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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bathroom #2 Makeover

I finished up my other downstairs bathroom the other day.

Again, I painted this bathroom twice... It started out very beige. 

Then moved on to Mossy Forest green. 
I painted this the same time I painted that bright blue in the other downstairs bathroom. And like the blue, this great color just didn't seem sit well. I know, I know, its really cute. But it just isn't me. 

So I went with a Camel Tan colored paint.

Check out my $10 shelf! I'm so proud of my thriftiness.

1. An unfinished wood shelf from Hobby Lobby. On sale for $5. Painted it with some white spray paint I had.
2. A brown frame I had in a closet. $0
{do you guys have a ton of random frames stashed somewhere too?}
3. A hand-stitched note on a scrap of fabric. $0
4. Bar Soap $2
5. Metal bucket. $1 section at Target. {I love these and always buy a couple when they have them}
6. Brown washcloth from the linen closet. $0
7. Wash Sponge on sale at Pottery Barn. $2

Do you like the note?

I wanted something a little different in the frame. This didn't take long at all.

Just print out your design.

Then trace your letters lightly onto the fabric with a pencil {or a temporary fabric pen if you have one}.

Then sew over the letters! I actually used thread from my sewing machine {which is really thin} so I had to double it up a couple of times. I'd probably recommend getting embroidery thread if you're going to do this.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Two days left!

I've loved reading all the entries for the Spring Giveaway. You guys are the best.

p.s. Tomorrow is the last day to enter to drawing!


Hey, great news! Live A Little Wilder is available to sponsor!

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I love linking up with local artists, photographers, Etsy creators and designers and other fantastic companies.

Here's the cool thing. 
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Linen Spring Wreath - tutorial

This wreath has been a long time coming. I've scavenged and searched far and wide for just the right idea to make a spring wreath for my front door. 

The weather in north Alabama has been nothing but showers and thunderstorms for the past few days, so what better time to sit down and finally tackle this project!

Its no secret that I'm a little obsessed with linen. And I seemed to have a lot leftover from some other projects I've done. Easy choice. But this project would work with most any cotton-y fabric.

So here she is.


 - wreath form
 - fabric (3 yards)
 - scissors
 - glue gun
- sewing machine (optional)

{I listed the sewing machine as optional because you don't have to use it. The sewing its very very simple and could be done completely by hand if you're willing to put the extra time in.}

Cut several long strips of fabric. 3-4 inches wide and the full length of what you have.

Using your hot glue to adhere the ends, wrap the linen strips around the wreath form to cover it.

Cut several more strips of cloth. Mine were 2-3 inches wide. 

Sew the edge of each strip with the longest stitch your sewing machine has.

Then grab one of the strings at the end of the stitching and start to pull. You'll have to help the thread work its way down the fabric, but it will start to bunch and ruffle.

In order to wrap these ruffles around the wreath, you're going to need a very loooooong strip of fabric. I ended up making 10-12 of these strips and then sewing the edges together to make one long piece.

Glue one end down and start wrapping.

I think its fantastic enough in and of itself! 

But if you'd like to add some embellishments ...

I added some sticks from my backyard and some moss.

and some flowers for good measure.

So glad to have my spring wreath up at last!!


Only a couple more days to enter the spring giveaway!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Easy Apple Dumplings - recipe

First of all ... you're welcome.

No really. Amazing. I really hope you weren't planning on fitting into a wedding dress or swimsuit anytime soon because you're going to be too busy stuffing your face with these.

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe last weekend when we were in Florida and I seriously couldn't wait to try it! I whipped up the recipe last night... hot out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream? Heaven.
And I found out today {because I can't stop eating them} that they heat up perfectly!

Do I even have to say anything else? Just in case I do ... this recipe is also quick and uses a lot of things you probably have around the house anyway. Ok. Now I know I've sold you on making some of these today.

  - 2 can of crescent rolls
  - 2 large (red delicious) apples
  - 2 sticks of butter
  - 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  - 1/2 teaspoon of apple pie spice*
  - 1 can of Sprite

*I bought apple pie spice at Target, no problem. But some stores may only carry pumpkin pie spice. That'll work too.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Then core and peel your apples. Cut each into 8 wedges.

Wrap each wedge inside a triangle crescent roll.

Place these in a glass baking dish. 
{this recipe makes 16 dumplings}

In a small pan, mix butter, sugar, cinnamon, and pie spice. Stir constantly and bring this to a boil for 1 minute.

Pour this over your apple bundles.

Grab your can of Sprite and pour all over.

Then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

 After about 25 minutes of baking, the smell was completely overwhelming. I spent the next five minutes drooling and staring at them through the oven glass.

So. unbelievably. delicious.

My husband isn't a big fan of anything too cinnamon-y and he loved these. The spices definitely aren't over whelming at all.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Table Runner Rebel

It's true. I'm a rebel. Wild and out of control.

Well, when it comes to my table runners, that is.
{sigh, someday I will be cool.}

Maybe it was the person who invented table runners that decided you used one, and used it long-way...

{via Mason Bay}

{via Farmhouse Musings}

{via Remodelista}

By the way, I love the linen and burlap runners 
{in case you didn't notice the obsession}

And I really don't have anything against the normal table runner. Look, see, my breakfast area ...

But for the dining room I had a different thought...

Why not three? Going the other direction. I know I know, I'm blowing your mind here with my out of the box thinking...

But its a little different. And I like it. 

I made these out of a light linen which only costs a couple of buck per yard. Table runners are easily $20-$50. Duh, make your own!
No major sewing here, just cutting the fabric the right size and hemming the edges.  
{I feel the need to keep reminding you guys that I'm a dreadful seamstress}

I like a lot of the above designs with the strips down the sides. Might have to add that this weekend ...

UGH. Speaking of, could this weekend get here any faster!? This week has been dreadfully long and busy around my house. Luckily my weekend starts on Thursday and I can start to play catch up on all my crafting and cooking and cleaning. Lots of posts to come!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Fun-Day?

I didn't mention this earlier but ...
here's where I spent my long weekend.

Yes, the gorgeous sandy beaches of Florida.

We headed down on Thursday for a getaway/business banquet for my husband/visit with my mother in law. All that makes it sound a lot busier that it was really was.
Other than attending a fancy-smancy banquet for my husband's company in Destin one night, we relaxed all weekend and visited with my fantastic mother in law, who lives in Panama City Beach. Spent lots of time lounging on the beach and sunnying by the pool. Umm, make that too much time. We've both come back with that miserable first sunburn of the season. {I know ya'll feel really sorry for me}

 We got in yesterday evening and now its back to the grindstone. Ugh. I mean, really. Who even likes Mondays??

For those of you suffering through the day wishing you were somewhere else {hmm, maybe back on the beach!} here's some gorgeous things that are cheering me up today.

OMG. I need these shoes. Right now. So fantastic!


Well hello, Urban Outfitters. What wonderful things you have for the house!


I've had my eye on this Spencer Pendant Latern light from Pottery Barn for my upstairs foyer. I'm still bound and determined to work out how I can make one for myself. That $300 price tag is beyond intimidating! I'll keep you posted ...


I'm also obsessed with finding the perfect spring wreath for my front door. Here's a couple I've been lusting after:

 {pottery barn}

{living with lindsay blog}

{homemade ginger blog - with tutorial!!}

 {laughter. life. us. blog}

Of all the wreaths that I've seen this year, there are several things that stick out to me: lots of green, moss, flowers, exposed sticks, a little birdie nest. I'm bound and determined to come up with the perfect wreath soon {geez, hopefully before spring is over}. Maybe I'll head to Hobby Lobby tonight ...

And on that note...

Anytime I need a little inspiration, I pick up one of these.

Sometimes its for crafting. Sometimes cooking, cleaning or decorating. No matter what, I always seem to get a wild hair when I read my favorite magazines.

Here's hoping you've survived another Monday. Only four more days until the weekend!


Have you entered the Spring Giveaway yet??