diy // tassels

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I’ve been busy playing with MJ and decorating a special baby room.

(PS- I’ve completely changed my mind on all aspects of Ingrid’s room, about 42 times. Stay tuned.)

In the process of changing my mind over and over again, I needed some tassels for the mobile.

For whatever reason, I knew exactly how I would make them.

And it worked!

All you need is some embroidery floss and scissors.

I doubled the amount sold in a pack, so the tassels would be thicker. Each pack of floss is $.30 at Walmart. So, each tassel costs only $.60. Such a good deal! This process takes about 3 minutes per tassel. I was glad it was pretty speedy.

Here is the picture tutorial on how to make them. Let me know if you have questions!

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I might just have to make a tassel necklace for myself next.

What have you created lately?

Happy DIY-ing! xoxo

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diy // christmas decor

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I love decorating my home with the help of my husband and daughter while listening to Kenny and Dolly’s Once Upon a Christmas on vinyl. I love picking out presents for our families. I love seeing the joy on Matilda’s face when we turn on the lights.

For years, my parents hosted a Christmas Eve party. It was in the house we were raised in, and everyone was invited. That one night was the highlight of my year. Being with the people you love, the soft glow of lights, surrounding ourselves with joy… it’s the best.

Last year, I did a complete overhaul of our decorations. I suppose I wanted everything to be more sentimental so Matilda could enjoy that factor as she grew up.

We decided to switch to a real tree, which I grew up having. I found most of my inspiration from Anthropologie’s holiday decor.

This tinsel-filled ornament inspired me to buy clear, glass ornaments (like these) and tinsel and make my own version. I didn’t add the glitter. I had tons of glitter with the previous decorations and wanted to cut way back on that. Here is how they turned out. (Some of my favorites.)

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Also, I found and pinned this blog post. I turned them into ornaments instead of pins. I made several different colors and sizes.

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Anthropologie has (lucky for you all, it’s back this year!) this colorful braided twine on a spool. It costs $10 and is huge! They intended it for gift wrapping, which would be adorable. Instead, I strung it on my tree, wreath, and used it in my garland. I love the spools so much they sit on my coffee table, year-round.

For the wreath and garland, I used a trio of the twine, tinsel, and pom pom trim.

I love this combo. It makes my heart so happy. Rustic meets glitzy.

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I made our stockings. I wish I had insightful advice for you, but I messed with them until I got what I wanted. I wanted to use the monogram ornaments to label our stockings. A & B // M  This year at the Black Friday sale, I found the most adorable string of lights that I’ve ever seen. Twinkle Lights are strung on copper wire. No need to hide the ugly wires! They look great the way they are.

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How do you decorate? Happy hunting! xoxo

diy // card catalog update

A couple of years ago, my wonderful husband (who knows how much I love hording collecting junk) called me to ask if I wanted an old card catalog from the university he worked at. For free.

Before he could even get the question out of his mouth, I said “Yes!”

He and a friend about broke their backs moving it into our garage.

There it sat.

Until we moved and had the perfect nudge to get it updated and into our new home.

With a little inspiration from this Design*Sponge post and a little help from my husband, I updated this guy.

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I used Glidden’s Semi-Gloss High Endurance Paint + Primer in Cool Breeze Blue. We cleaned it thoroughly and busted out the paint. It took about three coats to get it fully covered. Taking out the drawers and leaving them the original finish cut out a ton of work.

Total cost: $15 for paint.

This piece fits perfectly in our home. We’re in love.

How has your luck been with painting furniture? I was nervous, but it was shockingly easy.

Happy hunting, updating, and DIY-ing! xoxo

diy // father’s day

This post is late because I forgot to post it we have a very special mister to celebrate.

I can’t go posting about his presents before he gets them, now can I?

Matilda painted him this lovely picture.  I’m sure I subconsciously got the idea off of Pinterest, but I have no memory of a specific pin. Painter’s tape, scissors to cut the letters/shapes out of said tape, card stock, finger paint, toddler fingers- done! Message credit: when asked what the painting should say my sweet girl replied “Umm, I think it should say ‘I love you.'” Gush.

One thing to note: don’t let your sweet child get too heavy on the paint, the paper can get soggy and peel off with the tape.

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The watch band is an update for his Timex Weekender.  He didn’t need it, but how about that neon pop of color? $6.99 later and it feels like a new watch!

I made the wallet/phone case with some scrap leather, upholstery fabric, and 30 minutes or less at the sewing machine. I measured it out with a phone and a credit card, just be sure to leave extra room on the sides for stitching. Cut the leather, cut the fabric, stitch the fabric on three sides to the leather, fold the leather in half, stitch down each long side (don’t forget to double back for reinforcement)- done!

(Worst DIY explanation ever?!  So sorry!  I promise to take more pictures and write a better description next time. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.  xx)

Mug credit: My mister’s brother got him this amazing mug for Christmas last year.

What were your Father’s Day purchases or creations?

Happy creating! xoxo