It’s a Girl!

This past weekend my college roommates and I hosted a baby shower for our friend whose sweet baby girl is due in April.  These ladies are my people, and we’ve been through a lot of big moments together—breakups, graduation, new jobs, weddings, and now a baby.  We had so much fun planning, crafting cute decorations, and spending the day celebrating the new member of our girl squad. We can’t wait to meet you, Kennedy Jane!

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Easy Valentine’s Centerpiece

It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day, and I love decorating our home for holidays…no matter how small.  This year, I thought our dining room table could use a little love, so I made this super quick and easy centerpiece.  Most of the materials were things I already had or picked up in the dollar section at Target, so the entire project cost about $4.  Not bad for an afternoon of DIY-ing!

All you need to get started is a mason jar, some fake birch branches from Michael’s, a glue gun, and whatever shapes you choose to use (I used hearts for Valentine’s Day).

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I cut the branches down to the size I wanted and arranged them in the mason jar.

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Next, it’s just a matter of gluing the shapes onto the branches.  I started at the tops of the branches and then filled in until it looked the way I wanted.  I decided to stick with gold, red, and light pink.

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I planned on being done at this point, but the mason jar just wasn’t really working for me. I grabbed some pink and white kitchen twine (again…Target dollar section!) and wrapped it around the jar. It made all the difference!

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And there you have it…a cute, easy Valentine’s decoration for your home.

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Spring decoration are up next–what are you crafting these days?

 

 

Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/videos/projects/photos from around the web.

It’s the weekend! Thanks to a pretty big snowstorm Wednesday night, my weekend technically started yesterday. We got about six inches of snow around here, so naturally North Carolina shut down. We spent our snow day sitting around a fire with friends, building snowmen, and watching movies. We’re headed to celebrate my mom’s birthday tonight, so there will be LOTS of family time this weekend. I hope you all have a lovely (and WARM) weekend! XO

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For your weekend reading pleasure…

  • This post from one of my favorite bloggers on the line between wanting and needing love and how one person can change it all. I love this.
  • This really fun DIY project from I Spy DIY.  This jewelry tray is super cute and actually looks pretty easy to make. Would make a really fun gift!
  • A lovely post from Shauna Niequist on why you are enough.  What makes you enough is your createdness.  God made you. He made you, he dreamed you up, spun you out of thin air.  That makes you so much more than enough. That makes you a work of art—because you were created by a master. 

DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

So I really, really love decorating our home for the holidays—any holiday. Bryan makes fun of me, but I think it’s so fun to change up things around the house and celebrate the seasons. I decided to craft a cute little wreath for Valentine’s Day, and I love how it turned out! photo-11 You will need:

  • Foam Wreath (You can find these at Michaels’s or any craft store)
  • Yarn
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Felt Flowers

I started by measuring and marking my wreath so I would know how wide to make the stripes.  The next step is wrapping your wreath. I do about an inch at a time so that the glue doesn’t dry out while I’m wrapping.  This step is pretty easy, but it can definitely be very time consuming. I suggest getting cozy with your glue gun and your favorite tv show. I watched two more episodes of The Good Wife while I made this—that’s what I call a productive afternoon! photo 5 photo 3 Next, use a glue gun to attach your decorative elements. I added felt flowers that I found in the dollar section at Target, but you could really do anything. Felt hearts would also be cute for Valentine’s day or even photographs. Get creative! I made a small hook out of yarn and hung it on our front door. Done and Done.  All in under two hours—that’s my kind of crafting!

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