St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Wreath with Monogram

I guess I’m just in a wreath making mood… 😉 Did you see my Valentine/Spring wreath? Well here’s my St. Patrick’s Day wreath for March!

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I followed this burlap wreath tutorial. I looked on Pinterest and found a couple of methods but that one looked the easiest and it worked fine for me! You can get the green burlap from any craft store. They even have it at Wal-Mart. I used a roll and a half because that’s what I had, but you could use more and make it fuller.

I got the M from the Wal-Mart craft section and painted it with Extreme Sparkle paint in Emerald. Love the glittery look! I embellished it with a few clover stickers, also from Wal-Mart in the cards section.

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The whole thing took me less than an hour to make including drying time on the paint. Yay for quick wreaths and a rainy day project!!!

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Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?? I’ll be honest… this is my only decoration so far!! 😉

FYI, we’re linking this to these fun parties.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Scented Memories

Disclosure: I received the Glade® products shared in this post in exchange for my honest review. As always opinions shared here are 100% my own.

 
Have you ever caught a whiff of a certain smell, a scent that you’ve smelled before and it automatically conjures a certain memory? I do that all the time. The smell of fresh cut grass makes me think of summers as a kid, mowing the lawn, then sitting on the porch swing to enjoy a glass of iced tea. There’s a certain cologne my husband wore when we were first dating that always brings a smile to my face.

In a recent survey conducted by Glade® they found that 4 out of 5 (more than 80%) of Americans are consciously aware of how scent can inspire a mood or feeling. Knowing that scents can evoke memories and positive emotions it makes sense that most want their homes to smell nice.

Glade Review

Two of Glade®’s newest products help with the goal of a lovely smelling home while also serving as an artfully designed piece of your home decor. The Glade® Sense & Spray® Automatic Freshener, shown in the photo above and the Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables™ Warmers shown in the photo below.

Glade Plug In Review

The Glade® Sense & Spray® Automatic Freshener is motion activated so that when a person enters the room, it senses their presence and releases a burst of scented spray. It also allows you to push the top of the freshener down to release a burst of scent whenever you choose.

My freshener came with a Clean Linen scent so I decided to test it out in my guest bathroom. I love that the Clean Linen smell gives off a clean, fresh vibe in a room that is not normally known for smelling so fresh… I did have guests over while testing the freshener and heard rave reviews about the fresh scent and how cool the freshener itself looked sitting on the bathroom counter. BUT we did get one comment that the freshener almost found itself on the floor when one guest used the bathroom in the middle of the night… I guess he turned on the light, the freshener went off and scared him to death! haha.

Glade® Sense & Spray® Automatic Freshener

I tested the Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables™ Warmers in my home office. The Warmer comes with two scented oils that alternate from day to day. One day my office smells like Apple Cinnamon and the next its Lavender & Peach Blossom. I love that the alternating scents mix things up so you don’t get tired of one smell too quickly. Each morning when I walk in to turn on my computer I’m met with a scent just as strong as when I opened the package!

Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables™ Warmers review

Your turn: Do you have a favorite scent or scent memory???

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse

It’s a known fact. Every little cowgirl needs a pony of her very own. Our little cowgirl is still a bit too tiny to have her very own real horse… Even though she’s already made her first ride with her daddy on his…

Klara's First Horse Ride

BUT I found a fun way for her to have her very own horse to enjoy until she’s old enough to have the real thing. Or at least old enough to ride her bouncy horse… 😉

A horse wall sticker from Icon Wall Stickers.

Horse Wall Sticker

They have all kinds of fun wall stickers to choose from including several different horse stickers. I was able to choose the sticker I wanted for Klara’s wall, the size I wanted and then the color. I chose this Galloping Horse Sticker in the small size and nut brown color.

When it arrived it was on one large sheet… I was nervous about applying such a large sticker to the wall, but the instructions included made the process quite easy.

Step 1: Tape the four corners of the sticker with masking tape to the wall. You want the see through side facing out and the more opaque side against the wall. Tape a strip of masking tape through the middle of the sticker to serve as your anchor point.

applying a large sticker to the wall

Step 2: Remove the tape from one side of the vinyl. Peel the back off the sticker to the middle (to the anchor tape). Cut the backing off as close the anchor tape as possible.

applying a large vinyl to a wall

Step 3: Smooth the sticker onto the wall using a credit card to remove any bubbles. It’s best to work from the middle out.

Horse Wall Vinyl

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the sticker.

Step 5: Carefully peel away the top clear paper leaving your fun new wall sticker in place.

Little Cowgirl Bedroom

Now Miss Klara has her very own horsey on the wall of her bedroom/nursery. I hope to share more of the room with you sometime soon. Including those hair ribbon holders you can just get a peek of in some of these photos. 🙂 It’s a little cowgirl theme and the horse was a perfect addition.

The sticker itself was easy to apply, especially with the instructions that came with it. A word of caution though, our walls are textured so it took some time to really get everything smoothed out so that it would adhere to the wall. But once it was finished it turned out really nice.

Your turn: Do you have a theme for your child’s nursery or bedroom? What is it?

Disclosure: I received the horse wall sticker from Icon Wall Stickers in exchange for this review. As always opinions shared here are 100% my own!
Kassi @ Truly Lovely

My Home for the Holidays

The halls have been decked and the stockings are hung so here’s a look at what the inside of my home looks like this Christmas!
I’m linking up with Jen, Caroline and Natalie for their Home for the Holidays link up.
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If you were to walk in my front door the first thing you’d see would be the tree. It’s a fake, pre-lit Christmas tree that my parents gifted to me the first Christmas I had my own home. It’s just a little guy, but I love it.

The angel on the right was a gift from my aunt many years ago. My sister, Kayli, has a matching one.

The tree is decorated in red and silver balls. The gold star matches the gold and red tree skirt that belonged to my mother in law. There are also a few random ornaments the hubs and I have collected over the last couple of years. A couple of handmade beaded snowflakes from a past coworker friend, stockings I made for Penny and Pandy (our dogs) and my favorite, our wedding ornament. I received it as part of a review last year.

If you were to look to your left you’d see the other little Christmas tree. It was my very first tree when I went off to college. Back then I decorated it in pink ornaments, but now I have red ornaments and red chile peppers (nod to NM, where I’m from!) that my nana gave me to dress up my little tree.

chile pepper Christmas tree

To your right is my Christmas mantel. It includes my Santa count down to Christmas, the boot stockings I made for me and the hubs last year, a few little Christmas nick knacks like this snow globe and my Precious Moments nativity set. The candles were a craft from last year as well.

Did you know that I’m a Scentsy Consultant?! That might help explain the various Christmas themed Scentsy warmers you’ll find around my house. One in the living room and a couple in the kitchen. Those don’t include the ones that stay out year round…

You’ll find a few more nods to the Christmas holiday if you were to keep glancing about including on the coffee table, side table and TV.

Since you’re still standing in the front door…. my apologies, where are my manners!?! Won’t you sit down? 😉 But before you do, a quick turn back to the front door shows a fabric wreath that my mom made, a pink Santa hat and the Christmas card holder I made two years ago.

Shout out to my blog girl, Nicole! Thanks for the Christmas card two years running! 😉 Hoping to get a few more up there in the coming weeks.

Now if you’d like, you can take the Christmas tour from last year, but you’d have dejavu… They’re basically the same plus a fresh coat of paint on all the walls. 😉 Maybe it’s time for a few new Christmas crafts and decorations.

Do you stick to a single theme with your Christmas decorations? Do you have a favorite decoration???

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Turkey Pillow Cover

Cute pillow covers for the holidays, and just in general, have kind of become my thing as of late… Making the pillow cover itself is super easy, especially if you use this Envelope Pillow Tutorial that I always use from Marissa at Rae Gun Ramblings. I made a western welcome pillow and a team roping pillow cover for everyday, then I made puffy paint Halloween covers for Halloween of course… Which brings me to the next holiday on my list, Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving throw pillow

I initially made this turkey pillow cover last November, but missed getting around to posting it before Thanksgiving 2011.
{Thus the horrible pictures for the tutorial steps… so please be forgiving of the blurriness.}

To make your own turkey pillow you’ll need:

  • Turkey body stencil
  • Turkey feather stencil
  • Fabric for your pillow cover (I use half a yard for a 16 inch pillow, following the tutorial mentioned above)
  • A few different fabrics for your feathers (I got a 1/4 yard of four prints that I thought looked fall-ish)
  • Fabric for your turkey body (I used brown)
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue Gun
  • Sewing machine

To make the cute turkey I designed the body on my Silhouette software using ovals welded together. Then I designed a turkey feather shape just modifying an oval to have sort of a feathery point. I cut those shapes out on vinyl to make my stencil.

I cut the turkey body out of the brown fabric.

making a turkey throw pillow

And then the feathers from the varying fabrics prints. I just laid my feather stencil on the fabrics, traced a few feathers with a pencil and then cut them out. Sorry for the blurry photo, but you get the point, right? 😉

vinyl turkey feather stencil

I decided where I wanted my turkey to be (the center of my pillow cover), then pinned each of the feathers where I wanted them making sure the turkey body covered the points when laid on top. Then I sewed around the edge of each feather.

making a turkey throw pillow

I pinned and sewed around my turkey body next adding a little orange triangle for the beak, a little red for the waddle, and hot glued on two beady eyes.

Now… that was where I stopped last year… but this year when I got it out to decorate I felt like it needed something more. An added touch of cuteness.
So I cut out a little orange bow to make it a cute ‘girl’ turkey and cut a strip of orange leaf fabric for her to ‘rest’ in. 😉 Again, I just used my sewing machine to sew around the edges.

With a good washing the cute feathers now have ‘feathery’ edges.

Thanksgiving pillow

Tell me lovelies? Do you decorate for Thanksgiving?
I only have a few items…but I think it’s fun to decorate for every major holiday.

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Dream Master Makeover with World Market

I’ve slowly been making each room of our home over since we moved in over a year ago now… The one room that needs the most attention at this point is our master bedroom.

 I know… a little underwhelming… Although our bed frame is lovely, it was a hand me down from the hubs’ parents. It has pretty much lived out it’s useful life at this point. The dresser was also a hand me down that doesn’t match and yes… those ARE plastic nightstands left over from my cheap-o college bedroom.

If you were to look into the room from the doorway you’d see this…

As you can see our ‘blackout’ curtain setup… doesn’t really work so well. Hence, the glowing sunlight shining around each window…
Overall, the entire room is just drab and the drabness really tends to discourage use.

So with a little help from World Market I’ve dreamed up a more colorful , useful look for our master bedroom!

World Market Master Bedroom Makeover

Bed Collection | Throw Pillows | Curtains | Bed | Nightstand
Throw
| Chair | Bookshelf

I started with the bright bed collection set and added in brightly colored accessories to match! I love to read so using the bookshelf and fun chair to create a reading nook in one corner of our master would make it more inviting and useful! The room itself is fairly large so the tall shelf would draw your eye up to the high ceiling, but still leaving plenty of space to spare!

Now, if I were to win the HGTV Passport to Style Sweepstakes this would just be the beginning!!!

  • Grand Prize package includes: A $10,000 World Market shopping spree and design consultation with an HGTV Designer
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $1,000 World Market gift card!
  • The HGTV Sweepstakes runs from September 22, 2012 until October 26, 2012.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter to win online or on Facebook!!!

When you’re finished entering this sweet sweepstakes be sure to click over and check out their World Market Explorer Program! As a member you’ll earn exclusive perks like coupons, rewards, even FREE COFFEE! And come on… who wouldn’t love some free coffee. 😉

Check out World Market on their website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram! They’re everywhere!!!

Happy shopping lovelies!!!
Now tell me… What’s the first thing YOU would get if you won???

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but as always opinions are 100% my own!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Halloween Puffy Paint Pillow Covers

Glow in the dark pillow covers

So the month of October is admittedly my favorite…
My birthday was last week, Pumpkin Spice lattes are back and Halloween is right around the corner!
Before October even rolled around I already had my Halloween stash out and scattered all over the house! Turns out though, I don’t really have all that much in the way of decorations… Needless to say I was pumped when I received a fun set of Glow in the Dark Puffy Paints via iLoveToCreate to try out!

I don’t know about you, but glow in the dark screams Halloween decorating to me! 😉

materials for Halloween pillowcases

Materials Needed for Halloween Puffy Paint Pillow Covers:

  • Glow Puffy Paints
  • 1 yard of black fabric
  • Glow in the dark spider rings
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

{If you don’t want to sew your pillow covers, you could easily purchase some pre-made from the craft or department store.}

I always use this tutorial when making simple envelope pillow covers. I made two 16′ pillow covers so I cut and measured my fabric accordingly and pinned the two sides and seems.
Then I sewed the top and bottom edges of my pillow face so I would know where to paint on my Halloween pictures.

pinning an envelope pillow cover

For pillow cover #1 I decided on a spiderweb. I used the Gray Glow Puffy Paint to freehand my web. Drawing (in this case Puffy painting) a spider web is fairly easy. Start with several crisscrossing lines, like so…

making a spider web with puffy paint

Then draw paint curved lines between each of your crossed lines… Like so….

Halloween Spider Web pillow

For pillow cover #2 I hand wrote the words Happy Halloween using the Orange Glow puffy Paint. Each of my pillow faces were left to dry overnight… The Puffy Paint dries in four hours according to the package, but I wanted to be on the safe side.

Each pillow received a couple of glow in the dark spiders… I just cut the ring part off each spider ring, then hot glued them where I wanted them.

The final step was sewing the sides of my pillow covers closed then flipping them inside out. I stuffed a 16′ pillow inside each one and viola!

Glow in the dark Halloween pillow covers! And more fun Halloween decorations for casa de Kassi!

You can find all kinds of fun craft supplies and ideas at iLoveToCreate!
Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well!

Disclosure: I received the product mentioned as part of a campaign via iLoveToCreate and The Blue Print Social. As always the opinions shared are 100% my own!

Check out some of the other fun ideas shared through this campaign below!



Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Laundry Room Makeover and a Giveaway!

Hi there pretties!! 

I am so excited to share my laundry room makeover with you today!!
It got a brand new coat of paint (two colors) and a few new accessories!
Shout out and a BIG thank you to Kayli, Brianne (my SIL) and Tammy (MIL), for helping me!!! 🙂

Let’s dive right in shall we??

aqua laundry room

I realized after we had already cleared everything out and started taping, that I hadn’t taken any good before photos… The photo on the left above is from before we even moved in!

 So I quickly snapped a few for prosperity’s sake…. OK, and because I TRY to be a good DIY blogger… 😉

As you can see lots and lots of white/off-white going on in there. I do LOVE my cabinets. They’re the same in the kitchen and have this lovely rope detailing at the top… Can you say made for me and the hubs!?! 🙂 So I decided to use the dark brown as an accent color for the accessories.

The paint colors I chose were Deepest Agua by Glidden and Elegant Lace by Glidden.

laundry room makeover

Gotta tell you when I showed Tammy the aqua color we were going to use she was sort of taken aback… “Blue?!” she said… But after… “This color looks so good!!!” Thank you Tammy! Thank you! 😉
I personally love how well the white and blue look together! Since the door, breaker box and trim are all white, the white ceiling really ties it all together! Not to mention my washer and dryer and the little deep freeze are white.

The two brown rugs in the above photo were purchased at Wal-Mart for about $18 (bigger rug) and $8 (lighter rug).

laundry room makeover

So, the color looked great… I love it!!! But it needed something more….

Enter… Quote the Walls!

Laundry Room Quote

I wanted to go with a western theme to fit the rest of the house and our style…
You guys, the ladies at Quote the Walls were so great to work with! I told Rebecca the quote I wanted, the color, even the font, and she sent me over a digital proof with the western decals added in for good measure!

 I chose the larger size option, 14″ x 53″, because I had that large wall to contend with. Because the vinyl was SO big, we were afraid we’d really have trouble getting it up…. but between Kayli and I we got it centered and on the wall in no time!

western laundry room vinyl

Isn’t it fun!?! I love how the brown looks against the aqua and the sort of western whimsy it adds to the space.

If you look to the left from the photo above…
You’ll see the horseshoe Scentsy Warmer that was in my craft room got a new, more fitting home and the aqua color looks nice against my counter top as well!

western laundry room idea

 So… what do you think of my new Western Laundry Room????
Without the Quote the Walls vinyl, it’s really just your run of the mill, newly painted laundry room. The vinyl gives it a more polished look and feel, don’t you think???

How would YOU like the chance to win a $25 gift card to Quote the Walls, so you can get your very own wall vinyl!!
You might choose one just like mine, now available on their site!! 😉

Perhaps you’d like one for your bathroom, bedroom, or little one’s room?!?
Your choice if you win!!!
Enter below using the Rafflecopter form and good luck!!!
Giveaway closes on Tuesday, August 7th.
Winner announced on Wednesday August 8th.

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Thanks to Quote the Walls for the AMAZING wall vinyl!! I received the wall vinyl in exchange for my review and hosting of the giveaway, however, as always all opinions are 100% my own!

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Western Frame Earring Display

Hi there lovelies!

Today I’m so excited to share my Western Frame Earring Display with you!!!

jewelry organization

So, a couple weeks back I won a frame from Cut it Out frames via Craftionary.
I chose the Chandler 8×10 frame.

First, I painted a few of the edges in a denim blue color (using paint from a paint sample!). I only painted the edges I planned to sand, cutting down on my paint use and painting time!

blue frame edges

Once the edges were completely dry, I sprayed the entire frame in Leather Brown by Krylon. Again, let that dry completely, then I lightly sanded the edges to bring the blue through the brown.

Next, as you can see in the photo below, I measured out where I wanted my nails to go and marked the spots with a pencil point. I used horseshoe nails as my “pegs” for a more western look. Then, I carefully hammered six nails into the frame, three on each side.
Because the Cut it Out frames are made of solid wood, I was pleasantly surprised that the frame didn’t split with the nails! A normal frame might not have worked… just FYI.

jewelry frame

I used a thin jewelry wire that I already had on hand and stretched it between two of the horseshoe nails. I just wrapped the wire around the heads of the nails and stretched it to the other side.
I printed a photo of myself and my husband from our engagement photo shoot for the background and put it in the frame.

making an earring frame display

You can see the mess my dangly earrings were in… This earring display was much needed!!!!

All the dangly earrings from my overflowing jewelry box were hung on the wire of the earring display frame.
I hung it on the wall in our bedroom to the right of my dresser. Now I can see all of my earrings and easily choose a set to wear when I get ready each morning!

displaying your earrings on the wall

Any guesses on how much this project cost me???

$0.00!!!
Since I won the frame and had everything else on hand, this pretty was completely FREE!!! Whoot!!!

 Happy crafting lovelies!!! 

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Happy 4th of July! Plus a Pennant Rope Wreath

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY LOVELIES!!! 

I hope you’re enjoying the day with your family and friends!

I wanted to share my patriotic wreath with you dolls today, just for fun…

Fourth of July Door

Here’s my front door – one patriotic rope wreath, two flags from Wal-Mart and a cute doggie later. 😉

To make the rope wreath I used one of the hubs’ old discarded ropes. I’ve talked about them before here.
Then I used some old denim jeans and some red/white bandanna paisley fabric to make the pennants.

denim and bandanna fabric

You can see my “pattern” in the above photo. I just cut a triangle out of cardboard then cut around it through the fabric.
I placed two pieces of denim for one pennant then two pieces of the paisley front to back to make each of the alternating pennants. Then I sewed up the sides leaving the top quarter inch on each side un-sewn.

sewing denim pennants

I used some red cord and sewed the top of each pennant closed with the cord towards the inside. See the photo above.
I sewed a hanger from the paisley fabric, wrapped it around the rope and sewed it closed by hand.

That’s it! Super easy and fairly quick!

Denim and paisley pennant rope wreath

Please ignore the scratches on the door… They’re from my barbed wire wreath…
Guess the door needs another coat of paint.

Enjoy the rest of your Fourth celebrations friends!

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely