Friday, December 19, 2014

The Ultimate DIYer Gift + a Giveaway!

My name is Jen, and I am a tool addict.

Fifteen or so years ago I NEVER would have seen this coming.  I didn't know how to work a drill and the idea of using a power saw?  Pssssh...  I mean, it was positively unfathomable.

But however I wound up here, I'm irreversibly hooked now.  I can't look at a potential project around the house and not think about whether I could do it myself.  And the most empowering thing about DIY, the thing that makes it do-able in the first place, is having the right tools to use.

We're less than a week to Christmas now, but oh do I have the perfect tool for you if you're looking to give or get the ultimate DIY tool this year.  Let me introduce you to the Sonicrafter F50.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Potty Talk

How's that for an abrupt shift from twinkle lights and Christmas mantles?!

Rest easy, I'm not going to use potty talk, I just want to talk to you about the bathroom.  And specifically, some pretty cool new technology just recently released by Delta Faucet Company, whom I love.  Like LOVE love (gorgeous gold kitchen faucet case in point).

I was lucky to spend a few days out at their headquarters in Indianapolis this past June with a group of home and design bloggers and while there Delta unveiled their absolute newest toilet technology to us - the FlushIQ toilet.  As toilets go, it's a looker.  Sleek and shiny and in stark contrast to the rest of the bathrooms in my house with twenty year old toilets, positively glowing white.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How To Make Colorblocked Pom Pom Charms

Pom pom charms are absolutely everywhere right now, and pom poms on Christmas stockings aren't really anything new either, but I sort of combined the two to make the cutest, most versatile little colorblocked pom pom charms that are a really colorful and whimsical touch hanging from the mantle with our stockings this year.

DIY colorblocked pom pom charms using only yarn, your fingers, and scissors!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Easy DIY Moravian Star-Inspired Christmas Tree Topper

As promised in my Christmas Home Tour yesterday, I'm back today with the first of three Christmas tutorials.  First up is the DIY Moravian star-inspired Christmas tree topper you saw in my family room.

How to make a Moravian star-inspired Christmas tree topper in around 30 minutes and for under $10

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

It's Christmas house tour day!  I'm excited to be a part of Blogger Stylin' Home Tours again this holiday season and I'm also linking my tour to Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk.

There isn't much I love more than the glow of Christmas lights in the house and I'm known to start slapping them up the minute Thanksgiving has passed.  I want to get every second of glow I can without actually entirely steamrolling Thanksgiving.

My living room, of course, has been decked since October for the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge (you can see all the photos HERE) but the rest of my house only joined the festivity party this past week.

If you're coming over from DecorChick, hi!  Hope you'll stick around awhile :)  Emily's tour was so beautiful, wasn't it?

We're going to travel in a big circle through the house today and visit the kitchen, family room, living room, and dining room.  Starting in the kitchen, I draped a faux pine garland across the opening between the main part of the kitchen and the eating area, which I currently have set up as a wrapping station.