Coffee Table Tray

So I had a rough night… we had a lawn company come by and give us a quote for Aerating the lawn. Apparently, they left the back gate open and my dog got out. I didn’t realize she was gone until about 25 minutes later. I thought she was gone for sure… thankfully, she was distracted by a dog about 3 houses down. My dog is a little ADD. Her first taste of freedom and she gets distracted within a few hundred feet of our house.

Then I managed to clog up the drain with lots of potato skins. That was A LOT of fun to dig out of the drain. Thankfully, my sweet husband did most of the gross stuff. It’s ok… he gets to enjoy the potato soup I’m making for him tonight.

All that to say… I didn’t get to finish my current project (maybe tonight). I’ve been wanting to show you this one that I did over the weekend anyway…

After I finished the Coffee Table Makeover (see post HERE), the table looked awfully plain:

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She was crying out for some pizzazz… some pop… some umph… you get the idea.

When I saw this on Pinterest (follow me HERE), I was inspired:

It’s a Martha Stewart craft using nothing other than spray adhesive, fabric and a cookie tray… SERIOUSLY! That’s totally in my budget, especially since I already had the fabric and adhesive. I knew I wanted more of a magazine holder, so I used a pan with higher sides. Unfortunately, that made the project slightly more difficult. I’ll explain. Here’s the finished product:

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Here’s what you need:

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1.5 yrds of fabric OR 1 yard each of 2 cordinating fabrics (less if you’re doing a smaller tray)
Cake pan (mine was 13x9x2; Martha’s was more of
Adhesive spray (I used Elmers)
Felt sheet (Got it from Michael’s for .69 each)
Liquid Stitch (it’s a fabric glue that I already had – AMAZING PRODUCT. Makes hemming or iron-on hem tape look completely stupid.)

Martha did it slightly differently. She covered the entire tray with a single piece of fabric. I covered the top of the tray in one fabric and the sides/ bottom in another. With my taller tray, it caused more wrinkles in the top piece at the corners and looked strange when I tried to pull it all the way over the side and onto the bottom. With a slighter curve to the sides, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem.

1. Full spray the bottom and inside sides of the pan with the adhesive. Let it sit for 30-40 seconds and get very tacky.

2. Position your top fabric as centered over the pan as possible. Starting at the top, press it into the two top corners first, then press down the center and then the bottom two corners. Do all of the bottom and the corners before connecting it to the sides.

Sorry that I don’t have many pictures of this step… definitely a two hand step.

3. Press the fabric up the sides and over the top (spray a little adhesive around the lip if you didn’t get that before). You’ll have some excess in the corners. That’s ok, just make sure the sides are smooth.

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4. Cut off the excess just under the lip. Give yourself a little allowance. Now flip it over and spray the bottom.  DON’T SPRAY THE OUTSIDE SIDES YET! Press your second fabric on the back.

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5. Now starting on one of the shorter ends, press the fabric up the side (still not sprayed) and figure out where you want it to stop. Trim the fabric leaving a .25 – .5 allowance:

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6. Using the Liquid Stitch, hem the top so that it’ll end just under the lip of the tray.

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7. Now spray that side and press the fabric up, so that you have a clean edge:

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8. Do it again on the other short side.

9. Now, it’s time for the long sides, you’ll need to fold the fabric like you’d wrap a present or hospital corners on a bed:

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10. Glue that piece down and cut off any excess. Now repeat the process we did for the short sides to cover the area that you just folded.

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Wasn’t that a nice smooth cutting job? The corners will look like this when it’s done:

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I used a little hot glue to keep the bulky edge down.

11. Now spray a little adhesive on the bottom of the tray onto the fabric. Press the felt down on the adhesive. This is kind of an optional step, but it helps the tray to slide easily and not wear down the fabric.

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Voila!

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I know that seemed like a crazy amount of steps, but it was actually pretty easy. The hardest part is getting the fabric to lay smoothly on the inside. Once that’s done, you’re pretty much done. Plus my coffee table looks much happier. Perfect for a sunroom where LOTS of time will be spent pouring over magazines.
Total cost: $11 ($10 for pan and $.69 for felt)

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Stenciled Powder Room Reveal

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I’m so excited about the way this room turned out. Never mind that it took me like 13 hours of stenciling in a 3×7 room (seriously… I’m not exaggerating)…I think in a week or two, I’ll totally think it was worth the grueling weekend. Prepare yourself for a LOT of pictures. I apparently wanted to show you every detail of the room. Click HERE for the full tutorial on the stenciling.

BEFORE:
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This is the only decent picture I have of the floors, because we actually tiled those in our first week in the house when we did the mudroom. You can see that post HERE

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We tried to salvage as much from the room that we could. The old vanity became a new workbench in the garage with a beautiful plywood top. However the old sink had to go:

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I tried everything to get those stains out of the cracks… it was disgusting. Its also probably original to the house which is 30 years old. I figure it’s lived a good life.

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and a toilet… not much to say about that, except that it would have been great for me to close the lid before I took this picture.

We did end up replacing the toilet with a new one because when we removed this one to install the tile, the bottom might have chipped off. And when I say chipped, I mean smashed.

OK… here’s the moment you’ve all been anxiously waiting for (biting your nails, sitting on the edge of your seat… I know, I can feel your tension through my computer):
AFTER!

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I haven’t figured out how to take a picture of a mirror without capturing myself in it…

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Look at my husband’s beautiful floors. I love the color of the gray tile with the walls. Here’s a better shot of the stenciling and a close up. I really like the way the silver paint reflects the light and catches it in some places but it’s still subtle (in my humble opinion).

The stencil is Royal Design Studio’s Donatella Damask.

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Wasn’t it so nice of Lowes to have a tiny little orchid pre-planted in just the right vase? It was $9.99 so I had to snatch it up. I got the frame and silver potpourri dish from Marshalls this week ($12 for both).

Like I said, we tried to reuse as many fixtures and things as possible. The mirror and trashcan were both Rub n Buffed. That was my first experience with Rub n Buff and I’m addicted. I seriously walked around my house last night with the rest of my tube looking for other things to silver. It’s totally my kind of DIY… immediate gratification. The mirror took me about 15 minutes and the trashcan took 5. Perfect.

MIRROR BEFORE:                     MIRROR AFTER:
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TRASHCAN BEFORE:               TRASHCAN AFTER:

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This trashcan is one of those things that I have no idea where it came from. I don’t think I bought it, but it doesn’t really seem like something John would have had in the bachelor pad. Anyway, I wanted a silver trashcan for in there and I really like the way the Rub N Buff brought out the details on the outside. I didn’t really know that it had it.

We also reused the existing light fixture, the faucet, hand towel holder and toilet paper holder. Not bad, huh?

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What do you think about the gray hand towel? I picked it up from Marshall’s yesterday for $6.99. It’s really the only color that works in there. I can’t go with white because the trim is ivory and I can’t go with blue because there’s no way I’m going to find an exact match for that grayish blue.

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This might be my proudest moment. I finally conquered the drill. I drilled the holes, hung the mounts and hunt the shade all by myself. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve always been a little scared of drilling holes in to things.

That’s it. My beautiful new powder room. Click HERE for the full tutorial on the stenciling.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

It’s Friday and it’s the first really Fall day we’ve had here in SC. It’s so great! I’m so excited. I can’t say that I’m breaking out the fall clothes (because I already did that). I can’t say that I’m going to decorate (because I already did that). I can’t say that I’m going to cook something warm and hot (because I already did that). Hmm… I might be impatient for Fall to get here. I LOVE FALL!

So instead of doing those things, I’m going to share a great Fall/Winter recipe with you. I started making this last year and it’s one of our favorite easy weeknight meals.

Slow-Cooker Potato Soup
Ingredients:
5 lbs of potatoes, peeled (don’t put them down the sink though!)
Chicken broth(4-5 cups, depending on the size of your slow cooker)
1 stick of butter
1 cup of half-and-half (you can use fat free)
12 oz. Bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Shredded cheese and sour cream for toppings

1. Chop the potato into medium size chunks. Place in the slow cooker. Pour in the chicken broth until the potatoes are just covered.

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2. Cook for however long you want. I’ve done it on high for 4 hours and I’ve done it on low for 10 hours. It really doesn’t matter. You are cooking the potatoes until they fall apart.

3. I removed 1 cup of chicken stock because I prefer a thicker soup. If you want it thinner, leave it in. I figure you can always put it back in later to thin it out.

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4. Using an immersion blender (if you have one) or a potato masher or whatever you have, blend the potatoes until they are the consistency you like it. I like mine really smooth, but some people like chunks. Again, it doesn’t matter.

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5. Add in the half-and-half, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and anything else you might like, stir until combined. If it needs to be thickened, you can add sour cream. Cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes to let it thicken up.

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6. Add half of the crumbled bacon and serve with some crusty bread (yes, I like carbs).

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BEST FALL SOUP EVER!
 

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Happy Friday!

Sunroom Reveal (and Source List)

I know, I know I’ve been promising it for weeks! I’m actually not completely done. I have some projects that I’d like to tackle in this room, but for now, it’s done. We’ll call this temporarily complete. Smile There’s always more projects, right?
I’m going to do a source list as well, but it’s really not going to be very helpful since this room was furnished with free or very cheap furniture and projects.

BEFORE:


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This room was actually in pretty good shape for me. I did very little painting in this room. It was all projects, which was fun but time consuming. The only painting I did was touch up the baseboards and wall that needed it.

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GROSS! Sorry for the bad picture… I had to zoom in from the one above.
AFTER:
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This is a 360 view to give you an idea of the layout.

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Curtains: Homemade, Fabric from Hancock’s Fabrics (see post HERE) (9 yds @ $9/yd)
Daybed: Craigslist.com, $95 (INCLUDING MATTRESS… but I bought a plastic mattress cover for $12)
Mattress Cover: slipcovershop.com, $35
Pillows: two King size pillows in back, Marshall’s, $12 ea., others are from random places.
Lamp/Side Table: hand-me-down from my co-worker, Shari. I LOVE FREE STUFF! Thanks Shari!
Coffee Table: Habitat ReStore (see post HERE)
Coffee Table Tray: Homemade (see post HERE)
Basket with Apples: Walmart, Basket was $3 and the apples were $1ea. They look really real!

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Slipcover: Handmade (see post HERE), $55 for fabric from Fabric.com
Throw: Pottery Barn Outlet, $35

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Wicker chairs: SMALLER: Craigslist.com $20, LARGER: Gift from my AWESOME sister-in-law, Misty. Both are painted Rustoleum Green Apple (see post HERE),

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White Cabinet: Ballard Designs, 10 years ago, added mirrors (See post HERE)
Lamp: Target, 6 years ago
Iron Shelf: Christmas gift from my Mom years ago

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Flower Toilet Paper Art: Handmade (see post HERE)

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Here was my inspiration picture:



It ended up looking nothing like this, but I still love it. The original cost for the room in this picture is around $3700 (their fabric was $130/yd!!!)

My Final Cost: $400ish


10% of the cost! How’s that cheap?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Final projects:
Bed Skirt: I have a ton of this fabric left over, so I thought I’d make a bedskirt to go around the day bed.
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Rug: I’d love a rug to go under the coffee table area. The tile can get super cold (and it’s not even winter yet). It would be nice to have a warm vaporizer for my kid.

Those will get done eventually. The bed skirt will basically be free since I’ve already included the cost of that materials in the room.

What do you think? I love this room and I LOVE that I finished it just in time for fall. I’ve already spent a few hours curled up on the bed or the chaise with a  book and that throw. John sits out here with a cup of coffee in the mornings to do his bible study. It’s such a peaceful and happy room.

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

I am now the proud owner of wall art made entirely of toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. Total cost : 3.50 (for spray paint). I went all out on this one. Sometimes you just have to be willing to splurge on the important things.

Seriously, this project is the epitome of upcycling. These toilet paper rolls thought their destiny had them in a trash heap at the dump. Not in a million years could they have imagined something quite so glamorous.
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I saw this project on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I even mentioned it HERE. Now, the Pinterest picture was slightly cuter because they had a cute kid looking all happy and holding the flower. I didn’t have any cute kids hanging around last night, so don’t dock me for that. The original project came from Inspirations Decorations and she did such a good job.

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TUTORIAL
1. Collect a bazillion toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I think I ended up using some where around 30 paper towel rolls and close to 50 toilet paper rolls.
Though, it was really fun to ask people to save their toilet paper rolls for me. Their expressions were priceless.
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2. Cut all of the rolls in to 1 inch circles. I could have measured, but I didn’t care if it was perfect. I eyeballed it and got about 10 circles out of each paper towel roll and 4 out of each toilet paper roll.
Next, squash them all so they look more oval than round. Sorry about this picture. Apparently, my camera was more interested in focusing on the items behind the paper.

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3. Now start gluing them together. I used my hot glue gun.

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4. One you have the inner flower finished, it’s a matter of filling in the gaps until the flower is as big as you’d like it to be. I had a big blank wall, so mine has a diameter of 31”. That took about 300 “petals” (calling them petals makes it seem so much better than toilet paper).

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5. Once it’s as large as you want, then spray paint it. That was the only real expense in the project.
Total cost is $3.50 plus a lot of time. I probably could have done this faster if I weren’t watching a combination of So You Think You Can Dance (seriously, Melanie better win) and HGTV Design Star (Why is Cathy so horrible? She really shouldn’t take her personality cues from Omarosa any more).

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See how big this wall is? My huge flower is dwarfed by it.
There are other versions of this project on Pinterest:

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I love that last one! I’d also love to see what versions you’ve seen around of upcycling random items into something new?

Fall Walnut Wreath

In case you missed my guest post last week at J&M Eye Candy, I wanted to show you the fun fall wreath I made a few weeks ago.

Most of you know that I LOVE blogs, Pinterest, crafts, DIY (most of the time), free stuff and FALL. Put them together and what do you get?


My Fall Walnut Wreath!
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I found my inspiration on Pinterest:
yay2aThis is by Katie at Little Things Bring Smiles and hers was made out of acorns. It’s so happy but still says FALL all over it (and how stinkin’ awesome is that door?) But remember how I like free stuff? Yeah, I don’t have any free acorns, but I have WALNUTS coming out of my ears:
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All those black dots on the dead grass are walnuts. Hundreds upon hundreds of walnuts. NOT KIDDING.

Please don’t judge me based on the condition of my yard. We moved in after the point in the summer that we could do anything about it… and then we might have forgotten to water for the majority of the summer. That’s the learning curve when you come from a townhouse where there is no yard work. So we’ve had to wait until now to start to fix it. We’re about to aerate and reseed (no fun at all).

Anyway, ignore my tangent. Back to the wreath:

Materials:
DSCF1011LOT OF NUTS, whatever kind you like or may be covering your yard like a blanket. It took about 150 nuts to cover my wreath form
14” wreath form (you can use straw but I used foam because it was on sale)
hot glue
Spray paint in your color of choice
Wire Edged Ribbon

1. You can bake your nuts to make sure that the buggies inside are dead. I didn’t because I knew that the 3 coats of spray paint was going to do that.

2. Glue the nuts to the form using the hot glue. It’s easiest to do one side first, but it would probably be more uniform if you go all the way around.
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3. Start gluing the nuts to fill in the gaps left by the previous row. This becomes a bit of a puzzle. Unless you have perfectly uniform nuts (probably not), then you’re going to have some that are smaller and some that are larger. There will be small gaps. It’s ok.
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4. Flip it over and start on the next side. This really gets tricky because you have to find just the right nut to fill in the last gap between the two sides. Thankfully it’s the back and you don’t really have to worry about people seeing it to much (unless you have a glass door like me).
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5. Fill in the gaps with small nuts or hot glue if it’s really small. You just don’t want it to be a deep hole.
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6. Prime the wreath.
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Doesn’t it kind of look like I made a wreath out of pearl onions? Note to self: Don’t make a wreath out of pearl onions. It’s not cute.
7. Spray paint wreath. I went with brown because my house is white and my door is red. Green would have looked to Christmas-y and a burnt orange would have clashed with the door. Are you wondering why I even bothered painting it? Me too kind.
8. Create a loop with the bow to go around the wreath. The wreath will be too fat to hang on a normal wreath hanger. Create a bow to cover up the hanger.
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ENJOY!

It’s a super simple project, even though it’s a little time consuming. Just pop in a good movie and glue away. I love the finished product!

How to Make a Jewelry Frame

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Last week, I was visiting one of my favorite blogs, Bower Power, and I saw the information about their Pinterest Challenge!

The purpose is to get us to stop just pinning everything and actually make something that we’ve pinned. It’s being hosted by four fabulous bloggers: Bower Power, Young House Love, Ana-White and House of Earnest. I immediately knew what I wanted to make. My best friend told me about a jewelry frame that she’d seen on pinterest that she was making a couple of weeks ago. So I went to look it up and this is what I found:

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It was on Apartment Therapy’s blog and it’s awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t have a walk in closet or an entire wall to devote to Jewelry. I decided on a smaller version of it, but it definitely solved a problem. This is what my jewelry box looked like yesterday:

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Embarrassing, right? Ever since the move, I haven’t been able to find a place to set up my earring trees which is where they hung before. So they’ve stayed in my jewelry box and every morning I try to (1) find a matching pair, which is difficult and (2) untangle them from the bracelets, other earrings and chains that they are wound around. Super fun.
TUTORIAL
Here’s what you need:
Picture Frame (Hobby Lobby, $11)
1/2 yd. Burlap (Hobby Lobby, $3.99/yd)
Staple Gun
Fray Check
Fabric ChalkElmer’s Craft Spray Glue

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1. I found the picture frame on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It was black and gold, I spray painted it, distressed it a little and pulled the back off.

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2. Use the chalk to outline the burlap to fit the frame. Cut it out.

3. Go outside and do a coat of the spray glue on to the frame. Let it dry for 1 minute before applying the burlap.

4. Starting on one end, stick the burlap to the frame. Pull it as tight as you can get it so that when you put the jewelry on, it doesn’t sag. When you get to the frame hangers, cut the burlap around them before securing them down:

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Jewelry Frame5. When you pull the burlap tight, it will make it bigger than you need it and hang off the edges of the frame. Cut off the excess.

6. Apply “Fray Chek” to the edges of the burlap to stop the fraying.

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7. Staple lots around the edges of the frame and burlap. I did two rows of staples spaced about 1-2 in. apart.

8. Hang and enjoy!

Here’s the finished product:

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Yes, I know I have too many earrings. Total Cost: $14

This is the best part… my jewelry box now looks like this:

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So much better!

Holiday Decorating (for real)

So I was completely side tracked with my post yesterday. I realized last night that although my title was “Holiday Decorating,” the post had nothing to do with that. I have a tendency to think I’m going to write about one thing, but then my post goes in a completely different direction. But normally I remember to change the title later…

So, here we go with my Christmas decorations for real…

We picked up our tree on Thanksgiving night! We’ve never done that before, but I think we were both excited to get it and have it be the first decoration in our new house. This is by far the biggest tree we’ve ever had. We had such a small space for it in the last house. This one feels so big and I love it!

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I’m a big proponent of real trees and wreaths and swags and garland, but this year, I actually bought a fake wreath. I bought it from Michael’s for $10 and then bought the two small porch trees from Garden Ridge for $20 for the set. So for the price of one real wreath, I bought everything I’ll need for a few years:

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In the entry, I put my new manger. My father started me on this collection a few years ago with the shepherd and the camel. Mary, Joseph and Jesus were sold out that year. So I’ve never been able to display it because what’s a manger without Jesus… it would be weird. My sweet husband bought the nativity for me last year, so this it the first time I get to use it!

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I made it very simple with a base of burlap and some clippings from my tree as the greenery. There’ll be more to show you throughout the month. For now, I’ll finish up with the mantle. I had a hard time with it since this year’s mantle is at least 1 1/2 feet bigger than last years. It made everything feel small:

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I love the way it turned out. I made the wreath before Thanksgiving with my Mom. I have a full tutorial for you on over at Type A Decorating’s Christmas Series:

Be sure to check it out HERE!

Have you started your decorating? Are you completely finished? On second thought, don’t tell me if you are, it’ll make me feel bad that my boxes have been sitting open in our spare room for 3 days.

Silver Pinecone Wreath

I finally have something new to show you! It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve done a fun project, which is crazy. The whole name change thing took up most of that time and then I might have become obsessed with the Hunger Games series and spent about 5 days doing nothing but reading.

While my Mom and I were at the Country Living fair, we saw these amazing silver, wooden wreaths. I wanted to buy one but couldn’t bring myself to pay $60 for a wreath, so I took the inspiration and made it my own with a pinecone wreath.

I planned on making the pinecone wreath myself, butt then I spotted this at Home Depot:
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For $20, all the hard work was done for me. It would have been at least $12 for all of the materials and the effort splinters time involved to make it myself was definitely worth $8 to me. But if you want to make it yourself, Hi Sugarplum just did a great tutorial on one. Check it out HERE

I sprayed on two light coast of Rustoleum’s Metallic Spray Paint in Satin Nickel
I let that dry (only because I didn’t want spray paint all over my fingers)… then sprayed a light coat of Elmers Spray Adhesive:

Then coated it in Martha Stewart Craft’s Fine Glitter in White Gold (available at Michaels):

It took a couple rounds of glue and then glitter to get it fully covered but here is the result:
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My husband thinks I’m beyond weird for putting a wreath in a powder room, but I love it. I might leave it up all year… but definitely through the winter.
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I know, its practically heresy to use a flash indoors, but I wanted you to see the bling.
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On another note, I probably won’t post again until Friday, so this year, I’m thankful for:

  • a new future sister-in-law
  • John finishing up the bulk of his Masters classes next month
  • my brother’s new job
  • celebrating our first holiday season in our new home

What are you thankful for? I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Favorite Projects of 2011

Ah! You know that feeling when it’s a new year (or even month in some cases) and you always keep writing the previous year? Yeah, I just got used to writing 2011 and its about to be 2012!!! How is that possible? This has been an amazing year for us and I feel so blessed.

Since many of you have not been around since the beginning, I wanted to reminisce about my favorite projects of 2011 (the titles are links to the posts if you want to find them quickly):

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MOVING!
It felt like a project to us and it’s created all the other projects. We love our home and can’t wait to continue to transform it.
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FAMILY ROOM BEFORE & AFTER
#8

KITCHEN CABINETS BEFORE AND AFTER
#7
TOILET PAPER WALL ART
#6
JEWELRY FRAME
#5
CHAISE SLIPCOVER
This would not be one of my top 5 projects to make again, but I have enjoyed the result of it.
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Ceiling Tile Mirror
CEILING TILE MIRRORS
#3
COFFEE TABLE MAKEOVER
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SUNROOM REVEAL
This is probably my favorite room in our house. I read and nap out here and it’s a completely relaxing space. Plus, I had given myself a very strict budget to complete this room. Everything in this room cost my just over $400 (thanks to some very generous family members and Craigslist).
DRUM ROLL PLEASE… MY FAVORITE PROJECT OF 2011 IS…

POWDER ROOM STENCILING
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