Seeking A Grateful Heart: My 30 Day Challenge

Today I feel like I need to be completely transparent, and maybe a little vulnerable. Sometimes I think it is important to humble yourself and lay it all out there- shine a light on those dark moments so God can come in and help filter out anything negative so that you can be a beacon for Him, instead of dwelling in those yucky and murky places of negativity and unhappiness.

I have been struggling with a lot of discontentment lately. I have been completely ungrateful for what I have been blessed with and focusing on all the negative that has been in my (our) life. It’s easy to do that when there is a lot on negativity upfront and in your face (thanks media! ;-P).

For us personally, we have been dealing with a handful of things that are really weighing heavily with us. My son, for example, is struggling with some behavior issues- especially in school. He has (for a while now) had a lot of trouble staying focused on simple tasks, and is easily distracted. What 5 year old isn’t?! He is only in Kindergarten, and this is completely new for him, and I understand that there is a learning curve with every child. But we are 10 weeks into school now and we are STILL really struggling with him. He is really struggling and is often discontent. Without going further into a long explanation (I could vent all day about this), we need something to change with him. We need to find that linchpin that will turn everything around, or at least help us find our footing on this rocky terrain. I know it will eventually change (in time), and I pray everyday that he will find his “groove” because he was made for something amazing! He already IS amazing! I need to be grateful for that…

Yet, I still struggle with an ungrateful heart- ignoring all the good that is in my life. So I want to change that. I AM changing my heart.

We have a beautiful new home, but all I can think about is how I don’t have all the furniture & art that I want to make it look like those beautiful pictures in the home decor magazines. I focus on the fact that we have been here for 4 months and are still fighting spiders/bugs like crazy even though we have had pest control come out twice, AND we have used the bug killer foggers. Yet we are still getting bitten.

I am struggling with my conductive hearing loss and tinnitus, and can’t seem to find a hearing aid that works the way I want/need it to, or a doctor who seems to genuinely care about me, only about whether I can pay the co-pay. So I struggle hearing AND I struggle not hearing with all of the ringing in my ears.

We own two houses, yet I dwell on the fact that our second home is currently empty with no renter in sight, and paying the mortgage on two homes is depleting our savings down to nothing.

I was blessed with the ability to pursue higher education, BUT I think about how I still don’t have my BA (almost 20 years after starting it). I think how different my life could be IF I just had that piece of paper that says I graduated- and really all I need to do is pay for, and take an “Exit Exam”, but that is extra money and time and a weekend trip out of town that we really don’t have available.

I focus on what I DON’T have instead of what God has so graciously given us. We are in NEED of NOTHING. We have closets full of clothes, a fridge and pantry full of food, strong healthy bodies, TWO! houses, two cars, friends and family who love us, educated minds, the ability to travel and see the world, we have our God, our faith and the ability to proclaim our beliefs without fear …the list goes on and on. For all of this and more, I am GRATEFUL. I am truly blessed.

So, I will end with this- There is always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for! It may not be apparent right away, but it is there. Just take a moment to reflect and seek out something positive- no matter how small it may be (HEY! I got to have a cup of coffee this morning!).  Actively find something to be thankful for- every day. We (I) must choose to be grateful, over dwelling in the negative.

Unfortunately, I have no true conclusion for this post other than to say that I have made a conscious decision to seek contentment and happiness. I know that wonderful and UN-explainable peace & contentment only comes from knowing and seeking God, but it must be done on a daily basis, and that is something I have forgotten to do. If we actively seek out the heart of God, we will find that happiness. BUT it has to be something that we choose to do EVERY DAY, continuously. I hope that is encouraging. It is for me!

 

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”- 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

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I think this post was more of a reminder for myself to inwardly reflect every day on the things that I am grateful for, so this month I have decided to choose one thing to be thankful for EVERY DAY. How about you? I am going to post every day on Instagram for the next 30 days to encourage positive thinking, and help to remind myself (and hopefully others) that there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!

 

Until Next Time…


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Bits of Bliss: A Simple DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee

I know what you are thinking- “OH NO, not another PSL hack- Jeny, haven’t you seen all of the recipes online?!”  Oh YES, I have definitely seen all those “hacks” floating around out there that boast they are just as good or even better than Starbucks most famous coffee drink: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’ve even tried a handful of them myself, and unfortunately every time I attempted to make the “recipe”, my DIY PSL always came out tasting unsatisfactory.

I honestly think it’s because all of these recipes called for actual pumpkin purée. Yeah, it makes sense, pumpkin purée for pumpkin spice. But for me, something always tasted a little off. It just wasn’t the same at all! But hey, at almost $5 for a cup of “specialty” coffee, I don’t blame those people for trying a dupe. Seriously! $5 for ONE cup of coffee!? Pocketbook Ouch!

I must admit I have been totally guilty of indulging in one or two (a week) of the delicious PSL treats when the season comes around. I have been an AVID fan since I discovered that warm, sweet, cinnamon-y, concoction years ago. My friends have even told me that my “signature scent” is pumpkin spice. Hey, I’m totally okay with that!

So, you can imagine how excited I got when I saw a YouTube video that utilized Pumpkin Spice Extract (WHAT!? They make that?!) to make a simple syrup you can add to your coffee! Of course I had to try it! The only bummer was the video didn’t really give a recipe. So, I went on a mission to recreate this coffee “dupe” to see if it was any good, especially since it did NOT use pumpkin purée! And you know what? I like it just as much as my prized Starbucks PSL! Plus, there are a couple of bonuses-

  1. It takes less than 10 mins to make, and the simple syrup will last in your refridgerator for at least a week- depending on how often you use it!
  2. It costs significantly less than my faved PSL! You get at least 5 drinks for the price of 1 (that’s $1 a cup!)

So I am excited to share this incredibly simple recipe with you, and I sure hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar (I used raw sugar, but you can use granulated white sugar as well)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1-2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract (you can add more or less to your liking)
  • A container to store your Pumpkin Spice simple syrup in (I used a leftover Bonne Maman jam jar, but you can use a mason jar, or any air tight container)
  • A plain cup of your favorite coffee

Directions to make Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup:

In a small sauce pan mix your water and sugar together. On a stove, over med-high heat bring the water/sugar mixture to a boil and boil until all the sugar has fully dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in your Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract. Allow to cool before pouring it into an air tight container for storage.

Directions for your Pumpkin Spice Coffee:

Once your Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup has been made, it’s ready for some coffee!

Brew your favorite coffee at home, and pour into your favorite coffee cup- then add 1-2 Tablespoons of your Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup (or however much you want) into your cup. It also tastes great with a splash of milk, and a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice on top!

No go enjoy your very own Pumpkin Spice Coffee!

You’re Welcome! 😉☕️

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Until Next Time…

Adventure Awaits!- DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign

Dare I say it? Is it really true? I’m just going to go out on a limb and say…

Happy Fall Y’all!

I have seen that cute saying on SO MANY signs for fall decor everywhere recently, and it just seemed fitting now that the weather is FINALLY cooling off. (It’s October. Enough with the 90° days already Mother Nature!) Hey, speaking of signs, I am super excited to share my most recent DIY project with you! I am totally in love with it, and have been wanting to make it since we have moved into the house, but haven’t had the chance until recently. No surprise I was inspired by something that I saw on Pinterest. This is the sign I’ve been coveting for a while now in all its rustic chic glory:

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The “Pinspiration” image

It felt like the perfect piece to add to our still (mostly) blank walls. Especially now for fall! So, when I finally decided to purchase it, I was bummed to find that the size of the sign was only 10″x 7.5″ (that is just too small for me). I wanted a big statement piece for the mantle! So I thought to myself, why don’t I try to make it? YES!

That’s when I came across this tutorial on how to transfer fonts to wood using chalk. I realized making it would be incredibly simple, and I could totally do it! So I finally pulled out my blank/half finished wooden sign that I had put together from the scrap wood pile left over from my sons Pirate Ship sand box, and got to work! (Side Note- Mad props to my hubby who worked so hard on that sandbox, and it came together beautifully with a crows nest, a usable captains wheel, and its very own Pirate flag!)


LETS MAKE IT!

What You’ll Need:

  • a wood board of some sort
  • wood stain (I used Minwax Wood Finish in the color Provincial)
  • protective gloves (*optional- when staining your wood)
  • larger paint brushes (for the stain & sealer)
  • smaller paint brushes (for the letters)
  • acrylic craft paint (I used Apple Barrel brand in White)
  • chalk
  • your favorite font- printed on paper
  • Multi Purpose Sealer

I’d like to preface that I put my salvaged wood scraps together months and months ago. Then my blank wood sign sat unfinished until we moved into our *new* home, and we were happily reunited. I also covered all my surfaces with a protective cover- hence the Halloween & dinosaur table cloths!

How I Did It:

  • So, when I finally decided what I wanted to do with the wood slats, I stained it with wood stain. You can stain your wood whatever color you prefer, the color I used just happened to be a leftover stain we had in the garage from a previous project that we had done. (*Note the gloves on my hands! I didn’t want to stain my hands so I wore gloves- but you don’t have to.)

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  • Next, I found a font that I liked that was similar to the one used in the “Pinspiration” photo. (The font I used is called “Moonflower” and I sized it around 750pt-so 2 letters fit per page). Then I measured the size of my sign (appx. 29.5″ x 16″), and printed out my letters. To be honest, finding the right font size for my sign took a little trial and error. I ended up printing out a handful of different sizes before I found the exact fit for my board size. I also used Adobe Illustrator, which made it easier to resize in my opinion, but you can use Word or Pages as well.

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  • After my wood stain had dried and set, I traced and filled in the back (wrong) side of the letters/paper with a piece of chalk. I then flipped the paper over so the right side was facing up and positioned it on the wood where I wanted the text to be.

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  • Next, I took the non bristled end of my paint brush and traced/rubbed along the letter to transfer the chalk to the board. You can use any thing with a hard tip to do this, like a pen or pencil.

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  • Once I had transferred all of my letters to the wood, I used an acrylic craft paint in white to trace the outline of the letters.

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  • Once the outline was dry, I painted in the letters. I didn’t try to make it perfect and completely filled in, I liked that it looked a little worn and rustic.

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  • When the letters were fully dry, I drew out an arrow (with chalk) in the center with a ruler, and then painted on top of it with the white paint.

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  • Finally, I allowed the paint dry completely and then I used a couple of layers of a Multi Purpose Sealer on top to seal and protect it.

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  • VOILA! A lovely piece of home decor perfect for fall! (And I made it!)

I’m totally loving my gorgeous Adventure Awaits sign. This is most definitely one of my favorite DIY projects to date, not only because it is a great statement piece for fall rustic decor, but I love the message it evokes! It reminds me of the quote Every great journey begins with a single step” (by Lao Tze). I truly feel each day that we are blessed with is the opportunity for an amazing adventure, and that journey begins with a single step.

My sign was definitely fated to become a constant reminder of this amazing journey in life that we are on, AND that our own “Adventure Awaits” us just outside our own front door!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”~Proverbs 3:5–6


Until Next Time…

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Trial and Design: What makes a successfully “Gallery Picture Wall”

Have you seen those picture “gallery collages” that have become SO popular in home decor? They have been having a major “it” moment in home decor/design recently! What is so great about creating a “gallery” on your own wall is that it it will instantly elevate the “style” of the room, and I love that a specific work of art can give a room its own completely unique vibe.

I love art.

Since moving into our new home, I have come to the sad realization that we have A LOT of walls, and almost all of them are still currently empty. While I like the simplicity of clean (i.e. blank) walls, at the moment our home doesn’t have any unique features that make it feel personal. I had been toying around with a handful of options on what I can do with these empty walls to make it finally feel more like our “Home”. Not surprisingly, I have really been drawn to the picture frame/gallery wall trend. But to be honest I was a tiny bit afraid that in doing a “gallery wall” the room will end up feeling cluttered.

I try to keep my clutter down to a minimum- especially on my walls. That is the only reason I was hesitant to go for a gallery wall. BUT I have seen some really great rooms/walls that are just beautiful, and I decided it would be fun to try. Here are some of my favorite examples! Not too cluttered or overwhelming.


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So, I got to thinking- what makes these gallery walls more successful than some of the other ones that I have seen? Are the others too cluttered? Are there too many pictures? Not enough? What is it about my favorites that make them so good?

Here are my conclusions for a successful “Gallery Picture Wall”:

  1. Not all the frames are exactly the same (but they tend to stay in the same color OR color family), AND there is a variation in the frame sizes & shapes.
  2. There is a color theme throughout the whole collage.
  3. There are variations in the images- some are photos, some have text, some art images.
  4. MORE isn’t necessarily better- too many frames make it cluttered and overwhelming.
  5. There is significant blank space in between the frames (they aren’t all smashed together).
  6. The collage is kept within an “invisible” boundary, and doesn’t spill over that “boundary space”.
  7. There is a specific focal point (a larger image or text) that stands out and gives the eye something to “rest” on.

So taking all of this in mind, I  jumped into my own “Trial and Design” (you see what I did there? LOL!), by trying out a small gallery wall of my own! I decided to try it on a small scale since I unfortunately don’t  have a large amount of pictures and picture frames lying around.

There are some KEY elements in making a gallery wall and about a million tutorials (try here, here, and here) on different ways to pick your frames as well as how to figure out a layout and hang your images, so I won’t get much into that. I do STRONGLY suggest that before you start hammering nails in your wall, you should definitely layout your “collage” either on the floor (and take a picture with your phone so you won’t forget the layout), or cut out templates of your frames on paper, and tape them to the wall to figure out an arrangement that speaks to your aesthetic before you hang the pictures.

So, here is my attempt at my tiny “Gallery Wall”. I want to eventually add a couple more small pictures just above the artwork my son made, but all in all I LOVE the way it turned out! I will definitely be doing another.

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Do you have a gallery wall in your home? How did you do your layout? What are some of your tips and favorite elements about your own “Gallery”?

 

Until Next Time…

 

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Our New Home! (Outside Tour)

In my last post I took you on a tour inside our new house. Today I want to share the outside yards with you, and talk about what we plan on doing with the yards. I also want to share some ideas on how to make them a little more drought tolerant AND beautiful to look at. Like most people, we definitely want our outdoor space to be a family friendly, active and usable space! I say that because it’s relatively easy to make a space “pretty” or “drought tolerant”, but not always as easy to incorporate those ideas into a “family environment”. So we will see how this all ends up!

Now, onto the yard tours!


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Walking up to the front door there is A LOT of grass on the left side and bushes as well as trees on the right. There is a good chance that most of the bushes on the right will be removed, and that part of the yard will become a lovely rock garden with succulents and native and drought tolerant plants (xeriscaping), or  it will become “decorative” front patio extension. We are debating on how much of the grass will be removed on the left side since it takes SO much water to keep it lovely and lush.

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As you can see, the grass at the front corner is dried up. We will be ripping most of that grass out all the way up to where the border is at the bottom of the picture and extending the flowerbed all the way down to the sidewalk. The plants in the flowerbed will most likely be changed out and xeriscaped.

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As you can see here there is a lot of grass, it actually wraps all the way around the sidewalk to the front of our house.

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In the back yard there is also A LOT of grass that is dying out in places. We are planning on pulling out all the dead grass in this picture, and extending the patio out and adding a pergola to create a functional BBQ area and outside dining area, since we spend quite a bit of time outside.

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This area actually gets a substantial amount of shade during the day, so the grass stays nice and green. I am advocating to keep the grass over here, but we have also tossed the idea around of turning this area into a separate brick patio for lounging, and even possibly a fire pit.

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Here is my “favorite” (insert sarcastic eye roll here) part of the back yard. It doesn’t make sense to me to have a hot tub in an area that can gets upwards of 115+ degrees during the summer. Plus, I’m just not a big fan of them. So, it will definitely be removed.

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While this area along the side of the house looks super barren and desolate (and drought friendly at this point), I actually have a few ideas on how to make this a comfortable usable space. One idea includes an awesome brick patio and pergola that runs the length of the house. Another idea includes planter boxes and a cute little (drought tolerant) veggie garden.

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We were also bequeathed with this back yard decoration. While I like the idea of it, right now it is looking a little down trodden and junky. I think I may give it a little face lift and add some more succulents to bring it back to its former glory.

So as you can see, we have a lot of work ahead of us. I am excited to incorporate xeriscaping into our new neighborhood, and hopefully will inspire others to do the same! Not only is it a fantastic way to utilize drought tolerant and native plants into your yard decor, it can also be really beautiful. For us it just feels like the most responsible way to keep our yard looking pretty. I found some great sites like Growing Nature, and California Native Plant Society for native plant ideas in our area, but if you do a quick Google search you can find lots of sites that will tell you the plants native to your area.

I can’t wait to share our progress, and would LOVE some suggestions on yard/landscaping ideas!

Until Next Time…


**Just a FYI: We got our keys at the end of June and immediately started doing a few renovations/updates (mostly painting projects) before we moved in. We have only been living in our new home for a little over 2 weeks now. That said, some of the “projects” I am talking about on this “Home Tour” have already been done, and I will share about those in later posts. I originally wanted to share our move-in progress, but wasn’t able to because my IPad stopped working for a while. Now we are back on track, and I can’t wait to share all of our DIY projects and interior design ideas! **

Our New Home! (Inside Tour)

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As many of you know, we recently just purchased a new home! Well not a brand new home, but a new-to-us home. It’s a bit older (built in the early 1990’s) with all of those charming 90’s details, including: decorative gold/silver faucets, white tile with grey-beige grout in the bathrooms and kitchen, faux “marble” cabinet and drawer liners, black kitchen appliances, built-in wood cabinets with that popular 90’s golden brown stain color, and the piece de resistance– a forest green jacuzzi!

While the previous owners did do some updating (they painted a more modern color scheme throughout the house and added a few new light fixtures), there are still a lot of DIY projects on our honey-do list. We keep joking that we didn’t realize that we bought a “fixer upper” because of all of the little projects popping up that we feel need to be done to make this place feel like OUR home. But that’s okay with me, because it gives me the opportunity to share with you some great DIY projects and fabulous interior design ideas! (Especially for those of us on a budget!)

Today I’m going to show you the inside of the house before we fully moved in. My next post will be the exterior and yards. So, without further ado- onto why we are here today! The house tour! (The inspiring interior designer in me can’t wait to share my design journey with you!)


Front door

Front Entryway

Formal Dining room

Formal Dining

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Kitchen- the old faucet HAS to go. It drips and almost won’t turn off- not good for the pocket book or the environment- we are in a drought! We will be replacing it with a gooseneck faucet in an oil rubbed bronze color to match all of the hardware on the cabinets and drawers.

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Full Kitchen (during move-in)- I actually like the colors that are used in this kitchen. Eventually we will update the white tile with a granite countertop, and I will be removing and replacing ALL of the dirty faux marble lining in the cabinets and drawers. We also plan on adding some pendent lighting above the “bar” area.

Little breakfast nook- right off the kitchen

Little breakfast nook- right off of the kitchen

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Family Room

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Family Room Fireplace- the fireplace and mantle just feel dated and that golden brown color doesn’t really flow well with the whitewashed brick, or the dark wood floors in the rest of the house. I plan on painting the wood a bright white to help coordinate the room, and give it (and the rest of the house) a modern beachy/boho esthetic.

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Hallway (cabinet)- the whole hallway is painted the same color as the dining room, the “loft”, and office/sewing room. While I really like the color, it makes the hallway feel closed in and dark. Eventually we will brighten it up with a lighter color. I will also paint the cabinet a bright crisp white to freshen it up and give it that “chill beachy vibe” I just love so much!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom- in this picture as you can see the room is a neutral tan color, pretty much matching the carpet. Boring! First we will paint the whole room a nice light grey-blue to evoke a peaceful “beachy” vibe. Eventually we will also add hardwood instead of the carpet.

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Master Bedroom- (Alcove) This will be repainted a nice bright white to help brighten up the room even more with the light grey-blue we are going to do the rest of the bedroom.

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Master Bathroom- where do I even start in this room? This may be a “long-time-coming” project because I want to totally redo everything about this bathroom!

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Master Closet -No your eyes are not deceiving you, the light in the closet made everything look yellow! (Yuck!) The closet color actually matches the master bedroom and bathroom, and will be repainted (a nice serene light color), and the light fixture and bulbs will definitely be changed out to give a pure bright light.

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Office/Sewing Room- this room feels dark in this blue color because it’s on the small side, and the light fixture is old and noisy. I plan on eventually painting at least one wall a lighter color and updating the light. I will also finish matching the mounding at the baseboards.

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This will be kiddos room!

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Tree decal in the kiddos room- I wanted to take it down, but he insisted on keeping it… for now. I’m not sure how I will make it work in his “Dino” themed room, but I will try! (At least he let me take the pink butterflies off.)

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Hallway Bathroom- we will definitely be painting or replacing the cabinets, as well as updating the old faucet. This room is also in desperate need of a vent fan!

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Laundry Room- we purchased a new washer and dryer (obviously not pictured), and the door was replaced with a fire rated door that does NOT have a doggy door! Besides that, we will be painting the cabinets.

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Stairway up to the “Loft”

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Right side of the “Loft”

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Left side of the “Loft”

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Looking into the loft from the stairway- the color on the walls look really dark, but it is actually the same color as the formal dining room area and hallway. I can’t decide if I want to repaint this big room or not. I have a handful of ideas on what to do with this space including a “guest suite” as well as a playroom/man cave, or even a legitimate library/study! I just can’t decide!

I am truly loving working on making this house a beautiful home, and I am super excited to share the process with you! Next up is the outside of the house! I have some really fun ideas on how we are going to make our yard(s) more “environmentally friendly” since we are currently living through a serious drought.

Until next time…


**Just a FYI: We got our keys at the end of June and immediately started doing a few renovations/updates (mostly painting projects) before we moved in. We have only been living in our new home for a little over 2 weeks now. That said, some of the “projects” I am talking about on this “Home Tour” have already been done, and I will share about those in later posts. I originally wanted to share our move-in progress, but wasn’t able to because my IPad stopped working for a while. Now we are back on track, and I can’t wait to share all of our DIY projects and interior design ideas! **

DIY Leather ‘O’ Ring Snap Bracelet Tutorial (inspired by Joanna Gaines)

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Last fall I challenged myself to try working with leather (or leather like) materials more, and I have been having a lot of fun these last few months experimenting! I truly have a new appreciation for all those leather artisans out there, because working with leather is not as simple as you would think. (Check out some of my previous DIY posts about working with leather.)

With that said, it should come as no surprise that I would eventually venture into making jewelry. Have you seen all of the beautiful leather jewelry out there?!

It’s also no big shock that this bracelet project was inspired by one of my favorite reality TV “stars” (HGTVs “Fixer Upper” Joanna Gaines). If you have never seen the show Fixer Upper, you are definitely missing out on some family fun, beautiful design, and a great positive message- not to mention the woman has GREAT style!

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I don’t remember if I first saw her sporting her leather “O” ring bracelet on her show, or if I saw it on Pinterest or Instagram, but I immediately fell in love with it! I had to have it! So I ventured to the Magnolia Market webpage, and low and behold- there it was in all of its glory! But my heart dropped when I saw it was priced at $66. Yowch! Sadly, that price was just a little out of my budget. Then I started thinking about it (and couldn’t stop thinking about it), and I decided that I would try making this lovely piece of jewelry on my own.  So, I did and I LOVE it! I wear it ALL of the time! It wasn’t very difficult to make, so I thought I’d share!


Here is how I did it!

What I used:

  • 1 brass O ring 1.5″ inches (38mm)
  • Strip of leather (1″x14″)
  • set of snaps (cap/socket/stud/post)
  • snap setting tool (like this one)
  • hammer
  • Small piece of wood (for hammering on)
  • All purpose punch tool (or an awl- something to make a hole through your leather-I got mine here)
  • measuring tape and ruler
  • rotary cutter (or razor) & self healing mat

How I put it all together:

  • I started by measuring my wrist at the smallest point (for me it was 6.25″).

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  • I next cut my strip of leather 1″ wide by 14″ long. After some trial and error, I found that 14″ was the perfect length for my wrist. It’s a tiny bit loose, but I wanted it that way.

(*note: using my measurements as a starting point, I suggest lengthening (or shortening) your strip 1″ longer (or shorter) for each inch that your wrist is bigger (or smaller). For example, if you had a 7-7.5″ wrist, then you would cut a 15″ long strip of leather and so on.)

At this point, I did a bunch of measuring and marking on the underside of the leather strip.

These next measurements will be for your snap placement:

  • Once I had my 1″x14″ strip of leather cut, I measured 7″ from one end and made a mark. (This should be in the exact center of your leather strip.)
  • Next, I measured 1″ inch from the center point on each side, and made another 2 marks. So, you will have 3 marks in the center of your leather strip.

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  • Then I measured 1/2″ from each end of the leather strip, and made a mark. These marks will be hole punched. (I punched my holes at 3.2 mm with a leather hole punch.)
  • Now, take your leather and punch a hole at the exact CENTER mark, as well as at the 1/2″ marks at each END of your leather strip. You should now have 3 holes in your leather strip. (*See image below for reference.)

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This next part you will be making the two strips that will wrap around the ring. (It can seem really confusing, but it will make sense, I promise! If you get totally confused, just review my pictures for reference. That always helps me!)

  • Next, from the holes you just punched at BOTH ENDS of the leather strip, measure 1/2″ toward the center, and mark.
  • At this point you should now have 4 more marks (2 on each end, and the 2 you had already marked at the center). From here, I made a very light 5″ line connecting the marks at the end and the center. Do this on both sides. (See image below for reference.)

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  • Next (using your ruler as a guide), take your razor or rotary cutter and cut down your 5″ line. This will cut your leather into 2 strips. (*Important!- Don’t cut all the way to the holes you punched! Stop at the marks you just made before you get to the holes!)

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Voila! After all that confusing work you should have a 14″ strip of leather with 3 holes punched in it, and 1 slice down the middle of each side! Congrats! You are now ready to add the hardware!

Now on to the fun part- banging stuff with your hammer!

Before you begin- Here is a helpful tutorial on how to set your snaps. If you have never done it before, go check it out. Got it? Okay lets move on!

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  • On one end of your leather strip, hammer your “cap” and “socket” into place with your snap setter tools, making sure that the smooth “cap” side is on the outer finished side of your leather. (This will become the part you see on the outside of your bracelet!)

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  • Next, with the raw side of your leather facing up, take your ‘O’ ring and fold the leather over it, “hooking” the ‘O’ ring. The finished side of the leather should now be on top and the ‘O’ ring in between the 2 “strips”. (See images below for reference.)

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  • Line up your end hole and center hole, and put the “post” of your snap thru both of the holes (as seen below).

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  • Next, sandwiching the leather between the “post” and “stud”, hammer into place with your snap setting tools.

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Congratulations! You’re awesome leather ‘O’ Ring Bracelet is ready to wear! Yes it was just that easy to make! You did a great job!


Here is how to put it on-

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With your ‘O’ Ring on top, take the end with the “cap” and loop it up through the middle of the ‘O’ Ring making a circle. Slide your over wrist, and snap into place! Now go out and enjoy your new accessory! (P.S. Don’t be surprised at all of the compliments you will get when you wear this awesome new piece of jewelry!)


If you love this piece of jewelry, but don’t want to make it yourself, you can visit my Etsy shop (here) to purchase it!

Until Next Time…

 

*This is post was in no way affiliated with Magnolia Market or Joanna Gaines. It was just inspired by her great sense of fashion!* 

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