Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Pillows DIY♥

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Hello, friends!

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Ah, Summer! Tis the season for air conditioning BBQ’s, picnics, beach days and  more air conditioning relaxing in the luxurious sunshine! Since I live in the Seattle area, I really do look forward all year to summer. I love making my porch extra inviting so I am more inclined to sit outside and enjoy all that vitamin D!

This pillow idea has been a constant DIY since my very first apartment, and I since I’m sure the summer decorating is starting in your own home, I thought I would share!

I recently re-sparked this idea of mine when I came across this really astounding article from National Geographic about wax worms learning to eat plastic bags! It gave me hope, inspired me, and made me proud that here in Seattle we have decided to nix harmful plastic bags altogether. I myself have been using canvas reusable bags for years, and it is a good feeling knowing those little steps towards being more environmentally conscious make a big impact on our planet in the long run. Even though I try really hard to not use plastic bags, they still somehow creep into my house and land in “that drawer.” Don’t judge me, you have “that drawer,” too!

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This DIY is probably the most simple DIY you will ever do, and it is 100% no fail!

All you need are pillow covers and old plastic grocery bags!

Pillow covers are very inexpensive and come in so many cute varieties!

Check out some of these:

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All you have to do is select your pillow cover of choice and start stuffing away! I stuff the pillow until it is rigid, but still soft enough to be comfortable. For one 18×18 pillow cover, you should need about 30 to 40 plastic bags to fill it to completion. They are so inexpensive that I don’t mind if they fade a little in the sun, or get an occasional shower. The best part is that the insides are plastic, so they will never mold! They look darling on the porch and you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you saved so many plastic bags from never decomposing in the landfill!

Hooray for recycling!

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Love and Hugs,

Shelby♥

DIY Faux Fern Hanging Tin Basket♥

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Hello!

I am starting to feel desperate ready for spring! I miss the warmth and I miss gardening so much!

The sunshine has started to peek through the grey and snow, which has been a wonderful, welcome change, since we had snow last week.

…and If you know me at all, you know that I hate with a passion immensely dislike snow.

I only like snow on one condition: I don’t have to go anywhere and I can just watch it through my window while drinking hot coffee, while simultaneously cranking the heat to 85 degrees…

…then I guess snow is okay… 

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My last post was a really fun haul from Goodwill, and I found so many awesome treasures that I was eager to decorate my home with!

I found this galvanized hanging tin for a few bucks and I was in LOVE! My back door needed some decor to liven it up, and I knew this would be perfect!

The tin already had some dusty, gross, moldy, foul, daisies in it when I picked it up, and I threw them away in checkout.

No shame!

My vision for the tin was starting to emerge once I cleaned it up!

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I first wanted to remove the graphic all together, but it wasn’t coming off super well so I conceded.

I instead decided I wanted to age the graphic a bit by burning the edges and use a tea stain method.

( Tea staining is very easy! Fill a mug with only a few tablespoons of boiling water and add any black tea bag, once it is steeped you can use the tea bag to create a stain on most paper and fabric surfaces).

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I let the tea dry for a few minuets (a hairdryer helps speed up the drying process), and then I proceeded to char the edges of the paper a bit with a lighter.

I picked up a big bundle of faux fern leaves for .99 at Goodwill on a separate trip. They were in great condition and looked very lifelike!

I stuffed a few medium sized balls of newspaper into the hollow tin, this way I could hot glue the stems to the paper to create an anchor, (you could also use Oasis or Floral Foam but I didn’t have any).

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I didn’t have a method of gluing them in the tin, but I did try to use the largest ferns in the back and then the more whispy, smaller ones in the front.

Before I knew it, I had the cutest little fern arrangement for my back door!

Voila!

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I think it’s really sweet, simple and cheerful!

I love how it brightens up my back door!

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Until next time,

♥Shelby

A Pie Social♥

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I love pie.

No, wait, let me rephrase that.

Pie is one of my favorite things in the entire universe.

I love everything about it. It can be warm, cold, or Al a Mode, I will gobble it up with not a flaky crumb remaining.

I love that every one has a favorite flavor, I love that it is an American classic, and yet a universal comfort food.

I love that each of our grandmothers have a special, unique pie recipe, and some of us were lucky enough to learn and master it.

 Most importantly, I love that pie never fails to bring people together.

For my 24th birthday, I had the pleasure of hosting a Pie Social at my house with my wonderful family and friends. It was simple and perfect, the twenty some guests that were invited had one job: To bring a pie to share with the rest of us! The pie could be store bought or homemade, regular or gluten free, sweet or savory, any kind you wanted! The party was a hit, and we all got to taste new and creative flavors, (Marionberry-Pecan anyone?) I also included a savory section for pallet cleansing between each pie. In my platter I included sausage, various cheeses, crackers, nuts, grapes, and a hummus option. I also provided lots of whipped cream and gallons of delicious vanilla bean ice cream. Go big or go home! Oh, and don’t forget the beverages! Something simple like lemon water is always perfect to cut sweetness and refresh the pallet. I provided a mildly sweet, home brewed, Mango Iced Tea and Unsweetened Raspberry Sparking Water (with lemon).

I regret not taking more photos (I was having too much fun stuffing my face), but I thought I would share with you a couple snaps of my big day and maybe inspire you to throw your own Pie Social! Fall is upon us, what better way to try out that new Maple Pumpkin Pie recipe and bring your loved ones together!?

Thank God swimsuit season is over, right?

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WORTH IT!

I hope you all have had a wonderful start to September, and I highly encourage you to host your own Pie Social, (sweatpants optional).

Till next time,

Shelby♥

Extreme China Hutch Makeover♥

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Are you ready for this?!

I am so excited to share this transformation with you today! This was such a rewarding project and an AWESOME birthday gift!

For my birthday last week, my husband went to OfferUp.com and started looking for some buffets and hutches/china cabinets that were in need of some serious lovin’. I have been looking for a china hutch since we moved into our home. I was getting anxious to finally unpack my tea cup collection and my great grandmothers china that I inherited! I was just tickled that my husband thought of getting me a hutch for my birthday! The good ‘ol boy that he is, he forwarded me some pictures of the contenders he thought would be fitting for our space and my personal style. We went back and fourth sending each other links of possible hutches and landed on this beauty (yikes) from the 80’s! The lady selling it originally wanted $250 and we scored her for a whopping…wait for it…$50!

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I know, right!?

A total steal!

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Once it got plopped onto the front porch I wasted no time getting it cleaned, lightly sanded and primed! However, my sweet, infant daughter had other ideas, so the priming part took about 8,000 a couple more hours than it should of. I was so excited to finally have a new project in my life that I contemplated pulling an all-nighter just to see the finished project!

Yeah, right.

My daughter, Dahlia, pulled a huge cranky show before bedtime that squashed all those crazy aspirations. I went to bed and decided it would be better to actually get some sleep, (wait, what is that again?) and wake up refreshed less exhausted Saturday morning.

Alright, let’s finish this baby!

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The morning was sluggish and it was hard to make progress (life with an infant), but I started gaining momentum after the first coat of Antique White was finished. Before I was able to feel really accomplished, I had to stop a few hundred times to nurse and rescue my husband from Miss Gassy Cranky Face.  Doesn’t she realize mommy is trying to create a masterpiece!?

PLEASE JUST LET ME HAVE THIS ONE THING!

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I was thrilled (and totally relieved), to be able to take out the HIDEOUS yellow glass panels and replace them with some french country inspired chicken wire screens!

I just LOVE the result! It fits my personal decor style completely!

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In the home stretch now! Just added a second coat of paint and starting seeing my project finally come together beautifully! Before I knew it, I was standing back looking at this beauty:

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It feels at home now in my formal dining room! It fits perfectly! I am utterly obsessed with it and so thrilled with how it turned out! Night and day from that dingy and dated piece that it was!

Time to add all my Great Grandmother’s china as well as my own personal china collections!

Let’s get decorating!

I just am so beyond thankful that I was able to take a small break from mommy duties (as much as I love them), and really get back to my creative roots!

Till next time my darlings!

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♥Shelby

6 Ways To Make Your Home Warm, Inviting and Comfortable ♥

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Hello, everyone!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! I am sorry I have not been posting very often, but I have an exuse some AWESOME news! I AM IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING MY FIRST HOUSE!!!

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Yes! My husband and I finally had one of our offers accepted! We have filled out a mountain of paperwork and we are just waiting on the inspection. We are thrilled! I am praying everything goes well! In the process of all of this, our lease is up where we currently live and we are crashing with my parents for the next month or so.  It’s hard to create fun decor when all my craft supplies are away in boxes ready to be hauled away to storage.

While I was packing, I was feeling a little depressed. Even though I am very excited about this new chapter, living around the storage boxes is not very homey. You know? Packing away the personal home accents is hard!

However, I got to thinking about the things in a house that make it feel  like a home, they are a very important part of building a comfortable space to reside.

Here is a list of items (and some chores), that create a warm and inviting atmosphere in a home:

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1. Accent Pillows

Of all the decor pillows are my favorite! Pillows are so essential in decorating! It is like jewelry for your house. There are so many styles, it would be hard to search for an accent pillow and not find at least one you were not a fan of.  From kooky to elegant there is a pillow for everyone! The plush softness is relaxing and will make your space look a hundred times more relaxing. Plus, each pillow adds character which makes your house look more like you.

Pillows are everywhere, so you don’t have to look far. I make most of my own, but a few of my favorite places to buy them are World Market, JCP, Target, Pottery Barn, and TJMaxx. I am a pillow addict!

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A candle is romantic, relaxing and the soft light creates a beautiful atmosphere.  I have candles going in my house 24/7. A double whammy, candles also show your personality through the scent you choose. I am partial to florals and citrus scents.  I love to buy candles at Bath& Body Works, Yankee Candle Co. and Harry & David Candles, (when I can find them…tricky business! Sometimes TJMaxx will have them). I have nothing against Scentsy or the wax melters, (I have one!) I just don’t think its the same as a romantic candle flickering in dim lighting. If you have small kids, Scentsy is a great option for home fragrance, but maybe have a candle in the bedroom?  It’s a wonderful tiny luxury!

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As a florist, I am a little biased, but it does not make it any less true! Fresh flowers are an incredible mood booster. They make any space look fresh and inviting. You don’t have to have a fancy florist make you an arrangement, (don’t tell my boss I said that)! You don’t even need a fancy vase. Any container can be used to hold a few pretty stems. Mason jars, old wine bottles, recycled spaghetti jars etc. are all perfectly acceptable! Trader Joes, in my opinion, has the best cut flowers. The prices are excellent! Pick a long-lasting flower like Alstromeria or Carnations. If you pick up roses, make sure you pick ones that are barely opened or “bloomed.” They will last longer. Make sure to also strip the leaves and give them a fresh-cut before you place them in clean, room-temp water.

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4. A Cute Apron

Sure it’s easy to go about the house in your 10-year-old sweatshirt and sweatpants, but wouldn’t it be more fun to sport a cute apron? I think so! I am a sucker for aprons. Before I was a florist I didn’t think of them as anything super exciting, but now that I wear one at work I have to admit I love them! I have a small growing collection of aprons for work and a separate collection for home. I clean, cook and go about my business in a super cute apron that makes me feel put together, but still comfy.  I also don’t feel as embarrassed and grungy if someone comes to the door unexpectedly. I wear a simple cotton dress or yoga pants with my cute apron, but you can wear whatever you want under it obviously, it’s all good! Buy at any home store, I like finding vintage ones on Ebay!

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What would you rather sleep in: A beautifully made hotel bed or a sloppy mess of a bed with the sheets half off? The answer is obvious. Make your bed! The bedroom is your sanctuary. The bedroom should be a personal, gorgeous place of rest and relaxation.  When the bed is made it makes the whole space look more organized and tidy. It is really hard to relax when the bed is a mess.  Also make sure you clean all your bed linens AT LEAST once a week. You spend 6-9 hours in your bed each night so it needs to be clean! Making the bed is a free practice that will really pay off.

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A pretty wreath or door ornament to greet your guests is a wonderful way to make your house look inviting. If you don’t like wreaths, try a potted plant! I have a spring wreath tutorial that you can check out here if you would like to make your own! If not, I always find beautiful wreaths at Joann Fabrics.

My two cents! Im sure I could go on forever, but those six are the most important! I hope you enjoyed my advice on making a house a home. Is there a particular item you love to help make your house inviting and warm? Until next time!

♥Shelby

Photo Credits: Pottery Barn Stock Photo, B&BW Stock Photo, BHG Photo, EtsySeller Photo CreativeChicks on Etsy,  & Foodista Stock Photo.

DIY Chalkboard Multi-Use Wall Organizer♥

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Who needs more organization?!

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I know I do! Between work, husbands, dogs, church, friends, parties and looking for a house to purchase for the first time, I could use some more structure!

This project has been on hold for a while, I stopped and left it alone for a month or so, and then I remembered where I stashed it away in the back of my disaster messy art closet!
We had some wood left over from my husband’s desk project, and since I hate waste, I started hoarding the potentially useful wood sheets before he tossed them. The sheet I used was a 2ft by 1ft and 1/4 inch thick, (maybe even a little thinner). I started by taping off the section I wanted to make the chalkboard. I used the Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint, but use whatever you have on hand!
I painted three coats of chalkboard on the top half of the board.

20140120_191053What you end up with will depend on how much chalkboard you want, I did a little less than half the board.
Next, select the fabric you want to use! I received a few yards of this AWESOME burlap from an AMAZING best friend of mine on Christmas!
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Does she know me or what!? I couldn’t wait to use it!
Start by cutting out your fabric to fit the front side. The fabric just needs to cover up the wood that is still exposed, plus a little extra for the fabric to be folded over to the back.  Hot glue the fabric onto the wood. I only hot glued the corners and sides, not the middle. I also ironed my fabric before this step, but that’s up to you!
Now for the pocket! This was a stroke of genius  luck! I found this used spool that used to hold ribbon and thought, “Hey, I bet I could turn that sucker into the skeleton of my pocket!” I was right! Cut the spool in half so you have a half moon, (also get rid of the top and the bottom).
20140310_141832Once it is in half, cover it in a strip of fabric. Then, find a spare piece of card board to cut into another half moon. This will be the bottom of the pocket, so your pens/chalk don’t fall out! Cover this in fabric as well.
20140310_144027Attach with hot glue onto the bottom of the pocket and secure onto the board. I used some upholstery nail heads on my organizer as well, just for some extra sparkle!
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This next part I forgot to capture with my camera… because I got carried away! I decided instead of a cork board, which was my original idea, I would make a ribbon bulletin board.
I started by cutting out a cardboard square and gluing the fabric onto it. I selected ivory ribbon to create my grid and went to town! It’s important to grid first without gluing. Once you like the spacing, go ahead and glue the back of the ribbon either side. Start in the middle by laying your ribbon in the center and fold over the ribbon to the back of the square on either side, then glue. Make sure the ribbon is taut. Repeat one side then continue to the opposite side to create the grid. I used upholstery nails again on the ribbons each time they overlapped.
I decided to put matching fabric on the back of my organizer, but I’m sure your imagination would be able to figure out what that looks like, plus, it would make a boring picture! I used the same ribbon to make the organizer hang up on the wall. I used a flat thumb tack to secure each ribbon in place and then tied a bow! Voila!
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See Y’all Soon!
♥Shelby