Eucalyptus & Antler Centerpiece

This is a super easy centerpiece thats great for winter and Christmas time! I started with a eucalyptus garland I found in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby. Its about $10 with a coupon or when its 50% off! I mean, I never pay full price for something there! I then just wove some cheap metallic twig garland throughout the eucalyptus. I got this one last year, but I saw one similar at Michaels this year for just a few dollars.

I then placed three metallic/pink candles from Target’s dollar section evenly throughout. Besides being pretty they smell delicious too! 

My mom found some Antler stems at Michael’s for 75% off and gave one to me! I think on sale they were $5 a stem.  I used some wire cutters to cut them into 3 individual antlers and stuck (I know thats not a fancy name, but thats what I literally did! 🙂 ) them throughout the garland! And there you have it, an easy centerpiece! Happy centerpiece making!!  😉

xoxo,

Danielle

DIY antler headband

 

Oh my goodness I had so much fun making this little antler headband! I’m just going to give you a quick run down on what I did!

I took an old navy blue headband my daughter had, but never wore, and ripped off the bow. I then added some pipe cleaners to create the antlers. I cut stripes from a brown paper bag and made my own modge podge with Elmer’s glue and water. It took me a while to realize it was easier if the stripes were a little thinner. I also added too much water at first and the paper was too soggy and not sticking. About halfway through I got out my blow dryer, rubbed some glue over the edges, and “dried” them down.

Wrapping the paper was the trickiest part for me, but once I figured out a system it went a lot faster. I didn’t take any pictures during the process because I had glue all over my hands. And to be honest I wasn’t sure if it would turn out anyways!  🙂 Once the pipe cleaners were covered enough, I used the blow dryer to quicken the drying time and then let it sit for an hour or two (simply because I had to get my son from school and put kids down for naps!) before painting. I used acrylic paint and used gray, white, black and hints of brown. I just mixed and brushed! The whole process so far was from Pinterest and then I just finished the rest how I wanted!

I only had gray felt so thats what I used for the ears. I wanted another color so I cut an old shirt to add a brownish color. My supplies were low so I had to get creative! Ha! I had recently purchased some fuzzy, faux sheep skin fabric to possible cover a stool I have so I just cut a few little squares to add some fuzziness to the ears! I glued them on with a hot glue gun. I ended up painting the whole headband with the same colors as the antlers to hide the navy blue.

I set it outside in the sun to help dry while I got out some flowers (ended up being too big), greenery, and felt balls. After playing around with a few ideas….I ended up with this….

Later that evening the boys dressed in camo to go “hunting”, Emi girl was a little deer and we went exploring while mamma took pictures. I had such a fun time making it and watching Emi enjoy it! 

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Thanks for reading friends!

xoxo, Danielle

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Emersyn’s 4th birthday party

This year wasn’t Em’s turn for a party, but I still wanted to do something simple and fun for her 4th birthday. I decided we would just have some of her girl friends over one morning for donuts! I also love fostering her little girl friends, as she doesn’t have a sister. Girl friends are so important, aren’t they?!

Anyways, I want to share a few pictures and talk about how easy it was to have this donut party!

I went to set the table and kept pulling things out of my craft closet and … this happened! The pink table cloth is from the dollar store (I did put a white cotton one under it, as it is see through), the table runner is wrapping paper I found in our closet (after Christmas sale at target last year), the “placemats” are pieces of construction paper I already had, the pink straws were from target’s party section, the plates and napkins are just basic ones you can get anywhere, and the castle party favor boxes and crowns I got at TJ Maxx a few months ago. For the centerpiece I used my new macrame placemates from Home Goods , some extra felt balls I had in my closet from Hello Maypole, and some star twinkle lights from good ol Target.

The day before the party I used some fresh flowers and eucalyptus as the actual centerpiece, but on the day of the party I decided to replace it with the donut cake.

And lets talk about this donut cake for a second…

It was the easiest.cake.ever. Obviously! lol. I just stacked them up and added some faux greenery and a flower. I know homemade is the best, but there are times its just not worth the stress. This saved a lot of time, and I’m pretty sure the girls loved it just the same! We served milk and also had cheese, crackers and grapes for an extra snack! For the moms I baked some quiches from Costco and cut donuts into quarters so we didn’t have to commit to a whole one   😉 On a side note, I think I always eat more when I cut them. It’s “just” a bite here and there…and then another when I walk by..and then here and there again.  🙄

As far as decorating the fireplace mantel, I just hung a few target banners and layered paper fans! Its a little busy, but, I wanted festive.

The paper fans started to fall off the fireplace #reallife

What REALLY made the party was all of Emi’s sweet friends. She’s a blessed little girl. 

Emi got a lot of nail polish, makeup, and jewelry from her friends. My favorite part of the day was after she opened her gifts. Her friends took her into her room and played beauty shop with her. They painted her nails, her toes, but on some lip stick, and put allll the hair accessories in her hair. I think she really did feel like a princess!

Happy Birthday, our sweet Emi girl!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this girly party! xoxo, Danielle

 

Stencil Wall

One day my husband and I were sitting in our comfy chairs talking about some plans for our living room. He said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but…I feel like the wall our TV is on needs something else…the top half is so blank.” He usually prefaces anything decor or adding-a-new-project-to-the-list-related with “I can’t believe I’m saying this.” lol. We had talked about doing shiplap before but he isn’t a big fan of shiplap. So, anyways, he spoke those words and I jumped on the task! ha!!

I began looking at wall papers and this lovely wall paper from anthropology became my inspiration…The price (over $400 for the wall I wanted to do) quickly made me turn to look for a more economical way. I searched other wall paper sites but the ones I really liked were just too pricey. I began browsing Instagram and Pinterest and was lead to Royal Design Studio Stencils. I loved the details their stencils had! After much debate with myself, I ended up choosing the Anatolia Stencil based on this photo:

So, I had in my mind what I wanted and what do you know, the next morning the stencils were all 25% off for 5 days! I felt like it was meant to be 😉

The stencil ships in 2 days, so I began planning out paint colors and gathering my supplies so they would be ready when the UPS man rang my door bell. No, really, I had everything ready and prepped and just waited for the delivery.

Here’s what I used:

  1. 2 inch Stencil brush from Michaels.  I used a 50% off coupon;)
  2. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter paint from Orchard Supply Hardware. The wall was already the base color I wanted (Benjamin Moore Gray Mist).
  3. Painters tape from Lowes (for securing the stencil to the wall).
  4. Anatolia Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils
    21 inches x 21 inches
  5. Plastic to protect the flooring.
  6. Level

Before starting the stencil process I cleaned the walls and patched some holes. (I always have a lot of holes in my wall from decor. Oops!) Next, I measured the wall and drew a line down the middle of it with my level. This is the line I started stenciling on.

It’s important when stenciling to add only a small amount of paint to the brush at a time, otherwise things get drippy and messy. I used a shallow tupperware container (It’s what I had) and blotted the paint brush on a paper towel before applying. I actually wanted some parts to be darker than others to give it more of a vintage feel.

I worked my way down down the wall, using the registration marks on the stencil to keep things aligned. One piece of advice I would give is to paint the parts that will have to overlap the next stencil design first, to allow more time to dry. Most of the time the paint dried quickly enough since I wasn’t applying too much paint, but a few times I put a little too much paint on some parts and had to let it dry before I taped the stencil down on top of it.

When I finished a row I then went back to the top of the wall and started a new row. I left all the corners and edges for the end in case my stencil became permantently bent in the process of getting in the nooks and cranies (it didn’t, but I wasn’t sure!).

The end of one side of our wall is rounded, so I just blended the stencil into the round edge.

The other side of the wall corners with another wall, so it took a little more work to line up the stencil and get in the very edge.

The whole process took about 6 hour for a 12 ft by 10 ft wall. I wasn’t working full speed the entire time, as I had a few distractions (Ehem, 3 children) but I did work pretty steadily. My husband took the kids out of the house for a few hours, then he painted for a little while I put the kids down for their nap and took a quick lunch break 🙂 Teamwork.

I am so happy with the way it turned out and the warmth and coziness it gives to our living room! I would highly recommend stenciling if you are wanting an accent wall!

Usually our TV sits on the buffet but, these kiddos were a lot cuter 😉

Please let me know if you have any questions about the process!:)

— Danielle

DIY vintage green chalkboard paint

I have a space in my home where I want to make a large green vintage chalkboard. Finding a pretty green chalkboard paint has been little difficult though. I found a “recipe” on a blog for one but it required mixing different milk paints and each bag of paint was $25. I didn’t want to spend $50 on just the paint for this project! Then I pulled up on pinterest “How to make you’re own chalkboard paint” and I was shocked at how easy it was! All I had to do was find a green I liked and do a little mixing!

Here is what I did:

  • I purchased a sample jar of Valspar’s Hanging Vine green from Lowes. Buying a sample jar covers more than enough area for a chalkboard, is only a few dollars, and the amount in there is just about 8fl oz, which is the mixing ratio for the next step!
    Valspar: Hanging Vine green
  • Mixed 2 TBSP unsanded grout into the sample jar (1 cup of latex paint to 2TBSP unsanded grout).
    The paint seems a little thick after mixing but it paints on smoothly!

Done. Thats it. You have a pretty vintage green chalkboard paint!

I haven’t made the large chalkboard but I wanted to practice and experiment with the color. Now, I know this “Bind my Wandering Heart to Thee” is pretty, but its been in my garage too long collecting dust and its not really my style anymore…so I reused it.  😯

I taped the outer frame and applied 3 coats of the chalkboard paint mix to the main surface. Once the green was dry I mixed some white paint and water and brushed in on the frame to give it more of a white wash look. When both paints were dry I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface.

Seasoning the chalkboard

 

And here is the final result! Now…just to work on my chalkboard writing 😉

Thanks for reading! Please ask me any questions you may have. Happy chalkboard making!

Styled Sign

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Before

A few years ago I built this large wooden “board” (I’m not sure what else to call it?) over our couch to help fill the large wall that the couch rests against. My husband helped me add spotlights on either side, as we needed more lighting in this area. We fed the lights’ cords through the metal pipe you see on the right side to help hide them. I loved the whole idea of it, but I recently decided that this space was just too dark.

So how could I lighten this space? A white couch? Absolutely not. Three little kids and a white couch just doesn’t sound fun to me. Not to mention the cost. So, I opted for painting the board white instead 😉 I came across the beautiful “It is Well With My Soul” sign (see here for where to purchase) and knew I wanted it in my home…I had the perfect spot in mind!

I lightly sanded the whole board
…and painted it Swiss Coffee

Its amazing how much paint can change the looks of things! I replaced the brown (slightly sparkly) spot lights with these black farmlights from Home Depot! We have had one in our nursery/guest room for a while and I liked it so much I decided we could use a few more in our home 🙂

I am so glad I decided to lighten this space. It didn’t take much work but feels so much more open and cozy to me!

 

Thank you so much for reading about my little face lift of this area! Please let me know if you have any questions about the process!

xoxo,

Danielle

DIY Cozy Blanket

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I was cruising instagram and kept seeing all these cozy wool blankets. I looked into buying one and was a little shocked at the price! So, I went to my mom….”Mom, do you think you could make me a blanket for my birthday!?” And, she made it happen! I haven’t really tried my hand at crocheting, yet, but I wanted to share with you how my mom made this. Because if YOU crochet, you should make one. This would make a great Christmas present to someone special…or a present to yourself! 😉

Supplies (both from Michaels):

  1. 10 Balls Bernat Blanket Big. This made approximately a 55x70inch blanket with some yarn left over. Its not wool, its polyester, but its super soft and cozy! Each skein was $9.99 each but it was 40% off. (They have great coupons..and you can make several trips to get them with the sale price!)

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2. Jumbo Crochet Hook– US/50 (25mm) 10” longcrochetHere’s what pattern my mom used:

Cast on 40 stitches plus 1 chain.

*1 single crochet (sc) into 2nd  chain from hook.

Crochet 1 chain and then sc into 2nd chain from hook.*

Repeat * this pattern* until end of row. Chain 1 and turn.

Crochet this pattern row until you have desired length.

Cast off.

Attach yarn and single crochet into each chain around the perimeter of

entire blanket. If desired, may crochet second row for a wider border.

*Note:  at each corner of blanket sc 3 times into same chain so as to

create a squared corner.

(There are numerous crochet websites that will explain in detail stitches, casting off, finishing off where balls of wool are joined together. Two helpful sites are Crochet for dummies and YouTube: Crochet Guru).

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img_9504img_9393img_9633Now, go make a blanket of your own and share pictures of your creation with us:) Please contact me if you have any questions!

xoxo,

Danielle

Canvas Joy Sign

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted to keep my house with neutral-traditional Christmas decor or bright and colorful! Such a dilemma! I decided to go with the fun colors in the kids play area and keep the rest neutral. I thought it was a good compromise and allows me to dabble in both…since I’m indecisive. 🙂

This “Joy” sign sees almost too simple to even blog about, but I’ll show you how I did it! img_0069I took an 8×8 canvas from Michaels and wrapped it with some merry & bright (thats what it made me think of anyways!) wrapping paper from Target’s dollar section. I used some strong clear packing tape to secure it.

img_0070I also had some adhesive letters stashed in my closet, from Target’s dollar section, and decided to spell out “joy”. I peeled off the backs and stuck them on the front.

img_0077And that’s that. Easy peasy, as my 4 years old says.

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This is a fun, easy, and cheap way to add some Christmas cheer! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Danielle

A moms tutorial on how to paint a dresser

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Hi friends! When my best friend saw that I refinished this dresser she said she would like to paint a piece of furniture she has, but would have no clue where to start. So, I’m going to tell you how I did it (with kids!) in case it helps a few of you out, including my bestie.  🙂

My neighbor inherited a lot of antiques a few months ago and she gifted this cute little dresser to me. I had it sitting in my kids room for months, trying to figure out how I could use it in there. I decided to bring it out in the living room and immediately found the perfect spot for it! So, time to start sanding and painting!

Here’s the supplies I used:

  • 220 grit sandpaper (150grit would work well too)
  • Electric hand sander (not necessary, just faster!)
  • Quart of Kilz 2 latex primer
  • Quart of Shermin Williams, Mindful Gray latex paint.
  • Small foam roller (If you are doing a smaller piece of furnisher, a foam roller isn’t necessary. My roller was old and not working right so I ended up using a bigger paint brush for most of it)
  • 1.5 inch angled paint brush
  • 3 little helpers  🙂
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Before

Here’s the steps I took:

First, I sanded it with the 220 grit sandpaper. I did this while the kids were playing outside and I was on the phone. Multi tasking, a mom’s way of life, right?! I at least lightly covered every little nook and cranny.

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When I was finished sanding I decided I should probably pull out the little electric hand sander to go over the large surfaces. I did this when I got off the phone because… that sander is loud! When prepping for latex paint you want to make sure all the “shine” on the surface is gone. Its not necessary to sand it down completely to the bare wood, but it is important to remove that first layers so the primer and paint stick!DSC_0779

Once I was finished sanding, I set the little dresser on a table outside so I could paint on the primer with my one year old around. I set up some cars and trucks and asked the older ones to play with him (benefits of having big helpers!) I used Kilz 2 primer, which is a good primer to use, and we happened to have some in our paint cupboard. Yah! Of course, when I pulled the primer and paint brushes out the big kids wanted to help so I let them do the back of the dresser! Its fun to involve the kids… WHEN possible!
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I wanted to get the first coat of primer on in the morning so I could put the second coat on at nap time. We went over to my moms house later that morning and I was able to sneak away to the paint store to get the paint I wanted…kidless! I got Sherwin Williams, “Mindful Gray”. I actually thought it was going to be darker but, isn’t that always the story with paint? I also bought a nicer angled brush to get good coverage on all those nooks and crannies I had just sanded!
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Once the kids were all asleep at nap time I brought the dresser into the house. It was too hot to paint outside and I didn’t want the paint to dry too quickly. Ok, plus I wanted to stay in the cool house with my music and coffee  🙂

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Later in the evening I set up the dresser on our patio table and was able to paint the first coat of gray while my family was playing in the backyard. Thankfully it is small because it went pretty quickly!

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This dresser is really old with lots of dings and a few cracks! I could have used some wood filler to fill in the crack on top but I opted not to 🙂 You can’t really see it when there are things on top!

First coat.

I let the first coat set up over night and was able to paint the second coat at nap time the next day! I didn’t want to paint the final coat while the kids were awake because that would been probable interruptions. I wanted to have good, even coverage on that last coat! I let it dry over night before bringing it in for use!

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I was going to paint the knobs black but decided to leave them in their original state…because I can always go back and change them:)

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I was going to paint the knobs black but decided to leave them in their original state...because I can always go back and change them:)

The dressers new home

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I hope this gave you some helpful hints on how to paint a dresser, and if you have kids…how it can be done with kids!  😉  Do you have any furniture that could use some painting?!

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Painted terra cotta pots

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I had some extra succulents and pots laying around so I decided to plant and then paint the potted succulents! I hadn’t done a project in over a week so it was time. As soon as I get an idea to do something, I want to execute right away because when the creative juice start flowing… I have to take advantage. 😉 That creative juice isn’t always there! I looked at a few picture on pinterest and got to work. Thankfully, I had all the supplies at home.

Here is a list of things I used:

  • 2 small terra cotta pots
  • 1 medium terra cotta pot
  • potting soil
  • rocks (for the bottom of the pots)
  •  3 different varieties of succulents
  • white acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • black sharpie marker

I planted the succulents first and then painted, but it would probably be easier if you paint, then plant. Live and learn! To plant I simply placed and inch or two of rocks on the bottom of the pot for drainage and filled with soil around the succulent. After they were planted I quickly cleaned the pots with a dry rag and painted them. I tried using tape to make a straight line but because the pots taper in towards the bottom the tape just wasn’t working, so I did it free hand. The lines aren’t perfect, but who needs perfect?!

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I had to do 2-3 coats of paint. The acrylic dries pretty quickly though so it didn’t take too long!

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My visual little self stopped to take a picture before I was finished. I do things like this all the time and my husband always laughs at me 🙂 . I actually like the look of the all white…with another coat of course!

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I decided to use a sharpie to make a pattern on one of them…just to add a unique element. I chose a sharpie simply because it seemed a lot faster than using a little paint brush and black paint! It was easy to work with and went pretty quickly. The design options you could do are endless!

I named the looks of the different pots just for fun, haha.

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And here is the final product! I hope this inspires you to paint some pots and have some fun with it!  Let your imagination run wild 🙂 Besides being a cute feature in your home, these would be great centerpieces for a party or gifts for a friend!

What do you think of this project, are you going to try it?! I’d love to know.

Read here for another diy succulent project!

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