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.

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Yarn Wrapped Valentine’s Day Wreath

Long have I admired yarn wrapped wreaths.

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I love the look of wrapping just about anything in yarn. It adds fun texture and pops of color (especially when using multiple colored yarn).

However, I did not realize the TIME that goes into those things. Man!

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I recently bought a wreath form with a Hobby Lobby gift card I got for Christmas (thanks little bro!) with the intention of making one of these said wreaths. I started wrapping and wrapping…and wrapping……and wrapping… You get the point.

I did wrap it pretty tightly, but it took me about 4 hours!
Thankfully it didn’t require much concentration so I did most of it while watching a movie with the hubby.

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I whipped up some felt flowers in coordinating colors and wrapped a wooden heart in felt and viola! My yarn wrapped Valentine’s Day wreath!

I love how it turned out, but will probably wait to make another one until I know I have loads of time to kill. haha. Perhaps in the summer on a road trip?

Have you done any decorating for Valentine’s??

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Easy Fall Wreath

You know how there are those times that you are in a creative rut and you just wish you had some IDEAS? I am not in one of those times. ; )

I have a whole list of things to do/create, which is wonderful, but am only able to  carve time out of my busy days and weeks very slowly to do them.
Since doing a little fall decorating I have been really wanting to make a fall wreath.

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This project was FREE for me since I had all the materials on hand.
Yay for free (and easy)! : )

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All I needed was a grapevine wreath (you can get one from Hobby Lobby for about $4 with a coupon) and some fall faux leaves/flowers I got on clearance last year ( a couple bucks at most).

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I just stuck the leaves in among the grapevine and hot glued the flowers on.
That way if I decide to recreate the wreath later it won’t be a huge hassle.

But..I wasn’t quite content with it at this point…it needed something.

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INSERT SCRABBLE TILES!!

It goes perfectly with my “mantle”.

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It makes me happy every time I see it. : )

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THIS is why I have been looking for Scrabble games every time we go to Goodwill and why I was so stoked when my father-in-law found one for me.

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Hopefully it makes the mailman anyone that comes up to our house happy too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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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.

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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.

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

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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. 🙂

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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.

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

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Aaaand from outside the house too. 😉

Super easy. Super cute.
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Paper Flower Wreath

I made this wreath for a friend a little while ago and thought I’d share it.

It was my first wreath and now I’m hooked.

The wreath form I got from Hobby Lobby for half off (have I mentioned that I LOVE Hobby Lobby?)
And the button paper flowers I made myself.

Cut out several circles (I used a large circle punch) and then cut slits evenly around the circle.
I did 8 slits for most and 16 slits for the flowers with a lot of petals.

Then, fold each piece in half to form the petals.

Now, hot glue two of the folded petal pieces (that’s the technical term) together with the petals in alternating spaces.

Add a button, and there’s your flower!

They don’t take much time or effort to make.

Then hot glue ’em on your wreath!

I’m thinking of making some for my shop, what do you think?

Linking up to A Holly Bloggy Christmas.