DIY TULIP WREATH {WELCOME SPRING!}

Last week the cold snap that has consumed Northeast Ohio finally snapped! Temperatures were in the forties and on Friday the thermometer even jumped above 50 for a few hours! It is amazing. The birds are singing their joy, the snow is melting into a million little puddles and the sun is shining in all of her beautiful Springtime glory. So, to celebrate the end of this eternal winter, I decided a new wreath for the front door was in order!

DIY TULIP WREATH

I have seen tulip wreaths popping up all over Etsy, so that’s what I decided to make. This wreath was SO easy to create. Seriously, it took me about half an hour.

To get started you’ll need:
A grapevine wreath (mine was 18 inches)
Bunches of mini tulips (found mine at Michaels)
Hot Glue Gun
Burlap Ribbon (optional)

DIY TULIP WREATH

I chose a variety of colors for my tulips: 2 yellow bunches, 1 white bunch, 1 purple bunch and 2 different colored pink bunches. I love how customizable this wreath is! You can make it any color you’d like. 🙂

DIY TULIP WREATH

Start by cutting the tulips off of the bunches, leaving the stems long. Then simply start placing them around the wreath, spacing them out as needed so that there’s a bit of a flow to the design. Next, simply tuck your tulips into the wreath. Feel free to add a big of hot glue to the stems to ensure they stay snugly in place. Then just keep adding tulip stems until the wreath is full. I left a blank spot so that I could add a burlap ribbon to my wreath, but that’s not necessary. (Also, grapevine wreaths are MESSY, so I advise doing this project at a larger table, so that you don’t make a mess on the floor.)

DIY TULIP WREATH

Hang your lovely creation on the door and welcome in Spring! Can you see the snow in this picture? It’s not even fazing me.. because I know it’s FINALLY going away! Huzzah!

DIY TULIP WREATH

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Happy Spring, my friends!

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SMOOTHIE {WEIGHT WATCHERS RECIPE}

About 2 1/2 weeks ago I signed up for Weight Watchers. Again.

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My first go-round (when Connor was a few months old), was fairly successful. I lost 20 pounds in about 4 weeks, felt great and looked great. And then I gained it all back right after our wedding last June. *sigh*

Now, here I am again. At the same start weight I was at in January of 2012. Somehow this seems to be the weight I get stuck at. The only time I’ve weighed more than this was when I was 9 months pregnant with my boys. So, atleast I don’t weigh more than that! I might cry.

Losing weight is hard. Especially when you have two little kids. I find it’s hard for me to eat at regular intervals throughout the day. I rarely have breakfast and I’ll eat lunch at 3 o’clock most days. But, after they go to bed, I pig out. Suddenly my body is telling me that I’m starving since I’ve deprived it of food all day. So I eat. At 8 o’clock at night. And I really shouldn’t be eating. Especially that late.

So, this time around I’m really focusing on myself. I’ve been able to work out 3-4 times a week at the YMCA and I’ve been trying hard to eat regularly throughout the day, cutting myself off around 7 o’clock.

It’s worked like a charm so far! I’ve lost 5 pounds in just over 2 1/2 weeks. Yay me!

One of my favorite things about Weight Watchers is the fact that it’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle change. I’m trying desperately to embrace it and to make smart, healthy choices. I love trying out new recipes that are healthy for myself and my family.

Recently I stumbled upon this awesome site- Simply Weight Watchers Recipes. It’s a gold mine full of recipes that are simple to make and taste delicious!

One of my favorites from the site is the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie. At only 2 points per serving, it’s an awesome after workout drink, a quick breakfast on busy mornings or a delicious midday snack.

You’ll need:

1 whole banana
1 cup almond milk
1 cup ice
2 Tbs PB2 powder (I ordered this on Amazon)
6 Tbs Lite Cool Whip

Directions: Add all ingredients to blender. Mix well. Enjoy!

How easy is that??? This actually makes two smoothies, but sometimes I drink the whole thing. Which adds up to 5 points. Not too shabby.

 

I’m excited to be on my way to a healthier me. 🙂

Have a great weekend, friends. And happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mommas out there!

GIVING NEW LIFE TO AN OLD CHAIR {HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION}

While cruisin’ my local Goodwill store for colorful, mismatched clothes that would complete my “clown-look” for Halloween, I stumbled upon this chair.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

Normally I’m a bit hesitant to take home furniture, mostly because our house is small (I’m talking 1500sq feet and NO basement- blast you high flood table!) and I never have anywhere to put said furniture. But, I had to take this guy home. He was only $15… and I knew that someone else would snag him if I didn’t.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

Sure enough, a lady checking out behind me noticed the chair, commented on how nice it was and asked if there was another! Nothing seals the deal more than having somebody else jealous of your great, thrifted find! 🙂

I love his clean lines and light wood color. I couldn’t find markings on it anywhere, so not sure when or where it was made. But that fabric on the seat? Well, it had to go!

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

At JoAnn I found the perfect outdoor fabric, made by Waverly. And it was 50% off. I came home with a yard for only $9.99.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

To reupholster a chair yourself, you’ll need:
* Vinegar/water solution
* Fabric (I only needed 1/2 a yard to cover this seat)
* Scissors
* Staple gun
* Wood glue
* Clamps

First I wiped down the chair with a vinegar and water solution. Then I set it outside to dry off. While the chair was drying, I popped inside and ironed my fabric. I wouldn’t skip this step…. you really don’t want wrinkled fabric on your chair. Trust me.

Next I pried off the seat cushion with a screwdriver. The seat is held on by four screws and basically popped off when I ran the screwdriver underneath the seat.

Then I cut my fabric down to 1/2 a yard and laid the cushion on top. Since this was thicker fabric, I didn’t have to remove the existing fabric on the seat. It’s also still very cushy, so I didn’t have to add any extra foam. That definitely saved me some work and time on this project. 🙂

Here’s how I folded the fabric to get my corners nice and neat. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

Then I started stapling… Be sure to pull the fabric tight. And remember, more is good when you’re stapling!

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

I decided it would be best to glue the seat back on, rather than fiddle with the nails. I used Elmer’s wood glue and generously applied it to the top of the seat frame.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

After setting the seat back on the chair, I simply clamped all four sides down to make sure it was on there nice and tight. I kept the clamps on for a few hours to ensure that the seat was secure.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

And, here’s my finished product! The chair perfectly matches our bedroom color scheme. It fits nicely in this little corner… I’m envisioning reading my Coastal Living and Southern Living magazines with my feet propped up on a little stool (that I have yet to find) while the boys nap.

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

A Mama can dream, right?

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER A SEAT CUSHION

And a few more shots of my new favorite piece of furniture. 🙂

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Have you found any great thrift store finds lately? Ever reupholstered a chair? How’d it turn out?

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