A Miscellany of Projects

I think I’ve mentioned that while I have not been the most faithful at blogging, I have done an okay job at taking pictures of various projects that I have worked on. However, as I was going through pictures, none of them seemed to quite merit their own blog post. Which brings us to our title: a miscellany of projects. It’s a real word, look it up. (I did..) I almost went with a GOULASH of projects, but I reeeally don’t like goulash, so here we are.

First, let’s take a journey to my pinterest-worthy craft room.

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Not what you were expecting? I take what I can get.
Someday that will all be livable space with real floors and walls and ceiling. Someday.

Do you spy the color wheel?

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I got my inspiration AND the free cut file/pattern from here. Hers is super cute (and taken in much better lighting).

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I made it on a piece of foam board and used fabric, paper, buttons, and stickers. I really liked the Picasso quote and so I stamped that out too. It was a fun little project to do to add some color to my “space” and it was very simple and non-time-consuming. (I told you..not enough to stand on it’s own as a blog post.)

Next, I have a wreath I made for Spring.

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I made the felt flowers, the nest if from Hobby Lobby, and the eggs are from an antique shop in Kalona, IA.

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A little more subdued than my usual choice of colors, but it worked really well for Spring.

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I painted our side tables. Our coffee table and two side tables were a GREAT DEAL from a friend’s garage sale soon after we were married. We slapped some black spray paint on them, but they were really starting to show some wear and tear.

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So, as I was in the very early stages of labor with Benji, I painted (while taking precautions and staying in a very well ventilated area: aka the outdoors).

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We used a grayish beige sort of color (greige, if you will) that we had lying around. Before the hubs and I had our kiddos we used to, you know, just go to stores together. We didn’t even have to bring along a snack or push two carts. Anywho, when we would go to a hardware store together I found it difficult, nay impossible, to pass by the “oops paint” without perusing the colors and probably buying a can or two. Present day me would give past me a slightly judgmental look. This was one of many colors that I probably had no real need to ever get and have consequently used, but only because it was there and I’m sure I gave some sort of promise about how I would definitely use the paint for all sorts of projects. hah.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have spotted my giant chalkboard where I was doing verses of the week and REALLY need to get back into the habit of doing again.

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So much about that picture has changed (mainly no more book shelves in our living room) that it makes me want to give a “house tour” and take pictures of every room. But then I think about how I would need to clean them all…

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Maybe I’ve done less chalkboard verses since I’ve been doing a lot more Bible journaling. I think I am going to take an entire post to share about that, but I’ll just share one page.

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I also painted our side entrance leading down to the basement. This was before.

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It was a dingy white that had yellow sealant sprayed on it (THAT’S a long story) from when we first moved in and just needed some TLC badly.

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So I just continued the yellow from the kitchen.

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We also added the baskets on the wall (from Walmart) and the hooks for the cleaning supplies. Not super glamorous, but the organization makes a huge difference.

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And our pots and pans on our spraypainted pegboard also help with organization. We have a fairly small kitchen with not a lot of cabinets or counter space, so we have tried to be as creative as possible with where and how to store things.

Sooo….there you have it. What may have been my most random blog post ever. If you made it to the end, then I truly believe you are a dear, dear friend. I still have more to share (Bible journaling, a furniture redo, two room redos) but those should be enough to stand on their own. Thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully you learned a little more about me or felt a little inspired to go do one of those less-than-glamorous, but satisfying-to-finally-accomplish projects.


The Changing of the Seasons: A Faux Mantle’s Story

So I have really been wanting to post more on this old bloggity blog. I’m amazed/thankful that I’ve been able to stay faithful with the Ellery updates, but for a while now that is all that I have posted and I kind of miss sharing some of my projects. I still make stuff as often as I can and I usually even take pictures to share, but then that’s as far as it goes.

I have updated our mantle several times, but then the season/holiday passes before I blog about it. So, I think I’ll share some of the different mantles I have had and then I’ll show you the one I decorated today. Keep in mind, we don’t really have a mantle, so I work with what we do have.

Valentine’s Day

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I made the conversation heart specimen art the previous year for V-day, and the 3D flower heart art and alphabet I LOVE YOU this past year. (More tutorials that I never posted..). The tulips were from my love and are one of my favorite flowers. The red books are from our wedding and the pictures are obviously of the mister and I.

Valentine's Day mantle Collage

Easter mantle

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I also experimented with less eggs which made it look a lot simpler/cleaner.

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I cut out the Easter eggs from my paint chip collection, cut some triangles out of scrapbook paper for bunting, and glued on the letters that I cut out with my Silhouette. The Bible is turned to Isaiah 53 and the cross is from Hobby Lobby. I made the paper flowers a while ago and then just glued on some sticks for stems. The white vases are also leftover from our wedding. And the egg is an egg shaker!

Easter mantle Collage

Then I took away the eggs for spring (after Easter).

spring mantle Collage

Current mantle
(bright, fun, colorful, almost-summer mantle)

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I covered those red books with brown paper (from a paper bag and some brown wrapping paper) so I could use my new bicycle bookends from Design Atelier Article that I won from a giveaway on East Coast Creative. It took a little while for them to get to me (they had to come all the way from Ukraine!), but as soon as the package arrived I KNEW I had to display them.

I created a little felt flower bunting by clipping the flowers on some twine. The sunflower paper flowers are left over from some I made for a  baby shower this past Sunday (more to come from that soon I hope). The green fabric and Dream sign were just hanging around the craft room. I love challenging myself to decorate with things that I already have around the house. Saves money and forces me to be extra creative.

summer mantle Collage

And that, my friends, is the evolution of our mantle in the past several months. Thanks for sticking with me through sparse posts and catch-up.


Spring Wreath

The weather has been so nice for the past couple of days!
It smells like spring outside. 🙂

So I was inspired to make a wreath to welcome in (and hopefully encourage) the advances of spring.


This is kind of my first wreath so I’m really excited about it!
It makes me smile every time I pass it in the living room window.

I have had this grapevine wreath for a while now (half off at Hobby Lobby!) and haven’t known what to do with it.


I knew I had plenty of paper flowers lying around that I could use.


I was going to try to figure out a way to attach the flowers that wouldn’t be super permanent, but nothing really worked so I just decided this will be my spring wreath and if I want to have a different season/holiday I will just have to make a new wreath. 🙂


I decided on some daisies.
I simply put a dab glob of hot glue on the back of each flower, squished it on the wreath, and arranged to my liking.


String it up with some ribbon and you’re all set!


Aaaand from outside the house too. 😉

Super easy. Super cute.
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