Decor

Felt Rosette Wreath – DIY

The fall wreath.  I’ve never really even thought about wanting one or having a fall wreath which is just crazy for me seeing as how I love a craft….but for some reason this year I’ve been all about it. I’ve looked ALL over the place for one.  Our front door gets direct sunlight so I knew we couldn’t do anything that would be living or fade really horribly.  So in my search online I saw a photo of a wreath on Etsy….and because I am the instant gratification sort of chick I couldn’t wait for the shipping and it looked fairly easy so I just decided to give it a try myself. 

You should try it too…it’s super easy!

The supplies –

scissors

twig wreath from craft store….they come in all shapes and sizes – the one I chose was $3.99

hot glue

felt – at my craft store these come in 8.5 x 10 pieces and are $.25 a sheet….pretty darn cheap!

Step 1:  Cut your felt sheets into half.  The half-size is a bigger flower…..then you can go from there one what size you want. 

 Step 2:  Cut the half sheet in a spiral.  Like a circle spiral.  Round and Round and Round.  Does that make sense?  Do I need a photo of what I’m talking about? 

Step 3:  Roll up the spiral pieces.  Hold the piece like I have it in the second photo and it’s a lot easier.  You are just going to keep rolling it up…and rolling it up. 

Step 4:  Take the final piece of the spiral strip and glue it to the back of the flower.  It should fit just right. 

Step 5:  If you have a weird larger piece (black flower photo) and you want to make the petal look better than just cut it.

Step 6:  Cut out green leaves from the green felt.  Funny part on this is that I had to have Teddy do this part for me….I could NOT for the life  of me cut a darn leaf! 

Step 7:  Arrange them and glue them on the wreath!  VOILA! 

A good tutorial I looked at beforehand was this one!  She has better photos too…and prettier hands!  HA!  http://mrspriss.com/2010/03/12/tutorial-felt-rosettes/ 

The biggest thing for me was that I had to play with it for a minute or two before I got the way I liked the rosette to look.  Then it was smooth sailing from there!

Happy Wreath Making!  Here is a larger one that I made!  Super fun! 

Remodel/Makeover – The Bathroom

Our house is old.  It was built in 1935 and we love it.  With its age comes some very enchanting things you have to get used to.  I won’t go into all of them because we would be here a while plus I’m sure you all can imagine or have yourself lived in an older home at one point.  The one thing that cracks me up about old houses is when you peel back one layer of the old wall paper or you take off a mirror in a bathroom you see years and sometimes layers of many makeovers/remodels.  Era’s of what was cool, what was never cool, and I’m sure many fun times had by other families as they made the rooms look like they would like! 

I have lived here for 2 years and Teddy for 4 years and out of all of those years the worst part of our house was the dreaded bathroom.  I can’t imagine, no matter the era, what ANYONE was thinking when they decided on the old decor but you know to each their own! 

So without further ado….

THE BEFORE

So now you know why I might have had a tiny problem with it!  HA!  When I first moved in, I’m ashamed to say, I was nervous to have people over because of how it looked! ACK! 

That note behind the mirror reads something pretty funny and Teddy and I always wonder “If it was such a biatch to remodel then why did you pick such ugly stuff!” HA!  That’s horrible I know!   The rebath was so bulky and really took up some room in the bathtub/shower area, the floor and the lovely green tile all over the place was just ugly beyond words, the color of the walls was greens as well, so needless to say it was very ‘mossy’.   Not something you want to think of when you are entering the place where you shower!  HA!

So this Christmas Teddy and I purchased a new bathroom for one another as our gifts.  We also did stockings but the bathroom was the best present I’ve ever received by far! 

What a difference! 

The After:

 

This is the new mirror and the new glass towel/stuff holder.  We purchased the mirror at Garden Ridge….so pretty good price there! 

We kept the existing white vanity, the existing toilet, and the existing light fixture….but we moved it up about 6 inches.  Teddy also put up crown molding up top to finish off the look.  The new color on the walls is Behr Dolphin Fin.  I have been a gray freak lately.  I love it!  Such a nice backdrop for everything.

My favorite part is the new floor.  That mossy green went bye bye for good!  The plant on the back of the toilet is an Orchid however the blooms fell off.  It lived for a while and after reading up on it I think it will bloom again!  I hope anyway!

And the new shower/bath!  All new tile and SO MUCH BIGGER because that big bulky rebath is gonzo!  I love it! 

A lot of the major remodeling was done by contractors but we (as in Teddy) did the demo of the old stuff, the painting, crown molding, decorating, etc. 

I’ve also been busy redecorating the bedroom, living room, and dining room….I’ll do my best to show you all those changes too!  I think it took me a while to get my own style of decorating down because my sister and I lived together until she bought her own house and got married several years ago….so even as an adult I just let her and my Mom do all the decorating and stayed quiet!  Not that there was anything wrong with how they decorate but it is fun having my own style finally.  I would say my style is modern/vintage…..I love antiques and new pieces to be in the same room….I’m not all about one room looking REAL modern or REAL vintage….I love the mix of both. 

The thing I will remember about remodeling the bathroom the most is that Ben’s 30th Surprise Birthday party was at our house 1 week after the bathroom was done with the bulk of remodel however we still had to paint, find the mirror, etc.  So I was freaking out about getting it finished but couldn’t tell him why….so I was a nervous wreck about the bathroom and just generally throwing someone a surprise party….which btw ANXIETY ATTACK!  GEESH!  Overall it was a fun time for both of us and our house is better from it!

Painting

So Teddy’s madre was at our house a month or so ago for a couples shower that we had and she snapped this photo of us:

When we arrived home from our honeymoon and walked into the living room we saw this:

She had painted our portrait.  It’s a water color painting!  Isn’t that super neat!?!?!  She is super talented….check out her website.

mason me crazy

Good morning friends!  Remember my crazy posts about mason jars…..here, and here?  They (as in mason jars) were mentioned a thousand two hundred and twenty more times but I’ll spare you the torment of going through all those again. 

Well at the reception all my collecting, wheeling and dealing to get cheap ones, and just flat-out craziness over these canning jars came to life!  And for me they did it in a spectacular way!  I loved loved loved them.  I am not sure what I was expecting but the reality was over and beyond my expectations! 

So each table had one large mason jar in it with flowers as the centerpiece and then around the centerpiece were 6-7 smaller mason jars (all different sizes) with candles in them.  300 candles!  I felt so bad for the lady who had to light all of them….seriously I think at one point during the ceremony I thought…..”Oh Please let her have started lighting those candles….Oh wait what did the priest just say?”  HA!  Well I’ll just shut my mouth and let you all see some pics! 

There were three types of centerpiece flowers….I wanted some shorter and some taller and some crazy and some sweeter….I’m talking about the flowers….not men.

Number 1

Nubmer 2

Number 3

 

I also provided the florist with a couple extra-large mason jars for him to put on the food table….well let me just tell you that man is a genius because this is what he did…

He stacked two mason jars on top of one another and then just packed that puppy full!  SO pretty and a great piece of height for the center of the room!  Food gets a post all it’s own.

So I would say my decision about mason jars ended up being a labor of love collecting them and cleaning them and searching for them….but that’s what a labor of love is….it’s something you put your heart and soul into and pray that it turns out just the way you wanted….and it did….times 10! 

All photographs by Josh McCullock Photography

Flowers by Morrisons Floral

diaper cake. gross name. seriously cute gift

Did I tell y’all that my sister is having a baby girl?  Well she is and she’s just pretty cute prego…I don’t know how happy she was being 6-7 months prego in my wedding but I didn’t plan that…she did.  HEHEH! 

Anyway we are having a shower for her next weekend and I have been busy thinking of ways to make it special for her.  It’s her first, it’s been really hard for her to get prego, and she’s pretty miserable already and wants the baby to just get here already!  I googled some stuff (duh) and saw all these diaper cakes….and my gosh were they expensive to order.  So I just took it upon myself and made one on my own.

It was SO EASY!  DO NOT EVER pay someone to do this for you….it’s SO simple. 

Things you will need:

  • Diapers – I got a package of 84 size 2 diapers
  • Package of Multi Sized rubber bands – I got mine at Target
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • tissue paper
  • round wooden rods

Step 1:   Roll all the diapers with the top part rolled inwards and rubber band each roll.  Use the smaller rubber bands for this part.  Make sure your rubber bands are all nice and straight.  You want them to all be around the same part of the diaper so it’s easier to hide them with the ribbon later on.

Step 2:  Make the layers.  When you are making the layers just bundle a few up (mine stood up pretty good on their own but you might need a helper…”TEDDY get in here”) and then use a larger rubber band and band all those together.  Here are my layer numbers (give or take a few)  TOP:  12  MIDDLE:  30  BOTTOM:  42 For the top layer you can just use one giant rubber band to band those together and same for middle layer but on the bottom layer (largest layer) I did an inner circle and banded those and then banded others on the outside.  It’s amazing how rubber bands will stretch so big.  You know? 

Step 3:  When your layers are all banded and sturdy stack them on top of each other like a cake to make sure your layers look cohesive. 

Step 4:  Put a large ribbon around each layer and hot glue the ends together (not to the diapers but to the ribbon itself).  Take a smaller ribbon and tie it around the larger one making a bow.  This hides the rubber bands better and it makes it feel really secure. 

Step 5:  Use round wooden rods to put through the cake layers starting at the top.  This part was a little tricky and you really don’t have to do this you could just stack them on top of each other when you get to the party but Teddy helped me so we managed.  You just want to make sure you don’t puncture any of the diapers. 

Step 6:  Put the tissue paper in the top.  I cut my pieces in half so they weren’t so bulky going in the diaper openings.     

Okay so there you have it.  SO EASY!  Literally took me 30 minutes. 

Teddy and I had the most fun conversation about kids the whole time I was doing it.  He said diapers smell so sweet and I said not when they are full of crap.  We laughed.

searching for ben

On my bach party in the beautiful town of Ruidoso, NM we were surrounded by all things fun and pretty!  Pretty jewelry, pretty scenery, pretty beer…oh wait.  Hmm..back on track. 

One of the things that was plentiful was the bear sightings…..they were everywhere!

Okay so they were fake bears but they were all over the place and I knew I  HAD TO HAVE ONE! 

I knew when the bear and I met it would be “right”.  I didn’t want to get any ol’ bear….and by ol’ bear I mean at a place where they were jacking up the prices!  So we were off on our search! 

In the search I couldn’t find Age to save my life….well I finally did and she had met someone. 

Clearly she was delusional….this was my bach party!  I was supposed to get all the attention. 

So I stole her man.

He liked me way more….I mean look at his hand on my leg!  DUH!

Once we made out and confessed our love for one another the girls and I were off to the next spot to find a bear! 

And that we did.  We found the perfect bear, named him Ben, and took him all the way home with us.  Occasionally we would check on him to make sure he wasn’t suffocating in the plastic wrap and wasn’t hungry.  He made it without a problem and looks great in his new spot!

Oh the irony….I call Ben (the human) Teddy and the new bear Ben.  Too much!