After Christmas Winter Decor

After Christmas Winter Decor

Adding just a few simple winter touches- greens, battery candles, galvanized accents- made it a little more cozy after the Christmas decor was put away. It isn’t Pinterest perfect, but I am trying to create a home that blesses my family by making the best out of what we have.

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Chalkboard Succulent Pots

I am having a year full of "lasts." This is the last year of school for my oldest and the last year at home for my youngest. It is really starting to sink in that I am one of the older moms now and moving into another stage of life. (I am a little sappy these days!) So, this is my last year in MOPS. It will also be my last year helping with the steering team through creative activities. For our first meeting, we like to do some sort of craft or activity as we get to know one another. The past few years we have kind of mixed it all together with the welcome gift, too. Succulents just sort of seemed to go along with the theme this year, so we decided to plant succulents at the first meeting.

(Those aren't even the best succulents- just some that were left over after the meeting!)

First, I contacted a local greenhouse and ordered wholesale succulents. Then, I got terra cotta pots at Michaels (with a coupon!) and spray painted them with chalkboard paint. I picked up a bag of cactus soil and at the meeting each mom got to choose her own succulent and plant it in the little pot. We included succulent care instructions in the newsletter, too. Overall, this activity seemed to go over very well!

The rest of our welcome gift included a magnet with our meeting dates, designed by our awesome publicity team, a little bag of chalk to use on the pot, an index card with washi tape for an icebreaker activity, and a little print to reinforce the theme. It was all slipped into a little kraft paper bag and closed with more washi tape. (We had a lot left from last year's journal craft).

I ordered the prints with the Shutterfly app for free. They came out to 9 cents each with the shipping, though. I uploaded a few of my designs as files (also in 4x6 if you want to print them somewhere else and trim them down) and you can access them HERE. The graphics came from freepik.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful to other MOPS groups! Enjoy these days! Before you know it, you will be an old mom like me. :(

July 4th Home Decor

I do seasonal decorating around here. I am sort of undecided about home decor ideas- most things I really want to do require major renovations and a large budget. Instead, I do some smaller things to try to brighten things up around here. Seasonal decor fits in well with my "undecided look." I leave my patriotic decor up from late May to early September; it covers Memorial Day to July 4th. Then comes fall, which seems too early to start in the August heat. My living room still isn't finished (is anything ever finished around here?) so the best place I have to decorate is a corner shelf in our dining room. I don't particularly love that shelf, but I don't have anywhere else to put our landline phone. I have to put something else on those shelves or it looks stupid.

I like to use a lot of family pictures when I decorate. I love pictures!!! Last summer I used masking tape to paint stripes on a $1 wood frame from Michaels. (See the tutorial for the dresses in that picture HERE!) I also cut out that number four from 2x6 scrap wood and painted it to match something I saw on Pinterest. (I made my own stamp for the stars from a foam sticker.) A little red and white baker's twine pulls it all together.

Use masking tapes to paint stripes on a wood frame!

On the next shelf, I added some rustic Americana decor I had hanging around from the early 2000s when that was really popular. I made another frame with scrapbook paper and tied on more baker's twine. (I have a tutorial for making the frames HERE. You can see the dresses in the picture HERE.)

Mod podge picture frames to make seasonal decor!

I can't take credit for this one. One of the homeroom parents came up with these fun handprint crab canvases for the Kindergarten picnic/fun day. I thought it matched nicely and added some of my 9yo's shell collection.

Adorable handprint crab kids canvas painting!

Finally, I made a chalkboard countdown block from scrap wood that can be used for various events. This is just an example. A few years ago, the girls and I made 3D stars out of cereal boxes so these added some red, white, and blue to this shelf.

Use chalkboard paint on scrap wood to make a countdown block for any occasion!

It all goes together nicely. I just need to do something about those phone wires.

July 4th home decor on a corner shelf

I also have a few chalkboards in the dining room. One is above my desk and also has a wire basket I use to hold pens, pencils, highlighters, etc. (One jar broke and I didn't replace it yet.) I was super cranky one night so I redid the chalkboard patriotically as a way to relax.

July 4th chalkboard art

Last summer, I taught a class to make these cute flag boards, so I have some July 4th decor outside, too. My daughter actually painted this one. (Pic from last year because my flowers are not so nice this year.)

Rustic flag board porch decor for July 4th

So, that is about it as far as my July 4th decor this year. I also have my patriotic bunting hanging in the window (see it HERE.) Happy 4th of July!

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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!!

I know the blog has been quiet for a few weeks, but there were so many projects I had been working on that were Christmas surprises! You can expect a little blogging overload now that the presents have all been opened.

First up, this wood sign for my aunt:

 I was inspired by THIS Aimee Weaver design, but changed it up and put a chalkboard spin on it. So, it isn't really anything like hers anymore now that I look at it. I made it my own, and that is a good thing. I don't want to be a copycat.

A little behind the scenes reality here... I almost forgot to dot my "i"s- I did the one in rejoices and when I was getting ready to wrap it up I saw the "i" in thrill was undotted, too! Since that dot was still wet, I was going to wrap it in the car on the way there and then the "f" in "of" looked too much like a "t" so I made my husband turn around and go home so that I could fix it. I couldn't have lived with myself!

Just a short post today- I still have some recovery to do around the house- but I have lots more to share later!