Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekend Craft: Valentine's Day Wreath

We are SNOWED IN!! It just keeps coming and coming. Being less than two weeks away from my due date, I've been slightly panicked I'll go into labor because even though the hospital is 5-miles from our house, it would probably take 2 hours to get there in this white-out!! I can just imagine myself delivering the baby in a snowbank. AHH!

Anyway, I wanted something hands on to do this weekend.. Usually for me that means cleaning, but the house is already spotless and 100% organized, so I decided to see what I had lying around the house to make a craft out of. Here is what I found:

  • Leftover Christmas Ribbon
  • Tacky Glue
  • Burlap
  • A piece of styrofoam obtained from a package we had shipped
Thus, the idea for a heart shaped wreath for Valentine' s day was born!

Since I can't draw anything freehand, I used a plate to trace the soft edges of the heart.

Then I used a piece of wood to draw the straight lines (Don't mind my outfit.. Like I said, 38-weeks pregnant! You wear whatever feels good!)


I then cut it out using a kitchen knife... As you can see, I also ended up cutting out a little handle at the top so I could hang it from my wreath hanger.

And just to warn you, little white bits of styrofoam go EVERYWHERE! Have your vacuum handy!

I then cut the ribbon into different sized triangles. To be more efficient, I put glue on multiple pieces at a time and then stuck them all to the foam at once. The tacky glue worked extremely well at holding the ribbon and the styrofoam together.

When it came to the sides, I just cut one long strip and wrapped it along the edge. It gave it a more clean look and let's be real, saved me a ton of time ;)

I then wrapped the top edge with burlap (at first I wrapped that section with red too, but it looked more like a shield and less like a heart, so I went back and re-wrapped with the burlap). I also tied a bow out of burlap as an accent piece.

 And ta da!!! The finished product!! Maybe not my best craft (it definitely looks better from a distance!), but I love that it brings a little V-day flare to our house, kept me happily occupied for 2-hours, and was free :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nursery - Just about done!

 Hello friends :) We are now less than a month away from Baby B's due date!!

READY does not even begin to describe it! As of the last couple of weeks, I just feel so tremendously huge and uncomfortable. BUT, on the flip side it means the baby is growing and we are getting so close! I absolutely love his little kicks and feeling him move around, so I'm trying to focus on just enjoying this time while it lasts!

We have been nesting BIG TIME! (Yes, Evan too!) The nursery is JUST about done with the exception of the rug and bumper! What do you think? It is now my favorite room in the house! (And yes, we are keeping the baby name a secret until he is born, hence the hidden letters!)

Here are the sources:

  • Curtains: West Elm (over 5-years old)
  • Lamp: Target
  • Blankets: Pottery Barn Kids
  • Paint Color: Martha Stewart's "Mushroom" from Home Depot
I hope this room is a place where our little boy feels safe, cozy, happy, and inspired!! :) 

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