Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Around Our Living Room

I've changed up our living room recently and realized I've only shared bits and pieces of it with you. So today I thought I'd let you in and give you a look around our living room.

I get a ton of questions about the paint color on the walls. If you look at this post HERE you will know why I'm hesitant to answer your questions. Basically, I picked out a True Value color but had Lowes mix it. The color ended up being NOT a true match. However, I liked the color enough to keep it. So to answer your questions, I really don't know what the color is.  So sorry!
 In my last post I shared my collection of glass bottles that I have displayed on our mantel. 
I think that they tie in perfectly with the rest of the room
If you are new to my blog, I should let you know that I added the barn wood planks to our mantel (post here).
I also made the driftwood mirror (post here).
One day I would love to get a pretty new light fixture for in here. This one is fine, I just want something that is more us.
I also dream of re-staining the original hard wood floors. I would love to see them in a driftwood color. One project at a time, Right?
I am still very pleased with my painted front door.  (post here)
As well as my new canvas from CanvasPop. (post here)

 Sitting on my coffee table is the terrarium I made out of dollar store picture frames.
 I shared the instructions on Ella Claire (Post here) Did you have a chance to see it yet? 
I also made the picture ledges, and for under 11 dollars!
I shared more about them over at City Farmhouse (post here). If you haven't already, be sure to stop by. You will not believe how simple they were to make.
 My little Jax is popping in to say HI!  And to remind you all that people live here, and  that yes our living room may look pulled together at the moment, but it doesn't always look like this.
 And just a little peek into the office/sunroom.
 Which is usually where you will find me.
 So that's it!
This is how our living room looks currently.  I am now headed into the Kitchen to give that room a fresh new makeover.   
One project at a time :)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Decorating with bottles

One of my favorite things to collect are glass bottles.
As you may have notice, I tend to decorate with them quite a bit.
I think my collection of bottles lend a relaxed, no-fuss beachy vibe to my decorating.
Here I have placed my collection of bottles along my mantle.
Each bottle has a different story to tell; whether I picked it up at an antique store, found it washed up on the beach, or was given to me by someone wanting to add to my collection.
 I love them all!
My newest addition is the beautiful turquoise one.  It was a gift from some of my loved ones.
Along with my glass bottles, I have also displayed a few glass vases and tall white candles.
And then to add a little bit of texture, I wrapped rope around the neck of one of the bottles.

I just love the variety of sea-glass colors.  
Which some of them have actually come from the sea.

I think the bottles tie in perfectly with the rest of the room.

What type of things do you enjoy collecting?

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blueberry dyed eggs and a simple place setting idea.

Happy April!
Have you been fooled yet today?
I played a few over on my family this morning;
I put a plastic bug in my husband's coffee mug, I froze my boy's cereal and tried to serve it to them for breakfast, I laid out superhero costumes instead of their regular clothes to wear today, and then I placed a gravy packet and a candy cane in with my son's lunch.
Ha Ha Ha! 
I'm such a prankster! 

So Anyway, I love the idea of natural dyed Easter eggs.
There are so many different fruits and vegetables you can use to get a variety of  beautiful colors.
I had never tried this natural dye method before but thought I'd give a crack at it (get it?)  
So I chose to go with a blueberry dye.

I didn't have any fresh blueberries on hand so I used frozen blueberries.
I think that is why my eggs turned out more purple than blue.

To make the dye
boil 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen) in 2 cups water.
Add 1 tsp salt.
Boil for 10-15 minutes.
Strain and place in jar.
Add 1 Tbs white vinegar
cool before using.

I gave my eggs an ombre effect by leaving the eggs in the dye for different lengths of time.
The lightest being around 1 minute - The darkest around an hour.

I thought the eggs could make a pretty place setting for an Easter table.

By cutting up an empty egg carton, I created individual egg cups 
to place on each place setting.
Then I cut out a small rectangle from the egg carton and wrote a name on it using a pencil.

I think the place setting is very natural and pretty.
I also couldn't resist shooting a few pictures of the eggs in a bed of purple flowers.

 I think the eggs turned out beautiful.  They are a little spotty, but I think that happens sometimes with all dyes.
I also like that it didn't dye the egg on the inside,  I have a hard time eating hard boiled eggs that are brightly colored. 

Now I'm wanting to try out a few other natural dyes.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

CanvasPop Review, Discount Code, and Giveaway!!

I am so excited to share this post and giveaway with you today.
CanvasPop is an online printing company with a huge passion for quality art, photography, 
and home decor.
 CanvasPop kindly offered me a canvas print so I could see what they do for myself.
I took a look at their website and was immediately on board.
Just look at how amazing my new canvas print looks hanging in our home:

I found the perfect place for my new canvas print in our entryway.

All I had to do was send an image over to CanvasPop that I wanted printed.
I searched through my file of pictures and picked out this long time favorite of mine. 
It's a picture that my husband took on one of our trips to the Oregon Coast. I later edited the picture to give it a vintage look.

When CanvasPop received my picture they notified me that it was a bit small and low resolution; they sent me a proof with some suggested edits and adjustments to make the picture a bit clearer for a 16" x 20" print with a 0.75" wrap.
This is how great it turned out; I was wowed! They really made the picture look so much better.

This is something I think is so great about CanvasPop, they will make adjustments to your images to ensure they look great on the canvas. 

I was so pleased with my canvas when it arrived.  It is so absolutely beautiful!
CanvasPop offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Basically when you order a print, you will be covered by the CanvasPop love it for life satisfaction guarantee; this means that in the unlikely event you received a print and are not 100% wowed by the results, they will redo it, fix it, or even give you a full refund.
But trust me, you will be happy with the quality and work of CanvasPop.
Just like I am.

 CanvasPop is offering The Wicker House readers a discount code for 35% off your order.
Just type in WICKERHOUSE35 at checkout.
There are no restrictions on size for the 35% discount, however it cannot be combined with any other discounts, and it is not valid towards shipping. The codes would only be valid for orders shipping within the US or Canada.

Now for the Giveaway!!!!
CanvasPop is giving away one free 16" x 20" print with a 0.75" deep wrap with  free shipping to one lucky The Wicker House reader! 
How cool is that?

 To enter:
Just leave a comment letting me know you would like to be entered. That's it!

For a Second or Third chance at winning, Follow CanvasPop on FacbookTwitter, and/or Instagram. Leave a separate comment letting me know you did.

 Want More Chances at winning?
Facebook, Instagram, and/or Tweet this giveaway with a link back. 
Leave a separate comment letting me know you did.

Good Luck!!!

Giveaway ends Friday, April 3rd

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to make a Terrarium out of Picture Frames

I made this terrarium all out of picture frames, hot glue, and duct tape.
Want to see more?
Head on over to Ella Claire where I am sharing step by step instructions. 

You will not believe how simple it was to make.


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