Fall Front Porch Decor

Well, it rained this weekend here and for a second it felt like fall! So I got my first pumpkin spice latte and decorated my porch 🙂 I am a creature of habit when it comes to decor (and we have no storage space so I have to keep the non-essentials to a minimum!) but this year I decided to change it up a bit!  

  I love this chalkboard I found at a vintage market! We leave it outside and Maddie loves to color on it!  The crates and window we had outback and I figured why leave then out there where nobody can see them! Aren’t the pumpkins cute too?! They are fairytale pumpkins from @traderjoes ! 

  This wreath was super easy and quick too, they sell them at any craft place and I just added a burlap bow and fabric strip to hang  it from. The mini welcome banner I made years ago and just added to the wreath (message me if you want one!)  
This was all super quick and easy, which is about all I can do these days! Hope you are all enjoying this fall season – and hopefully it’s feeling like fall where you are! 

Gender Neutral Rustic Baby Nursery

We’ve finally had time to finish up the nursery! Matt painted it way back in February, and we purchased some furniture shortly after, but until recently, we haven’t had a chance to put it together or do any decorating!

This past week I was able to sort through what we had previously kept in the room and do some organizing and decorating. And now – its complete! All we need is the baby!!

Since we don’t know the gender, we wanted to keep things neutral, and I love how it turned out! We went with tan linen fabric and white furniture, gray walls we brought in rustic elements which we have throughout our home.

Want to see some photos?!

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We found the crib at a garage sale which started the white furniture trend. We purchased the dresser and night stand from Ikea and the rocking chair we had already in the house. Our neighbors bought us the awesome cushions for the rocking chair and it matches the curtains and crib skirt perfectly.

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I couldn’t find curtains and bed linens that I liked (except for at Restoration Hardware – which is way too expensive!) so I purchased linen fabric at Joann’s and sewed some curtains and a crib skirt. I am not the best sewer, but I tried my best and I think they look okay!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

We bought a big dresser because we have a small house with no closets, so the many drawers will come in handy. And with the changing pad, it becomes a changing table too!

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The changing pad cover came from a sweet little ETSY shop called Fern Leslie Baby. I loved the grey and ivory stripe and it totally matches the linen fabric for the crib skirt and curtains!

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We of course have lots of mason jars and crates in our house, so I incorporated those into the baby room “decor”. I made the sign (it still needs to be hung :)) but, it is painted on a grape crate I got awhile back and have just been waiting to make something with it!

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

On the other wall of the room, we will eventually put in a bench seat and a built-in possibly under the window, but for now, we just brought in our red flyer wagon and added some baskets for toys.

rustic gender neutral nursery - loveinamasonjar.com

And that’s it! I’m so glad I was able to finish everything and do some decorating before baby arrives. Once we know if baby is a boy or girl, we will likely add in some more details (and maybe a custom baby name banner from our ETSY shop too! :))

Fall project: Polka dot Glitter Painted Pumpkins DIY

I have a fun, easy fall project with you! Polka dot glitter painted pumpkins!  Fun fall home decor! I’ve seen a lot of photos lately on pinterest and in magazines of pretty painted pumpkins, so I thought I’d try to make my own! And I’m so happy with how they turned out, I thought I’d share!

fall painted polka dot glitter pumpkins - loveinamasonjar.com

All you need is…

..paint..

..mod podge or glue..

..glitter..

..paint brush..

..paper plate.. (to catch all the extra glitter)

..and it helps to have these foam pouncers like these… but you could do with out too…

OH! and PUMPKINS!!

pumpkin painting supplies - loveinamasonjar.com

Just use the glue and pouncer for your dots, and then (over a plate) pour on the glitter! Then fold the plate in half to pour the glitter back in the jar. Or use the paint brush and paint to paint designs on the pumpkin!

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PS – the glitter dipped mason jars will be available on my ETSY shop soon!!!

Simple and Easy Spring Home Decor

Want to do a quick and easy decor update for spring? Life has been so busy lately, but I still wanted to put a little spring in our home, so here are some super easy and quick things we did that had a big effect!

…hydrangea and an old ice cream bucket for the front porch…
spring flowers in ice cream bucket | loveinamasonjar.com
…burlap wreath with welcome bunting for the front door…
burlap wreath with welcome bunting | loveinamasonjar.com
…daisies in a galvanized bucket for centerpiece…
daisies in a galvanized bucket spring centerpiece | loveinamasonjar.com
spring centerpiece daisies in galvanized bucket | loveinamasonjar.com
…spring chalkboard art…
consider the lilies spring chalkboard art | loveinamasonjar.com

DIY Handmade Valentine’s Day gifts

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Looking for some hand-made gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? I like the idea of Valentine’s day, but I don’t love the commercialism of it all, and the pressure I feel it puts on people. But I still like to celebrate those I love, so I enjoy making hand-made things! Here are some home-made gift ideas:

Jar of Love

All you need is {love}

..mason jar with ring..

…scrap of fabric..

..twine..

..letter stamps and ink..

..scraps of paper..

jar of love - loveinamasonjar.com
This idea here is to cut scraps of paper (I used scraps of solid color wrapping paper) into long strips, and write things you love about that person on them!

Then roll them up and place them in the jar! I cup some scrap fabric into a square and stamped the word “LOVE” on to it for the lid. Then just  screw the silver ring on and add some twine or ribbon if you want! That’s it! A collection of thoughts and things you love about someone in a little jar! A Jar of Love!

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A second idea for a hand-made gift, particularly for a newlywed couple, is to display a “first dance” photo from your wedding in a frame with the lyrics from the song hand written around it.

First Dance Frame with Lyrics

All you need is:

..frame..

..first dance photo..

..song lyrics..

..sharpie..

..photo mat frame..

It’s so easy it doesn’t even need any instructions. Voila!
first dance lyrics photo - loveinamasonjar.com
first dance lyrics photo - loveinamasonjar.com

Dallas Market 2013

Well hello there from rainy Southern CA! I wanted to tell you about a fun little trip I had the pleasure of taking with my best friend last weekend in Dallas! Her mom owns a wonderful kitchen, bed and bath store in Crested Butte, CO called Casa Bella  – you should check it out! – and I was able to go with them on their annual trip to the Dallas Home and Gift Market!!

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Levels and levels of showrooms full of beautiful things to order for your store! It was such a great experience! For those of you who own your own store – my hat’s off to you! What a tough job you have! I have always thought it would be fun to have my own store, but man I learned a LOT! The risks you have to take in purchasing things that hopefully people will buy, dealing with off-seasons, hoping that people will like the same things that you do, and figuring out what to stock in your shop to make people want to come in!

I know a lot of jobs are like that, but I have a new appreciation for small shop owners! You have a hard job! Thanks for taking the risks so we can buy cute things to decorate our homes and give gifts to those we love. Maybe someday I’ll have my own store (or… my creations will be in a store :)) but for now I’m thankful that I have more knowledge of what all goes into the process!

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Happy weekend everyone! Hope it’s full of joy and relaxation!

Using rustic antique pieces to make craft organization a part of your decor

Happy New Year everyone! This time of year I always get the urge to go through my things, organize and purge. How about you? I’ve recently been working on how to best utilize our space in our second bedroom – that functions as our guest room, garage, office, and my craft room. Which has been quite challenging! The space gets most often used by me and my etsy projects, so I tried to make my supplies as accessible as possible, without making it look like the crafts are taking over. I decided to make the way I stored things a part of the decor. Here is what I came up with!

Using clothespins and wooden spools to wrap my ribbon and fabric scraps and placing them in large mason jars.
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Using pretty baskets to store fabric and scraps.  And check out my vintage sugar and coffee tins that I found at a garage sale! Those hold all my adhesives and office supplies! You’d never know! 🙂

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Turning coke crates right side up makes for a great wall piece and creates slots to organize pretty pieces like my bakers twine, washi tape and tag collection.  Use short mason jars to fit in the slots too!

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And I found this lovely card organizer at the long beach antique market and decided I would just put my card collection on display!

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And I love this piece we received as a wedding gift from pottery barn. It’s been a great way to organize crafts and it looks great hanging on the wall! Again, using mason jars in a slotted piece gives each item its place!

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I know this space of ours will constantly change, but for now it’s working pretty well! Happy organizing!!

7 ideas for Rustic Christmas Decorating Fun!

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Although Christmas is now over and I’m sure you’ve already taken down your Christmas decor, I wanted to share with you his post that was started pre-Christmas, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and finish it!

I wanted to share with you some fun decorating ideas that we did this year! I decided that since we already have so many antique, vintage pieces in our house anyway, this year we should incorporate them into Christmas decor! Which actually saved us time and money because we didn’t have to purchase any thing!

I’m talking, simple things like fake snow and candles in mason jars…so fun and easy!

2) Or using a coke crate to make a centerpiece with candle filled mason jars. Add greenery and pinecones in-between and it’s a beautiful rustic centerpiece!

3) We we also used mason jars in our kitchen filled with holly berries!

4) We had an old ladder that we usually keep all our blankets on, but this year we put those away and added burlap and lace stockings to add to the rustic charm.

rustic christmas decor - burlap and lace stockings

5) And notice how we stacked our crates and antiques in the corner to add a little scene with all the presents.

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6) And of course I love the way you can customize chalkboards to the season to add the the decor!

rustic christmas decor - chalkboards - loveinamasonjar.com

7) We love this mini christmas tree in a galvanized bucket too!!

mini tree galvanized - loveinamasonjar.com

And although this is a bit late, maybe this will inspire you for next Christmas! Pin and save for future reference! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!

Thankful Jar. Another Thanksgiving family tradition.

If you don’t want to make a thankful tree to remember and write things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season, you could also make a Thankful Jar!
Find a jar, cut up some paper, write what you are thankful for, and store it in the jar! It could be a really fun tradition to save each year and look back and see what you wrote in years past.
If you want to purchase this jar above, you can find them in the ETSY Shop!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Thanksgiving family traditions. Thankful Tree.

I love Thanksgiving.  A chance to be with family, be thankful, and eat.  No gifts.  No pressure.  Just good food, family, and a celebration of life’s blessings.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love Christmas, but I think Thanksgiving often gets lost with all the shopping ads, media and Christmas hype.

So this year I started a Thankful Tree.  Whenever we have people over in the month of November, we have them write one thing they are thankful for and tie it on to the Thankful Tree.  I love seeing our tree filling up with thankfulness.