Brittany from @ourblessedlittlenest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Story

A little about me….My life is chaotic and full of crafting and lots and lots of coffee. I look forward to my only quiet time which is spent with my morning cup of coffee. Once the chaos of the morning routine is done, and the kids and husband are not their way my day begins. Creating is just something I was born to do. I wake up every day with so new ideas in my head, that I have to bring to life. crafts, diy, mommy blog, blogI am always learning new techniques, new crafts, and , failing as I embrace my creativity.

My motto “Life is better with a little bit of paint on everything you own.”

Let me shed some light on the “Chaos” part of my life. It all started one day when I fell in love with a soldier. I married a military man and I am a mom to three boys…enough said.

Life is funny, things don’t ever seem to go according to our “plans.” Which is ok, because in our family “plans” are for much more organized people. When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2012 it shook me to my core. Everything changed. I was no longer invincible. Each day, each moment meant so much more. I was not ready to leave my husband, or my children. I have always worked, since I was 14 selling newspapers. So when I was dealing with one surgery after the next, all the different doctors and medication, I found a way to channel through making signs. Well that is what brought me to where I am today.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration and I have yet to work one day in health care. Its just not who I am anymore or who I want to be. I want to own a little farm, a store, and grow old with my family and friends. I am simple, I want a simple life, love and be loved. Nothing else really matter in the big scheme of  things. I want to teach my children right from wrong, how to get their hands dirty, and work for what you want. I treasure every day that I get to spend with them and all those things that once seemed so important just faded into the background. You only get one life so live it….let me tell you a little about our chaos.

Our life is chaos, we are always working and creating new items. My husband has been active duty military for 18+ years. We have moved 6 times in 10 years and each time we have to set up “shop” in a new state and start over. Make new friends  and make our house a home even if it’s just for a little while.

This blog is very important to me. I love to write and I love to share my experiences and my discoveries with other people.  I have fun chatting about my daily experiences (we have some ridiculous ones) and I love to teach people how to create something of their very own.

My days are filled with painting, projects, marketing, and lots and lots of coffee.

I don’t own one piece of clothing that does not have paint or stains on it. I would love to say I spent hours on my hair and makeup each day…but I can say at least I shower every day. I am a mom and I am lucky if I don’t have paint in my hair or gum for that matter.

Crafting is my passion, I can’t  walk through Michaels or Hobby Lobby without millions of ideas running through my head. I am one of those people who can take a lamp or picture and design a whole room around that one object. The ideas are just rolling around like a marble in a jar.

Sometimes I wish I could turn off my creativity because it is almost like a craving you can’t suffice most days. One craft project leads to ten more and the ideas just keep spinning off one another. So as you can imagine most of my days are spent in my craft room. So why not start a blog and share my in and outs with other DIY enthusiasts.

mom, wife, blog, craftsThe Struggle is Real. I find myself most days trying to show the mail lady, UPS guy, or my neighbors what I have created for the day. My bubble is small and most days I am so excited to share with my creations with anyone who wants to see them. So now we have an outlet.

My very own blog where I can post tutorials, pictures, and step-by-step directions on how to do specific craft projects. Oh but wait, now I will have to put make up on and do my hair…..where will I find them time????

What Drives Him Crazy?

 I asked my husband the other day to write down the things that I do that irritate him. These are his exact replies to my email in his own words. Now mind you I pulled up the email and scrolled through the list and actually laughed out loud. As I read some of his replies, its funny how they relate to my replies in part one (My list.) Here is my husbands list of the top ten things that I do that drive him crazy.

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What Drives Me Crazy?

Ok so I admit I said the vows, for better or for worse. I love my hubby don’t get me wrong. But when you are married to someone and it’s long past the honeymoon phase, the things you used to ignore about him will become the things that irritate you the most.

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Wait was that too harsh? Did I just write that? Luckily he does not read my blog on a daily basis. Now don’t get me wrong we are talking about the love of my life, my heart, my husband, and my soldier. He works very hard and my reasons to love him list is very long. But these are literally some of the things he does that make me want to pull my hair out.

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My Favorite Instagram Shoppes

Since I  joined Instagram I have been blessed to meet and pair with some AMAZING individuals. So what better way to start 2017 then with a shout out to some of my most favorite’s Shoppes.

Instagram is an amazing community.. full of support and friendship in an unexpected place. Whether it is joining with other Shoppes for giveaways , or rallying together to support someone in need my IG family and friends are a strong sense of support.

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The Perfect Guest (Spruce Up Your Guest Room)

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I have always put so much time and effort into my guest quarters. As a women living with three boys I find myself needing one room in the house that is perfect most of the time. My guest room is very relaxing and always looks perfect, since no one is usually in there. I decided to share some of my tips on how to  spruce up your guest bedroom. These extra steps will make offer your guest a beautiful and comfortable space to enjoy. Also Anticipating what your guests will need to rest will make them feel appreciated and isn’t that the goal of every host?

I  love when I enter a guest room and instantly feel “at home.” So that was my main inspiration for my guest room. I love when I stay at a hotel and my every need is anticipated. From the fluffy towels ,to the complimentary tea and popcorn. So I want to make sure I offer my guests that same respect when they come to visit.

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Bedding: When you walk in a bedroom, bedding is one of the first things to catch your attention, and let’s admit t’s pretty essential for a guest room. The bedding has to be functional and comfortable (while being gorgeous at the same time.) *Side note linens should be fresh and clean when guest arrive. Even if they are clean you may want to show them in the dry with some smell good dryer sheets to give them that fresh smell. It is very important to make sure you have plenty of pillows and extra blankets for your guests. Target has some beautiful quilts and bedspreads, for whatever look you are going for in your guest room. I also like to leave a throw across the bed just in case my guest needs it.

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Closet & Drawer Space: I tend to store stuff in my spare room, so I make sure to clean out a closet and a few drawers before my guests arrive. You want to offer them a place to unpack and hang items if they wish to.

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P.S. This is a great opportunity to leave a wrinkle remover spray (travel size) for your guests to use if they need it (Add to gift basket Cost $1.54 @ Target )

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Fresh Flowers/Plants: Nothing brightens up a room like fresh flowers. I think it makes your guest feel appreciated, and it makes the room smell fresh. I am obsessed with succulents, so I have them all over my house. They are very low maintenance and work perfectly if any of your guests have allergies or are scent sensitive. *Side note  a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to make a vase for fresh flowers is a few coats of chalk paint and light sanding to any mason jar. This will brighten up a room and you can change them for each season.

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Magazines & Movies: I love magazines so I always have current ones on hand, which I leave out for my guests to enjoy. I also head to the Red Box and grab a few current movies, so they have something to watch when they retire for the evening.

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Charging & WiFi Station: This is one of my favorite DIY projects. I made up a wi-fi password printable and framed it for my guest room. This is a cute way to share your wi-fi passwords with your guest. You can also write this up on a chalkboard if you are feeling stylish (and have good handwriting, which I do not lol.) I also like to leave my guests with a charging dock, which allows them a way to charge multiple items on one power source. This way they can recharge all their devices in one area without having to seek out multiple outlets.

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This guest room printable can be found at http://www.eleganceandenchantment.com/guest-room-printables/

Snack Baskets: I enjoy making snack baskets for my guests. I always leave one on the nightstand, full of their favorite treats and a few bottles of water. I think this is super thoughtful, and offers your guests a late night snack or treat. This comes in handy especially if they are dealing with a time change, and may need an extra boost of sugar until the morning.

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Bathroom Basket: I always make a bathroom basket each time we have a guest visit. You can make this a small or large basket depending on your preference. I add a few fresh towels and wash cloths, along with some essential toiletries. I also add the basics; toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, travel size shampoos and lotions, blow dryer, shower gel, chapstick, Tylenol, Tums, razors, facial cleanser, and hand sanitizer. P.S. I like to plug-in a night-light and have some sort of air freshener in the bathroom.

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I adore this idea of using a vintage suitcase and all the items mentioned above into one area (snack, books, magazines, throw, handwritten welcome note, and the bathroom basket.)

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Last but not least enjoy decorating your guest room. Your guests will love having somewhere to stay that is inviting and relaxing. So make sure you add those special extra touches, that make it feel like home. You want your guests to feel welcomed and relaxed. Each and everything you do will be appreciated, and will not go unnoticed.

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Please stay tuned for my farmhouse accessories article coming soon. All those beautiful accessory ideas to add that perfect farmhouse touch to your home.

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Love My Rae

Ray 1So I am the first to admit, I think I have an addiction to Rae Dunn Coffee Mugs (Ok let’s be honest all Rae Dunn products). The addiction starts with picking up the occasional mug when you run across one. Then followed by a tea-pot, canisters, cheese plates, OMG anything you can get your hands on. I guess if you look on the bright side I could be addicted to something far worse so this isn’t all that bad right? This is the moment when my husband is literally rolling his eyes wondering why we need 15 coffee mugs( when I am the only one who drinks coffee in the house).

 

So let me set the stage….a few months back I wondered on to a military wife Facebook page and it changed my entire world. The name of the group is “White Walls” and sharing the most awesome home decor is the game. I could spend hours scrolling the page looking at the most amazing home decor. These ladies also share my love and passion of “Target”. They show how they decorate and stage their homes and find the most amazing pieces. Now I am not going to lie I WANT IT ALL!! Continue reading

Find Your Farmhouse at Hobby Lobby

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So as I make the transition, from primitive decor (dark color scheme) to a farmhouse look, I have been searching high and low for the perfect accent pieces. There is something about the farmhouse look that feels clean and refreshing. I am not sure if it the white, ivory, the wood color palette, or just the simplicity of it.

 

 

 

I find farmhouse decor charming, it reminds me of a simpler lifestyle. I also love that you can mix old antique items with modern decor. Everywhere I look, whether it is Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, I am seeing farmhouse styles burning up my feeds.

 

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I found these adorable chalkboards in craft section of Hobby Lobby. I stained the wood and painted on a few phrases. Easy to add a little touch to give a farmhouse feel to any find.

 

 

My closest Hobby Lobby to me has been about 2 hours away, until a new location open up (within a mile from my home) last week. I have always loved Hobby Lobby they have so much of well let’s be honest EVERYTHING!!!

So this article is to share some ideas of how I incorporated my Hobby Lobby finds into my new farmhouse style. For some people decorating comes easy and for others I hope this is a little bit of inspiration to push you in the right direction of where to start. Here are some tips to help you achieve that warm farmhouse feel in your home, with a simple trip to your closest Hobby Lobby.

 

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White, Cremes, and Natural Tones

Regardless of your budget this is easy to achieve by keep your palette with whites, cremes, even grays. Farmhouse style is simple and clean so try to stick with neutral tones (you can add color in your decorative accents). I spent all weekend painting my black end tables to white. It instantly transformed my room from dark and dreary to a lighter feeling, and I love it.

 

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Lighting

 Taking it back to the old days I use candles and very low-lighting. You want to maximize your natural light and still allow for lighting when you need it. I love lanterns and industrial hanging lights. Be on the look out for an old chandelier (don’t worry about color it is all cosmetic and can be transformed into a one of a kind piece). This lamp is a simple way to add farmhouse lighting to any room of your home. You can find it and similar items at Hobby Lobby this retails for $79.99 (Use  40% off Coupon if not on sale). 

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Lighting/Lamps/Distressed-White-Lamp-with-Linen-Shade/p/YU4421-94959

 

Incorporating Quilts, Color, & Fabrics

 

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Nothing says farmhouse like quilts, they are gorgeous, warm, and inviting. You can find so many ways to display your quilts whether it be a ladder display or metal baskets perfectly placed in your living area. I have always loved blankets you will always find them draped behind my sitting areas. I want to ensure me and my guests can snuggle up and get warm whenever we have a minute to do so.

Cotton is my go-to (in terms of fabric) simple stripes or check patterns work perfectly for the farmhouse look. In my house I am adding some cool pops of color (such as pink and teal) with my neutral palette. I also love succulents, cotton stems, and greenery. (the greens pop well with all the whites and ivory colors) Adding accent pillows can be a good way to add color also. I love to mix and match fabrics and accents like a variety of pillows or blankets. This throw from Hobby Lobby Retails for $36.99.

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decorative-Accessories/Accent-Pieces/50-x-60-Natural-Ivory-Check-Knitted-Throw/p/138215

 

Wood Accent Furniture

 

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This sign was $5 on clearance at my hobby lobby and it was a perfect little wood accent for my end table.

Wood tables, benches, chairs, stools are the staple to a farmhouse look they help warm up any space you are trying to fill.

 

 

 

 

I picked up this Basswood Thick Country Round is a beautiful, natural bark with a smooth front and back. As you can see I used a glass bottomless hurricane purchased from Hobby Lobby to display on top of my bark round. Since it has no bottom is very easy to fill with vase fillers. This bark retails for $PRICE and the Glass Hurricane Retails for $ and the vase filler as shown retails for $9.99.

 

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Wood-Crafting/Unfinished-Wood/Basswood-Thick-Country-Round/p/17067

 

This brown wood plank tray is gorgeous and retails for $39.99 but on sale goes for as little as $20.00.

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decorative-Storage/Trays/Brown-Wood-Plank-Tray/p/80655490

 

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I bought this little wooden box for $4 on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I added some moss and spray painted these little bottles I found in glass section to match my lamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Stems can also be found at Magnolia Market if you cannot find at local Hobby Lobby. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/products/small-cotton-stem

 

I adore cotton in any form especially when used to decorate a home. In most pictures of farmhouse decor you will see a cotton wreath or cotton picks lingering. I have been searching for both for months looking through Etsy but had a hard time committing to some of the prices.

I came across this Cotton Wreath and a 6-foot cotton garland at my latest trip to Hobby Lobby. I nearly screamed in the aisle (literally I am pretty sure I was talking to myself saying “Score” and doing the happy dance).

 

 

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I unwrapped the garland into individual stems, so I could use it in multiple decor pieces throughout my house.

 

 

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This was a major find for me and it stopped me in my tracks for sure. I used a Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon for both on separate days. The garland retailed for $59.00 with coupon I paid $25.99. The wreath retailed for $39.99 with coupon I paid $23.00. Major saving from prices online. I was able to get 15 cotton picks off the garland.

 

Industrial Accents

I have been obsessed with the industrial look over the last few months. We have a friend who made us the metal piping and flanges for our new shelving unit and I just love them. I think metal looks awesome with the natural tones and the woodwork in our home. If I could put these shelves in every room of my house I would (Hey that’s a great idea I may just do that). The photos below are pictures of my new coffee bar and my shelves in my guest bathroom.

 

 

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Hobby Lobby also sells many industrial type shelving and furniture accents. Check your local store or online for more options and pricing. This shelf below retails for $49.99 however on sale it is as low as $25.00.

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Mirrors-Wall-Decor/Shelves-Wall-Sconces/Rusty-Industrial-Shelf-with-Wood-Planks/p/137662

 

I love these metal baskets I use them to store my extra blankets and antique vintage items for display. Hobby Lobby has a variety of metal baskets varying in price. Check out your local store or online for pricing.

 

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Kitchen

Unfortunately with our military lifestyle I have not yet created my dream farmhouse kitchen (but one day I will). I truly believe the kitchen is the heart of any home. In a traditional farmhouse the kitchen brings people together.

Keep it simple with neutral tones, while adding in those perfect eclectic furnishings. I yearn for the farmhouse sink, white cabinets, plank walls, and butcher-block countertops. You can add in pot racks to incorporate some metal into your kitchen decor. Open shelving with white china accents will help you achieve a genuine farmhouse look and help you to display all those perfect pieces. I have added these pieces from Hobby lobby into my kitchen area.

This farmhouse fresh sign is adorable and adds character to any kitchen decor. Retails for $11.99.

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Seasonal/Spring-Shop/Spring-Shop-Table-Pieces-Decor/Farmhouse-Fresh-Wood-Block-Decor/p/80743845

 

This kitchen plank sign is simple and charming. This retails for $12.50. 

 

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http://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Mirrors-Wall-Decor/Wall-Art/Kitchen-Pallet-Wood-Sign/p/80643054

I am embracing the minimalistic farmhouse look it feels lighter and looks so pretty. All these looks can be achieved on a budget and you can put your own spin on them. White has become my go-to color lately and I am so excited to share it with you!

Check out your local hobby lobby and if you don’t have one close to you check out their website for great deals.

P.S. Don’t forget there is usually always a 40% off coupon online ( I may go a few times a week to get all the items I want that are not on sale) or on you mobile device. So sign up for Hobby Lobby emails and check your coupon link before you go. Plus most of the store items are usually on sale and if something you want is not on sale this week it may be next week so stay on the look out.

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Cameo Silhouette: The Secret Access To Fonts & Flourishes

cameoSo recently I figured out something about using my design studio that I was not aware of and it was such an awe this awesome moment. Well to put it simply there is a way to access additional characters and fonts within certain fonts. So without being super confusing I am just going to show you step by step what I figured out and how to access it from a Mac or Windows.

 

 

 

How to Access Additional Fonts and Characters

Ok so first things first go to your search menu on your computer and search Font Book. Down below is how I found it on my Mac.

 

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This is what my font book looks like. As you can see all the fonts are listed on the left. Now not all fonts will have additional goodies. Most of those I have purchased from https://thehungryjpeg.com have all had tons of additional options within each font.

 

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Once you have your Font Book opened you want to make sure you change the view. Go to the view tab and make sure it is set to Repertoire. This will show you all the additional add-ins that are possible to each font.

Now here is one of my favorite fonts “Beauty Love“shown just as is when typed out normally in my Silhouette Design Studio.

 

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Now don’t get me wrong the font is gorgeous and I was super satisfied with it but why not have more options. All the flourishes and options are readily available to you through your font book.

Step-By-Step Directions 

  1. Make sure you have installed the new fonts.
  2. Next open your application folder and search for your font book.
  3. Once open click on the view tab and change or set to Repertoire
  4. Once this is opened you will see your entire font library.
  5. Click on the font you wish to access.
  6. The select the character or letter you wish to use by clicking on it or highlighting it.
  7. Copy the letter by clicking Ctrl + C or click edit and copy.
  8. Go back to your silhouette program and paste that letter into the word.

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See how these letters have hooks coming off each individual letter. Now I copied and pasted the “C” and the “Y” to give my original phrase a little character.

 

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Now you will have to click on your phrase and delete the letter you wish to change like in the phrase I typed out I had to delete the C and the Y and copy and paste the letters with the hooks.

 

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I have been using my Silhouette software for years now and I never knew about all the additional hidden fonts within the fonts. Capital letters, flourishes, hooks so amazing. It will change how you design and give you access to so many more options. Hope this helped and if you have any questions or issues leave them in the comment section.

A Day In My Life

gulpSo my day begins like most people I wake up and grab by phone to see what I missed while I was sleeping. Check my Instagram feed (because I am slightly obsessed with it lately) really I am I may have a problem lol. The roll out of bed quick shower (I wish I could say I spend hours getting ready each day but that would be a lie). No time I have too much to do….Now don’t get me wrong I put makeup on and put on clothes (most of them have paint on them). You may say why do you paint in your good clothes? Well that is never my plan but as a crafty individual, I never know when I have to put another coat of paint on something or when I will get a creative burst (no time to change).  Continue reading