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thanksgiving garland swag diy

Just a weee bit obsessed with these pretty corn husk flowers...so I've used them to make a garland swag for my Thanksgiving table!

The pre-made garlands/swags (at Hobby Lobby) weren't to my taste. Instead I found a greenery bunch I liked better. To make the swag, I simply hot glued the green stems to each other to form a 3ft swag. From there I arranged the 6 flowers to my liking and then glued them to the stems.

I love how wiley and assymetrical it feels! And using a piece of wood as the runner...eep. SWOON.

Any fun weekend plans?! I'll be teaching on "creative gift giving" at a short seminar called Generosity on a Budget, which will be exciting. And don't worry, I plan to recap the content for Monday's post! How about you, what will you be up to?

If you missed the instructions for the flowers > Corn Husk Flower DIY


classy dinnerware on a budget

With Thanksgiving a mere 7 days away, I wanted to share a tip for purchasing elegant dinnerware at an affordable price. Even better is that this look is more tailored and unique (which I love).

The average place setting costs around $25 each, totalling $200+ for a table of 8. I was able to get a 8 placesettings (with napkins) for nearly half that cost—at just under $125. Here's what I did:

I used these standard white plates from World Market for the main dish, then added character using fun salad plates. I wanted two different salad plates for even more variety so I chose this one and the birds were on clearance at Dilliards. For napkins I went with these affordable buffet napkins and also bought latte bowls to match my color scheme (not shown).

Together they all look so good! And you can mix & match for any style you want, which is much more fun than having everything the same.

Do you like the variety? Does this make you want to rethink your dinnerware?

Pst...that middle image shows a peek of my Thankgiving garland. It turned out SO lovely—I'll have more on that tomorrow!


inspiration archive // 7

Hoping to use gilding in an upcoming project! Isn't a subtle touch of gold just amazing?!

Featured Lovely By: Mikel Irastorza on Houzz (via sfgirlbybay)


inspiration archive // 5

Happy Monday to you. After some relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this week. And it doesn't hurt that next weekend includes a holiday...!

I love the messy thread in this wall art. Endless inspiration from the recently discovered Dottie Angel.

Featured Lovely By: Dottie Angel


multi-purpose napkin holder

Happy Monday! How is July nearly over already?! The months fly by so quickly.

The other day I came across this simply irresistible napkin holder at Target (only $4.99!). I can't quite decide what I should use it for...

Don't you love a great functional-yet-inexpensive home addition? Any other ideas for better use???

Also pictured: Fabric by Amy Butler // Recipe cards by One Canoe Two //


starting a facelift {the hutch}

So a different kind of post today. Most of my house is full of projects that could be cute but just need a little TLC. I'm going to attempt one and document my process. This is a stretch for me 1) I hate showing ugly photos and 2) now I'm actually accountable to finish the project—which happens to be the kitchen hutch. 

Now don't let the photos decieve you, this guy is not in good shape. All the doors are bowed out, the paint job was awful and must be 10 coats, and on the right you can see the glass has paint around all it's edges.

To start the project we NEED a little inspiration to get moving, and to let you in on the vision.

I'm worried this will be 4x the amount of work I'd like to spend on it. So you must have patience. The goal is the end of the month, but I have some traveling to schedule around....And I think that's my last disclaimer for this blog post. Now time to let the magic happen!

Image Sources: 1. Making It Lovely // 2. Remodelaholic // 3. Gracefully Vintage (via Pinterest) //


diy laundry & dishwasher soap {review}

So I've been easing into the homemade soaps movement.  Saving money and avoiding harmful chemicals are the only perks I need to be interested. Bonus being hardly any work (less than a monthly shopping trip). Here are my thoughts on the two recipes I'm using.

Laundry Soap // I LOVE this stuff and couldn't be happier. So much for so little $! There isn't a strong smell to the clean clothes, but that is because I am choosing not to use softener or add scented ingredient.

Dishwasher Soap // So far this is not comparable to store bought. I may experiment with rinse aids to help with residue, but it's also really crusty which makes it hard to dig out. I want to research other recipes, but overall it's still been a good buy.

Both these recipes came from Being Creative to Keep My Sanity. I've also tested a handsoap recipe (total flop), but I didn't use the bar in the recipe so I'll need to try again...when I run out of this gallon of snot soap....which may take years...

Has anyone else had luck with making their own household soaps? Perhaps cleaners???


diy bokashi bucket composting

Happy Monday! This coming Sunday is Earth Day so this week will feature earth friendly posts. Today I'm sharing my latest eco venture—Bokashi composting.

why bokashi composting?

No smell. Does not attract insects. Low maintenance. Quick and convenient. Small scale. Bokashi creates a liquid that is steroids for house & yard plants (called bokashi tea). You can ferment ANYTHING, including meat and dairy, dead leaves, paper, etc. Did I mention no smell???

Bokashi mix is also great for eliminating the stink in kitty litter boxes AND you could make an outdoor bin for dog doo doo if you'd like a better way to discard dog waste (do not use this as compost for edible plants).

what is bokashi?

Originating in Japan, bokashi is perfect for urban dwellers with little space because it can be kept indoors. The bokashi mix contains effective microorganisms (EM) that ferment the food, as opposed to letting food decompose. If you are interested in learning more about the biology in layman terms, this is a good read. I purchased my bokashi mixture from this local store for $12. It is also available online or you can make your own bokashi if you are really hard core.

step by step of using bokashi

Here is what composting looks like for me. Once the bucket is made (directions below), you throw in a few handfuls of bokashi and then start a layer of food.

Every time food is added another handful of bokashi is thrown on top, then I use plastic bag to keep it airtight before adding the bucket lid.

I only add scraps every 2-3 days, so in the mean time I collect food in a plastic container that is stored in the freezer.

Once the entire bucket is full (which has only taken me about one month!) it is sealed for two weeks. Note: Because there is this two week gap, we are probably going to make a second bucket. After this point the pickled food will need work (or maybe you can hand off to a gardner you know). Bokashi bucket contents need to be buried underground for 2-4 weeks in order to become actual compost. Once I complete this step I'll update the post about my experience.

diy bokashi bucket

TOOLS // Electric drill.
SUPPLIES // Two 5-gallon buckets (or large tupperware or kitty litter buckets), screen cut to fit bucket, bucket lid, and bokashi mix.

Optional: Spigot, O-rings, and a connecting side.

Take one bucket and drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

The spigot goes on the bucket without holes and was slightly complicated. And I'm not sure it's necessary. Once we drilled a hole for the spigot and screwed it into the connecting side, we still had to use calking to seal it for leaks. Do over, I'd skip this. We have yet to accumulate enough "bokashi tea" to use the spigot. Instead, you could lift up the inside bucket every 3-4 days and dump out the tea that has accumulated.

Once finished you have: outside bucket with or w/o spigot, inside holy bucket containing the screen, and then a lid. Rough cost estimate: Buckets $3 ea, used screen free, lid $3, spigot + rings + connector $7, bokashi mix $12, totaling $28. You can also purchase pre-made bucket sets for around $60.

bokashi wrap up

All this may sound really complicated but I promise it is not bad at all. This post is long because I wanted to give a general overview of this composting method. So far I really like using bokashi and it's been really convenient. Feel free to ask any questions about getting started, I am no professional but feel somewhat knowledgeable!

Happy heart the earth week!

Resources used for DIY: Bokashi Blog, Just Like My Nan Made, Lulu-Lenore


ruffled gray felt pillow

Happy Monday!

Excited to share yesterday's sewing project with you, combining my favorites—gray, felt, and ruffles! Inspired by a pillow I saw in Target (which they don't have online to show you), although their ruffles go across the entire front. But after four hours, I decided three ruffle rows was plenty—haha.

So happy with the pillow that now I feel inspired to keep decorating all of my house!

How was your weekend? Productive? Relaxing? Busy? Hopefully fun!


doily collage {wall decor}

Hello, friends!

Today brings a wall installation I put together for my friend/new neighbor. I love balancing wall art with a mix of 2D and 3D art, bringing in various prints and textures. Below is the basic instructions, should you be interested in making a similar collage. Do you also like the mixing of prints & textures on walls?

Have a great week!

INSTRUCTIONS: To make the doily collage only requires a few steps. First place them in the most aesthetically pleasing arrangement, balancing different sizes/colors. Then tie together in a few places using sewing thread. Once they are all connected, you can submerge the collage in a slightly diluted mix of mod-podge and water. Wring out the glue and place the doilies on wax paper to dry. Make sure to flatten out every part of the doilies and then dry overnight. Hang using a few straight pins.

Art Sources: Wall prints by Kari Herer // Dresser print by Katie Daisy