Fireplace makeover

Shiplap Fireplace

New year new goals. This year I’m going to start making more time to blog. *fingers crossed* I didn’t have a chance to write about any of our home renovations last year. You know, chasing around two little mongols, helping my hubby with school assignments, and taking over my family’s business had me running around with my head chopped off. Hopefully, with a little time management I’ll have some time to document all the progress we’ve made in our new house.

We bought a house in September of last year… (2016) Upon moving in, we immediately started adding personal touches and updates, a little Thomas flair.  We started by painting all the walls.

First we painted the living room a pretty blue … then we installed a chandelier and two huge fans and that pretty blue turned pretty ugly so we opted for something more neutral and ended up with gray.

Of course, I had the bright idea of renting a paint sprayer because I thought we would get the walls painted in the lighting speed.

Note to self: There is no such thing as lighting speed when doing DIY projects.

The time it took to tape everything off and cover the carpet was easily equivalent to painting with a roller.  We had that house wrapped in plastic, but the as soon as the paint sprayer turned on it blew the taped down plastic every which way and paint got pretty much everything.

The power of a paint sprayer easily simulates hurricane wind speeds.

The hallway floors took the hardest hit. When you drop a spot of paint on wood floors, it’s relatively easy to scrape off, but when you use a professional paint sprayer that shoots paint a million miles an hour, and it gets on the floor, it doesn’t come off.

Nope.

I finally found acetone nail polish and baby wipes did the trick. Baby wipes will seriously wipe anything clean which is slightly disturbing.

After we finally finished painting, we tackled the fireplace. The hideous fireplace. The focal point of the living room. There was no way we could leave all that brick. I knew I wanted to incorporate shiplap and marble, but I also knew I wanted to spend the least amount of money as possible!

We framed the opening of the fireplace with marble, and for the bench we opted for a cheaper option and found some gray tile on sale. The only thing we have left to do is add crown molding on the top, but we absolutely love the almost finished product! It brightens up the room and adds so much warmth!

 

Before | 1980s Brick Fireplace

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AFTER | DIY Shiplap Dream

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Supplies

Wood – we used 1/4 inch Plywood from Lowes (cost $15)
Liquid nails
Tile Spacers – nickels!

The nice people at Lowes cut the plywood into 6-inch strips for us which made our job so much easier!

First, we applied liquid nails to the back for the plywood and then stuck it on the brick and used nickels to space the wood apart.

After popping the nasty black and gold metal frame off the fireplace and we sprayed the frame with a white high heat spray paint.

Thirdly, we framed the outside of the fireplace with marble tile for only $4.98 square foot and applied it with extra adhesive tile and stone mortar. We rented a tile saw from Home Depot; you can rent one for 4 hours or the day. The marble we used was extremely thick, so working slowly and ever so delicately while using force is somewhat of an art. Good thing my husbands an artist…

Overall, it was a relatively easy fun project and makes a huge difference.

Has anyone else done a fireplace makeover before? I’d love to see it, leave your link in the comments!

Honey, Lamb and I

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Rustic shutters

Farmhouse Rustic Shutters

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Hey, Y’all! I’ve slowing been getting my Etsy up and running; I have a few products for sale including my FAVORITE rustic shutters!  Hopefully, in the upcoming months, I’ll have added more designs for shutters and prints.  If you’ve seen a decorative shutter in a magazine or online and wondered where to find one for yourself, send us a picture, and we would be happy to create it for you!

This is the decorative shutter currently for sale on Etsy. We lovingly refer to her as the Joanna. Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper has a similar one featured in her farmhouse! I literally couldn’t take my eyes off this gorgeous shutter the first time I saw it.

 

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While giving the appearance of a traditional shutter, this decorative distressed wall piece will add an architectural farmhouse feel to any room in the house!

Be sure to follow us on Etsy to see new products when we post them!

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Here is our most recent nursery decor print! They are my absolute favorite to create! This one, in particular, has me swooning over the watercolors and geometric shapes! Geometric walls and accent rugs have maintained their popularity, and I love the geometric style for a little one’s room! This sense of style works perfectly for gender neutral rooms and gives the room a sense of originality. The Stay Clever Little One fox print is perfect for someone who isn’t ready to commit to a geometric accent wall but still wants to incorporate the adorable, playful style!

Honey, Lamb and I

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Honey facial recipes

 

5 Honey Facial Recipes

 

 

Honey honey, nearly kill me, a-ha, honey honey
I’d heard about you before
I wanted to know some more…

 

 

Honey Facial Recipes

Any Abba fans out there??? Today’s post is all about honey! I love everything about honey, and if I’m honest, I probably add a little bit to everything I make. Sorry, I’m not sorry, but I have a ginormous sweet tooth! Believe it or not, honey has more uses than just the ones being used in the kitchen. I’m sure by know you’ve come across a few honey facial recipes, but I thought I would share my favorites anyway. Here are a few honey facial mask recipes I’ve been using forever, others I’ve come up with or came across along the way.

I have a slight confession; I have a tendency to be a slob-ka-bob on occasion. One of my bad habits that drive my husband crazy is leaving my homemade facial masks in the bathroom. There might be a detox mask in there right now..oops. Admitting you have a problem is the first step.. right?

Why choose honey? Skin products are all kinds of expensive and honestly my skin feels softer and smoother after I use raw honey than when I use a $60 moisturizer cream.

Honey hydrates and nourishes your skin without irritating your face like harsh chemicals found in many skin care products. It has properties that help lighten dark spots, kill bacteria, and moisturize your skin. Remember, always buy raw honey to avoid any additives.

I previously ordered my raw honey from Vitacost, and while it was ok, it doesn’t hold a flame to local Oklahoma honey. I don’t know about the honey bees in your state but here in Oklahoma, them honey bees know how to get work done. I seriously might have used half a jar in a week and a half. A little on my face, a little in my food, I just can’t resist. Local honey can be a little pricey but so worth it. I’m going to tell my hubby to forget the flowers and just to keep the honey flowing!

Exfolating sugar scrub

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons of brown or white sugar

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Dark spot removal

2 tablespoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vitamin e oil

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Smoothing mask for sensitive or damaged skin

2 teaspoons of honey

1 teaspoon of aloe vera

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Get your shine on

Great mask for a natural glow

1/4 teaspoon tumeric powder

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon yogurt

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Detox mask 

This one is my favorite I use it twice a week!

1 tablespoon bentonite clay

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon coconut oil

 

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Lavender Essential Oil

30 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

 

When you wrote something literally a year ago, and you’re just now publishing it.. it happens.

I briefly described lavender, one of the most popular essential oils in a previous post. I feel as though I didn’t give it enough justice, and I wanted to dig a little deeper into the versatile oil!

Many flowers can have strong, overbearing smells, but I find this is not the case for lavender. It is a natural soother and has calming agents, and, therefore, is used for help induce nights of sweet sleep people only dream about. Lavender is used for dietary, aromatic or topical use. Here is a list of 30 ways to use lavender, I tried not to be too redundant!

1. Burns. Somehow I frequently find myself burning my fingers while cooking, probably caused from being in a rush..imagine that. Just add 1 to 2 drops of lavender on effected area. Reapply throughout the day if needed.

2. Repels Moths. Place a couple of drops on a cotton ball and place in your closet.

3. Baby wipes. I often make little lamb baby wipes; I add 3/4 water, 1 Tbsp almond oil, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, and 6 drops of lavender.

4. Dryer sheets. Place a drop or two on your dryer sheet and then let your laundry tumble away.

5. Spritz on your pillow. Add 10 drops in 1 oz water bottle and spritz on your pillow before bed for a restful night sleep.

6. Baby sleep aid. Add a drop of lavender with a little bit of coconut oil and massage on your babies’ foot to sleep them sleep.

7. Stress. Inhale from the bottle or add a drop on your wrist and inhale to help relax.

8. Motion sickness. I have the worst motion sickness; it is a terrible curse! I add a drop on my neck and chest to help fight the nausea feeling.

9. Trash or diaper pail freshener. To make fresheners take 2 cups of baking soda and mix 10 tablespoons of water then add 2 teaspoons of lavender essential oil and let it harden in a mold. Place one in your trash to fight nasty smells!

10. Diaper rash. Add a drop of lavender to some coconut oil and rub on affected area.

11. Sunburn. Soothe your sunburn with a couple of drops of lavender or make lavender spray if your sunburn is too tender.

12. Detox bath. Add a couple of drops of oil in bath water in addition to your favorite detox bath.

13. Ringworm. Rub the oil on affect area daily until side effects reside.

14. Eczema. Add ten drops of oil to a spray bottle filled with distilled water and spray on problem areas.

15. Dry skin. Add a couple of drops of coconut or almond oil for a great moisturizer.

16. Cold sores. Dip a cotton swap in lavender and place on affect area.

17. Dandruff. Add 10 drops to 2 Tbsp of almond oil and let it set for an hour or overnight before washing out.

18. Massage oil. DIY massage oil and add a couple of drops of lavender for a soothing smell for ultimate relaxation.

19. Insect bites. Apply a drop to your insect bite to help relieve the itch or irritation.

20. Add drops of lavender to a cookie or frosting recipe!

21. Earache. Place a drop on your finger and rub the outside of your ear and work your way down your neck.

22. Sore throat. Add 5 drops to warm water and gargle as needed but do not swallow.

23. Baby fever.  Mix one drop with Tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to babies foot and bottom of spine.

24. Heart palpitations. Rub a drop on your palms and inhale.

25. Soap. DIY soap and add drops of lavender for a refreshing floral scent.

26. Tea. Add a drop to warm water with a spoonful of honey.

27. Mattress Freshener. Take a cup of baking soda and mix 10 drops of lavender. Shake the mixture on a mattress and leave for an hour before vacuuming.

28. Deodorant. Make deodorant and add several drops for a refreshing clean smell.

29. Dry eyes. Place a drop on your finger and rub on the bridge of your nose.

30. Tangled hair. Add a couple of drops of lavender to a teaspoon of your shampoo.

Essential Lavender Oil

 

Earthy Christmas Ornaments

Earthy christmas ornament
The Christmas tree is up, and the frigid air outside is making me desire the ability to hibernate, so I believe it’s safe to say it’s December. I was so thankful for the recent 70-degree weather. Little lamb had so much fun playing outside in the leaves, but by the time we drove home on Sunday from Thanksgiving vacation the temperature had dropped about 30 degrees!

My grandma has been giving my sister and I Christmas ornaments every year since birth in hope that when we turned 18 we would have ornaments to decorate our own tree. Well, my grandparents have moved a couple of times and accumulated several storage sheds.. Long story short, all of our ornaments are lost in the abyss of junk. So, our Christmas tree is up in all its naked glory.

I don’t know how many yards of burlap I have left from our vow renewal, but it’s a ton, so I decided to make a burlap theme tree. I also had several clear ornaments left and came up with this idea to decorate them.

Earthy Christmas Ornament

 

These are seriously so easy

Supplies

Ornament balls

Modge podge

Branch from a bush

Card stock for banner

Jute twine

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DIY Earthy Christmas Ornaments

Since we don’t have our tree fully decorated yet here is my mother-in-law’s gingerbread tree. I seriously could never get bored looking at those cute ornaments!

Gingerbread Christmas Tree

 

 

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Simply Peachy Centerpieces

My honey and I recently renewed our vows after almost two years! It was a chance for all our family members to come together to celebrate our love!! Nothing warms my heart more than having both of our families together!! I am beyond blessed to have such a supportive, faith-driven, loving family! I had a great idea for these lovely centerpieces!! The only problem was the day of I had two people go out to retrieve peaches and somehow they both came back without peaches.. nonetheless the show had to go on. I hated to waste a great idea, so now two months later I finally decided to make the centerpieces.


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This centerpiece is so ridiculously easy and beautiful! Perfect for a wedding, summer dinner party or just because!!! (maybe a romantic dinner at home..bow chicka wow wow)

We went out to our farm, dug through the woodpile and found a tree limb that was about the size we wanted for the centerpieces.

Then I summoned my husband of many talents to cut the log about 3 inches thick.

  • I realize not everyone has wood piles stocked up in their background, so I found this wood slice on amazon.

I headed over to our local Sprouts to find some delicious peaches and picked up some flowers from Homeland!!

I simply  stacked the peaches on top of the wood and stuck in a couple of flowers… so simple, yet elegant!

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