Rustic Spring Tablescape

It’s time for spring! Whether the weather wants to cooperate or not right?? It’s been pretty lovely here the past few days so I decided to play around with decorating a spring table! I’ve joined some other talented bloggers this week that will also be sharing their spring tables. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the postΒ – lots of inspiration just in time for Easter dinner!
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DIY Garden Flag

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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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Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring

Hey there!  Thanks for all the love for the entryway stencil project! I find myself admiring it several times a day.  πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for dropping by! Come and sit a spell. The sweet tea is waiting! πŸ™‚

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Spring Makes Me Want to Clean

I have to say, even as I typed that title I laughed to myself.  I’m here to admit that I am not the best at housekeeping.  Not for lack of trying mind you, it’s just not something I have ever enjoyed. I love it when it’s done, I just don’t want to do it. Can I get an amen from anyone. It’s okay, this is a safe place. 

See I would much rather be making a mess crafting or DIYing then cleaning one up.

But to my surprise the posts that get the most action on pinterest are the ones about cleaning. This post I did about cleaning baseball pants has been all over. It really is a great tip!! If you have a child who wears a white polyester uniform in the dirt you need to read about this magic soap!

Then, a while back I recreated a cleaning schedule that I thought would help take the guess work out of house work. It got a lot of attention also. I have to admit though, I haven’t been very successful with keeping up with it. :-/
I told you I don’t like to clean.

But seeing so many posts about spring cleaning gives me the itch to do my part to get things in order around our home. If you don’t know A Bowl Full of Lemons you should check her out. She is a gold mine of information on organization and housekeeping. She is currently doing a 30 day spring cleaning challenge. I follow her on instagram and I love that she posts one simple task each day. Easy peasy – I can do that. πŸ™‚ If you don’t do instagram you can follow the link to her blog, where she posts the tasks each week.

And here are my favorite, go-to homemade cleaner recipes. I haven’t bought cleaning products from the store in forever (aside from clorox wipes, because well they are just so handy)!

Thanks for stopping in today!!  I hope you were inspired to get something tidied up!!  If you don’t hear from me for a while it’s because of this.

Over the past two years I have worked diligently to de-clutter and organize our home in an effort to make it function better for our family, and for it to be easier to keep up. The attic is a place that has been neglected. Mostly because it is either too hot or too cold to even go up there. So, I talked my hubby into taking all of it out and putting it in the garage so I can go through it and set it all straight. So, that is just what I am working on, and man have I found some treasures. I’ll share soon. After I stop crying. (Babies are almost grown.)  πŸ™

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