Bird House Floral Decor

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! I just finished my fall semester of grad school last night and actually have time to write something that won’t be graded 🙂 WOO!

My mom and stepdad moved earlier this year, and a few months ago they gave us a sideboard that they didn’t end up having a spot for in their new place. My stepdad, being the handy guy he is (and whose birthday it is today!), had built in a wine rack into the middle of it.

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Since we have a wine rack behind our bar already, we opted to remove it. After a lot hard work of figuring out how the heck he even got the shelves in there, we were able to remove them and reinstall the original shelving. I touched up the piece with some black paint, and it is looking sharp in our family room now — especially with all of the crap on it.

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It’s decorated for Christmas now, but a few months ago I made a fun little decoration to incorporate my love of all things birds. I had a birdcage that mom had given me a few years ago that I’d never had anything to do with.

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After a trip to Michael’s, I had a bunch of floral stems to play with. I started with a floral sponge thingy (that’s the technical name, of course).

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That actually ended up not working at all…. so I scratched that plan and started to layer the greenery at the bottom of the cage.

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I stuck some sprigs in and out of the wires of the cage to kid of keep everything secure, ending up with a nice bed of greenery at the bottom of the cage. Realistically, if you turned it upside down, it would all likely fall out. … so I just won’t do that!

I have this FAT mercury glass bird that I love, so I plopped him right on top of all of the floral stems.

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And with that, I had a pretty darn cute use for the birdcage and the bird, both of which I’ve had in random places around my house for years!

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It made for a cute little vignette on our new-to-us sideboard.

 

 

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The Adventures of Remmy the Dog: Hot Air Balloon Ride

OK, this might be my favorite one yet. Next up in the Adventures of Remmy the Dog series… Remmy in a hot air balloon!

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If you missed any of his previous adventures:

I’m starting to think I should turn these into a picture book — what do you think!?

As always, I am open for suggestions and ideas for what Rem’s next adventure should be. I am thinking a trip to the moon might be in his future!

Over-sized Jar Lamp

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Happy one-year house anniversary to us! A year ago today we closed on our house — what an adventure it has been. Every room of our house has been painted, we did a massive family room overhaul, and tackled smaller projects here and there along the way.

My newest project is making our living room pretty, which started last weekend when we got rid of our old, grimy couch and purchased a pretty, new one!

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If you are on vine or twitter, you can see the satisfying thud this ugly thing made when it hit the bottom of the dumpster at the local dump. So satisfying.

We didn’t mourn this couch long (or at all) — from the dump we headed to a local warehouse to pick up the clearance couch we’d purchased the night before. Not to brag too much, but we got our new couch for a steal!

AND IT IS ADORABLE!

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The pillows that came with the couch were a little too Hawaiian for me, so I picked up the charcoal gray and teal pillows at Target! I also got a gray throw and snagged the light gray pillow from our bedroom. It is so pretty. I love it.

Now that I actually have a couch I like and something to jump off of from a design standpoint, I am going non-stop to make this room perfect. See, this is my room. There is no TV and no computer, just a big window and a comfy couch. I want to be able to read in here! I can during the day, but at night I am in a fish bowl. That’s why I am working to find the perfect curtains for our bay window. I ordered some online, so fingers are crossed that they work.

In the meantime, I needed some more light in this room. With just the overhead ceiling fan, the light in this room is just mediocre come night-time. I have a beautiful glass lamp that I bought for super cheap at Target because it was broken. I fixed that and just need a flashy shade. I need a few more lamps though, so I decided to make my own.

Using a shade I had from the thrift store and an old, large jar, I set off today to make another light for that room.

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The first thing I needed to do was put a hole in the center of my jar lid. To do so, I had to find a drill bit large enough to fit my threaded pole (attached to the light fixture and to the nut underneath the lid). Once I found one, I carefully drilled through the lid while it was screwed onto the jar.

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Originally, I wanted to keep the green lid for my lamp, but no amount of scrubbing could remove the “crayon” label from childhood.

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Before I started to spray paint my lamp fixture, I figured out just how I was going to secure all of the parts of my lap. I ended up drilling through a mason jar lid with the same drill bit to use as extra support underneath the jar lid. I opted for a stack of washers on top of the lid to raise the light fixture up, and one washer and two nuts underneath for added stability.

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I also used a lamp harp to support the shade.

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Between the brassy harp, green lid and silver washers, I needed one finish for all of the parts of my lamp. I got out some metallic silver spray paint and lightly dusted all of the parts so they would match. I also did a coat of polyurethane.

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When everything was dry, I assembled all of the pieces: Light socket & threaded rod > harp > washers > lid > mason jar lid > washer > two nuts. I tightened the heck out of everything, and when it was good and secure I placed the lid of the jar back onto the freshly washed and crayon-free jar.

I added the shade and the finial and put it next to the couch.

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What do you think? It turned out pretty darn cute if you ask me. Now I just need to replace that old piano bench with something a little classier since my couch is so pretty now!

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Did I mention I only paid $2 for the gorgeous shade?