Fall DIY Blog Hop

Wow!! Happy September! How is it September y’all? Seems like the summer ran right past me!

I love fall decor, but I’m so sad to see summer come to an end (it’s my fave if you can’t tell).

Welcome to our Blog Hop Hosted by my sweet friend Terrie at Decorate and More with Tip.

In honor of all things pumpkin we will each be bringing you a Fall DIY! Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and check out all of my sweet friends fall projects!

If your coming here from Pretty DIY Home, welcome and thanks for stopping by 🥰


Honestly, my pumpkins and pretty fall decorations are still in the attic.

What about y’all? Have y’all broke out your pumpkins? I think this weekend I’m going to start my fall decorating.

For my Fall DIY, I’m going to show y’all 3 easy projects. One of them is fall-ish!


Fall Banner

I love simple banners and am going to make a vintage one using tea stained paper.

Items Needed:

  • Card stock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Clothes pins
  • Jute rope
  • Tea bags
  • Oven

I started by searching the internet for some simple fall images.

I searched for black and white sunflowers and hydrangeas. Once I found the images that I liked, I printed 2 of each. Prior to printing I changed my settings to 2 on each page so they would be the size I wanted.

I would recommend printing them on regular paper first, to ensure they are the right layout. I then went to word and created the word FALL in word art and then printed this as well. If I do this again I’ll make my letters pop more.

After I printed out what I wanted on my banner, I then cut everything to the appropriate size.

Now it’s time to tea stain the paper. Steep your tea as usual (boil water, add bags, cover). I used a container wide enough to fit my paper for steeping the tea. I then added my paper and opened up one of the bags and sprinkled the tea on each sheet. Be sure all of the sheets get saturated.

After each page was saturated with the tea I hung them up so the excess water would drip off. I only did this for about three or four minutes. Now set your oven for 375. Lay each sheet of paper on a cookie sheet and bake for around 5 to 10 minutes. Be sure to keep a good eye on them. Once the paper is dry then the process is complete.

Now measure where you want your banner to hang and cut your jute rope.

Clip each banner piece to the rope using your clothes pins.


Hydrangea Wreath

This was not my favorite project. What I envisioned was so much prettier than my outcome. Lol. I ended up taking it apart and redoing it.

My limelite hydrangea shrubs have been overflowing with hydrangeas! Now that I have the drying process down I decided to try my hangs at a wreath using them.

Items Needed:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Floral wire
  • Glue gun
  • Dried Hydrangeas
  • Something to lay this on to catch the huge mess your about to make 🤣
  • Scissors
  • Floral filler

The amount of hydrangea you will need depends on the fullness you want on your wreath and if you want to fill the entire wreath or just one side of it. I think after I made the first one I realized I prefer wreaths with only one side full of flowers.

I always start by laying out how I want my wreath to look. Then move everything off the wreath and add your floral wire about 3-4 inches apart. Lay several stems on the wreath and twist the wire tight. Continue until you have it all filled in. I then use my glue gun and lift some of the flowers and glue them down.

Not the best picture, but even after I took the sunflowers out I didn’t like it.

I then took everything off of one side, added more hydrangeas, a few red flowers, the “hey y’all” wood words, and then a bow.

I’m still not sure I LOVE it, but it was super inexpensive so it will do for now.

Now, I need more hydrangeas to dry out so I can make a second one and get them on our double doors.


Olive Branch Topiary

I’m going to give you the basics for this, but for full instructions on the topiary click HERE and for full instructions on aging your terra cotta pots click HERE.

Items needed:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • 2 Olive branch stems 26″ per pot
  • Styrofoam Foam ball
  • Tacky glue
  • Moss
  • Kabob stick
  • Twine

Glue the ball down in the bottom of the pot. Stick the olive branch stems and the kabob stick into the center of the ball. I took mine back out and added glue to the hole and then placed them back in. Tie the kabob stick to the olive branch stems. Then add moss to the top or the pot.


THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY!! DON’T FORGET TO SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN AND CHECK OUT EVERYONE’S AWESOME Projects!

If you decide to give this a try, tag me on IG or FB so I can share! Be sure to give me a follow here and on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest for more projects 

❤️❤️Danya


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Mantle Decor

Mantle Decor

Hello everyone and welcome to our blog hop hosted by Terrie at Decorate and More with Tip.

Don’t forget to scroll to the end of this post and check out all of my amazing blogging friends and se how they styled their mantles!

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This month everyone is sharing how they decorate their fireplaces and mantles. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share with y’all how you can transform your TV into any piece of art that you desire.

Who else has their TV on their fireplace mantle?

I am always envious of those that are able to style their mantle without this huge black TV screen messing it up. BUT lets face it… I’m not the only one who lives in our house and occasionally my hubby wins a decorating battle.

I have a couple of tricks that I am going to share with you on how I work around the TV and still get stylish pictures.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom and check out all of the other great ideas!

If you are coming to be from Shea at Sweet Southern Blog thank you. I love Shea’s blog and all of her amazing projects and ideas. Isn’t her shiplap gorgeous?!

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Styling Your Fireplace

How to style your fireplace?

This really depends on your fireplace and your style. If you have a beautiful all white fireplace then you are safe to fill up your hearth and mantle with lots of fun things!

Fireplace Photo Credit: Pinterest

We went with a rock fireplace to match the rock on the outside of our house. I do wish I had designed it a little better to lighten the room up more, but there’s no going back now. If I had it to do over I would keep the same rock below the mantle and have shiplap above the mantle. This would for sure lighten up our room.

Since our fireplace is more colorful and dark, I keep my décor very simple. I prefer not to take away from the beauty of our rock and I don’t want to have a cluttered look. Therefore, I will usually place a large item on each side of the fireplace, and a few taller pieces on each side of the TV, and then add a simple garland. Also, during the winter we get a lot of use out of the fireplace so we have to be careful not to place items too close to the fire.

Hiding / Styling your TV

How to keep your TV and still get that stylish picture for instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc..

There are 2 things that I have done that are super easy!

The first one is just as simple as sitting a piece of art in front of the TV. Any large art piece that is thin enough to sit on the mantle.

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The next way I hide my TV is by not hiding it, but using it! YEP!  I use it to my advantage.

Do you have a smart TV or an apple TV? Those are the only products I am familiar with, but I am sure there are a ton of other devices you can use.

I will either use my apple TV and go to YouTube and type in what I am looking for such as “Spring Scene” or “Winter Scene”. Then you have a gorgeous picture right there to complement you own photo.

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You can also mirror your phone a screen. With an iPhone swipe up on the bottom of your screen. The same place you would go to for your brightness, airplane mode, etc… There is a button there that says screen mirror and then I just choose apple TV. Then I can mirror whatever I see on my phone to the TV. Now with some photos you may have to pinch in on your photo to get the picture where you want it.

Now for this you will have to use another phone to take your stylish picture because your phone is mirrored to the TV. Easy enough, borrow hubbies….. if he wants to keep the TV, Right?

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Be sure to give me a follow here and on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more projects 😘.

Danya


           

Spring Home Tour- Bedroom

Hello friends and welcome to an inspirational Spring Home Tour featuring some AMAZING homes.

This tour is hosted by Kristi at French Creek Farmhouse! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and click on each link for more AMAZING spring decor inspiration!

When you think of Spring what do you think of?

For me when I hear the word spring, I think of New.

New beginnings, new growth, new life. Summer is by far my favorite season, but Spring is my second fave! I love the warmer temperatures, the budding flowers, the outdoor plants starting to bloom, and the cheery colors.

Inside of our home, Spring means a time to refresh and declutter. I don’t know about y’all, but for me after Christmas I tend to need more of a minimalist approach to decor. I love Christmas and I love filling every corner with trees and lights, but once it’s over and packed away I need empty spaces!

I’ll have to admit I’m not a very colorful decorator, but I try to incorporate some color into our home each Spring.

Spring Bedroom Tour

Cozy and comfortable spaces is what I want to feel in our bedroom. Some of the ways I achieve this is with cozy bedding, special pieces of furniture, and meaningful decor.

Bedding

Our bedding is draped with soft fabrics, subtle textures, and neutral colors. I added a splash of wine by staining an old throw. I love this long and flowy bedspread from Walmart. Yep, Walmart! They have truly stepped up their decor game. The best part is it’s also super affordable (you can find a link to the bedding on my like it page)!

Pillows

Anyone else have a pillow problem?

Seriously…. for years I had neck pain and bought every pillow out there. I would use them for a week and NOPE same pain 😭. Through this we now have a crazy pillow collection. I’ve since found that an inexpensive pillow from Walmart helps my neck the most, but I have to replace it every couple of months.

Wall Decor

We are doing a feature wall in shiplap soon, so I didn’t change much up with my wall decor. I added 3 changes:

  • A new spring print from my friend at Roxane Gabriel Art , click HERE to check her out.
  • I spruced up one of my wood windows using free succulent prints and then tea staining the paper (blog post coming soon on this!).
  • Lastly, I took apart a barn painting that I did a long time ago and added it to my large frame over the dresser.

Decor

After Christmas and winter I emptied out all of the trees and lights and did a good spring cleaning.

I really wanted to keep everything uncluttered, so I only added a few decor pieces back. I love how sometimes simple decor can make just as big of an impact! I added a milk glass lamp, a milk glass vase with pretty pink flowers, a floral print that I painted (I stand it up when the tv isn’t being used to hide the cords), and this box that my great grandpa made that’s filled with letters from my grandpa to his parents (my great grandparents).

Antiques

Each area of our home is filled with antiques. Several of these belonged to my mamaw who passed away 20 years ago. I always tell people I had the best grandmother ever and now that I’m a grandma I strive to have the same relationship with my grands.

My bedroom has an old school desk that was my mamaws and this antique radio.

I hope you have enjoyed my bedroom spring decor tour.

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Thanks for stopping by!!! Don’t forget to keep scrolling and check out more inspiration and some amazing Spring home tours by clicking each link below!

❤️
Danya

I’m thrilled to be joining in today as 28 talented bloggers bring you the best of spring for all throughout the home! Please continue along this inspiring tour, and visit the other participants in each of the following categories.



Thrift Store Challenge- Vintage Chest

Happy 2020!

Welcome to our monthly thrift store challenge hosted by Emily at Le Cultivateur and Tara at stilettos and shiplap .

This month for our challenge I’m going to transform a chest that was purchased from Facebook marketplace.

For the transformation I’m using milk paint for the first time and going to finish it with hemp oil. Typically I use chalk paint when working on furniture and frames, but I love the chippy look of milk paint so I decided to try something new!

Before

Honestly, this is a beautiful chest! In the end it would have looked just as beautiful if I had touched up the few spots that were chipped and left it as is, but I really love a piece that Kalyn @boxwoodandspruce transformed and started out going for this look.

I even purchased the same hardware with the intention of using it, but in the end the original hardware gave it way more of the vintage look that I love.

Here we go…

With chalk paint there is no sanding making it a double plus to use!! Have I mentioned that I HATE sanding? Lol

From what I have now learned with milk paint sometimes you have to sand and others times none is required. Seems like it depends on the finish of the piece you are painting. I started out not knowing this, so I mix my paint and get busy with a goal of finishing this project in one day.

I cleaned the chest and then applied my first coat. As it dried it was actually looking really good, but I soon realized that it was bubbling up and flaming off. At first it looked like this was just happening on the face of the drawers.

After speaking to a few friends I learn that I either need to sand the piece down and start over or add a bonding agent to the paint. I went with sanding since I would have to order the bonding agent online and wait a few days to get it in the mail.

I started by sanding the drawer faces. After I sanded them I LOVED the look of the raw wood against the black and decided to go with this for the finished product. It wasn’t long before I realized the paint on the whole piece was flaking off 🤦🏻‍♀️.

Here goes the sanding… I sanded the entire piece, cleaned it up, and then started the painting process over.

This time it worked out perfect! The paint became chippy in a few places on its own and others I gave it a light sanding to give it the aged look.

I applied 2 coats of the milk paint and then after it was dry I used hemp oil to seal it. I then reinstalled the original hardware.

So what do y’all think? I love the way the hemp oil brought out all of the details of the wood!

Thanks for stopping by!!! Don’t forget to keep scrolling and check out all of the amazing thrift store finds and how they were used!


I can’t wait to see how your projects turn out 🥳. Make sure to tag me so I don’t miss it.

❤️-Danya
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Thrift Store Challenge

Hello friends and happy almost Christmas!

In less than 2 weeks the hustle and bustle of Christmas will be over. Man I’m going to miss my Christmas décor and the magical feelings of Christmas lights. What about y’all?

For this months thrift store challenge by our hosts, …..  , I decided to decorate one of my mini trees using vintage ornaments. PSSSTT don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and check out everyone else’s finds!!! Recently my husbands uncle asked if we wanted a basket of old Christmas decorations.

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Did he really have to even ask? Of course I do!! In this basket were some of the most unusual ornaments I have ever seen. As usual I neglected to get pictures of all of them, but luckily I had posted some to my stories so I went back and found a few pictures of some that I didn’t keep. The more unusual ornaments included cats wearing boas, cats with moving tails, cartoon like flamboyant charters, and some that were actually pretty, but not really something I would use.

I picked out the Santas, icicles, and ball ornaments and surprisingly everyone else at work divided up the rest and took them.

I found a mini flocked tree at Walmart for around $15, seemed like a bargain to me. I had some left over twinkle lights and a small white pom pom garland from Dollar General that I first used. Now for the decorations.

The Santas

Is it just me or are some of these Santas kind of creepy? lol The top 2 are a little creepy to me.

Campbell Kids

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Aren’t these Capbells kids adorable? This is a 1987 ornament of the Campbell kids ice skating. There were 2 in the basket and leave it to me to break one of them! That is so typical me!

Other Ornaments

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The Ones That Didn’t Make The Cut!

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This one was one of the most unique pieces out of all of them. I tried to do Google searches for ornament with doughnuts on its head, woman holding a pie, woman with doughnuts and pie, but no luck. I did keep this one just because it was so unusual to me, but I don’t have it displayed anywhere.

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I also tried to Google search this one, but again no luck. When you pull on the string hanging down the tail wags back and forth. Also it is hard to see but that is a plate of fish and a salt shaker in the cats paw 🙂

Final Display

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I paired my vintage decorated tree with my mamaws singer sewing machine, my vintage Santa from years back, and this Norman Rockwell Santa tray that I found at a local thrift store. Oh and my tree topper was also in the basket of ornaments. Its a super heavy glass angle.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my vintage Christmas ornaments. Don’t forget to scroll down and check out everyone’s AMAZING thrift store finds. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

-Danya

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Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas

Top 5 Meaningful Gift Ideas AND Top 5 Dirty Santa Gift Ideas

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Lost on what to get that special person for Christmas? Or trying to find that special gift that will wow your loved one or friend? I have some great ideas with added meaning and some fun ideas for playing games like Dirty Santa!

I seem to struggle most with my husband and my adult boys. Why is it so hard for them to tell me what they want. Anyone else feel my pain? I commonly get, “I donno”.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is my beautiful daughter. Even as a semi-adult she will still give me a very lengthy list. lol!!

I have joined in with a few friends to help give y’all some gift ideas! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to check out everyone else’s gift ideas. 

Top 5 Meaningful Gift Ideas

1. Map that brings back special memories

Recently I worked with grafo map to design a map of a place that is special to our family.

A little story behind my map… I love the beach and warm weather, but much like my sons versus my daughters Christmas lists, me and my husband are total opposites. He loves the mountains and the cold weather. This makes vacations a little challenging. How do we solve this? We compromise of course! We alternate the beach one year and the mountains the next.

He LOVES Montana. I am 100% sure if I agreed to move from Arkansas he would pack up tomorrow and move there. So can you guess where we vacation every other year? Yep, Montana. I agree with him that Montana has some of the most breathtaking views and I am good with visiting as long as its summertime.

Our very favorite place there is a highway called Bear Tooth Pass. It is one of the highest elevations in the state and is closed for part of the year due to snow and ice. It stretches from Wyoming to Montana. The drive up  is beautiful, but nothing beats the view from the top. We always park the truck off and on along the highway and get out and play in the snow (yes snow in July), look for animals, admire the flowers peeking through the snow, and take lots of pictures. We have so many stunning pictures from this area and so many memories.

You can design a map of anywhere and can add icons to it such as a heart or a house. I chose our favorite stretch of the highway for our map and then had a heart placed along the windy part that we love the most. My husband was so surprised when he saw it. We all love it and treasure the memories that looking at it brings to us. I plan on getting some of our photos from Bear Tooth Pass made into canvases and hanging them around the map.

Check them out HERE.

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2. Wallet with initials and personal message

I was blown away with Swanky Badger’s gifts for men. My boys are 25 and 22 years old and for sure much harder to buy for now then when they were little. I wanted something for them that was super special! Swanky Badger has a variety of products to choose from such as wallets, cologne, or shaving sets. I decided on a personalized wallet. I was able to pick the style and  color of the wallet and then add their initials to the outside and a message for the inside. My dad passed away 4 years ago. The boys loved their PawPaw so much and of course miss him. I came up with a message from him to the boys and then signed it with PawPaw and his initials. I will never forget their faces when they read the message. Almost everyone in the room had tears.

Check them out HERE

3. Personalized Jewelry

There are so many places now that can do personalized jewelry for you. You can do something as simple as your loved ones initials, to as complex as sending in handwriting and having the message made in that design. Last year I had a necklace made with love you on one charm and dad on the other charm. These were in the handwriting of my dad and were perfect.

4. Tumbler, wood, or glass with initials or unique message

This is a fairly inexpensive way to show someone you how much you care for them. A couple of years ago my middle son and his girlfriend had tumblers made for all of us with our names. Mine had Danya (my name) and a heart with a stethoscope on it. I’m a Nurse Practitioner. I absolutely LOVED this gift. They also took an old frame and had our last name and the year we were married placed on it. Both are great ideas that mean so much.

5. Crepe paper flowers

Love flowers but hate to see them wilt away and die? Well my friend Dani at Out of My Bloomin Mind has the perfect solution. Dani is an extremely talented paper florist. She uses crepe paper to create a gorgeous flower that you can enjoy for years and years. Her arrangements are stunning. Plus, no dying and wilting away. only They are beautiful and the detail that she puts into each flower amazes me.

“Not all flowers fade.” -Dani

Check her out HERE

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Top 5 Dirty Santa Gift Ideas

Here are a few fun ideas for games like Dirty Santa or Secret Santa for $20 or less.

1. Tumbler filled with candy

Surely everyone loves a tumbler mug. You can find a good large tumbler for around $18. Then just fill the mug with candy and tie a bow around it. Super easy and usually a gift the guys playing will try to steal.

2. Plush throw and lotion or a candle

There are so many places that sell throws for $10-$15. Then just pair it with your favorite lotion or candle.

3. Flashlight set

This is great for the guys. Heck sometime the girls will surprise you and try to keep it.

4. Gift Cards

Not good at being creative or in a hurry? Everywhere sells gift cards now. You can purchase one card for $20 or multiple small ones as a gift card set. The options are endless…. Home Depot, Target, Starbucks, Sonic, TJ Maxx

5. Spa set

Gather up several girly spa items such as neutral nail polish, lip gloss, small lotion, bath bomb, fluffy socks and put all of it in a gift bag. Who doesn’t love to be pampered!

That’s it! Hope some of these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for your loved on or friends. Don’t forget to check out the post below for more GREAT gift ideas!!!

-Danya

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