DIY Summer Cloche

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Hey, friends! So I wanted to post this a while ago but this summer has been just flying by!! It always does thought doesn’t it?

I have had a thing for cloches for a while now and I have always wanted to incorporate one into my decor. I was at my favorite antique market the other day (you know the one that I always get all my best treasures from and I just so happen to score this adorable little glass cloche.

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After taking it home, I had to decide what I wanted to put inside of it.

If you aren’t familiar with a cloche it is a small translucent cover for protecting your stuff.

I just love the idea of decorating with bird eggs so I headed out to the craft store to get some. Imagine my dismay when I found out that decorative bird eggs were going to cost me a small fortune… OK, so they weren’t overly expensive but they were a little more pricey than I thought a Styrofoam egg should be.

I had this bag of clay that I had bought a while ago at the dollar store and I thought, why not just make my own eggs.

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Here’s how I made my eggs.

All I did was take my clay and roll it using my fingers into an egg like shape. I didn’t care if all the eggs were exactly the same shape and size because I thought it would look a little more natural if they were all different.

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I left the clay to harden over night and then they next day, I grabbed some Robin’s Egg Blue acrylic craft paint.

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I painted all of my eggs and then let them dry.

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Once the eggs had dried it was time to speckle them! This is the fun part.

I mixed together some black and tan acrylic paint. This was just to get a more natural looking color. I didn’t want a stark black for my speckles.

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The most fun and easiest way to do the speckles so that they look really natural is to do this flicking technique. I actually learnt this from one of those paint night things that I did with some ladies from work.

Except we were making stars not speckles, but it worked really well for this, too!

You just simply dip your paint brush in a bit of water. You don’t want it soaking just a little damp, then dip your brush in your paint and then using your hand, flick the bristles towards your clay eggs.

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Make sure that you do this is in a clear area. The paint flicks everywhere.

I started out with a small brush and then ended up switching to a larger one cause I was getting better flicks — if that makes any sense.

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I did a couple of larger speckles by hand as well.

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Doesn’t it look sooo real!!??

After my eggs had dried it was time to arrange them under my cloche.

I set some log slices on a glass plate, some faux moss and arranged my eggs on top.

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Now I have an adorable piece of decor for my table!

What do you think?

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Best part is I can switch out what’s inside of my cloche based on the season! I am already thinking about what I am going to do for Fall!

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I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

To all my friends and followers!!!

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I have had my blog for a little over a year now and it has opened so many amazing doors for me and right now I am standing in front of another door and just hoping and praying that I get the “key” to unlock it!!

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My Favorite Free Fonts!

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Happy Monday, everyone!! Since Mondays are so awful maybe this will cheer you up!

It definitely warms my heart — I have a thing for fonts.

So what I have done is compiled a list of some of my favorite fonts and where to download them… best of all — they are free!

Although, these fonts are free they are for personal use only. The artists design these and offer them for free so it’s important to not take advantage 😉 

Let’s dig right in!

Click each image to be directed to the website to download the font

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Check out these fonts and download the ones you like!

Make sure you pin this image, so you have this list for when you need it.

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Raspberry Cordial — Just like Marilla used to make.

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You may not know this about me yet, but my favorite novels are the Anne Of Green Gables series from Lucy Maud Montgomery. I have loved them since I was a little girl. I also LOVE the TV mini series that was made in 1985 — the one starring Megan Follows.

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No one will ever play Anne quite like her. 

I have always wanted to try Raspberry Cordial, ever since I watched Diana Barry get drunk off it — of course, as any great Anne fan knows, Anne accidentally gave her some of Marilla’s current wine by mistake. I must try that sometime, too!

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I thought we would whip up a batch of Raspberry Cordial today. It’s Sunday and it was a gorgeous day to be outside for a picnic and I think I have found my new favorite drink.

If you love Anne as much as I do or even if you just want a drink that’ delish, keep reading so that you can whip up your own Raspberry Cordial.

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Place your raspberries in a large metal mixing bowl and then squeeze the juice from two of the lemons over the berries.

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We had a juicer dish so that helped, but if you don’t have one of these, your hands work just as well.

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Kids love to help with this part!

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In a separate pot, boil the water and add the sugar, mixing thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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While the water/sugar mix is still hot, pour it over the raspberry/lemon juice mix.

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Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

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Cover your mixture with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge.

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Let the mixture sit in the fridge covered for 24 hours and then strain the mixture into a pitcher, and keep it refrigerated.

When you are ready to serve, chill it over some ice and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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Enjoy this refreshing beverage on a nice summer day! Great for a picnic!

And if you haven’t seen Anne of Green Gables, you should give it a watch! Well worth it!

Make sure you pin this idea to your favorite board so you have it for later!

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10 Summer DIY Projects

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Summer is a great time to get outside and do some DIYs! Here is a little list of DIY summer projects that I put together.

These projects are sure to bring a great summer vibe to your home and brighten up your space

Copy Cat DIY White Clay Flower Pots  

Tutorial – Worthing Court

DIY Pineapple Tassel Pillow

Tutorial – Design, Dining + Diapers

Watercolor Printable Summer Art

Tutorial – Holiday Printables 

DIY Citronella Candles with Essential Oils

Tutorial – Midwest Modern Momma

Spray Painted Patio Cushions 

Tutorial – Playdates To Parties

Summer Painted Planters

Tutorial – The Crafted Sparrow

Marbled Hanging Planters 

Marbled Hanging Planter DIY

Tutorial – Oh Joy!

DIY Summer Banner Tutorial

Tutorial – Today’s Creative Life

Watermelon Mason Jar

Tutorial – Kara’s Party Ideas

DIY Stamped Watermelon Doormat

DIY Stamped Watermelon Welcome Mat

Tutorial – eHow

Fall in love with any of these amazing projects? Make sure you pin this list for later!

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Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

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Guys, I am so excited to share this DIY with you!! I have been trying to get it up on the blog all week because I am just so darn proud of it!

I made myself a new coffee table!

I’ve been wanting desperately to replace my coffee table. It’s not that there was anything wrong with it, it’s just that I feel my living room needed a new look.

The hubby and I headed out to my favorite antique market in hopes of finding a coffee table that I could make over.

We saw this little gem and I said to the hubs, that is exactly what I want but I also wanted to make something myself.

And that’s when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a glass coffee table with a cast iron leg frame.

I looked at my husband and I said, let’s make our own coffee table similar to the one I first saw.

So we scooped up the $35 old coffee table and took it home. I didn’t need the glass portion so we left it at the market.

First thing I did was spray paint the cast iron legs black. This table was a little old and could use a bit of freshening up. I also didn’t like that it had gold accents. I wanted the whole thing to be black.

Now I had to work some DIY magic and make a table top.

I headed out to Home Depot to get the supplies I needed, but before leaving, I measured the frame of the table legs to see how big to make my table top.

Here’s all the wood that I got.

I got a piece of oriented strand board (OSB), which is the large piece of plywood pictured. I didn’t really care what this looked like because it’ll be underneath and no one will see it.I picked up two pieces of 1x2x8 framing lumber to frame in my table, too. On the right are the strips of plywood that I had them cut for me at Home Depot.

So, for the lumber, I spent about $40.

To start building my table, I laid my piece of oriented strand board out in my work space.I found the middle of the plywood, and then using a pencil, I drew a line across the middle, lengthwise

Using a miter saw, I cut my strips of plywood at a 45-degree angle.

I used the line that I drew down the middle as a guide. This seems like it would be difficult to do, but once you get into it, it’s almost like making a puzzle.

So I started on one side and made my cuts.

I’m going to be straight with you here. I’m in no way shape or form a carpenter of any kind.I’m also not the best with measurements, so what I would do is place my next strip of wood on the table, mark where I needed to cut, and then I’d cut it with the miter saw.

There’s a setting on a miter saw to turn it to a 45-degree angle, so it makes doing something like this really easy.

I attached the pieces to the plywood using a nail gun.I purposely left the corner cuts until last.

 

 

 Here’s my “puzzle” all put together.

You can only faintly see it here, but I used a hammer to make some marks in the tabletop to get a rustic, beat up look.I also found an old bike chain and hit the table top a couple of times — this is also great for any built up aggression!

This is where I messed up a little bit.

Nothing major, just more of an annoyance.I stained my table top, cleaned up my rag and brush… but then I realized that I didn’t put the trim on.

In case you’re wondering, this is the stain that I used.

Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Red Chestnut.This is my favorite type of stain. It’s a great price and I love the finish that it leaves.

Back to the trim.

I cut my pieces of framing lumber and attached them to the sides using my nail gun.I made sure that the framing lumber sat flush with the top of the table before attaching.

The trim has bit of overhang on the bottom, but I really liked this look.

Didn’t plan it — just sometimes these things happen. Again, not a master carpenter here.I may change my mind on that, though. My table looks pretty darn good from the top…

Not bad for a little old DIYer like me, right?

I chose a lighter stain than the one table I’d originally seen in the market because I felt it fit better with my space.

And I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.

It’s so rewarding to have something beautiful in your space that you put together with your own two hands.I spent about $85 to make this table, but knowing that I made it myself makes it totally worth the money!

My table is a little bit larger, and my angle cuts are wider, but I also didn’t want to copy it exactly.

It looks a little different and is a great addition to my space.

Copying is the highest form of flattery.

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This Summer’s Best Campfire Treats

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GUYS! Campfire season is upon us!

Now that we have moved into a home of our own, I plan to have many a campfire in our new backyard — also, the previous homeowners must have known that we like a good campfire because they installed a backyard fire pit!

This summer, I have decided that we are gonna step up our marshmallow game, though. I was doing some digging around on Pinterest and I found some pretty delicious looking campfire treats. I’m not selfish, though. I am gonna share my findings with all of you!

Take a look and try not to drool on your screen. 

 

S’mores In A Bag

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Campfire French Toast

 

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

The Baker Chick

 Campfire Apple Pie French Toast Rolls

The Kitchen Magpie

Raspberry S’mores

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Campfire Banana Boats

The Kitchn

Campfire Cones

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Roasted strawberries in marshmallow fluff

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Apple Pie Packets

The Country Cook

Campfire Donuts

The Touring Camper

 Campfire S’mores Granola

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 So there you have it! This summer’s must have campfire treats! Try some of these out and let me know how they taste!

You’re gonna want this list for the whole summer so make sure you pin it!

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