Fall Is Not Quite Over Yet – Easy Burlap Ruffle Wreath

It is still November, and we are still technically in the fall season. Though I am totally cheating on Thanksgiving now since I started listening to Christmas music every day for the last 2 weeks (thanks to SiriusXM). I am seriously resisting the urge to put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving since I’ve seen so many of my friends and favorite craft bloggers put up their trees already. I’ll resist for a couple more days.

So since we have a couple days until we fully launch into the Christmas season, I have a few fall wreath projects that I whipped up in the last couple months and have been meaning to show on the blog. I was in the total wreath making mode this fall, and went a little crazy with the burlap.

First up, my Easy Burlap Ruffle Wreath

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This one couldn’t have been more quick and easy to make. When all is said and done, it probably took only 30-35 minutes to put together. This one is slightly larger than the average wreath since I used a 20″ form, but it goes great on my large empty family room wall. Here’s a Quick how-to:

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Start your wreath by creating a small loop with your ribbon and push it up through from the back of the wreath form, starting in one section. You may want to use floral wire to secure this first loop in place, but that is completely optional. Through each of the three sections on the wire form weave and twist loops through. I did mine in a pattern of weaving the loops back and forth, with a little bit of twisting and fluffing until you make it all the way around the wreath form. Then you have a complete  burlap ruffle wreath. You can leave it plain as-is, or add in some floral pics, beads, etc.

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This wreath on it’s own has so many possibilities since burlap is so neutral, you can put anything on it. I wanted to be able to use this wreath for different seasons, so I didn’t want to permanently glue anything on it. On the above wreath I grouped together a few fall flower pics and just stuck them through the folds in the ribbon and the wreath form and they have held in place pretty well. I will probably change it up for the winter and spring.

Here is another burlap wreath I whipped up even quicker.

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Ok, so I’ve bought in to the chevron decor obsession.  I want to use it on everything now, and have amassed a stash of chevron fabric and ribbon. Anyways, on this wreath I used this chevron printed ribbon found at Hobby Lobby. It was made the same way as the above, just a smaller wreath form which I only needed 2 rolls of the ribbon. I glued on a coordinating burlap flower, and done. This one was complete in 20 minutes.

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So that’s just a couple of the many things I managed to craft over the fall, mostly done before our little girl arrived and took up all of my time. Ok, done with that now. Time to usher in Christmas. Where’s my Christmas tree?

Project In Progress – Solar System Mobile

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Solar System project in progressAt the moment, I am in the middle of doing our DIY Solar System mobile for Nathan’s new big boy room that I talked of in a previous post.  So far is is partially painted but still have a ways to go. So I need to finish the painting the planets, get them ready to hang, then work out my plan for what they ultimately will be hanging from.

this_into_saturnRight now my dilemma is figuring out how to turn this styrofoam ball (left) into Saturn by adding rings. I have an idea or two, one involving cutting in half and sandwiching some material that would be the rings between the halves. But I’m open to other ideas. So what say you?  How would you make Saturn out of this styrofoam ball? (comment below)

I am hoping to knock this project out by next week so I can move on to other room items and then some more household DIY I want to do before baby comes. Once I have this mobile complete, I plan on posting a full tutorial in how I did it with lots of pictures. I promise. So stay tuned!

My Garden And Its Nemesis

groundhog tomatoesWe are in the 4th year of tending to a vegetable garden in our back yard. I’m still a gardening novice, but I’m always learning to do better and over the years I’ve been able to get some good crops of the various easy to grow varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits. In years past, I’ve had some awesome tomatoes, endless zucchini, numerous varieties of peppers, some squashes and then my herbs are always flourishing.

I have my routine down of  regular garden watering and harvesting, pulling weeds, and picking my various ripe zucchinis and peppers. In recent weeks, I’ve been lamented my “fallen soldiers”, otherwise known as my broccoli plants and all my lettuce that something had quite obviously got to and eaten them down to the nub. Then I took inventory of almost a dozen green tomatoes just about ready to ripen and turn red and my thoughts turned to my homemade  salsa, fresh caprese  salads, and hopes of homemade tomato sauces to put in my freezer. There is nothing more tasty and flavorful than tomatoes from your own garden. It is one of my favorite things to have in the summer.

Imagine my surprise when I go down to water one morning, finding all those tomatoes that should have been ripe and ready to pick, completely gone, with a few remnants on the ground of fallen tomatoes that someone had made a meal out of. I still had a few more green ones on the vine so I was ok with the temporary set back. Until yesterday, when I caught the culprit red handed and found almost a dozen more tomatoes gone (many of them were still green). Now I’m pissed.

No, not cute. They're pests.

No, not cute. They’re pests.

Who is it, you ask?  Oh I know exactly who it is, as I’ve had to chase him out of my garden more than a few times. He is a groundhog (at least I think it’s a “he”), and he has got to go. Not only has he taken all my tomatoes (except for a few grape tomatoes), he is the same one that has feasted on all my broccoli plants, and all my lettuce, spinach, and peas. He has got to go.

So now I need to find ways to either repel the groundhog or humane ways to get rid of him.  I’m not into personally handling wild animals, so the trap and release many miles away thing is out. I guess the next most logical things is to put up little fencing round my garden boxes that are Groundhog proof. What a pain.

I would love to know what other gardeners do to get rid of groundhogs or other wild animal pests. Wish there was some sort of plant or material that would just naturally repel them. I’ve dealt with squash bugs, hornworm, and other pests and know keep them under wraps. But to keep this wild pest out of my yard, it might take putting up a new solid fence around our yard, which is not exactly in the budget right now. 🙁

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My one sad tomato

Oh well. I have one sad little tomato that I have managed to salvage so far. As you can see (pictured left) it is really ugly and sad looking. Just keeping my fingers crossed that I can save a few more and make the homemade salsa I have been intensely craving. I might have to settle for some store-bought ones, and it is just not the same.

 

Guest Room to Kids Room Makeover – Nathan’s Space Themed “Big Boy” Room

Nathan'sRoom16 month old Nathan is firmly in his toddlerhood, growing by leaps and bounds, and will soon be outgrowing the crib. Well, the reality is, soon he will be kicked out of the crib because baby#3 will be  needing a place to sleep within a few months from now (once the baby is no longer in OUR room). Since my nesting instinct is starting to kick in big time, I am itching to get Nathan’s new room ready. So we are changing what is now the guest room into Nathan’s new “big boy” room.

(And before my far away family starts freaking out saying, “What? No more guest room?”… don’t fret!  We will still have room for you and beds to sleep in when you come and visit. Just a little bit of shifting around and nifty beds with some hidden compartments that will make space for visitors. So don’t you worry. AND you will get to enjoy the fruit of our latest decor efforts.)

For Nathan’s new room we are going with a Space theme, with planets, rockets, stars, and other spacey type things. I’ve started gathering together some ideas on a Pinterest board. I have a few DIY projects in mind, plus a few etsy purchases and Target runs on the agenda. Paint started going up over the weekend and I am fine tuning my shopping list. Here is the collection of things I have in mind to complete this guest room to kids room makeover.

First, here are the paint colors for the walls:  Nathan_paint_colorsThe “accent wall” color is aptly named “Planetarium” by Behr. I wanted a bold blue color for at least one wall to have some contrast and give that space feel. I’m always afraid to paint a whole room such a dark color, so I stick with an accent wall. I love having a bold color accent wall… though husband is not exactly a fan because of the mere fact that it’s more work having to paint a wall a different color than the rest… but he loves me and that is why he does it when I ask. He’s such a great guy. 🙂

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We have chosen some furniture pieces (above) that hail from Ikea and we’ll be getting those very soon. I’m especially pleased with the daybed as we need the extra storage from the drawers below (AND the bottom pulls out to set another mattress beside it and boom, we have extra sleeping space for guests). Target had some cute space/rocket themed quilt and bedding that I picked up, so we are well on our way. (Target Circo Blast Off Quilt set and Sheet Set)

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I have numerous ideas in mind for various decor items and art for decorating the rest of the room. It is just a matter of deciding exactly what I want, what I can find (anyone know where I can find the rocket lamp in the above picture?), and how much of it I want to DIY. I am in the midst of deciding between a couple of those custom wall decals to put on the bold blue wall (bottom row of above photo from Etsy Here and Here). I’m also trying to decide on various art options for the other walls (Middle row – Rocket Canvas, Planet Prints, To the Moon… Print). Glad there is so much good stuff to choose from.

As for the DIY, one project I am starting work on is a solar system mobile. I am modeling it based on the one in the photo above from PBK.  I am feeling slightly ambitious (and maybe a little crazy), so I decided we were going to do our own DIY version. I am aiming to make it a family project and a little bit of a science lesson for my oldest son, to learn about the planets, what they look like, where they are located, etc. I’m trying to make it simple and it obviously won’t be exactly to scale, but scientist husband might have other ideas. It will be a grand family craft project/science project/experiment. A new blog post will follow showing our progress with photos and even a tutorial (if it is a success). Wish us luck!

So that is what’s on tap for Nathan’s new room. I’ll be posting some photos of our progress and a “grand reveal” when we are all done. Stay tuned!