A Print Giveaway!

So I have a confession. I am a print hoarder. I screenshot ones I love and want to buy, I buy ones I love when they go on sale, and I have stacks of them around the house just waiting for the perfect frame and perfect place to hang.
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While I was gathering ideas for the boys room (you can see my inspiration board I made here), I kept coming across lots of cool adventure prints but couldn’t find any that were just the right fit. I just knew I wanted something that sounded fun and outdoorsy. I really want my boys to have a desire to be outside and to have fun and explore the world.

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I got an email one day from PastelTrail.com sharing with me some of their awesome prints they have for sale, and fell in love with their posters and throw pillows. They so nicely sent me on of my favorites, a poster that says “Not All Who Wandered Are Lost.” As a kid who spent a lot of time in the woods wandering, I loved it and knew it’d be perfect in the boys room.
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I love the pretty fonts and how it looks on this frame I had already put up but wasn’t sure what to put on that cute little clip. Hopefully as my boys grow, it will remind them to get out and explore!

Because I love you, and because PastelTrail is awesome, they are going to give one of my readers a free print! The giveaway runs through October 1st and is open to ALL my readers, both US and international. Enter in the Widget below, go check out their really cute pillows and posters, and good luck! Next week you can look forward to the reveal of my boys whole room, I think you’re going to love it!

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How To Make Giant Pumpkins From Tablecloths

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Don’t you love when you’re working on something and get a stroke of genius? I have been obsessing over everyone’s pretty fabric pumpkins I see them sharing on Instagram, and decided to try my hand at my own. We don’t have a craft store in town, and so I was using some fabric napkins I’d picked up in the Dollar Section at Target. While I was working on it, I had the thought- since I’m cutting these into circles anyways, why not just start with something that’s a circle? Like a tablecloth! How cute would giant fabric pumpkins be? And off to the store I went! I am obsessed with these, and I hope you guys will love them too. They were super easy and only took me about five minutes to make all three and that’s with my three boys running around me too!

Supplies:
Fabric- A round tablecloth if you want to make a giant one, or fabric napkins of even kitchen towels for smaller ones
You won’t be cutting the tablecloth at all so if you want to use one you already have a take it apart after Halloween/Fall, you totally can!
Twine
Scissors
Sticks that look like pumpkin stems
Filler (I used Target plastic bags in my little pumpkins and beach towels all in a trash bag in the big one)
Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector

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First- Once you’ve got all your cute supplies, lay out your tablecloth on the ground. If you are using a fabric napkin or kitchen towel, use two pencils tied together to draw a circle and cut it down to a circle OR trace a plate on the fabric and cut out the circle.DIY fabric pumpkin how to (2)

Step 2: Decide what you want to use as filling. Since I wasn’t cutting my tablecloth and plan on taking it apart after fall/Halloween, I filled mine with beach towels we won’t be using anytime soon. I put them all into a trash bag to avoid moisture/mold and turned it upside down to deter rain from getting in the bag even more. For my smaller pumpkins, I just bunched my Target shopping bags together and put them all inside one bag.
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Step 3: Chose a Pumpkin stem! Once you’ve picked out your stem, hold it on top of your filler and begin to bring the fabric up around the filler. I folded in the left and right sides and then gathered the top and bottom pieces.
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Step 4: While you hold the fabric around the stem, wrap twine around the top twice. From there, wrap it around the bottom of the pumpkin. You’re going to wrap it three times in the same place, and then move to a new area and wrap it again, so from the top it looks like pie slices. Once you’ve done three different “slices,” you can wrap the twine around the stem to secure the fabric at the top as many time as you want and tie it off. If you have any folds of fabric that are loose, tuck them in the twine that makes the “slices.” DSC_6267

Now you can smash it, move things around, and get it looking exactly the way you want!DIY fabric pumpkin how to (8)

Step 5: I didn’t want my pumpkins to get ruined being outside all fall, especially with all the rainfall we get, so I wanted to protect them with Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector. Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector repels liquids and blocks stains without changing the way the fabric feels or looks. I simply went over each pumpkin with two light coats, letting it dry in between. I love, love, love Scotchgard™; I even use it on my kids shoes to keep their feet from getting wet in the rain. It seriously works amazing, so now my cute little pumpkins will stay bright and dry all fall! You can get it at Target, which is awesome because you know you’re going to go there anyways, and here is a coupon for $2 off!DIY fabric pumpkin how to (17)

All done and ready to dress up your porch or shelf all fall! Once I put these outside, I was SO happy with how cute they look!DIY fabric pumpkin how to (15)DIY fabric pumpkin how to (12)
That little guy might be my favorite. He was once a kitchen towel, and now a happy pumpkin on my porch!
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I hope you love them as much as I do! I’d love to see any that y’all make and your cute Fall décor set-ups. Share them with me on Instagram! Also, Scotchgard™ has more awesome other project ideas on their website, check it out!, and don’t forget you can get it at Target in the laundry section!2016-09-15 01.07.22 2

Redecorating Our DIY Floating Shelves for Fall

First off, let me say how BLOWN AWAY I have been with the response to Our Floating Shelves we built last year. That post has been viewed more than any post ever on my blog and has been repinned over 60,000 times. 60,000 of you love our shelves that much! Thank you!!! Fall Decor (2)

As we’ve been progressing in the shiplap project in the dining room/living room, eventually it came time to take the shelves down to add the shiplap behind them. I just finished putting it up, painting, and re-hanging the shelves last week and it only seemed fitting to redecorate them a little and add a few fall elements. As you can see, the wall isn’t even totally finished but I was so excited to get it decorated again. Thanks to At Home, I was able to take a little shopping spree and I fell in love with their assortment of fake pumpkins, especially the blue ones. My home décor doesn’t have a lot of oranges or red, so it’s hard to find Fall décor that matches, but I usually go for it anyways. When I saw these pumpkins, I had to have them.Fall Decor (5)Fall Decor (4)

Have you ever been to At Home? It can be seriously overwhelming in a good way when you first go in. Imagine Costco, but filled to the brim with Lawn Décor, Christmas Decorations, Lamps, Shelves, Faux Florals, Outdoor cushions, Rugs, Chairs, and so much more. I could spend all day (and all my bank account) there. I had seen these cute orbs in their Dorm Idea Lookbook and fell in love. I knew I had to fit them into my space somehow.Fall Decor (3)

That cute little bird cage on the right? At Home. I’m telling you, you can get anything you ever wanted there. On my way to the check-out I found this cute little print that I planned on putting in the boys room, but once I brought it home, I wanted to see it everyday. I love little reminders to deliberately choose happiness.Fall Decor (6)Fall Decor (9)Fall Decor (11)

Just ignore my primed wall and light switch that needs to be extended out a little 🙂 That milk jar on the bottom shelf, I’ve had since I was in High School. I always loved antiques and country-esque items and when I was up in my parents attic one day, I found a whole collection of really neat jars that my Mom had kept. I promptly stole this one and have never given it back. The scale next to it was probably the first home décor item I bought after Brandon and I got married and is still one of my favorite pieces in the house.

I got a bunch more really cute Home items at At Home, I can’t wait to share them with you in the other spaces I put them!

How to Frame a Hatch Show Print

Any country music lover out there? Being a huge country music fan myself, I have collected a few Hatch Show Prints over the years (If you don’t know what that is, google it. They are a staple in country music history). Because they aren’t a standard photo or poster size, there are no frames that they fit in. I had looked into having one custom made, but it was expensive and didn’t really fit the vibe anyways.

After seeing some vintage school maps in an antique store, I got inspired to hang them myself, simply using some scrap 1X2’s and a staple gun. It was super easy, and would cute with any artwork. The best part is total cost for all of the supplies was less than 10 dollars. Here’s how I did it!-how to hang a hatch show print

Supplies: 1X2’s- I cut them long enough to have a 1/2 inch overhang on each side, Wood stain for if you want to stain them, string, staples, and a stapler gun.

First step: Cut your board to size. Like I said, I wanted mine to over hang about a half an inch on each side. If you don’t own a saw, Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut the boards for you while you’re there.

Second step: Stain them! I stained my “provincial” by MinWax. Painting would be pretty too!

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Step three: Take your print and decide where you’ll want it to hang on the boards. Measure that space and mark it three times across the back of the paper. Draw a straight line through them, and this is where the board will cover your paper on the front.hatch show print diy (6)

Step four: Line the edges of your board with the line you just drew, and staple in the middle. Staple once on each side. Repeat step three and four with the other board.
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Step six: Grab your string and cut it to you desired length.  I made mine about four inches shorter than my top board, knowing that the weight of the picture would pull it down to be visible. Staple it taut across your top board, as close to the top edge as you can. If you feel like the string is going to pull out of your staple, tie the loose end twice around the staple.

You’re done! Now you have a gorgeous and cute piece of art to hang anywhere in your house!
There are so many possibilities of what you could hang like this, from handkerchiefs, to canvases or pictures or big posters. You could even hang a quilt on the wall like this if you made sure to use enough staples, and maybe a 1X4 instead of 1X2. If you make one, tag me on instagram so I can see it! I love seeing what yall create and how you put your own ideas into things!
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Guest Bedroom Reveal and Macy’s Global Goods Campaign

For this post, I received product from Macy’s via Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.Macys Global Good  (6)

When decorating our guest bedroom, I wanted more than anything else, for it to be a place that felt welcoming and warm. Somewhere where anyone who stayed with us, whether overnight or for a long time would know that the welcome never wears off in our house and that they can be themselves here. Before even buying our home, Brandon and I had talked about how we wanted to have guest and friends stay with us as much as possible, and I wanted people to feel that in this room. Growing up, we both had big families and had extended family come to visit regularly, and there are no better memories with cousins or friends than those of staying up late, sitting around talking and laughing together. We each plenty of friends or siblings friends who stayed over at our homes often enough that they had laundry piles (mostly my brother who used to sleep at Brandon’s house all the time as a kid), and cousins who stayed for months, or years, and we wanted our family to know that they are always welcome here. Macys Global Good  (16)

My main request when planning furniture for this room, knowing full well that a guest bedroom would not be on the top of our priority list when we moved in last year, but still wanting it to be nice, was that I really wanted either a queen sized bed or a futon that would fold out into a full/queen bed. Most of our siblings are married and I wanted them to have somewhere to stay and not sleep on the floor if we could avoid it. I already knew we were super blessed to even afford a first home, and on top of that, one that had a guest bedroom so I knew I was pushing my luck, but as it worked out, a few weeks after moving in, my brother got a bigger bed and we inherited their old set, including all of the rails. Unfortunately they were missing all the casters off the bottom so it sat really low, but just a few of those bed risers from the store, and it was not only a great height for guest, but it was tall enough to store a bunch of boxes of random stuff I couldn’t place yet and a pack and play for our guest who have babies.Macys Global Good  (20)

The beautiful throw that is on the bed, holds a lot of meaning. When I see it it reminds me of that same desire we had to welcome our home to others, to serve others and always be open to anyone in need. It comes from Macy’s Global Goods line (which in online exclusive), which is a line of products crafted by artist around the world, artist in need of opportunities and it encourages them to preserve their heritage and history while making a better life for themselves. Their wool blankets, like this one, are made in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, with almost half of the population being under the poverty line. The Global Goods campaign allows people in native villages to work where they are from, weaving using the same techniques passed down through generations and allows them to stay where their families are, rather than migrating to find work. Over 200 people work on this blanket initiative alone. It’s an amazing project and Macy’s carries all of the products made around the world, as “gifts that give hope.” It is so heart-warming and inspiring to think of the good that it does, and I am reminded of it when I see it in my guest room, the room in my home that reminds me to open my doors and share some of what I have been so blessed with. Like I’ve said before, I want my home to be a collected, not decorated, and to be collected with things that have meaning to me, such as this blanket. It doesn’t hurt that the blanket is absolutely gorgeous. The hand weaving and stitching is beyond beautiful, I can’t even imagine making something that beautiful with my own hands. It would also make a beautiful gift for someone you know who is always giving to others.Macys Global Good  (19)Macys Global Good  (17)

Speaking of making things with my own hands, on the wall next to the bed, is a replica antique tobacco basket, that isn’t nearly as beautiful as the baskets made in the Global Goods campaign, but I love it because I made it. I had seen so many beautiful ones in antique shops and on blogs and decided to try my hand at making one myself, it has a little tweaking left to fix, but I love it. (P.S. I stapled it to the wall. I wasn’t sure how to hang it and it’s really light weight, so I just went for it. Don’t tell).
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I try to keep lots of pillows on the bed in here, even though my kids frequently come and steal them for forts or claim them as more pillows for their own beds. A lot of our friends and families have lots of little ones who come with, and the one thing there never seems to be enough of is pillows. We’re always running out, so I pick up a few when I remember to and pilling them on every bed, just in case and hope that it works out.

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I bought this cotton wreath last year when we moved in and just never have found the perfect place for it. I brought it to the guest bedroom to see if I could find somewhere to hang it, set it on the bed, and when I walked back in, I loved the way it looked against the pillows. Nothing says “Welcome to the South” like a wreath of cotton bolls.Macys Global Good  (11)

The clock on the wall behind the bed is another hand-made item. This one was a Christmas gift from my Brother-in-law and his wife, so we love it of course. I love the way the warm wood pops agaisnt the gray color. Speaking of the which, I wish that I could share with you what paint color is because it is the first gray I have found that I love but it was really just the product of me dumping a couple cans of leftover paint into a can of what I thought was white but turned out to be slightly pink paint until I got a color I liked! One day I’ll take a sample of it to the home store to get it color matched so I can tell yall! I like it so much, I’ve been considering painting our bedroom the same color.

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I hope you love our guest bedroom and that it gives you that feel of being welcome and relaxed. Don’t forget to head to Macys Global Goods to find that beautiful throw blanket and other beautiful products that give back to the world while making your home a more beautiful place!