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This past week I was on vacation and spent all my time in the hallway priming, painting, cleaning, and sanding but I have to say it is looking soooo much better! I’ll be sharing that soon and I can’t wait to show it off!

This past weekend however, I spent my time ‘wreath making’, that is whenever I wasn’t doing laundry or dishes or being mom.  Well, lets face it, your ALWAYS being mom, or in my case, when your four kids are all about a year apart, your more like, Referee! At least this weekend. Man!!!

Anyhow, I did manage to plow through a few wreaths and I was pretty happy with the outcome:

The Spring Wreath


The PEACE Sign Wreath


The God Bless America Wreath



What do you think???  I would love your opinions and feedback!

So how was your weekend? Did you manage to get any projects done? Thanks for stopping by and….


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DIY Rainbow Wreath Tutorial

rainbow wreath

This easy peasy rainbow wreath is what I made to add a little color and fun to my daughters simple party decor.  Easy and simple and BAM…a pop of color! We didn’t have a lot of time this year to make a big party for her but of course we wanted something fun and simple and memorable. I did a little cowgirl party (which I may do again and ELABORATE!) and made these cute little wreaths to add some color to her ‘party corner’. Our two daughters thought they were sooo cool and pretty! I just may have to do this again for the spring.  Maybe on the front door to add a little welcoming color.

Here’s the super simple DIY tutorial for this awesome rainbow wreath!

First up, the Supplies: Cardboard (I used a cereal box), colored paper, scissors, and a hot glue gun.  Not pictured here: Cutting mat,straight edge, utility knife, and a bowl (or something round of varying sizes) to trace a circle.


Step two: Trace your circles.


Step three: Cut out your circles.



Step four: Cut the colored paper into strips (mine were an inch and a half wide).



Step five: Cut your strips in half (mine ended up being about three inches in length so this step depends on the length of your paper to begin with).


Step six: Arrange your strips of paper to be how you might like them on your wreath.



Step seven: Start gluing the strips of paper onto your cardboard frame.



When you are finished, this is what you will have:




Now display them however you choose!











That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this little springtime-ish tutorial.  I so can’t wait for spring to finally get here so I can feel the warm air, see the snow melt away and finally start seeing some green!

Xo Ivy

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Etsy Finds: Shopping For My Kitchen

In anticipation of the little kitchen makeover we have planned for the spring, I have been doing some ‘window’ shopping on Etsy.  There are some items I will be in need of once we complete our updates and so I’ve started the search now.  On the very top of the list is a new set of dishes.  I haven’t bought dishes in years and when I did it was a set of four, clearly not enough for our family of six and of course I would like to have extra for when we have company over.  I have been using hand-me-downs from family members for years to get us by and have been putting off splurging on a good set of our own for quite long enough now.  I’m declaring it officially time to get mama a new set of dishes!

Next on the list would be some new storage for an open pantry layout.  I figure I will need some big and small storage containers to keep the area looking neat and tidy.

Last on the list (for today anyway) are new dish towels.  As I drool over all the pretty kitchens online, I can’t help but not notice a pretty towel always perfectly draped over the kitchen sink.  When I finish our mini makeover, I want that perfect towel draped over my sink!

Here are some of my favorite items I found today:

blue spruce plate

burlap storage

Tea towels

I love those vintage dishes! The only problem is they are a set of nine and I was really hoping for more.  Maybe they could be mixed in with an all white set to add to the numbers.

What do you think of those burlap storage bins? I think they would be perfect! I love that they are adjustable and made of cloth, this would make a good mix of texture if I added in some some baskets as well.

How about those tea towels? Adorable!

What do you think of my Etsy finds?  If you like any of them you can find item one here, item two here, and item three here.

I love shopping for new stuff.  Even if I’m not ready to buy right away I love the whole process of finding exactly what I’m looking for.  Are you in the market for anything new? Do you like shopping?