Easy Do It Yourself Dreamcatcher

Recently, I made a DIY dreamcatcher for my sitting room, and I thought it might be fun to share it with you!

Supplies:

  1. Lace Fabric
  2. Yarn
  3. Embroidery Hoop
  4. Faux Flowers

Steps:

  1. Add lace fabric to an embroidery hoop and trim excess fabric from the back. (You could add a little glue at this point, but it’s definitely not necessary.)
  2. Cut the yarn into strands. I chose to leave mine rather long.
  3. Cut a few small holes in the lace fabric near the bottom of the hoop.
  4. String the yarn through the holes.
  5. Add some yarn to the top of your dreamcatcher to hang it.
  6. Add some decorative faux flowers to the top, and you’re done!

 

The Evolution of a Wreath

I’ve made a lot of wreaths, but one I made recently for my new sitting room might just be my favorite ever. I captured a SnapChat story of the process, and it seemed like a fun thing to share here on the blog, too.

Step one:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

Step Two:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

Step Three:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

All of the flowers came from a local trash to treasure sale a few months back. They were all together in a vase, and they just didn’t look appealing in their current state. However, the flowers themselves were great quality and very pretty, so I knew I’d find a use for them. I just kept adding flowers to my wreath form until I liked the way it looked, and then I wrapped the rest of the form with some burlap ribbon I had on hand. All in all, this was a great way to repurpose faux florals, and I love the way the new wreath looks in my sitting room.

(Linking up to TDC.)

Top 10 Most Pinned Posts

We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.

1. Three Easy Kabob Recipes

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs at BetweenWeekdays.com

2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce from BetweenWeekdays.com

3. Red Front Door

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

4. Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

DIY Corsage at BetweenWeekdays.com

5. My Favorite Taco Seasoning Spice Blend

SpiceIngredients

6. Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Pinterest inspired baby shower projects at BetweenWeekdays.com

7. How to Make a Tutu Wreath

How to make a Tutu Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

8. DIY Paint Chip Art

DIY Paint Chip Art from BetweenWeekdays.com

9. DIY Keepsake Art

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

10. How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Honorable Mention:

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe at BetweenWeekdays.com

DIY Keepsake Art

A few months ago, I mentioned that I wanted to make some keepsake art in order to commemorate our first home together. It’s no secret that I adored our first house, so some keepsake art seemed in order. I found inspiration for this project awhile ago at Our Fifth House.

Is that not a precious way to remember all the houses you’ve called homes? Plus, I already had the perfect frame. You might remember it from our old office.

Office Frame Collage

See that frame on the top left? I knew it’d be perfect for this project. In the photo above all of the art had been neutralized while our first house was for sale. I have big plans for these frames, but that’s a story for another day. For now, let’s focus on just the one frame.

Ready to see how my DIY keepsake art turned out?

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

I think it turned out pretty great. Let’s break it down section by section.

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

The top frame holds our keys that we used to enter the house each and every day. The front door is the only door we had keys to — weird, I know. (I know; we should have immediately changed all of the locks on the house. It was one of those odd things we just never got around to.) The paper behind the keys was a free printable I used while the house was on the market.

DIY Keepsake Art3 at BetweenWeekdays.com

The second section holds the MLS photo of our house. I miss the pretty exterior of this house. I know our current house will eventually boast nice landscaping and maybe a fresh, new coat of paint, but sometimes I miss having an exterior that’s already done. I also tend to forget that it took us three years to get to a nice exterior.

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

The third frame holds the original keepsake art I made last fall. When I had a section of my map leftover from another art project, I realized our street was in the piece that didn’t make the cut. I took a spool of red thread and needle and stitched a freehanded heart around our little street. I think it looks especially sweet in this frame since the colors relate to the paper behind the keys. I love happy accidents.

All in all, this was a FREE project for me since I already had everything on hand. Sweet!

While I do miss some things about our first home, I’m even more in love with our current house.  Maybe one day (in the distant future), I’ll be making keepsake art for our blue house.

I’m linking up to TDC’s Before and After party!

49¢ DIY Chandelier Art

I really can’t remember the last time I crafted anything. I’m going to guess I last got my craft on in October 2012. And before that? Who knows. Last year was not the year of crafting since our house was on the market. We had showings so frequently that it wasn’t possible to create a mess, and to me, crafting = mess.

Now that we’re in the new house, though, I think it’s high time I get my crafting on. Ironically, the box of crafting supplies was one of the first unpacked.

I was browsing the sales in the Silhouette store the other day when I noticed a really cute chandelier marked down to 49¢. I knew immediately I wanted to use it to make some new DIY art for my new office.

Chandelier

With my new chandelier silhouette purchased, I shopped the house to see what I had on hand that I could use for this project. I found a piece of leftover scrapbook paper from another project in my office supplies and an empty Ikea frame in a partially-unpacked box. Score!

I decided to cut the chandelier with my Silhouette SD on a piece of black vinyl, and with that, my supplies were gathered.

Supplies

From this point, I’d guess that the rest of the project took less than 10 minutes. It went a little something like this:

  • Remove back of frame and use it to cut scrapbook paper to size
  • Remove negative pieces of vinyl

ChandelierSilhouette

  •  Transfer vinyl to transfer tape paper
  • Transfer vinyl to scrapbook paper
  • Center new art in frame and replace the backing
  • Pop up on a shelf and enjoy!

DIYChandelierArt

Ta da! So far, I’m loving it! Plus, knowing that I only have 49¢ in this entire project will make it easier to replace down the line. What have you been crafting lately? Please tell me you’ve gotten your craft on lately more than I have.

House Tour: Downstairs Guest Bedroom

There’s only one room left on our house tour: the downstairs guest bedroom. I’ve blogged about this room before, but it has only recently been finished.

We purchased the bed about a year or so ago, but it sat without bedding for a long time. When we decided to list the house, I knew I had to finally make the bed.

Most of the bedding was gifted, but I did score a fabulous deal on the Pottery Barn quilt. I purchased it from a consignment store for only $80.

I also scored a DKNY pillow that was originally listed at $115 for only $14.00. Thank you Tuesday Morning! It’s the tiny rectangular pillow in both of the above photos. Does anyone else think it’s crazy to pay $115 for a decorative pillow?

Another challenge to this room was deciding what to place in my old cradle.

My late grandfather made the cradle for me before I was born, so it has great sentimental value to me. My mother-in-law very kindly loaned me Travis’ baby quilt to place in it. It was hand stitched by his grandmother, so it is also hugely sentimental. A stuffed toy helped fill in the negative space in the cradle.

Directly across from the bed is a small gifted dresser with a T.V. atop it from my dorm days and a quilt ladder to its right.

The quilt ladder was a fun DIY project. For a long while this was the only ladder we had. It was so unstable, that I wasn’t allowed to use it for climbing purposes. Last Christmas we were given a new ladder so I disassembled our old one to use for quilt storage.

I think it’s quite charming in a rustic, beat-up sort of way.

Speaking of rustic, beat-up charm, I literally pulled the nightstand from a trash pile a few months ago.

All it needed was a good cleaning and some furniture polish to spiff it right up. I think it looks really sweet in this room.

I also pulled the art pieces located in this room from the same trash pile.

I researched the prints just for fun to see if the were worth anything, but, alas, no such luck. Even though they were signed, they were still only worth around $7 a piece. I had them framed for about $30 each (if I’m remembering correctly) at Hobby Lobby.

I’ve loved watching this room transform into what it is today. I can’t wait to be able to better use this bed in a future home. As of right now, this room has not seen an overnight guest in three and a half years. This bed has never been slept on, and I can’t wait to remedy that in a new house.

This room is the last on the tour of our current house. I plan on showing you the exterior of our home soon, which will conclude the tour. If you’ve missed any rooms, click here to see each room in its entirety.

Source List:

Bed: Local Discount Furniture Store
Bed Quilt: Pottery Barn Matine Toile Quit in Navy, sadly no longer available in navy
Cradle: Handmade
Dresser: Gifted
Nightstand: Picked from Trash
Art: Picked from Trash, frames from Hobby Lobby

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)

DIY Map Art

A couple of years ago, map art was all the rage. I suppose it still is. Like everyone else, I jumped on the bandwagon (like I did with my DIY paint chip art) and fashioned my very own map art. It has been hanging in my office for at least two years now, and I’m still in love with it.

I bought a $5 dollar map of my current city, and found the most visually interesting part of the map to frame. Lucky for me, Chattanooga is a dynamic town with lots of streets, a river and mountains. It looks lovely framed.

You’ll notice my ironing efforts went largely unnoticed by my map. Luckily, it’s barely noticeable indoors.

At first I was disappointed that my street wasn’t included in the framed map, but then I realized this was another opportunity to bring some art to the other side of the office for the bookcase.

I gathered my supplies: the remainder of my map, a frame, sewing needles and red thread. (Sorry for the horrid photo taken years ago.) Do you see where this is going?

I stitched a red heart around our street and added it to the IKEA frame. Voila! Cute, personalized and cheap art.

I’m looking forward to creating a few more pieces of map art once we move. I also plan to keep these pieces around, because, after all, Chattanooga was our first home as a married couple. We’ve had a lot of fun here.

I’ve got some great ideas for transitioning the heart map art to include more details of our first home. This is my inspiration:

I absolutely love the placement of the photo in the middle. I’d like to add the embroidered map in the bottom, and then frame our house keys at the top. I think it’d be adorable, plus I have visions of having a huge wall of frames in our future house.

What have you been DIY-ing lately (or years ago, if you’re like me)?

House Tour: Master Bedroom and Bathroom

I love our master bedroom. I do. It’s just the right size. It let’s in just the right amount of natural light. It’s completely comfortable. And it’s us. If any room in our house is us, I think it’s this one.

We’ve spent years collecting different pieces of furniture for this room. Isn’t it funny how your own space (in this case, the master bedroom) is at the end of the to-do list?

Did you notice the lampshades we recovered last year? They’re still one of my favorite projects to date.

Our bed is a massive California King. It’s funny because I’m 5’1, and my husband claims to be 5’9. I don’t think he’s actually that tall. In case you’re wondering, a California King is the longest bed you can buy.

It’s a long story. Before we were married, we were shopping in a small mall, which had a Bombay & Co. outlet. I fell in love with the bed frame, which we were told was a queen. The footboard was brown, but the headboard was black. So, in short, we scored such a fantastic deal on it that we had to have it. It sat in my in-laws basement for months waiting on us to be married. This was very convenient for me, because my mother-in-law stained the footboard black because she got tired of looking at the mismatched pieces. I told you it was a long story.

We recently purchased a Sleep Number mattress for this bed, so I suppose we’re stuck with a California King for the next 20 years. And, yes, the Sleep Number is magical. Travis’ sleep number is 35. Mine is sometimes 50 and sometimes 40. I’m indecisive like that.

The one thing I don’t like about this room is the closet.

think the photo above should speak for itself, but in case it doesn’t, this closet is teeny tiny. Originally this closet was only mine, but once we listed the house for sale, we downsized our wardrobes considerably to fit in into this one teeny tiny closet in order to make it appear like this house has ample storage.

Moving on…

This is my viewpoint from my side of the bed. You’ll notice the DIY paint chip art above the chest of drawers on the right. I just love it there. We only recently mounted the television, and it’s great to finally have it off of the furniture.

The doorway between the chests obviously leads to the master bathroom.

We thought long and hard about converting the tub into a shower, but, in the end, it just didn’t make sense. We’ve done virtually nothing to this space other than paint it and add some hardware and accessories. It’s not my most favorite room, but it’s sufficient.

The tour of the master bedroom and bathroom wraps up the main level of our home. Next, we’ll move into the downstairs apartment. If you’ve missed any of the tour, click here to go to a full listing of each room.

Source List:

Bed Frame: Bombay & Co.
Mattress: Sleep Number m7 bed
Nightstands: IKEA RAST 3-Drawer Chest, stained black
Tall Chest of Drawers: Ashley Furniture (The link is very similar to the chest we own.)
Short Chest of Drawers: IKEA HEMNES 3-Drawer Chest
Bedding: Macy’s, gifted
Artwork: Kirkland’s

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar

Update: I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Show Us Your Bedrooms party.

DIY Paint Chip Art

I’ve been on the paint chip art bandwagon for awhile now. In fact, I actually made this piece of art back in April of 2011. I just never shared it. Oops!

You see, I actually worked on this during a week when we didn’t have power following a line of tornadoes that moved through our area. We were very fortunate, but many in our community were not. It was a scary time for us, and I suppose that’s why I never shared this project that was completed during the few hours of daylight we had every day after work.

Now that the heavy stuff is out of the way, on with the crafting!

I used four different paint chip colors from Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra line. On a side note, I have used this paint on a piece of furniture I refinished and loved it!

The colors are: (clockwise) pencil point, ozone, burnished clay and elephant skin.

I chose the colors for their fantastic shape and how well they tie in with the colors in my home. Elephant skin is a close match to the paint color used in my living room and kitchen, and ozone is very similar to the color in my master bedroom and bathroom.

All I did was decide on a pattern and use double-stick tape to keep it all together. Voila! Instant, free art! The frame itself is rather large (33 ½ x 27 ½), but I love the visual impact it has on the wall.

All in all, I’d say this is any easy project for any DIY-er looking to add visual interest to a blank wall.

House Tour: The Office

Welcome back to the tour of our current abode! We recently decided to try to sell our house, so I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane by revisiting each room in our current home. We’ve already toured the living room and our eat-in kitchen. Up next is the office, which is actually one of three bedrooms on the main floor.

When we bought the house back in 2009, this room was sporting bright blue paint on the walls, a damaged (in more ways than one) ceiling fan, and a fancy water stain on the ceiling. Very nice!

A quick repair to the roof fixed a leak leaving us able to patch the ceiling and repaint. Did I mention that every single ceiling in this house had to be painted before we could move in? Luckily, this was the only one with water damage, but the rest were just plain gross.

Today, this angle of the room room looks way better.

The “new” ceiling fan was originally in the master bedroom. We actually lived with the old fan (which didn’t even work) in this room until about a year ago when we decided to upgrade the lighting in our bedroom.

Our office serves a dual purpose. It is first and foremost an office, but it can also function as a guest room in a pinch thanks to a futon.

The futon is extremely comfortable. We should know since we spent our first two weeks in this house sleeping on it. Travis’ parents slept on our bed during the first couple of weeks in the new house. They graciously offered to move in for a few weeks and help us renovate. The very least we could do was make sure they had a decent place to sleep.

Above the futon is a frame collage that I absolutely adore.

Most of the art was either free (see source list below) or DIY. A few of the frames were depersonalized once we decided to try to list our house for sell. Below is a collage of some of the original art that was switched out. Please excuse the extremely poor photo quality as these were taken on my then phone a few years back.

The “art” shown above includes a favorite bible verse, a couple of our engagement pictures surrounding our last name’s initial, and our wedding vows via Wordle. Some other DIY art that made the cut and was able to stay in the room: a map of our current city and a DIY letter/number project.

The other side of the room contains all of the office functions.

This is the spot where I blog, pay bills, shop online and occasionally pick up some freelance work. I painted the wall behind the desk a cheery green. I once had an office with green walls, and I found it so energizing and refreshing that I decided to bring the concept home. The rest of the walls are painted a muted color, but there are pops of green throughout the room in the artwork and pillows to tie it all together.

The bookshelf was also depersonalized once we made the decision to list our house for sale, but I really like how it’s turned out. Pretty on the top and functional on the bottom. The box on the second shelf from the top holds our wedding mementos; you know, the sprig of crystals from my bouquet, extra invitations and programs, a candle that burned during our reception, etc. I would love to eventually stack another box on top to squeeze even more hidden storage into this shelf. The books on the top shelf are all from McKay. I don’t think any one of them cost more than $2 or $3, and several were less than $1. And, again, all the art is either free or DIY.

The only item hanging on my green wall is a DIY French memo board. (Sorry there’s no tutorial for this project, but there are tons online!) The ribbon is velvet which ties in to the black velvet design on the fabric. This is one of my DIY projects that I’m most proud of. It’s nothing too fancy, but everything came together beautifully. You may have noticed that this fabric was also carried over to the bottom of the drapery panels framing the window. Of course, this board was once full of personal mementos and photographs, but it has been depersonalized. I actually think I like it better this way!

In the interest of keeping it real, behold the interior of the office closet.

At one time, this closet housed all of Travis’ work clothes and was quite full. Now it merely holds extra paper and luggage along with a couple of other miscellaneous items.

I love this room. Every detail came together beautifully to create a pretty and functional room for our family. It will be important that our next house also have a functional (and pretty) office space, because I’m planning to pursue more freelance work opportunities in the near future.

Free Art Source List:

I’ve listed below a few of my favorite sources for free art. I’m always adding more to my Pinterest Board “Printables,” so be sure to follow me there for new free printable art and other printables.

Room Source List:

Desk: Walmart, Better Homes and Garden Autumn Lane Writing Desk
Book Shelf: Walmart, South Shore Gascony Collection
Side Table: IKEA, LACK
Futon: Walmart, Mainstays Mission Wood Arm Futon (This is similar to the futon we have)
Computer: iMac
Printer: Amazon, HP Photosmart 6510 All-In-One Printer
Frames for Collage: Michales,
Lamps: HomeGoods
Pillows: HomeGoods, Walmart, Hobby Lobby

Paint Colors:

Main Room Color: Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams
Accent Wall: This was an oops can of paint. The brand is Valspar, but I couldn’t find any identifying markings to know what the paint color is. Sorry! It reminds me of a granny smith apple in person, if that helps at all.

We still have a lot more rooms on the tour of our current house. I hope you’ll join me as I continue showing you the home we have loved for the past three and a half years.

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

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