and turquoise too.

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I hope you all get to gather around the table with special people in your lives this Thanksgiving. All the decor and food mean nothing if we can’t share it with the people we love!

I’m so glad you stopped in today. Thank you so much for following along! The next time I am here, it will be with Christmas ideas! I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Make Your Own Coasters Plus a Printable!

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Good morning! Are you ready for a new week? it’s hard to believe that October is almost over! Crazy! Are you starting to think of Christmas yet? I have been. In fact, this project is a gift for Christmas, that is, if my daughter doesn’t see this blog post first! 🙂

I have lots of scrap pieces of wood around and this was the perfect project to use a little bit of it. I had my husband cut 4 pieces of wood into squares and then sand the edges to smooth them.

Skull coaster blocks of wood

I painted 2 coats of black acrylic paint on all sides. I had these skulls in my stash, so they were perfect for Haley’s love of skulls. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the wood.

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I brushed Mod Podge all over the top of the wood block.

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I centered the skull on top and then brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing.

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Once everything was dry, I sprayed each block with clear gloss. I gave each one 2 coats, since these will be used as coasters and have wet glasses on them.

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I also attached rubber feet on the bottom so they won’t scratch any surfaces.

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They are ready for a cup of something cool or hot!

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Isn’t this printable great? Lauren made this just for all of you! I want to sing the song every time I look at it. You can get this printable by clicking here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page once you get there. There is another one to choose from too.

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As you can see, we have quite a few skulls to go along with the coasters.

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I tied them up with orange bakers twine so they are all ready to give as a gift. I’m excited to give these to Haley!

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Hope you all have a great week!

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