My Craft Table and Wayfair Feature

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In the past, there has always been a way for me to have a craft table in a room that was dedicated to an office space. When we moved to our current house, my husband’s new job required him to have a home office which also had to hold a sleeping area for guests when they visit. I no longer had an area for my table. It really wasn’t that bad, but after constantly having to pull things out of storage and put them away every day we decided to make an area in our bedroom my craft space. Since it’s in our bedroom, I wanted it to blend in so it didn’t mess with the room’s feel too much. I used this long and narrow table that I had bought from a stationary store that was going out of business when we lived in Jacksonville, FL. I like how it gives room for all my equipment without sticking too far out. I added a coordinating indoor/outdoor rug runner that I found at Target to help catch the messes I will make. Then I added a few decor accessories to also help it fit in.

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You can read a little more about my craft area on Wayfair here, along with nine other diy bloggers. It’s always fun to see how others create their space. You might see a great idea to implement in your own craft area. PS….I totally put all the cords away for this picture so it wouldn’t distract and look messy, but there are cords and typically my desk is covered in my projects. Although, I do try to keep it nice now since I sleep next to it hahaha.

-jess

Other item info: Chair-Hobby Lobby; Fur rug on chair, floor basket, and candle-Marshalls; Design boards, gold cup, and white pot-Target

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Mena, Arkansas

Stonehill Cottages in Mena, Arkansas | happy together
This year we changed things up a bit for our summer vacation and went north. We wanted to try out a place we haven’t been too before so I looked up a bunch of places that were under 7 hours away from us and came across a small town of Mena, Arkansas. It looked really pretty and once I found Stonehill Cottages I knew we needed to try it out. I’m happy to say we had a great time and loved where we stayed. Our kids love nature so they had a blast as well because it’s a really small town and nature stuff is about all there is to do. I would really recommend this place if you are looking for a quiet getaway and enjoy the outdoors. It still wasn’t my sweet Tennessee, but it was a nice mountain fix for a much shorter road trip.

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How adorable are these little cottages? I want to share pics of this place because the couple who owns them did such a cute job in designing and decorating them. We loved the farmhouse decor. My children now want a house like this haha. There were four of these on the property plus the owners house so it felt secluded but not like you were completely alone in the woods. It would be a great place to do a family reunion or something and rent out all the cottages.

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We walked around the property a lot in the evenings and my girls enjoyed picking flowers and exploring. During the mornings we would go out and about for activities. One of our favorite places was Board Camp Crystal Mine. We had a blast and found so many pretty crystals. We like searching for seashells and sea glass, so this was right up our alley. The owner was very kind and goes with you to show you what to look for and all so you are for sure to find something. We walked away with a bucket full of all kinds of crystals and most were found right there on top of the dirt.

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We also took a morning to go to Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It was a pretty drive to get there and the park itself was nice. It has a lodge where you could stay, a camping area, and a few fun things for kids like a mini train, mini golf, and play ground. We were interested in the trails and did the Spring Trail which was shorter but really rocky. Unfortunately it was really dry and we saw no spring. I saw places which looked like water would flow down, but we didn’t see a “spring” like place they make it sound like it has…so not too sure about that. We also hiked some of the Lovers Leap Trail which we enjoyed more because you were able to go to this spot and get a beautiful view. If you can’t tell, we enjoy hiking when there is something to see like an old cabin, a pretty waterfall, etc…. It helps motivate the kids (and us!) when they (we) start to get tired :)

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We are always on the lookout for new places to see, so please share any cool places you like to visit on vacation! -jess

No Sew Cord Cover DIY

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
I have one more home decor project to share with you this week before I kick off a needed sewing week (my first blogging love). One of my good friends, Ashley, was blessed to move into an awesome new house last year. It’s been so fun watching her decorate and make (her dining room table, shelves, etc) many things for her home. A few weeks ago she was talking about figuring out how to cover up these cords and I told her to let me come up with something. It would give me an idea to blog about and she would get a free cord cover from the deal. She more than gladly accepted.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
I went looking for some inspiration and was happy when I found this Pottery Barn burlap cord cover. My friend loves Pottery Barn style so I knew she would like this.

Pottery Barn Burlap Cord Cover
Here is a picture from the Pottery Barn site of their cord cover in use on a hanging light.
Supplies needed to make this project:

  • Large Burlap Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Snap Fasteners (amount needed depends on length of cover; find them in the sewing section)
  • Hammer

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I first went to find some burlap that I wouldn’t need to sew at all. I couldn’t find a plain burlap ribbon that didn’t have such an open weave, but I did find this printed one. I looked on the other side of the burlap and you can’t see the print, so I knew this was the winner.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Once you find your choice of covering material, cut a piece that is longer than what you need to allow for some gathering. I think I added something like two extra feet to this one. Then fold both ends in towards the inside and hot glue in place.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Next, use your fasteners kit to add snaps to both sides.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
The kit should tell you all this, but you push the pointed piece through,

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
then add the snap on top of it correctly. Place the blue tool on the bottom, matching up the piece into the hole.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Then close it, matching up the snap into the other hold. Place on ground and gently hammer. It pushes the sharp ends into the snap so it will be secure. Continue to do the same side of the snap desired down on side of the burlap. I kept them a few inches apart, but I would add even more if I did this again.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Add the opposite part of the snap to the other side. Just make sure that you put them on in the way that when they close they overlap the fabric.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Like in this picture above.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Go over your cords and make sure there are no unnecessary ones there. Their setup had two extra cords that we just rolled up and put in the basket. Then snap your cord cover in place. {Take not that the weave on burlap isn’t super strong, so when taking the snaps apart to remove the cover be careful. You could rip or distort the burlap if not careful.}

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off

The good thing with this is that when I got to the place where the cords meet from all different things behind that table, I was able to snap around them to make it work. It doesn’t take long at all to make and can be used to cover many different types of cords. My friend is very happy with how it turned out, so it’s a win over here! Then to add even more cover up, I grabbed one of the toy baskets, added a blanket and some pillows on top, and put it in front of the outlet. It can be moved when the kids need their toys or quickly put back in place when desired.

-Jess

 

 

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
One of my favorite types of DIY are the kind where you take something that might not look of value to many and turn it into something new and useable. So I was super excited when DecoArt challenged me to use their Multi-Surface Acrylics on something that could easily be found at places like flea markets, etc.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
I had a friend offer me some old doors a few weeks ago and there was one that I knew would be perfect for this project. Look at how beat up this door was!

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It looks like it should go to the dump, but I saw that there was still some life left in it. In fact, I plan on using this as a garden door one day. I wiped down the door real good and took off the tape to prepare it for painting.

Here are all the supplies I used for this project:

  • Door with large opening
  • Chicken Wire
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint(s) of choice. I needed almost 6 ounces to coat each side of the door twice. Amount needed will depend on how large your surface is.
  • Paint Brush and other supplies needed to paint (drop cloth, cup for paint, paint cleaner, etc)
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pliers
  • Optional: Wood for inside of door, Glue, Clamps

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
I chose to paint each side of the door a different color. I used the soft jade on one side and coastal waters on the other.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
The directions suggest at least two coats of paint, so I did two coats on each side. It has very good coverage. If this was a door that I would actually be using as my front door, I would have done one more coat just to really cover it well. I let it dry overnight. The good thing is this paint is self sealing so there’s no need for primer or separate sealer. And the paint is for indoor and outdoor use. Awesome right?

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
My hubby cut out four pieces of wood that I glued on the inside opening. This door’s middle was foam and I didn’t want that showing. I used a strong glue to glue the wood on and used some clamps to keep them in place while it dried. I let that glue dry overnight as well. Then I stained the wood with a natural stain according to instructions on the can. After that dried, I stapled on the chicken wire using a staple gun. Then I used wire cutters to cut off the extra wire. If you want, you can use pliers to twist the ends so they don’t poke out. I’m even thinking of going back and puttingĀ  thin wood strips all around the back side to completely enclose the wire ends.

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I love how it turned out! I’m still waiting to find the perfect vintage hardware to go on it (that is also in my price range!). I know that will add to this project even more.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
And of course, once I have a garden area that I can make all my own, we will fix the side door crack and add this to the garden fencing. For now we plan on keeping it in the kitchen and putting photos and our children’s artwork on it. Always look for the possibility in things. They just might surprise you! See more Multi-Surface Acrylic crafting ideas and inspirations here. -Jess

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