Happiness is Homemade #401

Welcome to Happiness is Homemade! I’m so glad you’re here to link up, share, and be inspired by all of the great posts here! It’s November which means Bev from Eclectic Red Barn is still choosing the features. I do choose one of my own each week, so make sure to come by here to see if your post has been chosen! Before we get to the party, let me share what’s happened here on Life as a LEO Wife.

Easy DIY Tray- A Pottery Barn Dupe

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of the month which is when I link up with talented ladies from across the blogosphere for a DIY Blog Hop. This month’s feature was an easy DIY, so I made this super-duper easy DIY tray. Vignettes, especially in the holiday season, need height to actually look good. I wanted a tray from Pottery Barn, but that sucker was $69! So I made a version for $3 plus the cost of paint which I already had on hand. Check out and pin the tutorial so you can make your own.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

I am part of another blog hop, $10 on the 10th, and it just so happened that both hops happened in the same week! Phew! I’m glad that week is behind me. I love being a part of them though. This project needed to be Christmas ornaments made for under $10. I ended up making 3 ornaments using Dollar Tree tags for that price, including the cost of spray paint! I love these ornament. They are for my master bathroom. You might remember this 2′ Christmas “peace” sign I shared last week that matches.

Dollar Tree Christmas Mailbox

Yesterday I shared a tutorial for making a Dollar Tree Christmas mailbox to Santa. It’s so easy, and oh-so-cute! I plan on putting this in my son’s room to add to his Christmas decor. I use all my bright, fun red and green Christmas decorations in his room. When you make your mailbox, make sure you print out this free printable letter from Santa (3 options to choose from) with the matching random acts of kindness. Your Elf on the Shelf or Santa can deliver them directly to your mailbox every morning. It makes the Christmas season that much more magical!

I’ve got a lot of new Christmas and Thanksgiving ideas and tutorials coming, so don’t miss out! Enter your email address below and you’ll get an email when I add new posts, including my link parties. Also, I would love for you to follow me on social media. Let me know when you do, and I’ll follow back!

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On to the Link Party!

Happy Sunday. I hope that your weekend is going well. We are almost half way through November. I always wish that this time of the year that it would go slowly, but it never does. For now I am focusing on Thanksgiving and then I will begin to decorate for Christmas. Are you decorating for Christmas or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?

For the features this week, I chose a mixture of things. I hope you enjoy them.

I had to pick this Toadstool Painting from our very own Katie. She gives a complete tutorial on how to make one yourself. I must admit that she makes it seem easy. I would definitely try this, but I am certain, mine would not look like Katie’s.  


I harvested a lot of lavender this fall and now I have plenty of ideas for things to make with the lavender. Stop by and see all 7 ideas for lavender

This Spiral Apple Bread has me drooling. I think I could eat the whole thing. I can almost smell those apples. Stop by Trick and Treat to get the recipe and make one yourself. 


Are these Turkey Napkins just so adorable? Our very own Linda, from a Labor of Love teaches you how to make these special napkins that you can use for your table. You will amaze everyone I am sure.



How about a delicious dessert to have after your Thanksgiving meal? These Pumpkin Toffee Bars would be a great dessert treat that everyone would love. Stop by the Lou Lou Girls for the recipe.

Niki’s Feature

I had to choose this adorable Scotty dog heating pad by Crafts a la Mode! It is adorable, and is the perfect little gift for those in your life that you want to give something to, but you can’t spend more than a few dollars on. She has sparked my imagination, and I’ll be coming up with some no-sew heating pads of my own, so make sure you follow me via email or social media!

Scotty dog shaped heating pad sewn together with red, black, and gray plaid flannel fabric.

Thank you for joining us this week whether you are a blogger sharing your latest posts OR a reader enjoying all of the inspirational shares!   Don’t forget to drop by and say hello to all our hostesses, they always appreciate your visit! Here are all of our hostesses at Happiness Is Homemade!

Linda @ A Labour of Life

Sinea @ Ducks ‘n a Row

Beverly @ Eclectic Red Barn

Katie @ Love My Messy Messy Mess

Mel @ Décor Craft Design

Niki @ Life as a Leo Wife

Would you like to be a part of Happiness Is Homemade? We are looking for hostesses to join our team. If you are interested, please email any one of the Happiness Is Homemade hostesses and let them know. We would love to have you join our party!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Don’t forget to head over and share on my other link parties! Traffic Jam Weekend (Thursdays at 5pm CST thru Sundays) and You’re the Star Blog Hop (month long with new features posted every Monday). I’m now choosing features for You’re the Star if you come by my post and let me know what you shared and that you visited, so make sure to do that! Never forget to come by and link up by following me via email or social media. Use the buttons in the sidebar to follow my social media accounts and enter your email address below to get an email when new link parties go live or when I add new tutorials, free printables, and other great posts.

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4 thoughts on “Happiness is Homemade #401

  1. Niki,
    Thanks again for hosting this lovely party every week! I know how much time and effort goes into doing so and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  2. Thanks so much for the party Niki! Your projects turned out so pretty but then they always do! Thanks again and have a great week ahead!

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