Wine Cork Pumpkin DIY

The other day I had a bit of a crafty craving come over me! Does anyone else ever feel like that 🙂 ? I was just itching to make a craft or two. I had pulled out our Fall decor, and then I began rummaging through my craft supply bins. I started making a “FALL” sign for our front entrance (which I’ll share another day), and then it occurred to me to utilize the wine corks I’d been storing…

A friend of mine actually collected them over time, and asked if anyone would be willing to take them off her hands. Of course I couldn’t pass them up! After snatching them off her, they sadly sat, unused for roughly a year. I finally put them to good use, and they are looking pretty cute! 😉

This craft is super simple to make yourself and I, this perfectionist, did it in about 40 minutes.

What You’ll Need:

  • 25 Wine Corks
  • Green fabric or scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Orange paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper/styrofoam plate
  • Newspaper
  • Gluegun
  • Thin, crafting wire
  • Spanish moss

What To Do:

  1. Pour a little paint onto your disposable plate.
  2. Using the paint brush, paint the bottom ends of each wine cork (I used the bottom because the other sides had been punctured with the bottle opener). *You COULD just dip each end in paint, but I think using the brush would make it more neat.*
  3. Lay each cork to dry on some newspaper.
  4. While the paint is drying, plug in your glue gun to get it hot. (Also place on newspaper to protect the surface you’re working on).
  5. Using the scissors, trace out a leaf onto the piece of fabric/craft paper you’re using. Set aside.
  6. Once paint is dry, beginning gluing each row together. First (bottom row) is 4. Next row is 5, then 6. Then glue 5 more together side by side, and lastly 4 again (for the top).
  7. Allow to dry.
  8. Start stacking cork rows and gluing together. (Cork rows are as follows: 4,5,6,5, and 4).
  9. In between the 4 on the top section, using thin wire, puncture corks and ‘screw on’ last remaining cork on for the ‘stem’ 😀
  10. While corks continue to dry, gather a small bit of moss together and glue into place at the center. Glue into place under the pumpkin ‘stem’/ cork.
  11. Glue your ‘leaf’ shape just under the moss and cork stem.

And there you have it! Your cute, little wine cork pumpkin that is pretty easy and quite budget friendly. Ours resides on our dining room shelf next to a wine glass and bottle. Enjoy! 😀

*Check out the rest of the Fall decor I have out so far!*

Dining room shelf

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We’re Heeeere!

Hey blog friends! It’s been awhile. I finally feel like I can sit down and blog again without my to-do list creeping in and interrupting my thoughts.

So, we finally moved! Yay *cue dancing music* !! It went relatively smoothly and we are so happy to be in the city where Matt has been posted and is working. The commute was a long 3 hour drive for him and even though it wasn’t daily (24 hour shifts), it was getting tiresome. It was also harder on me to not have found prenatal care up where we were, and to be trying to schedule ultrasounds up in our new city without being there yet, without a Dr.’s referral….etc! So let’s just say it was due time to be in our new place!

Leaving PMQGoodbye military base housing!

The moving company the military assigns you to was pretty cool, and the packers did a good job (nothing that was fragile was broken!) too. All of our belongings have turned up as we finished unpacking, and we couldn’t be happier with how the moving experience was.

Moving truckNew houseCul de Sac New Place

New House empty

So I took a bunch of pictures encapsulating the moving process (mainly for my scrapbooking pleasure 🙂 ) and some of the finishing touches around the new house as we’ve been unpacking. I’ve been in my decorating glory (love setting up a new house! 😀 )!

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

Kitchen afterKitchen afterKitchen after

Still working on finishing touches (seems to be an ongoing process), moving things around here and there…Browsing for finishing touches. We also plan to paint most rooms, but while we’re waiting on that, we hung some pictures in the meantime so it’s homey. ❤

Dining room beforeCoffee station dining roomDecor new houseDining room decor

The coffee station resides in the dining room, which is kind of perfect. It frees up counter space in the kitchen, as that’s where the coffee maker and kettle reside. Who doesn’t want coffee or tea with their dessert after dinner? 😉 The hutch stores dining room accessories such as extra candles & candle sticks, placemats and cloth napkins on one side. The other side holds (even more!) tea bag varieties, hot cocoa (and a canister of marshmallows!), while the drawers are home to coffee and loose leaf tea filters, a milk frother, stirring spoons and sweetener packets.

The lyric (our wedding song) wall art is hung up again, after being boxed up for 2 years! It’s in the dining room along with my shelf, and chalkboard (menu). The shelf has my Tiffany & Co. candlesticks on there (also boxed away previously), which were a generous gift, and wine glass with corks and a bottle (now vase) from the winery we were married at.

Bedroom beforeBedroom beforeBedroom afterBedroom after

Yeah, so still a work in progress. Office is also now a combo guest room and that’s just about finished…and still hanging photographs each day as I feel inspired as to where they should go. But it’s a fun process and we’re getting there. We had our first guests (my in laws!) come up to see the house and they were also so kind as to look after our cat during the busy moving days. Cats are the most neurotic animals and I think she would have been spooked by the chaos the movers and boxes brought, along with the change of residence! She is doing well though, and seems to love the sliding back door and the views that come with it, and has found many cozy spots to nap. My in laws came along with us to tour the city a little bit, which was nice. A great way to break up the hectic days of setting things up. We were able to check out some of the surrounding areas, as well as tour the air force museum which was kinda cool! Matt and I are also trying to enjoy the rest of the Summer by doing little day trips here and there. We were able to visit a local zoo last weekend and this weekend we look forward to an annual family pool party/ BBQ. The weekend after THAT we are going camping with friends at a provincial park!

In other news, the baby is continually growing and healthy! 😉  I’m currently at 21 weeks and feeling pretty great. My full appetite has returned and I’m no longer quite the picky eater, thankfully. We have our first OB appointment on Thursday and I would love for her to set me up with another ultrasound in order to find out the gender!!

Well, thanks again for letting me catch up and reading all my ramblings 🙂 . I hope & plan to blog again soon.


First Signs of Spring

The snow has begun to melt. Today, temperatures were above 0 (Celsius, here). The sun was out, I even had my some of our windows cracked open for a brief period of time! It really helped to freshen thing up. Music was cranked, did some “Spring Cleaning”…it was a productive day. Yesterday was daylight savings time and it’s so nice to have our longer evenings back again. It’s not dark right after supper!! 🙂 Spring will be here soon enough and the Winter blahs will be gone away!

We’re especially looking forward to this season because there are some exciting changes on the horizon. Matt will be graduating, and will start working in his new career as a firefighter. We both have birthdays in April, and Matt is turning the big 3-0 ! We are also moving in the next several weeks. Lots of changes ahead, a lot to be excited about! 🙂

I created a few printables to share. Feel free to print ’em! I sometimes frame mine and add mine around the house (see our home here and here) for some décor. I hope you enjoy them!

Spring Printable

Hello Spring Printable

Spring Chalkboard Printable

What do you do to get ready for Spring? Care to share? What do you love most about the season?

 

 

 

Free Valentine Chalkboard Printables!

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I LOVE doodling on my chalkboard. I’ll switch it up for holidays, birthdays, parties, and sometimes just because! I also really dig chalkboard printables. I have a few displayed around our home, in frames. It makes for some cute and low-budget décor. And they’re all the rave on Pinterest. Check out some of these chalkboards that other bloggers have created and how they are incorporating them into their home décor:

ChalkboardChalkboard in dining roomYou can have them hanging up on the wall, or framed and on a table top.Chalkboard art

Chalkboard Spring display

Chalkboard springChalkboard valentines inspirationChalkboard Valentine ideaThey’re especially cute when they are on a shelf or mantle 🙂 .

Free You Are My Sunshine Chalkboard Printable from livelaughrowe.comOn a clipboard would work too…

Chalkboard Hot Chocolate MenuOr by a hot chocolate bar – even BETTER! 😀

Soooo in  the spirit of the day of LOVE I made 3 Valentine 8×10 printables for you to print off and enjoy!! They can be found at the bottom of this post.

Valentine Chalkboard Printables

Click >>HERE<< to print your 8×10 chalkboard printables. Happy Valentine’s ❤ day decorating!

Things I’m Loving Thursday: Pallet Art

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope your week is going well.

I have collected 4 skids that are propped up in the snow, leaning against our shed and are just calling my name ;). They’re just begging to be repurposed!!! I had hoped to make a Christmas sign with one of them…So today I am featuring pallet art and my love for it.

Pallets (aka – skids) are SO versatile and making signs, or art, from them is just one of the many ways they can be reused creatively. Here are some of my favourite creations:

Welcome pallet sign You have my whole heart

Family Values

Love

I like the rosette that was added to that one (as the ‘O’).

Welcome pallet sign

"Eat" Sign for Kitchen

I  like how this one is entirely different, using the pallet to create letters.

Scripture on pallet

Pallet art can be so unique! I love the ones that look a bit more distressed and rustic looking. The best part is, a lot of people tend to want to get rid of them, and so you can get them for free. I had 2 of mine delivered right to my home – it was awesome!

I made a family values sign a year or so ago out of a pallet and was pretty pleased with how it turned out…

Family Values pallet art

We heard word from a reliable source that we will likely be finding out where we will be posted tomorrow (you can read the story here). I could always attempt this project:

Home is where the air force sends us

Hope you were inspired! Until next time…

Do you like pallet art? Why not share your designs? I’d love to get more tips and see your work!

DIY – Canvas Wall Art

I was inspired by a fellow Pinterest-er on PB&J Stories to create some art for our home. I often turn to Pinterest for craft and DIY ideas. I LOVED the idea of memorializing something as special and precious as the song lyrics to a wedding song of ours. Before we moved onto this air force base, I had the perfect (bare) wall for hanging this art. It was above our dining room table. Now that our place is smaller, I don’t have the room for hanging these, but I still wanted to show you how I did it!

Decor new house
I chose a song from our wedding ceremony that a friend of mine sang (beautifully, might I add!) during the signing of the register. It has beautiful, and meaningful lyrics, and I really wanted it to encapsulate our marriage. It was the first song we heard when we were legally and officially a couple! “I Will Be Here” by Stephen Curtis Chapman – LOVE IT! ❤ I really do think that this project could be easily adapted for anything though, a song or children’s story, an excerpt from a favourite novel, or even a poem….

I will be here

I was having a difficult time finding canvas squares that were just the right size. They were either too big, too deep, too expensive, etc. One day I happened to be strolling through the dollar store and came across the perfect ones! They were more like a vinyl canvas, and they were already prints of Michelangelo’s “David” (JUST the face 😉 ), but I would be covering  them anyway so it didn’t matter. I merely felt a little silly buying 9 of them…

Michelangelos David

Now, you can always create your own cardstock (in Adobe Illustrator, perhaps?) and then print off your design, however I bought mine from an Etsy seller, “This Humble Home“. I loved the font she had chosen, and it was just easier. My canvas frames are 8×8, and so that was the size of white cardstock I ordered.

I didn’t need to paint the frames at all on the sides, as mine were already a nice, neutral brown (though you may choose to). I then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the squares and carefully placed the printed cardstock on top. Allow to dry. I then covered with 3 coats of Mod Podge, allowing a drying period of at least 20 minutes in between each coat. More coats = more texture. I purchased the “glossy” Mod Podge and foam brushes (for application) at Michaels.

Mod podge foam brushes

Mod podge


Things I Learned When Working With Mod Podge:

1.) You gotta work FAST. It’s sticky, tacky and it makes placement difficult.

2.) Many thin layers as opposed to fewer thicker layers. Spreading it on too thick will result in bubbles.

3.) Bubbles WILL HAPPEN. It doesn’t matter how carefully you work – it’s inevitable. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The perfectionist in me wanted to rip the cardstock off and cry, but I decided to just wait. 95% of bubbles will settle out as it dries (thankfully).


I arranged them all out on the table the next day, and determined the spacing. Then I (Matt ;)) hung them! Overall, I think I am happy with how they turned out.

Lovely Lyrics