Pottery Barn Terracotta Pumpkin Dupe

Let’s take this Hobby Lobby pumpkin and turn it into a Pottery Barn terracotta pumpkin dupe! You see, I loved the look of these large terracotta pumpkins. I found from Pottery Barn, but they were $89. There was just no way I was going to pay that much per pumpkin, so I figured I’d DIY it myself!

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FALL DIY BLOG HOP

Our sweet friend Terrie from Decorating More with Tip decided to take a break from our blog hops, so I decided to jump right in and host! I thought it would be fun to create a fall DIY with several of my blogging buddies. 

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Supplies

• Faux Pumpkin

• Air Dry Clay 

• Flour 

• Brown, Orange & White Craft Paint

• Paint Brush

First, I decided to use some of my  inexpensive  faux pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I have had my pumpkins for a few years but linked some that are comparable above.

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The first item on my agenda was to carve out eyes, a nose and a mouth for my pumpkin. I drew on an eyes, nose and mouth, so it was easy to carve out with a knife.

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Next, painted the whole pumpkin, including the stem, with the brown, white and orange craft paint. 

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I mixed the colors until I achieved the color! 

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Next, I sprinkled flour all over my pumpkin while it was still wet by sort of dry brushing it on. 

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Next, I used air drying modeling clay to extend the pumpkin stem, making it a more whimsical type of pumpkin.

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When the clay is dry, it’s time to paint!

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I painted the air dry clay stem, the same color as the pumpkin.

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Finished! Time to style your new terracotta pumpkins around your house! It’s honestly such an easy DIY! I’m so glad I didn’t spend $89 on the originals, and instead created this Pottery Barn terracotta pumpkin dupe!

I also painted a pumpkin and made it into a floral dupe!

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Please be sure to check out my other blogging buddies to see what they’ve come up with for our Fall DIY Blog Hop!

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 Jodi-The House House Blog

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Gail-Purple Hues and Me 

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Hannah-Baggott Farmhouse

I hope y’all have enjoyed our Fall DIY Blog Hop! I enjoyed hosting and hope y’all will come back again! Happy Fall Y’all! 🍁🥧🎃

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Visiting the Magnolia Silos in Waco, Texas

We finally went on a trip, to the Magnolia Silos, in Waco, Texas! It has been a dream of mine to visit and it was not just about the shopping and cupcakes! We decided to go on this trip on a whim and I am so grateful to have spent it with three of my four daughters! Nothing better than shopping, cupcakes and girl time!

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We stayed in Hamilton, Texas, which is about an hour from Waco.

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Driving to Waco from Hamilton is stunning, with their magestic mountain views, vast canyons, longhorns, wildflowers and cacti. A highlight of our trip!

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The photo below is from the absolute cutest modern farmhouse, Air B’n’B that we stayed in, while visiting Waco! If you are interested in staying here, please contact Haley on IG @vintagenvine ! She’s super sweet and the best hostess! Check out the link below!

Haley from @vintagenvine

Photo below from magnolia.com.

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Magnolia Table

Magnolia Table is 8 minutes from Magnolia Market. It is open for breakfast and lunch from 6AM-3PM, Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. You will need a reservation, but they do take walk-in’s. The restraurant is beautiful! They seem to be famous for their biscuits and strawberry butter but also I have heard their french toast is amazing! 

Photo below from magnolia.com. 

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Magnolia Table offers a Take Away area.  A great option if you do not want to wait! You can pick up your food and eat outside or at home! 

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Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market’s store hours are from 9:00-6:00. We arrived around 7:45 am and we were able to grab a parking spot right up front at Magnolia Press Coffee Co.  Parking is free around Magnolia Market and the parking lot across the street. Once filled, they have a trolly you can take and I’ve heard the church parking lot is $10 to park! 

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Did y’all know that Magnolia was dog friendly? Our pups would love walking around Magnolia! There is a dedicated pet relief area with dog waste stations where they provide waste bags. The dogs are welcome everywhere except the artificial grass areas like the ballpark.

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My best tip for Magnolia Market would be to avoid peak days if possible and arrive early! 

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The Magnolia Market complex consists of the large Magnolia Market where you can purchase goods, like home decor, clothing and furniture. The displays are beautifully curated for the season! 

One of my favorite curated sections was Joanna’s handwritten notes!

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The “Earle” fern was also one of my favorite’s in Magnolia Home. He’s a 26-year-old staghorn fern that traveled all the way from Florida to his new home here at Magnolia! 

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Outside of the Market, you’ll find the turf scattered with corn hole boards and striped bean bag chairs . Perfect for visitors to relax and unwind.

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The Silos are the main fixture in the complex and an identifying landmark! Absolutely a beautiful backdrop to the Magnolia complex!

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The perimeter is lined with a variety of food trucks. You can check Magnolia.com to see what trucks are available.

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In the center, you’ll find a covered picnic area where you can relax and enjoy lunch! You can even drink sweet tea served in Mason jars. 

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There is even a Wiffle ball field. Perfect for your significant other and young fellows! They can play ball while you shop! There is something for everyone at the Magnolia Silos!

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Did y’all know that there was a little white church on the property? “The Old Church” is  one of the oldest structures in Waco!

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The building’s historical charm holds a unique story of something old being made anew.

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Built around 1894, The Old Church was comtructed using elements preserved from an abandoned church across town. 

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Magnolia Coffee Press

Our first stop was the Magnolia Coffee Press! Hours are Monday-Saturday from 7AM-6PM.  

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Magnolia Coffee Press is a cozy and inspiring shop! We didn’t wait long, grabbed our coffees and chocolate milk then headed out to our second stop! 

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I know someone who was thrilled to be drinking chocolate milk at Magnolia! 😉

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Silos Baking Co

The Silos Baking Co  was our next stop because, who doesn’t love a cupcake for breakfast? Bakery hours are Monday-Saturday from 7:30AM-6PM. 

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A history of this century-old building was used as part of the cotton oil mill right here at the Silos. Later on, the building became Rosetree Floral, a flower shop that occupied the space and  where Chip would buy flowers for Jo!

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When Chip and Jo bought the Silos property in 2014, they decided that a signature bakery, filled with Jo’s personal recipes was just what the grounds needed.

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When we visited we tried several different flavors-strawberry, chocolate and vanilla.  They were all delicious!

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Magnolia Seed & Supply

One of our favorite shops here is the Magnolia Seed + Supply Store for all of your gardening needs! What a beautifully curated store with the sweetest employees!

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Magnolia Seed & Supply has a full functioning garden right in front of the Seed & Supply store and there were many employees tending to them outside.

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The garden shop itself is small, but you can find some cute and practical items inside, if you’re a gardener. I grabbed a new composter and it was on sale for around $21!

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The Little Shop on Bosque

If you’re looking for discounted Magnolia items, you can find them at The Little Shop on Bosque. This was actually the very first retail shop Chip and Jo opened in 2003. It’s located about 4 miles away from the Silos.

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There were lots of discounted items here including apparel, home decor, paper goods, etc. Basically last sale items from the Magnolia Market.

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I did find some great items on sale for over 60% and 75% off! Now that’s what I’m talking about! Who’s a deal hunter?! 🙋🏻‍♀️

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We found several shirts, a child’s musical toy and my daughter found a wood picnic basket. I think we spent under $60 for everything we purchased.

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It’s such a small shop that they had to expand their sale items outdoors. I would definitely stop by here if you are looking for some great deals. Definitely do not miss this shop!

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Harp Design Co

No trip to Waco, Texas, would be complete without a stop at carpenter extraordinaire Clint Harp’s design company. When we were in Waco visiting Magnolia Market, we took a little drive a few miles down the road to get a glimpse of Harp’s white distressed candle sticks and farmhouse tables up close.

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The store was filled with Clint Harp originals, including his signature candlesticks, along with lots of other home decor items curated beautifully!

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I loved looking around the small shop, as the displays full of wooden treasures, unique wall decor, plus lots of pretty things for the kitchen , like wooden chargers and cutting boards-all styled to perfection! The employees here were super sweet as well!

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I took home a few Harp Design Co post cards to send to family! It has been a tradition of ours, to send handwritten post cards, to our family, to share of our vacation stays.

Other Places to Visit in Waco

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Heritage Creamery 

Heritage Creamery is a locally operated ice cream shop in Waco, TX. They are  proud to be “Grown Here” in Waco, and proud to be a part of the city.

Their mission is, “To provide locally and responsibly sourced, delicious, frozen treats for our community.”

My daughters and I enjoyed our ice cream while sitting outside of the shop! Definitely a highlight to our trip!

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The Findery

The Findery is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM-6PM. Closed Sunday. Located across the street from the Magnolia Silos. You can literally walk on over from the Magnolia Silos! 

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At the Findery, you will find furniture and home decor with a mix of boutique items! They are a unique blend of antique, modern and found-isn’t that evident in their building? 

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The Findery’s inventory is thoughtfully curated, uniquely stocked, which might possibly leave your pocketbook empty or your mind inspired! From locally sourced items to uncommon finds for your home or even that statement piece you’ve been wanting for your closet!

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The Findery is a building that has been restored beautifully!  Percy Medicine built this landmark of a building in 1908 and the Fatheree family restored it to its current beauty-whole paying homage to the legacy of the building!

Thrifting & Antiquing in Waco

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Cameron Trading Co

Two floors of antiques, collectibles, vintage and more. We knew we had to stop here because Cameron is a family name!

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Located at 618 Austin Avenue  in Waco. Cameron Trading Co’s hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5:45PM and Sunday from 12-5PM. 

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The girls and I had a great time exploring in here! There is so much to see! You could spend half a day in here!

From here, we purchased several antique dollhouse accessories for our youngest daughter’s barndominium dollhouse we built for her birthday! I also found a few antique pencils with Waco business names on them, for only $1 each! My oldest daughter found a vintage 90’s skirt and an antique rouge.

Great time, laughing and being silly-great memories! A must when visiting Waco is a visit to Cameron Tradimg Co!! 

Traveling Home From Texas 

The Boot Barn

I didn’t think any trip to Texas was complete without grabbing a cowgirl hat! Am I right?! The Boot Barn had impressive  displays of cowgirl hats and cowgirl boots! We left with our cowgirl hats and cowgirl bandannas! 

Texas Thrift 

I have called myself a “thrifter” since I was 16 years old! The love of thrifting is engrained in me! I just love it and all of my girls have a desire to thrift as well! One of our activities we do while traveling is going thrifting at local shops! We found a Texas Thrift on the way home and we just knew we had to visit! It’s the largest thrift store we’ve ever been in! Prices were pretty good too! For example, a child’s denim skirt was $1.99. From here, we grabbed a child’s denim skirt, child’s plaid shirt, baby clothing for our Grandson/Nephew and leather belt for my oldest daughter. We spent under $20 here! 

Bucee’s

No trip to Texas is complete without visiting a Bucee’s location! Fuel up, coffee up (long drive) and food! We fell in love with tex-mex and Bucee’s has their Tex-mex down right!

Texas Welcome Center

We couldn’t resist stopping at the Orange Welcome Center, for a picture beside the Texas star! Leaving on the heels of loving the state of Texas… from the experience f driving to Texas and getting detoured on long a Farm Road, where the speed limit is 75 on a two lane road! I am glad we got detoured because we ran into several really old towns (100 years or more old) like these, about every 30 miles or so.

The state’s vast array of wild flowers, longhorns and cacti to the precious memories made with three of my four daughters. On the way home, we decided we should try to come back at the end of the year! God definitely had plans for our family with Texas because the same week we arrived home, our oldest daughter met a young man at church, traveling through and you guessed it, he was from Texas! Amazing to see how God uses experiences in our lives!

Janie Lanie Boutique

I also wanted to mention my pink dress from Jamie Lanie Boutique. Janie sent me their Frances Dress in Mellow Rose and I absolutely love the fit! Super comfy, modest, flattering midi dress with smocked bodice. It really is perfect for every day wear, church or a trip to Waco!  Features smocked bodice, v-neck, ruffle bottom and is lined. Easy pullover style. I paired mine with borrowed comfort boots from my daughter for our trip! For church, I like wearing a pair of flat sandals in summer and now with fall approaching, I can pair with a sweater and suede booties! Check @janielanieboutique on IG! Coupon below!
 

Janie gave me a coupon code for y’all! Use SSG15 at check out and receive 15% off your purchase!

Happy traveling to the Magnolia Silos in Waco, y’all! 

DIY Better Homes and Gardens Marble End Table Dupe: How to Create a Modern Marble End Table for under $50

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Anyone else love a good dupe?? This DIY Marble End Table is so easy to make and costs under $50 by reusing items you already have on hand! The Better Homes and Gardens version is priced at $100 plus!! Check out our IG Reel, pinned on IG!

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That’s over a $50 savings!! We’ll show you how we created this dupe in about a weekend! My top tip is always use or reuse what you have on hand!

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Six sweet bloggers have challenged ourselves to a DIY High End Dupe!! Be sure to check out each blogger at the end! Hosted by the very sweet and talented Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip!

What You’ll Need

  1. Round cut piece of quarter inch plywood. Our tabletop was a salvaged piece of wood from our daughters outgrown table/chairs set.
  2. 2×2 for the legs-We reused the table legs on the table. –
  3. Paint-We used white paint on hand from SW in Ibis White and SW Iron Ore.
  4. Stain-We used Minwax Seni Transparent in Red Oak, which we already had on hand.
  5. Wax-We used Minwax Grain Highlighting, which we already had on hand.
  6. Resin Kit-Linked in Amazon Store!
  7. Feather & Stick
  8. Paint Brush
  9. Sponge or old t-shirt.
  10. Spray bottle with water.
  11. Screws/Screw Driver
  12. Saw
  13. Sander/Sand Paper
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How To Create a Modern Wood Feature Wall for $50

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Teaming up with several blogging buddies for a DIY Home Improvement Challenge. our host is my sweet friend Terrie, from Decorating and More with Tip!

I have had plenty of time to think about design elements for our barndominium master bedroom! I toyed with the idea of a geometric wood wall but I was unsure! After talking with a couple of my interior design buddies, I decided to just go for it!!

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Materials

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Paint 

After we installed the trim, we painted the accent wall. This will save time once the accent wall is installed. 

We painted the wall Orchid by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish. We use Free Form Paint Brushes. You can use SWEETSOUTHERN15 for 15% off!

Time to Install the Geometric Wall

Stick with 45 and 90-degree angles! we only used 20 furring boards! We spent less than $50 on this wall!

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We decided to start with the right hand side of the wall. Honestly, we decided to just hold boards up at different angles, with various spacing ,to see what looked right. Next we leveled and nailed as we placed the boards on the wall!

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Once we got into a groove, the install went really fast and ended up being a really fun project. It took us a couple nights because we ran out of boards! it could easily be done in a day to complete!

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Time to Caulk 

Time to caulk the seams and wood putty the nail holes!

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I caulked along the seams where the boards meet the wall, using two tubes of tubes of caulk. 

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I also sanded a few of my boards as they were rough! And once the caulk is dry….

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This part of the project gets a little tedious because you have to apply the rest of the paint with a brush!

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Make sure you get into every nook and cranny. I used a craft brush in the really tight spots where my boards met with an adjacent wall or the trim. You’ll definitely want to brush on two coats. 

Once your paint is dry, you’re done! Now you can style your room and enjoy!

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I hope you have enjoyed this project with us! Check out my other blogging buddies to see what DIY Home Improvement Project they have come up with for their homes to share with ya‘ll!

                  Terrie Decorating and  More With Tip

Tammy Patina and Paint

Teresa Through the Vintage Door

Shae Sweet Southern Grace

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DIY Dollhouse Kitchen Backsplash

I am excited to share about a project that is near and dear to our family’s hearts. When our #3 daughter was turning 2 years old, my husband and I designed and built a wood kitchen set for her!

This is our number one, two and three daughters decorating cookies for Santa! When we built the kitchen set (far right), we also build a table and chairs set too. This photo is circa 2014.

When their baby sister came along…

Photo is circa early 2016!

…and we couldn’t wait until our youngest two were able to enjoy playing with it together! We have had this in our home for the past 8 plus years! Plus, all of their cousins have enjoyed coming over to visit and play with it too! How special!

I chalk painted the kitchen set and table/chairs set in white! Photo is circa 2018.

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Now that the kitchen set has been outgrown, I wanted to repurpose it into something that would be enjoyed for a few more years to come! I thought it would be cool to turn the kitchen set into a Barbie ”Bardominium” Doll House. The first if it’s kind, I believe. Fitting for our family, as we’ve been building our barndominium for the past year and a half!

DIY Challenge with Glue

I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend (host) Terrie from Decorating & More with Tip, plus several other blogging buddies! Our goal is to do a diy type of project with any kind of glue. Challenge accepted! My glue of choice is hot glue!

Doll House Kitchen Backsplash 

After we reconfigured the kitchen set into a dollhouse, I knew I wanted to ask my youngest daughter, what she wanted in her dollhouse. Definitely a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Ok. Those are attainable.

This is during the demolition process of the kitchen set!

And this is part of the after. We salvaged every piece that we thought we could repurpose in some way.  

As I dove into all things dollhouse related-scale sizes of Barbie furniture, how to make little accessories, wood for building, ext, I thought about popsicle sticks for the backsplash in the doll house kitchen. Wait. Let me back up for a minute. If your new here, we did a wood herringbone backsplash for our barndominium kitchen. Check out our IG post here. Naturally we needed that in our dollhouse too, right?! 

Dollhouse Plans

I always roughly draw up plans for whatever project I’m working on. Here is my drawings for the front and back of the dollhouse. Also, keep in mind, this is our version of a Barbie Dreamhouse, “Barndominium Addition” and made to look like our barndominium. 

Front of the Dollhouse Rough Drawing.

Back of the Dollhouse Rough Drawing.

Dollhouse After

This is the dollhouse after we rebuilt it from the girl’s kitchen set. This is with almost two coats of paint! I had a great helper! Our youngest babe!

Supplies needed:

• Hot Glue Sticks

• Hot Glue Gun

• Wooden Popsicle Sticks

• Scissors 

Herringbone Pattern Backsplash

The task may seem daunting but it is achievable! We used the herringbone pattern backsplash in our kitchen as a reference! The herringbone pattern started at the bottom edge of where the dollhouse countertop will go and continued making it’s pattern,  all the way to the top. Then continued until both kitchen walls had been completed! 

Photo from welshdesignstudio.com. 

Measure 

Basically, whatever size herringbone design you decide to make,  which in our diagram is represented by the letter ‘W’, make your cuts based on the size of your space.

This is my very rough drawing.

It’s basically a math equation based on height and width. The dollhouse was a little different than our actual kitchen backsplash. Check out welshdesignstudio.com to follow their mathematical equation!

Cut

I suggest cutting your pieces in sections, in case of any mistakes that are made. There will be some as it was a learning curve until I figured out that we could easily do a herringbone pattern if I made a math equation from the size of the space for the herringbone pattern. It’s kind of like simple algebra!

Stain, Paint and Protect 

Stain or paint your wood. Since this was a dollhouse, we decided to leave the wood bare. Our kitchen backsplash in our home has two coats of poly in clear matte.

Lay Out Pieces

I suggest laying out your pieces first, which will help insure less mistakes! Trust me, we made some with the kitchen wall! 

Add Wood

Now we are ready to add the wood to the space! Herringbone is such a beautiful, classic pattern to add to any home or dollhouse in our case!

If you don’t succeed, try, try again!

I tried three different options for the dollhouse kitchen backsplash before the third one worked! First was to draw on shiplap with a pencil then trace with a black permanent marker. Second, I tried horizontal shiplap. Finally my oldest daughter suggested the original idea I had had, which was to make the herringbone patterned shiplap. I finally agreed we should at least try it and it worked to our liking!

Finishing Thoughts

It’s really not to hard and the impact is amazing! We still have a ways to go with our dollhouse as it’s been a learning curve for me! I am so glad we went with the herringbone pattern!

Dollhouse Completion

The best way to follow along on the completion of the dollhouse is on IG, which I will link below!

I finally have figured out that balsa wood is the best for dollhouses! I am going to add the window trim and board and batten next! Then I will build the kitchen cabinets! It’s a process but I will make sure to blog about all things related to the dollhouse build as things become finished!

I hope you have enjoyed being here! I would love for you to follow along with us on IG for our dollhouse build and for our self built barndominium as well!

Please take some time and check out the other ladies in our blog  to see what they’ve created with glue! 

DECORATE AND MORE WITH TIP
THE HOUSE HOUSE
PURPLE HUES AND ME 
SWEET SOUTHERN GRACE
PATINA AND PAINT

Barndominium Custom Built Work and Homeschooling Station

I am excited to share how we built our barndominium desk with ya’ll today! It’s budget friendly too at under $90!!

I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend (host) Terrie from Decorating & More with Tip plus several other blogging buddies! Our goal is to each turn something from Trash to Treasure!

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Background of Our Barndominium Build


Most of ya’ll know that we have been building our barndominium, the past few months! Check out the blog here.

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We basically started with a piece of land that literally was littered with trash and have built our home with own hands! The photo below is where my husband was clearing our land of trees, trash and junk cars.

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We also had to rent several dumpsters to throw away the large amount of trash! The photo below is dumpster number 2.

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Curating Spaces For Our Barndominium Home

Since tax season has rolled around, I knew that I would need a space to work on our taxes, instead of sitting on the concrete floor. I have not had a desk since our move and had been teaching/working at my dining room table! Our youngest two girls needed a space for schoolwork!

A855ECC8-1739-43BF-9D7F-79F38528ABFEOur Vision Coming to Life

I have had this vision of what I wanted this space to look like for the past several months. I enjoy roughly sketching out designs for our home. I want to make sure that every single inch of our almost 1,700 square foot barndominium, to be useful and curated to our family’s specific needs.

Supplies needed:

~2-2x12x12 foot boards

~3-Quarter inch pipes

~3-Quarter inch floor/wall flange  

~Stain- Minwax Semi-Transparent Red Oak (on hand)

~1.5 inch wood screws  (on hand)

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Assembling the Desk

The first item on our agenda was sanding down the wood on all sides. My husband also had to trim one of the boards, as it was uneven.  Next we counter-screwed the boards together.  

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After the boards were counter screwed, we applied a light coat of the stain on either side.  

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Next up was installing the quarter inch pipes and wall flanges to the wall. Measure how far apart you want your “brackets” to be and mark with a pencil.

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Add your 1.5 inch screws to the studs in the quarter inch pipes and your done! Place your desk top on the “brackets” that you’ve installed! Done!

Styling our Work Space

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We still have a check list of items to finish. I need three barn lights to go over each desk area. I also need to build two bottom cabinets for either side of my desk area, which will hold my printer/computer on one side then files/desk items on the other side.

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I’ve bought three white mid century chairs, along with a couple cork boards for the girls wall sides. The middle desk area is mine and I’ve added a vintage crib spring for my memo board. 

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 I am also adding pipe “brackets” to the wall with metal galvanized baskets to hold pencils, crayons, markers and color pencils.  I am loving how it is looking and can’t wait to update y’all with a finished look soon-probably on IG, so be sure to be following along with us on IG as we finish up with this project plus more on our barndominium build! 

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What is a Barndominium? A Guide to Building, Costs, Plus Everything You Need To Know

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Summer of 2020, my husband asked me if i wanted to build a barndominium? A barndo-what? I am sure all of our friends and family thought we were a little crazy, as we took on such a huge project, with just myself, my husband and our oldest adult daughter.

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As we embarked on this barndominium journey, we began meeting people that were curious about doing the same! The further we got into our build, the more people we began meeting that were building barndominium’s, thus the barndominium pandemonium.

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Our family is finally finishing up on the last details of our barndominium. Projected finish date is summer of 2022. The burning question is, ”What is a barndominium?”.

What is a Barndominium?

Barndominiums are usually metal buildings that have an inside living quarter, which are very affordable, energy-efficient and low maintenance homes.

Barndominium’s can also be barn-to-home conversions, also called barndo’s. There is also an increasing number of ground up construction Barndominium’s like ours! Lots of Barndominium’s have an attached workshop/garage as well!

Many barndominium homes  feature  stained concrete floors, energy-efficient windows, engineered concrete slabs, spray foam insulation, efficient plumbing and high ceilings.

The sleek farmhouse design style has exploded in popularity and the barndominium helps you get that farmhouse look on the exterior, not just the interior. On the other end of the spectrum, other farmhouses are heavy on the rustic, countryside look.

What is a barndominium without a great room? Most feature an expansive, open-concept living room with high vaulted ceilings. Almost all barndominiums have a rectangular foundation, allowing the barndominium floor plan to be customized to your exact liking.

Barndominium Building-How long does it take to build?

Barndominiums take approximately 3-6 months to construct but construction time depends on size, customization and if you build on your own versus hiring a builder. We chose to be our own contractor and build our barndominium, ourselves! It took us about a month and a half to frame! Check out our framing video here! Our time frame from start of foundation pour to finish date is approximately 13 months. 

Barndominium Cost

How much does it cost to build a barndominium? Let’s break down a list of costs, associated with building a barndominium. 

Factors that go into the cost of a barndominium include:

* Location

*Size

*Custom Features

*Construction material pricing (fluctuation with pricing)

*Labor 

*Quality of materials being used

Barndominium’s have the option to purchase barndominium kits, which include components of walls, roof, ect.  We looked into buying a kit, but the cost was higher in comparison to buying them on our own.  The pricing of materials have fluctuated tremendously in 2021. As a result, construction pricing has been harder to predict as it is continously changing.

Below is a general price range for each component of a barndominium:

Kit $20,000-$90,000

Structural Engineer-$1,500-3,000- You will need a structural engineer to draw up your plans if you don’t buy a kit.

Land Clearing-$1,500-$20,000-Save money by renting tractors to clear the land on your own.

Labor for assembling-$30,000-$60,000-Save money by diy!

Insulation-$1,500-$3,000

Foundation-$5,000-$10,000

Roofing-$2200-$6,000

Siding-$2200-$5,500

Sewer-$1,200-$3,000

Electrical-$1,500-$15,000

Plumbing-$1,500-$5,000

HVAC-$5,000-$10,000

Permits-prices vary depending on location.

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Our barndominium build was built 90% by my husband, myself and our oldest daughter (my best friend).

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We did decide to pay for a local company to do the labor for our concrete. You can check out our concrete pour here.

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We also had my Dad, my Father-In-Law to help with a few projects. My brother also helped when we put the roof on.

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Our oldest adult daughter has also helped throughout our build. She is so strong and is able to help her Daddy lift heavier items! We are so grateful for all of her hard work! We also can not fail to mention the hot meals, prayers and just fellowship from my Sister-In-Law, (my brother’s wife) plus countless other family and friends that kept us in their thoughts, prayers and offered a listening ear, during our build!

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Tips for Building your Barndominium-How have we been able to save money with our build? 

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Research, Research, Research!

Researching  is key and the golden ticket, in building and saving money! We did not buy a barndominium kit because it was cheaper for us to buy materials on our own instead of the kit. My husband even drew up our barndominium plans himself then I took it to a structural engineer to draw up the structural design plan! 

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Shop Local Habitat for Humanity 

We shopped at local Habitat for Humanity and found windows, doors, insulation, nails and dry wall. Some of the items were new and some gently used! We saved over 5k just on windows and doors! Currently we saved over 1k on insulation! We found dry wall for $7 a sheet! That’s over a 50% savings!! Try looking for local discount stores that sell building supplies at a discount. We were  willing to drive a distance to find materials that were cheaper! Check out our reel on how we saved at our local Habitat for Humanity! Buying used windows and doors needed our own touch, like our paint colors and door stains! It was easy, see?! 

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DIY as much as you can!

Learning to have a lot of patience during this progress, you can diy the majority of your build! Be willing to learn a new trade! Don’t say you can’t because you can learn a new skill! I have learned to build barn doors, frame a wall and more! Be patient! If you don’t know how to dry wall, learn! If you can’t install a kitchen faucet, learn! 

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With diy-ing almost everything ourselves, plus with me being an influencer ( I got around $20k in collaborations), we estimated that we’ve saved over $50k on our build! Check out one of our collaborations here

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Ask For Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Family and friends are willing to help! I think my Dad could always sense when we were getting to the point of being overwhelmed with everything. There are certain points when he would ask if we needed his help. The roof was a huge one!

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We still have projects to finish inside and even the outside of our barndominium. We even have four friends that are willing to drive hours away and come help with projects here this spring!! It is truly God ordained!

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What have we learned?

We have learned that if you put your mind to something, that you can do it! We have learned a whole heck of a lot of humility, compassion and perseverance. When we wanted to give up, we turned to God. We we wanted to throw everything out of our non-existent windows, we gave it to Him! When we thought our purpose was one way, God had other plans and we stopped, allowed Him to carry out His plan for our family. 

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When it seems like your drowning and the project seems so massive, I promise, you will look back and be glad that you did it! If we can answer any questions, please reach out! 
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DIY American Girl Christmas Tree

Today, I am teaming up with six of my blogging friends to share our ”Surprise Box Challenge”.

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Our rules were simple: draw names, purchase $10 worth of items from The Dollar Tree and ship to the person we were assigned to then wait to receive our items!

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED 

Challenge accepted?! I was a little unsure of the items I received until.. The first idea that came to mind was making a tree for my youngest daughter’s,  American Girl dolls!

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I decided to get to work on the tree first! I used the ribbon to make a box topper first. Super simple! 

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I just gathered the ribbon in a few loops, like so..

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Then I used the twine that was attached to the wood hanging piece to tie a knot and secure my bow!

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I used the remaining ribbon to cascade down the tree in three different sections.

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I decided to use the berry garland as my garland and sort of loop it on the tree. I also used the wood tree ornaments and just strung them on the tree. They even game with string to tie them on the tree!

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I decided to use the red scarf as my tree skirt but cut off the white pom pom balls.

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I did not use the lights because they needed batteries and that was not included in my box. Bummer!

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My little sure did love Mommy’s new craft for her doll thet she got for her birthday!



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I hope you enjoyed this challenge and will visit the other ladies blogs as well!

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SIMPLE & NEUTRAL HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING

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SIMPLICITY THIS SEASON 

This year, I am craving simplicity in our barndominium for the holidays-from our tree to gift giving and even the wrapping paper! Do you crave simplicity this holiday season?

I am getting together with seven of my fellow bloggers to share how we are wrapping our Christmas gifts this holiday season!! Now, back in the day, when I was younger and our family was smaller, I would have all of our gifts wrapped by Thanksgiving! These days, with a larger family plus being I am in a much busier season of life, I simply do not. Sharing with y’all has me a bit ahead of the game this year!

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I have always enjoyed using brown kraft paper, as wrapping paper because there are so many ways to dress it up or down! Plus, it is super budget friendly, at $4 for a huge roll. Brown kraft paper is very thick, which means, it will not tear as your wrapping it!

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Greenery (I used fresh rosemary from my garden), dried oranges, neutral twine, red/white twine and handmade white cardstock gift tags.

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In my last blog, I shared about how I made my dried orange garland and I just love the idea of using natural elements in gift wrapping like fresh greenery, dried oranges and twine. You could use any fresh greenery like cypress, pine or sage. Fresh dried fruits like apples, pears, lemons or limes. Check out my Orange Garland Reel on IG!

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I wrapped my boxes in brown kraft paper, purchased at Hobby Lobby for $4, when it was half off. I had my twine on hand but its usually only a couple bucks at Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart. I also had white cardstock on hand and decided to cut out my own little gift tags and handwrite each name with a special note. Next, I added either the neutral or red twine and tied with a bow. Lastly, adding the fresh rosemary and dried oranges!

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Simple, neutral and budget friendly! I am using mostly neutrals and keeping things simple this Christmas at the barndominium. Check out some fellow bloggers below and see how they are wrapping their gifts this holiday season!!

 

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DIY DRIED ORANGE GARLAND

Last Christmas, I wanted to try the diy dried orange garland that was all over Instagram! I couldn’t try it out because we were living in our camper, which had no oven, while we built our barndominium! This year, I knew I would be trying it! Dried orange garland is super easy, plus budget friendly as well! check out my REEL on IG!

Today, I am joining a group of blogging friends for a fun Christmas DIY blog hop, hosted by Terrie, Decorate and More with Tip !

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DRIED ORANGE GARLAND

This garland is perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree, mantel, on a cabinet, gathered around  your window or even as trim for your Christmas gifts! It takes a little bit of time, but your house will smell amazing and it is SO worth the effort! 

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ITEMS NEEDED

  •  10-12 Oranges
  •  Scissors/knife 
  •  Twine
  •  Baking Sheet
  •  Parchment Paper

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cut off ends of oranges. Slice oranges into about 1/4 inch thick in slices.

2. Place oranges, in  single layer, onto baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.

3.  Bake for 4-6 hours or uintil completely dry.

4. Make a knot into the end of a piece of twine and thread oranges through.

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TIPS

Pat oranges dry before placing in oven. This helps to take out some of the moisture. I also opened my oven occassionally to let out some of the steam. Oranges are dried when the pulp is see-through. I held mine up to a window and if the pulp was see-though,  it was done!

I am so glad that I made dried orange garland this year! I love it’s simplicity during the Christmas season! You could even leave it up as winter decor through February! I may add this to my yearly traditions! Check out a few of my friends as we all have gotten together to share a Christmas DIY! I know you will love what they are sharing with you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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