Dec 28, 2012

Wintery Welcome & Wine

 A few weeks ago I picked up a wine box at Costco. 
It was all natural wood.

Dec 27, 2012

2012 Top 10

The following 2012 posts are the most popular by page views.
 Click on the photos to view the full post.
I introduced you to my favorite way to achieve a "chippy paint" look with Vaseline and spray paint. 
over 163,300 page views (wow!)
A tutorial on how I made this narrow foyer table
with an old window and deck posts for legs.
over 27,900 page views
This post shows you how I use baby oil to move wood stain around painted furniture projects to get a "glazed" or "aged" effect.
over 23,150 page views
Used coffee grounds gave this bargain priced urn an aged look.
over 19,880 page views
I love old doors and in this post I show you how to bring in some old charm to your home by using authentic vintage doors or new doors found at home improvement stores.
nearly 13,000 page views
I painted and distressed this $5 dresser in only 2 hours
- start to finish by using spray paint and a razor blade.
over 10,200 page views
Our master bedroom decorated for Valentine's Day.
over 8600 page views
A tutorial on how I made this wreath from our wisteria vine clippings.
over 8400 page views
A detailed tutorial to painting patterns on wood floors.
over 8200 page views
Recover ugly lamp shades in burlap - a tutorial.
over 8000 page views

The most popular of all was our Tour My House page.
over 643,500 page views since Dec. 2011 
(when my hubby viewed that page he said -
"When was our house ever that clean?")
What an amazing year it was for Down to Earth Style blog. Lots of growth and support from readers. It looks like blog readers enjoy tips on how to distress and age furniture. Before I was aware of  DIY blogs and prior to starting my own, I used to make furniture and home accents such as frames and word signs for my decorating business. I tried all kinds of alternative ways to achieve old and distressed looks. At the time I had no idea anybody would be interested in using my goofy techniques....but they really do work. :) 

This was a big year for my family also, as we relocated to another state.  I am searching for a permanent home to make all our own. I look forward to sharing that adventure with you in 2013.
I invite you to follow along.
Thank you for making 2012 a great year here! I truly enjoy your comments and all my new blog friends.
Happy New Year!!!
DIY Show Off

Dec 26, 2012

Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Dec 23, 2012

Creating Softer Light with a Tag Sale Lamp

A couple of years ago I found this lamp at a tag sale for $5.
I added burlap where I think there used to be glass.

Dec 21, 2012

My Early Christmas Present

After the horrifying events of last Friday in Connecticut, I haven't felt much like doing any projects or posting.  I have been thinking of those sweet children and their families. I am so - so sad.
There really are no words to say - just heartache.
I pray for peace and comfort for them.


I wanted to share with you my early Christmas present.
Meet Mazi
a 10 week old Morkie (maltese/yorkshire terrier)
She weighs 2 lbs 6 oz (small)
picture before her hair cut

Dec 14, 2012

Kitchen Window Storage

The kitchen window is a place it seems I spend a lot of time.
I like to utilize that space well with small items stored close by like a basket of wine corks.

Dec 13, 2012

Holiday Home 2012

Our home is not decked out all that much for Christmas this year 
but I will show you what we have going on.

Dec 9, 2012

{Mistletoe} in the Bedroom

Our bedroom got a little holiday refresh.
I'll show you a few photos of what was added.
A {mistletoe}...of course.
(our twin 10 year old boys can't handle having this kissing ball placed anywhere else in the house)

Dec 7, 2012

Hanging Votive Candles on a Vintage Window

This post will show you how to use hose clamps
to hang votive candle holders.
It may be pretty self explanatory but I will show you anyway.

Dec 5, 2012

Winter Mantel 2012

2012 mantel.....
 How do you make a mantel with the TV as the focal point beautiful?
(sigh) I made an attempt to do so while keeping it simple
but sparkly for Christmas.

Dec 4, 2012

Homemade Winter Garland

 I have been decorating my fireplace mantel.
I will show you the whole post on that here but today's feature is the winter garland.

Dec 2, 2012

Frame in that TV

Who gets excited for a mantel makeover?
Our fireplace has a huge cubby for the TV above. It looked like this when I built in the TV the first time around - only 15 weeks ago.

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