Fourth of July Decor: From Sea to Shining Sea

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but the 4th of July is one of my very favorite holidays.  I love everything about the day from the parades and fireworks to picnics and flags flying in the breeze. I love the feelings of pride, patriotism, gratitude, and love for our country that seem to fill the air.  And I love bringing a little bit of that feeling into my home by putting together a holiday display.

Nautical 4th of July decor and FREE printableI’ve had this display up in my home for a couple of weeks now and I have been meaning to post it before we get too close to the holiday but I’ve been so busy lately!  (Side note: thanks for all the custom orders, I have the BEST customers!)

The best part of this display is that I didn’t have to buy a single thing.  I raided my guest room for all the nautical elements and then stole the rest from other parts of the house.  The old books are my favorite, I’m a sucker for beautiful antique books.

Nautical 4th of July decor and FREE printableNautical 4th of July decor and FREE printableI made the banner using scrapbook paper and some thick, white twine.  Took me about two minutes which is about all the time I have to spare for crafting lately.

Nautical 4th of July decor and FREE printableReally, the only things that are actually 4th of July in this display are the flags and the print I made. Everything else is just blue and red or has that “Americana” type of feel.

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And of course, I’m sharing the Sea to Shining Sea print that I made!  Even if you don’t have any other nautical decorations I think this print will fit in beautifully to any patriotic display.


The 4th is only a week and a half away!  Get that decor up soon and show your patriotic spirit!


Pretty Pastel Easter Holiday Decor

Even though I think it is weird that Easter is in March (it seems like an April only holiday to me, I don’t know why) I was very excited to pull out my Easter decor.  I love the bright, fresh colors that are so cheery and pretty.  Every time I walk by my piano I smile a little bit because it just looks so happy.  Yay for spring!

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsI picked up most of my Easter decor last year at either Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods and then all the flowers are from the Dollar Tree.  I made the banner by cutting pennants out of cardstock and taping them onto baker’s twine.  Easy peasy.  And mixed in are the various white vases or stands that I reuse over and over in each of my displays.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsPretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsThis pretty pink plate is an exception to last year’s shopping trip.  I’ve actually had it since high school.  I worked in a little boutique and they had these in a set of four.  My 16 year old self loved them and I bought them right away.  I regret many decisions made in high school (that one blind date that spent four hours talking about himself) but these plates are not one of them.  I still love them.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsI had a few more pieces but I was out of room on the piano so I added them to the entry table for an extra little bit of color and cheer and created a print to place in the white frame.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsOkay, I actually made two prints because I couldn’t decide on a design which means good news for you!  Two Easter prints for you to choose from!

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Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsOr if you’d like them in JPEG you can just click on the images below and save them to your computer!  I hope these help add some cheerful spring decor into your home!

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Valentine’s Display and Decor

You all know I love a good project and enjoy doing all sorts of fun crafts for the holidays.  But it is also kind of nice when I go to decorate and find that I don’t need to do any crafting because I have enough decor to put together a look already!  That is what happened with my Valentine’s display.  I picked up a few things at Hobby Lobby because they were cute and when I came home to put it all together I found I had plenty to decorate my piano.  I wish I could say that the time I would have spent crafting was able to be turned into time reading a book on the couch but let’s be honest.  I have two busy, little kids.  I don’t know when the last time I opened a book was.  More likely I took that extra bit of time and used it to scrape dried baby food off of our kitchen table and chairs.  Such a glamorous life I lead.  :)

Red and White Valentine's Display and Decor

I don’t expect anyone to really remember this, but if you pay extreme attention to detail you would notice that the floral arrangement in the vase is the same one I used at Christmas, just with the gray berries removed.  Super easy!


The cute heart banner came from Hobby Lobby, as did the red bottles and the tall red candle.  The bottles and the candle were in the Christmas clearance section for 80% off so you better believe I snagged those right up.  I’ll definitely be able to use them for more than just this holiday.

Red and White Valentine's Display and Decor

I love this little red heart plate I found a couple of years ago at a thrift store.  It was so cute that I couldn’t resist.  Everything else I already had around my house.


And a big thank you to Yellow Bliss Road for the adorable print.  It is perfect and she offers it for free in several sizes!

Red and White Valentine's Display and DecorHope you enjoyed this peek at my Valentine’s Day decor!  I’d love to see yours so free feel to send me an email.  Reading messages from my followers is one of my favorite things!

Red and White Valentine's Display and Decor

Christmas Decorating & Free Printable

This holiday season will be known as the Great Decoration De-Cluttering of 2015.  When it came time to decorate for Christmas I sat down in my living room with my boxes of decor around me and made three piles: one to donate, one to throw away, and one to keep.  I went through with a pretty detailed eye and if it was worn, faded, falling apart, or a style that I no longer liked then away it went.  And at the end I was really surprised at how small the keep pile was.  I definitely got rid of a lot more than I had planned on but I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to any of it.  This will be our 10th Christmas together so it makes sense that some of the decor needs to be updated.  And since I had such a small keep pile I basically got to start from scratch.   So of course off to Pinterest I went for some inspiration!  It may seem weird but I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for when I saw this picture of blankets.

Christmas Decoration InspirationThe words that came to my mind right away were cozy, winter, snow, and holidays.  I loved the colors and the textures in the plaid and different fabrics.  I had found my new Christmas decorating theme!  The only problem is my budget doesn’t really allow for me to go out and buy a houseful of new decor.  :)  So I’m starting small.  I bought a few new simple things and just decorated a couple of small spots in my house.  I plan on hitting the after Christmas sales and slowly but surely rebuilding my stock.  One area that I decorated is our entry way table with a print I designed inspired by the blanket picture.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

The berries in the white vase all came from the Dollar Tree and you might recognize the fluffy white and red Christmas trees from this post.  And the snowflake vases are from Walmart and the frame and lantern I already had.  That pretty much consists of my decoration shopping this year.  I told you I was starting small.  :)

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

And of course here is the print!  Feel free to download it and use it in our own home if you like.  I had mine printed up at Costco at 8×10.

Free North Pole Sleigh Company Printable from Darling Doodles Free North Pole Sleigh Company Printable from Darling DoodlesDownload the PDF

North Pole Sleigh CompanyI shared this picture of our tree on my Instagram account a couple of nights ago.  One of my very favorite things about this season is the warm glow from a Christmas tree.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling DoodlesThe other part of our house that is decorated is the most important part.  On top of our piano we have our beautiful nativity my parents gave us when we were first married.  I love this set so much.

Christmas Decorating with Darling DoodlesAnd next to the piano is our collection of small nativities that we add to every year.

Christmas decorating and free North Pole Sleigh Company print from Darling Doodles

In a way I am really liking the simplicity of the decor with the main focus being on our nativities and thus on Christ’s birth.  Which is exactly how it should be.

White and Gold Thanksgiving Display

Has everyone recovered from their Halloween festivities?  This was the first year we actually took our daughter trick or treating and once she figured out what was going on she was all about the candy.  “What?!?  People give me candy if I’m cute?  I so got this.”  It was a lot of fun and I must say, my kids make the cutest little Mouseketeers ever.

White and Gold Thanksgiving Fall Display with Free PrintableConfession time though.  When we got home we put our daughter’s candy in a “special cupboard” so she could save it for later, and the next day she never asked about it.  And she hasn’t mentioned it since.  So it is still sitting in the cupboard and I’ve slowly been stealing a little piece at a time.  That’s what parents do though, right?  I’m pretty sure there is an official Candy Tax all parents are owed.  :)

Now that we are in November it seems like Christmas everything is popping up every which way I look.  And while I love that, because I LOVE Christmas, I also want to make sure Thanksgiving gets it’s time too.  Because I love a holiday that is focused on family, gratitude, giving, and good food.  So while it may seem like a short month between now and putting up the Christmas decorations I didn’t want to skip on my Thanksgiving/Fall display.  I put together a pretty white and gold vignette and the soft sparkle and glow makes me smile every time I walk by.

White and Gold Thanksgiving Fall Display with Free PrintableI wish I had remembered to take a before picture of this cornucopia and the pumpkins inside but the sugar high from eating my daughter’s Halloween candy must be messing with my mind because I completely forgot.  I’ve had the cornucopia for years and it was definitely showing it’s age.  Wicker and a very unattractive brown color…it had seen better days.  But a fresh coat of white paint brought new life into it.  And the little pumpkins inside are cheap little things from the dollar store that I spray painted gold.

White and Gold Thanksgiving Fall Display with Free PrintableI picked up the tall gold goblets at TJ Maxx, and then everything else I already had around the house.  I do what I always do when putting together these holiday displays and shop my own house first.  I’ll walk through each room and look around to see what I can find that matches my theme.    And of course I usually create a new print for each holiday.

White and Gold Thanksgiving Fall Display with Free PrintableI’m sharing my print with you so you can use it in your own home if you’d like!

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With a Grateful Heart Thanksgiving PrintableAll together I love the way this vignette looks.  It turned out so pretty and was quick and easy to put together.  It really does make me smile when I walk in the front door and see it welcoming me into my home.

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Printable Harry Potter Potion Labels

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’m a big time Harry Potter nerd.  My love for Harry Potter is right up there with my love of all things Jane Austen and Disney.  So when I decorate for Halloween I can’t help but sneak a little bit of ol’ HP in there.

When I found some cute little bottles at Michaels I knew they would be perfect for some mini potion bottles.  I gathered my supplies and got my crafting on.

Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsI used Mod Podge on the back of the labels to wrap them around and glue them to the bottle.

Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsI was worried that the Mod Podge would make the ink smear on the front so I opted to use a spray on lacquer for a top coat.  And if after spraying the lacquer on some person had accidentally left the bottles on a table to dry in the backyard while the sprinklers came on, then that person could attest to the fact that the lacquer works well and protects the paper from water.  If that had happened.  I’m not saying it did, but…it might have.

Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsAnd there you have it!  Mini potion bottles perfect for the Harry Potter fan, or just anyone looking to add a little something extra to their Halloween decor.

Printable Harry Potter Potion Labels Printable Harry Potter Potion Labels Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsI created the labels in black and white and a sepia tone so you can have your choice!

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