Friday, August 30, 2013

Team Color Wreath Tutorial

Are you ready for some football?

Today is the Eve of a very important day!  That's right. It's that time of year.  College football is in full swing again, and at the Henderson home, many a "Roll Tide!" will be heard!  (My husband actually told me a couple days ago to get out the Alabama decorations. Not that I have a lot, but I will kindly oblige my pigskin-loving hubby.)

In honor of the arrival of the college football season, I thought I would give a quick tutorial on how to make a team color wreath. Mine, of course, is decked out in houndstooth, crimson, and white, but make yours any color you want!  Don't worry. I won't judge.  To each his own.

Team Color Wreath

What you will need:
-Wreath form
-Burlap, fabric, and felt in your team colors
-Buttons (optional)
-Hot glue gun

Making the Wreath:
1.  Wrap wreath form with burlap or fabric. (I used a straw wreath form)

2. Make burlap, felt, and fabric flowers. I used a couple of tutorials that were really helpful so I will just share those.   For variations of felt flowers, take a look at these tutorials here and here. You could also check out this site with some great patterns for felt flowers. For burlap flowers, check out this wonderful little tutorial.

3.After you have made your flowers, hot glue them on your wreath.

4. Add embellishments.  I added buttons and some fabric leaves.  To make the fabric leaves, cut fabric and felt into the shape of a leaf and glue the fabric to the felt. This gives it a little stability.  Then place them on your wreath wherever you want!

For all of you Auburn fans!

Easy, huh?  Making the flowers can take a little time, but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Happy football viewing!

*Linking to Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kitchen Before and After

When I first walked into my home, I looked around and fell in love with the potential I saw she possessed.  She had a lot going for her; large yard, ample living space, wonderful neighbors, and a beautiful view out back.  But to see that potential, you had to look past a few things---a yard overgrown and completely taking over, a house full of furniture and curiosities and clutter, and a list of to dos that we knew wouldn't diminish any time soon.

But when I walked through those doors, I knew she was the one for us.  And she let me know while I was there that first day, that she wanted a makeover.  And I couldn't wait to give her one!

Fast forward three months after all the inspections and documents and legal mumbo jumbo and we were ready to begin our little home improvement journey.  What was first up on the list?  The kitchen!

We only had a two week time frame to get the kitchen demo'd and to move in so we consulted with a local cabinet shop, S & H Cabinets, to do the work in our kitchen.  I couldn't wait to open the wall up between the kitchen and the living room.  I pictured an breakfast bar where K and A could have snacks or sit and do their homework and tell me about their day while I cooked supper.  S & H did an amazing job of taking our ideas and bringing them to fruition.  

This was a built in desk.  The kitchen had no pantry so we decided to take it out and put in a built in pantry.

This is the butler's pantry tucked in the side of the kitchen.

This is a view from the living room looking into the kitchen to the desk area. The built in china cabinet to the right is actually in the living room. That little wall there is where the kitchen and living room divide.

Looking into the kitchen from the living room.  Just a small pass through.  Notice there was also carpet in the living room and a gas wall heater.  We knew the carpet and heater had to go once there was a breakfast bar there.

And the Afters

Here's a breakdown of the Kitchen Renovation:
-Removed upper cabinets and soffits above the sink
-Removed built in desk and added new built in pantry.
-Removed bottom cabinet where stove was to make way for new range. Added new cabinets to flank stove. 
-Removed wall oven and modified opening to fit microwave and a new deep drawer.
-Ran new electric for pendant lights from the previous light that was above the sink.
-New doors for built-in china cabinet so it would match kitchen cabinets.
-Raise wall opening to make room for the new fridge.
-Remove old upper cabinets in butler pantry and add open shelves.
-Painted old cabinets and new cabinets.
-Added subway tile backsplash
-Added open shelves flanking new opening to living room.

Still to do:
-Hang wall art
-Replace florescent ceiling lights
-Add a rug

Whew!  I was so glad when it was done!  It took a little longer than we planned and it wasn't fun living in a demo zone, but it was so worth it in the end!  

I hope I covered everything.  If you have any questions, just comment below!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Leather Goods for Your Gadgets

Special Offer from Yard & Sons

Hi, guys!  Thanks for stopping back by today!  We're in week one and I can't wait to share the projects we have been working on at the Henderson household! If you missed reading what Cultivate Create is all about, you can see that here

But, for now, I wanted to let you in on something.  My amazing, talented, cool as a cucumber cousin over at Yard & Sons is offering a 10% discount to Cultivate Create readers from now until September 30.  He sells quality, hand crafted leather goods. But not just any leather goods.  They are leather goods for your gadgets.  Just enter code CULTIVATECREATE10 at checkout to receive your discount.



I have a Kindle Sleeve from Yard & Sons, and I love it!  I have had it for a little over a year now. It is great quality leather and workmanship and still looks awesome! (Minus the Sharpie mark that A so kindly drew on it for me.) It has saved my screen many times.  I take my Kindle with me everywhere----to the grocery store to use my ShopBerry app, to the school car line so I can read while waiting to pick up my kiddos, shopping at home improvement stores because I have a lot of pictures saved on it for reference.  I usually just throw it in my purse and I don't have to worry about harming the screen.  It is felted on the inside so it just slides right in and the Kindle Sleeve holds it like a snuggly little glove.

So pop on over to Yard and Sons and take a look around!  I'm sure Ryan would love to hear from you!  You can connect with him on Facebook here or follow him on Pinterest here. And don't forget to enter CULTIVATECREATE10 at checkout!

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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