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Monday
Jun162014

"aging" terra cotta pots

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got to celebrate Father's Day with your dad/hubby! I was so lucky to have had my mom in town for the last week to help me overcome a particularly nasty case of mastitis and relax, regroup and refresh. There just are times when nothing but your momma will do and I'm so thankful mine dropped everything to come to my rescue! I dropped her at the airport yesterday and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening moping around, so, I thought what better way to get back into the swing of things and kick off the week than with a super easy gardening DIY! 

I love terra cotta pots for their simplicity and versatility in virtually any decorating style, however, I LOVE the crusty, old weathered ones even more, especially how they add a little maturity to a porch, patio or garden.  Patience, however, is not a virtue I was blessed with, so instead of waiting for them to age and weather naturally, I decided to give my own little twist to a few newer pots that I was using for an herb garden.  I had read somewhere that you can use yogurt to achieve the same results over a few months, but instead, I picked up a small bag of powdered lime powder from my local nursery and mixed it with equal parts water then brushed it on and let it dry.  This was such a quick and easy project, both of which are right up my alley these days, and I loved how they turned out!

What you need:

terra cotta pots

foam brush

powdered garden lime

plastic container for mixing

paint stirrer to mix

sand paper (I used 60 grit)

Spray sealer

1.  Mix one part water with one part lime powder until it's a paste-like consistency. I used a 1/2 cup and it was enough for my four pots.

2.  Brush it on your pot; don't worry about being even, just coat the entire pot.

3.  Once it's completely dry, sand the pot heavily in some areas and lighter in others to mimic natural wear and weathering.

4. Spray your pots with a protective sealant.  You can skip this step if you're going to keep them on a covered porch, but if they are going to be outside where rain or sprinklers can get them, you want to seal them as the water will just wash away all of your lime!

Happy Monday!

Thursday
Dec122013

book page wreath, 2.0

Insomnia is a funny thing at this stage of pregnancy....on the one hand, it's good practice going without sleep for when Baby Girl gets here, but on the other hand, I just want to stick a fork in my eye to have something else to focus on besides the fact that it's been a while since I've caught more than two hours of z's at a time.  The good news is that I've basically cleared out my DVR and have banged out quite a few book page wreaths for friends and family at all hours of the night. You might remember the wreath I gave away on the blog this time last year, the tutorial of which can be found here...well, one night last week, I got a wild hair and decided to change it up a bit by rolling the pages instead of folding them.  Here is what I ended up with:

Instead of folding in an "S" pattern (left), I rolled each page (right) and then stapled the bottom:

I'm not going to lie, these are incredibly time consuming, but they always work well for when I'm in a pinch for a birthday, Christmas or even a hostess gift and everyone LOVES them, so it's well worth the effort! 

Which way do you like better?

Monday
Dec022013

diy: make your own linen/burlap picture frame mats

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  We got so much accomplished in the nursery, I was sorry to see the long weekend come to an end.  Now it's just a waiting game....waiting for curtains and crib bedding to come back from the seamstress and for art to arrive so I can get her gallery wall up, as well as put all the little finishing touches on everything.  With less than four weeks to go until my due date, I'm holding my breath that it'll be done in time for us to bring her home!  One of the things I knocked out this weekend was making my own linen matting-if you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you might remember this gorgeous watercolor my lovely and talented friend painted for Baby Girl:

With white walls, a white frame and white mat did little to make the painting itself really pop, so instead I thought I'd try my hand at wrapping the mat in some leftover linen fabric I had to add a little texture and it looks amazing!

All I used was some linen fabric, an exacto knife, my mat and some adhesive spray:

First, lay your mat face down on the fabric and cut a border of 1/2 inch to 1 inch all the way around:

Next, using my exacto knife, I cut a really awkward looking "X" in the middle of the mat, making sure to cut all the way to the corners:

Using my scissors, I trimmed the edges so there wouldn't be any overlap (it won't fit in the frame easily if you don't):

Also be sure to cut small squares at all four corners to make it easy to wrap your fabric on the mat and have it lay flat:

Remove your mat and spray the fabric liberally with this adhesive spray.  Don't worry, it's readjustable, so you have plenty of time to work with it.  I recommend spraying it on a piece of cardboard and doing it outside as it gets on everything:

Place your mat face down again on top of the sprayed fabric and pull the fabric up on the sides with slight tension:

Here is what the finished product looks like now.  I couldn't love it more:

More to come on the nursery progress soon, I promise!  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) for more updates!

Thursday
Oct242013

diy: mini pumpkin candle holders

The best DIY's are those that take little time and effort to whip up and the mini pumpkin taper candle holders I made for yesterday's Fall table setting are no exception.  These are so easy and add such a whimsical Fall touch to your table or mantle.  All I used were mini pumpkins, my drill and a 3/4 inch spade drill bit, which matched exactly the width of my taper candles:

I love the spade drill bit - it was only $4 at Lowe's, about $20 less than a regular drill bit at that size and the best part is that is has a sharp tip, which is perfect for getting a hold of the middle of the pumpkin when drilling:

Place the tip of the drill bit in the center of the pumpkin; if there is a stem, remove it with wire cutters. 

Applying light pressure, drill slowly until about a half inch down into the pumpkin.  DO NOT PRESS HARD ON THE DRILL - it will crack your pumpkin!  Also, make sure the pumpkin is on the floor, not in your hand, when drilling:

Using a butter knife, scrape out the pumpkin insides.  Next, I spray paint painted them champagne and metallic gold:

Once the paint is dry, stick your taper candles in and enjoy!  These turned out so beautiful and add such a lovely Fall touch to my dinner table!

Wednesday
Oct162013

diy: reindeer moss wreath

With the exception of Christmas, I've never really been one to hang a wreath on my front door, but I wanted something bright and Autumn-inspired to greet guests when they came for my baby shower last weekend.  My first thought was a preserved boxwood wreath, but they are a tad bit pricier than I wanted to spend, so, instead, I picked up a bag of reindeer moss at my local nursery in the most GORGEOUS shade of lime green and got to DIY-ing with my mama dukes, who was in town for the shower. 

All I used was a 24 inch grapevine wreath I picked up at Michael's for $3, a glue gun, glue sticks and my reindeer moss and got to glueing!  I had no idea what they sprayed the moss with to preserve it, so I wore gloves and if you're prego like me, I would suggest you do the same!  It was so easy - just dab some glue on to the back of each piece of moss and place it on the wreath.  The whole wreath took less than 20 minutes!

And here is the gorgeous result - the spongey lime green moss looks so stunning against my glossy black door!

Happy Hump Day!