So I mentioned about a month ago, randomly, that I was a little tired of the front of our house. We are probably at least a year away from really making any changes, but I love planning and scheming. I am not really good at landscaping. I know the look I want, but I have no idea where to begin to get there so hubby and I had some extra time one day so we went curb appeal stalking. Just a reminder of what we are working with first.
Hey there! I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know we sure did! Blessings upon blessings!
I always like to take a minute and look back over the past year as the new year is approaching. And, today I’d like to do that with you by sharing the top 10 most viewed posts of 2015 ranked by you the reader! 🙂
Let the countdown begin!
#10 Patio Reveal – Our patio got a lovely update this year and we are using the space so much more than before!
#9 Tween Boy Bedroom – I love making spaces tailored to the taste of my kids!
#8 How To ‘Slipcover’ an Ottoman – Great deals are my favorite and this one was no exception!
#7 Stenciled Entryway – a stencil and a little paint brought new life to this small space.
#6 Painted Brick Fireplace Surround – I spent years going back and forth on painting the brick, and when I finally got my nerve up I wonder why I waited so long!
#5 Bright and Fun Teen Girls Room – Another fun kids space just for my girl, filled with DIY!
#4 Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring – bringing in some instant color in the spring with perennials.
#3 Bathroom Makeover – my One Room Challenge project this fall was a big hit!
#2 Ribbon Makeover – such a simple and budget friendly solution to make what you have work with your new space.
and last but not least, one of my favorite projects and yours –
#1 DIY Floating Mantel – this was easier than expected with maximum impact!
The one thing I would love to pass on to you from 2015 is two-fold: don’t be afraid to try a DIY – you never know if you can until you try!! And, don’t let budget constraints keep you from making your house a home – look at it as a challenge to be creative!!
My goal here at frazzled JOY is to demonstrate how both of these things are possible! Wishing you and yours a happy new year!!
Hello there! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!! Mine was a very do-nothing weekend filled with lots of love and sweetness from my kiddos, a dinner out and some precious gifts.
Today I’d like to share with you my easy-peasy DIY garden flag that you saw in this post.
But first, If you follow me on instagram (and you should ;)) you may have seen this pic.
Yes, at Christmas, when my big kid was home I coerced them into re-doing one of my favorite photos of them when they were little. Truth be told the second one was just as hard to accomplish as the first one – you know it’s hard to get several people to cooperate in a photo!!
But, it’s precious all the same. Enjoy your little ones mama – they don’t stay that way! 🙂
Okay, enough of that. Back to the DIY. This project was two of my favorite things – easy and free. I went to my fabric stash and grabbed a piece of my go-to dropcloth canvas.
I measured and cut it to size. Hemmed all sides and made a pocket at the top to hang from the stand.
I knew I wanted our letter on there so I started with that. I used a technique I have used before to stencil on fabric – clear contact paper.
I printed out the letter I wanted and then traced it to the contact paper. Cut out with a craft knife and adhere to the fabric.
You should be careful of the edges as you paint and paint away from the paper edges rather than toward. Take your time and get a good coat on, then peel off your stencil. And ta-da!!
I kind of had a polka-dot them going on with the doormat and the door hanger, so I decided to stick with that. I pulled some bright colors of paint from my stash and these great foam dotters.
In just a few minutes, I had this!!
It’s cute and fun and fills in the space where nothing grows! 🙂 We have had some crazy amounts of rain in the past week so the flag went inside. I plan to try scotch guarding it to see if that will help with the paint staying put if it gets wet. But, even if it doesn’t work out, it was free, sooo, yeah. Thanks for stopping by!!
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Hey there! Thanks for all the love for the entryway stencil project! I find myself admiring it several times a day. 🙂 It was just the little something that space needed and it now feels complete!
So, I mentioned I was working on getting the outside entry spruced up to match. I’ll show you a before in a minute but I must share the after!
Come on in y’all!! For some reason the color that caught my eye this season was hot pink! This is the only flower bed that I put annuals in so I like to have some fun each year. Our summers get pretty warm and I really like to have color through until the fall if I can so I have a couple of go-tos.
Vincas (the ones with the longer shiny leaves) are my absolute fav. They fill in nice and big, about a foot tall and can withstand the Oklahoma heat. Of course petunias are always fun and do pretty well with the heat too. Geraniums, I just love because of the big clump of flowers. They don’t last as long for me usually, but by the time they have died out the others will have taken over so I’m okay with that.
Here is the before where you can see the large bush in the corner there. This corner has always puzzled me. It doesn’t get as much sun as the rest of the bed, so I’ve never had much success growing anything pretty there that I like.
A few years back I bought this bush, really thinking it would stay somewhat small. But, you can see that it did not. I was done with it, so we moved it to the back yard. (the jury is still out as to whether it will survive the not-so-nice transplant it received) You can also see the vincas that are still growing strong in October!
Last summer on our trip to the lake we collected a few rocks to remember our trip. I decided to gather them together, along with a few others, in the corner, and then filled the space with a garden flag.
I could have purchased a flag, but I decided instead on a DIY custom one. Tutorial soon!
I pulled the crosses and the welcome sign out of my stash, and had my hubby help me hang them. What a difference they make!
The mat was requested by my hubby. Purchased at Hobby Lobby along with the polka-dot metal “G” hanging on the door.
This little side table got a makeover with a quick coat of spray paint, and some more hot pink flowers – roses from a back yard bush. And of course no front porch outing would be complete without a little sweet tea! 🙂
Thanks so much for dropping by! Come and sit a spell. The sweet tea is waiting! 🙂
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