Darling Little Things: DIY Flower Vases

Fresh flowers in the house give it that home feeling. About 2 months ago, I started adding plants and fresh flower arrangements all over our house. It’s a great way to add in some color while keeping a more neutral design palette otherwise in the house.

Before I started buying plants/flower bouquets – I started looking for containers to hold flowers. I have a nice large vase that I like, but I also like unconventional and nontraditional pieces as well. I picked up jars, a ceramic water pitcher, and a couple of little glass jars from the dollar store.

I really love this vase that I found on clearance (!!!) at World Market for about $7 a while back.

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I didn’t have a specific use for it at the time, but everybody needs a nice vase right?

When I started looking for more containers to hold different flower arrangements around the house, I found that I really wanted to try to do a similar look as this vase but on a smaller scale.

Insert DIY creativity.

I was browsing Pinterest and playing around on the internet and found several sites with free printable vintage labels, like these cigar box labels.

I selected and printed a few of my favorites at a local office store for less than $1.

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Up close, you can see that the label isn’t completely flat against the glass. This particular jar has an interesting shape that curves in places that makes it a little more difficult to work with. But from afar (which is how I see it) – it looks just as vintage and awesome as the one I bought.

I love how this turned out & it gives more personality to this smaller arrangement.

Don’t you want to go buy fresh bouquets now & add some pretty to your place?

A fabulous weekend DIY

I’ve been working on a bedroom makeover board as well as a living room update board on Pinterest. I’ve been incorporating changes into our house & the latest detail is adding a variety of prints all around the house.

Adding art to your space can put a hurtin on your wallet or it can be an opportunity to be creative. I chose the latter because I would prefer to stretch my dollars to do more rather than less. (Wouldn’t we all?)

This is a very simple, quick DIY with a huge amount of instant gratification.

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I found some basic, simple black frames from Target. Three frames for $9

I had been playing around with phrases and fonts and chose a more affectionate option for this project because these frames will be going in our bedroom.

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I took the glass out of the frame and used it as a guide to figure out where I wanted the words to be inside the frame. I traced it once I was happy with it.

imageI recently picked up one of these paper cutters at Hobby Lobby. I can’t believe I haven’t been using one for my home projects for all of this time! My only issue is the size of the cutter. I had to trim the page a bit to fit it, but it gives a much cleaner line and doesn’t ruffle the paper as much as cutting it by hand. So, if you don’t have one of these- I definitely recommend going to get one. This one was $5.99 & with a 40% coupon, only cost me about $4 bucks. The bigger ones are pretty affordable with a 40% off coupon as well. It’s on my want list.

I popped the glass back in & added the page & voila! Simple & beautiful.

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For now, it’s sitting with a couple succulents and with our “I Love You Because” frame that we write love notes back and forth on. I have plans to add at least 2 more (maybe 3 or 4), different sizes & different prints.

I have plans brewing to add some to our side tables and some to go with some oversized prints on the mantle as well. They’re just propped up against the wall, not using their stands. I’m loving a layered print look right now & can’t wait to add more!

Quick. Easy. Customizable. Beautiful.

The perfect DIY!

Photostrip love.

I’m sliding focus to smaller details around our house. A brighter, cheerier rug for our living room to open it up a bit more. Curtains. Throw pillows. Updated photos and different photo displays around the house.

I’ve pinned tutorials about how to create photo strips in Photoshop and just haven’t gotten around to playing around with it.

But I found an easier way: Boothgram.

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Once you go to Boothgram, it asks you to log into your Instagram account. You are then given the option to choose four photos, either your own or photos you’ve liked. Those photos are then laid into a photo strip (up to four photos and in the order you choose them).

Once you’re happy with a layout, you save the file. I saved my files and placed them into a Word document (I didn’t change the size and fit 2 to a page) and sent them to Staples to print a higher quality. You could also print at home and save that $0.59 a page but I’m pretty happy with the quality and $1.50 price tag for my two pages of photo strips.

For now, this website looks as though it loads photos from Instagram exclusively. I may get around to tinkering in Photoshop for non-Instagram photos eventually but most of my favorite photos get shared through Instagram anyway, so this site is a winner in my book!

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Weekend things.

Happy weekend everyone!

I’ve mentioned how I’ve been on a redecorating and cleaning kick the last few weeks. My weekends have been filled with cleaning out closets, cleaning out and reorganizing cabinets, working on DIY art projects and PLANT SHOPPING. Some of my favorite blogs including A Beautiful Mess and Elise Blaha Cripe as well as Smile and Wave have all posted recently about adding plants to their house on their blogs as well as on their Instagram feeds. I guess I just never thought much about adding plants to the house. Maybe it’s the springtime vibe in the air to start fresh and to add some vibrancy – but I’m hooked and borderline obsessed.

I knew I wanted fresh flowers in the house. I’ve been on the hunt for unique vases, jars, and pitchers whenever I’m out – at the flea market, at Target, at garage sales, at World Market, at the dollar store, you name it. Over the course of a couple of weeks, I picked up about 7 different containers and  I started making a weekly trip to my neighborhood Publix to add some pretty details around the house. I think fresh flowers is the gateway phase.

Since then, over the last 3 weeks or so – I have been visiting my local Lowes. I started with a few 98 cent plants but since I don’t have anywhere to plant them (as we’re in an apartment), they aren’t doing so well. I’ve got 2 left and I’m not sure they’re going to make it. BUT – I have found that INDOOR plants are much more my thing. I picked up a couple of indoor plants that need much less maintenance and I picked up more than a few succulents.

I. love. succulents.
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Plants just add a vibrancy that’s been lacking in our house. Even without adding any other details, it suddenly feels so much more like home.

Go buy a succulent or 2 (or 3!), it’ll make you happy. I promise.

An old mirror given a new purpose

About 3 1/2 years ago, my Nana gave me a mirror that she had at her house that she wasn’t using. Free is fabulous in my mind, so of course I happily accepted it. I can’t remember what the original color of the frame was, but I spray painted it a dark brown and it lived in my seafoam colored bedroom for a year. Fast forward a year and I moved into my own place, without roommates. The dark brown morphed into a slate gray to go with a slighty darker turquoise colored apartment. (I do love all variations of turquoise.. especially on the walls!) Here we are 2 and a half years later, and we are living in a new house. We have been here about 5 months now and I just don’t have a place for this mirror. It’s been sitting in a closet collecting dust. I had a vision for getting a piece of plywood and cutting it into a heart and covering it with chalkboard paint that I could write on whenever the mood struck me. As I was contemplating how I was going to free hand a heart design on plywood, I happened to look over and see this mirror sitting against the wall.

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I have this new obsession with gold spray paint. I love me some spray paint [in general] but gold.. man. Gold is special. I used to only wear gold and I have phased it out over the last several years and pretty much everything I own and even decorate with is some kind of silver. I’m slowly starting to work gold-ish pieces back into my life though, my rose gold watch for my birthday was the first beautiful piece.

SO. I grabbed the mirror and took it all apart. I added some glitz to this frame with gold spray paint. The other amazing thing about gold spray paint is that it covers pretty much anything with only a coat or two, so one can goes a long way.


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Next step: I took the mirror that was inside this frame and painted it with chalkboard paint. I ran a search on different kinds of chalkboard paint and basically it seems like chalkboard spray paint is easier and quicker to apply, but that it chips faster than the paint-on kind. I already had some of the liquid kind in the bottle that you paint on with a paint brush so I was going to give it a go. I figured I was in for 4-5 coats, but after 2 I had a pretty thick layer. I did do one extra just to be sure though.

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I CAREFULLY put the mirror back into the frame so as not to chip any of the chalkboard surface, but I really didn’t have any issues.. I think maybe the paint on kind is a bit more durable if any of you are considering chalkboard painting anything that you have.

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Turn a plain jane mirror into something really special with a little chalkboard paint and some gold spray paint. Instant glamour!

Turn a plain jane mirror into something really special with a little chalkboard paint and some gold spray paint. Instant glamour!

Since it is the Christmas season, my glitzy chalkboard says “Very Merry” & can be seen as soon as you walk through our kitchen. I love it and am seriously thinking about chalkboarding lots of surfaces… If you’ve been contemplating doing so, GO FOR IT!!