12.12.2017

Milk Paint Ribbon Garland DIY Tutorial

Last year I had the privilege of teaming up with a couple fellow creatives local to me and it was such a fun few hours. Tami from Tami Weingartner Photography and Rust Belt Lifetstyle, Jill from Milkhouse 24 and Myself... Taking photos, laughing, chatting, creating and just doing what we do best, being creative!


Jill recently launched her new brand, Milkhouse 24, and she offers the most darling milk painted ribbon, and even does projects locally! I just love the look of the milk paint and this ribbon is one of my absolute favorite things, so much in fact that I just had to create a garland for my favorite little girl's room! The colors of this ribbon are so pretty and I just love the texture, so vintage looking yet it was made so recently!


Make sure to head over to Rust Belt Lifestyle to catch our tutorial (found here) on how to make the ribbon (hint: we had a lot of fun doing it and I might have felt slightly like Joanna Gaines) and then find out how to make your own garland below! These garlands are perfect for a bedroom, a dining room, a living room, holidays, gifts and so much more!


Milk Paint Ribbon Garland DIY Tutorial

8 feet jute string


3 yards milk painted fabric (your colors of choice)



Once your painted ribbon is all ready to go (make sure to follow this tutorial), make 1 inch cuts into one side of the fabric (1 inch cuts about 1 or 1 1/2 inches apart). Once you've made your small cut in the fabric, gently rip it the rest of the way! It's that simple, it tears it evenly and gives it such a pretty fray that makes it feel so vintage). After you've repeated this step until the fabric is all in ribbons, cut a piece of jute string into an 8 foot long piece (ensuring you have pretty to work with when tying and hanging), and start tying the ribbon onto it. You can tie it whichever way works best for you but I've demonstrated in photos below the way I tied ours. It's so easy AND so pretty! Have fun!

12.11.2017

December Favorites

Merry Christmas! Since December arrived, we've been soaking up all things festive and doing all the holiday things. Watching all the Christmas movies, taking Bella ice skating multiple times, baking, decorating, wrapping gifts, and of course my most favorite thing so far, Bella's birthday! She turned FOUR years old this past week and we celebrated with a homemade funfetti and blush pink rosette cake, opening her birthday gifts (I'll be sharing all about her big birthday gift soon) and I also made one of her favorite dinners (homemade fried chicken) for her birthday dinner. Her birthday was such a laid back and fun day (it was pretty much a do whatever Bella wants kind of day haha) and we celebrated all weekend! I'm definitely looking forward to Christmas and opening gifts by the tree and have almost all our gift wrapping complete. We just finished all of our Christmas gift shopping (we were finished last week but then I decided to snag a few more items online over the weekend lol) and we're just waiting on the arrival of a few items and then Christmas prep will be done and done! I'm sharing a few favorites from December below if you're looking for a few last minute gift ideas or want to snag something for yourself even!


Twirling is one of Bella's favorite things, so of course we can't help but get lots, and lots of twirly dresses for her. We discovered Jellabee this past summer and we just loved their navy and white stripe spin dress, it was one that Bella literally wore everywhere, so when they released their long sleeved version for the cooler months we scooped it up quick. The perfect addition to her wardrobe and we even got another newly released color! the long sleeved spin dress in cream is such a pretty one that your little girl definitely needs in her wardrobe if she's into twirly dresses like Bella.


I've been searching for some nice pajamas to gift to Frank for almost a year, and one day a few months ago, I happened upon Sorella Organics via Instagram! I immediately was drawn to their minimal design and neutral colors, and even more so, the fact that their items are made from GOTS certified organic and fair trade cotton! The fabric is simply the softest ever, and my husband can't stop going on about how comfortable they are. Made in Australia and Fiji and shipping internationally, these pajamas are a perfect gift idea for your significant other! They even have pajamas and lounge-wear for women and expectant mamas, I have a feeling I might need to snag a piece or two from their women's line soon to add to my own bedtime wardrobe! For Frank, I chose this "watson tee in white", it's just the perfect fit, comfortable and flattering on him. We also chose these stylish and comfortable lounge/sleep pants (the "hodson pant in feather grey) and they pair perfectly with the watson tee. I totally have my eye on this sleep top and these pants for myself in the future! Give me alllll the comfy things.


Etsy is such a fun place to browse, you can get totally lost and find some of the prettiest and most unique items on there and when I was Christmas gift shopping for my sisters recently I found this super cute book page rose from Rachel Emma Studio! My oldest little sister is very into Doctor Who, tea, and books. So when I spied this flower, I knew she had to have it. It arrived all the way from across the pond, and in the cutest packaging (I'm not going to share a photo of that because I want you to be as pleasantly surprised when you purchase from her as I was when it arrived. So well made and crafted with the utmost care, this book page paper flower is the perfect gift for every book lover in your life, or if you want to gift that flower lover an extra special flower that will never fade, it could even be  a great Valentine's Day gift (it'll be here before you know it) and will last for years to come. For upcoming holidays, this mother's day peony makes for a super unique and beautiful card for that special mom.


I was recently introduced to Lily & Val by a friend and fellow blogger, and I'm just in LOVE with alllll the things they sell. I was immediately drawn to their pretty designs and knew that they'd make some great additions to our home, but I also loved that they were local to me, with their shop being located in Pittsburgh (so fun right?)! This lovely and perfectly neutral "collect beautiful moments" print caught my eye right off the bat and I knew we had to have it for our home. The print itself is absolutely gorgeous, even my husband couldn't get over how pretty it is, and the words on the print have so much meaning. A few other items I love from their shop is this makeup bag that I'm planning on ordering soon. It's got to be the prettiest makeup bag I've ever seen, so simple and so beautiful. I'm also living this marshmallow world print (it would be a great addition to a child's room during the holidays), and this hot cocoa recipe print, both so perfect for the holidays!


It seems like the more wooden puzzles we get, the more we have to get. We just love wooden puzzles so much around here, and especially these ones from This & That Etc., they're so nostalgic, so pretty and such unique gifts with an heirloom feel to them. Not only does Bella have hours of fun playing with them, but she also has learned so much from the ones we have! I just love seeing her little mind go to work using her problem solving skills and putting each piece back. We have the United States wooden puzzle map from This and That Etc. and it's such great quality, even Frank and I enjoy putting it back together and these two new ones will be a lot of fun as well! She's working on memorizing her alphabet order and this wooden alphabet puzzle will be a great tool in teaching that (another plus is that we can use in while homeschooling) and this tic-tac-toe puzzle board game is seriously the cutest, I think it will also be great as decor for Valentines Day!


WHAT ARE YOU LOVING SO FAR THIS MONTH? HAPPY DECEMBER!

12.09.2017

Winter Wonderland

My love of Christmas runs deep, but I also love some pretty winter decorations that can be left up after Christmas is gone, and I have a feeling that these items from the Oriental Trading Company are going to be perfect for winter decorations this year.



These pretty and unique Hand-Crocheted Snowflake Christmas Ornament Assortment are great for on the tree during Christmas time, sending with Christmas cards for a special added touch of love or if you're getting all pinterest-y with your gift wrap, these would be super cute additions. But  what I love most about these is that you can keep these up for awhile after you've packed up all the holiday decorations and can keep your home a winter wonderland! Hang them on cabinet handles in the kitchen and bathroom, dresser knobs in your bedrooms and in all of your windows!



These might be my most favorite thing ever and I definitely plan on keeping them around all year long. These Silver Mercury Glass Candle Holders are the perfect addition to our master bedroom, they bring such a glam and old fashioned look and totally look expensive but they're also totally not expensive. Yay-yay! My mom gifted me a couple of pillar candles and they look so perfect on these mercury glass pretties.



This Light-Up Snowflake Lantern is also a pretty and delicate looking addition to our home, great for Christmas and doubles perfectly for winter decor afterwards. It even lights up and you can hang or sit somewhere depending on what your decor wants and needs are.



And of course we can't forget bottle brush trees, I grabbed all of these (the Green Frosted Sisal Tree Assortment, the Mini Cream Frosted Sisal Trees, the Medium Green Frosted Sisal Trees, the Medium Cream Frosted Sisal Trees and the Mini Green Frosted Sisal Trees) and I mean... can you even believe how cute they are? I bunched some together in different sizes together on a galvanized charger to create an adorable little forest dining table centerpiece. Super cute and so simple. Oh! And if you want to cutest and simplest DIY of all time? Grab a mason jar (whichever size you want), pour some salt in the bottle and add one or a few of these little trees. Instant winter scene that's perfect for keeping a pretty winter scene in your home long after Christmas and instant heart eyes.



Happy winter decor shopping friends!