How to Stay Organized During a Big Move

This month has been a big one for us and if you follow along with us on Instagram, you know it is a plethora of items but mostly because we sold our home! I also lost my Instagram account with almost 32k followers! I started a new one and plan to keep trucking along!

We stayed in in our home, an extra 30 days past closing then plan to build our own home and a pole barn! My husband and I are DIY’ers and we are so excited to take y’all along this journey! We have also been blessed to be able to pay for our home and pole barn with cash!

Moving can be one of the most stressful things in a person’s life; especially since it is one of the top five most stressful events in life! Couple that with finding my husband a new job, maintaining two businesses, a daughter getting married, homeschooling and so many other things, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed.

That’s why I choose to be as organized, as humanly possible, during these big life changes, so that I can focus on the bigger picture. Sometimes during the selling, buying and moving process, things do not always go as planned. I think that by being organized, it helps make the process be a smoother one!

Two ways that I like to stay organized is by creating a moving binder and a “Day One” box.

How I Stay Organized During a Big Move & How You Can Too

Moving Binder

I purchased a 1.5 inch binder to hold all the important documents we would need during the entire process.  That way, if i was asked a question about anything, at any given time, I knew right where to find it; especially since my husband and I were our own real estate agents. Yes, we are DIY’ers and we even sold our house, on our own.  I also purchased tab dividers to separate all of the documents.

Plus, when packing your home, it is super easy to misplace a piece of paper or an important document. This moving binder allowed me to  have everything essentially that we needed, at all times.

How to Organize Your Moving Binder

Since we were essentially our own real estate agents, I knew that organization was key to help us through this process. Here is how I organized our moving binder:

*Home Contract

*Buyer Pre-Approval

*Earnest Money

*Closing Attorney

*Moving Companies

*Storage Units

*Insurance

*Utilities

*Change of Address

*Miscellaneous

*Items to Sell

This is personalized for our family’s needs. It may look a little different for you but it is so easy to personalize for yourself! You will feel so much better, just knowing that all of those important documents are right at your finger tips. 

I also downloaded this form to help me with a checklist for all of the change of address items. It is super helpful to have something to go by, to make sure you don’t miss anything!

New Owners Folder

I also wanted to keep a folder inside my binder for the new homeowners. They were first time buyers, so we wanted to make sure that we could help them in any way that we could help! I included things like paint colors to writing them notes on how to remember to operate the pond/waterfall feature in the backyard. I wanted them to be able to feel they could navigate their new home with ease!

Day One Kit

Another thing I like to do when moving is to create a “Day One Essentials” box. This is a box of things needed right away when moving. Now, we have moved many times in over 22 years so I consider myself a pretty good expert on moving. Grab a storage container and place items in it that you know you will need on the first day.

Items for the essential box could include:

*Coffee with Coffee Pot

*Chargers

*First Aid Kit

*Basic Tools like hammer, drill, tape measure, ect

*Hand Soap with Hand Towels

*Paper Plates, Cups, Disposable Silverware

*Tissue

*Cleaning products with reusable cleaning cloths

*Ibuprofen

*Pet Food

*Vitamins

I also like to pack one overnight bag per person in our family so we have easy access to a couple day’s worth of clothing, tooth brushes and personal hygiene items.

Anyway, this may look a little different for each family, but you get the idea! It is so much easier to have these things instead of opening ten different boxes to find something! Between these three ideas, I am able to stay organized and maintain less chaos in a chaotic time period. I highly recommend you giving them a try and customizing for your own family for your next move! If you have any questions, please reach out and ask in the comments!

Love~Shae

Thrifty Mirror Makeover

Thrifty Mirror Makeover

Today on the blog, myself and a few other bloggers will be sharing our finds from thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales or rummage sales.

On beautiful fall Saturday, we were all out as a family, running errands and I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to a huge rummage sale! We arrived about 30 minutes prior to the sale being over and that is prime time for a good deal because every single item was one dollar! I saw someone walk out with a loveseat for $1! I stumbled upon a large 90’s vibe mirror and I knew it would fit in perfectly with my neutral Christmas décor that I had been planning for months!

Here is the before pic of the mirror.

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I painted two coats of paint with light sanding in between each coat. I also distressed very lightly after the 2nd coat, wiped with a dampened cloth and added clear wax!

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I couldn’t be any happier with my $1 rummage sale find!!

5F03B146-5497-413C-AEED-821CA7D583D1Check out my friends to see what they found this month for our Thrift Store Challenge!

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https://clochesandlavender.com/

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https://thisfulllife5.com/2019/12/16/diy-Christmas-banner

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https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/thrift-store-challenge-chair-makeover

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Thrift Store Challenge: O Christmas Tree…

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Thrifted Treasure ~ December

Thank you all for joining us this month!! From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!

❤️-Shae

Creative Thursday’s Christmas Craft

Creative Thursday’s Christmas Craft

This year with my collaboration with King of Christmas, I knew I would be going neutral with my Christmas decor, which meant I would need to do a complete 360 and either make or buy new Christmas stockings. I went and checked a few of my fav decor spots and they were a no go for stockings. You know when you get that picture in your head of what you want and you can’t find it anywhere? I was feeling a little defeated, until, I got the idea to make my own stockings from painters drop cloth canvases. Say what? It sounds funny, I know, but I knew I could probably make 6 stockings for under $10! I actually only spent $2.98 on the Drop cloth because it was on sale!  I mean, my entire main living area of my home, has drop cloth ruffle curtains. I already had some left over drop cloths from when I made the curtains from our eat-in kitchen or i.e. playroom for our youngest daughter.

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I knew I wanted fairly nice sized stockings. We have had some of our Pottery Barn Kids stockings for 17 years and they are a great size for Santa to fill! I decided to use one of those stockings for a pattern.

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I basically just laid the PBK stocking on top of the canvas, that I double folded, then added about 1/2 an inch for seam allowance and cut out. I took both pieces of canvas and sewed right sides together, then turned inside out and decided on the size that I wanted the ruffles to be.

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For the ruffles, I decided on the size, which was   6.5 inches in width by 20 inches in length with 1/2 inch seam allowance. I sewed down the raw edge then folded over, sewed down again and began the process of ruffling the canvas. If you have never ruffled before, its not hard, you just need set your machine to the loosest stitch and the widest stitch. Once you’ve run your stitch the whole length of your fabric, gently begin pulling the bottom (bobbin) thread.

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Next, begin slowly pushing your bunched fabric towards the end of your fabric until you have the whole fabric ruffled.

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Next, I made the stocking holder loop. I used a  piece of 4×6 size of canvas.

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First I folded down the fabric on one side to the middle and then did the same for the other side.

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Next, fold over the entire piece in half.

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Like this…

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Then sew down the edges.

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Next, I turned down the stocking and decided on the width of the cuff, then sewed the edge with a 1/2 allowance.

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I decided to go ahead and attach the stocking holder, then sew on the ruffles.

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Next on the agenda is sewing on the ruffle!

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I also decided that I wanted to make stocking name tags! I knew we had some pine underlayment left from our faux shiplap wall we had just completed. I asked my husband to cut out 6 that were 5.75×2.75 plus drill a small hole at the top.

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After finishing with the stocking name tags, I added twine for tying around the stockings. These cost me zero to make because I already had all of the supplies!
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We are done! What do y’all think? I absolutely am loving my neutral, very budget friendly Christmas decor this year! It definitely took some time to grow on me since I’ve had traditional for the past 20 plus years but our entire family is enjoying it.

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Please check out my friends to see what Christmas Crafts they have come up with for  our monthly Creative Thursday’s! We have some pretty amazingly talented ladies, if I do say so myself!

Love, Shae

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/christmas-creative-challenge

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Creative Thursday ~ easy to make candy cane garland

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Creative Thursday – Christmas Craft

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Creative Thursday: Classic White & Gold Framed Ornaments

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If you have noticed the cost of all new kitchen cabinets, renovating your kitchen can be one of the most expensive projects when renovating your home. When deciding to turn our kitchen into our dream, we knew we would be on a budget. I did not have a set budget in mind, but let’s just say my budget goes a little something like this…as cheap as possible. You can see the full kitchen renovation blog Here . I knew I wanted to keep the cabinets because they were made of real wood. I chose white kitchen cabinets with light distressing. I also wanted to paint the inside of my cabinets as well. When we moved into our home, 5 years ago, the cabinets were painted a latex white on the outside but not painted on the inside. Below is the before photo of our kitchen, the day we purchased our home!

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If you have followed along with me for awhile, you can see throughout my blog, my love for chalk paint. As durable and hardy that chalk paint is, I knew it would be a great choice for kitchen cabinets.

First things first, we removed all of our items from the inside of the cabinets.

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Next, we began removing all hardware, doors and drawers.

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I gave all of the cabinets a good wipe down with soap and water. Next, I mixed up my homemade chalk paint recipe. I always use Sherwin Williams brand paint. You can find that recipe here .  I painted the inside of all the cabinets with one coat then lightly sanded and wiped with a damp cloth.

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I repeated these steps until I had three coats of paint on the inside of all the cabinets.

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The next item of agenda was to paint the outside of all of the cabinets with two coats of paint, with light sanding in between and a wipe down with a dampened cloth.

I only needed two coats of paint on the outside of the cabinets because my cabinets were already painted white before I began painting.

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Next we painted the cabinet doors and drawers. We set up an assembly line in our garage. We used 2×4’s to lay the doors on to help make sure we didn’t get drips.

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If you do come back and found that you’ve gotten a few drips, you can sand it down and paint over that spot. It’s not a big deal but does make a little more work for you. After the first side of the cabinet doors were painted with two coats of paint, light sanding in between and wiped down, I waited 24 hours before flipping over the the second side of the cabinet doors. The second side received the same treatment as the first side.

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After finishing the cabinet doors, we moved on to the cabinet drawers. The inside of the drawers had never been painted, so they received three coats with light sanding in between and a good wipe down, after each coat. Next, we moved on to the outside of the cabinet drawers.

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They received two coats of paint with light sanding and a wipe down in between coats.

At this point, I felt like I could finally begin to see the light 🙌🏼 It took us about two weeks for myself, the hubs and our two adult daughters,  to all work on the cabinets! Much longer than I anticipated!

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Here came the fun part! I wanted to go ahead and place all of the cabinet doors and drawers back on, so I could precisely decide where I wanted to distress. I used my orbital sander to lightly sand on the inside of the cabinets. Then I used 120 grit to sand all the edges of the cabinet doors and drawers, where it would naturally wear. I don’t like super heavy distressing but I would say this is light to medium distressing.

Before (The day we purchased our home.)

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After (Current view with Christmas decor.)

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We are absolutely loving how our cabinets and entire kitchen has turned out!! We absolutely get so much JOY from our home DIY renovations. I hope you have enjoyed reading and we hope to inspire you!

❤️-Shae

 

Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Hey y’all! Have you ever wanted to update your kitchen on a budget with products that don’t break the bank? The hubs and I have recently updated out kitchen with Ardex concrete countertops, a white subway back splash, a white farmhouse sink and chalk painted cabinets. It took about three weeks for all of the renovations.

We started off by replacing our kitchen sink with a white farmhouse sink from Sinkology called the Josephine .

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I have had visions of white farmhouse sinks dancing in my head since we purchased our home, 5 years! Isn’t she a stunning sight!!

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Next, my husband cut off the backsplash of the existing countertops because we were adding tile.

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For the countertops, I used Ardex Feather Finish . Ardex is a self drying cement based finish that you mix with water and has a cake icing-like consistency.

First things first, it is best to remove everything from your cabinets, then apply a clear plastic cover and tape all the edges. Trust me, you will appreciate this later! All of the countertops will need a light sanding to help the Ardex adhere. I used a orbital sander and I also hand sanded in corners where the orbital sanded would not fit. Wipe down with a dampened cloth all your countertops.

To mix the Ardex, I used a plastic 1 gallon bucket and a paddle mixer. The directions for the Ardex is a 2:1 ratio with water. I found that was a little to thick for me and added just a bit more water. I liked it to be about the consistency of icing. I used a 12 in joint knife and a puffy knife for the smaller areas. In some areas like behind the kitchen sink, it was easiest to use my fingers with gloves on to smooth the Ardex out.

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After the first coat of Ardex is applied, it will need to dry for about 24 hours before sanding. Once dry, let the sanding commence! I’m not going to lie, it’s super messy but I promise it is well worth it!! Check out the layer of dust on my arm!

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I used an orbital sander because I felt like the finish it gave was smoother than a palm sander.

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I can not stress enough to use plastic coverings on everything because if not, you will have a huge mess to clean up like I did! Learn from my mistake!

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I sanded all the edges, corners and tight spots with a 60 grit sand paper. Next is to use a shop vac to vacuum all the dust form sanding. I also used a dampened cloth to remove any remaining dust from the countertop. I repeated these steps until I had three layers of Ardex on my countertop. After the countertop has dried for 24 hours, I applied 3 coats of Behr Low Luster Sealer with a paint brush.

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I didn’t want a super shiny finish, so I made sure to purchase one that had very little shine.

Next up was the subway tile. We purchase our tile from a local tile company called Floor & Decor  . They had the absolute best prices on tile! The tile was 15 cents each!!

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The tile went pretty quickly in comparison to the countertops! Next up was the grout! We decided to Pearl Gray for the grout color.

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The grout and mortar were also purchased from Floor & Decor.

Last but certainly not least was the painting of the kitchen cabinets. This is the 3rd time our cabinets have been painted. I used Ibis White from Sherwin Williams, previously. The interior of our cabinets had never been painted and I had dreams of painting the inside of the cabinets white. I decided to go ahead and tackle the painting of the inside and outside of the cabinets! I decided to use my DIY chalk paint recipe and use the same color Ibis White. I chose chalk paint because of its hardiness and durability!

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I am am not going to lie, it was a ton of work and I could not have done it without my two oldest daughters helping me! It took us about 10 days to do it all but I still think it was so worth it! The painted 3 coats on the inside of all the oak cabinets and drawers, since they had never been painted before! In between each coat, I did a light sanding, by hand, so that it would cut down on brush strokes. After each sanding, you will needed to wipe out all the soot with a dampened cloth. Everything that we sanded was by hand only.

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I also lightly distressed all of my cabinets on the inside and outside. When I distress, I like to distress where the item would naturally receive wear.

I also decided to replace the drawer pulls with brushed nickel pulls that I found on Amazon for cheap!

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Ok, so I know y’all are wondering what the total cost was on our budget friendly renovation?

Here is a break down of costs:

-Drawer Pulls-$18

-Ardex-$60 (I used 2.5 bags @ $30 each. One bag was leftover from our upstairs bathroom.)

-Tile, Mortar & Grout-$90 (15 cents per tile)

-Paint, Baking Soda-$162 (Sherwin Williams paint plus 12 boxes of baking soda to make chalk paint.)

-White Farmhouse Sink-$399

Total Cost-$730

We are enjoying our kitchen and all of our hard work! You can find many of our projects saved under “highlights” on my IG page or our You Tube account. Follow along with me on IG in stories everyday, as I usually always have some sort of diy going on!

❤️-Shae

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Today I am joined by several of my friends, that happen to be bloggers as well, to share our Thanksgiving Tablescape’s with y’all! I would also like to thank our host Terrie, from Decorate & More with Tip. Rules: To decorate our table for Thanksgiving and one item needed to be a DIY! As I always say, challenge accepted!

I have had this idea in my head to make my own charges from a tree log, except I had to find a log that would be large enough for chargers. This moment unexpectedly presented itself when we had a storm pass through in our neighborhood, back in August. We have a 75 plus year old willow oak tree in our front yard. The wind had whipped up quite intensely and I actually thought the tree was falling on top of our house, but two of the larger limbs broke off from the tree and fell to the ground.

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After the storm was over, one of my first thoughts was that we could make several chargers from one of the limbs.

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The very next day, the first item on my husband’s agenda, without us even talking about it, was cutting eight chargers for our dining room table! My husband used his chainsaw to cut the chargers right off the fallen limb and voila, we had chargers!

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This is from the top of our front porch. The limbs completely knocked down the power lines in the road as well. We also had a small amount of damage.

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I have been letting the wood dry out in my basement before sealing. Wood usually needs to dry out for 3-4 months. I am planning to seal each charger with a clear coat to protect the wood for years to come!

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For the items on my Thanksgiving Tablescape, I began each place setting with the chargers that we made, along with a Pioneer Woman White Linen Salad Plate and a Pottery Barn Leaf Harvest Salad Plate. Pottery Barn is not carrying the Leaf Plates any longer, but I did find them here . I was able to find my Pottery Barn plates at a church rummage sale for $1.50 each and they were brand new! The crystal glasses were handed down to me from my Mother. I also used real cinderella pumpkins and faux pumpkins from Hobby Lobby and Trader Joe’s . The orange, yellow & green sprays are also from Hobby Lobby. I purchased four that I cut up and have used throughout my home for this year’s fall décor. I love the muted tones in the birch sprays! I also grabbed several brown acorn & berry picks from Hobby Lobby. I have used those all over my home as well in my fall décor. The brass candlesticks are from my fav local antique shop and local thrift store! I paid $2-$6 for each one. Farmhouse table, light fixture, wood cutting boards, curtains and Pumpkin Patch sign are all made by my husband and I.

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I hope y’all have enjoyed this easy diy and budget friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape! It does not need to cost an arm and a leg to decorate your home beautifully! Please stop by and visit each of my friend’s to see their Thanksgiving Tablescape!

Love~Shae

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Fall Floral Arrangement

Fall Floral Arrangement

Today I am excited to share a new monthly challenge with y’all! Recently, Tara from Stilettos And Shiplap , Emily from LeCultivateur and I came up with a idea for a new monthly challenge which will consist of something a little different each month! This month we will be creating  a Fall Floral Arrangement and the rules were simple. Use a container we already owned, fall florals were a must and keep it budget friendly under $15. Ok, challenge accepted. Now, I must admit that it is definitely a challenge for me. I am definitely floral arrangement challenged, but I am always up for a challenge for my creative mind. Think outside the box. Mind you, my car is in the shop, so I will need to use everything I already have on hand or natural elements from outside. Shouldn’t  be to hard, right? If you are a blogger and would like to join us, please email one of the hosts!

I wanted to start with a vintage crock that I found at an estate sale for $5, last fall. That would be my container.

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I originally thought I would use some clippings from my butterfly bush outside, along with some flowers from Trader Joe’s, that I already had on hand. My husband buys me flowers from Trader Joe’s, a couple times a month, so we always have fresh arrangements on hand.

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I went outside to cut a few stems off the beautiful butterfly bush! It has grown so much this year alone! There were so many butterflies as well! If you look closely, you can spot a few of the orange and black Monarch butterflies.

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I just love the flowers from the butterfly bush! So beautiful and vibrant! Now to start filling the crock!

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I rearranged the floral arrangement, three times before I decided it was not going to work. Scratch that idea.

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I decided to bring out all of my fall colored eucalyptus, pumpkins, candlesticks, acorn sprigs and a few pieces of greenery. I began to arrange them in the crock. Finally it felt like it was coming together. Styled our candlesticks that my husband and i made from a vintage bed post, along with my pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I love adding the wood farmhouse beads too! I am definitely no professional but I did enjoy challenging myself with this fall floral arrangement! Best thing is that I made it for free because I already had everything on hand for this fall arrangement. Had I went out and purchased the fall florals, I would have only spent $10!

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Have you made a fall floral arrangement? I would love for you to check out my friends to see their stunning fall floral arrangements!

❤️-Shae

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/creative-thursday:-are-you-faux-real?/3538/ (Co-Host)

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/09/26/creative-thursday-its-all-faux/  (Co-Host)

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https://www.thahousehouse.com/creative-thursdays/fall-flower-arrangement

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Vintage DIY Chenille Pillows

Vintage DIY Chenille Pillows

Hey y’all! It’s time for our monthly Thrift Store Challenge and I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging friends today! 💃🏽 The rules: We each need to find an item from a thrift store, yard sale, estate sale, antique store…you get the idea! We need to take the item and basically make it our own, plus style the item in our home! Challenge accepted!!

I decided to go straight back to that white vintage chenille blanket that I found at a church rummage sale for $2.50. Remember the blog post I did on the handmade chenille pumpkins? Just in case you did not see it, click  here to see the post.

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I have been wanting to make a few vintage chenille pillows for our master bedroom and this challenge was perfect for that! Since I already had this blanket and the poly-fil, this practically cost me zero dollars for this challenge!!

I love how there is a few spots on the chenille blanket that has been mended over the years. I can tell the blanket was hand-sewn and I can’t help but wonder how that tear must have gotten there…but I love the character it gives!

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First thing was deciding what size I wanted the pillows to be! To be honest, I just held the fabric up to my pillow shams and decided I wanted them about half of the size (give or take) of the shams. After deciding on the size, I cut my first pillow template from the vintage chenille blanket. I cut two pieces per pillow.

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I chose to leave the fringe on one pillow, to dress it up a bit more!

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Place right sides of fabric together, pin or not pin, if you prefer. The one below is the fringe pillow, so if you chose to use fringe, make sure to tuck it inside!

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Sew all sides, leaving enough room on one edge open, so you can flip your pillow inside out, then stuff with poly-fil!

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Wallah! You have an easy vintage chenille pillow! I made a total of 3 and I love the one with the fringe best of all!

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I hope you will hop on over and visit my friends to see what they have found on their search for our Monthly Thrift Store Challenge!

❤️-Shae

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Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

I’d like to say for this month’s Clearance Challenge that I had my shizz together but that couldn’t be further from the truth! I spent most of the day, making a fall wreath and I failed on so many different levels. I will get that wreath finished but not today. I have learned to roll with the punches so I put my thinking cap on and immediately remembered that I had just bought my fav fabric from Walmart on CLEARANCE this past Friday! It rang up for a grand total of $2.00 for 2 yards! I also had this chenille vintage quilt on hand that I purchased for $2.50 at a church rummage sale. I have been seeing the absolute cutest fabric pumpkins out at all the stores and I thought that I would whip up a few of my own! This gray pin striped fabric is from Waverly and I love it! C3EFA0B9-EC79-49BB-A601-98D65F4669F1

Gather your supplies:

-Fabric of your choice

Poly-Fil

-Sewing machine or Hot Glue Gun

-Butcher Twine

-Embroidery Needle

-Thread or Hot Glue

-Scissors

-Measuring Tape

-Twigs (for stems)

-Optional greenery of your choice (leaves)

I made three different sized pumpkins. You basically want the width of your fabric to be over twice as wide as the height. Here’s how I cut mine: 5″ x 12″ makes a 2 1/2″x 3 1/2″ pumpkin, 7″x17″ makes a 3 1/2″x 5 1/2″ pumpkin and 10″ x 25″ makes a 4 1/2″ x 8″ pumpkin.

Fold your fabric in half so the short edges are together and right sides together. Sew down or hot glue the end with raw edges to make, sort of, fabric tube. Sew down or hot glue the edge of one side. Turn your pumpkin right side out. Begin stuffing your pumpkin and leave enough room at the open end to sew down or hot glue. After you have filled your pumpkin, sew down or hot glue the end other end closed.

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Next, take your embroidery needle and twine and insert into the bottom of your pumpkin and thread to the opposite end.

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Pull the twine tightly to help gather the bottom of the pumpkin.

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Now you can grab a long piece of twine and thread around your pumpkin making segments, sort of like a pie but with thread. Now you can add a cute piece of a twig for a stem or greenery or ribbon. The options are endless! I plan to make several more plus some pillows from the fabric!

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Please don’t forget to check out all of my buddies on their Clearance Challenge finds for this month! You know we never disappoint!

Love, Shae

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DIY Fall Wood Sign from Scrap Wood

DIY Fall Wood Sign from Scrap Wood

Hey ya’ll! I was invited to team up with several talented ladies for a challenge this month that is hosted by Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip . The challenge rules were to take a piece of wood and make anything fall décor related. I knew the perfect piece of scrap wood that we had leftover from the tv accent wall. This wood is 100 plus years old and just stunning!

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I have been wanting a cute wood picket fence type fall sign for awhile, so when Terrie invited me on this challenge, I knew I had the perfect piece for the project! I gathered all of my painting supplies and got to work!

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I used craft paints and small brushes from Hobby Lobby that I already had on hand.

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I also lightened the colors I had with Ibis White that I had on hand from Sherwin Williams. I accented everything in black to bring out all the pumkins cute-ness. I also highlighted with white.

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I am so blessed that God has given me the ability to paint! When our oldest two daughters were younger, I painted canvases to make extra money, along with wall murals.

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I hope you enjoy our blog hop! Check out my friends too! They have amazing talent!

Love~Shae

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