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DIY Valentine’s Day Vases

Valentine Vases

Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I decided to turn my winter vase into a collection of Valentine's Day Vases.

I took 4 of these vases from Dollar Tree and applied fabric glue with a paint brush.  Then I wrapped some brown yarn around them until they were covered.

I used various white or off-white items from around the house to spell out the word “LOVE” – a piece of lace, a felt rosette (here's a tutorial), buttons, and a piece of white yarn.

And there you have it.

DIY Valentine's Day Vases

And now, my dear readers.  Here's a question I have for you.

I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to filling vases.  And, to further add to my problem, my decorating budget is $0.  I have to use what I have around the house.  And in this case, these are the only flowers I had that were white or pink, or any sort of Valentine-y colors.  So, do you have any ideas for how to fill the vases using only these flowers or things I could find outside?  I'm no good at this.  Help!

Project Simplify: Turning Goals into Reality

If you have not already printed these free goal-setting printables, you can do that now and work on determining the goals that you would like to reach this year.

Since the theme this year is “Project Simplify”, I thought it would be pretty silly to make some kind of complicated worksheet to help me determine how to reach my goals.

Instead, I am using a simple calendar.

If you care to use my simple method, read on and I'll explain how to make your goals become reality.

Turning goals into reality

  • Re-read your list of goals and determine how they can broken up into actionable items.  For example, if you wrote that you want to memorize more scripture, you should decide  which specific verses you want to memorize and by what date you want to have them memorized.  Add that to your calendar.  I want to memorize Colossians chapter 3, and I am planning to memorize one verse each week.  So I have added “Colossians 3:1” to the first week of the calendar, “Colossians 3:2” to the second week, and so on.
  • If you have long-term goals, break them down into steps and determine a deadline for each step.  Add each step to your calendar.  For example, let's say you want to re-decorate your bedroom.  Give yourself a couple weeks to decide on the colors you want.  Mark that deadline on your calendar and focus the next couple weeks on browsing Pinterest and magazines until you're sure you know what you want.  The next deadline could be when you want to have it painted by.  Then when you want to have the new curtains made (or bought).  And so on.
  • Make sure your goals are reasonable.  I know many people suggest to aim high, but I'm going to suggest the opposite.  You can always add more if you easily reach one goal.  My tendency in years past has been to be all starry-eyed about the things I'm going to accomplish.  Then when it's too much to keep up with I end up getting discouraged and scrapping everything.  I'd rather choose a couple simple things and do a good job keeping up with them than to end up aiming too high and ending up accomplishing nothing.

 

See how simple this is?  I bet I  could sum up this whole post in one sentence.  Let me try:

After assuring that your goals are reasonable, turn them into specific actions and add them to your calendar in the appropriate places.

In a few days I'll be sharing my daily planner (if you can even call it that -it's so easy!) and how I translate what's on my calendar into daily actions. But for now, go ahead and print your 12 calendar pages and work on translating your goals into specific actions you can put onto the calendar.

(And go ahead and add birthdays and other yearly events now too. )

 Printable Calendar to help you turn goals into reality

 Download here

 

For those of you who indicated on Facebook that you really could use some help in the organizational department, you will not want to miss the post where I share my daily planner! I'm calling it “The Planner for the ADD Personality”, or “A Simple Planning System for People who Hate to Plan” or something like that.  It's working for me, and I've been pretty much hopeless until now.

Be sure you're subscribed to email updates so you won't miss it when it's posted!



Pretty Winter Vase

Pretty winter vase made with supplies from Dollar Tree I just recently found out about the Dollar Tree Value Seeker's Club  through a friend’s blog.  She had done the cutest craft that she found on there. 

After my Christmas decorations came down, I knew I wanted to make something to make my house look pretty for the rest of the winter.  The Dollar Tree Value Seeker's Club was the perfect place to look! The free club has new ideas every month that you can print and take with you to the Dollar Tree as a shopping list.  They had some great ideas for January, so I was really excited to have the opportunity to create one of their projects as part of a sponsored campaign.

I decided to make a pretty winter vase. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard, and I knew I could find some fillers for it out of my backyard.  I headed to Dollar Tree and found this vase that was a nice shape, brought it home, and got to work using the instructions on the Dollar Tree Value Seeker's Club website. DIY winter vase using supplies found at Dollar Tree

I was so excited that this project went so quickly and easily – I am the queen of finding ways to mess things up and make them take forever!  And all I needed was my vase, white paint, white glue, and Epsom salts. I painted the vase white,

DIY winter vase using finds from Dollar Tree

let it dry (sort of – I’m a little impatient), then coated it with glue

DIY winter vase using finds from Dollar Tree

and applied the Epsom salts.  So easy, but pretty! The only thing I did differently from the instructions on the website was instead of rolling the vase in the Epsom salt, I ended up sprinkling it on after I applied the glue.  I found that rolling the vase in the salt was scratching the paint off of it.  That may have been because I was too impatient to let it dry well enough.  But sprinkling it on went very fast, and I had complete control over getting it exactly where I wanted it, so I was fine with doing it that way.

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I am so happy with how this project turned out, and I’m enjoying having my house a little less dreary for the rest of the winter. 

 

Pretty winter vase made with supplies from Dollar Tree Be sure to sign up for the Dollar Tree Value Seeker's Club for access to the instructions for this project and lots more like it!  I already bought the supplies for another easy decoration that I plan to make for my bedroom.

What project do you think you would like to try first?

 

Free Goal-Setting Printables

Have you thought about what you'd like to accomplish in 2014?

More importantly, have you thought about what God wants you to accomplish this year?

My husband and I have a date planned for this Friday night to sit down and make a list of goals that we believe God would have our family to work towards.

I will also be sitting down this evening to work on my personal goals for this year.

You've probably all heard the old saying, “If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time.”  I want to aim for something.  In this season of my life, that may not be anything “big”.  My life is full right now with taking care of my home and children, and there's not much room for many “big” things.  And that's okay.

As you think through your goals for the year, just keep them simple and realistic.  You don't have to come up with specific steps for reaching those goals quite yet – I'll be providing printable worksheets for that within the next few days.  Just start jotting down everything you can think of that you'd like to accomplish, then go back and pray over your list and re-evaluate what you should keep and what you should cross off.  Remember, if you try to focus on doing too much, you'll actually accomplish less.

You can use these free printable goal setting sheets.

Free Goal-Setting Printables

Download Here

I've included the following:

 

Spiritual goals – Do you want to read all the way through the Bible this year?  Memorize a large passage of scripture?  Those things go here.

Personal goals – this is for things like exercising, personal hobbies, home business ventures like blogging or direct sales, etc.

Homemaking goals – this includes anything that has to do with your home and family like menu planning, cleaning and organizing, spending quality time with your husband or children, etc.

Family goals – this is for goals that you set as a family and all work on together.  Maybe you'd like to accomplish some yard or house projects together or participate in some type of ministry as a family.  Work on those goals together and put them here.

You'll probably want to put these printables in a binder as I will be offering many, many printables this year as a part of Project Simplify.  (Get the first one here if you missed it.)

Don't forget to subscribe to email updates so you can keep up with each step of Project Simplify and receive the new printables as they are published.  Simply enter your email address in the form below this post.

What area do you most need to simplify this year?

 

Best Homemaking Posts of 2013

I belong to a group of bloggers called the Alternative Living Network, and we have come together to show you our Best Homemaking Posts of 2013!

Grab a cup of tea and enjoy browsing!  I've divided them into categories for you so you can quickly find what interests you the most.

 

Homemaking Posts

Time Management

Time Management

10 Tips for Successful Time Management

When You Can't Do it All

How to Define Your Priorities

Time Management Pitfalls

7 Ways to Add Hours to Your Day

Tools for Geting (& Staying) Prepared

 

Healthy Eating

 

Healthy Food and Lifestlye

 Healthy Eating 101: Where Do I Start?

Where To Shop for Healthy Food

Where to Shop for Healthy Food (Part 2)

The Anti-Bacterial Movement: Are We Destroying Our Immune Systems?

Is a High Speed Blender Worth It?

Sourcing Quality Produce

Freezing Fresh Vegetables

Don't Surround Your Baby in Plastic

Making Plastic Free Choices

Organic Cotton: Worth the Investment?

 

 

Saving Money

Saving Money

How to Afford to Be a Stay At Home Mom

37 Easy Ways to Save Money

No Spend Month Challenge

15 Simple Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

If It's Broken, Fix It!  Don't Buy a New One!

Simple Tips to Help You Start Living Healthier Without Breaking the Bank

 

Green Living

Green Living

Using Cloth in the Kitchen

The Paper Free Kitchen

The Whys and Hows of Family Cloth

Natural Ways to Trap Fruit Flies

Keeping Bugs Away

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipes

8 Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

 

Cleaning and Organizing

Cleaning and Organizing

Just Do the Next Thing

5 Simple Tips for the Housekeeping Challenged

Find Your Sheets!  Organizing the Linen Closet

Reusable Mop Pad

How to Organize Your Laundry Room

Easy Frugal Organization for Children's Activities or Craft Supplies

Storing Hand Me Downs

10 Reasons to Start Simplifying

Organizing a Small Space

Organize Your Fridge and Reduce Food Waste

Organizing Recipes in a Digital World

One Simple Thing That Will Make a Big Difference in Your Day

Decluttering Challenge

How to Declutter Your Home in 7 Easy Steps

 

 

Homemaking Tips

Miscellaneous Homemaking Tips

Easy Workout Routine for Busy Women

It's a Mirage

Why I Purposely Waste Money

Accepting Grace in This Season

5 Things I Learned as a Brand New Homemaker

Easy Tips to Show Hospitality to Overnight Guests

How to Survive When You're In Survival Mode

 

*Disclaimer: I do not necessarily endorse all of the content found on these other blogs.  Please read at your own discretion.*

If you want to find a bunch of other great posts from our network on all kinds of topics like Homeschooling, Home Remedies, Christian Growth, and lots and lots and LOTS of healthy recipes, be sure to visit these other blogs between 12/23 and 12/31.

Whole Intentions

Feed Me, Mama

It Takes Time

The Entwife's Journal

The Ezer Wife

Your Thriving Family

Nourishing Simplicity

Richly Rooted

Joyful Thrifty Home

Day 2 Day Joys

Wisdom Seeking Mommy

Natural Momma in Progress

Accidentally Green

Georgetown MN

Growing Slower

Imperfect Homemaker

Simple Life Abundant Life

Natural Living Mamma

Whole New Momma

Nourishing Faith and Family

Live Essentially

Free Gift Inventory Printable

This free printable Gift Inventory is just the first of many free printables I'll be offering this year to help you be more organized.

The theme on the blog for 2014 is “Project Simplify”.  I want to simplify my life by reducing clutter both in my home and my schedule so that I have more space to accomplish more!

As I babystep my way toward simplifying my life, I'll be sharing helpful resources with you as I go along.

I'm starting with this printable gift inventory because right now there are lots of after Christmas sales going on and I am already starting my gift shopping for 2014.

Here's how I plan to use this list:

  • I will list the names of every person for whom I would normally buy gifts in a year.  If I would normally give them more than one gift (for example, a birthday gift and a Christmas gift), I will list their name separately for each occasion.
  • I will either write gift ideas as I think of them, or if I stumble across a clearance item I will go ahead and buy it and write down what I got them so I will remember what I have purchased for whom.
  • I'll also write down the date that I need to have the gift by (their birthdate or the date of our family Christmas gathering, etc.)

With everyone already listed out for the year I can think ahead and shop for good deals all year long.  I also won't have to worry about scrambling for gifts at the last minute!

Free Gift Inventory Printable

Download and Print your Gift Inventory Here.

 

If you want to make sure you don't miss any of the other resources for Project Simplify, be sure you're subscribed to free email updates!  You can subscribe right below this post.

What areas of your life do you need to work on simplifying?

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