DIY {cottage decorating}

DIY – don’t we love those Do It Yourself projects?  Who needs those high priced department stores?  At least when we DIY, it’s got a twist, a bit of your personality.  You’ll also save a TON of money with DIY projects.  Let the creativity begin!

Shabby Chic Cottage

Here’s another creative gal that I thought I had featured before.  Gina has a GREAT site for showing you all kinds of DIY projects, especially if you love everything cottage, french or shabby.  {yes, please}

DIY French Curtains-

Could you just die?  Love this idea!

Her house must have the most original window coverings.

Ruffled Curtains

So cute!  These would also be so cute in a little girls room.   She is so talented with that sewing machine.

This one will really float your boat!  Anytime we can take an idea from Pottery Barn and make it ourselves……..we really should get a trophy.

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Lamp

She picked up just an ordinary lamp at a thrift store.She worked her magic using tea staining, glaze, french words and paint.

Her tutorials are detailed to help you complete each project with little frustration.  You’ll save money, get in touch with your creative self and have a cute home.  Is there anything better?

She also has a rockin Etsy Shop!  Lots of really cute things.

Now go do what your good at…………leaving comments for my featured bloggers.  Go surprise her.   Tell her she’s featured today!  She’s probably wondering why I haven’t featured her yet……….but I thought I already did.  Really.

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This month I’m giving away a necklace from Allora handmade.  Enter by leaving a comment on any post in the month of January.  The more you leave, the better your chances.



Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog
Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





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  1. Jennifer M says

    These are great, inspiring ideas! Now I’m going to be on the look out for a lamp at GW. Thanks!

  2. Megan Schacht says

    Super cute Pottery Barn inspired lamp! I love tea staining but I’m not so sure about “writing” on the lamp shade…I don’t trust my skills! 😉

  3. says

    Love this! I’m definitely going to use the tea staining idea and I really might just have to buy those bird tea towels from her Etsy shop! Thanks for sharing!

  4. susan says

    Wow! I am inspired-again! Thanks Kim! One more RSS feed I subbed to! And I was good & let Gina know-again. 😀 -s-

  5. vikki says

    Love the idea for the French script curtains. I need new ones in my bedroom and that may be just the thing. Thanks for a great blog.

  6. EFY says

    Love the ideas for curtains…need to work on something new for my bathroom…Ruffles??? Blessings!

  7. Catherine says

    wow. I feel inspired. I love the French script. I may try on some plain linen and make into pillow covers.

  8. Nicki says

    Wow, I’m surprised I haven’t seen her before! I love reading her posts…so laid back :) I really like her farmhouse table painting tutorial. And a great Etsy shop, to boot! Thanks!

  9. says

    Where the heck have I been….living under a rock? 1. I must run to this site…hair on fire fast…and then I must learn more about where I am right now????? TCB…..what a concept. I feel like a kid digging in the backyard and I found a pretty shinny rock. Those were exciting times:)

  10. Alissa H. says

    I am loving all your inspiration for my house redecorating project! Thank you! I sure would love to win that necklace too – you know – for my closet “redecorating” project that I am currently working on too. Ha, ha.