DIY Garden Markers

I’ve been working in the garden a lot lately trying to get a head start on early spring plantings and prepping the garden for the big plant in the next few weeks after the frost date. One of the things I really wanted this year are some garden markers to identify all the veggie and herbs that will be planted. There are a ton on pinterest but I set out to create my own versions with materials I had on hand.

 

I have a ton of wooden shims laying around from a project that never happened so I decided to use those, my wood burning tool, and fallen sticks from around the yard to create my markers.  A heavy duty staple gun finished the markers and they have a great rustic look to them!

 

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Let me know if you’ve come across any other unique garden markers; I’d love to check them out!

DIY Body Scrub

This is a quick sugar body scrub I whipped up over the weekend to give as gifts this Christmas.

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  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Coffee {mine was cinnamon & pecan coffee}
  • Vitamin E
  • Extra virgin olive oil {you could also use other types of oils like coconut, avocado, etc.}
  • Baking soda

Blend everything together and put in a jar of your choice. This scrub not only smells delicious but will leave your skin super moisturized. You could add different spices for different scents. Just go light on the cinnamon/clove type spices, they can irritate sensitive skin.

 

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Kitchen Island Update

Way back in September, Heather contacted me to say she loved my island and included it in a daily roundup.  When I checked out her blog (a TON of great ideas all in one place!) I realized how much our kitchen/dinning room had changed since I took that first picture of our island. I realized then that I needed to do a little before and after update and 3 months later I’m finally getting around to it!

So this is what I first posted:

When I first took this picture, we were just finishing up our Kitchen renovation, you can check it out here.  Notice the old light fixture that had been zipped tied to keep heads from knocking into it. 

And here is what it looked like in September:

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The new light fixture that hangs over the island was created using a large antique pulley, a pendant light kit, and some sort of country looking knick knack that started as what I think was a bell.  You can also check out my post on the collage wall of here and the post on the DIY curtains that are in the dinning room.

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On one side of the wall, I’ve hung 3 wooden crates in various sizes for storage.  The other side of the wall holds my DIY Riddling Rack

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We’ve kept one of the original bar stools for little man, and I picked two of these for $8/piece!

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It definitely looks and feels more lived in, I just wish I could keep it looking this cluttered free everyday!

 

Have a great Monday!

Sarah

Before & After {Boy’s Bedroom}

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a before and after, huh? I actually did this little makeover in March for little man’s birthday. It was time to get rid of his toddler bed and give him a ‘real bed’.

We started with this before he was born. A very gender neutral room since we didn’t know what we were having.

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I did this makeover in one day because it was a surprise to little man. I kept the wall color, the paint job still looked good and it’s a green that goes with everything.

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When I talked with little man about what he wanted for his ‘big boy room’ he said he wanted a loveseat like mommy and daddy have.  This loveseat was in our den and rarely used. Now, it gets used every day. It was a yard sale find a few years ago from a Model House.

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The dresser was passed down from my husband’s grandparents. It was originally in blonde wood that came from a smoke filled home. It needed a paint job.  I painted it in Antique White and did a paint technique to make it look older and give it more character. There is a ton of storage in this dresser!

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The lamps were a Goodwill find.  I knew they would be perfect for this makeover. Unfortunately, the only shades I could find that would fit a harp style lamp were these plain jane shades. I dressed them up with a little burlap hot glued on.

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A sunburst frame I picked up at a yard sale a few years ago holds lots of snapshots. Little man has enjoyed looking at these since I hung them up.

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I picked up the mirror hanger from a thrift store a few years ago knowing that one day I would have a use for it. The round mirror was given to me by a friend and also used to be hung in the den unused.

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This wood piece is left over fencing from another project. I sanded it very well, stained it several different colors, sanded it again, and sealed it. I wanted something large to take up wall space and something we could hang pictures, artwork, etc. and that would be easy to change out.  Pictures are hung with plumbing tape.

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My dad made this bed for me when I was a teenager. I love that now it gets used every day for my son.  The toy box was also made by my dad for little man’s 1st birthday.

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The stool came from Ikea years ago. I have no idea if they still sell it. It’s been painted different colors at different times. It’s now navy with torn scrapbook paper decoupage on.

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I picked up 2 vintage crates 2 years ago at a consignment store. It makes the perfect “garage” for matchbox cars. Each cubby can hold 4 cars!

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The comforter is from the Better Homes and Garden line at Walmart.

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An old wooden stool acts as an end table

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A bear rug adds to the rustic touch

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These tractor prints were picked up at a yard sale 2 years ago and I’ve been hording them for the right time. I simply cut the paper and used clipboards to hold them. The clipboards make it easy to change out artwork as little man’s tastes change.

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My dad made the bookcase for me as a gift when I was pregnant to hold all of the little golden books that were mine as a child.

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I picked up these scatter rugs at an auction.

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The bunting was made from men’s dress shirts I picked up at Goodwill.

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Even Harley likes it

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A Birthday, Anniversary, and a SALE!!!

Tomorrow is the 1st Blogiversary of Hart’s Desire Creations!  It also happens to be my 31st {shhh…don’t tell anyone!} Birthday! Last year about this time I was having a mini life crisis turning the big 3-0. I felt like my life was great but I was still missing some sort of creative outlet. I’ve  always been a creative person, but I was feeling like I also needed to share that with other creatives out there. So on a whim I logged into wordpress and published my first post. 178 posts later here we are!   A lot has changed over the last year. I’m now ok with being in my 30s, my son has gotten one year older {maybe 15 years older if you count the attitude he can sometimes show}, my house has changed A LOT in the past year, and I’m in a very happy place.  Life is GOOD!

Here are a few links to some of my favorite and most popular posts

Upcycled Garden Trellis

Apron Refashion

DIY Hanging Jar

Dresser Before & After

DIY Soap Dispenser

The Kitchen Island Before & After

Dress Refashion

DIY Shower Curtain turned Curtain

Spool Coffee Table

DIY Fabric Garland

DIY Riddling Rack PS. Stay tuned because I have several Riddling Racks I’ll be selling in the next few weeks. Send me an email if you are interested!

Anthro Cardigan Refashion

The Styling of a Bookcase

The Kitchen Remodel

Chest of Drawers

A Maternity Session

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One of the best things that’ happened since I started this blog is the opportunities that have come my way.  It’s amazing what putting yourself “out there” on the internet can do for you. Don’t get me wrong, it can be crazy scary and you sometimes get negative feedback, but for me, it’s been a positive. I encourage anyone in the same predicament I was last year to get over the fear and just ‘do it’. You never know what might lie ahead! I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great people for creative collaborations.  For furniture re-design, interior decorating, party planning, and even starting a fun ‘craft day’ for some awesome women that I am glad to be able to call my friends.

But what I’m most excited about right now is the photography opportunities that have started coming my way in the last few months. I never, ever imagined I would be taking pictures for OTHER people. To be able to freeze time so in the future they can look back on their happy times makes me so happy. To see their joy and love and be able to capture that in pictures has been so rewarding and fulfilling. I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes me and I hope you all will come along with me!

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And so to celebrate the Blogiversary I’m having a SALE in my Etsy Shop!  Enjoy 15% off your total order for the entire month of May!  Simply use the coupon code HDC15 at checkout. That’s it! Easy Peasy. And if you are local, let me know if you have bought something, I can refund the shipping cost and we can work out the delivery. I’ll be adding new things over the next week so be sure to check back often! I’ve got 25 new rings to add to the shop, YES you heard that right! 25 new rings!!!!

Thanks to all of you who continue to come back here again and again! I couldn’t do it without you! Now, get out there and enjoy this weekend! I know I will!

Sarah

Before & After {Chest of Drawers}

This chest of drawers started as a plain Jane white chest with a stained green top and matching wood knobs.

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It’s been transformed into a stunning chest of drawers for an equally stunning 5 year old little girl.

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A gray paint job, a little distressing here and there, and pink glass knobs bring out the beauty in this piece.

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And a final before:

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And the final After:

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I’m hoping my client will take a picture showing the entire room.  It is a pretty awesome room for a little girl!

A Refashion {Blazer Jacket}

My new favorite color is navy right now. I can’t get enough. I love it in clothing and furniture design. I’m just waiting for that perfect piece of furniture to paint navy and call it my own.  So, while I wait for that perfect piece of furniture to find it’s way to me I’ll settle for this little blazer.

{check out the rock’n old school transition lenses pre-laser surgery.  Hot stuff right?! lol}

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I picked it up at my local Goodwill. Check out this awesome buttons and shoulder pads

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I used a blazer I already know fits me well and used it as a template for the new hem

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I cropped the sleeves, took out the shoulder pads, and removed the buttons

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I added a simple pewter button and my new blazer was ready to wear!

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Still recovering & craft day

So my eyes are still recovering from PRK last week. The dr says it can take up to 3 months for my eye site to stabilize. I’m hoping for like 3 weeks! I went back to work yesterday and because I sit in front of a computer all day it took a toll on my vision yesterday. I’ll gave good days and bad days until everything stabilizes so my postings might be a little sporadic until then.

Sunday was the first craft day I held at my house. There were 7 of us gathered around my dining room table crafting wreaths and having girl talk. We had a fabulous time. Everyone made a different wreath and each were gorgeous! I was having too much fun crafting to remember to pick my camera up and attempt to take good pictures with my poor current vision. So I hope the girls will take a few pics of the wreaths they made so I can share them with you all.

I did manage a picture of mine but am unable to see lightroom well enough to edit then picture;)

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Have a fantastic day! Hope to be back soon!

Sarah

Evolution of a Bedroom: New Bedskirt

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If you remember my post from last week you’ll see see where I decided to walk you all through the evolution of my Master Bedroom. 

One day while I was changing the sheets on the bed I decided I needed a new bedskirt.  My original bedskirt was beige and worn.

I’d had this quilt in my linen closet that was falling apart in pieces but I couldn’t bare to part with it.

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The edges were still in good condition so I thought it could make a unique bedskirt.

All I did was lay the quilt over the box spring. That’s it!

easy peasy!

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New Bedskirt-check!

A new series…

Last June I took a week off work to get a few projects done around the house. One of those projects was to repaint our master bedroom.  I was hesitant to share it because it was more of a makeunder.

BEFORE:

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The bedroom started with this blue. I believe it is Raindrop by Sherwin Williams.  A few years ago I got the bright idea to also paint the ceiling blue. I glazed it so it was wispy like the sky.

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But the carpet is also blue. More of a blue-gray.  Then 2 years ago I bought this awesome blue tufted sofa at a yard sale.

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But after a while it just looked like a sea of different shades of blue.  Bor-ing!

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Don’t worry, that’s not dirty laundry, it’s the “to be donated’” pile; and it’s gone nowSmile

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What really sparked the entire paint job? This hideous white fan.

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one of the metal arms snapped during use. I can’t be without a fan so I went to Lowes to get a new one.

During my trip the wheels started turning and after having a conversation with myself I knew if I was going to take the fan down I really should repaint the ceiling while I’m at it. But. If I was going to paint the ceiling I’d have to paint the walls too…

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I took every gallon and quart of every beige-y paint I had left over and mixed it all in a 5 galloon bucket for a custom color. I had just enough to do the walls after painting the ceiling with a gallon of ceiling paint.

Here is a hint at the finished paint job

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And the fan that started it all.

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I thought it would be fun to start a new series called, Evolution of a Bedroom

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I don’t know how long this series will last and the postings might be a little erratic without a scheduled timeline but that’s how I like it. The bedroom will evolve very organically and I’ll take you every step of the way.  I already have some ideas for a new headboard and a change to the seating arrangement at the foot of the bed. 

Will you come along for the ride?