Saturday, May 19, 2018

DIY Topiaries


DIY Topiary Tutorial

 As I was planning my spring and summer porch decor, I decided that I wanted my porch to have a garden feel.   I wanted to add some fun topiaries to the design.  However, as I began to search for the perfect topiaries, I was disappointed.

Then I was walking through Hobby Lobby I spotted these cute little mini stems that I decided would make my perfect topiaries.  They were 50% off  and I also found some cute pots that were 50% off.  So this is the result of my topiary attempt.

The supplies

  1. The green stems - Hobby Lobby had a good selection of mini's.
  2. Moss - also from Hobby Lobby
  3. Styrofoam balls - I had these white ones at home but if I were buying, I'd probably choose green ones.  
  4. Floral wire
  5. Hot Glue Gun
  6. Straight sticks - I gathered these from my yard.  You can purchase sticks at Hobby Lobby but that will increase the cost effectiveness of the project.  

Here's a close up view of the stems I purchased.  They were $5.99 each but were on sale for 50% off.

Stems and floral wire

Cut stems to apply

Since this project's pot is small, I cut the stems apart and used 1/2 for each small pot.  For the larger pots, I left the stems intact and used one complete stem for each topiary.  

Glue Styrofoam balls to the pot

Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and press firmly into the pot

Cut your stick to the size you want

I measure from the bottom of the pot up to decide how tall I want my topiary to be.  
Then just push the stick into the ball, keeping the stick straight up.  

Then I add a little hot glue around the stick at the top of the ball.  

Then taking the floral wire (approx. 12 inches at least) and my stems, I wrap the stems to the top of the stick.  Using the wire, I just keep wrapping until the stems are securely attached to the stick.  If it still feels loose, I apply a little hot glue to the wire to keep it from slipping.  (Disclaimer!!  This photo isn't a video.  It's just the only shot of me wrapping the wire that I could find!  LOL  If you'd like to see the video version, you can check it out on my Instagram Stories Archive.)

Hot glue the moss to the Styrofoam ball.

Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and attach pieces of moss to cover the entire surface of the ball.  Be careful to not burn your fingers on the hot glue.  I'm speaking from experience here!  EEEEKKKKK!


This is one with the full stem attached

Here is the small and large one together.  The small one cost me approx. $4.50 excluding the wire, stick and hot glue which I already had.  The larger one was approx. $8.00 because of the larger pot and I used the full stem.  

You may notice that I used another style of stem on the second topiary from the left.   I also used one of my faux aged pots and you can see instructions for that here.  Please feel free to ask any questions.  
I hope you enjoy experimenting with different stems and different size pots.  

Creating these topiaries may be addictive!  I now have them all over my home!  I'm trying to resist the urge to make more.  LOL  

xoxo, Rachel

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots

Love the look of old pots? 

I've been setting up my first official potting bench and decided that aged pots would look great!
Have you checked out the prices of these lovely container's?  So, I've been making my own with some trial and error.  These are some of the results and step by step instructions on my favorites.

Step one

You will need::
Clay pots
Black or Brown paint (I used graphite chalk paint by Annie Sloan)
Mod Podge
Multi-purpose glue 
moss (small bag from Hobby Lobby)
paint brush
tooth pick (to spread the glue to desired areas)
40-60 grit sandpaper

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Crazy thing about living a simple life

Simplify - to reduce to basic essentials!

"Easier said than done"

Yes, when my husband and I decided we wanted to simplify, we decided to move to our country property, The Ponds.   

We would downsize to a smaller home!  Yes!

All of this sounded great!  We put our home on the market and waited.  Once it finally sold, we started the process of getting rid of everything but our basic essentials.  I get very attached to things that I've rescued over the years.  With that being said, I find a lot of things essential.  

Fast forward - we decide to build an industrial farmhouse.  You can read about my love of old farmhouses here.  

We move into the house with these grand plans to keep the house very basic and simple!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Creating Spring Tablescapes on a dime

A pretty spring table

Find something to inspire your creation

This Easter Tablescape was created using yard sale and thrift store items.  No single item on the table was more than $10.00.  Many items I've had and collected over the years.  I also, find a lot of great deals online and they are delivered right to my door.  See some of my favorite finds here.   If you don't have a large collection to pull from, begin to keep your eye open and visit thrift stores and consignment shops for some of the best deals.  If you like a vintage look, there are some great reproductions available through online retailer's such as Bits of Vintage and Decor Steals

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Refresh for Less - Inspired Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Inspiration

Spring Refresh 

This year when I started looking for spring inspiration for my guest bedroom, I turned to the vintage bird prints that I inherited from my aunt.  

I had always loved the greens and pinks in these prints but was not currently using them.  

I decided to paint the frames with Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and hang them over the guest bed.  

I hung the prints over the bed, leaving the vintage ceiling tin in place.  
I love mixing vintage with vintage!  LOL   

Seriously, not everything I use in my decor is vintage.  The tray came from Walmart, but I filled it with some of my vintage pieces and it works.  

I had three accent pillows that I had previously used (in another home) in my breakfast area.  I loved the shades of pink in them as well.  So I decided to pull out the pink for spring.  

I found some fun fabric at Walmart and made the pillow covers and the throw.  Instead of storing the pillows I already had on the bed, I just covered them with these new pillow covers.  When I want to change the room again, I'll just remove the covers.  

I also purchased some coordinating yarn for the tassels on the throw.  

I love the mix here!  Birds, florals, black, white, and pink all feel like spring to me.

Restyling doesn't have to cost a fortune

This complete refresh cost less than $12.00. 

When planning a change in your decor, start with what you already have and try to imagine using items in a different space. 

Think about items you are not using.  I didn't think I wanted to use the bird prints in my farmhouse and now they are one of my favorite things.  

A little refresh with paint can be amazing for something that you think looks dated or out of style.  

Sometimes we loose sight of the beauty in what we already have because it's been used in the same space for so long.

Take everything out of a room and then start adding back.  It's amazing how that will open your mind to new possibilities.  

As the tulips began to fade, I replaced them with this cute bunny for Easter.  Miss Bunny say's Hi and have fun decorating for spring and Easter.  

Have a blessed Easter,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Porch Decor

The Porch Is Ready For Spring

When I was putting away my Christmas Holiday Decor, I just couldn't make myself store the shutter's.  I loved using them with the galvanized tubs at Christmas.  So I was excited to see these hanging baskets with a cute little welcome tag.  

I just filled my tubs with pansies (for the early spring) and placed a grapevine wreath around the rim of the tub.  Then I placed the shutter at the back of the tub and just leaned it against the house.  

The hanging baskets I ordered from Amazon and hung at the bottom of the light fixtures.  Then off the Hobby Lobby for some floral stems.  

I also added some fresh stems from the yard and can replace them as other flowers and stems begin to grow this summer.

So this was a simple and inexpensive update for spring.  By adding just one new piece to the porch and rearranging what I had used for the holidays, the porch is ready for spring.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Planning a Forever Home

Things to remember when building/remodeling your forever home

I was speaking with a young friend a few days ago and she is in the process of planning a new home for her family.  As we talked, I shared some things that my husband and I did as we were planning our forever home.  I thought some of these ideas might be valuable to other's planning a new home or remodeling an existing home. 

Our forever home

Make a list

When we decided we wanted to downsize and start living a more simple life style, we had to make some hard choices. We also wanted to build this house and be debt free.  In order to do this we had to be budget minded.
What do we want to keep in our new life style and what can we live without?
So the first thing we did was take an inventory of all the things about our current (much to big) home that we loved and would miss.  Where did we spend our time and what's worth the money? What are the things we don't want to live without.

Friday, February 16, 2018

DIY Hutch Makeover

From Blah to Farm style!

The search for the perfect size hutch is finally over.   My daughter has a very limited amount of space for a hutch in her dining room.  With a limited budget, we have been searching thrift stores for months to find the perfect piece.  

Not many people would walk past this lovely hutch!  But the "before" was a different story.   The piece was very dated and the glass shelves were missing.  However, it was a solid wood piece and the price was perfect.  

Only $50.00  SCORE

Friday, February 2, 2018

Touches of Romance

Happy February!  

Just a few pics to share how I add a little romantic feel to the house this month!

I don't add a lot of Valentines Day décor.  Just little small touches for me.  

First, my pantry door, with the chalk board section, is my go to for seasonal change.  

All I've done so far is add a heart.  That may change the closer to the big heart day we get.