Incorporating Spring into your decor

I have been on a mission lately to de-winterize our house. The temps may still be dipping into freezing in Atlanta, but I’m so over winter right now!

This weekend I found these amazing faux (but oh so lifelike) tulips from Amazon. I saw some at a boutique the other weekend but couldn’t justify the price. These are even better and only $18.99 for 30! For me, this was enough for two full arrangements.

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My husband held these yesterday and repeatedly asked me if they were real! So lifelike- ya’ll! They come in all colors as well :)

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Another fun and easy way to usher in Spring is with new throw pillows! I found a bunch at Targèt that were calling my name…and so affordable at $16-$20/piece!

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I ended up getting these linen striped ones and this pair of blue and white lumbar pillows (verdict is still out on these if I can accept some color into our space, but they’re gorgeous for sure!)

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Happy Spring decorating, y’all!!

XO-XO,

Emily (@ThePorchePlace)

“While I’m Away” :: Daily Love Notes & Presents from Mom

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Mommy being away on a trip- whether work or pleasure- is never easy on little ones! Especially a ten day trip! I’m heading to India to do some training for work and I know it’s going to be tough for my 3 and 5 year olds (tbh it’ll be pretty tough on my husband too!) Since they don’t fully understand the concept of “work” they don’t fully understand why it’s taking me away from them for so long (and why they can’t come for that matter!)

When I first told them, my Kindergartner cried every time she thought about it. I wracked my brain for a way to make it a more fun and positive experience for them (and for Dad!) At their ages right now, there is nothing they love more than little trinket toys…they might only play with them for a day or so- but they get so excited to get these! I decided to make a small box with a different toy for each of them for every day I’m gone. I ordered 10 white 4”x8” kraft boxes from Amazon. I looked at Michael’s, but they didn’t have anything like this in the amount I needed and the premade boxes they did have were too $$ to buy 10 of them! The Michael’s ones would be perfect if you’re only making a few though and can use a coupon :)

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Each box also contains a hand-written “Love Note” from me that they’ll read each night before they open the gifts. The notes describe what I’ll be doing that day on my trip, how much I love them and most have a funny PS note for them to remember (ex. PS- don’t let Dad forget to brush your teeth, PS- don’t forget to wiggle your front teeth Avery, etc!)

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I found the toys at Michael’s Arts & Crafts (they have GREAT deals on these little toys) and Target. I tried to keep each boxes’ contents under $10…but some of them were probably more around $20 and others were definitely under $10 (to even out the more $$ ones)! I wanted to stay under $100 but probably ended up spending about $150 total on them- but you can (& probably should) definitely do these cheaper especially if you won’t be traveling for 10 days! If I had more time I would have hit up the Dollar Store & Five Below! I also told them that their present on the last (tenth day) was ME…so they don’t get a box on that day :)

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The girls know they have to be good for their Daddy to get these each night- so he’ll be able to use these for a little leverage too ;) I numbered each box (with clearance stickers I found at Target) so the girls will know which one to get and when! I then tied them off with different colored pastel ribbon so they won’t peak ahead of time- and believe me, they’ve already tried ;)

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One other thing I do before I travel (for any amount of time) is label quart size plastic ziplock bags for each girl for each day I’m gone containing their outfits (including panties and socks) for each day. This makes mornings so much easier for Dad! My kindergartener picks out the outfits in her bag, so she doesn’t put up a fight later.

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Anyways, those are my two big traveling mom “pro” tips for now- I’d love to hear yours!!

XO-XO,

Emily @ThePorchePlace

DIY Home Decor Beads Tutorial

These DIY Home Decor beads (also, referred to by some as “Blessing Beads”) are one of my absolute favorite craft projects to make at home and with my girls. They are the perfect gifts for so many occasions- they’re thoughtful, affordable and gorgeous to put in any room of the house! We give these to teachers, for baby & bridal showers, to grandmas, aunts, sisters, etc :)

I’ve had a lot of interest in a tutorial on how I make these…so here you go :) Happy Crafting!!

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The wooden beads that I use for this can be easily ordered on Amazon Prime here! The larger beads are 25mm, medium beads are 20mm and the smaller ones (on the angel above) are 14mm. These are by far the priciest part of this craft, BUT you can make a lot of bead strands out of each order.

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I use 3mm jute twine that you can easily find at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store or you can order some on Amazon here :) To thread the twine through the beads, I have large sewing needles that I use a lot, but scotch taping the ends works really well too!

I use acrylic paint for these- my favorite kind of paint by far is the Martha Stewart line. I love the colors and the quality is really good too. This greige color below is what I use for the base color (it gives it a stone/clay look). I like to use white on top, but sometimes mix it up with a metallic gold, white or silver. For Christmas, it’s fun to do a red base with gold on top!

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The clay is white oven bake clay that you can order online or grab at Michaels. I really like the Sculpey brand- it works really well and is usually the most affordable.

So, in summary you’ll need: White oven bake clay, Wood Beads of various sizes, Jute twine & Acrylic Paint.

You can either sculpt the clay pieces yourself or (like I do) buy some cookie cutters in various sizes! I ordered all of mine off of Amazon (hearts, a cross and an angel, but there are so many places you can find these :) For reference, my cookie cutters are all about 3”-4” in size.

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The easiest way to “paint” the beads is to get a tupperware container and put the paint on the lid. Don’t put TOO much because it will coat the beads too thick. I would start with less than you think and you can always add more as needed. Shake for about 15 seconds up and down and back and fourth.

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Once they look good and covered, spread them out to dry on aluminum foil. Ensure that the beads are not touching as they dry.

After the first base coat dries (about 30 minutes) repeat with the top coat color. The beads below have white as their top coat color.

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While the beads are drying, go ahead and knead the clay, roll it out (I use a rolling pin but you can also use a cup) then use a cookie cutter of choice…or form your own creation!

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When your clay pieces are ready to be baked, be sure to poke a decent sizes hole towards the top (not too close to the top!) to thread the twine through. Then you’re ready to follow the baking instructions and put the clay in the oven! Usually this only takes about 15 minutes…be sure to watch it close so it doesn’t burn!

When the clay is done, let it cool, then you are ready to paint! I go ahead and do a big batch at a time and keep the clay “charms” on hand to make later necklaces.

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Now it’s time to start threading your beads! Cut a piece of twine big enough and leave a good bit of extra for threading and tying. If you are using different sized beads, plan out where you want the various sizes to go. I usually do thicker ones at the top (in the middle) then medium sizes ones along the sides. Save one bead to tie above the charm too! Do an odd number of beads (not counting the one above the charm) so there is a “middle” bead at the top. If there is an even number, there wont be a defined middle (which is not the end of the world) but if these will be hung, it is nice to have a middle for balance.

Once you are done threading, tie a knot then thread the beads through the singular bead you were saving below the knot.

Now you are ready to put the clay “charm” on! Thread the twine up under the hole (come from the bottom up).

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Then take each side of the twine up through the bottom (back) of the hole and to the front. Tuck each side under one side of the two pieces of twine on the back to secure it before you tie your final knots. Then double knot the twine and cut the extras, and your DONE :)

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For gifts, I put these in cellophane bags, fill with some kraft crinkle shredded paper and tie some raffia ribbon around the top!

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