Super cute spring wreath

Pinterest has become my new obsession. (follow me here) Recently, I came across the most adorable spring wreath and just HAD to make it for myself. This craft was originally posted by Patty Schaffer at P.S. Capture the Details. I have a feeling her blog is going to become a new favorite of mine.

Supplies Needed:

2 skeins of Fun Fur Yarn (can find at Michael’s or JoAnn’s)

8 or 10 inch floral foam wreath

Flowers (The original shows floral trim. I used silk flowers)

Ribbon

Pearlized pins to match your flowers

Any other embellishments you’d like

 

Instructions

The post really does a fantastic job of showing how to wrap the yarn around the wreath. In short, be sure to wrap the yarn tight and close, and give it a fluff every so often. This process will take awhile – it took me 2 hours to wrap mine. Put on a movie and get to it!

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My inspirations for 2012

I don’t really believe in New Years Resolutions. Not necessarily because I don’t think they’re a good idea – mostly because everyone else is doing it, so I won’t! But, I am discovering a lot of sites and people that are inspiring me, and hope to continue to be inspired by them in the coming year. I am sure this list will grow throughout the year and I look forward to all the new inspiration this year!

Here is the list of the people, sites and links that inspire me. I would love to hear who inspires you!

DIY/Home Décor

Pinterest. If you have not joined Pinterest, you must! Create your own virtual idea boards – it’s so addicting! Need an invite? Let me know!

Design Sponge. I love this site, especially the ‘Before and After’ and ‘DIY’ sections. So many great ideas on this site! (Facebook | Twitter)

Ana White. I just discovered this site. She is a true modern homemaker, wielding powertools with the best of them! Great site for DIY’ers like myself, with project plans for building furniture and home décor. Can’t wait to build my own bed this year! (Facebook | Twitter)

The High Low Project. Sabrina Soto hosts this show on HGTV. She designs a room first with all high-end furniture and décor –usually the cost runs around $25,000. Then, she redesigns the same space for closer to $4k, and it looks exactly the same! My hero! (Facebook | Twitter)

Lowes Creative Ideas. They send a free magazine every couple of  months with fabulous DIY projects for your home, outdoor living, and woodworking. I love this site! (Facebook)

 

My Life – entertainment, fashion and laughs

Hello Giggles is a super-fun, girly site, started by actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and her friends. Fun trends, fashion, articles for single gals, and a place to feel safe for still holding on to your Hello Kitty purse. (Facebook | Twitter)

The Bloggess. This gal cracks me the f*#$ up! Her brash humor comes with such honesty. I never leave her site without tears of laugher! (Facebook | Twitter)

Serendipity Photography. Ok, so Kaela and I have been friends since the first day of junior high. But that doesn’t mean I’m not constantly amazed at her photography! Who else could make me look so amazing in these photos? Need an ego boost? Family photo? Boudoir photos? Kaela can do that!

Buzz Deb. Deb’s a friend of mine with a passion for trends and fashion, and a great sense of humor (and lovingly patient hubby!) (Twitter)

 

My Dreams (may never happen, but always good to dream)

Mystery Trip. This site from American Express plans a mystery adventure for you based on your travel profile. I want to do this SO BAD! I am an ‘Adrenalista’, btw! (although Detourist is a close second).

Drive a Tank. My dad and I both have this on our bucket list. Hoping to find somewhere closer than Minnesota to do this, but if not, I’ll totally travel!

The World’s Longest Yard Sale. 675 miles of yard sale in the midwest! If I’m gonna travel to Minnesota to drive a tank, I may as well rent a truck and yard sale nearby!

DIY: Christmas Decorations–Rudolph the Soap Reindeer

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When I was a kid – no idea how old – we made these Rudolph decorations in my church youth group. For some reason, after all these years, I still have mine. It’s a little rough looking, but it still smells nice, and it makes me smile.

Making Rudolph is a very simple and fun (and cheap!) activity you can do at home with your kids, or some kids you’ve borrowed for the afternoon!

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DIY: Christmas Ornament Wreath

IMG_3372I found this great book at a thrift store called Making Classic Wreaths. There are some great ideas for wreaths for all seasons. The one that really stood out to me was the Christmas ornament wreath – but I wanted to put my own spin on it.

 

All the supplies can be found at JoAnn’s or Michael’s. Although, for the actual ornaments, you can often find fantastic deals on ornaments at Target, Walmart or Dollar Tree.

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DIY: Hanging a photo collage

Recently, I’ve been seeing DIY photo hanging kits in craft and home improvement stores. These are great and easy – they include all the frames, photo mats and a template to put up on the wall so you can place your nails in the perfect spot. My only complaint is the price. This system is $350! Michael’s also has templates, and you can chose how expensive of frames to purchase. This can be less expensive, but you can do it even cheaper!

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DIY: Storing your headbands and fascinators (Part Two)

Last week I showed you how to make a ribbon headband hanger. This is great for thin headbands, and for displaying hair clips. However, if you have very thick headbands, or ones with larger feathers or accessories, the oatmeal canister headband display is a must-have. Here’s how I made mine:

Oatmeal Canister Headband Display

Step 1: Measure the canister by height and length around. Cut the fabric the exact height, as you’ll cover the edges with ribbon. Cut it an inch longer to overlap when you wrap the fabric around the canister.

Step 2: Iron the fabric to remove all wrinkles. Fold over one end by 1/2 inch and iron flat.

IMG_2808_thumb[2]Step 3: Using the hot glue gun, run a line of glue down the canister and attach the unfolded edge of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around the canister. Run another line of glue under where the folded edge of the fabric ends. Press with your fingers to secure.

Step 4: Work the ribbon around the edges. I put glue under the folded end of the fabric and tucked the ribbon into it to secure. Then, every few inches, I put another thin line of glue and pressed the ribbon into in until it wrapped around. Cut the ribbon so it overlaps just a hair. Using clear nail polish, paint the end of the ribbon so it will not fray. Attach the end of the ribbon with another line of hot glue.

 

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DIY: Storing your headbands and fascinators (Part One)

I have become a bit obsessed with fascinators. I started buying feathered hairclips and headbands awhile ago, but then after the royal wedding, I was fascinated with the crazy fascinators. As my collection has grown, my dresser has been taken over with them.

I’d seen people who’d wrapped an oatmeal canister in fabric. I liked the idea, and definitely need it for my headbands with feathers that I don’t want to smash. But I wanted one I could hang on the wall. Laying in bed one night, I thought of a great idea for a hanging headband organizer. Voila! It worked! And while I was at it, I made the oatmeal container one, too.

This week, I’ll show you how I made the hanging version. Next week, I’ll show you the oatmeal container display.

Here’s how I did it:

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Refinishing an ugly chair

Last weekend I took an upholstery class and loved it! Had been wanting to do it for a very long time. Upholstery has always intimidated me a bit, so I was glad to learn a lot.

However, there are some pieces that are actually quite simple to do with no real training. This chair is one of them – I did this a while back and it was quite easy. I bought this chair on CraigsList for a bit more than I should have paid. I liked the size of it and the shape, but the fabric was not pretty. Kinda gross actually. But it fit in my front window alcove so perfectly. I figured this one was a project I could tackle.

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Supplies you’ll need

  • Staple remover/flathead screwdriver/pliers
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Staple gun/staples
  • Glue gun/glue sticks
  • Enough fabric to cover the chair (I highly recommend fabric made specifically for home décor – it is heavier and will last longer)
  • Trim (cord, etc)

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Tools every girl should own

I love tools. Hand tools, power tools, saws, drills, the works! I know not all of you ladies are like me! But there are a few tools that every woman should have in her tool box. You can buy them piece by piece, or you can find kits with basic tools at Lowes, Home Depot, or even Target or Wal-Mart. I just have one request. PLEASE do not buy the pink tool kits made for women. Please. I actually find it insulting. I love pink as much as the next girl. But just because we like pretty things does not mean that we need cheap tools decorated in pink. It makes us look like sissies who need special tools because we can’t handle real tools. So please, buy real tools. Craftsman. Black and Decker. Kobalt. Porter Cable. Just NOT pink!

Here are the basics you need to take care of your home:

First of all, get a tool box. It doesn’t need to be huge, just large enough for the basics. This is my house tool box (I do have a much larger one in my garage).

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