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Fabric Covered Corn Hole

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in backyard, crafts | 1 comment

Fabric Covered Corn Hole

This has been the summer of backyard parties at our house!

We’ve hosted S’mores Parties and Backyard Movie Nights.

And at each event we have hauled out our miserably mistreated corn hole boards.

But let me warn you.

If you are a hard core corn hole playercover your eyes.

I’m sure what I’ve done to this corn hole board is against all of the rules.

My husband showed actual concern that I might have “messed the boards up.”

And if you are a competitive corn hole player…then I probably did mess them up.

But if you love to host a cute backyard party…then these boards are perfect!

Here is how to make fabric covered corn hole boards:

fabric covered corn hole

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How to Arrange Cut Flowers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in flower arrangement | 7 comments

How to Arrange Cut Flowers

I tend to be a bit spontaneous.

{At least that’s what I like to call it.}

Not in the bungee jumping, skydiving, race car driving ways.

It probably tends more towards the “fails to plan ahead and then just wings it.”

And it presents itself by me waking up one morning and deciding to paint my kitchen that very day…even if we are leaving to go out of town the next day.

Also my “spontaneity” doesn’t really have time for things like planting seeds.

I need immediate results…not weeks later results.

But I am thankful that those zinnia packets caught my eye a few weeks back…and I’m even more thankful that I took the 2 minutes to throw the seeds into my flowers beds…and forget about them.  :)

Because I now have beds full of flowers that can be cut and arranged!

So here is how to arrange cut flowers.

How to Arrange Cut Flowers

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Simply Saturday

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in simply saturday | 4 comments

Simply Saturday

I’m going to try something new here this week.

I’m calling it

“Simply Saturday”

It will just be a random collection of what is going on around our house

…along with the things I am dreaming about or wanting to make.

Those things that I find each week that encourage me and inspire me.

So I hope that each Saturday I will leave you encouraged and inspired as well!

So welcome to “Simply Saturday!”


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How to Make a Pencil Vase

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in crafts, Oh My Word Would You Look At That | 14 comments

How to Make a Pencil Vase

My girls start back to school tomorrow!?

I’m sure that I’m not the only mom in America saying this:

“Where did the summer go?!”

I’m not ready for my girls to be gone all day every day. :(

I offer to homeschool them every year…but never have any takers. They love their schools and their friends!

So with the start of school, my Southern friends decided to get together to share some of our ideas for

Back To School!

One tradition we have at our house is to start each school year with a simple gift for their teacher.

I usually don’t have much time between the school supply shopping, last minute back to school parties and trips to the pool!

So here is a simple gift that can be put together is less than 5 minutes!

How to Make a Pencil Vase

And don’t forget to check out the other ideas at the end of this post!

How to Make a Pencil Vase

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5 Simple Burlap Projects

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in burlap, crafts | 7 comments

5 Simple Burlap Projects

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel for my family. :)

Have I ever mentioned that my husband is a youth pastor?

This opens us up to so many amazing opportunities in the summer!

June was full of local camps…and July has been full of travel.

We spent a week serving an orphanage in Mexico called The City of Children.

From there we drove up the coast of California all the way to San Francisco.

{Daisy won a trip through Pottery Barn Teen for her bedroomthat is a blog post in itself…AMAZING!}

We flew home, unpacked, washed clothes and packed again for New York.

As I type this post, we are at camp Shiloh that serves children from the Bronx.

Fun times!

So today I am sharing some of my favorite burlap projects…

Burlap Projects

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Neutral Kitchen Paint Colors

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in kitchen | 12 comments

Neutral Kitchen Paint Colors

A couple of weeks ago it was time to pack up my family of 5 to go to camp for 11 days.

And the day before we were to leave…I decided it would be the perfect day to paint my kitchen.

So instead of washing and folding…I was searching for the perfect neutral kitchen paint colors!

The perfect neutral with just a hint of gray and cream that would be totally perfect with ironstone.

Because what else needed to be done?!

{I really wonder about myself sometimes?}

I just imagined how wonderful it would be to walk into a newly painted kitchen when we got back from camp.

How fresh everything would look…

Perfect cream color for my kitchen

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How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in crafts, wreaths | 5 comments

How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Every year my hydrangea bush outdoes itself.

I end up with seriously large, beautiful hydrangea blooms.

It actually should have died years ago.

My sweet mother-in-law gifted me with an Annabelle Hydrangea when my Anna Belle was born.

Such a sweet thought…but my reality was that I didn’t really have time to deal with a new plant.

I had a little girl that had just turned 2 and a newborn and I was tired.

So I quickly planted the little plant after letting it sit entirely too long in its plastic container…with no water.

And I forgot about it.

Until the next year…it began to show some life…and actually began to produce the tiniest of blooms.

I thought it just might make it after all.

Until my precious {then 3 year old} Daisy saw the tiny blooms and proceeded to pick everyone of them…and brought me a beautiful tiny bouquet. :)

I knew that was going to be all it took to polish the poor plant off.

But year after year it just kept coming back…defying all odds.

And allowing me to show you how to make a dried hydrangea wreath! :)

How to Make a Hydrangea Wreath

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I Need Your Help!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in crafts, wreaths | 17 comments

I Need Your Help!

So a few weeks ago something TOTALLY AMAZING happened!

{I still can’t even believe it?!}

Better Homes and Gardens emailed me and asked if they could use my floral monogram in their


Are you serious?!…of course they can! :)

{I can’t even believe that Better Homes and Gardens knows that I exist?!}

My competition is 3 incredibly talented ladies!

So if you want to help a girl out…

…I would really appreciate a vote for my floral monogram!



{You can vote every hour of every day this week!}

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Lime Simple Syrup

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Oh My Word Would You Look At That, recipes | 13 comments

Lime Simple Syrup

If you are hopping over from Top This Top That, I am so glad that you are here!

I was raised on sweet tea.

My mama was putting it in my thermos for lunch by the time I was in the 1st grade.

No Kool-aid at my house…

…my friends wanted my mama’s sweet tea!

In the summer, she would hang little gold mugs from hooks under the cabinets so that we could come in and fix it ourselves.

Sweet memories. :)

So when my Southern friends wanted to get together and share drink recipes…

…I knew mine had to involve sweet tea!

So here is a fun lime simple syrup that will sweeten your tea while adding a hint of flavor.

How to Make Simple Syrup with Lime

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How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in kitchen, painted furniture | 10 comments

How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

I come from a family that is all about traditions.

Or maybe it’s that my parents didn’t like a lot of change.

My parents lived in the same house for 26 years.

We moved in when I was 1 and they moved out when I was 27…during those years my mom redecorated and painted and rearranged…but one piece of furniture always stayed the same…

…the kitchen table.

I love that every family meal that we ate in that house was at that very table.

My husband’s family is much the same way…my husband grew up eating every meal at the same table…which now resides in our dining room! :)

So when David and I bought our family kitchen table…I knew that I wanted to use it forever.

But the shiny cherry was beginning to bother me…so I decided to try my hand at refinishing.

And I LOVE the results!

Here is how to refinish a kitchen table:

How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

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