Keeping it Real – Weird Wires

July 6, 2015

It’s the first Monday of the month — time for another edition of “Keeping it Real”. I had to ask myself exactly why I’m choosing to share the ugly, but… that’s just it, isn’t it? We ALL have ugly, weird, and ignored areas of our homes. I’m here to make you feel a little better about whatever you’ve got going on. My home is not Pinterest-perfect, 24/7. Not even close. So, let me show you what I have for you this month…

Keeping it Real – Weird Wires. Yep, wires. I didn’t even realize my home was rating about a 7, on the weird wire scale, until I started wandering around, snapping pics.

Another adventure in the oddities, and the "not so pretty" found around the Fresh Crush home. Keeping it Real - Weird Wires.

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Be Brave Free Printable

June 30, 2015

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a great start to your week…

As June comes to a close, I am reminded of all the simple things in life — and, “be brave” is ringing true, and it will be the sentiment I choose to polish off these last 30 days. June was just one of those months with it’s everyday stresses, and not-so-everyday stresses. It was one of those strange months where everything seemed to get a little extra busy, and I ended up behind on most tasks — most important of which, checking in with myself.

Between saying goodbye to my furry friend of 18 years, and handling a couple stints of solo parenting and working, while traveling kept the husband away — the last 30 days wasn’t my brightest, but it did reveal a bit of strength, and maybe that’s good to be reminded of, every once in a while.

Even when the tank is feeling empty, there always seems to be that reserve waiting there for you, when you truly need it — if you’ll let it kick in.

In honour of that, I created this “Be Brave” printable. I’ve always loved those words — for that silent kick-in-the-pants, to yourself. For that moment you’ve set a goal, and then said, “now what?”. When you’re about to step outside your comfort zone, … be brave.

We all need a little reminder of our inner courage, from time to time. BE BRAVE, free printable from www.freshcrush.comYou can download this free printable for yourself, by clicking here or the image above. I hope it will help you when you need it. Pop it in a frame, tape it to your bathroom mirror, do whatever works for you! (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

We all need a little reminder of our inner courage, from time to time. BE BRAVE, free printable from www.freshcrush.com

And, a special thanks to YOU, as always! I couldn’t appreciate it more, that you choose to spend a little time with me each week. I’m so honoured you’re here. Now be brave, and fly high, my lovelies!

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DIY Floral Grid

June 25, 2015


Good morning! I’m so excited to announce my very first contributor post for bydawnnicole.com today! There is such a great group of contributing ladies over there, and I couldn’t be happier to officially join the team today! I’m sharing a floral hack of sorts… I love saving money on flowers anywhere I can, and I’ll show you an easy and affordable trick, to create a lush-looking posy bouquet, you an enjoy any time of year.

Save money on your flowers! Create a beautiful, full, and lush-looking posy floral bouquet and DIY Floral Grid, with a few simple supplies.

Pop on over to By Dawn Nicole today, to check out the entire DIY floral grid, tutorial! Can’t wait to see you there!(This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

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HD Gift Challenge – Cement

June 15, 2015

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Oh Boy. Did the question mark on my thumbnail give it away? Houston, we have a fail on our hands. But you know what makes up for a fail? A giveaway.

**Hit up the bottom of this post, for a GIVEAWAY worth 100 Dollars, for Home Depot (Courtesy of all the lovely bloggers in this HD Challenge group!) Go get it y’all!** 

Okay, back to business…. time for another HD Gift Challenge – Cement Edition (did you catch the last one?)… mine was to be gifted to the Dad of the house (just in time for Father’s Day), aka, my better half. Let’s just say, its a good thing he knows I love him.

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Living room console table makeover

June 10, 2015

Well, this is without a doubt the nicest “before”, I’ve ever started out with. It just needs a little change… in the storage direction. You feel me?

Living room console table makeover, with a bonus trick on installing drawer hardware, the easy way!I’ve always loved our little white Ikea console table. In our last home, it had this great spot in the family room for a little laptop work, or paying bills — that sorta thing. Now, though still pretty, the drawers were starting to become an unorganized catch-all — Not. Helping.

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Keeping It Real – The Kiddo

June 3, 2015

Let’s have a little light-hearted fun with a new monthly feature! Time to spend a little time with Vol. 1: “Keeping It Real – The Kiddo”

I am guilty. In this high tech, everything at your fingertips world… in this Pinterest land, where all great things can be accomplished with a click of your trackpad, and a quick visit to the hardware store… in this bubbles, candy and confectionary perfection universe, where unicorns must live (somewhere), and not a single tear is shed while mothering your perfect little angels…. I am guilty.

Guilty of perpetuating the notion that any of this exists in my own home. Now, let’s be honest, I’m running a home decor and DIY blog here. It is expected that I’m showing you some, straight-up, awesome, projects. Right? And, I love it. I love all the painting, and the planning and the building… and after it’s all done, all the styling, and taking all the pretty pictures.

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Lumber DIY – The Home Depot Gift Challenge

May 15, 2015

Time for another edition of the Home Depot Gift Challenge! This week it’s to be gifted to a new home owner (or in my case, a new renter — so I wanted to keep it versatile). And, what are we working with this month?

Lumber. 2×4. Pine? Whatever you call this stuff, it’s wood, and it’s good. Could there be a more common building material? So, this one should be easy, right? Well, this little lady may have been starting this one with only a few days to spare. Yeah. Sometimes, its the simplest things that stump you.

It's another Home Depot Gift Challenge! See how a simple, 2x4 lumber, DIY, transformed this old iron table frame into a unique and versatile side table! www.freshcrush.com
Onward! Here is a sneak of what’s to come… you see where I’m going here? Ok — let’s talk about how I got there…

It's another Home Depot Gift Challenge! See how a simple, 2x4 lumber, DIY, transformed this old iron table frame into a unique and versatile side table! www.freshcrush.com

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Cane Wingback Chair Makeover

May 8, 2015


Hello, my lovelies! Exciting news… you can find me over at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body today, for my very first contributor post!!

This curvy lady needed a makeover, in a big bad way — pop on over to DTLB and check out exactly what happened to her!

DIY Upholstery! Cane, wingback tufted, chair tutorial with a thrifted gem! www.freshcrush.com

It’s a ‘Cane Wingback Chair Makeover‘ y’all!! Can’t wait for you to see how it turned out — I’ll meet you over there, for the AFTER!!

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Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

May 5, 2015

A simple DIY to make your own mason jar soap pump dispenser! www.freshcrush.comWho doesn’t love mason jars? Am I right? Great for all sorts of things… canning (go figure), storing small items, hipster weddings… The possibilities are endless. And, how about a mason jar soap dispenser?

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Get your wipes container popping!

April 27, 2015

Modge Podge your wipes container! Get your wipes container popping!

I like clean. And, organization. But when my organization keeps all my cleaning supplies in one little closet at the end of the house, it makes quick, fussy, clean-ups, kind of… inconvenient. Okay, let’s be honest, I avoid it all together until full-on “cleaning time” comes around every weekend.

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Pegboard Art – The Home Depot Gift Challenge

April 15, 2015

It’s not only the 15th of the month, but its also my first ever Home Depot Gift Challenge! If you haven’t yet had the pleasure… each month, a fantastic group of bloggers, whip down to their local Home Depot, and using the exact same product, create their own DIY projects with their own unique spin!

None of us know what the other is busy creating, until reveal day, so it’s just as much fun for us to pop over to each others blogs, and check out exactly what we’ve all got goin’ on!

Home Depot Challenge - Pegboard

**This “Pegboard Art – The Home Depot Gift Challenge” is in no way sponsored by Home Depot (We’re just a bunch of crazy-in-love DIYers, with a huge teenage crush on HD).** (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

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The Nursery Details

April 9, 2015

So I revealed my happy little “woodland creatures, modern nursery“, this week! Did you see it? We’ve been enjoying it around here, but there were a few of the nursery details, that I couldn’t get to the first time around… like this light. It started out as a dreaded “boob” light. Urgh. Then, got a little upgrade with this drum shade. That, was pretty good…

Modern gender-neutral nursery with black, white, and pops of color.

But, then, once I started working on the nursery and noticed I was going in the high-contrast direction, with hits of black… I thought… that chrome finish, just won’t do. So another update it is!

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Nursery Reveal

April 7, 2015

I’m so excited you’re here today! Not only is it “big reveal” day, but it’s also GIVEAWAY day! (You can enter for your chance to WIN some pretty cool prizes, at the bottom of this post). *Update* – this giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!

If you’ve been following along with me, you might recognize all this bluey goodness, as the new, soon-to-be nursery. We’ve been in this home for about 2 years now, and this room was pretty much untouched, stuffed with furniture, and a bit… Smurfy…

DIY - Nursery Reveal and Giveaway with FREE Printable, vinyl wall decals, and custom wool felted garland.

Yep, not a lot to share. It was a glorified storage room… until now! (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

Fresh, clean, and modern DIY nursery, with black vinyl decals and pops of yellow and red.

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Reclaimed Wood Wall

April 1, 2015

Look at this face… it’s a happy face. Recently, we had the opportunity to save some vintage barn board. We learned this crumbling old farm house was going to be burned down, it obviously wasn’t safe anymore, and really couldn’t be used for much. So, we sprang into action, crowbars in hand, so we could save those lovely, chippy boards.

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

But what’s the plan for all those boards, you might be asking? Well, this might sound crazy but… we wanted to rebuild that old barn board wall in a new location. And, here she is…

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Painted Closet Doors

March 31, 2015

Ok. Here we go again. If you didn’t know me you’d think I have something against closets! I don’t, I swear… they do great things like, have doors, and… hold stuff.

But, this one? Urgh. Another antique, brushed, gold… thing. And — I truly LIKE the whole gold movement… but, this isn’t, that. Old-fashioned, brassy and 80s — like a bad, Solid Gold Dancer memory. Did I just date myself? Hey man, I watched that show when I was 4, during the Arsenio years.

Onward!

Painted Closet Doors - A DIY on spray painting outdated mirrored doors.

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