$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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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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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.

An Easy Mason Jar Project

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I love Mason jars and I knew I wanted to use them in the decor for my mantel, but I wanted to incorporate more of the orange and turquoise color scheme we’ve been using. I’ve seen painted Mason jars before, but wasn’t fond of the matte look. I wanted to paint them and maintain the glassy exterior.

This project was so easy! I have a collection of Mason jars of various sizes and ages. I picked three different deigns and used acrylic paint to paint the INSIDE of the jars. I poured the paint into the jars and turned them upside down to allow the paint to run down the sides. I then placed them upside down on a piece of cardboard to dry. They dried quickly and turned out beautifully!

When i bought the paint, i also bought some decorative grass, succulents, and Spanish moss from Michael’s to put in the jars. The whole process was so easy and I think they look lovely on the mantel.

Barefeet welcome!

Well, spring has finally sprung here in Pennsylvania, although it’s felt like summer the past week!

Just in time for spring, I completed my spring wreath. In a previous post I described the spring wreath that I made during my Crafts and Cocktails get together. I then had grand plans of crocheting a scalloped lace ribbon to hang the wreath with. Well I did and it was a beautiful disaster. The scalloped lace ribbon came out nicely. I used a fine, bright white, crochet thread and spent many a night working on it after the kids were in bed. My husband and I hung the wreath when the lace ribbon was complete. I actually use an upside-down command hook on the inside of our front door to hang my wreaths with. The ribbon was a little thick to go over the top of the door, but I thought it would still work fine.

The next morning when my husband headed out the front door with the dog, the slack that had been created by closing the door released and my wreath fell to the ground and broke into three pieces right on the front porch. I did a little wreath surgery, if you will, that night. I couldn’t use hot glue because that just melted the foam base. I joined the pieces together and used straight pins to reconnect them. If you look closely in the picture, you can see the green, pearly heads of the pins. Perhaps the saddest part was that I had stitched the crocheted lace ribbon together around the wreath and there was no other way to get it off other than cutting right through it. I may have shed a tear or two when I had to ruin it to remove it. Since my first idea didn’t work, I bought a clean, plain, white ribbon to hang the wreath over the door with.

Despite it’s tragic history, I think it looks beautiful on the front door. I like the contrast of the bright and airy wreath against the black. The next season in our house is birthday season for our son who is turning two. My next wreath will be one to celebrate his birthday and I’m making a spare for the giveaway too. Which reminds me, don’t forget to enter!

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Turning Our House Into a Home

We built our home last year and moved in three weeks before Christmas. We were unpacked and decorated for the holidays just in time. My daughter arrived in January and since then, it’s been survival mode at our house. We’ve done a few things here and there like painting my daughter’s room, buying a new bedroom set for the master bedroom, and buying and hanging blinds on a few important windows like the one behind the toilet in the master bedroom. My husband was tired of peeing sitting down…

The windows in the living room were becoming a priority because they are facing the road behind the house, and as my dad would say, “I don’t like people looking at me.”

We decided to hang curtains a while ago and had gone on many excursions to find some but always with no luck. The curtains in the adjoining breakfast area are turquoise and the rug is a pale green.

Since the rooms are adjacent to one another I wanted to be sure they had some commonality to improve the flow. We have turquoise accents on the mantle and found beautiful orange, coral, grey, and white striped curtains. We went with a dark wooden rod capped with brushed aluminum ends. I think it works quite nicely and our house is beginning to look like a home.

My next project will be the decor for above the fireplace. I want to buy an ornate frame and spray paint it a coral color then sand it to make it look more rustic. I’ll cover the back with burlap and not insert the glass. I would like to then put a large white wooden M in the middle. That’s my goal for next week. Stay tuned!

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