Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hanging Wreaths From Metal Frame Windows

I just got my Christmas decor up outside and we had a light dusting of snow! I really love the traditional look of wreaths hanging from ribbon on every window. Since I don't have drop open windows (they slide open left to right not up and down) or wooden frames to nail them in place, I used some super fancy 2-1/4" bulldog clips.

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 Once I figure out how much velvet ribbon I need for the wreath to be centered in the window, I tuck it over the metal frame and then slip the bulldog clip over the top.

I try to leave enough ribbon at the top to hang over the front and cover the clip a bit.

I take the screens out of the upstairs window and just reach the wreath out the window and clip the ribbon in place. Once you get the hang of it, it goes really fast. This is the third year I've used these clips to hang my wreaths and they've worked perfectly. Even after a strong wind storm last night, one of the wreaths flipped over, but the clip held the ribbon in place (I just need to open the window and flip it back over).
My poinsettia trees need a little reinforcement and fixing after pulling them out of storage, but I probably won't get to that right away. From far away, they look passable :)

I saw someone stack an ornament wreath on top of an evergreen wreath is a magazine (can't remember which one) and fell in love. Since I already had an ornament wreath and an extra evergreen one, I was good to go. I used a little floral wire to hold the two together. I really love how they pop on my blue door!

I love the snow on top of the giant ornaments on my blue spruce.

 It got too cold too fast for me to put any lights up this year. (Maybe some laser lights, though).
 Thanks for stopping by! 

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bonus Room Reveal!

Finally, I'm ready to show you my Bonus Room. A year ago, this room was a blah dumping ground. 

It sort of stressed me out every time I was in this room. I wanted it to be functional, but also to be elegant, inviting, peaceful, and beautiful. (Not too much to ask, right?) So, one project at I time, I worked towards that goal.

Probably the most massive undertaking was planking the ceiling and making faux beams, which you can read about here.

Another time consuming project was making these built in bookshelves with cabinets at the bottom. You can read about that adventure working with the slanted ceiling here

On the opposite side of the room, I made this faux fireplace to hold and hide electronics. You can read about that here.

I added some doors to this IKEA cubby shelf to help hide clutter that couldn't be easily stored in a basket. See how I added a mirror- like touch here.

The chair by the window used to be a waiting room chair, which I reimagined (I have one more in my garage that I'm working on to match). See the transformation here.

I made this Murphy bed to keep our guest mattress at hand, but out of sight. To see how I fashioned a platform large enough to hold a double size mattress, go here.

I love my Harry Potter map project. To see where I got the fabric, go here

The piano bench was also a makeover project that used to be a coffee table, which I blogged about here.

I really feel like I achieved my goal. This room is now one of my favorites in the house. I come up here to read, but end up just staring at how pretty the room is.

Thanks for stopping by!  

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall Porch Take 2

Is any one else feeling a little orange overload with fall decorating? This year I just wasn't feeling all too excited about my fall porch. I decided next year I would do something different, but after making an unexpected stop at Micheal's and seeing their flowers at 80% off, I decided I had another month left till Thanksgiving is over, why not change things up now?

Here was my inspiration picture from Pinterest/Better Homes and Gardens

Obviously, theirs look better, but I'm working with what I've got.

I got some corn husks bundled together from a produce stand. I painted my fake pumpkins white. The white flowers are fake bouquets from Micheal's marked down to $3.

The hydrangas were marked down to $1 a bundle. I bought 10 and used about 7 for my wreath. The rest I put in the urns.

The wreath! I love how it turned out! I removed the leaf garland from my grapevine wreath.

Then I tucked a hanging wisteria bunch (marked down to $3) in the wreath and used a little bit of floral wire to hold it in place.
 I did the same with the hydrangeas.


No more orange!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

DIY Hanging Wall File


About 4 years ago I made a giant hanging file folder out of cardboard and fabric. Guess, what? It's still holding together.
I needed something similar, but smaller in my living room to hold magazines and books. I took some pieces of cardboard that already had creases in them and put them to good use.

I drew a line 2" from the bottom to be the bottom of the pocket

Using a yard stick, I scored the line with a box cutter and then used the ruler to help fold on the line.

 I did the same to create a crease vertically and then mark some tabs to go into the back piece.

I cut the card board with strong scissors and then taped the bottom of the sides to the bottom of the pocket.

Pocket measurements:
9.75" tall, but my other is 7.75" tall - The folders are a little taller on this new version because I decided not to cut the top of the cardboard and leave it as it was. The taller version hides what's inside, which could be a pro or a con
13" wide
sides are 3" at top and 2" at bottom

 I used spray adhesive to attach the cardboard to the fabric on the main surface and then used hot glue to secure the fold over parts on the back.

Once I spaced where the pockets would go, I used a box cutter and scissors to make slits big enough for the tabs to go through. Then I tapes the sides down with packing tape (duct tape would probably be a better choice, though.)

I hot glued on these label holders from Hobby Lobby - they're considered paper embellishments, so they are included in the 50% sale occasionally.

I attached it to the wall using nails in all four corners.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Porch

Fall finally made it to the front porch!

 I'm also in love with my new wheat wreath that I found at Target!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015