Floral · Home Decor

Thrifty Fresh Flowers

I enjoy having fresh flowers around our home; however, I do not like to pay a lot of money for these little beauties, considering they don’t have longevity. Many flower-carrying stores will mark selected bouquets to half price, at least once a week. These bouquets may have a few dead flowers, or some of the stems will be a bit mushy, but I just pull out the bad apples and keep the rest.

I have found that my local Kroger store will sometimes have expired bouquets for FREE up by their registers. I suggest calling your local grocery store and see if they can give you an idea on schedules for their flower discounts, so you don’t miss any good deals!

I would like to proceed this next paragraph with a short note: I am not a florist. I have not spoken with a florist about how I care for my fresh flowers. I am simply a woman who has read a few tips online, and who has also come to find what helps my flowers live to their fullest potential. My next tips are brought to you solely by my own experience.

When I bring my flowers home, I measure the vase and then cut the flowers accordingly, so that the blooms sit just above the edge of the vase. I then cut the stems diagonally with a sharp set of shears and trim off any greenery that is too low to stick out the top. I also change out my water every day or every other day, and I don’t use the packaged flower food that comes with the bouquet. In using these methods, I am able to get at least a good week out of the flowers.

In the photo that accompanies this post, the roses were originally $10, my husband picked them up for me for only $4.99 and I only had to pitch one rose of the bunch. They will last several days! I am using a plastic Target pitcher that I got on clearance several years ago. It was originally only $3.99 (the little price sticker is still stuck to the bottom). This purchase was awesome, because it gives me dual uses: an actual drinking pitcher and a vase for flowers. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a twofer.

DIY · Home Decor

Simple Independence Day DIY Lantern

Well, hello there! I know it’s been a while since my last post, but now that my oldest has graduated Kindergarten and we are basking in the summer break sunshine, I have a little more time on my hands to get crafty!

I recently saw this Independence Day DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was my first time using Mod Podge (let’s count how many times I say Mod Podge in this post, shall we? Hint: it’s a lot) and it really could not have been more simple. First, the supply list:

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~Mod Podge (I chose the matte kind)
~Glass Jar
~Craft Brush
~Small American Flag
~Battery-Powered Votive

I bought most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby and decided on the bigger bottle of Mod Podge, just because I had a feeling that once I used it I’d continue using it for other fun projects; however, I’ve seen small bottles of Mod Podge at Dollar Tree and I think you’d probably only need 1 of those for this project. Honestly, you may be able to get all of your necessary items at Dollar Tree! If you head into Hobby Lobby, don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!

Let’s get to it! First, I removed the flag from the rod and then trimmed off the excess:

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I then laid the flag flat and front-side down and applied a pretty liberal coat of Mod Podge to the back:

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Next, I turned the jar on its side and placed the flag Mod-Podged-side-down. A little bit of the Mod Podge had soaked through the flag to the front so I used a damp clothe and ran it over the flag and around the edges to remove any excess glue. On the edge where the extra fabric had been trimmed (the part that originally wrapped around the dowel rod) I did have to apply a little extra Mod Podge because it was a bit thicker than the rest of the material.

Lastly, I placed my battery-powered votive in the bottom of the jar and screwed on the lid! I chose a “fake” candle because I like the look of a lidded jar, but if you have a jar without a lid, you could use a regular votive or tea light.

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I was able to use my lantern immediately after assembly, even though it wasn’t completely dry. Final result:

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Look at that glowing symbol of freedom! I love “mood lighting” around the house all year long, so this soft glow is exactly my style. Happy crafting!

Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part IV

This week’s wall collage is in our master bedroom, above our bed. Our bedroom walls are a darker color and so is our furniture in this particular room, so I tend to go toward lighter wall decor, like whites and golds.

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Initially, the only item on this wall was the “When we have each other, we have everything” canvas. The next addition was the gold dream catcher, which I found at Marshall’s for around $10.  It is outlined in faux pearls and is so whimsical! When I first saw it in the store I thought it was beautiful, but decided against it. The next day I could not get it off my mind so back to Marshall’s I went. Then came the “Bloom where you’re planted” canvas which I’ve had for a while, but was in a different spot in the room. The last and most recent addition was the wooden heart, which I found for $3 at Target amongst the Valentine decorations.

For having all been bought at different times and not necessarily chosen with this wall in mind, I think all of the pieces come together quite nicely! My husband does think I’m a little bit extra with my dreamcatcher, my himalayan salt lamp and my essential oils, all of which are kept in this room of the house, and I agree! I think it’s all EXTRA cool. 🙂

Antiques · Home Decor · Organization

Paul Stanley & Produce Crates

Paul Stanley. My dad once dressed as Paul Stanley from the band KISS. It doesn’t stop there, friends. His buddies also dressed as other members of the band, and adoring fans paid money to see them perform (lip sync). It was a pretty big deal, and my dad is now essentially a lip-syncing legend. You didn’t hear it from me, but word is that photographic evidence and whispers of this epic performance are still passed around, even today.

Along with my dad’s love of music came a nice collection of records, which he stored in a couple of produce crates he was able to snag from the grocery store where he worked. I’m sure this long-haired young man, as he unpacked Sunny Slope Brand peaches and nectarines onto the store’s produce shelves and toted the empty crates home, would never imagine that, one day, he would have a daughter who would cherish those old, wooden boxes and display them proudly in her home. I inherited these treasures when I started collecting records myself, and my dad passed along his collection to me in, of course, said crates. Once my record collection expanded, I upgraded my music storage to a steamer trunk given to me by my Papaw, who used this in his Navy travels, but kept my crates because I knew I’d find another use for them. And, for those who may be wondering (because I know it probably has you on the edge of your seats), my records have now outgrown the trunk, as well. I have a lot!

Today, I’m sharing with you how I now use these antiques (sorry, dad, but they are!) in our home, along with a couple others I have since collected.

We have an adorable built-in right near our garage door and, although I’ve never had anything like this before, it’s something I’ll need in all my homes from here on out, because I L-O-V-E it! There are 6 cubby holes total, with the 2 largest being at the bottom. These particular cubbies fit my produce crates perfectly! Inside these boxes, I store reusable shopping bags, lunch boxes, and extra backpacks.

Next is an old 7-Up crate my husband found at a Goodwill outlet, where they charge you by weight. He got this puppy for less than $2! I have set it up on its end on the counter next to our fridge. It perfectly fits several bottles of water (around 23 at a time!) and it’s a nice way to store bottled beverages within easy reach for us and our guests, and without taking up all our fridge space.

Lastly is an apple crate I found at an antique show. Someone had previously put a little shelf inside, which was a nice addition! Initially I considered hanging this crate on the wall, but then no one could see the old label, which is the best part about it! I decided on placing it in on our entry-way bench. It currently holds our hats, gloves and sunglasses. And, when we have guests, I clear a side for their keys, accessories, purses, etc. so they stay right there by the door and aren’t forgotten.

There is nothing more satisfying than old, pretty items that are also functional and unconventional. What antique items do you have in your home that you use on a daily basis?

Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part III

Spring is coming, spring is coming! Speaking of spring, who else is R-E-A-D-Y for some chirping birds and sunshine? I’ll tell you one thing about spring that I am not ready for, though: bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets – I can tolerate these little guys in the heat of summer, but in the spring they fly around like sleep-deprived moms of small children, who finally managed to fall asleep only to be awoken 10 minutes later due to a crying child and who, when they jump out of bed, can’t remember their own names or where they are or why they have been wearing the same shirt for the last 3 days and bump into every wall and piece of furniture they pass, as they try to figure out where the crying is coming from. Call me dramatic, but that’s just the way it is, you guys. You can count on this kind of behavior from these stinging suckers in the spring and, even more so, in the fall. Like, let me get my mail in peace. Let me walk my child out to the bus stop without feeling the need to wear a full-on beekeeper’s suit. Sometimes I can’t even walk out to my front porch without being armed with a fly swatter because they dive bomb my head as soon as I walk out the door. It’s like they are sleep flying or something. Running into me when I’m not even in their way. I’m all like, “good job on the honey, you guys,” and they just keep being mean.

Anyhow, without any real transition to what this blog post is really about, this week’s wall collage hangs out in our living room, above our couch. We love cedar around these parts, specifically in the form of live-edge floating shelves, as seen here:

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My favorite thing about this wall is I can easily switch out my shelf decor from season to season. And, in my frame, I currently have a winter print I found for free on Pinterest – this will soon be replaced by a spring-time motif, which I also plan to snag on Pinterest!