Easter Weekend!

Easter Weekend!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating our risen Savior! I was listening to Chris Tomlin over the weekend and “Jesus, Son of God” came on, and I just stopped what I was doing — these words are SO perfect to encompass what He did for us on the cross and why we celebrate on Easter.

You took our sin

You bore our shame

You rose to life

You defeated the grave

A love like this, the world has never known

I can’t think of anything more amazing than what Jesus did for us all of those years ago and I am so grateful for His sacrifice.

We had a busy weekend celebrating with family, but before we did that we took little Gavyn to get his first haircut! I kept looking at him the whole time he was there and seriously wanted to burst into tears! How is he getting so grown up?! Gavyn was born just days after Easter last year, so this whole weekend has been really reflective for me! Last year on Easter I was comparing baby bumps with my sister (whose little guy was born just six weeks after Gavyn), and this year I am planning Gavyn’s first birthday party. Crazy, crazy! Anyhow, he did great with his first haircut and managed to sit still long enough, so yay for that!

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Once Gavyn got his Doc Band off, I realized how long his hair really was and I am glad that we got it cut! On Saturday, we spent the day with both sets of our families and it was a really nice, but long day! Both kids were so exhausted!

I was able to make these adorable cupcakes for dessert…they are SO simple! I don’t even like Peeps, but these were so cute, it doesn’t matter!

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We were able to get a few pictures on Easter Sunday before church:

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(I love how much she loves Gavyn!)

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And both kiddos enjoyed their Easter baskets (although, Gavyn was much more interested in the Easter grass…):

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On a random side note, Pottery Barn Kids has free shipping today AND most of their Easter items are on sale! I had my eye on their Easter baskets (looooove them), and finally bought them today for next year — so make sure you check it out!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

xo,

Abby

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Hanging a Wreath with Ribbon

Hanging a Wreath with Ribbon

To finish up my posts on my DIY Spring Yarn Wreath, I wanted to show you quickly how I made a simple bow and hung my wreath with ribbon. I wanted to add an extra touch to the wreath, and this was an inexpensive and simple way to do it!

(Note: I am attaching my wreath to just a regular, over-the-door wreath hanger. If you are doing something different, you may need to modify the first two steps below to fit your wreath hanger.)

Supplies Needed:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Thread or floss to match your ribbon

Instructions:

1) Make a loop of ribbon around the wreath. Hot glue the ends together to hold the ribbon together in place.

2) Make another loop going the opposite direction, around the first loop that you made. Seal the ends together with glue again.

3) Cut two strips of ribbon about 24-25 inches long. (You can make them longer if you want a bigger bow, this is just what worked best for me for the size wreath I was hanging.)

4) Make two loops with one of the ribbon strips you just cut.

5) Do the same thing with the second strip of ribbon, so you have two identical “bows.”

6) Place the bows on top of each other.

7) Squeeze the middle together tightly and wrap together with thread/floss.

8) Cut two more strips of ribbon about 6 inches long.

9) Glue the two strips to the back of the ribbon. This doesn’t have to look pretty since no one will see it!

10) Cut one more small piece of ribbon to cover up the center portion where the thread/floss is holding the bows together. Glue this over the middle.

That’s it! Easy! You can cut little triangles out of the bottom of the ribbon tails if you want (I did on mine).

Hang your wreath and you are all set…maybe if we all put up some of our spring decor the weather might cooperate?! Here’s hoping!

xo,

Abby

 

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Spring Mantel: Inspiration

Spring Mantel: Inspiration

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The weather this week has been AMAZing! It is really starting to feel like spring. Don’t worry — I am not in denial of the fact that the snow could still yet fly this month, but I am going to pretend like it won’t. At least when it comes to getting the house ready for spring!

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I just put the finishing touches on our living room fireplace mantel for the spring season, and wanted to share my ideas with you! I changed up my pink painted mason jars that were on display for Valentine’s Day and painted some new ones for spring. These mason jars are a simple DIY — check out my tutorial here!

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The lantern, the grass and the letter “J” were all TJMaxx finds. They have some really cute stuff out for spring!

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The prints are from Naptime Diaries, and the frames, are from Hobby Lobby. I love the song “10,000 Reasons” and almost every time I see the “Bless the Lord” print, I want to start singing it! The “Be Still” print has a special place in my heart because my dedication verse is Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” I love that simple, yet strong, reminder. The mason jars were a DIY and the flowers are from the Dollar Tree.

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I am loving the blue and green hues together for spring — add some mint and blue pillows to your couch, and you are all set! I keep seeing all of these amazing mantels on Pinterest and I have fun coming up with ways to do similar things, make it work with the colors I want, and ultimately spend less time and money. Our spring mantel is simple, easy and inexpensive, which is exactly how I like to roll.

xo,

Abby

 

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DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

It is actually fairly comical to me that the day I finish my spring wreath, I am outside in my boots, in the recent snow taking pictures of the finished product on the front door. Oh yes, Wisconsin at its best! But, I am loving the added touch of spring to the front door and wanted to share the details of how I made it with you!

(This post specifically will address just the wreath itself, but stay tuned for two followup posts on how to make your own felt flowers and how to make a pretty bow to add when you hang your wreath!)

 

Supplies Needed:

  • A Foam Wreath: I used a 12″ wreath purchased from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 and used a 40% off coupon to get it for less.
  • Yarn: I used just a cheap grey yarn. You can use whatever style and color you would like!
  • Felt: This will be used to make the flowers on the wreath. You can use whichever colors you desire!
  • Ribbon: Used to hang the wreath. I used some that I found at Hobby Lobby to match the flowers I made.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1) Wrap your wreath with the yarn. Begin by hot gluing down a piece to start it off. I chose to hot glue mine on the seam of the foam wreath, but it doesn’t really matter where you start. I found that the best technique for wrapping the wreath was to wrap it tightly each time but space out each wrap and then push them tightly together after you have it wrapped around a few times. This just made sure that there was no foam showing underneath the yarn. When the wreath is covered, you will hot glue the end piece down on the backside of the wreath.

I am not going to lie…this was slightly more tedious than I expected it to be. I wrapped mine around twice, tightly the first time and more loosely the second, and it took me probably 3 hours. Now, that isn’t really that long, but it was longer than I thought — so if you are mentally prepared for it to take a little bit of time, you will not be disappointed! It’s a great project to do while catching up on some T.V. shows or movies! It doesn’t require a lot of focus so it is easy to multitask.

2) Attach your flowers to the wreath. See the tutorial for the easy DIY felt flowers here. You can arrange the flowers however you like, and glue them down with your hot glue. I pinned mine in place before I glued them down permanently.

3) Hang your wreath. I used some ribbon and added a little bow on the top. (See the tutorial here!)

This was a really fun project that really will engage your creative side. There are so many options for colors, and type of flower, etc. that it will really be fun to make it match what you need it to! If you already have a spring wreath for your front door, this would be cute hanging on an empty wall in your home, too. Happy wreath-making!

xo,

Abby

 

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Simply My Favorite Vase

Simply My Favorite Vase

Do you ever purchase something and end up using it more than you thought possible? I feel like more often than not, I buy something and really don’t get good use out of it. So, I wanted to share something that I love and have already used a ton! 

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I saw this Taylor Hurricane at Crate and Barrel in the fall of last year, and I loved it right away because of its price and simplicity. There are endless ways you can use this vase to decorate! I used three of them for our Christmas centerpiece on our kitchen table, but then used one for Valentine’s and also repurposed it yet again for Easter.

I filled each hurricane with a red flameless LED candle and mini ornaments from Target. I wrapped some garland (found at Hobby Lobby) around the three jars to tie it all together.

For Valentine’s Day, I used the same candle and added little heart ornaments (from Hobby Lobby).

And for Easter? Simple as little plastic eggs for a filler! It adds some nice color to the table and seems slightly more “sophisticated” than a basket.

I love the simplicity of this vase and already anticipate many more uses as the seasons of decorating change!