Back in Commission

My computer is finally back in commission! My charger, which is the 3rd charger I’ve had for this computer, started going in and out a few weeks ago and finally stopped working last weekend. I wasn’t about to pay $80 for a new one at Wal-mart so I had to wait for my $12 one from eBay to arrive. 

Let me tell you, it was hard going without this thing. I can browse and play on my iPhone all day long but blog, not so much. You don’t realize how much you use your computer until it won’t turn on.
 I’ve actually done my last couple posts at work. {Don’t tell my boss!}

I feel like since it is Friday, I have to say “It’s finally Friday”, but I only worked two days this week. Monday is my normal day off, I woke up Thursday with a migraine, and I planned on taking today off to spend some time with Cory. 

He goes on night shift this weekend and had to take today off so he could switch his sleep schedule. I’m not a huge fan of night shift (I don’t know if any wives are) but thankfully it’s only for a few weeks and he only has to do it once or  twice a year. 

Cory actually had Thursday off too but spent the day busting his tail around our yard. He had a dump truck full of mulch delivered Thursday morning and by the end of the day he had it all spread and the sidewalks and carport pressure washed. 

He probably wished that he was at work rather than doing all that but our yard desperately needed some TLC. It really was a huge facelift for the front of our house and I’m so thankful for a hardworking husband who will work as hard as he does. 

I would share some pictures but I sold my camera today!

Two years ago, Cory bought me the Canon Powershot SX40. It has been a great camera but since I’ve started this blog, I realized that I really need want a D-SLR. I’m still trying to figure out which one I want and I’ve got to decide because I’m going on Monday to get it. I’ve got it narrowed down between the Canon Rebel T3i, T4i, Nikon D3200 or D5100. 

Cory actually wanted me to keep my old camera and I hope I don’t regret selling it but the money will be helpful towards my new one. 

Since Cory worked so hard yesterday, we spent the day riding around in his jeep. The weather in South Carolina has been so beautiful the past week and today was the perfect day to ride around with the doors off. We ran a few errands and he even went to the grocery store with me. 

I dread all things about the grocery store. I can’t stand planning a menu, going to the grocery store and unloading the groceries. I think it’s because having groceries in the house means I have to cook and most days, I just don’t have the desire or the energy to be in the kitchen all evening. I know that it’s better for us, health wise and financially, to stick to the menu and eat at home but for the past couple of months, it just hasn’t worked out that way. 

And by hasn’t worked out that way, I mean that I haven’t even been to the grocery store except to pick up a few things like milk, bread, cereal and some fruit. 

I don’t dread it as much if Cory is there to help. I still have to plan the menu but he helps check for ingredients and keeps me company at the store. Plus, he carries most of the bags in for me and helps put the groceries up. If only I could get him to split the cooking with me, I’d be golden. 

Speaking of cooking, Cory and I both had birthdays in the past two weeks and my parents always do our birthday dinner together. One of my favorite meals is meatloaf, mac and cheese, and pinto beans and cornbread. Since I haven’t cooked in at least two months, when my Mom asked me what I wanted, I didn’t even hesitate to answer. So tonight I stuffed my face with some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. When my Mom cooks, it looks so easy but always taste so good. Her cooking is one of the top 5 things I miss about living at home. 

Maybe one day I’ll cook like she does. I wouldn’t hold your breath though. 

Okay… since I’ve now caught up on my past couple of days, I’ve got to go catch up on Scandal and Parenthood {too many good shows on Thursday night} and make a dip for our tailgate tomorrow. It will be another bright and early day in Clemson to watch the Tigers beat Boston College. 

Hope y’all have a great weekend and Go Tigers!

DIY Witch Wreath

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a picture of a wreath and asked if I could make it. The Burlap Witch Wreath looked fairly simple and let me tell you…

DIY Burlap Witch Wreath


The hardest part about this DIY Witch Wreath was finding the supplies which wasn’t very difficult since I order all my wreath supplies online.  There are two websites that I order from, Trendy Tree and Mardi Gras Outlet, they are both great websites and ship very quickly. Between the two sites, they had everything I needed.

Supplies needed to make your Burlap Witch Wreath:

  • 1 Roll of Poly Burlap Mesh (21″ x 10 yards)
  • 24″ Work Wreath in Burlap Color
  • Witch Hat
  • Witch Legs
  • Broom Stick
  • Ribbon (for the bow)
  • Floral Wire
  • Pro Bow- The Hand Bowmaker (optional)

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How to make the base of the Burlap Witch Wreath

Begin by opening up the tinsel ties and making sure they are all standing up straight. Unwrap the mesh roll and pull about 6 inches of mesh off the roll and gather. Starting on the inner ring, place the gathered mesh in the center of a tie and secure it tightly. You can tuck the extra under the wreath frame.

I like to pull about 12-13 inches between each tie and I use a ruler to make sure the puffs are close to the same size. You can do smaller puffs if you don’t want your wreath as fluffy.

Bunch and fluff your puff before securing it to the next tie. After a few puffs, this is what it will look like.
DIY Burlap Witch WreathContinue this all the way around the inner ring. When the inner ring is complete, you will move to the outer ring.

To move to the outer ring, pull the mesh tight and secure it to the closest tie on the outer ring. Once on the outer ring, you can continue to measure, gather, bunch, fluff and secure.

After the outer ring is complete, your wreath should look something like this, leaving about a six inch tail. {Minus the fuzzy in the bottom left!}

DIY Burlap Witch WreathFlip the wreath over and secure the tail to the metal ring with a zip tie. Once the zip tie is securing the tail, the base of the wreath is finished.

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Finishing your Burlap Witch Wreath

This is the first witch wreath I’ve done so I don’t have any pictures of attaching the hat. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it and was just trying a few different ways. I was home by myself and didn’t have enough hands to attach the hat and take pictures.

My bad.

The witches hat was a very thin nylon so I was able to poke floral wire through it. I started on the bottom of the hat, poked the wire through and than poked it back down from the top of the hat. Since the wire was green, I took a little black craft paint and covered the part you could see on top.

DIY Burlap Witch WreathI did this on the left and right side of the hat and attached the other end of the floral wire to the wreath frame.

The witch legs had little metal hooks on them and I was able to hang them to the bottom ring of my wreath. If you don’t want them to slide around, you can use zip ties to secure them.
DIY Burlap Witch Wreath
You can see that the hat appears to be sitting right on top but it’s secured to the frame. I also took the mesh puffs around the top and shoved them up inside of the hat to get it stand up straight.

Can I be honest for a second? I’m not very good at making bows and most of the time I end up frustrated and saying some not so nice words at who ever is in the room Cory. I bought the Pro-Bow The Hand (bowmaker) thinking it would transform my bow making abilities and I would be able to make all kinds of bows for Christmas last year. Ha!

I tried once, got so mad at it that I gave up and put it back in the box and haven’t touched it until this past week. The Hand does make it much easier but my brain and hands just can’t seem to get it right. Hence why none of my wreaths have bows.

I was dreading the bow on this wreath and after a few failed attempts, some tears, ugly words and mexican for dinner, I got it somewhat right. Heck, it was good enough for me.

No bow is worth the complete meltdown I had.


I digress. Back to the tutorial…

I used a 2.5 inch wired ribbon and my bowmaker to make the bow. Here is the tutorial video for the bow I made. Once I got the bow made, I hot glued it to the front of the witches hat. Make sure not to burn your fingers when pressing the bow onto the hat. The hat was so thin, I used a pot holder to keep my fingers protected.

The broom stick was a little long so I trimmed it down {regular scissors cut it just fine} and located where I wanted the end of it to stick out at. I had to hold the mesh out of the way to allow the broom stick to slide in between the wreath frame and the mesh. Once you have it where you want it, secure it to the frame with zip ties.

And viola! You have a Burlap Witch Wreath.

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Hope you enjoyed by Burlap Witch Wreath tutorial. It was super easy to make and I loved how cute it turned out! If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up! Have a good day, y’all!

This post is linked to Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop at House of Rose.

Lazy Day

Do you ever have those days where you don’t even feel like getting out of your pjs? Well, today I did. After the past three weeks of going non-stop, my body needed the rest. There was so much that I wanted and needed to get done today but instead we did a lot of this…

and this…

I’ve had the whole first season of Chicago Fire on my DVR for months and I spent most of the day {I slept till 10:30} catching up on it. The biggest decision I made all day was if I wanted to get dressed, brush my teeth and go get something to eat. I was having a serious craving for hibachi but really didn’t want to move from the couch.

It’s okay. You can judge me.

I was too hungry to not go, so we went for a ride to get hibachi.

Don’t worry, I did change out of my pj’s and brush my teeth. However, I didn’t bother brushing my hair.

The boys love to ride and we don’t take them nearly enough. It’s very rare that we are only going one place and back home. Their excitement made me feel like a bad mama.

Shh, don’t tell Hampy he’s a dog.

Other than watching Chicago Fire, I caught up on my blog reading from the weekend, spent way too much time just browsing on Pinterest and did a little online shopping for my birthday. Now I’ve got a thousand and one ideas of stuff I want to do around the house. It’s probably a day wasted because there are always projects to work on, pictures to edit and post to write but my body {and mind} will thank me the rest of the week.

Hope y’all had a great Monday!

Deco Mesh Wreaths

Fall Deco Mesh WreathLast fall, I started browsing Pinterest and Etsy in search of a wreath. I discovered these things called deco mesh wreaths and loved them.

What I didn’t love was the price tag on them. I get that wreath making is some people’s livelihood and they are totally worth it, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $100+ on a wreath. I was shocked at the prices I was seeing and decided that I definitely picked the wrong career.

I kept looking through Etsy and I thought to myself “I could make this.” So I got on YouTube and watched about 349 videos on how to make a deco mesh wreath.

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating.  Maybe.

My first wreath was u-g-l-y. A deco mesh wreath FAIL. I tried making a Clemson wreath and it just didn’t turn out like I envisioned. For some reason, I put it up again this year. Maybe to remind myself that I did get better or maybe because it’s the only Clemson wreath I have.

Clemson Deco Mesh Wreath

*Note to self, make a new Clemson wreath. So I watched a few more videos and browsed around on Etsy {again} to get ideas and went at it again.

My second wreath was a bit more successful, don’t ya think?

Halloween Deco Mesh WreathOnce I posted these on my Facebook, I had people, mostly family, start asking if I could make them one. One thing I learned very quickly is to order early. As ridiculous as it sounds, order Halloween/fall supplies in the summer and Christmas supplies in early fall. Evidently, I was behind last year and had a hard time finding the supplies I needed.

I also forgot to take pictures of the first couple of wreaths I did for other people, so you get to see grainy phone pictures. My bad.

Christmas Wreath

This one isn’t deco mesh, obviously, but it is one of my favorites that I’ve done. I really wish I had remembered to take pictures before I delivered it.

Christmas Deco Mesh WreathChristmas Poly Burlap Wreath

My Mom loves red birds and her Christmas decor is very rustic so I made this wreath out of poly burlap. It is a mesh but has the look of burlap. I took pictures of her wreath but they were pretty bad. Pretty sure it was at night and I had the lights on.  Again, my bad.

I promise, I’ve gotten better at my picture taking skills.

Christmas Deco Mesh Wreath

This is my Christmas wreath and I’m a little completely obsessed with it. I adore Christmas time and just looking at this picture makes me ready to start decorating my house.

Okay…back to deco mesh.

After Christmas, I planned on making one for Valentine’s, spring, summer, etc. but I really don’t decorate other than fall and Christmas. Once summer got here, we were so busy that all plans to make one went out the window. Towards the end of the summer, I posted on Facebook that I would be selling them this year {since I had some interest from the year before} and I’ve had enough orders to keep me busy.

Keep in mind, I work full time, run a blog, and have a life so I don’t have much free time but have been able to make a couple so far.

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Fall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathI liked this one so much, I almost kept it for myself. Too bad my last name doesn’t start with an “H”.
Fall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathFall Deco Mesh WreathThis beauty is my fall wreath. I found this owl and had to have it. I’m loving all the owl decor this fall. I think that I’ve come a long way in my wreath making abilities. I’ve seen some amazing wreaths and I know mine are nowhere near the same level yet, but I might get there someday!

Just remember, don’t give up if you don’t succeed on the first try {cliche, I know}  but I would be missing out on some pretty rockin’ wreaths if I had stopped after the ugly Clemson wreath.

I’m working on a witch wreath right now and should have it finished before the end of the week. I’m hoping {fingers crossed} to do a tutorial on it. I’ve been taking pictures of each step but I need to get them on the computer and see if they will work. It’s hard to take pictures of yourself making a wreath!

Hope y’all have a good week!

This post is linked to Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop at Love of Family and Home.