September 2017 In Review

Hey there! So two things. One – I had a totally different post planned for you this week, but the cloudy weather changed my plans (very hard to photograph with no natural light). Two – I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I thought it would be good for today!
September 2017 in review at frazzled JOY
Fall is finally here and I am so glad!! Along with the rain with had this week came cooler temperatures. Yay for sweater and boots! How is it possible though that September is mostly gone?? I swear, the older I get the faster time flies by.
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Cozy Fall Mantel

Happy Thursday friends! It’s a big day around here. My third baby turns 16 and takes his test to get his license this morning. Praying he passes!! He’s a pretty good driver, so I really have no doubt. I have mixed feelings about all of this. I’m happy to be doing less toting around of him AND his brother (they have very similar schedules), but I’m terrified when I think about him being out their on his own among all the other crazy drivers.  😯 But, anywho!! That’s what it’s all about mamas. They grow up and do new things and we learn to pray harder and harder with every passing year.
Wow, I didn’t mean to chat for that long, but there ya go! Today I’m sharing a few more shots of our fall mantel, and some more details. I’ve really started to settle into what I like design wise as of late. It’s somewhat eclectic, but not. Ha! Some might say modern farmhouse, others might say cozy minimalist. Maybe a combo of those. I’m definitely in a less is more phase, and I do like some history thrown in, but I also like a little bit of modern thrown in as well. Whatever you want to call it, it makes sense to me and I like it, and that’s all that matters!! So, for what it is, here is my version of a cozy fall mantel.
Cozy Fall Mantel
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‘Merica

I hardly ever decorate for much other than Christmas.  But, while out shopping for pool stuff the other day, the flag displays caught my attention, and I got a hankerin’ to add a little Americana decor to the house.  So I grabbed a couple of things from the store and collected a couple more from home and started with this.

And, ended up with this.

Just a little touch of red, white, and blue and I’m done :).  

My hubby throws together this lovely little celebration at our church every year.  Last night we celebrated the 14th year of what we call Freedom and Faith – a community wide event that has about 3,000 people in attendance.  There is fun to be had for everyone – live music, food, inflatables, and then of course an awesome fireworks show!!  It is a fantastic time always, and last night did not disappoint!!  Needless to say hubby has been super busy the last couple of weeks this week we are going to fit in some much needed family time, so you might not hear from me for a few days, but I’ll be back.  🙂  
I am looking forward to some homemade ice cream and more great fireworks.  What’s your favorite thing to do on the 4th of July?

Happy 4th of July!!

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Springified Mantel

Well, all the chicks have returned to the nest and we are back in our routine.  The weather here has been like a yo-yo.  One day in the 70s next day in the 30s.  Since I can’t dig in the dirt yet I decided to springify the mantel.  

 

I showed you last week my chevron backdrop project,

 

 

and showed you my burlap wreath here.

 

 

The rest of the things on the mantel I already had.  
 
You’ll see something different with the wreath – the accessory.  The cross was cute, but something about it was bugging me, so it found a new home.  

 

I just added it to the heart wreath that I keep on my door year around.  I can never get the color on the front door to photograph well, but it’s the same as the inside here.
 
I was at Hobby Lobby looking for something to put in its place and the feather just spoke to me ;).  

 

Most of the time when I have a weird idea I tend to avoid it, but this time I went for it and I really like the look, it brings softness to it all.  

 

 

 Here it is all together again.

 

Simple enough that it will most likely stay like that for a while!!  Very excited about the chevron backdrop and the potential.  The command hook works perfectly to hold up the wreath – and I’m already thinking of other things I could hang on there when I get tired of the wreath!!
 
Blessings to you this week!  Take time and prepare your hearts for the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord!!
The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”
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DIY Chevron Backdrop

Okay, so like a week ago I shared with you my burlap wreath.  And, my frustration over how well it blended in with the brick.  I was so bummed and had hit a brick wall {ha!}.  Then, as I walking in the back yard, I spotted this.
This was our attempt at building a “door” for our small shed to keep the dog out.  It never stayed together the way we intended, the dog ran away :(, and we took it down.  I asked my husband not to throw it out last summer because “I might use it”… and here it has sat since then.  {have I mentioned our back yard needs lots of work?}
So, I started in tearing it apart.
And then cutting it up.  I decided I didn’t really want it that long, so I thought I would cut the pickets in half.  But, then I didn’t want only one end to have the points, so I decided to cut those off too.  And then I put it back together using the same 1×2’s to anchor the pieces together.
Remember this wood wasn’t perfect to begin with and it had been sitting outside for months through all the elements.  Perfectly imperfect!!
 
I had grand plans for this piece.  I love the look of chevron and you remember I shared this picture with you.  
source: MadeByGirl
So….I read several tutorials on how to make chevron stripes and finally thought I had it figured out….sorta.
For the background color, I used the white paint that I used to paint my built-ins, and doors for a cohesive look that I might be able to use year around.  Remember, I’m not worried about it being perfect so I just slapped the paint on there, not bothering with the holes, or getting complete coverage.  
Then for the chevron design.  I’m so not one for measuring more than necessary so I decided to use the planks for the vertical lines and use a yard stick for the horizontal lines.  Honestly I wasn’t sure how wide I wanted the stripes to be.  I’ve told you before I’m a VERY visual person.  So I decided to just use the width of the yardstick to make horizontal lines across the whole piece.  I would decide after which ones to use. 
Then I brought out the tape and starting making the angles.  Simply choose how many “rectangles” wide you want the stripe to be and how many “planks” long you want the stripe to be and you have your angle.  Okay – seriously – I was majorly winging it.  🙂  The taping part can get a little tricky – don’t get in too big of a hurry.  I’m soooo impatient so yes this was hard for me, but luckily it was a small piece.  The big spaces are where you will paint, and the small spaces will stay the original color.  Make sure you press down the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from seeping under.
I decided to use the wall color that I used in my living room, again to achieve a cohesive look.  Again, not worried about perfection, {but not wanting the paint to bleed under the tape} I painted on a fairly light coat.  By the time I got to the end of the board I was almost giddy!!  I couldn’t wait to pull the tape…
so I didn’t!!!  Look at the finished product!!
It is exactly how I envisioned!!  

I was left with quite a few pencil lines on the white paint.  


Nothing that a damp rag won’t remove, especially if you make your lines as light as possible.

Now, it is fairly heavy so I plan on mounting a nice picture hanger wire to the back.  My hubby had installed a screw into the brick years ago for me to hang things on.  Then I will use a command hook on the board to be able to hang things {like my wreath} on the front of the board.  Perfect imperfection!!  LOVE!! 

This will give you an idea of what it will look like.


I hope to get my mantel spruced up sometime this week, so I can share with you the complete look.  But, let’s get real folks – it’s spring break ;)!!

Blessings to you and yours!!

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