Make it Yours: 3 Ideas for Spring

Make it Yours

A quick trip to Michael’s craft store led to some fun craft projects to update my home for spring. I hope you enjoy these projects and it inspires you to take something and make it yours!

  • Candles: $15.00 on sale
  • Spring Sign: $9.99 on sale
  • Heart Sign: $7.49 on sale

Adding Sparkle:

Spring Sign:

I plan to put the spring sign on my front porch or front door. It’s super cute, but I realized it was going to be difficult to see from a distance.  My original thought was to paint it to make the flowers and words stand out. But…when I opened the closet in the office and saw my glitter, I knew exactly what to do! I used Modge Podge and several different colors of glitter to match the decorations on my porch and really pop for spring!


  • Sign
  • Glitter
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush


Finished Product:

Heart Sign:

I loved the colors of the sign and the little shine from the foil that was used. I thought about adding a monogram or something to it using vinyl and my Cricut…but decided that this was a great fit in my house just the way it is! I’m not big on decorating for Valentine’s Day, but this fits with my day to day decor since it’s neutral.


Candles are a great way to add color and height to an area, and when they are grouped together they fill a space well. These blue candles were a great price, half off and only $15.00. They were on a timer and you get 8 candles total! Full disclosure, the votive candles are plastic, not wax, they do not have a timer function, and they do not work with remote. Also, the pillar candles will need 3 AAA batteries each, so make sure you have those on hand.

Once I opened them and noticed how different the votive candles looked from the pillars, I knew I had to get creative. The answer…glitter!


  • Candles
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter
  • AAA batteries

To style these candles, I used a tray I had in the closet.

I added additional height by using some votive holders I purchased on clearance and spray painted years ago.

Once I liked how it was arranged and filled the tray I glittered the votive candles.

I hope these ideas have helped you think of some fun ways to decorate for spring! You definitely don’t need any of the exact things I have, these ideas can be a jumping off point for you to make it your own!

Home Renovation Part 1-Entry, Living, Dining

Home Renovation

Now that I’ve shared the specifics of our home and a little background in my last post,  I’ll get into the specifics of our home renovation. Everyone moves at some point and finding a house can be overwhelming. In this project, there are very few things that do not get updated in some way. For our house, we learned to look beyond the paint and initial state of things and we knew this house could be a great home for us! Continue reading “Home Renovation Part 1-Entry, Living, Dining”

Our Home

Our Home

Today I’m going to share the process of how we found and purchased our home. In the summer of 2010 we were living in Muncie, IN. I was working in a school as a speech-language pathologist and Russ was beginning his second year of grad school. My parents actually noticed the house sitting empty and mentioned it to us. We really weren’t looking to buy a home just yet, but sometimes our plan isn’t God’s plan for us. We drove by and peeked in the window, then I contacted the realtor listed on the door to get some more information about the home and where it was in the foreclosure process.

House Details:

  • Square Footage: 2,318
  • Lot size: 3 acres
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sunroom
  • Garage: 2 car
  • Open concept
  • Ranch style
  • Corner lot
  • Built in 1994
  • Pole barn

Why it was for us:

  • layout
  • size
  • barn
  • 3 acres
  • great value

We began the process of paperwork and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. We put an offer in and ultimately, our offer was accepted!! Then the really fun part began! It seemed like it took forever to get to the closing process. We began the process in August and closed on our home the day before Thanksgiving!

Starting the Renovation:

Then it was time for us to get to work. After working with the general contractor and painter, determining what jobs we would tackle ourselves, and when we could move out of our apartment…we put a timeline together. We needed a quick turn around, especially since we were paying rent and a mortgage! The timeline got pushed back a couple of times, but we ended up moving New Year’s Eve!

In the coming weeks I will share before and afters for the rooms in our home and the projects we tackled on our own. My parents were a huge help, spending hours laying floors, learning things like installing a back splash and a million other things!

We’re going on a trip!

My mom, Nana, and I have been to all sorts of places over the years. Well, places that we could get to by car…because Nan was scared to fly. They involved lots of pit stops and plenty of “bites to eat” along the way. We’ve been to Asheville, Memphis, Nashville, and so many other fun places.

Continue reading “We’re going on a trip!”