$20 Monogram Wall Art

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For over a year now, I’ve had this particular project in mind. I wanted an ornate frame surrounding our last initial set on burlap. The problem was, I couldn’t find a frame I liked. Every time I went to a store I checked the frame and wall art section. I did find a frame that would’ve been perfect at one home goods store, but it was over $100! I became a little frustrated and the search took a backseat.

Recently I went to our local Walmart to check out Better Homes and Gardens’ new line of home products I saw featured in their magazine. Then, I found the perfect frame! It was a mirror, it was plastic, and it was $15! I stood there in the aisle admiring it from near, from afar, and I would not have known it was plastic had I not picked it up. Sold!

I purchased the mirror and one yard of burlap from Walmart’s craft/fabric section for $2 and was on my way! Next stop, Michael’s for a $2 wooden letter M.

All I did to make it was take the mirror out of the frame and wrap it with burlap. Then put the frame back together. Next, my wonderful husband spray painted the letter M with Krylon’s Catalina Mist. Finally, I used hot glue to attach the letter.

It was so affordable, easy, and exactly what I wanted!

You can get the mirror here.

You can get the burlap here.

You can get a letter here.

You can get Krylon’s Catalina Mist here.

Happy crafting!

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Crocheted Stuffed Owl Pattern

I’ve really taken to small crochet projects lately. I like them because they give you an almost instant gratification.

I found this pattern on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot. While it didn’t turn out 100% the way I would have wanted it to (I forgot to switch to the brown on the front panel for the outer edge and ears), I think it’s pretty cute, and my littles do too.

What are your favorite quick projects?

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Tuesday Morning Link Party

My post about the bearded beanie is linked up over at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Head over to check out all the other inspiration on crafting, cooking, cleaning, and organizing!

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Bearded Beanie

I am so excited about my most recent crochet project! So much so that I even mentioned it in the previous post about the new year. I wish I could say the same for my son though.

I found an easy to follow pattern for this incredible bearded beanie here while browsing Pinterest. My son loves the fact that my husband has a beard and he always talks about how Grandpa has a mustache, so I really thought he would be thrilled to wear this hat and have his own beard and mustache. Both the beanie and the beard were very quick projects and I was so excited to see him in it that I stayed up until about 12:30 one night to stitch them together in order for him to wear it the next day.

Cue the screaming toddler. My husband put the hat on him and showed him his reflection in the mirror and that was it. He won’t wear it again. If I try to get it on him to take a picture, he rips it off as quickly as his chubby, little, toddler fingers can!

My original intent was to include a picture of him wearing the hat along with this post, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. Instead, may I present my bearded nephew! My brother loved it so much that one of my next projects will be an adult sized bearded beanie…

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Tuesday Morning Link Party at A Bowl Full of Lemons

Head over to Toni’s blog and check out all of the wonderful projects and be sure to check out the link to my Bullet Journal post! Just click the button below to check out the link party!

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Handmade Anniversary Gift

Today is my sixth wedding anniversary. This year I decided to make my husband a gift, something to add to our home decor. Here’s what I made!

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It was so easy! I purchased an 8×10 photo frame from Michael’s, teal scrapbook paper, heart shaped paper brads, and the most amazing crafting tool that ever existed! Did you know Fiskars makes shape punches? I got the large heart, but they have a whole variety of shapes. I was so excited to find one because I was dreading having to try to trace and cut out six identical hearts. You can find them here.

I decided on the six locations I wanted to include and simply printed out a google map for each. I cut them into hearts using the Fiskars heart punch. I inserted a heart shaped brad over Google’s little map pin because it’s much cuter!

Then in Microsoft Word I typed up the description for each; where we met, where we wed, honeymoon, first home, where our lives were born, and where we’ll spend forever.

After everything was cut I measured and marked the paper so the hearts would be evenly spaced. I used scotch tape to attach the map hearts and descriptions, but you could use craft glue.

Finally, I reassembled the frame and there you have it, a meaningful, handmade anniversary gift for your love.

An Easy Fourth of July Wreath

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It was about time to take down my son’s birthday celebration wreath and replace it with something patriotic to celebrate the Fourth of July. Last night, two of my girlfriends came over and we made these easy Fourth of July wreaths, and enjoyed some drinks and appetizers of course.

All you need to make this wreath is a foam wreath form, red, white, and blue yarn, white buttons, ribbon to hang it with, and a hot glue gun; all of which can be purchased at your local craft store.

This was the first time I used one of the wreath forms with the squared edges and I really like how it turned out! Before I began, I used a Sharpie to mark one quarter of the wreath and then thirteen smaller sections for the stripes.

This wreath is as simple as wrapping yarn around the form. In order to obtain the look of our country’s flag, the upper left quarter is blue and then the other sections are alternating red and white to represent the stripes. I decided to go for more of a navy blue and a darker red to get a more rustic look.

Once the wreath form was wrapped with yarn, I placed the buttons where I wanted them first then began to glue them on using my hot glue gun. As true to life as I tried to keep the rest of the wreath, there was no way I was fitting fifty buttons on here to represent the fifty stars!

I chose a sheer, silver, glittery ribbon to hang the wreath with. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t use a traditional wreath hanger, rather an upside-down command hook on the inside of my front door.

I love the finished look and it was so easy to do! It’s similar to my St. Patrick’s Day wreath with the stripes, and it’s already gotten me thinking ahead to Christmas. I’m thinking I’ll do something similar with red and white stripes and maybe some felt rosettes.