April 16, 2014

11 {More} Ways to Repurpose Old Jeans

Think twice about ditching those old jeans! I’m all about making the most of what you have. So here are some {more} ideas for turning old jeans into beautiful and practical items.

11 Ways to repurpose old jeans

11 Ways to Repurpose Old Jeans

recycled denim throw pillows by Ashbee Designs

Recycled denim throw pillows tutorial by Ashbee Design

denim satchel or messenger bag by Redfly Creations

Denim Messenger Bag tutorial by Redfly Creations

Upcycled denim toy holder by Handmade by Meg K

Upcycled Jeans to Toy Storage by Handmade by Meg K

recycled denim baby shoes by Pretty Prudent

Recycled DIY denim baby shoes by Pretty Prudent

Recycled DIY denim pouf by Michele Made Me

Recycled denim DIY pouf by Michele Made Me

Upcycled denim plant hanger

Upcycled denim slingstyle plant hanger tutorial Yahoo Crafts & Hobbies

upcycled denim garden tool bucket caddy

Upcycled denim garden tool bucket caddy tutorial at Instructables

Denim placemats from Homesteader's Heart

Denim placemat from repurposed jeans from Homesteader’s Heart

denim bracelets by Av Susanne

Denim bracelets made from the seams by Av Susanne

denim covered craft letter

Denim covered craft letter by Lucky Star Lane

Denim rag wreath by Zoey Quilts

Rag Wreath by Zoey Quilts

Be sure to visit the linked sources for tutorials.


My Yellow Roses & Starting the Garden Spruce Up!

Believe it or not…my daffodils are almost all done for the season (I know, I know… some of you haven’t even seen your daffodils bloom yet)!  To make up for not having any daffodils, my yellow Lady Banks Rose is in full bloom (a few weeks early).  So I was motivated to  clean out the bed that it’s in, cutting back stuff, pulling weeds and little trees that seeded themselves, moving things around and planting a pot with some oh so fragrant phlox. Take a look!

Yellow Lady Banks Rose & tin flower mirror

I would say my backyard is planted in a cottage garden style. The front yard isn’t quite as wild :)

I moved my birdbath over next to a hydrangea and that yellow frame used to have a mirror that said “Welcome”  in it that fell out over the winter (didn’t break just fell out so I donated it).

Yellow birdbath and yellow Lady Banks Rose

What you don’t see is that behind the fence is a Crepe Myrtle which hasn’t leafed out yet. The Lady Banks Rose is all intertwined with the branches and right now it looks like that tree is covered with little yellow blossoms. By the time it leafs out – the roses will be gone.

Here are a few more photos of that bed.

Lady Banks Rose - yellow blossoms

Small buttery yellow blooms of the Lady Banks Rose.

Pretty blue phlox growing in a container - cottage garden


A Cottage Garden - phlox in a container

Phlox planted in a container on an old iron chair I keep in that bed for the purpose of holding containers of flowers.

Bleeding heart by the angel statue

Bleeding heart by the angel statue (hydrangeas are just leafing out).

floral plates on the fence and yellow roses

These plates have been on the fence for probably about 9 years now!

This bed also has a Knockout Rose ( which is budding), clematis,  a grapevine, tons of asiatic lilies and day lilies,  and my little gnome garden!

Hope you enjoyed seeing photos of one of my favorite garden beds. More to come as I work my way around my yard!

12 Fun DIY Craft Letter Decoration Ideas

Plain letters in all sizes are so easy to find and so inexpensive that I have quite a few in my crafting stash. Sometimes I like to spell out words and other times I just like to do  initials or symbols like an ampersand (&). The only thing is… I think  those big chipboard/wood/paper mache letters look a whole lot better if you dress them up ( even if you just spray paint them).  Today I’m sharing with you a few fun ways to embellish those craft letters including a couple that I’ve already done!

12 fun DIY craft letter decoration ideas

Decorative letters are so easy to craft with and fit into any style decor!

faux metal craft letters

Make paper mache letters look like metal. Faux Metal Letter Tutorial at Living With Punks

craft letter covered with pom poms

I covered a letter with pom poms for my craft area here

corkboard covered craft letter

Cover a letter with corkboard  via Tattooed Martha

fabric covered letter

Fabric covered letter by One Good Thing by Jilliee

faux brushed nickel letters

These faux brushed nickel letters would fit right into any modern decor via Make and Takes

washi tape covered craft letters

These letters are covered in washi tape via Polka Dot Chair

Anaglypta covered craft letters from Mod Podge Rocks

The tutorial for these anaglypta (its a type of wallpaper) covered craft letters can be found at Mod Podge Rocks

M&M covered craft letters

I thought these were beads at first but they’re M&M’s! via Girl in the Garage

scrapbook paper covered letters

Cover them with scrapbook paper like these from Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration

yarn wrapped wooden letters

You can wrap the whole letter in yarn  or give them a dip dyed effect by wrapping just the bottoms like these  by Hello Lidy

sea shell covered letters

Cover them with sea shells for a beachy look like these from Debi’s Design Diary (she has a video tutorial)

DIY faux barnwood craft letters

These are faux barnwood covered letters that I made –  tutorial here for diy faux barnwood covered craft letters

I could go on and on! You can use moss, buttons, corks, sequins, glitter, mosaic, beads, photos or just simply paint them. They are so versatile!

Cheerfulness Daffodils from the Garden

I know this is odd…but I don’t really cut a lot of the flowers in my yard to bring inside. I do cut the hydrangeas and roses because I have lots of them but I don’t really do too many other flowers. I like to enjoy them in their natural setting I guess. Anyway….I have TONS of daffodils and tulips this year so I actually picked some for my dining room!

A spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils in blue Ball Jars

 I’m guessing it’s because of the cold cold winter. They finally had a proper chilling period.

Cheerfulness daffodils

These are Cheerfulness Daffodils. I got the bulbs on ebay about 8-9 years ago because I thought the name was so cute! They’re really pretty – they’re a creamy color with  a bit of yellow in the center and are nicely fragrant.

a spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils and blue ball jars

They’re in blue Ball jars in this pretty yellow plant carrier that I got at Burlington Coat Factory. I hadn’t been in there in years but I needed a light weight jacket and went in there to look (didn’t find a jacket but I found this). It sort of reminds me of TJMaxx except more clothes and baby stuff.

daffodils in blue Ball Jars

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!



DIY Moss Projects for Spring

Moss is a great way to add a touch of spring and nature  to your home. Here are some fantastic DIY projects for spring that use moss.

A collection of DIY moss projects for spring

You can buy sheet moss at most craft stores and dollar stores also have a variety of craft moss for sale.

DIY moss covered frame

I made a moss covered frame last year and it’s great for showing off a spring printable. Links here for the  Moss Covered Frame Tutorial & Free Spring Printable

DIY Spring Moss Banner by  A Diamond In The Stuff

Another cute project for spring is to make moss banner. Tutorial at A Diamond in the Stuff

Moss covered Easter Egg

I did this one year – it’s really easy. Cover some Easter eggs with moss. Tutorial at Love Grows Wild

vase covered with moss

Another super easy project is to cover a vase with moss. Tutorial at Setting for Four

DIY moss wreath

This wreath is made from moss “rocks” from the dollar store. Tutorial at Burlap and Lace

moss covered letters

I’d love to do this project! Moss covered letters spelling HOME by Dear Lillie or you can do your inititals

DIY moss covered pitcher by Upcycled Treasures

Love this moss covered pitcher by Upcycled Treasures

Hope you found some ideas!

10 Cute Spring Printables That Are Free!

Are you all ready for spring? I know I am! Here are some cute free spring printables that you can print out at home. Put them in a frame, clipboard, or tack them to a message board. Either way they’re a nice way to get a touch of  spring in your home….for free!

A collection of 10 cute spring printables that are free!

A huge thank you to the bloggers that make these available for free! Please go to the linked source to print out.

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable from TidyLady

Free Spring Has Sprung printable from TidyLady

Spring Sign Printable by Hoosier Homemade

Spring Bloom Printable by Hoosier Homemade

free nest printable by Darling Doodles

Nest Printable by Darling Doodles

free spring chalkboard printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Spring Chalkboard Printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Hello Spring printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Hello Spring Printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeelu

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeedlu

free Easter printable - chalkboard egg hunt sign

Chalkboard Egg Hunt Printable  by Blissful Roots

Free spring has sprung printable by The Mombot

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable by the Mombot

free spring subway art printable by The 36th Avenue

Free Spring Subway Art Printable in 2 sizes by The 36th Avenue

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch


Check out my Spring/Easter Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

DIY Fabric Wrapped Spring Wreath

This easy project is a great way to use up scraps of fabric! I made this fabric wrapped wreath for a  spring display that I’m working on in my dining room.

DIY fabric covered spring wreath

This is so easy and cute!


  • straw or styrofoam wreath form
  • 1 inch wide strips of fabric
  • push pins
  • other embellishments you might want to add like lace, rick rack, flowers, brooches etc

materials needed to make a fabric covered wreath

I used a small  straw wreath – 8 inches I believe. The 10 inch straw wreaths are $2.99 and I think the one I used was $1.99?(can’t remember).  You can find them in any craft store as well as thrift stores.

I made 1 inch wide strips of fabric since my wreath was small. I would use 2 inch wide strips for a larger wreath. The strips varied in length but most were at least 15 inches long.  You want to wrap your strips around at least 3 times.

pin fabric to wreath

Wrap your strip of fabric around the wreath and pin it at the back. Continue until the entire wreath is covered with our fabric strips and then add any other embellishments if you wish.

That’s it!

easy to make wreath using fabric scraps

Actually I think it would be just as cute for summer too!

Linking to: That DIY Party

Adorable Rain Boot Planter Ideas

We’re slowing decluttering our garage  and I found a pair of striped rubber boots that my daughter doesn’t wear anymore. I planted them with some faux forsythia until I can plant some real flowers in them. They’re out on the front porch and I think they look really pretty as they go nicely with the forsythia wreath on my door.

rain boots with forsythia branches

I think flower boots are so cute! Here are a few more planted with real and fake flowers.

red rain boots planted with red Geraniums

Now I want to find some red rain boots! Aren’t these cute planted with red Geraniums! via Trash 2 Treasure

flower boot door wreath

I really love them used instead of a wreath like this one from Red Hen Home. She had boots that were a color that wouldn’t work for her front door so she spray painted them! Now that’s smart!

rain boot bouquet

This bouquet in rain boots is so beautiful! via Violet Skiles

pink flowers planted in rain boots via Hometalk

These cute pink and black rubber rains boots look so pretty  planted with pink flowers via Hometalk

flowers planted into rubber boots

This is a cute way to re-purpose your kids rubber rain boots when they get cracks and tears by Rosy~Posy

flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter

Here’s an easy flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter by Midwest Living

rain boot planters

These rain boot planters are filled with chrysanthemums by The Kim Six Fix 

rubber boots with phlox by Aiken House & Gardens

Aiken House  & Gardens uses these cute rubber boots as vases for some phlox.

rain boot planter tutorial

Check out this tutorial from A little something in the meantime… if you want to find out how to plant rubber boots with live plants.

10 adorable rain boot planter ideas

“Welcome to the Farm” Pillow for the Kitchen Windowseat

I guess you could say I have a farmhouse style vibe going on in my kitchen. So when I went to TJMaxx and saw that they had a whole bunch of farmhouse themed pillows…well I just had to get one. It was hard choosing just one especially since they were so reasonably priced!

farmhouse style pillow - kitchen window seat

So I got “Welcome to the Farm”. They have a whole bin full of farm/rooster themed pillows at my TJMaxx!

farmhouse style kitchen | www.acultivatednest.com

I do have a couple of cow prints and other little touches without being too themey ( I hope!).

red rooster and gingham plate

Above the window seat  I have a plate holder that’s easy to change the plate out since it just slips in. Right now I have one of my favorite plates from the thrift store in it.

farmhouse wall decor

On the opposite side I have a window sign and a bulletin board that’s just decorative. I  pin different things on it depending on my mood. Right now I have a little sign made from a printable in my daughter’s etsy store.

welcome to the farm pillow

I think I may have to stop with the “farmhouse” theme now!


Linking to: Feathered Nest Friday

10 Beautiful Ways to Decorate With Succulents

One of the fun things about succulents is that they look terrific in all kinds of containers.   There are so many different shapes, sizes and colors of succulents that it’s easy to make a beautiful and unique succulent garden!  Here are some pretty indoor succulent container ideas for your home to inspire you!

A collection of 10 beautiful ways to decorate with succulents

Another good thing about succulents is that they are fairly  low maintenance and easy to propagate!

succulent garden in red and white transferware dishes

I made this succulent garden in some red and white transferware.  The steps for making this are  here.

succulents planted in a silver gravy boat

These succulents are planted in a beautiful silver gravy boat  - by The Little Round Table

succulent tabletop candle wreath

This succulent candle wreath by J Peterson Garden Design is just stunning!

succulents planted in white ceramic pitcher & gravy boat by A Little Tipsy

Here are some pretty succulents in a white ceramic pitcher and gravy boat by A Little Tipsy

succulents in mercury glass containers

These beautiful succulents in mercury glass can be found at  BHG

succulents planted in a shell

I love these succulents planted in a shell via flickr.   I may replant the ones I have into a shell for the summer.

Simple footed bowl planted with succulents by Sand & Sisal

Isn’t this simple footed bowl a marvelous planter for succulents – by Sand & Sisal.

a succulent planted in a red colander
red colander with succulents would be perfect for a kitchen by Petite Pots 

industrial tiered tabletop succulent garden by Infarrantly Creative

You can learn how to make this cool industrial tiered succulent centerpiece  at Infarrantly Creative (she shows you how to make the tiered piece)

Succulents planted in eggshells by The Hunted Interior

These pretty succulents planted in eggshells  would be perfect for an Easter centerpiece – by The Hunted Interior.

Are you a fan of succulents?

Welcoming Spring In My Foyer

Happy Spring everyone!  I thought I’d share a little spring decorating that I did in my small foyer (which basically means doing something on my halltree). :)

Spring Easter egg wreath

I don’t plan on doing too much this year since we’re busy with house and garden projects. But as you know, I like to celebrate the seasons and most holidays by doing a little something!

Forsythia branches in a blue glass vase

I glued a few fake Easter eggs onto a grapevine wreath that I already had (it was on my cute little garden shed before and  I spray painted it blue at that time).  I also took some fake forsythia branches and placed them in a blue glass vase (see how I used them on my mantel a few years ago here).

red halltree decorated for spring

It’s simple yet says “spring”!

My forsythia is in bloom, all my spring bulbs are up, my Bradford Pear is covered in white blossoms and the sun feels soooo good!

forsythia in bloom
So glad spring is finally here! I hope it’s sunny where you are and that the snow is melting!

Creative Ways To Visualize Your Debt Repayment

We all need a little motivation to keep going when we’re paying down debt – especially if it’s large amount. I know from personal experience that sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s easy to get discouraged. Some of us need to come up with some strategies that make debt repayment something tangible where we can actually see it working.

Dave Ramsey Quote on a chalkboard

Dave Ramsey quote I wrote on a chalkboard

We used to be debt free….not anymore.  Long story short, our daughter made the decision to transfer to another college sort of at the last minute and pretty much lost a lot of her scholarships and grants last year. So we took out a Plus Loan for $15,750 to help pay for that year (which was not the whole amount of tuition btw ). In hind sight, I’m not sure it was the right move to make but what’s done is done. We worked our way out of debt before and we can do it again and at least it’s not credit card debt for stuff that I didn’t really need but wanted :)

Anyway, I’m a visual person so I thought it would help me if I could find some visual ways to track that debt reduction besides using the debt tracker worksheet in my Budget Binder. You know- to keep me motivated so I can see the amount coming down since it’s so huge. Here are a few ideas that I found!

visual motivation for debt repayment - paper chain

Debt Repayment Paper Chain – make a paper chain to track your debt free progress like this one from The Drumgoole Family Blog. Each link represents a set amount of money (whatever you decide). As you make a payment you remove a link. As your chain gets smaller your debt gets smaller until the day you remove the last chain and that debt is paid! What a great visual motivator!

You can hang it off the back of a door or as a garland on a wall. Some place private or some place where everyone can see it – it’s up to you.

debt repayment chalkboard thermometer

Debt Thermometer - you can make one on a chalkboard like this one at  Doctor In Debt, wipe off board, paper or poster board like the one below from My Total Money Makeover.

example of using a debt thermometer as visual motivation to paying off debt

You can put the total amount of debt on the top and each bar represents a payment amount. You can make larger bars represent a percentage of the debt paid. You can also do it in reverse and have the top be zero. Fill it in as you make payments to track where you are in your debt repayment plan.

Here’s one that you can print out Free Printable Thermometer and color in.

Or how about some thing like this to keep you motivated. A gallery wall of framed Dave Ramsey quotes with a chalkboard that keeps a running total of debts that you can change out monthly. (Money + Debt Pinterest Board)

gallery wall with Dave Ramsey Quotes and chalkboard debt tracker

I’m kind of leaning toward printing out a debt thermometer and tacking that on my bulletin board where I see it every day.

Have you used any visual tools to help keep you motivated in your debt free journey?

Creative ways to visualize your debt repayment plan


A Thrifty Find For The Screened In Porch

I hadn’t been to Hobby Lobby in a while (it’s in another town) but my husband had to go to Lowe’s  yesterday (same town) so I popped in to HL to see what’s new and walked out with a big fabulous sign for $4!

Thrifty Find - Farmer's Market Sign - screened in porch decor

The cashier thought the price was too good to be true and called the manager over (which was annoying ) but he confirmed that it was indeed on clearance and the right price.  I have to say that they really do have the best clearance prices on home decor stuff out of all the stores I shop.

Hobby Lobby sign price tag

So I took down the sign I made out of an old fence board (I’m going to repurpose it in the garden) and put the new Farmers’ Market one up in my screened in porch.

$4 Farmers' Market sign above porch doors | www.acultivatednest.com

I think it looks nice with the black of the curtains that you can usually see through the patio doors.

decorating a screened in porch | www.acultivatednest.com

It’s been a while since I’ve found such a good thrifty find!

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