Putting a Creative Touch on your Potted Plants

Potted Plants #1_LI

 

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!

 

 

Fun Living Room Project in the Making

 

Hey there readers, happy Monday! I have a fun project I’d like to share with you all! This one hasn’t even been started yet, but the ideas and design are currently being brainstormed and I wanted to let you in on what’s going on.

Kristofer and I currently have a TV stand that we are using for the TV and other consoles we use, and it is small, very small. To add to the inconvenience, the cable outlet is right next to the large (and only) window we have in the living room. So the TV sits awkwardly in the corner and overlaps with the window so that we can connect everything nearby.

We decided that since we can’t do much about the positioning of our entertainment center, we want to build a stand that adds convenience but also accentuates the window in the room.

Window Seat #1

What we plan to do is make a large wooden structure that serves as a bench with storage space underneath the window, and an entertainment center at the far left. The structure would extend from the left end of the window to the corner on the right.

Window Seat #2

This is what we drew up as our final design, and we plan to start buying wood pieces for it soon and begin building.

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This is the paint color Rain (6219). I looked at a few soft grays and found this one to be my favorite, so I plan to paint the structure this color. This photo can be found at its original source rughdesign.com if you want to learn more about it.

Once we reach a certain point in building it, of course I will want seat cushions and curtains as well. I’m trying to take this project one step at a time though, it’s the biggest one Kristofer and I have ever taken on!

We estimated this whole process to cost at least $200, which is a lot for us, so we will have to take this on in small pieces. It would be nice to do it all at once of course, but it gives me more blogging material to work with if I can write about it for the next couple of months.

I’m excited to share our journey with you on the blog!

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading everyone!

My First Post and Second Introduction

Hello readers, to start off, I’ll address the odd title of this entry. This is my first post on WordPress for my blog Little Things (yay!),  and my second introduction post for this blog. Little Thing began back in October on the Blogger, and as of yesterday, I decided to move all of my content to WordPress. So in a way, this is a new beginning! Even though I’ve already introduced myself on this blog, I would like to truly start fresh on WordPress be reintroducing myself and the reason for why I write.

So as I said, I started this blog back in October. I write content about how I decorate my apartment, as well as the process I go through as I decorate. Occasionally, I feel crafty and even make my own decorations and share with others the steps I go through to make them.  So far, that is all I’ve been doing, but I would like to move further with Little Things and possibly include posts about current decorating trends and my take on them. In addition to that, I’d like to write more in the future about my take on articles I read that are related to decorating. I love to read the Magnolia Journal and have found plenty of content within the magazine that I’d be happy to share my view on.

I have been interested in interior decorating since I was about eleven years old. The earliest memory I can recall of being infatuated with the idea was when I was in sixth grade health class. I was in no way interested in paying attention one particular day, and I remember trying to figure out how to entertain myself for the time being, and at one point I asked myself “If you can picture your dream house, the coolest house you can possibly imagine that you could design all on your own (money not being an issue) what would it look like?”. So I took out a sheet of paper and began to draw the living room, I drew in the furniture, the placement of it, I drew where the staircase would be and what the railing would look like, the placement of the windows, everything I could think of. I was so enthralled and excited by this, that I began to draw the kitchen, and then the dining room, the backyard, and even the outside architecture of the house. I became obsessed and started drawing more of these designs, dozens!

I eventually bought a graphing paper notebook and drew several floor plans. I felt weird for enjoying such a hobby, because what could I possibly do with these floorplans? “I’m twelve” I thought to myself, “What purpose do I have drawing up these floorplans if I can’t actually do anything with them?”.  But I would draw them up constantly if I felt the inspiration come over me suddenly. While my friends enjoyed watching MTV or the CW, I was watching HGTV. I was drawn to the challenge of taking a space and using the furniture and decorations to best represent that space and character of the home. I have enjoyed this topic almost my entire life and knew I wanted to do something with it when I grew up.

So here I am now, I am finishing up college and trying to figure out where I want to go with this passion. This blog has been an amazing outlet for me, and I’m so thankful that I have a place to express my creativity. I still have so much growing and learning to do, but I’m willing and eager to be on that journey.

Hopefully you all enjoy what I post, and I’d be happy to receive any comments or criticisms about my content.

Thanks for reading!

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 😉  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!

A Creative Alternative for the Bedside

Hey all, Happy Tuesday! I wanted to write a quick post about a small project I did while we were still in the process of moving. If you remember these from other posts I’ve made, Kris and I have a couple of small wooden crates that were part of our wedding. We kept one as a coffee table and the other two to hold our shoes.

I was planning on throwing them away once we moved because they took up too much space, and we’re trying not to hold onto too many things. I decided to try and use them in a different way, and see if this worked before I threw them out, and so far they have been useful!

I have a small black table that I use next to my bedside, but I found a spot for it somewhere else in the new apartment, so I needed to get creative and figure out what I was going to put next to my bedside. I stacked two of the crates as you can see above, and filled them with some books, my journal, my laptop and a couple of other decorative pieces.

I have been trying to incorporate more wood pieces into our space, to give it warmth, and these crates do just that. It also helps that they match the bed! The third crate may end up getting thrown away, but I’m happy I could make use of these two.  This was a quick five minute project that made a lovely difference.

Thanks for reading!

Fun Chalkboard Frame

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a quick post about a little 15 minute project I did this afternoon!

I actually made this about a month ago, except the font was a little fancier than this one. After looking at it for a month, I came to realize that it looked too fancy for me, so I redid it today and used this cool font instead.

I bought both the chalkboard and chalk pen at Michael’s – in case it is hard to tell, I am a little obsessed with Michael’s…;)

This lovely frame now hangs above our dinner table in a little corner. I loved the idea of this family piece when I first saw it at my friend’s parent’s house, except theirs was engraved in a larger piece of wood above their patio door.

I liked the idea of doing mine on chalkboard, I love doing a lot of crafty things on chalkboard honestly. Anyway, this all I have for now.

Thanks for reading!

Rose Gold and Rustic Vibes

Hello all!

Happy Belated New Year!

It has only been a week and a half for 2017 but I have all kinds of motivation to make this year a great one. One of the things I look forward to the most in the coming months is graduation, I am so ready to be done! I’m working hard to stay on the Dean’s List with A’s and B’s and of course the only way to do that is by studying hard!

I have spent countless hours at my desk this school year so far but one problem that I keep running into is that I don’t have enough desk space. I keep only the essentials on it to avoid clutter-pencils and pens, a stapler, a lamp and a few other things. It all still results in a slightly cluttered work space.  So I decided to do a small project and redecorate/organize my desk. I went to Michaels and purchased a roll of cork board, a large sheet of thick poster board, a couple of small pieces of wood, a mason jar, some ribbon, and a small container of rose gold acrylic paint.

I cut out a 12inch x 12inch square of both the poster board and cork board with an xacto knife and glued those two pieces together. Then I took the ribbon and made a border around it. At that point I just decorated it with what I had already. Then I painted both the mason jar and the wood pieces with the rose gold acrylic paint. I topped off the jar with a ribbon around the neck of the jar, and added pens and pencils. I took the wood pieces and hung them up as shelving, using command strips (those things can hold a lot!).
And the results are below! This set up gives me a little more space to work with on my desk, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!