Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions One Day at a Time

Hello 2016

2016 has arrived, which means for many of us that its time to set or stick to a New Year’s resolution.  The thought of this is often intimidating, that’s why we suggest breaking down 2016 by day, week or month to make your goals seem more achievable. Watch your progress- or easily hold yourself accountable- with the free printable charts we found on onegoodthingbyjillee.com


365 Day Challenge Printable

52 Week Challenge Printable

Last Minute Holiday Prep

The holidays are just hours away, which probably has hosts in a panic to add the finishing touches to create the perfect holiday. Look no further, here are a few simple ways make your holiday more merry using items you may already have or are available in your backyard.



Increase the holiday spirit with the sweet scent of stove top potpourri. It is very simple to make, using almost anything you have on hand- especially extra ingredients from holiday dishes. We found a great recipe from Half Baked Harvest, get it here.








Add an extra touch to your front porch with an ice lantern. These are great because they only take 10 minutes to make and cost less than $5, you may even have the supplies on hand or could find them around your neighborhood. Get the steps from Practically Functional here.







Make your inexpensive store-bought garland look like lush designer garland with a few simple steps. Find out how to add some natural greenery here from View Along the Way.

Throwback Holiday eBook

Throwback to last year’s Holiday eBook! Check it out for some exclusive recipes and tips for entertaining this holiday season. 

Get your Free download here!



Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

Need a few ideas to get your home or tablescape a little bit more in the Thanksgiving spirit? We’ve got you covered!

Be sure to read the tips from our design team, many of which use items found around your house! Or if you are still looking for the perfect finishing touch or a gift for your host stop by your local Machine Shed Restaurant to see the unique items in our gift shops! 



This quick napkin fold from Smarty had a Party adds dimension and texture to your table.



Kitchen Basics: most commonly called for seasoning cheat sheet

Knowing what to have on hand in your spice cabinet can be a bit tricky, that’s why we created a cheat sheet of the most commonly called for seasonings & spices. Just print it out and tape it inside your cabinet door to always be prepared.

Kitchen Basics

Fall Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower Wreath

It’s that time of year again … FALL DECORATING!  If you are looking for an addition to your fall decor collection look no further than this irresistibly cute DIY floral wreath.


The great thing about this tutorial is that the size and color scheme can be customized for your space.  Also, it can be hung on your front door if sprayed with a paper preserver, like Krylon Preserve It Aerosol Spray.

Floral Wreath


  • 1- 14inch foam wreath
  • Pins, about 250
  • 1- 4.5in x 6.5in card stock paper pack, at least a 40 sheet pack
  • Martha Stewart hydrangea paper punch
  • 2.5 yards of 3 inch ribbon



Punch out paper flowers. Our wreath has 20 different patterned papers, more or less can be used.  Your wreath should take about 40 sheets of paper, feel free to only punch 30 sheets to start and punch more if/when you run out.


Layer two flowers together and stick a pin thru the center, then curl the edges up slightly. Repeat until all of the punched flowers are used.



Wrap the ribbon around the foam wreath so the foam color can not be seen.



Starting with the inner circle, push the flowers into the foam clockwise to form one, single layer of flowers that flows around the entire wreath.  Applying the same technique, add another flower layer directly above the previous. Repeat this 3 more times.  Rotate the color and pattern of each flower to create a more rustic look.  Make sure that each flower and layer are overlapping with the next, covering as much of the ribbon as possible.



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Make Your Own Dryer Sheets


Reuseable Dryer Sheets

You will need …

  • Fabric softener
  • Water
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • 3 sponges
  • Air tight container



Add the fabric softener and water to your container using a 2:1 ratio. However, using 6 cups of fabric softener and 3 cups of water is a great amount that should last you for months. Next, cut the sponges in half the “hotdog” or long direction. Submerge them in the mixture, and wah-lah, you’re done!

To use: put 2 or 3 sponges (depending on the load size) with your clothes in the dryer, just ring out the excess liquid first. Once the dryer is done the sponges will be completely dry, just put them back in the liquid the next use.

Rustic Home Decor Sign

DIY rustic barn wood sign


  • 2 colors of paint
  • Stencils
  • 2 foam brushes
  • Board
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Sander or sanding pad (larger grit is better)

MS- Supplies 2



1. Paint a 1 1/2 inch boarder on the front side of the board 1 of the 2 paint colors (this will also be the color of the stenciled letters).  Let dry completely.
MS- outside paint


2. Cover the entire front and sides with a thick coat of the other paint color.  You will cover the boarder that you painted in step 1.  Let dry completely.  If necessary, apply another thick coat.  Let dry completely.

MS- plain board


3. Tape your stencils together, then center the combined stencils on the board and tape it down using a minimal amount of tape.  Fill in the stencils with the paint from step 1.  Warning, if you apply too much at once it can seep out of the stencil. If this happens you can leave it for a more rustic look, paint over the excess, or if it is still wet wipe it off with a damp cloth.   To (hopefully) avoid this problem apply multiple light coats.  Let dry.

MS- stencil


4. Pull of the stencil.

MS- SIgn

5. Using a sander (or sander pad and some muscle) sand the board. Apply more pressure around the outer edges to reveal some of the bare board and the hidden paint.

TIP- To get a more weathered look apply varying amounts of pressure while sanding.

Untitled design

Printable Fourth of July Sign

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Need a little extra something for your Fourth of July festivities or a gift for the hostess? Print off this sign, place it in a frame, and in less than 5 minutes you have a unique gift or patriotic decor.

Click the link to print Printable 4th of July Sign

Printing the sign on card stock is recommended, but your standard printer paper will work too.

Don’t forget to SHARE WITH US, here or on Facebook, how you used the printable sign!


Barn Wood Welcome Sign

MS Blog Welcome Sign

Brighten up your outdoor or indoor space with this DIY barn wood welcome sign! It is sure to give a little extra character to any area you display it in.


  • Barn wood approximately 2ft wide x 1ft tall (If you don’t have a piece of barn wood no worries, use wood from a pallet or a wood from a hardware store)
  • Stain (We used Rust-Oleum wood stain cognac oil-based, but any shade or brand will work)
  • Paint- any color (We used a Valspar tester paint purchased at Lowes. They are only $3, come in hundreds of colors, and dry quickly!
  • Old rag to stain the board with
  • Thin paint brush
  • Charcoal stick
  • “Welcome” printable
  • Masking tape
  • Mason Jar
  • Wire
  • Drill
  • Pen
  • Brackets
  • Silk flowers


  1. Cut wood
  2. Attach a bracket to the back of the board to hang it from once completed
  3. Put a coat of stain on the board, let dry fully- you may want to do multiple coat if your board is not very aged to start
  4. Print MS Welcome Printable (Click to Print)
  5. Cut off excess paper above and below “Welcome”
  6. Using a medium amount of pressure, rub the stick of charcoal over the back of the welcome sign
  7. Position welcome where you would like on the board, tape to the board with the charcoal side down
  8. Using a pen, trace around the outside of the letters in “Welcome”
  9. Remove the paper, fill in the letters with paint
  10. Place the mason jar where you would like it on the board, make a mark on each side of the neck
  11. Drill a small hole on each of the dots
  12. Attach the mason jar to the board using wire, fasten wire together in back
  13. Place silk flowers in the jar


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