Looking for a quick, easy wreath idea?

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I’ve had a green floral wreath form in my craft room  for a few months now.  My original idea was to make a burlap wreath, but then I came across my fabric from OnlineFabricStore.  I had thought I might use it for pillows, but decided to use it on my wreath.

wreath form and fabric

wreath form and fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I began, by cutting 1 1/2″ – 2″ strips

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To start wrapping the fabric around the form, I attached it with a straight pin, then sprayed a portion of the wreath with spray adhesive for a tighter hold.  To finish each strip, I pinned it in place with another straight pin.

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I continued this until the wreath was completely covered with fabric.

wreath completely wrapped with fabric

wreath completely wrapped with fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really like the random pattern on the wreath.

 

I also bought a “T” at Michael’s craft store, and had some black craft paint on hand to paint this.

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After the paint had dried, I adhered the “T” to the wreath with Gorilla Glue.  I let it sit for a while to create a good bond.

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I finished the wreath off with some bright green ribbon (I love black, white and bright green!)  And tah-dah!  My new front door wreath!

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Finished wreath with bow – ready to hang on the front door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took me about 30 minutes total to make this.  Super easy, and had most of the items lying around my craft room.

What spontaneous project have you done recently?  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Saturday!

 

 

 

A Summer Porch Refresh

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Well, I had originally intended to write about this a month ago… then summer happened. :) I love summer, but the time seems to slip by so quickly, and now we’re half way through summer and here I am just now blogging about my porch refresh!
So,  here’s the before picture
(I think it looks a little depressing with all the dark colors)

Before porch refresh

Before porch refresh

I was on a mission to find some bright green pillows, as I’d seen a porch photo in Ballard’s with black and white striped pillows with a pop of bright green cushions for chairs.

I was trying to keep spending to a minimum and found out that Bed, Bath and Beyond had cushions for Adirondack chairs, at a pretty reasonable rate compared to all other places I’d searched. I ordered them online and Voila! – they came in just a few days.

 

My new bright green cushions with black and white pillow!

My new bright green cushions with black and white pillows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The throw pillows I found at Walmart, and they’re outdoor fabric, which will make it much easier to keep them clean.

fun green pillow with Greek key pattern - from Walmart!

fun green pillow with Greek key pattern – from Walmart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also found this fun outdoor canvas at Bed, Bath and Beyond (and got to use a coupon on this!)

Outdoor Canvas

Outdoor Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then got to work on painting the table on our porch.
I call this one my “tuxedo table” since I decided to leave most of the table’s legs white, while painting the top of the table and top portion of the legs black, using my trusty choice of Rust-Oleum spray paint.

Roughing up the table with a quick sanding

Roughing up the table with a quick sanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished table!

Finished table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also added two glass vases (that I bought at Goodwill for .99 each), then I painted them with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint, using Frog Tape to mark of areas to create the lines around the vases.

Goodwill glass vases, taped off with Frogtape and painted with Rust-o-leum Chalkboard paint

Goodwill glass vases, taped off with Frog Tape and painted with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished vases

Finished vases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, finally, one last touch… I found these little lanterns over the years at various stores and tied them with rope and hung them at different levels – I had seen this in Pottery Barn, and had loved the look of it.

Lanterns hung with rope

Lanterns hung with rope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think?  I’m happy with it and it didn’t cost me a ton of money, plus I liked the instant gratification of buying my pillow/cushions.

Any fun projects you’ve completed this summer?  Would love to hear about them!

What have you done lately with chalkboard paint?

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During the cold month of February my friend and I decided to attend an Atlanta Blogger’s workshop on photography.  It was a blustery day, but we’d had enough of staying inside and were up for the challenge.  It was a fun workshop and we met some great women at the event as well.  Included with the attendance was a bag of goodies… one of which was Rust-oleum Chalkboard paint.  First of all, what a nice gift to include in our bags!  I had big plans for that can of chalkboard paint.  Fast forward to May/June and I’ve just gotten around to using it!  That’s life isn’t it?

So, this year on my list of “to-do’s” is a focus on our cabin.  It’s filled with lots of second-hand furniture and freebies that were passed on to us, which has been great, but I really want to start making little improvements on the cabin this year.  So I dug that chalkboard paint out and painted a wall that you see right as you walk into our little a-frame.

Wall taped and ready for paint

Wall taped and ready for paint

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Wall painted with chalkboard paint

I used Frog Tape to seal off the wall area that I didn’t want to get paint on.  I love Frog Tape – it gives a clean, crisp paint line, without any paint seeping underneath the tape, and it removes easily as well.

I know we’ll have fun writing welcome greetings for all of our visiting friends that come up throughout the year.  I also have a little burlap, Instagram photo board that I’ll hang there as well.

The other project I did with chalkboard paint was creating two cylinder vases (I bought them at Goodwill for $1 each).  I taped off stripes on the vases and went to town with the chalkboard paint.  It was a super quick and easy project, but I LOVE the outcome…

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Vases finished with my hydrangea “porch flowers” in them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What fun project have you done with chalkboard paint?

How Do You Welcome Spring?

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Spring has officially arrived in Atlanta.  The azaleas, dogwoods, cherry trees and Bradford pear trees are in full bloom, showing off their finest for the 2014 season.  When this time of the year arrives, I always get the itch to do all of the following:

1.  change out pieces around my house to brighten the decor

2.  deep clean

3.  play outside in my yard and garden.

With that being said, I’ll focus on #1 for this post.  The first place I always want to change out once spring arrives is my bedroom.  I love my flannel leopard print duvet for the winter.  I’ve snuggled under it for Sunday afternoon naps on a cold day and it’s kept me warm on the chilly winter nights, but once spring arrives I want a crisp, bright duvet on my bed!  This changing out the duvet, however, often leads to changing out a few other things around the room, which leads to a shopping trip to purchase some new accessories – I mean that’s a perfectly acceptable reason, don’t you think?

So, here’s the cozy winter duvet…. and ta-dah!  my bright, happy spring duvet!

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leopard print flannel bedding

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spring bedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New spring pillows

New spring pillows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, I HAD to add some new pillows

 

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then I found this mirror on clearance at Target, but just hadn’t gotten around to hanging it.

 

 

And how simple is this?   I found some brightly colored scrap-book paper images, used some card stock I had, and put them in some frames I had stashed around the house for a bright pop of color here and there.

 

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prints made from scrap book images and cardstock

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So what are your plans to brighten up your home for Spring?

 

A Little Cocktail Corner

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Looking for a fun way to create a little cocktail corner?

This can easily be done with a cocktail tray, cart, small dresser.  The fun part is adding the small touches on top of the piece that will hold everything.  Start by looking around your house for some cute items you can use to dress up your area.

I purchased this bamboo and cane tray at an antique store and added items from around the house to create a fun setting on top of the tray.

Bamboo and cane tray

Bamboo and cane tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( BTW — I love to collect corks, for any future craft projects, and keep them in a large, pedestal crystal bowl beneath the tray)

I gathered a mint julep cup I had, a small, antique cordial glass from a set that was my grandmother’s and found the wood box, with metal top on clearance at Target, to corral some random bar ware and garnish picks.

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mint julep cup and cordial glass hold cocktail garnish picks and fun straws to top off drinks

Wood box to hold additional cocktail accessories

Wood box to hold additional cocktail accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I lined the bottom of the box with some pretty, glittery scrapbook paper, and cut out vinyl lettering using my Cricut to spell out “Pop, Fizz, Clink”.

Here’s a close up of the inside of the box.. how cute is that little “Olive you” fork?  A friend gave that to me and I love using it to spear a big ‘ol olive for a dirty martini!  I also included a shot glass, wine charms, foil cutter for wine and a wine aerator.  You can fill it with whatever items you’d like to keep handy for your cocktail prep.

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Inside of box lined with paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!  Easy, Peasy!  Look around your house and re-purpose some cute, little cups and containers to dress up your “Cocktail corner,”  then kick back and enjoy a fancy drink!

Cheers!

 

 

 

What can you do with a couple of shower curtains?

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My laundry room needed a little refreshing.  We live in an older ranch home, so I don’t have the glamorous, new and shiny laundry room that comes with new construction, but I did want it to have some cute little touches.  After all, if a girl’s got to do laundry and some ironing, might as well have a fun space to do it in!

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So, that brings me to the shower curtains!  I found two matching shower curtains at Marshall’s (score!)  At just $16.99 each, that’s cheaper than purchasing the fabric.  And, even though I cut them in half and hemmed them for some curtains, I still had some finished edges, which meant less work for me!  I made curtains for a shelf space above my washer and dryer and also hemmed one to cover a large storage shelf unit.

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(below) Large storage unit with fabric hemmed, and hung to cover shelving… and cute little rug I found to place by door

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I also decided to treat myself to some new baskets for the skinny shelving unit where I keep my laundry, cleaning and ironing supplies.  I really lucked out and found four matching ones and one large one at Homegoods (so excited!)  So I switched out my baskets to go with the updated gray theme. 

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(below) large basket – yes we like chips :)

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I’m happy with my quick, easy refresh!  What easy transformation have you done lately that makes you do a little “happy dance?”

Now on to the next item on my to-do list… A little corner bar tray re-do with some fun touches! 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Why did you start a blog?

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IMG_1406As I look back, a year and a half ago… I had just gotten laid off from my job and had decided I would sign up for Hollis Gillespie’s blogging workshop.  Of course, I didn’t have a blog at the time, but was intrigued by the thought of starting one.  Yes, one other woman, and I, were the only ones that did not have a blog.  However, I met some cool people, got a new Facebook pal from Boston – Hi Doreen! – and I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit.  So I started my blog, NowWhatNow, as a means of documenting my job search.  It’s funny to go back and read some of my posts, it was definitely a way to pour out my job search frustration, while hammering it out on my laptop.

Fast forward to me landing a job, but missing any creative aspect to my daily work, and one of my good friends telling me about Haven.  A blogging conference of DIY’ers.  I thought – “What the heck!” I signed up, and waited for August 2013 to arrived.  I had no idea what an eye-opening, wonderful experience that would be.  No, I’m not a top blogger, like so many of the talented women at the conference were, but I met some amazing women, whom I’ve been able to stay in touch with, interact with online, and at a few events around Atlanta.  And I’ve learned that everyone has a story, and these women are a force to be reckoned with.  They support each other in their new endeavors and cheer on one another.

So here’s to BLOGGERS!  Thanks for expanding and enriching my world – you all are amazing!  Can’t wait to see and meet more of you at Haven 2014!