Decorate!

diy fall wreath

I’ve loved fall before the advent of pumpkin lattes, the tall-boot trend and the  desire to add pumpkin to everything I stuff in my face.

These things have just deepened my love for fall.

In addition to these fall must-haves, I’ve discovered that I need a new fall wreath every year.  Not want.  NEED.

You may remember last year when I fell in love with this guy:

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My heart still skips a beat when I see this.  I love everything about it.

Problem was (and still is), is that it’s made out of cornstalk tops (yes, that’s the technical term).  And lots of them.  I don’t have access to cornstalk tops…so last year I settled for my second favorite wreath, the Nonna wreath from JDC:

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I still love the Nonna, and she’s proudly hanging in our living room again.  But I couldn’t get ‘ol cornstalk-top out of my head, so in an effort to deter myself from poaching a farmer’s field after midnight, I went back to Pinterest  to find an alternative option.

Autumn Wreath   Hand Crafted Fall Wreath   Front Door Wreath For Fall  Natural Wreath   Dried Wreath  Autumn Decor on Etsy, $70.00
Rustic burlap wreath.... Want to make one for our front door with some fall flowers added to it.
Love this front door decor for fall... especially the wheat wreath w/ burlap bow... simple but warm and welcoming
Burlap Fall Wreath for Front Door or Wall | WeHaveWreaths - Housewares on ArtFire  www.facebook.com/CraftCreationsbyJen Twig Wreath. For the front door for Fall.

I liked all of these options (especially the upper-right one)…but then I found this one:

StoneGable: RAFFIA WREATH TUTORIAL....I am for sure making this for the fall!!!

And I knew it was The One.  I mean, it was big, crazy, and disheveled…just like the cornstalk-top one.  Plus, it’s made of raffia, which is easily-accessible.  Unlike cornstalk-tops.

I’m not doing a tutorial here because the one at Stone Gable is great.  I will say a couple of things though:

  • I didn’t bother with hot glue.  Mostly because I bought the full-size sticks instead of the mini-sticks and I was too annoyed to wait until I had time to exchange them.
  • It’s a very messy project.  Don’t do it on your couch while watching America’s Next Top Model.  At least….I hear that you shouldn’t do that….it’s not like I watch that show.
  • The tutorial only instructed you to do 1 row of raffia around the wreath.  I did three.  I like it big.  But because of this, it took a little over 2 hours to do.  Not exactly a speedy process.
  • I can’t find those damn bleached oak leaves for the life of me (ok, I went to one store).   So mine doesn’t have them.  I wish it did though…

So…here she is in all her big, crazy glory:

(oh, and yes.  I did paint my front door black.  Thanks for asking!)

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It’s surprising to me that I like this unruly thing….but oh how I do.  The only thing that could make it better is the bleached oak leaves.  I suppose I could check out more than one a few more stores.  Or I could just strut around in my tall boots with a pumpkin latte eating pumpkin everything.

Yes.  That sounds like a better idea.

What about you?  Do you like clean-cut wreaths or crazy messy ones like this?  Have you made any this fall that I need to see?

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fall wreath

I love fall.  It’s my favorite season for sure….cool enough to wear jeans, boots and sweaters, but still sunny and warm during the day.  Not to mention the beautiful colors that mark the changing of the seasons.

This year I was intent on making a fall wreath.  I pinned my little heart out on Pinterest….

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I actually gathered up pinecones during a hike one day to make this wreath.  It feels more “wintery” to me though, so I haven’t made it yet!

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This cornstalk-top wreath (above) was my absolute favorite!  I really really wanted to make it but couldn’t find enough corn stalks.  Sigh.  Maybe next year I’ll start rubbing elbows with some farmers to poach their stalks come fall because I seriously love everything about this wreath.

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In the end, I decided to make the Nonna Wreath – from Jones Design Company (anyone surprised?  I tend to always go to Emily’s site for inspiration and I’m never disappointed). 

I won’t do a full tutorial here because Emily’s is great.  Simply click on the “via” link above and you’ll be taken to her blog.   I know it must sound like I know Emily, but I actually don’t!  I stumbled upon her blog a few years ago and have been following her ever since.  I find that we have the same tastes in design and her projects are always simple and classic. 

Anyhoo…here’s how my Nonna Wreath turned out!

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I love that it’s a bit ruffley and feminine, but not overly-so.  And I do like the mustardy yellow color!  It’s oh-so-fallish.

Those of you with a keen eye will notice that I’ve done a wee bit ‘o rearranging in the living room.   Remember, the console table/entryway used to look like this? 

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(wow, and that was before my new camera, obviously!)

And now looks like this:

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I decided I didn’t like the wall gallery right there, so I moved it across the room above the couch.  The mirror is one I had lying around.   I want to add a frame to it out of reclaimed wood….you know, make it all rustic and textured?  It’s on the project list.  I think it will help define the space a little bit. 

And this is what it used to look like above the couch:

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I knew it would happen and it did.  I got sick of the fabric panels. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still like the idea.  But I’m giving them a rest for awhile.  So here’s what it looks like now:

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Let’s play “eye spy the nonna wreath…”

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I like to call this look “layered neutrals.”  hahaha.  I’m obviously still struggling with color, but I like to think I’m working on it.  For example, I have thought about adding some colored throw pillows to the couch.  Just not sure what color yet (although I’ve noticed Target has some nice mustard yellow/goldish ones that might work well). 

I also want to put a shelf along the length of the couch, kind of like a long skinny console table.  I found this idea on Pinterest (surprise) to just attach a long board behind the couch as a place to set drinks, etc.  I want to do the same rustic/weathered wood here and maybe put a lamp on each end.  Plus, then it gives me a place to set my beer water so I quit spilling it on the couch. 

So what about you?  Have any of you made a fall wreath this year?  Done any rearranging at your house?  And tell me your secrets for decorating with color…I must know!

easter tree

Holy bananas…I’m back twice in one week.  Crazy train!

I’m not here for long, but I just had to share a little bit of Easter decorating that is going on around here. 

By some small miracle Abby slept for about an hour one afternoon earlier this week, and instead of cleaning, doing laundry, getting ready for the next “awake” time or getting myself ready for the day….I decided I needed a little break.  And I was oh-so-inspired by the box of Easter goodies my parents sent over. 

So I quickly put together a little Easter décor on our console table.  And by quickly, I mean as fast as I could go…because you never know when the baby is going to wake up and the last thing you want is to be caught mid-project.  Cuz you’ll likely never get back to it.

See all of these things I’m learning?   I have a good Random Ramblings post running around in my head.  Hopefully I’ll get to post that one soon for you!

Anyways, I digress and am wasting too much precious time, so I’ll get straight to it. 

Did anyone else have an Easter Tree growing up?

We did.

A simple collection of budding branches adorned with some cute Easter ornaments (and if you have some cute pastel lights) can be such a festive addition.  I never really thought much about it growing up, but I now that I talk to my friends I realize that maybe not everyone had an Easter tree.   Strange. 

So if you’re still wondering how to bring some Holiday into your house (or what in the heck an Easter tree looks like), break out your clippers and head outside.  It’s way too easy. 

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The branches were just a few I had on hand, stuffed in a vase full of split peas.  My parents sent over the ornaments, though you could make your own, or just use plastic ones I suppose.  

See how easy that is? 

The other items just seemed to fit as well.  We always have a bowl of M&Ms at our house for The Hubs although this time I broke out my springy flower bowl and got the Holiday candy. 

For throwing this all together last minute I’m pretty proud of myself.  Now let’s just hope it doesn’t stay up until Memorial Day. 

Oh!  And guess what else?  I got my craft on and made another mini-blind roman shade.  Remember when I made one way back when?

Well this one was for our front door so the pervs can’t look in when I breastfeed on the couch.  Yay! 

I don’t really want to talk about the beige-on-beige action.  You all know I’m terrified of color.   And you try picking something out when you’ve got a baby-on-the-verge of a meltdown while at the fabric store.  It’s worse than having your husband there with you.  haha!

I did a full tutorial on this project last time, so check out the link above if you’re interested. 

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Ok, I’m pushin’ it.  Over and out. 

Happy Easter!!

nursery source list

Wow!  Thanks for all of the super comments yesterday!   The nursery is definitely ready for little Baby T to make her arrival.   And I imagine these might be the last few days that the room is actually clean and somewhat organized, eh?

Now, on a completely unrelated note:  holy snow storm.  It has been snowing in Missoula for a good 36 hours now and it.  is.  AWESOME.   Seriously, we probably have two feet of snow it town and it just keeps on a’comin.   We can’t even keep our driveway shoveled before more snow keeps piling up (yes, I shoveled a wee bit…hoping maybe it would get things movin’ with Baby T…unfortunately all it did was make my back sore). 

Anyways…I’m loving it.  I love watching the big puffy flakes come down and coat everything in a sea of white.  I actually like shoveling (normally), I love walking through the snow, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, building snowmen.  Yeah, I’m kinda like a 5 year old.   I even like having to start my car and clean it off.  

Is that weird?

The snow is so deep poor Summit is having trouble on our walks.  Imagine her having to jump through it to get anywhere…it’s pretty darn cute in my opinion.   

Anywayyyys….just thought I’d share.   Because even though I can’t ski the pow pow (like The Hubs is doing as we speak) I’m still totally loving it.   I’ll try to get some pictures for a post in the next few days….I hear long walks can help with inducing labor…so there’s a thought. 

Whoa, ok.  What was I talking about? 

Yeah, the nursery.

So I thought I’d put together a source list.  Just in case any of you are dying to know where I got something or have other burning questions.   I will tell you that I tried to do as much as I could on my own, and only really splurged on a few items (like the crib).   I re-used much of what I already had and DIYed several of the pieces.  Of the things I did purchase, I usually found them on sale or waited until they went on sale (like the chair/cover and hardware on the dresser, etc.). 

Hopefully this covers most of it, but if you have more questions feel free to post them in the comments or send me an email.   And please…feel free to steal ideas or projects from me for your own nursery!  I wouldn’t have been able to put this one together without inspiration from around the blogsphere and interwebs.   And if you do, send me a comment or something and share it…I’d love to see!

So here goes:

Crib – Baby Mod ParkLane 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Dark grey jersey crib sheet –  Sheet World 

Bumper –   Breathable Baby Bumper, in white. 

Crib Skirt - DIYed 

Alphabet Print (above crib, inspired by MODG) – Olli and Lime   FYI – I purchased the print on clearance as a discontinued item so it may not be available in these exact colors anymore.  FYI 2 – this thing is a biatch to frame because it’s fancy-pants European sizing.  Unless of course you live next to an IKEA where they just happen to sell a frame that fits it perfectly.  I think you are all aware that I do NOT live by one, so framing this wasn’t my idea of fun.  Purchase at your own risk.

Ribbon Mobile – DIYed

Blanket on back of crib – DIYed by my amazing sister.  You’ll have to track her down if you want one!  ha.

Dresser – purchased at thrift store and DIYed

Chair – Luxe chair with Grey Mink slipcover

Lumbar pillow, white – OFELIA BLAD cushion

Changing pad cover – Carters super soft, in ecru

Frames – all are RIBBA frames in white.  Most items in the frames are pieces of fabric, scrapbook paper, notecards or photos

Saffron-colored hooks – Anthropologie

Letterpress calendar – Paper-Source

Hamper – DIYed

Curtains – fabric purchased at IKEA and DIYed

Comforter cover – BLASIPPA duvet cover

Blanket (on bed) – OFELIA blanket

Throw pillow, blue flower – Jade & Porcelain off-center flower pillow

Throw pillow, white/saffron – DIYed

Side table (by bed) – Xola end table

Blue “basket/catch-all” on changing table and side table – local craft fair

Whew.  I think that should about cover it!  Like I said, be sure to share if you take on one of these projects yourself.  I would love, love, love to see it! 

As time goes on and I actually start using this room, I’m sure things will change.  You know, maybe I’ll learn that things aren’t as functional as I thought they would be, or the furniture arrangement isn’t working.  I’ll be sure to keep ya posted as I figure all of that out.   Oh, and many of you said that keeping the bed was a good idea…so thanks for the vote of confidence!  I’ll be sure to update ya’ll on that as well, but I still think down the road I’d like to turn that into more of a play area. 

Anyhoo, that’s enough from me today.  I hope if you’re getting dumped on with snow like me that you’re enjoying it!   Everyone keeps saying that this is a sign I’ll have a blizzard baby…and to that I say “yes please.”    So really…feel free to join us anytime now Baby T.

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Update:  if you’re looking for a source list, go here!

It’s done!  

Well, as done as it’s going to get…cuz *this* girl is nearly 39 weeks and tired.   And since you’ve all kind of been along-for-the-ride with me since the beginning of this whole thing, I thought I’d share the final result with you. 

I love a good before-and-after, so let’s take a look at what the room used to look like, shall we?   It was the larger of our guest bedrooms that also doubled as my dumping grounds (it housed my sewing machine and supplies, craft stuff, leftover wedding projects and lord knows what else):

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So I cleared all of my stuff out, sold the furniture on Craigslist and started with a clean slate

Meanwhile, I started to gather some inspiration pieces for the new room…

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I originally wanted to add board and batten in the room, but after the Hubs put the k-bosh on just painting the room I decided that the likelihood of getting board and batten approved was slim.  Ha.  In retrospect it’s probably a good thing I didn’t undertake either of those tasks while pregnant.  Perhaps someday I can add it as an upgrade. 

And as long as we’re talking about future projects; can I just say too, that I’d love for the trim to be a beautiful glossy white?   I considered tackling that this time around, but I can’t get past the idea of just painting trim in one room and not addressing the rest of the house.   And I wasn’t quite up to the task of painting all the trim in a two-story, 2300 square foot house.  On my own.  And pregnant.  Chalk another one on the “project” list, or perhaps just the “next house list.”

Anyways, I digress.  Again. 

Despite the lack of new paint, trim or board and batten…I have to say I love the space.  So why don’t I quite talking typing and give ya’ll a tour?

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Some of you may remember me mentioning the game-alternative my sisters came up with for my shower…here’s the framed recipe card I was referring to.   I don’t know why but reading it still brings tears to my eyes!

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In the beginning, we decided to keep the queen-sized bed in the room.  I guess I thought I wouldn’t be able to fill all of the space up in the room if we removed it.  Turns out once we got all of the furniture in (crib, dresser, chair, etc.) I was kind of wishing we weren’t keeping it.   It would be nice to have this whole section of the room as a reading/play area.   I imagine a rug anchoring the space with the chair, a bookshelf, and possibly a toy chest. 

But for now, I decided to stick with the plan.  Besides, I can always remove it later if we don’t use it.   Although I have a sneaking suspicion that during the first few months I’ll find it quite handy to have the bed available in there….seeing as how the nursery is on the second floor and our master bedroom is on the first.   That could definitely translate into a lot of late-night trips up the stairs.  And when I say trips….I quite possibly mean that literally. 

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This is another one of my favorite quotes on a greeting card.  The colors just happened to work perfectly in here so I just popped it in a frame!

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Summit isn’t quite sure what to think of the room yet…she always comes in here and cautiously walks around, sniffing everything. 

You’ll learn soon enough little girl…and let me apologize in advance. 

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Perhaps some of you are wondering where the heck the pink is…I mean, we’re having a little girl after all!

After taking a glimpse in the closet I think you’ll all agree that no one needs to worry about the amount of pink we’ll have.  

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And here’s some more…I’d say we’re all set in the pink department.

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I didn’t get around to turning that chair into a rocker/glider yet, but it seems like an easy-enough project to tackle down the road if we need to.  

You may notice too that the room isn’t super baby-ish, but I tried to do that on purpose because I guess that’s not really my style.  Er…I mean…Baby T is just realllly sophisticated already.  Ha ha.  And I’m quite happy with myself because even though we knew we were having a girl (and I lurve pink), I kept everything fairly gender-neutral.  So when Baby T #2 comes along we’ll be able to re-use most of it.   You can stop hyperventilating Hubs…I just want to get through Baby T #1 first too. 

Oh, and If you’re wondering where anything came from I’ll be working up a source list to post tomorrow.  Several of the items were DIY’ed, so I’ll also link up to the blog post that explains the project. 

So what do you think?  I catch myself hanging out in here for no reason at all sometimes…just looking at all of the darling little baby things and wondering what our little girl will be like.    It was so much fun getting this room ready for her and I’m so glad I was able to DIY so many of the items.  Baby T can rest assured this room was built with lots of love, and that the Hubs and I both can’t wait to meet her.

last-minute Christmas cheer

Today I will show you the right way and the wrong way to make glitter letters. 

Once again I was inspired by Pinterest with a fabulous DIY idea…shiny, sparkly, glitter letters for a Holiday decoration.  

Sounds easy enough, right?  Buy a few letters, a little spray glue, some glitter…..and voila’!   Sparkly goodness. 

Of course it would have been that easy if I’d just followed my gut instinct to begin with and used regular old glue and glitter.  But oh no.  Instead, while wandering the aisles of JoAnns, I came upon spray glitter.   Why of course!  Spray glitter!  That will make this two-step process a one-step process. 

Sold!

Note:  the following depicts the wrong way to make glitter letters.

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As you can see, the spray glitter does an amazing job at turning brown paper bags into sparkly goodness, but left a lot to be desired on my actual letters. 

Plus, just this one measly coat used up the entire $5.00 can!  What a rip off and F.A.I.L.

Looking back, I have to wonder if it would have worked better if I  would have spray painted the letters a deep red first and then used the spray glitter.  But now you’re talking way too many steps that frankly just don’t seem necessary.

So let’s talk about the right way to make these suckers.

Go buy yerself some regular old school-kid-eating Elmers glue and the shiniest red Martha Stewart Glitter you can find.   Cuz Martha never lets you down.

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Next, smear the glue all over one surface of your sad little letter.  Dump a TON of the sparkly goodness on the glue, and shake off. 

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Ahhh….so much better! 

Now that’s the sparkle I’m talkin’ about!

Repeat this process on all of your letters until you’ve covered every visible surface area. 

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I found it helpful to only work on one “area” at a time.  So I’d glitter the tops of all the letters, then the right side, then the left….you get the idea.  I found that it gave the glue just enough time to dry to-the-touch in between handling. 

Once everything dries, you’re ready to hang these wherever you choose!

I thought they would look good on my kitchen mirror this season since it was looking pretty lonely without any decoration.   I simply grabbed some some whiteish-transparent ribbon (that I had on hand) to hang each individual letter.   You could also use a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon, but I found that wrapping it around each letter worked fine. 

And to be honest, I’m kind of glad I did it this way.  Something isn’t “quite right” about this display to me.  It almost feels too busy and I’m not sure if it’s my ribbon choice (perhaps a white satin would be better?) or if the reflection of the letters in the mirror is too distracting. 

What do you think?  Any suggestions?

I’d like to suggest the addition of a fireplace and mantel to our house, because that seems like the perfect place for these.    Whadya think about that one Hubs?

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I thought the sleigh bell added a nice touch – especially if you’re a Polar Express fan.  It’s one of my favorite books to read this time of year and always gets me in the mood for Christmas…the movie ain’t too shabby either (hot, hot, hot, hot chocolate!)

Can you see the sparkly goodness of these though?!

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Holla! 

I’m totally digging them.  Even if I’m not sold on their placement…I can always experiment with them more next year. 

So…there’s still time!  If you need to have some more sparkle in your Holiday, I suggest whipping up some of these.  Especially since I’ve given you the inside scoop on the fast track approach.  

And to make this even faster?  Consider using a shorter word like “Joy” or “Noel.” 

I’m not sure if I’ll be back with another post this week, so if I don’t get the chance later…

  

a little more Christmas

Last week I shared some some of our Christmas decorations outside of the house…and I finally got around to snapping some pictures of the inside. 

As excited as I am for Christmas this year, I tried to keep my decorating on the DL because I’ll be 9 months pregnant when I need to pack it all up!   I’m just guessing…but I probably won’t be too into packing up a ton of stuff at that point.  Unless it’s my bag to go to the Hospital.  

So, here’s our little festive house this year…can’t go wrong with some sparkle and some twinkle. 

Come on in…

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Each year the Hubs and I exchange one ornament.  I found this one (below) at the NFR in Vegas our first year.  How perfect is it for him?  And strangely it’s become one of my favorites as well. 

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Aren’t the gift tags awesome?!  I absolutely love them (1) because they are super cute and trendy and (2) because they were totally free.  That’s right, cute, trendy and free

Would you like some? 

If you don’t already have your wrapping done and could use some tags, check out Jones Design Company.   Emily has some amazing free printables and this year she created some fun gift tags for her readers.  You can find them here.    Then go ahead and subscribe to her blog because you’ll love her craft and design ideas.

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So there you have it…spreading a little Christmas cheer from our house to yours.

Did anyone else keep their decorations low key this year?   Or do you have a Christmas tradition with your sweetie that you want to share?  I have to admit, I look forward to my ornament every year.  Anyone know how to take better pictures to capture the glow of Christmas lights?!?!

Oh, and don’t forget to go get yourself some darling gift tags!