Friday, November 30, 2012

November in review!

Happy Friday to you! (And you!) It’s time for another month in review here at TDC, just to catch you up on any projects you may have missed this month. This is the part where I always say I can’t believe how fast the year is going by…sooooo, holy canoly, I cannot even believe how fast the year is going by!! ;)

I finished up the massive built ins last month, so I kicked off November by sharing how an old accessory got a quick redo with chalk paint for the bookcases:

Redo with CeCe Caldwell paint

That little set of drawers has been hidden away for years, I love it now!

We announced our annual Holiday Home linky parties here:


I’ve been working on my mantel to share next Tuesday! Can’t wait to see you at Layla’s!

I shared about our holidays, debt free, in this post:

Thrifty Decor Chick Dave Ramsey

Yeah, that’s me and Dave. I was stupid giddy about that. :) I haven’t gotten to all the Financial Peace winners yet – some, but not all. The not-so-tiny mouse problem we had this month has taken more time than I thought, but you’ll hear from me this weekend for sure if you are a winner!

I explained more about the accessories I used on the bookcases and the methods I used to decorate them here:

how to decorate bookshelves

Accessorizing is way harder than it looks – I struggle with it every time!

I’ve been thinking about Christmas for months weeks already, so I shared a few of my favorite advent calendars in this post:

matchbox advent calendar jar

I love this one especially! So cute and no small toys – bonus. ;)

We did some switching around and got rid of a couple things so that I could turn our loft into my “new” craft room:

blue green craft room

I’ve already used it that craft table more in the past couple of weeks than I have since I built it months ago! I love this bright spot!

The safety stuff in our homes isn’t glamorous, but we need to think about it. I shared what we do in our home here:

carbon monoxide detectors

It’s the stuff that puts my mind at ease, at least a little!

I shared a personal story in this post about why home is so important to me and your responses were just lovely, thank you so much. They really meant so much to me.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I finished up my tried and true outdoor decor:

greenery around door

Can I just say that outdoor timers are worth their weight in gold? Even more when it snows. :)

I shared a couple tips to finish up the month – how to make a rug that’s too big work for your space:

buffet in foyer

And how you can get a HUGE rug for a fraction of the cost. :)

I showed you how I planned out the floor plan for the new basement furniture here:

microfiber sectional basement

It’s so nice to have a place to sit down there. :)

You all shared more than 140 beautiful foyers and mud rooms in this month’s Show Us Your House party here. So much inspiration for tiny to big entryways! 

And of course there were TONS of amazing projects linked up at the Before and After Party! You can see all 400+ of them in this post.

Don’t forget to link up again this Monday morning for the last Before and After linky of the year! Here’s the code for the button if you’d like to get it added to your post now:

<div align="center"><a href="" title="TDC Before and After" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="TDC Before and After" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

On a different note, I’ve been trying to get back to questions I get in comments on each post on a timely basis. TRYING. :) So if you’ve asked a question about a project in the comments I plan to have them answered by the end of each week (if not sooner). If you if have an email attached to your account I can just respond when you comment, but I know others may want to know the answer too.

Have a lovely weekend!! My goal is to get the rest of the Christmas decor up by the end of day December 1st. Well, at least 90 percent of it. I always say this, and it never happens. But I’m saying it again…maybe this time it will work. ;)

Have you finished? Started?


  1. Love your blog! Good inspiration!

  2. Still loving the craft room flip you did. That is such a great, well lite space to create in. You're a lucky girl!!

  3. I'm still drooling over your bookcases! You did an awesome job!

  4. Dave Ramsey !!!!!! LOVE HIM !!! I love all the things you have done with your house and blog and ideas... ONE GREAT BLOG !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I can't believe how much you do! Not to mention it all looks great. Bravo!

  6. ValenzMom (aka Helen)November 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    I'm still decorating the house, too. Although hubby would say we're done...
    He was at home yesterday and called me at work to just to say that he was surrounded by Santas. Did I think we had enough now? (Can you guess I collect Santas?) I love him - Santa, I mean. Well, hubby, too, because we've been married for over 34 yrs and he's still putting up with me :).

  7. Outdoor timers ARE a must. So are indoor ones! We program all of ours to go on around the same time and turn off around the same time. It's so nice not having to worry about them, especially plugs that are covered in snow or hidden by a tree!

  8. Great inspiration as usual. What is the blue color that's the background of your bookcases? I LOVE IT! My emai8l addy is

  9. OK just a silly little comment but I DO want to thank you for even trying to answer comments or emails. I know I have experienced this first hand with big bloggers (or even not super big) that don't respond at all and I'll admit it does make people feel insignificant. You are one of those super sweet bloggers that respond! Thank you SO much, it's VERY appreciated!!!

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  11. Can you please tell us about the mouse problem in detail, as I am battling one too and am curious to hear any tips or advice you have learned along the way? I know you posted a few weeks ago that you would blog about it, but since you mentioned it again in this blog,thought I would ask! Thank you, it is much appreciated!


  12. Good lord! Your November is like my 2012! You're a worker, woman. And I'm still drooling over those shelves. Spot. on. :)

  13. What is the mouse status? Have the buggers been officially evicted? Love the shutters & wreaths much so that I may actually break out the decorations & do something w/mine tomorrow. 62 degrees in WI on Dec 3rd seriously calls for some sort of exterior DIY dontchathink??
    ~Dee @

  14. Wow--what a massive amount of work and creativity you've put into all your wonderful posts, Sarah! I am in awe of your front door and entry decorations for Christmas--just beautiful.

  15. Love your blog, but you should of thought more about posting the rebel flag chest. That was just horrible and distasteful. Nothing screams more of a hot headed southern redneck .

  16. Anon, I think you have the wrong post and the wrong flag. :) That one was a Union Jack flag, the flag of the United Kingdom, not the confederate flag.

  17. Your front entryway is lovely and I agree...timers for outdoor lighting is a must! I like the ones that come on when it gets dark. That way there is no messing around with altering the on time as the season progresses.

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