this is halloween – diy haunted mansion sign

DIY Haunted Mansion Sign - Directions Not Included

Since it is no surprise that I'm a huge Halloween fan, it should be no surprise that my favorite ride at Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion. No matter how long the line, I must go on it at least once every time we go to Disney. Ray shakes his head every time. My employees I took to Disney in June thought, think I am crazy. I love it. It was obviously my inspiration for our DIY haunted mansion sign. I made this last year during my delinquent blogging year so I don't have photos … [Read more...]

time to get comfy – ikea throw pillow inserts

Directions Not Included - Family Room Pillowcases

A few weeks ago, I gave you a tour of our family room's progress. We recently bought new sofas from West Elm that we absolutely love. They are super comfortable and spacious. Lily even had her 15 minutes of fame, when our local West Elm's Instagram feed shared her photo enjoying her new spot. As comfy as the sofas are, they don't come with throw pillows. Many, many throw pillows are a must in the house. We are cuddlers and loungers at night with all the mutts, and frequently actually fall … [Read more...]

photo-a-day challenge – february

I love browsing the photos on Instagram, and recently joined at the urging of my cousin. Getting to see a little snapshot of someone's life is a great little distraction during the day. The House of Smiths just posted they are joining the Photo-a-day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim so I meandered on over to see what it was all about. The concept is simple. Fat Mum Slim provides an inspiration theme for the day's photo. You take the photo with your free Instagram app on your smart phone, and … [Read more...]

shopping list – home decor

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I have to say, mine was pretty productive. I wish I had photos to share but last night was my office holiday party and I was too lazy after indulging in all that food and wine to get anything done besides laying on the couch cuddling with my mutts.I did get some shopping in to help finish off a few rooms. I am so grateful that most of this was done with Amex Rewards gift cards. Such a nice little perk that I'm thankful to have. Two of these gray … [Read more...]

visiting primitive & proper – project recap

Happy Friday!! Anyone have any fun plans for this weekend? We are off to watch one of our favorite munchkins perform in his Christmas show tonight then have a weekend of holiday parties. How did we get to that point of the year already? It seems like we have a holiday party of some sort for every day until Christmas. We'll be squeezing in some painting, baseboards and tiling this weekend too...hopefully... I am absolutely thrilled to be over at Primitive & Proper today. Honestly, Cassie is an … [Read more...]

giveaway winner – come forward!

SemperHarley you need to get in touch with me to get your prize.  You were the lucky winner of the $25 giveaway from Pick Your Plum but you have no email address linked to your profile. Please send me an email before Sunday night so we can get you your prize. If I do not receive an email from you by Sunday night, a new winner will be selected.Thanks!Thanks for following Directions Not Included! … [Read more...]