Showing posts with label CGL farmhouse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CGL farmhouse. Show all posts

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Teacup succulent planter that looks like a swan - swan craft

A partridge in a pear tree? Four calling birds? Seven swans-a-swimming?

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to give all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This tale of my epic search for loveable hypoallergenic carpet is brought to you by Mohawk Flooring Air.o Unified Soft Flooring.
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When we bought our house two-and-a-half years ago, one of the things we wanted to replace immediately was the carpet (you can see all of the before pictures of the house here). It was sixteen years old, stained and stretched out - in two of the rooms the carpet was so stretched out that it formed giant ripples big enough that you could pinch!
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Pretty farmhouse style pantry organization makeover ideas
There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. If you are looking for some pretty and practical farmhouse style pantry organization ideas, stick around! My pantry had been a hot mess and I needed to get it under control. After looking at some different pantry organization ideas on Pinterest, I had an idea of the direction I needed to go but I needed to execute it farmhouse style!
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Friday, August 4, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.
When we moved out of "The Townhouse" and into "The Farmhouse", we actually moved into a smaller home. Our four bedroom home is only about 1400 square feet and the great room where we spend most of our time serves as the living room, the dining room AND the corridor to the back yard. There's a lot going on in this 20' x 14.5' space!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


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When we bought "The Farmhouse" two winters ago, we had big plans for the backyard. Last year we had our first summer here and the only change we made to the outdoors was digging a French drain to keep our sideyard from flooding. Necessary but not very exciting.

Now that the weather is warming up, I am ready to get outside and make my space more enjoyable! When Lowe's asked if I would like to partner with them to show you guys easy budget backyard makeover ideas I was all over it! I had big plans for an easy way to make my patio more livable and I really love how it turned out!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Can you believe spring is ready to get started here? Every year as we turn the corner from February into March I want to decorate with all things spring - succulents, flowers, butterflies and more. When PaperMart reached out to me to ask if I wanted to work with them on a sponsored tutorial using their supplies I was immediately drawn to their collection of different butterflies. Combining the butterflies with the rustic feel of a pallet board makes the perfect farmhousey style spring decor.
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Monday, March 13, 2017



Like most full time professional bloggers, I work from home. What I call my studio is a combination of craft room, home office, photography studio and writer's office. That's a lot of things to cram into one room! I need a place to sit (or stand) and work on my computer as well as store my huge stockpile of craft supplies - plus a place to photograph or make videos of everything. 

The color scheme is light and bright - with a rainbow of colors (because "rainbow" IS my favorite color). Come take a look around!
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Monday, March 6, 2017


Spring is on its way and I am ready to get all things green and growing integrated into my decor! On my front door, I have this great heart chalkboard instead of a wreath. My door is not ideally situated to have real, live succulents hanging on it (also: I would absolutely forget to water them) so I opted for some faux succulents. It's also really easy to make - and will take less than 15 minutes to complete for start to finish!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

I'm working on a full pantry makeover that matches the modern farmhouse style happening in the rest of the house. One of the things I have in my pantry is a set of crates that hold smaller things like spices, bags of baking supplies, baking mixes, etc. It keeps small things wrangled and in the case of baking, I can just pull out the whole crate to bring to the counter when doing baking projects.
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Last year my Christmas decorating was really limited to having a tree and doing up my mantel. This year, I expanded my holiday decor to match my modern farmhouse look and set up a few new things including this JOY sign. 

I have a massive wall behind my couch which needed a large decor piece and this worked perfectly. I didn't happen to have any huge pieces of barnwood on hand so I used a faux barnwood treatment to get it to look like old barn wood or a pallet and paired it with milk painted letters and a pretty wreath. Even though my finished piece is 24" x 48" this whole project scales up or down beautifully to be any size you need for your space. 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This post brought to you by Schneider Electric . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Creative Green Living.
Our farmhouse makeover hit a bit of a hang up this year. All for good reasons, fortunately, but it was a hang up nonetheless. You see, I've always wanted to write a book so when an editor at Skyhorse Publishers asked if I would be interested in writing a cookbook about smoothie bowls I was so excited to get on board (psst, you can order your copy here!). Great for me. Unfortunate for my house. 
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Thursday, November 17, 2016


This adorable snow globe soap pump is the perfect way to add an unexpected dash of Christmas to the kitchen or bathroom sinks in your home. Throughout the year I keep most of the decor in my home fairly neutral and then swap out accessories like this for different holidays. It makes me smile every time I go to use the kitchen sink!

Bonus: You need ZERO crafting skills to pull off this project!
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Sunday, October 9, 2016


If you need a way to add some green to the inside of your home, succulents are a great way to do it! Make these adorable planters out of recycled cans, burlap and lace and in just a few minutes you'll be ready with your own console table-worthy creation!

Costa Farms partnered with me on this post and provided these great succulents from their desert escape collection. Look for Costa Farms succulents at your local Home Depot and Lowe's stores.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Do you call Oregon home? You'll love these rustic barnwood inspired blocks. This DIY project lets you recreate an aged look without all the time and water normally required to age things naturally! Plus, you'll have 5 more sides you can decorate if you'd like! I did two other sides to also spell "love" and "joy".

This project is part of a partnership with five other Oregon bloggers to bring you awesome home state projects. Check those out at the bottom!

Of course, I hope you'll feel inspired even if you don't live in Oregon! Just swap out the Oregon silhouette for a silhouette of your state OR use the heart template I provide instead. 

Ready to make this? Let's get started!
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Friday, July 22, 2016


If you're new here, let me catch you up:

At the end of last year, we sold our townhouse and bought a one-story home in a semi-rural town about 10 miles away that was stuck in the 90's - and not in a cool, trendy way.

It's the ultimate project house: every single room in this house needs help.

It's not that old (it was built in 1999) so things were in fairly good condition when we bought it. The colors, though! Oh my word. Let's just say my main living area was mauve and sage green and weird 90's design choices (like: no window sills. In the whole house).

You can see all our Farmhouse projects I have done do far but for now let's focus on my living room...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Do you need an easy, last minute Easter decoration? This Easter decor craft is super easy and took less than half an hour to put together! It was the perfect addition to our Easter mantle decor above our fireplace. Also, because you only need a few small pieces of each type of cardstock, this is a great way to use up paper scraps from scrapbooking or card making if you have them!


Supplies


  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Baker's twine
  • Mini clothespins (I needed 2 bags)
  • Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 




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    Sunday, February 7, 2016



    I'm about 90% of the way done with getting my home office / studio / craft room put together. If you'll recall from the "Great Big Before" tour the room looked like this:

    And now (at least the wall by my desk) looks like this:


    SO MUCH better! I removed the wallpaper border, painted the walls with my favorite zero-VOC paint from Colorhouse in the Bisque.02 color and got my desk put together. I'm planning on writing more about how I put my office together later - for now I want to teach you about my awesome sign.

    It was inspired by a set of printables available form The Girl Creative and turned my vision into something more 3-D and more farmhousey. I love it above my desk! 

    Here's how to make it:


    Supplies

    • 30" x 11.5" white pallet board
    • 4" tall paper mache letters (the 'b' is 4" tall, the 'e' is 2.5" for reference)
    • Cursive chipboard letters
    • Martha Stewart Craft Paint in:
      • Wedding Cake (white)
      • Amaranth (pink)
      • HabeƱero (red)
      • Marmalade (orange)
      • Chamomile (yellow)
      • Pea Shoot (green)
      • Beach Glass (blue/green)
      • Pond (blue)
      • Purple Yam (purple)
      • Gold metallic 
    • Paint brushes
    • Push Pins
    • Yard stick
    • High temp hot glue gun (this is the gun I use)
    • Professional strength hot glue
    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. All of my supplies except the Martha Stewart Paint and Hot Glue Gun came from Craft Warehouse, a local craft chain in the Pacific Northwest.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2016



    I'm slowly plugging away decorating the mantle in the The Farmhouse. It started with my "I Love You to the Moon and Back"  rustic picture frame and is slowly growing from there. Right now I have a huge mirror and three picture frame and thought I needed to a add a jar with a candle. When I was at IKEA last week, I saw this Ensidig fat glass vase and decided it would be perfect! Some lima beans, a doily, baker's twine mixed in and five minutes later I had a pretty candle holder! Here's how to make it:


    Supplies

    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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    Monday, January 25, 2016


    On a recent trip to my local craft store, I fell in love with a premade pallet-style board and decided to turn it into a frame to use in The Farmhouse. I love the rustic feel of the pallet and the chippy, distressed look of the little frame. The whole thing oozes "modern farmhouse chic" - which is the style we're using for our new house. I absolutely love it!

    You can pick up everything you need for this craft at Craft Warehouse (a Pacific Northwest craft chain). For the rest of you, check out Hobby Lobby (which, as far as I can tell, carries similar items). I've included links below for similar items I found on Amazon and other retailers.

    Supplies

    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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