The Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle

A few weeks ago my dear sweet friend asked me to help her build a mantle for her fireplace, so naturally I said yes. (I should mention that neither of us had ever built a mantle before.)  Today I’m going to share with you a few of the Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle.

Do your homework (Hello, Pinterest)

Don’t follow the exact lay out another person posted. (Your fireplace will be different, so there will need to be some adjustments made. If you don’t you’ll be making to two mantles and one of them will end up being a wine rack.)

Do find the most experienced carpenter in Home Depot and talk to them about what you’re doing. She or he can give you some helpful hints to make your project go more smoothly. (Shout out to Mark at the Home Depot in Hattiesburg, MS!!)

Don’t forget to charge your tools the night before.

Do make a list of ALL of the supplies you’ll need.

Don’t do your shopping the day you plan to complete the project. (The shopping took a lot of time.)

Do this project with a friend it makes it so much fun and a lot easier. Enjoy!!

 

 

DIY Spring Wreath

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is in the air!! (My allergies confirm this. haha.) I decided to celebrate the change in seasons by making a beautiful Spring Wreath. Today I’m going to show you how you to can make a beautiful wreath without paying the big price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath

Artificial Flowers

Wire Cutters

Hot Glue Gun

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Start by cutting the each flower from the bunch it’s attached to using the wire cutters. (I strongly suggest using a bigger pair of wire cutters than I used because it will take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. if you don’t)

Next you are going to take the flowers and slide the steam through the wicker wreath in a pattern that you like. Once you have a pattern that you like glue the back of the flower to the wreath using the hot glue gun.When it’s dry cut off the excess flower steams from the back of the wreath. You’ll want to cut them close to the wicker wreath to make sure your wreath sits as flat as possible, once it’s hung.

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Then hang your cost effective Spring Wreath and enjoy!!!

Helpful Tips:

1.) Buy more flowers than you think you’ll need. Trust me half way through mine I had to run to the store to get more. Needless to say they were out of one of the flowers that I used, which lead me to rearrange my wreath.

2.) Use more durable wire cutters than I did. Using those little tiny things was like a cruel punishment.

3.) Buy your supplies from the dollar store. I bought all of my wreath on a whim from Hobby Lobby because it was half off ($4). When I took my weekly trip to the Dollar Tree they had wicker wreaths for a dollar. They also had some really cute flowers, so I wasn’t about to miss that opportunity. The total cost of making this Spring Wreath (with the cute little butterflies I added) was $15 dollars.

 

 

About Last Week

I’m a planner, I always have been. I have backup plans, for my backup plans and even backup plans for those plans. Last week though no matter how well I planned and executed my DIY projects and recipes they failed miserably. I began to become aggravated and started questioning my ability. Then I took a deep breath and stepped back for a moment. I realized that I needed a week off from doing crafts and cooking. I needed a week off from blogging.

I know taking time off from blogging isn’t what a lot of popular bloggers would suggest. Especially, if you want to turn your blog into a business like I do. But sometimes you just need a reset so you can come back at your best. I love blogging and I enjoy making DIY crafts and food. I don’t want to ruin it by stressing myself out about it.

After taking a week off to just hangout with my husband and my little boy, I feel great I can focus creating new things. I have a ton of new blogs planned and can’t wait to share them with you. I guess sometimes you just need to take a break to return to something you love. Until next time.

Liebster Award


I’m extremely honored and flatter because I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely and talented Connie@BohemienArt. Y’all should check out her blog. She’s always posting something new and interesting! Thank you, so much Connie!!!

The rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  3. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  5. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

 

Here are Connie’s questions:

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I wanted something just for me and I enjoy making crafts and cooking. (Even if I’m not perfect at it. :D)

If failure were not an option what would you attempt to do?

If failure wasn’t an option I would start all of the  businesses, I’ve ever thought about. (Here’s a few I’ve considered: An ice cream shop that is open at night and delivers, a children’s museum, a restaurant just for kids, a children’s theatre, an outdoor movie theatre that has couches,etc. There are many many more but I don’t want to bore you with all of those.)

If you could live in any place of the world where would that be and why?

If I could live any place in the world I wanted, I would live in Tennessee. I know that may sound crazy to some of you but I feel as thought it is the best of everything. You get to see all for seasons, it has the mountains, and some country life. However, there are still some amazing cities to explore. The only thing that would make Tennessee even better is if it had an ocean near by.

What is your greatest phobia and why?

My greatest phobia is snakes. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because they can sneak up on you and bite you, leading to your death.

If money were not an issue what would be your next purchase?

This is a tough one but I think it would be a house. But not just any house but my dream house.

If you had to leave in a hurry for a trip, what would be the “must have 3 items” to take with you?

My must have 3 items if I had to leave in a hurry for a trip would be, flip-flops, deodorant, and conditioner for my crazy curly hair.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to own my business and I’m hoping through my blog I can achieve that.

If you have a really bad day, what’s the thing that can brighten it up?

When I’m having a really bad day the thing that brightens it up is hearing my son and husband laugh.

What’s your favorite cooking recipe and why?

My favorite cooking recipe is Homemade Candied Pecans because they taste wonderful and they also make the house smell amazing. So it’s a win, win.

What would be the appropriate soundtrack for the movie of your life?

The appropriate soundtrack for the movie that is my life would be  “What a Wonderful World” By Louis Armstrong

Here are the blogs I nominate:

Home Grown DIY

Buffy The Writer

Peas Romaine Calm

Thirties Flair

Sandra McCall

Southern Belly

Failing Up In The Kitchen

Miss Artsy Crafty

The DIY Chick

Beauty and Baths

Here are my questions:

Why did you start your blog?

What is you’re favorite book?

What does a perfect weekend look like to you?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is your favorite Disney movie and character?

What advice would you give your younger self?

What’s your biggest fear?

Which do you prefer: A brand new car or a restored vintage car?

 

 

 

DIY Spring Welcome Sign

It’s officially Spring! In honor of Spring I decided to make a new Welcome sign. Today I’m going to share with you how I made it.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

String or Ribbion

Staple Gun

A Wooden Plaque (I bought mine from of Walmart for $4)

Piece of Chalk

White Paint Pen

Variety of Paint

Masking Tape

Flower Stencils

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Start by painting the wooden plaque. When it’s dry take a piece of chalk and write the word “Welcome”on the plaque. (I don’t have bubbly cheerleader handwriting, so writing in chalk allows me to erase it and rewrite it. Until I get a version that’s legible and that I don’t absolutely hate.)

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Once you’ve written a version of the word “Welcome” in chalk that you actually like, grab the paint pen and trace it. You’ll need to go over it a few times.

 

Next place one of flower stencils on the wooden plaque, where you want them, and secure them with masking tape. Then paint. Repeat this step as many times as you’d like using different stencils. Allow sign to dry. When the sign is dry flip it over and staple the string to the back of it. (The length of the string will depend on the size of plaque and the level at which you’d like it to hang. Then ENJOY!! Happy Spring Everybody!!!

 

 

 

 

DIY Bunny Mask

It’s almost Easter and with the weather being crazy here my toddler is getting restless and so am I.  Honestly, there is only so many episodes of  P J Masks I can watch before I start twitching. (But at least my child’s not into Caillou! I can’t stand that show with that whinny little kid. I’ve literally dive for the remote, whenever I hear that dreaded intro song.) Today I wanted to mix things up a little bit with my little guy. Go a little old school by making Bunny Mask  and using our imaginations instead of turning on the tv. I’m going to show you how to make your very own Bunny Mask.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Sheet of White Construction Paper

1 Sheet of Pink Construction Paper

Hot Glue Gun or Elmer’s Glue

3 Black Pipe Cleaners

1 Cotton Ball

Scotch Tape

Pencil

Hole Puncher

Scissors

String/Ribbion

Bowl

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Grab the pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Set aside. Then trace the bowl.  (You’ll want to pick a bowl that’s about the size of your child face.)

 

Next you’re going to slide the bowl up to the top of the circle you’ve already made. You are going to trace the one side of the bowl. Then move it over to meet the line you’ve perviously created. (This will be the rabbit ears)

Then you are going to cut the rabbit out and trace only the ears on the pink piece of construction paper. Once you’ve traced the ears, you’re going to draw the inner ear. (I just free handed it. It doesn’t have to be perfect just fun.)  When you’ve drawn the inner ear cut it out and glue it on the bunny.

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Using something small and round trace the eye holes. ( I used my reusable K-Cup thingy) Cut out the eye holes. ( I personally hate cutting the eye holes. They are they worst but I didn’t want my kid running into things.)

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Next you are going to glue on the nose and whiskers. Draw the mouth of the rabbit.

Lastly you are going to apply a piece of scotch tape on each side of the mask. Then punch a hole in the tape. (This insures that when you tie the ribbon or string to it, it won’t tear the paper.) Tie a piece of ribbon to either side of the mask. Then place the mask on your little one (or yourself) and let imagination and giggles take over. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Easy Play Dough Recipe

The weather has been terrible for the last week and my child has been going berserk. He’s an outdoorsy kid, so being cooped up isn’t good for him or my sanity. So I decided to make him some Play Dough to keep him busy for a while.(And since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, I had to add a little holiday flare) Today I’m going to share with you this very simple Play Dough recipe.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup of Shaving Cream

1 Cup of Cornstarch

Gold Glitter

Green Food Coloring

You are going to want to lay something over your table to protect it. (I use a shower curtain. When I’m finished I just throw it in the washing machine with a few old towels and then dry it. Here‘s a great video on how to wash your plastic shower curtain.) Then you are going to want to pour the cornstarch right on the table cloth. Next you are going to add the shaving cream and glitter. (Don’t worry about exact measurements. I honestly just guesstimated.)

Then you are going to knead the mixture for about 5 minutes. At first it will seem like you aren’t making any progress but trust me it will become dough. (I should also let you know that this is a super messy project and your kids will love it.) If the dough is too sticky add more cornstarch and if it’s too dry add more shaving cream.

Once the dough is formed, add the food coloring. When the food coloring is completely combined, enjoy!!! Let your kids have blast!!!