Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring is in the Air + Another Wreath

Spring has finally arrived hear in the Carolinas.

Spring is my favorite time of the years. These days though it often brings a mixed bag of emotions since it also represents the time when my father died.

That being said the renewing of life with birds chirping and flowers blooming always brings a smile to my face.

There's always something about the gentile nature of Bradford Pair trees in bloom. I don't have one myself (one of these days) but whenever I'm in my front yard , I get to see my neighbors.


And even though yellow is not a color I typically decorate with but during the spring months, I seem to have to have it and it all starts with the Forsythias in bloom. Forsythias are some of the first flowers of the season and you see them every where in these parts. There's small one's like my own (pictured below) and there are ones that are about 3 times or more this size.


Of course all this blooming also makes me realize there is yard work that needs to be done like sprucing up the mulch in the planter area.

Spring also triggers that creativity and crafting gene, too, which means time to make another wreath. This one was inspired by a wreath I say in the January / February 2014 issue of HGTV Magazine. This was a super easy and I had it put together in less than 2 hours. It was actually probably less than an hour but since I didn't check the time when I started making it, I erred on the high side with saying 2 hours.


This was my first time of making felt flowers. I was always intimated to try to make these or similar flowers but they were easy peasy, which means I'm sure they will be showing up in other projects in the future.





Thursday, February 13, 2014

SNOWMEGEDDON 2014

These past few years, I'm always amazed at the time between posts on any of my blogs. No matter how much I seem to vow to do better, I never seem to quite get back to posting on a regular basis. Starting next month, I'll try to do better.

I thought for my first post for 2014 on Random Home Endeavors, that I would show pics from the big snow storm, PAX, of 2014 that hit the Southern / Southeastern states. We get snowfall from time to time here in the Carolinas but we haven't seen anything like this in ages. Three days of rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain and then more snow.

This is my backyard. I use to have this jungle back there that took up almost half of my backyard. I had it removed right before the storm hit. I'll show before pics of the yard when I hopefully start posting more and take you on the backyard redo journey.






I don't know why I never got the cover on the grill. Look at all my poor lifeless flower pots, makes me sad. Between all the frigid weather in January, our coldest on record, and Snowmegeddon, I'm so ready for spring, flowers, colors, live plants, birds chirping. You get it!

And here's the front yard, you can't even see the street.



My little valentines flag has almost gotten buried under all the snow. By the end of Wednesday, February 12th, we had gotten about 7" of snow with another 3-6" for today.

Around 3:00 pm today, the sun finally came out, and some melting actually started.

I love seeing snow, I think it's pretty but that's where my love affair with it ends. Eons ago when I was a kid, I loved it because it meant snowdays / no school. Now, since I'm expected to get out and drive in it because it seems like plants here in the Carolinas never cancel work, I don't like it nearly as much. The other reason I don't like it is because in these parts, the snow always seems to be accompanied with ice. I don't do ice at all. 




Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Little Fall Decorating

Because I've had so much going on this year, I'm not going to have an opportunity to get the house all dolled up for Halloween. In fact I'm not even sure there will be much seasonal decoration.

That being said, I did manage to create a little fall candle garden for my coffee table. I seem to have fallen in love with birch this year especially birch candles. This all seemed to happen when I fell in love with this Pottery Barn inspiration picture.



Here's the problem though, I can't afford Pottery Barn prices and so begin my search for affordable Birch Candles when I came across actual birch candles from World Market.


I actually like the World Market Candles better than the Pottery Barn ones because they use actual birch bark and are not just painted to simulate birch.

So here is my rendition of the Pottery Barn look.



In addition to the candles, I also picked up the large hurricane from World Market. The tray is from IKEA and the gold acorns came from Pier 1. I did purchase one thing from Pottery Barn and that would be the pine cone vase filler. I already had the two smaller hurricanes that contain the tapers and they came from Dollar Tree.

Here's a view of the candle garden with burlap underneath the tray. To me, it just screams fall.



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What a year

Wow, it's been almost an entire year since my last post to Random Home Endeavors. It's not that I've not wanted to post on my most recent blog. It's just that this has been a really crazy year especially when it comes to home projects. While I've accomplished some of the house goals I set out to get done this summer, there were a few missteps along the way, starting with me getting scammed.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, I'm  hoping to return to all my blogs and get back to blogging.

Until then, you'll just have to wait a few more days.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Decorating a Kitchen Ledge

One of these days, I'm determined to have a mantel, again, to decorate. I've had them in previous houses but not this one even though I have a fireplace. I think the builders figured that since there was the big hole in the wall, ie TV niche, above the fireplace, that I mantel wasn't needed.

While I pine away for a mantel, I decorate the surfaces I do have which includes, 2 kitchen ledges, tops of my kitchen cabinets and the half wall in the "foyer" of my house.

This year, I decided to go for a bit of a different look for the main ledge in my kitchen.

For the past few years, this has been the look for the ledge.

The Singing Mice

I still love my mice but have decided to use them elsewhere this year.

When I decided that I wanted a new look, as is typical of me, I really didn't have a plan in mind. In fact, I hadn't even thought of a new look until I purchased this lantern from Ikea.


Last year, I had seen the smaller ones, which I also fell in love with, over at Thrifty Decor Chick . So this year I marched into IKEA looking for the small lanterns (got 7 of them by the way), when I discovered the papa.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with the big lantern, or any of them for that matter, but I thought he was a good price and I had to have him. After finally trying him out on my kitchen ledge, I decided I wanted to more but within the span of the 2 weeks that had elapsed during that time, those papa lanterns had sold out.

So I came up with plan 2, which was to make him the centerpiece of the ledge and go from there.

At first I tried incorporating things I already have (really didn't want to buy a bunch of new things just for this project) but to me ledges are trickier than mantels to decorate, because they are up higher. Things that look right at eye level or on a mantel often look like crap on the ledge in my kitchen. So, after much playing around, I ended up using a lot of new items but some old ones, too.

And here is the final rendition.



The white pitcher I already had (purchased from Target earlier this year for $3, it's plastic). I stuffed it with some greenery that I picked up at IKEA and berries from Hobby Lobby. The glitter star came from Dollar tree. The little read tree, I got this year from Hobby Lobby. It was on sale, so I only paid about $2.00 for it. The silver angels, I purchased a few years ago from Pier 1.

The frosty hat was purchased last year from Pier 1. I can't remember if it was on sale or not. I have it sitting atop a black bowl. The white glitter Reindeer was another Hobby Lobby purchase. On sale for 50% off. And of course the IKEA lantern.

The black lantern, I already had. I purchased it from TJ Maxx or Marshall's just before the lantern craze hit, which means I got it for a lot less than I could get it for now. I have a red Christmas tree candle, that I've also had for awhile sitting in it. The owl, purchased earlier this year from TJ Maxx / Home Goods has been a real trooper through the holidays and now seems to be a permanent fixture on the ledge. The red glitter reindeer was a new purchase and came from the Martha Stewart collection at Home Depot.

The old world Santa was another piece that I purchased this year and was also part of the Martha Stewart collection at Home Depot. And I end it with another lantern (a baby red one from IKEA).



I really like how the ledge turned out. Next year, I know I'll tweak it, adding lights and perhaps a bit more greenery. This year, I tried to add some garland but it was a bit much because you couldn't see some of the pieces. I also wanted to add some lights this year but by the time I got this all together, it seems that everyone was out of clear lights.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my ledge

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween at My House

Hey Everyone,

I'm still around. Thanks to the inspiration I've gotten through a few of my fellow bloggers' projects, I've been crafting and decorating a bit this month for a little holiday that's taking place this week, like today. Yikes, where did the month go.

I've not really decorated for Halloween in over 10 years  as I had decided to decorate for fall and not just Halloween.

Just like last year around this time, the decorating and crafting bug bit and in a big way. Even though I spent quite a bit at Michael's, a lot of my projects were from Dollar Tree or from things I already had around the house.

Next year, when hopefully I be back to blogging on a regular basis, I can share more of my decor.

Since today's the big day for ghost and goblins I'll just try to show as much as I can without overwhelming you.

Bird Topiaries - I got this idea from the Michael's website.




Another Michael's project is my crow candelabra. 


The zebra pumpkin I created last year using zebra print Duck Tape. I got that ingenious idea from ????. The silver pumpkins are just Dollar Tree pumpkins that I spray painted. The white with black polka dot pumpkins came from Kirkland's. I went back during the 50% off sale and picked up some black ones with white polka dots.

Here's an up close of my napkins, $1.99 bandannas from Hobby Lobby, and my spider napkin rings. I got the bandannas during a 40% off sale, so they were actually $1.19. The napkin rings were created using some black Poster Board I had on hand, a stapler, glue, and some glitter spiders that I picked up from Pier 1. I think the spiders were about $2.97 for a back of 12.


This is what I put together for the little baker's rack that's at the end of the piano.



Closeups


The skull has to be one of my favorite items this year. The best part is it was totally free. I got the graphic from The Graphics Fairy. The frame I already had on hand.












The mercury glass pumpkin was another Kirkland's score. It was 50% off, so if I remember correctly the sale price was about $8.00. The beaded candle I already had (purchased from QVC a few years back) and the black platter and tombstone marker came from Dollar Tree. I added a bit a glitter glue to the platter to spruce it up and spray painted the marker black.





Last but not least, is my Man in the Moon wreath.


This was one of those unplanned projects that I think turned out great. I already had the black feather wreath on hand. It was purchased a few years back from Z Gallerie. I took the 2nd black Dollar Tree platter (it was a set of two) and using some glitter Mod Podge applied the Man in the Moon (another graphic from The Graphics Fairy) face to the platter. Then just place the platter inside the wreath. Why was this unplanned? Because I really wanted to use the Man in the Moon on the ledge in my kitchen but didn't have anything to hold him up. I had already hung the wreath. As I was walking by the wreath, I wonder if the platter would fit there and that's how I ended up with the Man in the Moon wreath.

BTW the desert menu came from Dollar Tree, my little pumpkin skulls came from AC Moore (on sale, I forget how much I paid for them but it was <$5.00, and "I want my Mummy" Mummy came from Pier 1. The little green bottle I already had on hand. I'm thinking I got it from Old Time Pottery years ago but could be wrong.

Hope you've enjoyed this mini trip of some of my Halloween decor. And you know what I realized during all this crafting and decorating for Halloween, that I actually miss decorating for this Holiday and have decided that I'm going to start back doing my Halloween decorations.

Praying all the ghost and goblins have fun tonight and stay safe.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Fall Wreath

I have really fallen in love with the Rag Wreaths. If you remember, I did a post Fourth of July Wreath Rag Wreath that I'm really loving and am looking forward to displaying next year.

But I wanted a rag wreath that I could display now, so I got started spinning my wheels and decided to do a Sunflower Rag Wreath. My mother even submitted some creative ideas to the formation of this wreath.

Without further ado, here's my new fall wreath


This will go on my front door this coming week as I pull out my fall decor and begin to decorate my little place for the holidays.

So, how did I make the wreath?

Supplies I used to make the wreath were a wire wreath frame


3-5 yards of broadcloth, pinto beans, glue, cardboard, spray paint (ORB because it's what I had on hand), and floral wire.

I cut / ripped the cloth into strips about 1 1/2" x 7" (that doesn't have to be exact). Tie the strips of cloth onto the wreath frame. (I did all 4 rows but you can probably get by only doing 3 of the rows, which means less cloth).

For the middle, I cut a piece of cardboard the size of the wreath, then drew a circle, using the wreath as a guide for the middle. Applied a ton of glue inside the drawn circle, threw the pinto beans on there and kind of pressed them down into the glue. After the glue was dry (took a couple of days) I sprayed the beans with the paint (you don't have to paint them but I thought they would look better painted). Attached the cardboard to the wreath using floral wire. I also used some of the floral wire to make a loop to hang it by.

The idea of using the pinto beans for the middle / seeds came from my formerly crafty mother.

That's it folks. Sorry I don't have any in process pics, maybe next time.