DIY Decorative Throw Pillows


Indecision.  When it comes to home decor, I am sometimes plagued by indecision; spending hours, days, even weeks trying to decide. What if I don't like it? What if I change my mind? The fear of making a mistake is bigger in our minds than it is in reality. Choosing pillow fabric from Online Fabric Source was no exception. If you … [Read more...]

Diy Curtain Rod and No Sew Valance

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  DIY... is a way of life. It's born out of a need to create,   and is a necessary means to an end.     Which is why I often find myself inventing things, this  DIY Mirrored Nightstand being one of my latest projects.   You learn to improvise, and use what you have.   Like using eye … [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...]

Creative Wall Art for less

designer bag art

  Hey Friends! I have some exciting news to share with you.  I've been keeping this under wraps for months now, and am so thrilled to be able to finally reveal that I was filmed for a DIY segment with ABC. If you are visiting from Live Well Network/ ABC, WELCOME!   ABC came to my house this past Spring, set up their cameras, … [Read more...]

The Dresser, The Buffet and the Media Console- 3 New Uses for a Dresser


Who knew that the very dresser from which I fetched a pair of panties for Nonna would end up in my home one day? I couldn't have predicted the future of that dresser, serving as a buffet in my home, housing silverware and tablecloths and serving dishes.   I never imagined, as I stood at Mom's dresser waving her topaz ring around on my … [Read more...]

DIY Fern and Moss Terrarium

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to introduce you to a special guest.  Her blog  is filled with  creativity and inspiration.  The more I delved into her writing, the more I thought, "She's a perfect fit for Mrs. Hines' Class."    So, I asked her to be a monthly contributor. And if you like terrariums, you're going to love her tutorial for a DIY … [Read more...]

120 Clever New Uses for Old Things


I'm a sucker for sentimental value. So, it makes my heart happy when someone is able to find a new uses for old things. It was love at first sight when I saw this charming ship helm turned into a front door wreath. Buy you a drink?    This trendy little outdoor bar had a former life as a sewing table.   So many vintage treasures went into … [Read more...]

DIY Boxwood Topiary


I'm inspired by nature. It calms me.  Maybe it's the tranquil blues and greens, or the singing of birds, or the surprise of seeing fireflies dart through the trees. So magical! I find that bringing those natural elements indoors provides a soothing atmosphere in my  home as well. I think that is why I'm so drawn to the preserved boxwood … [Read more...]

11 Practical Tips for the DIY Painter


Everyone has to start somewhere.  I remember the first time that I picked up a paint roller.  As I rolled the soft lavender paint over  my then two-year-old little girl's new bedroom, I was amazed at how simple it was.  My confidence grew with each purple patch of wall that was completed. Since that day, twelve years ago, I've painted lots of … [Read more...]

A Little of This and a Little of That


  Hi!  Just wanted y'all to know that I'm not in hiding.  :) I've been trying to get my household organized and my health on track. But, I have lots of plans for projects. I bought this shelf liner the other day, but I won't be using it for lining shelves...not exactly.  You'll see. I got a small start on my backyard … [Read more...]

How to Install a Light Fixture

home decor, DIY, Lamps Plus, decorative lighting, pendant light, light fixture

I waited two looonnng weeks before we installed the new Possini White Flower light fixture from Lamps Plus in the teen lounge.   I had a general knowledge of how to install a light fixture, but I didn't have the confidence to do it myself.   So, we asked a friend for some help. Be sure to turn off the light switch, as well as the … [Read more...]

I just called to say…

spring gardening:

Have you ever made or received a call that goes something like this: "Hello." "Hi. It's me." "Hi, how are you?" "Fine. How are you?" "Good." Long, silent pause interrupted by the caller saying, "Well, I don't have anything.  I just wanted to call." That's me, today, with you.  I just wanted to touch base and say hi, see how … [Read more...]

Decorating With a Personal Touch

teen lounge, media room, home decor, DIY art, gallery wall

  We use the third bedroom in our home as a teen lounge.  It's a great place for my daughter and her friends to watch t.v., play  Wii and just hangout. One of my favorite sounds is of my daughter and her friends giggling well into the wee hours of the night.  And then, without notice, the giggles come to a stop and the room grows silent … [Read more...]

DIY Weekly Planner

stress, overwhelmed, thoughts, inspiration, motivation

My mind has been cluttered with reminders, questions, doubts and to-do lists.  One sure-fire way to clear your mind is to write it all down, in no particular order, just write it down.  Clearing your mind is the first step to successful time management. Once you've done that you can break the list down into tasks on your calendar.  Currently, I … [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...]

Spreading Holiday Cheer: Christmas Cards

card display

There's nothing like getting that first Christmas card in the mail to usher in the season. Last July, I gathered several ideas for displaying cards for my Christmas in July blog hop.  I'd like to share them again with you today.   Here are 10 ways to display those cards and enjoy them this holiday season: Deck the halls with boughs of … [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 of  "the first … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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...]

How to Turn a Sheet Set into Curtains

curtains, sheet set, no sew, valance, roman shade, panels, french country, breakfast room, window treatment

Scene 1: why purple? Looking at the breakfast room window my daughter asked, "Mom, is that my sheet?"  "Um, yes.  It is. What do you think of the purple?  Is it too dark?" I hesitated to ask. "Why purple, Mom?  What does it go with?" "Nothing.  I was just trying it out." Scene 2: Daughter exits for school and I'm left alone with my … [Read more...]

Fall Decorating Projects

fall, decor, porch, leaves, rake, bench, pumpkins

The plan: transform my porch decor from Summer to Fall. {sources listed top to bottom, left to right:  the yellow capecod, no. 29 design, folded gingham, source not listed, four seasons wreaths on ebay} The goal: incorporate elements from inspiration sources using what I already have. The challenge: keeping the budget under … [Read more...]

show & tell features

Let's take a look at some of the projects that were linked up at Show & Tell last week. Lorraine's urn looks every bit as chic as the Ballard's inspiration. I love that she was able to get the Ballard's look without paying the Ballard's price! Diddie's vintage bed re-do is every bit as pretty as her collection of bedroom ideas on … [Read more...]

A Repurposed Dresser Set

repurposed furniture, home decor, vintage furniture

This mirror, this dresser, and this nightstand were all a part of my parent's bedroom furniture suite in my childhood home.  All of it was the same wood as the body of the dresser, and the mirror was attached to the dresser.  Over time, each piece has been painted and repurposed for use in my home. Today, I want to highlight the … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 16

I hope you had as much as I did at our show & tell party last week.  Just in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights. I had such romantic notions about having my very own greenhouse until Wendy shared her experience. I can't help but be reminded of The Wizard of Oz.  "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" I absolutely love the beautiful frame … [Read more...]

A Lesson in Contentment

I'd like to set apart a place on my blog for my musings, advice, wisdom, thoughts, and observations to share with you. Down here, when we have something to say, we often start off with the phrase, "I'll Tell You What".  I actually took a moment to elaborate on the ins and outs of this phrase back in early October when I had only been blogging a … [Read more...]

how to keep chives fresh

Focus on chives laying between crackers and sour cream.

© Photoeuphoria | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images Today, I'm taking one of my pins from board to reality. You'll be watching me in my unshowered, unkempt naturalness.  (I have no shame.) Click on the link below the photo to view my very first installment of "Pin There, Done … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 15

Whoohoo!  It's Wednesday, and we have a party to go to! Where:  mrs. hines class Time: 8:00 a.m. Wednesday - midnight Monday Who:  YOU What to wear?  everything from pajamas to your finest and prettiest. What shall I bring? Link up your latest projects...anything from recipes, home decor, DIY projects, crafts, to tips & tutorials...if you … [Read more...]

this old house

I got to thinking about the homes I've lived in before this one.  I waxed sentimental after my friend who just sold her house posted on facebook, "selling a house you love is an emotional roller coaster."  I know firsthand that those words are true. I was ready to move, excited about our new house and getting our daughter into a family friendly … [Read more...]

Playing Along

I got tagged by Jen from At Home in the Northwest in a game of Q&A for bloggers.  She has a lovely blog and is an even lovelier person.  I hope you will visit Jen to get to know her a bit if you don't already. And now it's my turn in a little game of Q&A.  I'll be answering questions that Jen wrote.  Just for fun, let's pretend I've been … [Read more...]

nothin’ much

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Well, I guess I'm going to have to get crazy creative 'cause I STILL haven't found my USB cord.  It's such a shame since I had really wanted to participate in the Spring tacular party this week. I was going to show y'all my magazine copy cat based on this command center in a Southern Living Idea House.   I also wanted to show y'all my Spring … [Read more...]

Show & Tell no. 14

We had a great party last week!  It's my pleasure to get to show you some highlights from last week's party. There is a heart touching story behind this hand painted French tray by Fran at eleven-o-one. I can just picture Fran laboring over this tray as she wonders about the elderly man who sold it to her. Another talented artist caught our … [Read more...]

piano in the entry?

Remember a few weeks ago, when I first began rearranging my living room and the piano ended up in the entry? Here's a picture of the before and after. I'm having my doubts about leaving the piano here.  If I take it out, I will not be putting the bench back in its place.  So, I'd love to hear from you.  What would you put in this space, if … [Read more...]

Show & Tell #13

I am getting ready to go to bed in a minute...I know, it's a bit early for me, but I'm trying to do better.  (I just reread that sentence.  I swear, watching Justified brings out the country girl in me.  And my husband tells me the accent really comes out after I've been with my family, too.)   Back to my sentiment.  My heart is full, and y'all … [Read more...]