DIY French Wicker Laundry Basket

french laundry basket 6

I hadn't planned on it. I thought maybe I'd use the quiet of the night to write, or read. But, then I walked into the laundry room and decided that I couldn't stand it any longer. So, at 12:30 a.m. I poured the laundry detergent, stain fighter, fabric softener and borax into the pretty glass containers I'd purchased a week before. I … [Read more...]

DIY wooden label tags

laundry storage

  I set out to makeover my laundry room over 3 years ago.   I collected inspiration,   made a shade out of a shower curtain, and hung it on a DIY curtain rod.   I added shelves, changed out the storage baskets and made label tags for them.     I also shopped the house for a rug to soften up the … [Read more...]

it’s the little things: laundry symbol chart

laundry symbol chart

My mom used to have a key ring that was a big, gold mesh circle that sparkled as it dangled from the ignition, and I wanted one just like it.  Knowing how much I admired that key ring, my bother surprised me with one for Christmas. Of all the gifts I received that year, it was my favorite.  Sometimes, it's the little things that bring me the … [Read more...]

oh the places you’ll go: diy subway art

subway art

Paris Italy Germany, Ireland, Spain... They are all on my list of places to go. Just so happens, that my daughter has the same list.  Never doubt the influence you have on your kids...even as teenagers.         So when my daughter and I saw this subway art stencil in Michael's the other day, we knew it would … [Read more...]

Burlap Wreath Tutorial

DIY Burlap Wreath

As you may recall, I've invited Laura from Inspiration For Moms  to be a monthly contributor here at Mrs. Hines' Class.   She is back today with a Fall wreath that I know you're going to love. But before we take a  look at the wreath, I just want to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about Laura.  Like me, Laura is a former … [Read more...]

Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day


Still need some Mother's Day gift ideas? Here are several easy ideas you can pull off even at the last minute:   No need to break out the china for this casual affair. Decorative ball jar glasses will do just fine.  Colored straws add an extra decorative touch to these already whimsical glasses. I felt like a kid showing off my … [Read more...]

5 DIY mother’s day gifts


I am so excited to share "Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom,"   hosted by the incredibly talented Kari of Thistlewood Farms. It was an absolute thrill to partner with Hometalk and the amazing pool of talent that they brought together. So, grab your gardening hat because you're going to be blown away!     First up, Laura … [Read more...]

Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special

Screen shot 2014-12-23 at 11.42.51 PM

  I'm so excited for "After Class" today!  I've teamed with some fabulous bloggers to bring you fun ideas for making your Valentine's Day special. Yvonne from Stone Gable is going to join us live from her kitchen as she prepares seared steak with a shallot wine sauce and a to-die for dessert! Cyndi from Walking in Grace and Beauty … [Read more...]

DIY christmas ornaments and decor

NYC, rockefeller center, Christmas tree, holidays, New York

After our whirlwind weekend in New York City, I planned to take it easy yesterday.  But, once I got up out of bed, the day just sort of took a turn all its own. As soon as  I noticed the sun shining through the clouds of gray, I put on some flip-flops (it was in the 80's), grabbed my garden clippers, and journeyed down to the nature preserve at … [Read more...]

keeping Christmas simple with handmade ideas

cookies, cookie exchange, Christmas, winter

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in, I thought this would be a good time to share some recipes and crafts from my Christmas in July blog hop. You'll find lots of cookie recipes as well as some tips on hosting your own cookie exchange at Laughter and Grace. Time for new stockings? You can try your hand at making your … [Read more...]

we gather together for thanksgiving traditions n-s-e-w

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends the other night.  My favorite part is the visiting and fellowship.  There's something about "breaking bread" together that bonds people together.  A relationship can quickly go from acquaintances to friends over the course of a dinner conversation. Tonight's dinner conversation led to tales … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions N-S-E-W continues at Three Mango Seeds

fall mantel decor by

We're headed to the Midwest to visit Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds for the last stop in our Traditions N-S-E-W Thanksgiving party.  Clydia is showing us her front porch fall decor, just in time for welcoming guests on Thanksgiving Day. It has been so much fun seeing traditions from across the US and Canada.  And it was a pleasure to co-host with … [Read more...]

“A Homemade Thanksgiving”: decorating with natural elements

pumpkins, greenery, centerpiece, DIY, craft, home decor, Thanksgiving

What a thrilling opportunity it was to "hangout" with Ann Drake from On Sutton Place and Jane Windham from Cottage at the Crossroads! We joined together for a Google+ Hangout on Air and shared ideas for incorporating natural elements in your home decor, particularly for Thanksgiving. Ann shared a beautiful slide show of inspiration and … [Read more...]

you’re invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with me

Thanksgiving traditions link party via

Hey, hey, hey, hey...what's happening?! A LOT is happening here at MHC (Mrs.Hines Class)! Today, Jami at Freckled Laundry, one of my lovely co-hosts of the Thanksgiving Traditions: N-S-E-W is sharing a denim and dot leaf centerpiece. And just in case you've missed the previous posts in our series: Heather at Setting for Four (Canada) … [Read more...]

sew fashionable: a refashioned t-shirt

fashion, clothes, sew, refashion, outfit

Today, I thought I'd give my husband a little treat and actually get dressed for the day. Now, down here, getting dressed is the whole nine yards: hair styled, full makeup on and fashionable outfit. With the cool front, I found myself lacking lightweight, long-sleeve options. Then, I remembered a cute refashioned t-shirt that I saw at Chic … [Read more...]

Features from the Traditions N-S-E-W Thanksgiving Linky Party

mantel, fall, recipe, thanksgiving, traditions,

I had so much fun sharing my family traditions, recipes and mantel decor last week! The tradition sharing continues today with Heather and Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence.  If you don't know them already, you're going to love Heather and Vanessa.  They are two very genuine, down to earth sisters with big hearts and tons of … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Decor, Crafts, Recipes and more


Hey there friends!  I just wanted to take a little time today to tell you about a link party that several of our blog friends and myself kicked off this week. I'm so excited to be joining  At The Picket Fence, Freckled Laundry, It's So Very Cheri, Setting for Four, Notes From A Cottage Industry and Three Mango Seeds  as we travel from North to … [Read more...]

Christmas in July blog hop

I want to thank my co-hosts this week: Jennifer @ Laughter and Grace Yvonne @ Stone Gable Misti @ Living on Cypress Hill Nicole @ Scraptastic Memories Micki @ Confessions of an ADD housewife Mary @ Go Ahead Take a Bite Melissa @ Melissa's Cuisine I can't think of a better way to wrap up one year of blogging than in a collaboration … [Read more...]

10 ways to display your Christmas cards

card display 2

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Tis the season to be jolly fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Don we now our gay apparel Fa-la-la-la la-la-la-la Troll the ancient yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. How are you going to deck the halls this year?  If you've been inspired by any of the … [Read more...]

Christmas in July

Announcing... dum,dum da-da, dum.... the CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOGGER BLOCK PARTY with 8 fabulous hostesses!  Each day next week, our hostesses will take turns sharing ideas to help you get ready for the holiday season. Check in on Monday, July 23rd for Holiday Fare with ADD Housewife, Melissa's Cuisine, and Go Ahead Take a Bite You won't want to … [Read more...]

My Memories Suite Giveaway!

I love to decorate.  Cooking brings me great joy.  Gardening is so satisfying.  But, I've never been into scrapbooking.  I tried.  But I just didn't have the patience for it, until now. … [Read more...]

25 uses for coffee filters

transparent bkgrnd

Coffee filters always make it on teachers' wish lists every school year.  They are mostly used for art projects and for sprouting seeds.  But a whole new world was opened to me when my husband's uncle sent this email, … [Read more...]

Pallet Project

faux finish, using a pallet in your home decor, decorating with pallets

I did it!  I finished my first pallet project.  I'm excited to show it to you.  So, let's get right to it. Y'all are quite familiar with what they look like. So, I don't have a before photo of the pallet.  But, here it is after giving it a faux drift wood finish. … [Read more...]