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Fall Mantel 2014

Happy hump day and happy October! I hope everyone had a great weekend and first half the week. My husband and I celebrated 5 years of marriage on Saturday! That happened fast! And I hear the years will only start moving faster. 

We had an awesome day of relaxed celebrating. We took a drive through the beautiful Texas Hill Country to the town where we were both engaged and married. It is one of the most gorgeous areas of Texas. Our day involved a leisurely stroll through a rose garden, a wine tasting, lots of good food and coffee and we even stopped by Round Top! I’ve never been to Round Top before, much less during Antique Weeks. It is insane! And awesome. I told Tim, given one day and enough money….I could easily furnish an entire home just shopping those booths. 

It was a much needed, relaxing day away. This is always a busy time of year for us, but my husband and I have started the adoption process {!!!}. Much of our free time has been spent filling out stacks of paper work, working on the house to get it ready, and fundraising. 

Fall Mantel 2014The Fall decor has been a bit minimal this year {at least compared to previous years}. On top of just being flat out busy, we’re also about to have our 20+ year old floors replaced…so everything is about to get packed up anyway. 

So, I kept things pretty simple on the mantel this year. The thermoses {thermi?} are back! I can’t get enough of these cuties. I saw a lot of these at Round Top. They make me think of cooler weather and tailgating when I look at them. :)

Fall Mantel 2014My super easy, 5 minute garland stayed. The muted color and textures fit right in with Fall. 

Fall Mantel 2014I layered a chippy old frame on top of my Goodwill mirror, stuck some yellow mums in the chalk-painted wood crate, added a big orange pumpkin and called it a day! It’s not fussy or elaborate. Easy, simple Fall decor. Done. 

 

Fall Mantel 2014

 

Fall Mantel 2014Do you go all out decorating for Fall or do you like to keep it simple?

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DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

Hi there! Are you recovering today from a long weekend? Hopefully everyone had a fun, safe weekend without any firework incidents. ;)

I have had my heart set on one day owning a big, metal marquee letter from sometime now. My husband and I both love typography. We are what you might call “font nerds”. Comic Sans and Papyrus offend us, we love a good font joke, and typography art just makes us feel swoony. Do you know what doesn’t make us feel swoony? The prices of most of the marquee letters on the market. 

When I stumbled upon a wall full of galvanized metal letters at Hobby Lobby, I did a happy dance in aisle {especially because they were half off that week}. I quickly came up with my own take on an illuminated marquee sign. This may win for the easiest project in the history of Like a Saturday. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15To create your own backlit marquee letter, you will need a metal letter {mine was $15 at Hobby Lobby, but have seen similar at other craft stores and online}, a string of Christmas lights, and either duct tape or electrical tape. I used a strand of LED lights that I had on hand. These hardly put off any heat, so I don’t have to worry about the metal getting too hot. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

ampersand 1.jpgFlip the letter over and position the end of the strand so your plug is where you will need it to be. Start taping the strand of lights to the inside of the letter. You will want to place a piece of tape in between the lights. I wrapped and taped the strand to the outside edge of the letter, and then came back and did the same on the inside edge. I still had some lights left, so I taped those to the center portion. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

This is what mine looked like on the backside once I was finished {lit and unlit}. I just had a little tail sticking out of the bottom so I would be able to plug it in.

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

See? Seriously easy! For now, our illuminated ampersand is living above our bedroom dresser. An ampersand seems like a fitting character for over here, since we have several wedding mementos on the dresser {like a few wedding photos and our cake topper birds}. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

 

Are you a typography nerd, too? What ways have you incorporated it into your decor?

 

 

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DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

L-O-V-E {Valentine’s Day Mantel}

Holy wow. Did y’all see the Super Bowl last night? I’m still in shock! Anywho…who’s ready for a little Valentine fun? :)

I love decorating for Valentine’s day! It’s not that I ever had a great heart day track record before meeting my husband. My one high school boyfriend brought me a Costco tub of bubble gum. So, there was that. There’s just something about cute little pink and red hearts that brings a smile to my face. :) 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day MantelI had fun decking out our mantel in all things lovey dovey! 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day MantelI turned this antique frame into a photo display by stapling a bit of chicken wire to the back. A few favorite Instagrams of my sweetie and I are clipped to the wire with mini clothes pins. I Valentine-sed the clips up with a bit of festive washi tape {from Michael’s}. I had the photos printed through Printstagram. This has by far been my favorite source for Instagram prints. They’re a great quality and they have a variety of printing options. 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Mantel

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day MantelThe faux metal “LOVE” letters are DIY {tutorial to come later this week!} as well as arrows. I always love to bring a pop of aqua into my Valentine decor. My blue vintage mason jars were just the perfect thing. 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Mantel

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day MantelOne of my favorite parts of this year’s decor is the felt garland from Aidie’s Hideaway. Seriously cute !

 

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Mantel

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Mantel

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Mantel

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day MantelI couldn’t help but extend the LOVE into a couple other corners of the house. 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Decor

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Decor

 

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day DecorAre you a seasonal decorator? Do you bring out the hearts, or are you still burnt out from the Christmas decor?

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day Mantel

 

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