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Patriotic Prep – Our Festive Fourth Decor!

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This weekend my family will be coming to visit for the Fourth of July. We’re so excited because my brother and sister-in-law are coming in for the holiday but the real the guest of honor is this little squishy cheeked boy.


My boys are super excited to meet their West Coast cousin for the first time. We don’t have a lot planned for their visit other than hanging out and catching up so I’ve been trying to prep out outdoor space to make it a nice spot for all of us.

At the beginning of the summer all we had was a concrete slab for our patio that held the baby pool and…not much else. My husband added some shrubs and we purchased some furniture. But we still needed a little more seating and some accessories (of course).

This bench was a hand-me-down from my inlaws.

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They had painted it black to match their outside decor and I stripped and sanded it…and sanded it and sanded it…it took FOREVER. Then I stained it to match the furniture we’d bought. I made the cushion which included making the piping (NEVER again). The accent pillow is from TJMaxx (of course). As is this little glass candle holder.

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I made a couple of cushions for the furniture we already had just to add some color.



I actually saw these pillow cases on both and Etsy for around $13/piece + shipping. After doing a little research I found the fabric (by Premier Prints) online at for around $9/yard. I was also able to get the actual pillows from the same company and found a 20% off code + free shipping.



So for $54 I was able to get enough fabric to make 8 pillow covers and 4 pillow inserts (it would have been close to $80 for JUST the pillow cases elsewhere).

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This hammock I actually bought last year right before my wreck. So I only recently finally got around to hanging it.

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Our Adirondack chairs were from Walmart. I actually was going to build my own off Ana White’s plan but I was kind of short on time and for the price these were worth it not to go thru the trouble (plus I wanted to have them for this weekend).


I still may make some for our deck since they’d end up being around $20/chair based on her plans.

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I changed out the spring flowers for baseballs and flags. The best part is my husband didn’t bat an eyelash when I told him I needed his old baseballs to decorate with (he’s accepted it…he married a creative). He’s even used to the excessive amount of pillows I insist on placing everywhere.

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Lastly I made a couple of wreaths for our front doors. I used pool noodles since I didn’t want to pay $5.99 for some tiny forms from Hobby Lobby.

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The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. I found the anchor ornaments in the dollar bin at Michael’s.

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I wanted to create something that was a happy medium between patriotic and nautical so I could leave them up for the rest of the summer.

So now we’re ready for family, fun and fireworks! What are you up to for the Fourth?

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Outdoor Living – Ikea Applaro & A DIY Teepee

| Decor, DIYs

I recently posted about how the boys are ready for summer. I decided we needed to update our outdoor space as well.

We have a deck and a patio but we really haven’t done much with them since we moved in. Now that we finished our basement it seems like we needed to make the patio a little more livable since I figured we’d be going out their more. (I just realized I never shared what our basement looked like finished – whoops!)

Early this spring my husband added some soft holly bushes and landscaping rock to the edge of the patio. We don’t really want a ton of landscaping in the back of our house since the kids and dog are running around. PhotoGrid_1428621024870

I ordered some outdoor furniture from Ikea. I had looked around locally and anything comparable was WAY more than what we paid. I thought wood would be nice and hold up a little better than metal or wicker (plus there’s always the option to paint). We picked some pieces from the Applaro Series – since all the pieces were individual and could be rearranged.

I opted for shipping since it would have cost us in tax and gas what it cost to ship. When I ordered it said the estimated delivery date was about 3 weeks from when I ordered – which was fine I wasn’t in a hurry. So I placed my order, then I waited…and waited…and waited and panicked and looked up all the bad reviews about Ikea shipping. Yikes! After that I anticipated something would go wrong BUT we got everything in our order delivered on-time and the delivery people did in fact call like they said they would. Yea!

Each chair took me about 15-20 minutes to put together (depending on how much Evan was helping). So I got everything assembled and arranged in an afternoon. I hit the cushions with a solid coat of Scotchgard because I’m a realist…I know these won’t stay white for too long but I’m going to put off washing them as long as possible.

Assembled #ikea #patiofurniture - now we're ready to #welcomesummer
Yeah I totally stole our living room decor to style this.

I thought about some outdoor curtains to give us a little more privacy but I’m not too keen on having something else to take in/clean. An outdoor rug would be cute but not very practical right now. Perhaps I’ll draw one in chalk. :)

I also created this little Pinterest project for the boys. I’ve had this teepee Pinned for a while so I thought it would be a fun weekend project. Since I’m a craft hoarder it was around a total of $6 (and some tax).

#Exploring at home #nature #teepee #playtime #summerfun #hobbsboys

I ended up painting the end of the poles but took the pic before I got to that point.

It was SUPER easy, I basically followed the directions found on the site. I used six 1x2x8ft pine strips, drilled holes and used cord we already had to tie them together.

Then I raided my fabric stash. This was all left over from other projects since I usually over-buy. There are a couple of pieces of old curtains that I had hemmed that don’t fit windows at our new house and even some old sheets that were pilled. TIP: I laid out the fabrics in the order I wanted use them so I could make sure I had enough.

Taking a #creativebreak from page layout. Guess what we're #making ! #tribe #playthings #graphicdesignlife

I just attached everything with hotglue. After finished I realized I COULD have actually sewn it all but I wasn’t really looking for another sewing project since my sewing machine sometimes gives me issues (ever since Noah tore the tension knob off). This was supposed to be a quick project so I didn’t want to spend time measuring and matching up seams, plus I wanted the edges to be kind of rough and unfinished.

It folds up just like a patio umbrella. I’ve moved it 6-7 times so I’m glad to see it will hold up. This is one time when Pinterest didn’t lie to me. :)

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Spring Decorating & DIY Fabric Butterflies

| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

Only two more days till the first day of SPRING and we are more than ready for it after all this snow and cold wet weather. Evan is already asking about swimming so I put him to work decorating eggs for Easter.


I found some fake craft eggs at Micheal’s so I could let him go without worrying about breaking. Unfortunately I overlooked the directions on the bottom saying not to add water to the dye…so they turned out a little light. He didn’t care much (since usually it’s the activity rather than the end product he likes) so he and Noah happily added more color to them with markers.

Decided they needed more color and Noah even got to color some...yeah for fake eggs! #easter #eggdecorating

I decided to make another mesh wreath but as I finished it I realized it still needed something. So I thought I’d just pick up some butterflies from our NEW Hobby Lobby. Things are never that simple right? I couldn’t FIND any in that entire store. Maybe they were sold out or more likely I overlooked them anyhow necessity is the Mother of invention so that’s how I ended up making my own…



This is similar to the technique I used for my watercolor prints – just using different fabric and a few more techniques.


Cheap Taffeta or Satin (Taffeta works best since it’s thicker)
A butterfly image (the one I used is here, but you could use any you find)
Freezer Paper
An iron
Computer & Inkjet printer
A candle
Spray Enamel
Acrylic paint & brushes (optional)


Iron your freezer paper (shiny side down) to the back of your fabric. Then cut it into a 8.5×11 rectangle (I find it’s easier to cut both once they’re ironed together).

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Scale your butterfly image to the size you want. Mine were 6.5 and 3.5 inches. Then feed your fabric into your printer so the image prints onto your fabric.

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(Those bubbles didn’t effect the printing at all and went away when I peeled the backing off)


With the freezer paper still attached cut out your image (I realized later this would have been a perfect project for my Silhouette Cameo’s Print and Cut feature).

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You could be done now if you wanted but the next few steps make them more durable and realistic looking.


Peel off your backing paper! Then using a candle lightly melt the edges of your fabric – this will keep them from fraying but will also cause them to curl.

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The more heat the more they will curl so I only just melted the interior edges to seal them but I let the outer edges curl more.

Then fold it in half and melt the folded edge. DON’T let it burn. The melting will give it some dimension from the body.

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A Couple of Safety Notes: I like to use a tapered candle so I don’t have to stick my hand down in something to get the edges close to the flame. Also you may want to have a blow of water close by in case it catches fire. The polyester helps it curl but that’s because it is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE so use caution.

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To help seal the ink (since it would run when it got wet) and also make them a little more stiff, I sprayed both sides of my butterflies with spray enamel (also good for keeping cheap jewelry looking new).

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This is totally optional but I wanted to add some more color to my butterflies so I used a tiny amount of acrylic paint and rubbed it on them to make them pop. I thinned my paint with water so it would blend better.

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And that’s it… FabricButterfliesFINAL

Then you can glue them to floral wire to add to wreaths or flower arrangements or perhaps add them to hair clips for girls for Easter.


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