Hello lovelies! I’ve wanted to share this craft with you for about 2 weeks now but with it being so hot up here I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down at the computer to type it. After all, who wants to think about fall when it’s 90 degrees outside? Yeah, me neither. Now that it’s finally cooled down (hallelujah!), I figured it was time to share :) So, go grab some materials and a pumpkin spice latte, and let’s get to crafting!
Now don’t get me wrong, I still love my DIY Fall Burlap Wreath, which happens to be the most viewed posting on my blog, but I was in the mood for something different. While searching my pins on Pinterest, I came across a “wreath” that was basically an embroidery hoop covered in burlap with a big monogram on it. I was sold. Except, I wanted some color- which is pretty rare for me as most of my house is decorated in grays, whites, and creams. Perhaps I was just feeling adventurous, who knows. Nevertheless, I grabbed the Harps and went off to my favorite place, Hobby Lobby, in search of supplies. Below is the tutorial for my Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath. Enjoy :)
DIY Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath
- Embroidery Hoop (I used an 18” hoop)
- Fall themed fabric (size depends on what size hoop you use but I bought ¾ of a yard)
- Wooden Letter
- Paint for hoop (optional) and for letter (in my case white and black)
- Ribbon to make bow
- Floral wire or pipe cleaner (for bow)
- Hot glue gun
This first step is optional but I chose to paint the outside of my hoop (you could just as easily leave it plain). I didn’t have any acrylic paint handy so I used some leftover chalk paint. While that was drying, I painted my wooden “V” in a stark black thinking it would add a nice contrast to the orange polka dot fabric.
After that, I ran upstairs, turned on the iron, and ironed my fabric. No creases for this girl! Once everything was nice and smooth, I hooped it onto my embroidery hoop and then trimmed the excess fabric from the edges.
Next, I used my hot glue gun (still my favorite crafting accessory to date) to glue my wooden “V” to the fabric.
Once again, this next part is optional: I decided to top off the wreath with a simple burlap bow (see instructions below), which is basically the only type of bow I know how to make. Lastly, I hot glued some floral wire to the back of the embroidery hoop so that it could be hung.
Simple Burlap Bow
Let me preface this with the fact that I think my pictures offer an easier explanation of how to make a simple bow but I’ll try to explain in words what I did.
To make the bow, I cut a long piece of burlap (in the picture, it looks like about 18” long), then hot glued it in the middle and brought both pieces to the half way mark. Now, repeat. Lay one piece of burlap on top of the other so that they’re angled (like a bow). Wrap with some floral wire or pipe cleaner in the center to create the bow. Cut about 5” of burlap and tie in a knot. This will cover the floral wire and hot glue into place. Hot glue the bow onto the embroidery hoop.
And there you have it! A super easy nap-time craft sure to add a little fall sass to any door.
Who’s ready for a fabulous furniture makeover? Do you remember when I found this deal of a lifetime? If not, let me refresh your memory… One day, while trolling around on Craigslist I found this AMAZING set of French provincial furniture. Two huge dressers (one tall, one long), one ginormous (and heavy as heck mirror), two night stands, along with two lamps. Price: $125. For Everything. Can I get an “OH- Yeah”?!
Pretty nasty yellow, eh?
Everything was in great condition (beautiful dovetail drawers that easily slid in and out and zero knicks in the wood). Basically, these pieces were solid. The ONLY problem was that everything was this really awful yellow. This furniture was from the 60’s so perhaps that was the color that was “in” then or maybe the wood had just yellowed over time but regardless I knew it had to go. I had already painted the long and tall dressers (which have since been—again—repainted from gray to a pure white) but I couldn’t decide about the color for the nightstands. I finally decided on a mint/aqua color because I loved the cool tone and that seemed relaxing for a master bedroom. Plus, it added a pop of color to the gray/khaki/white color scheme I had going on.
After searching forever on Pinterest for mint/aqua/teal furniture I came across a piece that I really liked. It happened to be Bre’s from brepurposed and it was just gorg! I loved the color, how she distressed certain parts, and, of course, the way she paid attention to the little details like the knobs. After I saw her piece I knew I had to discover the color. To my surprise it was none other than DecoArt’s “Refreshing” Chalky Finish paint. I had never tried it but was excited to give it whirl. I headed out to Michael’s and bought two containers that day.
Some of the handle details
If you’ve never used these paints, let me tell you: they’re the real deal. It goes on smooth and offers great coverage. As with chalk paint, there’s no priming needed, which, for a busy mom, is a lifesaver. I was able to paint both nightstands (no priming or sanding needed as these were in such great shape) with two coats each and I used only one container of paint. I finished the pieces off with some polycrylic finish by Minwax. Chalk paint goes a LOOONNNGGG way so I’m always surprised at how little I need. For anyone thinking about purchasing DecoArt’s Chalky Finish Paint I would HIGHLY recommend it, especially for small projects like coffee tables, night stands, dressers, or even headboards. You won’t be disappointed! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I’ll answer as soon as I can.
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It’s no secret that I love the rustic, farmhouse chic look but every now and then I also get a taste for the industrial mid- century modern look and today’s craft is just that! I was looking for ideas for our “playroom bathroom” as I call it because it’s right off of Harper’s playroom. Real original name, I know. I really liked the idea of metal letters spelling out “WASH” since that’s what I keep on preaching to Harper “You’ve got to WASH, WASH, WASH…Wash those hands…” Ps- that’s from one of Debbie Doo’s songs and it’s pretty catchy if I might add. Regardless, this was the look I was going for but I didn’t want to shell out a ton of money for the zinc letters so I figured, why not DIY? I already had spray paint so all I needed was some letters! A trip to the store and $10 later I was ready to go. The tutorial is below :)
DIY Metal Letters (This post contains some Amazon affiliate links)
Simply spray the letters with your spray paint. I gave mine two coats because after the first coat you could still see some cardboard spots. Once dry, use these guys to hang. Ps- I still need to do that, but I forget (mom brain) every time I’m at the store to buy more so for now they’re still stacked under in the vanity cabinet. I would love to see what you guys come up with too! Post your pictures to either my FB page or IG and tag #thesassymomma.
This morning was just like any other. Well, Mondays are always a little more hectic than most as that’s when I’m prepping things for the week. But still, this Monday was no exception except for the fact that I realized this is the LAST week before my baby starts two-year-old preschool. Just typing this makes me want to tear up because I’m really torn here. Part of me is really excited for her as I know she is going to have an absolute blast and learn so much. Harper is so outgoing, very intelligent, and loves exploring new places and meeting new friends. Bottom line-I know she’ll thrive.
I’m also excited that this will give me a few hours, two days a week, to do whatever I’d like. So, that’s a great thing, too. After all, we don’t have any family in town so it’s not like I can just drop off H with her Gigi if I need a break. I’d have to find a babysitter during the day, which isn’t always the easiest. In fact, I’ve never done it, because our babysitters are in school during the day.
Our summer in a nutshell
The part of me that’s struggling is the part that thinks, “You don’t have to send her to school yet, Linds. Nobody is rushing this. Keep her with you as long as possible.” Believe me, there are plenty of days (those days that drag on and on because of tantrums and nothing seems to go as planned) where I’d be the first one at the preschool shouting from the rooftops, “sign my child up, she’s ready.” Luckily, those days are far fewer than the amazing days we get to spend together.
This morning was a prime example. It was time for us to get out of our jammies and get ready for the day so I carried H up the stairs to her room. Once we got to her room, we sat down on her rug and I cradled her in my arms. At that moment, while she was in those footie pajamas, her curly brown hair a mess, and sucking her fingers, I wept. There she was, snuggled in my arms, her head nestling on my chin and us rocking back and forth. She was my baby and there was nowhere else I wanted to be in that moment than with her. It was then I realized she’s going to be leaving me two mornings a week starting in just seven short days. I pray that this is the right decision for us… but, part of me still wonders.
My little free spirt. Here she’s dancing in Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain.
If you mommies have any advice on letting go of your baby at this stage, I’m all ears. I tend to not do well with change and this is the first major change for us since birth.
How do you let go?
Good Morning fellow sassy mommas! I know I’ve pretty much been MIA all summer but I’m back and I have some great crafts to share with you. Think: won’t-break-the-bank chalk paint “furniture makeover” ; a new (non-wreath) door hanger, and; a few other fun crafty things that are easy and impressive. So stay tuned!
Today, I’d like to share with you the easiest nap-time craft that’s sure to impress your guests when they walk in the door. Not to mention, this craft doesn’t require a ton of materials. In fact, you probably have everything-except for an appropriate piece of wood-on hand already. For the wood slice, you can find it almost any craft store; I’ve seen them recently at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and even Marshalls. (If you do go to the craft store, don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!)
DIY Wood Slice Sign
- Wood slice (I bought a Medium sized one)
- Paint (I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White but any will do)
- Permanent Pen and Pencil
- Masking tape
First thing you want to do is paint the inside of the wood slice. I used the tree rings as my edge. Just know, it won’t be a perfect circle, and that’s OK. This is supposed to be rustic looking :)
Once the paint has dried, you can stencil your name/quote/whatever else you’d like to put on your sign. I personally love the look of faux calligraphy but am definitely not good enough yet to free hand it so I downloaded the “Antrokas” font from dafont.com and typed out our last name. To transfer the font, I discovered a super-simple method. First, with a pencil, shade in each individual letter on the back of the printed paper. Next, tape the paper to your wood slice to keep it from moving. Third, press really hard and outline the letters; once you have done this, you will have an outline in pencil. Finally, use a permanent pen (I used a Sharpie fine point) to color the open space. For the “Est. 2011,” I simply free handed that.
Once that’s complete, you’re all done! Was that easy-peasy or what? Now you have a beautiful, rustic looking wood sign that’s perfect for any entryway, buffet, or any other place you can think to put it. You could also paint the other side with black chalk paint and have a sign that changes depending on the season. From “Happy Fall Y’all” to “Merry Christmas”. Basically, two crafts in one!
When you’ve finished your wood sign, post a picture of it on Instagram and tag #thesassymomma — I’d love to see how yours turns out!