homemade bird feeders

So I can’t take credit for these little creations. This was all my oldest daughter Ellie’s idea.

But, it was super easy and fun! Maybe you can use it for a little afternoon entertainment?

Supplies needed:

Bird Seed

Elmers School Glue (non toxic)

Twine or String

Pinecones (we also had an adventure and searched for our own)

Step 1: Place glue on each of the layers.

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Step 2: Place bird seed on the glue.

Step 3: Let them dry

Step 4: Tie a string and hang them up

Step 5: Enjoy watching all different kinds of birds come to visit!

 

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bathroom & kitchen remodel

So we had a giant leak in our wall between our master bathroom and our kitchen.

Praise God we were able to make a claim and have some help from insurance to pay for the repairs.

I wanted to just share a few before and afters.

We had to make decisions pretty quickly about everything.. and a new kitchen and bathroom weren’t even close to be on my radar. We just bought a lake house and it was not something we had money for any time soon.

So.. I started to look for options that were affordable, yet could stand the test of time (because this is not something we were planning on doing again soon haha).

We had a friend do most of the work for us, which was a huge blessing.

Ok.. so without further ado…

First up the kitchen…

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The left is the before and the after is the new. We replaced our laminate counter tops and cabinets with solid wood cream cabinets and a white quartz countertop.

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We also redid the tile as well. We tried to go with a neutral color and we went with a bigger size.

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The sink we ordered from Blanco. I love the farmhouse sink.

The backsplash tiles are from Fireclay Tiles. They are beautifully handpainted and the photos don’t do them justice! We went with a greyish blue to add a pop of color. We may or may not do the backsplash everywhere… but for now we did the wall the oven is on.

I also put up this little chalk board from Ikea. It’s been awesome to keep track of upcoming events and have our dinners listed for the week.

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I found this hutch on the side of the road a year or two ago… And with all of the changes, I thought it was a good time to finally paint it. I picked a teal color.

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The walls when we bought the house 5 years ago were painted this yellow and green. So, we also changed that to a beige neutral color. It’s a little more peachy then I thought it would be… but we are rocking it for now! I went ahead and just painted all of the walls in the common area the same.

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I added this little photo ledge too.

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Our bathroom is super small. So when we did the remodel we were trying to think of ways to make it look a little bigger.

We chose to do bigger vertical tiles to the ceiling and use a glass wall.

Here’s our bathroom before…

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And after! I love the vanity our friend made. And I love the serene, spa like feeling our bathroom as now.

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It was super overwhelming trying to put these things together quickly… I felt like looking at pinterest almost made it worse! So many options!

But in the end, I am so happy with the turnout.

What do you guys think?

 

 

easiest wreath ever

With the Holidays over and our Christmas decor put away, I felt like our front door looked pretty lonely.

So, I started to look for something different to freshen it up. I went to Home Goods, Michaels, Target, and yikes! I was surprised how expensive wreaths are!

I ended up finding a grapevine wreath at a garage sale… put that with a 40% off Michael’s coupon… I decided to get crafty.

Now, I am not the most creative person… so I didn’t try anything too complex.

I found a simple white and yellow bunch of a rose/gardenia looking flower… and then some succulent accent (who doesn’t love succulents?)

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I decided to just put a few on the top left corner and bottom right corner (I fastened them on with green wire). I ended up having a few extras, so I also made a little arrangement for the dinner table.

Here’s the end result…

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And, all of this for just $15. It took me about 15-20 minutes. Yay!

Hope it inspires you too!

“leaf” a note of thanks

So, I had my family sit down and do a dorky little project Saturday.

Our lives have been so busy lately (which is another topic in itself) and it was a time when we would actually be able to sit around the table and spend a moment together.

The girls and I traced and cut out leaves (with the stencil below)… then we all took turns and wrote down things we are thankful for. I know it’s a cliche thing to do this time of year, but I don’t care. It is still good for all of us to sit and think about the countless ways God has blessed us and continues to do so.

I know it was good for me.

I feel like I have been battling once again the same insecurities, the same struggles, the same demons. And it’s discouraging at times. But, when you sit back and think on what the Lord has done in your life… you can’t possible feel discouraged or depressed. You get pumped up! You wanna sing at the top of your lungs praises to His name… because He is so good.

Even the times when things have been hard.. you can look back and see how God has used it for good.

Anyways, I just wanted to encourage you to take a minute and try this with your family.

As you can see below.. it certainly isn’t the most creative or coolest “pinterest inspired” design… but that’s ok. It’s the point of doing it and reading them each day again and again that has been so great!

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And here’s the stencil we used.. feel free to just take it and use it too!

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