Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

This week I am sharing links from the last two weeks...enjoy!

First up, I loved this cute Rustic Christmas Basket shared by Clean and Scentsible.  So simple and cute!  Perfect Christmas Decor!

I thought this retro branch buck shared by Made in a Day is both cute and clever!  What a fun idea!

Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarms~

This post is sponsored by Kidde

I'm very concerned about the safety of my family, as I'm sure all of you are as well.   And making sure that we have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are two of things that are foremost on  my mind when I think about keeping them safe.  So when I was contacted by Kidde to talk about their Worry-Free Smoke Detectors, I thought it was a good thing to share.


Vintage Pearl Giveaway Winner~

I have been missing-in-action for the last little while, I know.

Thanks for you patience with me!  Hopefully things will be back to usual here at The Shabby Nest soon.

But I wanted to pop in today to announce the winner of The Vintage Pearl $50 Gift Card!

And the winner is  STEPHANIE of The Huntley Home!

Congratulations Stephanie!  Please drop me an email and we'll set you up with your prize!

Have a great day~


Frugal Friday~

Happy Thanksgiving! And welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday.

I have to be honest with you. I came *thisclose* to not getting this Frugal Friday post up because I was full of turkey and napping. Lol!

But I am glad you are here!

I will share my entire Frugal Round-up with you all next week, but for today, enjoy this pretty Thanksgiving Table shared last week by ZuHaus at Home.


Happy Thanksgiving~

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day. 
 I could certainly never list all of my blessings.
That doesn't mean that my life is without its challenges.
It simply means that I know I am greatly blessed despite the challenges.
And sometimes I am greatly blessed because of the challenges.

But I am aware of each and every blessing...and I am grateful for them.
And I do not take them for granted.

I am especially thankful for my beautiful family... 
They are my greatest treasure.

And I am thankful for you, my dear readers.
And I wish you each a wonderful day
filled with happiness and gratitude.



Working on the Loft Bedroom: Custom-fitting a Foam Mattress~

I've been working on the loft bedroom, and we're getting close to finishing it. All it needs now is to be styled! So there is a big reveal on the horizon, but today, I wanted to share with you all how I altered an existing foam mattress to fit the custom-sized "built-in" bed.

The mattress was previously used on the trundle bed in the boys' room.  And it is just foam (no wood or coils) which made this process fairly simple.  As you can see from the photo above, the mattress was several inches too long for the custom-built bed.

Here's the process I used to fix that little problem.


Sponsor Giveaway: The Vintage Pearl~

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Today, I'm really excited to welcome one of my newest sponsors: The Vintage Pearl!

I have long loved the beautiful hand-stamped jewelry from The Vintage Pearl. 

Check these out..


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

I'm excited to share my Frugal Round-up with you. So let's get to it...

First up, Dimples and Tangles shared her fabulous dining room host chairs - and she gives us a run down of how she created them.  I. Love. These.

I adore this glam master bedroom makeover from Design Dining and Diapers.  So pretty!  Love the touches of gold!


Just Keep Swimming~

Meet Dory.

The kids have wanted a pet for some time.  But since we are renters, having a pet of the four-legged variety isn't an option.  So when the Princess brought home a goldfish from school, I thought that it would be the perfect fit (provided it lasted through the first night - since most goldfish brought home from school/fairs etc. usually don't.) 

When the goldfish was still with us a few days later, we moved her from the plastic container she had been in since she came home, to a real fish bowl.  And we gave her a name.  Dory.  Why Dory?  Well, I suggested it because Dory was my favorite character in Finding Nemo - and a fish - not a goldfish - but a fish. And the kids liked it, so it stuck.


Ivory Homes 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest & Fundraiser

This post is sponsored by Ivory Homes.

Okay, I realize it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but today we're talking Gingerbread Houses....and we're talking about them because I have something fun to share.

Do you love building Gingerbread Houses?   If so, you'll definitely be interested in the 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by Ivory Homes.  Not only do you have the chance to win money for your creation...if you win, Ivory Homes will also donate money to the charity of your choice!  

The Gingerbread House Festival will be held on December 1, 2012 at the Garden Park Clubhouse in the Daybreak Community in South Jordan, Utah.   If you are not a Utah local...keep reading...there's a way you can be involved too.  To enter the contest you can build a gingerbread house based on one of the home designs from Ivory Homes.  (Click here to see all of their great home designs). 


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

I have some fun posts to share for this week's Frugal Round-up, so let's get to it...

First, there's something so appealing about old wooden crates, don't you think?  I absolutely love this crate bookshelf by Brandon and Shelby.  Simply adorable!

Next, Blissfully Ever After shared a tutorial on how to make your own pretty fall wreath.  Isn't it just lovely?  The textures are amazing!

Giveaway Winners~

Hey all!

Just popping in to announce the winners of the last two giveaways...

First, the winner of the A-Thread $50 gift card is DIXIE who said "Love their stuff. Love the houndstooth tote."

And the two winners of Miss Mustard Seed's Inspired You book are 
SHAWNA of Mom's Gonna Snap and
DADEC of The Spaulding Sound.

Congratulations ladies!  Drop me an email and we'll get you set up with your fabulous prizes!

Frugal Friday will go live tonight at 8:00 MST as usual!  See you there!!



Inspired You by Miss Mustard Seed (and a giveaway)~

Isn't this blog world absolutely amazing?!?  I'm excited to announce that another one of my excessively talented blogging friends has published a book!  This post is sponsored by Inspired You.

photo via MissMustardSeed.com
 Inspired You by Marian Parsons (AKA Miss Mustard Seed) is coming out tomorrow.  And I couldn't be more thrilled! 


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Can you believe November is upon us already??  Only 54 shopping days until Christmas y'all.  Just sayin'.

Without further ado, let's get right to this week's Frugal Round-up...

First up, I thought this Harvest Circle Felt Leaf Pillow by The Sweet Survival was just lovely!  I think I might have to make me one of these beauties.