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patriotic wreath + ideas

Time to get the ideas rolling for July 4th! This might be my second favorite holiday, summer bbq and fireworks—SO FUN. Above is the wreath I made for this year, complete with denim flowers. Can't get more American than that!

Also below, a few images from last years' patriotic photoshoot. Which features an awesome lemon shortcake recipe and fun pinwheel diy. Just to get you pondering some thoughts for the red, white & blue season!


front yard landscaping

64+ hours, 70+ plants, 90°+ weather, and one long weekend—I now have a yard I am proud of! My practically-professional-botantist mother came to visit me last weekend and we tackled THIS crazy monster.

Captured a few during pics, including our selection from the nursery (one of everything).

And of course the most rewarding part—the lovely after images!

Though a dramatic improvement, it still takes YEARS before the true after is visible. Plants are so very out of my comfort zone, but I will do my darndest to keep this little investment alive! Well, by little I mean about the price of one of these Coach purses. Thankfully I had a gracious friend that allowed me to borrow tools and take ground cover starters, which cut a lot of costs.

For those of you botany fans, the yard now has range of hydrangeas, salvia, hostas, boxwood, peonies and daylilies. And a plethora of other perennials. But no more yucca plants! I really love the retaining wall that will eventually have sedum bursting forth!

Price Breakdown: Plants $355 // Bricks/Rock $108 // Landscape Fabric $44 // Mulch $30 // Misc $15 // Total $552

Any landscaping ventures that you hope to do? Or fans of this attempt?


book postcard calendar journal

A fun little project to share with you today!

Remember when this amazing calendar journal that was posted on Design*Sponge? Well I've always loved the idea, and recently needed a bridal shower gift.

Because I wanted to cater it slightly to the couple, I chose to make the index cards resemble library checkout cards and replaced the vintage postcard for book cover postcards (from Anthropologie). The couple loves reading, so this was perfect! Another kicker—the bridal shower was hosted/attended by our book club group!

What do you think? Do you like the small change?


embellish the front porch

Those sickly numbers needed to go the moment I moved in. I bought the slick numbers from a home improvement store months back, but was just able to get the pretty wood for mounting.

Next, I added a cluster of plants that I am hoping survive the summer. I must stop the cycle of buying plants just to kill them within months. They suck me in!

Lastly, I added this little guy! Picked up from a craft store last year, I now love him.

Has the spring weather inspired any of you to embellish your outdoors? Add your link in the comments if you've posted about it, I'd love to see!


eggstra awesome diy's

So super late post today. Things are a little squirly with the upcoming holiday. Working on some ideas for an Easter brunch this weekend. I'm loving this little book page nest, I think it'll find a way into the weekend decor. Found the tutorial here, by Ellen Luckett Baker.

Below are more lovely egg diy ideas, for you to squeeze in the next few days.

Easter Surprise by Not Martha

Paint Chip Garland by Modern Parents Messy Kids (via Amy Atlas)

Eggstra Special Message by Present&Correct

Upcycle Egg Bunting by Flax & Twine

Sienna Eggs by Kim Foren, Photo by Erica Ann, Styling by Billede Design


stunning ezine *styled*

You must check out this crazy pretty magazine. Victoria of A Subtle Revelry pulled together an amazing team to create some amazing eye candy for us all—with entertaining tips, diy's, and shopping ideas.

And to make this even better, she featured my cookie downloads link! So flattered! It's listed under "100 Reasons to Celebrate". Super fun. I don't know about you, but I plan to celebrate. Thanks so much, Victoria!

First Image: Photography by Carly Taylor, Styled by Victoria Hudgins


just add ruffles diy

Everything is better with ruffles! Especially my shower curtain—which went to the land of ruffles this week.

I searched and found these instructions, but didn't find a step by step so I decided to make my own.

1 // Use pinking shears to cut strips of fabric (ruffles shown are 1.5" wide).
2 // Sew a line down center of each fabric strip.
3 // Take one thread and pull tight, scrunching fabric into ruffles.
4 // Once the strip of fabric is completely ruffled, smooth out to make an even appearance. Then pin down (to other fabric surface) and sew another straight line following the previous seam.

While pretty basic, the six stripes did take about 4 hours of ruffling and sewing. The personality it adds to the bathroom is well worth it though.

Hope you are having a great week!


a crafty st. patrick's day

A Friday round-up of Irish fun for next week!

After researching for this post I'm now in the mood for some St. Patrick's Day celebration. And some homemade Irish cream might be calling my name...

Craft/Images Sources:
1 // 2 // 3 (via Pinterest) // 4 (via Pinterest) // 5 (via Re-Nest) // 6 // 7 (via Pinterest) // 8 // 9 // 10 (via Twig&Thistle) // 11


helpful painting tutorial

At least I'll attempt to be helpful.

So to get here (above), we gotta start here (below).

Taping all edges is first up. Then prep space for painting by using newspaper/etc to cover all area. TIP: I think propping the mirror up off the surface/floor would have been beneficial to prevent pooling paint at the bottom edge. Cutting off the dried paint was far less appealing than a nice backside edge.

Meet my new best friend. Primer spray paint—oh, how I love you. This stuff was so easy to apply and I think made the finished product look really good. I plan to use this on every paint project from now on.

Taking this project seriously, I bought a NICE edging brush and good paint. The three supplies (primer/brush/paint) ran just over $20, but made for a great end product finish.

After one primer and two coats of paint, I removed the tape before the second coat was dry. Needless to say I had a few leaks and paint on the mirror (above). To clean up the mirror surface, I used fingernail polish remover (with acetone) and razor blade. This worked really well and I don't think the mirror sustained any damage during its makeover.

All purdy and ready to hang!

While not the most inspiring post I've ever written, I hope it's helpful when you come across a paint project in the future. Have a most excellent weekend! I plan to do some crafty projects and should have fun things to show next week. How about your weekend plans???


hanging vases {round up}

After working on my bathroom wall decor, I wanted to find more pretty vases and boy did I ever. Now I want to hang vases everywhere! So magical. {click on image for source}

Great way to start out the week!