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

DIY Halloween Fabric Table Topper

Hey dolls! It’s been awhile since I shared a tutorial for anything… This baby momma business really changes the way you spend your time. 🙂 And that’s perfectly ok with me! I love every minute of it… But I DO happen to have a sewing tutorial to share with you before Halloween rolls around! So here we go…

DIY Halloween Table Topper

The fabric for this table topper came from Joann’s. I chose four different Halloween fabrics for the top of my table topper and I used some purple fabric from my stash as the bottom. Then I cut a long triangle out of cardboard for my ‘stencil’.

Step 1: Cut three triangles of each Halloween fabric.

Halloween Table Topper Tutorial

Step 2: Sew each of the triangles together alternating the direction in which they’re pointing to keep a fairly straight strip of fabric. To do this I laid two triangles together one on top of the other. Have the designed face of the fabrics touching while the base of one triangle meets with the point of the other. {Hope that makes sense… If I can clarify something just let me know in the comments.}

DIY Halloween Table Topper 2

Then sew the two together, again, with the design facing inward you’ll be sewing along the underside of the fabric so that each of the seams is on the underside of the topper when you’re finished. The finished strip of triangles will look like so… This is the top side of your Halloween table topper.

Halloween Fabric Table Topper

Step 3: Trim down the two end triangles so that your top strip becomes an even rectangle.

Step 4: Cut a rectangle of your bottom fabric to match the top fabric (the sewn together triangles). Pin the bottom fabric and top fabric design faces together. In other words, pin them together insides out.

Sewing a Halloween Table Topper

Step 5: Sew around your two pieces of fabric, sewing them together. Leave a small opening so you can turn them right side out. Then sew the opening closed.

Step 6: Top stitch around the edge of your table topper. I did a zig zag stitch in bright purple thread to match my Halloween fabric.

Tutorial for a Halloween Table Topper

Step 7: Top your table with your new Halloween Fabric Table Topper! Preferably paired with a fun No Tricks Just Treats Jar! 😉

Halloween Table Topper

So tell me lovelies, have you decorated for Halloween yet? DO you decorate for Halloween? It’s one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! As soon as October 1st rolls around my decorations are out!!! 😉

Happy sewing and happy decorating!!!

Check out where we link up on our Party With Us Page!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Fancy This Fridays 125 and Features!

Hey there Friday!! So nice to see you! 😉 In case you missed it, this week I shared a vent or two about pregnancy and a fun mocktail party that I hosted as a DOT Girls member of Crowdtap.

Last week we had all kinds of fun link ups. Here are the features from Fancy This 124….

First up we have a list of 5 Things I’ll Never Buy Again from Danielle of Snippets of Inspiration. They include things like homemade salsa, cream of soup replacement, etc. Each is linked to her recipe for making it yourself. This could be a huge money saver!!!

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Sticking with the list theme for our second feature, Gaye of Calm Healthy Sexy shared her list of 16 Fun and Healthy Date Ideas. Now who doesn’t need a new date idea once in awhile!?!

DateIdeas

And certainly not least on the list is our final feature of the week… I’m sharing this one for two reasons. First it is the cutest Little Girls’ Room design, and second Sarah of A Little of This, A Little of That had an idea of what she wanted for her girls room, but wasn’t sure how to go about making it happen. So she enlisted the help of a design team and got exactly what she wanted. I think in some cases we try to DIY everything as bloggers, which is great, but sometimes it doesn’t turn out exactly like we hoped… In other words, it’s totally ok to ask for help from a professional once in awhile!!!

girls room

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Thanks for linking with us lovelies!!!
Have the best weekend!!!



Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Sponsor Spotlight – Creations by Sasha

Hi there friends!!! Hope you are enjoying this lovely weekend!!

While you’re vegging out on the couch with the laptop today, take a second and meet our sweet friend…

Sasha of Creations by Sasha!!!

As we wrap up May, the month for mothers, Sasha has shared a photo of her and her mother.
Miss Sasha has a lovely blog and shop where she showcases her home decor, scrap-booking and gift items.

This month she is offering a 40% discount off several pretties in her shop!
You can also get a 10% discount just by signing up for her newsletter!!

Those discounts can be applied to lovelies like this Definition of Love Canvas. This pretty CAN even be personalized!!!

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Hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday!!! 🙂

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Living Room Wrap Up

Did you miss the first two posts on my living room makeover? Here I talked about the before and after and here I talked about those really long curtains! Today let’s talk about everything else I missed, huh… 😉

This room has been (and will probably continue to be) a LONG work in progress!
A few of the little things I’ve done over the last few months to update the space include…

I made that stenciled throw pillow you see there on the long couch. You can find the tutorial for making a stenciled pillow here.
I plan to make at least several more of those… 😉
Here’s the tutorial from when my dad helped me make Nate those rustic shadow box shelves on the wall that hold his buckles and keepsakes…
If you were to look where that brown arrow is pointing in the photo above you’d see this area…

The doors here lead to the guest bedroom, the office/craft room and the guest bathroom.  The latter two are upcoming rooms to be tackled. 🙂

The barnwood frame on the wall was a Christmas gift for Nate from his step-mom. Those are photos of his mom, my mother in law. I talked about her here. It was/is such a thoughtful, meaningful gift. I literally cried all afternoon after she showed it to me.

 On the left side of that top picture is this little nook. We received this fun Family Home Evening sign as a wedding gift from my Aunt. I think it’s so neat and wouldn’t be all that hard to replicate! Those are horseshoe nails to hold each name. I need to make little name tags to hang there!

You’ll remember the saddle rack shown below from this post. I took a really old, beat down saddle stand and fixed it up, then stained it. Really like how the dark stain makes the lighter saddle pop!

The drawing on that wall was a wedding gift from my SIL’s mother, Edna Harper. She is a VERY talented western artist. She makes the most beautiful western jewelry too!

That green wall you can see through the door on the left is in the kitchen. It was the bane of my existence, only second to the green front door when we first moved into our house.  But now it’s sort of grown on me. My kitchen is apple themed and it just sort of fits… 😉

And finally our mantel! This is my rustic/western/love my hubs mantel. 🙂
The painting was a wedding gift from our dear friend, Suzi Ley. You can see more of her western/country/wildlife art at her website, Three Hearts Art.

The clock in the center is a western clock that Nate gave me for Christmas.
The cowboy and cowgirl to the left of the clock was our wedding cake topper.
I wrote about the canvas (one of our engagement pictures) here.

So that’s it our rustic/western/comfy living area! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this three post series on my living room makeover!
If you have any questions on how I made anything you see here, or where something came from, I’d love to answer those for you!!! Also, if you have a favorite western/rustic/home decor site, I’d love the link!!!!

Please, if you like what you see, we would love for you to subscribe to Truly Lovely!
There’s lots more home decor posts for the future!

Linking this here and here and to these.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Sponsor Spotlight – Creations by Sasha

Hello pretties!! Happy Saturday!

We are SO excited to welcome Creations by Sasha as one of our newest large ad sponsors here on Truly Lovely! First of all, isn’t she BEAUTIFUL!!!
She’s also SUPER sweet!! We love chitchatting with her on Twitter and Facebook!!!

Sasha’s main goal with her online shop is, “To inspire people – whether it’s through creative designs for your home, unique gifts for loved ones, or having a place for cherished memories.

 

Currently many of the items on the Creations by Sasha website are 40% off.
You can also receive 10% of anything in her shop for signing up for Sasha’s newsletter!

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I am in LOVE with this Aqua Vase from Sasha’s Creations for the Home section!
Don’t you love that color!!!

Her Spring Floral Coaster Set is perfect for displaying in your home this time of year!!

Be sure to stop back by Truly Lovely on Friday the 13th of April to enter the April Sponsor Giveaway! 13 is MY lucky number… Maybe it will be lucky for you too! 😉

Sasha has contributed a Simple Stories 6×8 Mix and Match Album and a Simple Stories Collection Kit of the winner’s choice (a $36.98 value) to be won by a lucky reader in the giveaway!

Hope to see you there!!!
OH, and please take a moment and say hello to our new friend Sasha!
We promise you’ll LOVE her!!! She can be found at her blog, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovelies!!! And HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Guest Bedroom Reveal

I’ll just go ahead and apologize for skipping around with my projects… 😉
Like Mandi says, don’t judge me! haha. Life gets busy and you move on from one thing to another and before you know it, you haven’t blogged about what you said um…. months ago that you would blog about… Oops.

SO here it is…

The Guest Bedroom Reveal!!

Before (view from the door) and After!

I still feel like it’s a work in progress. Aren’t our homes just one big continual project anyway… 🙂 You know, someday I’ll get a new bed frame, someday I’ll add a headboard… That kind of thing. But regardless, right now, as it is, I’m happy with it.

So… I would LOVE to know what you lovelies think???

You can see we got rid of that entertainment center and replaced it with a small dresser that belonged to my Mother in Law.
The first TV was a hand me down, so we just handed it down again and put the one that used to be in our bedroom in there.

Don’t mind those weird off color spots in the corner of the photo below… That was just my camera picking up the glare I guess…
The painting in this photo was in the hub’s childhood bedroom. It really plays up the gray color of the wall!  The two photos on the right are of my husband (as a kiddo) with his mom and grandpa and then of us with my Granny.
I spray painted the frames as decorations for our wedding, then they found a permanent home in here.
The Scentsy Plug-In is Santa Fe… It has a turquoise center which matches the bedding.

View of the closet

This was the first room I ever painted at all really. The first room I painted entirely by myself.
I talked more about painting the room here. Sure, there were some painting newbie mistakes, like how the mirror in the corner leaves scratches in the paint…

Guest Bedroom Makeover

Probably should’ve done another coat. Or used primer or something… But oh well. You live you learn, right!?! 🙂

 I talked about painting the curtain rod here. The wall hanging in this photo was a Christmas gift from my friend Meghan.
It’s that Mother Teresa poem, ‘Do It Anyway’ with a photo of a daisy. It was the MOST thoughtful gift… The poem was a favorite of my Mother in Law, and I love gerbera daisies.

View of the Window

The tutorial for the handkerchief pillow covers can be found here. I bought the teal colored sheets on sale at Wal-Mart for $12! The white pillowcases came from there as well. The comforter was on sale + a wedding gift card from JCPenney netted me that white pretty for $17!!! Originally priced at $110!!!

I won the horse photo print in a blog giveaway from Urban Antique Photography and spray painted the frame an off white. The mirror in the corner also belonged to my mother in law (as well as the small dresser).

Guest Bedroom Makeover

I’m not sure of the overall cost since I worked on this for short spurts at a time over several months. But it wasn’t much! We only bought paint, the curtains and the bedding! Everything else is hand me down, gifted or won! Now that’s MY kind of room makeover!!!
Thanks for checking out our guest bedroom! I would love to know your thoughts!

Linking this here and here and to these.
My entry into Strut Your Stuff sponsored by Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines

 

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Fancy This Features #67

Happy Monday lovelies!

How was your weekend?? We spent Saturday visiting family and made some sweet treats that you’ll be hearing more about in a post later on… Then on Sunday evening I put the finishing touches on my SCRIBBLE CHALLENGE craft!!! Can’t wait to share it with you tomorrow!!
Did you see the video of the supplies I could use?? Check it out here if you missed it!

Now, how about some features from our Fancy This Fridays Linky Party #67!

This week we’re loving RUFFLES and LACE!

This ruffled bedspread from Want to Get Crafty is just lovely! We’re loving the color scheme of the entire bedroom, and those chocolate and white colored ruffles add a pretty feminine touch!

Amanda of The Little Giggler shared the most adorable Ruffle Butt Leggings! SO cute, right!?!

We absolutely ADORE this Lace Chalkboard from Kelsey at Embracing Messy. Love the blue color, love the doilies!!
I want one for my craft room now!!!

Thanks to everyone who linked up this last week! 🙂 We enjoy checking out all of our Fancies every weekend!!!

Here’s a featured button for you dolls mentioned above. If you were featured on our Facebook page we would LOVE if you grabbed a button too!!!

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Have a fabulous week pretties!!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Double Features Fancy This 65 and 66!!!

Happy Monday dolls!!! Another weekend down!

We celebrated our dad’s birthday this weekend. It was SO nice to go home and spend time with family!

You might also notice another happening of the weekend…. See anything different??

You know, the ENTIRE look of Truly Lovely!?! We are now a self hosted WordPress blog!!!

We want to send out a HUGE thank you to Sara of Lady Jane Designs!!! She has been the BEST to work with and did a fabulous job bringing our ideas to life! Thanks girl!!!!

So, do tell, what do you think??? Hopefully you’re still seeing us as usual in your reader, but if for some reason we aren’t showing up… Be sure to follow along… there are several ways to get your Truly Lovely fix over on the sidebar.

So as promised here’s a double dose of Fancy This Fridays features!!! Up first Fancy This 65!

We LOVE this folding work station from Andrea at Bubblewrapp’d! Have you seen what she sells in her AWESOME Etsy shop??? Check it out… You’ll see why this workstation is perfect for her! I want one….

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How pretty is this nursery!!! The tree over the crib is beautiful and the baby’s name hanging from the tree!?! Too cute!!!

This was shared by Jessica of Shabby Gals.

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This Bacon and Cheese Hashbrown Casserole from Mrs. T at Tales of the T’s sounds so yummy! I’m sure the hubs would appreciate this for tomorrow’s breakfast…. 😉

Now the features from Fancy This 66….

I have been searching for the perfect ruffle bag tutorial… And this one from Kaysi at Keeping it Simple just might be it! Love her detailed instructions and how cute the bag turned out!

This Lucky In Love printable from Sassafras Salvation is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! You can click over to her site to print this pretty to add to your decor!

AND… Last but not least, we ADORE this lovely mudroom makeover from Sarah at Life on Walnut Street.

You’ve gotta click over to see the other side!!! Do you see what she did with that old ladder?? So neat!

old ladder

There you have it! 🙂 For those of you featured above AND on our Facebook page, we’d love for you to grab a BRAND new featured on Truly Lovely button! 🙂 It links right to this post, FYI!

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Also, FYI… Today I’m guest posting a BRAND new tutorial over at Love Stitched.

Hope you’ll come by to say hi!

Have a lovely week dolls!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Christmas at Kassi’s

So I had mentioned awhile back that I had a post planned to show you the Christmas decor at my house… Let’s just say it’s been tough getting things I HAD to have done, done… much less take good pictures of the decor and what not… haha. It’s just that time of the year!! 🙂

But here’s a few pictures I did get before the craziness set in…

Our little Christmas tree.
It’s a pre-lit tree with colored lights. My parents got it for me several Christmases ago. 
I love it!
The star was also a gift from my mom. I got the gold tinsel string on sale a few post-Christmases ago for $0.50! 
Thought I needed some gold to match the star. 
The red tree skirt belonged to my mother-in-law. 
It was a perfect addition with its gold glitter!

The angel in the gold dress (on the right) has a twin that belongs to Kayli. 🙂

The top left ornament is for our first married Christmas (talked about here). 
The top right is two little stockings I made for our doggies a few years ago. Just wrote their names in puff paint. 
And the bottom pic is a hand beaded ornament from a sweet lady at work. She has given me one or two every year so far. 

Funny story…. Our four year old nephew found a Cars gift bag and filled it with odds and ends for his “girlfriend’s” Christmas present, then put it under the tree. 
It has a plant holder, some rolley wheels, a State Farm stuffed dog, some fake flowers and a plant food stake in it. 
Hubs said at least he did good with the stuffed dog and fake flowers. 😉

This little tree was my very first Christmas tree when I went off to college.
I had a teeny tiny apartment and it was all I could fit (and afford). I have a set of pink ornaments for it too, but sometimes I interchange the red and chile pepper ornaments (a gift from my Nana) for a different look.  
It even has it’s own string of clear lights. 

The snow globe came from this review! 🙂

You saw the mantel in the post where I shared our Cowboy Boot Stockings, but here it is again. I fancied up those candles here
The little wooden Santa is an advent that you slide the beads from one side to the other to countdown the days until Christmas. I’ve had that since I was a kiddo.
The nativity is a Precious Moments set that I’ve had since I was little as well. 
LOVE IT!!!
FYI – I collect Precious Moments pretties. 😉
The card display that I made last year is overflowing with cards! We’ve received several from friends over the last few weeks! I LOVE getting them in the mail and hanging them on our card holder. 

(Don’t mind the filled in nail holes… We have yet to paint in the living room….)
Kayli and our brother’s (Brent’s) girlfriend, Jessie helped me hang multi-colored icicle lights around the top edge of our house outside a few weekends ago. 
Luckily the people that had lived there before had hung lights at some point so there were already nails… We just had to climb the ladder and hang the lights. 😉
There you can also see the Christmas Rope Wreath I made last year hanging for the first time on our very own front door! 🙂
Well, that’s pretty much it! 
Thanks for stopping by Kassi’s at Christmas! 😉
We wish you the most AMAZING of holiday seasons! 
And TODAY a Happy Hanukkah!!!

By the way, there won’t be a Fancy This Fridays link up this week, but be sure to come back  next week! 
We’re taking a little holiday vacation through Monday! 
We will be responding to emails and you might see an occasional Facebook/Twitter update… but other than that it’s FAMILY FOCUS time!

I will, however, be back tomorrow to show you our Christmas cards! 🙂 
Until then have a lovely day dolls!!!