Summer Picnic Essentials

Fall is rapidly approaching. While some welcome the cooler temperatures, I for one am not ready to see summer come to an end. I love all the summertime activities and outdoor events that take place this time of year. I love that you can go for a walk after dinner with daylight hours still left when you return.

This summer has been super busy for us. It has been filled with moving, traveling and wedding planning. Now that it is August, I’ve realized I’ve hardly done any ‘summery’ activities. So, I’ve decided that this weekend is to be filled with all kinds of summer-time activities. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but have never actually done, is have a picnic.

So, in the event that we get adventurous and have ourselves a picnic this weekend {and you yourself get the picnic bug}, I thought I would round-up some summer picnic essentials that would make one cute little picnic set-up.

Summer Picnic Essentials

one. Bamboo Picnic Plates // two. Picnic Basket // three. Glass Bottle // four. Picnic Napkins // five. Mason Jars // six. Colorblock Utensils // seven. Picnic Blanket

How cute are those colorblock utensils? And the picnic basket from Kate Spade is amazing!

Have you ever had a real picnic?

Here’s to having the most ‘summery’ weekend yet!

P.S. We did have a ‘fake’ picnic earlier this summer for our engagement pictures that may have included a few similar items from this round up. Hoping to reveal those pictures to you guys on the blog very soon!

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Hometalk and 15 Tea Inspired Projects

Have you guys heard of Hometalk? Hometalk is a website dedicated to providing you with tips and inspiration for all things home and garden. You have the ability to post questions, search for posts or photos to gather ideas for a current project you are working on, or you can post your own projects.

And, Hometalk offers you the ability to ‘clip’ your favorite posts or projects into various clipboards to help you get inspired.

Do you guys remember the pallet antler wall art project I worked on a while back?

Pallet Antler Wall Art

One of the things I did was stain some of the boards with tea. It darkened the boards a bit but still gave it a natural look.

I posted this project on Hometalk and the lovely folks at Hometalk came across it and asked if I would curate an entire clipboard dedicated to all things tea inspired, with my project serving as the inspiration. And I of course said yes!

So here’s the 15 tea-inspired decor ideas that I saw on Hometalk that I’m loving.15 Tea Inspired Projects

To see the entire clipboard and learn more about each project, you can check out my board on Hometalk {or click the above image}.

What’s a tea-inspired project that you’ve recently worked on?

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7 Handmade Wedding Ideas

If you didn’t already know, wedding season is definitely in full force. I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed is blowing up with people getting married. My favorite part of seeing wedding pictures posted is checking out what handmade or diy touches people incorporated into their special day.

So in honor of wedding and season, and for all you out there planning a wedding, here are 7 handmade wedding ideas you can make to add a unique/handmade touch  to your big day.

7 Handmade Wedding Ideas

1- Kraft Paper Favor Bags // 2- Cake Flowers // 3- Rustic Table Numbers // 4- Rope Words // 5- Printable Chalkboard Matchbox Labels //  6- Door Knob Table Numbers // 7- Wedding Sign

I personally really love the antique door knob table numbers. I have a thing for old knobs and love this creative use for them.

If you are married, did you diy a lot of stuff for your wedding or add any sort of handmade touch? Do share!

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Inspiration:: Restored Barns

I have a thing for barns. It’s not because I’m a down home country girl or anything. I love them because they typically have a history and I love all the old wood.

What I love even more than just a barn, is a barn that’s been converted into a home. Talk about having a home with character!

Here’s a roundup of just some of the amazing converted barns I’ve been eyeing.

Restored New Jersey Barn{Source: Houzz}

Restored Heritage Barn{Source: Remodelista}

barn conversion{Source: Fresh Home}

modern rustic barn{Source: Home Bunch}

barn bedroom{Source: Apartment Therapy}

converted barn{Source: Home Decor by Me}

I love all the original wood ceiling beams these converted barns have, don’t you?

Here are a few homes that weren’t actually converted from barns but the exteriors have been designed to look like a barn.

Barn Farmhouse{Source: Architectural Digest}

Barn House{Source: Pinterest}

One of my all time favorite converted barns is Ronnie Dunn’s converted barn in Nashville, TN.

Ronnie Dunn's Barn{Source: Nest Egg}

I wrote a post about it last summer. Seriously amazing.

Do you love barns or are they a little bit too ‘country’ for you?

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Around the Blogisphere

Did everyone have a good weekend? I had a productive one which is always good. I also had the chance to peruse the internet and catch up on my blog reading.

Here are a few of the amazing projects and images I came across to provide some inspiration this Monday.

{Side note: If you like what you see and wish to pin, please, pretty please pin directly from the original source :) }.

Mandy from Vintage Revivals is seriously a rockstar. Everything she does and designs is amazing. Like this living room she designed for her mother-in-law. Ah-ma-zing.

Living Room Makeover-Vintage Revivals{Source: Vintage Revivals}

Spring is upon us and these next 2 projects are perfect for sprucing up our homes for the new season.

Spring Mantel

Spring Mantel{Source: Love of Family and Home}

DIY Moss Topiaries

moss topiaries{Source: Liz Marie Blog}

Natty by Design revealed her daughter’s new bedroom and it is seriously every little girl’s dream room. Love, love, love.

madelaine's room- natty by design{Source: Natty by Design}

 If you are looking to fill one of your walls with a large mirror, then this DIY wood shims mirror might be the perfect solution.

DIY Shim Mirror

I love the look of vintage brass. Laura from Finding Home has a great tutorial on how to diy the vintage brass look.

DIY Faux Brass{Source: Finding Home}

I know too often I don’t appreciate everything I have and have been blessed with.  I love this idea from The Handmade Home of creating a thankful box to better acknowledge everything we have to be thankful for.

thankful box{Source: The Handmade Home}

What is currently inspiring you?

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