Wednesday

DIY sputnik chandelier

Goodness, I did not mean to take that long of a break from the blog!  I am actually just popping in today to ask a quick favor.  My DIY sputnik chandelier is part of a contest from Bob Vila.  It only takes a second to vote and I would so appreciate it!  CLICK HERE TO VOTE


I'm starting on the stenciling in the nursery today so wish me luck!  It's going to be a tedious project so I'm hoping I can knock it out this week and then get to the fun stuff.  Hopefully I'll have an update on it soon.  Thanks for sticking with me!

DIY Bow Organizer

My daughter's bow collection has grown a bit out of control over the last few years and she needed a new way to store them and keep things a little more organized.  I didn't really want to spend much on this project so I turned my garage and some leftover ribbon for inspiration.  This is so easy to do and has worked great for us so far!  

You'll basically just need some ribbon, cup hooks, a frame, and a hot glue gun.  I keep a stash of frames in my garage for projects just like this one.  

To start, I spray painted the frame gold.  Then I drilled holes all along the bottom edge about one inch apart.


After the holes are drilled, gently screw in the cup hooks.  These hooks work great for headbands, necklaces, and belts.   


After your hooks are attached, flip the frame over and attach the ribbons.  I used a little hot glue to secure the ribbons to the frame on each end.  You could also try using a staple gun for this, but I couldn't get the staples to go into this particular frame. 


Flip it over and start organizing!    



Somehow we've already managed to fill the bow portion completely up!  I think this would make a great baby shower gift or even a birthday gift for a little girl.  It's so easy to make and personalize too! 

Thursday

Nursery Plans

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a great time just hanging out with family and exchanging gifts.  It was definitely a great Christmas and one of the best parts was that we found out we are having a baby boy!  If you follow me on instagram (dwellingsbydevore) then you may have already seen this little announcement.  Thank you all for your sweet words and congratulations, I read every one and it meant so much to me!  We are beyond thrilled and feel incredibly thankful that the Lord has blessed us with another addition to our family.  This also explains my lack of blogging lately.  I just haven't had the motivation to blog and my focus has been elsewhere, but now that I'm right at the halfway mark I'm ready to start kicking out some projects that I know will be much harder to complete once I have a newborn.  

One of the biggest things on my list is the nursery.  I loved designing my daughter's nursery (so funny how much my taste has changed) and now her big girl room, but I have to say I'm really excited about designing a boy room.  I love all things earthy and natural and I just feel like those things are perfect for a masculine space.  So here's a little peek of where we are heading.  Of course as the plan evolves I'm sure things will change here and there.  It actually all started with this giant bear head that we found at Target after Christmas.  It was 50% off in the store and I thought it definitely screamed boy!  Of course my husband locked eyes on it and was immediately sold on it.  He's a little more interested in the nursery this time around and it's sweet to see the things he picks.  So the overall plan is woodsy with maybe a subtle camping/animal theme. 


We already have several of the big items, like the crib and glider, so we will mostly just be filling in the gaps with some accessories and paint.  I can't wait to get started.  I'm pretty sure I'll be regretting picking that stencil, but I really do have my heart set on it.  So if you have any stenciling tips I'm all ears!

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Friday

Sweet Treat Themed Tree

Hi friends!  I'm breaking my unintentional blog hiatus with a quick post about my daughter's sweet treat themed tree.  I like to do something a little fun for her tree every year and this year we went with this fun theme.  


It started with these ornaments my mom picked up for her at Hobby Lobby.


I mean who can resist a tiny pink mixer?


And then I picked up this Hallmark ornament on sale last year because I just thought it was so cute.


We still needed to fill in the gaps so we made a few of our own creations.  I love making salt dough ornaments every year.  You can see the ones we made a few years ago here.  They are still some of my favorites!  It's a really fun tradition that my daughter loves.  They are so cheap and easy to make and if a few get broken in storage it's not a big deal.  It also allows you to change your theme up without breaking the bank.  

The recipe we use is: 

1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water

Combine all the ingredients together until a soft dough forms.  Kneed the dough for a few minutes until it's soft and no longer crumbly.  Roll it out on a lightly floured surface just like you would cookie dough.  Cut out the shapes using cookie cutters of your choice.  If the dough sticks just add a little flour to the cookie cutters.  Then bake the ornaments in a 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours.  The amount of time will depend on the thickness of the ornaments.  After they have cooled paint them and then seal them with a clear sealer of your choice.  The first year we used a spray clear sealer and this year we used modge podge.  Both seemed to work well. 

I decorated some of them.


And then I resisted my inner perfectionist and let my daughter go to town on the rest.  The girl does not shy away from color or paint!







Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  If you get around to trying this recipe I'd love to hear how it goes!

Thursday

Christmas Home Tour

It's hard to believe Christmastime is already here!  We put our tree up a few weeks before Thanksgiving just so we could enjoy it a little longer this year, as it always feels like the holidays fly by.  Today I'm sharing a little bit of our Christmas decor and participating in the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours hosted by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co.  If you missed the tours from earlier this week head on over to her blog and work your way through.  Also, if you are popping over from Michaela Noelle Designs beautiful tour, welcome!  I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  Let's get started with the tour.

For the last several years I've gone with a more neutral color palette for Christmas and this year I decided to change it up a bit.  I wanted something different and fun and it all started with a thrifted white Christmas tree I found.  I've always loved the look of a white Christmas tree, but I couldn't really justify buying one when we already had a perfectly good one.  So I  actually bought two identical trees at the Habitat Restore that someone had donated and pieced them together to make one tree with working lights :)  


I also added a little red to the mantle to tie the two areas together.




And I was able to use my red zebra wrapping paper from the after Christmas sale at Target last year.







These gold metallic pillows were way cheap at Ross and I thought they would add just the right amount of holiday cheer to our sectional.  And of course I love metallics so I'm sure they'll stick around after Christmas too.


I hated to not use our Christmas tree from last year so I added little festiveness to my office.  I loved being able to add a few touches of pink too.


I decided to forgo the garland in the foyer this year and just keep it simple.  The Trader Joe's boxwood wreaths are a favorite of mine this time of year.




I'm still putting a few finishing holiday touches on some other areas of our home so be sure to check back for those soon.  Now head on over to A Creative Day Blog to see her beautiful home all decorated for the  season!

And for a peek at last year's tour click here


Wednesday

Blue Botanical Prints

Our guest room is finally finished and just in time for the holidays!  I'll be sharing a full reveal of the room and a few more projects in the next few weeks, but today I want to talk about the artwork that helped pull it all together.  I've always loved botanical prints and thought they would be a perfect fit in this space.  I'll talk more about where I found the prints and how I manipulated the color on them in another post, but for now I want to focus on the framing and printing.  I used SnapBox Prints for the framing and printing and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.  The process was super simple and the product is very high quality for an affordable price.  They often have sales too so you can get an even better deal!  


I chose the framed fine art paper in a 16 x 20.  The 3 inch white border mimics a traditional mat.  It's a really nice finishing touch.    






I was provided two framed prints to review, but as always I only share things that I love and think that you would too!  

Friday

BSHT Thanksgiving Edition

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I know I probably say it every year, but this year has flown by especially fast!  Today I'm sharing my Thanksgiving tablescape as a part of the BSHT Thanksgiving Edition hosted by Lindsay at the White Buffalo Styling Co.  I've loved seeing the rest of the inspiring table settings so far.  If you've missed them you can start at Lindsay's blog and work your way through.  If you're hopping over from The Makerista, welcome!  Let's get started with the tour!

I kept things really simple and tried to use what I already had to create a simple and elegant table setting.




Wrapping paper makes a great table runner and the options are limitless.  


My granny's china has a more traditional vibe, but I love the sentimental meaning behind it, especially for a family centered holiday like Thanksgiving.  


Trader Joe's bunches of Eucalyptus are one of my most favorite things.  They are $3 a bunch and last forever.  Plus they smell heavenly.  





For more inspiration head on over to A Creative Day to check out her table setting!