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Summer Decorating

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I know it seems a little early to start our Summer Decorating, but I got so busy that the Hoosier Cabinet never got decorated for Spring. So I gathered up my scrapbook paper and looked over the colors for inspiration. I was planning on using the Lifestyle Crafts Fancy Envelope Tabs Die Cuts to make a banner, and then spotted the red,white and blue paper and quickly decided a Summer Theme would be perfect.

We have started to prepare the house for Nick’s graduation party, so every little bit that I can get done now will help later.

Bringing in all the elements that we love about Summer, I added items for a Picnic, roasting S’Mores and Baseball. A large part of our Summer is spent at the ball park and Nick’s graduation party will be a Baseball Theme {more on that soon}, so the Baseball Mitt was a perfect addition.

On the top, I added an Antique Metal Picnic Basket, a flag that belonged to my great-grandfather, Aqua Mason Jars and a pitcher filled with ivy cut from the yard and a few red,white and blue items to add some color.

On the middle shelf, I added a very old Colonial Banner and the Baseball Mitt.

More of my favorite…Aqua Mason Jars were added to the next shelf, a slice of watermelon, some Chocolate Kisses and Summer spelled out with Scrabble Tiles..fun!

Then came the goodies for a picnic and our favorite…S’Mores! The giant marshmallows in the jar, graham crackers, chocolate bars and the marshmallow roasting sticks. A Vintage Gingham Check Apron and a glass pitcher filled with red and blue straws and more Scrabble Tiles spelling Picnic completed the shelf.

And now…this adorable and SUPER easy Summer Flag Banner

Summer Banner Supplies:


  1. Cut out the tags and mark the middle where the string will lay
  2. Add glue to one edge
  3. Place on string and fold over, press to seal the edges
  4. Hang and enjoy!

I hope my Hoosier Cabinet inspires you to start your Summer Decorating, and of course, if you don’t have a Hoosier…you can certainly use these ideas to decorate your Mantel or other spot in your home.

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Disclosure: I received Lifestyle Crafts Products for my review. As always, the opinions are my own.

Linking to…Show & Tell FridaySundae ScoopMade By You MondayWeekend Wrap Up PartySaturday Night SpecialTransformation Thursday

Decorate for Winter: Hoosier Cabinet

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Many people have asked why my blog name is Hoosier Homemade. Well..mostly because I’m a Hoosier, from Indiana but also because I absolutely ADORE my Hoosier Cabinet! So what is a Hoosier Cabinet? It’s simply a cabinet with three parts, and they were originally founded by the Hoosier Manufacturing Company.

But enough of all that, you want to see how I decorated the Hoosier for Winter…don’t you?

My original thought was to add lots of my white vases, pots and dishes and then just scatter in a few snowmen, but that didn’t turn out so well. So then I tried mostly snowmen, with a few added dishes for interest…that was much better.

I’ll have to say, I think the top is my favorite part. I REALLY loved how the Chalkboard turned out on the Winter Mantel, and I had this small Chalkboard hanging in the kitchen, that quite honestly was neglected most of the time. I started with some grey wool fabric {leftover from the Winter Mantel} and added a string of white lights. For some height, I added a framed snowman on the right side, and then the tall vase on the left. But it needed a little something…Doug to the rescue…out to the yard he went with his clippers.

I filled the bottom of the vase with floral foam, then added the sticks. I used a variety of sizes and textures of snowflakes and a few icicles too. A couple of them are paper snowflakes that I cut by hand, in an attempt to make them for the Dining Room window. You can see more of them under the Snowflake Cupcakes, but needless to say, I didn’t get enough cut for the window. Stop back on Friday though, and I’ll show you what I ended up making.

Then the rest of the top was filled in with a vase, a carafe, snowman, an aqua mason jar filled with small snowball candles and a large snowball candle sits on top of a pedestal plate {small plate added to a candle stick}

Lots of snowmen gathered together in the middle, with a few snowball candles, a white pitcher and another aqua mason jar.

Then another fun area…the Hot Cocoa Station is ready to warm us all up! More aqua mason jars, this time filled with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. Some of my snowman mugs and a cool tea pot we found at the thrift store last Fall.

And on the front, some vintage black skates and old mittens to add a little whimsy.

I love how it similar to the Winter Mantel {see it in the background?}, but yet, it’s different. Now while this is on my Hoosier Cabinet, you could certainly apply these ideas to any area in your home.

Have you been decorating for Winter? Share with us what you have been doing!

Linking to…Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell Friday, Frugal Friday, Saturday Night Special, Saturday Seven PartySundae Scoop

Hoosier Cabinet: Decorating for Spring

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Last year, around this time I shared how I decorated our Hoosier Cabinet with shades of white. After taking down the Snowmen last weekend, I was ready to change the decorations and get ready for Spring.

I don’t think I’ve ever showed you how cool this Hoosier cabinet is. It came from one of the barns on my Father-in-law’s property. Many, many years ago, he took all of the daughters into the barn and let us choose which Hoosier cabinet we would like. I choose this one, and he was going to have it refinished. Well, after a few years passed by, I decided that I would rather have it unfinished, just the way it was. Peeling paint and all!

I know worn out…paint chipping…furniture isn’t for everyone. But I just love it!! I think it has such character! Although I loved having all shades of white, I decided to add a little color for Spring.

Starting on the top, I added a large vase and a wire Rooster that I had in the kitchen. In the middle I added a wooden crate with Aqua Mason Jars. A couple small tea pots finish it out.

On the next shelf down, I added another tea pot, a plate, a ceramic vase with cupids and a small Aqua Mason Jar. A small sprig of pink berries adds a little color.

Another white dish, Aqua Mason Jar and a ceramic vase with pink flowers continues the theme. A little bunny and some more pink berries and flowers tie it in with the other shelves.

Then on the bottom, I added more Aqua Mason Jars, I love how they bring out the blue in the cabinet. A few small white dishes and a couple pink tulips for a splash of color.

You probably have seen this beauty!! I’ve been using it to display cupcakes, like my Chocolate Chip Pie a la Mode Cupcakes earlier this week. I found it at TJ Maxx when I was in Nashville for the Blissdom Conference. My good friend, Dawn, who I stayed with before and after the Conference, took me shopping. It’s a good thing I drove, because I would have never been able to bring it back on a plane.

Have you started decorating for Spring yet?

I’m linking to…Saturday Night Special


Fall Decorating for the Hoosier Cabinet

By | Decorating, Fall Favorites | 22 Comments

My Hoosier Cabinet is one of the treasurered gifts I received from my Father-in-law. Next to our Mantle, the Hoosier is my favorite piece to decorate. I love the chipped paint, the country blue on the inside and even the door that’s falling off. Fall, next to Christmas is my favorite season to decorate for. I love all the rich colors and textures Fall has to offer.

On top, I placed large items, a basket with straw on it, a wooden scarecrow and a pitcher filled with grass from the yard. Then to accent those, I added a stuffed pumpkin that I made years ago and a grapevine wreath.

On the shelves, I added some of my ceramic Fall pieces, a wooden pumpkin and a gourd garland.

I made another garland, this one was much easier than the one for the Mantle. I used twine, cookie cutters, scrapbook paper, small gourds from the garland that I used on the shelves and the same tiny clothespins that I used on the Pinwheel Garland.

Using the same method that I used to make the Shamrock Garland, I placed the cookie cutters on the back of the scrapbook paper and traced around them, cut them out and added the letters on with a fine tip Sharpie. I hot glued on the mini gourds and leaf, and tucked in a little scarecrow on the end.

Have you started decorating for Fall? Share with us!

Linking to…Fall Nesting Party, Transformation Thursday, Fall Party at The Lettered Cottage

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