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How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

This statement is nothing new to you if you’ve been a blog follower for a while now, but the lighting in our kitchen is really, really bad. Even with the overhead pendant on full blast, John and I feel like we’re squinting to see what we’re doing while cooking in the space. So, under-cabinet lighting has been on my to-do list for practically the entire time we’ve lived in this house.

As of this past fall, enough was finally enough, and I decided to splurge on a set of battery-operated lights for under the kitchen cabinets. Today, I wanted to talk you through the quick install process, and also share my thoughts on the lights themselves now that we’ve used them for a couple of months.

Oh, and just so you know, this post isn’t sponsored—I paid for the lights myself, and just thought you might like to know a little more about the exact ones we bought because (spoiler) they’re awesome!

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

Here’s a link to the set of six wireless puck lights I ordered off of Amazon. After reading the reviews, I decided to also order a few sets of rechargeable batteries. The puck lights themselves actually came with regular batteries, so I didn’t have to open the rechargeable ones right away, but I’m glad to know that, when the cheap batteries die, I’ve got a backup set that we can reuse over and over again.

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

As for installation, all you have to do is remove the lights from their packaging, pull out the temporary plastic tabs to activate the batteries, and then decide where you want each light to go under your cabinets. Since you really can’t see the lights when you’re moving around in the kitchen, you don’t need to be super meticulous about measuring things out—unless you want to, of course. The lights are tucked far enough under our own cabinets to be inconspicuous, so I just eye-balled their placement every few feet around the L-shape of our kitchen.

You can actually tap these particular puck lights to turn each one on individually, but the set also comes with a remote so you can turn them all on at once, dim them, and even set them on a timer, which I think is pretty handy. The only thing you need to keep in mind because of the remote is that you need to install the lights with the sensor facing outward so the remote can trigger them accurately.

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

(Note: Please ignore the patchy yellowish drywall you see exposed between the backsplash and cabinets…We still need to paint it or add trim to cover it up.)

To install, I first held the assembled light up where I wanted it under the cabinet, making sure the sensor was facing forward. Then, I carefully lowered the light (with it still oriented the correct way), gently twisted the halves apart to access the screw holes on the top section, and then realigned it under the cabinet. After that, I made marks through the holes onto the cabinet with a marker, drilled through the marks, and screwed the top portion of the light to the cabinet. Finally, I twisted the bottom part of the light onto the top that I had just screwed in place.

As you can see a few photos up, I also drew on a quick arrow to help me remember which way the top portion needed to be aligned under the cabinet. This made sure the tabs that you twist the halves over are all facing the right way to get the sensor aligned properly. I promise this will make a whole lot more sense if you decide to purchase and install these exact lights, so don’t worry if it sounds confusing right now!

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

I went back and forth over whether to pay an electrician to come out and install wired lights, but am actually really glad I decided to go with battery-operated. Yes, they’ll eventually dim and die and we’ll need to stay on top of recharging batteries, but the lights cost less than $35, so the whole project came in way under budget.

Another reason I’m happy we went with wireless lights? They are an absolute GODSEND when the power goes out! That doesn’t happen too often around here, but it went out for 24 hours last month after an ice storm, and we were able to light up the entire kitchen without power thanks to our little set of puck lights. We also were able to twist a couple of them off the cabinets and keep them in the bathrooms so we had light in those rooms during the power outage, too.

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

Have you installed under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen? If so, did you go with battery-operated lights, plug-in options, or fully wired versions? Let me know in the comments below. And, again, if you want to copy our set-up, these are the puck lights we bought, and these are the rechargeable batteries that we have on standby.

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

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Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Ready to see the next new collection to hit the DGD Pottery shop?! The latest set of seven handmade pieces just went live here, and today I’m talking you quickly through each one so you can get a sense of my intention for the collection.

As with nearly everything I’ve created so far this year, my focus has been playing around with different organic shapes and working within earth-toned colors that feel really natural. Some are more minimalist than others within this group, and some look especially handmade, but each one is perfectly suited to lots of handling and daily love wherever they end up.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

There are three cups in Collection No.3—a dark brown mug, one tall tumbler with a carved branch design, and a bright bluish green handle-less cup that can be used for drinking just about anything, whether that’s coffee, tea, water, or juice.

I’ve been anxious to settle on one consistent mug style, and even though I feel like I have a long way to go before I get there, I’m most drawn personally to the chocolate brown mug in this latest shop update. The ultra even sides and handle speak to me and my love for symmetry, and the dark glaze is so rich looking in person.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

That branchy tumbler was actually meant to be a quick exercise in seeing just how quickly and how high I could form a cylinder, but I ended up liking the tall form so much that I kept it. This style is now my absolute favorite for drinking tea out of, and I think you guys are going to love the other versions that I’ll be adding to the shop in the new year.

The minty fresh no-handle cup is done in another of my go-to glaze colors, and although it wasn’t exactly intentional, one of my favorite parts is the pool of thick glaze around the bottom. I double dipped the piece to try to get an ombre look, but ended up with that candy-like glaze effect along the bottom edge, which you can see better in the photo just below. I can’t wait to recreate that look on a few new pieces after the holidays.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

This collection is the very first to include anything hand-built, and I really couldn’t be more excited about that. I just started dabbling in these types of free-form pieces, but have a feeling it’ll be something I start to focus on in 2019. I didn’t think I’d like the slightly uneven edges that come from working with clay on a table rather than on a wheel, but it speaks to me! The dark blue raised plate that you see (upside down) below is perfect for serving treats on a buffet, or for holding odds and ends on a coffee table.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Now for the vases. There are three new ones in today’s shop update: a skinny-necked spotted one with a scallop design at the bottom, a simplified angular white vase, and a low dashed ikebana vase, which I demonstrate how to use below.

Just fill the vase with water, snip off your flower stem (it works best to use tall, thick flowers like orchids), and push the cut end of the stem onto the pin that comes included inside the vase. It makes such a cool statement, doesn’t it? I’m going to have a really hard time letting that one go, but I hope one of you will be inspired by my version of this type of Japanese floral designing.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

Hop through here (or click that image below) to learn more about the collection on Etsy and to grab your favorites before they’re gone. I also have a handful of Christmas ornaments left in case you’re still holiday shopping. The cut-off for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is next Thursday, December 20, so don’t wait! As always, thanks so much for your support of the shop and my pottery—your messages, comments, and orders mean the world to me.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.3

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An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

I know, I know…How many times can one blogger share their full home tour in one year?! Chances are good that the thought is running through your head if you’ve been following along for any length of time this year since I’ve already opened the digital doors to our space with a feature here, but this time things are a little different.

Of course, each time I do an interview about our home I do my best to share exclusive insight and tidbits that I’ve never opened up about before, but the extra special thing about this particular new home tour is that it was shot entirely by yours truly!

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Who published our latest home tour? None other than Hunker! As you may know, I contribute regular DIY tutorials to the website, and my editor was sweet enough to recently invite me to team up with them for a full home tour feature. I couldn’t say yes fast enough, and even though I was also quick to offer up recommendations for photographers in our area (there are so many great ones!) to shoot the tour, Hunker asked specifically if I would photograph the space myself.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

I was honestly a little hesitant to agree because I still don’t feel like my photography is on par with that of all the incredibly talented professional interior photographers that I follow, but Hunker’s confidence in me eventually won me over. I was so flattered by their encouragement, and now that the tour is live, I’m maybe even a little proud to say I shot it myself!

My passion for interior photography isn’t something I ever anticipated developing when I started blogging almost eight years ago, but now it’s one of my very favorite pieces of the multi-layered puzzle. This opportunity with Hunker was a great way to stretch my photography muscles even further than usual.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

BIG thanks to the team at Hunker for their support, and I hope you enjoy the tour and interview. Click here to see the slideshow and read the oh-so-sweet words written by my interviewer Laura Lambert. And in case you’re curious to hear more about the updates you might be able to spot since our last home tour went live, don’t you worry—I’ve got lots of home update stories to share later this month and in the new year (think: new antique art, refreshed room layouts, a few electrical updates, and more). Stay tuned!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

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Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

In years past, I’ve been really strict about the ornaments we put on our Christmas trees. I had this idea in my head that the tree needed to be color coordinated from top to trunk, and while I really do like that look, this year I’m feeling a little more casual and free. As you may have seen yesterday in the reveal of our 2018 holiday decorations, our two Christmas trees are currently playing host to a whole range of ornaments—from white cut-out snowflakes and stuffed owls, to handmade clay ornaments that have my own unique stamp on them (literally!).

One of my favorite ornament themes this Christmas is retro. I love anything that looks like it came straight out of the 1950s or ’60s, especially mini bottlebrush trees or reflector style ornaments. One thing I’m glad for in these modernized versions? That they’re shatterproof! I love having authentic mid-century ornaments (like those passed down from family), but I always have to be so careful with these types of glass baubles. I love that I can be a little more relaxed around many of the 12 reproduction retro ornaments that I rounded up below.

Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

1. Rudolf’s Misfit Friend Ornament

2. Retro Beaded Snowflake

3. Miniature Retro Ornaments

4. Silver Retro Reflector Christmas Finials

5. Retro Bottlebrush Tree

6. Northlight Green and White Retro Style Bus with Christmas Tree

7. Round ‘Holly Jolly’ Christmas Ornament

8. Vintage Television Ornament

9. Retro Reflector Christmas Ornament (this one already sold out, but click that link to shop the list of similar options—this one, in particular, caught my eye!)

10. Retro Cloche With Car

11. Songbird 5-Piece Christmas Ornament Set

12. 2018 Tree Ornament

What types of ornaments are you leaning toward this year? Or do you stick to one set bunch year after year? I don’t know why I tend to pick a new favorite every single year. It’s not a terribly economical way of doing things since I almost always buy new ornaments each time a new holiday season rolls around. But I’m not going to be too hard on myself for the habit. Christmas seems like the perfect time to be a little overindulgent, so I’m giving myself a free pass to spoil myself in this tiny little way. Use the comments section below to tell me what’s on your Christmas tree this year!

Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

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How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

First, I want to thank you guys for your patience with me last week while I was sick. I’m finally starting to feel like myself, and am longing to get back into the blogging groove with longer, meatier posts once again. I thought I’d kick things off with a big roundup of all my favorite Christmas decorating hacks.

This topic was actually one that was requested by name over on the DGD Instagram feed, and it really got me thinking: do I have any valuable perspective to share? I kept the thought in the back of my mind as I worked to decorate our home for the season, and it turns out that I really do have quite a bit to say. With 32 years of holidays under my belt, it turns out that I’ve managed to collect a handful of habits that, I think, make the process of decorating a festive home much less stressful. Scroll on to hear how I do it!

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

Box Things Up By Room

Instead of keeping one or two giant boxes of holiday decorations in storage, consider boxing items in smaller containers by section or vignette. What I mean by this is, for those of you who tend to put out your Christmas (or whatever holiday it may be!) décor in the same places each year, box those pieces up together and label the container with that specific spot.

For example, I always set out our hand-me-down nativity set, ceramic Christmas tree, and sleigh in the living room, so all three pieces are carefully wrapped and boxed together with the label “Living Room” on it. The garland I hang in the same room also goes in that box, as does the stack of collectible Christmas books I keep on the living room coffee table. By boxing things according to the room or piece of furniture they traditionally go on each year, I’m able to avoid having to schlep unnecessary boxes upstairs, and I don’t have quite as much digging to do once I finally have those boxes out of storage.

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

Make “Like For Like” Swaps

I know I’ve said this over and over here on the blog, but I’m actually not a huge fan of holiday decorating. I spend so much time and effort decorating for every other day of the year, I hate the idea of undoing all that hard work for seasonal items. That said, I’m Christmas’s number one fan, so I tend to grit my teeth a little bit and go through the motions in order to live amongst all that happy Christmas cheer for the month of December.

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to simplify the process is to make “Like For Like” swaps with my styling. In other words, if I generally keep a ceramic bowl out on the dining room console to hold things like linen napkins or pretty serving spoons, I’ll temporarily switch those out for a similarly sized Christmas-themed bowl filled with ornaments. That way I’m not having to start from scratch with my styling and tabletop arranging, but I still get the holiday vibes across.

A few other swaps I make every year: our stack of everyday coffee table books gets changed over to Christmas books, the hanging art in the dining room is swapped out for a faux evergreen wreath, and a tabletop Christmas tree takes the place of the tall tapered vase in our family room.

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

Reuse Storage Containers

One inevitability of Christmas decorating is that you do end up displacing a lot of your everyday items. In years past, I’ve always struggled with finding places to temporarily put all of our non-seasonal accents while we had our Christmas décor out, but this year I finally figured out the solution.

As I took down our everyday décor to make room for holiday items, I wrapped those everyday pieces up and put them right into the box that the Christmas pieces had just come from. That way, I’m not putting empty boxes away, and I don’t have to worry about finding spots for our year-round décor in storage.

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

Box It Up Whole

A few year ago, I started a new tradition of hanging a garland over the doorway to our kitchen. It’s a faux garland, so we can reuse it every year, and it’s now where we display all of the holiday cards that came in the mail from friends and family. I use wooden clothespins to clip up the cards as they arrive in our mailbox, and I also filled the rest of the garland in with shatterproof ornaments.

I almost hesitated to admit this, but instead of bagging up the clothespins and removing each ornament from the garland after the holidays were over last year, I gently took the whole thing down off the wall and put it into the box whole—clothespins and ornaments still attached! Being able to lift that pre-decorated garland out of the box to hang on the nails (that we discreetly keep in the doorway year-round) saved me so much time this year. Yes, it’s a little tacky, but the time it saves me is worth it.

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

Time It Just Right

I think we can all agree that there’s a right and a wrong time to decorate for the holidays. The right time is when you’re feeling energetic and motivated, when you’ve got plenty of time on your hands, and maybe even when you happen to have an extra set of hands nearby to help with those hard-to-reach areas or heavy items.

On the other hand, the wrong time to decorate for the holidays is when you’re hours away from hosting a Christmas party, you’re wiped out from a full day of work, or when you’re feeling a little stressed by other things going on in your life. Even if it means you don’t get around to it until mid-December, commit to choosing your moment extra wisely this year. As cheesy as it might sound, a good attitude could be the difference between a really chaotic Christmas decorating day and a simplified, enjoyable one.

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

I know that a lot of these tips might already be key parts of your seasonal routine, and seem like common knowledge, but I still thought it was worth talking through just in case one of you hadn’t thought to try these methods before. And, of course, I’m sure there’s still so much more that I could be doing to simplify our holiday decorating routine, so if you have ideas of your own, please tell us about them in the comments below!

How To Simplify Christmas Decorating

P.S. There’s still plenty of time to grab a handmade ornament for Christmas from the DGD Pottery shop! See what’s left of the collection here.
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DIY Faux Evergreen Christmas Wreath

DIY Faux Evergreen Christmas Wreath

Confession: The DIY Faux Evergreen Christmas Wreath featured in today’s post has been on our front door since mid-October. That’s when I finished and photographed the project for my editor over at Hunker, and I loved the final wreath so much I couldn’t wait! I actually just paused for a second after typing up that admission to triple check my timing because I started to wonder if it really was as far back as October, and…yup! I submitted the story on October 22, which means that the wreath has probably been on our front door since October 19 or so.

At any rate, I was that smitten with the fluffy green texture on this faux seasonal wreath that I just couldn’t wait until after Thanksgiving to show it off. The cool thing, I think, about this project is that, depending how you style it on your door, the wreath kind of works any time of year. It’s so simple and minimalist, it would even complement a springtime entry when paired with things like potted flowers and a pastel door mat.

DIY Faux Evergreen Christmas Wreath

This cold weather season, though, I would suggest pairing the DIY wreath with a cheeky Christmas doormat (this one is at the top of my own wish list right now), and potted evergreen accents. You could even add a temporary bow to make it feel extra festive for the holidays.

Hop over to Hunker here for the full tutorial, and let me know how you’d style the wreath. Would you keep it exclusive to Christmas and winter, or could you see it working in your spring or summer entryway, too? Would you put it outside, or use it to decorate your home’s interior, like I demonstrated in these photos? Do tell in the comments below!

DIY Faux Evergreen Christmas Wreath

P.S. There’s still time to grab a handmade ornament for Christmas from the DGD Pottery shop! See what’s left of the collection here.

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DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

*This post was sponsored by Snapfish

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com + @newsnapfish #ShareWithSnapfish #snapfish

Okay, guys. No more stalling. If it wasn’t “officially” crunch time for Christmas shopping before, it definitely is now! With Thanksgiving 2018 memories in the bag, we’re turning our attention to crossing “gift hunting” off our holiday to-do list.

We actually keep things relatively low-key among our two families (John’s immediate family and my own) by agreeing to gift one item apiece to each other, but it’s still a task we take pretty seriously. We hate the idea of giving gifts they don’t really need, so we think long and hard about what we can give them that serves a purpose. The number one item on that list? Coffee!

This season, I’m teaming up yet again with my favorite folks over at Snapfish to show how you can treat the coffee lovers in your own lives to something fun (and functional!) this holiday. Scroll on to learn more about the custom photo mugs and other kitchen accessories I put together as experiments for gift ordering later this month, plus the step-by-step tutorial for our new DIY coffee mug rail in case you really want to wow them come Christmas morning.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

First, the mugs. This was my first time ordering custom mugs from Snapfish, and I’ll admit that I was a little worried about being able to find designs among their pre-built templates that would suit our mod, clean-lined aesthetic. I’m not a big fan of ultra bright patterns, but I was excited to find out that that’s not all the website offers in terms of templates.

I was able to choose four really simple designs for our mugs—one with John’s initial for his daily cup of coffee, a wood-look labeled design with my own name on it, plus a couple of custom photo mugs with our engagement pictures printed on them.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

I actually kept my cart open in its own separate tab in my browser so I could refresh it every time I completed a mug design and added it to my collection. That way I could be sure that the photos and designs I chose would look good together on display in our kitchen. That might be a little too OCD for everyone, but it worked for me!

Oh, and I should mention that the interface for creating custom designs was super easy to use, too. The do-it-yourself layout allows you to get really creative with multi-photo arrangements, and, whether your style is classic like ours or punchy (think: chalkboard designs, metallics, and even botanicals), the site has plenty of design options for you to play around with.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

It’s also a cinch to upload your own photos to the product builder. You can pull directly from places like Instagram, Facebook, and Google Photos, which saved me so much time. If I hadn’t had that option, I would have had to dig out my external hard drive to access the older photos I wanted to include. Being able to pull from my social media accounts saved me at least an extra half hour of hassle.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

Now for that DIY I promised! I wanted to figure out a way to really show off our new collection of custom kitchen items (did you see we also picked up a custom tea towel with our last name on it?!), so I built a quick DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail to go under our new open shelves. Scroll on to learn how to recreate the project.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail

Step One: Figure out how long you want your rail to be. I ended up using a 1/2-inch unfinished copper pipe for my rail because we already had it handy, and I also really liked the look of the patinaed copper against our wood shelves with their matte black brackets. The rod was already cut to a size that worked for us (34 1/2 inches long), but if you need to trim yours down a bit, you can use a pipe cutter, like this.

Step Two: Next, choose your spot for the rail, and mark where you’d like the hooks to go that will attach it to the underside of your shelves. I used three 1-inch white hooks to support our copper rail, spacing them roughly 12 inches apart from each other under the shelves. Mark where your hooks will go with a pencil, pre-drill the holes, and then screw the hooks in place.

Step Three: Slip your rail gently through the hooks, making sure that it feels strong and sturdy. If you feel like the rail needs more support, screw in a couple more hooks between the others.

Step Four: Loop S-hook hangers over the rail, and then slip your custom mugs right over the hangers to allow them to swing freely for easy grabbing in the morning.

NOTE: When figuring out where to hang your rail, make sure you keep it away from the wall by at least a few inches. Otherwise, the mugs could bang into the wall and break.

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

DIY Custom Photo Mug Rail For The Kitchen

We love how the custom collection turned out (it’s such a treat to see them swinging there on our DIY rail every morning!), so I’m definitely planning on ordering more to give to friends and family this Christmas. Wouldn’t they make for the perfect personalized stocking stuffers? I vowed that this would be the year that we finally find functional gifts that look cool, too, and I think this idea definitely nails that criteria.

What types of personalized photo gifts would your family like? I love trying to think beyond the standard photo gift (remember my custom ’12 Reasons Why I Love You’ photo book from last year?), so if you have any clever ideas, tell us about them in the comments below. Whatever inspiration strikes your fancy, be sure to use the code ‘SANTA40‘ now through December 31, 2018, to enjoy 40% off your order sitewide.

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Shop DGD Pottery Christmas Ornaments!

Shop DGD Pottery Christmas Ornaments!

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrated the holiday last week. John and I filled ourselves to the brim with delicious food (think: turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade dinner rolls, pie), and were so grateful (of course!) to spend lots of quality time with both of our families. Isn’t the holiday season just the best?!

Well, I’m ready to kick things off in real festive style this morning as I tumble right into the countdown to Christmas with a brand new collection of handmade ceramic ornaments. I actually started putting this collection together back in October, and even though I felt like I was jumping the gun a little bit starting them that early, I’m really glad I did because the ornaments took lots of careful detailing over the course of several weeks.

First, I cut the shapes, cleaned them up, and then laid them out between boards to dry. Then, I spent a couple of hours carving out designs on each one, and, later, came up with a plan for glazing them in my favorite earth-toned color combination. After that, it was just a matter of actually following through with my glazing and firing plans, then I added super strong leather hangers so that you guys can eventually loop them onto your Christmas trees. Phew! After all of that, I was ready to photograph them and list each and every one of the 22 ornaments in my Etsy shop for you to peruse.

Shop DGD Pottery Christmas Ornaments!

Shop DGD Pottery Christmas Ornaments!

Shop DGD Pottery Christmas Ornaments!

Shop DGD Pottery Christmas Ornaments!

See the full collection over on Etsy now, and feel free to let me know in the comments which one is your favorite. If you have requests for different shapes, quotes, or patterns, I’m always open to ideas, so shout them out below and I’ll hoard those requests for next season.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to offer these exclusive holiday designs, and am even more excited to see where they end up this Christmas. I hope you’ll share a photo or two on social media if you decide to add one to your own tree next month!

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DIY Paper Christmas Tree Centerpiece

DIY Paper Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I feel like I have full license to turn on the Christmastime charm, and I’m kicking things off with a brand new holiday project for Hunker: DIY Paper Christmas Trees. These colorful bendable cuties take just 20 minutes to make thanks to a printable template that I included in the full tutorial here, and the best part (at least I think so) is that they store flat when the holiday season is in “hibernation.” Just fold them at their cross sections, slip them into a sturdy folder, and then hide them away in a box with the rest of your Christmas décor.

DIY Paper Christmas Tree Centerpiece

DIY Paper Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Visit Hunker for the full step-by-step tutorial, including that Christmas tree printable I mentioned, which, honestly, takes at least half of the time and hassle out of this project. Of course, I can’t take much credit for that time-saving tool—whoever invented printable PDFs is my favorite human.

Speaking of favorite humans, I’m headed out of the office this afternoon to spend the rest of the holiday week and weekend with family, so I’m going to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you’re celebrating) and I’ll see you first thing Monday morning—cheers!

DIY Paper Christmas Tree Centerpiece

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Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Ever since adding a sectional to our family room, I’ve had my heart set on a round coffee table. I just felt like something round would suit the L-shaped couch so much better than a rectangular one because we could scoot around it easier when we wanted to have a seat on the sectional.

The problem was that we were already using a rectangular ottoman as a coffee table, and I was having a lot of trouble convincing John that we needed to get rid of it. The ottoman was in fine shape, but I still felt like the space could look and function better with something different.

After months and months of dropping hints, I finally figured out a solution. I was able to “get rid of” the ottoman simply by moving it into the room that John uses to tie flies and listen to music. That way he gained the perfect spot to lounge and read his fly fishing magazines, and I now had a blank spot for a new coffee table—win, win!

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

As you probably already gathered from the post title and photos, I ended up finding the perfect new-to-us vintage coffee table for the room. It came from a semi-local antique store (in neighboring Staunton, Virginia), and cost $135.

I had actually gone to the store planning to purchase a different retro round coffee table that had been in the lower level of the shop for over a year. I remembered seeing it there ages ago, and thinking back then that it could be just right for the family room. I couldn’t recall the price, but I thought it was something like $125. When I finally got to the antique shop and was able to take a closer look at the price tag, though, I found out that it was listed for $175. That was a little out of my price range.

I thought about asking if there was any wiggle room in the price, especially since the piece had been there for more than a year, but this particular store isn’t very amenable to haggling, so I pretty much decided against pursuing the table within a couple of minutes.

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

I headed back upstairs from the lower level of the store with a pretty dejected attitude, but decided to press on and wander through the rest of the space to see if anything else happened to jump out at me. And there she was! The perfect mid-century round coffee table with an even better silhouette and gorgeous finish. The one I had been considering downstairs had metal legs and a tile top, whereas the second one I found was solid wood and coincidentally stained to match the paneling (which we love) in our family room.

I felt like it just had to be too good to be true, but a quick peek at the price tag showed me that it was well within budget—marked $135, down from $165. Sold! Within 10 minutes I had paid for the new coffee table and packed it away in my car destined for the family room. Luckily, it fit perfectly into the blank space left behind by the old ottoman, and it’s now one of our favorite pieces in the house. Even John agrees that it was the right way to go now that he can see it all together.

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Isn’t the finish just beautiful? It’s a Lane Furniture piece, which is another serendipitous detail in the story because we have a small collection of vintage Lane furniture scattered throughout our house. I especially love the two-tone wood look, and the angular support underneath.

I couldn’t be happier with what we ended up getting, and am actually really glad that I had to wait as long as I did to convince John to let me look around for something new because that’s how we ended up with this beauty. Got a Thrift Store Score story of your own to share? Do tell in the comments!

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

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