• Crafts,  Home Decor,  Sew

    The Look for Less: Embroidered X Pattern Throw Pillow

    Have you guys seen the new Hearth & Hand home decor collection by Magnolia at Target? Woah. It is pretty amazing!!! There are so many cute pieces and the prices are pretty reasonable. I especially love this cute, little, embroidered x pattern throw pillow!

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    If you haven’t checked out the collection yet, you have to see it. I think I need one (or two) of everything. Like this doormat, these striped napkins, this wreath, etc. It is like Joanna Gaines crawled into my brain and stole all of my neutral lovin’ home decor ideas. And then made a home decor line with them. *wink*

    X Pattern Throw Pillow

    Check out how I turned a Hearth & Hand placemat into a cute embroidered x pattern throw pillow.

    Hearth & Hand Placemat

    I’m always on the lookout for a good deal. So, when I found a placemat from the same line that was the exact pattern of the pillow for only a quarter of the price, I scooped up the opportunity to get the look for less.

    Placemat Price Comparison

    If you come across a cute fabric placemat that you love, chances are you can make it into a throw pillow. (I’ve done this before and it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get a stylish pillow for your space.)

    Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

    double sided fabric placemat | seam ripper | cotton batting | needle & thread

    To start, take a seam ripper and pull out the stitching on one side of the placemat, about 4 inches long. (Or just big enough to slip your hand into.)

    Using a Seam Ripper

    Next, stuff the pillow! (I decided to go the cheap route and just pulled apart an old bed pillow to use as stuffing.) Fill that puppy up until it is sufficient to your liking.

    Pillow Stuffing

    Finally, it is time for a little sewing. Using a needle and thread matching the pillow color, hand stitch the opening closed.

    Hand Stitch Pillow

    Voila!  That’s it!

    Hearth and Hand Placemat Pillow

    These placemat pillows are so easy to make and you can whip up several of them in no time.

    Upcycle Placemat Into Pillow

    I just love the neutral style of these embroidered x pattern throw pillows. They are the exact look of the Hearth and Hand version for only a fraction of the cost!

    DIY Lumbar Throw Pillow

    Although, I probably didn’t need any more pillows, I’m so happy that I found this little inexpensive hack. My husband may not be quite as thrilled, since he considers me a pillow hoarder, but I’m sure he appreciates the fact that I saved some money in the pillow acquiring process!

    Not feeling crafty?

    Buy the original embroidered x pattern throw pillow here!

  • Holidays & Seasons

    Fun and Unique Hostess Gifts

    Compensation for this post was provided by UncommonGoods, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. Read my full disclosure.

    It seems that everyone has a gathering or two to go to during this time of year. And what better way to show your appreciation for the host than by bringing along a cool gift? Whether you are having your own get-together or heading out to one, there are some great gift ideas from UncommonGoods that would be perfect for almost any host or hostess. Here are 7 Fun and Unique Hostess Gifts!

    Fun and Unique Hostess Gifts

    Have you heard of UncommonGoods before? They have so many distinctive gifts, jewelry, and home decor items. As a privately-owned retailer, their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers (hence all of those nifty and fun things.) Plus, with every purchase you make, they’re proud to donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. How cool is that?

    Slate Place Card Set

    I love the simplicity of these place cards and, as you can see, they can be used in different ways. Write names, numbers, or get super crafty and draw some fun holiday pictures on each!

    Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

    What gathering is complete without cheese and crackers?  This ampersand cheese and crackers board is wonderful for displaying all of the yummy selections the host/hostess may have.

    Homesick Candles

    I think that this unique candle is probably my favorite idea on the list. I have yet to smell the Ohio candle, but I can only imagine how comforting it will feel for visitors to get a scent of their home state. Plus, a candle always adds to the ambiance!

    Cocktail Hour Chocolate Gift Box

    You can’t really go wrong with a box of chocolates, right? Especially when they are flavored like your favorite liquor. I’ll take the champagne flavor, thank you!

    Bag of Coal Soaps

    These little lumps of coal are really quite the cheeky gift and perfect for even the naughtiest (or nicest) host on your list. What a fun way to keep hands clean and moisturized.

    Entertainer’s Gift Box

    Jelly and almonds and chutney, Oh My! This yummy gift box is certain to please a crowd with its variety of delicious goodies. Just add some cheese and wine! (It would go great with the cheese and crackers serving board above.)

    Life by Definition Coffee Mugs

    Keep the conversation going with some descriptive coffee mugs. Whether you fill them with coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or even mulled wine, the guests will surely be talking about these clever definitions.

    So, which of these fun and unique hostess gifts will you be grabbing from UncommonGoods?

     

     

     

  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Kids,  Life & Family

    SURPRISE! We’re Expecting: Pregnancy Week 18

    Yup, you’ve read that right.  We are expecting baby #3 and I’m already 18 weeks along! If you are following along with me on Instagram, then you probably already know about our big news. However, I wanted to share some more of the details over here.

    Pregnancy Announcement Pregnancy Week 18

    HEALTH

    Physically, it has been a pretty rough road so far. I’ve been dealing with extreme morning/all day sickness which has pretty much stopped me in my tracks for the past couple of months. I’m not surprised about that though since my previous pregnancies were very similar in that way. Luckily, it seems to be easing up just a bit!

    FEEEEEEELINGS

    There are so many feels going around during this pregnancy. To say that I’m not nervous, would be a lie. I’m a hot mess! I had some major end of pregnancy/birth complications during my last pregnancy with my son. (Pre-eclampsia/HELLP syndrome) So, naturally, I’m somewhat concerned about the outcome with this babe as well. Plus, I’m over 35 now which puts me in the “geriatric” maternal age range and raises the risks of genetic issues. All of that, plus the normal crazy pregnancy hormones raging through my body have made me pretty emotional this time around.

    NURSERY

    Not only will we be adding to our family, but we will also be trying to fit another small human into our already tight and cozy home. Since this is a home decor blog, I, of course, will be sharing our nursery plans, whatever those may end up being. We have yet to figure out the logistics of all of that, but there are some ideas rolling around in my brain. (Closet nursery possibly?)


    So, that’s what’s been up with me/us for the past several months! We are so excited (and still a little anxious) for what is to come. I hope you will follow along!

     

  • $100 Room Challenge,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Final Reveal

    A couple of months ago, I decided to take part in the $100 Room Challenge by redoing our master bedroom on a tight budget. To say that I dropped the ball on that is partially true. Yes, I took a super long blog/social media break (more on that in the next week), but we did actually finish the makeover back in August. Anyway, I’m here to share our Master Bedroom Final Reveal!

    Master Bedroom $100 Makeover

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    Doing a room makeover on a tight budget of just $100 can get pretty tricky.

    before after master bedroom

    We only made a couple of purchases for this space before all of our money was totally eaten up! So we had to come up with some creative ways to update this room using items we already owned!

    Wood Turned Lamp Base

    All of the money in our budget went towards these pretty turned wood lamp bases and shades, which we picked up from Target. Even though they were on sale (36.09 each for the bases and 18.99 each for the shades), we still went slightly over $100 when it all totaled up. However, I really like the look of the lamps and how they bring in some warmth to the stark white of the room, so it was definitely worth it!

    Creative Unique Nightstand

    In my last post about this room, I shared how my hubby and I fashioned this DIY barn wood headboard. It is so cool to have such a sentimental piece (the wood is actually an old barn door from my grandparents’ house)!

    Dust Ruffle Bedskirt

    Also, on this side of the room, we updated the knobs on the left dresser/nightstand with a little Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. A few accessories from other parts of the house were also pulled in to help the space look more finished. Oh, and I can’t forget the addition of a dust ruffle to hide all of the items stored under our bed.

    DIY Barn Wood Head Board

    On the other side of the room, we really made an impact with paint! Lucky for us, there was plenty of leftover white paint from previous projects, so that did not affect our budget at all.

    New Dresser Drop Pulls

    The white dresser fits this room so much better and those drop pull knobs now pop against the white backdrop.

    before after master bedroom 2

    After removing the old tv and sending it to live in storage, it was time to bring in a few accessories to this space. To keep things simple and add a bit of color, I grabbed one of my ferns from the front porch. Yes, the scale is a bit off, but I didn’t want to clutter the dresser with knick-knacks. Plus, we already owned the fern, so it was a freebie addition to the bedroom.

    Ikea Hemnes Dresser

    I also chose to keep the spindle glass candlesticks because I liked how they emulated the lamps at the opposite end of the room. This is a lesson in working with what you’ve got!

    Fern and Glass Candle Holders

    Let’s check back on the to-do list to see how we did!

    • Buy/Replace the lamps
    • DIY a headboard for the bed
    • Add a few accessories to each side table
    • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
    • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
    • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted)
    • Relocate the TV
    • Accessorize the dresser
    • Paint the dresser

    Yay! It looks like we were able to complete everything on the list and stayed pretty close to our $100 budget. (It came it at roughly $110 and change.)

    Ikea Dresser Painted White

    How do you think we did? Would you have taken a chance and spent all of your budget on just a couple of lamps? Or would you put your money to use on something different to makeover this space? I would love to hear your thoughts!