Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DIY Greenhouse Terrarium using Picture Frames

A few months ago I shared this project over at Ella Claire.
And today I thought I'd re-share it here on my own blog for any of you 
who may have missed it.
 I made this terrarium out of  picture frames I bought at the dollar store.
I came across this idea one day on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. 
The instructions I found were somewhat complicated and so
I have come up with a simpler way to make one.


Other instructions involve brackets, screws and hinges.
I made mine with lightweight frames, hot glue, and white duct tape.  Like I said, Simple :)

To make a picture frame greenhouse like mine, you will need to start out with 
8 lightweight picture frames;
Two 8 X 10's, Two 5 X 7's and four 4 X 6's

The perfect place to find lightweight frames is at the dollar store.
The frames need to be lightweight so that they will hold together easily with just hot glue.

Before purchasing my frames, I laid them all out on the floor at the store, making sure that they lined up perfectly together. 
The two 4 X 6's next to each other need to be equal length to the 8 X 10's

When you get your frames home, the first step will be to paint them.
Remove the glass and backing of the frames, then spray paint them on both sides.
I used Rustoleum semi-gloss spray paint.
Once the paint  is dry, it's time to glue the glass back into the frames.
Place hot glue in each of the four corners of the frame. 
 Be careful not to add too much or it will show through the glass.
Now lay the glass into place.
Secure with the metal tabs.
Now run the glue gun down into the cracks between the frame and glass.
Once all of the glass is glued into the frames, it's time to construct the greenhouse.
Run the glue gun down the side of your 5 X 7 frame and glue onto your 8 X 10 frame.
Contunue glueing on each frame until you have created a box.
Now run the glue gun at each corner on the inside of the box.  This will help to secure it even more.
To create the roof, first glue the 4 X 6's to each other lengthwise. You will be making two that look like this:
You will NOT be gluing all four frames together, instead you will want to use white duct tape.
The duct tape will create a flexible edge that will allow for the roof top to fold over.
Note: I also added duct tape over the sides I had glued together, but realized later that this was unnecessary. You only need to tape the four frames together (see line below).

It helps to have someone holding the roof while the other person is gluing it into place.
Once the roof is on, your greenhouse is finished and should look like this:

Place greenhouse over your favorite little plants next to a sunny window, and watch the plants grow. 


I don't think I could be any happier with how my green house turned out.


What do you think?
Will you be making a picture frame greenhouse of your own?

Emily









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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Personalized Father's Day Gift

Today's post is brought to you not only by me, but also by my boys, Liam and Jaxon, who are here to help me out today.
Because this post is about a personalized gift that they are giving to their dad for Father's Day, I thought maybe I'd let them explain the details with you.
 Hi! We love our Dad so much and wanted to give him something special for Fathers day,
So we put together this basket for him with things we know he will love.

 We first made this, 'World's Best Dad' mug over at Tiny Prints.
We picked out 3 pictures of us with our dad that we wanted to add to the mug.
It was really fun to create!
 We placed the mug in a metal basket along with a blanket, coffee, and doughnuts.
 Our dad Loves doughnuts!
A magnet with a picture of our dad sticks right onto the metal basket. The magnet was also created at Tiny Prints. Our refrigerator is filled with photo magnets, you can see it in here.
 We think our dad is going to like the mug the very best.
 But we know he is going to think the whole basket is Awesome.
The blanket is super-super soft and it even has his initials on it.

He's going to love cuddling in it when he watches football.

The blanket is also from Tiny Prints,

We can't wait to give this gift basket to our dad for Father's Day!
It is going to make him so Happy!

Thank you for stopping by today,


Liam & Jaxon



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Bohemian vibes on my Patio

There are only two more weeks of school left for my boys.
I can hardly believe it!
This year has gone by so fast.
 I am looking forward to having them home all day....
However, with them being home all day, I've decided that it might not be a bad idea to create a special getaway spot just for me.
:)
So that is what I have done on our back patio.

I first brought out my wicker love seat from storage. I covered the cushion with a retro floral print fabric.
I also brought out a bunch of throw pillows to help make the space more comfortable.
And then I've layered the wicker bench with a variety of plants, rocks and candles.
My mother-in-law gave me these terracotta citronella candles for Mother's day. I love the little jute rope around them. It will be nice to have them lit to keep the mosquitoes away.

I'm fond of the whole bohemian vibe that this space now has. It's all very laid-back and comfortable. 
 I can come outside, get some fresh air and just relax.
I'm sure this is where you will find me the most this summer...and not just to hideout, but probably out here with my boys as well;  Drinking lemonade, laughing, watching them play in the yard... Oh, I just got super excited for summer.
And summer nights too.

Thanks for stopping by,

Emily




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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Make your own Sherwin Williams color swatch fan deck

I have a confession to make. I am a paint swatch hoarder! It's true, I have hundreds of them thrown into a basket, not to mention the numerous color swatch fan decks I own.
But I'm guessing I'm not the only one, are you guilty of hoarding paint swatches too?
There are just so many options out there; different brands and different colors. 
Options are nice, however too many choices can really drive me nuts sometimes, 
but in a good way.
Well, I just made my collection of paint swatches even bigger!!!
If you follow me on Instagram then you may remember how excited I was to walk into Lowes and discover that they now carry Sherwin Williams paint.

I immediately started pulling a bunch of the HGTV Home color swatches that spoke to me.
I paint and re-paint so often that I figure these will be really useful to have on hand.

And when I say I pulled a bunch... I mean 30!  Yes, I picked out 30 colors that spoke to me :)
Then I brought my swatches home and laid them out by color; lightest to darkest.
I took a key ring and placed it through the little house hole on the bottom of the cards.  I'm sure that's what the house hole is for anyway, Right? So convenient!
I now have my very own HGTV Home-Sherwin Wiliams color swatch fan deck. 
It's full of all the colors I like, and none that I don't.

Now what to paint next?


-Emily






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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Creating a Potting Station

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!
Today I am sharing this little potting station I created over at Ella Claire.
I'm hoping to get you excited for garden season, and maybe even inspire you to create a potting station of your own.


Have a great day!

Emily


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