Happy Thursday and welcome to my Blue and White Christmas home.
If, you know me at all, you KNOW my fave color is blue. I love any shade of blue. When it’s paired with white it melts my heart.
I am happy to be a part of the “Christmas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014!
I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th. Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day.
There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add their posts!
Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.
Good Morning and welcome to the Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals. Thrift Benefit is a DIY blogger event to bring awareness to thrift shops that sponsor animal rescues and the rescues that care for the animals that share our journey. Take some time to Google a thrift shop in your area that does support animal shelters. Visit them and spread the word to help our cause.
What better way to help animals in need, right? You have want you have been searching for and the animals receive help, too.
Last year when I was a part of this group, I told you about our dear sweet Airedale, Lacy. She was by far the sweetest dog we ever had. Until we had Cinnamon. Cinnamon was also an Airedale.
I was not on the look out for a dog, but when I met Cinnamon, my eyes watered and I knew I loved her. Airedales have a kind disposition and are very loyal to their family. She was a sweetie. After I had met Cinnamon, her owners knew how much I loved her. She wasn’t getting the attention she needed from them. They knew our family would be delighted to own her.
They showed up at our door with Cinnamon, as a gift for our family. Again, tears came to my eyes. We were able to spend 2 1/2 years with her. Cinnamon passed away from cancer. It broke our hearts. But she is still in our hearts 10 years later.
Even though I don’t have an animal shelter sponsored Thrift Store in my area, I am still excited to be a part of this group and animal shelter awareness.
Please take some time and watch the video below to meet some of the bloggers, their pets and the coordinator of our group, Jeanette Chaney.
I love thrifting, as you know. I found a door at my local thrift store for $20.
I was not REAL sure where I wanted to put it in our home. BUT, I did know I WOULD find just the right spot for it.
After having it sit in our living room for days I finally gave it some color. This loveliness of a door is painted Antique Coral by Valaspar.
While visiting my local thrift store a few weeks ago, I found 3 rectangle baskets for a dollar a piece. Hmmm…NOW I know what I want to do for my thrifted door!
After laying them on my door, Hubby helped me by screwing each basket in place. It only took a few minutes before the door was looking how I pictured in my mind.
Now it was time to fill the baskets with bathroom necessities.
AND, magazines for Hubby’s reading time (BIG smile)
The thrifted door has now found a home in our master bathroom.
Did you happen to notice that I added some aged numbers to my new bathroom door? Any guesses as to what the address means?
It’s been a real treat to be apart of the Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals. I am honored to help my community in any way I can.
Please visit ALL the other Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals posts from 21 of my friends.
Enjoy your day!
OH! And the address??? It is the exact time Hubby and I were married. (How fun, huh? I love it!)
Things are getting back to normal around our house. I am doing laundry, sewing, and cooking for Hubby since I was gone for so long. Now I am back and ready to show you Birds and Birdhouses, My Collection (Maybe an Obsession)
I have always liked birds. Birds and Birdhouses in Home Decor. Wow. While I was thinking about writing this post, I realized just how many birds and birdhouses I have.
Our living room book shelves actually have several hints of birds and bird houses.
We also have a few bird feathers from beach trips in some sand. Great memories.
I LOVE my birdies. There are 21 to be exact. And I like that because we have 21 grandkiddos. Perfect, huh? I like how each bird has it’s own unique look, just like the grandkiddos.
I like birds so much, I make my own bird’s nest from book pages.
My sweet green birdie is one of the first bird purchases I made. I love the various colors on his body.
You may have seen me use my hummingbird nests before. They are sentimental to me, because they were from my mother-in-law. She passed away from cancer 5 1/2 years ago. I will be sharing her hummingbird experience later this month as I celebrate Cancer Awareness.
My large white bird was brown, but somehow it was painted white (hehehe) Doesn’t it blend well with the hummingbird nests?
Another ceramic white bird has perched on top of my favorite candlestick.
In our guest bathroom you will find a colorful pink bird to coordinate with my grandma’s hand made wall decor.
This cutie patutie has found a home right near my vintage bird cage.
I have to tell you a story about this birdcage. I have a 3 year old grand daughter that lives close by. She LOVES the birdcage and the ceramic bird. She worries that the bird is out of his cage, so she will often place inside. I LOVE that.
One day while visiting she asked, “How old is the bird cage?” I said, “About 100 years old.” Her reply was, “OH, as old as you!” Is that too funny, or what?? I have laughed about that for a long time.
The lights on my birdhouse are always lit up when we have visitors.
I have been known to make coordinating bird houses for our Christmas tree.
Lastly, my stenciled birdies reside in my laundry closet, so I can see them everyday.
So you see Birds and Birdhouses, My Collection (Maybe an Obsession) is a fun and creative way to add variety to home decor. You don’t need to have a cottage, farmhouse, or even a traditional home to add birds and birdhouses. They can work anywhere or any space.
Do YOU have birds as decor in your home?
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Make it a terrific Thursday!
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I am cozy back in my home. After a 2 week trip back east and to Washington D.C., it’s nice to be home. It was an informative, fun, grandbaby kissing, touristing, kind of trip and it was a blast! I have never been that far east, so I was soaking in everything I possibly could. Pictures to come soon. I am enjoying the warm weather as long as I can, her in the desert. Because all too soon, I won’t be able to enjoy the pool and wearing flip flops for too much longer.
The REAL reason I am writing this post is all about helping animal shelters. Did you know that some thrift stores in your town help fund sheltered animals? I didn’t either. I found out last year when I participated in the very first Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals. What a great cause, right?
This past weekend over 10+ bloggers shopped at their local thrift stores to help with the Thrift Benefit for Sheltered animals. We shopped for anything creative we could find, with a DIY project in mind. I have my loot and I am excited to show you what I found. (I did share 3 tiny items I found on Instagram) BUT, the rest will have to wait until the link party.
On October 14th each of us will share what we found and our DIY projects made from thrift finds for the 2nd Annual Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals. How exciting is that???
I will have more details soon, but until then, take a minute and Google Animal Shelter Thrift Shops in your town, county or city. Head on over there and help support YOUR local animal shelters by purchasing thrifted goods.
All this week I will be getting ready for the 2nd Annual Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals and choosing pictures from my trip to share with YOU.
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I’ve got the Monday Blues for Paint Palette colors. And I am happy to share them with you today. It’s always enjoyable to browse through paint stores and aisles at the various colors of paint. It’s probably one of my fave things to do, besides holding the grandbabies or to hold Hubby’s hand.
I think there are probably guidelines and interior design rules of how many colors you should/could have in your home. And, if you know me at all, you KNOW I don’t like perfect things. I like rustic, worn, and chippy, so I guess I don’t follow the interior design rules. And I am JUST fine with that.
Why? Well, because I am comfortable in my home, and if more than 3 colors make me smile, then that’s what I am going to use. To me it’s all about being comfortable in your home. Don’t you think so, too?
I share my makeovers and ideas with you all the time. I thought it would be fun to show you the color palette for our home along with various pieces of furniture and accessories.
4. Hint of Olive is from Clark and Kensington at Ace Hardware is on a wall in our TV Room/Office.
5. Snow Cap White is used it to is painted in every room in our home.
8. Another color I use quite often is: Turquoise Mist by Olympic Paint I have painted several pieces of furniture and accessories using this color.
Often times I mix any one of these colors with white to bring a whole new level of color into our home. It adds dimension and depth that way.
Turquoise Mist has a special place in my heart. It is the first can of paint I bought to start transforming our home into a lighter, brighter place to live. We when moved in our condo, here, everything we owned was dark green, bright red, gold, and even touches of purple. It was awesome at the time we purchased it, but it was time for me to move on.
These are the colors that make me smile. They calm my spirit. They work perfectly in our home.
What colors are your favorite? What color calms YOUR soul??
Thanks for joining me today while I’ve got the Monday Blues for paint palette.
Make it a blue Monday!
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Happy Valentines Day everyone!! This past week has been full, fun and exciting! I made another Pinterest Party craft and I am excited to share it with you. My DIY Chalkboard Labeled Bathroom Bottles are SO EASY. They look fabulous in your bathroom or even a guest bath for visitors. I think they would even be a great gift for a guest to take home with them.
You will love how easy and simple this craft is. I will be sharing it at the Michaels Hometalk Party on Sunday.
I bought 3 different sizes of bottles. I liked the various shapes, as well. You can get all the same color and shape if you wish. There were lots of colors to choose from: yellow, hot pink, green and aqua.
To fill each bottle, I carefully poured the shampoo and body wash into the smaller bottles. But when it came to the bath salts. That was a little more tricky. Using a piece of computer paper, I twisted it into a cone and placed it in the bottle.
Using a measuring cup, I carefully poured the bath salts into the paper cone. I was careful not to spill or over pour the salts. Patience was the key to not making a huge mess.
Once my jars were full, I placed a chalkboard label on each bottle. Using the chalk that came with the labels, I wrote the name of each ingredient in the bottles. I tried adding a little flair for fun.
I like to use jute anywhere I can. It’s a creativite way to add some personality to a gift, jar or even my DIY Chalkboard Labeled Bathroom Bottles. I wrapped the jute around the top of the bottle and tied a simple knot at the top to hold it together.
Since chalkboards are all the rage right now, these will look just fab in the bathroom sitting on a vintage china tray. Adding a wash cloth tied with jute, also adds the perfect touch, don’t you think???
If you are following me on any social media, you will see that I have been talking, instagraming, and tweeting all about theMichaels Hometalk Pinterest Craft I have been working on! It is so exciting to be paired up with Michaels and Hometalk.
If YOU want to attend a Pinterest Party, Michaels is having one at EACH and EVERY one of their stores in the US and Canada! Yep, isn’t that awesome??? The exciting part about it, is that Michaels and Hometalk asked 100 bloggers to help them host the party. So, YOU might get to meet a blogger when you attend your Michaels Hometalk Pinterest Party this Sunday! For more information and all the details look here.
I hope you will visit your local Michaels this Sunday and make a craft that you have pinned. Now, you have a set time to make it your own, instead of just looking at it on your Pinterest Board. Sounds fun to me!!
I can’t wait to meet and craft with some of you and/or your friends!!
Make it a Happy Valentines Day!
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I hope you have been enjoying Simply The BEST of 2013!! Now it is my turn to share Simply The Best of 2013-What Meegan Makes. What Meegan Makes started on Dec 27, 2011. Yep, it has been 2 full years of posts, creativity, amazing followers, and lots of fun friendships. Thanks so much for joining me on this journey of What Meegan Makes. It was a very slow start. I was doing blogging all on my own until about a year ago. I “met” some amazing bloggers that invited me to their “groups” and “troops” to help spread the word about my blog. I am SO grateful from them. (There are too many to mention) I am a blessed woman, without a doubt.
I am looking forward to a new year full of ideas, inspiration and a new look. Hopefully, my blog will continue to be a place of inspiration, recipes, thrifting, and wonderful thoughts for you to visit each day. I also hope to make the blog more accessible for all of my readers and followers. It will be a fabulous year!!
Below is the full run down and schedule for Simply THE BEST:
Sunday December 29th:
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With that being said let’s see Simple the BEST of 2013-What Meegan Makes…
Epsom Salt Christmas Jars (This post had my all time high hits in one day!)
For some fun What Meegan Makes trivia: these last 2 posts below are clicked on EVERYDAY!! Even though they are from 2012. Cool, huh???
There you have it!! Simply the BEST from What Meegan Makes 2013. Thanks for letting me share the highlights from my blog in 2013. May there be many, many more posts to bring light to your days!!
Make it a Happy New Year!!
Hello Hello!! It’s MY turn to share my home for the 12 Days of Christmas Home Tour.
I am thrilled to have you here. We live in a 950 square foot condo, and I like to fill it to the brim with Christmas. So let’s get on with the tour…
Welcome inside our home. As look you around you will see Christmas vignettes and nativities throughout the house. Just the way I like it.
Along the bar you will see Hubby’s Snow Globe collection. Look here to get a closer look.
From this view you get a tiny glimpse of one of our 4 Christmas trees, bookshelves, my thrifted coffee table, and the Nativities I have collected for years.
In the kitchen, our open shelves are a focal point. My mom’s husband made the wooden candle holders for me. The nativity set is one of my VERY first nativities. I enjoy setting it out each year.
Grandpa’s croquet box is always in use around here. I collect blue bottles from thrift stores and use them any way I can. I added book pages (another love of mine) pine cones and a crystallized branch to fill the croquet box.
Filling various vessels and jars with Epsom salts and natural elements brings a soft and natural feel into our home.
I made this natural and rustic garland with jute, pecans, and 2 kinds of pine cones. EASY PEASY.
These precious snow angels were my Grandma’s in the 40s. Don’t they look like they are ice skating on the vintage mirror??
These lovely blue book shelves are in our living room.
I made the banner with jute and my cardboard chalkboards.
My Grandma’s sequin ornaments are placed in an apothecary jar.
A nativity under a cloche’ adds so much class, don’t you think?
I stacked our office shelf with my glittered birdhouses and empty frames. Simple and effective.
Even our guest bathroom has a little Christmas for our visitors.
Our bedroom Christmas tree is adorned with blues, golds, silver and crystals.
One of my many “Shiny Brites” ornaments from my grandma’s collection.
In our living room we have a small tree in a floral box. It is filled with snow flakes, icicles and vintage silver “Shiny Brites”.
I really could not miss sharing my sticks with crystals, berries, icicles, and snowflakes.
Lastly, my vintage sleigh holding another tree. This tree is decorated with my pine cone garland. Santa and the other toys were crocheted by my sweet Grandma.
As you can see, I like simple Christmas decor, I like to use what I already have, and I LOVE Christmas decorating.
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I have been wanting to show you this thrifted beauty of a “bathroom” door for sometime now. I almost have our master bathroom done, so I figured this is a good time to show you THE “bathroom” door. You are gonna love her!!
You KNOW how I love to shop thrift stores, right?? Well, I kept telling my Hubby I wanted a door for the bathroom. He was so confused, because the master bathroom DOES have a door.
Isn’t she amazing?? She fits right along with my beach striped hamper!!
That’s why I needed a “bathroom” door. Not to open and close, but just to sit and look pretty.
One of the final touches is this DIY Beach Striped Hamper.
I have been thinking about this DIY Book Page Waste Basket for months now. I have been wanting to make it for awhile now. I finally got around to it. And, I am loving the results! It was easy and didn’t even take me too long.
Here are all the details how I made my DIY Book Page Waste Basket…
I do want to make it clear this has not been Hubby’s idea at all. It is all from me. Hubby loves when he comes home from work and there is something changed or moved around. He NEVER complains. This new look is all my idea.
So I got out some paint and got to work.
Over that I painted various sizes of stripes with Valspar Antique Coral. (I chose a coral color, because Hubby loves orange. This helps bring his taste into our home.) Again, I used a dry brush with little paint. This gives a worn look. Just what I was hoping for.
My “new” tray looks great holding our q-tips and cotton in woven baskets (with blue stripes), along with my air plant terrarium made by my friend, Sherry.
I had so much fun with this Bathroom Tray Beach Stripe Makeover. Bringing a new look and style just takes a little imagination and sometimes a little paint.
What are you going to makeover soon? I would love to hear about it!
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Hello my friends!! Happy Wednesday!! And Happy Housewarming!!
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of friends who are moving. It is sad to see a friend move. And I don’t like good-byes. But I do like to give them house warming gifts. Nothing fancy, and not necessary, but easy and fun.
This is a sample of what we gave to our kids right after Christmas. They were moving into an apartment, sight unseen. I thought they might want to clean up after it was cleaned. Make sense?? I like to have my own type of clean-not someone else’s. (I know, a little OCD.)
I found a basket and filled it with cleaning items such as:
liquid dish soap
and a scented candle
Since it is their first home I thought it would be nice to also give them their first Nativity and a Christmas ornament.
Nothing fancy, but fun for a new home. They told me they ended up using all of it. I was glad I made an easy housewarming gift for them.
I tied everything up with cellophane, tulle and ribbon. It looks makes cleaning look a little more fun that way, don’t you think?
I am sure you have a few ideas of your own. What would you put in your easy housewarming gift?
This easy housewarming gift is also great for a new college student.
I have been busy working on our dining set-it is going to be so fun to share it with you!! I can’t wait to finish it.
Thanks for stopping by today. I am off to finish the dining set…
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Make it a wonderful Wednesday!
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Hello Hello!! I’ve got the Monday Blues!! Even though I am visiting a new grand baby, the Monday blues hits me every time!! Every Monday I share the blues that catch my eye during the previous week.
First, one of the blues in our home is in the laundry closet I made this pair of mod-podge stenciled birdies just for the laundry area. Everytime I open the doors, these birds make me smile.
I am loving this blue lamp. My sweet friend bought me some blue paint and the first thing I wanted to do was to paint my lamp. She looks pretty with my DIY floral lampshade.
I like silhouettes, don’t you? These 3 frames were black until I got to them. They fit perfectly on the tiny wall in our office. (Yes, the silhouettes are our 7 kids as children)
This corsage is my favorite, because I love the ribbon color, and the scent of fresh flowers in our home while I am doing bridal flowers.
I get some many compliments on this wall. This is also in our office. I love empty frames, and decided to paint the frames blue to add to our decor.
My blue birdcage looks amazing in our guest bathroom. When I received her as a gift from my father, I couldn’t help but add blue to her already beautifulness. I have tiny white lights in her all year long, so when we have guests they see my pretty blue birdcage.
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Make it a blue Monday!!
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