Tulle Tassel Garland

We have a birthday coming up- aren’t birthdays the best! In our family, that means decorating, and more decorating. After all, it’s a special day to celebrate! This year we’re planning a big party so I’m started on the prep early.
I love the look and whimsical feel of tulle, so I went shopping. The best part- it’s so inexpensive!

Supplies needed:
*Any color tulle- I bought 1/2 yard of each color.
How long you want your garland, will determine how much tulle to buy.
*String/yarn
*Scissors

Step 1

Measure out the length of your first tassel. Mine wereย about 7-8 inches long and 5 inches wide. Stack 4 pieces on top of one another and start cutting.
Best to make them a little longer, as you can always trim them down if you need too.

Step 2

Grab the middle of the stack and begin to twist. After twisting, wrap it around in a small circle. I had some white string handy so that’s what I used but pipe cleaners could also work.

Step 3

When you have all your tassels cut and put together, it’s time to string the garland. You can use a thicker yarn/rope to keep the tassels in place or use a thin string, which will cause them to gather in the center. I liked this look ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #55

The rain is here! A weekend filled with lots of rain ๐Ÿ™‚ Our family is keeping busy inside with our active new addition- a one year old! I’ve never felt older ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s reminding us to giggle at the little things in life.
Anywho- I’m looking forward to seeing what you all have been working on… so onto the party!

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Easy Metallic Wall Art

These metallic wall art pieces will give a shine to any ordinary wall and it’s super easy to make yourself!

I love anything shiny, I’ll just admit that straight out of the gate. Don’t you (wink)?
So when I saw this metallic tape I knew I could put it to good use with an easy wall art idea.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 canvases
-Metallic tape
See, I told you it was super easy!

The hardest part is figuring out what pattern you what to create.

I was looking to fill a small space so I used 2 8×10 canvases.

First, you’ll want to lay out the tape by CAREFULLY pulling out a specific length. I use the word carefully because it can crinkle easily.

After you’ve cut each strip to the desired length, move them into position.

Now, here’s where you want to slowly pull the backing off the tape while “taping” it in place. You will have some lines and wrinkles (unless your Super woman) simply because that’s how this tape works.

My tip- move, adjust and pull as little as possible to avoid additional crinkles.

Although I just made 2 canvases, I now think 4 would look best… or a really big canvas.
I’ve heard of someone using this tape and applying it directly to their walls! I don’t think I would feel comfortable with that personally as it’s pretty sticky tape- who knows what will come off!

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Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only 2 days away?! I love this special day, but it also seems like the official start of spring holidays… or at least that the season is on the horizon ๐Ÿ™‚
Let’s get to our party!

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DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

Dress up your table with these organic feeling napkin ring. Thrown in your favorite cloth napkin and a detail atop, you’ll have your own unique table setting. They are SO easy to make!

ย Gather your supplies:

-Paper towel or toilet paper roll

-Burlap

-Detail to add on top (I used a key, package from Michael’s $1 section)

-Glue

DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

Cut up the roll by your desired width… I liked just over an inch.

DIY Napkin Rings

Begin by rolling the burlap over the paper roll to determine the amount you’ll need to cut. Glue down the burlap to the roll and plan on the edge that will show. You can either fold this over the edge or show the fray (which I like so I went with that).

DIY Burlap Napkin Ring

Tuck in the excess and glue where needed.

DIY Napkin Ring

Add in your detail, make it unique! I love the look of a key, despite the fact it has nothing to do with my tables-cape lol! A drop of hot glue and your good to go ๐Ÿ™‚ Slip in the cloth napkin of your choice and you’re done!

DIY Key Burlap Napkin Rings

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Diary Of A First Time Foster Mom

Diary of a Foster Mama…

There it is, the 2 words I’ve been waiting for, and wondering when they would show up….unknown number. For most people, that simply means that someone has a blocked number, but for a foster parent it pretty much means it’s a social worker calling.

A moment of wonder and anxiousness flood my mind and I await whats on the other end of that phone call. A sweet baby in need of a home- enough said, tell me the time and place for pick up!

The very beginning is the best, and hardest, most complicated and joy filled…. pretty much every emotion, but above all else the ABUNDANCE of love that saturates this baby. Those little fingers and toes, the random smile that you’re privileged to catch a glimpse of and that delightful baby smell.
I really felt like God knew exactly what He was doing when He made babies, they’re impossible NOT to gush over right?!

In the first few days I started to reflect on how I was feeling and what this adventure would look like for me and my family. I decided to write, jot down a few things at a time and add to the list as new thoughts came about.

I promise you, my beautifully and wonderfully made foster child…

*Marvel at every eyelash and hair God has placed on your head

*Hold you close to hear my heartbeat

*Shower, and I do mean shower, you with love-kisses-hugs-snuggles

*Tell you how much you are loved, and always will be

*Play and be silly, enjoying and appreciating each day I’m blessed to be in your life

*Give you my all

*Caress your little face, sing you songs and rock you to sleep

*Be there for you, meeting your every need and when those tears roll down your face, I’ll be the calm in your storm. Reassuring you that everything will be ok sweat pea.

Now, those are the things I can promise… here’s what I can’t promise.

*I can’t promise to contain my love for you in a little temporary box. Although my time with you is short and unknown, you will leave a footprint on my heart. You will forever be a part of our family and I will continue to think about you, pray for you and love you long after you’ve left our home.

That’s all for this diary entry, until the next time…

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5 Unexpected Places to Buy Home Decor

I LOVE home decor and I love to change up my decor quite often. In order to achieve that goal I’m always on the look out for cute inexpensive places to shop. Of course I love the typical favorites, such as Home Goods, Hobby Lobby and Target. But where else can you venture to find goodies? Well I’ve put together this list of some unexpected places.

 

5. ย Walgreens/CVS

We start off with the pharmacies because they are probably the last place you would expect to make a home purchase. Although the prices are about average retail, I think this would be a good option if you needed to pick up a host gift for example, on your way to their house.

4. Grocery Store

I love the unique vases they sell in their floral department. My local store allows you to purchase the vase without having to buy an arrangement of flowers.

3. Habitat for Humanity Restore

I’m assuming everyone has heard about Restore but some may not be aware that it is so much more that donated building materials. Of course their stock is consistently changing so it’s always a treasure hunt. Things I like to buy here- furniture to paint or re-purpose, knobs/drawer handles for craft projects, and anything else calling my name ๐Ÿ™‚ I once bought a big antique milk can that made a perfect planter. Let’s not also forget that when you buy here you are helping this AMAZING organization!

2. Ross

They advertise themselves as “Dress for Less” but did you know that they have many cool items in their home section! Personally, I love the prices on their picture frames, small furniture and pretty things. I know that last one includes a lot but that’s part of the fun. I was told by a Ross employee that they put out/get new shipments almost everyday.

1. ย Burlington Coat Factory

This is one of my favorites! They obviously have a wide variety of coats but I think their home section is pretty cool as well. The best part is their prices are really reasonable. I have probably bought something from every aisle of their home section over the years.
Some highlights- I love their canvases (especially if you’re looking for a large one). Small decor items, perfect to dress up a bookshelf or arrange vignettes. Pillows, oh how I love pillows… depending on the size of the store they have a generous section devoted to throw pillows.

If you have any other unexpected places to shop for home decor, let me know. The more the merrier ๐Ÿ™‚