Archive for the Decorating Category

Dec 1 2016

Christmas Advent Calendar

Hello December!

This month is a special one for many reasons. First and foremost it’s the month in which we celebrate our Savior’s birth! It’s a month full of traditions and celebrations, including my daughter’s first birthday….I can’t even believe how quickly this year has gone by and that I’m going to have a one year old!

I want to savor each and every day this month with my family, soaking up the sounds, smells and tastes of the season!  One of my favorite traditions and ways to make this month special is by creating an advent calendar.  When I was younger we’d always have one, whether it was one of those cardboard houses with the chocolates behind each window or one made from strips of construction paper to make a chain.

Keeping with tradition, I put together a new advent calendar for this year. I wanted to keep it simple and neutral, and that’s just what I did.  It was super easy and I know it’s already December 1st, but it’s not too late to make one yourself!  Just take a quick trip to the craft store (don’t forget your coupon!)


Here’s what you will need:

  • 24 muslin drawstring bags (found in the wedding craft aisle at Michael’s)
  • 1 star Christmas ornament (roughly the same size as the bags)
  • 25 mini clear Command hooks/strips
  • Stickers numbered 1 through 25 (or stencils or stamps and paint)
  • List of activities and small goodies to fill your bags with
  • Large chalkboard, canvas or wall to attach your bags to

You may find, like I did, that the muslin bags come in packs of 12.  I only needed 25 and wasn’t about to buy a third bag just to use one from it.  I decided to use a star Christmas ornament for Day 1 of my advent calendar.  You’ll then place stickers 2 through 25 on the muslin bags.  Attach command strip hooks to your chalkboard/wall/whatever surface you choose.  I decided to arrange mine in the shape of a Christmas tree.  My bags came with the strings tied in a knot.  I untied them and tied a bow keeping a small loop between the bag and the bow so I could hang from the hooks.  Also, this way the bags didn’t hand so low from the hooks.  Fill each bag with a fun activity to do that day of December or with a small little candy or gift.  For larger items, add a clue for where to find the gift in the little bag.  There you have it, and pretty inexpensive too!

Make this your own, keep it simple and work with what you have. If you have a bulletin board, hang the bags with push pins, or run strips of ribbon on your wall or backdrop and attach the bags to the ribbon with small clothespins.  You can see the advent calendar I made last year here.





Here are some ideas of activities you could include in your advent calendar:

  • Decorate Christmas Tree
  • Visit Santa Claus
  • Go For a Drive to Look at Christmas Lights
  • Decorate a Gingerbread House
  • Make Christmas Cookies
  • Watch a Christmas Movie – Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc.
  • Pack a Shoe Box with Gifts For a Child In Need
  • Make Hot Cocoa
  • Go Christmas Caroling
  • Deliver Candy to a Neighbor

Can’t wait to experience the magic of Christmas through this little one’s eyes! She is excited for our Christmas Advent Calendar.


Wishing you the Merriest Christmas Season!

Signature - Alisa




Nov 29 2015

Christmas Card Wreath

Happy Monday Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful joy-filled Thanksgiving with your families.  We are so thankful for each and every one of you that read our blog, send us emails and leave sweet and encouraging comments.  You all are the best!

Today we are participating in a Creative Christmas Craft Blog Hop and we have a super easy and inexpensive Christmas craft to share with you.  Let’s face it, you will be getting a ton of Christmas cards in the mail these next coming weeks and you only have so much room on the fridge or mantel to display.  So, why not make a Christmas card wreath to display your cards!

DIY Christmas Card Wreath

Materials Needed:

  • (1) 14 inch embroidery hoop
  • (9) mini wooden clothespins (1 3/4 inch long)
  • Wood glue
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Christmas Card Wreath materials


Step 1: Using a ruler or sewing measuring tape, space out your clothespins evenly around the embroidery hoop.  You will want to alternate the clothespins so that every other clothespin opens in the opposite direction (1 inward, the next one outward).  Start with the clothespin at the very bottom of the hoop and position in in line with the screw at the top of the embroidery hoop.  If the hoop was a clock, the bottom clothespin would be at the 6:00 position.  Space 4 clothespins evenly to the right and left of the bottom clothespin.

Christmas Card Wreath Step 1

Step 2: Use a pencil and carefully mark the placement of each of your clothespins, in case they move before you secure them.  Carefully attach your clothespins to the embroidery hoop using wood glue.  Again, make sure to alternate the clothespins to that every other one opens in the opposite direction.  You can use a glue gun, however they will not be as secure as when using wood glue and may fall off when opening and closing the clothespins or when storing your wreath after the Christmas season.

Christmas Card Wreath Step 2

Step 3: Once your wood glue has dried (may take a few hours), tie a ribbon around the top of the embroidery hoop, covering the screw.  You will want to leave room between the hoop and the knot of the bow so that the bow doesn’t sit directly on the hoop.  This allows more space for your Christmas cards.

Christmas Card Wreath Step 3

Step 4: Tie a piece of twine to the ribbon to use to hang your wreath.

Christmas Card Wreath Step 4

Step 5: Clip your Christmas cards to your clothespins.  Instead of cards you can also use to display cute Christmas themed scrapbook paper or notecards!

Christmas Card Wreath by All In Good Twine

Christmas Card Wreath

There you have it!  Super simple right?  Now you have somewhere to display all those Christmas cards that will be pouring in soon!  Get creative and put your own spin on it: paint the embroidery hoop or add washi tape to the clothespins.  To hold even more cards, you can add more clothespins, or attach a second or third embroidery hoop to the first one.  You could even do 3 different embroidery hoop sizes to resemble a snowman.  You could use this same concept to create an advent calendar; instead of displaying Christmas cards, clip envelopes with numbers 1 through 25 and fill the envelope with an activity to do as a family.

Hope you try this out and make your own!  How do you like to display your Christmas cards?

Also, check out how to make our DIY Advent Calendar here!


Be sure to check out the rest of the crafts in the Creative Christmas Blog Hop by clicking on the links below!


Sep 24 2015

Big Boy Room

Hi Everyone!

Being a mom of two little ones has kept me very busy the past couple months!  I’m back today to share my son’s big boy room with you all.  I still can’t believe my little guy is big enough for a big boy room!  A few months after we found out we were pregnant with our second child I started dreaming and planning for my son’s big boy room.  We decided to keep the nursery where it was and move him to the spare bedroom.  I worked on his big boy room for several weeks all the while not letting my little guy know so that it could be a surprise.

He loved his big boy adventure room when we did the big reveal.  It was so fun to see him so excited and appreciative.  I really love how it turned out!




We loved the bookcase in my son’s nursery (people always ask where we got it) so we ordered another one (just slightly different) for his big boy room.  It works great when you don’t have a lot of extra room for something like a book case.  We got it from pottery barn kids and waited till we got a coupon in my email.  Then we ordered it by phone and had it shipped to the store (free shipping) which also saved us money.


These vintage plane printables were free!! Can you believe that?!  I found them on pinterest and they were my inspiration piece for the room.  I didn’t want to be limited to airplanes so I decided to go with the “adventure” theme.  Finding free printables online is a great way to save money when decorating.




I love how his gallery wall came out.  I ordered this National Geographic map from Amazon.  It was a great price and the colors were perfect.  Another great way to save money when decorating is to shop your own house.  I already had the clipboard, frames, and hanger and along with the free printables (sources below) this gallery wall was very inexpensive.


He may be in a big boy room now, but there is still a place for Kermi 😉


Many of the things I used in his big boy room I had in his nursery.  It saved me a lot of money by using some of the same colors in his adventure room.  I used navy and green again and added orange and brown.  It looks like a totally different room, but I was able to use many of the same things.


I love decorating my home with things that have a history or special meaning.  The bear lamp was made by my mother-in-law’s parents.  They were skilled potters.  My son has admired this lamp for a long time at grandma and poppy’s house so he was very excited to see it in his room!  The little orange plane in the picture above was in my brother’s room growing up.  And the little gray metal tool box on his dresser was my dad’s.


My little guy is so proud of his big boy room and loves to show it off to everyone who comes over.  It was a lot of fun to design and put together this room and a big thanks to my sweet hubby for all his hard work as well!

Source List:

Toddler Bed- given to us by a friend

Bedding- Target


Dresser and night stand- Ikea

Adirondack chair- World Market

Book shelf-Pottery Barn Kids

Wooden sign with verse- DIY tutorial here

White picture frames-Ikea

Rug-Home Goods


Navy blue lamp-Home Goods

Navy blue stars-Home Goods (spray painted navy)

Fabric banner- DIY fabric from JoAnn’s

Bear lamp-made by my mother-in-law’s parents

Drift wood sail boat-Home Goods

Large metal L- TJ Maxx

Free Printable Sources:

-4 vintage sketch airplane posters –How To Nest For Less blog

-Adventuring- Couple Jones blog

-I Can Do Hard Things- Lemon Squeezy blog

-I Love You To The Moon and Back (printed in black and white)- A Bubbly Life blog

-Be Strong and Courageous- Gracelaced blog

-Let Your Dreams Take Flight- Happy Go Lucky blog

-Adventure!- I Rock So What blog

Check out my Big Boy Room Pinterest board to see where I got my inspiration and for more ideas on an adventure room.

Hope you all have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

Feb 18 2015

Open Frame Gallery Wall

Good Morning!

Today I want to show you a simple open frame gallery wall project that I did in our Master Bedroom.  A couple years ago I saw these cute open picture frames at Hobby Lobby and I knew that was the direction I wanted to go.  But then they sat in my guest bedroom for 2 years :( .  That is a bad habit of mine; buying things for a project but then letting them gather dust.  This drives my husband nuts and I don’t blame him!  It is a combination of not finding the time to execute, and my inability to commit to a design plan.  I want to make sure I won’t regret it later on down the road and wish I had done something else.  When I put a nail in my wall, I want to make sure it is going to stay there for a long time!

Open Frame Gallery Wall

Below is the wall before…pretty blah!  We have really high ceilings so I wanted to fill the space and I wanted to display something that could cover that ugly control panel.  Since the control panel was so far to the left of the wall, I knew one picture frame wouldn’t do the trick, so a gallery wall would be perfect.

Wall Before

In order to get the layout of the frames just right, I traced around each frame onto old newspaper and cut it out.  I then had a piece of newspaper cut to the size of each frame.  I used blue painter’s tape to  tape the newspaper to the wall and played around with the layout.  This gave me flexibility of trying different layouts without putting a bunch of holes in the wall.  To hang the frames I used this method and it worked like a charm!  The “X” and “O” letters did not have any hooks on the back for hanging, so I used mounting putty.  I honestly wasn’t sure if that would hold them, but it has been over a month and they are still up on the wall!

Gallery Wall 2

Once I had the frames, I found some items around my house that I could add to the frames and fill in the space, like the keys and the letters.  I decided I didn’t want to leave  all the frames open, so I backed a few with burlap.  I actually had an old burlap tote bag that I cut to the size of the frame and glued to a piece of kraft cardstock.  Since the burlap was originally a tote bag, it had a sort of clear lining on the back that made it easy to adhere to the cardstock without the glue seeping through.  I simply set the burlap covered cardstock in the frames, draping a doily over the top of one.  I can easily take it out if later I want to add a picture, print or another type of fabric.  In the largest frame, I hung an embroidery hoop that I stretched the same burlap around and added another doily.  My favorite part about the gallery wall is that I can add to it or change it up over the years.

Gallery Wall 3

Open Frame Gallery Wall 2

So, if you have an empty wall in your house, I hope you got a few ideas on how you can fill the space!  To me, a house becomes a home when you add personal touches and decorate those empty walls!

Frames | Hobby Lobby

Keys | Ballard Designs

Letters | Treasures From the Heart, Coronado CA

Doilies | Michaels

Ottomon | TJ Maxx

Pillows | Pottery Barn

Bible Verse Sign |  Picket Fences, Solvang CA

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Signature - Alisa


Feb 16 2015

Mommy Monday: My Son’s Nursery Tour + An Announcement!

I can’t believe we are in the process of creating a big boy room for my son!  He was just a baby yesterday and now all of a sudden he is a big boy!  Time goes by so fast.  Some days I just stare at him memorizing his sweet little face with those big cheeks.  I want to just soak up this adorable 2 year old phase we are in.  Before I changed the room I wanted to document it in photos to remember all the sweet touches throughout the room.

For his nursery we went with a nautical theme.  I didn’t want it to be overpowering, just touches of it throughout the room.  I really like how it turned out!  So much love went into making this room for our sweet boy.  Welcome to Luke’s nursery!

boy nursery2


boy nursery6

I love every little detail in his room.  I love the beautiful crib bedding my mom made to make the room one of a kind.  So much time and love went into it.

boy nursery5

I love that my dad came up to spend the day with me and put together the crib with his own hands.  That day is one of my favorite memories with him.  I love that we have a picture that documents it hanging in my little one’s room. I may never be able to take that crib apart.

boy nursery


boy nursery4

I love that I rock him to sleep each night in the rocking chair that my dad was rocked in when he was a baby.  I love that my mother-in-law made that possible by recovering the chair for us because she knew how much that would mean to me.

boy nursery7

I love the framed invitation from my son’s baby shower that my sister lovingly created with her two hands and creative mind.  I love the precious newborn photos we were so blessed to have been gifted.

boy nursery9

So many memories in this sweet room.  I loved dreaming and creating and making things for it as I waited to meet our little guy.  The prints below I made with scrapbook paper and stamps.

boy nursery8

And although I will miss this room, I am so excited for the next phase!!  Especially making this room super girly for our baby girl due in July!!!!




I’ve got pink and mint on the mind for her nursery.  Here’s a little bit of my inspiration for the room.

girl nursery colors

As for my big boy, he’ll be getting an “explorer” room.  Can’t wait to show you all when it’s done!  Here’s a little sneak peak:

big boy room

You can also check out a room tour of our playroom if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great week!

Signature - Marissa

Jan 21 2015

Valentine Printable: Vintage Blooms

Have you all seen the HGTV design show Fixer Upper?  I’m pretty much obsessed; I’ve watched from the beginning and have never missed an episode!  Hosts Chip & Joanna Gaines finds, renovates and decorates old homes for their clients in Waco, Texas.  Season Two just recently started and if you haven’t watched, you are missing out!  I always get so inspired by seeing how they decorate the homes.  So what does this have to do with a Valentine printable?!  In one of the recent episodes they were helping a cute young couple look for their first home.  The couple had this saying “Grow old along with me the best is yet to be.”  Joanna (the host and designer) had a metal art piece made for their home with this saying on it.  I just thought that was the sweetest saying and was my inspiration behind this Valentine printable.

The best part about this printable is that you can keep it up all year long if you wanted to, since it doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day!  The vintage blooms remind me of those vintage Valentine’s Day postcards.   You can download this printable by clicking on the link towards the bottom of this post.  You can print the download in any size you’d like.  Below I’ve shown you some ways to display printables.  You can also print out and use as a Valentine’s Day card for your loved one, by writing a message on the back. -just saved you $4.00 right there 😉

One of my favorite ways to display a print is with washi tape.  The nice part about washi tape is that it doesn’t ruin the wall/surface after you remove the tape.  The print displayed below is an 8×10.

The Best Is Yet To Be - washi

Another way is to display your print in a frame.  The print below is a 4×6.

The Best Is Yet To Be - framed

Or, just cut the print to size and prop it against your favorite piece of decor.

The Best Is Yet To Be - 4x6

Marissa shows another adorable way to display your printables in this post.

I’d love how to see how you display this printable. Share your pictures on your Instagram with the following hashtag: #allingoodtwine and tag me in your picture: @alisambloom

Download Printable Here

The colors are a lot more vibrant in the image below, but I kind of love how mine printed.  The colors are softer and muted, almost vintage like, which is the look I was going for.

The Best Is Yet To Be - small

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful week…the best is yet to be!

Signature - Alisa

Nov 19 2014

Chalk Markers by Chalk This Way

Our obsession with chalkboards started as little girls, as we played school together taking turns as teachers writing lessons on the chalkboard.  Combined it is safe to say that we have over 10 chalkboards displayed in our homes!  When we were contacted by Chalk This Way to review their Brilliant Bold and Earthy chalk markers, we knew it was the perfect fit!  Some of our favorite seasonal, party and entertaining decor are chalkboard signs written with chalk markers.  Chalkboard signs are inexpensive, can be re-used for multiple events and the best part is you can personalize messages to fit the occasion.

Brilliant Bold Colors

Earthy Colors

It is really great to be able to buy one pack with so many color options and they are competitive in price with local craft stores!  You can even save money when buying multiple packs!  One thing we really love about the Chalk This Way chalk markers as opposed to some other brands we have used is that the ink really looks chalky and not just like a marker.  It looks more authentic on your chalkboard.  We also found that these markers had low odor; you aren’t breathing in heavy fumes during normal use.

We really like the soft muted tones of the Earthy set.  We haven’t seen chalk markers in these colors before.  They would be perfect for fall party or wedding signage.  They are a bit more elegant than your classic colors.  Two of our favorites from this pack is the deep cranberry and sage green (they don’t name their colors, but that is how we would describe them :) ).  Can’t wait to use them for Christmas signage this season.  The Brilliant Bold colors give a nice pop of color for birthday parties or holidays.  The classic white chalk marker came in both sets, which we loved because we tend to use that color the most.  These sets would be a great gift for the crafters in your life!  With Christmas right around the corner these would be perfect stocking stuffers!

Tried and True Tips:

  • Make sure you shake the markers REALLY well before using them.  If you don’t, it will come out as just greasy wet with no color.  Always shake with the lid on!
  • You have to push the tip into paper several times to get the color to drop down into the tip.  Try to push more on the back of the tip instead of the front so that the tip doesn’t get smashed.
  • Make sure to test markers on surface before use.  They are not recommended on porous surfaces.  (If you use them and something porous and it doesn’t come off you can just re-paint the surface with chalkboard spray paint)
  • The markers come off better with water when you don’t wait too long to wipe it off.  Directions say you can also erase with ammonia based cleaner.
  • Don’t push tips too hard when writing.  This will smash the tip.  To get more color to the tip of your marker, shake every now and again in between writing your message.  Again make sure to shake when the lid is on!

Check out some of the ways we used Chalk This Way chalk markers.  You will see, the possibilities are truly endless!  You can use these markers on chalkboards (including slate chalkboards), glass, plastics, mirrors, ceramics, metals and other hard non porous surfaces.  

Seasonal signage and decor.  The chalk markers worked really well on this slate chalkboard and cleaned very easily with a wet cloth.

Slate Chalkboard

Make signs for different activity stations at parties like we did here at our Fall Festival:

pumpkin carving

Parties galore!  The possibilities are endless with this one.  You could make chalkboard place-mats and let kids (and adults!) doodle.  Or you could write out your menu or make chalkboard labels for food like Alisa did here for her husband’s 30th birthday party:

Menu & Food Labels

Marissa used the chalk markers to make a wreath to welcome guests to her son’s 2nd birthday party.


Monthly baby updates and yearly milestones: I (Marissa) took a picture of my little man each month for the first year with a chalkboard behind him documenting milestones.  You could also do this with Baby bump pictures while you are pregnant documenting the weeks.  I had a lot of fun doing this chalkboard for my son’s second birthday!

b-day sign 2

B-day sign

Leave messages or encouraging notes on your bathroom mirror for your spouse to read in the morning.  This is sure to brighten their day! The chalk markers work great on mirrors.  They wipe off REALLY easy on mirrors with glass cleaner.

Notes on Mirror

Here are some other ways that you could use the markers for different projects:

  • Signs for weddings…all things weddings really anything from seating charts to menus to signage on tables.
  • You can show team pride by writing messages on your car (always test on a small area first!) like “Go Wildcats!” or “Great job Kelsey!”
  • Use all the different colors on a black board instead of just plain old boring white when teaching or explaining things to your kiddos.
  • Decorate your windows with your kids for the holidays by drawing fun pictures for the season.
  • Label glazed pots with plant or herb names.

Be sure to check out other products by Chalk This Way like their Self-Adhesive Removable Chalkboard Labels.

Thank you Chalk This Way for providing us with the chalk markers!  As always, all ideas and opinions are our own.


Oct 20 2014

Mommy Monday: Guest Post- Designs By Vena

Since becoming a mom, I have a real heart for other mamas.  I know how tough motherhood is and how isolating it can be at times.  We are all in this thing together and we should be there for each other; to rejoice in each other’s successes and to comfort each other in tough times.  Along with my heart for other mamas, the Lord has really been cultivating in me a desire to support and encourage other women in their passions.  There are so many ways that life can feel like it’s a competition, (especially in social media) but it doesn’t need to be that way.  We are made to run this race together and spur each other on in love.  I will be the first to admit I do not always do this perfectly, but I am a work in progress.  My passion has become to be a cheerleader for my fellow sisters, my dear friends and those I just meet.  I am so grateful for the many women in my life who cheer me on and encourage me as a wife and mom and who support me in going after what I am passionate about.  This brings me to today’s post!

I am so excited for today’s Mommy Monday guest post by my friend Vena Hallahan.  Before I had my son, I was a third grade teacher and had the privilege of having Vena’s son in my class.  We’ve reconnected on social media.  Vena is a mom of four and a small business owner.  She makes the most gorgeous custom wood signs!  I asked her to share her passion with you all and give some ways that she balances being a wife, mom, and business owner.  Today, I want to celebrate another mom and her passion with you all.


Hi everyone my name is Vena Hallahan.  I was asked by Marissa to write a guest blog for today’s Mommy Monday post.  I know Marissa from her years of teaching school.  She had my son in her 3rd grade class a few years back.  I, like Marissa, taught school when I was first married and as soon as I had my first child my husband and I decided it would be best for me to stay home and raise our growing family.  I have had the privilege to be a stay at home mom for almost 13 years now!!

Over the years I have found many projects and activities to keep busy, but it was not until this past year that I have found a hobby that I feel has become my passion, creating hand painted wooden signs.


Last year my mother-in-law stepped out in faith and opened an adorable shop in Lakeside called Krisarah’s Boutique.  During this time I also had been praying about how I would start to bring in a little money to help out our family and keep my creative mind happy. My youngest child was 3 at the time and her getting older allowed for me to have a little more freedom to create and work on projects.   I had been pinning many ideas off of Pinterest (which I love) as possible creative outlets. I just adored the wood signs all over Pinterest and  I also took a step of faith and decided to try my hand at making my own.  With my handy husband cutting my boards and helping me my little business was born.  I named it Designs by Vena.  I had never painted before and was just excited to have something to put in my mother-in-law’s shop.  To my great surprise I have made over 100 signs and keep busy with many custom orders and signs for the boutique in Lakeside.  With 4 kids ranging in ages for 12-4 I do not get a lot of time to work on my paintings.  I have found a way to get at least 2-3 hours a day usually when my youngest is napping. I try to keep a healthy balance of family time and work time.


I have created a few signs for children’s rooms.  This one I made for my niece.  It was a special one to make since it was for a family member.


Another customer has decided to have me make signs to give as a gift for birthday presents this year.





This sign was made as a gift for a sweet girl to help her during a difficult time so she could be reminded of God’s love for her.


This one was made as a baby gift.  What a sweet poem and reminder that they grow up so fast and to enjoy each moment.


I thought I would show a collection of some of my best sellers and personal favorites.  I have done a few Family name signs with a wedding date and added scripture or names to make it more personal.  The other signs are just some of my favorites.









You can find these designs and more on my Facebook page Desgins by Vena. I am always adding new designs weekly so if you want to follow my creations please “like” my page and share with others.  If anyone is interested in placing an order you can contact me on my Facebook page or send an email to  I am expecting to be busy for the holidays do please allow 3 weeks for any orders.


Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my story.  My encouragement to other moms and crafters, you never know what hidden talents you might have until you take a step of faith.  God has given us all gifts and talents and I feel blessed to be able to share mine with others and hopefully in the process share the love of God.  Blessings.


Aren’t Vena’s signs gorgeous?!!  I LOVE the “Daughter of the king” sign so very much!!  It gives me goosebumps every time I read it.   I’ve had my eye in that one for a while!  😉  If you are local to the San Diego area, Vena sells her signs at her mother-in-laws boutique which is at 9918. Maine Ave.  Lakeside, CA. 92040.   Thank you, Vena, for sharing your talent, your passion, and your heart with us today!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Signature - Marissa

Oct 15 2014

Simple Fall Decor

It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall here!  Yay for cooler weather!!  The last couple months have been so busy for us, so this year I kept my fall decor very simple.  I store my seasonal decor in boxes in the garage.  Sometimes I make or buy something new, but often I just get down the box and use what I have.  For me, the key is to switch things up and put them in different places than I did the year before so I don’t get bored.

living room

This year I only brought out a few things from my fall box and kept it really simple.  Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.  I just like to add little touches to make it feel festive and bring in the new season.  For my mantle (which is actually just a shelf above my couch) I just printed off this cute fall printable and made this super easy banner with my Silhouette.

fall banner


On the coffee table I left my milk glass with the succulent plant and added a wood piece from Michaels and a little pumpkin I got last year at JoAnn’s (I saw them there this year as well).

coffee table


I stole my sister’s idea for the “Give Thanks” banner and I love it!!  I think it’s my favorite fall decoration!  I also hung up the fall wreath I made last year.  The season isn’t complete in my house unless I have a wreath up 😉

give thanks banner


The buffet is the other area of my house that I like to decorate for the season.  Again, I kept it simple by changing out the wording on my chalkboard, printing out a free printable, putting some tiny pumpkins in a pumpkin jar my mother-in-law gave me and adding some fresh sunflowers.



milk glass and sunflowers


buffet printable


On my dining room table I have a bowl of pinecones, and I added a vase of sunflowers.

sunflowers and pinecones


The patchwork table runner you see in the background was hand sewn by my mother-in-laws sweet twin aunts!!  Isn’t it darling and I love that it was made with love by a relative.

dinning room table


I also love this printable Alisa made for this time of year.  I actually leave it up all year round because it is such a great reminder every day.  If you would like a copy of the printable just email us at allingoodtwine at gmail dot com and we will gladly email you a copy.

thankful printable


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I hope that you all have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

Sep 24 2014

DIY Watercolor Verse Art- MOPS craft

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are all doing well!  Today I am here to share a simple DIY project that would look great in your home or office and serve as daily inspiration.

watercolor framed

It is quick and easy and could even be done with your kiddos!  We did this watercolor verse art at my MOPS group and then I came home and did it again with my almost two year old son!  He loved it.  Here is his creation:

kid watercolor

Here’s what you’ll need to do this project:

-white cardstock paper

-computer and printer

-watercolors and paint brush

That’s it!  I know there are probably more professional ways to do something like this, but if you are on a budget and don’t want to have to go out and buy a bunch of materials I think this method works great.

To start, I typed up the verse I wanted in Word using a fun font and printed it out.  The one I chose is our theme verse for MOPS this year and it really speaks to me in this season of life I am in.  Then I decided which colors I wanted to use and I put lots of water in those colors of paint.  I did circular strokes and tried to make the edges a bit rough and organic.  I blended the colors a bit as well.  The key to getting the soft look is to use lots of water.  If you start and the color is really dark don’t worry!  Just add more water to the paper and spread the color around.   There are so many ways to do this.  Sky’s the limit so have fun with it!

watercolor framed 2

If you do this project I’d love to see yours!  Send me an email with your painting.  If you are from MOPS and looking for other craft ideas to do at your meeting type in MOPS in the search area on the right sidebar.

Hope you have a great day!

Signature - Marissa