Tuesday, March 31, 2020

LET'S STAY HOME free printable

This seems like a good time for a free printable. 

A let's stay home free printable is even more appropriate.

As we are all staying put, I thought it would be fun to offer this all to you to print from your own home.


You can print it at any size you'd like, to fit a frame you already have.



I hope you enjoy this little printable I made for you!





Simply click on the image below and save it to your computer. 

Print it out now, or pin any of these images to come back to later. 


I hope everyone is staying safe and that you are all getting some projects knocked off your to do list!

xoxo, Melaine 





Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday favorites

I usually start this post by saying happy Friday! However, all the days seem to be running together lately . All week I was off by a day, but it doesn't really matter anyway.

I thought I'd take this time to share some of my favorite recipes and projects that maybe you can make from items you already have at home. 

Allowing myself to be creative during this tough time has helped me, and I hope it helps anyone else that is down a bit. 

Something else I am doing that may seem ordinary but has helped me a lot, is to pretend like it's any other day. Meaning, I get up at a normal time, make beds, shower and do my makeup and get dressed as if I was going to work. 

Trust me, there have been days I want to stay in my pajamas all day with my greasy hair pulled in a bun. But there is something about normalcy that is helping keep me a bit sane. 

I have been doing a lot of baking. Comfort foods like yummy warm loaves of bread are so great. I make extra and freeze them to pull out at a later time. 

Try baking these mini loaves. I have several recipes for my favorite breads in this post. 



How about a delicious and gooey chocolate chip cookie recipe? This one is one of my favorites.


This macaroni and cheese will feed a lot, and it is my kids most requested dinner. So, so good! You make it in the crockpot, so it's super easy too!

What about making some pom poms out of yarn or raffia? 

If you have a chalkboard in your home, you can create this one with a few easy steps.


However, if you just feel like shopping online, {me!} here are some fun things I found this week.

A lot of stores are having sales right now and it's always fun to see the Amazon delivery guy walking up my steps. 

I splurged on a couple things. One being this found granite pot. Another being 
these beads, which are currently on backorder. 

This bowl is also on my wish list. 

And this. I have the perfect spot for it, but know I could find it cheaper at HomeGoods when they open back up. 

I did order this dough bowl. I love the white color, and the beads above will go in it.

I also purchased these sunglasses and they should arrive this weekend!

I also got one of these old wooden stools. I have been wanting one for a while and decided now is as good a time as any. 

This cookbook looks like something that would be interesting.

Oh, great deal on pillows here. I just ordered a pair of the white faux linen as they came highly recommended by a friend. I think the striped ones are fun too!

This portfolio is full of so much eye candy and inspiration!

Enjoy your weekend at home. Tackle a project, read a book, bake a loaf of bread, or take a long nap. 
See you back here on Monday morning!

xoxo, Melaine 





Thursday, March 26, 2020

DIY raffia pom pom Easter basket

Today I am going to show you how to make a fun Easter basket that you will actually not want to toss after the holiday is over!

You can make this DIY raffia pom pom Easter basket in an afternoon. 




Here are the things you need to make this cute pom pom Easter basket. 

This is the exact basket I used. Don't worry, if there isn't an Ikea near you, they do ship. 

To make the pom poms you will need raffia and a pom pom maker. 

You will want to make 6 pom poms.


With a needle and thread, stitch a pom pom onto the basket where each handle meets. Then stitch one between those, right in the center. 



Now that your pom poms are attached you can add any extra raffia tied to one of the handles, add a card, or anything you want!

I put a potted plant in mine because it looked so cute and I think it's a great idea for an adult Easter basket. 






If you are still looking for Easter basket ideas, please click on any of the links below to take you to their wonderful blogs!


  Jelly Bean Bunnies - Finding Lovely | Fun Easter Basket Ideas - Happy Happy Nester | Painted Easter Cookie Gift - Craftberry Bush | Easter Basket Ideas - Art of Everyday Living    Simple DIY Easter Basket Idea - She Gave It A Go | DIY Raffia Pom Pom Easter Basket - My Sweet Savannah | Easter Basket Garland with Scrap Fabric - The DIY Mommy | DIY Floral Easter Basket - Zevy Joy  Googly Eyed Easter Bunny Basket - Cassie Bustamante | Neighbor Gift Basket - A Blue Nest | Easter Basket For The Creative - Tatertots and Jello

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And finally, take a peek at
this adult Easter basket I put together last year. I think it would make a sweet neighbor gift during these tough times. 


xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

DIY Easter carrot wreath

This project started when I was at the dollar store and I saw these adorable carrots. They weren't your typical dollar store product. The color was subdued and the orange was actually twine wrapped around the carrot form. The cute little green "stems" sealed the deal and I picked up several packages.



I had the cute little wreath forms left over from another project, so I came up with these fun little Easter wreaths!

You will need the following items to make these wreaths: 
{click on the bold type to take you to the products.}


RIBBON-WREATH FORMS-CARROTS-GLUE GUN-COMMAND HOOKS


Making these is as simple as hot gluing them onto the wreath form. I used a drinking glass {not pictured} placed in the center of my wreath while I glued on the carrots. This made it so they were all evenly placed. 



 Then I tied a bow with the gorgeous blue velvet ribbon, and hot glued that onto each one. 


Each wreath has 21 carrots on it, so a little over 5 packages of carrots each. 
I cut the ribbons at 18" length.


They are hanging with command hooks. I think they really add a fun touch to our kitchen cabinets for the holiday! 



This week I'm joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Easter projects, decor ideas, and crafts with you. Be sure to see what they are sharing by clinking the links below the images.

Easter Mantel Decor with Free Printable Easter Art at The Happy Housie Simple Easter Brunch Table at Finding Silver Pennies Spring Flower Pot Cakes at Satori Design for Living Dollar Store Wooden Box Centerpiece at Craftberry Bush

Free Easter Activity Booklet for Kids at The DIY Mommy Wood Slice Easter Craft for Kids at She Gave it a Go Free Printable Easter Banner at Happy Happy Nester DIY Easter Egg Salt and Pepper at Life is a Party Kid Friendly Easter Table at The Tattered Pew

Painted Terra Cotta Pots Centerpiece at Tatertots and Jello DIY Easter Sign at Lemon Thistle DIY Easter Carrot Wreath at My Sweet Savannah 5 Ideas for Wooden Easter Eggs at Hallstrom Home

Black & White Easter Vignette and Printable at Taryn Whiteaker Designs Easter Bunny Peg Dolls at Cassie Bustamante DIY Spring Artwork at Love Create Celebrate DIY Authentic Easter Eggs at Zevy Joy Modern Classic Easter Table at Cherished Bliss



xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

our Easter table

Our Easter table this year will be fairly simple!

A lot of muted colors of pinks, periwinkle, and greys.


I found these great periwinkle candlesticks at HomeGoods and they were my jumping off point for the table. I placed them in a round tray and sprinkled in wooden Easter eggs. 


To keep costs down on the florals I am doing one of my secret tricks. I mix in dollar store faux floral with real ones for a really full lush look! 

It's a way to get a really full look without spending a ton of money on fresh flowers. The vases are also from the dollar store. 


I used my favorite wood charger plates and layered them with grey dinner plates, and white salad plates. 


Each person can take their floral arrangement home with them.



I am using dish towels this year instead of regular cloth napkins. I tied them up in a knot in the center and placed them next to each charger plate. 


I bet you can't tell which ones are fake and which ones are real! {well, maybe by the stems!}







I hope this gives you some ideas for your own Easter table, or maybe just for a table setting in general minus the Easter eggs!

xoxo, Melaine 








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