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DIY Pom Pom Wreath -

I was perusing Pinterest when I saw this beauty come up! Gorgeous wreath, isn’t it?

anthro wreath{photo taken from the Anthropologie website.

Now, I love Anthropologie. The majority of my wardrobe is from there. And I covet everything in their home decor section. But, if you have the time to make a pom pom wreath {and you have extra hands willing to help}, these are extremely easy to make! Continue Reading…

How to Cube a Watermelon -

My husband and I saw this video going around of this guy cubing a watermelon really stinkin’ fast. Having a large family we thought that would be really convenient but was it really true? There are so many fake videos out there it’s hard to know what’s legitimate. This deserved our attention though. This had the potential to be a real time {and watermelon} saver. We have this horrible habit of buying watermelons when they’re on sale and letting them sit on the kitchen counter until they’re just sketchy enough to be tossed.

I really don’t like the mess of watermelons. All that sticky juice that gets slathered all over the children’s faces…blech. I’m not a neat freak but watermelons are one of my downfalls.

So we tried the cubing method.

We’re sold! No more slices of watermelon for us thankyouverymuch! The kids still get nasty but clean up in the kitchen is much easier!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Go enjoy yourselves some of the last watermelon of the season.


Build Your Nest

December 7, 2011

I have a dear friend who, just yesterday, found out the gender of her fourth baby. I’ve been waiting for this day almost as long as she has because I’ve been wanting to give her a birds nest necklace with all her little chicks in the nest. But I needed to know what colors to use! And now I know. Two green and two pink. How perfect.

These necklaces are ridiculously easy to make and a joy to give away. They cost around $4 per necklace. I’m betting you could make them for even less, though.

All you need is some jewelry wire, your choice of beads, a plain necklace to string it on and some needle nose pliers.

Thread your beads onto the wire {I put on as many children as the family has}. Twirl them around til they are in the design that you like. Four beads, as you can see, makes a pretty and simple circle. Using the wire just begin securing, and twisting the beads on.

Begin spinning the wire around like a nest. This part is tricky as the wire isn’t attached securely just yet. Continue spinning to the thickness you desire.

Then have some fun and get creative. Weave the wire in and out to make it look like a *real* nest. Just play with it. Each design will be unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

When you’re finished use the end of the wire to make a loop so your nest can hang from the necklace. Then tuck any loose wires in so the necklace wearer doesn’t get poked. The pliers are very helpful in this step. And there you go. A beautiful, inexpensive, handmade gift for any mother.


Inspired to Thankfulness

November 6, 2011

I saw this post over at Simply Vintage Girl and absolutely fell in love with the idea of visibly counting our blessings for a month. And what a beautiful way to include the entire family. So I set out to create a Thankful Tree. Gathered branches from our yard. Removed all leaves and placed the bare branches into a ceramic pitcher to hold our many Thanks as we count down to Thanksgiving. Next I had to prepare scraps of paper for each member of the family {sans baby} to hang on our Thankful Tree.

When Thanksgiving Day arrives and we each place our last thankful notes upon the tree the branches will be weighed down with at least one hundred forty four scraps of gratitude. Only a taste of how full our hearts will are with thankfulness for all He has blessed us with.

There is one lone branch that is set aside within our pitcher as the ‘hard eucharisteo’ branch. That branch will hold our thanks for the blessings that are difficult for us to be thankful for but because we follow Him we know to give thanks in all things because He works them all to His good.

Each day we all take a new circle and write our thanks. The children are absolutely giddy to write a new eucharisteo each day. We ask the ones who don’t know yet how to write what they are thankful for. My toddler has sweetly replied ‘apples’ for one day and ‘bananas’ for another. So innocent and makes my heart joyful to hear her. She truly knows how to be thankful for everything.

It’s never too late to be thankful. Count your blessings and encourage your family members to join in. Even those who join you around the Thanksgiving table this year. When a friend stops by ask them if they would like to participate in this new tradition. Be thankful in ALL things.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
{1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV}


Chalkboard Wall Art

October 25, 2011

Have you ever been to Pinterest? It is a crafters dream site! So many ideas to ignite any desire you may have to create. From baby showers to weddings to home decor and everything in between! Recipes, words of encouragement, hairstyles, etc. It’s so easy to waste hours on there.

I’m currently in the process of redecorating my home office. I have very little funds to do this so the intent is to create everything. No buying anything that doesn’t require an artistic touch. And thus was born the Chalkboard Wall Art. I saw this link on Pinterest and knew this would be the perfect project! The total cost? Around $30. And the total measurement is 60″ x 48″.

I used nine 16 x 20 canvases. They were sold in a two pack and were 40% off at Michael’s. Very cost effective.

When I got home I grabbed an old can of chalkboard paint from the garage. Each canvas then received two coats of paint. We did this outside so it dried rather quickly.

After all the canvases had dried we flipped them over and laid them out how they would be hung. Remember how cheap I am? Rather than install nine hangers in the wall and risk them being off just a little bit I taped all the canvases together. They are ridiculously lightweight. A bit of masking tape and they were stuck together!

{You can see how tall this is compared to my nine year old}

Three nails in the wall at the top and then it was hung up. We found a piece of chalk and went to writing.

Ann Voskamp‘s quote from One Thousand Gifts is a perfect daily reminder to always be thankful.