Ciccotti Art Glass and Our Anniversary!

Hey all! This is the first post in a new monthly series on this blog spotlighting (mostly) local places that I think are neat, awesome and more! This will give you a look into a great local place, an overview of my experience, and general estimated costs (if there are any). While I realize that most people will not be local to central Iowa, I hope that maybe this will give you some ideas for new businesses and places to search out in your areas as well!

Now that the rundown of the series plan is over, I can get on to the fun stuff! 😉 The BF and I just celebrated our 1 year anniversary! To celebrate, we took some time off of work, relaxed at home together and wanted to do something fun, new and memorable for our anniversary date. We decided on taking a workshop at Ciccotti Art Glass.Read More

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DIY Floral Spring Wreath

Hey all! I’ve got a quick and easy DIY spring decor project that I think you are going to love! I know I do!

Decorating for the seasons is something I only just started really doing in the last year or so. It’s something I always wanted to do more of….it just has a way of making a house feel more homey to me. Growing up, my mom would always pull out the seasonal decor as soon as she possibly could when the season started changing. Each room throughout the house would get at least a few touches and the house always was warm, inviting and beautiful. I never really thought much about how the decor played a part in that until I moved out, but she put so much effort into making our house into a lovely home. Now she is my inspiration in many ways, and was the motivation for me creating this wreath!

DIY Floral Spring Wreath

DIY Spring Wreath

Materials:

diy materials spring burlap wreath floral

Cost:

  • Straw Wreath: I already had one, but I’m pretty sure it was around $3
  • Fake Flowers: $11
  • Burlap Wrap, 2 rolls: $6.94
  • Wood Letters: $2.97
  • Paint: $0.50

Total Project Cost: $24.41

Other Materials Needed: hot glue gun, small paintbrush, twine or some other material to hang wreath with

Creation:

Before starting the wreath itself, I painted the letters needed for “spring” so that they would be dry by the time I needed them.

Glue down the end of your burlap roll on to the straw wreath and make sure it is secure. I left my wreath in the plastic. I find it less messy and easier to work with. If you prefer not to use straw, or can’t find one, I am pretty sure a styrofoam wreath would work just as well.

first step burlap wrapped straw wreath diy

Start wrapping the burlap around the wreath. This can be as narrow or as wide of overlapping wraps as you like. I liked how this one was looking with the wraps more close together and ended up using 1 1/2 rolls of the burlap. I would guess that you could probably make your wraps overlap less and use only one roll. I glued down the burlap every 4-5 wraps or so, just to make sure the burlap doesn’t shift over time.

burlap wrapped straw wreath diy in progress

Now on to the flowers! I arranged mine to be off-center when hanging and asymmetrical. Have fun with this! I like to lay mine out before gluing any of them down and playing with the arrangement some. I cut the stems off of the flowers so that only the flower part is left and use the hot glue gun to secure them to the wreath.

burlap wrapped straw wreath spring floral diy

The last step in creating this wreath is to glue on the letters. I kept mine pretty simple.

spring wreath diy burlap wrapped straw wreath floral

That’s it! Pretty simple, right?! I love how easy this wreath was to make and yet it still makes quite an impact! 🙂 I made this wreath to give to my mom for Mother’s Day and I am thrilled with how much she liked it and how beautiful it looks hanging on their door!

spring wreath diy finished floral burlap wrapped

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy project to add a pop of spring color to your door! Have fun!

Questions? Comments? Leave a message below or send me an email! I would love to hear how your projects turn out!

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Learning to Garden: Lessons From My Dad

Gardening has always been one of those things that seems just out of reach. Plants were something I wanted but never really seemed a possibility. People that had lush flower beds and bountiful gardens were people to be admired and, I’ll admit, envied a little. Their beautiful lawns were a stark contrast to my own.

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The front lawn before we started planting, with a little of the fresh topsoil added. Pretty bare, right?!

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Sunday Meal Prep

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

So a few months back, around the beginning of the year, I stumbled across this wonderful website that inspired me to start getting into meal prep. As stereotypical as it may be, that was right around the time that we really started putting a focus on a healthier lifestyle, including healthy meals.

I’ve since spent (almost) every Sunday morning prepping mason jar salads, various snacks and our meals for the upcoming week. This is this week’s meal prep 🙂Read More

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