DIY Valentine’s Day To Spring Wreaths

A wreath is the symbol of eternity. These days we use them, quite frequently, to adorn our homes as a sign of welcome. There are so many wreath designs we have to choose from that can add more depth to that symbol. Bright colors, greenery, soft tones, and seasonal hues are only the beginning.

Valentine’s Day is a great time to add a little love to the loop. With just a little creativity, you can create something that makes the symbol sing!

And if you think you’re only limited to reds and hearts, you’re sooo missing out on some of the cutest V-day decor around.

So let’s get those creative juices flowing  to decorate.

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Dawn’s Southern Sour Cream Pound Cake

It’s Friday eve and I’m about ready to start my weekend early! So, to gear up, I’ve whipped up one of my Southern Sour Cream Pound Cakes.

Pound cake is that cake staple in the south. Sunday seemed to be the day we’d get to have it the most, and my grandmother could be found in the kitchen whipping one up. She could put a hurting on some pound cake!

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How to Create a Vintage Style Hot Cocoa Bar

A vintage style hot cocoa bar is can add such charm to a kitchen. Just thinking about all of the possibilities makes me super excited.

The first thing to remember is that imagination is the limit. The second thing to keep in mind is that you are like nobody else in this world, so adding your own special touch to make your vignette perfect for you is what you want to do.

So how exactly do you give a hot cocoa bar a little vintage charm?

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New Year…New You

Every single year I toy around with doing some fitness stuff that gets me back in shape after being all kinds of a ginormous pig during the months of November through January 1.

It’s almost like I wish I could just say no to the candied yams and then, omgosh, the Christmas cheese!! And let’s not talk about the carrot cake my Cayla makes. Ughhhh!

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Murphy’s Law Visits And You Want Him To Go

Hi friends. It was a long week of crazy activities, and then, Murphy’s Law came drifting back into my home, trying get the best of things.

Let me explain.

You see, back in about February when we started having all of these wild winds,  about 50 or so shingles blew off of the house we rent. We called property management on the first of March. I’m thinking, okay it’s a few shingles. We’d better let them know, right?

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Welcome to Home By 12

bed with white linens green breakfast tray with blue teapot filled with flowers and a cake slice candle with a home decor magazine

Hey, everyone, and welcome!

If you’ve followed along with me prior to this blog, you probably already know that I have a large family of twelve, busy people (hence the name, ‘Home by 12.’)

I’m a domestic engineer who started a business in the home decor niche. Alongside that, I’m a homeschooling mom of, let’s see, (I’m actually counting) seven. And one of my super seven is a five year old with Down Syndrome who keeps us all on our toes.

Life is busy, but if you follow along, you’ll see that our life is never boring. [Read more…]