what i’m pinning lately

I have a slight obsession with Pinterest.  Here are some of my favorite recent pins:

DIY Watercolor Mug – Poppytalk

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White Bedding With Blue Accents – Heidi Claire

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Maya Angelou Quote – Sugarboo & Co.

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DIY Confetti Stix – Best Friends For Frosting

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Boots – Outfit Ideas

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Brownie Cookie Checkerboard – Very Best Baking

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Gold Feather Earrings – Etsy

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DIY Cactus Pillow – Everything Emily

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Gotta love Pinterest.  ❤

hey y’all

A couple days ago I was on a mission to mix up our built-in shelves in the kitchen, pictured here:

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Although I like the framed Arkansas I thought it’d be cool to switch that up and have something more simple.  I’m loving this print from Etsy, so I decided to do a DIY version.

First I did my best to sketch out the letters with pencil onto a piece of white cardstock.  I had some shiny gold paint that I began to paint with inside the letters, pictured here:

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But I realized quickly that it was going to be tricky and I wasn’t sure if I’d get the result I wanted.  So I used pen to outline the letters and painted over the entire page.

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The pen allowed me to see through the paint, so that once the paint dried I was able to cut out the letters.  Once that was complete I put them on a fresh piece of white cardstock.

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And then I used a glue stick to adhere them to the piece of paper.

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I also repainted the original frame white.  So it went from this:

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To this:

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It helped to simplify that area some and I thought it turned out pretty cute for a DIY!

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Easy peasy.  🙂

painting the bookcase

Painting the back of our built-in bookcase has been on my to-do list for a while, so I decided to knock it out yesterday.  The color I selected was Benjamin Moore, cobblestone path.  This color is a gray with a hint of blue.  I was planning on going even darker, like a navy, but I decided I didn’t want it to contrast too much with the white shelves.

Lucky for me Mike was able to help.  We did two coats and it took us 2 hours from start to finish.  If you paint periodically it probably wouldn’t take as long.  Mike used the roller while I cut-in.  I didn’t use tape instead I just watched this video and went for it.

Here is a shot of the shelf before any work:

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Here is a picture after the two coats, but with nothing on the shelf:

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And here is our final product:

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Turned out pretty good.  A little paint can definitely make a big difference.  For tips on bookcase styling click here.

gardening newbie

This Saturday Mike and I decided to take on our sad, empty garden bed at the front of our house.  We got these tools and a pair of gloves for him and some gloves for me.  And then we jumped right in!

We had a little bit of mulch in our bed already but it’d been sitting there for months.  So we raked most of it to the side and put down six 2 cu ft bags of Miracle Gro flower garden soil.

We really didn’t know what flowers we wanted except for the fact that whatever we got needed to do good in the shade.  We looked around at Home Depot and Walmart but the options were limited for shade plants.  So we went to Westwood Gardens down the street from us and they had a ton of stuff.

At this point I was overwhelmed, how do you choose?  We bothered a couple employees and decided to just go for it, so if it was pretty and would work in the shade it went in our cart.

We ended up getting:

1 old-fashioned bleeding heart – perennial – part shade to full shade

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2 creeping phlox – perennial – partly shade to full shade – attracts butterflies

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3 columbine aquilegia ‘songbird blue jay’ – perennial  – full sun to full shade – attracts hummingbirds

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6 double impatiens fiesta ole purple stripe – annual – shade

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6 alyssum clear crystal white – annual – sun or part sun (looks like we didn’t realize this one isn’t a shade flower, guess we’ll just cross our fingers that they last)

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And did we look at prices at all?  Sort of, but not really.  At this point we were both getting tired and didn’t care.  But the grand total for all of these flowers was $91.31.

Mike with the goods..

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Next we planted everything.  Perennials in the back, annuals in the front.  Then we put the mulch back on top and added 3 more bags of new brown mulch.  Lastly, we put in these solar powered lights that we got from Home Depot, not a bad deal and they do work.

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It turned out nice and makes the house look much better.  We may add some more flowers and edging stones later.  Now if we can just keep everything alive…

easter decorations

I only have a couple decorations up currently.  One of the decorations is this egg garland:

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I was going to make my own.  Similar to something like this (from Eclectically Vintage).

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But these strands were on sale at Hobby Lobby and I thought they’d look better than the shiny plastic.  I bought 2 strands and I believe they were around $5 each.

I also got these guys:

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They are super tiny.

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They’re from Hobby Lobby too.

 

Here are some other Easter decor/craft ideas:

wooden eggs

Painted Wooden Egg Centerpiece – Better Homes & Garden

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Some Bunny Loves You Gift Print – Lil’ Luna

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Loom Band Easter Eggs – El Hada de Papel

jesus eggs

Jesus with Eggs – source unknown – I’m guessing they put letter stickers on the eggs or used a wax crayon before dying

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Bunny Silhouette – Just a Girl

robins egg wreath

Robin’s Egg Easter Wreath – Uncommon Designs

 

Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks until Easter!?!?!  …April fools!  It’s 3.  Lame, I know.

10 diy ideas for st. patrick’s day

St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday.  Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate.

Paper Shamrocks – How About Orange

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St. Patricks Day Free Printable – Paisley Petal Events

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Tassel Garland – Merry Thought

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Printable Lucky Banner – HGTV

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Another Lucky Banner! – Etsy

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Shamrock Pillow Cover – Etsy (this one would be easy to DIY too with some fabric paint)

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St. Patrick’s Day Treat – not a decoration, but still really cool.  Use rainbow licorice and rolos!

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St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Wreath – source unknown

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Framed Shamrocks – source unknown

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Rainbow Shamrock Garland DIY – Make and Takes

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May you have the luck of the Irish this upcoming Monday!