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Fourth of July

So, I am laughing because I just checked last year's blog post on my Fourth of July mantle, and it appears I took a six week hiatus last summer, too! What can I say?  Summer is so.much.FUN!!!  I promise I will update you on the flea market and all of the other projects I have been working on soon. For now, I just want to share a quick tutorial on a patriotic, DIY T-shirt, along with a couple of shots of my mantle.  But let me apologize in advance: I was too lazy busy to get out my camera and take "real" pictures, so I just took a few shots with my iPhone. Then I was too impatient to import full res photos, so all these shots are kind of "meh", but hopefully you'll just be happy to see a new post and will overlook the grainy photos.  Please?

Let's start with the mantle.  

It's getting late, and I'm exhausted, so just look around and enjoy and imagine some wordy commentary from me.  Or just enjoy the silence.  Whichever you prefer.

The pics aren't great, so that's enough for now, but I REALLY like this mantle!  It's been fun to put together!

Now for a quick tutorial.  I recently saw a "bow" on the back of a T-shirt, and I decided I would try to make one. I checked Pinterest to see if I could find a tutorial, and there were LOADS of pins, of course. Here is what you will need.

A T-shirt (mine was $3.88 today, from Wal-Mart)

A rotary cutter and cutting board (scissors will work, but a rotary cutter will be faster/easier)

Fabric glue

The first thing I did was cut off the sleeves and the neckline.  Just follow the seam, and if you want to take a bit more off (which I did), just move in about 1/2 inch and take off a little more.  

Next, slide your cutting board inside your T-shirt.  Determine how many "bows" you want, and start making slits in the fabric.  I wanted five bows, so I made four slits.  This part made me nervous at first, then I was like, "It's a $3 T-shirt that you will probably only wear for a couple of hours--not a big deal if it's perfectly spaced." So, after that self-talk, I just eyeballed the spacing and made cuts that were approximately seven inches long.

I forgot to take a pic of the next step, but I pinched together the neckline and the top of the first slip, and wrapped a small strip of the sleeve that I cut off, gluing the pieces together.  I just moved down the shirt, pinching the pieces together and gluing a strip of fabric around them.  Hard to explain in my sleepy state, but totally easy to do.  Try it.  It will work.  It will be fantastic!

Anyhow, here is what the back of the shirt looks like.  I tried to take a self pic, but...well...let's just say it didn't turn out.  I will have to share pics from the Fourth next week.

And the front is cute, too.

Disclaimer: While some folks could pull this shirt off on it's own, this momma will either be wearing it as a swim suit cover up or with a white tank underneath!  

There you have it.  A mantle update AND a tutorial.  Let's see if can get it together and post anything else this summer! ;) If you don't hear from me, I will see you in September!

Enjoy the Son!


May Mantle

If you follow me, personally, on FB you already know this, but I have been so encouraged by all the prayers that I am going to post this here, too! Quinn was sent home last Tuesday with pink eye. Then he spiked a fever on Wednesday. On Thursday I took both my shorties to the doc, and my Q had strep throat. Mo had a cold and an ear infection. Then Q's ear drum burst on Friday. Yesterday my husband took his new bicycle for a quick spin, and the tire blew and he tipped and broke his collar bone. Today I am thanking God for our health, even in the midst of our ailments, and Casting Crowns "Praise You in the Storm" keeps running through my head. In spite of everything, I am encouraged.  

1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures for ever." Amen? Amen!!!

I am working like crazy on my booth for the flea market, so I haven't spent much time working on projects for my house.  I did, FINALLY, update my mantle.  I mean, it isn't Easter anymore...;) This mantle has a very similar feel to the Easter Mantle, but no bunnies!  





It's time for some more pain medicine for my hubs, so I've got to run.  Enjoy your day, and enjoy the Son!!!



I recently rescued this curio cabinet from the curb.  Actually, my friend called and said she was hauling it to the curb, but she would let me come and grab it from the living room if I wanted it.  I guess I technically DID save it from the curb...

It was missing a panel of glass, and I immediately thought I would remove the other two panels of glass and replace all the panels with chicken wire.  However, I ended up really crushing on some "poultry mat", and used that instead.  Poultry mat is more similar to a screen, but much sturdier.  I gave this gal a good cleaning, a coat of primer and two coats of paint, then used a faux finishing glaze to distress her.  When I attached the poultry mat, it was just too shiny for the look I was going for, so I (haphazardly!) brushed some paint on the mat, giving it a time-worn look. 

Seriously yummy, right?! I am so happy with this piece!  Do you have something with glass or a mirror that you are waiting to have repaired?  Maybe consider replacing the glass with something else.  Chicken wire, perhaps? 

This may not be the most clever project I have completed, but I think the transformation is just fantastic, and I hope you like it, too!  




For those of you that have noticed my absence, thank you for your concern.  It makes me feel very blessed! To answer your questions, I am not sick, nor is my family!  We are all quite healthy--praise the Lord!!!

Here is a quick update on my absence on the blog.  First of all, the weather is finally nice, and I am enjoying time outside with my kiddos.  I do not really know why, but I have been very aware lately of how quickly this time will be gone.  While the CONSTANT, "Mommy!  Watch me!!" and, "Mama!!!  Look at this!" wear me out by the end of the day, I know that all too soon that will be over.  I see my short people growing everyday and becoming more and more independent--and that is fantastic!  That's what we want, right?  I just don't want to look back and wish I would have spent more time with them.  I feel quite confident that I will never say, "Gosh.  I wish I would have spent more time on my blog when the shorties were still shorties...", ya know what I mean?

Second, I cannot remember if I shared this or not, I am going to have a booth at the Kane County Flea Market in June.  I am sooooo excited about this, and I have been making projects like crazy!  Seriously, my living room/dining room has been overrun with projects. I am having a lot of fun making the projects for the booth, but it is time consuming.  

Third, my knee is still pretty rotten and everything I do takes about three times longer than normal.  Ugh.  Since my knee slows me down so much, it takes all the time I have in the day to work on projects and just be a wife and mommy, and stopping to write a post means I am not working on all the other stuff that is piling up.  It's a vicious cycle, I tell ya! ;)  The good news is that I did see an orthopaedic surgeon, and I do NOT, for sure!, need surgery.  The bad news is that when I hurt my knee, it appears that I actually cut into the MCL and hamstring.  It has been almost four months since the injury, and my knee is still very sore and swollen.  I have fluid in the bone, which is a very deep bone bruise.  The specialist said it could take up to 18 months to fully recovery.  I am faithful with my PT and feel confident that my knee is improving.  Pray for me, though, because I do get discouraged at times!!!

Fourth, (now it just seems like I'm making stuff up!), since it is finally nice out I have been able to do some yard work.  You may not know this, but I LOVE yard work.  Seriously, I really, truly enjoy it.  It is hardwork, but it is so rewarding!  Sidenote: I have wanted tulips my whole life, but I never remember to plant bulbs in the fall.  However, last fall, Mo and I planted 30 bulbs, and they all came up.  So pretty!

And last, I am going to be "auditioning" for the upcoming season of So You Think You're Crafty. I won't know for a few weeks yet if I am actually in the competition, but since I am going to be in Texas for the first couple of weeks of the competition, I have to have my projects ready in case I actually advance.  Since all of the projects have to be completely annonymous, I am not sharing most of the things I have been working on just yet.

Sorry I do not have any photos to share right now.  I am having some technical difficulties, and my tech guy is out of town, at a tech conference!  Oh, the irony!!!

Thank you all for following along with me--even when there isn't much to see!  Praying you are all well!

Love, Holly


Tuesday Tips and Recipes #6

So much has happened in the last week and a half, and I will share it all with you soon!  For now, I am just going to share this week's tip with you.  Here it is: Go directly to your nearest Home Depot and buy some ferns!

Seriously, they are enormous!  ENORMOUS!!!

They are currently on sale for $9.98 each.  Did I mention that they are enormous?!

I hung them up as soon as I got home, and it instantly felt more Spring-y.  (You know what I mean!)

My hubs and I were sitting on the porch before I took a pic.  I sit on my porch every.single.day. from April-November.  I absolutely love this cozy space.  Anyhow, my hubs asked if I wanted him to move for the pic, and I was like, "Nah.  It's more real this way!"  

I have been buying ferns for our porch for four years now, and these are truly the largest ferns I have ever bought at that price!  I am honestly not sure if my ferns, that I fertilized and nurtured for six months, ever looked as big as these do right now!  

I generally do not buy any plants before Mother's Day, but I make an exception for my ferns.  They are very hardy, and if we do have another freeze, they are easy enough to just unhook and move into the garage.

Do you live in an area where it is already safe to plant without worrying about a late, spring freeze? Have you started planting yet?  What about you gardeners out there?  Have you started your seeds inside?

Well, whether you are planting anything or not, I hope you take time to enjoy the rebirth and renewal that Spring brings.  Enjoy the Son!