This weekend Nick and I purchased our first Christmas tree together. It was a spontaneous decision – we just pulled into the parking lot and decided to look around…45 minutes we left with an 8 foot tree. Good thing we drove the pick-up. We also ran across the highway to get hot cocoa. It seemed necessary.
I can’t wait to decorate the tree! We put lights up so far, but now we must collect/make ornaments since we don’t have any saved from years past. Doing this together will be one of my favorite memories years from now. My favorite parts so far have been watching Nick carry the huge tree into the house, and holding the tree steady to put it in the stand. My face was nestled into the branches as I hugged it to stay upright and the scent of the tree brought to mind so many lovely childhood Christmas memories. I now lean in, very closely, to smell it each time I walk by.
But until we can share pictures of our tree, I’ve brought to you a small DIY Christmas project this evening. If you have been inspired by the amazing wreaths from Terrain like I have been, you may be itching to hang one of your own ( but hesitating on the price). It is very simple to make your own wreath and there are tons of varieties out there! I suggest going for a walk to find some ‘ingredients’ from nature. For my own wreath, I used a large branch from our Christmas tree that we had to remove to put the tree in the stand. For the ring you can use wire, embroidery hoops, or basically anything round you don’t mind hot glueing tree branches onto. Nick found an old lamp shade in the garage for me.
Working with small pieces, I glued the branches in a circular motion around the outer rim first. It took almost an hour to fill in the entire area, but I was quite happy with the final project. Especially happy that I can smell Christmas as soon as I’m home.
A few weeks ago I decided to paint these TV Trays with chalkboard paint. They were a $5 find at a yard sale last summer, and I haven’t used them once ‘as is’. The makeover was just what these trays needed, and at the Bridal Shower I threw this weekend, they were the perfect thing to keep a little girl busy while her mom and I set the table with food and drinks. I can imagine setting them out at a party with notes about the menu or playing tic-tac-toe with your bf while eating din din.
Real Life Pinterest? Yes please.
We all love Pinterest. What’s not to love? But fabric covered cork boards will suffice IRL.
These are somewhat ancient (they’ve been around since college), but after uncovering them in a long forgotten pile of stuff I placed them in my craft room ready for action. My favorite part about these boards is the fabric, a beautifully patterned vintage fabric that was my mom’s – I didn’t want to make something out of it that I may grow out of and/or ruin, so I used it on this project instead. Four (or five) years later I am still happy when I see them.
Ok ok, embarassing confession.
All the way back in 2008, I did make something out of it that I could wear.
And I did take this picture.
Let’s just keep that between us, shall we?
Since you last saw them, the brunch chairs have been moved inside. Although they are not completely finished (I’d like to add cushions), I thought I’d give you a visual update on their progress.
So have you ever seen those Jonathan Adler white ceramic animals posted on hip interior design sites? Well when I found a terra cotta chicken pot in our smokehouse (an outdoor building that at one point we believed was used to smoke meats), I was inspired to DIY my new chicken into a trendy white planter.
Here is the pot before – it had a few scratches and I wanted the color to be one that popped more.
All it took was a few rounds of white spray paint and a trip to the garden center for a neon pothos, and now my chicken planter is a new favorite in the kitchen. Even the pope seems to agree.
This year Nick and I made quite a few DIY gifts for Christmas, including the above chalkboard tray for Mike and Linds. When Mike posted this picture today, I realized we forgot an essential part of the package…
Look at this dress. It was just destined to become a sleeveless summer dress. A thrift store purchase to crafty afternoon project to vibrant summer number. What could be better?
If you ever need to cut the sleeves off of anything – I’m your girl.
Here it is! My Earth Day Dress. Up-cycled from a very long and large, heavily shoulder-padded dress, I rocked this dress all day on Friday and loved every minute of it. A new favorite!
Did you do anything fun for Earth Day?
This afternoon I made a quick stop at Salvation Army for 1/2 Off Wednesday and I came across a flip-top bottle, just like the one above. I’ve been buying milk in a bag lately and I’m on the search for the perfect glass jar/jug for milk storage. Inititally, that was the intended purpose for the bottle – but just now I came across this recipe for Ginger Beer. A good friend of mine LOVES ginger beer, and I’d have to say I’m a fan myself. Making our own sounds like the perfect summer project!
Since the weather was incredible today, we spent our entire evening in the garden after work. Every teeny tiny little seedling has been transplanted into straight and neatly spaced rows. Now we wait. And stay on lookout for groundhogs.