Make Something Monday: Fall Crafts and Printables Roundup

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love football, pumpkins, big sweaters and boots. All year I look forward to this season. Our leaves aren’t doing much yet but our temperatures are starting to cool off and we can finally sit outside without sweating buckets.

This week, I’d like to share a number of fall prints, fall decorating ideas and fall crafts. All of these are super cute and cheap to make. 


Free fall printable from Ann of Green Gables

Simple fall wreath

And then after you finish your decorating, you can make this easy fall chicken noodle soup. 


Easy chicken noodle soup

Happy fall, y’all!! I am so excited that it’s finally here. 

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From old chair to unique plant stand


So many people have asked about the chair with the fern that I recently shared.


I decided to revise and repost my original post about the chair, especially how I acquired the chair. It’s actually kind of a cool story.

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

He received the chair from a friend of his. You see, my grandpa is named Roy. His friend’s dad, also named Roy, had used this chair in his workshop.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them. They were a bit sharp and I was worried my children might hurt themselves. 

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some wood scraps we already had on hand. 

These wood scraps turned out to be the perfect height for this potted fern I bought a few weeks ago.


I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing

Hope you like my plant chair! 

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DIY Tips and Tricks Tuesday: unique flower planters


A few weekends ago, I spent an entire day just planting flowers. It was a fun, relaxing day, but it also made our outdoor spaces look a lot better. We had a lot of dead, brown plants that needed to be replaced. I’m certainly no landscaper but I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned.

1. Don’t settle for the cheap flower pots. 


In the past, I’ve used just the cheap pots that the flowers came in. Recently, I realized these flower pots were dry rotting, so I replaced them with these blue pots. While these look like expensive clay pots, they’re actually inexpensive resin pots from a local discount store. Not cheap nursery grade pots but not hugely expensive either.


2. Vary the heights of your plants 

Just like indoors, you should vary the height of your planters to keep the eye moving. Here I’ve used logs as plant stands.


3. When it comes to planters, think outside the box.

My grandpa gave me this old chair a long time ago. I painted it yellow, took the seat out, put a few old boards in the bottom of the frame, and then dropped a potted fern in it.


4. Choose planters that show off your plants

This little flower resides on our back porch. This simple, white flower pot lets that cute little flower be the star of the show. 


5. And finally, use an interesting planter that matches your decor.

This cute aqua planter came from Walgreens and it matches our porch pillows and rug perfectly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and tricks. Have a wonderful day!

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Revamping our outdoor spaces


We’ve been slowly but surely working on our outdoor spaces. This past week, we had our front flower beds re-landscaped and re-mulched.

What used to look like this…


Now looks like this:


We’re getting a sidewalk poured soon and adding a lamp post. We are also going to paint the shutters.

In the backyard, I added some new plants and replaced our cheap, broken flower pots with some bright, colorful new ones.


I got some zinnia hanging baskets.


Our back porch was looking like this: cluttered and dirty



I put away the things that didn’t belong, washed the porch, and then I washed the patio and porch furniture. 


I also added some plants and cushions to the porch.


I am eyeing a rug for the back porch but I’m waiting for it to come on sale.

I am super excited about sitting out here this summer, though. 


What spring planting and refreshing have you done? Please comment and share 🙂
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Milkglass and Roses

Remember last week when I wrote about my grandmother and all the milkglass she brought me?

As i was writing that post, I couldn’t help but be inspired by some of the photos I found.

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I also fell in love with this pretty square vase that my grandmother brought.

I remembered I had these gorgeous faux flowers that once were in my daughter’s room.

When I put them together,   it was pure magic. OK, that might be exaggerating just a bit. But i really did love the result.

In what ways have you used family heirlooms in your daily Décor?

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Simple Summer Wreath 

My summer wreath, which I love, was getting a bad case on the dingies.

And when you live on a dirt road, it isn’t easy to keep your wreath clean.

I decided to create a simple Summer Wreath for my porch.

I took apart the old wreath, as the letter and the wreath form are still good. After I took it apart, I decided to try an oval wreath.

I attached some white hydrangeas and this pretty burlap bow.

I love how this looks on my porch.

A butterfly even decided to visit.

 

What summer wreaths are you displaying?

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Spring DIY Round-up!

Spring is quite possibly my favorite season, aside from fall. I love how everything is fresh and green, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and baby animals are being born. I also really love crafting, and there are some wonderful spring crafts that you can make. The following is a round up of previously published spring crafts that I have done. Hope you enjoy them!

    1. Bird Foot Art 

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If you have little children, you should definitely make some of these cute little birds by dipping their feet in some washable finger paint. I love displaying these birds each year 🙂

2. DIY Faux-nests

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These are so fun and so easy to make! My husband actually thought it was a real nest that I’d carried in from outside, until I showed him how I made it.

3. Spanish moss balls 

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So much cheaper to make than to buy! Really easy, too!

4.   DIY Recycled Flower Wreath

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This was so much fun to make- I’m actually in the process of making another.

5. Free spring printable 

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Quite possibly one of my favorite printables EVER!

Stay tuned for more spring crafts soon! Happy Friday!

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Spring DIY: moss balls

I am loving the warmer weather my region has experienced lately, but it’s making me want to decorate for spring. Big time! I’m trying to hold off a bit longer, but that hasn’t stopped me from a few spring DIYs.

I really like including a natural element in each of our rooms, and I love the look of these moss balls.

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At $5 a pop, these are among the cheapest I’ve seen. That price is still more than I want to pay, so I did what any self-respecting DIY mom would do. I went to the store, bought a bag of preserved Spanish moss, some glue, and some styrofoam balls.

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I already had the Mod Podge, the bag of moss was $4 and the styrofoam balls were less than $2. When I got started, I learned that the Mod Podge didn’t stick well and I had to start over with hot glue and a glue gun.

 I put the moss into a gallon bag to help curb the mess. I tore the moss apart a bit so I could work with it easier.

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I put hot glue on the styro ball, tore off a piece of Spanish moss, bunched it up and stuck it to the melted glue. By careful not to burn your hands, like I did (many times). I’m pretty sure I blistered my fingers. Keep repeating this step until the balls are covered.

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I rolled these loosely. I didn’t like them as much when the moss was wrapped more tightly.

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I love how these look- and best of all, they only cost me half what it would have cost to buy them. And I still have moss left over for more projects.

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Living room refresh part 2

A year ago, my mom gave me some battery operated lighted branches. I really liked the look of them, but the only vase we could find at the time was this tall clear vase:

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See it there to the left of the TV cabinet? It’s a great vase, but too short and it didn’t need to be clear. I didn’t want to buy a vase just to buy one; I wanted to wait for something that was exactly what I wanted.

One day, I was cruising Hobby Lobby when I spotted it: a footed bronze vase. It was on sale for 50% off and I had a coupon I could use. I ended up getting a $40 vase for $12.

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I think it looks way better, don’t you?

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DIY Fridays: Making over thrift store goodies

I guess by now you must have figured out that I like thrift stores and antique stores. There are two local stores that I like to drop into at least once a month.

One month, when I went to the thrift store, I hit pay dirt. I came away with several vintage mason jars and a Christmas planter that I really didn’t like the pattern, but I really liked the shape. It was only $4 and I felt like it could probably be spray painted.

Another thing I noticed is that the planter originated from Teleflora, so someone probably received some Christmas flowers in it at some point. There was also no hole on the bottom for drainage. A ceramic drill bit solved that problem. 
Tomorrow I will show you what I did with this “planter.” I’m really loving the look of it now and I bet you will too. 

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