Rustic Arrow Theme Baby Shower

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

Last month was a very full month for me. It was full of so many amazing events, one of which was a baby shower I hosted for my friend. I have always been so blessed to meet and become friends with such incredible people in all the places the military moves us. There really are great people everywhere. It might take time to find them sometimes, but they are there.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

I found out my friend wasn’t having a baby shower and knew immediately I wanted to throw one for her. Every child is a gift, so I wanted to at least have a celebration party or something if gifts were a concern. You know, like one last big party before her little boy arrives. I was inspired by some lovely ladies I follow on instagram to do an arrow theme. Some moms reference their children to being their arrows based on Psalm127:3-4 so I was going with that.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

This will be my friends third arrow :) I had wanted to do a little bit more with the arrow theme, but I just didn’t have enough time. I’ve learned by now to just let things go and enjoy instead of stressing out until the very last minute over little details probably no one else will really notice anyways. So I cut out arrows and sewed them together through the middle and used things from all over my house to decorate with. Hooray for arrows!

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

The tablecloth is actually a piece of fabric I had in my stash. The chalkboard is one my hubby made for me to use for the mini sessions I did (and I also used it at a craft show I did last month as well). It’s come in real handy! He made it from old fence boards. Then I sanded the middle some and painted on the chalkboard area. It’s a bit bumpy but it works.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy           Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

I hung lights all over like crazy too and it got me super excited for decorating for Christmas. I love twinkle lights! I kept the food simple and added different dishes and bowls I had for some variety to the table.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

In our living room, I added a big banner on some craft paper (well, it was technically gift wrap paper) with her sons name on it and taped up pictures from their family/maternity session I photographed. I will share pics of those soon.

We had a fun night and I didn’t even make them play any games! I did try a craft, but I should have tried to make the bracelet myself first because it did not go well at all. But it gave us some good laughs and was funny watching us all trying to figure it out. 
I hope all my US readers had a good Thanksgiving! I should be having some Christmas type posts up soon. In fact, I just made our front door wreath tonight. We are keeping things simple and purposeful this year. It’s going well so far. Have a good week and be a good friend :)
-Jess

Oh, and I forgot I wanted to share the invite I made. We just did a facebook invite so I didn’t need to print this out, but I made the left side with the Studio app. I love that app! It’s free and just AMAZING. Seriously. Then I put it with a pic in PSE real quick. Simple and just right.

Anthropologie Deer Hook DIY Look-a-Like

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

The last time I went to Houston and was browsing in Anthropologie, I came across the adorable creature kingdom hardware pieces they have. When I was thinking about things to make for Miss J’s room, I remembered them and really wanted to make a place for her to hang her clothes, dress up stuff, etc. using one or more of those hooks.

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

Then, one day, I was looking around in Marshall’s and spotted a silver deer hook. I immediately knew that I could make my own bronzed hook and for less money too.

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

I bought the hook for $5.99 (and I’m sure you can find these at places like TJ Maxx and Home Goods too. We don’t have those here, so it’s either Marshall’s or Ross for me).  Then I headed over to Lowe’s and bought the two side hooks and this spray paint, Valspar Metallic in classic bronze. I can’t remember if it was $3.98 or $4.98, so I counted it as $4.98 in my expense round up above.

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

I spray painted the hooks and was so pleased with the result! The spray paint went on perfectly and smooth. And now I still have a whole can to use on other projects. Plus, my daughter loves her little hanging station now. It’s all part of a plan to make being responsible a bit more fun. She is enjoying picking out her clothes and putting them out so they are ready to go the next day.
Don’t you just love it when a diy presents itself and you weren’t even trying? Me too :)
-Jess

Anthropologie Deer Hook Look a Like

Our Home Tour at Life Made Lovely

Home Tour

A few weeks ago I received an email from Heather of Life Made Lovely asking me to share a tour of our home. Now, if you have not visited her blog you should. I found it because of this amazing series she does called “Home Made Lovely.” She also shares her own diy, graphic designs, and decorating adventures on her blog too. She’s one talented lady! I seriously couldn’t believe I was able to be a part of the home series though. I seriously suggest checking out the whole thing. So much inspiration! You can check out some pics from our home here. It’s still very much a work in progress, but maybe I’ll get more done before it’s time for us to move again in a year and a half.
-Jess

Home Tour
Home Tour

Random Projects and Pics

One of the biggest freedoms I gave myself a while back was to not have to blog every single thing I made. Sure, I might not have as much to blog about, but I needed things that were just for fun. Instagram came along and became a great place to share these kinds of projects though. The ones that I like and want to take a pic of, but not go get out my camera and edit them on a computer and write a blog post kind of thing. So I’m sharing some of these projects and other pics I have shared on Instagram over the past few months. Above: I made some dried apple garland for our kitchen. It’s a great fall decoration and a great way to use apples that are almost to the uneatable point, but still pretty. Know what I’m talking about? I also crocheted a camera strap cover during our road trip to VA this summer. I used this tutorial to make it. I also recently added some yarn tassels to our hallway mirror. I had seen chandeliers covered in them at Anthropologie last year and had been wanting to incorporate that in our house someway. The mirror won.

Anyone else started doing some fall baking? Even though it is still very hot here, I went ahead and made up a batch of pumpkin cookies (I used a box mix for the cookies and made my own cream cheese frosting…..yum). I also made a tiny little owl for a special little girl using this pattern. Then I decided my girls each needed one too. And I also made an adorable fox hat and bow clip for a baby present (I just adjusted a baby earflap hat crochet pattern to work for my yarn and added on ears I made freestyle). Kind of want to make a fox hat for my girls now.

Relished our time at Virginia Beach. Oh how I miss living near a beach…..a real beach anyways.

Played around with some spaghetti o’s; visited local vintage shops with my wonderful friends; and miss E has a new found love for brushed and pretend painting (Don’t worry! I removed the brush right after I discovered she had taken it to nap).

This is a shelf I repainted. It was gifted to us by the man who made it. I of course don’t have it styled so beautifully right now, as my littles would break all of that stuff, but it makes a perfect spot for our printer to live for now.

And, lastly, one of my diy necklaces made an appearance in an issue of Cloth magazine. It’s a teeny tiny appearance, but still made me happy :) I’m going to be working real hard tomorrow finishing up pictures of my humble house to share on Life Made Lovely’s blog soon! I’m a bit nervous as the people she asks have such great style and my decor is still a work in progress, but I’m sure something will inspire someone out there. Will be back sharing on that soon. Good night ya’ll!
-Jess

An Apron Holder

Apron holder

I guess you could say I’ve been making a lot of things for our home lately. This piece was for our kitchen. I had a few drawer knobs that I had bought from Anthropologie and Hobby Lobby for another project, but I decided that they weren’t going to work for it. So I was thinking and figured I could use them to create an apron holder.

Apron holder

I found this wood piece at Michael’s and it had the back hangers on it already. I didn’t have any chalkboard paint, but I did have this chalkboard medium. So I painted the whole thing black then followed the directions on the medium to create a chalkboard.

Apron holder
Lastly, I glued on the knobs and called it a day. Now I need to make some more aprons go hang up :) 
Enjoy your weekend!
-Jess

You’re Pretty Much My Most Favorite

Wall Art

This was such a quick and fun project to do for our bedroom. I saw this project here and knew I had to make one too. Of course, I just used foam board instead of wood because I had it on hand. It turned out fabulous though and I’m so pleased with it.

Wall Art

I wanted a quote that was “lovey” since it was for our bedroom, but not too gushy if that makes sense. So when I saw this I knew it would be the perfect quote to use.

Have a blessed day!
-Jess

Burlap Canvas DIY

Burlap Canvas DIY

I am still ever so slowly adding touches to our home decor, but I’m almost happy with our baby/guest room. I wanted to add something above the bed and decided to make this.

Burlap Canvas DIY

The final design came down to one thing: what I already had. I had originally wanted to use a linen fabric, but I didn’t have any pieces big enough in my stash. But, I had a lot of burlap leftover from the girls birthday party. Here is what you will need to make one yourself:

Materials:
-Canvas
-Burlap fabric
-Acrylic paint
-Paintbrush
-Hot glue gun
-Scissors

Burlap Canvas DIY

Let me start by sharing how I made a larger canvas. We had this two pack of canvases in the garage waiting to be used, but I wanted something bigger. So I glued them together with a hot glue gun.

Burlap Canvas DIY

For extra support, I glued on the tiny little pieces of wood that came with it across the seam where they met. I didn’t add any to the front in case down the road I want to take this apart and turn it into something else :)

Burlap Canvas DIY

Cut your piece of burlap to be a decent amount bigger than your canvas.
*Also, found this great tip on how to get wrinkles out of burlap here. You just mist with water before ironing (make sure it’s really hot!). Worked like a charm!
 Place the burlap on the floor with the canvas on top, wrong side facing up.

Burlap Canvas DIY

Fold over one side edge and hot glue in place. Do the same for the opposite edge. Then for the other two side, fold in the edges like you’re wrapping a present, then glue in place.

Burlap Canvas DIY

Choose a quote, verse, poem, or whatever and paint it on. I suggest a light or dark color to paint with. They show up the best. You also might have to do more than one coat. Just depends on the paint.

The words on mine are from a song I wrote for my oldest when she was a baby (although slightly altered to fit on the canvas properly). She had a hard time when she was little and for many many months the only way to help her settle down was to walk her and sing to her. This song came to me and over the years there have been many more verses added to it. Each verse we walk to a different place. She still asks me to sing it to her every now and then at night :)

-Jess

Carved Birds by My Granddaddy

My shelf for the bird carvings

I was blessed to receive these bird carvings of my granddaddy’s by my grandma before she passed away. They are so precious to me and I’ve been wanting to display them for some time now but didn’t quite know how. I finally decided to look for a shelf when I happened upon this basket. I knew it would work for what I wanted :)

My shelf for the bird carvings

I added some wood pieces from my dad’s firewood pile he cut off in December when we were visiting Virginia. Then I added some sticks from our backyard and moss, which came from the craft store. I’m very happy with it!

Grandpa 1943

Here is a pic of my granddaddy. He’s putting a little rocking chair together. He could make anything. He even taught me how to carve when I was little. When he was older, he even won a ton of wood carving competitions. He went to heaven when I was younger, but I still miss him and ask God to tell him things for me.

Grandparents and Uncle
{My grandma, granddaddy, and uncle….and I’m pretty sure she probably sewed that dress herself}

Him and my grandma gave me such good memories. They lived on the Chesapeake Bay, so they also taught me about crabbing and fishing and they had a wonderful garden. I have so many memories of picking the ripe tomatoes, pulling up radishes, and picking the beans and peas. My grandma would sew clothing for me and let me pick out the fabric and crochet endless things. These are things I am working on to be able to share with my children.

My shelf for the bird carvings

I know not everyone has a chance to know their grandparents or have good ones, so I know I was very blessed to have had them in my life. {I miss you two and I can’t wait to see you again!}
-Jess

Scrabble Tiles DIY

Scrabble Tiles DIY

I am so excited to have been putting our bedroom together in this house. I’ve kind of always let this room go, as nothing was really clicking for how I wanted it. I now know what I want and the pieces are just coming together. When it’s all done I’ll share everything, but for now I’ll begin with a simple little diy.

Scrabble Tiles DIY

I teamed up with Laura of Say It On The Wall again to create these scrabble tile wall decor. I’m really “happy” with how it turned out.

Scrabble Tiles DIY

You will need:
-5″x5″ wood pieces (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
-Vinyl lettering of choice (you can purchase this exact “happy” set from Laura or buy the letters you need here and she’s offering 40% to all of you for the next two weeks these! Just use the code HAPPY40 when you check out)
-Sand paper (the edges on the wood was pretty rough)
-Something like a credit card, dough cutter, etc. to help smooth down the letters (I used a plastic dough cutter)

Scrabble Tiles DIY

You simply peel off the back paper, making sure the letter/number stays in place.

Scrabble Tiles DIY

Then place it on the wood square and smooth it down real good (this is where the lovely “colored in crayon by my daughter” dough cutter came in handy ;). Try to place each letter at the same place on the wood squares so they don’t look off. Then use the sand paper to sand around the edges. I stuck these on the wall using adhesive wall strips.

Scrabble Tiles DIY

Enjoy your weekend!
-Jess

Tied Up Flowers DIY

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

This is a little something I made for miss E’s nursery last summer, I just never got around to taking pictures of it until now :)

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

I was inspired by a lot of the store windows that sported similar concepts.

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

It was really easy and quick to put together. Start by getting a wooden dowel (I just bought one from Hobby Lobby), faux flowers to hang, hemp cord or something like it, and a hot glue gun. You also might need a wire cutter if you need to cut any of the flowers up. For instance, the yellow flowers were a big bunch and I cut off the short branches to spread out more.

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

Lay down the wooden dowel down and arrange the flowers how you would like them to look. I tried to spread mine out evenly.

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

Then tie the flowers in place with the hemp. I just did a double knot.

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

For extra hold, I highly recommend hot gluing around the hemp and stem of the flowers in the front

Tied Up Flowers Wall Decor

and then the back as well. I used extra long nails to hang it on. That made sure there was enough room to hold the dowel.

Enjoy!  
-Jess