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Whitewashed Faux Pallet Wall & Office Update

My dear readers, Let me tell you. This summer has been a good one. I have been busy living and enjoying life, family, and friends, so house projects/this blog have suffered. I keep telling Jeremy "I miss my blog." This is my stress-free creative outlet, and I'm not giving it up, but I have slowed down temporarily because I have been so busy on weekends which is my prime, non-working time to get things done.

But I'm back on the map this week with a project that has been in the works for a long time. I have had the materials for many months, but I just hadn't taken the time to put everything together. When all is said & done, however, this is a pretty simple project, so I happily introduce to you, my whitewashed faux fireplace pallet wall.  photo fauxpalletwall1_zps0cf74648.jpg It isn't actually attached to the wall. It's attached to a cheap piece of plywood. And it cost me about $15 to make. And I think it makes such an impact where there used to be just blank space!

Materials needed: - a piece of plywood cut down in store to fit behind the mantel - pallets (I got these for free by just asking around. I asked on Facebook and a friend was getting rid of some. I asked at Home Depot a bunch of times and one time I got lucky, and the guy passed some along. You can also check craigslist). - A circular saw (for cutting boards) - Liquid nails (which I already had on hand) - Paintable painters caulk - Flat white paint (I picked up a sample pot from Home Depot for $2.98). - Paintbrush - Water - 80 Grit Sandpaper (and a sander if you want to spare yourself some heartache.)

1. Cut down the pallets into strips.

First Jeremy used a sawzall, but I think he realized a circular saw was the way to go on this. Basically we just cut in between the edges and center strip. One cut on each side of the nailed down sections, and you have a handful of strips from each pallet, and it's much easier than taking pallets apart and removing the nails.  photo fauxpalletwall10_zps2343891e.jpg Also, Jeremy's face. Also, this was in the Fall. That's how long ago I started this project.

2. Lay out the boards  photo fauxpalletwall7_zps4dce4380.jpg Just lay everything out on your pre-cut piece of plywood (I got mine cut down in store at Home Depot. Make sure you leave a few extra inches on each side larger than the space you are trying to fill.) It would be fun to do a herringbone or chevron pattern, but it would be important that each board be the exact same length and width. For the sake of ease, and because I had so many different boards, I decided to keep it simple.

Make sure you vary colors and textures for added interest.

3. Glue down the boards

I used 1 and a half tubes of Liquid Nails, and it worked like a charm. I just picked up each board as a I went and squeezed it on in a zig zag pattern.  photo fauxpalletwall8_zps5391004f.jpg 4. Sand everything down.

Because pallets have usually had a rough life, you will probably find lots of jagged edges, splintered wood, and uneven surfaces. I gave mine a good sanding with medium/heavy 80 grit sandpaper and my handy dandy orbital sander. I just wanted to rub out any loose wood splinters and rough edges.

5. Fill in large gaps with painter's caulk.  photo fauxpalletwall5_zps8318f534.jpg I used the basic white paintable caulk from Ace Hardware. I didn't fill in every gap, but because of the varying board sizes, there were some pretty large spaces, and since I wanted this to look like a more permanent fixture, I filled in the spaces.

6. White wash! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SQqXR-y-CQ&w=560&h=315] Here is a little tutorial on how I white washed the boards :-) I really got dolled up for the camera, as you can tell.

7. Cut down the edges to be flush with the original plywood board.

8. Install!  photo fauxpalletwall9_zpsf640d5ec.jpg We simply placed this behind the farmhouse mantel that I got on Craigslist last year. I originally thought we may have to secure it to the wall somehow, but it was light enough and the mantel heavy enough that simply placing it and putting the mantel in front seemed like enough!

That's it. It makes such a subtle impact, and it really makes that mantel feel more intentional!  photo fauxpalletwallbfaft_zpsc9daa357.jpg

Stay tuned tomorrow for a full room tour of our office progress!

Thanks for coming back, y'all! I missed hang out!

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DIY Antique Piano Desk

Let me start by saying that I can't take credit for this project. This is all compliments of my handsome husband. We are both musicians, and one of the reasons I have been a little quieter on the blog-front is that I have been spending time writing and creating music. Jeremy is an audio engineer, and as I have been writing more songs, he has been anxious to create a space in our home to easily demo those songs and work on his production skills.

His first goal was to find a studio desk, and he had the idea to find an old piano and convert it. I absolutely love the way it turned out. So, basically, I am the messenger because all this is his idea and execution!

DIY Antique Piano Desk.

 

We found an antique upright piano on Craigslist for $30, and we recruited a few of Jeremy's friends to help us load it up into a trailer. Four guys could barely move it into the trailer. It is unreal how heavy they make these things.

DIY Antique Piano Desk

So here are the materials we used for this conversion: - MDF - Plexiglass (from Lowe's. Cut to fit in store) - White paint - Screws

Simple list!

1. Gut the piano by removing the top front panel & hammers.

This was easier than we expected for the particular piano we have. The front panel removed easily, and taking out the hammers just took a little investigation and unscrewing a few knobs. DIY Antique Piano Desk DIY Antique Piano Desk

2. Cut MDF to fit, paint, and install as shelves.

Jeremy created two shelves. There is a top shelf for the computer monitor and a bottom shelf for some of the other audio gear and panels. Jeremy bought a big thick sheet of MDF and measured pieces to fit the two spots. I primed and painted them a basic white.

DIY Antique Piano Desk

In between the two shelves, he cut a small piece of wood to act as a stabilizer and screwed it into both the top and bottom.

DIY Antique Piano Desk

3. Install plexiglass over keys.

What is a piano without keys? We loved the vintage patina of the old and cracking keys. They aren't ideal for a functioning instrument, but they are great for a desk.

Jeremy had a sheet of plexiglass cut down in store to fit over the keys. Then he screwed into black keys on each end of the keyboard to hold it in place. This allows him to use the keys as another usable desk surface. DIY Antique Piano Desk

4. Dampen the strings

Rather than have the entire chamber of the piano reverberate with every sound, Jeremy dampened the strings by threading simple felt from Walmart through the strings below the main opening so it wouldn't be as visible. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of this part!

5. Install interior lighting.

For $6.99, Jeremy purchased this 3 pack of battery powered tap lights and installed them on the lid of the piano.

DIY Antique Piano Desk And that's it! It was much simpler than we anticipated. Jeremy rolled the piano from the garage to the studio room (thank goodness there were no stairs involved), and the room is starting to take shape!

A little before and after... DIY Antique Piano Desk

DIY Antique Piano Desk

 

We may eventually try to paint some of the chipping parts of the piano, but for now I kinda love the worn look. It gives it character. Jeremy is planning on getting speaker stands and moving the speakers out of the desk. But for now, this has functioned quite well.

DIY Antique Piano Desk

Excited to show you some changes to our new guest room soon!

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DIY Starburst Mirror

Starburst Mirror DIYMaking progress on our bedroom. Let's see where we stand:

- New bed pillows - Paint ceiling white - New light - Paint nightstands - Art behind the bed - Cover bench - Mount wall shelves - Curtains - Bamboo Blinds - Accessorize!

Today: art behind the bed.

Starburst mirrors are trendy. I have been eyeing them online for a while now, but I don't understand why they are so expensive! Starburst Mirror DIY

So, I set out to make my own, and I ran across this tutorial from Tucker Up! I pretty much followed her tutorial, so be sure to skip over there for more details, but the one thing she didn't cover was how to hang it on the wall, so I added that to my little instructions.

What you will need: A 10" round mirror (from Michael's or Hobby Lobby) - $3.00 Gold spray paint - $3.00 2 100 packs of skewers - $2.00 ($0.98 a piece) 10" plywood circle (from Michael's or Hobby Lobby) - $1.00 Hot glue Wood glue

Total cost: $9.00 DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less!

Use this template and glue it to the back of the mirror with whatever glue you have on hand (I used basic craft glue).

Then measure an inch and a half down each skewer (from the pointy end) and mark it with a sharpie. DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less! Line the sharpie line up with the rim of the mirror and glue down with hot glue along each spoke of the wheel. DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less!

Then use seven skewers in between each spoke and taper down toward the middle. I took it section by section and then put hot glue over the top in a line.

Make your way around the mirror, and then add some more hot glue to make sure everything sticks. DIY Starburst Mirror

Then cover the mirror with newspaper and painter's tape and spray paint front and back in gold. DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less!

Finally, use a whole lot of wood glue to secure the plywood circle to the back of the mirror and use heavy books or some other weight to apply pressure and allow it to set for at least 30 minutes. I secured the edges with some hot glue as well.

Finally, glue on a picture hanger, and mount to the wall. DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less!

And voila! I am stunned by the result! It looks so much more expensive than it is, and it was really a very simple project! DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less! DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less!

Side note: I repainted our nightstands from "antique white" to a pure white, and I am loving the small change! They looked pretty before, but it wasn't working in the room. DIY Starburst Mirror for $10 or less!

This Little (Inexpensive) Light Of Mine...

You may have the same problem I have. Boob lights.

You know the ones. These.  photo ceilinglight2_zps3dcec9e6.jpg

That is the official DIY blogger term for these simple flushmount lights that are so popular with builders and budget renovations. I get it, they are cheap and they get the job done. But they are so not awesome. And I like awesome more than not awesome. And I light my light fixtures not to resemble awkward anatomy.

So I fixed the boob lights in our bedroom and hallway...for less than $15 a pop. There are two ways to do this, so let me share.  photo ceilinglight13_zps078fefd8.jpg

I purchased two drum lamp shades at home goods on clearance for $12 a piece (originally $14 & $16, so even without the sale they won't break the bank). One is a cool white and the other is called "gray" but it is really "greige." It is important for converting a boob light to a flushmount drum light that the shade be a spider shade. That means it has the rods that criss cross across the top of the drum.  photo ceilinglight3_zps13e21e16.jpg

Option 1: Just screw it.

For our bedroom, I decided a filter wasn't really necessary, so I went the easy route. I removed the glass on the light, just like I would if I were going to change the light bulb.  photo ceilinglight10_zps5f4563d4.jpg

You should have a little nut that was threaded onto the metal pole, holding up the glass.  photo ceilinglight14_zpsbed6e07e.jpg

All I did was screw the shade onto the pole with the nut (too many awkward words).

That is all there is to it. The threading on the metal went all the way up, so I just tightened it until the shade sat right below the light bulbs. If you look underneath, you can see the bulbs, but with the layout of this room specifically. it isn't noticeable, and l like the grayish color inside the shade shining through.  photo ceilinglight4_zpsa55c9e89.jpg

Total cost: Shade: $12  photo ceilinglight5_zpsfa49bcaa.jpg

So many projects in the works for our bedroom!  Those Euro shams and gold link pillow are new. Stay tuned!

Option 2: Put a filter on it.

If you want a little bit more finished look, it's easy peasy and doesn't add much cost.

For the hallway, I purchased half a yard of white muslin fabric for less than $2 at Joann Fabrics, and a roll of piping (or ribbon that looks like piping.)

First, iron the fabric and cut it slightly larger than the circumference of the bottom of the shade.  photo ceilinglight7_zps1e2dcfe6.jpg

Then, use some Craft Glue and line the rim of the shade.

Then lay the fabric on top and pull tight. The fewer wrinkles the better. Let it set for a few minutes to let the glue dry.  photo ceilinglight8_zpsa0462a4b.jpg

Next, pull down the edges and glue the piping/ribbon down for a finished look. I had to cut around the edges a little more so that the fabric could hide behind the ribbon.  photo ceilinglight9_zps776143ec.jpg

Tip: line up the start of the ribbon with the part of the shade that fold on top of each other.

Some shades already have piping when you purchase them, in which case you could easily just remove the existing piping and then reapply.

Finally, to get the shade onto the light fixture, you will need to attach the little nut that came from the fixture to the hole in the "spider" part of the shade with a sturdy glue that will bond metals (like heavy duty super glue).

I just flipped the shade upside down and glued them together (you want the nut to be below the shade so that the shade rests on top).  photo ceilinglight15_zps55be2715.jpg

Let it set for a few minutes, and then screw that shade onto the pole (you will probably have to twist several dozen times to get it up far enough.)

To change the bulbs, I plan on just lowering it a bit and changing them from above.  photo ceilinglight11_zps766e7b26.jpg

Total cost: $15 Shade: $12 Fabric: $2 Ribbon: $3

For comparison, here is a ceiling light from Lowe's next to my creation.  photo ceilinglight1_zpse8574879.jpg

Pretty simple, huh? I would love to be able to exchange every boob light for a beautiful, unique creation like the one in the office, but this simple fix is a major update on a dime, and I am happy with that!  photo ceilinglight13_zps078fefd8.jpg

What do you think?

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FREE DIY Coffee Table Tray

The box that I have kept on our coffee table until now recently broke. The nails came out and it just started falling apart, so it was time for a new coffee table set up. I already had a pretty silver bowl with pearl inlay that we got as a wedding gift, but it seemed like it needed something underneath...like a tray. But, I have such a long list of things to buy for our house right now that I didn't want to spend money on a tray, so I found a long rectangular photo frame that I hadn't hung since we moved  here, some leftover fabric from my recent bench reupholstery, and some white paint that I keep on hand for times such as this. So for $0.00, I got a really pretty tray that adds some fun life to the coffee table.FREE DIY Coffee Table Tray

This tutorial is so simple it almost isn't necessary, but perhaps you will be inspired to try this project at home with a thrifted or un-used frame. This would be adorable on a night stand, a dresser, a kitchen counter, or anywhere where you want a little more pizzazz on a small display.

I started with this photo frame. I simply removed the glass and existing photos and painted the frame white. I actually spray painted it first, but I didn't like the texture, so I went over the spray paint with a brush and some white paint. FREE DIY Coffee Table Tray

Then I ironed the fabric and taped it around the existing mat in the frame. You could also use a piece of cardboard if your frame doesn't come with a mat. FREE DIY Coffee Table Tray

And that is all there is to it. But, what a transformation, right? I styled it with some simple baby's breath in a mason jar, my flea market iron horse Charlie (get it, Charlie Horse?), and this silver bowl filled with decorative balls. (Maybe I should use the word globes? I still feel awkward about decorative balls...like I'm in middle school). I picked up a whole box of those pretty moss and neutral globes for $4 at a yard sale last weekend. That isn't even half of them!

FREE DIY Coffee Table Tray

Sometimes making simple updates will encourage you that you are making progress in your home and inspire you to tackle the big stuff. Some bigger stuff in our bedroom is in progresss...so stay tuned! FREE DIY Coffee Table Tray

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Aged Gold Terra Cotta Pot

Monday of this week, we had our first (and probably last) ice/snow day of the winter that kept me home from work all day. It was the perfect time for some much needed R&R, and when I drove to work the next day with the view of the frosted trees on the Tennessee hills, I felt like I might be saying goodbye to Old Man Winter for the season. The temps are creeping up into the 50s and 60s, and it looks like they just might stay there. After my answered prayer of just one "snow" day, I'm ready to bid adieu to the cold and hello to springtime. Spring is definitely starting to bud, and I am so excited about plants. Flowers, ferns, bushes, trees. Bring on the green, God. We are ready.

So as I scoured my brain for a good weekend/snow day craft using stuff I had around the house, I decided to welcome Spring by painting a spare Terra Cotta pot. The process was so simple and cheap, and I already love the vintage, worn look of the aged gold and white.

This was done in just a few simple steps.

1. Clean the pot with warm soapy water. Pots hold plants, and plants live in dirt. And dirt is...well...dirty. So your pot is probably dirty. Give it a quick good scrub. Unless it is new. Then you can still scrub if you want...but you may not have to.  photo pot2_zps7fa53d54.jpg

2. Sand. Like the sandpaper sand. Not the dirty kind of sand. Although sanding is dirty. But not like the dirt from the flower.  photo pot3_zpsc63f655e.jpg

I used 150 grit and gave it a nice rub to rough it up and help the paint stick.

3. White wash. I used a roughly 50/50 solution of water and white paint that I had sitting in the garage. Here is another tutorial on white washing. I just brushed on the paint with a sponge brush...all in the same direction. After this step, it will probably look a little streaky. That is totally fine.  photo pot5_zpsb034a5aa.jpg

4. Sand again. This will give it the aged look. I debated leaving it like this, but opted to move onto step #5.  photo pot6_zpse34bba7a.jpg

5. Gold Glaze. I used the Martha Stewart Glaze from Home Depot. This sheer gold was the perfect overlay for the white washing. Two coats gave it a shimmer that mixes modern with vintage. Lovely. I also left the white rim up top for a two-toned effect.  photo pot1_zps6e4d9e05.jpg

Voila! I can't wait to find a fern or some other houseplant to put inside. Crossing my fingers I can keep it alive.

Are you doing any springtime crafts lately?

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Monogram Wooden Art DIY

I recently completed a gallery wall in the bathroom, and part of the display is a pair of monogram plaques that I DIY'ed from two metal letters I picked up at the Nashville Flea Market several months ago. I have been holding onto them for some sort of art, and this seemed like just the right fit. This DIY craft project was super simple. All you need is: - Wooden Plaques (I got mine at Michael's for around $2.50 a pop and then tacked on a 25% off entire purchase coupon. Bam.). - White paint (and water) - Wood stain (I used Miniwax English Chestnut) - Hot glue - Metal picture hangers - Metal monogram letters (I got mine at the Flea Market for less than $10 each, but here is a place on the web where I found some.  photo monogramart_zps47cd8839.jpg

I started by staining the plaques. Since it was raw wood, it didn't take much. I just rubbed on some stain with a paper towel and the wood absorbed the stain like a sponge.  photo monogramart2_zpsfee21b39.jpg

After letting the stain set overnight, I whitewashed the front of the plaque and was careful to leave the edges untouched for a two-tone look.  photo monogramart3_zpse710dca4.jpg

Whitewashing is easier than it sounds. All it takes is 1 part water to 1 part paint. Mix it up really well (I just used a plastic knife so that I could toss it after), and paint on like paint. I decided to whitewash because I wanted the color and grain of the stained wood to shine through.

I just did one coat of whitewash and let it dry for several hours.

Finally, I hot glued the letters to the wood and nailed in picture hangers on the back.  photo monogramart4_zps2ce75ebb.jpg

And voila! They hang above our towel racks for easy identification :-)  photo bathroom5_zpsb4b1c593.jpg

Check out the whole gallery wall here.

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Drawing Our Home

If you missed it last week, I'm running a contest. Take this survey for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card. It only takes a couple minutes! More details here.  photo drawing6_zps28c82275.jpg I have been wanting a custom home drawing ever since we bought our house, and there are lots of artists on Etsy who specialize in just that. Someday, perhaps, I will spend the money on one of those for something a little bit more professional, but for now, I decided to try my hand at doing one myself.

I've always loved to sketch things...even as a little girl. In fact, I found these drawing from when I was about 12 years old in an old sketchbook the other day. These are my renditions of Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden and Little Orphan Annie.  photo drawing2_zpsb6f62c0c.jpg

I have improved a bit since then, but I still rarely pull out my drawing pencils. This little project, however, reminded me of how calming and therapeutic sketching can be. Maybe I will try it more often.  photo drawing4_zpsd861a24f.jpg

I'm not great with drawing people or drawing from my imagination, so copying a picture of a house was a good project for me. Clean lines and no faces.  photo drawing3_zps288d0544.jpg

As a reminder, here is what the house looks like.  photo 1-Frontofhouse1_zps78a61466.jpg

And here is what I came up with in the end. I just outlined everything in pencil and then colored in with colored pencils. I would like to someday try pen and ink or maybe even watercolors.  photo drawing1_zpse80c9f3a.jpg

It's not a masterpiece, but it's our home. Now, I need to find a perfect place for it.

A wreath for all seasons.

Nothing dresses up a door better than a wreath, and I love reflecting the changing seasons with a seasonal wreath. photo wreath_zps7f9b6f61.jpg

There are so many ways to make a wreath, and I love elaborate wreaths like this one, this one, and this one. I mean that, succulent wreath is to die for.

But sometimes you just don't have the time or resources for something elaborate every season of the year, and you just want something simple.

So, I introduce to you my breakthrough formula for creating a pretty wreath with little time and effort every time.

Fake flowers (or real dried flowers) + grapevine wreath + monogram letter.

That's it.

So maybe that's not a breakthrough formula, but it is a great way to make wreath making simple.

Example A: my fall wreath.

Fall Wreath - All Precious & Pleasant Blog

When I first wrote about this one, I mentioned that it wouldn't be worth doing a whole post about making this wreath because it was so simple, but then people loved it and repinned the wreath, and I thought maybe I would mention it again as I transition into Spring.

Last weekend, I finally threw away the Evergreen boughs that had been adorning our house since Christmas. I think greenery is a great transitional decor item through January, but with February comes signs of spring and change, so I felt it was time to throw out the greenery and bring some flowers back into play.

So I took all the greenery out of this wreath and brought it back to a simple grapevine wreath (which you could find at any craft store) ... All Precious & Pleasant Christmas House Tour 2013

Next, I used a bunch of silk magnolia flowers that I purchased years ago and cut off the blooms with wire cutters.

Then I just strategically placed the flowers on one side of the wreath. You can do this with any fake flowers, and it shouldn't need anything to secure them. You can just stick the wire into the branches of the wreath and they will be secure enough.

For visual balance, I like to tie a wooden monogram letter to the other side of the wreath. Once again, visit your local craft store for cheap wooden letters. You could even paint the letter a fun color or pattern.  photo IMG_7028_zps19042bdc.jpg So, there you have it, the almost too simple wreath formula. Switch out the flowers seasonally for a fresh look!  photo IMG_7029_zps2ebd03ff.jpg

Here are some favorite examples on pinterest of the same idea.

example 1.  photo wreath1_zps85eb56dc.jpg

example 2.  photo wreath2_zps638ead74.jpg

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Caring For Pinecones & Making Them Shine

Pinecones are all the rage in holiday decorating. Like these from Pottery Barn...

pinecones

You could spend $14.50 on pinecones at Pottery Barn, or you could pick some up from your yard for free. I chose option B.

I collected a full bag of pinecones at the park closest to my office one day while on a lunch break walk. But, there's more to pinecones than just collecting them and taking them home. YOU MUST BAKE THEM BEFORE CRAFTING OR STORING!

I've read horror stories of maggots hatching from collected pinecones that weren't treated. My skin is crawling just thinking about it. Baking the pinecones not only kills any critters that might be hiding inside, but it also hardens the sap so that they aren't sticky anymore! It's important to BAKE pinecones before you craft with them. 200 degrees for 45 minutes should do the trick!

As soon as I got the pinecones inside (DON'T WAIT ON THIS!), I baked those cones at 200 degrees for 45 minutes on foil lined baking sheets. I put them in the oven before heating it up and waited for the oven to cool to remove them. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they bake so you don't burn them! Baking pinecones before crafting

Then I laid them inside of 3 separate cardboard boxes and spray painted them in several coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze, Silver Glitter, and Silver Metallic Spray Paints. Easy & (nearly) free pinecone ornaments

Then I removed the stem from the pine cone. It should break right off. easy & (nearly) free pinecone ornaments

Tie some twine in a knot and clip it as close to the knot as possible

Then put a dab of hot glue where the stem used to be and secure the base of the knot on the glue. easy & (nearly) free pinecone ornaments

And voila! easy & (nearly) free pinecone ornaments easy & (nearly) free pinecone ornaments

You can also just use the pine cones to accent existing decorations! Check out our holiday house tour for more pine cones everwhere! easy & (nearly) free pinecone ornaments

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Traces of Fall

It's October and the boots have come out of storage. Here in Tennessee, spots of color are just now showing up on the leaves, and I am waiting in eager, childlike anticipation to see what hues will be on display in our yard. I've spent some time on the Finding Fall Home Tours from Finding Home, and I have turned green with envy over the fall decor in homes of bloggers I admire. Green is not a great fall color, so I should really work on that.

As a new homeowner and a new wife, I am still amassing my collection of seasonal decor, and I didn't have a lot to spend or a lot to choose from in the way of fall decoration, but I have still found ways to make our home ready for this glorious season of change.

I made a wreath for the front door. I almost did a post on this, but I realized it wouldn't be worth it. Here are the instructions: buy flowers and a twig wreath. Put the flowers in the wreath. Tie a wooden letter onto the wreath with twine. Fall Wreath - All Precious & Pleasant Blog See, I saved you and me both some time in writing a post :-)

I placed some mums on our porch posts and some pumpkins on the porch. Traces of Fall I incorporated pumpkins around the living room/kitchen area. Traces of Fall And used some pine cones as a centerpiece. Traces of Fall This Fall, I am loving hydrangeas everywhere. In the summer, pure white hydrangeas were the thing, but I love the way that they dry green and blue in the fall. We inherited a few gorgeous hydrangea bushes, and I cut some blooms to add to the feeling of Fall in the house. Here is the trick with homegrown hydrangeas: let them dry for a while on the plant, and then cut them and put them in a vase without water. They will dry in place and last for a long time! Traces of Fall Perhaps my favorite thing of all is my new Fall Chalkboard. Fall Chalk Board Idea - All Precious & Pleasant Blog How is Fall looking around your house?

P.S...I haven't blogged in an entire week. We have been a little busy with living life and things like our plumbing being broken and such. I have a basement stair painting project, back door painting project, bench reupholstery, and more coming your way soon. Get ready.

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A Little Bit of Fall: Inexpensive Decorating With Painted Glass Bottles

 photo fallbottles7_zps9f3bc874.jpgI've got Fall on the brain. You with me? I just love this time of year. The Lord is so faithful even through seasons of change, and the crisp autumn weather, transforming watercolor trees, and farmer's harvest reminds me of that truth.

I digress.

I have been itching to decorate my house for this glorious season, but I am saving my money for so many projects that I want to make little changes with just a little money. My first fall decorative project cost me $3.00. I can work with that.  photo fallbottles5_zps389899f0.jpg Here's what you need: - Empty glass bottles (wine bottles, old soda bottles, salad dressing bottles, etc. Just whatever you have laying around the house) - Gold acrylic paint (which I already had) - Twine (also already had) - Hot glue gun - Wheat cattails or some other fall floral (I got these in the Kroger floral dept. for $2.99)

1. Use painters tape to mark where you want the painted stripes and paint inside the lines. It's not going to look perfect, but that is part of the charm.  photo fallbottles6_zps5445e102.jpg 2. Remove the tape and place in a cold oven. Heat to 325 degrees with the glass bottles inside. Then bake for around 20 minutes once it heats up, turn the oven off, and let it cool down. Baking the paint will make it more durable and long lasting.  photo fallbottles3_zps1eff8977.jpg 3. Use a spot of hot glue to start the twine in place, wrap to your hearts content, and then finish it off with another hot glue dot.  photo fallbottles4_zps6a05cc24.jpg 4. Use your florals to fill the bottles and complete the look of fall.  photo fallbottles1_zps8a825c92.jpg 5. Enjoy them on your mantel.  photo fallbottles2_zps246c7aac.jpg

Happy Fall, Y'all!

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FEATURED: Decorating by Answers.com - Flea Market Windowpane to Chalkboard

Today I am celebrating my first ever FEATURE! I recently transformed an old windowpane that I picked up at the flea market for $5 (you may remember here) into a chalkboard for the office redo, and I am pleased to announce that it has been featured on Decorating by Answers.com. You can check out the full post here with more details on how I took this falling apart windowpane to something useful for our space! For now, here are a few photos!

windowpane to chalkboard before and after

windowpane to chalkboard before and after

Be sure to check out all the details on decorating.answers.com.

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DIY Terrarium

DIY Terrarium - all precious and pleasant blogThe word "Terrarium" sounds a bit like a home for monsters that hide under your bed, but in fact it is a home for pretty plants that live inside a container.

I am assembling our little home office space, and I seem to have pulled together a lot of square things with pretty sharp lines. There is a lot of mid-century influence in that room, and mid-century furniture tends to be square. As a result, I need some round shapes to balance out the rectangular chairs, tables, ottoman, bookcases, and mantel. I plan on someday getting a circular rug, circular mirror for above the mantel, and circular art for the walls. For now, I am adding some soft lines with this little round glass DIY terrarium. And I am loving it.

So, here is how you too can create your own little plant home.

I did a little research and learned that for non-desert plants like ferns, it is good to get a jar with a lid for your terrarium; however, succulents like the ones that I picked do just fine in an open air container. So inspired by this pin, I found a little glass bowl/vase at Home Goods.

Then I went to Lowe's and picked out three little succulents that complemented each other in texture and color. There were so many to choose from! This is less than half of what they had. DIY terrarium - all precious and pleasant blog

Most terrariums use rocks in the "landscaping" and we have no shortage of rocks outside the kitchen door, so I collected some rocks and some dirt from the backyard.

DIY terrarium - all precious and pleasant blog

And filled the bowl with some dirt. I have read that it is good to get special cactus soil, but for such a small little bowl, I didn't want to buy a big bag of cactus soil, so I just scooped up some soil from my flower beds. DIY terrarium - all precious and pleasant blog Then added in the plants. And I had to remove some of the dirt because the plants take up a lot of room (who knew?!). I watered the plants a bit before the next step.

Then finally the rocks. Which was kinda tough because my hand barely fit into the bowl. In retrospect, it would have looked nice to start with some rocks at the bottom as well for layering effect.

And there you go. DIY terrarium - all precious and pleasant blog Note to self: I will use less dirt next time. And I might try to find rocks with a little more contrast for more noticeable layering. But this was free.

So there are my little plant babies on my little flea market table. Every room could use a little green. DIY terrarium - all precious and pleasant blog Signature

A Gift to Warm a Home

Do you remember that scene in "It's a Wonderful Life" when George and Mary Bailey welcome the Martini family to their first home with a wonderful basket of housewarming goodies? Mary Bailey looks so picturesque with her little 1940s outfit and perfectly curled hair. I want to be like her, and I love seeing the joy on the Martini family's faces as they start their lives in a home of their very own.housewarming gift idea Inspired by the gifts that Mary & George Bailey gave to the Martinis, I decided to pull together a little housewarming basket as part of a wedding gift to some our sweet friends who just moved into their first home together. You can see a little bit more of their life & home over at their blog: Home Sweet Love.

This simple and traditional housewarming basket was fun and simple to assemble. traditional housewarming gift

After I picked up a basket at a local thrift store and dressed it up with some jute and scrap fabric, I filled it with a few symbolic things.

Bread - that this house may never know hunger. I made homemade chocolate chip zucchini bread. Probably not the lifelong fix all for household hunger, but delicious all the same.  traditional housewarming gift Wine - that joy and prosperity may reign forever. traditional housewarming gift Candles - to light the dark times. traditional housewarming gift Salt - that life may always have flavor. I went with the basic Morton's salt. Doesn't get more traditional (or practical) than that! traditional housewarming gift Finally, I designed a little card to accompany the gift that explained each part of the traditional housewarming gift. traditional housewarming gift

Happy nesting Josh & Hollie!

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