Happy Fall Y’all! (sorry- I had to do it!) I am ready for crisp mornings, the crunch of leaves, and cozy sweaters. My boys are already planning their Halloween costumes and plotting their candy route. Now that Autumn is here, I thought I would inspire you with a few crafts to get your mindset and house ready for the changing season. Keep on Reading!
I love everything about pictures: taking them, looking through my phone at memories made, and having them displayed throughout our house. I love the conversations that pictures invoke within our family. My daughter often asks about where photos were taken, if she was alive at the time, and why we might look different! It is fun to be able to tell stories and relive all the fun we have had. We live so far away from our family right now so it is also so nice to be surrounded by our loved ones in some form. They bring smiles and laughter to each and every one of us. Continue reading “Wood Photo Ledge”
Earlier this summer, I was able to spend a good amount of time up in Minnesota visiting family. One of my favorite things to do when I am back home is to just be on the water or exploring the lake shore.
As my sister and I walked along the rocks one day with my daughter, we felt like kids searching for nature treasures. We love collecting driftwood and rocks from various places that we visit. My mom is an amazing artist and asked us to find some cool pieces of wood and sticks along the shore. We got so excited as we found interesting pieces and then I came across a chunk of wood wedged between some rocks. Naturally I had to figure out a way to bring it home with me and make something out of it, especially since I had worked so hard to free it from the rocks!
Some of my fondest memories have included taking walks through the woods or along paths surrounding the waterways of Minnesota. My family has all developed a passion for nature and each show it off in different ways. My mom is an artist and has a great appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us, from the the very large scale landscapes to the tiny details on a branch or plant. Continue reading “Nature Imprints”
I recently came across some air dry clay that my daughter and I had used to make faces for some nature spirit dolls we crafted together. I thought the excess clay would be perfect for a little plant holder for the wall. These wall pockets are great for an air plant, or even a little succulent, to add a pop of greenery on the wall. Keep on reading!
It isn’t a secret that Lisa and I both love our plants! My husband has nicknamed me the crazy plant lady after carting around 5 boxes of various plants as we make our way across the country. Admittedly, I have gotten some strange looks as I wheel them into various hotels across the country! I am really looking forward to getting settled again and decorating a new home.
Lately I have been really into home decor with greenery and can’t wait to share this very simple DIY with you all. This hanging shelf is the perfect way to add a unique pop of greenery to our new home!
- Stain board according to package directions, if desired.
- After the stain has completely dried, cut macrame cord to size. I cut six total cords: three were 60″ in length and three were 30″ in length. You may like them longer or shorter depending on preference, but try to keep three cords twice the length as the other three since these will be wrapped around.
- You will want to gather all your cords together and then fold in half. This fold will be tied onto the wooden ring using a larks head knot.
- Spread the cord into three sections. Each section will have two longer cords (knotting cords) and two shorter cords (center cords). I used a kettle bell to anchor my loop to make it easier to do macrame knots. This helps to keep it from shifting. You will only work on one section at a time.
- There are several types of macrame knots you can use. I used the square knot first. To do this you bring the left knotting cord under the two center cords and over the right knotting cord. Then bring the right knotting cord over the two center cords and under the left knotting cord. Pull tight.
- Repeat, but this time do the opposite sequence: left knotting cord over the two center cords and under the right knotting cord. Then bring the right knotting cord under the two center cords and over the left knotting cord. Pull tight.
- Repeat this sequence as many times as you would like.
- Move further down the cord and follow the knotting instructions above, but this time don’t reverse the sequence. This is called a half knot. Bring the left knotting cord over the two center cords and under the right knotting cord. The right knotting cord will go under the two center cords and over the left knotting cord. Pull tight and repeat as desired. This will cause the knots to form a spiral look.
- I added more square knots to the bottom section of the cord.
- Repeat on the remaining two sections to create three uniform macrame cords.
- Tie the cords together in a knot and place wood shelf in the center. You may need to move the macrame cords around a little to balance the shelf.
- Hang the shelf from the ceiling and place a plant or item of your choice on shelf and enjoy!
A year ago on a trip back to Minnesota to visit family, my mom was sharing her ideas for some assemblage art and little finds she had picked up at my grandparents. My mom is an amazing artist that can do just about anything! We spent an afternoon digging through my grandma’s basement looking for more inspiration. I came across some old sewing machine drawers and thought they had potential. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them, but loved that I could reuse them in some way. Keep on reading!
My daughter loves to create. It doesn’t matter if its drawing, painting, or making something with play dough. I am always looking for creative ways to display her creations and help facilitate her confidence in the little artist she is. One way to do that is with this wooden picture hanger. Keep on reading!