Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts

Friday, April 12, 2019

How to grow wheat berry grass to have living easter basket grass

We started a tradition of growing our own Easter basket grass from wheat berries about six years ago. I hate plastic Easter grass and needed an eco-friendly alternative. We had been using shredded green paper but this real Easter grass (AKA wheatgrass) is super easy to grow in about seven days. The best part? When you are done with Easter, the wheatgrass is edible! 

To eat the wheatgrass, blend it into smoothie, run it through your juicer or feed it to your pet rabbit or chickens! Growing wheatgrass is really easy and makes your Easter baskets look extra fancy. Plus there's no waste, so it's an eco-friendly win all around!


Monday, January 14, 2019

How to make an easy DIY wreath that lasts all winter

I love the subtle elegance of white and silvery winter decor.

When I took down my Christmas wreath in January, I knew I wanted to do something pretty and classic that would last through the rest of winter.

This pretty DIY winter wreath featuring snowflakes was my answer!

If your family doesn't do Christmas and just wants a pretty non-Christmas wreath for your door, this is great for this, too!


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to decorate in rustic farmhouse style for fall

With the leaves changing and the weather becoming more cold and blustery, it's time to decorate for fall! 

Beautiful, farmhouse style decor is the perfect way to decorate with pumpkins and leaves in chic style. 

I love all of these different rustic decor ideas because they will take all the way from first fall to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Just decorate once and you'll be set until Christmas!

I've linked to my favorite farmhouse decor ideas for fall. Some are small projects and others are whole home tours! Be sure to read my blurbs because that living room shot you love might actually have 10 more of the whole house if you click over to see!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Adorable kawaii unicorn craft project - turn an empty jar into a rainbow unicorn. It's the perfect unicorn gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff!
If you love rainbow unicorns, you will LOVE this adorable kawaii unicorn craft!

Hi Creative Green Living friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a super fun kawaii unicorn craft with you. Rainbow unicorns are the most magical creatures. So, of course when looking for inspiration for my latest recycled craft, I went in a kawaii unicorn direction.

Inspired by the magical rainbow unicorn, and this unicorn mason jar succulent planter takes the prize for "most coveted" of unicorn crafts. It would make the perfect gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff. 

Hosting a unicorn party? Make a bunch of these rainbow unicorn mason jar planters and use them as party decorations. They double as the perfect unicorn party favor!

This project is easy to make in an afternoon and a fun craft for tweens and teens. Absolutely adorable, and when you see how simple it is, you'll be kawaii unicorn crazy, too!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This tale of my epic search for loveable hypoallergenic carpet is brought to you by Mohawk Flooring Air.o Unified Soft Flooring.
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When we bought our house two-and-a-half years ago, one of the things we wanted to replace immediately was the carpet (you can see all of the before pictures of the house here). It was sixteen years old, stained and stretched out - in two of the rooms the carpet was so stretched out that it formed giant ripples big enough that you could pinch!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Pretty farmhouse style pantry organization makeover ideas

There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. If you are looking for some pretty and practical farmhouse style pantry organization ideas, stick around! My pantry had been a hot mess and I needed to get it under control. After looking at some different pantry organization ideas on Pinterest, I had an idea of the direction I needed to go but I needed to execute it farmhouse style!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best craft projects of 2017
It's fun to look back on the year and see what projects were the most popular. I've traditionally done this with my own projects, but this year I collaborated with some of the best DIY and craft bloggers to see what was popular on their sites as well. Think of this like your own custom Pinterest board of the best craft projects to do according to Google and Pinterest. 

When you look at what the popular projects were, you can definitely see some trends - especially in the first category of rainbows, unicorns and mermaids. It felt like you couldn't go anywhere on social media without running into at least one unicorn or mermaid a day. Rainbows, likewise were everywhere! I've also got some of the best home organization, decor, wearables and crafts for kids on this list. Take a look at see if there is a must-make project you haven't tried yet!


Monday, November 27, 2017

If you have a LEGO lover in your house, you probably have a whole bin full (or a floor full?) of LEGOs that you can use to build your own DIY ornaments! 

LEGO Christmas ornaments are fun and eco friendly because after Christmas, you can take them apart you can keep using them the rest of the year - unlike the glass balls that take up space in your garage or attic 11 months out of the year.

This LEGO Christmas tree was kid-designed by my seven year old son who wants to be a LEGO master builder when he grows up. 

He has also started dabbling in LEGO stop motion animations and helped me make the video that appears below! If you can't tell, I'm a pretty proud mama.

This DIY LEGO ornament is really easy to make. 

We used a rainbow of different studs for the ornaments but you can use whatever color studs you happen to have to decorate your LEGO Christmas tree. The translucent studs would make a great option as well because they look like glass ornaments or lights.

 Love LEGO Christmas Ornaments?

 Learn how to make a LEGO candy cane ornament to go with your Christmas tree ornament here: 
How to Build a LEGO Candy Cane Christmas Ornament


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

If you love Star Wars like we do then you will LOVE these Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns! Whether you like painting, carving or decorating, there's a pumpkin here for you!  Whether you love porgs, droids, the dark side, the death star, C3PO, R2D2 and more - there's a pumpkin for you! These 12 DIY Star Wars pumpkin tutorials are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit as you decorate your front porch for Halloween in true geek chic fashion.  


Friday, August 4, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.
When we moved out of "The Townhouse" and into "The Farmhouse", we actually moved into a smaller home. Our four bedroom home is only about 1400 square feet and the great room where we spend most of our time serves as the living room, the dining room AND the corridor to the back yard. There's a lot going on in this 20' x 14.5' space!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aren't cassette tapes the coolest?  They bring back some fabulous childhood memories.  Making mixed tapes of all the best songs by recording the radio. Rewinding, untangling that tape, and the inevitable glitches mid-song from a snagged tape. My children will never understand the wonders of the cassette tape.  Did you ever use cassettes? Do you still have some hanging around?  They are the perfect recycled craft medium for this fun planter. I got a bunch from my church when they were getting rid of the antiquated technology.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Can you believe spring is ready to get started here? Every year as we turn the corner from February into March I want to decorate with all things spring - succulents, flowers, butterflies and more. When PaperMart reached out to me to ask if I wanted to work with them on a sponsored tutorial using their supplies I was immediately drawn to their collection of different butterflies. Combining the butterflies with the rustic feel of a pallet board makes the perfect farmhousey style spring decor.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Like most full time professional bloggers, I work from home. What I call my studio is a combination of craft room, home office, photography studio and writer's office. That's a lot of things to cram into one room! I need a place to sit (or stand) and work on my computer as well as store my huge stockpile of craft supplies - plus a place to photograph or make videos of everything. 

The color scheme is light and bright - with a rainbow of colors (because "rainbow" IS my favorite color). Come take a look around!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spring is on its way and I am ready to get all things green and growing integrated into my decor! On my front door, I have this great heart chalkboard instead of a wreath. My door is not ideally situated to have real, live succulents hanging on it (also: I would absolutely forget to water them) so I opted for some faux succulents. It's also really easy to make - and will take less than 15 minutes to complete for start to finish!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I'm working on a full pantry makeover that matches the modern farmhouse style happening in the rest of the house. One of the things I have in my pantry is a set of crates that hold smaller things like spices, bags of baking supplies, baking mixes, etc. It keeps small things wrangled and in the case of baking, I can just pull out the whole crate to bring to the counter when doing baking projects.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Last year my Christmas decorating was really limited to having a tree and doing up my mantel. This year, I expanded my holiday decor to match my modern farmhouse look and set up a few new things including this JOY sign. 

I have a massive wall behind my couch which needed a large decor piece and this worked perfectly. I didn't happen to have any huge pieces of barnwood on hand so I used a faux barnwood treatment to get it to look like old barn wood or a pallet and paired it with milk painted letters and a pretty wreath. Even though my finished piece is 24" x 48" this whole project scales up or down beautifully to be any size you need for your space. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This adorable snow globe soap pump is the perfect way to add an unexpected dash of Christmas to the kitchen or bathroom sinks in your home. Throughout the year I keep most of the decor in my home fairly neutral and then swap out accessories like this for different holidays. It makes me smile every time I go to use the kitchen sink!

Bonus: You need ZERO crafting skills to pull off this project!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

If you need a way to add some green to the inside of your home, succulents are a great way to do it! Make these adorable planters out of recycled cans, burlap and lace and in just a few minutes you'll be ready with your own console table-worthy creation!

Costa Farms partnered with me on this post and provided these great succulents from their desert escape collection. Look for Costa Farms succulents at your local Home Depot and Lowe's stores.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I've talked before about my large glass jar collection. Not only are glass jars great for holding leftovers, but they make a great craft medium as well. (see all my projects using glass jars here!).

For this project, you can transform empty glass jars into lacey votive candle holders in less than 15 minutes with just a handful of supplies.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Do you call Oregon home? You'll love these rustic barnwood inspired blocks. This DIY project lets you recreate an aged look without all the time and water normally required to age things naturally! Plus, you'll have 5 more sides you can decorate if you'd like! I did two other sides to also spell "love" and "joy".

This project is part of a partnership with five other Oregon bloggers to bring you awesome home state projects. Check those out at the bottom!

Of course, I hope you'll feel inspired even if you don't live in Oregon! Just swap out the Oregon silhouette for a silhouette of your state OR use the heart template I provide instead. 

Ready to make this? Let's get started!

Friday, July 22, 2016

If you're new here, let me catch you up:

At the end of last year, we sold our townhouse and bought a one-story home in a semi-rural town about 10 miles away that was stuck in the 90's - and not in a cool, trendy way.

It's the ultimate project house: every single room in this house needs help.

It's not that old (it was built in 1999) so things were in fairly good condition when we bought it. The colors, though! Oh my word. Let's just say my main living area was mauve and sage green and weird 90's design choices (like: no window sills. In the whole house).

You can see all our Farmhouse projects I have done do far but for now let's focus on my living room...

Friday, June 3, 2016

The school year is almost over! The weather is (finally) cooperating! It's time for all of us to get outside and start thinking about hosting an outdoor party. Probably not together in one huge group, because there are too many of us for my backyard, but we could all do it simultaneously and it would be just as fun. I did some looking recently and found a lot of easy, creative DIY projects and recipes that will help us pull off the ultimate outdoor get-together. It's all here--decorations, games, food--so kick back and start planning.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Do you need an easy, last minute Easter decoration? This Easter decor craft is super easy and took less than half an hour to put together! It was the perfect addition to our Easter mantle decor above our fireplace. Also, because you only need a few small pieces of each type of cardstock, this is a great way to use up paper scraps from scrapbooking or card making if you have them!


  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Baker's twine
  • Mini clothespins (I needed 2 bags)
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    Sunday, February 7, 2016

    I'm about 90% of the way done with getting my home office / studio / craft room put together. If you'll recall from the "Great Big Before" tour the room looked like this:

    And now (at least the wall by my desk) looks like this:

    SO MUCH better! I removed the wallpaper border, painted the walls with my favorite zero-VOC paint from Colorhouse in the Bisque.02 color and got my desk put together. I'm planning on writing more about how I put my office together later - for now I want to teach you about my awesome sign.

    It was inspired by a set of printables available form The Girl Creative and turned my vision into something more 3-D and more farmhousey. I love it above my desk! 

    Here's how to make it:


    • 30" x 11.5" white pallet board
    • 4" tall paper mache letters (the 'b' is 4" tall, the 'e' is 2.5" for reference)
    • Cursive chipboard letters
    • Martha Stewart Craft Paint in:
      • Wedding Cake (white)
      • Amaranth (pink)
      • HabeƱero (red)
      • Marmalade (orange)
      • Chamomile (yellow)
      • Pea Shoot (green)
      • Beach Glass (blue/green)
      • Pond (blue)
      • Purple Yam (purple)
      • Gold metallic 
    • Paint brushes
    • Push Pins
    • Yard stick
    • High temp hot glue gun (this is the gun I use)
    • Professional strength hot glue
    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. All of my supplies except the Martha Stewart Paint and Hot Glue Gun came from Craft Warehouse, a local craft chain in the Pacific Northwest.


    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    I'm slowly plugging away decorating the mantle in the The Farmhouse. It started with my "I Love You to the Moon and Back"  rustic picture frame and is slowly growing from there. Right now I have a huge mirror and three picture frame and thought I needed to a add a jar with a candle. When I was at IKEA last week, I saw this Ensidig fat glass vase and decided it would be perfect! Some lima beans, a doily, baker's twine mixed in and five minutes later I had a pretty candle holder! Here's how to make it:


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    Monday, January 25, 2016

    On a recent trip to my local craft store, I fell in love with a premade pallet-style board and decided to turn it into a frame to use in The Farmhouse. I love the rustic feel of the pallet and the chippy, distressed look of the little frame. The whole thing oozes "modern farmhouse chic" - which is the style we're using for our new house. I absolutely love it!

    You can pick up everything you need for this craft at Craft Warehouse (a Pacific Northwest craft chain). For the rest of you, check out Hobby Lobby (which, as far as I can tell, carries similar items). I've included links below for similar items I found on Amazon and other retailers.


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    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Earlier this month, I did a full and proper tour of the Creative Green Living townhouse. We sold that house at the end of September and moved into our new house in the next town over in October. So while I've been calling the old house is "The Townhouse," the new house is being called "The Farmhouse." Not because it came with a farm (it didn't) but because I've got big plans for our backyard to turn into a microfarm. That and "modern farmhouse" is the aesthetic I'm going for in the makeovers and decor.

    And boy-o-boy will there be makeovers!

    We basically bought this house for two reasons:
    1. I desperately wanted a yard
    2. I need projects to work on and write about for the next few years. 
    So, let's meet The Farmhouse shall we?

    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    Step inside Carissa's cozy suburban townhome to see their kid friendly and eco-friendly decor! The rooms are a mix of traditional, eclectic and vintage. Get links to all the before and after makeovers and see how far you can really go on a real world budget!

    Have you ever seen a blogger do a home tour? I totally have and you know what I thought?

    I thought: I could never do one of those. 

    Because the truth is that I'm a mom and I also work full time - and I have two tiny roommates (that would be my children) that make keeping my house tidy really really hard. So when you see pictures of a clean, neatly styled room in a post I wrote, it's probably because I cleaned that room only solely for the purpose of photographing it. In fact, a friend of mine came over one time and said "you know, from your website, you'd never know that your house actually looks like this." This, of course, meant like a 5 year old and a baby had "helped decorate" and several days of dishes were piled in my sink. Sigh.

    But then we decided to sell our house

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    This post is brought to you by FolkArt Paint.

    Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? Plaid Crafts recently asked me to use some of their FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint to whip up some budget friendly Halloween decor. To meet their challenge, I decided to transform some flower pots into adorable spiders. This is a perfect way to repurpose used terracotta pots (just wash them first!) - or if needed you can pick up some new ones at your local craft store or dollar store for less than $1 each!

    The great thing about the FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint is that not only can you use it on everything from wood to pottery to glass and more - but it is super durable, too! This means that these decorations will resist both moisture and rust so you can leave them outside without worries. Of course the greenie in me loves that it's a non-toxic water based formula - so no stinky smells or VOCs to pollute the air in my home.

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    I have been working on this project for what feels like forever. Perhaps because I started it a year ago and then hung it on my wall (unfinished) to get it out of the way. And then I finished it this week. Finally. Two weeks before I move to a totally new house. Ha!

    The move was my incentive to finally get this thing finished. Since I worked so hard on my dining room makeover and since I'm moving away from said dining room in two weeks I figured I had better actually finish it if I want nice pictures, eh? Ain't no minute like the very last minute.


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    Friday, July 31, 2015

    There's nothing like a deadline to make you stop procrastinating, eh? When we bought our house more than 6 years ago, a really ugly cabinet that goes over the toilet came with the house. I vowed to get rid of it. And then one year passed. And two years. And three years. And, well, you get the picture. Cabinet was still there. Then last month, we decided we were really serious about selling our house so we needed to get serious about de-uglifying the bathroom!


    Monday, March 30, 2015

    easy to make frozen centerpieces for a Disney Frozen party

    When my best friend's daughter turned five, she decided to have a Disney Frozen themed party. I made these easy DIY centerpieces featuring snowflakes and sparkles - everything Elsa loves! This pretty Frozen center piece idea also doubles as a party favor since guests can take them home to use as magic wands! Just let each guest choose a snowflake wand to bring home and practice their freezing powers.

    If the birthday kid has a Frozen inspired bedroom, use hot glue instead of wood glue to attach the snowflakes to the wands so you can pop them off after the party and turn them into Disney Frozen bedroom decor! Attach them to the wall or hang them with clear fishing line (high enough not to be a hazard, of course!).

    While I made these for a Disney Frozen birthday party, if you need decorations for a winter themed banquet or a snowflake party, these would make great decorations for that as well!

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    When I made over my kids' bathroom, I wanted to replace the towel  bar with hooks they could hang their hooded towels on. To dress it up a bit, I wanted to put each child's initial over their hook. Plain monograms are so boring! I decided to dress them up a bit with washi tape to make them more fun!

    The nice thing about these particular monograms is that they can stand up on their own (as pictured above) so you could also stand them on a shelf or dresser or hang them on the wall as part of a gallery display.


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