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!