Just Do It Yourself – Sunday Morning Coffee
I am so excited to share with you Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun. Today I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, crafts, and recipes, and my theme for April … Just Do It Yourself!
A Little Bit About Me
Just do It Yourself
Happy Easter! Today is such a special day and although I am traveling I am going to make it home for Easter Dinner. Of course, that means my husband and son will be cooking, That sounds wonderful to me!
It’s a new month (where did March go??) and a new theme.
Just Do It Yourself is my theme for April. This month is all about fun DIY’s, fun new crafts, new recipes, and gaining confidence that you can do things yourself.
You have got this.
I already have the entire month of April planned out and I cannot wait to share how I learned to LOVE to do things myself. Of course my DIY’s are sometimes a total fail, but I am very passionate about my DIYs and I can’t wait to share my journey with you.
I have always gotten a lot of pleasure from making things. This started at a very early age, probably about eight, and I have been DIYing things ever since.
I get so much pleasure from creating and lately, it seems that my DIY’s are looking better but are actually easier.
I am going to stick with that plan for sure. Especially this month.
My Just Do It Yourself Projects
My DIY projects can be divided into five categories: Home Decor, Cooking, Entertaining, Crafts, and Projects in Our home.
If you weren’t aware, these are also the five categories that make up my brand. What a coincidence, right?
If you have followed me for a while, then you know that I love making home decor items. This includes things like pillows and mirrors and coffee tables and table tops and
Cooking and Recipes
I love to experiment with recipes and this year I have changed my diet to reflect gluten and dairy free. I have tried a lot of DIY ideas and this is probably where I have had the most failures.
But the successes and my discovery of the Air Fryer has made it all worth it.
More than anything, I love to entertain. I did a lot of “parties” at home this past year for just our family and I loved it. I cannot wait to start entertaining with friends and family and I have some really exciting plans for this year.
My DIYs for entertaining have been centered around my desire to “create a unique entertaining experience.” I have built outdoor dining rooms, hung chandeliers from old porch posts in the middle of our yard, and entertained in areas we have never used before (such as dinner in our wine cellar and on the patio behind our Carriage House).
I have held four dinners on the beach at our home in Ventura and they truly are the most magical dinners ever!
This month we are redoing the Carriage House and converting it from a storage space to an entertaining space. We hope to be able to sit twelve at one table and also have a bar area, flower arranging area, and serving/buffet tables.
The Carriage House is getting painted on the inside next week and I cannot wait to get working on this space.
I have probably bored you with all of my pillows and paper flowers and wreaths but I am loving crafting and promise it will continue.
I have a lot of new types of crafts planned for the month and of course some of them are for outdoors as the weather is getting better for all of us!
The one thing I want to assure you is that all of my projects will be focused on helping YOU feel better about tackling DIY projects. I think a good way to do this, is to be honest about what works and what doesn’t. I will also share and share anytime I fail, struggle, or even get outside help on a DIY project.
If a project includes craft paint, sewing, paper, fabric, clay, lighting, decorating, flowers, cooking, I will always do it myself.
I am even getting good at woodworking projects so be prepared for more of those. (I also finally have a good set of tools.)
But painting the Carriage house? No way. That roof is so high that there is no way I could paint it. So I am paying to have my painter paint it and it is all happening next week.
Around Our Home
The Beach House Remodel
We are starting a big remodel of our beach house in Ventura. I had hoped we would be under construction by now but as expected we are a bit bogged down in getting our plans approved.
We spent more time at the beach this last year than ever and we realized this is a good time to enlarge our home so that our growing family can all fit!
I get asked all of the time about the remodel style of our home and it will definitely be Modern Farmhouse. The outside is more modern (although I know you won’t be surprised when I tell you it will be painted black and white on the outside). But the inside will be bright and airy and neutral and I know that won’t surprise you either!
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Reflections on the Week
Guess what? Last week was amazing!
I know I sound like a broken record but it was another great week!
All of my blog posts for the week are listed below. Do you have a favorite?
I do! Can you guess which one is my favorite?
My Favorite Things
In the Craft Room
Zevy Joy shared the cutest apron made from a kitchen towel!
Janine at Happy Happy Nester made these amazing felt flowers.
Accounts I Love to Follow on Instagram
We spent three days in Round Top this past weekend shopping for some “small” vintage finds. I ran into so many wonderful friends (who sell amazing vintage items!) and I want to share their Instagram accounts with you!
Linda and Chris at Junk Style Design (They are good friends and we stayed with them while we were in Round Top!)
Carrie at The Cotton Shed
Mary Knight at OK Ranch Texas
Things I Love Under $26
Things for your home!
I spent a lot of time searching for some of my favorite items under $26. Every single one of them is amazing and such a bargain!
Good Things From Martha
Martha Stewart shared a great article “How to Paint a Wall.” I am not a fan of painting walls so this article was very helpful to me!
One Healthy Tip
Take Time to Enjoy Your Meals
Did you know it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to know when your stomach is full?
If you do the math, and eat slower, then you will likely eat less. There are a few tricks you can do to eat slower. Drink a glass of water before you eat. Chew slowly and longer. Put your utensils down between bites. And enjoy the dinner table conversation. You just might enjoy your meals more too!
We have a lot planned for the week. Including four DIY’s!
I can’t wait to share our Round Top Shopping story, a creative meal on our back porch, a DIY I just finished in our Waco kitchen, my DIY favorite gardening idea, a DIY place card made with metal, and the coolest DIY outdoor lighting you have ever seen!
Catch up on Sunday Morning Coffee
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 11 – Creative Inspiration
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 10 – Inside the Life of a Blogger
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 9 – Live Your Best Life
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 8 – Living Green
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 7 – Why I Love to Entertain
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 6 – February is All About Living Beautifully
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 5 – Our Beach House in Ventura, CA
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 4 – The Story of My 100 Year Old Home
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 3 – I Think I Might Be Martha’s Biggest Fan
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 2 – A Tribute to My Mom
- Sunday Morning Coffee Volume 1 – How Chip and Joanna Influenced My Life
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I just love your account! If you love home decor, diy there is so much eye candy here! Looking forward to seeing your carriage house renovation and all the things you have planned for April! Happy Easter!
Happy Easter Kim! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am sooooo excited about the Carriage House renovation, it is going to be so special! Home decor and DIYs, you are going to be very happy this month!
This is one of my favorite posts to read each week! You have so much to share! Thank you for the inspiration. I can’t wait to see your upcoming posts! BTW your ability to schedule yourself never ceases to amaze me!! #blogginggoals
Thank you Cindy, I am so happy that you enjoy my Sunday Morning Coffee! Sometimes things shoft around, but I try really hard to have next week planned out!
Happy Easter! Your DIY’s are the BEST EVER! Such beauty and style. Your Blogs are my favorite and the first I read!!
Oh my gosh Donna, thank you so much! I am honored that I am your first read! Get ready for DIYs this month, I am so excited!
Happy Easter to you and yours !! I am excited about following along with the carriage house !! What a great space that will be to have !! Thanks for another enjoyable Sunday Morning Coffee ❤️
Happy Easter to you and your family Annmarie! I am so excited about the Carriage House and can’t wait to get in there and get it styled and decorated! I am so happy that you enjoy Sunday Morning Coffee! I do too! Have a great week ahead!
Another fabulous Sunday-catch-up Leslie! I love all your projects, and could look at your party pictures all day! SO much inspiration! Thanks for giving us the good and the bad in your DIYs – I’m always so glad I’m not the only one who has “challenges!” AND can’t wait to see your Carriage House renovation!
Hope you have a good trip home, and a lovely dinner waiting for you! Happy Easter!
Thank you Barbara. I am so glad that you enjoy Sunday Morning Coffee, I love putting it together so much! As you know, I am a big fan of sharing not only the good, but also the challenges, we all have them! The Carriage House is going to be so special, I can’t wait to finish and share it!
I love your April theme!! Happy Easter Leslie; I hope you had a safe trip home!
Thank you Jennifer, I am really excited about it! Happy belated Easter to you!
Just curious. How many assistants or staffers do your employ? You do so many things at so many places that I cannot imagine how you have the time to sew, paint, cook, entertain and have the time to think doing all that you do. And I am not bored with your pillows, just ordered 6 shams from IKEA so I can try this myself.
After 4 years, I finally figured. it out and my best friend works with me full time. I work a lot. The amazing thing is that what I do does not feel like work, I am very lucky! Glad you have some pillow covers ready, I have some new ones coming up!
I’ve followed your account for a long time, and I’m really enjoying what you’re doing now!! I’ve always enjoyed your entertaining ideas, table settings, etc. but your DIYs have really piqued my interest. I’m 70 years old, and kinda felt like all that creativity was behind me, but now I have NEW ideas!! I’m setting up a “100 year old home” folder on my computer to save your posts! Keep on sharing….!
Oh my gosh Debbie, I love it! 70 years is young and I love that you are tapping into your creativity and have a folder for ideas!
I look forward to reading your blogs and trying some of your ideas!
Thank you for posting things 😊
Thank you Linda, I am so happy that you enjoy what I share!
Really excited to see your carriage house transformed and beach house renovated! xo
Oh my gosh Juliet, I am so, so excited about it!
Hi Leslie, just can’t get enough! I keep seeing so many things I want to do. Your such an inspiration. Now that I’m home and not working, I feel I could stay busy constantly creating all of your lovely crafts.
Good Morning Leslie
I’m trying to find the link where you painted your coffee table with the milk paint. I just bought it and I wanted to watch the video.