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pillow cover diy by tie that binds

Happy Monday-that-follows-a-holiday! To kick off the festive season I wanted to feature this holiday DIY by Mekala of Tie That Binds. I'm such a sucker for anything burlap, especially these bold type pillows.

Another thing that makes these fabulous is that you can use any currently owned decorative pillows by making slip covers to dress them up for the season. Find the step-by-step instructions here.

Aren't they so great?! There are also great custom Christmas cards available in her Etsy shop so be sure to check them out if you're looking for a stylish card this year. So glad she let me share with you!

All photography by Tie That Binds, full diy instructions here.


autumn decor

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few on-the-cheap decor ideas.

For my porch, I snatched up a few mum plants from Home Depot (only $3 ea!) along with a small pumpkin, and then added a chalkboard welcome sign. I think this makes a pleasant fall greeting for guests...even if it's just the mail delivery person who visits.

And corn. The idea was used in a wedding I styled this month—and I figured it makes for a great seasonal candle accent. I didn't want one lonely candle, so I used all the small votive holders on hand.

And lastly I made a fall bouquet. Then I decided to tell you all about my new found passion (floral styling) in another post. So for now just a quick look ;)

What new ideas are you using this fall? Anything that rocked your socks off?


stencil letters banner diy

A fun little tutorial that can be customized in any way. I wanted a fun welcome sign for a party I'm working on tonight, so I threw this together.

Supplies: The only supplies you need are these small (3.5") stencil letters, available at home improvement stores. Usually they are located by the "for sale" signs and house numbers, and they are so great for many many projects. Ribbon and/or string are the only other supply you need.

Tools: A hole punch and spray paint—if you don't want yellow letters.

After spray painting the letters cream, I hole punched the tops and threaded the string through them. Next, I just selected some lace and ribbon to add some color and interest to the banner.

And now we have a pretty guest welcome! Like I said, super customizable and easy to repurpose. Now I must finish up a few items and then on to decorating for tonight's party! Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone.


updated light bulb diy

Late night Monday post—typical of myself these days. Recently I acquired a new set of bookshelves (which I can hardly wait to share with you). But first, I must fill them up with diy decor! Here is a small project I worked on today.

This light bulb diy is a version of this tutorial from Design*Sponge. It was pretty simple to create, although I may have broken a few too many bulbs. Though I like the original heart filament, I want to subtly incorporate a few favorite Scriptures into my home decor and this diy was a perfect way to do just that. The quote shown is Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path." 

So what do you think? Do you a favorite ways you've seen small inspirations incorporated into decor?


outdoor pallet table diy

A midweek hello to you!

One of the many things keeping me busy lately has been a backyard overhaul. While I wait to finish a few final touches to the backyard/patio, I want to share our diy pallet table.

To make the table, we used two wood pallets, one 4x4, 4 caster wheels with nuts & bolts, L-brackets & skrews, and then gray stain. First we determined the height we wanted (21"), subtracted the height of the casters and two pallets (15"), then cut the 4x4s for the additional 6" legs. We then attached the 4 legs to the top of the lower pallet and also the underside of the upper pallet. After attaching the 4 casters using nuts & bolts, we decided a little color might look nice. We chose a gray stain hoping for a subtle coloring, but the wood absorbed stain so fast we ended up with a nearly black table. And I will add the amount of work to cover every surface inside of the pallets was....brutal. Do-over I would probably recomend keeping the natural wood color. I still really like the dark look and the size of the table is perfect for our patio.

So there you have it! Works great as an outdoor movable table, and a great alternative to expensive patio furniture. If anyone is interested in more specific direction, just let me know. I realize this wasn't the most detailed diy ever posted.

What do you think of the final product?

// UPDATE // My apologies that this DIY is not a very clear step-by-step. Please read through the comments to make sure your question is not answered there. If you still have a very specific question, I will try to answer via email. With so many repeat questions, emails are often buried in my inbox so I want to apologize ahead for tardy responses. Your understanding is greatly appreciated!


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?


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!


new coffee table

This may borderline on polygamy, but from this day forward my husband will have to share my affection with a new resident.

This is the first piece of furniture that I've had such affinity for. Well—the first furniture that I've actually owned. The coffee table was custom built by a craftsman using reclaimed barnwood, and in my opinion is shabby chic perfection. I like to sit and admire it. A lot.

The above image is the underside of the coffee table drawer (to hide those ugly remotes) that showcases a photograph of the barn where some of the repurposed wood came from. Even most of the nails/skrews are recycled. I found the craftsman through some friends that had custom furniture made. More images of his work can be found on the site Burning Barn Furniture. Isn't new furniture the best?!

Hope you are having an uplifting day today!


spring chores and a spring bouquet

Hope you are having a great week! Does the nice weather make the whole world a better place for you? It sure does for me. With the great weather comes a little work, and I couldn't find a "simple list of house upkeep tips" on the www, so now I'm making my own.

A little spring cleaning is GREAT therapy. Because we've only owned a home for 1.5 years—I wasn't privy the annual chores required to keep a house in working order. I wanted to throw together a quick list of some research I found. Some obvious, but others may be surprisingly helpful. 

annual house upkeep tips

We purchased this reusable filter (located where air enters furnace). It was easy to disassemble and run through the dishwasher. Another really great idea is to clean vents and make sure that no furniture or other debris are blocking vents. Our vents are exposed in our dungeon basement, but many houses will be more difficult. *This is recommended every 3 months.


Clear out all gutters of debris and check for any broken or loose pieces. Also, make sure all downspouts direct water away from the house. This spring we installed a rain barrel on a downspout that had inconvenient drainage onto our patio.

Purchase some root killer and use on the main house drain (ours is next to our washing machine in the basement). This cleans out all the drain pipes going away from the home, killing all the root blockage.

This is my favorite spring cleaning tip. I hate creepy crawlies. Home Defense is your best friend when it comes to unwanted house guests. It takes a little time to spray all along inside and out of every window, door, and floorboard but so worth the time and $$$.

Change batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Have fireplace/chimney cleaned
Clean vent behind dryer
Drain off sediment from base of hot water tank
Grind ice cubes to clean garbage disposal and flush with hot water/baking soda
Clean Ceiling Fans

And most important, add a pretty spring bouquet! My amazingly sweet grandmother-in-law made this PERFECT quilted table center as an Easter gift. I couldn't resist making a complimentary bouquet to show it off. Ranunculus (one of my favorite flowers) are in season and lemons make a good team.

I hope this list can be helpful to some. For more nifty cleaning lists, visit here, courtesy of Miss Martha Stewart. And please do share if you have some chores that you love (or hate).


wallpaper and a creative rut

I am loving wallpaper lately. Do these images not make you want it in every room?

On the note of fabulous images that generate all kinds of envy—it may not yet be apparent to you, but I am stuck (creatively speaking). We've all been there, and who knows all the many contributing factors to a creative rut. Monday's post (or lack of) was a craft project that I totally botched, and I'm feeling that way about most of life. I want my blog content to be 90% my projects/images, and lately this has not been the case.

To cope this week, I plan to post pretty things I've found elsewhere. Next week I hope to have a set plan for my own creative projects. Additional coping mechanisms are to stop thinking negative thoughts. Sometimes I just feel bombarded with all the amazingly talented people out there, not to mention the onslaught of absolutely stunning images and brilliance we encounter daily (thanks to blogs!). Every once in a while I feel like I just don't measure up, that these people have it all together and my creativity is so so. This is when I gotta step back and say "I just need to do what I love and stop worrying". What I'm going to do is write down MY own goals/passions, to develop a strategy and re-focus. Crossing the fingers next week is a better week!

How about you? Can anyone relate? What are some helpful tips to kick the creative rut? I've bolded mine above, but would appreciate your input.

Images Sources:
1 // Graham & Brown (via Pinterest)
2 // Cole & Son Paper (via Design*Sponge, first image by Elisabeth Dunker)
3 // Printed Space (via Pinterest)
4 // Image styled by Miles Redd for Domino Mag (via Pinterest)