Spring Fever {part two}

farmhouse shabby spring table

For a little “Spring Spirit” around the house… I decided to spruce up our farmhouse table with a few spring accents.  Since I was feelin’ a little crafty, I created a SUPER DUPER easy reindeer moss letter with the following supplies from Craft Warehouse:
• Monogram 10 inch Letter {“R” for our last name}
• 1 Package of Preserved Reindeer Moss {this comes in several different colors}
• 3-5 glue sticks w/ glue gun

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I cut these pussy willow branches from the tree in my yard, but I wanted to give them a little more pizazz and add some eggs~ dictionary Mod Podge eggs. I followed a tutorial from Dear Lillie {BTW love this blog site, she is incredible and inspiring}.

Supplies:
• Brush
• Bowl
• Water
• Mod Podge
• Plastic Easter Eggs
• Book Pages or Newspaper
• Jute Twine {these plastic eggs already had 2 holes on the top of the egg to string the twine through to hang}

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The Moss Letter and Mod Podge Eggs are very simple to create and super cute craft projects to conquer, when you only have an hour to spare.

Spring Fever {part one}

So OFFICIALLY the first day of Spring was MARCH 20th… unfortunately, in Oregon it still looked a little like Winter around here. But now that April is in full swing and the sun is out and about throughout the day, we have come down with Spring Fever. WE WANT MORE SUN, LONGER DAYS, FLOWERS BLOOMIN’ and FRESH CUT GRASS.

My 23 month old munchkin is all about helping me with craft projects….WAIT, did I just type 23… 23months! Holy moly where has the time gone…my baby is almost TWO. Tear, tear and few more million tears. {For the record, he thinks he is already TWO and tells EVERYONE he is TWO}.

Now back to the super fun and easy craft project, Wheatgrass! Wheatgrass starts growing in 3-5 days, so for those little kiddos who have no patience and short attention spans {like my so called 2 year old} this is great project for them to show their excitement and have results before they are burnt out and moved on to something else.

 

4 Easy Steps:

1. Choose a Décor Container– I have a mad passion for the white hobnail milk glass look and have a collection of tumblers.

2. Fill your container with potting soil to 1-2 inch from the top

3. Sprinkle a layer of Wheatgrass seed– I picked up a 20 oz container of Wheatgrass seed from my local craft store, Craft Warehouse.

4. Cover with soil and keep moist– if you would like thicker grass, repeat steps 3 & 4.

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And who doesn’t want to tackle some morning planting in their pajamas.

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A week later… TA DA! Now everyone who stops to visit must check out Cason’s Kitty Grass.

Savvy Ranch Living Tip: Check out the dollar bin at your local Target store, EVERY VISIT.  You can score some fab craft items for dollars.  I found these metal caged jar lids for $1.00 each… they fit perfectly on the top of a Mason jar.

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…works perfectly for your weaker stemmed Daffodils.

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Spring Fever {part two}…stay tuned.  ~ Lindsey

Christmas in Cowtown

Christmas in Cowtown coming at you in a photo overload…20+ Rubbermaid’s and hours of quite nighttime decorating, after my munchkin went to bed, we have completed the Christmas décor. This year we have added a few new traditions for our little guy, including his very own advent calendar and a hot chocolate bar {OKAY, so the bar maybe for his sweet tooth mama}!

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Every year my wonderful father-in- law gifts me the Swarovski Crystal Ornament {Annual Edition}.  My collection is gorgeous and really starting to grow.  I decided this year to showcase the entire collection on my burlap trees and hanging from my chalkboard.christmas in cowtown 16 christmas in cowtown 15

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Oh Christmas Tree…Cason’s very own {just his size}christmas in cowtown 9

BTW, I did have a few little helpers decorating the inside of the house, while the hubby tackled the outdoors. {don’t they just look thrilled…LOL! They are actually really upset that I am not cuddling up on the couch with them, while we watch the latest Real Housewives. }christmas in cowtown 14 christmas in cowtown 17

I hope y’all enjoyed my Christmas in Cowtown House Tour this year. Happy Christmas Eve! XOXO, Lindsey

Rockin’ around the Country Christmas Tree

Country Christmas Tree 4This year with Thanksgiving being so late, I feel as though we have rushed to accomplish all the Christmas Cheer. This whole year has just flown by… we are days away from Christmas. YIKES, there is still some last minute shopping and presents to be wrapped. We are visiting Santa tonight. YA…can’t wait to see if we have smiles or screams! Nevertheless, we were able to start off our cheer with the cutting of our Country Christmas Tree.

It has always been a tradition for my daddy and me to tromp out into the muddy Christmas tree fields to cut down the perfect tree (or trees, my mom always orders two trees: one country casual and a fancy formal tree, pictures coming soon) for our family. This tradition still stands with the addition of my hubby and sweet little boy. Instead of the fields being muddy this year…they were FROZEN solid with a balmy 20 degree temperature in the sun.

I love the look and style of a cultured Noble tree…our family friends have fields full of the most beautiful noble trees for us to choose from, which came in extra handy this year with our frozen fingers and toes, plus our rosy red noses.Country Christmas Tree 1

Cason was thrilled when he found a tree just his size… he even helped carry the tree to the truck. Side note: He refuses to wear mittens and a stocking cap; however, Mama’s scarf “fits just right”!

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Now it was time to decorate the tree…The hubby and I have a mutual agreement, in regards to, he strings the lights (I hate stringing the lights, mostly because I am picky and want each light to be attached to each branch) and I string all the Burlap ribbon and berry and baby’s breath stems. Then as a family we attack the tree with our assortment of rustic and shabby chic ornaments. Cason has chosen to help his daddy out with the lights…I think if you ask his daddy, he is not too much help. He even helped his Granny Shanny string her lights too and I think she may have the same opinion as his Daddy on the word “HELP”. But I love the teamwork in this picture. Precious!Country Christmas Tree 3

Cason’s Nana introduced him to the “Elf on the Shelf” this year. This has been a riot of fun. Cason doesn’t understand the whole concept behind “Elf on the Shelf” and the Elf reporting back to Santa. But he knows he can’t touch the elf and every few days we move Bernard the Elf around the house. Cason loves to hunt for him and shout “Elf, Elf, Elf”! Therefore, it was a must to get him these adorable “Elf on the Shelf” pajamas from Pottery Barn Kids. However, I should have purchased a few more sets, since Cason wants to wear them EVERY single night.Country Christmas Tree 5

We are rushing to finish up our Christmas in Cowtown…so stay tuned for more Country Christmas décor, including a hot chocolate bar, advent calendar and burlap stockings. Also, our Christmas Card photos…oh my what an adventure we had with a stubborn 18 month old, who wouldn’t smile for the camera.

Gearin’ up for Thanksgiving

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it was necessary to get in a few last Fall décor projects, before Thanksgiving.

DIY Monogrammed Pumpkin

I love anything monogrammed…and these monogrammed pumpkins are one of the easy-to-create DIY projects and can be completed with ordinary items around the house in less than 15 minutes.

You will need the following:

~Pumpkin (choose one that has a flat side)

~Sharpie Marker (thin tip marker for tracing and a thick tip marker for coloring in the initial)

~Painter’s Tape

~Initial Stencil or Computer Paper “Monogram” Print Out

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When working with the Sharpie, be careful to trace/color in the pumpkin from Left to Right, if you are a Right handed person or vice versa if left handed. Otherwise, you may get marker all over the side of your hand and smear the pumpkin….not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. 🙂

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Secondly, I wanted to add our family “established date” to the bottom of the pumpkin for extra character and personalization. The hubby and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary this year. OH MY WORD time flies when you are having fun!thanks 3

Here is the finished product on a shabby chic vintage chair by my back door for everyone to enjoy as they enter or exit our home.  I even had some time left over to plant few seasonal mums in my galvanized bucket planters.thanks 4

Another small and easy way to decorate inside the farmhouse is with these mini pumpkins…I threw a few into my antique dough bowl and around the candy dish tray.

Hope everyone enjoys their “Turkey Day” and instead of shopping during Black Friday…my hubby (who is obsessed with Christmas) will spend the day feeding my leftover pumpkins to the cows and pulling down all the Christmas lights from the attic. Our country farmhouse turns into the crazy Chevy Chase house from the Christmas Vacation movie.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun!

Pale Pumpkin Perfection

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I LOVE the traditional October Orange Pumpkin… however, these monochromatic pale pumpkins and gourds are very shabby chic and classy! In this cluster of decorative table toppers, I used the darling “baby boo” (small whitish cream), Lil’ Pump-Ke-mon (cream and orange striped) and Valenciano (squatty white pumpkin on the vintage scale).  All of these varieties can be found at your local farmer’s market or pumpkin patch.

For a little more modern or glamorous pumpkin look…I just love to spray paint my REAL original orange pumpkins with metallic spray paint. I adore the coloring and paint coverage from the Rust-oleum Metallic Series. This DIY project is quick and simple…and these days my free time for DIY projects is super limited.  Who am I kidding, I mean non-existent… I skipped out on doing some overdue laundry to put away summer and decorate for fall. I was able to complete this pumpkin painting project from start to finish during one of my little guy’s afternoon naps!  Even had a few extra minutes for some free-hand lettering on my chalkboards, I listed out all of my favorite fall festivities and a fall cocktail above my vintage bar cart. Thank gosh for liquid chalk pens…they sure make it easy to use fun font designs vs. regular messy chalk, which I always end up breaking them into little tiny chalk pieces.Pale Pumpkin 5.jpegPale Pumpkin 7

When you mix your pale pumpkins with your metallic pumpkins it creates a lush farmhouse country table scape for the holidays. Well back to the grind {and laundry}…but keep in touch for more fall decor and a few more pumpkin projects that are in the making.

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Vintage Farm Animal Nursery

Cason's Nursery  (2)Decorating a stylish Nursery that can grow with your bambino is a challenge, especially if you are not looking for the commercial blue stripes with elephants, pretty pink princess or even the gender neutral jungle zoo animal theme.

Challenge #1- Which room to convert into a Nursery?…finally decided to use the guest room with a LARGE CLOSET for my stylin’ tot.  Took some major arm twisting on the hubby from me.

Challenge #2- Theme?- Once we found out the gender {boy}, I wanted a nursery that would blend in with the rest of our farmhouse style. My design style is the “Vintage Farm Animal Nursery”.

Challenge #3- What furniture do you really need in a nursery? The musts include: a crib, a dresser (with a changing table topper), and a rocking chair.

This nursery décor was possible with the several shopping experiences from Restoration Hardware Baby (bedding linens & stuffed cows), Home Goods (frames and wall art), Etsy (farm animal artwork & burlap ottomans), Antique Farmhouse (dresser), Craigslist (rocking chair), Target (art supplies inside cubby box) and my all-time favorite local flea markets and antique shops/fairs.

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Looking closely into the mirror you will notice some pretty black cows in the pasture right outside the nursery window. They serenade the babe to sleep at night with hungry attention seeking bawls.cason nursery 1

My best girlfriends threw me a fabulous baby shower, in which the theme was to bring your favorite book, instead of a card, with a special heartfelt message to Cason inside. All of these books now rest on the gorgeous barn wood bookcase, made especially for this nursery by my girlfriend’s daddy. Super Sweet Gift!

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These photos were taken right after the arrival of Mr. Cason…now a year later this room is covered in massive amounts of loud noise making toys (which this crazy mama insists on putting them away every night before bed…only to be taken back out of the closet the very next day).