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!
What you’ll need:
Glue gun with glue sticks
Ribbon or fishing wire
Happy Friday everyone!!! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should! But if not, here are some pictures from life lately..
knitting by the fire in Nashville
our beautiful mantle my mom put together for us
I LOVE my ceramic Starbucks mug with my re-purposed sweater mug sleeve
our beautiful Christmas tree
I just adore this ornament
mini pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving that were a hit!
so thankful for our first Thanksgiving as a married couple
our silly great dane
the awesome bar cart frame that handsome made for me!
our cargo carrier that handsome made for our jeep
a family picture 🙂
loaded with wedding stuff and ready to head back to Texas!
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!!!
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)
Ironing Board or Table
Curtain Hanging Hooks
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.
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!
Lift up your towel and check the edge to make sure it is good and sealed! Then move around the panel repeating these steps.
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!
Then I decided to add in a plain brown panel to help give it some variety with the stripes!
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!
What you’ll need:
I cut about 1.5 feet sections of garland and then shaped them into a circle.
I twisted the garland into itself to fasten it.
I made mine a little bigger than what I saw on Pinterest. I used a couple different types of garland as well.
Then just hung them in the window with some red ribbon and burlap ribbon!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these photos. However, I wanted to share them again to give you a peek into our lives lately!
Life on this beautiful farm I work for
Love this shelf my husband made for me to hold precious memories for us
A simple outfit with a bright bubble necklace and stripes
Aero was not a fan of getting up early
A deep red nail color for fall!
My mom and brother are visiting and brought their 3 corgis, here they are all lined up!
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…
So I took some lemon halves and a little salt…
And turned the set into this!
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!
Yes, I took a 2 month hiatus from blogging. Yes, that really sucks. BUT – life got a little crazy. Starting in September, work entered our busiest month of the year. This was the month I was excited about/dreading all. year. long. Excited because we were so busy and wanted to see how things went. Dreading because we did 10 events in just a matter of a few weeks – EXHAUSTING. Then, after the dust settled and casualties were counted (just kidding – kind of), our wedding was coming at us at about 100mph. Davey was working late because of mandatory overtime AND going to school twice a week, working on a masters degree. OH – we moved, AGAIN. Life was just insane. Then our wedding was here and flew by – seriously, there are parts that are completely black to me because it went by SO fast. And now, before I know it, I’m sitting at home on my couch feeling like failed blogger (AGAIN) and wondering what to do. So my solution – apologize and move on 🙂 So here is my apology – I am sorry for falling SO far behind. I hope that from here on out, it won’t happen anymore and I can manage and balance life a little better, but we will see. So to make it up, here are some Instagrams from what WE have been up to lately.
PS – Being married is AWESOME.
A funny text from my hubby The new gallery wall in our house
A fabulous pair of JCrew earrings One of our last nights out together as SINGLE people
Our Big Green Egg that we are obsessed with A beautiful sunrise in Texas
Cute details my bestie sent me Wrapped bridesmaids gifts!
My adorable Great Dane Ladder shelves my hubby made
Husband and wife! The kiss!
Waiting patiently On our way to Barbados!
Being corny 🙂 DIY wall hanging I made
Yummy homemade caramel apples A casual outfit with a baseball cap Ladder shelves put to use!
Ah! Normalcy has returned! We are finally all moved and (somewhat) settled. I hate moving but this one was exciting as we were moving WAY up in the world from where we were living. Our house is adorably retro but we just are so happy. Plus, it is a new decorating challenge for me to try and play into the retro feel. I will be posting pictures soon.
First, we went to Nashville weekend before last to meet with our Pastor and do some pre-marriage counseling. This was something that was very important to us as we wanted a Pastor that put a lot of interest into our relationship and making sure it was a healthy one before marriage. It was a great weekend and so nice to be back “home” for a couple of days.
This coming weekend I head to Salt Lake City to do my final fitting for my wedding dress! EEK! I am SO excited to see it and actually be able to bring it home with me! It will be a fun-filled weekend with my best friend, Heather, her hubby, Tappan, my mother and her mother! Can’t wait to do some shopping for dresses for my mom, hike and enjoy the 100 degree heat sans humidity. Boy, my hair is in for a treat!
I am SO excited to start doing more food blog posts though. With a bigger kitchen, I have more room for cooking projects and ability to take better pictures! Stay tuned!
Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks to catch you up on what we have been up to!
A really PINK smart car that is always parked at my gym
Invitations are done and sent! Phew!
Um, a hilarious picture of my brother-in-law to be that I can’t stop giggling at.
A beautiful boat ride in Nashville to lunch
My handsome hubby-to-be in some sweet shades
Some delicious cornmeal coated catfish in Nashville
My adorable hubby-to-be. I pray our kids get his curly blonde hair
Yup, the kitten has weaseled his way into the house every night now.
Tazzer is in heaven on our new patio – outdoors and shade!
Our first day of opening RSVP cards! With Starbucks of course..
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.
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.
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!)
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)
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.)