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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Make it Monday: DIY personalized wall art and how you can make it!!


I saw something similar to this in a catalog earlier this week and immediately thought about how easy it’d be to make.

All you need is word processor and to download some fonts that you like.


My finished product looks like this, though I’m thinking of ordering it on a canvas.



I used Bookman Old Style for the big B and the “Boone,” but used Brush Script Demo for the “established,” and Bradley Hand for the year. Dafont.com  and Freefonts.com are a great place to get free fonts if none of these appeal to you. 

This printable is super easy and lots of fun to make. 


Now, where to hang it?

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Rustic Christmas Décor 

I guess you have figured out now that I love rustic Décor.  You won’t be surprised that I love rustic  Christmas Décor.

Here are some of my favorite rustic Christmas decorations.

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I did something similar last year with a crate, pine cones and lights.  I really like the mason jars though.

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I love this.  It’d be a nice alternative to a wreath.

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I could see these being used on a tree or as package decorations.  Aren’t these cute?

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Pine cone crafts always seem to turn out so well.

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Painted signs are my jam! These are fabulous.

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This would be so easy and so cheap to make!!

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I hope you have enjoyed my rustic Christmas round up.  Have a wonderful day and join us tomorrow for a Christmas planning binder.

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Super Fun Family Photos: A Christmas Round-up

That super cute picture is from two years ago.  Do you see how little my sweet Emorie was?

Now she’s five, we have another kid and it’s time to send out Christmas cards again.  I’ll admit. With a school age child and a toddler, I’m kind of at a loss for what to do.

If you’re in the same place I am, here are some great ideas I found on the WWW.

I thought these two were so creative and so cute.

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And this is just adorable.

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How about some cute sibling portraits?

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And if you have a Christmas party, or you just wanna have some fun, buy this:


I hope you enjoyed the round up.  What Christmas card photo  ideas do you have?

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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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Making an entry way when you have no entry hall 

Currently, our home has no mud room or entry way. When you enter the door, here is what you see.

We do have this lovely sofa table and mirror and I like how it looks in this space. What I don’t love is how the table catches everything and how the space is so boring. Just look at all that wasted space behind the front door!

Our plans for our home do include an improved Kitchen and laundry room, with the addition of a mud room. This could be years away, so we’d like to repurpose this entry into a mini mudroom of sorts. Here are some ideas I’ve found:

These would be awesome for behind the front door.

From “Downright Simple”

We don’t have a lot of room behind the door so this would be great.

From “Apartment Therapy”

We also talked of adding a hall tree on the wall where the sofa table is now.

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Or maybe this one, but in white:

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Either way, we are looking for something with a storage bench and an upper shelf. Something that looks built in.

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Once we build our new mudroom, we would repurpose this hall tree elsewhere.

What does your entry way look like?

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Art on the cheap: greeting card

My husband’s sweet grandmother gave us this cute card for our anniversary. She knows how much I love Mason jars and the quote was sweet, too.

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I sometimes keep cute cards with the intent of framing them and using them for art. I usually don’t follow through with that, but this time I did.

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I may decide to put it in a bigger frame and mat this guy, but for now, I love how it looks on my entry table. What do you think??

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Patio dining: a Pinterest round-up

Our patio area could use some serious help. In fact, once I am done with my laundry room and back porch projects, I may start on that one. Until then, I am on the search for some “Pinspiration” so I can  decide which direction I want to take.

I love this patio from Straight Outta Pinterest (and I love that blog name 🙂 )

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Check out this patio from Homey Oh My:

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Or this really cute alleyway patio from Apartment Therapy:

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Or how about this simple patio dining area?

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Maybe an outdoor kitchen so your kids can make some mud pies?

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The possibilities are endless! Can’t wait to show you which I choose?

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Our week in pictures

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This little cutie turned two months old today. She has changed and grown so much in two months.

12494970_10100713012898672_5154437558959133124_nMy sweet girls dressed alike Monday.

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Look at this little fashionista with her click on earrings!!

That’s all for this week, folks. Keep your eyes pealed for updates on the playroom and our living room 🙂

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Falling for fall

I really love fall. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. Since school has started back, I’m struggling to fall back into my routine, so I’m embarrassed to admit my normally well-kept home has been a bit neglected. I’m working on  it. So, today on this rainy Saturday, this girl is not only doing some much needed cleaning, but also getting my fall on. I will be posting my home tour very soon.

Most of my fall decor has stemmed from magazine spreads and of course, Pinterest. I’ll share some of my favorite links, since I am still prepping my house.

I love subway art. I have found two very pretty, very versatile fall subway art prints on Pinterest.

I love this one, because it contains all of my favorite things about fall 🙂
I always appreciate a great fall tablescape. 
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I want to do this so bad I can’t stand it! I think you could build that box and then use it for a variety of seasons and holidays! You could do evergreens or poinsettias for Christmas, boxwoods for spring…. I would choose a burlap runner for the table, though. 
Build a long wood box, stain, and add spanish moss, pumpkins, pinecones, candles, etc. This is beautiful
I don’t have a mantle yet, but maybe we will install that gas log fireplace next year, and I can do this:
Orchard Girls: Top 12 Fall Decorating Ideas  definitely will have a fireplace in the house we buy. :)
These fall candle holders are effortless and inexpensive to make. I love them! 
Did these myself...  I absolutely LOVE them!!!  Add rustic beauty to your mantle with twig candle holders. This DIY project is simple and natural, using just a flat candle holder (check thrift stores!), garden pruners, craft adhesive and dry tree or shrub branches of your choosing. The same concept could be used on vases or other decorative items.    you could make sparkly ones too.
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I have some of these lanterns hanging around, left over from our wedding 5 1/2 years ago. I could do this! 
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And, of course, a front porch to die for. My own front porch leaves a lot to be desired right now, so this picture causes me to have some serious envy. 
Autumn Decor Ideas #crafts #DIY #fall #autumn #holidays
I will see you soon for my very own fall home tour! I can’t wait to finish it. 
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