Monday, September 20, 2010

free inspiration, anyone?

Hands down, my favorite thing about blogs is that they are free sources of inspiration.

I love free stuff.

I love free ideas on how to decorate / design / enjoy my home.

So here's your free idea for the day:

Clean your kitchen window.

Clear your windowsill.

Line up some fruit or vegetable that you already have; I do this with limes, lemons, tomatoes, little squash . . . eggplant would look really cute too.

Today I did apples.

Okay, subject change.

Eleven - year -old Maddie and I made these hair bands this weekend out of a blouse that looked better on the hanger than it did on me. . . aren't they the cutest things ever?!
So because I love free stuff,

and mostly because I'm still disappointed I didn't win Pioneer Woman's Fiestaware giveaway,

if you leave me a comment of your favorite free home decor idea,

I will send the first two each one of our leftover hairbands.

Not a scientific random generator or anything -

And there won't be 34,700 entries.

{Why did I even bother Pioneer Woman?}


  1. Don't worry, I always enter too and have yet to win anything. *sigh*

    My fav home decor idea is just updating pictures in my frames. I have a small house (minimal wall space) so don't have much room for many pictures.

  2. Well, now you did! :-)

    If you email me your address I will put a hairband in the mail to you.

    It's not Fiestaware, but. . . .

  3. Oh, I love the Pioneer Woman...I never win her contests either, but one can always hope. :)

    I saw this idea at my Sister in law's house. She had taken a glass dish placed a candle or 2 in the middle and then sprinkled coffee beans on the bottom. Not only did it look pretty but it smelled good too. Of course this would only work if you actually like the smell of coffee which I do. :) Maybe not the most creative idea but I liked it!

    Oh Btw, have you every seen this blog? This is one of my favorite crafty blogs. She has great tutorials and always has great ideas. Thought you might enjoy.

  4. Liz -

    Message me your address and I'll send you one. :-)

    *headed to check out dana-made-it.

  5. Those are really really cute.

    To give my place a little makeover, I re-arrange the furniture quite often. But the best thing I like are those magnetic photo frames that you can put on refrigerators, almirahs and sometimes, even doors! And I love making collages of pictures...and those too theme based. Sometimes, it's all about my growing up years or us three siblings...or my entire family...or only friends. I keep changing these collage very often! Keeps the living room interesting!

  6. I like to put limes or lemons in a large clear vase on the kitchen table and then scrunch up a table cloth around it OR put it in the center of a wreath. OK, this may not be free if you don't already have the stuff, but it's pretty inexpensive :) Think dollar store or BigLots!

    I know you already have two "winners" for the headbands, but I was wondering if you could post how you made them? They're too adorable! I like to be a little crafty and I have a 3 yr old niece that would LOVE these. I, too, have a few blouses I wouldn't mind to cut up and use to make something else. lol

    Here's my blog:

    email: rvaughn33 at gmail dot com

    I believe this is my first comment on you blog, but I have been a reader for about 4-5 months now. I read blogs every night in bed on my iPhone and yours is one I check every night. Sorry if that's creepy...I just like your writing and you are a strong and inspirational person. :) Just though I'd let you know. Have a great day Hayley.

  7. Okay, so I had to come back with one more idea. It is a tutorial for wallflowers. It isn't totally free but it would be pretty inexpensive.

    I have seen these before but they are usually made of tissue paper. I love the napkin idea. I think I will make some of these for Anna and Claire's room. How cute would that be? :)

  8. @ Mrs. V-

    I actually took pictures of how I made them, just didn't have time yesterday to upload and write directions. Check tomorrow.

    Glad you like my writing- it's mostly just real because I don't do fake very well.

    And as far as winners go, see my post on that. :-)

    @ Liz - love love love tissue flowers. I have a whole bunch of white ones piled in a black basket in my kitchen. I had white lights around it but they burned out and I haven't replace them yet.

  9. Hayley,

    I know you LOVE Paula Deen (don't know how to write her name in a southern accent, but it comes out that way in my mind). Last night I tried a variation (my creative side coming out) of her baked chicken recipe....OH MY GOODNESS!!!!

    2 Bone-in full Chicken Breasts (with skin on)
    1/2 cup mayonaisse
    1 tsp lemon juice
    2 TBLS olive oil
    1 tsp each: minced onion, pesto seasoning, pepper, or WHATEVER sounds good to you

    Whisk together. Separate skin from breasts (but don't remove it) and (as Paula said) "slather it in there and then all around the outside"

    Bake uncovered in a cake pan at 400 for 20-30 minutes or until golden and juices run clear.

    Bona petite!