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DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

Okay, I thought everyone knew about these DIY drop cloth curtains.. However, I get messages all the time asking where I found the curtains throughout my home. Well, I made my curtains with supplies from the hardware store. (Or Amazon ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Please note – I did not come up with this genius idea. In fact, I read about it in an amazing book called A Touch of Farmhouse Charm. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป You can read more about this book HERE!You’ll Need –

2 6×9 Canvas Drop Clothย Curtains

Pack ofย Black Metal Curtain Clipsย (This pack is enough for several sets ๐Ÿ˜‰)

 

What You’ll Do –ย 

Iron the drop cloth.

Fold the drop cloth down along the top. (This step is optional..)

Clip the metal clips along the top of the canvas drop cloth.

Slide clips on your curtain rod!!!

Finally, DM me a picture so I can see what a pretty job you did!! ๐Ÿ˜˜PS – CLICK HERE to see where I get my curtain rods!

Friday Favorites

Yay, for another weekend!! ๐Ÿค— I’ve got some really exciting products I’ve been loving recently! A total random combo but let’s talk a little about boxwood, nail color and meat choppers.. Like I said completely random combo! ๐Ÿ˜‚

In the decor world of 2017, anything green is well loved! ๐Ÿ˜ In fact, you’ll notice a lot of white, wood and (fake or real) plants. It’s very trendy yet timeless. Growing up my mother always said, “Every room needs something green” and she was right. ๐ŸŒฟ Green represents life. ย ย 

So, I want to bring this adorable boxwood initial to your attention! I ordered one off Amazon and absolutely love it. (Helpful Hint – Amazon has great prices on boxwood.) ย I’ve found several places for this “B” boxwood throughout my home. Honestly, it looks good anywhere.

I love using boxwood in my home for Summer!! Btw – ย You can order other letters. ๐Ÿ˜‰ B is for Bowman.

So, before writing this blog I literally just got back from the nail salon and I must say I’ve found a new BFF. ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿผ

Me and this OPI Nail Colorย are going to be BEST Friends all Summer long!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ It’s calledย Funny Bunny by OPIย and I’m obsessed.

Okay, now we’re getting real random, my friend! I just can’t go one more day without telling you how amazing this Kitchen Utensilย is.. I feel I owe it to you. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปIt’s a utensil used for ground meat.

This. Will. Make. Your. Life. Better.

Again, thanks for reading my blog! Have a wonderful weekend!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

My Favorite Rugs

Rugs. Seem simple, huh? Well, they actually make the room! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป When I look for a rug I have one goal in mindโ˜๐Ÿป- texture! Yes, rugs can cozy up a room but they can also add much needed texture.

I get Direct Messages all the time about my rugs. Here’s my favorite rugs and where I found them!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gray Moroccan Jute Boucle Emy Area Rug - 8' x 10' by World Market 8Ftx10Ft

Thisย Gray Moroccan Area Rug by World Marketย is in my bedroom and I’ve been very please with it! ๐Ÿ˜Œ This rug adds a nice pattern on our hardwood floor. Also, it’s eligible for free shipping!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bleached Ivory Basket Weave Jute Rug: Natural - 6' x 9' by World Market 6Ftx9Ft

We have this Bleached Ivory Jute Rug by World Marketย in our living room. On a side note – it’s much whiter in person. I absolutely love the airy vibe this rug brings! ๐Ÿ˜ This rug is also eligible for free shipping. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I found this rug at a thrift store a few months ago for $15. It’s perfect for my farmhouse style. ๐Ÿ˜ As I’ve said before, I find jute rugs at thrift stores all the time. Clickย hereย to read more!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

 

My Weekend Find

So, we had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Our weekend consisted of sleeping in, eating too much, building a chicken coop ๐Ÿฃ and antique shopping. Aaron and I truly enjoyed a long weekend!

I spotted this old milking stool during one of our trips to the antique mall. I immediately fell in love!!๐Ÿ˜ For the locals, I found it at Angel’s Antique in a booth called Pampered Picks from the Past.

I try to always spot old chippy white pieces. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป For instance, chippy white side tables, windows and architectural pieces. Here’s why, A- Nothing screams farmhouse style like white paint chipping off to expose wood. B- Chippy white tells a story. (In my case, the story of some farm animals.) ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿ„

 

I knew I loved this little stool. ๐Ÿ˜ My mind began envisioning all the spots in my home it would go. ๐Ÿค” Helpful Hint – If your mind does this on a piece, there’s a good chance you need to buy it.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Sure enough, this chippy jewel didn’t make it past the kitchen. It found a home beside my open shelves.

I can now reach my breadbox! ๐Ÿค— BTW – Here’s a link to anย enamel bread box!

Friday Favorites

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I’ve got my American flag hanging off our porch and several red, white and blue around the porch swing. I hope your weekend is safe and fun! Here’s a few of my favorites on this wonderful Friday evening!

Speaking of Memorial Day, I love putting out a fresh American Flagย this time of year. It’s great way for showing your support for our country and troops. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Also, it adds a bit of curb appeal too! ๐Ÿ˜Š Here’s an American Flagย on Amazon that comes with the pole and attachment pieces.

 

Theseย Reef Slip on Shoesย are AHHHHMAZING!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ I bought these in February and have worn them several times a week since. Nearly each time I wear these Reefsย I get compliments.๐Ÿ˜Š Believe it or not, they’re awesome gym shoes because they’re lightweight and comfortable. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Perfect for killing that cardio!
Black Villa Stripe Kitchen Towel - Cotton by World MarketI’m 24 years old.. It’s sad to say nothing gets me as excited as a fresh new kitchen towel!! ย I love a nice crisp towel in the kitchen. ๐Ÿ™„ We eat at home all the time and our kitchen towels are well used so I replace them often. When it’s time to replace, I head to World Market and grab something similar this
Black Villa Stripe Cotton Kitchen Towel
! ๐Ÿ˜ Theses pretties are only $3.99. That’s cheap enough to buy them in bundles!!

Alrighty, these are a few of my favorite items right now! I hope explore them and if it’s right for you, TREAT YOURSELF!! You deserve it, my dear! ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ˜˜

Vintage Recipes Meet Repurposed Fireplace Mantel

I love repurposing fireplace mantels as shelves. ๐Ÿ˜ I have several old wooden mantels throughout my home. In fact, my motto could be “here a mantel, there a mantel, everywhere a mantel”. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Haha, but honestly an old slim mantel can fit just about anywhere and add an old architectural charm.

We have an antique mantel in our kitchen. (I tricked my husband into this one.. he thought I was buying it to resell until I brought it home and said, “it goes here” and pointed to specific corner in our kitchen.๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰) ย This mantel is perfect for displaying my milk glass vases. However, I felt it could use a little creativity. ๐Ÿค”

So, I popped on Etsy to order some old handwritten recipe cards. ๐Ÿ˜Œ (I can’t begin to imagine who could part with family recipe cards but I’m glad they did.)

I got some double sided tape and began taping the recipe cards to the wall inside the mantel. The cards are lined up corner to corner so the wall itself doesn’t show. The goal of this project was to make the inside of the mantel look like a wall of recipes.

I went line by line until BAM it was done!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿป (However, I did run out of recipe cards and had to order more, so the project was delayed..)

Side Note – Vintage recipe cards are hard to find. If you have trouble finding recipe cards, try using an old cookbook. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Perhaps a cookbook that’s already falling apart.

Another Side Note – If your repurposed mantel is in another room besides a kitchen or dining room, you could use old book pages. You don’t have to rip apart an antique books. Just look for a worn out novel at your local thrift store.

Hope this post inspired you to be creative! Thank for reading!!๐Ÿ˜˜

The Estimated Cost –

Mantel $40

Tape $3

Recipe Cards $12

 

My Family Cobbler Recipe

 

Hereโ€™s an easy, easy cobbler recipe I just have to share. My grandmother has been baking this recipe for many years. She passed down the recipe to me. ๐Ÿ˜‡ Iโ€™ve been using it for nearly 5 years, and itโ€™s NEVER failed me! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

In fact, this recipe is how I landed my amazing husband. ๐Ÿ˜ He bought a ring shortly after I baked ย ย ย this cobbler for him. ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ Single ladies, this is one recipe you might wanna memorize!

 

What youโ€™ll need –

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup flour

1 Cup Milk ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย 

1 Stick Melted Butter

2 Cups Fruit

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What youโ€™ll do –

1)Preheat ovenย to 375.

2) Spray baking dish with nonstick baking spray.

3) Mix sugar, flour, milk, and melted butter.

4) Fold in fruit (A few hours before baking, I had picked some black berries out of the back yard. So, fresh black berries is the fruit I used. ๐Ÿ˜Š However, you can use any fruit. Example – canned/fresh peaches, apples, cherries or blue berries.)

5) Bake for 1 hour.

6) Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Aaron always adds a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla.)

 

 

DIY Window Mantel

I was needing a quick easy decor idea for the mantel in my bedroom. Honestly, I envisioned an old metal fence gate above this mantel but each gate I found was over $200. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

So, I came up with this window idea a few Saturdays ago. Itโ€™s easy and not much money! I found three windows all in one day. โ˜๐Ÿป I think I spent $25 for all three. ๐Ÿค‘

This idea could work on any fireplace mantel and any level decorator can TOTALLY handle it! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป All youโ€™ll need is three different sized windows.

First – Center the largest window.

 

Second – Grab the medium sized window and center it to one side of the larger window. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป Like this๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป.ย ย Third – Take the smallest window and center it to the other side. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป

(Ignore my sweet helper’s arm in the corner of this picture.) My little 9 years old sister was the photographer today. ๐Ÿ˜‡ Thank you, Kelbee!!

 

Finally – ย Send me an after pic!! If you do this decor project, I’d love to see it! So, tag me in your picture! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Here’s an easy step by step mantel decor!!

Helpful Hint – Some people have a difficult time finding vintage windows in their area. (Hard to imagine since our community is completely saturated with old reasonable priced windows) If that’s the case for you, you could use old unique frames.

 

The Twilight Wife

Itโ€™s been a minute since I wrote a book review. These days I typically stick with blogs about home decor, DIY projects or random post about being a picker.

However, I randomly picked up a book at Target ๐Ÿ˜‰ (yep, my second favorite to Amazon store) and it just so happened to be GREAT! If youโ€™re a reader like me, you know this occasion is rare. My time for reading is spare so I typically make sure a book is worthwhile before diving in head first! (Or Should I say nose first?!?๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿค“ )ย I made a good choice.

The Twilight Wifeย by A.J. Banner is amazing! If time would have allowed, I could have read the entire book in an afternoon. This fictional story is absolutely gripping!๐Ÿ˜ฑ

So without spoiling the story I’ll give you a quick overview of what it’s about! The story is centered around a 34 year old lady named Kyra Winthrop. Kyra had a diving accident and lost part of her memory. She attempts to uncover her memory and the outcome is shocking.

Thisย bookย was my first read by A.J. Banner; however, I just learned she has another book called The Good Neighbor which I will be ordering soon!!

If you’re looking for a good quick psychological thriller, The Twilight Wifeย is the book for you! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Friday Favorites!

It’s Friday! So, you know what that means?? ๐Ÿค” Duh, it’s time for another round of Friday Favorites. ๐Ÿค—

Let’s talk a little about an adorable mixing bowl, relaxing bath bombs and a beautiful farmhouse cottage style pillow!

My favorite mixing bowlย is from World Market and it’s only $12.99. This bowl always makes me laugh and makes me feel less guilty about licking the bowl. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰ JK!!

It’s a great size for all your favorite recipes. I use this bowlย all the time. In fact, I used it last night to make fresh black berry cobbler.

Random thought – have I mentioned we have thousands of black berries in our yard?!?! Yum! Gotta love that country life!

Okay, funny story! Aaron order this set of bath bombs to be sent to his mom for Mother’s Day. Well, two days later. There’s an Amazon box on our counter top. He thought it was my box and I thought it was his.

A few days later, I asked him to open his Amazon box and get it off the counter top. (Please ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) He replied, “Babe, that’s not my box.”

So, I opened it.

It was his Mother’s Day gift to his mom and he accidentally had it shipped to our house instead of Virginia. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Ha, this mistake meant this girl got some bath bombs. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ˜‚ Within a week I have already used some and they are amazing!! I’m a fan of relaxing in a tub after a long day and these bombs are perfect for just that!

Best part – ย they are Amazon prime so it’s ultra fast shipping if you’re a prime member.

 

This next highlight is probably my favorite “HAPPY MAIL” I’ve ordered all year! It’s from an adorable online shop called Jolie Marche. This shop creates the most beautiful pillows.๐Ÿ˜

I ordered one called Farmhouse Sheep out of her Farmhouse Collection. It’s stunningly beautiful and the quality is great!

Although it was my first time to order from Jolie Marche, it will certainly not be my last. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have my eyes on several different pillows from this sweet shop!

Here’s the link to check it out!ย Farmhouse Sheep

Alright, so you’ve heard from me about my Friday Favorites! This weekend we’ll be picking treasures and hanging around the farmhouse! โ˜บ๏ธ Happy Weekend from us!!

PS – Aaron reorder bath bombs for his mother and she received them last Sunday.