My Fourth of July Porch

It’s a little late, but my to-do list is so long that I barely got my Fourth of July decor up this year! I don’t do much but decorate my doorstep for the Fourth, but this year I added a little bit of stars and stripes to my shelves as well. 

Here is my door. One thing I love about my navy blue door is that it matches my July 4th decor. I knew I wanted a frame for my 4th of July door this year so I went into the attic and dug for a few minutes and found it. I bought this frame from the Southern Living Catalog several years ago. I don’t think they even sell their products anymore. Anyway, the frame actually housed a mirror. I had no where to put it in this house so it’s been sitting in my attic. But it was perfect for the door!

I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad to give the frame an aged look. I simply brushed the ink pad lightly across the wood making sure to apply more pressure around the edges.

I found this ribbon at Michael’s and wove it in and out of the holes and tied it into a bow at the corner. The roll was just the right length.
The star has been hanging on my door for the past couple years. I wasn’t ready to ditch it quite yet so I hung it in front of the frame.

I bought this chair from a garage sale back in early May for five bucks. {from my new buddy Mike who I keep running into around town!}. I planned on re-finishing it, but realized it would be perfect as-is for the 4th! So I put away my {pretty} yellow chair for now. I also got the basket at a garage sale {I think the same day} for $2. My plan was to put some red verbena with white Bacopa, but I didn’t get around to it. 🙁  So, I just stuck this pot in it. f
So there’s my Fourth of July porch decor.

For my shelves: I printed this adorable printout from Landee See, Landee Do and framed it in my ever-changing thrift store frame. Below the frame is a banner from Michael’s.
I found this adorable scrapbook paper at Michael’s and mounted the printable onto it. I trimmed the edges of the paper to fit the frame.

St. Patty’s Day Decor

I’m really not big on decorating for St. Patty’s Day. Usually I just decorate my front door and hang my flag out front. But since I have my wonderful Ballard shelves, I thought I’d add a little green for St. Patty’s Day. 
I found the St. Patrick’s Day subway art {free download} from A Little Lovely. I put it in my thrift store frame. I wasn’t sure what to do with the other frame that I had on the shelf, so I thought I’d try making a moss monogram.

This is all you need. The wooden letter came from Hobby Lobby and the moss came from the Dollar Tree.
I worked in small sections, applying hot glue to cover all sides {except the back}. I “dipped” each section into the moss and filled in the holes with my finger. OUCH! I did burn myself several times. Be careful!

This is what it looked like when it was finished. 

I glued a black ribbon to the back and tied it around the frame. I think it would have looked a little better in a larger frame, but oh well, it works.

I filled one apothecary jar with wicker balls that I had from a bag of potpourri.  The other I filled with leftover garland greenery from yesterday’s project.
I placed my Ballard inspired topiaries on the bottom shelf and left the family photo where it was. Just the right amount of green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day {and spring}, don’t you think?
Oh, and one more thing, and I promise, this is the last I’ll mention it. . .
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New Shelves With "Lovely" Decor

Get it? “LOVEly?” Can you believe Valentine’s Day is right around the corner? Today I thought I’d share with you my new shelves, built by hubby himself, and how I decorated them for Valentine’s Day.
Sneak peak:
First, let me tell you how these shelves came to be. At Christmastime I was browsing one of my favorite blogs, House of Smiths, when I came across these shelves.

Aren’t they gorgeous?! Not only are the shelves great, but Shelley does an amazing job decorating them for each holiday! I had the perfect spot for these guys in my breakfast room above my buffet. And Shelley was nice enough to share her tutorial hereShelley, if you are reading this, thank you!!!

About a week later, I had these. . . 

Now to decorate them. Tricky, tricky. 
I chose a color scheme of bright pinks and red and used clear glass and nickel-colored accents. 

I used pieces with varying heights on the top shelf. Two glass apothecary jars filled with Valentine’s Day candy on one side and two nickel-colored frames on the other. 

While I was working on my valentine wreath, Little Man #1 was busy working on the masterpiece in the front! He glued little pieces of the ribbon on paper. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was so pretty I had to frame it. I left the glass out of the frame to show off the textures of the ribbon. The picture in the back is my Valentine’s Day subway art. You can find the tutorial here

A glass milk bottle filled with pink and red roses and my thrift store decanter match the glass of the apothecary jars on the upper shelf. I brought more pink and red down to the bottom shelf with the ribbon and XOXO picture holder.
I used a cute painted plate on the on the other side of the bottom shelf to balance out the height of the bottles. The plate stand was originally black, so I spray painted it in the nickel finish to match the rest of the decor. The paint is Krylon, by the way, and it just might be my new favorite color of spray paint!

The finishing touch was an 8×10 family portrait taken last summer in, you guessed it, a nickel frame.

And there you have it! My new shelves, decorated in my favorite colors (pink & red) for Valentine’s Day! What I will do with them after V-day, I have NO idea!

From Thrift Store to Valentine’s Decor

A couple weeks ago I found this great thrift store right here in town. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of it before. I found it after a Google search for thrift stores in the area. I wasn’t expecting much, but boy was I wrong. I couldn’t believe how much junk I found! It is run by the Humane Society, so the sixteen dollars and fifty cents I spent went to a good cause! 
So this is what I got. 2 amber wine goblets (50c each!), antique door handles (that were still in the package), a decanter (because I collect them), white curtain rod holders (which I panted black and used for my hanging buckets), a complete chess/Backgammon set (most of it still in original packaging) and two framed (ugly) pictures. All for $16.50. And yes, it’s probably just junk, but junk can be turned into marvelous things!
So I bought this lovely cherub picture with a gold frame because I liked the size of it. It was tall with a thin frame and I thought it would look nice (minus the picture and blue matting, of course) on my new shelves hubby put above my buffet (tutorial to come soon). 
When I removed the insides, I was surprised to find a perfect ivory matte hiding under the hideous blue one. SCORE! I found this nickel spray paint in a satin finish by Krylon. 

I sprayed two light coats on the frame and was in love with the color!
While the spray paint was drying I printed this Valentine’s subway art from While He Was Napping. It was fine just black and white, but I wanted to jazz it up just a bit so I used regular old Crayola markers to add a touch of color.

I traced around the outside and inside of the two largest words on the page. 
Then I cropped the paper with just a small 1/2 inch boarder around the words and mounted it on a piece of scrapbook paper which I bought in a pack at Target’s Dollar Spot. 

Remember that ivory matte I found underneath the ugliness? Worked perfectly in my new frame!!
It’s hard to see in the photo, but the word love is outlined in  bright-light pink.
And for less than $5, it’s a nice start to my Valentine’s shelf!

“LOVE” it!