Vintage Coastal Farmhouse Advent Calendar

Good morning! I’ve lost track of what day we are on, but I do know I am sharing my advent calendar with you and I love how it turned out! But first, go here to go back to the 50 Christmas Ideas and see what the other hosts are sharing. Also, don’t forget the Inlinkz and the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

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First, a little history about advent. I got my information from a wonderful blogger, Yvonne over at Stonegable. She is an excellent writer and designer! Please head over to see her site. She explains advent wonderfully. Anyways, the meaning of advent is ‘the coming.’ For Christians, ‘the coming’ is the coming of Christ. His first coming was over 2000 years ago as a baby in a manger. When he was a man, he died on the cross to save us from our sins. His second coming will be when he takes all those who believe and ask forgiveness, to heaven with him to live forever.

Most symbols of advent are a wreath with 4 candles and each candle is a symbol-for hope, peace, love and joy. Advent is a time to reflect on all of our blessings and to remind ourselves about the true meaning of Christmas.

Learning all this information about advent, I decided my calendar would have just 4 bags, one to represent each symbol-hope, peace, love and joy. The wonderful little bags I used were graciously given to me by BurlapFabric. The linen material is so beautiful!  But I am getting ahead of myself!

I started out with this cupboard door. I don’t even remember where it came from! But I knew how I wanted to transform it. I started by removing the hinges and then spray-painted the whole door with Rustoleum 2X Satin Heirloom White. I didn’t worry about the patched holes in the middle because I knew I was going to be covering them.

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Once the door was dry, I cut out a piece of pretty fabric scrap I had to fit in the middle. I love the crocheted lace going through the fabric.

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I pinned it to the right size and then ironed the edges.

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I hot-glued the fabric onto the middle section of the door.

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Next I cut a small piece of burlap that I wanted to center on top of the crocheted fabric.

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I frayed a little bit of the edges of the burlap, then I stitched around the edge to make sure it didn’t keep fraying any further. I pulled out a few extras that were beyond the stitching after finishing the edge.

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I ironed the burlap onto the shiny side of freezer paper.

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I created the quote in the font I wanted on PicMonkey. I saved it onto my computer. I loaded the freezer paper into the printer and then printed out my quote. I couldn’t believe how well it worked!

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I used spray adhesive to attach the burlap to the crocheted fabric.

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I found this cute white pom-pom trim at Walmart and knew it would look great on here. It reminds me of little snowballs! I hot glued it around the inner edge of the cupboard door.

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I found these knobs at Hobby Lobby on clearance. Look at the price! I knew as soon as I saw them they would be perfect for this.

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I measured out the bottom edge of the door and penciled in even marks to drill holes for the knobs. I drilled the holes and then placed the knobs in.

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On these cute little muslin bags I received from Burlap Fabric, I decided to stencil numbers 1 through 4 on them. I used black fabric paint.

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I hardly put any paint on my brush and dabbed it over the fabric.

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I love the vintage look of the bags!

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I filled the bags with little special items and hung them from the knobs.  I don’t have any little children at home or I would have filled them with little toys or candy.

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I hung my calendar right by my table, so if I was reading an advent story on one of the 4 Sundays, the bags would be right there. They make such a great reminder of the real reason for the season.

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I’m excited to have this calendar to put up each year!

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This project took me a little bit to get done, but I’m so happy with the results! Do you celebrate Advent? I would love to hear how you and your family celebrate!

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Highlights From A Home Improvement Show

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We are so hot over here. I’ve lost track of how many over 100 degree days we have had in a row! But we can’t just stay inside all the time, so Lauren and I headed over to a Home Improvement Show held in our area. There were three buildings full of vendors, everything from solar, fake grass, spas, and home remodeling. But I like the decorating areas the best!

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When we first walked up to this area, I couldn’t figure out why it looked so familiar. Then I figured it out…it was all decorated with furnishings from Magnolia Home! No wonder I liked it all!

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Lauren loved these drawers on the side of the table.

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This beam is faux, made from knotty pine and stained. It even had straps on it that looked like metal, but were just rubber. It was pretty cool! And I love the lanterns hanging from it!

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Of course, shiplap!

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I love how they drew in the fire with chalk!

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So many beautiful pieces!

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This display is from a local business. They paint anything and everything with Annie Sloan chalk paint. They even offer classes. I would like to take one someday.

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This is also a local business. They have a goat farm and make all sorts of goodies from the goat milk.

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i like this little flower cart.

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I believe this table came from the Macy’s Home store. The color scheme is perfect for me!

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How about some Rae Dunn! This is such a great display!

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The highlight, was this little trailer! Oh my! I would love to do something like this and then just park it in my yard and enjoy!

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Isn’t it adorable?

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Would you like to makeover a trailer too? There would be so many options and ways to decorate it! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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Ready for Spring! Simple DIY Flower Box

Good morning! It’s time for spring break around here! Do you have plans for your break? I’m not sure what we will be doing. Haley will be home from school, so just being able to spend time with my girls is good for me. I’m sure we will plan one shopping trip to buy something for Easter, but otherwise we are free to do whatever might come up.

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Today I have a simple flower box idea for spring. I found this box in my stash when I was unpacking. I believe I bought it at a thrift store, but I know they have similar ones at the craft stores. I also bought some styrofoam and flowers at the Dollar Tree. If you click on the Dollar Tree ad on the sidebar, Home on the Corner get a little compensation, but you spend no extra! I bought the rope awhile back for another project that never got done, so now I could use it for this!

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I did give the box a light coat of white paint, so its just barely there. I decided I wanted the rope around the bottom to give it a little more texture. If it was around the top, it wouldn’t show because of the flowers. I like the little added touch of farmhouse or coastal the rope gives it. I added a line of hot glue and then placed the rope on top, gluing a little at a time. I ended up doing 3 rows.

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I placed the styrofoam in the bottom of the box and used a little glue to keep it in place.

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Lastly was the flowers. I didn’t have any moss, but it would probably be better to add it first, just to cover the styrofoam. I pushed some of the leaves towards the bottom of the stems to help cover it up. I placed the taller flowers first and then filled in around it.

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I only used 6 stems, 2 of each kind. It’s just the perfect touch to add to my front porch!

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My hall bathroom is complete, so hopefully I can get some pictures done and get it posted! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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DIY Farmhouse Beaded Chandelier

Good morning! We have had so much wonderful rain, but I am so ready for sunshine and warm days! How about you? We also found out my niece is going to have a baby boy this summer! This will be the first boy in 27 years for our family! Pretty exciting news!

I am still in the process of trying to use the supplies I already own and decided to try to find another project for the wooden beads I have in my stash. The first project I made was Minnie Mouse ornaments. I have been seeing many beaded lamps on the internet, so I thought I would give it a try for myself. I have had this hanging lamp on my patio for many years. I bought it at a yard sale and removed the wiring so it is lit with candles.  Several of the glass globes were broken during the move to our ‘new’ house, so I had to figure out something else to dress it up. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but than the wooden beads came to mind.

The lamp is pretty rustic. I cleaned it up, but I decided not to repaint it, but just leave it as is. I did remove the weird little curved parts on the bottom.

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I used a variety of different sizes for the beads. I first went through my stash to figure out how many of each size I had and make some kind of pattern with them. I knew I would need six strands of each set. I also used twine to thread them on to. I did end up having to buy a few beads just to finish out some of the strands.

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Sorry for the blur on this picture. This is the lower section of the lamp. I measured out how long I wanted the twine to be and then threaded the beads on. I wrapped one end of the twine around the metal, hot gluing it into place. I wrapped the twine three times at this end.

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This is the other end where it ends at the candle holder. I also wrapped this three times and secured it with hot glue.

farmhouse chandelier twine and beads

For the top section of the lamp, I was able to tie a knot in one end of the twine and glue tuck it under the open edge. I also secured it at the middle. I now had my six strands on the top and bottom.

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For the candle holders, I took the largest bead I had and my husband cut out the middle to fit a small tealight candle.

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I tried lighting candles to take pictures, but it was pretty windy outside this day. But you get the idea. 🙂

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It turned out so much better than I thought it would!

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Here is a better picture of the twine wrapped around in different places.

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I can’t wait to have a nice warm evening to light the candles and see how it will look on my patio.

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Have you ever tried a project like this? This was the first time I have used so many wooden beads, and I am so happy I tried it! I hope you all have a great week!

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Neutral Decor Book Page Mobile

Good morning! Well, I am back to school today! I’m not sure if this is good or bad. 🙂 I am really praying for a good year, but we shall see. I have lots of plans for the classroom, and hope I am able to really enjoy doing activities with the kids. I am almost done with my post for my master bathroom, but I didn’t quite get it done, so I will share this one with you again and help you get a head start on fall. Enjoy!

I don’t have any instructions for you today, but this is very similar to the Falling Leaves Mobile I made a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned then that I thought it would be nice to add some crystals or bling to this, but instead I made a whole new one! 🙂

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I cut out some leaf shapes from a book I picked up at a thrift store. I used 3 different shapes.

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I painted a stick black and added a silver a black ribbon to the top to hang it from.

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I strung clear pony beads and some silver beads onto fishing line. This took the most time. It wasn’t hard, just took the most time of the project.

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The trick to keeping the beads from moving is to run the string or fishing line through the bead twice. This way you can move the bead to the position you want, but it won’t keep slipping. I actually ran the line through the silver ones three times, since they were heavier.

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Once all the beads were strung, I put a little bit of glue on the top of the stick, and placed the line in the glue-very carefully!

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I added more line and then glued the leaves on with just a little dot of glue.

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And that’s it! Now I have a neutral mobile I can use all year long! Plus a little bling!

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