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DIY: Halloween Decor!

Hey y'all!  Halloween is just around the corner! Time to get out the decorations and I have a great idea for you.
Last year while browsing Pinterest for spooky ideas, I was inspired by this fabulous sign from Sharon Burkert @ As The Ink Dries.  I just had to give it a try, the DIY Lori way.

I had a frame that could be recycled, but headed to Hobby Lobby for some boo-tiful scrap paper, wooden letters, black spray paint, and double sided tape.  All of the aforementioned and some scissors or a rotary cutter is all you'll need to complete this project.

Lets do this:

Obviously you can spell out whatever you want, but I chose "BOO."
I painted the letters first so they could dry while I work on the rest. Rust-Oleum is my go-to spray paint.  In my experience/opinion it works the best and dries fast.

Cut your decorative paper to size.  (I decided to overlap three different patterns/paper.)
Use double sided (clear) tape to make your background and then to tape it to the INSIDE …

DIY Doll House!

Greetings from DIYland!
I have been chomping at the bit to write this post.  By far  this is my favorite project to date.

A few weeks ago I asked my dad (well my daughter and I asked) for a custom small-ish barbie house/apartment/studio.  My "Pop" has been into making bird houses for over a  year now, and well, you will remember that he built my farmhouse table which was my very first blog post as DIYLori.  (Go take a peek if you haven't seen it yet, I'm still in love with that able).  I didn't have a plan for the finished house in the beginning, just that my daughter was going to help me paint it.  When Dad was done and we brought it home I started hatching ideas and soon this thought crept into my little diy mind: "I'm going to make this a tiny home decorating project."  And so it began!  My daughter was bummed that I took over the project, and I do feel a tiny bit disappointed in myself that I didn't just let her go to town on it with paint…

Mud Rooms

Y'all...I have been obsessed with mud rooms since I joined Pinterest.   They are so organized and so purposeful and soooo adorable.  I love the idea of coat racks and back pack hooks, secret shoe bins, labels mixed with fun decor.  I could go on and on and on about the magnificent that is mud rooms.  Sadly, our house was not designed to include one.  The front door and garage door are just a few perpendicular feet away from each other.  I didn't realize how weird it was until I started noticing the laundry room and hallway combination from the garage that so many of you lucky people have.  My mission for almost a year has been to create a mud room....SOMEWHERE.  I've thought about knocking down walls and closets, taking doors off, eliminating rooms.  The ideas have been endless.  I was extremely close to converting my dining room (that is a flowing space into a useless formal living room---although I made it more of a lived in room recently).  I just have no clue where I w…