yarn flower a d.i.y.

We bought this amazing birdcage at a vintage shop in downtown orange a couple months ago & we have been changing it out every season. it has been one of my favorite things to change up in our house. i love that it is always new & different. & it helps me think of different creative way to decorate.

I saw some of these yarn flowers on pinterest (where all good ideas come from- ;) & I knew that I could use them somewhere in the house to add a detail & personal touch & that somewhere just happens to be in our fabulous birdcage.

Here is a little “how to make” these little yarn flowers. They really turned out better than I thought they would. They are so cute.

1. start wrapping yarn around your finger/fingers (the more fingers you wrap the yarn around the bigger it will be & the more yarn you wrap around your finger/fingers the thicker the flower will be

2&3.dig the inside string out from inside your two finger & start to wrap it around the middle of the yarn ball & take the other end of the string & wrap that around too together

4.tie the two strings together pretty tightly

5.take your yarn ball & cut the edges of the yarn & then go back & make sure you did not miss any of the strings & fluff it out

6. viola! a pretty yarn flower.

I did several different colors & sizes & this is what I ended up with:

I hope this is helpful & gives you some good ideas to start crafting & decorating in your own house.

-Sarah

purse=bracelet d.i.y

i love to go “treasure hunting” at the thrift store. actually it is one of my favorite things to do. i love not knowing what i am going to find or how i might be able to transform something into a whole new thing all together.

this purse jumped out at me because of the chain metal & i knew that i could make it into a bracelet or necklace. well i decided to do both

all i did was use pliers to pull the links apart from the purse & secure the links back together to fit my wrist.

here is a finished product on my wrist.

this is one of my favorite bracelets now & it is so versatile with any outfit. the best part is it only cost me one dollar. Score!

happy crafting & thrifting.

-Sarah

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it’s a date

every once in a while justin & i get a chance to go out on a date & sometimes even for breakfast- like today. i love breakfast dates it just seems to make the whole day better. a hot cup of coffee, warm pancakes, scrambled eggs, & the loveliest of company & great conversation.

when we spend quality time alone he refreshes me. he uplifts me. he pushes me. he inspires me. & he makes me fall in love with him a little more even when i thought that wasn’t possible. i am so thankful for a man that is perfect in every way for me :)

he makes me happy as can be.

happy thursday.

-sarah

Photo friday

Instagram is such a fun way to keep track of your life. If you are not on it & you have an iPhone you are really missing out. Here is a recap of our week according to my iPhone.

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My weekly thrift finds. I seriously got all of these clothes for $10. I can not even believe that sometimes. I got a j.crew sweater. Gap sweater. Gap striped pants. & 5 vintage shirts & one total bust! Sometimes I see something & think it will be awesome & get home only to realize it wasn’t really as awesome as I thought. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

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Being a stay at home mom I make my own schedule & sometimes if I travel a ways to do something Shane needs to sleep in the car. Here we are. Me reading. Him sleeping.

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Yes it is January & yes Shane is playing in a sprinkler. It has been in the 80’s all week & I am loving it!

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Chick fil a lunch date with momma.

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Sunshine here in California has been wonderful!

Hope you had a great week. I am so excited for this weekend :)

-Sarah

Master Bedroom inspiration board

We have been slowly redoing several of the rooms in our house. We just moved in a little over 4 months ago & the place was a disaster when we moved in (bare walls, filthy carpets & dirty like i have never seen) so when we first moved in there was a lot of different things we had to do first like new carpet, tile, paint, & hardwood floors leaving our wallets pretty empty as far as re-decorating. We have been saving to re-do our master bedroom/master bath & it looks like we are going to be able to start the make-over in the beginning of February. I have been searching pinterest & some of my favorite decorating sites for inspiration for our bedroom.

We already have a dresser, bed, bedding, & vintage quilt that I LOVE to start off with we just need a lot of little things to come together to complete the look for our bedroom. I really want a lot of little personalized touches to go into our room & really feel like us & a place we can relax & unwind in.

Here is a little inspiration board I put together for our room of things that I have found over time & have fallen in love with:

(most of the stuff was found at either anthropolgie, urban outfitters & i took an idea I found on a beautiful mess blog.)

I can not wait to to make our bedroom into a beautiful little place for us :)

-Sarah

faux bookshelf- a DIY by Justin

Today I am having my husband, Justin, guest post. He is a talented artist & do it yourselfer( i think i made up that word), but I am so thankful to have him around the house to make so many of our ideas come to life. Here is one of my favorite projects that we have done in the house.

Building a bookshelf as a DIY project was challenging for me because of all the work that goes into to making a shelf with the proper support and framing especially on a rounded wall. I simplified the process so that i could fit books on our unique curved wall. I did end up destroying the books in the process, but i just cared about looks not content. This project ended up bringing so much color and interest to the room, it was worth sacrificing the books. Here are some steps that i took to make this wall standout as a feature wall, steps that anyone can take whether your wall is curved or straight.

Basic materials that i used to complete the projects:

  1. 2″x4″ cut to length of the wall
  2. moulding
  3. paint
  4. books (found at thrift stores)
  5. double sided adhesive tape

Before i could use the 2’x4’s as support i had to make hundreds of cuts into the back of the board so that i could bend the wood to the curve of the wall. I then screwed the wood into the studs behind the sheet rock. With the wood in place i was able to cover it with molding i purchased at Home Depot. After applying the molding I covered all the nail holes and cuts with a wood putty. This allowed the pieces to look like one solid piece.

My theory in using a black paint was that it would help mask the depth of the short books.

Using double sided adhesive Sarah and I could simply just stick the books to the wall.

What took some time was cutting all the books to a length that would fit on the wall. For this project it took about 250 books

It was fun to layout all the books and letters and see it come together.

I hope this gives you some good ideas & even inspires you to start building & decorating in your own home

Thanks

-Justin