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Hello there! My best friend Bethany is expecting her second baby girl soon and I was so honored to have the privilege of hosting her shower! We got together with some of our favorite girls for a Sunday afternoon full of food, fun, and DIY goodness.

 

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I chose a feminine blush and navy color scheme. I got all my paper goods at Hobby Lobby (they were 50% off!) and most of the items I used to decorate were re-purposed items I already had on hand. The ribbon and onesies did double-duty as they were used later on when we started decorating!

 

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We had a blast playing Don’t Say “Baby”! It’s inexpensive, easy to set up, and your guests will LOVE it! I spent $1 for a pack of 50 clothespins and displayed them in an apothecary jar with framed instructions. The rules are simple, each person starts the game with 4 clothespins. Throughout the shower, if they catch someone saying the word “baby” they get to steal one of their pins. Whoever has collected the most pins by the end of the shower wins the game!

 

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Once the game was underway and everyone had grabbed a snack, we got to work on our onesies! Here’s what you’ll need to set up:

  • White onesies in a variety of sizes
  • Plain headbands
  • Assorted pre-made appliqués
  • Fabric paint
  • Stencils, stamps, and paint brushes
  • Ribbon & trim
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Needle & thread
  • Cardboard
  • Candle

 

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Some of the girls hard at work! Here are a few things we learned in the process:

  • If your guests need a little inspiration, have a Pinterest board ready with examples to help them get started!
  • Slip a piece of cardboard into the onesie before you paint to prevent the color from bleeding through and leave it there until the paint is dry! (I should have seen that one coming!)
  • Don’t use fabric markers, they’re hard to work with and tend to bleed! Stencils & paint work much better.
  • Use darker paint colors, I had navy and blush on hand but the blush was too light and didn’t show up on the fabric!
  • Have your guests tack down their embellishments using the glue gun, then go back and stitch them down with a needle and thread so they won’t come off when washed.
  • Use a candle to singe the cut edges of ribbons to prevent them from unraveling.

 

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And here are some of our finished onesies! Each guest made one and a headband to match. We can’t wait to see baby Saylor in her one-of-kind wardrobe!

April 24, 2016 0 comment
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I absolutely LOVE shopping thrift stores for my home decor. It’s a cheap hobby that challenges my creativity, BUT for those new to thrifting it’s very easy to become overwhelmed by, how do I put this nicely? Vast amounts of junk.

To help you cut though the clutter and get straight to the good stuff, I’ve made a list of 10 Home Decor Items to Buy at Thrift Stores. Keep an eye out for these things every time you shop and you’re sure to have your first thrift-store-score in no time!

1. Lamps & Lampshades

When purchased new, lamps & lampshades can be EXPENSIVE! Instead of shelling out $80-$100, check your local thrift store first. With a little creativity, an outdated lamp can look as good as new! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started!

DIY Farmhouse Inspired Burlap and Zinc Finished Lamps by Rustique Restoration

2. Vintage Books

Instead of buying vintage books at antique stores where they can cost anywhere from $5-$25 a piece, keep an eye open for them at thrift stores. I usually find them for about $.50 each! Check out my post below to learn how to recreate the antique look for less!

 

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

3. Silver Trays

I feel like I see 10 of these every time I hit the thrift store and I have to restrain myself from buying them all! Maybe one of these days I’ll buy a few and create a stunning gallery wall like this one from Jillian Harris.

Love It Or List It Vancouver: Gina & Jeff by Jillian Harris

 

4. Antique Furniture

I love antique furniture because it has quality and character that todays mass-produced pieces seem to lack. The possibilities here are endless! Here’s a great post by Love of Family and Home. Pinterest is a wonderful resources for thrift store makeover inspiration so check it out when you’re ready to start your first project!

Goodwill Chair Makeover by Love of Family and Home

 

5. Baskets

Baskets are a fantastic thrift store find for those of us looking to add a little organization to our lives. Here’s a great tutorial for staining and stenciling out-of-date baskets to give them new life!

 

Updated Storage Baskets with Stain and Number Stencils by Making Home Base

 

6. Picture Frames

You can never have too many because there are just SO many things you can do with them! Fill them with printable art, group them together to form a gallery wall, turn them into chalkboards to display important messages, or repurpose them into serving trays! Let your creativity run wild!

Reclaimed Wood Tray by Confessions of a Serial DIYer

 

7. Mismatched China

I love the look a mismatched set of china creates! Display it on a wall or in a hutch to add a little southern flair to your decor!

A New Decorative Plate Wall in Our Dining Room by Driven by Decor

 

8. Vases

Please, never ever EVER pay full price for a vase. I see HUNDREDS of them at thrift stores just begging for a little TLC. Use some pretty vase fillers, ribbon, twine, or spray paint to create a style you love.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase by Hammer and Heels Blog

 

9. Chandliers

One persons trash is a DIY’ers treasure! Chandeliers are a beautiful way to add character to your home, but purchased new they come with a hefty price tag! Try searching your local thrift store first. A little elbow grease and some spray paint work wonders on outdated brass fixtures!

Brass Chandelier Makeover by Reasons to Come Home

 

10. Fabrics

The textiles section of the thrift store is a great place to find fabrics that can be used for recovering throw pillows, reupholstering seat cushions, or sewing curtains. Check out these beautiful ruffled curtains Rachel from Maison de Pax made using old sheets!

DIY Ruffled Curtains by Maison de Pax

 

April 18, 2016 1 comment
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10  DIY Ways to Add Farmhouse Style Pin

Hello friends! Today I’m super excited to share about two of my favorite things: DIY projects & farmhouse style! Check out these fantastic tutorials for a little inspiration, then maybe take a shot at one or two of them yourself!

DIY Large Chalkboard by Liz Marie Blog

Open Pipe Shelving by Magnolia Market

DIY Yardstick Mirror by Twin Dragonfly Designs

Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings by Uncommon Designs

Farmhouse Window Trim by Love Grows Wild

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The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Shiplap by Liz Marie Blog

DIY Cotton Wreath by The OklaHomemaker

Making an “Antique” Sign by Miss Mustard Seed

 

Mason Jar Pendant Light by The Summery Umbrella

 

DIY Wooden Display Ladder by Magnolia Market

I hope you’ve enjoy these 10 DIY Ways to Add Farmhouse Style to Your Home? What’s your favorite farmhouse DIY? Leave a link in the comments below to share!

April 13, 2016 3 comments
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I love using old books as decor in my home, and I always keep an eye out for them when I hit the thrift stores, but they can be hard to find and I’m not about to shell out $5-$15 for a book at an antique store.

Here’s an easy DIY hack: look for paperback books that are just old enough to have started yellowing. Usually books from the 70’s or 80’s will do the trick. The covers don’t need to be pretty, they just need to have a nice title page. These books are CHEAP, I usually only spend .50 each. 
Once you’ve selected your books, carefully tear off the cover and peel off the spine. Then dress them up a bit with some twine, ribbon, or any other embellishments you like. And voila! You have vintage goodness for a fraction of the price 💗💕

April 12, 2016 0 comment
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Hey there! Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy learning how to re-upholster my first armchair! This was such a fun project, and one that almost anyone can do! I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

After months of swooning over Marian AKA Miss Mustard Seed‘s gorgeous reupholstery projects, I finally decided it was time to tackle one myself. I knew my first project would be a French armchair like this one because all the upholstery is done in sections so it doesn’t require any sewing (I HATE sewing!). When I started looking for a piece to reupholster, I kept several things in mind. First, price- I didn’t want to spend big money on something I was 99% sure I would ruin. Haha. Second, quality- I wanted a piece made of solid wood that would last for years to come. And finally, condition- I wanted a piece that was sturdy & free from any damage; normal wear was OK, but since I knew I wanted to preserve the wood finish, it couldn’t have any deep scratches or cracks. After several weeks of searching, I found this piece on Craigslist for $75. It came with a matching foot stool, and we believe it was built somewhere in the 1940’s-1950’s. It’s solid wood and has a beautiful finish!

The process of re-uholstering was actually fairly simple. First I had to remove all the original fabric, using a screw driver and pliers to pull out the old staples. This was really the most time consuming part of the whole project. Tip: keep the fabric to use as a template later on! I removed the batting, cotton, burlap and springs as well, taking the chair all the down to the wood frame. Make sure you take LOTS of pictures during this part of the process so you can reference them when it’s time to re-assemble the chair!

Once I had the everything off the chair, I cleaned it well with oil soap, then replaced the webbing and re-tied all of the springs. The burlap went back on first, then I layered on the cotton, and some new batting to hold everything together. Make sure you arrange the stuffing so that it is smooth across the top or you’ll have a horrible time dealing with lumps under your fabric!

When it was finally time to cover the chair in its new threads, I used the fabric I had removed as my template. I pinned it down on top of the plaid fabric I had selected, making sure it was straight, then I cut all the way around my templates, leaving myself about 2-3 inches of wiggle room.

To attach each piece of fabric, I first centered it and tacked it at the top and bottom with my staple gun to hold it in place. Then I worked my way around, stretching and stapling the fabric evenly as I went. This part was a bit challenging since I was dealing with a plaid pattern that was not at all forgiving of my many mistakes. In hindsight, I should have chosen an all-over pattern or a solid for my first re-upholstery project. BUT it turned out beautifully, and I love the plaid so it was worth all the extra effort. 🙂

Once I had all the fabric stapled in place, I cut off all the excess as close to the staples as possible. Then I attached 1/2″ white gimp trim using a hot glue gun.

And HERE’s the finished project:

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I’m so So happy with how it turned out! And I had so much fun that I’ve already purchased two more chairs so I can do it all over again! 🙂

April 11, 2016 3 comments
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Cotton wreath

Hey there! I’ve gotten so many compliments on my handmade cotton wreath that I thought I would share a quick how-to. I’d seen these gorgeous cotton wreaths selling for anywhere from $50-$80, and had been wanting one for a long time but could never justify spending that kind of money. Here’s how I made my own (and only spent $20.33!!!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Cotton stems

I used 6 of them for my 14″ wreath. I bought them at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off so they only cost me $2.99 each. Floral stems usually go on sale every other week at Hobby Lobby so be patient and wait a few days to save the extra money!

 

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I used a 14″ inch grapevine wreath. I applied my 40% off mobile coupon and got it for $2.39 at Hobby Lobby. I chose one that was a little bit thinner than most, so it would easily be hidden by the cotton stems.

You’ll also need:

Wire cutters
Floral wire
Hot glue & gun
Embellishments (optional)

Start by laying out your stems on top of the wreath, space them out evenly so you don’t have any gaps. Then, one stem at a time, cut them down and work them into the grapevine wreath. Secure each stem with some floral wire to keep it from slipping. If you notice that some areas look too bulky, cut out a few of the cotton blooms and hot glue them in a thinner area to balance everything out.

DSC_0266Add a bow, an initial, or whatever embellishments you like and you’re all set! Now go hang your handmade cotton wreath on your front door with pride!

March 8, 2016 5 comments
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25 + Homemade Gift Ideas

We’ve had so many adventures during our first year as homeowners, from bringing home our first puppy to DIY-ing our first home repairs. BUT, one of the best things about being a homeowner is the chance to become part of a community. We’ve been blessed to share fences with some incredible neighbors who are always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. That’s why I was so excited to do something special for them this Holiday season to show our appreciation. In my search for the perfect neighbor gift, I’ve rounded up 25+ of the best homemade (and budget friendly) gift ideas perfect for your neighbors, coworkers, or friends! Click on the images to view the original posts!

 

Cinnamon Shake and Pour Pancakes By Tater Tots And Jello

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri By Yellow Bliss Road

“Soda-Lighted You’re My Neighbor Gift” By Love The Day

Dip Mix Ornaments By Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Snowman Kit By Confetti Sunshine

Gourmet Popcorn Gift By The Country Chic Cottage

Sand Art Brownie Mix By Taste of Home

Redbox Neighbor Gift Idea By Over The Big Moon

Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments By Bubbly Nature Creations

Oreo Elf Feet By The Diary of Daves Wife

Wrap it up! By A Girl And A Glue Gun

Rustic Wood Candle Holders By Marty’s Musings

Gingerbread House Kit By 30 Minute Crafts

Handmade Holiday Gift Tags By The OklaHomeMaker

“Grate” Neighbor Gift By Mel Designs

Etched Birch Ornaments By Design Mom

Soup Mix Ornaments By Bubbly Nature Creations

Free Printable Nail Themed Christmas Tags By Persia Lou

Cinnamon Honey Butter by The Food Charlatan

Let Us Do The Dishes! By A Girl And A Glue Gun

Rustic Snowflakes

Snowball Playdough By Yellow Bliss Road

DIY Travel Farkle Game By Fun Cheap or Free

A Bright Idea! By The Partiologistj

Snowman Mason Jar Gift By Polkadot Chair

Iron on Transfer Dish Towel By Today Creative Life

Free Printable Christmas Bingo By Crazy Little Projects

Thanks to all the fabulous bloggers out there who created these posts! I hope you’ve been inspired to create the perfect gift and spread some Christmas spirit to the neighbors in your neck of the woods!

December 9, 2015 2 comments
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Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make my Handmade Holiday Gifts tags! Use them to personalize the presents under your own tree, or package them up and give them away to your neighbors or coworkers. These are a fun and frugal gift people will actually use!

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All you’ll need are:

Precut tags (I got a pack of 25 from Hobby Lobby for $2, I also included a template so you could create your own)
Scrapbook paper in varying Christmas patterns
Twine (for attaching the tags)
Embellishments for the ornaments (I used snowflakes cut out of paper)
Scissors, Glue, and an Extra Fine point Sharpie.

I made 5 sets each including 5 different designs, the templates for all of them are attached below. Print and cut out your templates, and trace them onto the BACK of your scrapbook paper. Then cut and paste them onto your tags. Use your Sharpie to add a hook to your ornament, and write any Christmas wishes you want to include on your tags. I tweaked mine from the templates a little bit but that’s the fun of creating something handmade, you always end up with something unique! Have fun with it and personalize them to fit your style! Happy Crafting!

Handmade Holiday Gift Tags Template

 

 

 

 

December 8, 2015 2 comments
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