October 13, 2017

Fall Mantle 2017

It may not feel like fall much outside... but I"m making sure that it's starting to feel like fall inside. 
Fall is my favorite time of year- I love it when the weather (finally decides to) change, I love chilly soccer game mornings, hot cups of tea & cuddling under all those blankets that hubby rolls his eyes at. (You can NEVER have too many blankets)

So even if it's 90 degrees outside, I'm going to enjoy some fall decor for a good bit until it's time to break out all things Christmas. 

I thought I'd show you a quick peek into our fall home...

I wanted to stay with a very neutral palette, trying to keep to lots of natural textures, colors & clean whites. I think things are so hectic in life right now that keeping things clean & subtle was a must for my mind right now :) 

The white frames are thrifted finds that have been painted & distressed. The "Apples' sign was a simple DIY a few years back. Grapevine pumpkin & gold leaf were JoAnns finds. The pretty piece of pottery was found at a local craft fair. 

I made the backdrop frame last year (?) I think out of scrap barn wood & chicken wire. Super easy. Super heavy. 

The golden wreath was made in the same way as my Fall Rosette wreath. 
Mirror was another painted thrifted find. 

The dining room gets such pretty light that the neutral/subtle tones just shifted beautifully into this room as well. The table centerpiece happened by accident when I piled pumpkins into that dough bowl to transport them and then decided that I really liked them there :) 

I added a few twirly twigs, burlap leaves & slid an old piece of wood underneath to give it a bit more bulk/length to it. The wood is actually a sign that I wasn't using so I flipped it over to use it another way. 

The buffet is recently painted so I've never had it white for the holidays. I love that I can add color to the top without it feeling so lost & heavy. 
I don't typically go with so many things at once but it gave it an almost flea market/vintage feel to it. 

I love the mix of metallics, glass & various textured pumpkins. 
The metallic candles are all Target dollar bin finds and the pumpkins are from so many different places! I think the dark orange velvet one is my favorite. 

The glass milk bottle was from my dad when he was little so I love having an excuse to put it out. 

Those fabric pumpkins are Target Dollar bin finds from this year!! For a dollar a piece, I bought all I could find. I love the pale green/blue ones!! I'm pretty sure that little sign is Target too. Addiction, much?!

The best thing about our pretty little house is having TWO mantles to decorate. Be still my heart. 

The chalkboard was the perfect centerpiece this go around- I haven't used it in several years so it felt like it was time to bring it out again. You won't believe what it started as!! Check out how I transformed it here

Let's see... the 'give thanks' sign & wooden mirror are Target. The little pumpkins are from various shops. The mirror, post office door & wooden candlestick are thrifted. The two golden signs & orange pumpkin were DIY. 

I still love this little white-washed pumpkin sign. 
Get the how-to on making it here

I had fun adding to my favorite blue table for fall. It makes everything bright & happy. Golds & burlap are the perfect touch for it. 

Ending with one of my simple set-ups. I filled my makeshift tray (put together with an old cabinet door & scrap wood) with metallic candlesticks, candles & pumpkins. A couple marble & copper candlesticks rounded it all together. I love how the light picks up on these pretties!! So so fall. 

How are you guys decorating for fall this year? Are you as into neutrals & metallics as I am at the moment? 

I hope you enjoyed our mini fall home tour. Now I'm off to snuggle up with my blankets & hot tea :) 

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October 06, 2017

Vintage Pantry Door Makeover

Well hello bloggy friends! It's been a bit, huh? 

That's not to say I haven't been creating but things have definitely changed a bit I feel like. 
As much as I love blogging & photography & home decor, I just haven't had the energy & passion for blogging as I once did. I tried for a while to keep up and just found that I needed to step away for a bit. Posts have trickled in bits & pieces and I've been ok with that for now. 

Life has gotten crazier- the kids are so involved in so many things. 
And my creativity has turned more into creating for others lately. I've dabbled a bit in sewing because I love to make my 3 year old fun outfits. Instagram has been my outlet for a while now- posting both on my blog/creative page at Tattered_and_inked as well as posting to my Daughter's page Littlemissmaggiegrace. I love sharing outfit inspirations and mostly supporting handmade shops & mamas!! We have found so many sweet friends through the repping world and my photography passion has had an outlet in creating fun flatlays and photo shoots for my kiddos. I'd love for you to keep up with me on either of those pages!!

But that doesn't mean I haven't been working on house projects...although they have slowed a bit. I chalk it up to mostly being incredibly content. I love mixing things up and changing pieces but after settling into the 'new' house, I've been so content with how a lot of things are. 
I have big plans for some areas though!!! 

One of those areas that I've had in my head since I knew we would have an actual pantry was to replace the builder grade doors with a vintage door. I have been obsessed with this idea since moving in and luckily hubby was very excited about this idea too :) 

Here's what we were wanting to change: 

Wouldn't an antique door look so perfect here???
And the hunt began. 

After visiting tons of antique stores, resale stores & just scouting local online yard sales, we kept coming up short. 
Mainly for two reason: 
1. I really wanted a window of some sort on it. And most of those doors are outdoor doors which mean they are HEAVY. 
2. The measurements of our doorway were in no way conventional so we just couldn't find a door that matched up to what we needed. 

We finally decided to drive out to a further flea market (my favorite one!!) where they had piles of doors. 
We sifted through what seemed like a hundred dirty, grimy doors and still hadn't found one that fit our measurements. 

We decided to wander inside the store a bit and found one tucked in the back of a stall...

Great planning on the picture part, huh? Gotta love how it frames my messy paint collection. Just keeping it real, folks. 

This door was still pretty heavy but not nearly as much as other ones we had found. 
But it still wasn't the right measurements. The height was a bit shorter than what we needed and the sides were too wide. At this point, we felt a little desperate and decided that some modifications may be in order. So we nervously purchased it (vintage doors are NOT cheap, guys) and decided we'd try to make it work. Because that window, ya'll. 

And check out the original distressing & hardware...

First up, we removed all the hardware and sanded it down until it was buttery smooth. I loved the chippy look (that's what I was going for anyways) so I just removed all the flaky pieces and added a little polycrylic to keep everything in place. I didn't want to touch the original wood that was underneath the hardware... some may not like it. But it was magical to me :) 

During distressing I discovered some small layers of aqua blue paint which basically sealed the fact that this was fate for me. 
Originally I wanted to paint the door blue but since the kitchen isn't the way I want it yet (lighter cabinets and the such), I decided the distressed creamy white was just perfect. Someday I'll have a blue island to make up for that. 

Next up, we needed to make up the height problems. For the width, after we removed the hardware, we sliced about an inch off each side of the door. If you are wanting to keep the original handle/lock mechanism, this won't work out great for that. But I wasn't planning on needing it to catch or needing a turning knob. So this worked just fine. Hubby took the edges off while I nervously watched through my fingers, terrified the glass would break. Lol. 

For the height problem we actually solved this pretty easily. We took the edges we had sliced off the door and cut them to the width. We then screwed them into the top & bottom of the door. 

Several advantages to this...
1. No having to match up the paint. We were able to use pieces from the door itself so the paint colors & distressing were the same! 
2. Cost wise, duh. 
3. Perfect depth of the pieces. 

I love the pieced together look, it fits the doors look & I don't feel like it stood out much at all, other than the original hinge marks. But people haven't even noticed it until we've mentioned it :) 

I fogged the window using Frosted Glass Spraypaint on both sides so you wouldn't just see right into our lovely, somewhat organized pantry :) 

Mint blue vinyl was the finishing touch on the door. 

As far as install went, we were less than thrilled to find out that our doorframe is not perfectly squared so when we sliced off that inch, it fit perfectly against the bottom 1/3 of the doorframe and had a spreading gap between the frame & the door all the way up. Grrrrr. 
I nearly cried when we found that out. 

After a little creativity, cuss words & trial & error, we managed to minimize the gap by adding a few washers in the screws on the top two hinges. This managed to bring the door closer to the frame, enough that it wasn't nearly as noticeable. 

As far as the hardware goes, I found the perfect handmade pull when we were in Silver Dollar City over the summer. The local blacksmith there had some gorgeous pulls and I felt like it fit the door perfectly!! I kinda love the original holes left by the pull before. 

And not pictured is the most perfect vintage-inspired 'pull' sign I snagged from Hobby Lobby that we installed right above the handle to cover the huge hole left from the locking mechanism. It was the perfect fit! I'll try to get more pictures of it later- it took me a while to find it so I got excited about getting pictures :) 

The door stays in place with the original ball catches from the doors that were there previously. We just removed them from those doors and screwed them into the new door. 

The doorframe will need to be painted to match a little closer later on but we aren't tackling that until we decide what to do with the kitchen :) 

For now, check out the before & after of our pretty new door!!!
We've had it installed for several months now, pulled & leaned on DAILY and it has held up amazing!!! 
I can't tell you how happy it makes my heart having a bit more of a vintage touch in the  kitchen!!

I'll be back soon, I promise, with my fall mantle up so be checking back!! Happy Friday friends!!!

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July 03, 2017

Princess Tea Cart Table Makeover

How many girl mamas in the house?!? 
Please tell me that I'm not the only one who has a little girl that is princess obsessed!!

We are all about all things girly, twirly & pink over here. 

She tells everyone that it's almost her 'birt-day' and it'll be 'Belle'. 
And, yes, expect that post late August because we will be partying it up with Mrs. Potts & the crew for her big 3!!

In the meantime, we have lots of dress-up, wand waving & clacky, plastic shoes that have become our everyday routine lately :) 

This little project came about because of two happy accidents. 

Number 1 being that we've had a couple hundred tea parties & it seemed necessary that we picked them up a notch- because, why not?!

And 2 being that I had this little guy hanging around the garage while I waited to see what I was going to do with it. 

This one was a freebie given to me by a coworker who didn't want it anymore. 
I almost didn't take it because I didn't have an instant inspiration moment but luckily I snagged it anyways. 

It needed a little love before painting. 
I sanded it done to smooth out stains, marks & some rough areas. 
Some of the faux wood trim around the edges was peeling away so I wood-glued those suckers back on and allowed it to dry under painters tape for a bit before taking that off. 

I tightened all the legs & then went for it. 

A princess cart calls for princess pink, right?! 

I used 'ballet pink' rustoleum spraypaint I believe. It was a can I had lying around so when I asked hubby to snag another can on his way home because I had a few places to touch up, he couldn't find anything matching it. 

Negative points for Lowes right there. 

I ended up finding some dark pink sample paint, lighted it up with some white paint and was able to make it all work. 
Score one for keeping all the extra paint forevverrr. 

Funny story, Hubby also grabbed some mini casters while at Lowes when he had the fail with the spraypaint. And the casters didn't work either.

I rummaged around the garage in my spare parts drawer and somehow managed to find FOUR identical spare casters I had lying around. The exact size and style I needed.

I mean, if that's not fate- what is??

I taped off the wheels and spraypainted the casing gold. I got incredibly lucky in that this little table had had casters on it at some points in it's life so it already had holes drilled into the bottom of the feet. I hammered my casters in and they were the perfect fit. 

Fate, guys. 

And I had to tell hubby that everything he bought me on the way home from work didn't work but SURPRISE I found everything in the garage. Sorry, hun, for spending money when we already had it. 
Face palm. 

Fate struck a third time in finding these gorgeous, scrolly pulls in the spare parts drawer too. I keep all old hardware I pull off of pieces.
And sometimes, I'll stop to get hardware off completely destroyed pieces I've seen on the roadside just because... you can't find them like that anymore. 

I spraypainted them gold, predrilled the holes into the top & attached the pulls. 
Because every tea cart needs tiny gold handles :) 

Isn't it the perfect fit for her Belle tea party set? 

How about a little before & after? 

I can't wait to use it at her party too for a perfect little tea prop! 
She was so excited when I rolled it in, I thought maybe I should have saved it as a gift for her party.

But we are having way too much fun with our pretend tea parties now, that I'm glad I gave it to her early! 

She rolls it from room to room & offers tea & whatever random items she finds for 'nacks' to give out. 

Look at this happy little princess...

What do you think of our little table makeover? 
The fun thing is, Goodwill & flea markets usually have similar tables for pretty cheap that I've seen. So be on the look out!!

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May 11, 2017

ONecklace Review & Mother's Day Gift Idea

Every now & then I get some awesome opportunities to be able to review some fun items and share them all with you!!
Today is one of those days!!

I get to share all the loveliness that can be found at ONecklace.
If you can remember back far enough, I did a review on one of their personalized Mother's necklaces a couple years ago & I can now tell you that after a couple years of wearing it, it's still in gorgeous shape & I wear it a LOT. The chain has held up beautifully & there's no tarnishing or wear showing at all. 
You can read more about my last review here

This time around I wanted to share another beautiful & meaningful Mother's necklace that I just instantly fell in love with as well as one of their gorgeous cuff bracelets

First up, let's talk about my new favorite necklace :) 

Yes, you're seeing it right- it's actually a whole little set. 
ONecklace has the BEST Mother/Daughter section on their site that is full of amazing pieces that you can share with your mini me! 

If your little girl is anything like my two, then you know they love matching their mama! 
And my two year old will look for any excuse to wear a new necklace!!! 

I can see these sets being amazing keepsakes as they grow older. 
Customize the tiny hearts with their initial & choose what size chain you need for your mini & you're all set. 

The packaging is darling too, so bonus points for that! 

Now little miss wants to wear our 'matches' everywhere :) 

The set we are wearing is their Floating Hearts Initial Mother/Daughter set. 
You can find it here

They were the perfect size for both of us- I chose the 18" rolo chain and Little Miss is wearing the 'child size'. I ordered the youth size for my ten year old daughter. 

Next up, let's talk my second most favorite jewelry obsession: bracelets. 

ONecklace has a beautiful array of personalized bracelets you can choose from. 
I love to stack bracelets so I know I"ll be needing a couple more in different styles soon :) 

I've been wanting a bracelet with a special date on it forever so this was perfect!
I chose the Roman Numeral Bangle with the date when my husband and I went on our first date after we found each other again. 

I was pleasantly surprised at how high quality it looked & felt. It was engraved clearly and is a tad thicker than most engraved bangles I have seen. I love that it'll pair with so many other things I already have- gotta love stacking :) 

And of course, they go perfectly together!

I've already worn them both several times and know they will be some well-worn pieces in the future. Little Miss doesn't ever want to take hers off so we'll see how that goes :) 

These are the PERFECT gifts for all kinds of occasions- Hubbys, be sure to check them out for Mother's Day ideas & they'd be perfect for anniversaries too! 

Personalize a bangle with your wedding date, date of your first kiss or snag a latitude/longitude bangle with the coordinates to somewhere special you both share. 

And you can't go wrong with a simple monogram necklace either. They have several styles to choose from! 

Some of my most treasured pieces of jewelry are the ones that are given with a special meaning behind it. The pieces at ONecklace make it easy to create personalized, one of a kind gifts that your loved one will cherish for years to come!

I know we will. 

Be sure to check them out at ONecklace.com & snag some pieces with their great Mother's Day Sale going on now!

These pieces were provided for review. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own . I really, really love their items! 

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May 02, 2017

Green & Black Nerf Birthday Party {With FREE Printables!}

If you've stuck around the blog at all for the past couple years, then you know that right around this time of year is always when I start posting birthday party posts!

One of my favorite things ever during the year is planning and putting on a fun birthday party just for my son. He comes up with the theme and then we both work on coming up with fun ideas for it to bring it to life! And this year had to be extra 'cool' because he was turning double digits. 

It took him a while to come up with the theme for this year because he still likes a lot of the same things from previous parties. 
We did Harry Potter last year. 
And apparently I failed to post our epic Pokemon birthday party. (I'll fix that soon!)

And to be honest, the Harry Potter party was SO much fun last year that we had a hard time thinking anything could top it. 

But this party ended up being fun in completely it's own way!
And thankfully the weather held off just enough to keep it cold & misty but NOT raining. Hallelujah. 

Want to check out our awesome Nerf Gun party & Obstacle Course? 
If you're here for the printables, be sure to scroll all the way down for instructions on how to print & what you can get :) 

The table set-up was fairly easy because it needed to be rustic, thrown-together & natural looking. With bursts of green & black of course :) 

The green & black crates were in the party section at Hobby Lobby & were the perfect sizes to fill up with snacks! I added vinyl & DIY transparency rub-ons to them to make them into mini ammo crates. 

For a quick tutorial on doing your own rub-ons, find it here

And you'll find the cute food tags as free printables at the bottom of this post :) 

Our foods consisted of: 

-TNT bundles (licorice with a printable wrapped around them)
-Gunpowder (Pixie Sticks) 
-Land Mines (Cheez-It Crackers) 
-Ammunition (Olives & Jelly Beans) 
-Orange Grenades (Cuties) 
-Brownie Bombs (Brownie Bites) 
-Green Gatorade & Water for the "Hydration Station" 
-Explosives (PopRocks- these were the favors and I forgot to get a picture of them- boo!)  

The "Mess Hall" sign was the focal point of the table set-up and was made with just a scrap piece of barn wood I had. 
I used my wood frame from my fall mantle for the back-drop for it and the black target sign. 

The black target sign was made from a repurposed cabinet door. And the ammo crate I've had for nearly 10 years now- it's one of my most favorite flea market finds! And, hello, it was made for this party. 

The cake was done by a seriously talented friend of mine. 
And the banners were quickly made from scrapbook paper and -get this- neon green tubing from some random jump ropes I found at the Dollar Store. Awesome, right? 

Another fun part was creating a 'Gear' and "Armory" Station. 
We used an old spool to pile up some of my brother's and Dad's Air Force items, plane specs, camo face paint, hair spray, bandanas and other needed 'gear' to set the playing field. 

We built an armory out of a scrap piece of pegboard and some 1x2s. I did a quick 'grey-wash' over the 1x2's to bypass having to stain them and still give them that rugged look. The pegboard got a coat of green paint. 

BONUS for the fact that now we have great Nerf-Gun storage at home. We're hanging the armory in the garage to hold all the guns & ammo. A mini black crate hangs on two pegs and holds a bunch of the ammo. 

Hubby gets ALL the credit (well, and dad too!) for creating the obstacle course!
He used hay bales and scrap wood for barriers & cover during the Nerf Gun war. 
We used pre-existing things like the Treehouse and playhouse for perfect vantage points. 

He also got super creative and created a ropes course to crawl through and under! 
These were such a hit!!

I created a few small games (again, no pictures- what??!) with jumbo army men from the dollar store and a ladder. Set the army men up & down the ladder and let the littler kids have some target practice away from the craziness!!

They also had a kids vs. dads Tug of War competition that was a hit. 

It was such a blast and the misty, muddy weather kinda made it even better!! 

Happy 10th birthday, little man! I sure love making fun parties happen for you!!!!

In case you were dying to know what free prints I have for you, here's the run-down: 

-Free Blank Nerf Invites
-Party Food Tags (Filled out and blank!) 
-TNT bundle print
-Caution: Explosives print (I folded these and stapled over Pop Rocks for favors!) 

Check each download out below & the tips on how I printed them. 

Tips: I printed these in Word, inserted each photo into the document and sized to about a wallet size so that I could get a bunch on one piece of paper.
Then I printed on white cardstock, cut and tied to each of my crates. 
Use the blank one in the download below to add your own wording/names. 

For the TNT bundles, print as 'wallet size' and MAKE SURE to uncheck the box 'fit to size' so it stays long. Cut, wrap around your licorice bundles & tape to secure. 

 Nerf Food: Gunpowder

Nerf Food: Land Mines

Nerf Gun Food: TNT Bundles Label

Tips: These are made to fit 5x7 sized invitations. Download your 'blank' invite below & fill in the missing info with fonts/information of your choice. 
If you'd like to add the same font, upload your photo to picmonkey.com and use the font "Rokkit' for the body of the invite. 
Print on white cardstock for best results. 
Colors may vary depending on computer screen/printer you are using. 


 I hope you enjoy your free prints & all the fun pictures from our party!!
Happy Tuesday friends!!

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