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Easiest tutorial ever for converting regular curtains into blackout curtains with NO SEWING at maisondepax.com
Try this paint and wax technique to make plastic pumpkins look like real heirloom pumpkins via maisondepax.com #fall #paint #diy
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Perfect gift or party favor, these little chalkboards are so precious! Get the tutorial at maisondepax.com

The Perfect Gold Frame

You won't believe this EASY transformation! Just one step to create this gorgeous gilded frame via maisondepax.com #diy #wax #gold #glam #mirror

Imagine huge, floor-to-ceiling windows with chunky, ornate hardware that has that perfect patina of age.  They open onto a petite balcony, complete with an exquisite wrought iron railing. Beyond the railing lies the warm grayish stone.  The red tile roofs.  The little chimneys.  The tree-lined boulevards.  The little sidewalk cafes. Paris. If you turn around, you see the perfectly aged, ornately carved, gold leafed frame.  It sits atop the lovely fireplace... Mirrors like that: the … [Read more...]

Halloween Party Ideas (M&MJ #79)

Adorable and creative! Halloween party ideas via maisondepax.com #party #halloween #fall

Welcome... to week 79 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

Personalized Apron (and adorable chef costume!)

Less than $8 and 15 minutes (plus no sewing required) to make this adorable, personalized chef costume! via maisondepax.com #diy #costume #halloween #apron

It's dangerous.... that aisle. You know the one. It has cute stuff.  For cheap. And you just can't resist. You justify. You plan wonderful projects in your mind. You cave. Yeah, that aisle. Well, friends, today's post is brought to you by that aisle... where adorable, affordable little aprons meet my paint brush and become the world's cutest Halloween costume for less than $8. Yup.  My two boys are set for this year because that aisle had chef's hats for … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Your Guest Room

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For quite some time, I didn't call my father in law anything. He introduced himself to me as "Steve," but this little Southern girl (who was only 18 at the time) didn't know how to call adults by their first names.  It was contrary to my DNA. So why not call him "Mr. Paxton," you ask?  Well... my father in law is a professor of music, so technically, he's a "Dr."  And I, in my wide-eyed, 18-year-old, nervous way, was afraid that "Dr." sounded too formal, but what if "Mr." offended him? … [Read more...]

Industrial Spool Clock

so cool! how to make a clock from an industrial spool via maisondepax.com #industrial #diy

Crystal chandeliers and vintage file cabinets... Whitewashed walls and weathered wood... I've always been drawn to interesting contrasts and textures.  To a mix of highs and lows - with plenty of patina thrown in.  And this project is no exception. Remember those industrial spools I snagged? We made a table out of one (remember this?), and now here is number two: an industrial spool clock. Fortunately, it's easy to make a clock from an industrial spool.  Simply remove … [Read more...]

Autumn Harvest Projects and Treats (M&MJ #78)

beautiful and creative autumn harvest projects and treats via maisondepax.com #fall #diy #recipe

Welcome... to week 78 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

DIY {Affordable} Eucalyptus Wreath

Create your own gorgeous eucalyptus wreath for a FRACTION of the cost of buying one! via maisondepax.com #wreath #green #fall #floral

This past week was quite a week. You know, the ones where the complications reach an almost laughable level? Where your husband is traveling, two of your three kids are sick, your roof is leaking (in three places), your car is in the shop (for the fourth time in three weeks), you have major renovations being done to your home (that prohibit your children from playing outside), and sleep is practically non-existent. Wait... you mean not everyone has weeks like that? Well, that was my … [Read more...]

Paintin’ Punkins

Try this paint and wax technique to make plastic pumpkins look like real heirloom pumpkins via maisondepax.com #fall #paint #diy

Happy Friday!  It's been a week full of makeovers: the antique spool chest and my little mint stool... and today is no different.  But, as it's Friday, I thought it would be fun to do a quick and easy little fall makeover: how to paint pumpkins. But not just any pumpkins.  Plastic pumpkins. You know, the kind that won't rot?  And you can use them again next year?  This cheap frugal gal from the scorching lands of Texas (where we're still having days in the 90's) loves a real pumpkin or two, … [Read more...]

Mint Stool Makeover

Such an adorable little stool! Great tutorial to make your own little mint stool via maisondepax.com #diy #paint

I feel like everyone I know has at least one piece of that cheap, blonde, plastic-y wood.  You know, the kind that was popular in the 90's?  It is technically real wood, but the little-to-no grain is not pretty, and the color (or lack thereof) is rather dated. Real wood?  Great.  Worth stripping and refinishing?  Nope.  Here's the perfect solution - a painted finish that shows off the real wood without revealing its lack of character. This stool was rough to start.  I. mean. … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Decorations (M&MJ #77)

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Welcome... to week 77 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

Two Toned Antique Chest

beautiful two-toned antique chest makeover via maisondepax.com #tutorial #diy #stain #paint

Childhood memories are powerful... It's why I try to include my children in my projects.  To be intentional about our family traditions.  To celebrate the little things. When I feel like giving my father a hard time (which, if you ask him, is almost always ;) ), I claim that he used us - my three brothers and myself - as his cheap manual labor.  But really, we had the privilege of creating.  Building.  Evaluating.  Improving. And today, I love to create and build and improve because of … [Read more...]

Pots and Boxes: Operation Organization

Who couldn't use more ways to organize? Creative and pretty organization ideas for office or craft room #organize #desk #craft #office

I promised a few weeks ago when I began Operation Organization to share more pretty organization ideas... So far, my reach has been limited to my attic desk workspace.  A few other spots in the house nothing else has really been touched.  Alas, there are simply not enough hours in a day!  But my crafty things are now organized... Mostly within reach but out of sight.  My favorite brilliant idea was the pot (which we found one clearance at Lowe's for just a few dollars) to hold … [Read more...]

Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes (M&MJ #76)

Yum! Delicious pumpkin recipes for fall via maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 76 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! I'm so glad you're here!  If you are not familiar with link parties, this is a place where bloggers can link up their posts to show off their work.  And bloggers and non-bloggers alike can find tons of amazing projects, recipes, and inspiration all in one place!  If you're reading this via email, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  Remember, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour: Part 2

Beautiful fall home tour full of fall decor ideas via maisondepax.com #diy #fall

I have glorious news. Are you ready? It actually feels like fall. If, of course, fall means 73° and sunny...  But in this part of Texas, we take what we can get. ;) If you're visiting from Live Laugh Rowe, welcome!  I'm honored to be a part of this fabulous parade of homes. Sadly, I had to pretend - and I mean a serious case of fake-it-till-you-make-it - that it was fall for part 1 of my home tour.  But as I sit at my desk writing today, enjoying our first day below 88°, I … [Read more...]

I’m Right Here!

such a cute way to display your house number and decorate your front porch via maisondepax.com #fall #decor #pumpkin

I hear my two year old in my head... When you ask him where are you?  You can bet on his answer. I'm right here! [insert ridiculously adorable giggle] And that, my friends, is about as helpful [and as cute] as today's little project is... Do you need to be reminded of your own house number?  Hopefully not. Are others able to find your house any better because of metal stencils strung on twine and hung over pumpkin stems?  Not likely. But sometimes the obvious - said … [Read more...]