Neutral Burlap & Chevron Wreath

Neutra Burlap and Chevron wreathSo I’ve been doing a few little projects here and there when my kids give me some free moments (thank God for nap time). This one I had done a little before Christmas time, and a even added a little winter flair to it to make it more seasonal during that time. But it really is a nice neutral wreath that you can have up during any time of the year, at least in my house.

It was another super simple wreath to make, and I had many of the materials on hand already, including 3/4 of a yard of this gray chevron fabric I scored in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby.

burlap and chevron wreathWhat you need to make this:

To make, start with the straw wreath form and take the burlap ribbon or long strips of burlap fabric  and wrap around the wreath until fully covered. Hot glue on the back to secure in place.

To create rolled rosettes: Cut burlap and whatever fabric you choose (I chose this gray chevron scrap fabric I found) into strips about 1-2 inches wide. Take the strip and fold in half length wise. Start tightly rolling one end of the fabric into a little roll, and start to hot glue it underneath to keep in place. Then start taking the strip and folding in towards the center, then turn slightly and repeat. Just keep folding in, turning slightly, and folding in again, hot glueing on the back every so often to keep the rolled flower folds in place. Once you get your flower to the size you want, take any excess and fold it onto the back of the flower and glue in place.

Burlap and Chevron Wreath RosettesI added the rolled rosettes onto wreath in whatever pattern looked pleasing and then hot glued onto the wrapped burlap wreath. Then I took some of the rest of the scrap chevron fabric I had, folded in the sides and glued them with liquid stitch to have a clean edged ribbon to tie at the top. It’s not the fanciest bow, but it adds little something.

In the holidays/winter time, I added a couple of these jeweled snowflake picks I found at Hobby Lobby to make the wreath go along with the rest of the snowflake themed decor I had at Christmas. They were quite easy to stick in and then take out when the season was over and I can keep it up the rest of the year in the spot of my morning room.

Burlap and Chevron Winter Wreath

Next up, I have a few more Spring and Easter themed projects I’ve had in the works that I’ll be posting soon.

Welcome 2014 – The Year of Awesome

hello_2014Happy New Year everyone! Today is the first day of 2014 and I am very much looking forward to this coming year. 2014 is going to be the Year of Awesome.

Like most people are doing these past few days, I am sitting down and reflecting on where I am now and documenting where I want myself and my family to be in the coming year. You may call this making resolutions, but I always thought the word “resolutions” is a little too cliche (and a little lame). Besides, who remembers those “resolutions” after the first month? So let’s call this my “Goals & To-do List for 2014”. That’s much better.

Smile More, Stress Less.

  • In my quest to become a better me, I need to remember what is important, what is not, surround myself with positivity and let my smile shine. Life is too short to hold on to stress and negativity.

Get Fit.

  • I am 3 months postpartum, and I can’t really use the “baby weight” excuse all year. It is time to get my but and gear, work on a more active lifestyle. Notice I said get fit instead of lose weight. As much as it would delight me to see the scale tick downward, my main goal is to be stronger, have more energy an just generally feel better.

Change our diet.

  • Kind-of goes hand-in-hand with getting fit, but I need to make some changes to be a healthier me, and make sure my kids have healthy habits. Nothing too drastic, and no traditional “diet”. I’ll write about this more later, but I am going to stick to more whole foods, especially when feeding my family. In addition to that, I plan to cut out sugar AND artificial sweeteners, and cut my consumption of wheat and other carbs. Nothing processed.

Take Zumba Instructor Training.

  • I found the one exercise activity that I absolutely love. So much so that I get sad when Zumba class is over because I want to keep going. I started it 3 years ago after my first son was born, did it through my 2 last pregnancies and now I’m on a mission to use Zumba as a tool for my “Get Fit” goal above, and become a Zumba instructor.

Organize and clean house.

  • I have plenty of stuff. My kids have plenty off stuff. Too much in fact. It is time for some major purging of my closet, kitchen cabinets, and toy room. The Salvation Army/Goodwill will have lots of donations coming their way from me. I can’t wait to get rid of the clutter and feel more in control of my house.

Save more and spend less.

  • I like to shop, but it is time to prioritize. We have lots of things that we would like to save for in this house, which means I need to spend less on non-essentials. And like I mentioned above, we have too much stuff as it is. So I am making an effort to be more budget conscious, focus spending only on needs and essentials.

Use my fancy camera more.

  • I purchased a nice DSLR camera last year for myself for Mother’s Day.  I got it to take better pictures of my kids, and I need to use it more for that purpose.  I still have a bit more to learn about using this camera and could use some new lenses to play with. Also, I need to get to make sure I have more pics in front of the camera with my kids. Don’t want them to look back at all their pictures and think they were mother-less.

Have more fun.

  • I am going to have more fun, play with my kids, and do more of what I love. Got to remember not to take life too seriously, and get down on the floor and play with my kiddos. I will work on a bunch of craft projects and get my kids in on the crafting action. We will have fun!

Blog more.

  • I like to write. I like to document and share things in my life. I need more practice at it. And I need to do it more than a couple times a month.

So that is my master to-do list for 2014. I know that being a mom of a preschooler, toddler, and infant all at once can be a bit chaotic. I’m not striving for perfection, but doing the best I can.  It will be the Year of Awesome, so let’s rock this new year.

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:

Items needed:

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.

ChevronBurlapWreath

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?

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!