Guys. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling extra crafty and wanting to try something new! With this adventurous spirit, I decided to try decoupaging some decor. I’d done it once or twice before so I assumed I was a pro. I assumed so wrong. ? Now I’d like to share my “Pinterest Fail” and my “Pinterest Win” and maybe teach you a thing or two along the way! My first idea was to design two prints and decoupage them onto 16×20″ canvasses. That doesn’t sound too hard, right? RIGHT?? Well, my frustration began when I started using my worst enemy, scissors. ✂️ ? ?
The Scissor Folly
I am convinced that I was absent from Kindergarten the day Mrs. Hegeman taught us how to use scissors. I’m pretty much incapable of cutting a straight line, so I thought I’d be “innovative” and show you an easy way to help you cut a straight line with scissors. I’m yet to find this easy way. ?
First, I tried putting a piece of painter’s tape along the line to cut, but the tape was crooked and I ripped my paper. Second, I tried folding along the edge to cut, but my fold was crooked. I ended up with this:
DO NOT: Try an innovative way to cut a straight line on your only print.
DO: Invest in a commercial-grade straight-edge cutter or a YouTube video with better tips. ?
Okay guys. If there were only one DIY project I could share with you, I think it would be this one. It is so. easy. and transforms your bathroom. Affordably. It involves the #1 thing you look at in the bathroom: your mirror!
When we were thinking about re-doing our bathroom, we started looking at new mirrors… but they were expensive! I wanted to keep our bathroom makeover cheap, so I wasn’t interested in spending $50+ for a new mirror. That being said, I hated the “builder” mirror that was in there – you know, it’s like a giant slate of mirror. It gets the job done, but it’s so blah.
As I was searching around on Pinterest for bathroom makeover inspiration, I came across a DIY bathroom mirror frame on a fun home decor blog called Cherished Bliss. I pinned it knowing it would be something I’d actually come back to later. Would you guess that the mirror above turned into this one??
Okay, let me show you how we did it!
Well, Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope 2017 has been treating you well! Ours involved giving our master bathroom a much-needed makeover. Seriously. It was (what I like to call) “Arizona tan” city!
So, over New Years weekend we did some MASSIVE changes – painting the walls and cabinets, adding an accent wall, framing our mirror, and hanging some hardware!
Without further adieu…
Master Bathroom Makeover Before & Afters
Here’s our bathroom vanity before…
Holy blue, holy fresh! Can you believe this is the same bathroom? I can’t. Let’s take another look.
Merry Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas season so far and have all your presents and recipes ready for the big day! We’ve been taking advantage of this Christmas season by doing some fun crafts – last weekend we attempted our first gingerbread house, and not to brag, but it turned out SWEET (no pun intended).
Kudos to Andrew for the cactus, and kudos to me for the gingerbread man happenstance. Thank you, thank you!
Another fun craft I wanted to try out was some DIY popsicle snowflakes I’ve been seeing on Pinterest! I thought this would be a fun craft for Andrew and me to do together since it seemed pretty easy and usually boys like gluing sticks together. I’m excited to report that this was not a “Pinterest fail”, and they turned out pretty cute!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HANUKKAH! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ‘Tis FINALLY the season, and I couldn’t be more ready and excited. Seriously – I have been listening to Christmas music since October. #Oops #DontTellSanta
I love unpacking my decorations each year and unearthing things I forgot about, so I’d love to share a story about the roots of some of my favorite decorations. It starts about 10 years ago and involves lots of cookies, lots of Christmas parties, and lots of Santas.
Over Thanksgiving, the hubs and I went back to Pennsylvania to visit his side of the family. I literally cried when I saw fall color (I’ve been a bit deprived)!!
It was a nice week spending time with family, trying out a few local spots, seeing more horse-drawn buggies than I’ve seen in my whole life, and finally checking out the 1860’s mansion Andrew’s family has been restoring for… a few years. 😉 As his dad says, “It seems to take forever when you’re doing things right.”
This incredibly antique mansion has been given new life since they bought it. They’re not quite done renovating it yet, but I’ll take you through my favorite parts and give a little history along the way.
The Isaac S. Long Mansion
As I mentioned, this mansion was built in 1860 by Isaac Long. Isaac lived in New York but built this “summer home” (ha!) in Pennsylvania where he could hunt and spend his spare time. I wish I could have a summer home with 18 rooms!
Back in July, you might remember the beginning of our master bedroom floor makeover. We even live streamed it on Facebook when we ripped out the carpet (watch it here), which was hilarious and disgusting.
Well, 4 months later (because that’s how all DIY projects go, right??), I am ECSTATIC to reveal our FINISHED (for now!) bedroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *cue round of applause and joyous whistles*
In our final set-up we moved our bed to a different wall, so don’t get confused in the pictures!
OKAY, without further adieu… Let’s REVEAL!
The pests in Arizona are nasty – scorpions, Black Widows, Brown Recluse spiders, rattlesnakes, cockroaches, these things on our front porch:
When we moved into our home, we knew pest control would be a must. We didn’t really want to spend $30+/month on the service, so we started looking into DIY pest control! Here’s the story of how we cleared our house of critters and how we’re keeping them out now. Oh, and how we’re saving a few hundred dollars along the way! 🙂
This year I’ve really been missing fall colors and fall weather. Living in Arizona has its perks, but it’s severely lacking one thing I love: seasons.
We went to a pumpkin farm last weekend and it was literally 97°. It was miserable. And disgusting.
Because of this fall-weathered void, I’m doing pretty much anything and everything to manually bring more fall into my life. Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning Photoshop, so I put together a few pretty pictures to frame and place around our home! Better yet, I’m sharing them for free so you can print ’em out and add another ounce of fall to your home. ?
If you love a pretty house and quick and easy decor (but honestly, who doesn’t?), then give these a try! Download these designs by entering your email below. You’ll get an email to confirm you’re a real person, then the printables will be in your inbox before you can say, “pumpkin spice latte.” ☕
Guys. Over the past couple weekends, Andrew and I have been giving our backyard a massive haircut. Like, gigantic. Huge. Monstrous. I’m fairly certain that no yard work had been done at our house for 5+ years, if not longer (and our house is about 12 years old).
It was a long and tedious process, but we found this little guy who lovingly egged us on –
I’m SO excited to show you the before and after pics and share a few things we learned along the way.
The Side Yard