DIY Place Cards for Practically Pennies

This week Alex and I hosted a supper club at our house! It was such a sweet time of meaningful convos, laughs that make your stomach hurt, and food that was for the most part delicious (see more on these whoops below). 

The part I was most excited about were the place cards. They were nothing super inventive or at all original, but they were easy, cheap, and black & gold #mylovelanguage. I bought a black white and gold neck pillow for a trip I am going on, and as I stood in a room filled with black, white & gold, my sweet roommate smiled a little smirk and said “looks just like you”. Ain’t she sweet to notice. 

We found the black & gold tags in the dollar section at Target – 8 for a dollar… can’t beat that! Not to mention it came with a black & white ribbon… it was meant to be. And then the mini pumpkins were $.69 at Trader Joe’s. Place cards for a total of $.82 is a win in my book. 

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Two lessons learned: – mozzerella does not melt and make queso- it will be in a block when you try and scoop it. – make sure you add sugar to your fruit dip! 

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DIY Feather Art

I know absolutely nothing about art. I shamefully admit that I walked through the Vatican with no knowledge in how to appreciate some of the most famous art in the world… instead we tried to find the best statues to imitate. Shameful I know. But when looking for something to fill a frame, I knew I didn’t want a picture. I also, know that my painting skills are limited and stick figures are only cute when a child draws them. So naturally I saw the pack of unused white feathers as my next victim. I might as well deem 2014 the year of the gold dipped feather. photo 1

 

Yall, my sister is the best person to shop with. She has an eye for deals and design. She could seriously have her on HGTV show and I would map out my week just so I could plan to watch in amazement. I would like to say I have learned a thing or two… but all I have learned is that I will never spot the fancy finds like she does! 

While shopping with her a few weeks ago, I found okay lets be honest, she found a target frame for like $3 at the Goodwill (insert fist pump here!). She knew I would love it…she good like that. 

So here it is, gold spray painted feather in my Goodwill frame = poor white girl art. Holla! I love it and was the last simple touch that my bedside needed, but I love it even more because part of it is my sister. When I look at it I don’t think “wow I love my feather”. I get to think about how cool and thrifty my sister is and pray that she rubs off on me some more. 

PS. When taking pictures of your spray painted art… take the glass out. It will save 30 minutes of wasted effort of avoiding glares on the glass. This might have been obvious to most, but we all know I make things harder than they have to be.

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PS. see that bedside drawer? Tutorial coming soon on how Alex (and her entire family) and I made a real life Pinterest win (cause lets be honest… they don’t always turn into wins). 

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| Get Your Fall On |

This past weekend was a Mary Poppins kind of weekend. Practically perfect in every way. 

After a very busy couple of months, this past weekend all of my favorite things collided. Long hours, full days, crisp air, pumpkin candles, and time passing movies that provided such rest. Now I can’t live every weekend like the last, mostly because I would get bored. But it was such a needed weekend of productive rest (is that event possible?!).

Fall is my absolute favorite. Every year when spring hits, the prettiest flowers start tellin me lies of how I could love another season more than fall, but the second that the temperatures drop, my neighbors light a bonfire, and country music sounds even better in the company of boots and scarves… I know… I know fall is home.

In attempts to a simple season and using things I already had, I was thrilled to only have to buy 2 $5 pumpkins and then use supplies of old that never found a home. (You know that time you buy 32 white feathers when you actually only needed one. I won’t confess what Alex said she would done if she just needed one feather!). But as if I didn’t already bleed black, white & gold… It was time to get my fall on. 

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fall3Now come on and pop on by, we will drink cider and watch Hallmark (that’s the rules). 

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Credits: canvas painting inspired by Lindsay Letters… LOVE her stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

>> New Shop: Freedom Shop <<

After a year of knowing I should do something and wondering what I could do, I have now opened Freedom Shop on Etsy. Passion 2012 completely opened my eyes and burdened my heart for those that are trapped in human trafficking. Hearing story after story, I knew that even though I am not called to move (right now) to be the one rescuing, I could do something to support those who were actively on the field. I got into a place where I felt overwhelmed by the need and honestly got a kick in the rear at Passion 2013 this year. It took a year till I came back to the place that first pierced my heart and felt convicted over my lack of action. 

Christine Caine is by far one of my modern day heroes. Her heart behind the work of The A21 Campaign compels me to ask “what can I do?”. I love crafts. I love making something with a meaning. Thankful that God has provided a way to support this ministry and provide awareness to the cause. Click the A21 banner below to check out more info on how God is using A21 to rescue and restore victims.

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“Just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something. Your one thing is the missing thing”. -Christine Caine 

Below are a few items in the shop. Some parts of the items are made with materials found in thrift stores and antique markets. I love the idea of taking something, and recreating it with a new purpose.

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Make your something count for someone. Do something today that could make a difference in the life of others! 

Happy Freedom Shopping! 

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Ball Jar Beauties

My love for mason jars started young as I watched my Granny make her homemade fig jelly. The tradition has been passed down through the family and my dad makes my favorite strawberry preserves and mayhaw jelly. For the longest time I only thought that mason jars were used to bottle up sweet family recipes. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started discovering and appreciating all the ways these little jars can hold the daily (hourly) glass of sweet tea, decor for a party, lanterns, and more. Here are the latest finds that I am lovin and can’t wait to do for the next shower, party, or Sunday afternoon. Enjoy.

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{DIY: Coasters}

My bes fran Alex and I had a Pinterest day this weekend. We each started with 4 things we wanted to make but with supplies hard to find I landed on making coasters. Super easy & cheap. Supplies: 4 tiles from Lowes ($.31) tissues paper (next time I’d use scrapbook paper), mod podge, clear spray paint, 1 sheet of felt, & hot glue gun. Click here for the link that I followed but it was pretty easy to figure out on your own! I questioned whether or not the clear spray paint would seal them…well… I left them outside to dry and it started raining. Spray paint works.

I loved how they turned out. For more {DIY} ideas check out the DIY board on Pinterest.