Magnolia Leaf Wreath

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The time has come to change my fall home decor and get prepared for the coming holiday season. To get into the holiday spirit, I chose my front door as a starting point for the holiday decor.

Last night I made this unique wreath reusing magnolia leaves from one of my previous projects.

I love easy and quick projects that cost $ 0.00, and this was one of them. The leaves used to create the arrangement for my fall decor were perfect fit for a lush, formal yet modern wreath I was aiming to create; so I started by dismantling the arrangement made previously.

Next, using the fallen willow tree branches in my yard I created a wreath base.
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To create a rich, lush look I attached the leaf bundles about 1 inch apart in zig zag pattern. I used wire to attach the leaf bundles onto the wreath base.
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Using wire, I tied a set of two white painted pine cones and attached several sets on the wreath.
These pinecones were left overs from my Tea Light Centerpiece project.
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I decorated a set of pinecones with thumb tacks and placed them as a focal point.
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I added some decorative pieces of silver painted decorative dry grass as well as some fresh evergreen branches, and in less than two hours I got this beautiful, lush wreath which I proudly hung on my front porch door.
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Even without any additional decoration, the wreath alone instantly added a rich holiday decor look to my porch.
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Now that my porch got that festive look, I am looking forward to continue with the overall decor for the coming holidays.

Have you started putting up the holiday decor yet?

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A Reupholstered Wingback Chair

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After a successful completion of the painting project of an upholstered wingback chair I was ready to undertake another DYI challenge; reupholstering a wingback chair.

I have never done a project involving upholstery/reupholstery so to me only the thought of undertaking such a project was kind of intimidating. However, the wingback chair for this project was for free so I would not have to lose that much in case the project did not go well.

I proceeded with the purchase of 5 meters of fabric in a local fabric store as I was impatient to buy online and wait up to a week for delivery. Online fabric selection is huge, and after I finished the project I kind of had regrets for not ordering online the striped fabric that I liked. Well, instead of the lovely striped fabric I now have an unique zig zag one.

Before starting this project I did a bit of research as to what is involved during the reupholstery process. Even though some of the tips and experiences found on the internet were helpful, I faced some challenges which I think were particular to the chair at hand. For example, the fabric and the piping on the wings of the chair required sewing, as oppose to some other chairs where the piping as well as the fabric on the wings are stapled on. I had difficulties fitting perfectly the wing pieces onto the chair after sewing, and I was quite annoyed with this.

I started with stripping off the fabric from the chair. Where to start? You start there where the staples are visible. In my chair the staples were visible at the bottom of the chair. I started at the bottom, and then I removed the back of the chair.
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The back part was attached with a strip of 1 inch nails, which I carefully removed and reused later.
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After removing the back, you will figure out which part is next for removing. Continue until you remove the last piece.
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Take pictures of each step and also mark pieces by numbers and arrows for directions ( up/down/left/right) as this will help for a better placement of the old pattern piece onto the new fabric.
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This step (numbering) is also helpful when putting back the new cut pieces as your will refer to numbers, starting to staple a piece with the last number first.

After stripping off the fabric and taking all those staples off, I spray painted the chair legs with Rustoleum-HeirloomWhite and proceeded with the preparation for reupholstering: using a seam ripper I took apart pieces that were sewn together; ironed the old pieces which served as a pattern and sewed the piping (reused the existing one). I did not change the batting since it was still in great condition.
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I laid the fabric for cutting, and considering that I had to work around the fabric repeat pattern I had to cut one piece at a time. First I chose which part of the design I wanted to appear on the back of the chair, ( grey zig zag line) and then worked around that design.
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I started to apply the new pieces in the opposite order that they were removed, and as I mentioned above if you mark the old pieces with numbers then this process will go smoothly.


Pulling the fabric while stapling is very important, as you will get a tight and nice professional finish. My fabric was not a thicker one so I found the pulling part quite challenging in a way. Another challenge was the fabric repeat pattern. The repeat was every meeter, so considering that I only had five meters (very small amount considering the wide repeat) I had to be extra careful with the pattern placement without jeopardizing the overall design.

I used an electric stapler, and I must say that I was not satisfied with its performance as most of the staples had to be hammered down.

After completing the upholstery process I sewed the cushion, and the chair was done.To add a finishing touch I decorated the upper leg part with nailhead finish.
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I used 5 meters of fabric for $8/meter and, considering that I reused all other materials, this project cost me only $40.00 plus tax, which is not too bad for almost a new chair.
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While the process was not too difficult, I found it quite time consuming; however, I would do it again as it is very interesting to see how the chair shapes up during the process.
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Finally, all things considered, I am happy with the final reupholstered project, and I am hoping that you too will like this transformation.

So here it is:

the ugly BEFORE,
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and much much nicer AFTER
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Besa

Small Bathroom Remodel Idea

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Several months have passed since we have remodeled our bathroom, and I am very happy with the outcome of the remodel. The bathroom project was the costliest part of the renovation of our old house; however, considering the transformation, I think that this remodel was worth every penny.

For several years the house was a rental and some of the “updates” were made by our long term renter to suit his needs and taste, so there were a lot of things that we had to completely redo or change.

After deciding to take back the possession of our house, the first thing we wanted to change was the bathroom and the kitchen.

The original bathroom was the typical forties bathroom of a small rancher; very small size, small shallow tub, a toilet and a vanity with an overall boring and tired look. Since changing the size of the bathroom was impossible, we were looking for ideas on how to make changes that would create the feel of a larger space.

However, while we wanted the space to feel larger, we had to focus on a design that would not involve changes in plumbing, so this way we would remain within our budget.

In the end we decided to take out the tub and replace it with a walk in shower and frameles glass doors. This decision proved to be the right one as this change alone instantly made the small bathroom feel much larger.
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The uninterrupted view created by the frameless shower doors, and uniform tiling throughout, give the impression of spaciousness, diminishing that claustrophobic feel of an old, small bathroom.
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The small open shelf bathroom vanity also adds to the feel of spaciousness.
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I opted for a frameless vanity mirror to complement the frameless shower door and create an elegant and minimalistic feel. The simple, white narrow shelving below the mirror and above the toilet tank add an interest to that wall. By changing accessories on those shelves I can always create various looks so my bathroom can be always interesting.
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The bathroom floor as well as the shower enclosure is tiled all the way up to the ceiling with natural stone mosaic tiles.
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Ceiling height tiling created that grand feeling of the shower area, and moreover added to the overall feel of the spaciousness in the bathroom.
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I am very happy with this remodel, as my bathroom now feels larger and has a modern vibe with a touch of classic; something I was striving for.
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Now, are you ready for that BEFORE and AFTER moment?

So here it is: the very ugly BEFORE,
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Tea Light Centerpiece

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Tea lights, known as the most inexpensive candles, are incredibly beautiful when it comes to decorating tabletops and creating mood lighting and festive atmosphere at homes and celebratory areas. There are endless ways to use tea lights, which make them a very versatile decorating item.

Being as inexpensive as they are, most of us tend to have tons of them around the house. I found a box of these yesterday in my pantry (I have no idea how those ended up there) placed next to the bamboo skewers. Tea Lights and bamboo skewers hmm… “I shall create something combining these two”…and a few minutes later, after a short brainstorming for ideas, I was out in my backyard clipping some cedar branches which I intended to use for my Tea Light Centerpiece.
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I started by piecing together three to four cedar clippings in a circular shape.
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I placed small pieces (1 square inch) of white paper on the front center and at the back center of cedar clippings, and secured them tightly with a stapler.
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This way I created a wreath like tea light holder.
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To add a distinct festive look, using tacky glue, I wrapped each tea light with white ribbon.
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I attached the wreath and a tea light to a bamboo skewer.
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Next, I used a florist foam, a Dollar Store plastic silver look plate, pinecones previously painted in white, and 4 pounds of epsom salt to make the arrangement.
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And there you go.
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It turned out quite neat and nice, and it can be used mainly as a centerpiece for dinner, tea parties or simply as a decor on console tables, sofa tables or elsewhere throughout holiday season.
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It is an affordable and easy to make centerpiece. Most importantly it is fun to make and, as simple as it is, it adds elegance to any sitting for this holiday season.
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If you decide to make one I would love to hear how yours turned out.
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Fireplace Screen Mini Makeover

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Even though there is no snow and the temperature has not gone below zero as yet, evening after evening we are cozying by and enjoying the fire of our open wood burning fireplace.
As much as I was enjoying the coziness of the fire, I was pretty much disliking the dated and unattractive fireplace screen that we have.
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Despite disliking it, I was not ready and willing to pay a big buck for a new one which I like, so I gave my fireplace screen a mini makeover.

I started by creating a (left and right) greek key corner template on a A4 sheet of paper. After creating the template I laid down the screen and positioned the template under the screen.
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With a piece of chalk I traced the lines of the greek key onto the screen, using the template placed beneath the screen. Transferring the pattern onto the screen made it easier for stenciling.
Previously, using the mentioned template I created a stencil. I used this stencil to apply the white paint onto the screen.
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After applying the paint on four corners, I used the painter’s tape to create a line for joining the greek key corners. After taping off the line, I applied the paint and immediately removed the tape.
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And that was it.
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In less than an hour, I had an updated fireplace screen which I instantly started liking.
These simple corners in white acrylic paint added an interesting detail and modern touch to a fairly dated fireplace screen.
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Now I am fully enjoying the fireplace as well as the coziness of the fire coming through the screen which underwent a quick and successful makeover.
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Is your fireplace screen in need of a makeover? If so, perhaps you may consider updating it using this or similar design!
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Jack Daniel’s Bottle Hack

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As I already mentioned I love everything pumpkin, but my fall favorite is the famous Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Late. I was a bit disappointed to find out that in fact this spicy, I mean pricy, late I have been consuming every season has zero pumpkin in it, so lately I started making my own pumpkin spice lattes.

After trying many pumpkin spice syrup recipes circulating on the internet I have developed my own, which is loaded with homemade pumpkin pyre, and a right balance of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and allspice.

However, this post is not about my pumpkin spice syrup recipe, but it is about the bottle that I “hacked” to store this syrup.

You may agree that Jack Daniel’s Whisky bottle and the label have an unique design, and I have always wanted to find the way to repurpose them.

Last night, while I was baking a huge Jack O-Lantern, I spotted an empty Jack Daniel’s Whisky bottle in the recycle bin, and this is how I came up with the idea of hacking the “JACK” bottle.

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I wanted to keep some of the original design and get rid of the lettering, so I taped off the original design that I wanted to show. Next, I painted black the white lettering on the label and allowed to dry.
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Using the Windows-Word Art and different fonts, I typed the text which I wanted to place on the label.
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After printing I cut the text to the desired sizes and created small labels. Using a black marker I went over the edges of each label to create an aged look. I glued these labels onto the desired spots as shown, and gave each a coat of clear nail polish to stand the wear and tear.
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I thought that using this bottle as a pump would be more efficient, so I used one of the dish detergent pumps from my kitchen and the pump screw fitted perfectly to the bottle screw.
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Now my coffee station is perfectly complete with this unique bottle of my very own pumpkin spice syrup, the recipe of which I will be sharing next time.

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Have you “hacked” something lately? I would love to hear from you.


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Besa