Friday, August 29, 2014

Home Tips--How to Quiet a Noisy Baby Toy

It never fails. The one toy that doesn't have a volume switch is the one that Emmie likes the best. But thanks to this little trick, her toys don't drive me nuts anymore. I can even take them with us when we run errands!

All you do is take a piece of clear packing tape and stick it over the speaker of the toy. That's it. Instant noise reduction. 




Do your kiddos have a noisy toy that drives you crazy?


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{Fall} Chevron and Burlap Wreath



I'm doing something a little different with my fall decorations this year. Instead of just using my usual brown/red/orange combo, I'm trying to incorporate some new colors like ivory and teal with a harvest gold chevron. Mix it up a little, you know?

Making this wreath was easy. I was going to make burlap flowers but I came across these pre-made ones at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each. Works for me!




Here's what else I used:

Supplies
16" foam wreath form
1 yard chevron fabric, cut into 2" wide by 24" long strips (I didn't use the full yard)
Burlap flowers
Ivory ribbon (1 1/2" wide)
Tacky glue
Hot glue gun


Directions

Cut the fabric into 2" wide by 24" long strips. 





Wrap the strips around the wreath and glue the ends to the wreath form with either tacky glue or a hot glue gun.





When the wreath is completely covered with fabric, attach the burlap flowers with a hot glue gun.





Trim off loose threads, make a bow out of ribbon for hanging, and that's it! Your wreath is done!








What about you? Are you going to try decorating with any new colors this year for fall? For more fall ideas, check out the Holiday & Seasonal page!



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Round-Up Monday--10 Fall Porch Decorating Ideas




Have you started pulling out your fall decorations yet? I start at the beginning of September (even though it's still hot, but who cares) but I'm always on the lookout for inspiration!

First fall project on the list--the front porch. I am so excited to be taking on the porch this year! I can't wait to show you how it looks. In the meantime, you will definitely want to check out these 10 awesome fall front porch decorations! (Links below the pictures).

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Mirror Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint





I love this mirror. I love my burnt orange walls in the kitchen and hallway. But the bronze against the orange was just dark and blah. It did nothing for that space and I was ready for a change.






I wanted to go brighter without painting it white and really pull out the detail in the mirror. So one day, I saw a little jar of Annie Sloan Old Ochre at one of my favorite boutiques in town and was sold! Old Ochre was perfect--not too bright and the color coordinated really well with the tile colors in the kitchen.




After wiping the mirror off to remove the dust, I taped off the mirror and started painting. (No sanding, stripping or primer--that's why I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). 




One coat was all it took!





After the paint dried, I used a clean rag and applied a thin layer of clear wax over the paint and let it dry overnight. (Here's a helpful video on how to apply clear wax.)


The next morning, I used an Annie Sloan wax brush to apply the dark wax. 





I worked the dark wax into the detailing of the frame with a clean rag and then wiped off the excess wax. 






By that evening, it was dry to the touch and ready to hang!



What a difference! I love my 'new' mirror and it has really brightened up the wall. 

Have you tried Chalk Paint yet? For more AS Chalk Paint project ideas, check out the DIY page!







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