DIY CLEAR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

DIY CLEAR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

CHALLENGE DEETS

Today I am teaming up with several of my blogging friends to share how we each put our own spin on a clear ornament. My friend Terrie from Decorating and More with Tip is our host and always has creative challenges for our group!

I know you will love to see the DIY ornament from  my friend Tara!

FAMILY TRADITIONS

I have always enjoyed making Christmas ornaments. I started this tradition with our family, for my husband and I’s first Christmas together. He actually was recovering from major abdominal surgery and I wanted to have something fun for us to do, while he was at home. I have continued this tradition, every year in our family. I have made all types of ornaments from salt dough ornaments to hand painted ornaments!

LETS MAKE ORNAMENTS

Come follow along with me, as I show you, just how easy and budget friendly it can be to make your own ornaments! Plus it is so much fun and it will be memories that you can add on your Christmas tree, year after year!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

*Clear ornament(s)

*Fabric

*Ribbon

*Flocked Garland

*Mini Pine Cones

*Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

*Jute Twine

I grabbed this six count of clear ornaments in the Dollar Section of Target for $3! I wanted some smaller ornaments to put on our mini Christmas tree for our camper. Since our camper is decorated in a rustic, boho type decor, I decided to go with black checkered fabric and burlap ribbon to cover my ornaments, that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.

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I also picked up small pine cones and some flocked greenery with red berries.

HOW TO MAKE THE ORNAMENTS

These ornaments are really simple to make. Plus, they make great gifts too!

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I tied my jute twine around the ornament top base to my desired length, for the ribbon hanger.

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Next, I cut my fabric a few inches wider than the diameter of my ornament, then began lightly adding hot glue to the ornament and wrapping the fabric around the ornament.

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I could not find any burlap ribbon at my Hobby Lobby, so I purchased an eighth of a yard of burlap to cut my own “ribbon”.

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I cut my ribbon in one inch strips.

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Next, I tied my burlap ribbon around the ornament then added a few strands of jute twine by tieing them into the burlap ribbon.

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For the greenery, pine cones and berries, I just cut from the greenery and pine cones bunches that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. Add a little dab of hot glue and your good to go! You can also adjust your burlap ribbon to look neater by adding dabs of hot glue to the back of the ribbon, attaching it to the ornament. How simple are these ornaments!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope y’all have enjoyed reading about my DIY Clear Ornamants! I love that these will be a memory on my Christmas tree, year after year! I hope you will check out the other ladies to see what they have come up with for their clear ornaments!

I know you will love to see how this ornament by Jodi turned out!

Love~Shae

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CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS WITH OLD TIME POTTERY

CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS WITH OLD TIME POTTERY

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured in this post is provided by Old Time Pottery; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

Old Time Pottery is one of my favorite places to shop for Christmas gift wrapping! Come follow along with me, as I share ideas for gift wrapping those holiday gifts!

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CHRISTMAS WRAPPING WITH OLD TIME POTTERY

I was so excited when Old Time Pottery asked me to team up with them, this holiday season! Christmas is my favorite time of year, as I love everything about the Christmas season! I am sure a lot of you have been thinking about what to buy family or friends for Christmas. What about a homemade treat? Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade treat and it speaks straight to the heart!

After spending an afternoon in your kitchen, be sure to give your sweet gift the presentation it deserves. I have gathered some of my favorite, easy to assemble, food packaging ideas for ya’ll! This was all purchased for under $100!

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DECORATIVE BOXES

For mine and my husband’s siblings this year, I decided it would be fun to do one family gift for each sibling and their families. I thought it would be fun to do a box of Christmas Eve goodies for them to enjoy together. Old Time Pottery has so many different sized, decorative Christmas boxes that you can use to wrap goodies in! I decided to go with a red truck theme this year and when I saw these boxes, I knew they would be perfect for our sibling‘s family gifts this year!

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MASON JAR WITH VINTAGE RED TRUCK LID

In the box, I placed homemade hot cocoa mix in a mason jar from Old Time Pottery. The lid even had a vintage red truck on it! Add a cute tag with handwritten or printed directions for the hot cocoa. 

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OUR FAMILY’S HOT COCOA RECIPE

My husband has been making this hot cocoa recipe since our oldest two daughter’s were babies. We have had many years to perfect this creamy, chocolatey goodness! 

Hot Cocoa Recipe:

3/4 C Sugar 1

1/4 C Cocoa

4 and 1/3 C Milk

1/2 TSP Vanilla (optional)

Directions:

Mix cocoa and sugar into a saucepan. Stir in milk over medium heat until all sugar and cocoa is dissolved and cocoa is heated. Do not allow this to boil, as it will burn to the bottom of the pan. Add vanilla.

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FOOD GOODIES FOR THE DECORATIVE BOX

I also added homemade hot chocolate bombs, along with homemade oreo truffles and chocolate covered spoons to stir in their hot cocoa.

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The hot cocoa also needed Christmas themed mugs to drink from when drinking the hot cocoa. I wanted to add a mug for each of our nieces and nephews; depending on age, I added the Santa, snowman or polar bear mugs to the decorative boxes. 

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PACKAGING FOR THE DECORATIVE BOX

To fill the box, I added white crinkle cut shredded paper. It also helps to cushion the mugs and Vintage Red Car topped mason jars. I always make sure to fill the crinkle cut paper well, making sure to fill nicely around all the edges of the box.

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VINTAGE RED TRUCK TINS

I also found the cutest tins with vintage red trucks on them! In these tins, I added mini cupcake holders that held the oreo truffles. The Vintage Red Truck Tins with the truffles will be for our parents, along with our aunts and uncles. You could make something simple for these like boxed brownies and cut them into small squares, then add to the tins. You could also make Christmas candy or divinity for the tins as well.

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VINTAGE RED TRUCK CERAMIC LOAF PANS

I buy these little loaf pans, every year from Old Time Pottery! I love to make my cream cheese banana nut bread and give out to extended family, dance teachers, neighbors and colleagues. I wrap them in cellophane and tie with a curling ribbon! EASY PEASY and everyone loves it! I am so happy to have found these that have the red vintage truck on them!

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OLD TIME POTTERY

You can find so many things at Old Time Pottery from wrapping paper to decorative boxes or the ceramic loaf pans! Old Time Pottery has so many options for this Christmas season! Plus, their prices are budget friendly and I am sure that you can find something to fit your budget this holiday season! If you have any questions or want a recipe, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Love~Shae


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DIY CARDBOARD GINGERBREAD HOUSE and YARN CHRISTMAS TREES

DIY CARDBOARD GINGERBREAD HOUSE and YARN CHRISTMAS TREES

 SURPRISE BOX CHALLENGE

Today I am teaming up with our host, Terrie from  Decorating and More with Tip  plus several of our blogging buddies to do a Surprise Box Challenge. Rules: Take $10 to buy items that are challenging to make high end home decor. Required to use one item out of the box.

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SURPRISE BOX ITEMS RECEIVED

My friend  Emily  received my name and she sent me the following items: A card board gingerbread house, several styrofoam trees, along with several wood pedestal and mini christmas ornaments.

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 DIY GINGERBREAD HOUSE

As soon as I saw the cardboard gingerbread house, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with  it! I already had a chalk pen on hand, so I decided to use the chalk pen as my “icing”. I knew I wanted to create a neutral pallete for Christmas decor in our camper.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE ROOF AND CHIMNEY

I just began drawing the “icing” with my chalk pen. For the roof, I used a scalloped design, then decided to fill it in. I also lined all of the edges of the roof with the chalk pen to help define the shape of the roof. I did the same for the chimney!

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE WINDOWS

For the windows, I heavily used outlined each window then added scallops to the edges and dots around the windows as well.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE DOOR

For the door, I heavily outlined the door, added an arch with a heart and dots.  Above the door, I added more dots and a heart.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE TRIM

For the trim, I added scallops around the top with dots. I free handed everything but if you don’t feel comfortable with that, you could always lightly pencil in then go back with your chalk pen.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE BACK AND FLOOR

For the back of the gingerbread house and the floor, I just added scallops, then sort of filled them in, leaving a little of the card board coloring to show through. So easy and fun to do!

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YARNS CHRISTMAS TREES

I definitely wanted to make some Christmas trees to go with our little gingerbread house! I decided to make some yarn Christmas trees, as I had the yarn on hand as well! First, I glued the styrofoam trees to the wood pedestal’s, then began adding a small amount of hot glue on the trees and wrapping yarn around twicce. I think they turned out so adorable! My youngest two daughters love playing with them!

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FINISHED PRODUCT

I had a blast creating this little christmas scene for our camper Christmas decor!! I would love for ya’ll to see what my other blogging friends have come up with for our Surprise Box Challenge!!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope I have inspired ya’ll to create budget friendly Christmas decor for your home! I always look around my home to see what I can upcycle as well! You never know what you can create with something you already have in your home!! Hop on over to Tara’s blog  to see what I sent her in her Surprise Box  Challenge! Please check out my other friends to see what they’ve created for their homes with our Surprise Box Challenge!

Love~Shae

Terrie – Decorate and More with Tip

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/3-christmas-decorations-surprise-box-challenge/

Tammy – Patina and Paint

https://patinaandpaint.com/surprisebox-challenge

Tara – Stilettos and Shiplap

https://stilettosandshiplap.com/surprise-box-challenge-christmas-edition/6497/

Jodi – The House House

https://www.thehousehouse.com/diy/christmas-surprise-box-challenge

Mariah – Worcester Run

https://www.worcesterrun.com/post/surprise-diy-challenge

Shae – Sweet Southern Grace

https://wp.me/paFJRN-F5

Shayna – Robinson Repurposing

https://robinsonrepurposing.com/

Jessica – Jessica B Simmons

https://jessicabsimmons.com/surprise-box-challenge-candy-cane-garland/

Emily – LeCultivateur

https://lecultivateur.com/2020/11/13/surprise-box-challenge-Christmas-garland/

 

Dylan – Dylan Kade’s Blog

https://dylankadesblog.com/surprise-box-challenge/

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FRIENDSGIVING TABLE WITH KIRKLANDS

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Kirklands; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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FRIENDSGIVING TABLE WITH KIRKLANDS

What a beautiful time of year to celebrate being thankful and what better way to celebrate than with friends for a Friendsgiving Table With Kirklands! I have always enjoyed the holidays along with making them special, to spend with family and friends. My oldest two daughters would always say when they were kids that I was Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Gardens, all wrapped up into one. I have always enjoyed cooking for my family on holidays and add in decor with that..it just makes my heart happy!

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I always enjoy creating a tablescape with a budget! Remember to always use things you have on hand first, then head on over to Kirklands to grab your items for your tablescape! I created everything here on my table for less than $100! Join Kirklands K-Club to sign up to receive special offers like a birthday surprise, along with a points system to receive coupons and more! 

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CENTERPIECE FOR YOUR TABLE

I usually always start my tablescapes with a main piece for my center. When I saw the Cream and Buffalo Check Pumpkin Garland, I knew it would be the perfect, simple centerpiece for my Friendsgiving Table. I love the green and cream hues of the garland. I am enjoying it’s simplicty  for our table as well. You could also add this garland to your mantel as well. 

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You could also add the Cream and Buffalo Check Pumpkin Garland to a wood dough bowl on your table as well. It will help add demension and texture to your table. I chose to go without the dough bowl this time for a more simple look for my Friendsgiving Table. 

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DINNERWARE

My absolute favorite line from Kirklands is their Simple Things line! I scooped up the Simple Things Dinner Plates  and oh how I love thier subtle speckle finish! I think that by using a neutral colored plate, it allows you to play around with colored napkins or a more colorful centerpiece! The Simple Things Dinner Plates can be so versatile in any type of decor! 

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NAPKINS

My Simple Things Dinner Plates pair beautifully with the Charcoal Plaid Columbia Napkins. What better way to compliment the napkins to tie in with the Simple Things Dinner Plates! These napkins will add a simple touch of charm to your Friendsgiving Table! I love their rustic charm! Kirklands napkins are budget friendly as well!

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NAPKIN RINGS

What better way to display your napkins but with Kirklands Wood Beaded Napkin Rings! I think it gives a beautiful detail to our Friendsgiving Table! Whites and woods are my favorite in decor! 

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GLASSES

I could not leave Kirklands without picking up these beautiful Highball Hammered Glasses ! The glasses are also from their Simple Things line. I love their subtle texture yet they are so rustic chic! Perfection in my book!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope I have been able to inspire you with my Friendsgiving Table from Kirklands! If you like saving money like I do, you can sign up for Kirklands Loyalty Program and receive fabulous deals! 

Happy Friendsgiving!

❤️~Shae

HOW TO INSTALL A BOARD and BATTEN WALL WITH HOME DEPOT

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in in this post is provided by The Home Depot; all opinions and reviews are my own. If you click a link, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you.]

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How to Install a Board & Batten Wall

I have been wanting to create a board and batten wall for quite some time now. I jumped at the chance when The Home Depot reached out and asked if I would be willing to work with them! I knew exactly which room would be the perfect spot for a board and batten wall! My number two daughter and I had just re-decorated her room in a boho style so I knew that by adding texture to the wall, that it would add  more of the bohemian flare! This is a quick weekend project and budget friendly as well! You can use the link above and enter code “THANKSGIVING20” at check out for 20% off select Furniture, Textiles, Mattresses and Decor from October 22nd-28th, 2020. 

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Let’ s Build a Board & Batten Wall

Products needed for the wall:

* 1×2’s for the Vertical Primed Wood 8 Foot

* 1×3’s for the Horizontal Primed 8 Foot

* 1.5 inch Brad Nails

PPG Timeless Paint

*Paint Brush, Paint Roller Assembly and Tray

*Tape Measure

*Pencil

*Level

Tips on Buying Boards

When buying boards, hold the boards to your eye to make sure they are straight. We chose the primed boards because they were already sanded and primed, thus making this project a easy weekend project!

Step 1

Measure  the length  of your wall to find out where your center of your wall is located. Once you find your center of the wall, you want to mark that center measurement. 

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Step 2

Decide how far apart you want your boards to be apart and mark that measurement with a pencil. Ours will be 16 inches apart.

Step 3

Measure the height of the wall. 

Step 4

Now that we have all of our measurements for the width and the height, that will tell us how much material we will need, based on the length of the boards, at The Home Depot. 

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Step 5

After shopping at The Home Depot for our supplies, the next step is to add your board along the top of the wall and ceiling.

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Cut your pieces based on your measurements. We cut our boards with a miter saw. 

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Step 6

The  next step is placing the vertical boards on the wall.  

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Place the vertical center board on the wall first and make sure the board is level. We chose to have our board and batten, 16 inches apart. We made a 14.5 inch board, for a spacer board, to go in between each board and batten. It will help keep your board and batten on center and helps to keep them straight as well.

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Next, begin placing your board and batten on both sides of your center board, making sure each board is level. 

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Step 7

The final step is painting! We chose PPG Timeless Paint in the color, Chinese Porcelain. It is the 2020 Color of the Year paint! PPG Timeless Paint is a innovative new formula that makes it even more washable! It has a complete one coat hide, coverage and durability, making it perfect for a weekend project! It also has outstanding washability, scrubbability  stain resistance, making it perfect for our family! You can pick it up at The Home Depot.

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The first step in painting is to trim out, all around your wall, baseboards and around the board and batten pieces. My oldest daughter helped me paint! 

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After trimming everything out, I used a small roller to roll the remaining area of the wall.  This was my first time using PPG Timeless Paint and I absolutely loved the one coat coverage and the vibrant colors, they have to offer! I also appreciated the low odor and low voc.

The finished wall, as it was drying! I could hardly wait for it to dry so I could style the room! 

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Finished Board and Batten Wall

I am loving this weekend project of our Board and Batten Wall with The Home Depot.

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It was quick and budget friendly! I love the texture that the board and batten adds to our daughter’s room! It definitely gives a beautiful flare to the bohemian vibes of this room! 

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Final Thoughts

Have you ever thought of doing a board and batten wall in your home? Do you have any board and batten walls  in your home? I’d love to hear in the comments below! if you have any questions, please let me know in comments. I hope you have enjoyed following along with us on our DIY with  The Home Depot! 

Love, Shae

Natural and Simple Fall Home Tour

Gather autumn inspiration from our natural and simple fall home tour that is loaded with farmhouse, rustic charm and lots of diy’s.

Fall Front Porch 

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Although the fall weather is just beginning here in Alabama, I am loving the crisp fall days and watching the leaves begin to change. Fall is by far my favorite season! I am excited to join a few other ladies on instagram to share their fall home tours as well! Please make sure to visit the other fall homes over on instagram! For my fall front porch, I added fall mums, pumpkins, pillows and a cozy blanket! Add a couple signs and your fall porch is ready for the fall season!

Fall Dining Room

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If you dropping by here for the first time, welcome! My name is Shae and I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my husband and our four daughters, along with our pup, Tinker Belle. We have worked so hard to transform our house into a home. Lots’s of diy’s fill our light and bright home, characterized with farmhouse charm. One of my favorite projects in our home is the designing and building of our farmhouse table in our dining room. We even designed and built the light fixture as well.

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Since it is just beginning to feel like fall here, I really wanted to have a more simple, natural approach to my fall decor. Plus, I knew we would be moving in mid October, since we just recently sold our home! Simple sounded like a breath of fresh air with the swirl of moving in the back of my mind! I kept everything as neutral as possible then added a couple muted tones of orange with fall pumpkin pillows, a blanket then several multi-colored fall eucalyptus pieces. I always enjoy styling my dough bowl for each season.

Fall Kitchen

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I really wanted to keep my seasonal additions in the kitchen neutral and simple. If you are a regular, you may have noticed how we have completed this space as more of a rustic farmhouse look. If you haven’t caught the posts about our kitchen, check out the renovation process HERE . We painted the CABINETS inside and out, with my diy chalk paint. It made an incredible difference! I even did the concrete countertops by myself! Of course, the farmhouse sink is my favorite thing about our kitchen renovation! For the fall decor, I added the muted toned, eucalyptus in a hanging basket and kept everything neutral from the wood colored baskets to the live plants! I also added a few pumpkins on the counter and one of my fall curated candles that you can purchase here.  Sometimes simplicity is best! 

Fall Family Room

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One thing that I am really going to miss about this room is our ship lap wall! This wood is around 100 years old and I love the white wash that I added to it! The white wash just brings in so much more texture to the focal wall! In this room, I added several fall pillows in that same muted orange. I also added another fall blanket that helps tie in the colors of the room.

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I can’t forget about the fall florals on the mantel from Kirkland’s! You can find that post  HERE.  One of my favorite smaller diy’s that my husband and I did a few years ago was our Pumpkin Patch Sign. Lining up and gluing on all of those letters, just above drove our OCD-selves crazy but we did it! This sign also doubles as a Christmas Tree Farm sign on the back! I have used this sign in our decor for the past three years and I still love it! DIY’S with my husband will always be my favorite because we create in together and with love for our home! 

Fall Half Bathroom

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This little farmhouse half bath still gives me all the heart eyes! This was one of our first diy’s in this home! You can read all about how we transformed this Half Bath Makeover Under $180! Whites and woods are definitely apart of my love language when it comes to decor. My husband and I made the frame and the shelves from 100 year old barn wood. Leaving them with this house definitely makes me sad but knowing that the new homeowners will appreciate their beauty makes me happy!

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Fall decor was definitely kept simple in our half bath, as I added the muted eucalyptus and a couple glass vases with fall florals from Target.

Fall Laundry Room

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I feel you can never go wrong decorating any space in your home, as long as it gives you joy, go for it! That is exactly what I do, when decorating this little shelf in my laundry room! I love having a beautiful space to wash and  dry my family’s clothes! It is such a blessing to me!

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For this space, I added a fall wreath along with a few pumpkins and that beautiful fall eucalyptus! Simple, budget friendly and you can use it every year and even add to it yearly as well!

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed our Natural and Simple Fall Home Tour! I sure have enjoyed sharing our fall spaces with you!

Laura over on her blog

Adriana over on Instagram

Rachel over on Instagram

Divya over on Instagram

Suman over on Instagram

Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Love-Shae 

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Autumn Inspired Mantel with Kirklands

[This post contains sponspored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is povided by Kirklands; all opinions and reviews are my own.”]

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Adding Autumn Inspiration:

I am in appreciation of Kirklands beautiful and bold fall florals this season! You will love their bright assortment of fall florals on display in your entryway , mantel or dining room. It is simple to add small fall florals to spaces throughout your home. I chose to use several fall bushes from Kirklands for my fall entry mantel.

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 Kirklands Fall Florals: 


I knew I wanted to add our Pumpkin Patch sign with some of Kirklands stunning fall florals!!


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The first floral piece that I started with was the Wildflower Bush, which is my main center piece for the fall florals. Its beautiful and bold , setting the tones for my fall colors in my home this season! The next two pieces are the Yellow Foam Berry Buds Bushes. The yellow compliments the Wildflower Bush, perfectly! I added each of those to eiter side of te Wildflower Bush. I also picked up two of The Flower Bar Green Bushes. They no longer have The Flower Bar Green Bushes but the Lemon Stem would make a great alternative! wanted some greenery to drape over the cedar mantel.

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Kirklands Fall Pillows:

I knew I wanted to help welcome the crisp, cool days of fall into our home with a few of Kirklands fall pillows. You will love how their pillows will help add that autumnal touch to your entry, mantel or couch! Perfect for snuggling up with a soft blanket and a movie. Oh, and dont forget a cozy fire right beside the ones you love! My favorite time of year begins now with fall through Christmas. I love decorating our home for the fall season for our family to enjoy!

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White Knit Pumpkin Pillows

The White Knit Pumpkin Pillows makes adding a few cozy fall accent pillows to your harvest collection, a festive autumn addition.  I love the pop of muted orange with the texture of the white knit pumpkin. Perfect for your entry, dining room chairs, couch or even your fireplace. Add a cozy fire and a few smores and your all set for the season!

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Welcome To Our Pumpkin Patch Accent Pillow

The Welcome To Our Pumpkin Patch Accent Pillow is perfect for our fall entry mantel. I love that by adding a autumn accent pillow, how it brings a festive fall touch to any space! Hues of orange and cream with a featured embroidered border. The Welcome To Our Pumpkin Patch Accent Pillow ties in seemlessly with the our mantel’s orange fall tones, blending with all the fall florals. Muted oranges and yellows along with creams and a hint of green!

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Plaid Pumpkins Stitched Accent Pillow

The Plaid Pumpkins Stitched Accent  Pillow just gives me all the fall feels, as it makes the perfect autumn addition to our fall pillows from Kirklands! With hues of gray, orange, red and green, it could be used in your autumn decor, throughout your home. Try it in your entry, your bedroom or your couch. 

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Fall Entry Mantel Complete:

I am thankful to be enjoying these beautiful pieces in our home from Kirklands. They have decor to fit so many different styles and at great prices too! If you have any questions, please let me know! Which item is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments!

Love~Shae

Staycation with Vulcan Park and Museum

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Staycation with Vulcan Park and Museum

When I think of a fun activity with a little history in Birmingham, Alabama, I think of Vulcan! I can remember going here as a child on field trips and sometimes with my childhood best friend. Vulcan definitely holds some nostalgia for me! Our oldest two daughters, who are now adults, grew up visiting Vulcan. We were excited to have the  opportunity to take our youngest two daughters, recently!

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Vulcan History

Vulcan is Birmingham, Alabama’s statue and is the world’s largest cast iron statue. It is also considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Vulcan was designed by an Italian artist, Giuseppe Moretti. Vulcan was cast in 1904 and has overlooked Birmingham from atop Red Mountain since the 1930’s.  The photo below was from 1906-1935 when Vulcan was located at the Alabama State Fairgrounds. 

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In 1999, Vulcan was in need of repair. The 10 acre park that surrounds Vulcan was closed and Vulcan was removed from its pedestal. City leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation., which would oversee the plan to restore the statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a educational park complex to interpret Alabama’s industrial history. 

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Vulcan Today

Today, public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, our city’s beloved statue, stands rehabilitaed, along with the expanded park, now  referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum. 

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Our Visit to Vulcan Park and Museum

Our family was so excited to have a staycation here in Birmingham and to be able to visit Vulcan Park and Museum! It is  a beautiful park overlooking the cityscape. We decided to check out the museum first! The museum has many different exhibits about the history of making Vulcan! Our favorite exhibit was the Furnace Room, where you can see raw materials needed for iron production. We also enjoyed reading about the  Women’s Suffrage Centennial on their fight to have rights to vote. We finished the museum quickly, as our littles were chomping at the bit to go up top of Vulcan! 
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Vulcan

The elavator ride to the top of Vulcan offers breathtaking  views of the Birmingham region. You can see Red Mountain as it stretches to the east and west.

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Facing north, you can see Jones Valley, one of Birmingham’s earliest business districts. To the south, you can see Shades Valley and even further south lies Oak Mountain.  

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We had a few people in our family that were a little nervous of heights but hey, that did not stop us from being atop of Vulcan! Absolutely one of our favorite spots here in Birmingham to have a staycation! 

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Final Thoughts

Vulcan Park and Museum is absolutely one of our favorite spots here in Birmingham to have a staycation!

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Grab your tickets here!  I would love to know if you and your family have come to Vulcan Park and Museum, here in Birmingham? Please let me know in the comments!

Love~Shae

Styling a Full Length Mirror with Greenery and Florals

It’s always fun when I challenge myself with Thrift Store Challenge. The rules are that I  have to find an item from a thrift store, garage sale, estate sale, flea market or heck, even from the side of the road and share how I styled it in our homes!

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One of my favorite ways to fill a wall or add extra light to a space is through the use of mirrors as decoration! I love hunting for mirrors when I go browsing estate sales or on our local trade sites, but this time, I found a larger scale Kirklands mirror on Facebook Marketplace for $40. This mirror retails for $100 at Kirklands! Score!

I knew I wanted to place the mirror on my staircase landing, plus I decided to style my mirror with greenery and florals! I had the greenery on hand but purchase the Vintage Peonies from Amazon.



 For the greenery, I used Frosted Eucalyptus Garland  from Hobby Lobby.  They are only $10 when on sale for 50% off! I used two of these.

 I also used  Eucalyptus Leaf Garland from Hobby Lobby.  They are also only $10 each when they are on sale. I used two of each of these.  I took one of each of the Frosted Eucalyptus Garland and one of the Eucalyptus Leaf Garland and intertwined those, then placed over the top of my mirror. I tucked a few pieces of the Frosted Eucalyptus Garland behind my mirror to help secure it. Then I used one thin nail to hammer into the wall.  Next, I added the second set of combined Frosted Eucalyptus and the Eucalyptus Leaf Garland. I also tucked pieces of the Frosted Eucalyptus behind the mirror and I also sort of “hooked” on the second eucalyptus to the first eucalyptus pieces. You can also use mini command hooks to hook onto the mirror.


Next I grabbed my Vintage Peonies that I purchased from Amazon. I took apart all the Vintage Peonies and decided where I wanted to place them. I wanted to have several in the left hand corner as my focal point of the floral and greenery. I decided the best way to attach the flowers would be to add a tiny dab of hot glue to each flower and press in place until dry.


I have a video tutorial over on my IG.  Check it out to see how it all came together! I hope y’all have enjoyed this tutorial!

❤️-Shae

Sertodo Copper

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Sertodo Copper; opinions and reviews are my own.]

Sertodo Copper: Benefits

Did you know that copper has anti-microbial proberties? I also can appreciate that 65% of all copper mined today has been recycled over and over to make new pieces! I enjoy having a product in my home that is anti-microbial and is recycled!! 

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Sertodo Copper: History

Over 23 years ago, Jonathan Beall founded Sertodo Copper and began selling it throughout the United States  from the back of his truck! He even nicknamed his truck “El Macho”.  Since 1997, Sertodo Copper has been bringing the highest quality copper goods made by the master artisans in their shops located in Austin, Texas and Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan.

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Sertodo Copper products are designed to become heirlooms for generations to use with cooking, socializing and enjoyin with family and friends. The first pieces that Sertodo Copper sold in 1997 are still in use today because the first customers are still customers today!

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Whipping Egg Whites in Copper Bowls

The really cool thing about whipping egg whites in a copper bowl is that as the whisk hits the bowl, tiny bits of copper break off from the surface of the bowl and mix in with your egg whites. Since copper can bind sulfur groups, those tiny bits of copper bind to the egg white proteins and therefore, sulfur groups are unable to form the strong disulfide bonds that can leadd to gritty, dry whipped egg whites. The egg whites whipped in a copper bowl stay glossy and firm without as much risk of becoming grainy or overwhipped. Pretty cool, right! So tell me, have your tried whipping egg whites in a copper bowl?

Recipe: Whipped Egg Whites

It is best to use fresh eggs, since the proteins are more conductive to forming an airy, porous foam when they are new. Seperate your egg yokes from the whites.  If you accidently drop some yolk into the egg whites, the fat will prevent the egg whites from foaming up.  To avoid this, use two seperate bowls-one for yolks and one for whites.  Place your egg whites in your copper bowl and begin whipping the egg whites with your whisk.  As you beat, do not rush adding the sugar. The slower you add your sugar, the better it will dissolve.  I recommend using one tablespoon at a time.  Also, take weather into account, as it is best to make meringues on a dry day. On humid and hot days, they can become limp or sticky.

Ingredients:

* 4 large egg whites

* 1 cup sugar

*1/2 tsp of cream of tartar IF you do not have a copper bowl.

Directions:

Beat egg whites until foamy with a whisk or mixer. If you do not have a copper bowl, now is the time to place the cream of tartar into the foamy egg whites. Try not to overbeat the egg whites at this point or they will have a harder time combining with your sugar.  Slowly add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until you no longer hear the sugar in the egg whites. (No sound of the sugar hitting against your bowl as you mix.) Once all of the sugar has been added, you can stop worrying with overbeating. Beat until stiff peaks form. How to tell if you  have stiff peaks? Test by lifting your whisk from the bowl. The peaks of the egg whites that rise as you lift should stand straight up.  Also, as you tilt the bowl, the whites should not slide. You should not see any clear watery egg at the bottom. Double check to make sure the sugar is dissolved. Pinch some meringue between your fingers. It should feel sliky and smooth. 

Sertodo Copper: My Favorite Copper Pieces

I am loving their Bisotun Water Pitcher! I think it is a great conversation piece as well! 

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I also love their Alicante Paella Pan. Perfect for whipping up something for dinner! 

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Of course, I love my Sertodo Copper! Perfect for the meringue recipe!

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed reading about the benefits of copper, the meringue recipe and  about the history of Sertodo Copper. Please check our thier website. I know you will love  their copper!

❤️~Shae 

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