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DIY Jingle Bell Wreath

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  • November 28, 2012

I thought about entitling this post, “Your Dog’s Least Favorite Project. Ever.”, but I thought that probably wouldn’t get too many Google searches. Or would it?

When I was out at Target recently, I saw this wreath and instantly thought, “I could make that for less.” So that’s what I did.

It’s pretty simple. All you need is a wreath form (I used a styrofoam one that I got from Hobby Lobby for $2), jingle bells (also picked up at Hobby Lobby for $3), cotton balls (which I already had), and a glue gun.

I glued my jingle bells in place first, and then just started filling in the cotton balls around them. Lucy (who’s pretty neurotic to begin with) was absolutely horrified at the jingling sound. Every time I moved the wreath, it sent her scrambling in the other direction. So, yeah, it’s safe to say this may be her least favorite craft project I’ve ever done.

I used about 200 cotton balls in total…you don’t want to be skimpy or else your wreath will look pretty sparse. For as scared as Lucy was of the jingle bells, she LOVED the cotton balls. I would take handfuls at a time out of the bag just to make it easier for me to grab them, and she kept sneaking over to the pile and eating them. She’s nuts, I tell you. ‘My Strange Addiction’ is probably on their way to my house right now to film my cotton ball-eating pooch.

After I had it pretty well covered with cotton balls, I went back and placed a few more jingle bells until I was happy with the look. And voila!

So, there you have it. If you can keep your dog from a.) peeing at the sound of jingle bells and b.) eating all of your materials then this is a pretty easy peasy project. And you’ll save yourself some moolah!

I suppose I should also say that I don’t imagine this particular wreath would fare very well outdoors against the winter elements, so this one will be permanently living inside 🙂

Linking up at Design, Dining + Diapers, Tatertots & Jello, Hyphen Interiors, Hi! Sugarplum

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Guest Bathroom Reveal

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  • November 26, 2012

Alright, who’s ready for a little room reveal on this blah Monday morning?! I’m so happy to stick a fork in this project and call it “done.” Especially with lots more nursery preparation looming on the horizon!

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty…here’s a before and after for you!

It’s definitely come a long way in the last few months!

You can see the original moodboard I started with here. My jumping off point was the shower curtain, which I got from World Market. The first step of the makeover was painting the walls a nice shade of white. Then I broke out of my comfort zone and painted the vanity a fiery shade of coral.

The next big step was putting up the beadboard wallpaper and chair rail. The magazine rack was a HomeGoods find   a while back. I’m also letting it double as a place for guest towels.

The art is one of my favorite parts. I picked up the Swimming Pool sign at a local antique store, and come to find out it’s actually a sign that realtors would use to advertise a home with a swimming pool. I had no clue when I bought it, but my mom is a realtor and when she saw it she immediately recognized it. So it ended up being kind of a sweet little shout out to my momma. Gotta love those happy accidents!

The fish prints were purchased from this Etsy shop, and they’re vintage illustrations from a book about fish. The coral and yellows of the fish coordinated perfectly with the color scheme, and what’s more appropriate under a Swimming Pool sign than pictures of fish?? And for some reason, the fact that they’re all hanging over the toilet cracks me up.  I’m so cheeky.

There were a couple of other DIY’s involved in completing this bathroom makeover, one of them being the towel hook. {Sidenote: I just realized the mason jar on the  towel hook was empty for all of these shots. Bad blogger.} The hand towel was one I ordered from Anthropologie. I also got my rope on and framed out the builder grade mirror in a more unconventional fashion.

I know most makeovers don’t focus on the trash can, but how cute is the lace cutout detailing on this one? Love!

I also love this basket that I ordered at a Thirty-One party. It’s the perfect spot for a couple of towels and an extra roll of toilet paper.

So here’s the breakdown of what I spent for this makeover:

  • Paint: $42
  • Beadboard wallpaper: $16
  • Chair rail trim: $8
  • DIY Towel Hook: $13
  • Rope: $10
  • Magazine rack: $25
  • Art: $18
  • Accessories:$60
  • GRAND TOTAL: $192

I’m thrilled to be able to call this finished for under $200! And just to save your scrolling finger, here’s one more look at the before and after.

Linking up at Home Stories A to Z, Design, Dining +Diapers, Tatertots & Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick

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DIY Rope Mirror

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  • November 21, 2012

Does your bathroom have one of those boring builder-grade mirrors? You know, the huge kind with no frame that just sits there saying, “Hey, look how plain I am!” Well, I’ve got your solution…put a rope on it! I’m campaigning for that to be this year’s ‘Put A Bird On It’ phenomenon.

In all seriousness, I was thisclose to calling my bathroom makeover finished, but that stinkin’ mirror just kept bugging me. And I was all ready to go out and get some wood trim to finish it off, when I saw this post from The Happy Homebodies and I immediately knew that was just the special touch I was looking for!

I won’t repost a whole tutorial here (you can check out the post I linked to above if you’d like one)..it’s every bit as easy as it sounds. Just grab yourself some rope and a hot glue gun and you’re good to go. I used 50’ of the 3/8’ thick manila rope (I fell in love with its’ darker coloring) and was able to wrap it around my mirror 4 full times.

I’m so happy I went this route instead of framing out the mirror. I just love the way it looks. Sorry for the bad lighting. Bathrooms with no natural light are a treat to photograph.

And you can see that I didn’t really attempt to disguise the ends of my rope (but you definitely could, if you prefer)…I kind of like seeing the unfinished  ends. I’m such a rebel.

And who’s dying to see a prego belly?

You’re welcome.

So with that final update, I’m calling this little bathroom makeover complete! I will share the full before and after with you guys next week!

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Best In Show

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  • November 18, 2012

Every week, I like to round up some of my favorite posts and projects from around the blogosphere. Enjoy the inspiration!

Jessie from Cape27  gave us the rundown on how she created these two custom art prints. Love them both!!

I absolutely ADORE this painted globe from Kristin at The Hunted Interior. What a fantastic addition to a nursery!

Sarah over at Thrifty Decor Chick revealed her recently finished library bookshelves, and they. look. awesome. Great job, Sarah!

Enjoy your Sunday, guys! And remember if you’re going to pin any of these images, please pin from the original source!

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Project Nursery: Blast Off!

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  • November 14, 2012

I am so excited because work on the nursery has finally begun! Once we found out Baby P is a boy, I didn’t want to waste any time getting the ball rolling. I’d really prefer not to have to be scrambling trying to finish his nursery when I’m 8 months preggo.

Now, normally JP has very little interest when it comes to the decor choices I make for our home..but when it came down to a nursery for his firstborn son, he wanted to be involved! So we brainstormed together about what we wanted the nursery to look like. Hubs wanted something distinctly masculine..at first he suggested a sports themed nursery. I immediately started picturing brightly colored decals of footballs and soccer balls all over the wall, and it made me cringe. I was hoping for something a bit more sophisticated and not so in-yo-face. So we sat down and started perusing LayBabyLay (an awesome site with tons of cool nursery moodboards) until we stumbled on this nursery design.


We both instantly loved it. JP has a fascination with all things space related (when that rover landed on Mars back in August, I got daily updates for about a week) and I really loved the color scheme. My mind started filling with ideas right away. However, I want to be careful not to go too ‘theme-y’ with it so that it doesn’t enter Cheeseball Land.

JP suggested that maybe we do a mural behind the crib of the solar system. Again, brightly colored decals filled my mind, and I was afraid of veering into Cheese territory. But after thinking on it for a couple of minutes, I came up with an idea to do a solar system feature wall, but with a twist. Instead of painting all 9 planets (yes, we included Pluto..we’re both firmly on the Pluto-is-a-planet wagon) in all their traditional colors, I decided we could use embroidery hoops filled with fabrics that coordinated with our color scheme. That way it wouldn’t be an in-yo-face-look-at-me solar system mural, but more of an abstract design that wouldn’t compete with other elements in the room. Woot!

The first step was picking out paint colors. I originally wanted to paint the whole room in a light silvery gray, but JP suggested we use a darker color for the feature wall. This turned out to be the best suggestion ever…I am so in love with the darker gray we ended up choosing that I’m scouting other locations in the house where we could use it! The silvery gray is Rocky Bluffs by Valspar, but I got it lightened by 25%. The darker charcoal gray is Semi Sweet, also by Valspar.

Once the colors were picked, JP got to work painting the room. Let me take a small brag break here: my husband is a painting champion. When we decide to paint a room, I pick out the color and usually the next day I come home from work and the room is totally painted. He da man and I would like to dedicate this video to him. Not only is it an awesome song, but also an awesome movie.

Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

After the room was painted, we got busy (along with the help of JP’s dad) and were able to finish the wall up that same night!


Originally, we planned to have his dad paint the lines of the rings for us, but he reminded us that white paint over a really dark color would mean lots of coats, and that could make for some wonky looking lines. So what did we use instead? Pinstriping – like the kind they use for cars! We ran out and picked some up at Auto Zone and it worked great! Then we hung the embroidery hoops (keeping in mind that the crib is going to go over in the left hand corner), and taped up a few “stars” that I cut out of cardstock.

I bought an extra embroidery hoop and cut the rings in half and we painted them yellow and hot glued them to Saturn and Uranus. Yep, I just found a way to legitimately use ‘Uranus’ on my blog. Boom. And also, I’m 8 years old.


You guys. I am SO SO happy with the way it turned out! Isn’t Pluto so cute and little?! You’ll always be a planet to us, Pluto!!

{Sidenote: For the time being, we just hung the embroidery hoops with nails, but if anyone has any tips on other more secure ways to hang them, I’m all ears!}

Linking up at Owen’s Olivia, House of Hepworths, Tatertots & Jello, Home Stories A to Z, Design, Dining + Diapers

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Close Encounters of the YHL Kind

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  • November 13, 2012

That’s right. I met them. The DIY blogging gurus: John and Sherry Petersik. And let me tell you, those are some nice folks.

I was able to go to one of their book signings, and it was a great experience. Even though we had to stand in line for quite a while, everyone was so nice. The fans, the staff working the event…everyone was great and just seemed genuinely happy to be there.


We were towards the back of the line, so I thought for sure by the time we got to the front they would be exhausted from the constant signing and smiling. But they were so energetic and enthusiastic. For those couple minutes I was at the table, they treated me like I was their long lost best friend. It made me like them that much more (if that’s even possible).

{Sidenote:  I’m now eyeing every piece of furniture in my house trying to decide what I can wrap with yarn because I loved that table so much}

The whole event was only supposed to last 2 hours, but they stuck around for 4 hours because there was such a huge turnout. They were even in danger of missing their flight, but they were just determined to meet every single fan that had turned out. Such dedication, so amazing.


So, the moral of the story is: if you have a chance to get to one of their book signings or any other event where they’ll be present, DO IT. They are such sweet people, and it’s totally worth it!

Now I’m off to bury my nose in their book 🙂

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And The Verdict Is…

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  • November 6, 2012

Our little lemon drop is a BOY! We got our ultrasound on Friday, and we’re both ecstatic!!. JP may or may not have gotten a video of me doing the ugly cry on the nurse’s table when she told us. And I’ve watched it several times since then and still cry every single time. Hormones, much?

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October-stagram

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  • November 5, 2012

Here’s a recap of my life for the last month through the eyes of Instagram:

My favorite this month?

This one because it’s very rare that I get a picture where my hubby is genuinely smiling. He usually opts for something more awkward. Precious moments.

Wanna follow me on Instagram? My name is @jdparnell.

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