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

spring table scape moss letter

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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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spring table scape bunny

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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.

Baby Shower Bliss

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Shower theme was Chic Vintage Baby Girl and the location of the event was my farmhouse on our ranch.

When I found out one of my long time best girlfriend was pregnant with her first baby and “It’s a Girl”…I immediately told her I wanted to host a baby shower. Kati {Mama –to-be} and I have been friends since high school, we even lived together all 4+ years in college…and she still talks to me even after our college years of living in the close quarter dorm rooms and our small rental houses.  HA HA, we had some good times! We have taken on the role of bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and love basically ALL the same things.  I knew exactly what kind of shower I wanted to throw Kati because she is my all-time favorite decorating and shopping partner. We LOVE the same things, especially vintage and shabby chic décor.

I immediately began the search for shower ideas… where else, Pinterest! Love this site for party planning…what did we use to do before Pinterest? (not spend hours and hours looking at all the great things I want to DIY or design in my house SOMEDAY)…but back to the shower. I made my Baby Shower Bliss board and began pinning.  My goal and passion was to make this shower chic, stylish and have some sparkle…not the traditional cookie-cutter type shower with the diapers, bottles and baby girl pink EVERYTHING!  Kati loves her neutral colors: ivory, ecru, white, and golds…and chalkboards! Chalkboards are the latest décor craze and so much fun with their ability to adapt and change the artwork/message based on your mood, party or season. In fact, Kati and I for one of our “DIY Chicks Night” made our very own magnetic chalkboards for some of our vintage and shabby frames (see below). Most of the shower Décor is DIY or my personal supply of party entertaining essentials. DIY includes: Free-hand Chalkboard Messages, Bedazzled Pearl “G”, food flags, garlands, & gold magnet letters.

{Mimosa Bar- Champagne & Sparkling Cider}

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{Gift Table}gift table pearl letter

{Headband Station}headband stationfavors chalk love

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I have to thank the hubby for executing all my wishes on the outdoor décor.  He was very patient while hanging the “onesie garlands” on the front porch! Of course, men do not understand the meaning of DÉCOR…my father’s comment while helping my hubby hang the garland…”looks like you are doing laundry out here”… hubby’s response “no kidding…what a waste of clean onesie’s”…REALLY GUYS, it’s for the cuteness factor! But they made up for it by helping with the Valet Parking and parking all the cars in our barnyard.

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Invitations: tinyprints, they are my go to site with their great card designs and so many options and add-ons (including the matching stickers on the water bottles).

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Baby Shower Success and now I am on pins and needles to meet this sweet baby girl! 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.

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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