Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Week at Casa di Graziano

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Yes, it's still Christmas to us!  This is my favorite week of the year, between Christmas and New Year.  The stress is over and all that's left to do is enjoy all the hard work!  I took some pics of our house when it snowed, not on Christmas, but it put me in the spirit all the same.  

We had some kitchen remodeling done this season, and although the builder was finished a few weeks ago, I just finished up organizing the cabinets and clearing out the clutter.   It involved removing a wall, so I'm pretty darn happy to see the fireplace and tree from the kitchen now.   
(Plus I can watch my Hallmark movies while I clean up the kitchen, so it's a win-win).


Our house is decked, not perfect, not Instagram and Pinterest ready, just looking completely festive and well...happy.  I started to take pictures and realized there is endless amounts of dog hair and kid belongings everywhere.  You know what?  I don't care.  We live here.  I can't do fake, I just can't.   We are blessed to have these five beautiful kids, I refuse to apologize.  I am rebelling against all the internet decorating chicks and showing you what a loved, lived in house looks like.  I'm a firm believer in trying to make the most of each moment, live for now, not for tomorrow, or a month from now; try enjoying now.   This isn't easy to do, I have spent years of not living in the moment and realized it isn't as joyful as doing so. 

So anyway, let's get on with it.
C'mon in...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DIY Knock-off: Magnolia Market Good Tidings Sign

Hi Loves...
We are wrapping up a kitchen makeover here.  I can't call it a remodel, but we had a wall opened up and the cabinets redone; to me it's an AMAZING event!  Anyway, in between restocking the cabinets and rearranging things, I stumbled across a beauty from Magnolia Market and I was super giddy because it is so easy to make.  I just so happen to have a similar screen print stencil from Chalk Couture that I used to make a few signs this season, but when I saw the price of this sign, I was so making this one for way less.  

Here's how mine turned out...cost me nothing because I had the stencil and extra wood around.

The inspiration...for $125!!!  

Friday, December 1, 2017

Store-Bought Wreath to Custom for Under $25

Happy First Day of December!
Today officially kicks off my advent; it's my mental cut-off to start Christmasing and stop decorating.   What isn't up after today, isn't getting put up.  In an effort to stop and smell the Christmas trees, I am determined to enjoy the season, without decorating bins laying all over for weeks.  
Does anyone else feel like it's way too close to Christmas, yet it's only December 1st??  
Deep Breath.  

Today I'm sharing a quick post on my rules of how to beef up a store-bought wreath to a custom cutie...