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DIY: Burlap and Holly Berry Letter

20 Nov

On a recent trip to Michaels, my mom and I both bought some really big, really cool wood letters for around $2. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time but I figured I would figure something out. While browsing Pintrest, I found this picture and fell in love.

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Since we are moving into the Christmas season, I decided to keep the rustic feel of my inspiration letter but take it into a more Christmas-y direction. Here is what I used:

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I also used a small piece of sandpaper to rough up the letter a little bit to give it that vintage look. I also turned to Pintrest to figure out how to make a burlap bow. This tutorial was great.

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She used burlap ribbon but I didn’t have any so I just used actual burlap. Also, she used floral wire which I also didn’t have (and was too lazy and cheap to go out and buy) so I just hot glued the entire thing. Here is the final product!

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I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It has surely got me in the Christmas spirit!

xoxo,
Danni

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DIY: Burlap and Muslin Wreath

29 Aug

Today was my day off. Since I have been working so much lately, I vowed to make it an actual day off with only minimal housework and lots of relaxation. Of course, I just couldn’t resist another project and here is what I came up with!

What you will need:
burlap
muslin
raffia
scissors
hot glue gun
stick wreath (You can get these for super cheap! Mine was only $3.00!)

I began by cutting a piece of burlap into a long strip, wrapping it around the wreath, and gluing it into place with my hot glue gun.

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Next, I made my little muslin flowers. I really love these guys and think they would be super cute on pillows and tons of other projects. To make the flowers, cut a piece of muslin into a long strip. The length and width of the strip are up to you. Obviously the longer and wider the strip, the bigger your flower will be. Then tie a knot in one end of the strip.

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Then you want to begin wrapping the remaining length of the strip around the knot gluing it with your glue gun every wrap to secure. I like to twist as I wrap every now and then just to make the flower bulkier and more interesting.

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Continue wrapping until you have reached the end of your strip of muslin.

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When you reach the end, simply tuck it on the back of he flower and glue down with your glue gun. I made five of these for my wreath.

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After finishing my flowers, I began cutting the burlap into strips.

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In order to get that ruched, scrunchy look I wanted, I took one end of the strip, picked out one of the little frayed strings and began pulling.

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Once it has scrunched up about half way down the strip, I switched and repeated the process on the other end of the strip.

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I did this to five strips for my wreath but you could always do more or less. After this was complete, I arranged them into circles on the wreath itself and secured them with my glue gun.

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To make the “leaves” for my flowers, I took the raffia and tied several pieces together to form a bow.

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After the bow was tied, I cut the looped portion of the bow to make the frayed ends.

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Using my glue gun, I then fastened these under the burlap on the wreath.

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Finally, I added my little muslin flowers and yay! All done!

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I am so happy with how it turned out! I think it would be just precious on a front door or on a wall inside! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Hope you enjoy!

xoxo
Danni
p.s. I must admit, I did have some good help! ­čÖé

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Our Baking Adventure: Honey Wheat Bread

18 Jul

When my brother and I were kids, my mom was that mom that not only maintained a spotless house, cooked amazing food every single day, and – if I do say so myself – raised two amazing children! One thing that she frequently did when we were younger was grind her own wheat and make homemade bread. Until you have had warm, straight from the oven bread made with wheat that was ground just minutes before you cannot imagine how excited I was to hear that she was going to resume making this delicious bread. Today, I went over to do what I could to help in the grinding/baking process and the results (aka me getting to take home two fresh loaves) were amazing!

Here is what the wheat looks like before it is ground down.

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The recipe that we used today was found on Edie’s wonderful blog called LifeingGrace. Her recipe and fool-proof, instructions can be found here.

 
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This is the wheat after a good dose of grinding. I love that this recipe includes honey! Everything is better with a little honey.

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The dough turned out perfectly! We were so pleased!

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That is me trying to look like I’m contributing to the process.

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That is mom actually contributing to the process.

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Two of our loaves ready to pop in the oven to rise.

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The dough rose perfectly!

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The bread could not have baked and browned better! It tastes oh-so-amazing too! Especially with a spoonfull of homemade strawberry jelly!

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It is just a fact, homemade bread just taste better and is so much healthier than store-bought, sandwich bread. Needless to say, it was a wonderful afternoon spent working a little and eating and talking a lot!

xoxo
Danni

How To: Hanging Burlap Picture Frames

5 Jun

Ike and I were at TJ-Maxx a few weekends ago and I found the cutest picture frame for $9.00. It was a distressed white color and had was hanging by a piece of burlap. Of course I wanted it. But as I carried around the store, I kept looking at it and looking at it and finally thought “I could make this!” Consequently, I did not buy it and instead opted to do it myself.

I already had burlap (left over from our wedding decor!) and white spray paint. All I needed was a few of my favorite Dollar Store picture frames. After buying these (for $2.00 a piece which was less than the one frame cost at TJ-Maxx!), I gathered together the rest of my supplies and began working.

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You will need:
Burlap or Burlap ribbon
Scissors
Wood picture frames
Spray paint
Hot glue gun

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Begin by spray painting the frames. Of course, if you like the color of the frame you bought, skip this step.

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This was after two coats. I didn’t want it to be super solid or perfect because I wanted it to look worn and used.

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Next, cut the burlap into a strip and then knot it in the middle.

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Take the strips and use your hot glue gun to attach them to the back of the frame. Finally, use the scissors to trip off any excess burlap and your done!

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I think it turned out really cute! I was pleased especially because it was such an easy project! Hanging it by the burlap just gives the frames a little more character. You could always use ribbon instead of burlap which would be charming too! Hope you like!

xoxo
Danni

How-To: Rustic Table

1 Jun

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My husband and I are have been planning on doing some updates to our kitchen for a while now and, when I found this table on Pintrest (just click the picture to visit her awesome blog!), I knew that this had to be our new kitchen table. We both absolutely loved the rustic, country feel and, since my husband is such an awesome handyman, I knew that he could build it without any problem.

Ike had originally planned on building the table from scratch including the legs and frame. However, we were lucky enough to stumble upon an old table with really pretty legs and fun drawers! I was thrilled! If you want to complete a similar project, here is what you will need from Home Depot:

2×8 boards cut in length to fit your salvaged table (around $3.00)
Minwax Wood Finish in whatever color you like ($5.00)
A sponge applicator ($1.50)
Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane (around $10.00)
Paint Brush ($2.50)
Salvaged Table with sturdy legs and frame that you like (Ike’s Dad gave this table to us, so search Craig’s List and Yard Sales and hunt one down for cheap!)

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This is what the table looked like when we first got it and after Ike had removed the legs. Clearly a fun table, but in need of some improvements.
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After removing the legs, Ike also removed the top, drawers and supporting beams.

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Then he began staining the boards.

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His helpers ­čÖé

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Finally, the newly stained boards were reattached using the same hardware that was taken out of the old table. We didn’t even have to buy new bolts and screws!

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Then the legs were reattached.

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It turned out better than I could have even hoped!

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Ike added a satin finish polyurethane for the finishing touch!

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Now that it is finished, I’m so excited to work on our other projects that we have planned for the kitchen! I can’t wait to see what it looks like when complete! Ike did such a great job on this table and it only took him a few hours to finish! He is so handy to have around! ­čÖé I’m hoping to find some different chairs down the road and I would love an old, farmhouse bench for one side!

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Have a question or comment? Just leave it below!

xoxo
Danni

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Easy Peasy Old Window Project

26 Mar

When we lived at our old house, my husband and I found all these old windows that were filthy but gorgeous. I cleaned them all up and did nothing with them. I had always intended on using them for something but had just never gotten around to it. Well today, since the weather is so bad outside, I decided to do a little project inside and here is what I came up with.

First, I started with my said old window, a black and white picture, letter stickers, Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Squares, and scissors (I purchased the stickers, the adhesive squares, and had the picture printed off at Wal-Mart).

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Though both annoying and time consuming, I have found that it is easier to first cut out each letter individually and play with its positioning before you actually peel it off and make a commitment.

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Next, I simply used the adhesive squares to attach the photo and then wrote out song lyrics with the letters.

TAAA-DAAA!

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These particular lyrics are from Randy Travis’ song “Forever and Ever Amen” which was the recessional at our wedding!

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Not perfect by any means, but I think that is part of its charm.

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Hope you enjoy!

Questions? Comments? Leave them below! ­čÖé

xoxo
Danni

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How-To: Magazine Christmas Tree

30 Oct

I saw this on Martha Stewart crafts and was super excited to try it! After I finished my first tree, I showed my grandmother my “new” prize. Turns out, she had made these and other magazine creations growing up. Guess there really isn’t anything new under the sun! Even if Martha wasn’t the first to come up with this craft, they are super easy to make and the finished product is really pretty!

#1) All you will need is a somewhat thick magazine. I like using real estate magazines because they are free (score!) and you can pick them up pretty much anywhere.

#2) Tear off the cover and fold the right hand corner down towards the lower left corner to form a triangle.

#3) Next, fold that triangle down to the left corner again to make a sort of necktie shape.

#4) Open up that triangle.

#5) Take the point of the necktie and tuck it up to form yet another triangle.

#6) Repeat this with every page in your magazine and, when you are done, you will have a fluffy Christmas tree!

I spray painted mine gold but of course you don’t have to paint it at all! I think this will be super cute on a mantel or as part of a Christmas centerpiece!