DIY Artificial Turf Installation

Since Blake has had some down time lately, we’ve been trying to tackle the mess that is our backyard. Luckily our house was remodeled on the interior when we bought it but we knew that we would need to do a lot to the front and back yards in order to make them look as good as the inside does!

We went back and forth for months trying to decide whether or not it would be worth it to install turf in our backyard. We have a lot of dirt back there but in particular there’s a smaller patch right outside the back door next to our patio that was such an eyesore. Once the rain came the dogs started tracking mud inside the house constantly and we knew we needed to do something about it.

We started by looking into all the different options, initially we thought turf until we realized how much it costs. We looked into slate and other options such as gravel but the slate ended but being just as expensive as turf (and more work) and gravel just sounded too “desert-y” for us. We even thought about installing real grass but with our luck it would just die (especially since I’m not the best waterer in the world). So after weighing our options and figuring out pricing, artificial turf seemed to be our best option. We chose it because it looks great, there’s no maintenance (lawn mowing) and it doesn’t need to be watered (lower water bill). So even though it was costly, we figured it would be worth it in the long-run especially since it would increase the overall value of our home.

Here are the steps we took to get our turf installed.

1- Measure the area where you plan on installing the turf. Getting an accurate square footage will help to figure out an accurate cost- remember though that you’ll probably be quoted for just the turf. There are other materials such as sand, nails and top filler to take into account but the turf will be the bulk of the overall price. Also remember that you’ll be paying a lot more if you’re hiring people to do the work for you. We did our research on how to install it properly and probably saved around $1000 by doing it on our own.

2- Call around for estimates at nearby turf sales places. Be sure to ask for an estimate of all the materials you will need, not just the turf itself. A good thing to know before calling is that they only sell the turf in widths of 15ft so you may end up having to pay a lot more than you want/need if the area you plan on covering is significantly smaller or just a little wider than 15ft. We lucked out because our space was less than 12ft wide and what would have been a wasted piece of cut turf ended up fitting perfectly down a little pathway just past our turfed area. (another reason that it was worth it for us to get turf rather than something else) Remember that there are different types of turf, some cheaper than others, some pet-friendly etc. Choose one that works best for your yard and lifestyle.

3- Start digging your area about 3-4 inches deep. Blake, his mom and I were out there for two and a half days digging dirt. Luckily there were other parts of our yard which were not level so we were able to use the dirt elsewhere. This is another cost to consider if you have no place for the dirt since you may have to pay to have it removed in a large trash container. Once we removed the dirt from the whole area, we tried to focus on leveling it as much as possible. Blake rented a leveler from home depot for the day and that helped a ton.

4- Order the materials to be sent after the dirt has been removed. You can do this while you’re in the process of digging, just schedule a day that works for you when everything should be delivered. Warning, your wallet may feel lighter after this purchase.

5- Level the dirt as much as possible. We also threw down some weed killing granular to prevent growth under the turf since we opted out of using the black tarp that some use to keep the weeds from growing.

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ONCE THE MATERIALS HAVE ARRIVED

6- Add the layer of decomposed granite or whatever sand/crushed stone you decide to use, then level the area with a sturdy rake. Then come in with the leveling machine (the one you can rent from Home Depot) and level the area out as much as possible. We used a type of granite with larger rocks in it which is supposed to be better for drainage, since we have the kind of dogs that pee and poop we thought it was a good idea. lol

7- Lay your turf, some may want to lay the previously mentioned black tarp before laying the turf but that’s depending on your personal preference.

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8- Cut the turf with a razor blade in between seams to fit your space.

9- Pull the corners tight to keep from having any creases in the turf.

10- Start nailing the turf down along the perimeter every foot or so.

11- Add the topsoil layer of sand- this is what makes the fake blades of grass stand up to look more realistic. Use a broom to spread the sand around.

12- Enjoy your new turf and be proud of all your hard work!

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Home Packing Tips

Over the past week or so I have begun to pack our household belongings in order to move back to the west coast. Call me crazy but I am the type of person who loves to pack. I like to make sure that everything is done efficiently which is why I have done my research and figured out the best possible way to pack our things. I’ll share with you some of the tips that I’ve learned along the way, incase you are in need of some moving/packing help.

First step- Drop the dead weight

Get rid of anything you don’t want or need! It’s absolutely insane how much we have acquired since living here but that’s only because this was our first time living in our own place so there were a lot of little and big things that we needed. Thankfully I got rid of about half of my wardrobe and a ton of other stuff before we moved out here so I didn’t have a whole lot to get rid of this time around.

Step 2- Start acquiring inexpensive packing supplies

We are currently living in a huge apartment complex and luckily for us, there are often multiple boxes piled up near the recycle bin. So I’ve been doing a bit of dumpster diving (not literally) and picking up free, used boxes. I wish I could say that I’m not proud of it- but I totally am.  If you don’t live in an apartment, try checking the free section of craigslist or check behind any large grocery stores to see if they have piles of boxes in the back, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you took a few.

I also bought some boxes from Home Depot to carry the larger/heavier items because they sell heavy duty boxes.

But before you head over to Home Depot for boxes or anything else, stop by the dollar tree.  I was able to buy packing tape, bubble wrap, tissue paper, large protective envelopes, and a pack of foam plates for a dollar each! The tape isn’t that big so I bought two and the bubble wrap comes in small rolls but it’s still a good deal. The tissue paper (like the kind for presents) came in a reasonably sized pack and I was able to use it to wrap delicate/breakable items. I used the protective envelopes for picture frames and canvases and the foam plates went in between my plates to keep them from breaking.

The dollar tree also sells sharpies, trash bags and other things that could be potentially useful for packing purposes.

Glad Press’n Seal is a great way to store necklaces without them turning into a huge tangled mess. I also used it for my cooking utensils since they wouldn’t fit in the larger ziplock bags.

   

  

  

I bought a roll of stretch wrap from home depot for my dresser and a mattress bag as well.

I also put the billions of plastic grocery bags that we had lying around to use and threw them into boxes as extra padding.

Step 3- Start packing

This timeline is based on the amount of belongings in my apartment, so I would suggest starting a couple of weeks earlier if you have a larger home or more people in your family.

Four weeks out

-Start collecting packing supplies and begin packing things that you won’t need on a daily basis.

I started with the kitchen because thats where we have the most stuff, a lot of which is not used regularly. I packed everything except my pots, pans, silverware, knives, cutting board, cooking utensils, baking sheets, oven mitt, microwave, coffee maker, a couple of coffee cups, some tupperware, a mixing bowl and my spices/cooking necessities.

TIP- when you do pack the rest of your kitchen, use your larger pots and slow cooker to store all of your spices.

-You can also begin to pack the things that are hanging on the walls. Any photographs, artwork, mirrors, chalk boards etc.. Label each box with which room it belongs in and even list what is in the box incase you need to find something specific during the chaotic process of moving in. I’ve heard of some people using a color system to do this by using a different color tape for each room. But for me, labeling the box with which room it belongs in (in large letters with a sharpie) was good enough.

I used the blankets from my living room to pack the picture frames and anything else from the walls that were breakable. I left one blanket out incase we needed it and used it later as padding for other breakable items.

Three weeks out

– Pack books, out of season clothing, linens, towels, office supplies, random decor, movies, and any personal items that you won’t be needing such as jewelry, nail polish and hats/accessories.

I will be flying home while the rest of our belongings are put in storage so I’ve started to plan what kinds of things I will need to set aside for my baggage. I’ll need to fit everything I possibly can into two medium luggage bags (to live off of for a month or more) so I have decided to set a box aside in order to send larger things such as my dogs’ bed, food bowls, some shoes and maybe clothes if they can fit.

Two weeks out

-Start packing up the clothes that you won’t need. If you’re flying like I am, make sure the clothes you leave out will all fit into your suitcase along with your toiletries, shoes and whatever else you will need.

-For clothes on hangers, you can leave them hanging and just cover them with a trash bag then use string or a zip tie to secure the top of the hangers so that they don’t fall throughout the bag. Some places sell wardrobe boxes which are basically just tall cardboard boxes with a pole through the top to hang clothes, a good option for people who don’t want their clothes to get wrinkled.

I got tall pink, scented trash bags from the dollar tree. I figured they would keep my clothes smelling fresh, but these particular bags are ultra thin and can tear very easily so I wouldn’t exactly recommend them. I used two bags for each bunch of clothes, one over the top and one underneath- tied to the top bag on each side. Although these weren’t the best quality, there are other brands of scented trash bags that are probably larger and much more sturdy, so just check at your local grocery store.

One week out

-Pretty much start to pack everything else leaving out anything that you know you will need to use up until the actual moving day. For instance, I will probably leave my coffee maker out (because packing is no fun without caffeine) till the last day with our mattress and pillows as well as whatever I will be taking on the plane with me

Make sure you leave space in your mode of transportation for your mattress and any other household items that remain inside.

-Pack a box full of things that you will need right away once you get to your new home. For example: some cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, screw drivers and other basic tools, dish/hand soap, clorox wipes (they’re the best), and maybe a portable speaker for some move-in day jams. Label this the box of necessities.

Step 4- Load it up

-Whether you’re using a moving truck, a Uhaul or a POD like we are, if you’re moving the boxes on your own you’ll want to make sure they are secure. Having a moving dolly is super helpful for larger items, but as long as you have enough people helping it should go pretty quickly. I plan on asking all of Blake’s friends to help out but I’ll be sure to provide lot’s of pizza and beer in return for their manual labor.

We haven’t gotten to this part of the process yet but I will definitely want to make sure that our breakable items are stored in a way that will keep them safe. I think of it as a game of tetris, each box should fit securely alongside all of the other boxes.

-Make sure you load the box full of necessities last so that it’s easy to get to.

OH AND make sure that the inside of whatever you’re using to move is clean!!! The Uhaul that we used to move out here was so filthy that my white dresser was a mess by the time we got here. Looking back I should have wiped it down before we loaded it up.

 

Good Luck and Safe Travels!

DIY Rustic Refinished Tables

When Blake and I moved to North Carolina, we were not planning on buying a bunch of furniture since we will have to move it all back in a few short months. Unfortunately, when our roommate left us he took his couch and TV leaving our living room completely empty.
So I started looking on craigslist for inexpensive couches- at least just to fill the living room for the rest of our time here, and I stumbled upon craigslist gold! I found a sectional couch that came with a lazy boy style chair for only $300!!

A young couple was selling the furniture after only having had it for a year so that they could upgrade to something nicer. They had no pets, didn’t smoke, and according to them.. they had only sat on one side of the sectional… SCORE! And the cherry on top was the fact that they threw in a coffee table and a matching side table for free! I almost told them that I loved them for being so generous… but I held back to keep myself from sounding like a creeper.

We obviously bought this furniture because the price was unbeatable! Even though the couch is nice, it is still not the kind of couch I would buy if I were to pick something that I really loved. It is a great starter couch for us, but the furniture was much too dark for my liking.



As you can see from the picture, the tables were stained a very dark brown color. In my opinion, the dark stain made them look cheap and I personally dislike dark furniture -the lighter the better! Light furniture really opens a space up and makes the room seem bigger and brighter. So I figured I would make a project of it and sand these babies down to get a more natural look out of them. What did I have to lose if the tables were free and I didn’t like them to begin with, right?

It took a few days and a lot of elbow grease but I finally refinished the tables. There’s no way I could have done it without Felicia and Thomas’s electric sander. Which is a good message for those of you who are thinking of re-staining a piece of your own furniture… Don’t try to do it by hand unless you want it to take a month haha.

Here’s what it looked like once I sanded it down.


Here is a picture of the type of wood stain that I used:

I used a painting sponge to apply a thin coat of the stain, allowed that to dry and then applied a coat of wax to seal it. I probably only used about half of the can on both of these tables, so a little bit goes a long way!


And the finished product!!

 

Before and After! 

DIY Shabby Chic Dresser

Felicia and I have been tackling tons of furniture projects lately. After that little side table turned out so great we decided that we are now pros and have moved on to bigger things! 

This was the beat up old dresser that we started out with.

 
It’s hard to tell from the picture but this dresser looked like it had definitely seen better days. The paint was sort of an ugly yellowish color and it gave off a dirty vibe. We painted this piece with white chalk paint to give it a new fresh look, then we distressed it to make sure those beautiful original details were accentuated.

  Thanks to eBay, Felicia was able to find the exact hardware that was original to the piece which was great since a few were missing. 
As you can see from the bottom left handle, the originals were painted over and we had to figure out how to make them all match. 

We used the chalk paint and an old rag to create the distressed look for the handless. Simply painted the handles then placed them in an unpainted drawer and used the old rag to wipe excess paint off. 

  
We decided to paint the inside and outside of the drawers since Felicia plans to line the drawers with a really pretty paper later on.

   
 We then took everything outside to sand and distress the edges.

  
And this was the outcome of all our hard work!! Just missing one handle..but it is now 1000 times prettier than it was to begin with.

  

One setback that we had was due to the original paint on the dresser. That shiny yellowish color was showing through while we were trying to distress it which is why we could only do a small amount. 

I would reccomend sanding the piece before you apply the chalk paint if your piece had been painted a funky color in the past. 

DIY Shabby Chic Side Table! 

Today my friend Felicia and I tackled a fun DIY furniture project! 

Fun fact about Felicia… we’re basically second cousins through marriage (or something) but we didn’t meet until this year when we both moved to North Carolina within 20 minutes from each other! Small world right? I think it’s pretty awesome.

Anyway, we totally click because we’re both crafty and we enjoy a lot of the same things, so when she came to me about helping her paint a side table I was all about it!  We weren’t really sure what we were doing or how it would turn out but it ended up being a success.

Like all good projects, it started with a drink! Two margaritas and we were on our way to transforming this piece of furniture. 

 
Here is what we started with:

  
 

A clearly outdated and worn piece of furniture. But Felicia saw the potential 🙂

Our first step was obviously to remove those bulky knobs. 

We decided to replace them with these cute little crystal-like knobs 

  

Then we began painting..

 

This chalk paint is awesome! I seriously couldn’t even smell it and it dried amazingly fast!
  I believe this picture was taken after the second coat was applied. 

  I didn’t get any photos of the distressing process because I was getting way too into it but we basically just used square sandpaper blocks to sand down all of the corners as well as some larger spots.

We were also worried (before distressing) that the brush creases were making it look funny but we found out that we were able to sand it down and smooth the look of the paint. It totally worked out! 

  
To finish, we lathered the top of the table with this furniture polish which also smelled very nice.

  
And this was our finished product! It looked so good next to her grey couch. 

  
What a huge difference! And it didn’t take long at all! 

Shout out to Felicia for suggesting that I turn this into a blog topic and for that margarita 😉 

DIY Floral Wreath 

As I took down all of my Christmas decor, I removed the wreath from my front door and it just looked naked and sad so I had to make a new wreath for it. 

I went back and forth in my mind trying to decide what type of wreath would be appropriate for the month of January. I looked up “January wreaths” and they all looked too Christmassy to me… with snowflakes and such. So I thought maybe I should make a pink wreath since Valentine’s Day is next month! 

I would have gone with pink but I didn’t think that the two manly men that I live with would really appreciate a pink wreath on their front door. So in conclusion I settled on a mixture of white, blue and purple flowers for my “valentines” wreath. 

This wreath should last till we move out of here since it’s very spring-like and we are only here till may.

Here’s how I made it!!!

   

I got a grapevine wreath and a bunch of fake flowers from Walmart. 

P.s. All of the flowers were 98¢ except the hydrangeas which were $3 but I had to get them because I love hydrangeas! 

I plugged in my hot glue gun and began to strip the flowers and leaves from their plastic stems. 

  
I proceeded to glue a mixture of flowers on the wreath (trying to not to bunch too many of the same ones together) and topped it off with a glittery bow! 

Easy peazy! Now go forth and clothe your naked doors with beautiful wreaths of your own creation. 

  

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do! When I was working as a interior designers assistant at Farris Design Studio in Monrovia, I got to decorate a lot of beautiful homes for Christmas time and I’m pretty bummed that I won’t be able to do that this year. Shirley Farris taught me a lot of tips and tricks to give a home an elegant Christmas look. I learned at lot from her as well as my mom and grandma who are also great at decorating.

This year I decided to start early and decorate our apartment in the beginning of November rather than after Thanksgiving because Blake and I will be going home for Christmas. If we had waited until the end of November we would hardly have any time to enjoy our decorated home! I had to explain because I know there are people out there who are totally against decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving… which I really don’t understand by the way! Why it’s a bad thing to want to enjoy the beauty of Christmas while also giving thanks and eating delicious food during Thanksgiving? I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion, that doesn’t mean I have to agree though.

Until my mom came to visit and spoiled us with a bunch of Christmas decorations, I thought I would be on a tight budget when it came time to decorate this year. Luckily my mom hooked us up with some great stuff and now our apartment is filled with the essence of pure holiday joy. BUT when I was trying to figure out a cheap alternative to ornaments earlier this month I decided to make a few of my own and it was actually really fun.

Here are the two types of ornaments that I made for my tree this year:

Pine cones with bows

Bows can make anything look pretty! Making beautiful bows is one of the things I learned from Shirley and it is a skill that definitely comes in handy when decorating for Christmas. This is just a simple bow but I may try to blog about how to make more intricate bows soon too!

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These were simple to make and also really cute. I bought a bag of cinnamon scented pine cones but they weren’t doing a great job of making the apartment smell like cinnamon and I had no idea where to put them so I turned them into ornaments. All you have to do is hot glue a small piece of twine to the top of the pinecone and tie a bow to it. Super easy, and cheap!

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P.S. Almost every ornament in this picture (aside from the snowflake that says 2015 and the chalkboard ornament) were either purchased at the dollar tree or created by me. The one that says “merry& bright” is actually a gift tag, I got a pack of them from Target for a couple of dollars. If you’re on a budget but love to decorate, these are a few ideas to keep yourself from spending a ton of money on decor.

Twine Balls

These were a little more time consuming to make, but it was kind of fun and relaxing. I got a pack of foam balls from the dollar tree and a roll of twine from Michaels then used a hot glue gun to make sure the twine stayed in place as I wrapped it around the foam.

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I made the little loop at the top first then added a bit of glue around the loop and continued to add glue as I was wrapping the twine around the foam cylinder.

I hope this post has provided some inspiration for you. Now start decorating!

5 Organization Tips to keep your home clean

Organization isn’t about perfection it’s about efficiency. Reducing stress & clutter, saving time & money, and improving you overall quality of life.

Organization, it’s one of the few things in life that I am really good at. I love to organize things because when I do, it’s more likely that my home will stay cleaner longer. Having a clean home means having a clear mind. When my house is clean I am at peace. Sometimes it can seem impossible to keep your house clean even for a few days (or hours if you have kids), but I’m hoping that these organization tips will help you.

The secret to having an organized home is that you must be willing to give up things that you no longer need or want. You may be hanging on to old clothes that don’t fit or trinkets that have no useful purpose. Unless it serves a purpose or it’s really important to you, you have to start by getting rid of everything that you no longer need. You can try to make a little extra money by selling your more valuable items on craigslist or offer-up, just know that you probably wont get as much as you want for the item, but it’s better than nothing! You can also donate old clothes and household items to Goodwill rather than throwing them away, or have a big yard sale! Anything else goes in the trash.

Here are some organizational tips that have been helpful for me:

1: Sorting the Mail

Junk mail has got to be the biggest culprit when it comes to having unwanted trash laying around the house, especially if you are not the only one receiving mail in your household. It is important to get into the habit of throwing away junk mail as soon as you look through it and realize that you don’t need it.

If the mail belongs to someone else in the household then I would suggest getting a mail sorter and designating each section to each person who receives mail in your home. This way the mail will be out of the way and in a safe place for the recipient to go through themselves when they have the time.

I would also suggest signing up for online banking notifications to save yourself from ending up with a bunch of bills lying around the house. If you want to keep it old school and continue getting paper bills, then get a file box to keep your important papers safe.

2: Laundry

If you’re like me, then you probably have a certain piece of furniture in your room where all of your dirty clothes end up. That was my problem until I got a hamper worth using. This hamper has four different sections and wheels! I can separate my colors, whites, darks and delicates AND I don’t have to carry a huge pile of laundry in my arms all the way to the laundry room because I can just stroll the whole hamper over! The only negative thing about this hamper is that it is pretty big so if you don’t have a closet large enough to store it where it will be out of sight, it may not be the best option for you. But if you can at least get into the habit of keeping your dirty clothes off of the floor then you will definitely have a cleaner room.

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 3: Storage (out of sight-out of mind)

For those of you who do not have a ton of closet space, think about getting under-ther-bed storage containers.  I like to use mine to store my shoes in. You can store seasonal clothing items under your bed during the moths which you will not be using them, I keep my boots and other shoes that I don’t use a lot under my bed in containers. You can also put risers on your bed to be able to fit more stuff under there. Just be practical about what you keep under your bed and make sure it is easy to keep organized.

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Recently, Blake and I purchased these cube organizers to use as nightstands and they are really great for storage. The cool thing about them is that the come in many different colors and so do the drawers. You can get up to 4 pop-out drawers for each square or you can leave them empty and use them to display books or any other items you want to have out in the open. We purchased them from Target but I know that Ikea also has a similar item, however I think Target has a bigger variety of pop-out drawers.

4: Drawer-ganization

Letting a drawer get messy is easy to do. For bathroom or vanity drawers, I would suggest that you find a drawer insert so that you can keep your jewelry and makeup organized. It’s those drawers full of smaller items that can get really messy and inserts provide a way to keep those items separated and make them easier to find.

Dresser drawers can get messy too, a few years ago I organized my dresser drawers by getting rid of any clothes I no longer wore and I organized my clothes within each drawer. For example, my drawer full of tops is separated into four piles, tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and crop tops. If you have things in your drawers that are able to be hung in your closet then move them so that your drawers aren’t too stuffed full of clothes.

5: Making use of closet space

Take advantage of whatever closet space you have and invest in some closet organizing tools. I purchased a shoe hanger where I keep all of the shoes that I use most often. (As seen in first image)

I also have re-purposed gift boxes to hold things such as bathing suits, purses and hats, you can find boxes like this for less than $10 at Marshals and they come in different sizes, if you can’t find a style you like, baskets would be another good option.

If you have a lot of smaller odd and ends that need to be organized I would suggest using plastic storage containers as long as you don’t mind the way they look. Blake and I have four of them and they serve as Blake’s personal “dresser”. To keep from over-loading my dresser drawers, his clothes are stored in the plastic drawers in our closet. This is only temporary while we live here but it is a good (cheap) way to keep things organized for the meantime.

I hope this has helped you in some small way! Now organize away my friends!

Love Grows Here

My obsession with succulents began when I realized they were the only type of plant in the world that I could never kill.

These little succulent boxes were super easy to make! We bought about 6 different types of mini succulents from the nursery and I found these two small wooden boxes at Marshalls for $5 each. I thought I was being smart by lining the inside of the boxes with sandwich sized ziplock baggies before I put the plants in them, but unfortunately the baggies were not formfitting enough to keep the water from seeping through the bottom of the boxes. I would recommend using foil if you plan on keeping these indoors.
These little boxes were super easy to make! We bought about 6 different types of mini succulents from the nursery and I found these two small wooden boxes at Marshalls for $5 each. I thought I was being smart by lining the inside of the boxes with sandwich sized ziplock baggies before I put the plants in them, but unfortunately the baggies were not formfitting enough to keep the water from seeping through the bottom of the boxes. I would recommend using foil if you plan on keeping these indoors.
Here are a few reasons you should fall in love with succulents too:

They are low maintenance. Have you ever bought a plant and just sorta accidentally forgot about it for a few days and when you remembered that it existed you rushed over with a cup of water just to find it dead? Well you’re probably not the only one. Most plants require a lot of attention. Watering but not overwatering, making sure they’re in the sun or not in the sun depending on the type of plant. Succulents are the lazy persons plant. You forget to water them for a few days? No biggie! Going out of town for the weekend? Forget about paying the neighbor kid to water your plants. They can survive in almost any environment with minimal water. How efficient of them!

They are super cute! Have you ever seen a baby succulent?... well now you have. I bet you want one now don't you?
They are super cute! Have you ever seen a baby succulent?… well now you have. I bet you want one now don’t you? They’re like kittens… They start off small and cute and get bigger as you nurture them. Except they won’t scratch your furniture, it’s a win-win.
Little did I know when I first became fascinated with these little plants that there were so many different types! I love that they come in different hues of green and sometimes purplish colors. The wide variety is what makes succulents so fun, mixing and matching styles and colors makes for beautiful DIY projects.

When Blake and I finally own our own home, one of my first outdoor projects will be to create an ombre style succulent wall like this one!
When Blake and I finally own our own home, one of my first outdoor projects will be to create an ombre style succulent wall like this one!
Lastly, men are cool with them. Guys typically don’t care much for flowers and plants, because gardening is more of a women’s hobby but It makes me happy that Blake loves succulents just as much as I do. A few years ago, for my birthday, he helped me build a pallet plant holder. We had so much fun working on it together and that was when he first showed interest in them. It was cool to share a common interest and we had a lot of fun at the nursery picking out which succulents we wanted to include in our little project.

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DIY Autumn Wreath!

With the sudden drop in temperature, I had the urge to decorate for the upcoming season. Shopping around last week, I noticed there were already a lot of fall decorations displayed in the stores. Whilst trying to find a little something to spice up our new apartment, I couldn’t help but look at these small pointless pieces of decor and think that I could make something that looked better and costed less. The imitation flower aisle was filled with lots of beautiful autumn colors, different shades of orange. red and yellow. The flowers were basically screaming for me to turn them into a wreath, so I grabbed 4 small bundles of different flowers at 97 cents each and one large bouquet of mixed flowers for about $5. I got a small grapevine wreath, a mini hot glue gun and two different types of ribbon which I thought might match well with the flowers.

Here’s what you’ll need if you’d like to make one of your own:

Wreath making supplies
1 grapevine wreath, 1 large wired ribbon, 1 small ribbon, 1 hot glue gun (and glue sticks) and a few bundles of the flowers of your choice.
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These were the flowers I chose for my wreath. The bundle on the right was the pre-made bouquet. The quality of the flowers were a little better and it had more variety so it made a big difference.
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After you plug in your glue gun, start by stripping flowers off of the stems. They will pop right off and you’ll be left with flowers that have small nubs on the back. This is where you will be placing the hot glue to stick the flowers in place.
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Next, you’ll start sticking flowers in one by one. Try to mix it up and make sure you’re not putting all the same flowers in one area. This photo shows what it looked like when I was half way done.

P.S. I wrapped my wreath with the ribbon before I started since I wasn’t sure if I would have enough flowers, but I ended up having more than enough so this was basically pointless other than the fact that it may help the flowers stay in place longer.

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After I made the bow, I attached it with a piece of the stem from the fake flowers. The easier option would be to buy some pipe cleaners and use one of those to tie it on, but I stuck it in with lot’s of hot glue for extra assurance.
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VIOLÀ! The finished product!

I hung the wreath with a 3M command brand damage free hanging hook so that I will be able to pull it off without damaging the door when we move out.

I hope this post will inspire someone to make a wreath of their own or at least get someone excited to start decorating for the holidays! If you have any questions feel free to ask. Thanks for reading 🙂