Happy Monday!

Good morning, friends! It’s been a while! Work & life has been keeping me pretty busy of late, but I am five days away from a nice long spring break – and I couldn’t be more excited and ready for some ME time!

I did take a stab at a few projects this weekend, but most of them are still drying (it was a paint & stain filled Sunday). My most exciting project, however, has been the photography class I am taking from Clickin Moms. I will tell you ALL about it after I wrap up the three week course – but I will tell you that, only one week in, I have already learned SO much about my camera & how to use it to create purposeful images!

My model this week had four legs and a little more fur than most of the kiddos & babies my classmates were shooting, but Emma was more than happy to bask in the sunlight in her favorite spot on top of our loveseat while I shot some images of her using natural light & manual focus.

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And all I had to say was “bacon” to get her to look at me. Like mother, like dog-daughter I guess.

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I had better luck shooting some stationary tulips – aren’t you just SO happy that it’s finally SPRING!??

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Nothing like a cute pup & some cheery flowers to start off the week, right? I hope you have a great Monday!

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DIY Minimalist Dream Catcher

I’ve lately become intrigued by dream catchers – and have wanted to take a stab at making my own version of the traditional Native American emblem. That said, I had very little confidence in my ability to weave the beautiful, intricate patterns found in a traditional dream catcher. This minimalist, modern take requires very little skill – and while it may not be very effective at catching dreams, it sure is pretty!

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Supplies:

12 ” Gold Macrame Ring

White Suede Lace

Jute Twine & White String

Wooden Beads

Feathers (not pictured)

Scissors & Hot Glue Gun

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Using a dab of hot glue to secure the suede at your starting point, begin to wrap the suede lace tightly around the ring.

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I decided to go about 3/4 of the way around the ring with the suede. I also decided to paint my nails for the first time in approximately eight months, so… yay me.

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Before I glued down the end, I strung on some beads, and arranged them in random places around the pattern. A dab of hot glue under the bottom bead keeps them from sliding around too much.

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Next, I looped on some jute twine and white string, in alternating order, on the bottom of my ring.

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The whole thing took about thirty minutes to make – and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result!

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Here she is hanging over our headboard – ready to catch a dream or two!

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Are you a fan of dream catchers? I’ve never had one before, but I’m definitely enjoying this one!

Luck of the Irish

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I’m not Irish – but I sure love Shamrock shakes & a nice cold pint of Guinness. So happy St. Patrick’s day, friends! I’ve got my green on, and I’m ready to eat some Irish soda bread.
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And if you happen to need some last minute St. Patty’s day decor – why not cut a lucky four leaf clover out of some gold card stock & stick it in a frame? You’ll get an inexpensive good luck charm to last you through all the parties & corned beef you can handle.

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Have a great day!

Embroidered Wall Hanging (From a Placemat!)

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So, I was strolling through Target, admiring ceramic snails and galvanized metal trays (seriously, Target’s Threshold line is my favorite ever), when I happened upon a lovely section of clearance items. This placemat immediately caught my eye – I loved the colors, and loved the price tag even more!

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I grabbed the only remaining two, but with very little intention of using them as actual placemats. Here’s how I created this super cheerful wall hanging for around $2!

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Supplies:

Cloth Placemat

Embroidery Thread

Square Dowel

Wood Glue

Needle (with a bigger eye for the embroidery thread)

Not pictured – straight pins & twine

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I printed out a nice large “hello” in my favorite font – Sacramento – and pinned it in place.

I doubled the thread to ensure my letters stood out nicely, and then began to stitch along the center of the lettering. (I added an inch or so of lead in to the h).

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I did not worry too much about keeping the stitches consistent – I found it worked nicely to do longer stitches for the straight parts of each letter, and smaller stitches around the curves.

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After I traced all the letters, I tied the thread off securely in the back, and then very carefully removed the paper. I cut the excess paper away, and carefully pulled/tore the paper in pieces while making sure the stitching stayed intact.

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The final step was to use the wood glue to attach the dowel to the top of the placemat, and then to tie a piece of twine for hanging it.

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I am so, so happy with this. The colors are so springy and fun!

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Make anything awesome for two bucks lately? Or find a fun new use for something ordinary, like a placemat?

Tuesday Things – Decorating with Radiant Orchid

I’m sure you’ve heard that the Pantone color of the year is “Radiant Orchid”. In theory, I am completely in love with the color. But I don’t have the first idea as to how to decorate with Radiant Orchid – and I’m not convinced it would work in the palette of my home. But, that’s not to say I can’t browse the web for some amazing inspiration!

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I ADORE this painted office chair that Traci from Beneath My Heart made using the Pantone color of the year. And that office space – wow. So fresh & cheerful!

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This space from Sköna Hem magazine is so sweet & charming – and the little pop of radiant orchid in that floor pillow is perfect!

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It can feel formal and romantic:

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Yet radiant orchid can also make for a fun & playful accent color. I love the juxtaposition of rustic & modern in this dining room:

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What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating “Radiant Orchid” into your home decor? Although I’m on the fence, I do have a little test pot of the Pantone paint sitting in my closet – I’m sure I’ll think of something fun to do with it!

Breakfast-Themed Gift Basket

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Happy Monday, guys! I’m ready to kick off your week with an idea for a lovely birthday, hostess, or just-because gift. I assembled this as a birthday gift for one of my dearest friends, and sort of love the way it turned out.

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The inspiration for this gift basket came from this adorable spreading knife from the beautiful For Such a Time Designs Esty shop. Shop owner Aly designs the most charming hand stamped vintage silverware – like this pair of his & hers ice cream spoons I purchased for Valentine’s Day.

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The minute I saw this knife, I knew I wanted to buy it for my musically-inclined friend. The rest of the basket just came to be after one of my regular Sunday trips to Target!

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In the gift basket: White Cappuccino Mug, Tea Towel, Mason Jar Soy Candle, Apricot Preserves (all from Target, including the basket/tray) & the This is my jam hand-stamped vintage knife from For Such a Time Designs.

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Assemble your items of choice (I threw in some K-cups for good measure), and gift away!

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DIY Wood Photo Frames

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After using some of the prints my latest order of matte 4 x 4 photo squares from Social Print Studio in my DIY Arrow Picture Mobile, I still have a whole bunch left – which means I get to keep working on fun & creative ways to display them!

These DIY wooden frames are a cinch to make – and the are super inexpensive, which makes them even better!

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To make your own wood frames (which can easily be customized to any shape or size), you will need:

Balsam Wood Square Dowels (I buy mine at Michael’s for >>>>> each)

X-Acto Knife and Cutting Mat (or any cutting board)

Sandpaper

Wood Glue

Photos! (Again, my prints are 4×4 squares ordered from Social Print Studio).

Optional: Wood stain or paint (not pictured). I used some Miniwax dark walnut stain that I had on hand for one of my frames.

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Measure your cuts so the frame will fit nicely over the edges of your photo. I cut two pieces to 4″, and 2 pieces to 3 1/4″.

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Use sandpaper to even the rough edges after you make your cuts, and then glue the frame together using wood glue. Then stain or paint if you wish – or leave the wood natural. I attached the photos to the backs of the frames with small pieces of double stick tape – and they are holding well. You could glue them, too, for a more permanent hold.

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I love that you could make a whole bunch of these, and paint/stain them to suit your decor – for just a few bucks!

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The photograph on the left is of my Mommom when she was around 10 years old – sometime in the early 1940′s. I love this particular photo so much – she looks so beautiful.

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Have some photographs lying around that really deserve to be framed and displayed? Get on that – these frames could not be simpler!