Mason Jar Wall Decor (Part 1)

I’m obsessed with mason jars.

I think I may easily incorporate mason jar decor in most every room in our house. They’re inexpensive, versatile, and the possibilities for their use are endless.

Pinterest is flooded with ideas, but these particular pictures caught my eye.

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I used these examples as inspiration, but still wanted to add my own personal touch! A couple weeks ago, Kaleb and I finally got a chance to go on a date and I got to choose our outing. So naturally, I chose Hobby Lobby! As we browsed went down every aisle in the store, I looked for pieces I could use to decorate my mason jars.

First off, it was a lovely date. We don’t get the chance to go off on our own much with our busy schedule and growing family. That man could drive me to McDonalds for a coffee and I’d be just as happy. (Which is what we usually do!) I love dating my husband ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I shared my vision for the project with him and he helped me find what I needed. Here’s what ended up in my shopping bag.

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The first phase of this project was pretty easy. And it was fun! I had both little ladies on the floor “helping” me. Abby turned the lids of the jars into bracelets while Anna watched her sister from the Boppie.

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First, I used some hemp cord and wrapped a different color around the center of each jar. This part required zero glue. I held the first end of the cord against the jar and started wrapping. Once the end was secure, I wrapped until I was out of the cord. When I reached the other loose end, I matched it with the first end and tied a double knot.

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Next, I played around with the embellishments I bought to see what would look best. I ended up going with small burlap flowers. I found that less was more for this project!

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I also added fixtures so that I can hang the jars from a piece of pallet wood. All 3 jars have a different look, but are cohesive.

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Phase one of my mason jar project is complete! Phase Two will consist of making a fixture out of pallet wood so that the jars can hang on the wall. I also have a couple of ideas about what to display inside the jars.

So far, this project is turning out great! What I have created so far doesn’t look anything like the pictures I used for inspiration. Ha. But that’s the beauty of DIY projects. Instead of buying something that anybody else could have, you have the opportunity to create something unique that resembles YOU. I’m excited to finish the next phase of this project. Now to get my hands (or more than likely, my husband’s hands!) on a table saw…

What have you created lately that is a “completely you” piece?

Exciting News!

WE GOT A HOUSE.

We are beyond ecstatic, as we have been in this process for a year. We had several letdowns along the way, to the point where we were getting completely discouraged.

But then we took a step back and relinquished all control to the Lord and man, did He show off!

A house came on the market at a stupid, crazy low price. In the same weekend, we looked at the house, did some research on it, put an offer in, and WON. Kaleb told me in person when we met up to swap out the kids when I got off work yesterday. We hugged in our church parking lot, laughing and crying with joy and excitement.

It’s been quite a journey.

The house is a little “fixer-upperish” but this makes it all the more exciting! We’ll get to make this house perfect for us. Plus, I will get to channel my inner Joanna Gaines ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, and it has an in ground pool!

I can’t wait to get started on bigger projects for our house -furniture, remodel, decor…and I’m excited to document the journey.

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Now let’s turn this house into a home.

God is faithful to our family. What are your testimonies of His faithfulness?

Rustic Candle DIY

This is my first {documented} DIY craft project! I found my inspiration from this picture on Pinterest.

Homedit - interior design and architecture inspiration:

We are in the middle of house hunting, so furniture projects are a bit tough at the moment. We don’t exactly have the space to “house” new furniture (pun intended). BUT, we are huge fans of the rustic/farmhouse look, so I’m finding smaller projects that will easily fit into the dรฉcor of our (hopefully, soon!) new home.

First off, the weather on this day was gorgeous! I already had the basic supplies needed and a free schedule for the day…score! Seeing as the main supplies are twigs, I couldn’t wait to get out in the backyard with my Abby to collect what we needed for our project.

Here are the materials:

  1. Hot glue gun
  2. Glass vase
  3. Sticks
  4. LED candle (or a real candle…I didn’t want to deal with melted wax)

….that’s it! I can SO do this.

All I needed to purchase was the vase, as I already had everything else. For some reason, I had the LED candles laying around. I checked vases out at Wal-Mart first (Dollar Store was a back-up), and alas! Wal-Mart had a tall, cylindrical glass vase for a whole 97 cents!

This whole project only cost 97 cents…what?

(If I had not had the candle, it still would only have been an extra $2!)

So to get started, I grabbed a bag and headed into our mountainous backyard with Abby. Oh, twigs galore! What could have taken me about 5 minutes took about half an hour…because Abby loves being outside ๐Ÿ™‚ She even helped me pick up sticks and place them in the bag. Love her little heart. She eventually got thirsty so we headed back inside andย I set up shop on the living room floor.

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The rest was easy! I started laying sticks out that were around the same length and hot glued them around the vase. Yep, that’s it. It took me about an hour, but I was being quite particular about my choice of “stick layout”. Haha. Plus, Abby wanted to help a little ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the finished product:

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Pretty neat! All in all, this was a fun project. It was “me” time, even though I was fully engaged with my whole family. That’s how I like it. I was sitting on the floor while my husband rocked Abby with Robin Hood on in the background. And little Anna…well, she slept through the excitement.ย My love language is “quality time” so this afternoon’s spare time was the best of both worlds!

How do you involve your littles in your spare time projects?

Why Not?

Spare Time.

What is that?

I’m a full-time wife, mom of 2, middle school teacher, and youth pastor/worship leader with my husband. So basically, I’ve learned to function off of very little sleep and LOTS of coffee.

So when there is a spare moment, usually on a calm Saturday, I like to find a small project that adds to our home and quenches my desire to do something creative.

Most of my projects are inspired by Pinterest, as I do not claim in any way to be naturally artistic! Ask my kids at school – I’m a stick figure extraordinaire. But every once in a while, I’m inspired by a project and think, “Hey, I can do that!”

So that’s the purpose of this blog. I never thought about starting one because honestly, I am not that trendy and I really don’t have loads of time. But I decided to just keep it simple and not get too fancy because if I’m going to do this, it will have to fit into my spare time schedule. If it’s easy, I think I can do that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Because….why not?