DIY | reindeer moss wreath

reindeer moss wreath tutorial | home sweet blogWhen I finally took down my Christmas decorations (clearly I was in no rush. But, Elvis used to leave his Christmas decor up until his birthday on January 8th. So, just pretend I did that on purpose… you know… for Elvis.) I needed a little something for the front door. I decided to make a reindeer moss wreath – it’s perfect for the transition from winter to spring. This could not have be any easier and I love the way it turned out! Here’s what you’ll need to make it,

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  • grapevine wreath (I used one I already had)
  • reindeer moss (I found mine at Michael’s and bought two different colors, $6 per bag, and had plenty left over)
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • burlap or ribbon for hanging

Prepare yourself because the “how-to” is embarrassingly simple… just hot glue the reindeer moss on the front of your wreath. I chose to leave a few of the vines showing. If you wanted a less rustic looking wreath you could use a foam wreath form. After covering the front, I glued the moss around the edges of the wreath, so only the back was left uncovered.

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When you’re finished gluing, just hang and enjoy! So far it’s been hanging outside for two weeks and it has held up wonderfully. The moss has stayed on and it hasn’t lost any of it’s color. The wreath below was on One Kings Lane this week for $55! Not only was mine a tiny fraction of that price, but I like it better.

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Also, saw this one at Target for $44.99! It looks pretty good online, but I saw it in store and the moss practically crumbled when it came in contact with anything.

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master bath re-do| a sneak peek

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First of all, let me say that I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving… and WAR EAGLE! We spent the holiday with family eating wayyy too much and celebrating an incredible Iron Bowl victory! Things are underway on our master bath update. Between work travel, SEC football and holidays our weekends have been pretty jam packed, but we’re slowing making progress. Above is a little sneak peek of a big project that we can finally cross off our list. I’ll post more details soon! Here’s what we’ve got left on the bathroom to-do list,

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order (I’m still scared to commit to a fabric!)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

There is still quite a bit left to do, but we are making progress. Hopefully soon we’ll have a weekend at home to tackle a few more things on the list. Have a fabulous week!

A Festive Thanksgiving Table

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My parents always host Thanksgiving, but I always pitch in to help my mom cook and help set a special holiday table. I will mostly likely pack up my fall table and transport to my parent’s house, but these beautiful images have me inspired to create a really festive space. How amazing are those pine cone candle sticks? They would be perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! I am on the hunt to find them!

diy: tissue paper tassel garland

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Earlier this month we co-hosted a baby shower for some friends who are expecting a sweet baby girl this January. Since they are welcoming a little girl we opted for pink everything with little bits of gold. For part of the decor I made a tassel garland – it turned out super adorable and was super easy. Here’s how I did it,

// materials //

  • tissue paper or mylar*
  • scissors
  • thin wire or twist ties
  • glue stick (not pictured)
  • wooden skewer (not pictured)
  • ribbon or string

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1. Gather materials. (glue stick and wooden skewer not pictured)

2. Fold a piece of tissue paper in to quarters. Then, in half lengthwise and in half lengthwise again. Each sheet of tissue paper will make four tassels.

3. Cut towards the fold to create fringe, leaving 1″ to 1.5″ uncut at the fold line. Cut the last fringe on each side all the way to the fold (to make the four tassels).

4. Unfold the tissue paper and separate the four pieces.

5. Put a thin line of glue on one edge, place the wire or twist tie and begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. Once it is rolled up, begin twisting tightly.

6. Fold in half and twist to create a loop for hanging. To get the loop extra tight, slide onto the wooden skewer and twist.

7. String onto ribbon, secure with a knot to prevent tassel from moving.

8. Repeat with other colors and hang.

*The mylar was pretty difficult to work with. Next time I might just use gold tissue paper. It will not be quite as shiny, but will save the hassle of dealing with mylar.

Here are a few shots of the tassel garland (and another fun DIY – tutorial to come!) in action.

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How amazing are those flowers? My friend Caroline is an incredibly talented floral designer. I was supposed to help her arrange… but I mostly just watched in awe as she worked.

fall centerpiece

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Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the chill in the air. I love the return of college football. I love wearing boots, scarves and sweaters. There’s just something so cozy about the arrival of cooler temps. My love for fall probably explains why my house as been decorated for weeks. Literally, weeks. There’s a little farmer’s market around the corner from our house and as they were setting up trying to set up their pumpkin patch, I was pulling pumpkins out of the truck. I have mums, pumpkins and a wreath on my front porch, but I think my favorite thing is the dining room centerpiece. I paired a few pumpkins with bittersweet branches, pine cones and these candlesticks for a festive fall table.

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Eventually I would love to add these to my fall table, but until then I think my everyday dishes fit the bill. These are all items I already had on hand, but in case you’re interested here are sources:

hemstitch linen table runner from Pottery Barn  / everyday dishes / wicker chargers from One Kings Lane / mason jar mugs / flatware / candle sticks / candles

diy: burlap door hanger

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Adorable burlap door hangers everywhere – in fact, we have an Auburn one that we hang during football season. So when my sis-in-law and bro-in-law found out they were expecting baby #2 last fall, I wanted to get them one. Actually, I would have had to buy two… they got our entire family together to announce the sex of the baby and and as soon they did, I wanted to give them a little something to welcome the new addition. That meant buying one for a baby boy and a baby girl. (Side note: I was convinced baby #2 was a girl, so I almost went with my gut and bought one. Glad I didn’t, because of course, now I am aunt to an adorable nephew) Since I needed two, I decided I’d try to make them as opposed to dropping $40+ that they sell for in gift shops. They actually turned out pretty cute and I was so much more excited about presenting them with a homemade gift. Here’s how I did it,

You’ll need:

  • burlap (I had a lot leftover from our wedding)
  • paint (I used regular acrylic craft paint)
  • black puff paint
  • hot glue
  • plastic grocery bags
  • wire (for hanging)

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I made a template out of newspaper and then used the template to cut out my burlap. You’ll need to cut to pieces of burlap – one for the front and one for the back. I painted the front piece of burlap. Be sure to put down paper or plastic as the paint bleeds straight through the burlap. I painted free-hand but you could easily sketch with a pencil or marker first. Once the paint was dry, I outlined with the puff paint. I attached the front painted piece of burlap to the back piece – leaving a little opening – stuffed the inside with the plastic grocery bags, then glued the opening shut. Attached the wire and it was ready to hang!

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b&a: guest bedroom dresser

This post is LONG overdue, but… I bought this ugly thing off Craigslist about a year ago. BW reluctantly accompanied me to a very sketchy storage unit where we met a one armed man (seriously) who was thrilled for us to take it off his hands…er, hand? Either way. I had no place to put it, but at $40 it was such a bargain I couldn’t pass it up. It sat in my sunroom untouched until, ironically, it found it’s way into another storage unit.  Several months and a new city later, it finally has a home. We needed a dresser for our guest bedroom and this puppy fit the bill. But before it could make it’s way in to Kendall… it needed some help.

SIDE NOTE: How cool is that fan in the background? It was in the attic when we moved in and I made BW lug it down stairs. It weights close to 30 lbs. and it must be at least 50 years old. And it still works!

1. It was covered in the most disgusting red candle wax. No clue how/why that happened, but with little bit of elbow grease I was able to scrape it all away.

2. The back of the dresser (basically a sheet of pressboard) was practically falling off. I didn’t get a picture, but it didn’t take long for BW to tackle that one. With some new screws we were back in business.

{ I put BW to work while I was busy snapping pictures }

3. These awful (almost as awful as my manicure – or lack thereof – in this picture), dirty plastic pulls. Which I quickly swapped out for some pretty ones purchased for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.

4. It needed paint. Bad.

I was very eager to use my Annie Sloan chalk paint, which I actually ordered back when I bought the dresser. It too has been sitting in the storage unit. So much for completely projects in a timely manor. The beauty of chalk paint is that it doesn’t require priming or sanding, which is an idea I can get behind because it means quick and easy. After filling in the extra holes left from the old drawer pulls with a little wood putty and sanding to make sure everything was nice and smooth, the whole dresser got one coat of paint. It wasn’t quite the coverage I was hoping for, so I opted for a second coat.*

I sanded it at the corners and edges to give it a distressed look. I decided not the paint the top of the dresser. I just liked the look of the natural wood against the blueish green color. We popped on the new knobs and voila!

*The first coat went on nice and smooth, however the second coat seemed to go on a little thick. After some sanding it turned out just fine. I was planning on using chalk paint to paint our kitchen cabinets (another project for another day), but after using it on the dresser I definitely think I will take the ‘ole paint and prime route. I am just looking for a cleaner, smoother, as little brush strokes as possible finish on the cabinets.

Oh and also, just about everything I’ve read about chalk paint says that you need to finish it off with wax. I have yet to do that. I was too eager to get it back inside. But when if I get around to it, I will be sure to give you an update.