March 27, 2014

DIY Gilded or Fabric Covered Bowls

Make a Beautiful Statement Piece out of Simple Paper and Paint - DIY Gold Paper Mache Bowl

Do you remember last summer when I was involved in our fun DITTO DIY? One of our projects included a Gilded challenge. Yes, we had to gild something or paint it gold. I sure wish that I had thought to […]

DIY Personalized Photo Coasters (An Entire Set for Less than $1)

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 I recently read that we see over 250 images everyday. 250 EVERY DAY! That’s a lot of images. Between instagram, pinterest and facebook, I am willing to bet I see double that every day!  If you are anything like me, […]

Spontaneous Kitchen Demo + New Floors

It's in the kitchen where memories happen

Our home is a place where everyone is welcome. On a daily basis, we celebrate both the beauty and bedlam of everyday life, and a large majority of that celebration centers around great food. The old cliché states that “the […]

The Before and the Almost After Dining Room Redo

Writing on the wall

Bookshelves lined the walls. Waiting piles of our kids’ “treasures” stacked in corners reminded me to sort and pick a few favorites. Boxes of pens, pencils, papers and nick knacks cluttered each surface. Marker masterpieces of days gone by whispered […]

Tips for Picking Out New Flooring

Tips for Picking Out New Flooring

Am I the only one who gets paralyzed when making home decor decisions? It’s the oddest experience because when it comes to parental decisions, business decisions or a host of other things, I am clear, concise and the person that […]

Touches of Our Christmas Decor

Wrapped Bow Pillow

Oh Christmas Decor, how I love thee so. You add to my most favorite time of the year that it’s extremely disappointing that I haven’t fully been able to embrace you this year. I haven’t talked about it here yet, […]

Simple Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make

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Unique ornament traditions hold a special place in my heart. Each year I give our children a special ornament. Sometimes we make it together, but most times I buy one that symbolizes something special in their year. When they leave […]

DIY Wrapping Paper Ideas (Perfect Easy Craft with Kids)

Simple DIY wrapping paper

One of the best things about getting a “tad” older is being able to watch your best friends’ children grow into amazing adults. I’ve had that privilege with my newest contributor and she has always been about all things creative. […]

Adorable and Easy, No Sew Fabric Wreath

Easy No Sew Fabric Wreath

If you’re less than crafty, not exactly a seamstress or a recovering perfectionist (or, you know, ALL OF THE ABOVE), this is the holiday project for you. If you happen to have one or two or a dozen wire hangers […]

Creative, Personalized Gift Giving Ideas

Creative, Personalized Gift Giving Ideas

It’s that time of year when gift giving is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really struggle with buying presents. I’ve come to that point in my life where I don’t […]

The Porch That Took 17 Years to Build (Part 2 – After)

So encouraging - The porch that took 17 years to build

Over eight months ago, I posted on instagram a picture of our “dream porch” and this sentence, “After saving for years and living off our saved cash “porch fund” during 2 unemployments, this dream is going to be a reality.” […]

My Home Depot DIH Workshop (& our $100 winner)

Home depot DIH

Last Thursday, I had a great time participating as a co-host along with Home Depot for their DIH (Do it Herself) Workshop. Participating in the free kids workshops when our sons were little was always a highlight, but I had […]

Do It Herself Workshop & $100 Home Depot Giveaway

Adorable DIY Chore Chart @beautyandbedlam

Post written in sponsored partnership with Home Depot. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been blowing up my instagram (jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam) and facebook feeds with all the spray painting projects that I’ve been tackling. That has meant multiple trips to my […]

30 Minute, $3 DIY Bench Re-do

Painting an old bench @beautyandbedlam

Why, oh why, do I let myself think that tackling a DIY project is going to take all afternoon? It’s a lie, I tell you, a lie. Every single one of you can transform an ugly, old $3 yard sale […]

Framed Fabric Art in Minutes: Ditto DIY

Dollar Store Framed Fabric craft @beautyandbedlam

Welcome to the July {ditto} DIY challenge! It’s another month for our Ditto DIY challenge and this one packs a punch of such versatility and ease. Each month, my sweet friends and I  are challenged to recreate a project or […]