November 11, 2018

Fall Mantle 2018

Long time coming but I thought I should at least share a bit of fall before Thanksgiving comes and goes! 

I put up fall decor early so I could enjoy it longer and I'm so glad I did. 
Here's a peek at our mantle fall decor this year... 

I left it light, airy and neutral this year with lots of vintage/antique touches. I loved the contrast between the flat focal point of the banner in the middle and then layering out the sides. 

One of these days I'll actually start giving you tutorials again... this large banner was a lot of fun to make and really pretty simple. 
You could make it no-sew if you didn't want to pull the sewing machine out too. 

The beautiful sunflower garland is from Hand Crafted Buffalo and I'm seriously obsessed with anything and everything she does. 
She has some beautiful Christmas garlands in the shop now too that are just so pretty! 

I twisted the garland around the top of the banner for a pretty pop of color. 

I literally brought in a pile of random objects from the fall decor bins and from my 'prop/decor' closet and just started layering until I loved the results. 
Tip- hoard old books :) 

I grab books when I can (a good stack of these came from a pile someone was throwing out curbside after a yardsale) and I ripped the spines off of them for a prettier, more vintage look. 
The truly vintage books are mostly ones handed down from my grandmother or ones I've picked up at thrift stores. 

I grabbed a couple of worn scraps of barn wood for layering and loved the effect it gave. I'll be keeping those guys in my decor hoarding pile for now on! 

The mini shutters were Goodwill finds forever ago that I painted white and keep on hand for various seasons. 
The brass candlesticks were also Goodwill finds from my Harry Potter Party a few years back and they come in quite handy pretty often. They were perfect for bringing in some cozy fall vibes. 

Again with my stacks of books that I obsessively hoard- I find myself constantly wishing I Had more though so I'll still be on the lookout :) 
A few burlap leaves tucked in randomly and several pumpkins from my stash finished off the layering nicely. 

I like to have symmetry on either side without completely mimicking each other so I used the same colors/tones and layering to imitate similar feels to either side. More books, candlesticks and pumpkins. 

I'll leave a source list below in case you had questions about other items! 
I'm excited to start sharing Christmas with you guys, my house is a touch Holiday confused at the moment with Christmas decor steadily sneaking in to various parts of the house. 

Hope you loved the quick peek, so sorry for the infrequent posts- keep up with me on Instagram and check my stories for various, impromptu tutorials :) 

Source List: 
Sunflower Garland: Hand Crafted Buffalo 
Banner made by me 
Books, candlesticks, Shutters: Thrifted
Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby & Dollar Store 
Wooden Bead Garland: Ash and Hart Floral 

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September 04, 2018

"The Greatest Show" Circus 4th Birthday Party

I feel like that title is pretty darn wordy. 

But the truth is, it's a pretty over the top theme for a 4 year old party I feel like!!! 
When I asked Girlie what kind of party she wanted this year, I wasn't all that surprised when she replied that she wanted a circus party because we are a little, tiny, somewhat crazy- fan girl obsessed over here about The Greatest Showman. 

We have the soundtrack on repeat and my four year old knows every word. 
Her "favorite guy' is Zac Efron and she insisted that we needed peanuts. 

It also still needed to be girly. 
Girly circus it shall be. 

So here I am to give you all the details on our super girly, glammed out circus, Greatest Show DIY party in all it's glory :) 

My main focus when doing a party is the food table- I like to pour lots of details into it to make it the star and then sprinkle some fun details randomly throughout that tie it all together. Let's chat food table first though! 

Lots of fun layers is the key!!! 

I was trying for a tent-vibe so I went with several layers for the backdrop first. 
A cheap Amazon sequin tablecloth did the trick for the main body of the backdrop. My table happens to be in front of a large window so I had to layer everything over another white tablecloth so the light didn't just shine straight through the thin sequins. I'm supposing if you were against a wall, you may be able to get away with just the tablecloth itself. 

So...for the backdrop: 
Gold sequin tablecloth. 
Two strips of blue fabric for the tent openings on either side 
Ribbon to tack the blue curtains back
Embroidery  Hoop 'centerpieces' 

I reused the floral large hoop from last years' Belle party and layered a smaller hoop that I made for this year's party inside of it. I love love using these guys for creating some awesome centerpieces! 

And neutral-ish ones like the floral hoop are great for re-using from year to year! 

For the table itself, I bought scores of pink & white striped fabric from Walmart (it took forever to track this stuff down, ya'll) and cut it into three sections. One small section was wrapped around the middle of the table and the other two were draped on either side, and then met in the middle and draped back like circus tent openings. 

Pieces of simple tulle tacked them back with safety pins. 
The gorgeous glitter banner spelling out "The Greatest Show" is from Sasstronaut Studio on Etsy and she was amazing to work with. 
Check out more of her work here

We wanted to create a 'circus train' type of look underneath the table and hubby helped cut bars from cheap wood pieces that I then painted gold. 
I snagged Girlie's white shag rug from her room, and then wedged the wood pieces under the lip of the table and the rug for a tight fit. No glue needed. 

Bubby's elephant and lion were quite happy under there for the party and it was a rather entertaining game to see how many kids tried to help them break free throughout the event :) 

The top of the table was so easy to throw together it was crazy. 
I had two buckets leftover from my brother's wedding already painted pink and with a couple of gold vinyl triangles added, they were the perfect little elephant podium/stand/thingies- what ARE those things called anyhow?!? 

I added a couple glass bowls filled with tufts of cotton candy and pink, glittery elephant toppers out the top for the perfect large table toppers to stand on either side of the cake. 

Mini elephants, tents and 4s made for great cupcake toppers as well as iced animal crackers. I loved the eclectic look of having different things for different ones :) 

The cake was different than any cake we've ever done before and I just loved it!
My sister experimented with it and we were super nervous about it but it turned out beautiful. It's some variation of a bare iced cake and I love love love the simplicity of it. 

I painted a tiny elephant for the top, added a few paper flowers and another glitzy 4 and it's just the prettiest cake you ever did see. 

Those gorgeous gold elephants standing guard on the table are Dollar store finds that I spraypainted gold. Love those guys. 

I scattered peanuts all across the table for another circus detail (but I'd check your guest list for allergies first on that one!) and we kept the menu simple!!! 
Our menu: 
*Cotton candy (dollar store!) 
*Cups of popcorn & peanuts (Dollar store) 
*Pink Lemonade 
Tabletop Resources: 
Fabric- Walmart
Cake Plate: Target Dollar Spot a couple years back
Buckets flipped over, painted and vinyl applied: Hobby Lobby spring collection
Gold Elephants: Dollar Store, spraypainted
Glass Jars: Hobby Lobby 
Gold Popcorn Cups: Target
Wooden Toy Camera: With Love Halle 
Glitter Banner: Sasstronauts Studio
Paper Flowers: Hobby Lobby
4 Cake Topper: JoAnns
Elephant Cotton Candy Picks: Made by Me
Cupcake Toppers: Made by Me
Embroidery Hoops: Made by Me

The birthday girl was a tad bit happy with everything...

Let's chat her birthday outfit a sec because some amazing small shops made it all happen and I have to brag for just a hot second. Not only did they make her feel incredibly special but they went out of their way to make items to match for her Molly Dolly which makes Girlie's heart sing. 

Matching Dolly & Me Leotards & Matching Dolly Maxi Skirt: Cutie Qs 
Tassel Necklace: Tassel Thief Co
Cape Skirt: Jaw Drop'n Studs
Wooden Toy Cameras: With Love Halle
Custom Bracelet Stack: Brooklyn Rose Beads
Dolly Crown: Simply Chique Crowns
Birthday Crown: Love Crush Crowns

And, yes, she is wearing Zac Efron's face and proudly showed it to everyone at her party. Gah. Hilarious. 

Alright, so other details to tie everything together... I like to have a couple simple games, it's for a 4 year old, so simple games but fun! 

We had a ring toss game...

Painted wine bottles (I mean, that's just fun to prep for all by itself), painted rings from a summer discount item from Hobby Lobby) and a simple basket make an easy but super fun game for the littles. 

I'll tell you what, it's not a game, but the mini teacups at the drink station are what the kids loved the most. They seriously think it's the funnest things EVER. 
I threw a tophat on the lemonade and let them go to town. 

I added vinyl to our back door and hubby found some sticky suction balls on Amazon that the kids used for target practice. That's a game that keeps on giving, considering those elephants haven't come down yet... 

And we put our balance beam to good use and brought it out as a party game for the 'trapeze act'. Hubby built this last year for her to practice her gymnastics on and the kids loved it. It's a simple enough build and the pink/white color scheme just so happened to be perfect with the party colors. It's like she lives and breathes those colors or something... 

Between the ring toss, filling lemonade cups and the balance beam, the kids were left pretty entertained. 

As our guests left, they got to pick a prize from the prize board- I snagged discounted toys from the summer aisle at Hobby Lobby when I noticed them and managed to rack up on some fun- non candy- options for loot bags. 

A simple poster board and extra cheap painted boards make a quick prize wall and I can re-use it for things to come as well :) 

I feel like I keep saying that this party was simple enough to throw together and it really did feel that way this time around. Maybe because I've become a party supply hoarder and I now have enough items in my 'party closet' that it's becoming shameful. 

But, gosh, it's making party time so much easier and fun to pull together. 

We had such a blast throwing this circus together and letting our sweet girl celebrate turning 4. 
I'd love to hear about a circus bash you threw or answer any questions you may have about trying to throw one in the future! Feel free to leave questions below, message me on Facebook or find me on Instagram!!! 

I hope you enjoyed my party tour- it really felt like our Greatest Show yet!!! 

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August 02, 2018

Master Bedroom Reveal

Let me preface this with saying that we've been living in this house going on three years now. 

While we have done MOST of what I want to do in the master, there are still some tweaks I'd love to do going forward so it's still a work in progress :) 
As are most rooms in my house at most times- lol. 

But I figured if I didn't show you now, I might never show you. 
And it's come a LONG way from the beginning so it's still quite the transformation. 

I figured I'd share the whole transformation today and then break off some of the smaller projects to share over the next week or so in small tutorials. 

Let's just dive right into it. 

Let's start with the horrific picture of the before- haha! 

This is pretty soon after moving in, trying to figure out arrangements, unpack and figure out what to change/order. 

I knew my color palette going into it :
Light grey, light aquas, whites and weathered woods. 

The master in our new house was gigantic compared to our last house- which meant that we really needed quite a few more pieces in order to make the room feel homey. 

I really wanted a vanity/make up area in one corner and then a reading nook/sitting area by the window. 

We finally put most of the finishing touches into the room this past spring and I finished painting the last piece for the room this summer. It's been a long time to get in order but I really had specific pieces/looks in mind and we saved for them :) 

We can chat more about each individual project as I share the reveal!!! 

Here's what it looks like now!!! 

Can we just say 'wow' together?!? 

I even did a double take when I dug up the old pictures of the room to do side by side comparisons. I couldn't believe how much brighter and happier it looked. 

Let's talk bed. 

This was one of first big purchases and things to save up for. 
The new room desperately needed something bigger than our old queen sized bed so we bought this gorgeous tufted upholstered king sized bed which was the focal piece for the room. 

You can find it here
The grey and white bedding as well as all the pillows (except the white square pillows) are from TJ Maxx/ Marshalls. 

One of the biggest changes for the room was just changing the wall color. Eventually we want this color throughout the house... but, well, time, details and money. 

We painted the walls "Grayish" by Sherwin Williams and updated the cream trim to a white based color with my favorite "Snowbound". 
This made a huge difference in brightening up the room! 

That sign is so incredibly fun and special to me.
And not just because I spent 5+ hours hand painting that sucker. 

The barn wood is all original barn wood from my sister's barn at her home. When she tore it down to remodel, we got a whole bunch of it.
It's incredibly heavy and gorgeous so it required some pretty serious hanging equipment but it's my favorite :) 

I'll give more before/after details of these pretty little tables coming up but they were a great garage sale find and were the perfect size to make a good statement in a huge room. We needed larger sized tables and I'm just in love with the curves on these guys' legs. 

The wall hangings above the tables are actually garden trellises from Hobby Lobby. 
I got them super cheap at a half off sale (I want to say under $20 for the pair!!!) and then hubby used the dremel to saw off the tiny stakes that were originally on the bottom corners. 

I painted them Snowbound to match the tables and the trims and then dry brushed some aqua into them for a little texture. 
These guys are some of my favorites. 
Under $20 for wall art and they are huge! 

I wanted something pretty above the tables but something that didn't take up a lot of visual space as the barn wood sign was really the heavier focal point. These were the perfect answer. 

The lamp bases were a TJ Maxx find- I'm obsessed with the weathered wood. 
And I recovered old lampshades with a simple grey & white pattern to mimic the bedding. 

This beautiful upholstered bench was another piece on my dream list. 
You can find it on Wayfair here
The only disappointment was that I was hoping for more of an aqua blue but it's definitely more grey. Which ended up working out because I love the addition of blue accents throughout. 

The books , lantern, tray and vase were all thrifted finds that I painted and redid. 
The blanket is from Target. 

One of my favorite parts of the room was adding a reading nook area. 
I'm a bookworm and knew immediately that I wanted to flank the windows with bookshelves. 

The bookshelves were a happy ending/nightmare story. 
They are my favorites from Target and I re-ordered the same ones we had originally had at the old house but I wanted them in white (the old ones were wood toned). 
After they arrived, one of the bookshelves was smashed to smithereens. 
And during that time (they had been on backorder so it took forever to get them), Target discontinued them. 

So getting a replacement one was a no go. 
I was devastated. 
We just so happened to go to our local Dirt Cheap store (a cheap re-sale type store) and they happened to have gotten a huge shipment of random Target shipments. Things that had been sent back or shipped incorrectly.
And wouldn't  you believe but they had ONE white bookshelf perfectly intact just sitting there in a shipping box at a fraction of it's original price. 

Yes, I did a happy dance right there. 

And that same day, they also had those gorgeous grey chairs from Target for under $40 for the PAIR. 
Sometimes you just win. And that was seriously the biggest shopping win day ever. 

The artwork above each bookshelf were cabinet doors/scrap wood that I painted and added quotes or song lyrics to. 
I'm such a word person and I love being surrounded by them :) 

These cute pillows will have a tutorial all their own soon!
I used hubby and I's handwriting to create personalized pillows for our nook and I love them! 

I kept our dresser from the old house and just updated it a tad.
It had already been painted white but I switched out the top drawer hardware for these pretty crystal knobs and then painted the lower drawer hardware white and distressed them. I wanted it more neutral, less busy. 

I figured I wouldn't edit out the TV cords. 
Real life, ya'll. 

One of my favorite little projects in the room is this "Moments" wall we created with two antique windows and another piece of salvaged barn wood. 

I added twine and clothespins to string our pictures across the windows. 
Blue painted letters were the perfect touch across the barn wood. 

This pretty little thing will have it's own post too. 
This vanity belonged to my grandmother and I just finished painting it this summer. 

It brightened up that corner so much and it's my 3 year old's favorite spot in the house! 

We added a standing mirror on the wall leading into the bathroom- mostly for me to do my makeup at :) 

But the natural wood trim was the perfect grounding piece all the color needed. 

And my DIY Vow Art hangs in the entry by the door. 

What a whirlwind. 

Want to see the side by sides?
I mean, talk about a huge difference!!! 

I still can't believe how far it's come!!!

When I talked before about different details to add, most of them are tiny things- pieces of decor to add or switch out and I'm still looking for the perfect thing to add on the other side of the dresser. 

New carpet or hardwoods will be the next thing to save up as kids and pets and previous owners have left the original needing some love. 

But for now, it's perfect for us. 

What do you think of the transformation?? 
I'd love to hear what you think!!! 

I'll be back soon with more in depth tutorials on some of the items in the room :) 

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