Polaroid Party Decoration DIY

Hello all, happy Sunday! Hope you all had a pleasant weekend.

I have a fun post for you today, and I’m excited to share because this has been one of my favorite projects!

As I mentioned in my last entry, I’m decorating my soon-to-be- sister-in-law’s bridal shower that’s coming up in a couple of weeks! I’ve been pinning away on Pinterest and checking obsessively on the Michael’s website for sales and other great deals.

I made a fun decoration for the shower on Friday and got inspiration from my wedding last summer.

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My mother and father-in-law built a polaroid shape out of wood that all of our guests took photos behind, and they turned out great! I wanted to do the same kind of thing this time, so I grabbed a large piece of poster board, some decorative flowers and got to work. And above is the beautiful result!

I’m excited to use this piece because it will serve as a fun memory in photos and also because, if put out front, it is a great way to show arriving guests where the gathering is.

This took me roughly two and a half hours to make, but it was worth it! If you want to give it a shot, you’ll need:

-poster board

-decorative flowers (or whatever you’d like to decorate the board with!)

-letter stencils (or if you’re a rockstar at calligraphy, do what you want. I am not good at that LOL).

-sharpie

-xacto knife

-wire cutters (they worked really well when I cut the flowers from their wire stems! Don’t ruin your scissors!)

-a little background music while you’re hard at work! (I for one was rocking out to some Third Eye Blind)

I fell in love with this idea when I had it at my own wedding, and I really wanted to recreate it. I had fun with it and hopefully it gives you guys some inspiration!

Thanks for reading everyone!

Table Project – Part 1

Hello readers! How are you doing today? Well, I hope ūüėÄ 

I’m feeling excited for the week ahead! I have the entire five days off before my summer term begins next Monday. 

With all of this free time in front of me, I decided to take on a new project for the apartment. 

A family from my church had some cedar wood leftover from a project of their own, and they were gracious enough to let me have some extra pieces. So this week I plan on building a small console table in the hallway of the apartment.

I was able to stand the three pieces up, so this is what it will look like. I do however plan on painting the table. I still haven’t decided on a color yet, but I’m planning on doing some searching on Pinterest tonight for some inspiration.

There are so many ideas running through my mind as to how I want to decorate on and around the table!           One thing I know for sure is that Kris and I need a space for our keys. When I redid the entryway wall, I didn’t have room for them. Kris spotted this cool decoration at Ross on Saturday, and I plan on putting this up next to the table.

Beyond that, I’m not yet sure how I’d like to decorate. Hopefully Pinterest will be of inspiration! 

I’m really excited to work on this! It isn’t likely that I’ll have the whole thing finished in a week, money is tight right now. I’m excited to just get started on it, and I’ll keep you all up to date on my work!

Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions or other comments, let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 

Putting a Creative Touch on your Potted Plants

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Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you are well, and thank you for visiting my page today. Really, thank you so much!

I have had a tough couple of weeks! Last week, I had to finish more homework than normal because¬†I was going to be out of town that weekend. This last week, I have been battling a cold; a¬†nasty, unforgiving cold. So needless¬†to say, I haven’t had many opportunities to talk to you all on Little Things.

So with all of that to say, thank you for your patience. I’m still new to blogging, and I’m trying my best to stick to a writing schedule, but sometimes I mess up. I appreciate everyone’s grace and support!

To move on, I wanted to share my new potted plants with you all!

I bought these plants earlier in the day, the left one is called a Water Miser and the plant to the right is called a Shake Cotyledon. I was very selective going into Fred Meyer, I wanted something fairly easy to keep alive. I don’t have the best track record with plants, but growing and caring for¬†them is a hobby I’d like to develop. So I thought these would be an easy starting point. I’m excited to see how beautifully they grow!

I had a last minute thought as I transferred them to their containers: Why not label them by their scientific name?

I had exactly two small chalk labels left in my craft drawer and decided to take advantage of them. So I labeled each plant by their scientific name, as you can see above. It’s my goal to have several plants in this apartment over the summer, and I wanted to come up with a fun way to make them stand out!

Also, I just discovered that at my apartment complex, there is a community garden area and I was thinking of trying out my green thumb there as well. I might make a feature out of it, since I’m new to this and it would be fun to note my progress maybe once a week. I will¬†look into it soon,¬†so stay tuned!

Hopefully this is of inspiration to you all. I bought both the pots and the plants for $13, so it wasn’t too expensive.

So if you are looking for a fun way to decorate your plants, give this a shot!

Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks everyone!

 

 

Making Your Flowers Last a Little Longer

Hey readers! In this quick post, I wanted to share what I did with the flowers I received for my birthday last week.

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So these are the BEAUTIFUL flowers I got last week from my family! I set them on top of the wood crates that sit in the corner of my bedroom. For a better look at what I did, you can look at my Bedroom Makeover entry.

Yesterday I had to throw them away because the petals started falling off and it made a mess all over the floor. I noticed there were a few good flowers still left over, I didn’t want to throw them away so soon, so I decided to keep the ones¬†that¬†are still fresh.

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I took the pink roses that were still fresh as a daisy (pun intended!) and left them on the wood crates in the bedroom, along with my lovely framed scripture ‚ô•

There were still plenty more fresh flowers to pick from, so I bundled them up and placed them throughout the apartment.

I placed the flowers on the bathroom shelf and on top of the stove in the kitchen. Good thing I have a million mason jars lying around! I almost always prefer to use mason jars as vases, one because they are cute and two because they are very cheap. I always buy mine at Michaels for $1.00.

So if you have lots of wilting flowers and a few gems left over, see what areas of your home could use a little pop of color!

Let me know in the comments below what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

Thanks for reading!

Our Coastal Bathroom

Hey guys!

As I mentioned in my last entry, I wanted to share another project with you all.

This one was so much fun, especially because my husband Kris helped me with it. After visiting family last week, we stopped at Michael’s on our way home. I told him that for my next entry I wanted to work on the bathroom a little bit.

As we walked around the store, he said that he would really enjoy having a beach themed bathroom. My first thought was that I don’t really enjoy going off of themes for decorating, unless it’s for holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving or something. But I thought for a moment, and decided that I wanted to give this a shot. One reason being because I didn’t already have a set list of ideas for decorating the bathroom, I was just hoping to stumble across a few items that would strike some inspiration, but that wasn’t happening. Another reason I said yes to the idea is because he honestly surprised me with his enthusiasm and excitement over it. It isn’t that he doesn’t care about how our house looks, he has always supported my passion for decorating, but he just doesn’t take enjoyment out of it like I do. So when he all of a sudden took interest in this project, I saw it as an opportunity to bond with him in a different way.

As we walked around the store, he got all of these ideas in his head about what we could do and he was really excited about them. That was really exciting for me, to see him have fun with something that I really love to do. He stepped into my world a little bit, and it was fun to share with him! The more we brainstormed together, the more excited I became about having our bathroom beach themed. He had a few ideas that I hadn’t thought of that I really loved, and we just had fun together.

I have the best husband ‚̧

So with that long introduction, here are some photos! There is still a lot more I would like to do in the future, but this was a great start for our beach bathroom!

This is what we got at Michael’s last week. This light gold tray was something Kristofer found, and he also found the frosted glass mason jar to go with it. It serves as a tea light candle holder as well. Very cute! I wouldn’t have found those if he hadn’t wandered off – something he often does when we are out shopping ūüėČ I also added the little vile of sand and¬†the shell¬†we took from Seaside¬†during our honeymoon.

The Kraken Black Spiced¬†rum bottle was a last minute idea. We had originally picked out a wine bottle from Michael’s to put our mouth wash in. Then I remembered once we got home that we had this empty bottle sitting on top of our fridge, and I thought it would look a lot more fun. We finished that bottle months ago, and I had a feeling I should hold onto it. The octopus¬†illustration is fun and I just wanted to keep it for display. I actually ended up using the wine bottle as a vase that I posted in my last entry here.

I had the wooden crate sitting in the laundry room and decided to place it on the bathroom shelf instead. I wanted to incorporate some wood to the theme and I like how the dark stain allows it to stand out. Above that I added some Gypso flowers to a mason jar and added the last of that ribbon I had to it – you see it all over my other projects. ūüíĚ I added the tree cut wood piece as a base for the flowers. I suppose this area doesn’t quite stick with the theme, but I love how much the wood pieces soften up the room, so I went with it!

That is all I’m able to do with the bathroom for now, but I also wanted to share this photo with you all. Over spring break, Kris and I took a day trip to Newport Beach where I shot this photo. I touched it up a little bit, but I love it and I plan on printing and framing it for the bathroom as well. Stay tuned!
I hope you all enjoyed!

Decorating the Bookshelf For Spring

Hey everyone! I am back from a week long vacation and I have a couple of things to talk about for this week! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I have new bathroom decorations I plan to talk about.

I’m still working on that and I should have that up sometime today or tomorrow. Nessy (my cat) somehow got muddy paws – she is indoor so explain that one to me – and got her prints in a couple of different spots in the bathroom. So I have to do a little cleaning¬†up in there so that I can take some photos.¬†It is quite possible that today I will be posting twice, or¬†once today¬†and then¬†tomorrow depending on how the day goes.

ANYWAY, all of that aside, I do have a quick little project I wanted to share with you all! Kris and I inherited a bookshelf a few weeks back from his grandparents and I’ve been trying to figure out what I would like to set on top of it, and I finally got around to it last night!

¬†Kristofer and I were given this framed photo by¬†his good¬†friend David as a wedding gift to us. We love it and¬† we immediately had it up on the wall in our old apartment. Once we moved though, we weren’t sure where to put it, so unfortunately it has been sitting next to my desk since our move back in February.

Last night I had¬†the random¬†question come to mind¬† How might this look just casually sitting on the shelf against the wall? I really didn’t think it would look that great because of how large the frame is and how small of an area this is, but I gave it a try, and I immediately loved it!

I¬†bought these Gypso flowers just a few hours previous and decided to place them in this wine bottle vase¬†and pair them with the photo. Next to that is a frosted glass mason jar that is also a candle holder. Both the vase and the candle holder were items that Kris picked out when we went to Michael’s a few days ago, he¬†chose well. I am most impressed with his decorating skills!

I then added the candle to the left as a finishing touch – it was part of our wedding and I’ve been trying to find a spot for it.

It was¬†about $12¬†to put all of this together, not too expensive. The wine bottle was about $3.99 and the mason jar was $2.50, both from Michael’s. The flowers are from Safeway and they were $5.50.

So that’s it! It took about ten minutes to work this one out and I couldn’t be happier with it! The flowers and frosted candle holder add a touch of Spring to the area, something I’ve been trying to incorporate here and there throughout the apartment.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think! Hopefully I have the comment section functioning properly now, I know a couple of people were having trouble submitting theirs, but I think I fixed it this time.

Thanks everyone!

A Floral Centerpiece to Welcome the Spring Season

Hey everyone!

I am excited about today’s post, I’ve been struggling with this particular project for quite some time now! My husband and I were given a new (to us) and beautiful dining table¬†by his grandparents a few¬†weeks back.¬†Since that time, I’ve been trying to figure out what I want the center piece to be for the table. I have attempted a few ideas, only to scrap them because they didn’t turn out how I wanted them to.

Today though, I have finally reached success!

I made my way to Michael’s and¬†bought two sets of these white flowers for $8.¬†They were having a 40% sale and I had gift card money left over from Christmas. When I got home I¬†found these cans leftover from last night’s dinner and I¬†painted them a light blue. Once the paint dried, I took a pair of small¬†pliers and cut the flowers down to my liking and then added them to the cans.

After that, I took some leftover ribbon¬†from previous projects¬†and, using a glue stick,¬†wrapped some around the cans¬†for a rustic touch – I’m trying to channel my inner Joanna Gaines¬†ūüėȬ†¬†Then, I topped it all off by placing the tree cut piece I already had laying around, and used it¬†as a base, just to make it stand out a little more.

And here you have it!

This was so easy to make, it only took me a little over an hour.

There is currently very little wiggle room in our bank account for anything fun, so I had to be creative with this project. It’s amazing how little time and money¬†I had to spend to make this centerpiece, and it turned out beautiful.

This piece feels like the perfect way to welcome the Spring season and it provides our home with some brightness!

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post, hopefully it gives you some inspiration for your own home!