Valentine Hearts Ribbon Garland

Valentine Hearts Ribbon Garland

Today, I’ve been invited to team up with my friend Terrie from Decorate & More with Tip and several of our blogging buddies to bring our readers inspiration with “hearts”. I knew exactly what I wanted to do when Terrie invited me to this challenge!

Guess what I took out of my craft closet? My painters canvas drop cloth, of course!  I always have one on hand from previous projects from curtains to pillows! I decided to make a canvas drop cloth “ribbon” garland with hearts!

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First things first..I made a heart template by hand drawing a heart on a piece of copy paper. Then I placed my heart template onto the canvas drop cloth canvas and traced the heart template with a pencil onto my canvas drop cloth.

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I decided to make 7 hearts, so I needed 14 in total, with each heart being 4 inches in size. I planned to stuff my hearts with tissue paper to give them more of a fuller look and to help them stand out more on the garland.

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Next, I sewed around the edges of two of the hearts, leaving a 1/4 inch from the edge. I also left enough of a section unsewed (open) so that I could stuff with tissue paper. After stuffing with just the right amount of tissue paper, I placed the heart back onto my sewing machine and sewed up the remaining edge.

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After finishing all of my hearts, I moved on to the “ribbon”. I used some twine that I already had on hand. You can find it at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby or any craft store.

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For the ribbon, I decided to do 21 inches in length and 2.5 inches in width. To make the ribbon, measure the size you want to use and cut a small slit at the top of your canvas for the starting length and rip down to the desired length. Measure and do the same for the width. The amount of ribbons that you will need will depend on the size of your ribbon and the length of your garland. My garland is 58 inches and I have around 40 ribbons.

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To tie your ribbon onto your jute twine- I am going to show you in a series of photos, how I tie my ribbon onto the twine. Hold your ribbon and loop it around a couple of your fingers. Now, flip your ribbon upside down, as you bring it up to your twine.

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Take the loop section of your ribbon and hold with one hand then pull the ends into the loop.

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This is the ends pulled through the loop.

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Then pull tightly to secure your ribbon’s knot.

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Now, go and do this several more times until you’ve completed your garland! I did this 40 times!

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For the hearts, I just did one small tack of hot glue and sort-of evenly spaced them. By evenly spacing them, what I actually mean is what looked best via my eye!

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You could style your garland on your mantel, on a wall in you living room, the possibilities are endless when it comes to using this garland! You could even add colored ribbons in to go with the changing seasons!

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I chose to style my garland on our little girls kitchen set! The girls and I had a fun afternoon of making handmade Valentine’s cards! We even had tea with their dolls too! I hope ya’ll enjoy our blog hop and hop on over to visit the other ladies to see what they’ve come up with for our “heart” challenge!

Love, Shae

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Bluesky at Home
https://blueskyathome.com/4-red-and-white-diy-valentine-heart-decorations

 

The House House
https://www.thehousehouse.com/diy/february-diy-challenge-hearts/

 

CD Country Living
https://cdscountryliving.com/three-sweet-and-super-easy-diy-heart-shaped-wreaths/

 

Barn House Mess
https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/?p=913

 

Sweet Southern Grace Blog
https://sweetsoutherngrace.blog/2020/02/04/valentine-hearts-ribbon-garland

Through A Vintage Door
https://throughavintagedoor.com/valentines-diy-challenge/

 

DIY Vibes
https://diyvibes.net/diy-valentines-day-heart-sign/

Paula Campbell 4
http://paulacampbell4.wpengine.com/?p=60

 

Inspiration for a Winter Home

Inspiration for a Winter Home

Today I was invited by my friend Terrie , for a January Challenge on giving our readers inspiration for warming up your home for winter. Challenge accepted! Styling my home for winter has definitely been a first for me, but I am enjoying how much warmer, my home feels!4C95C543-D3C9-41D4-94A7-B397BE404746.png

I started by adding several small flocked trees that I purchased from Target this year. I believe the smaller ones were only $3 and the larger ones were $5.  I love antique crocks and decided to add the flocked trees to my vintage crocks. Most of my crocks are from both of my grandmother’s homes. I also decided to keep out several different varieties of greenery, along with my candles. I added flocked greenery and lambs ear to my grapevine wreath that is hanging on my antique door. The door was  found on facebook marketplace for $5 and originally painted brown. I stripped all the paint with Citristrip and was left with an antique milk paint base. I originally had the door in our master bedroom in the corner, but with January here, I was ready to start rearranging!

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For the mantel, I wanted to leave my mirror and a couple different types of garland, along with a couple flocked trees. The mirror was purchased for $1 at a rummage sale and you can see how I transformed it, Here . I made all of my pillows from canvas drop cloths. I plan to have a blog out on how to make them, this month. My vintage ski “wreath” is another afternoon diy! Fun and budget friendly! Our family pup wanted to get cozy for this picture!

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Another view of our living room, if you just want to keep it simple, just add greenery, flocked trees and throw pillows. I often find myself craving simplicity this time of year as well.

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Thank you for joining us for our January Challenge! I hope you take the time to visit the other ladies and see how they have made their home feel cozy for winter!

❤️-Shae

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/?p=24989&preview=true

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https://olympicnest.com/blog/5-frugal-and-quick-winter-decor-ideas-cozy-diy-winter-decor
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http://www.patinaandpaint.com/diy-challenge

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http://www.thetaborhood.com/blog/warm-your-home-up-this-winter

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https://cdscountryliving.com/5-ways-to-warm-cozy-up-your-home-for-winter/

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https://clochesandlavender.com/

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https://www.blessingsbyme.com/?p=4678

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https://shadyoakandsassafras.com/?p=915

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https://jessicabsimmons.com/

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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://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/thrift-store-challenge

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https://clochesandlavender.com/

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DIY Christmas Banner – December Thrift Store Challenge

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Trash to Treasure – Wicker Chairs 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

Christmas Home Tour-Deck the Halls

Christmas Home Tour-Deck the Halls

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour with farmhouse cottage with bits of rustic, boho and shabby chic flairs! Keep reading for a unique home tour to inspire your own Christmas decorating for your home.

Deck the Halls-Shae’s Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to our “Christmas Home Tour-Deck the Halls”. We are thrilled you are here! We’ve got lots of Christmas decorating ideas to get your juices flowing! Our goal is to inspire you to create your own festive Christmas home to share with family and friends. I hope as you tour our home that you gets lots of inspiration and ideas for your home!

Farmhouse Christmas: Let’s Decorate

Christmas is my favorite time of year to decorate! I have always enjoyed decorating for the holiday since my very first Christmas as a newly wed. We didn’t have much, but that didn’t stop me from making our house a home for the holidays! This is where all of my DIY inspiration began and on a dime!

The Importance of Inspiration:

With that being said, whether you have a big budget or a non existent budget, you can create something magical, if you just use your own creativity! After all, isn’t your own creativity part of the magic? That is one reason why I spend time, getting inspired before I purchase anything! Being inspired is like saving money in a sense! I hope this tour gives you inspiration and helps you to step outside your tried and true decorating!
I believe your home, what’s inside your home, your surroundings, should add joy to all of your decor! Let’s get this party started!

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Farmhouse Christmas: Front Porch

As you step onto our coveted front porch, you will see a vintage vignette complete with a vintage sled. Our table is a vintage singer sewing machine base that we found on our local trading site. It was a diamond in the rough, as it was all rusted when we found it. We sanded and painted it with black latex paint and added a wood top. The wood top was made  from a tree that fell on our property, that my husband milled.

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As you open the front door of our open, you will most likely be greeted by our golden retriever mix, named Tinker Belle, inviting you into our home, as long as you give her a good belly rub!

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Farmhouse Christmas: Dining Room
You will see lots of cottage farmhouse with bits of rustic decor in our dining room. My husband and I designed and built our farmhouse table. When we began shopping for a new dining room table, everything we found was not made of real wood and that got me to thinking that we could design and build our own! We headed to a local wood store and picked out the most beautiful ambrosia maple! I was like a kid at Christmas time, waiting on my husband to build the table so I could figure out what stain, paint or epoxy I wanted to use. I was so excited to begin having meals around our table!

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I also enjoy styling my dough bowl for each season. My husband also made the dough bowl from a salvaged log, that he found on the side of the road.

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Farmhouse Christmas: Living Room

Let’s head into the heart of our home, our family room/living room. Our white stone painted fireplace with our newly, neutral painted walls gave me the idea for using natural elements on our neutral, flocked King of Christmas tree. Most of the ornaments were handmade by my husband and I. From the embroidery hoop wreaths to the wood Christmas blocks to the wooden spindle ornaments. We enjoying creating a space with items that we love and by creating it with our own hands, gives us such JOY!

We also designed and built the wood tree box stand. I thought it would be fitting, giving all of our neutral plus natural elements this year! When it came time for stockings, I knew I wanted something white or light and originally thought I wanted white sweater-y material. It was a no-go real quick, when I found that none of the stores had what I was envisioning in my mind. I remembered I had a left over painter’s drop cloth canvas from when I made my curtains, so why not make them out of that? I basically made 6 stocks for around $11! You can see that blog here  . I also added ship lap wood name tags to all of stockings as well. Those were super easy to make and free because I had all items on hand!

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For my mantel, I added greenery from Hobby Lobby along with some Christmas picks that I bought a couple years ago on clearance from the Hearth and Hand collection for $1.47 each! I also added bits of lambs ear and red berries! I added the berries because one of our daughter’s requested color! Well color you will have my darling!

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Farmhouse Christmas: Kitchen Deck the Halls
For our kitchen, I would use the same cabinet wreaths that I made last year, except I would flock them myself. I added a neutral “Merry Christmas” cotton garland that I found I Hobby Lobby for the ribbon. I added more red berries that you see throughout my home. I added my tiered tray to the corner of my bar area and added all the essentials necessary for making hot cocoa. My girls always love a hot cocoa bar!

Farmhouse Christmas:Eat-in Kitchen

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This year, I decided to dress up the girls kitchen play set for Christmas as well! We had the best time, making it feel like a cozy spot for them to make memories, making gingerbread houses and tea parties, of course!  And what gingerbread making party wouldn’t be complete with our American Girls?! For this tree, I made “ribbon” with ripped pieces of painter’s canvas drop cloths. It seriously has come in handy this year! I also made a bow for the tree topper from the canvas drop cloth! The tree skirt? Canvas drop cloth! What rustic farmhouse tree wouldn’t be complete without our hand-strung, cranberry and popcorn garland!

Farmhouse Christmas: Outdoor Tablescape

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My Christmas isn’t complete without my outdoor Christmas tablescape! My husband and I also designed and built this table as well! For our outdoor tablescape, I used my dough bowl with a few flocked trees, white Christmas houses and the crystal that was given to me by my mother. It is a farmhouse, rustic feel and I enjoy the simplicity!

Keep Everything in Perspective:

If you are anything like me, you really enjoy seeing all the creativity! When I am looking for inspiration in other people’s homes, whether it’s in a blog, magazine or in person, I get inspired to go home and create my own magic!! My hope is that you will take our inspiration but not feel pressured from it. We always do our best to re-use decor and you can always revamp by painting or by just giving it a mini makeover!

Prioritize Joy:

With my blogging and IG responsibilities, I decided to focus my efforts on what was most important to me. When I thought long and hard about it, I decided that every square inch of my home should be filled with Christmas because it gave me such JOY! Decide for you, what’s most important and do what gives you joy without feeling overwhelmed!

Farmhouse Christmas: Setting Limits

I know that there are times when I begin to feel like I need to set limits with myself. When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I let one or two or however many things I’m balancing on my plates, go. Gone. Load lightened. And guess what? I don’t feel guilty about it. That is how I set my own boundaries with myself. Boundaries I make with myself are a great way for me to set limits. Being proactive in managing potential stress is a great way to have more time, joy and energy during the holidays! Pick and choose your priorities because after all, isn’t this time of year for celebrating with the birth of our Savior, traditions with our loved ones.

From our family to yours, we wish you a joyful, blessed and peaceful holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

❤️-Shae

Please continue the Christmas Tour: Deck the Halls from the other talented bloggers.

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https://www.dabblinganddecorating.com/single-post/2019/12/02/Christmas-Front-Door

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/12/09/Christmas-Home-Tour-2019/

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/christmas-home-tour-2019:-deck-the-halls/4091/

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https://hydrangeafarmhouse.com/christmas-home-tour

DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Challenge

DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Challenge

I always enjoy a good decor challenge on a budget, so when my friend Terrie, from Decorate and more with Tip  invited me to her DIY Dollar Tree Challenge, I knew I would love it!!

DIY Dollar Tree Challenge:

Rules: Purchase an 18 inch tree from The Dollar Tree and decorate it as budget friendly as possible!! Challenger accepted ✅

96ACC62C-58D0-4E3B-9843-20DD698F67DBI started off with this white Christmas tree  from The Dollar Tree. I decided to use some of my leftover painter’s drop cloth canvas to make a bow topper and ribbon for the tree. All you do is cut a small cut at the top of the canvas then make a second cut, depending on your width you want of your “ribbon”.  I decided my bow ribbon and ribbon cascading down the tree would be 2 inches in width and around 20 inches long. I like my ribbon to sort of bunch into the branches. A drop cloth is only $3 for a small one.

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Next I decided to use my wood star garland from one of my fav shops, 302 Wood Works  .

A7EEF860-DB4A-4CC6-8F6E-7CE658ABF9BALastly, I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased these little pink mini ornaments for $1.99 at 50% off!

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 Along  with these mini ornament hooks  for .99 cents at 50% off. For the tree skirt, I used a piece of canvas drop cloth! I only spent $3 and some change on the supplies for decorating the tree. My total cost for decorating my tree was $4.32!!

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I wanted to style the tree in our girls bathroom upstairs, which is decorated in a boho theme. I wanted the tree to reflect that, with a pop of pale pink for color and a fun flair! What do y’all think?

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❤️-Shae

Please don’t forget to head on over to each of my friends, as they show us what magical transformation they made to their Dollar Store Christmas tree!!

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Terrie – Decorate and More with Tip

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/dollar-tree-table-top-christmas-tree/

Kelli – K’s Olympic Nest
https://olympicnest.com/blog/dollar-tree-christmas-tree-hack-creating-a-farmhouse-buffalo-check-christmas

Shae – Sweet Southern Grace
https://wordpress.com/post/sweetsoutherngrace.blog/1001

Rebecca – Rebecca Anne Home
http://rebeccaannehome.com/?p=315

Dayna – Just Another Farmhouse
https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/diy-christmas-tree

Christine – CD’s Country Living
https://cdscountryliving.com/diy-rustic-mini-christmas-tree-centerpiece/

Dani – Welcome to the Taborhood
http://www.thetaborhood.com/blog/mini-tree-diy

Tammy – Patina and Paint
http://patinaandpaint.com/diy-challenge-dollar-tree-mini-tree

Carol – Bluesky at Home
https://blueskyathome.com/3-ways-to-style-a-dollar-tree-christmas-tree

Mary – Shady Oak and Sassafras
https://shadyoakandsassafras.com/dollar-tree-thrift-store-christmas-tree-challenge/

Jessica – Jessica Welling Interiors
https://jessicawellinginteriors.com/decorate-a-dollar-store-mini-christmas-tree/

Teresa – Through a Vintage Door
https://throughavintagedoor.com/03/12/diy-dollar-tree-challenge/

Michelle – Blessings by Me
https://www.blessingsbyme.com/?p=4491

Jessica-Jessica Simmons

Decorating a Mini Dollar Tree Christmas Tree

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.

A8F573EB-F462-44E5-AEEB-DBE6575140D2I decided to stain with one of my favorite colors of stain, Minwax Dark Walnut.

077D3CB0-112C-42C2-B383-69FC77047225After lightly staining the front, back and sides of the name tags, I decided to use my Silhouette to add all of our names to each tag. I chose the font bromello then welded, printed on white vinyl then weeded (removed the negative space). 

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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

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