DIY Wood Letter Kids Name Decor

Long time, no post my friends! It’s been 8 joyful (and exhausting) weeks of being a mother and I was long overdue a new post. I planned on taking a month long blog break (HA!) but evidently I overestimated my abilities to juggle it all. Motherhood has been the steepest learning curve of my life but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My crafty side has been twitching from being so stagnant and today I’m bringing you this adorable DIY name project. Put your own spin on it and add the sweetest personal touch to baby’s room!

DIY Nursery Name Decor

I love my baby’s name. I should, shouldn’t I? I spent nine long months agonizing over what it might be and hopefully she likes it just as much! I’m amazed by the amount of people who haven’t heard the name before. In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s a little background.

DIY Nursery Name Art

I always wanted to display the baby’s name in the nursery but wasn’t sure how. I’m not a huge fan of letters hanging from the wall individually and since there are six of them in hers I wasn’t too wild about six permanent holes in my already terrible walls! If you search baby name craft on Pinterest you will be able to scroll for hours through wood letter craft. Some of them were just too well, ‘pinterest’ for me. I wanted something elegant and dainty yet without fuss.

DIY Nursery Name Art

To the craft store! The best part of this was the fact that I bought everything I needed for under $15! I decided on scrapbook paper to decorate. Rather than sticking to one pattern I got four different kinds for a mismatched, feminine look.

DIY Nursery Name Art

DIY Nursery Name Art

Making the name was easy as pie. I simply drew around the letters on my paper of choice, carefully cut out the shape (using a sharp scissors!) then mod podged it to the wood. Done!

DIY Nursery Name Art

Initially, I was going to display the letters simply. I purchased a narrow frame shelf on Amazon with the intention of propping them up against the wall but I (horribly) misjudged the length of the name and size of the shelf and so that was nixed. The shelf now displays some of her prettiest books in what turned into a happy accident! In the end I chose to arrange the letters in a fun design and glue them together before hanging the name as one piece. I absolutely love how it turned out!

Did you do any nursery craft? Feel free to share in the comment section 🙂

 

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No-Sew Novelty Cloud Pillow

This blog has given me a serious case of craft-itis! I get so much inspiration and motivation from reading hundreds of other blogs every month that I now have a massive craft bug and I am thoroughly enjoying it. This week I tried my hand at a simple cloud pillow for Baby’s nursery. I cannot sew. At all. Even a button, it WILL fall off again. I despise sewing. What I can do however, is handle a small, low-temperature hot glue gun!

DIY No Sew Cloud Pillow

People often ask me if I’ve chosen a theme for Baby’s nursery and honestly I had not, nor had I ever considered one. Unless you can call ‘gender neutral’ a theme. Although I love to decorate and sit back to admire my handiwork, I get bored and over analytical. For me, something overly specific was an absolute no-no.

Let me tell you, choosing gender neutral decor is easier said than done. It seems these days that a lot of grey and rustic/outdoorsy decor is considered gender neutral. I personally think that stuff, although beautiful, is far more boyish than girly. After I had decided on a white crib and re-purposed my old TV cabinet into a white changing unit (check it out here!), I found the cutest cloud door handles on Etsy. What’s both baby appropriate and gender neutral? The sky! So I settled on clouds, stars, the moon etc. as my central ‘theme that isn’t a theme’.

This easy peasy no-sew cutie will be complete in 30 minutes and costs less than $10-20 depending on where you buy your supplies and the quality you desire!

You will need:
  • White fabric (cotton, felt, fleece, velour …it’s up to you!)
  • Poly-fil Stuffing 12oz (o r see amount requirements for different projects on the package!)
  • Low-temp hot glue gun + extra glue sticks
  • Sharp scissors or ideally a fabric shears
  • A sharpie to draw your cloud shape

There is no distinct pattern for this project. I completely winged it and you can too!

Method:

On a clean, flat surface fold your fabric in half and freehand draw a simple cloud shape on your fabric. If drawing is not your forte then find a shape to copy or trace with a quick google search

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Once you’re happy with the shape, cut it out (both sides)

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Since the sides you have cut may have sharpie marks showing then make sure you glue this side up! Make sure both pieces line up and apply a thin, clean line of glue around the edge. Carefully glue edge to edge in small stages 4/5ths of the way around

Don’t forget to stop, you have to leave a hole for filling!

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When the glue is dry and you’re happy there’s no missed spots ie, holes, then turn it inside out. The reason for a thin, evenly glued edge is to avoid puckering. It may still appear puckered in spots but you can iron those out!

Start stuffing the pillow carefully, ensuring it’s totally filled! It may take a lot depending on how large you made it. Work out the bumps as you go.

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The trickiest part is sealing the last gap since the fabric is now the right way around. Take your time and slowly glue it as neatly as possibly. Rushing will result in hot glue all over your hands and the outside of the pillow!

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DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

Last year I didn’t have a Christmas wreath on our sad little front door but this year in our new house with a beautiful entryway there was no way I could go without! Wreaths out there were either too expensive for me, too big, too small or just…meh. So I made my own which I love because nobody else has one. I’m feeling festive so I guess I will share with you guys 😉

DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

I purchased a plain artificial wreath but you could also use a fresh one! Once I fluffed up the wreath and gave it a good shape, I sprayed on snow, topped with a large burlap bow and added the CUTEST pair of ice skates in the center. Vintage holiday decor is my favorite and I have been eyeing them up at Hobby Lobby since last year. When I found them again I couldn’t bear to leave them behind. I don’t really have anywhere to hang more decorations so this was the perfect solution!

DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

Have you made any of your Holiday decorations?

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DIY Baby Changing Station Transformation

I don’t need to tell you that babies are expensive little beings. It is rather overwhelming looking around your home and realizing just how much you need to buy for baby. I think the worst kind of baby gear is the stuff that lasts five minutes and is then no longer of any use. Like a bassinet or a changing table.

DIY Changing Table Transformation

I was lucky to have an old TV cabinet sitting in my garage that had the perfect potential for a changing unit. This was achieved by simply changing the color! I was able to create a beautiful piece of furniture for the nursery that can be used as both a changing table and later, a storage unit. What I love about re-purposing a small cabinet is the versatility of the end result. You could remove the doors and add decorative storage boxes to make it more gender/theme specific or you can also choose to  keep the doors and hide boring necessities behind them.

DIY Changing Station Transformation

DIY Changing Station Transformation

I am doing the latter. I have decided to turn this into the ultimate baby changing station! The upper shelf which is usually for DVD players, game consoles and the like will be a place to store basics like onesies/bibs/burp cloths and the inevitable spare outfits we will need with some changes! Behind the doors there is one shelf which will be home to endless diapers, wipes and also health and bath products. All I am really adding to this piece is a standard changing pad.

For such a huge transformation and total re-purpose, this project is the easiest I have ever done. It had two steps.

I have two words people. CHALK. PAINT.

DIY Changing Station Transformation

Paint that magic potion directly onto your dust-free, un-sanded wood and watch it transform! Granted, it took four or five coats but if you are not in a rush and have patience then you can get away without prepping. I underestimated how many coats it would need and I went through two tubs before I gave in and bought a bigger one to finish it. If in doubt, buy the bigger tin! To save time and effort you can sand and fully prep the furniture from the start. The reason I didn’t was because I began during Summer and therefore in the height of my allergy season. It just wasn’t worth the agony in my eyes and the sneezing fits! Once you are happy with the coverage you can use a clear wax to seal and protect it.

I’m SO happy with the way this unit turned out and even happier that I have a piece of nursery furniture that cost me $25! All I purchased was the paint, wax and door knobs 🙂

DIY Changing Station Transformation

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Super Easy DIY Christmas Wall Art

If you can’t stand people who love Christmas, LOOK AWAY NOW because today I am bringing you some DIY Christmas wall art!

Super Easy DIY Christmas Wall Art

Move over Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving, it’s officially my time! I’m not obnoxious about it. I won’t decorate for a while and blast carols from my speakers but I ADORE Christmas. I find it amusing how genuinely disgruntled many people become when others get in the Christmas spirit. You don’t see me pitchin’ a fit when you all go crazy for pumpkins in August so hush. We can have Halloween decor in stores in July but now I’m the worst for loving Christmas 8 weeks in advance? As they say in the South, bless your heart!

Christmas was always a special time for me and since moving away from home it’s become even more. It was incredibly difficult last year to spend my first Christmas in 27 years away from home. It was even harder to participate in others’ ‘traditions’ that just did not feel right to me. Overall it was just a really emotional and sad time for me. I feel very strongly about carrying on my own Holiday traditions especially now that we are expecting. I can’t wait to have Santa Claus again in our home and the magic of Christmas that only children can bring!

So since November is just one sleep away I am sharing with you a super easy festive wall art I made over the weekend. This involves nothing but glue and some craft paint! You know me, I like the easy stuff!

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I picked up this distressed hanging pallet piece a few weeks ago at the craft store and separately, this laser cut decoration. There was no real plan for either and placing them haphazardly on the counter resulted in this project! I decided to paint the cut-out gold + gold glitter top coat and attach it to the pallet. It makes a great piece of wall art that is simple yet festive! Remember you can also stain or paint an unfinished pallet very easily if you can’t find or don’t want a distressed look.

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First I left it painted gold with the leaf element glittered only but I loved the sparkle so much, I did the whole thing! It’s not overly glittery just a gorgeous shimmer than catches the light.

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DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

There are so many spooky Halloween wreaths out there but frankly, I think the price tags are equally as frightful. I am a huge fan of Fall decor and don’t even start me on Christmas but my Halloween decorating is minimal at best. I can’t justify having a huge amount of decorations for just one night (ok, yes ironic since Christmas is technically one day as well). So I took things into my own hands using Michael’s 40% off one full priced item coupon and made this MINDLESSLY easy, spider web wreath which ended up costing just $7!

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

You will need just three items:

  1. Plain, twig wreath (whatever size you want!)
  2. Spider Web
  3. Spiders, of course!

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

Depending on where you are placing this and what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, you may need to use wire or glue to secure your spiders. Due to the family of geckos that likes to move into all my front door wreaths and then try jump into my house, I will probably use this indoors as wall decor! If you are displaying the wreath inside then those spider legs pretty much secure themselves between the twigs. One less step – score!

Obviously these wreaths are supposed to be round (duh!) but they are inexpensive and all vary. Choose wisely at the store. When you are ready to start, lay it flat on a table and decide what point will be the top (where it will sit on the door hanger/nail).

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

After this you get to play with your webbing. I used a very small amount, stretching it to the max to ensure it looked more real. The more you use, the clumpier it will be. I wound the web around one side, spending time making it look as true to life as I could. You could also arrange it width ways across the bottom half or indeed, all over the entire wreath.

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

Next up – spiders! Sparkly, plastic spiders are much more acceptable than live, hairy ones. This pack had six in it but I used just four. Again, depending on your wreath size, it’s up to you. You’re all set! Did I mention this was TOO easy?!

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

Let me know if you’ve made your own Halloween wreath!

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DIY Table Transformation

My in-kitchen dining area is neither here nor there. The window and light fixture are misaligned which makes my compulsive tendencies twitch. Do I place my table in front of the window or do I center it beneath the light? Woe is me. To the other side of the table is my hallway and beyond, my front door. Which means when I sit down to eat, the world can join us through the side panel. Hi, neighbor!

DIY Table Transformation

We moved into our home 7 months ago now and despite a beautiful furnished dining room, I wanted to fill that gap. I committed the new home owner sin. DO ALL THE DECORATING AT ONCE! BUY ALL THE THINGS NOW! So I bought an inexpensive bar-height dining set for two. Ten minutes later, I hated it. Lesson learned. The decor in a new home is to be collected with patience and love. Not hasty gathering.

Last week, after searching the internet and every store in the world, I ordered a small, round pedestal table and two elegant fabric chairs. I purchased the table unfinished so I could make it my own.

I live in the house of espresso, guys.

Subconsciously, we have been buying dark colored wood furniture. IT’S. EVERYWHERE. It doesn’t help that our floors are also a dark walnut. When the dog lies down, sometimes I can’t even find him. So that’s helpful.

Since the curtains at the dining area window are a grey floral and the area rug is a mix of powder blues and grey, I chose grey chairs also. The leather ones in the dining room are…yes, espresso, so I NEED some color in my life. With this in mind, the last thing I wanted to see was a dark colored table so I grabbed a bottle of antique white wood stain and got down to business! The finish I desired was not overly distressed but not a solid white as I think that would be an eye sore within the coffee cave. I still wanted the piece to fit in with the modern vibe of the chairs and just look a little farm house-y.

The table was already sanded, prepped and ready to go so after giving it a quick, dry wipe down to remove any dust, I painted the surface with two coats. I started staining at the bottom of the table which seems counter-intuitive but it avoids drips from staining the pedestal before you get to it!

DIY Table Transformation

DIY Table Transformation

Once thoroughly dry, I sealed the table with a matte finish sealant. You could use a satin or gloss but I wanted more of a rough finish.

DIY Table Transformation

Alternative Method

An alternate way of finishing this table and achieving more of a distressed look would be to utilize a milk paint. Mix paint with parts water as per instructions and paint one coat.

Once dry, get a damp cloth and rub vigorously in spots you want to achieve the ‘worn’ look. The harder you work, the more distressed it will look (I’m glad I went with a stain because in this Georgia 100 degree and 110% humidity Summer, I would be the distressed one). This one definitely takes some elbow grease so make sure you’re prepared to do it!

It was so fun to do this for a few reasons

  1. It gave me a project of my own, something to do outside the monotony of daily life
  2. I purchased the table a lot more inexpensively than a finished product (you can also do this with hand-me-downs or market finds)
  3. I was able to do exactly what I wanted without settling for something that would simple ‘fit’.

DIY Table Transformation

 

Darby insisted on posing for this one!

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Propagating Succulents

Propagating succulents is a magical experience. Ok well it’s not and it’s got a scientific explanation but once you see it happen, you will have to restrain yourself from hacking your succulents apart continuously to multiple them. Then you will become a crazy succulent lady which quite frankly I think is far more economical than a crazy cat lady.

Propagating Succulents

Those of you who follow the blog and/or my Pinterest will know about my new found love of succulents. Back in March I posted Succulents for Beginners which much to my delight, was a hit!

My Original Plants

Propagating Succulents

If only my succulents were as successful as the blog post. Yes. RIP, my flower babies, I hardly knew ye! As you know, I was home in Ireland for an extended stay and I entrusted my my dear sweet (soon-to-be ex) husband with the care of my succulents. Bless his heart, he clearly didn’t read my blog post! Those bad boys died a serious death. Some were scorched, some drowned, others I assume died of  broken hearts. In fairness I only gave husfriend a watering timeline and little instruction. I just assumed their location was fine and casually forgot to consider that the sun’s position coming through my skylight would change in six weeks. Oops! He redeemed himself though by buying me a beautiful Pachyveria and a prickly but cute, climbing Aloe.

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Propagating Succulents(4)

Of course that couldn’t be the end of the story. As I was shooting photos for this post I went out to the back porch where my Aloe was sunning itself and I found my brazen-faced Labradoodle out there munching its roots! Soil everywhere and a mouth full of roots, that Dood RAN, fast. Watch this space for a post on the fate of my Aloe which I semi-saved and re-potted.

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Propagating Succulents

Propagating my succulents wasn’t on my agenda just yet but alas, it’s time. I sadly disposed of my shriveled leaves and trimmed what healthy stems remained. Placing the cuttings aside, I removed any healthy leaves I could salvage by carefully wiggling them away from the stem. My biggest loss was my Eceheveria ‘Pearl von Nurnberg’ which saddened me as it was so beautiful! Once you have all stems and leaves that you want to propagate, you will need to leave them to dry away from bright light for a few days to a week. After they are dried and have calloused you can place them in a shallow dish or tray that has a layer of well draining soil (mixed with sand and small pebbles). Dampen the soil but do not drown it. Watch the magic happen! Within a week you should see tiny succulents budding from the parent leaf/stem. The parent leaf will loosen after a while and it can be easily removed. This is when you can plant your brand new succulents!

Succulent Propagation

Propagating Succulents

Propagating Succulents

It is said that when life hands you lemons you should make lemonade. When life hands you a husband who can’t keep your succulents alive, propagate more!

P.S. No husbands were harmed during the writing of this post 😉

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