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Some facts about us: Together since May 2004, Matt & Kristin Married in May 2009. Between the two of us, we've lived in California, Hawaii, Guam, Japan and met here, in good ol' Virginia. We adopted two mini schnauzers, Hemingway & Mya aka The Pups. We bought our first home in May of 2011 and are ridiculously excited for all the DIY projects ahead of us.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Easy Peasy Fall Wreath

 It's fall!
Am I the only one that has been rocking boots for the past few days since it's officially time?
Every year my birthday falls within a day or two of the first day of fall, but I've never been more excited that the season is here.  Maybe it's because of the blistering summer we've had.  Maybe it's because the Pumpkin Spice Latte is officially back at Starbucks.  Or maybe it's because we have our first home we get to decorate through and through.  Either way, let the fun begin.

I first saw a square fall wreath on Pinterest so I checked out TDC's blog (link is at the end of the blog) and was inspired to make my own. 

Supplies I needed:

- Foam Board (Dollar Store)
- 5 Bundles of leaves (Dollar Store)
- Scissors
- Hot Glue & Sticks
- Xacto Knife

Measure the board and decide how big you'll want it.  Cut out like so:

Don't worry if it's not completely straight or pretty, you won't see most of it when the project is complete.

Take your glue gun and glue the leaves down in no particular order.  The disorganization of a pile of leaves in the yard is the perfect way you want it to be on your wreath.

This project really didn't take much time at all.  And if you sit in front of the TV watching Taken, it'll seem like it took no time at all. 

If you go to Ross, Home Goods, Walmart or Target to get a fall wreath, you'll easily be spending $30+  while this little project will cost you anywhere from $6 - $15 depending on where you get your supplies.

I think if you use a thicker foam board than the one at the dollar store, it'll look a little better.  If I had to do this over, I would definitely start with that and get an extra bundle of leaves.  Take my advice and make yours even better than mine!

Here's a little mum love to end the fall post...

Happy Fall Loves!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Shut the Front Door!

It's been over 6 weeks since my last post.  Daang.  Sorry for the random break from blogging.  The past month and a half has been a slew of heartbreak, mother nature showing her fury, and a much needed vacation. 
So my apologies for being MIA!  Let's get back into it.

The front porch needed a lot of help.  Although, we haven't completely finished it, I think we've come a LONG way.  Starting with the light fixure next to the front door.  It was lacking that modern look we were going for.  So instead of forking over the $80 to replace it with the one we liked at Home Depot, we decided to try some of our famous spray paint.

We used masking tape to cover the glass on the lights.  After covering the glass, we used a carton cutter to cut off the excess around the edges.  Time consuming = yes, but a must-do.

Drum roll please...

It's definitely a vast improvement over what it looked like!
Now the reason for the name of this post. 
Our front door was a sun faded maroon.  And as you can see, I took the 'before' picture after I had already started.  Oops, my mistake.  You might as well get used to those.  ;P

Below  is a picture of the house before we purchased it.  For those of you that follow this little blog, I spoke about us painting the exterior a couple of months ago.  It's mostly done, but there is  still some trimwork to do which is why I haven't posted the 'after' pics yet.  So, here is the not so appealing picture before we moved in,  trimmed the bushes and painted the front door.  You wouldn't know that though, since you can't even see the door past that monster bush.  Owell.

The steps and front porch weren't painted, they weren't much of anything 'cept a hot mess. 

So for the porch, we painted it a dark grey with white trim for the steps. 
As for the door, I heart* a red door on a yellow house, so we went with a barnyard red from Sherwin Williams.  I couldn't be happier! 

 I feel like I bunched a lot into one little post. I hope it wasn't too confusing! 
Welcome back, loves!

I'll leave you with a picture of the hubs and me in San Francisco while we were on vaca last week.  :)