*SO SWEET* SPRING WREATH

SO SWEET SPRING WREATH

Happy Spring, y’all!! I could not be more fired up that Spring is officially here! As I sit here (getting busy on this keyboard) even my “resting bitch face” fashions a grin.  There is nothing that brightens a girl’s day like cheery blooms peeking in the window.  But I tell ya what, I worried this day would never come! I mean, was it just me? This winter felt never-ending, right?  Perhaps it was just my surroundings….My beautiful green yard, dead. Everything all gray and brown…looking like something right out of some super depressing indie film.  Just as I was about to lose all hope, I awoke to the most beautiful little tree (bush? I don’t even know…I wasn’t blessed with a green thumb) in full bloom.  Once more, all things were right in the world.  Those lovely blooms brought a smile to my face, and a bit of inspiration.

Before night’s end, my sweet Spring decorations graced the entire house…Terrariums filled high with robin’s eggs and darling little bird nests places about.  The time came to get a little crafty.

Here’s the deal… I am all about a DIY wreath, so long as it is easy. *After attempting to create Martha Stewart’s acorn wreath last Fall, and failing, I learned a lesson.  I have vowed to never again torture myself for HOURS on one wreath.  If it can’t be completed in an hour, then I’m not interested! So… let’s get after it!

The materials I used…All super affordable!

SO SWEET SPRING WREATH materials

SPRING WREATH : bow making

First things first!  Before even messing with the wreath, I go ahead and make two bow forms out of coordinating ribbon.  Nothing fancy here.  I don’t even bother with big, elaborate bows (mostly because they’re out of my league).  With your finger at the center point, create 4 equal sized loops and twist floral wire around it to keep them in place.

SPRING WREATH : add one bow

SPRING WREATH : add first bow

Now it is time to stick in about half of your floral stems.  I tend to cut the stems way down so they are easier to work with.  Begin by inserting the stems in the wreath.  Above the stems, fasten your first bow to the grapevine using the floral wire.  Think of it in layers. Layer 1: grapevine.  Layer 2: stems.  Layer 3: bow… Repeat.

SPRING WREATH : add more stems and second bow.

Continue adding the remainder of your floral stems.  And don’t worry about it looking “perfect”.  That’s just no fun.  After all of your stems have been shoved into the grapevine, go ahead and attach the final bow the very same way you did the first one.

and…. VOILA!  Less than 30 minutes and your front door gets a fancy facelift in favor of SPRING.

SPRING WREATH : voila!

HAPPY SPRING!

GOOD LUCK!

bu-bye!

The Spring Clean: Part 5

 

THE SPRING CLEAN: cleaning above light fixtures

Hey y’all!

I am so excited to say that my annual spring cleaning mission is complete! In order for me to tackle such a daunting task, my strategy was to work bit-by-bit. Try to clean the whole house in a weekend, and you’re done-zo! Trying to maintain a steady pace, doing one project a day, I worked my way up, from bottom to top.

1. Start with floors, rugs, and baseboards.

2. Move on to waist level surfaces. Clean upholstery, dust/polish furniture, wash all bed linens.

3. Continue on with eye level surfaces.  Clean window and window sills, wash drapes, dust wall hanging (art, etc.), and dust above furniture.

4. Up high!  Dust or vacuum above cabinets, dust ceiling fans and air vents, change out light bulbs, clean light fixtures, sweep away any cobwebs on the ceiling, and finally CLEAN THE CEILING!

So cleaning the ceiling is definitely not something I do “on the reg.”  The truth is, I never noticed they needed to be cleaned until I moved into this “quirky” old house of mine.  Does anyone else ever have those days where they just get wild with a magic eraser? Well it happens to me about once a week. I whip out a new eraser and clean as many surfaces as I can get my hands on.  It all started with an innocent wipe down of my backsplash, which lead to “magically erasing” my cabinet doors.  That eventually lead to me cleaning those little splatters we get on kitchen walls.  It wasn’t until I was wiping down my kitchen walls, that I looked up, and AHH! I had some serious damage on my ceiling.  Not quite sure what to even call it.  But you know what I am talking about…Those grey-ish areas above your chandeliers.  Perhaps its from using bulbs with the wrong wattage, or not, I don’t know.  All I know is, a burnt looking ceiling is un-cool, and unattractive.

I knew if my magic eraser could handle weird greasy residue from Lord knows what, it could probably tackle my little issue on the ceiling.  So with my trusty M.E. in hand and a step ladder, I climbed on up and erased the crap-ola out of my ceiling.  It really was effortless, and the results were amazing.

**Hint** I think the reason I went so long without even noticing the discolor of my ceiling is because the light is always on!  So…wait until the sun is shining in bright, then turn your light off.  This will make it much easier to see the damage.  :)

P.S.  While you are up on that ladder, take the time to give your chandelier a good wipe down.  If your bulbs are fresh and still have some life in them, then dust them off.  You might be surprised at how much brighter your room gets once your bulbs are dust-free.

The Spring Clean: Cleaning above light fixtures

 

THE SPRING CLEAN: cleaning above light fixtures

 

 

xoxo, Jordan

 

The Spring Clean: Part 4

Medicine Cabinet

The Spring Clean: Part 4 medicine cabinet

 

Hey y’all!

How is everyone’s spring clean-up going? Today we are tackling the medicine cabinet! WOO HOO!  I think as the months pass, we all have a tendency to leave our medicine cabinets a bit “out in the cold.”  Well, by “out in the cold” I mean, the poor things get neglected.  Today we show ’em some love.  And let me tell you what, when this project is all said and done brushing your teeth will be a much more delightful task.

 

The Spring Clean medicine cabinet

 

 

The Spring Clean medicine cabinet

The Spring Clean medicine cabinet

Let me show you my process. . .

Medicine cabinet clean out

1. Remove everything, EVERY single thing from your medicine cabinet.  Check expiration dates and discard anything that is expired.  Next, carefully go through the remaining products and get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past few months.  (Chances are, if you haven’t used that eye cream once since you bought it 3 months ago, you’re not gonna!)

2. Give the medicine cabinet a good cleaning.  (You might be surprised at the amount of toothpaste residue that accumulates on the shelves.)

cleaning medicine cabinet shelves

3.  I use Windex, but pick your poison and clean the shelves of your medicine cabinet until they squeak!

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out: recycle glass jars

4. Begin refilling your cabinet with the items that belong.

**Tip** When it comes to small glass organizers for the bathroom, there is no need to splurge.  All of the containers/organizers I used in this cabinet were found around the house.  The glass jars holding cotton balls and Q-tips are old jelly jars.. . Because this girl, she recycles!

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out: bath salts

**Tip** I found these cute blue bottles for $1 at the dollar store.  Such a bargain, so I bought 10! Now they are the perfect vessel for holding scented bath pearls.

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Get creative!  I use a tiny cupcake tin to hold my ponytail holders.

Medicine Cabinet Clean Out :glass jars

So I have a ton of candles that are at the end of their life.  The glass jars that candles come in are the perfect size for small organizers, so I came up with a solution.  Stick the candles in the freezer for an hour or 2.  Remove the candles from freezer and using a butter knife, lift up on the left over wax.  (The freezer helps the wax come up in one big chunk.) Next wash is with soap and water and VOILA!

^^Above, I used an old candle jar to hold dental floss.^^

The Spring Clean: medicine cabinet

ALL DONE!

Good luck getting your medicine cabinet clean and orderly.

xoxo, Jordan