D.I.Y. So Sweet Spring Wreath

so sweet spring wreath

Hey y’all!

It’s time…Time for D.I.Y.!! So, here’s the thing.  I LOVE the do-it-yourself approach pretty much when ever the option applies.  But for ever tiny D.I.Y. project I complete, I learn something new.  One thing I learned (about myself) in a hot second, was if I lose momentum on  a project, it won’t get done. So, if I opt to do it myself, it has to be quick and easy.  Lord knows I have a shed full of works-in progress that took too long. A.K.A. I got bored with the thing!  I have also learned that sometimes doing it yourself is not the most economical option.  This happens to me ALL THE TIME! I see something I love at the store and think to myself, (or out loud, woops) “I could make that at home and save a fortune!”  Well, more often than not by the time I have purchased all the materials I need for a project and how much effort the whole shebang took, I probably would rather just shuck out the money in the first place.  So, now before I even think about taking on a new project, I consider how much of the materials I will need to purchase and what I already have on hand.

This past weekend I was raiding my local Hobby Lobby.  This typically happens about once a week.  It is an issue.  Anyhewww, while aimlessly wandering the aisles, I spotted a bunch of grapevine wreaths.  They came in 2 different sizes and every “spring” color you could think of.  I thought they were cute and could easily, and affordably, be spruced up.  In the cart they went! A few aisles over for some tiny little eggs, a bolt of moss green ribbon, and I was ready to craft! Here is my process…

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1. First I hot glued the ribbon in a  loop around the wreath (top and bottom for the upper wreath, and just the top for the lower wreath).

2.  Next, I wanted a long sash hanging from the top of the doorway to fall past the bottom of the lower wreath. After a little trial and error, I found the simplest way to accomplish this was to hot glue each loop (Step 1) to the sash.

3.  To add a bit more “spring” in to the project, I brought in these tiny faux nests, and hot glued some moss to the inside (for added color).

4.  Next comes the birdie eggs.  Mine came in a pack of 20 for $4.  Hot glue those cuties into the nest…Yeah, hot glue is apparently my go-to adhesive.

5.  Bow time.  I tend to enjoy the look of a more simple bow, but if you want to get wild with it, get WILD with it girl!!

6.  Add some fun, “springy” flowers for color and hang her up!

Hang Spring Wreath

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For about $15 and less than an hour I would say this D.I.Y. was well worth it!

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SPRING Forward… with fancy new organizers!

Hey y’all!

With my latest project (The Spring Clean) in full swing, I find myself in a deep state of “product envy.”  Working my way through the house, room by room and nook by nook, while daunting, can also be a very insightful task.  For every little niche I organize and clean my way through, I can’t help but wonder if the perfect product is out there to make the process as simple as possible.  Sooo, today I have compiled a product list that I absolutely adore, and I think y’all might just love too!  Getting every aspect of your home in order can be be even easier this spring with a few goods to help you along.

 

Spring Forward

1. Kate Spade Neon Nesting Boxes: $54

2. Desktop Perpetual Calendar Set: $58

3. Vitamin Flat Pouch Set: $18

4. Rifle Tin Recipe Box Set- Dot: $34

5. Kate Spade All Occasion Card Set: $30

  Y’all Enjoy!

xoxo jordan

The Spring Clean: Part 1

The Spring Clean

Hey y’all! Has this amazing warm weather got anyone else completely thrilled for spring? I can taste the Abita Strawberry and smell the cut grass already, and it makes me HAPPY! My man and I spent our weekend outside, enjoying the sunny warmth, and manicuring our yard.  Well, he did the manicuring.  I just spent hours wandering around and cutting random branches from trees.  You would think I might have more of a “green thumb” by now.  But nope.  I have come to terms with the fact that no matter how much I want to be a successful gardener or how much practice I put in, keeping a plant alive and growing a beautiful garden just are NOT in my future.   Nevertheless, it really got me inspired to get a head start on my spring cleaning indoors.

“The Spring Clean” will be my detailed play-by-play for some of the many spring cleaning projects I take on this year.

First on the list…. my tarnished window hardware.

I love so much about this little old house we love in, but one thing is certainly undeniable.  It definitely has it’s “quirks!” I love the squeaks, and charm but some parts need a bit of T.L.C.  I have always enjoyed subtle touches of brass in a home.  All the window frames in my house came with brass hardware.  However, between the age and someone’s lazy paint job, you could hardly tell they were there! Not for long, y’all. Here is how I managed to transform my old, tarnished window pulls into shiny, new beauties.

The Spring Clean: Tarnished Hardware

It drives me up the wazoo when painters get lazy with hardware and window frames.  (Removing unwanted paint from the windows will be my next project.) So thank you Mr. Painter-30-years-ago, this is what you left me with…

Tarnished hardware

After thinking back to a project I did for a client, I had a lightbulb moment.  I remember about a year ago, a client of mine wanted me to remove the paint from their fireplace doors to expose the original brass.  After a long trial and error process, the quickest and simplest solution was Goo-Gone.  They call it a graffiti remover, but now I use it for all sorts of things…Like my window hardware.

I doused all of the pulls, and the screws that went with them, in Goo Gone.  Let is soak for about 20 minutes, or until you see the paint begin to peel away from the surface.  After a good squirt with the garden hose, this is what we got…

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With the paint removed, it was time to work on getting these guys back to their shiny shelves.  I did a bit of research online and followed the advice of others to soak the brass in a bath of hot water, white vinegar, and salt.  Letting that soak for 30 minutes or so… I was not too happy with these results.  The brass had turned pink in color and had these weird green patches.  (This might have been an indication that my window pulls were not real brass, but WANNA-BES!)

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At this point I was feeling a bit defeated.  So, in an attempt make my pulls attractive enough to be used again, I took to them with some steel wool.  I turned the faucet on warm, put a drop of grease removing dish soap, and scrubbed ’til the cows came home!

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Much to my surprise, it worked!  Don’t get me wrong, these pulls aren’t perfect….but they are without a doubt GREATLY improved.  I am very pleased with the results and I love the subtle sparkle it adds back to the bedroom.

new and improved hardware

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Stay tuned for The Spring Clean (Part 2) where will I tackle removing the paint from those old window panes.

xoxo jordan