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One Bunch Faux-Flower Swapable Wreath

Have you ever walked into the fake floral aisle of Michael’s or HobLob or Joann’s and felt like fainting? I have. There are too many options and  more often than not the aisle is a bit claustrophobic. I designed this tutorial to take the guess work out of using fake flowers in a wreath while also being change-able for different seasons and holidays. There is never enough room to store all the wreathes I want to make so I needed this to be useful for more than 2 months. Pick a bunch of flowers with different elements and colors, the great thing is they are all coordinated without any effort from you! Enjoy!

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Barn Quilt Reveal!

I finally finished it!
Honestly, that should say I finally started it!
All in all it only took me 3 days of work and a lot of that was waiting
One for the base coat. 
One for the marking, taping and painting:
I tried to do all of one color at a time to cut back on brush washing
Ignore the random junk. We still haven’t unpacked the garage, don’t judge!
And one for hanging it up.
We wanted it to stand away from the barn to inhibit moisture retention
The base color is Behr Cream Yellow (I had 3/4 gallon left over from the living room)
The rest of the paint came from Lowes.
I bought 5 sample jars:
La Fonda Copper (orange)
Mark Twain House Grey Brick (green)
La Fonda Deep Blue (blue)
Fairmont Penthouse Garnet (burgundy)
Bees Wax (dark yellow)
I’ve got more than 1/2 jar left of each color, you could easily do a 2 color quilt with the same amount of paint.
My ‘quilt’ is only 4×4, my barn is only one story and an 8×8 quilt would have been monstrous! 
Once we put in some plants it won’t look quite so lonely.
View from the road
Like that plywood against the left side of the barn?
That’s to keep Sophia in. Some how she squeezes out of that 1.5ft space.
The total cost was around $20 for the paint, brushes and tape.
The plywood was salvaged from the turkey pen at the old house (free!) 
I also got poly- sealer but the temperature tanked so I’m waiting for it to warm up out of the 30′s and I’ll seal it on the barn (but you should totally seal it before you put one out!)
Before touch up

Some tips:
*If you use rough plywood – buy some cheap chip brushes.
You’ll mangle them trying to get the paint in all the cracks
*Thick and Sloppy is the name of the game (come back here!)
This board was so rough (and sucked up paint like crazy) that I found it best to slap on massive amounts of paint
*Step back – you’ll drive yourself nuts trying to make the lines perfect.
Step back 3 feet, if it looks straight leave it alone!
*Don’t do ‘Broken Dishes’ (bottom left)
I just about went cross-eyed trying to fill that in and it doesn’t stand out as well as the others from far away
Keep it simple! Large block of color work best at long distances
*Don’t worry about spills
They are easy to cover up with a few dabs of paint
*Don’t be afraid to fudge a bit if your lines don’t meet up
This is much more forgiving than an actual quilt!
I loved making this and I wish I had another barn so I could make more!

Linked up at Farmgirl Friday

Spring Wreath

I made this last year, when we first moved in to decorate for the summer. Unfortunately I doesn’t say ‘summer’ to me.

But it does say Spring!

DIY Spring Wreath

Ribbon and Button Wreath Decorations

If I recall correctly, I used 3 whole spools of ribbon and a handful of vintage buttons.
I’m sure you can find a dozen tutorials online!

Easter Wreath

Very happy to have some tulips coming up right in front!

One more close up:

Love these buttons!

Update: This wreath stayed up all summer and while the ribbon faded quite a bit I didn’t lose a singe rosette even with the strong winds we get at the front of our house.

Pizza on the Grill

Now that the good weather is gone I’ll share my favorite summer dinner. It’s mostly my favorite because I don’t so very much. I’m afraid weary of my grill. It’s propane and I’m not 100% sure I’m not going to blow myself up every time I use it. So basically I make my boyfriend do the dangerous work. For those of you who don’t have an unnatural fear of all things flaming this will be even easier! 
You need:
Raw Dough
Grill Spray (this can really make the flame-fearers nervous)
You can make your own dough or buy it. I get mine in bags at the grocery store (check the cheese section). If you use store bought dough let it sit out to rise before you plan to make the pizza. After rising roll it out to about a 1/2 in thickness. We tried ‘tossing’ but it left the dough too uneven. You want the dough the same thickness for this.
Heat up your grill. You want it hot. How hot? How should I know, I avoid fire.
Spray the grill if you want (we did and then we didn’t, might depend on the grill). Slap the dough down. This is key, don’t add the toppings yet.
When the dough is ‘set’ on the bottom you get to flip it. It should hold its shape and have noticeable grill marks on the bottom. We tried various combinations of people, tongs and spatulas. As long as the dough isn’t huge it worked best for one person to flip it with a spatula.
Now add the toppings. We made a garlic and broccoli pizza. Garlic butter, cheese, and steamed broccoli.

We grated the cheese really finely and didn’t have any problems with it melting. If you feel the dough will burn to much just pop the pizza on the upper grate.

Yum. I’ll be honest, it’s really, really good right off the grill but loses some appeal after it gets cold.

Just for fun:

I do everything with an audience. This is right before my pregnant sister was attacked by a rooster (he tried to eat her toenail polish). The cows and I laughed. She didn’t.

 For those of you who don’t know, cows say ‘I love you’ with saliva

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Passionately Artistic

Halloween DIY #2 : Giant Lawn Spiderwebs

Long ago (my second post I believe, not really that long ago) I promised a second spider decoration.  This one if for the great outdoors. I got the idea from my boyfriends family. Every year his mother criss-cosses and tangles yarn all across her porch to make a giant spider web, complete with a tangled up Barbie doll.
At our new house we don’t have a porch in the front of the house so I adapted it (made it easier to clean up and reuse too) for my house. We have 2 small trees in the front yard that I thought would be perfect for this little project.
All you need is some rope (I used white clothesline), scissors, an anchor point (I used trees) and something to attach the rope to the ground. I used landscape pins left over from a garden project, if you have tent stakes or even heavy wire that would also work.
First make a loop.
 Next run the rope through the loop and tie one landscape pin to the end.
You can see I wasn’t really careful about clipping my ends,  might trim them I might not, at this point it doesn’t bother me. Made a V from the ground to the loop back to the ground.
I used 2 V’s for the small web and 3 for the larger web.
Tie a knot to one outside rope and work your way to the other side by looping the the rope around the strings, tie a knot at the end and cut the rope. You could knot each one but I’m lazy and I wanted this to be done quickly.
Repeat until you like it. I did 2 rows on the small web and 3 on the larger web.  You can jazz them up with spiders and barbies.
She had a creepy face so I covered it with a fabric scrap
Easy right?
Check out the 2013 version! We went even bigger and I managed to trap my super pregnant self but my husband rescued me