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Ok, so probably not what you think. No, we are not selling our house. We are moving to a new web address! We are now at:

www.acoupleofdreamers.com

How official is that?

Why the move, you ask? Well, we love WordPress. It is actually a phenomenal free blog. But, we are limited in what we can do to improve the look of the blog and make it the best experience for you.

One of the best parts of this new blog is bigger pictures! You will now be able to see all of our projects and adventures in greater detail!

There will also be some new features at the new website. We’ve added some new pages so that you can more easily find our projects and repairs. We also added a “House Tour” page with all of our completed house projects.

All in all, it will give us more freedom in the future. We’re super stoked!

So, if you are subscribed to us in Google Reader or any other feed reading program, make sure you change your feed settings to:

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I’ll keep this up on the WordPress blog for a little bit, and then the old website will direct you to the new one.

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I’m back again with another fall craft tutorial, the burlap wreath. I got this one from somewhere else and modified a bit. This is not just a fall-only wreath, but burlap seems autumn-esque to me.  The original idea for this wreath came from Emily at Jones Design Company.  Which, by the way, she has some really cute projects on her blog!

To make this wreath, you will need the following: a cheap-o wreath (can be foam or wicker, like mine. I got it at the dollar store!), burlap, string/twine, large needle, a hot glue gun, and embellishments.

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You first need to cut the burlap into long strips about 4″ wide. Emily suggests the strips be 70″ long, but that all depends on the size of your wreath. I didn’t measure my strips, but I do know that my piece of burlap was not long enough to accommodate the length I needed.  So, I just joined pieces together until I got the look I wanted.

Take one (or however many you need) strips of burlap and wrap the wreath, completely covering it. Since I used a wicker wreath, I just hot glued the burlap in several places to secure it to the wreath. I also made sure the ends were nice and secure. Be very careful when hot gluing burlap. You can burn your fingers very easily!

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Next, sew along the edge of a strip of burlap with the twine/string. You will need to tie the end to the burlap (instead of making a knot) to ensure that it stays in place.

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Once you get the the end of your piece of burlap, pull the string to gather the material. I gathered the burlap until I got the look I wanted and then placed it on the wreath to make sure I had the desired length of gathered material.

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Hot glue the burlap into place.

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Flip over the wreath and repeat (sew, gather, place, hot glue).

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Then, just trim the strands and the edges of the wreath to get the look you want.

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Then add some embellishments and you’re done!  I pinned on a scrunched up fabric flower and a little bit of brown material to make it look more fallish.

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What’s great about this wreath is that you can swap out the embellishments to match the seasons! Happy Fall!

Fall To Do List :: Put up Fall Decorations

As promised, I have our fall home to show you today. I was a little late getting things together this year. The sweltering heat makes it hard for me to feel fallish. But, today, my friends, it was a crisp 75 degrees when I stepped outside. It’s cloudy and I think there’s a good chance it’ll stay below 90 today!

Here we go!

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I’m still acquiring fall decor items, so it’s still a little sparse.

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I showed you how to make this yesterday.

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The dining room, by far my favorite fall arrangement.

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There you go! Hopefully next year will be even better! In a week or so, I’ll have some Halloween decor to show you! Happy Fall!

I am way overdue to show you the fall decor in our house. I promise to have that to you tomorrow! The weather’s been crummy here, so I haven’t taken a good outdoor shot.

I’m always up for a good craft project. I especially like one I do on my own (without instructions) that turns out looking halfway decent!  Oh, and just so you know, Matt was away this past weekend, so I was in super duper craft mode. I have several crafts to share with you in the next few days!

This fall craft was inspired by this page in my Pottery Barn catalog.

PB Magazine

I thought it exemplified everything I love about fall: candles, warm colors, crunchiness. Here’s what you need to make a homemade version of this Pottery Barn magazine decoration:

Glass candle holder,Indian corn with husks, a candle, and some string/twine. You will also need some rubber bands, scissors, and a hot glue gun (these aren’t pictured)

Supplies

First, you want to fold the husk part of the corn up, around the corn and place a rubber band around the corn and husk. I didn’t have any rubber bands, so I had to use hair ties. Don’t judge!

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Next, you’re going to hot glue the corn husks to the bottom part of the glass candle holder. I found that the key to this was to use a lot of glue and to get as much glue as possible on the corn part instead of the husk part.


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Here’s what it should look like when you are done:

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The cut off all the rubber bands and glue down any stray husks. Next, wrap your twine or string tightly around the center of the husks, making sure to tie it really tight to pull everything together. Keep wrapping and trying until you get the look you want.  Place a candle in it and viola!

Finished

Fall at its finest!

Here’s a price breakdown with where I got the supplies:

Glass candle holder  – Dollar Store   $1.00

Corn – Publix  – $1.99 per bunch (used 4 bunches)

Candle – Dollar Store  $1.00

Twine – already had

Total: $9.96

Not too bad! I really think you could find the corn cheaper somewhere other than the grocery story, but I didn’t have a chance to hunt them down.  I really like the way it turned out! Happy Fall!

When we bought our house, some of our first purchases were a lawn mower and a trimmer. The trimmer we purchased has changeable attachments and until a few weeks ago we just had the blower attachment. Now, however, we are the proud owners of the chainsaw attachment. We’re hoping that this will save us some moolah by not having to hire tree trimmers.

So, last weekend, Matt climbed a ladder, unsteadily resting on a palm tree, with an extended chainsaw in hand.

Yes, yes, our yard is huge mess, I know. But, focus on the young man climbing with the chainsaw.

It did the trick, but it is not for the faint of heart.

Matt said it was a little shaky up there.

Hopefully, he’ll only have to do that a few times a year. The problem is that the previous owners trimmed the trees zero times a year for many years.   You do that math! And then tell me when you are coming over to help pull up that mess in front of the palm tree!

We are now less than a week away from the official start of my favorite time of year, Autumn. Now that I live in Florida, I don’t really get to experience fall, but I still pretend that it’s fall. I decorate the house and hope that maybe, just maybe, it cools down enough to open the windows.

So, in honor of my favorite season, I have decided to make a list of things I want to do in the next couple of weeks. These are all the activities/events/tasks I could think of at the moment, but I might add to the list.  And if you have any ideas of items I can add to the list, let me have ’em!

Make some major progress on the yard  ::   Read a book a week  ::  Reread all Harry Potter books before the movie comes out in November  ::  Go see Harry Potter 7 – Part 1  :: Make handmade Christmas gifts  ::  Put up fall decorations ::  Go on a weekend trip  ::  Plant a vegetable garden ::  Harvest and use the vegetables from the garden  ::  Go to IKEA  ::  Go to the Space Coast Art Festival in Cocoa Beach  ::  Find somewhere to pick pumpkins  ::  Carve pumpkins :: Take Sewing Lessons

I’ll keep you updated on my progress and the details of each task as they are completed! Happy Fall!

I am on a never-ending search for cheap, homemade art. While I love the look of real art from real artists, I don’t love the high price tag that accompanies their pieces. So, when I stumbled on this tutorial from Emily at Jones Design Company, I knew I had to give it a shot.

I gathered my materials and followed her instruction. And I hated the results. Her picture looks so cute and put together. Mine looked bubbly and like my six year old brother made it.

So, I decided to take this idea and change it up a little bit. The main problem I had with her design was that I couldn’t get the glue all the way under the middle of the artwork without completely messing up my puzzle of pages. I thought it would be so much easier to glue down one piece at a time. Here’s what I did.

**Please excuse the photos in this post. We have an ancient camera and I have to do my crafts at night because I work and I have to feed my husband. Bad camera + poor lighting = horrible pictures and lots of shadows.**

I gathered materials. A book, some Mod Podge (Matte), a cheap-o paint brush, and a blank canvas (I used 11×14). You can purchase all of these things from your local Wal-Mart if your local craft store is far away and you just can’t bring yourself to drive over an hour round trip. *Sigh*

I choose To Kill a Mockingbird because it is one of my favorite books of all time. Now comes the hard part. You have to rip the pages out of the book and tear them to pieces.

I love books. I felt like I was committing a sin destroying this book. But, I bought a new one so I wouldn’t destroy my old, high school required reading copy. Ideally, I would have gone to the thrift store and bought a really cheap one, but I just wasn’t up to it.

This was a small paperback and I got about 3-4 pieces out of each page.

Pour the Mod Podge into a smaller container and start applying it to the canvas. I just focused on one piece at a time. I would put a little Mod Podge on the canvas, stick on a page piece, and then paint the Mod Podge over it.

Make sure all of the edges are covered, flat, and not bubbly.

I started out sparse all across the canvas, giving each section time to dry.

Here’s what it looked like when it was done.

I wanted these to be more white than book page colored and I didn’t want to focus to be the pages. I just wanted them to be part of the artwork, so I spray painted them white. They looked cool without the paint, so they could most certainly remain as is.

Since my plan is to put these into the dining room, I chose some images that would be appropriate and printed them on a clear, full page label.

The I cut them out and stuck them in the middle of the canvases. Just to make things stick correctly, I Mod Podged right over top of these also. Here’s how they came out:

I really like the way they turned out and I have more plans for these to share with you. So, stay tuned!

In honor of the Friday before I dive into my jungle of a yard, I thought I would share a few of my favorite blogs with you. I use Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs I follow, so here are a few from my long list of subscriptions:

The Pioneer Woman

My momma introduced me to this blog and I have never looked back! Ree is a fantastic blogger and has some really fabulous pictures and recipes and laughs. She makes me want to be a better photographer.  Excellent blog!

Bower Power

This blog is written by Katie Bower.  She writes about lots of things from photography to home decor ideas to normal life stuff. She has a great sense of humor and it’s always a joy to read.

Confessions of a Young Married Couple

This gal, also named Katie, writes about everyday life. They just moved to Central Florida, so a lot of her posts these days are about adjusting to life in a new town and how that affects her marriage and her 1-year-old son. The blog is broken into three sections, Confessions (written by Katie), the Bean (written by Katie about her son), and the Man Cave (written ever so sparsely by her husband, Chris).She’s a great writer and I always look forward to her posts!

Young House Love

John and Sherry run this home fixer-up blog. They have great style and tips on how to fix up your house on the cheap. Plus, they have some great giveaways every week. Check out the “How To” section of this blog for some great tips!


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This one is new to me, but so far, I’ve been really impressed by Bethany. She has the same design style as me, so I am excited to see where she goes with her home and the new ideas she comes across!

Inspiration for Decoration

Now, this is a cool website. There are no words, just pictures of decoration inspirations. It is a great place to get ideas!

Jones Design Company

This woman has impeccable taste. She has some excellent DIY art ideas. One of these I adjusted and am using for dining room art (more on that later). She has some great ideas and a little shop where she sells some of her stuff!

V and Co.

If you like to sew, this is your site. She has some AMAZING sewing tutorials on here. I think that I will be getting out my sewing machine in a few weeks and learning to sew. Hopefully, in the near future, I will be able to make some of these things! Check it out!

So, there you have it. A few of my favorites. I have more, so I’ll have to do a part 2 in a few weeks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

This month marks one year that we’ve owned our home. Like most things, it’s hard to believe a year has past, but it feels like we’ve lived in the house for longer. So, today, I thought I would give a little glance back at our house when we bought it and how it looks now.

Just a note, this post is very photo heavy. So, just don’t get mad halfway through when you are tired of scrolling. I warned you.

As most of you know, our house was absolutely disgusting when we moved in. We immediately redid the pantry. It was nasty.

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After:

Speaking of nasty. I know you’ve been dying for another look at the hairy fan.

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Then the kitchen. The kitchen went through a couple stages of despair. Here is what it looked like when we bought the house. Note the beige color of the tile.

Then we peeled the beige paint off the tile. Behold the pink tile.

Then we redid the entire kitchen with lots of paint and help from Matt’s parents.

Next up, painting the guest bedroom.

The room is actually not as yellow as these pictures make it out to be. It was dreary outside when I took the pictures.

Then I added some wall art.

Somewhere along the way we redid the family room. Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house. Yes, that is a large mirrored image of New York City.  Unfortunately, in our efforts to get it off the wall, a piece of it broke off. So, no, we still don’t have it.

Here’s the after. I think I want to paint the coffee table…what do you think?

And, lastly, the dining room.

All of the rooms still need a few more details to make then complete, but the house is muuuch better now.  We still have lots to do, but it’s starting to feel more like a home!

Continuation of Part 1 and Part 2.

Well, it’s finished! This has to be one of the fastest projects that we have ever completed.  I still need to finish some of the decorating details, but without further ado, here’s the time line of our dining room.

This is what it looked like the day we moved in. Note the light and the ugly wallpaper.

We removed the wall paper and got a table:

And here’s what it looks like now!

Here’s the info about what we used in case anyone is interested!

We used 1/2″ MDF boards to create the board and batten.

Paint – top: Behr 560E-2 Cumberland Fog,    bottom – Behr W-F-500 Frost

Dimensions:

Baseboard height- 5 1/2″ (based off of the baseboards that we would be matching these up with)

Topboard height: 4 1/2″

Vertical pieces – 49″ (the MDF sheets were 8ft x 49″, so we just used the 49″ to get the most out of the boards)

Shelf width: 2″

Space between vertical pieces – 14 in.

This is what I ended up doing with the shelf.  I think that in the end, there will be very few or no books on this shelf, but I just have to find things that strike my fancy to put on the shelf. There are a few Hobby Lobby items on here!

All in all, I think this project cost us around $125. Pretty darn good for a complete makeover!

Now what? Hmm…who wants to help us with the yard?

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