Friday, July 20, 2018

~Friday favorites~

Has anyone been shopping the early access at Nordstrom?
Today marks PUBLIC ACCESS DAY! 
Here are some of my top picks:
I think I will wear this jacket everyday this fall.
And you gotta love a good bootie!
I love layering tees or tanks with these.
These jeans cover the muffin top nicely and are quite a bit marked down.
Still can't bring yourself to buy fall clothes just yet?
These shorts will be stylish for years to come.

This is the cutest wristlet for fall, don't ya think?

Anything that is pesticide free and kills bugs at the same time, count me in!
Dynatrap attracts, traps, and kills disease carrying Flies and other insects using a UV lights.

My doormat obsession continues......

This online shop has the most affordable bedding and home decor that I have ever seen.
I love this pillow.

This beverage holder is sooooo good!

A couple good crafting books for adults & kids here and here.

Ans don't forget about this!



Have a great weekend.

xoxo

Thursday, July 19, 2018

~hydrangea love & care~


Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and I have found them so easy to grow. 
They get big blooms and are so colorful and they fill in spaces nicely. 
I think the only thing I don't love about them, is how spindly they look in the winter.

Here are some tips and tricks and facts to care for your hydrangeas.

CHANGING THE COLOR

If you would like to turn your pink hydrangeas blue, or to keep your blue ones from turning pink, increase the acidity of the soil. 

PRUNING BASICS

Pruning is key to hydrangea health and appearance.
You'll want to prune after the flowers start to fade in late summer.
To determine if your hydrangea blooms on old wood, think about it when it flowers. Shrubs with this characteristic generally begin blooming in early summer and peter out by mid summer. These shrubs form next year's flower buds in late summer or early fall as the days get shorter and the temperatures cool down. Prune just as the flowers begin to fade to reduce the risk of removing these buds. Often, the earlier you get it done after blooming, the quicker the shrub can recover, producing more and larger blooms next season.

DIFFERENT VARIETIES

We have several different varieties and colors in our yard. 
Limelight hydrangeas are one of my favorites.
These have huge football shaped celadon green blooms.
They require part sun to sun and are very hardy.

We also have endless summer hydrangeas that have large blueish pink flower heads.

Let's dance blue jangles have that traditional beautiful blue flower. One of my favorites.

White smooth hydrangeas have to be one of my favorites because, well because they 
are white! Look for "Annabelle" on the label when you are buying these. They are very low maintenance and can tolerate shade to sun.

CUT FLOWERS

Hydrangeas make amazing cut flowers.
They last a long time, fill up a vase very nicely, and go with almost any style.
To prolong the life even further there is 2 things you can do.
1- After cutting your blooms, immediately dip the bottom 1/2" of the stem into alum powder.
Then place immediately in your vase filled with water.
2- Cut your blooms and immediately put them in room temp water. 
Then stand the stems in boiling hot water for 30 seconds. Immediately put back into your room temp water.

I hope you found this helpful!
If you have photos of your hydrangeas, please tag me on instagram for a chance to be featured on my account. I would love to see them!


xoxo





Wednesday, July 18, 2018

~vintage tennis racket frame chalkboards~

This project is so fun!
I found these old tennis racket frames at a thrift store and thought they'd make for a great project.
I decided to turn them into chalkboards that could hang on your wall, or rest on a shelf. 
If you don't have access to any frames, you can find a bunch on Etsy here. 
They usually go for around $10 each.


Start with your empty frames:


Trace the inside of each frame onto a piece of paper:


Add 1/4" 
so they won't fall right through the frame:


Cut out your papers. These will act as a template for cutting out your wood:


Trace them onto wood and cut out with a jigsaw or chop saw.
Paint with chalkboard paint and let dry:


Sand them lightly for a distressed look:


Sandwich the wood  between the frames & tighten any screws to hold in place:


Attach no nail sawtooth hangers to the backside:


Using chalk, write your message or draw your picture:


I love the old wording:


Side view.
Make sure to paint the sides and the back with chalkboard paint as well, as it shows.





Happy creating!
xoxo






Tuesday, July 17, 2018

~DIY giant Jenga game~

I am sort of in love with how this project turned out.



The first thing you will need to do is cut your eight 2x4's into 10.5" sections.
You will need 54 total.


You will then need to sand each piece down and when you are done you will feel like your arm is going to fall off, but I promise, 
it won't.


You can stain them all the same color, or do what I did and use three different colors for interest.
Divide them up into 3 sets of 18 and get staining!


While your stain is drying you can move onto making the storage cart.


Cut two pieces of plywood at 17" x 17" each and stain them.
{I used the "ash" color for mine}
When dry, add casters to the bottom of one, securing with screws.



Next you are going to make 4 side pieces out of pipe.

Start with a flange, then a 12" pipe followed by a coupling, followed by another 12" pipe followed by another coupling, and then a 2" nipple, finishing it off with another floor flange.
Do this process four times. 
Use your level to make sure each piece is the same height.


Then one by one screw them onto the corners of the bottom piece that has the casters on it.
Place your other 17"x17" on the ground and flip this bottom piece with the pipes upside down on top and screw the other four flanges into the top.


 When done, flip the whole thing right side up and add your handle to the top.
The handle consists of 2 floor flanges, a 2" nipple, 2 elbows, and 2 black closed steel nipples.


You now have your cart to carry the game pieces in, and it should look like this:



You can actually play the game in this case, or you can take them out or just use it for storing the pieces. Either way, the finished product is really pretty and fun too!



Let the games begin!

Monday, July 16, 2018

~ Amazon prime days & deals~

Today marks the day for Amazon Prime Days!
Shop prime day countdown deals.
The sale lasts 36 hours and is pretty much described as Black Friday in July.
You can get 4 months of Amazon music for 99 cents here.
The Echo Show for $100 off. Offered at $129.00.
The Blink home security system will be on sale for $75.00
We are hoping to score a tv for Savannah's first apartment.
Here are some other things that I will be buying:

My favorite hand soap that smells like perfume.
The yummiest candle that is a great scent year round.
I just bought this curling iron after my hair dresser insisted and I am so glad she did. It works wonders!
And speaking of hair, I won't style mine ever without this. It is honestly the best product in protecting your hair from heat.

I might break down and get that Vitamix I've always wanted.


What will you be shopping for?
xoxo
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