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!

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.

 

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.