Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

I found these beautiful hydrangea blooms at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t going to buy them, but they were so pretty I had to have them.

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I knew I needed a new wreath for my back door, so I decided to buy an oval grapevine wreath.

I also grabbed some ribbon from my craft cabinet and got to work. I simply cut the stems from the flowers, put the flowers into the wreath and arranged them as I liked. I then added a little hot glue to the backs of the blooms and tied a bow from my ribbon. I attached this to the top.

I was satisfied with the wreath when I finished it. And if you’re wondering how realistic the flowers are?

This sweet butterfly was surprised, too!

This wreath was easy and fun to make. Have you made any wreaths lately?

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Late summer home tour 2018

Late summer home tour 2018

I realized recently that I typically show you all my summer home tour in early June, and here it is mid-July and I’ve yet to share it. What? How did that happen?

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It’s either because of our super busy schedule this summer, or the searing heat we’ve had to endure lately. In all honesty, it’s just because I got busy and it wasn’t on my mind.

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So, without further adieu, here is our 2018 summer home tour. It’s a much less scaled down summer home tour, but our home is able to breathe and I’m loving it.

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This cute little vignette rests in the middle of our dining table. I love the green apples, and how they match perfectly with the green hydrangeas.

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Also in our dining room: The fake “mantle” I decorate each year. Stay tuned…we are getting a real mantle soon.

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But I love how simple and pretty the purple blooms are with the milk glass and candles. And you know I had to put some lanterns up there, too.

Here is the other side of our dining room. Just a little summer greenery here.

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And in the living room, this lovely vignette greets you from our sofa table.

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Our summer decor is pretty simple- a few floral blooms for color, some natural elements like moss balls, twigs, or grass, and plenty of lanterns and candles. Tune in next week for a look at our summer porch.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Why you should paint your bookcase back

Why you should paint your bookcase back

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We bought a white Ikea Hemnes bookcase for our oldest daughter’s room. I loved the simplicity of the bookcase, and it seemed to match well with a headboard my dad built for her.

 

 

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And while it looked great against the light blue walls and with the other furniture, it needed a little something.

I decided to stencil the back of it, but I wasn’t sure I wanted it to be permanent. I decided to cut some posterboard to fit in the back of the shelf, and paint it.

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This way, if I ever got tired of it and decided to change it out, I could.

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I attached it to the back of the shelf with some double sided tape.

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The little pop of color this adds is amazing, and adorable. I love it!

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I also added a pink background to the bookshelf in my youngest daughter’s room

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And a gray contact paper background to the shelves in our playroom.

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Adding color to your shelf back makes it look finished, and it makes whatever is on the shelf stand out. The added color pop helps too.

Have a great weekend. I will be posting about new uses for pool noodles on Friday.

 

 

 

 

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know about my obsession with typographical art. I’m also just a tiny bit obsessed with monogrammed things.

I recently used the Weddingchics website to print this monogram on a burlap sheet.

You can buy the burlap sheets at Walmart in packs of four for $5. The Weddingchics monogram download is free but copyrighted. It is available to you for personal use, though.

Did you know you can use your word processor to create a simple monogram that looks high end and elegant? I used several different fonts to get the look I wanted.

The letter B and the name “Boone” are in the Century Gothic font, with two lines drawn above and below the name. This font came free with my word processing software. The year “2009” is written in Bradley Hand, which was also already on our computer. The word “established” is in Brusher font, which I downloaded from freefonts.com.

I already had the frame so this project cost me absolutely nothing. I love a good free project!

Have a wonderful week! Here’s a look at what we are sharing this week on Organized and Simplified:

Wednesday: stenciled bookshelf backs

Friday: Repurposing pool noodles

Saturday: giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card!!

Sunday: Scripture Sunday

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Remember when I made these Spanish moss topiaries? After making them, I had tons of Spanish moss left over, so I decided to make something else. Grapevine and moss spheres can be costly if you buy them, but did you know you can make your own?

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I had these supplies left over after making the topiaries:

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I simply coated the styrofoam spheres with the Mod Podge and popped them into a Ziplock bag filled with Spanish moss…and shook it.

Just pretend you’re making Shake and Bake pork chops. Remember those?

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They should be covered and look a bit like this:

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Now, let them dry for 24 hours and then pop them into a pretty basket or bowl.

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Making these spheres cost me nothing, since I had all the materials already on hand, but if you were to buy them, you’d spend less than $10.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have a fabulous week!

Decorating tips and tricks: decorating with botanical prints- a Pinterest roundup

Botanical prints have long been a decorating staple, but due to the popularity of Joanna Gaines and HGTV’s Fixer Upper, their popularity has skyrocketed.

Botanical prints are a classic and simple way to decorate an empty wall, and you can use them in almost every room. We have a grouping of botanical prints in our dining room:

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite botanical wall decor from Pinterest.

This entry way from Bless’r House is simple, airy and beautiful. The simplicity of the botanical gallery wall only adds to the cozy and inviting feeling this room gives.

This French country inspired room at Hadley Court looks timeless and traditional without looking dated or stuffy.

How about this bathroom with these foliage prints on DecorPad? I like how they add just a subtle pop of color to this neutral bathroom.

This rustic farmhouse bedroom is plenty charming, but even more so due to the sweet botanical gallery above the bed.

Botanical galleries can be used in any room of your home, and they are readily available all over Pinterest for free! Just search “free botanical prints” and you can find whatever you need.

Where will you display your botanical prints?

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we will resume regular posting schedule on Wednesday, May 30. Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend!

Finding cheap wall art online

Where to find cheap art

Most of us enjoy decorating our homes with things that reflect our personal style and inspire us. Like most people, I do not have a lot of extra money for expensive art, so I have to get creative. I had luckily had a lot of success finding cute and decorative art on the Internet.

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  1. Print botanical prints off of Pinterest or Graphics Fairy.com 

This botanical prints gallery is in our dining room. I printed every single one of these pictures off of Pinterest for free. I then framed them in Dollar Tree frames, and spent a total of $9. I have gotten so many compliments on this wall, and it looks so good in our dining room.

The Graphics Fairy offers a collection of vintage art and illustrations. Most of them are public domain and can be used however you’d like. Simply download and print your images. There is also a project gallery so you can see how others have used the graphics to create things. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas for my own use.

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2. Create your own art using Adobe Illustrator or Canva.

There have been many times when I have seen something I liked in a store or on Etsy, but decided to try to create it myself instead of shelling out a lot of money for it. The printable above is something I created for my youngest daughter’s room after realizing her wall needed a little more color. I used Canva to create it and it was super simple to do.

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3. Allposters.com or art.com

There are two great websites I love to visit for cheap prints and posters to frame. My oldest daughter’s room once featured this tulip print that I bought for next to nothing on AllPosters.com. It cost me less than $20 and the most expensive part of it was the frame ($25). It looked great in her room and the colors worked perfectly.

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4. Get creative!

Who says art has to be a print, painting, or picture? These papier mache letters were purchased very cheaply from Hobby Lobby.com with a coupon, and then I painted them myself. I have also seen people hang and frame old keys from Ebay, a boat motor propeller from Amazon, and even deer antler sheds from Etsy.

I also once purchased Christmas gift bags, cut them apart and framed them.

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5. Google Images Search

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Most of the pictures in this gallery wall were found when I did a Google Image search for kids’ art. I saved it, printed it and popped it in a frame. I love how much it adds to her room.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What are some of your favorite places to buy your budget-friendly wall decor?