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***Fall Decorating On a Budget***

Fall is here, well at least in most of the country.  In Arizona we are still in the high 90’s, but we had a huge cool down yesterday which got me into the fall spirit.  Shopping isn’t in the cards today, so I thought I would pull out some items from the dollar store and throw a few things together. It was so fun!

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Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan and an Early Christmas Present

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Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan and an Early Christmas Present


It’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas around here. 

The tree is decorated (by my kids of course) and the stockings are hung. 

The lights sparkle in and out as we get ready to celebrate that important day – Christmas. 

This year I wanted to give myself an early Christmas present.  I have had a pair of caned barrel back chairs for a couple of years.  I was waiting to build up the courage to paint and reupholster them.  I knew it was going to be a tough one.  You see, upholstery is a challenge for me.  I knew the painting would be easy and I knew exactly what I was going to do. 

I made it through… Phew!

You know how much I adore Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, right?

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Technique

I’ve had so many successes with this paint that when it comes to painting furniture, this is my ultimate “go to” paint.

This is where I began…

Slipcovered Grey Before Caned Back Chair

For $25.00 a piece, these chairs were in need of some TLC to update them to survive in the twenty first century. 

I decided to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® in


Paris Grey


Old White.

***See color swatches here***

The first step – I removed all of the upholstery and then started painting.

Using the Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush I painted a coat of Graphite over

the body of the chair

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

leaving the caning for Paris Grey.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

Paris Grey was then applied to the caning.

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and dry brushed over the entire piece.

This is where the dimension and texture is picked up and what I love.

Dry Brushing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

If you would like a full tutorial on dry brushing you can see that here.

Once the Paris Grey was dry

I applied a dry brush coat of Old White over the ornamental areas and where I felt it needed a little more texture and highlighting.

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Can you see the texture and dimension?

It’s so fun to see it come to life.

Lastly, with an Annie Sloan Wax Brush, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax.

After buffing the wax the upholstering began and before too long

I was done!

Merry early Christmas Present to me!

Here is one of the finished beauties…

Slipcovered Grey before and after using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I upholstered with drop cloth because I love that look

and placed a plaid throw and fluffy reindeer pillow on top for a festive feel.


Slipcovered Grey using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

See the reindeer pillow tutorial here.

Slipcovered Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial


So there you go…

My early Christmas Gift.

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And one more so you can see the side.

Slipcovered Grey Chair Tutorial Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Are you working on any fun projects for an early present?

I’d love to hear.

Now I better get wrapping pretty boxes to put under that tree.

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If you would like to learn more about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

it is easy. 

Annie Sloan has many books available.

One of my favorites is

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations

where she shows you project after project achieving the looks





Every. Single. Moment.




****Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan provided me with paint, wax, brushes, and book to complete this project.  All opinions above are my own. ***

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A Creative Christmas – The Easy Way

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A Creative Christmas – The Easy Way

This Christmas is going to be a little different… 

With a new house, 

boxes that need unpacking in several rooms, 

painted spaces far from what I’d choose,

and a mess here and there.

Different as it’s not going to be a home tour Christmas like last year,



it will be “full” of Christmas.

I want splashes of the season to fill our unfinished house.

Splashes that remind us (me) that this home will always be a canvas – a continuing project.


Christmas deserves the lights and celebration.

It doesn’t matter what the canvas looks like.


With my limited time, I needed to create a new and fresh look quickly.

Something that was easy to do

with a beautiful end product.

I’ve found it,

and now…

it’s turned into a bit of an addiction.

The addiction is Jennifer Rizzo’s Creative Christmas Stencils by Royal Design Studio.



Time consuming?


(The stenciling is the easy part, of course you can elaborate your projects which could be more time consuming)

Beautiful end product?

Yep – I’m happy!


Do you want a peek?

Okay, let’s go...

Christmas Chalkboard Stenciled Wreath

I wanted a simple decorated wreath,

using the Classic Letter Christmas Stencils I created a Joyeux Noel wreath

with chalkboard discs.

Under the wreath plaid pillows flank a faux fur reindeer pillow.

Royal Designs Jennifer Rizzo Christmas

Reindeer decor, in my opinion, has to be part of the holiday decor.

Using the Reindeer Christmas Stencil

helped to achieve the look I was going for.

I envisioned something light, fluffy, and fun.

Jennifer Rizzo Christmas Stencils

It gives this room Christmas cheer.

Don’t you think?

Christmas with Royal Designs Studio and Jennifer Rizzo Stencils

Notice the tree,

using the Classic Letter Christmas Stencil again, I created mirrored letters.

Glittered Mirror Letters

They can be used on the tree, garland, as monogrammed gift tags, or for dressing up a table.

Glittered Stenciled Mirror

The mirrors reflect the Christmas lights at night and create a beautiful glow.


a pop of red on the bed definitely sets the Christmas mood in my son’s room.

Jennifer Rizzo Royal Designs Christmas Stencils

Using the Holiday Garland Christmas Stencil

Jennifer Rizzo Christmas Stencils with Royal Design Studio

paired with the Classic Letter Stencil makes the perfect combination for a holiday pillow.

I am thrilled with the end result and am glad to add a little Creative Christmas Cheer

throughout the house. 

This is just the beginning of what could be created with the holiday stencils.

Head over to Royal Design Studios and check out

Jennifer Rizzo’s Collection of Christmas Stencils.

I would love to hear what you would choose and what you would create.


In the meantime,



Every. Single. Moment.



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***p.s. – just for you – check out the tutorial photos below so you can create this look in your home too***

***Royal Design Studio Stencils provided me with the Jennifer Rizzo Stencils to create and share with you.  I am so glad they did! 

This is just the beginning…

All of the opinions above are my own.***


DIY Creative Christmas Slipcovered Grey

Joyeux Noel Wreath

Christmas Wreath1.  3″ wooden discs

2.  Paint with Chalkboard Paint

3.  Tape the Classic Letter Stencil to a surface – I used cardboard

4.  Insert disc and use Chalk to fill in the stencil

5.  Spray discs with a matte finish protector coat

6.  Place discs on wreath

Reindeer Stenciled Fur Pillow

Fur Reindeer Pillow1.  Tape fabric on color safe surface – I used cardboard

2.  Tape Reindeer Stencil to fabric – I used tape to shorten the reindeer to fit on the pillow

3.  Paint fabric using fabric paint

After the reindeer was painted and dry, I sewed a seam around the perimeter and frayed the fabric on the edges to incorporate the fur with a soft line.  It was then sewn onto the pillow.

The end result made sewing fur so worth it!  (If you’ve sewn fur, you know what I’m talking about)

Mirrored Letter Ornaments

Jennifer Rizzo Stencil Holiday Collection

1.  3″ Square mirrors

2.  Tape the Classic Letter Stencil to a surface – I used cardboard

3.  Insert mirror

4./5.  Use glitter paint to fill in stencil 

(The glitter paint may not cover completely, but once dry and glimmering in the light, looks great)

6.  Use the square mirror how you wish.  Using hot glue, I added ribbon to the back of mine for versatility.

Garland “Noel” Pillow

Jennifer Rizzo Collection StencilsNot pictured – tape fabric to color safe surface.  I used cardboard.

Measure to determine where to place Garland Stencil.  Using white fabric paint stencil on to fabric.

1.  Once garland is dry, place a piece of tape where you would like the lettering. 

This helps to have a perfectly straight “NOEL”

2.  Tape the stencil above the line and stencil with fabric paint.

3.  Sew together.



Thanksgiving Table Recap and Tutorial

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Thanksgiving Table Recap and Tutorial

Where has the time gone? 

I keep asking myself this every day. 

Here we are again…

Thanksgiving has come and gone

and Christmas will be here before we know it. 

It seems like yesterday when I was posting Christmas Cheer from Georgia.

Christmas Tree

and now it’s going to be in Arizona.



I am finally to a point where I can decorate in the new house.

We still are not completely unpacked, but hey,

holidays with friends and family gatherings are much more important.

This year Joe’s brother and his wife were here for Thanksgiving.

We wanted to make it special as we had not seen them for a couple of years.

I set the table early, because I knew planning the menu and cooking would keep me busy

and I wanted a nice tablescape for the big dinner.

Do you want to see what I did?

Here you go…

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The table was full of ruffles to give a relaxed and romantic feel.

Layered with candelabras, mercury glass, pumpkins, pine cones, and greenery.

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The mercury glass and water glasses are Home Goods finds,

the pine cone was found at Lake Tahoe,

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the pumpkins and glass square candle jars are Dollar Store finds,

the pedestal, candelabra, and pear are garage sale and Goodwill,

and the dinnerware is from Ballard Designs.

I grabbed what I had on hand and made the best of it.

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The ruffled tablecloth is two bed-skirts layered one on top of the other and topping it off is a linen tablecloth.

I’ve had these bed-skirts for years, but you can find similar ones here.

The Dollar Store Pumpkin and Glass Candle Holders were given a little gold “bling” to add to the fall color scheme.

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They were very easy to do.

Here are the supplies…

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Dollar Store glass candle holder, pumpkins, and a paint brush.


the secret ingredient is

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Liquid Leaf

It’s as easy as painting it on…

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and taping off the glass jar,

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and painting.

Eventually you will have a candle holder that looks like this…

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These candle holders can be used over and over again, not just for Thanksgiving.

Imagine the possibilities with Liquid Leaf.

There you have it…

an easy tablescape for Thanksgiving or any fall festive dinner.

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Now on to decorating for Christmas!



Every. Single. Moment.




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