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So, I saw this idea on Pinterest and totally wanted to make one! It was such an incredibly easy project and only took about 10 minutes (not including staining the wood)! The great thing about this project is you could make it as narrow or wide as you want, with as many rungs as you need! I made mine shorter but wide enough to really display the blankets. I used this stain by Rustoleum in the Kona color. It turned out so pretty and only needed one coat. 

Enjoy! Xo

What you’ll need:

1 – 1 x 4 x 10 piece of wood

1 quart of wood stain

Paintbrush

Long nails and drill

First: I had handsome cut the wood to the measurements I needed

Second: I stained the wood (this is for more than one project).

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Third: I measured out where I wanted the rungs to go and made marks with a sharpie.

I wanted the rungs to be at an angle so it was a little harder to hold everything while drilling.

I did put 2 nails on each side of the rungs to keep them from rotating.

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Final: Put your favorite blankets on display! I just love how this turned out. Ours is a little shorter and wider than the one pictured but I like it that way! 

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 I just LOVE making homemade Christmas decorations. My brother came up with this idea for our front porch and I just LOVE how they turned out! Homemade touches for Christmas always make it so special and unique! Try this idea out – plus if you have kids, they will love making this. We just googled a bunch of different snowflake shapes to make!

Enjoy! Xo

What you’ll need:

Glue gun with glue sticks

Popsicle sticks

Ribbon or fishing wire

Spray paint

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Happy Monday everyone! I have been wanting new curtains in our living rooms since we moved into this house. Fortunately, the house came with curtains already but they were straight from the 70’s. We dealt with them through the wedding but knew we’d eventually replace them. One good thing about them – they were heavy enough to block out the Texas sun! When my mom and brother were here a couple of weeks ago, I told her that I wanted to get some new curtains for the living room. I had this big bolt of fabric that she had given me literally YEARS ago that I have lugged through 3 moves and told her we needed to use that! It’s a wonderfully retro pattern which fits our little retro house! She suggested using some stitch witch to bind the edges instead of sewing – we all know how my sewing machine and I get along! So we set out on this new project that only took a couple of hours and cost less than $30! 🙂 That’s what I’m talking about!!! 

Enjoy! XO

What you’ll need:

Fabric of your choice (make sure to measure how long you want your curtains to be!)

Stitch Witch (I went through about 2 packages of it)

An old dish towel (wet)

Iron

Ironing Board or Table

Curtain Hanging Hooks

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 Start by laying out your fabric and laying the stitch witch down as wide as you want to make the edge. I didn’t make much of an edge because I wanted as much of the fabric for length as possible. 

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Fold the fabric over the stitch witch and then lay your wet dish cloth over that. Then iron! Make sure your dish cloth is really wet but not dripping. You’ll need the moisture to help bind, especially for thicker fabrics! 

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 Lift up your towel and check the edge to make sure it is good and sealed! Then move around the panel repeating these steps. 

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Then hang! I used the curtain rod that is already up (and will eventually spray paint a different color). I love those little curtain hooks! 

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Then I decided to add in a plain brown panel to help give it some variety with the stripes! 


Every year I love to look up new Thanksgiving recipes to try. We usually have our staples at the dinner table that day (Fried Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Cornbread Stuffing) but we always love to look up new ways to make the classic dishes. I have done some scouring over Pinterest the last couple of weeks and have found some of the recipes I’d love to give a shot this year! What are some of your tried-and-true favorite dishes and what new dishes do you plan on making this year??

Enjoy! Xo

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Amish Potato Rolls

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Rum-Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Romaine and Feta Salad

Bacon Wrapped Turkey (O.M.G)

Glazed Carrots with Pecans

Sourdough and Mushroom Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Tart


Another idea inspired by Pinterest! I saw this idea and thought it was so adorable! I went to Lowe’s and got a couple bundles of wired garland to make these wreaths with. I didn’t want to use live garland because of the mess it makes and since I was going to have several hanging in the window, I thought fake garland would last better. You can hang with any sort of ribbon or even tulle you want! It’s a festive way to decorate your windows all winter long!

Enjoy! Xo

What you’ll need:

Wired Garland

Wire cutters

Ribbon

Nails/Hammer

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I cut about 1.5 feet sections of garland and then shaped them into a circle. 

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I twisted the garland into itself to fasten it. 

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I made mine a little bigger than what I saw on Pinterest. I used a couple different types of garland as well. 

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Then just hung them in the window with some red ribbon and burlap ribbon! 


Here are a few pictures of our newly redecorated guest room! I am so happy with how it turned out. When we moved into the house, the room was already painted this bright teal color. I decided instead of painting again (I HATE painting) that I would just play up the color with a fun, bright room! You have already seen the re-loved dresser I did but I wanted a fun DIY headboard for the bed. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was genius! Plus, I love this blanket but never want to use it for fear of ruining it! So this was a perfect solution.

Enjoy! Xo

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 So we got a REALLY cool wedding gift from one of my mom’s good friends, an old copper set! It hadn’t been polished in awhile…

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So I took some lemon halves and a little salt…

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And turned the set into this!

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Some say that I probably devalued it a lot but I don’t plan on getting rid of this! Plus, the color that I uncovered is so gorgeous. It is such a special wedding gift and we will cherish it for years!

Enjoy! Xo


 I FINALLY got to start and complete my first “relove” project! We needed a dresser for our guest room so I searched and searched for one that I could re-love! I found this one and knew immediately it was perfect!

So, I started by removing the drawers and all of the hardware. 

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Then, I sanded the whole thing down and primed it with

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I think the most dreaded task of all wedding planning is table seating. Who will sit at what tables? Who can all sit together? Do these people get a long? Do parents sit with kids? What if your bridal party wants to sit with their family? It can be a nightmare. However, weddings without planned seating can be a nightmare too! So, I have collected together some cute ideas for escort card displays. These are all so adorable and depending on your budget, you can use these as part of their favors as well! 

Enjoy! Xo

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This idea is so eclectic! I’m not sure where or how to find the little gold animals (maybe DIY?) but I just love this!

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This idea is super cute and could be really cheap. Just find some thrifted highball glasses, add the letters for the last names and make the lollipop escort cards yourself! How clever.. 

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This idea is simple and would smell oh-so-yummy! Just clothespin a small bundle of lavender to your cards!

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For a summer-time wedding, this idea is great. You could use small oranges, lemons or limes. During fall what about using small pine cones or little pumpkins?

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Skip the cards all-together and just write everything out on a chalkboard!

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I LOVE this idea but the keys can get expensive. However, if you have the budget or resources to find them all, this would be beautiful!


For our wedding reception, our dinner china will all be mismatched plates. I saw this idea on a blog before we were even engaged and thought it was such a neat idea. Plus, china and dishes can be SO expensive to rent. So after we got engaged, I immediately started looking for dishes to use for the wedding. It has taken me about a year and a few months to collect them all but I can proudly say I am done! It probably sounds like a miserable experience trying to find all of these plates, but I found it fun. Digging through thrift stores and flea markets to find treasures is my idea of a fun Saturday afternoon! Anyways, in my quest for dishes, I had to buy a few full sets to get what I wanted (the flea market outside of Knoxville is amazing! Got 4 full sets of beautiful dishes for $20!). In these sets were these beautiful teacups. At first, I had no idea what I was going to do with them but kept them around anyways. I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew immediately I would use these teacups for some beautiful candles at our wedding! The process was really simple and they turned out so beautiful. I cannot wait to have them burning at our rehearsal dinner. 

Enjoy! Xo

Items Needed:

Beautiful teacups of any size

10 lbs of soy wax – this will get you about 25 candles of standard size teacups (I bought this one off amazon.com. It melted very easily and will burn for longer)

Candle Wicks ( I bought these off amazon.com)

Hot Glue Gun, Glue Sticks

Step One: Wash your beautiful teacups and then dry really well with a bar towel (if you have one), less lint!

Step Two: Melt your wax in a double boiler. I used a saucepan with a couple inches of water in it then a metal bowl on top to melt the wax in. 

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Step Three: Take your hot glue gun and put a small dot of glue in the bottom of your cup (this is where it is important to make sure your cups are really dry!)

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Step Four: Press a wick into the dot of glue in each cup (some other tutorials say to use a small skewer across the top of the cup to hold your wick in place but I found I didn’t have a problem with it standing on its own)

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Step Five: Take your melted wax and transfer it (carefully!) into a larger vessel with a pour spout. Then pour the wax into your cups until you are a half inch or so from the top.

Step Six: Cut your wicks while the wax is still liquid. I gave about an inch or so of wick past the wax. (Doing this at this point in the process to will help your wick to stand up straight instead of falling over.)

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