Miss G’s bedroom has been due for a makeover for awhile now. While I have trouble admitting it, she now falls into the ‘tween’ category. It seems like yesterday that her room was painted an eye-popping shade of lime green…but that was actually 6 years ago! It’s crazy that she was just an itty bitty 4 year old when we put… Read More
Greetings friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are enjoying lots of time with family and friends. I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks to focus on the merriment! But as New Year’s Eve draws nearer, I thought I’d continue with my annual tradition of posting a look back at my year in mantel decorating ideas. You can find my 2012 Year of Mantels here and 2011 Year of Mantels here.
If you’ve been following along here for awhile, you might know already that my fireplace mantel is a bit of a decorating muse for me! I find that mantel decorating for seasons and special holidays helps keep things feeling festive around here, especially during the less festive times of year. Looking back at 2013, I changed my mantel decorating a lot less frequently than in other years. That’s because the room our fireplace is in was disorganized for several months as we changed the room from a living room to a TV room. But I did manage to add some festive spirit to the mantel for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fall, Halloween and Christmas… READ MORE HERE!
Yesterday, I was over on the Etsy.com blog, sharing a tutorial for an easy, diy hostess gift. As a huge Etsy fan myself, I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of their Etsy International DIY Advent Calendar Project! From December 1st to the 25th, Etsy is sharing festive new DIY projects on their International Blogs (UK, France, Germany and Australia). Contributed by guest bloggers from around the world as part of their DIY Advent Calendar series, each day a different project will be featured.
I was excited to use the opportunity to create a project that I’ve had in my head for awhile, a magnetic lampshade flower, as it would make an easy diy hostess gift during the holidays. Giving a handmade hostess gift is such a nice gesture during the holiday season. Many of us, however, are intimated by the idea of making something to give others. If that sounds like you, don’t worry. I promise that you will be able to make this!
Judging by one of my my more popular projects here at A Pop of Pretty (a diy painted canvas I created with an inspirational quote), it appears that a whole lot of you want to know how to create your own art. So I thought I’d show you another painted canvas that I recently created for our piano room…
Create your own art: my diy painted canvas in our Piano Room
I think it sometimes surprises people…READ MORE
OK, so here’s two words I never thought I’d say again: I wallpapered. (If you follow me on Instagram, you might have snuck a sneaky peaky.)
And, let me tell you, it’s no small miracle.
Fifteen years ago, I swore I would never-ever, ever-never, use wallpaper again. That’s what happens when you strip and scrape four decade’s worth of wallpaper with your own hands. By the time I tore the last piece of velvet flocked paper off the walls of our first home, I had developed a disease known to all owners of 1960s fixer uppers: Wallpaper Aversion Disorder. (It’s real, I swear.) READ MORE…
So I’ve been using the same DIY Fall wreath for years. I made it at least 10 years ago, and every year, I perk it up a little by adding something new. Last year it was burlap. I still like it a lot, but this Fall, I had the itch to make something entirely new. Since my usual Fall wreath… Read More
f you regularly follow home decorating or diy blogs like mine, you’d have to have been living under a rock over the past few weeks not to have heard about the Haven Conference in Atlanta. (I’m actually thinking you might be a little tired of hearing about it by now, lol!) Basically, it’s a conference attended by decor and diy enthusiasts (pointing to self with both fingers!), most of whom also have blogs where they share their projects (again, pointing with both fingers)! This was my second year attending Haven, and suffice it to say, the past week was filled with a whole lot of pretty!
But besides the eye candy, I also learned a lot too! So instead of telling you all about the awesome people I met, the amazing sponsors and swag bags, and my fun home decor shopping excusions in Atlanta (oh my!), over my next couple of blog posts, I thought I’d share some of my notes from the home decor and blogging sessions I attended.
It’s been a crazy ride around here lately, but I finally had a chance to pull together a little tutorial on how to make a diy photo booth like the one at my daughter’s Broadway themed birthday party.
It was really quite easy and inexpensive, and Miss G was so happy with how it all turned out.
Photo booths are pretty trendy right now, so I knew I couldn’t be the only one crazy enough to think I could make one on my own! I did some research, and then came up with a plan for creating a diy photo booth that met our particular needs – i.e., one that could withstand the acrobatics of 10 tween-aged girls!
Here’s what I used (the important stuff, anyway):
- Backdrop material: 3 cute plastic tablecloths from the Dollar Store!
- Props: a basket of masks, mustaches, hats, etc.
- Camera: my DSLR mounted on a tripod, with a shutter release remote.
- Photo booth decor – string lights, cardboard chandelier, etc.
- Poster board for the ‘Photo Booth Rules’
- A bench
Oh how I’d love to have a beautiful overflowing garden of brightly colored flowers! But, I might as well be honest, I don’t have a green thumb. Container gardening has always been more my pace. It’s just so much more…well…contained. I do well with ‘contained’. I even managed to keep this basket of flowers on my front door alive last summer which was my first real gardening triumph. (Shoot for the stars, right?!?)
I’m not sure if it’s just a psychological thing, but gardening in containers just seems less overwhelming than tending to a large garden.You can make it as easy or as complex as you want. Me? I make it easy. Throw in pre-mixed soil from a bag. Water it. Watch it grow. And, if by chance it doesn’t, move it to a better spot.
I’ve pretty much just planted flowers in pots, baskets or a window box. But the fab examples that follow have inspired me to try something more creative this summer.