10 on 10

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Time for 10 photos on the 10th (although late as usual…haha). Remember how I said my garden was mostly lost during our month long adventure? Well, my zinnias are at least still going strong! I’m loving all the pretty colors they are making. I used to not care for these flowers as much, but I have so much more appreciation for them now that I have seen how strong and hearty they are. And of course, they are pretty too.

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This past month was full, as always it seems to be these days. But I had one photo session that I had promised last year. It was for a lovely couple who’s to be wed in October. I will have to share some of those pics soon because they are just so pretty! And I just love “love” photos. You know? It’s fun to capture peoples “love” for them to keep forever.

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We have been working on some slow coming projects. I am working on finishing up a crocheted blanket. All that is left is making a bunch of big pom poms to put on the edges and then weave in all the ends. I can’t wait to have it finished. It’s the softest blanket ever! My hubby finished up our new kitchen table. Above is a sneak peak. I have always wanted something with lighter wood, so he made a new top to go on our old one and I helped by painting the table legs white and finishing the top. It’s so good to have a kitchen table back in place. The folding tables were okay, but nothing like a good solid table. Isn’t is lovely?

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We have also been busy ranking our top places we want to go next transfer season (if you are a new reader, my hubby is in the Coast Guard). We have been looking into all kinds of places. Even if we never make it to some spots, I feel a lot more educated about America to say the least.

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I helped put together this display at church for going back to school time. For that back banner, I taped two pieces of kraft paper together, glued on wide ruled paper, then taped on cardstock letters and painted over them. Super easy and makes a big impact! We highlighted the edges of the books and covered them with white papers so the colored edges stand out. Then we hung them with fishing wire to give the illusion that the books are floating in the air.

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We had another mini adventure to Grand Isle, LA too. Our friends offered for us to come on a mini trip with them, so we did! It was a lot of fun, even if it rained a ton. My girls had so much fun playing with their friends and catching frogs and crabs.

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Both my girls had their birthdays recently as well. Seriously, I really feel like time is flying fast with them now. 7 and 3. Crazy! I will have to share pics of our simple parties soon.

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And of course, I get in a thrifting trip every now and then! I was so excited to find this pretty vintage sheet (that I split with my friend) and this pretty gold frame. I’m slowly working on gathering what I want to create an art wall in our living room and I think this will fit in nicely. So there are some going ons with us recently. Miss J started school this week so we are having fun getting into a new routine. So far so good!

-Jess

Our Very First Square Foot Garden

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together This past spring I decided to try and do a legit little garden for my family to enjoy. I have so many fond memories of helping my grandfather and father in their gardens, that I wanted to give that opportunity to my girls. We rent and can’t exactly go tearing up our yard to make a huge garden, so I was very happy when I discovered square foot gardening while browsing on pinterest one day. We actually had a little raised bed that we fixed up last year, but we only grew flowers then. This year I planted carrots, beets, onions, peas, a tomato plant, and spinach in our little garden bed. Then I planted a cucumber plant in a planter and a pepper plant in another planter.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together These pictures are mostly from May when we did our big harvest. I should have let things stay in the ground a little longer, but we were getting ready to leave for a long trip and I knew it would be too late by the time we got back. My girls had so much fun pulling out their veggies! And let me tell you, they were so much more excited and open to eat vegetables that they picked themselves.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together The peas, tomatoes, and cucumber plants kept giving a continuous harvest for a while, so they were still able to go pick some goodies to eat later.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together   I liked square foot gardening because it was more technical for a smaller garden space. Meaning, the sites I found told you how big to make your “boxes” with string (if you like) and how much of each thing to plant in each “box”. That way everything is spaced out correctly and has enough room to grow. I did know that our space wasn’t very deep and it was rocky once you dug down far enough, so I wasn’t sure how the root vegetables would do. Fortunately, they did pretty good! Our carrots are a little funky looking, but that’s okay. It was still fun to give them a try and they tasted fine.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together Unfortunately, we came back from our few weeks trip to a very sad garden. I figured it would happen since it gets so hot here in Louisiana it makes plants dry up real quick. Aphids and stink bugs also attacked our tomato plant and it was too late to try and save it. I planted some zinnia seeds for the time being and am having pretty flowers consistently. I’m hoping to get some things planted this month for a fall harvest though. Did you grow a garden this year? What did you plant?

-Jess

Driftwood Sailboat DIY

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together This simple diy is the first of a few projects you will see me blog about for the Cricut Design Space Star Contest that has begun this month. A bunch of us bloggers are on different teams and have a different challenge each month. We get to create using our Cricut Explore and share as many projects as we want for a chance to win prizes. This month we had to choose between paper or home decor and then pick a unique theme for it. My team went with home decor and we chose beach as our theme. Guess what? During this time, they are also giving away a Cricut Explore machine every day until the end of July!!! I will share more details at the end of the post about that, but here is the quick how to for this little driftwood sailboat with quote.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together You will need a few things: a piece of dried out driftwood, fabric for the sail, a stick to hold up the sail, glue (I used a hot glue gun), ribbon, iron on vinyl of your choice, iron, scissors, and of course an Explore machine. I started by cutting out a 90 degree triangle for the sail. I used a vintage linen so it had this pretty edging on the side.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I went and created the quote in Design Space. I used one of my favorite fonts, Channel, and then searched the image library for “flourish” and found that little squiggly at the bottom. I measured my fabric triangle to determine how to place my words. Then I got my Explore all set up, put the vinyl on the mat, and started the cutting process. Since this is an iron on, make sure to choose the “mirror image” option before cutting.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I pulled off the vinyl, leaving the words behind. I placed the quote where I wanted and placed a thin cloth on top. Then I ironed it in place according to directions.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Next I glued on three pieces of ribbon to be glued onto the stick. I wrapped them around the stick and glued them in place.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I glued the stick on the large piece of driftwood. I used hot glue, but I would really suggest something stronger or even drilling a hole and gluing it into that. But, this is decoration for my house and will be high on a shelf, so the hot glue is good enough for me. After the glue dried, I glued down the outer corner of the sail onto the driftwood. And that is it.

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See what my teammates created :)

Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 | happy together sew woodsy / brassy apple / maddycakes muse / michelle edgemont / kori clark / our thrifty ideas / no. 2 pencil / cloudy day gray / artsy-fartsy mama

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Michaels Makers: Crafting with the Raw Bar

Michaels Makers: An Herb Garden and a Garland DIY | by Happy Together For this months Michaels Makers challenge, Michaels sent us a box of goodies with some items from a new line called the Raw Bar that will debut in stores on August 8, 2014. It is a line of products made of or accessorized by materials inspired by nature. Surfaces and textures include: burlap, cork, chalk board, wood, metal and canvas. They created the Raw Bar because customers requested raw surfaces that are unfinished and easily craft-able. I really like all the products they sent me and see a lot of potential with them. You really have the ability to make them your own.

Michaels Makers: An Herb Garden and a Garland DIY | by Happy Together   I mulled over a few ideas like making a cake topper, wrapping gifts up real cute, creating a fun canvas, but I decided to make an herb garden and garland to go in our kitchen. Plants totally go with the whole natural feel of the products if left in their raw state.

Michaels Makers: An Herb Garden and a Garland DIY | by Happy Together Michaels Makers: An Herb Garden and a Garland DIY | by Happy Together   I went to the store and picked up a few more items c/o Micheals to complete this diy. I grabbed six little clay pots and bottoms that would fit in the metal bin, a slice of wood for the bin to sit on, and string for the garlands. I also hit up a garden store and got some herbs and put them in the pots.

Michaels Makers: An Herb Garden and a Garland DIY | by Happy Together For the garland, I cut circles out of the cork ribbon and then cut them in half. Then I glued them to the string. I also glued the letters to the string and tied on the raw bobbins in between all the letters. Once the whole line comes out, I’m probably going to redo the letters and spell a different word so it fits better with being in my kitchen though. Here are a few more products that will be released and some projects you can make with them and check further below for links to what all the other Michaels Makers created this month. Happy Crafting! -Jess

Michaels Makers: The Raw Bar Top 10 Raw Bar Recipes Top 10 Raw Bar Recipes

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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