This weekend I made a really simple paper garland to serve as a backdrop for a cookie party.
I started by creating a large batch of paper circles using a 3-inch paper punch.
To make each paper ornament, I folded the circles in half and glued the halves together, using 5 circles for each ornament (4 to 6 circles work the best).
I left one side of the ornament unglued until all of the paper ornaments were created. Then, I attached the ornaments to twine by gluing the twine inside of the remaining two sides.
And once the garland was complete, I placed in along our kitchen windows, behind the table where I’ll set up the cookie display.
We’ve been making lots of progress on the house, so I thought I’d share a quick update today. The entryway is one area that I consider somewhat ‘complete.’ Here is how it looked just after we painted:
And here is how it looks today:
Since we have entire rooms that we didn’t have before (and need to purchase new furniture for those rooms), we’re almost entirely re-using pieces we already owned to decorate the entryway. The console table (identical to the one in our family room) and bench were purchased about 10 years ago from West Elm. The mirror is something I’ve had since high school (not sure if I can say that about any of the other furnishings in the house), and the yellow resin painting is by Sacramento artist, Kim Squaglia. Our only new purchases for this space is the striped rug from Crate and Barrel and a large glass jug, which I filled with all of the wine corks my husband has saved since we got married.
Our new house has a formal living room, something we’ve never had before. The room has remained mostly empty since moving in, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve made some progress on planning the decor. Today on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, I’m sharing some ideas for how to get started on an entirely empty space.
I’ve always loved open china cabinets and dish displays but I’ve never had the opportunity to incorporate one in my home. In the new house, we have a couple of open shelves in our kitchen and I’m converting an armoire into a dinnerware cabinet in the dining room. Now that I have the opportunity, I’m not entirely convinced I have the skills to pull it off.
Here are a few inspiring displays to help guide me:
Temperatures have finally started to cool down in Texas, and since we’re spending more time in our backyard, I’m hoping that there are lots of s’mores in my future.
Here are a few things on my fall wish list:
We’ve lived in our new home for 3 weeks now, and I think we finally reached the point where the boxes are (mostly) unpacked, the walls are freshly painted, and we can start thinking about furniture and decorating. It’s an exciting and also overwhelming place to be. We have more space to work with than in our previous home, so a few rooms are entirely empty and I’m ok with that.
I read a post on Modern Parents, Messy Kids recently about moving into your “Forever Home,” a place where you can see yourself settling in and raising a family for years and years. This is exactly how I feel about our new home – and I have to admit, it puts a bit of added pressure on every decision I make. Will I like that in 10 years, in 20 years? Maybe I’m over-thinking it a bit, but I’m definitely taking my time.
On a related note, I will be guest posting on Modern Parents, Messy Kids starting next week. What will I be writing about? Our Forever Home, of course.
One of the best things about moving is dreaming of all of the updates you’ll make to your new home. When we first visited the house we’re buying later this month, I barely even noticed the storage shed in the backyard. In fact, I didn’t even look inside until we returned on inspection day. But once I came across the picture above on Pinterest, and I immediately realized the potential of our little shed. Someday little shed, someday.
I didn’t think anything could replace Instagram as my favorite iPhone app, but last week I downloaded VSCO Cam and suddenly I have a brand new hobby. VSCO stands for Visual Supply Co, and in addition to the camera and filters, they offer a beautifully designed online gallery (aka ‘the grid’) for showcasing your photos. And while Instagram will continue to be my go-to app for sharing scenes from everyday life, the VSCO grid will be my spot for posting my most beautiful images – a place to refine my skills and reflect on my craft. Instagram is my life, VSCO is my art.
Each week, VSCO highlights some of the best images uploaded to VSCO grid and other social media. I’ve just started exploring, but here are a few of my favorite photographers so far:
And here is my VSCO grid: juleedyer.vsco.co