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December 2012

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All Wrapped Up: Neon Style

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  • December 19, 2012

In keeping with the neon touches I added to my Christmas decor this year, I carried it through to wrapping my presents.

I used simple brown kraft paper and embellished some with ribbon.

Some with circles I cut out of foil tape leftover from this project.

Some with a few neon sharpies I picked up.

It was pretty simple, but I will say I that kraft paper is thick and made wrapping just a wee bit challenging!

How are you guys wrapping things up this year?

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Washi Talkin’ About Willis?

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  • December 17, 2012

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting Christmas cards. It’s the one time of the year that I skip excitedly to the mailbox to see if we got anything. So, naturally I don’t just read them and throw them away (blasphemy!)…no, I like to display them all season long!

This year, I hopped on board the washi tape train and created this little beauty!

It took me all of 10 minutes to tape up the outline of the tree (I didn’t even measure things exactly..just eyeballed it) and I topped it off with a big, festive red bow. Then I just waited for the cards to come in, and taped them up!

All my washi tape came from Target…it’s in with the office supplies and I got 4 coordinating green rolls for $4!

I’m totally in love with this simple and easy display!

Wanna see how I displayed my Christmas cards last year? Check it out here!

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2012 Christmas Cards

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  • December 14, 2012

This year, our Christmas card is all about the bump.

I made that sign from a piece of poster board and I used this tutorial to get the nice lettering and it worked like charm! Then I just finished it off with a little washi tape border 🙂

On a random side note: I’ve been making an effort to stop reading blog posts through my Google Reader and actually click through to the blogs. I have to say, I’m really glad I’m doing it. Not only do I feel better about giving my favorite bloggers the site views they deserve (reading a blog through a reader doesn’t contribute to that blogger’s site views), but I also find myself commenting and interacting, like, 100x more. And I forgot how fun leaving a nice comment for someone can be! I encourage you to do the same!!

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DIY Festive Christmas Light Garland

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  • December 12, 2012

Do you ever have those moments when you’re looking at something and all of the sudden, BAM!…you get inspired and know exactly how you can repurpose it? Yeah, I love those moments.

I know it’s going to seem like I’m jumping around, but stick with me. There’s nothing I love more than a house that smells warm and inviting.  And I love a good candle. My only problem is that I usually don’t burn them because I’m afraid of forgetting them and burning our house down (a healthy fear I inherited from my father). So, I prefer to use Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works.  Which brings me back to my original thought.

A while back, I was unscrewing one of the empty bulbs to replace it and a moment of inspiration stuck. They’re shaped exactly like those vintage-y Christmas bulbs! So I’ve been saving them up for this little DIY.

Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll need:

  • empty Wallflower bulbs (or other bulb shaped items)
  • yarn
  • hot glue
  • pipe cleaners
  • ribbon or twine

The first step is to wrap the bulbs in yarn, hot gluing every so often.

I ended up trying two different methods: gluing from the top down and from the bottom up. I found going from the bottom up was a bit easier. However it was still tricky when I got to the top where it rounded out, so I would wrap until I got to that part, and then start a second strand of yarn wrapping from the top and have the two strands meet in the middle, if that makes sense.

Here’s what it looks like when you finish wrapping with yarn:

After the bulb was all wrapped up, I took a pipe cleaner and wrapped it around the top. I used a dot of hot glue every so often to keep the pipe cleaner in place.

I ended up using two pipe cleaners for this part. One to wrap around the larger cap portion, and another to wrap around the smaller cap portion. Then I simply made a little loop with the second pipe cleaner to use for hanging.

Now repeat until you’ve got as many as you want (or until you use all your empty Wallflower bulbs, whichever comes first). I made 7 total. Then I simply strung them on a piece of twine (it’s my favorite go-to..I think I’ve used it for every garland I’ve ever made) and hung them up!

I tied the twine around two nails and hung out just outside of the mirror. The garland actually ended up being kind of heavy since the bulbs are glass, so I was a little leery of actually hanging it on the mirror and having them both come crashing down.

I love it! I also think a bunch of these would look totally adorable just sitting in a bowl or a glass vase. I can think of so many uses for them; you can bet I’ll keep saving them for next year!

I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

Linking up at Shanty 2 Chic

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A Merry & Bright Christmas

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  • December 10, 2012

I’m not one to completely change out all my Christmas decor on a yearly basis. Mostly because I don’t yet have a money tree in my backyard (crossing my fingers one pops up next spring), but also because my Christmas stuff usually isn’t out long enough for me to get so tired of it that I don’t want it the next year. For example, our main Christmas tree has sported the same green, silver, and gold scheme the last 3 years. And I still love it.

But, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to try something new and fresh. So I decided to buy a smaller tree that I’ll allow myself to totally deck out each year in whatever theme or scheme I happen to be feeling. Ya know, just to spice things up a bit. And this year, that spice is neon. Neon has made a big comeback in the last year, and I was excited to try and incorporate a small dose of it in our Christmas decor this year. And luckily, it didn’t cost me a whole lot to do it!

I headed to Wal-Mart and picked up a few different colors of acrylic paint, along with a package of wooden stars.

In order to keep this from looking like a tree that the 80’s threw up on, I decided to try and keep a lot of the natural wood of the stars exposed, and go for more of a ‘dipped’ effect with the paint.

For some of the stars, I just dipped the points in paint.

For others, I taped part of the star off and painted it for an asymmetrical look.

When they were dry, I hot glued a piece of twine to each one and put it on the tree. I also added some small pink and green ornaments that I already had.

I love the bright neon ornaments against the white tree. It’s just so darn jolly.

In the end, it cost me about $7 (about $3 in craft paint and $4 for the stars) to make 16 ornaments, which works out to about $0.43/each. And here’s my attempt to get a shot with it all lit up.

What about you? Do you like to change things up every year or do you just stick with what you already have?

I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

Linking up at The Nester, Shanty 2 Chic

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Novem-stagram

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  • December 7, 2012

Currently, I’m sitting in my OB’s office getting my blood drawn for the oh-so-lovely glucose test…I’m sure all you mommies know all about it. Not fun. So let’s have some Instagram fun to pass the time, shall we?

Which one is my favorite this month?

Be still my aching uterus. Tell me ladies, is there anything cuter than your hunk holding a sweet little bundle of perfection? Methinks not.

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Tales From The Crib (With A Side of Flooring)

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  • December 4, 2012

We’re chugging right along in the nursery, seeing as we’ve made two pretty major updates in the last week! Warning: this post is wordy!

The first major change: we put down new flooring. When we moved in last year (which reminds me, we are WAY overdue for a house tour update!), we made a mental note that we would eventually like to switch out the carpet in all the bedrooms for a hardwood or laminate. It wasn’t in awful shape, but it was going on 10 years old and I just prefer wood flooring (who doesn’t, right?!). So we put it on our update-someday-whenever-we-get-around-to-it list. C’mon you know you’ve got one, too.

Well, we decided that there would be no better time than when we already had the room cleared out to work on the nursery. So after we finished painting (which you can see more about here), we headed to Miller’s (our local flooring store) and got our browse on.

Our house is on a slab and when we moved in, we mentioned to our inspector that we might want to replace some of the flooring down the line. His only recommendation was that we not go with solid hardwoods because they can be tricky to lay on a slab due to the expansion and contraction of real wood. So we decided to go the engineered hardwood route instead. Engineered hardwood is produced with only 3-5 layers of hardwood that are stacked and bonded together with heat and pressure, so it’s less likely to be subjected to expansion/contraction. And please don’t mistake me for some kind of flooring expert…that all came straight from our flooring guy.

We ended up choosing Bruce Frontier: Brushed Sahara Sand in a 5 in. plank.  I LOVE the look of hand-scraped wood and the medium toned finish is definitely my cup of tea.

We wanted to lay it in both the nursery and the small hallway outside the nursery, and then next year we plan to finish out the guest bedroom and the master. Dividing it up in two phases just made sense for us and is a bit easier on the wallet!

So I bet you guys are wondering if we installed the flooring ourselves or not. The answer is: sort of. One of the men in our church works for Miller’s and offered to help us (and by us, I mean JP…it’s becoming difficult for me to even put my socks on, let alone lay a new floor!) with the installation. Not having to pay all the store fees for installation meant that we could save ourselves about $300. Woot!

There are two methods used to install an engineered hardwood floor: glue down or floating. Glue down is exactly what it sounds like: the boards are glued directly to the subfloor (or slab in our case). Floating is where the boards are not adhered to the subfloor, but instead to each other. Our guy recommended floating installation because it gives a little leeway for the boards to expand or contract as single unit (if expansion/contractions should happen to occur). It’s also easier and faster. Bonus! The only con to this method is that it requires you to lay down a pad between your subfloor and the hardwood. This helps prevent any moisture from getting to your flooring. So that’s an additional cost to be aware of (ours was $0.49/sq. ft.).

I am SO SO happy with our choice. It looks absolutely beautiful! {Sidenote: it reads a little more red in this picture than it is in real life. Also, don’t mind the clearly visible dust and dirt..this was pre-Swiffer.}

And whaddya know… there’s a little preview of our second big nursery update in that picture: the crib!

We got a call that our crib came in right before Thanksgiving, so we borrowed a truck and picked it up in Indianapolis on our way back home from visiting family. {Sidenote: why are crib boxes so massive and awkward?! We borrowed a truck thinking it would definitely be big enough to tote the box, and we still had to strap it down like crazy for fear it would fly out.} And then it sat in our garage for a week, taunting me, until we could get the flooring done. They finished that up Friday evening, and hubby got to assemble the crib bright and early Saturday morning! I was terrified that the set-up would be something akin to IKEA furniture (JP + IKEA furniture = instant frustration), but he said it was actually pretty simple.

Wanna see?

It’s the Bassetbaby Ava 4-in-1 Crib. It can be converted to a toddler bed, daybed, or full bed. I fell in love with it’s beautiful curvy lines and the slatted-wood detailing on the backboard. So far, everything in the nursery is pretty masculine in both color and shape, so this adds a little softness to the room.

The addition of the crib really made this feel like a room that our own little human being is going to be occupying. So weird. And exciting. And weird. Sometimes I still look at my belly and think, “Ohmygosh, what is going on down there?!”

So with those two new updates, I thought I’d give you guys a quick rundown of where we stand on the nursery to-do/to-get list.

  • -Paint
  • -Solar system feature wall
  • -Install new flooring
  • -Crib
  • -Crib bedding
  • -Rug (already on order)
  • – Find a dresser to use as a changing table
  • -Install floating shelves
  • -Curtains (preferable something that ties in some of the fabrics in the fabric hoops)
  • -Glider (also on order)
  • -Ottoman
  • -Artwork
  • -New light fixture

Can’t wait to get some more things checked off!

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Best In Show

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  • December 2, 2012

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

You guys have to check out this amazing tutorial from Beth over at Sawdust and Embryos. She layered multiple stencils to get this great look!

Have you guys followed along with Mandi’s Christmas gift ideas over at Vintage Revivals? She offered up some great ideas and I loved this colored cord lamp!

Emily from the Hello Beautiful Blog gave us the rundown on how to get that picture perfect chalkboard writing that I see cropping up everywhere. Lord knows I definitely need this since my writing looks like a 5 year olds!

That does it for now! I’ve got some nursery updates coming for you guys this week…can’t wait to share them with you guys!!

 

 

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