Thursday, September 21, 2017

Farmhouse Chic Fall Table Scape 2017


End of the year holidays are my favorite! This is our first Fall season in our new home and of course I want to go all out on the decorating. Where else better to start, than the dining room table.
The colors in this room are blues, greens, white & gray. Very neutral colors. I love using fresh vegetables or fruits to decorate, so I decided to go with artichokes this year.

If you use fresh vegetables or fruit, you will have to place them out the day of company to keep their fresh appearance.
 


I layered the table with a piece of vintage fabric with yellow flowers. I felt it added a little bit the traditional Fall colors to the table.





After the table cloth went down, I laid 4 faux olive branches down in a X pattern. Then placed three wooden tree logs over the Olive branch stems to hide them. I then placed the three larger pumpkins on top of the tree logs and used faux Eucalyptus to go in and out of the large pumpkins. Then start layering with smaller pumpkins or pine cones and stuck the artichokes into random places where they fit in best around the tree logs.




By adding multiple layers to the center piece, it adds depth, interest and different textures.











I only had two of the wicker chargers for the head of the place settings, so I used two natural colored wood wreaths from the Dollar Tree as chargers! I love how well the two different textures compliment each other with being the same color. Not bad for $2!!  









A beautiful table scape doesn't need to cost a lot. Think about using greenery from outside, fresh fruits or vegetables that will be eaten after, fabric instead of a table cloth, inspiration is all around your home already!  



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shabby Chic Fall Decor


Blue and white will always own my heart! I found these adorable white and blue pumpkins at T.J. Maxx a few weeks ago and I needed them! The untraditional colors are so soft and soothing to the eye. They paired perfectly with my blue vintage mason jars! 

shabby chic fall decor


shabby chic fall decor




shabby chic fall decor

I added some dried light purple flowers around the pumpkins and some faux blue hydrangeas.

shabby chic fall decor



Hope the soft colors inspire you! Happy Fall y'all!




Friday, August 25, 2017

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

With Labor Day right around the corner, I thought I would share my father in-laws Mediterranean Tuna Salad that is to die for!! It's a chunky salad and doesn't need any bread, that's why I like it so much!


All the ingredients are listed below, but I did use chopped garlic from the jar & parsley in one of those paste tubes. My mom always taught me growing up that I should always follow the recipe as is the first time & make changes after you've tried it the first time!   




Ingredients

* 4 (6oz) cans of albacore tuna, drained
* 1(14oz) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
* 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
 * 3/4 cup sliced Greek olives or black olives
* 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
* 3 fresh basil leaves, thinly chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 3TBS lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix

In a large bowl, combine tuna, artichokes, bell peppers, olives, onion, parsley, garlic, oregano, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt & pepper and gently fold everything together. You don't want to break up the artichokes or tuna too much to keep it chunky. 
  
It goes really well with some sliced cucumbers or crackers! 




Hope y'all enjoy this tuna salad as much as I do!






Friday, August 4, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Bakery Sign

Farmhouse style signs are the "in thing" right now, and I love them just as much as everyone else! The price on some of the larger signs are out of my budget, and I have a pile of scrap wood sitting to be used on projects! One of those pieces of scrap wood was stained in Ebony, it was a shelf at one point.
It was the perfect size for this small ,vertical, empty wall space that needed something on it.









This was my inspiration sign! I love the simplicity of it and the size.









First, I painted over the dark stained board with white chalk paint. I printed out a basic, bold font from our zerox machine, I believe size 300 for each letter. I just eyeballed the size and it fit. I placed the letters on the board and made sure they all fit properly.  



I've made several signs and I do them all the same way, by transferring the image with pencil drawn on the back. I just use a pencil on the backside of the paper, lay the paper onto my wood and trace over the image with a pen, pushing down some to get the lines to show up on the piece you're painting.



You can see all the letters are now on my board and I painted them in with black chalk paint.




Once everything was try, I sanded it all down with 80 grit sand paper in the areas I wanted distressing.



I liked it at this point but decided to add a wood trim around the edge. It just didn't feel compete and it needed something else.
I had a long piece of pallet wood and had my husband cut it in half, long wise. Sanded it & stained it. I used Early American by Minwax.

You can just buy a 1"x2" from your local hardware store too, I wanted to use what I already had.


I didn't take pictures of adding the trim but I laid the sign down on our large patio table and used plastic soda tops under it to elevate it up off the table, since the side pieces are to large with the plank of wood just laying flat to the surface. The soda bottle tops raised it to the perfect height, so that the wood sign lined right up in the center of the 1"x2"

I used a clamp to hold the two long sides onto the wood sign and nailed them on with finishing nails. The top and bottom were small enough to just hold in place. The inside wood part is 47 3/4" x 7" & the sign as a whole is 49"x8 1/4".




It wasn't really a difficult DIY and it's just what this kitchenette area needed!




Friday, July 14, 2017

Mini Stick Ladder

You know when you find something really cute and buy it, then you start seeing different styles of the same thing that are really cute too and before you know it you have a pile of really cute dish towels!! haha

These dish towels are to pretty to use so, I needed a way to display them! I was going to get wood and build a mini ladder to hold them. When while doing yard work one day I had an idea!

Free and simple! It took me 10 min. to put this little bad boy together and I've used him for so many different décor set ups already!

Here are a few!!

  



This mini, mini one I built to take photos for you all to do this tutorial!
It's about 10" high! The other one is more like 2'.











 I had some straight sticks and just eye balled how big I wanted the ladder. Cut two legs then  three rails. The branches are freshly cut so they are still alive. I think if these were dried up, when you go to screw it together it might just crack and split.








Little tip: if you lay the ladder down on a table and screw off the side of it you are able to do this with no help! lol The drill hangs right off the side making it easy to screw into the leg & rails! You are able to hold those two pieces together with your other hand!



This is what it looks like complete!




What do you think? Ready to go make one for yourself?


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