Happiness is Homemade #427

Welcome to Happiness is Homemade! We have a new co-hostess on the team, Allyson from Southern Sunflowers! She will continue choosing our features for the month of May. Before we get to this week’s features, let’s check out what’s been going on here on the blog over the past few days. Be sure to head over and link up on Crafty Creators before you go!

My son has decided that he wants to go with a neon gamer bedroom theme. Before our move we had started to get rid of his superhero room, but I had planned on a gray, black, and orange gamer room. Well, his heart is set on this neon theme, which I might add, seems to be all the rage in gamer rooms. So, I acquiesced and created some 11×14 wall art signs to start a gallery wall. You can get those free printables as well in this post. Trust me, your little gamer will love them!

Thursday was our monthly Creative Craft Hop where I join up with some lovely ladies to bring you our latest DIY project. I am working on decorating my new home, inside and out. Knowing that I wanted to make something versatile that could be used in either place, I made a Dollar Tree wood lantern with no glass. I’ve moved it so many times, and I can’t decide where I like it best! Check out the tutorial and let me know where you think it should stay.

Dollar Tree lantern pinnable 1000x1000 image

When I first started this blog, I shared a printable home inventory list. I had zero clue what I was doing then lol! So, I went back to the post thinking I could update it, but I had to scrap it. That was ok because I think this post filled with tips for being a prepared homeowner is so much better. In it I share how you can prepare for unthinkable situations that may arise with your home, like a burglary or a natural disaster. Most people don’t know what to expect when the police show up after they’ve had a break-in and I try to explain so that you will be prepared to give them what they need. I have included a free printable where you can record all of your home appliances and electronic devices. That will allow police to prove an item is yours, which is a must if you want your belongings back. You can also prove to the insurance company that you had what you say you had before a robbery or natural disaster.

I’ve got some more great home decor posts, DIY Father’s Day gifts and end of the year teacher’s gift ideas with free printables (on Tuesday!) upcoming, so make sure you don’t miss them by following me on social media and email. Enter your email address below to get an email when I add a new post, including link parties so you never forget to link up!

This Week’s Features

Thank you for linking up last week! It’s always exciting to see such a great variety of shared ideas that we can get inspiration from. Your May co-host, Allyson from Southern Sunflowers, is featuring indoor and outdoor garden decor ideas. On to the features!

5 different garden decor ideas


Meagan, from Decorative Inspirations, shows us multiple DIY examples for sprucing up our spaces with plant sconces, and how to incorporate them into both inside your home and outdoors. My favorite is inserting greenery into her roped galvanized sconces. Drop by her blog to see all of her sconce ideas!

galvanized containers with greenery

Bev, from The Eclectic Red Barn, teaches us how we can recycle a broken ladder in two different ways to display garden plants. Her display of cascading red petunias in her front yard are simply delightful. Planting them in galvanized planters was the perfect choice. Cascade on over to her blog to see her second ladder recycle idea!

ladder planter with flowers

Masterpieces of My Life, created a garden-themed tablescape that is unmatched! Using a variety of houseplants as a centerpiece was such a creative idea. Check out those garden gloves used as silverware holders! Visiting her blog is a must so you can see more photos for garden table inspiration!

garden style tablescape

Carol, at Blue Sky at Home, shares a few of her outdoor upcycled projects that were all used for decorating her front porch. Her decor colors work out great for heading into the Memorial Day holiday and the summer season. Hop over to her blog to see how she made over her garden stand, outdoor planter, and iron gates!

front porch decor ideas

Candice, from She’s Crafty Crafty, teaches us how to make garden markers that are quick and easy to create. She displays them in the cutest ways in her home decor. You can also use them in the garden, just switch to E-6000 glue and use an outdoor sealant. Drop by her blog so you can replicate her markers!

garden markers


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

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers

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