Hundreds of Christmas Ornament Ideas!

Welcome to the 2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party! It’s my fourth year of the blogger ornament exchange and you’ll find hundreds of DIY ornament tutorials and inspiration. This link party runs from November 14th through December 14th, so make sure to come back to add as many of your own handmade ornament tutorials before it closes!

 

This year, we have 38 talented bloggers hosting the handmade ornament exchange link party! The rules of the challenge were simple: create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial (all tutorials are linked below), and ship the ornament off to a new home!

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ORNAMENT EXCHANGE LINK PARTY HOSTS

My Pinterventures •  Create and Babble • 2 Bees in a Pod
 Across the Boulevard •  Elle Marie Home  • Faeries and Fauna
Home on the Corner • This Autoimmune Life • Our Unschooling Journey
Domestic Deadline •  Inside the Fox Den • Intelligent Domestications
Cookies, Coffee and Crafts  • Munofore •  Rosewood and Grace
Raggedy Bits • Christmas Tree Lane •  Making Manzanita
Mom Home Guide • From Evija with Love •  Red Cottage Chronicles
Coastal Bohemian • Our Crafty Mom •  Girl, Just DIY! •  Pixel Maven’s Retreat
Prim and Propah •  Purple Hues and Me • Farm Girl Reformed • Eye Love Knots
Keys to InspirationCharleston CraftedSparkle Living
Interior Frugalista  • Love My Little Cottage •  My Family Thyme
Crafting a Family  •  All Things New Again  •  Just a Little Creativity

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You can see the ornament I created for my new friend Morgan, here.

DIY Turquoise, Silver and Gold Coastal Ornament

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I can’t wait to see what you have all created! Link up you ornaments below!

2019 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Share your handmade ornament tutorial on the link party below ⇓⇓ Add as many ornament tutorials as you like until December 14th. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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My Living Room Update

Good morning! Oh my goodness! This summer has been busy! I continued working midway through July, we had Haley’s graduation party, went camping at the beach, held a yard sale, celebrated both girls’ birthdays, and now we are headed to Disneyland! I know I haven’t been here much this summer, but I did want to update you on my living room progress. Just a reminder: we have a Canvas Factory giveaway going on until Wednesday, July 24. Here’s the link.

*This is not a sponsored post. These are just the products I used.*

Here was my Idea Board I posted a couple of months ago. Some things have changed from this plan. I ended up getting to matching Ikea loveseats rather than one loveseat and 2 chairs and I have a temporary coffee table. I haven’t found a floor lamp yet, but I will keep on looking!

living room idea board

These are the pictures before we moved in. I can’t believe how different it looks! Those vertical blinds were torn down and thrown away before we moved in and the popcorn ceiling was scraped off by my husband. We had it re-textured and also had all the walls painted. You can barely see the half wall in the bottom right corner of the picture on the right. That is gone now too.

living room before

The biggest change we made now was to the floor! We finally put on our laminate wood look floor! I love it! It is just the right look for my room!

new living room summer coastal decor

My husband put the coffee table together for me using the posts from the half wall. It’s fine for now, but I am looking for something else. He also made the shutter lantern and the buoys on the table.

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I love how this room turned out! We have a few more things to finish up, such as crown molding at the ceiling and over the window. My seashell mobile adds more coastal feel to the room.

new living room old door with seashellsnew living room coastal mantle

This area had been a header. My husband cut through the drywall and some of the boards and we made it into a beam. My husband framed it out and I varnished it with MInwax, I would have left it completely open, but we had to mount the barn door on the other side.

new living room ceiling beam

We also added wide baseboards around the room and framed out the door. I painted everything Benjamin Moore Simply White.

new living room home depot laminate floor and baseboardsnew living room summer breeze chalkboard

We also added the same flooring in the entryway to tie the two rooms together.

new living room coastal entryway

I set my dining table for a casual summer dinner, being sure to use my California glasses.

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I love when the breeze blows the white sheer curtains! If only I could smell the ocean air too!

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And of course, my helpers are always close by. They love this room too!

new living room dogs helpers

Is your summer crazy too? Or are you able to just sit, relax and enjoy the summer days? I’m glad you took time to stop by today!

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Ikea Ektorp Loveseats

Ektorp Cover

Home Depot Home Decorators Denali Pine Floor

Benjamin Moore Simply White Paint

 

 

Summer Coastal Dining Room

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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to celebrate Father’s Day with your families! We had Haley’s graduation party on Saturday and she also bought a car that morning! It was a crazy busy weekend, but filled with good times!

I thought today I would show you a few quick pictures of my coastal dining room. I didn’t buy anything new. I just used what I had. I benefit of having most of your house decorated with neutrals or the same colors, is that you can move things around from space to space and it looks new and refreshed again!

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I used a lantern as my larger piece and stacked it on a few books.

coastal dining room lantern

I added my glass fishing floats and lots of seashells scattered on a blue and white runner.

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Blue and white dishes along with gold flatware add to the coastal feel.

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Thank you for stopping by today! See you next time!

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Make Your Own Shutter Lantern

Good morning! It’s actually spring! I’m so happy we will be seeing some warmer weather! We still have some rain, but at least it’s warmer! I am finally able to get a few projects done since I can work in the garage now.

I always have bits and pieces laying around and usually, I can come up with a project sooner or later. 🙂 I have had these shutters for awhile and decided to make a lantern from them. Actually, my husband made it, I just came up with the idea! I think he did a great job!

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The first step was to attach the shutters together. Steve used 1 x 2’s to attach the edges on both the top and the bottom of the shutters.

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He also added 1 x 2 pieces across the top of the shutter and used a leftover piece of flooring for the bottom.

shutter lantern 1 x 2 topFour more pieces were added around the top edges with 45 degree angles to finish it off. Steve used some pallet wood scraps.

shutter lantern finished top

You can see here that more 1 x 2’s were added to the edges.

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I love how it turned out! It is very tall and makes a great statement piece. I used Minwax Wood Varnish Golden Oak on the wood pieces. I couldn’t believe how closely it matched the shutters.

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The candle looks great flickering through the shutter slats.

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I added a few more coastal touches- another lantern with fairy lights, a couple of starfish, a couple of oars, a whale and a fisherman net.

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It makes me ready to go to the beach!

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I’m so glad you stopped by today! Thank you! I hope you all have a great week!

shutter lantern candle holder varnish

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Driftwood Wreath

Good morning! I’m back today with another driftwood project, or maybe it’s another wreath project! You can see my other driftwood projects here  and here and here and here. You can find the wreath projects here  and here.

I had the idea to make a driftwood star. My husband cut out a wooden star for me, but when I started to lay the pieces on, I realized I didn’t have enough small pieces of driftwood. So I poked around in my garage and found a large piece of cardboard I had been saving. I figured it would work for a driftwood wreath instead. I tried a few different things to trace for my circle, and ended up with this bucket. I traced the outside of the circle first. It measures about 16 inches.

driftwood wreath tracing a bucket on cardboard

Once I had the outside circle traced, I turned the bucket over and centered it as close as I could. Then I traced the inside circle.

driftwood wreath tracing the circle

I cut around the outside circle first and then poked a hole in the middle and cut the inside circle. Now I had a cardboard form for my driftwood to be attached to. The edges don’t have to be perfect, since the driftwood will cover it up.

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I started with the bottom layer, using bigger pieces and laying them around the edges. Once I had it the way I liked, I hot glued them on.

driftwood wreath large driftwood pieces

After the bottom layer was secure, I started adding in smaller pieces to fill in the top layer. I kept adding until I could no longer see the cardboard and it was filled in nicely.

driftwood wreath layered pieces

I felt like it needed a little something more, so I added one starfish to the bottom. I hung it on an old window I have sitting on my faux mantle. The perfect coastal touch!

driftwood wreath old window

I thought the song ‘Down By The Bay’ was the perfect saying for my chalkboard.

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A lantern with some fairy lights and a small bowl of seashell necklaces add to the beach feel.

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Now I just need the warm weather to match my new wreath! Don’t you just love that really curvy weathered piece of driftwood at the bottom?

driftwood wreath bowl of shelves

Thank you so much for coming by today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

driftwood wreath styled on a mantle

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