Mouth Watering No-Bake Cheesecake Pie

No Bake Cheesecake Pie - MattandShari.com

Reflections of a Recipe Collector I was watching a new TV show that comes on in the morning called “Flip My Food”, which show cases restaurants and then they introduce similar dishes that are healthier. I checked out the website for the show and found this recipe. I won’t say that it caught my eye…

Diary of a Dream House – Part 6: The Man Cave

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Every building project is different, but I never heard of the “man cave” being the first place to be “decked out”! Here’s how it happened. The property that we purchased came with three structures on it, a pump house, a tree house and a garage – the home had already been demolished. The pump house…

Have You Ever Seen a Thatched Roof Being Built?

Thatched Roof

The other day I was driving home through an area of shops and restaurants and I passed by something I’ve never seen before – a thatched roof being created. With the framework in place, this man was either stacking several palm fronds together or maybe  rolling several together…it was tough to tell from where I…

Sew a Reversible Valance for Twice the Look

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This reversible valance is a simple way to dress up plain purchased sheers or draperies. In fact, this valance is simple enough to whip up quickly for the holidays or for something as unique as a special treatment to display on a birthday or anniversary. Materials List: Two coordinating fabrics Matching sewing thread Trims or…

Diary of a Dream House – Part 5: Bumps in the Road

Dream House Perspective

The process of designing your dream home has several steps, and you should have started these steps already if you have a builder and an architect already selected. Because before you can choose the right partners for your project you must know if they have the same vision of your dream home as you do,…

Tie-Up Valance Can Be No-Sew

No Sew Tie Up Valence

My initial plan with this simple valance was to get Matt involved, and while he sewed, I would relax!  Well, after much deliberation with the sewing machine, Matt got an idea of his own…iron on adhesive tape!  And he was right, this is just one of many window topper treatments you can create without the…

Customize Store Bought Flat Panel Draperies

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When it comes to window treatments, the sky is the limit. However, sometimes our time is limited!  So, embellishing store bought flat panels is a great way to add a personal touch to your window treatments without starting from scratch!  Read along…this is one window treatment you’ll definitely want to try. Materials List: Store bought…

Make Ribbon Pillows for the Holidays

Holiday Ribbon Pillow - MattandShari.com

How about creating a beautiful ribbon pillow by weaving together beautiful holiday ribbons? It makes for lovely décor or even a special gift. Anyone who knows me well knows that pillows are one of my favorite accessories, any time of the year.  I think holiday pillows are particularly festive – especially when they are hand-made…

Rustic Birch Tree Napkin Rings

Birch Napkin Rings

Birch tree napkin rings seem like a fall to winter item to me, but if you have rustic style decor in your home, Shari seems to think they’d be fine all year-long.  Well, that sounds even better to me because once I make them, I really would like them to be used! Birch tree napkin…

Stress Free Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Stress Free Thanksgiving Candles - MattandShari.com

If you are looking for stress free Thanksgiving decorating ideas, these simple suggestions on keeping it natural will add pizzazz to your holiday décor without driving you crazy! Make it Natural! If you have a backyard full of pine cones, colored leaves, branches, bittersweet and the like, a Natural theme might be just what the…