Sunday, November 23, 2014

Motivational Monday: November 23rd

Happy Sunday everyone! We had some awesome projects shared with us this past week, which makes me even more excited to see what you all have been up to the past week!


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Ready to share what motivates you? Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up. 

  • Limit it to three links per week and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog.
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties. 
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to…because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all.
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6pm PST and ends Thursday at 5pm PST.

Feel free to grab a Motivational Monday button in the sidebar to put on your own blog if you want to help spread the love! 






Kendra from Joy in Our Home shared her Wood Slice Chalkboard with us this week! I love that she showed us many uses for the same project. I love it with her Christmas decor.



This Burlap and Vintage Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape by Bethany from Southern Couture is beautiful! I love the burlap mixed with the colorful flowers and pumpkins. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Motivational Monday: November 16th

It's time for another week of Motivational Monday! I had so much fun last week going through some of the fabulous posts you all shared and I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to! If you have any craft, DIY, or home decor projects this link party is for you!

This past week, I was a part of a Thanksgiving Blog Hop and shared a fabric turkey pillow cover. See my pillow and all the other wonderful projects and recipes here.



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Ready to share what motivates you? Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up. 

  • Limit it to three links per week and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog.
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties. 
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to…because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all.
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6pm PST and ends Thursday at 5pm PST.

Feel free to grab a Motivational Monday button in the sidebar to put on your own blog if you want to help spread the love! 








Christine shared with us her Thanksgiving Home Tour that had me swooning! With a patio like that, I would spend all morning out there sipping coffee and reading a book (or catching up on my favorite blogs). What a cozy little space to spend a beautiful fall day! Check out the rest of the tour at Little Brags.




I am loving all the wood plank projects I've seen all over lately, so it is no surprise that Kat's "Give Thanks" Turkey Slat Sign caught my attention right away! Head on over to Home.Made.Interest to get the full details on how to make this project!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fabric Turkey Pillow Cover and a Thanksgiving Blog Hop


When I got invited to be a part of a Thanksgiving Blog Hop by Erin and Emily from Elizabeth Joan Designs, I immediately knew I wanted to attempt to create a turkey pillow! It's one of those projects that's been on my mind for quite some time now, but since I don't usually decorate specifically for Thanksgiving, I've never done it. 

The thing I loved most about this project is that it cost me next to nothing to make, and I'm sure that would be the case if any of you wanted to create one as well. The only thing I had to purchase was the Heat N Bond which cost me $2.99. 


To make the pillow cover, I used leftover drop cloth from my ruffled curtains I made a while back. You can see my tutorial on how I sewed the pillow cover here

Using many different fabrics, I cut out the pieces of my turkey. Then I took the lazy route and used the Heat N Bond Ultrahold to stick the turkey pieces onto the pillow. I was definitely NOT about to use the sewing machine to sew on all those tiny pieces.  In a matter of minutes, I had a new Thanksgiving inspired turkey pillow for my living room. 


He's so stinking cute I can't even handle it.




Next year, I think it would be cool to use the same idea to make a larger version and hang it above my couch to replace my rosette burlap heart. But seriously, isn't he just the cutest little guy?

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Brought to you by: 
Elizabeth Joan Designs - Homemade By Carmona - Dwelling In Happiness - Melanie Gets Married- Latte Everyday - Hawthorne & Main - Bumblebreeblog - Anderson + Grant - Renovar Design - For My Love OfNot A Trophy Wife 

(Simply click on any of the above pictures to see projects from other bloggers!)



A HUGE thank you to Emily and Erin for inviting me to be apart of this Thanksgiving Blog Hop! I hope you'll take the time to check out the rest of the bloggers projects as well!





Sunday, November 9, 2014

Motivational Monday!

Today, I am super excited to announce that I have joined forces with Amanda from Burlap and Babies and a handful of other wonderful ladies to host the Motivational Monday link party! I have loved linking up to Motivational Monday every week, so when Amanda announced they were looking for a new host(s), I jumped on the opportunity to be an even bigger part of the link up! I hope you'll enjoy this party as much as I do! Let's get started, shall we?


MEET YOUR HOSTS

Make sure to visit these other 6 wonderful ladies and show them some love!
When you link up with us, your posts are seen all 7 blogs to get you even more exposure!


Burlap and Babies

The DIY Mommy
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Dwelling In Happiness
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Curly Crafty Mom
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Sew Much Crafting
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Melanie Gets Married
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The Dempster Logbook
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| Bloglovin'



Ready to share what motivates you? Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up. 

  • Limit it to three links per week and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog.
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties. 
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to…because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all.
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6pm PST and ends Thursday at 5pm PST.

Feel free to grab a Motivational Monday button in the sidebar to put on your own blog if you want to help spread the love! 







Isn't this Blue and Purple Nursery adorable?! Gemma from The Sweetest Digs did a great job using nontraditional colors to make a whimsical space for her friends sweet babe. 



Bre from Brepurposed shared her DIY Rustic Table Setting made with wood, twine, and feathers! It is amazing and makes me wish I hosted Thanksgiving. 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Craft Closet: Built-In Desk


It's been a while since we have made any improvements inside our home. Ever since we gave our home office a makeover, I have been wanting to also create a craft closet in that room. Lucky for me, I have a handy husband who was more than willing to build me said craft closet as a Christmas gift!

I've been scanning Pinterest and he's been "researching" the best way to put everything all together.


I feel like I should preface this by saying that I know nothing about building cool things, such as desks. I'm a crafter through and through, but don't ask me to use a saw, or a kreg jig... that's Adam's job. So, while I was doing homework all weekend, Adam was busy making me a built-in desk for a craft closet. Here's what he did:

First, he measured the closet to ensure a perfect fit. I didn't want anything slipping through gaps between the closet walls and the desk, so he cut everything to fit exactly. The closet measured 60 inches wide, 26 inches deep, and 50 inches tall (from the floor to the top opening of the closet). 

He purchased white Melamine wood (that I requested) and used a 60 tooth blade to cut the wood smoothly. The desk ended up being 20 inches tall and 23.75 inches deep. He allowed 24 inches in the middle for me to put a chair, and then placed shelves on both sides of the desk, about 16.5 inches wide. I haven't quite decided how many shelves on want on each side, it will all depend on the baskets I find to put on the shelves. Currently, the shelf is smack dab in the middle, about 15 inches off the ground. 

Once all the wood was cut, he used a kreg jig to make pocket holes to hide all of the screws. 
To put it all together, he anchored the exterior panels to the wall and into a stud. He then placed the shelf and the inside shelf walls. The last step was to add the top part of the desk.

And as simple as that, my craft closet has a work space! Easy for me to say, since I didn't do any of the work.


I love the way it's coming along so far. Now I just need to decide what to do with the rest of it. A peg board, a bulletin board, shelves? The possibilities are endless!

I guess you'll just have to check back soon to see what I decide! Any suggestions?

Happy Friday!




Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY No-Sew Table Runner: Guest Post from New Home, New Name, New Adventure

I am SO excited to have Gennie from New Home, New Name, New Adventure guest blogging today! I just recently found her blog and love reading her posts! When Gennie first told me she wanted to do a guest post about a no-sew table runner, I was pretty pumped, but when she sent me the final pictures, I was even more excited to show her off! If you've followed me for a while, you know I love everything burlap, so this project is right up my alley! So, without further ado, here's Gennie!



Hi everyone! First of all, a huge thanks to Melanie at Melanie Gets Married for letting me take over her blog for the day! It is one of my favorites to read, and she always has the best DIY projects! I'm Gennie, and I blog over at New Home, New Name, New Adventure. My blog is mostly about our adventures after moving to a new state, but I also share recipes and some of the DIY projects I complete, as well. Today, I'm excited to share with you an easy DIY project that will be perfect for the upcoming holidays: a No-Sew Burlap Table Runner.


In order to make this project, you will need: 
1 package of burlap ribbon 5-5.5 inches wide, at least 5 yards (if you can find packages of 2.5 inches wide, that's even better! Just buy at least 10 yards of it instead!), tape measure, hot glue gun, 
& scissors

1. Decide how long you would like the table runner to be. Most table runners hang off each end by 18 inches, but if you only want it to fill most of your table, that's great, too!

2. Measure and cut 6 lengths of ribbon (this should be the length you want for your table plus 4 inches*). Each should measure 2-3 inches wide (if you have the wider ribbon, fold in half and cut in two pieces).

*My runner was 45 inches finished, so I measured 6 lengths of ribbon 49 inches long each.


3. Then, measure and cut around 20+* shorter lengths of ribbon around 2-3 inches wide and as long as you want the runner to be width-wise. 

*Mine was 1 1/2 feet wide, and I only needed around 20 of the length pieces. This will depend on how long you want your table runner to be. Plan on your length in inches divided by 2 to find the total number of pieces to cut, and this should give you a couple extras!

4. Arrange the long strips side-by-side and weave a shorter strip across one end. Place a small amount of glue behind each strip to secure it in place.



5. Continue weaving the shorter strips and glue behind each of the two ends.

6. After all the weaving is completed, make sure it is held securely by hot glue wherever necessary. Trim the edges if necessary.


7. OPTIONAL: Sew a hem around 0.25 inch around the perimeter of the runner. This will prevent it from fraying. You could also fold any edges under and glue them to accomplish this as well, or no-sew hem tape works as well! A friend suggested ironing it, but I like the natural texture, personally. :)


I love the look of it. Very rustic and perfect for a Thanksgiving table setting! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at genlynne330@gmail.com. Thanks again to Melanie for having me post today!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Q&A with This Crazy Thing Called Life

I have another treat for you this week! Ericka from This Crazy Thing Called Life is joining us today for a little Q&A session. I don't really remember how I came across Ericka's blog, but I instantly felt like I could relate to her in so many ways: she was a newlywed, had just bought a house, has an adorable goldendoodle, AND was from Michigan. This Crazy Thing Called Life is now one of those blogs on my must-read list! I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have!


In a nutshell, what is your blog This Crazy Thing Called Life about?
I started my blog when I was engaged and planning my wedding as a way to keep friends and family updated, and as a way for me to look back on everything.  My husband (then fiance) and I were also in the process of buying our first house, so I wanted to document that journey too. Now that I've been married for a little over a year, I blog about a little bit of everything: home/diy projects, our adorable Goldendoodle, recipes, fitness, and everything else that comes up in our lives.


Why did you start blogging and what inspires you to keep at it?
As I said above, I started blogging to document our wedding planning and home buying journey.  I fell in love with blogging and the community of amazing people that I had connected with, so I kept blogging after the wedding was over and the house was bought. 

Describe yourself in three words.
Fun, Driven, & Loving

List your five favorite blogs to read.
Only listing five is hard, because there are so many that I love.  Here are five of my daily reads:
Melanie Gets Married 
(duh! I love your blog!)

List links to your three favorite blog posts that you have written and tell us why they are your favorite.
Wedding Card Box - This is one of my favorite DIY projects I've done.  I love the way it turned out and it was perfect for our wedding!
Master Bedroom Update: Painted Trim - I'm currently trying to "finish" our Master Bedroom.  Painting the trim white was a HUGE job, but it made such a major impact on the room.  I love looking at the before and after photos in this post!
Cinnamon Apple Chips - One of my favorite recipes because it's healthy and easy.  It's perfect for fall.

If you could pick any career, with money being no object, what would your dream career be?
I could go two ways with this.  I've always wanted to work in an office for a professional sports team--either MLB or NFL.  But now that I'm getting older and I've thought about having kids some day, I kind of like the idea of being a stay at home mom and maybe getting paid to write a blog :)


If you had an extra hour of free time everyday without any distractions, how would you spend it?
Reading.  I love to read, but I never set the time to do it.  I usually read before bed, but I find that I'm so tired, I only read for about 15 minutes before I'm ready to fall asleep.  I'd love to spend more time reading...especially on a beach!




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I hope you'll take the time to swing byEricka's blog and check out some of the posts she mentioned above! I also think you'll really like her Crocheted Chevron Baby Blankets and her Easter Egg Wreath. I know I'll for sure be checking out her cinnamon apple chips soon! 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Fabric Covered Halloween Wreath


Another month, another wreath! 
I'm noticing all my wreaths are starting to look the same. Ribbon or fabric wrapped around a wreath form with flowers or a bow off to one side. The thing is, I just can't seem to stop making them. They are quick, easy, and always turn out awesome! At this rate, I am making a new wreath every month, and that is perfectly fine with me.

Whenever I see cute fabric, I think one of two things "this would be GREAT for a wreath!" or "this would be great for some pillows!" I have been eyeing this black and white fabric for a while and I thought it would be perfect with some orange flowers for a Halloween wreath (and even bought an extra just in case I want to make some pillows).




Perhaps I'll try to switch things up a bit for my next wreath, but for now I hope you enjoyed this one!

Happy Monday Morning!


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