Magnolia Market Adventure

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
Continuing on about our spring break adventures, I want to share about our trip to Waco, Texas to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos. If you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines by now I will fill you in real quick. Her and her husband, Chip, have a HGTV show called Fixer Upper and are very talented at what they do. They and their kiddos are also sweet as pie and will steal your heart. I stumbled upon their show during it’s first season and was immediately drawn to it. We were on vacation and the place had cable so I was getting an HGTV fix. I loved the show so much that from then on I started buying the new shows on itunes. Now that it’s been out for three season, you can catch some online for free and Netflix has the first two seasons available now. Anyways, after watching I came across this testimony from Joanna and that sealed the deal for my loyalty haha. So when we knew we were going to visit Round Top I looked to see how far it was to Waco and it was only two hours. We added that to our trip. It was a beautiful ride between the two cities. Such pretty farm land. We arrived at night and went to a hotel excited to start our next day with a visit to Magnolia Market.

Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas | happy together
It was very easy to find and is right in the downtown area, super close to Baylor University and other little vintage/antique shops and food places. I will say this though, there is not a ton of convenient parking. We got there at 9:30 am since we just didn’t have anything else to do and I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to find the place, etc. There was already a small crowd but still a good amount of parking in the parking lot behind the building. When we left around 1, the parking lot was packed and many people were walking from other nearby streets to get there.

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
We stood around and waited until it opened at 10 am. I saw the building where the soon to open bakery will be,

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
and admired the pretty landscaping they did.

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
By the time 10 am came they opened the gate by the road and the line was allowed to go up the ramp to the door. I turned around and the line was so much longer!!!! This was just about half of the line. I knew things were about to get serious. It really felt like waiting for a ride at Disney or something.

Welcome on floor at Magnolia Market | happy together
When you first enter if you look down at the floor you are greeted with the word welcome. It’s little details like this all over the store that you will have to keep an eye out for (especially when it’s crazy crowded) but add to the charm of the store and are so Joanna.

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
There are tons of beautiful displays to admire and draw inspiration from. You guys should have seen me trying to take a ton of pics before all those people made it through the door lol.Continue Reading

Girl’s Farmhouse Style Bedroom

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
It’s official. I have one room in our house “finished.” A girl’s farmhouse style bedroom. And it feels good! Most of you know we bought our very first house last summer and I have been loving being able to make it ours. So this first finished room belongs to my oldest daughter. She really loves farms and animals so we worked together to create a room full of the things she likes. It started off as a rather bland room with a bland tanish color on the walls. My daughter wanted an aqua color so we went to the store and she picked out the color Aloe by Sherwin Williams. It looks a lot more blue in her room than it does in pictures and even in the paint can, but she was still happy with it.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
My husband put together the headboard for me. We used this DIY Barn Door Headboard Tutorial as our guide. We made ours a little smaller and didn’t connect it with the middle pieces but followed most of it. We did make sure to secure this to the wall like they did so no accidents happen.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The rug came from Wayfair and I got a fabulous deal on it. I have actually bought a few rugs from that site for our home when they have sales. I made the bedskirt from a canvas drop cloth. You can get a 12 x 15 ft one for around $31 and it is so much fabric! The one I got didn’t even have any seams and I have a lot of it leftover. The white quilt is the raw edge quilt in white from Target and so are the tan geo patchwork toss pillows.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I wanted to find her a metal bed with that farmhouse feel and went with this black metal frame from Walmart. We live in small town kind of area so I do a lot of shopping online as you can tell haha.

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I found these farmhouse style galvanized wall lights at Lowes and used this how to turn a hard wired light fixture into a plug in tutorial to make it a plug in. I also spray painted them black. We used a candelabra base switch cord (found at Lowes) because I couldn’t find a plain one and we just had to cut the light bulb part off to get to the wires.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The simple switch makes it easy for my little one to turn the lights off and on. She loves to read at night and these lights help provide a warmer not as bright light to have on during those night time reads.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I added some wall things on her level to use that have been perfect for her. The metal book holder came from Home Goods and the chalkboard is from Hobby Lobby.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I found the horse paint by number at a local shop two summers ago and it looks so pretty on her wall. The cows is a card print of a painting done by my sister Christy of Front Porch Studio. I really wanted this to be a colorful farmhouse feel and it is that for sure! All the color really made this one window room a lot brighter and happier.

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The clothes hamper also came from Home Goods. The dresser is one of those “we don’t have much money and need a cheap dresser” kind of moments lol. It’s really beat up but until I find the right one I’m looking for it’s staying! It did used to have wood knobs the same color as the veneer top but I switched those out for these simple black ones and it upped the style.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
It’s a really short dresser so I also added some casters to the bottom for more style and height. I ended up splitting a lot of the particle board when doing this because I used screws that were too long, so lesson learned. At least you can’t see all that.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The round mirror was a find from Marshalls. I wanted to find a bigger one but I got tired of looking for one and this one works good enough.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The cattle feed burlap piece is from Hobby Lobby and the j is from Anthropologie a while back.

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My animal lover has a hermit crab tank in her room and it fits perfectly on this little shelf. The shelf was a handmade piece by my daughter’s first grade teacher’s husband. They gifted it to us and I painted it this coral color. It has been such a good piece for us. It used to house my printer but now works perfect in her room.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I used three prints from Minted to add some horse art to the walls too (left to right: all is quiet, {can’t find this one so it might be sold out}, what lies ahead).

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
And this isn’t for style, but I just wanted to show where all the toys live haha. They are here! I have found that having certain spaces for her things makes it easier for her to put them away. We also have two plastic bins under her bed that hold her toys.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
And even though we might not live on a farm like she wanted, she can look out her window onto a farm. Now her little sister wants her room to be done (with flowers, ponies, and unicorns!). Sounds fun right? -jess

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
My favorite time of the year has begun…. FALL!!! The pumpkins are showing up at the grocery stores and porches are being decorated. And, projects are popping into my head. I’m still a lover of all things chalkboard so I thought of this simple embroidery hoop pumpkin chalkboard diy to make for gifts. It is also a great fabric scrap buster which is always a good thing in my book.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
To make your own you will need (affiliate links may be used):

  • Vinyl Chalkboard
  • Embroidery Hoop (keep an eye open while thrifting and you can usually find all kinds)
  • Fabric Scraps cut into strips
  • Green Wool Felt
  • Thick Cardboard (I recycled some old moving boxes and an eggo box)
  • Brown Leather or Fabric Strips (for hanging)
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Other type of glue (I used tacky glue)
  • Pumpkin Leaves Pattern (Download Here)

Step One Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Take your embroidery hoop and trace the outside of it on your cardboard. Cut it out just inside of the tracing. This helps the circle be a little smaller so no edges show but not so small that it doesn’t cover the whole middle.

Step 2 Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Cut out a piece of chalkboard vinyl that is big enough to cover the cardboard circle.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Peel off vinyl backing and place on cardboard circle.

Vinyl Chalkboard \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together Trim the vinyl edges.

Attach fabric strips \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Plug in your hot glue gun and get ready to attach the fabric strips. Start a little ways from the top and glue the fabric on the side that will be the back of your project.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Wrap fabric around the hoop. When you come to the end of a strip, make sure to glue it down on the same side as where you started. You want all the ends to be on the same side for a neat look on the front.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
I also find that lining up new pieces to where you ended helps it transition really well too. Continue wrapping fabric until the whole hoop is covered. Once you get to the hardware you might have to go in between the metal to cover it or it might be tight enough to not worry about. I used older hoops so some were a little warped.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Use your regular glue and make a line around the back of the embroidery hoop (the side where you ended your fabric strips). Place the vinyl chalkboard covered cardboard on it and let it dry.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
While you are waiting for it to dry, use the pattern to cut out some felt leaves. I drew two sizes but you can enlarge or shrink them to fit the size hoop you have.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
Once the hoop is dry, use your glue gun to attach the felt leave at the top. Then finish up with adding a piece of leather string, fabric strip, or even brown yarn to the hardware area. This mimics the look of a stem.

Easy autumn gift idea \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
You can add a cute autumn quote,

Use different embroidery hoops to have different shaped pumpkins \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
draw a pumpkin,

Fabric Scrap Fall Project \ Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
share a greeting, or whatever else you would like. Now you have a scrappy little pumpkin chalkboard to enjoy share with someone else.
Happy fall ya’ll!!
-jess

French Country Pillow DIY & Win a Trip to Paris!

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
I cannot believe that my year of being a Michaels Maker is getting close to the end. This is my next to last project and I get to share with you about how you can win a trip to Paris! We had to create a Parisian inspired project and I created this French Country Pillow. If you create your own Paris inspired project, then you can enter to win that trip to Paris (more details at the end of post).

Easy to make French Country Style Pillow | happy together
This pillow is a really simple diy project that can be done in 30 minutes or so. I found this really pretty linen pillow where the photo frames begin. It was in plastic bag and flattened so it didn’t stand out much. I happened to see it and discovered it was a pillow. I knew it would be perfect to use for a French Country look.

French Country Pillow DIY Supplies | happy together
Here are all the products I used:

French Country Pillow DIY Step 1 | happy together
Begin by taking the pillow out of the packaging. Then remove the pillowcase from the pillow. Place a plastic bag inside the pillowcase to prevent the paint from leaking onto the back side.

French Country Pillow DIY Step 2 | happy together
Position the stencil in the middle of the pillow and tape in place.

French Country Pillow DIY Step 3 | happy together
Squirt some fabric paint onto sponge brush. Dab paint over stencil making sure not to stroke the paint on. If you do strokes, it has a higher chance of getting under the edges of the stencil. This stuff dries really fast, so once you are done, remove the stencil and wash off what you can from it.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Giving the paint a little bit of drying time, make four tassels. I wrapped the yarn around my hand 10 times and cut the yarn.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Then I cut a long piece of yarn and tied it around the yarn making sure it was closer to one end. Then I wrapped the yarn around again and tied two more knots for extra security.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Next cut open the loops on the other end and trim the edges even. Repeat three more times.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Take your embroidery thread and needle and pull it through the loops on the top end. Tie the two ends together leaving enough to sew the tassels on with.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together Then sew on a tassel to each corner of the pillow case and trim extra thread off. Embroidery thread holds up better than spool thread so that is why I chose it. And that’s it!

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.

What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!

If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

How awesome is that? See all the details here.

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Air Plants in Vintage Metal Springs

Air Plants in Vintage Springs for Decoration | happy together
We all know what a plant person I am by now. I just love them. In fact, yesterday I spent a few hours weeding our flower beds and prepping some garden stuff and it felt so good! Working with plants/nature is one thing that can really help me out when I feel in a funk. It brings me joy. That being said, we found a local garden center that is my new favorite. So far we had only gone to box stores and they are good, but this little locally owned place (Greengate Garden Center)  had so much more! I was super excited to see their variety of succulents and air plants. I bought a burro’s tail and these two air plants.

Air Plant Decor | happy together
I immediately thought of putting the air plants in these vintage metal springs I had seen for sale at my favorite local antique store (La Trouvaille). It turned out to be a perfect fit! I stuck them in our faux fireplace, which I’m working on filling with old books, for these pics.

Air Plants on Kitchen Shelf | happy together
But with two little girls running around, they are living more on a shelf in our kitchen so they can survive. If it was up to me, I bet our house would look like a jungle haha. Have you found a creative way to display your favorite plants?

-jess