My new site is FINALLY up!!!Β 

Hey y’all, so if you follow me on Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, or Facebook, you know that I’ve been doing a little bit of revamping!  I’m so excited to welcome you over to my new site! I hope it will be so much easier for y’all to navigate and for me to give you the content you want!! Click the link and don’t forget to subscribe to the new page… That’s where I’ll be posting from now on! πŸ‘πŸ»  Thanks for all of your support! I really do love y’all!! ❀️😘 click below!! 

  
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❀️Much love , 

Heather 

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Farmhouse Valentines with a little Sparkle

  
Alright y’all… Let me just start off by saying I didn’t decorate anything for Valentines this year until yesterday.  If you follow me on Instagram or periscope, then you know I’ve been in the midst of a rather large Shiplap project in my entry and piano room… So, I’m a little behind! 

However, I did manage to put together this little “love” vignette yesterday and I thought I would share it with y’all!  

I think it can be tricky to decorate for Valentines Day! Often, most of the decor I find is too far off of my more neutral, farmhouse style…so I started this time with a very farmhouse backdrop.  What’s more farmhouse than Shiplap, and old window, and an antique card catalog?! 

  
I tried to use things that spoke to me and incorporate some of my favorite vintage finds with some of the fun sparkle of gold accessories.  I knew gold would play into this vignette because of the original hardware on my card catalog.  (Also, I’m just kind of loving gold accents these days!)

  
I loved this little mailbox and gold and white polka dot bowl I found at Target. One of the keys in decorating a vignette is layering and adding different heights. I like to mix natural elements with metals to keep it interesting and add texture.  You can see that I did the same in the picture below : 

  
 
By adding the vintage enamel pot, mason jar, and the distressed LOVE letters with the gold and sparkle, the balance of old and new is easily achieved and draws the eye to look at all the elements at play. 

  
 
I added little stacked wooden tags tied with twine, and a small easel chalkboard to mix in with the sequin ampersand and arrow. I found a few wooden and cork stickers to decorate the chalkboard with, and added a little white wooden box with a love letter in it… Because what would Valentines  be without Love Letters?! 

  

Have y’all decorated for Valentines Day? Do you like the mix of farmhouse and sparkle?  Thanks for sharing your time with me!  Happy Love Day! ❀️

If you haven’t already heard, my blog has moved to a new site! I hope you’ll join me there! Click below! 

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❀️ Much Love, 

Heather 

DIY Shiplap Wall…Easy, Cheap, and Beautiful Part 1

 
  
Ok y’all, so I’m addicted to Shiplap.  I mean, I was before…but after finding the method I’m going to share with y’all today, it’s a hopeless addiction! If you follow me on Instagram and/or Periscope, you’ve already had some inside views of my project.  

This year on my blog I’m committed to bringing y’all projects with bang for your buck!  Like, cheap price with expensive looking outcome.  Everyone wants a beautiful home, and there’s absolutely no reason to break the bank to have one.  

Since I have a passion for Shiplap, it’s the first “Bang for your Buck” tutorial of the year on my blog! Are you ready? I’m seriously so excited to share this with you!!  

What you’ll need: 

Sheet(s) of 4×8 plywood underlayment (more on that below) 

A brad nailer or nail gun and nails for it

Two nickels 

A level

A measuring tape 

A miter saw 

Medium grit sanding sponge

Paint (or stain) depending on how you are finishing the Shiplap 

 
 I bought my Underlayment at Home Depot. It comes in 4 foot by 8 foot sheets, and I had them cut it down into 4.5″ strips. Y’all, full sheets are like $11 each!!! I told you… CHEAP.   If you use the same measurements I did, you will get 10, 4.5″x96″ strips out of each sheet.  You’ll want to measure your wall ahead of time to find out how many sheets you’ll need! 
I’m going to go ahead and include the video here of how to hang the Shiplap for those of you that are visual learners! (I’m a hot mess in it y’all, just a warning!!) 

  
For those of you that would rather read your instructions, here we go! (You can paint your strips before or after hanging them… I tried both ways and think I prefer after since I found I had to go back and touch up areas on the pre-painted pieces anyway)

You’re going to take each piece of 4.5″x96″ “wood” and quickly sand the edges with a medium sanding sponge. It doesn’t have to be perfect y’all, just get the splinters off the sides. (You’ll need two people for this next part, the strips are too long to keep even on the wall on your own!)  Now you’re going to start at the top of the wall butted up to the ceiling and use your level along the bottom of the strip to make sure it’s level on both ends. Once it’s level, take your brad nailer, starting at one side, and start nailing! I did two nail holes (one at the top of the strip and one towards the bottom) each time I nailed.  Move a couple feet down and repeat nailing again. Do this all the way down the board.   Once your first board is up, butt the next board up to its side, and after making sure it’s level, repeat the nail steps. 

 
After you’ve completed one strip on the wall, you’re going to start your second row.  Same method as above, except this time you’re going to use you nickels as spacers in between the boards so you have the same spacing down your entire wall. You put one nickel at one end, and the other at the end your Shiplap partner is holding! Check with your level to make sure you’re still even, and keep nailing like you did the row above.  I wanted random seams on my wall, so as I did each row, I made sure to keep pieces different lengths.  (This is where the saw came in).

 

See that hole in the wall?? It’s the size of a human head… A little too much rough housing in my house?!! It’s the hole that inspired this wall to be my first Shiplap wall project.  Thank you, hole. 

You’re going to continue the same process  until you have your “hole” wall covered!  (See what I did there?? Lol)
 

Hole Be Gone!! Now just keep going! 

  And before you know it, you’ll have this!! 

Finishing your wall and an important paint tip coming tomorrow in Part 2! 

Hope this has been helpful for y’all!! I’d love to see/hear your experiences or plans to build your own Shiplap wall… Or answer any questions y’all have!! Thanks for joining me! Have a blessed day!! 

Much love, 

Heather 

Nomination for the Liebster Award🌟❀️🌟

Hey Y’all! I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by the ever darling and talented Julie from jujusecretingredient. This award is like a chain letter going from blogger to blogger and helps readers discover some fun new blogs!! 

Here are THE RULES: 

1. Answer 11 questions provided by your nominator. 

2.  Choose some of your favorite bloggers and link them to your post. 

3.  Ask 11 questions to the bloggers you nominate. 

4.  Inform the bloggers you nominate directly on their blog. 

My questions to answer from jujusecretingredient

What do you like the most about blogging?

I think I love blogging because it gives me a place to share the things I’m working on and show others how to do it.  I also love that it gives me the chance to save others from making some of the mistakes I have made! 😬 

Are there certain recipes you are afraid to make? 

Hmm. The short answer is yes. Lol! Anything that I have to incorporate eggs slowly into a hot mixture! Every time I try a recipe with this, I end up with pieces of cooked egg in it.  πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

What is your favorite place you have traveled to? 

This is a hard one! I’ve been very fortunate to have grown up in a family that traveled a lot.  I have been to many places in the world, but I think my favorite place is still Los Cabos in Mexico. It’s always incredible weather, the people are so kind, and it’s such a relaxing spot! 

What is your favorite recipe to make? 

I grew up in the South, so I immediately turn to southern comfort food here.  I think I’d have to choose good old biscuits & gravy! 

If you could live off of one food, what would it be? 

This question made me laugh when I read it!  This is a tough one!  My answer here is probably bread. Lol. I love bread. I wish I didn’t, but I’m just keeping it real y’all! 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

There are a few things… I like refinishing things and antique shopping or hunting for a perfect piece that someone else didn’t see the beauty in. I like snuggling with my kiddos and laughing with them. I like to cook and bake, and we love to have people over to our home for good food and conversation. 

Where were you born?

I was born in Greeley, Colorado.

What inspires you in the kitchen? 

A large counter top to work on.  Cleanliness. Beautiful little touches of decor and great lighting.  Space to work while still being able to be in there talking with my family or friends. 

Where do you feel the most at peace and relaxed? 

At home.  I’ve tried to make my home a place of peace.  Even with 5 kiddos, and the craziness that brings, home can still be a peaceful place.  I think the key for me is surrounding myself with beautiful things that speak to my heart.  We live in a little town, and have a lot of acreage behind us.  It’s peaceful and a very happy place for me. 

What is one weird fact about yourself? 

Oh y’all, there are so many! Lol!  Probably that I have a pet peeve of dirty ears. Lol. I know, gross. Lol.  It’s something I’ve noticed since I was little, and I’m way OCD about it. Lol! Still love me??!? 😬

If you could be a different animal, what would it be and why? 

Probably a horse.  I love them.  I think they are such beautiful, graceful creatures. They are peaceful by nature and are social.  I also truly believe they have a healing aura about them and love hearing stories of people who have used them in recovery and counseling avenues. 

Some of my Favorite Bloggers: 

Salvagesisterandmister.com

Theauburnfox.blogspot.com

Southridgedrive.com

Boxwoodavenue.com

Builditcraftitloveit.com
The questions to answer by the nominees: 

1.  What is your favorite project that you have completed? 

2.  If you could have a sit down interview with anyone, who would it be and why?

3. What is your all-time favorite paint? 

4.  What is a silly quirk you have? 

5.  What’s your favorite thing to blog about? 

6.  What inspires you? 

7.  What room/space in your home is your favorite, and why?

8.  What’s your favorite season and why? 

9.  What’s your favorite family tradition? 

10. What style are you drawn to when decorating? 

11.  What’s one of your pet peeves? 

I want to thank Julie again for the fun opportunity to join some other amazing bloggers out there and learn more about y’all!! Hope everyone is having an amazing day!! 

Much ❀️, 

Heather  


Cheesecake in a Jar … Simple, Sweet, & a Darling Presentation

  
As much as I LOVE refinishing furniture… I also love baking.  But, most of all, I love baking with a lovely and unexpected presentation. 

Enter mason jars, jelly jars, or anything that feels a little different with a farmhouse or comfort food feeling.  I’m a small town country girl, and love anything that feels like it brings me back to my roots.❀️

One of my favorite desserts to serve to my family and friends is Cheesecake in a jar.    

Let’s face it, everything is cuter when small… Puppies, babies… Thighs (did I say that out loud?😬)  … To be clear, I’m not suggesting I have small thighs… Just wanted to address that!  In my perfect world, we would all agree that the dimples on sweet, squishy babies were still adorable on grown women… Just sayin’ …but I digress! Moving on to the recipe! 

Did I mention y’all are gonna get oohs and ahhs when you serve this? You will. 

  
Ok, here’s the breakdown of what you need: 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

zest of one lemon (can be omitted)

2 pkgs cream cheese, at room temp, (8oz each)

2 large eggs at room temp 

1/4 Cup Heavy cream

11/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

About 1 cup Fresh berries 

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

2. Start to boil a large pot of water for the water bath. 

3. In the bowl of your mixer (use paddle attatchment) combine the lemon zest and granulated sugar until fragrant and combined. 

  
4.Next, add in the cream cheese and mix until smooth. Add your eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl in between each egg,  until they are fully incorporated.  Then add heavy cream and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. 

5. Pour batter into jars until 3/4 the way full. Place your jars in a larger pan (I used 9×13) and pour boiling water (to make the water bath) into the larger pan until about 1/2 way up the outside of the jars. 

  
6. Place in oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges appear to be set, but the center still has a little “jiggle” to it.

7. Carefully (those little jars are stinkin’ hot!!😬) remove the jars from the water bath and place on a cooling rack and cool completely. 

  

Once they are completely cooled, place them in the fridge for atleast 5 hours. (This recipe is so great because you can make it the day of or the day before… For you planners out there!).  When you are ready to serve, top with fresh berries.  You can also add fresh whipped cream, graham cracker sticks, mini choc chips… Whatever sounds yummy! 

  
*if you want to add a little more pizazz to your presentation… You can add shine to your berries really simply. Just add 1Tbsp hot water to 1/4 cup apricot preserves and mix together. Gently toss your berries in the mixture before placing them on top of your cheesecake in a jar. 

The jars I used are the Weck Tulip Jars (7.4oz) and can be found on at www. Weckjars.com or I’ve seen them on Amazon also. 

  
I’d love to know what y’all think of this sweet little cheesecake in a jar, or if you have other ideas and recipes to share!!

Much ❀️,

Heather 

Dresser Makeover for The Little’s Room

This little dresser has been through the paint war.  It was my dresser when I was a little girl. It’s a Broyhill piece and is made beautifully with solid wood and dovetailed drawers.  It was at one time a honey colored stain with pink and blue flowers on a few of the drawers (purchased that way new, via Broyhill). 

Through the years… My style has changed… Maybe a couple times (7… This dresser has had 7 makeovers 😬). 

She sat lonely in the garage for a good year…stained, peeling…with mismatched knobs… I’m not even sure how they all made their way onto her drawer fronts.  

Here’s a look at her sad state:  

 
Just feel blessed that I’m atleast showing her to you once my design style went more neutral, Mmmkay?? πŸ‘πŸ» 

There’s nothing wrong with her at this point.. Albeit, she certainly would need a cleaning and a new coat of paint if I had chosen to just keep her white.  And obviously hardware that all works together!   But… My Littles were begging for a happy color in their otherwise mostly white on white room.  

So, I started with stripping all the old paint off to bring her back to natural wood so I could start to see something different. 

  
This was a process y’all! πŸ˜•πŸ”« getting down to the final pale pink in this photo!

But, alas, the paint was removed.  (I used Citristrip for this, and it’s by far my favorite paint stripper I’ve used to this point). 

I decided the “happy color” would be yellow… Because what is happier than yellow?!  I chose to use a color from Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line called Mustard Seed Yellow.  It’s a lovely mix of pigments that lands in the world of neutral yellows to me.  Once I had the drawers painted, I decided I would use a pale grey to dry brush everything else but the top. I wanted to keep the top natural wood.  Then I coated the grey with Annie Sloan in Old White.

And started sanding. And sanding. And sanding. 

Until I got to a place of the old worn French cottage look I was going for.  I knew I wanted to add some hand painted details on the top drawer to add a little extra femininity to the piece,  so I got my chalk out and sketched out a pattern to paint: 

  
(Sorry about the lighting here!)

Once I had my design drawn in chalk, I took a small paint brush and filled in the design with the same Old White chalk paint. 

  
After sitting back and looking at it a bit, I decided to highlight a few of the curves under the top drawer and along the sides with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in French Linen.  And sand again…

I finished the piece off by waxing it for protection and adding hardware.  

Here it is finished in my Little’s room: 

  
It does bring a happiness to the space and the girls love that yellow is being incorporated.  It has inspired a couple other yellow pieces in the room.  I’ll be sharing their room makeover on a blog post soon!  

Much ❀️, 

Heather 

The Antique that got a Milk Paint makeover this Week…

Remember this little piece I snagged a month or so ago?  

 

I fell in love with her immediately.  She’s sturdy and made well like most pieces used to be.  She has her original hardware and casters.  I loved her beautiful wood, and didn’t want to take away from it.  So I cleaned her up and brought her inside to walk past and see from time to time, waiting for some kind of inspiration to strike that would be fitting for such a lovely little thing.  And then, a few days ago, I knew the direction I wanted to go with her.  

I decided to paint her using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone. (Check it out Here ) I knew I wanted to leave some of her wood showing… She was too pretty to completely cover up…Like showing a little leg πŸ˜‰. 

I started with the drawers. I didn’t use any bonding agent, as I wanted the milk paint and piece to work together and become whatever it wanted (I secretly crossed my fingers that she would chip beautifully, and she didn’t disappoint! ) 

  
  
I decided to only paint the drawers and the legs of this piece… (Funny how I referred to her “showing a little leg”, and then I painted her legs… But you know what I meant! 😬). 

I decided not to wax the piece, I just wanted to use all natural hemp oil to bring out the beauty in the original wood, so I sealed the whole piece with that.  I may do a layer or two of wax later on to protect her a little more, but for now, she’s perfect. 

Here she is all dressed up: 

   
         

I love how actual pieces of my ironstone collection work beautifully with MMS Ironstone milk paint.  She got that name/color perfect.  

  
So there she is!!  In all her chippy-antique goodness!  I kind of love her.  Hope you do too!    Have you tried milk paint yet??  

Much ❀️, 

Heather