DIY · Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part I

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This wall collage hangs over my youngest son’s bed. Each piece is very personal to our little guy – he loves puppies, is obsessed with trains and requests nightly bedtime lullabies – You Are My Sunshine is always included in that line-up!

I made his initial art a few years ago – the cool thing about this piece is I can change it based on his room decor, interests, etc.! All I did was frame some scrapbook paper (I used 2 designs for this one) and then adhered his pre-painted initial onto the frame glass using E6000 craft glue.

Check back for Part II of Wall Collage Wednesday next week!

DIY · Gifts

Tickled Pink: Themed Valentine Gift Bags

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do a little something special for my son’s teacher, assistant teacher and bus driver (or, as I like to call her, the transporter of precious cargo). We are so blessed to have all three of these women in our lives – they go above and beyond in their duties and, as a momma, my heart could not be more thankful.

I came across the “tickled pink” idea while searching through Pinterest – small gift baskets/bags stuffed with a few little treasures, all in lovely shades of pink. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what I found for their bags (all PINK, of course!):

Fuzzy socks
Strawberry Starbursts
Hershey Kisses
Scarves
Loofahs
Coffee mugs

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Ideally, I was searching for small, reusable pink baskets to hold all these goodies but couldn’t find any that I loved, so I just stuck with gift bags. I also grabbed some pink shredded paper to line the bags.

I wrote a little note on foam hearts, punched a couple holes in them, and threaded some festive string through to tie onto the bags.

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Here’s a little peek at what the inside of the assembled bags looked like:

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Some other ideas for a color-themed bag could include:

Office supplies (markers, pens, notebooks, paperclips, stickers)
Nail polish
Lip balm
Gum
Lotions/shower gels
Small home/desk decor
Candles

I had a lot of fun putting these gifts together, and I hope the recipients are tickled pink with their treats!

Antiques · Fashion · Home Decor · Organization

Pretty In Pink: Using Pink Depression Glass To Organize Jewelry

I received my first piece of pink depression glass from my Mamaw, and it was a beautiful and ornate bowl she found in her kitchen while cleaning out her cupboards. Since that time, I have become a collector and have scooped up many pieces, mostly from my favorite local antique stores! I’ve gathered bowls, plates, a cream and sugar set and taper candle holders. No piece is alike – all different sizes and patterns. They are so fun, pretty and delicate! Instead of just simply displaying my collection, I use them to hold my favorite and everyday pieces of jewelry!

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My creamer dish is perfect for earrings, which I just hang on the rim – they are easy to find and stay untangled! I use the sugar bowl for my rings.

It’s tempting to put pretty things behind glass, especially when you have little ones. I found a second-hand table on a neighborhood sale site, and it’s the perfect size for several of my pink depression glass items. I keep it in our bedroom, away from little hands (for the most part).

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I even use one of my plates to hold a couple of my favorite perfume bottles:

What pretty little things are you hiding behind glass, or in your closets and cupboards? Whip those suckers out and find a good way to put them to work, even if it’s not conventional! Would you have ever thought to use a cream and sugar set to hold jewelry? Probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but man does it look nice! Useful and unique items that are also easy on the eyes is a win-win!

DIY · Home Decor · salvage

I “Log” You A Lot: A DIY With Heart

Several months ago while shopping, I came across an adorable and rustic decor piece. It was a hollow “log” with a heart-shaped cutout, much like this:

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Knowing I had a part-time carpenter at home (my hubby), I asked if he could make something similar. One thing you should know about my husband is he is a go-big-or-go- home type fellow. The first thing he did was salvage a couple of ten-foot logs, which was more than we needed for this project but, hey, logs. He then quartered them (one was used for the project in this post, two others were used for a bench which I’ll share later, and the rest are still hanging out on our property, ready to be turned into other amazing creations).

After cutting the log to our desired size (around 16 inches high), we searched online for a simple heart shape we thought would work best. After enlarging, printing and cutting the image, we taped it onto the log and then spray painted the cutout for our reference.

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My husband then used a hammer and wood chisel to carve out the heart shape.

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Next was the hard work: using chain and reciprocating saws to completely cut a circle all the way through the inside of the log. This was a long and laborious process that took a few evenings to complete. Here’s what the beginning stages looked like:

 

Once again, a hammer and wood chisel was used to smooth the inside edges, after a majority of the wood was cut out. He then applied 3 cedar planks to the bottom of the log – the awesome thing about cedar is it doesn’t rot and can also detour bugs! Plus…that cedar smell!

The final outcome was a piece quite a bit larger than what I saw in-store, which is exactly what we wanted. I knew this log would be sitting on our front porch, and I wanted it to be a decently-sized focal piece. Here’s the final outcome:

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Here’s what it looked like on our porch last fall:

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I have to be honest and admit that, without my husband, this DIY wouldn’t have been possible. Using a hammer and wood chisel is one thing, but using a chainsaw is quite another; however, if you (or someone in your life) know your way around wood-working tools, this may be a project for you! It could also be a great time to learn a new skill! 2018: Year of the Chainsaw.

 

Home Decor

I’ve Got A Bike, You Can Ride It If You Like

When we moved into our current home, one of the rooms I was most excited to decorate was our boys’ bathroom. I wanted something colorful and vibrant, but that also wouldn’t seem too “babyish” in a couple years. I needed an idea that didn’t seem overdone, and I had not seen before. When I came across this adorable bicycle shower curtain, I knew it was “the one”:

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I enjoy the look that comes with mixing different patterns of the same color shades, and found curtain hooks (above) and a little trash can (below) that does just that! It seems as though these accessories were made for the curtain when, in fact, I found them at different stores. When I first introduced them, it was love at first sight and now they are living happily ever after.

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As time has passed, I have come across other unexpected pieces of decor. Here are a couple of treasures I found in a local antique store:

The first is a bicycle rim that was already painted to match the bathroom exactly. It was such an exciting find! When I explained to the store owner what I planned to do with it, she mentioned there was a little bicycle ornament I may like as well and, of course, I did! I just cut off the ornament string and instantly had a unique little piece to add to the room.

I also searched our house for other items we already had that would match:

Apart from antique stores and small businesses, I also cannot pass up yard sales. I just can. not. I found a bicycle photo wire just down the road from our house last summer for $1. I’m not a fan of actual photos in a bathroom area, so I hung these little treasures instead:

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The wire initially came with an adhesive that I knew wouldn’t stand up to a little weight and moisture, so I decided to screw them into the walls for a more secure hold:

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My mom sells Thirty-One Gifts and I could not pass up this little gem, which I use to hold the tissue box:

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Lastly, on separate occasions, I found a banner and garland at Target in Bullseye’s Playground (formerly known as The One Spot) for only $3 a piece – not a bad price for adding such cheer and fun!

I am so pleased with the way our bathroom has come together, and our boys really like it, as well. My inspiration started with a shower curtain, and has grown over the last year as I’ve come across other pieces to add to it from items we already had in our own home, antique stores and yard sales. If you have a little patience, you don’t necessarily have to decorate a room all at one time. For one, it can be a little overwhelming and suck the fun right out of it. For two, it can be pricey! Just start with a couple of items and add to it as time goes on because, I guarantee, you’ll come across the cutest finds when you aren’t even looking!

Beauty · Fashion

Stop & Smell the Rosewater

My mom is my bestie and, inevitably, 99.9% of the time when we are out in public together and meet someone new, they stare in disbelief at the fact that she is old enough to have a grown child. She looks younger than she is, because she has great skin. Fortunately for me, I inherited that gene, as well! Throughout my life, I have put minimal effort into caring for my skin. A little facial scrub in the shower, a toner-soaked cotton ball that I quickly swabbed on my t-zone, a dab of moisturizer and I was on my way. As I’ve gotten older and birthed two boys (one of whom is very mischievous, and has aged me about ten years in his short and very sweet three years of life), I have noticed that perhaps a little under-eye cream and intensive moisturizer really wouldn’t hurt.

Recently, I have stumbled upon a complete game changer: rosewater toning mist. More specifically, while meandering through the aisles of Target, I came across a bottle of S.W. Basics Rosewater Spray. I was drawn to the fact that it only has 1 ingredient: 100% organic rosewater. The bottle also states that it’s “like an instant spa day” and, even though I can’t quite remember what a spa is, it sounded like something I wanted in my life.

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The absolute best thing about this product is the pump that allows you to spritz rosewater on your skin wherever and whenever you’d like. The first time I did this, it was a magical experience: a unicorn flew overhead, glitter rained down (took forever to comb out of my hair and sweep off my floors), and angels sang. The rosewater was SO cooling and felt amazing. It didn’t leave any kind of gross residue, and made my face soft and glowing.

I’ve always been drawn to rosewater products, just because I love the delicate smell and enjoy using something so natural on my skin. This particular type of rosewater boasts to be a “gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and refresher” and also “sets make-up and gives your complexion a rose-scented glow” – it really does all of those things! I’ve also heard rosewater can be anti-inflammatory and great for fine lines and other annoying skin issues that come with aging. I’ve even heard that it’s great for eczema!

Are there skin products you just cannot live without? Let me know in the comments!

DIY · Home Decor

Collage Wall

Collage walls are currently one of my favorite ways to decorate. They allow me to display all kinds of goodies, all together, to make one big group of eye candy! I have a few collage walls throughout our home, but today I’m sharing one from our kitchen:

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This particular collage wall is housed above our buffet. When doing this type of decor, it’s important to add various sizes and types of wall art. I am a big fan of signs that say stuff, but don’t want to overdo it, so in this case I’ve also added a small photo and some chalkboard art. You’ll notice that 3 of the 5 wall pieces can be interchanged as I see fit! The chalkboard allows me to doodle whatever I want (a jack-o-lantern in October, fireworks in July) and the word board gives me unlimited possibilities! This summer, I found adorable word board icons on clearance at Target –  two of the icons are currently on my word board:

 

My newest addition to the wall collage is my “pretty as a peach” sign I found at Farm Girl Mercantile. I’m in love and it totally has a “peach” of my heart! She carries the cutest stuff, and I want it all! Here’s a closer look:

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Although the white and gold pear is not technically a part of my wall collage, I do want to mention it, as I recently picked up a log slice from my favorite antique shop (Pump House Antiques) and enjoy the way the pear looks perched upon this rustic piece! Log slices also have many uses! You can place them under your plates for holiday dinners as a fun and festive addition to your table, they can be used as cheese boards, or a nice place to set your tea kettle and cups when hosting guests.

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If you have wall pieces that are too small to be hung or displayed on their own, try a collage wall! I would also encourage you to invest in a few pieces that can be changed/altered according to your mood or the seasons so you can get the most for your money, and a more personalized style!

DIY · Home Decor · salvage

Salvage Warehouse to Dining Room DIY

Several months ago, my husband and I were perusing a salvage warehouse down the road from our home. They had a giant, beautiful glass-paned door which they offered to us for FREE. We immediately said yes, although at the time had no idea what we might do with it. We hadn’t even been in our current home for a whole year at this point, and our dining room was still struggling to find its own personality, so we decided on the way home from the warehouse that the door would make a great addition to this area!

My vision was to “set” the door up against the wall, with the only anchors being at the top. God bless my talented husband who can essentially build, assemble and bring to life all of my creations – he cut two small pieces of wood and painted them the same color as our wall. Then, being the resourceful gentleman he is, used two small links from a broken garage door chain and adhered them to the wood. With this clever creation, he was able to slide the top of the door up under the links.

While my husband was doing all the heavy lifting, I cut a long piece of burlap and wrapped it around a boxwood wreath (my fave faux greenery). We then nailed the tip of the loop to the top of the door.

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Lastly, I went on the hunt for a vintage and rustic-looking faux doorknob. Here’s what I found:

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And, the final product:

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The best thing about this DIY piece is that it has so. much. potential. throughout the year! I can add lights, all types of garland, flowers, etc.

Ideally, this door would have been the only piece on this particular wall; however, our dining room is on the smaller side, and already housed a very important steamer trunk that my grandfather gave us. He used this trunk during his travels in the Navy, and it now holds all of my treasured records! Plus, the trunk works as a means to keep my toddler away from the base of the door, which I know he would immediately try to lift away from the wall.

I love that not only was this door free to us, but we also spent only a small amount of money and a little elbow grease to turn it into a main focal point of our dining room.

Soul Food

Bible Journaling

A couple years ago, my parents gifted me what I consider to be the best devotional book EVER. It’s called Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

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Last year, I began Bible journaling as a means to retain what I read each morning in my devotional, and the corresponding Bible verses. It’s also a way to focus my creative energy into something that is not only fun and relaxing, but major soul food!

Initially, my Bible journaling began as an addition in my Happy Planner, as a way for me to consistently see the truths I’ve learned for that particular week; however, this Christmas I asked for an actual journaling Bible and my parents, once again, delivered! The specific Bible I asked for is the Inspire Bible Large Print NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling. It’s a beautiful Bible with vintage floral page edge print – included is scripture art that I can color, and room for my own artwork and notes.

In addition to my new journaling Bible, I also found a sketchbook I can use when I have extra notes and artwork, for those times when my God-given inspiration and creativity are bigger than the pages in my Bible. My hope is that this Bible and my journals will one day be passed on to my boys and my grandchildren when I am long gone and, more importantly, that they will remember times throughout their lives when their momma practiced what she preached (and journaled)!

On that note, I’m off to enjoy some semi-quiet (the little guys are upstairs blowing their leftover New Year’s Eve noisemakers) Bible time, and a big mug of hot Earl Grey tea.

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DIY

Super Easy DIY: Printed Art

Did you know that not only can you gather inspiration on Pinterest, but sometimes can also find freebies?! This fall I discovered that, with my favorite photo frame and the kindness of pinners who create and share free printables on Pinterest, I can easily change up my decor from month to month in a very cost-efficient way! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Photo Frame (I typically use an 8×10 frame)
  • Good pair of scissors or paper cutter
  • Home printer
  • Pinterest-chosen free printable

You can search Pinterest for free printables and find a TON of stuff! I chose a winter print from savedbylovecreations.com. Once you choose your print and send it off to your home printer, you’ll need to trim it up a bit to fit into the frame of your choice. It’s really as simple as that! Here’s my final product:

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Each season or holiday, you can change out your printable. Easy peasy and a lovely end result!

Home Decor

Winter Decor on the Cheap!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a beautifully-decorated home and thought it was an unattainable dream for your humble abode. Anyone? Bueller? Well, I’ve got great news! Decorating your house doesn’t have to break the bank! Some of my best decor finds have been pulled from the rubble of the clearance shelves. Yesterday, I found these super festive items amongst all the Christmas clearance goodies at Michael’s. I was ecstatic to find the deer head for our mantle, and the plaid and timeless serving tray has so many ways in which it can be used (I’m leaning toward placing it on our kitchen bar to hold a few of my seasonal candles).

When it comes to Christmas decorations, one way I get the most bang for my buck is to purchase a few items I can leave on display throughout the winter months. Think pinecones and lush greenery. Envision golds, whites and icy blues. My new serving tray could be a traditional Christmas item, but it’s also a solid winter piece that I’ll leave out until the snow melts.

Here’s a peek at how the deer head fits nicely with my other winter mantle decor:

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When looking at my mantle, you’ll see several pieces that I use throughout the year in my home decor. For instance, the little blue bird was originally part of my 6-year-old’s nursery, and is now usually out with my spring and summer decorations. I even incorporated the little guy into my fall decor this year, also! The lantern that is currently filled with pinecones is filled with pumpkins in the fall and faux grass and eggs in the spring. My galvanized bucket (tipped upside down in this photo) is also used year-round, as well as my milk glass bud vase (I just switch out what the vase holds according to the season). These classic pieces save a lot of money, and help bring everything together with our everyday home style.

I hope my first blog post was enjoyable and inspiring in some way – I look forward to posting again soon!