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I have another update from our living room re-do for you today. I have tons of living room ideas for our house that I’m trying to implement as I can save money and find time to get them done. The living room was seriously outdated and needed help. Little by little I’m making progress and I’m loving the results. Today, I wanted to show you a simple update that I think makes a big difference. I freshened up our lamps.

Living Room Ideas to update your living room by updating lamps and lamp shades. #homedecor #livingroom #interiordesign #realcoake

I have had the same lamps and lamp shades for at least 8 years now. It may be more. I’m a little confused about what we bought here and what we bought in our last house. Anyway, it was long past time for new lamps and/or lamp shades.

I’m sure you’ve noticed but lamps and lamps shades are not exactly cheap. I figured out how to make this update in our living room and I spent a little over $100. I realized that isn’t exactly cheap, but is certainly was less expensive than replacing all the lamps and I still feel like the money I spent helped update the room.  View full post »

Do you remember the decorative pillows I made a earlier this year? I updated them again for the fall season. I wanted to show you my idea for some pretty fall decorative pillows.

Easy to make and pretty fall decorative pillows. #homedecor #diy #fall #falldecor #livingroom #realcoake

So if you remember the tale of these pillows, I started with an IKEA hack to turn two pillows into three. Next up I made some simple envelope decorative pillows for spring. Over the summer, I made some cute burlap decorative pillow covers for these same pillows.

Now that fall has rolled around, I wanted to add a cover that would add a touch of fall to the living room. I thought of doing something similar to the summer pillows by adding an applique, but I decided against it. I wanted to keep it a bit more understated for fall. Let me show you what I came up with.  View full post »

  • Lisa Howard - September 18, 2014 - 9:10 am

    I say continue having fun! The whole point of decorating is to create an environment you love…one that shows your personality. These pillows do just that! I totally {heart} the new fall covers you made!ReplyCancel

I’ve got another update on the progress in my living room for you today. I’ve made some changes and I’m guessing you enjoy seeing them since so many of you have viewed them and commented in the past. I’m also hoping that maybe they give you living room ideas for your home as well.

Living Room Ideas - simple ways to update your home decor and have a more polished, designer look. #homedecor #interiordesign #livingroom #realcoake

I feel the need to first say that I am not a designer or decorator. I did think about going back to school at one point to become an interior designer, but never did. I just enjoy making my home pretty and I enjoy changing things up. My living room, well really my whole house, needs a big freshen up and to be updated to what I think of as a more modern style. We already took down the chair rail, painted the moldings, painted the fireplace, and painted the walls. Huge improvements!

If you have read other posts about my living room, then you may notice that I’ve changed up the entertainment center. Let me show you where it all began and the great progress I’ve made so far.  View full post »

  • Martha - September 15, 2014 - 8:56 am

    I knew I liked you ;) I am totally chuckling over your WalMart comments. I have only stepped foot in a WalMart once in the past 13 or so years…and that was only because a girl riding with us to a track meet forgot her shoes (!!) and that was the only store open at 7am! My daughter (about 12 or 13 at the time) thought the world was going to come crashing down LOL! There is another big craft store that I don’t shop at either because of where their money goes, but these are things I mainly keep to myself since they aren’t popular opinions! Your living room is looking great. I’m enjoying the transformation!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 15, 2014 - 8:02 pm

      Thank you, Martha! I was a little concerned to write about my dislike of Wal-Mart…I thought I might get some backlash. I’m glad to know that someone else gets it! What craft company do you not shop at? You don’t have to share if your prefer not to, but I’m curious and always like learning. If you want to email me privately with who it is and some of the why or a good source for the why, I would love it. You can do that through my contact page (you will see that at the top of my site.). No pressure. Hope you have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Howard - September 16, 2014 - 10:31 am

    KC…I LOVE IT! Everything is coming together beautifully! Thanks for sending credit my way but you, my friend, are the rock star that had all the elements going for you. The room looks Fab-U-lous!ReplyCancel

Have you started looking for gift ideas for this holiday season yet? I’m not quite there, in fact this is a gift that was supposed to be given last holiday season. Anywho…personalized gifts are some of my favorite things to give to friends and family. I’ve got a tutorial to make gorgeous wine glasses for you today. They would make a fantastic personalized gift any time of the year.

Personalized gifts - Tutorial to make gorgeous wine glasses. Great gift idea! #gifts #giftsideas #christmas #wine #realcoake

My good friend had the audacity to move away…a few years ago. I still haven’t recovered. She has moved a few times since and we are now only about 45 minutes to an hour apart, but we still hardly ever see each other. First, I started working and got busy. Then she started working and got busy. Now with both of us busy it has been WAY too long since we have managed to see each other.

She gave me the best gift for my birthday last year. It was a HUGE wine glass that she blinged out with “Big Joe” on it. If you have ever seen Cougar Town, you will know all about “Big Joe.”:-)

I wanted to reciprocate with something fun. I found this fantastic Friday Night Wine Glass at World Market. It isn’t nearly as big as “Big Joe,” but I think it will work. This gift was intended for last Christmas, but I never got it made and we haven’t seen each other so I didn’t rush to get it made. This year has slipped by and I thought for sure I would get it done for her birthday. Nope. Gosh, don’t I sound like a great friend. Anyway, I finally got her gift made and I am getting it in the mail…since we don’t have plans or time to see each other for a while longer. I guess it will be her Christmas squared and birthday gift. I better add a bottle of wine or a great gift card for some wine to this gift if I’m covering that many celebrations!;-)

Anyway, I bet you would love to know how to make your own personalize wine glasses. So how about if I stop rambling and give you the tutorial? Sounds good! Let’s do it! View full post »

  • Lauren - September 13, 2014 - 2:48 am

    This is great- I have some leftover etching cream from making your personalised bakeware pans so I will have to try this too!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm

      That is awesome! Glad you know you like this idea and that you gave the bakeware pans a try. How did they turn out for you?ReplyCancel

Hey, hey, hey! I haven’t made any American Girl Doll Clothes in a long time. Had you noticed? Today, the drought is over! I made new Girl Scout Uniforms for my girls dolls. I’ve got all the cute details for you, should you have a Girl Scout and American Girl Doll fans in your house.

So stinking cute! American Girl Doll clothes pattern to make Girl Scout Uniforms for your dolls! #sewing #pattern #dolls #americangirldoll #girlscouts #realcoake

I hadn’t made much for our dolls because they have so much stuff. I felt like it was best to stop making things and not clutter up the house more. Both of my girls had leveled up in Girl Scouts. Snowflake moved up to Cadettes last year and Pumpkin just moved up to Brownies.

I had making a new Cadette uniform on my list for a year now, so since I now needed two uniforms, it was time. I’ve got the free pattern for you along with my ideas for the patches and badges.  View full post »

  • Morgane@Bear Dolly and Moi - September 12, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    it is so much fun to see all 4 uniforms together! great jobs on making realistic badges, I think it is the most time consuming part of these vests!
    I do miss my former troop! and while Miss C. still has all of her girlfriends from GS, I know she misses all the fun activities…ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 15, 2014 - 2:51 pm

      Thanks Morgane! Thanks so much for the great pattern! I had fun making these. I used your post as inspiration…you had modeled your daughter’s vest after her actual vest and I thought that was cute. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

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