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Set the Table with Faux Tin Place-mats

I have partnered with Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine to bring you
some creative decorating ideas for your home.
Today we will show you how to enhance your dining table with the
delicate beauty of faux-vintage tin ceiling tiles, turned into placemats, as seen
in Farmhouse style -Autumn 2018.

But first, a little about Country Sampler's Farmhouse Style magazine, it is filled with 
step by step  DIY projects and creative decorating tips to create the farmhouse-style 
home of your dreams. Not only that, but each issue features tours into beautiful 
farmhouse-style homes, tips, and advice for simple homesteading such as raising 
backyard chickens or goats, features on innovative artists working with 
rustic materials, special articles for hosting backyard picnics, barn weddings and more!  
Farmhouse Style is available as a quarterly subscription
as well as being available in newsstands nationwide. 

Now let's get started with this fun project.  First, you will need some supplies.

  • 2'x4' vinyl ceiling panels
  • Off-white chalk finish paint
  • Paintbrush 
  • Sandpaper
  • Matte waterproof  spray sealer


1. Cut a 2'x4' vinyl galvanized finish ceiling tile panel into approximately 
12"x18" placemats. (This panel design yielded four placemats vertically along the short side.)

2. Dry brush over each placemat with off-white chalk finish paint, leaving small areas of 
the metal tones underneath exposed. Let it dry.

3. Lightly dab the corners and outer edges of the placemat with brown or rust chalk finish paint.
Then, lightly brush over the entire placemat, using minimal paint. Let it dry.

4. Lightly sand random areas to expose the metal tones underneath.  Finish with a matte waterproof spray sealer.

*Alternatively, small decorative backsplash panels that replicate vintage tin ceiling tiles would also work for this project. 

This is certainly a creative and amazing way to bring texture and a fall feel to your table.
It is a great conversation starter and a lovely farmhouse look. I think that one of my
favorite things about this placemat is the easy cleaning, just wipe and done.

Farmhouse Style is such a fabulous magazine that you will want to treat yourself to every
issue filled with hundreds of gorgeous color photos and great ideas.
Charter subscribers can sign up for a subscription at

I am looking forward to their many fabulous projects, are you?

NEW at the Dollar Tree, Expressions from Hallmark & Heartline a Hallmark Company

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you 
make a purchase after clicking on my links.

There are over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores nationwide and on August 30th every store will carry Expressions From Hallmark, $1 each and Heartline a Hallmark company, 2 for $1. With hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from, you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family and save. 
On August 30th, the following cards will also be available at select stores:
Mahogany: Mahogany enhances emotional connections among family, friends, and the community, and celebrates what is most beloved about Black culture.
Vida: VIDA expresses the voice of Latinos across generations, bringing them closer together to celebrate life’s special moments.
Tree Of Life: Tree of Life brings Jewish family and friends together to celebrate their faith and culture by honoring meaningful holidays and milestones.

I just love this great selection of cards.  Now I don't have to spend so much on one card, but buy several for all occasions and they are all at the Dollar Tree. 

One of my favorite collection is by Joyfully Yours and I believe they are affiliated with DaySpring company. I love the quality and also the messages that are written on the cards.
Joyfully Yours: Joyfully Yours lets family and friends express their faith in just the right way during holidays, special occasions, and moments big and small.
I have viewed a lot of their cards already and they have many varieties to choose from, there are birthday cards, congratulation cards, thank you cards and much more. The quality of the greeting cards is great so you will be saving big on these cards.  

If you are like me and like to be prepared for different events, this gives you the opportunity to buy several cards for different occasions and have them on hand at home, when it's needed. For more information, visit the DollarTree online as well at

I hope that you enjoy the new cards as much as I have and stock up for the year.

Make a Raised Garden Bed

On today's post, I will share our latest project, a "Raised
Garden Bed".  I will keep the post short and sweet.
There are several ways to construct a raised
garden bed, and it all depends on your budget, the size that you
want and the wood you will use.
Our garden bed is 18 inches in height, that gives me enough room to
plant vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions. It is 3 x 6
feet. In order to get an idea for the type of garden bed that you
want to build, I will provide this link here
There, you will see several varieties; you may choose which one to make.

We planted some seeds this summer in biodegradable egg cartons,
so when they sprout, we may plant them in our vegetable garden.
You may view that in my Instagram account.


We added chicken wire to the bottom as well as this dark weed
liner to prevent weeds from growing & critters from digging
from underneath the bed.

My husband measured the width & length on the ground
in order to remove the grass to prepare the ground for the raised bed.

We added the soil and mixed it with organic compost. 


After the soil was mixed into the garden bed, we added the plants.


I hope that this inspires you today to create your own garden bed.
Thank you for stopping by.

Cricut Savings on Materials & Machine Bundles

*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Hey friends,  Today I want to share a sale with you from our friends over at Cricut.  
This week, Cricut is offering huge savings on Material & Machine Bundles

For my crafty friends out there, this is a must-have for all kinds of projects, especially with
Valentine's Day ahead!  

So if you are in the market to buy something like this to make crafting a whole lot easier, 
now it's the time to get it along with the supplies on sale.

There are many other products on sale right now on their site, so head on over to their site! is offering Free Standard Shipping on orders $99+ 
with code CRICUTLOVELet me know what you get or what you have made with 
Cricut products. 

Christmas Tree Storage Solution

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. We have enjoyed our Christmas celebration this
year with family and friends as we have sung songs, played games, and feasted on sweets. As
we move onto the twelve days of Christmas, it is our tradition to keep our Nativity set out until
the Epiphany which falls on January the 6th. The rest of our Christmas decoration is
put away until next Christmas. This year I have partnered with Tree Classics to share
our storage tips.

For this campaign, I received a Deluxe Upright Tree storage bag from Tree Classics, in order to
put away the Christmas tree and decorations with ease as we transition into the New Year.
When I received the Deluxe Upright Tree storage bag, I unpacked the bag from the box and laid
it out on the floor to get a better look.  My Tree Classics Christmas tree is 7.5 foot tall, so this
storage bag is a perfect solution for storage.
Deluxe Upright Tree Storage

To store your tree make sure to unplug it, then remove all of the ornaments and decorations.
At our home, we usually start from the bottom of the tree and work our way up
to the top until everything is removed. I lay the ornaments on the table and then store them
away after the tree is in the storage bag. Here’s a tip to help make your transition
a bit easier. Purchase one to three ornament storage containers so that your
ornaments are all in one place when you need them.  This makes storing and decorating so
much easier year after year. There are many places that offer storage containers for
ornaments including online, you may be creative and use anything around your home as well.
I am currently using one of these storage boxes for my glass ornaments and store my other
ornaments in bags to store them inside the tree bag inside the bottom pocket.

Once all the decorations have been removed from the tree, I unplug each section of my Kennedy
Fir Narrow Christmas Tree from the center.  This will make it easy to move the tree sections if
they need to be moved.

The storage bag that I received is a tough canvas-like material.  It feels thick and sturdy plus
it looks like it will keep out dust and dirt from the tree. The bag has sturdy compression straps
that provide the tree with maximum support which I love.  This bag accommodates fully
assembled trees that measure up to 7.5 feet tall and features an extra pocket for storing away
extra ornaments and accessories.

Tree Classics

Tree Classics

The side handles make moving the tree easy. A clear tag holder allows you to identify the bag’s
contents conveniently.

The bag measures 30” long x 30” wide x 89” high and is made of heavy-duty 100% polyester
fabric.  The storage bag attaches to your tree stand and may be used like a simple tree skirt
during the Christmas season.
(Below is the image of the top opening of the Tree Bag.)

When it is time to put your tree away, you will open the bag, lay it flat on the ground and put
your arm through to the bag until you reach the bottom where you will place your tree stand.
Then align the bag with your tree base and slide the bag over it.  Tip the bag over to fasten the
straps to your tree stand with the buckles provided, then flip the stand back over.  Place your tree
on the stand, make sure that there are no ornaments on your tree.  Have two people pull the bag
upwards like a funnel as it compresses the branches upwards as you move it. Once you reach the
top of the tree gather the bag and pull the string tight. If you a have a tree that is taller than
7.5 feet, you may have to remove the top of the tree and place it in the bottom pocket.
When the tree is in the bag, fasten the buckles on the sides for further compressing into place.
To store it carefully tilt it a bit and carry the tree into storage until next year.

When it is that time of the year again, grab your tree from storage, unfasten the top zippers &
straps, pull it down and gather it on the inside of the bag’s base to hide the rest of the
bag forming a tree skirt.

I love my Tree Classics Christmas Tree Storage Bag, it is easier for me to put away my tree as
well as carry it out to get it ready for the Holidays. I think it is a great quality bag, I do not see
any negatives, but only the convenience of this bag. If you want a Tree Storage bag, head over
to Tree Classics, they are having a sale right now!

Thank you, Tree Classics for hosting the Deluxe Upright Storage Bag campaign.

Be sure to visit  Laura from Pet Scribbles for more creative ideas on how to store your
Christmas decorations and ornaments and visit the Tree Classics Facebook page live at
7:30EST as the campaign closes with Jennifer Lutz from Tree Classics.

*Disclosure: Tree Classics sponsored the item on this post. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. There may be affiliate links in this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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