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!

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!

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!